Jobhunter’s log: Scotland calling

I’m happy to report that June has been a bit more active than the month before.

Picking up where we left of last month with the SciLifeLab job, I wasn’t selected for a second round of interviews. I eventually learned that the vacancy had already been filled rather than being informed of how the progress had been, as anticipated when talking with the recruiter/interviewer.

I have also been helping my former employer at Hjärnlabbet once more. This time, I was following up on a list with potential recruits to future waves of one of the studies. There will be another advertisement soon so myself and a colleague have been calling those who couldn’t get a spot for the first wave, in order to offer them a fair chance at partaking in the coming ones.

Speaking of phone calls, I unexpectedly received a call from the University of Edinburgh in mid-June. As a reminder, I visited Edinburgh in 2014 to collect data for my Master dissertation in Biomedicine.

Due to a low battery, I couldn’t take the call so regrettably I do not know who was calling or for what purpose. After a Google search, I found a few people associated with the number and sent out e-mails. A few days later, I found a page on the University website that indicated a dead-end:

If this number displays, then it means someone from within the University of Edinburgh has tried to contact you, though unfortunately we will be unable to tell you who has called. 

Via Information Services – The University of Edinburgh

Thus, this seems to be a general caller ID of sorts. Those who have replied to my e-mails all indicated it wasn’t them calling me either. I would have to hope that someone calls me again then. I do not think it was my former colleagues/research group because they would have my contact information. Same with the one PhD interview I had with another group while I was in Edinburgh so they could also choose to e-mail etc.

While having potential interest from Edinburgh (mind, I haven’t applied for anything there this year) is thrilling, I am also a bit concerned following the recent decision by the UK to leave the EU.

If my jobseeking efforts in Sweden don’t work out, I have considered to look abroad and Scotland would certainly have been my first choice. This news makes me more hesitant as it is still unclear what this means for EU citizens wanting to come to the UK and uncertainty within academia in the UK as a whole e.g. with regards to funding.

For the record, Scotland unanimously voted to remain in the EU and discussions are now taking place to see how that desire can be honoured – including talks with EU leaders in Brussels and the option of a second Scottish independence referendum, following a victory for the “No” campaign in 2014. SNP leader and Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that EU citizens “remain welcome” in Scotland and that their “contribution is valued” following the Brexit, so let’s wait and see.

Elsewhere, I have had another lunch with former classmates for additional insights about opportunities and an offer to learn flow cytometry. I have spoken to my cousin who holds a PhD in Developmental neuroscience at Uppsala University who also gave me some advice and tips on where to look. Other than that, I have applied for 3 job vacancies and a PhD position in Uppsala in the last month. Hopefully more PhD positions will emerge as we approach the start of the autumn semester and a new academic year.

Until next time, all the best!
Simon

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