Yesterday was the first day of my new job.
.... That is, the very same job, in the very same place, same office, same computer, desk, and papers and books amassed on top of it. But new title. Researcher.
But, new salary (not much anyway). And new badge - I now need to sweep it through a darn machine at the entrance, every time I enter or exit the department. The logic behind it is unclear - I have to total at least 36 weekly hours, but can declare I spent time at home working, and no soul on earth could disprove me: I could have been lying in bed sleeping 24 hours, but maybe I was thinking about a new algorithm or detector.
The logic behind monitoring entrance and exit of INFN personnel is, as far as I understand, only to fill paperwork. And, to prove I can get refunds for my lunches - the thing I don't get if I lay in bed at home.
Anyway, I'm reasonably happy of this change. I have been calling myself a researcher since 1998, but it was an inaccurate description - I used it because more accuracy required a lot more words. Now one word is enough. What a relief!