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November 28, 2005

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riqie arneberg

Congrats! I see you as a teacher, and I have no doubt ou will fine the job you really want. My advice: Don't settle!

riqie arneberg

Congrats! I see you as a teacher, and I have no doubt ou will fine the job you really want. My advice: Don't settle!

knucklehead

Well, congratulations. I guess. Or maybe not.

OK, I'll admit it: you have me totally confused. First you don't want it, but you seek it, hoping not to get it, then you get it, and are happy you did, maybe, or maybe not...?

Paraphrasing Obelix, these Italians are crazy.

Tommaso

Hi Rique, thank you! Well, I am not settling for less... The decision is not in my hands, if you want. What is sure is that if I take this position I will still work with the aim of obtaining a higher University position one day - a tenured professor.
All in all, since I am still in research mood, and since the switch from INFN to University is easier than the opposite, I may be happy of what I got.

So Knucklehead, I understand you're confused, I am too. You know, winning a research position in Italy has always been something that was decided above your head by full professors around a table. The exams were a formality. This, for the first time, is a nation-wide exam, and winning a position - ending on the top of the list is icing on the cake - is something that makes one proud, for once.
The other thing to mention is that since one of my colleagues in Padova, who highly deserves a research position - as much as myself, actually - failed this exam, it would be bad for me to not accept the INFN position and try to win the same position that she is now trying to get in the next few months, when two University Research position will open in Padova. It would make things hard for both of us. Competition is competition, but it is not always wise to compete: one has to pick one's battles sometimes.

knucklehead

OK, amend that: these Italians are Machiavellic. I guess.

zerocold

Congratulations! I hope for you this will be a more stable position for you, do you think you'll be going to teach some course at the physic department of Padua?.
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Tommaso

Probably not for this year Zerocold... I declined to assist in teaching Electromagnetism to physicists this semester, and if possible I will dodge anything else until the summer. Next year, I probably will.

What I would really like to do, however, would be to teach some non-institutional course in data analysis and statistics for the PhD here. I did something like that two years ago, but it was just 2 hours.

zerocold

data analysis and statistics???
Great, this year I also was called for a position as tecnician for the project GRID, which for the sofware point of view was a great challenge. Unfortunally I'm going to get married next year and the "Borsa" was only for two years, so I decided to remain at my current job position. But If you teache something like data analysis I hope you'll put some pdf lecture notes on-line.
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