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The job: Postdoc at the University of New Mexico

I'm going to be starting a postdoc at the University of New Mexico this fall.

I was fortunate enough to have some great interviews and offers, but I chose UNM because I was guaranteed to be doing the sort of research I find most interesting there, and because the people are fantastic. It was actually the only place where I got much chance to meet my prospective colleagues so I know I'm joining a very interesting team of biologists, software engineers and security folk. Part of my job will involve being the glue between the 4 teams, so I'm likely going to work with a lot of different people on a regular basis!

One of the researchers compared the project to skynet, and it's actually disturbingly apt, although thus far without the homicidal AI. Maybe that's where I come in? More seriously, I'll be working on biologically-inspired artificial life / computer immunology for security applications. Their early results are insanely promising, and I'm really excited about working in a space where no one will be fazed by my use of biological metaphors for things. (I was raised by wolves biologists, recall.)

And yes, for those of you who heard about some of my other contract negotiations: this postdoc does mean that I'll be able to continue working in open source and more specifically that I'll be able to continue working on Mailman. I'm all excited about doing some informal user testing on the work our Summer of Code students have produced, so expect to see me asking for help with that once I'm settled.

The move: Albuquerque, NM

John and I were down house hunting this past week, and have secured the most beautiful apartment for Sept 1st. I wish I'd taken pictures to show you; it's really gorgeous with high ceilings, this nifty kitchen, and even a hammock in the backyard. The landlords actually knew and could name their neighbours, which makes me feel better about the neighbourhood, and it'll be an easy bike ride in to the university which alleviates my need to buy a car right away. It'll be just me there for at least the first few months, but there's enough space for John to move in later. There is also a full guest bedroom, so please consider coming to visit!

Moving is... going to be a pain. The quotes I've got today run $5-6.5k, and I've been allotted a $1.5k moving allowance. The cheap quote is from PODS, assuming I move a 8x8x16 pod which they recommend for a 2-bedroom, but I may phone them again for the 8x7x7 sized quote since I'm planning on leaving a lot of my furniture behind. Currently planning on taking my bed, a couple of the good bookshelves, clothes, kitchenalia, and a few boxes of books. It may make more sense to ditch the bed and just ship small boxes, though; we'll see. Moving recommendations appreciated.

The thesis

Is not yet complete -- my supervisor just got back from a family event last night and is back to editing today, so I'll be back to revisions later this evening. I really hope this can be done soon!


Date: August 16th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Second paragraph, the word is "fazed."

I'm excited about your move! Even if I am annoyed you're taking away my babysitter later this year. ;-)

-Kathleen D.

Date: August 16th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elwing2000.livejournal.com
Depending on how much moving you're willing to do yourself, you can save some money there. I'm not familiar with cross-border moves, but could you rent a U-haul? When we moved, we used the uhaul web page to line up lifting help at the origin and at the destination - my guess is that there are lots of big guys at UNM that would be willing to help move for money (bonus that school will probably already be in session). You are responsible for your stuff, and you'll need to drive a really big truck, but park with the other 18-wheelers in the rest stops and at hotels, and you'll be fine. We moved a 3 bedroom place (only 2 had beds, the other was an office) with a "small" u-haul - total cost with boxes, truck, and help at each endpoint was about $500 (5 years ago). Again, there might be issues going cross-border that I'm not aware of. Also ask about moving prices if you pack yourself - you can get free boxes at a lot of places: liquor store, other students, uhaul exchange, and then the movers just load the truck and drive, and unload.

Date: August 17th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] puzzlement
Congrats, and good luck with the epic move!

Date: August 17th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
beable: (Old Wile E.'s after you!)
From: [personal profile] beable


(Of course, you say Albuquerque and my first thought is "I *knew* I shoulda taken a left in ..."

Date: August 17th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] spaghettisquash

Albuquerque is awesome (if you are not deathly afraid of the high desert). The sky is enormous and the sunsets are criminal. I live in SF, so I find ABQ rather amazingly spacious. :) Some parts of ABQ are really quite surprisingly rough, so it may be useful to be cautious at night until you know that you aren't living in one of them. Good luck!

Date: August 18th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unregisteredpseudonymspls
Yay! The official announcement! As I was mentioning elsewhere I think, you need to constantly pronounce "Albuquerque" as "AL-bu-KWER-KWAY" in order to correct the locals who clearly have a deficient pronunciation ("al-ba-ker-kee" my food). With a little effort, you can do your part for correct pronunciations of local names!

Date: August 18th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unregisteredpseudonymspls
AND you need to not take my advice on spleling and gramrar. I meant "my foot"!. Honest.


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