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Next stop: London - Transience Divine
March 16th, 2017
11:26 pm


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Next stop: London
My time at UC Berkeley is drawing shut, and for the past 4 months I have been pursuing my own eclectic version of the academic job market. I find myself squarely between economics, geophysics, and data science, with disconnected bits to show from a tough-to-articulate whole. But I have also been fortunate to have strong supporters, who appreciate whatever it is that I do. With their help, the job search has treated me well, and forced me to decide between excellent and incomparable alternatives. So, this is a post of victory!

Each of my five fly-out interviews required distinct presentations, across them covering papers on fisheries, coffee, and climate, a teaching talk on thermoeconomics, and a pitch for a new sustainability program. I interviewed at science, economics, and interdiscplinary departments, and got the support of the faculty at every one. Flame and I just finished a revisitation of the top US options, to decide on our new home.

But across professional fit, cultural metabolism, Flame's opportunities, and the politrumpal climate, we realized that the best choice was none of them: I am taking a 100% research assistant professorship at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics! LSE is in the heart of London, which is also home to Flame's nonprofit.

There I can look forward to a huge pool of potential collaborators, including two from my PhD program. LSE straddles the divide between the US academic world, where I will be able to keep my collaborations alive, and the European world of modeling and proaction that I have always been drawn to. The advertised position was for "Growth and the Environment", which I'm all about. And connecting science with policy is part of the job, with a team at hand specifically for this purpose.

I move there at the beginning of 2018. Between now and then, I have 4 more months at Berkeley, and in July I start a mini-postdoc-#2 at the University of Chicago.

I can't wait to set up in a new continent, and hope you all come to visit!

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Date:March 18th, 2017 02:51 am (UTC)
Wow -- sounds like things are going so great for you, James; congratulations!!

Edited at 2017-03-18 02:52 am (UTC)
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Date:March 20th, 2017 06:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! It'd be great to catch up sometime!
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Date:April 6th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)

Urgent LJ news

Pssst. I know you're really busy, but there's this mass migration off LJ to Dreamwidth.org, and you might really want to join it. It's trivial to port a LJ journal with all comments into DW (doesn't get Scrapbook, the Inbox, Memories; doesn't import embedded video correctly) – at least for now. That window seems to be closing very fast, with LJ's new ToS, which apparently has a new no-automation clause.

In any event, I'll be abandoning LJ soon; I'm already giving up posting here.

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