1) Wait, you have a PhD? Why are you doing web development?
Why not? Yes, I have a PhD, but right now working directly with computers and new technologies is a better fit.
2) But don't you want to be a professor?
Yes, I did at various points in my life. But a lot of people I've talked to are unaware that a PhD doesn't guarantee you a job as a professor (especially in recent decades). Here's a simple example that might illuminate why:
Let's say a professor mentors about 10 new PhD students (in 30-ish years) before retiring. Even if the number of academic positions doubled or so with each generation, 80% of those PhD graduates have to find something else to do. The other 20% have to really want it and I admire the commitment and sacrifice they make. But that life turned out not to be for me.
Some of it came down to personal choice. I wanted a career with less travel that would allow my family to choose where to settle down. Like many others, I'm also fortunate enough to have numerous interests.
3) Bitter much about #1 and #2?
No, I just have strong feelings about academia and the stigma around leaving it. I know people who are too afraid to leave and pursue a new career primarily because they don't want to disappoint advisors, family, etc. That's not healthy for anyone.
4) You've been a web developer since 2016; why have none of your job titles had "web" in their names?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Research: Data Visualization, Numerical Modeling, Statistics, Technical Writing
Web: Laravel, Symfony, Django, MySQL, Bootstrap, HTML5, CSS, Apache, NGINX
Testing: Selenium, PHPUnit, Laravel Dusk, Codeception
Support: Git, Atlassian (Bitbucket, Jira, Confluence), GitHub, Jenkins, Bash scripting
OS: Linux (Ubuntu), Unix, Windows, MacOS
Rutgers University (2010-2015)
Ph.D./M.S. in Atmospheric Science (3.94)
University of Miami (2006-2010)
B.S. in Computer Science and Meteorology/Math (3.99)
(Web) Application Programmer
Stowers Resource Management, Inc.
(Supporting Stowers Institute for Medical Research)
(2017 - Present)
(Web) Application Developer
(2016 - 2017)
Post Doctoral Associate
University of Miami
(2015 - 2016)
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