Job Talk Number Two Fiasco, with a Silver Twittered Lining.
Well, the second job talk was a total fiasco. First, no one showed up. Then I got to go sit down in an office with a senior professor and discuss ideas, mostly his, about how to advance my ideas in systems modeling and public health. But there’s no job. Essentially, they expect people to have their own funding 100% covered before they’ll even given them a title, much less any salary. It’s not even a situation where they’ll cover you for a year or two to establish you. Nope. You need to have in place R01s that they’ll then allow you to bring to them.
So, there’s no real job at East Coasty University. They just want to you to write grants for free until you get funded, whereupon they’ll siphon off the indirects and not support you.
But the cool lining is that I created a hashtag on twitter, #realwomenofscience, in response to a bullshit video about women in science that had highheeled models supposedly as women scientists dancing around a dude in scrubs with a microscope. Totally disgusting. So I created my hashtag to promote the real female scientists on twitter that I follow. It got picked up and is now trending nationwide, and other places too. So that’s pretty exciting. It’s nice to have an idea of mine have legs today.