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After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:03 pm

Since September 2012, I have lived up here in the frozen north, Calgary, Alberta. I moved up here as soon as I finished my PhD at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). I have been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, in craniofacial embryo 3-D imaging and morphometrics.

In December this year, my postdoctoral fellowship expires (ie, no more funding for it after December). So, since June, I have been searching for either a 2nd postdoctoral fellowship or a junior faculty position in craniofacial research, somewhere in the world. I have sent my CV all over North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

My craniofacial career began at King's College London in England (2004-2007), then I did my PhD at UCSF (2007-2012), before my current postdoctoral appointment here in Calgary.

I have some promising job leads in the eastern US (eg, Boston, Pittsburgh, Iowa City, Bethesda MD), and await other leads from all over the USA from craniofacial labs I have contacted. New York City has several craniofacial labs/departments.

I have also contacted craniofacial institutes/labs in the United Kingdom, including my aforementioned alma mater King's College London, as well as University College London, Cambridge, and Dundee (Scotland). I would ultimately love to return to the UK (I am praying and pulling very hard for this to succeed).

I have also reached out as far away as Australia and New Zealand. At a recent anthropology meeting here in Calgary (where I presented my research), I connected with a professor from the University of Adelaide who told me there is a craniofacial biology unit at the faculty of dentistry that I should consider joining someday. I have sent my CV there as well (and a few other places down under). I would love to spend some time in Australia or New Zealand as well. I still await a response from Adelaide.

I will let you know where I get job offer(s) and decide to move!

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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Very cool Francis - it's been quite interesting following your movements around the world over the years.

Here's hoping for much more success and continued well-being.
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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:42 pm

I know we don't know each other, but I've been following your stories for several years now on here. To say they are inspiring would be an understatement at best. I wish you all the best in your next adventure wherever it may take you. And if you're ever in NV, first round is on me.   

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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:57 pm

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
SmithAir747

I echo the sentiments of Vikkiyvik and Jetsgo above and wish you good luck in your global search! I see you have a preference for more "global" locations but as I am sure are aware UCSD has some excellent craniofacial personnel, programs and departments (I say this with some amount of hometown pride of course!  )!

Please keep us updated!

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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:19 pm

Wow, it's been two years already?? Time flies. It feels like yesterday when you told us you'd move to Alberta! Good luck in your job search  
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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:20 pm

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 2):
How's the violin?

I took violin lessons this past year at a studio in Calgary. I still play my green violin.

Last year I also got my custom-finished green piano, which goes well with my green violin. The big issue, is what to do with my piano when the time comes to move!

Quoting Tugger (Reply 3):
I echo the sentiments of Vikkiyvik and Jetsgo above and wish you good luck in your global search! I see you have a preference for more "global" locations but as I am sure are aware UCSD has some excellent craniofacial personnel, programs and departments (I say this with some amount of hometown pride of course!  )!

Please keep us updated!

Tugg

I have looked at UCSD, but cannot find any information about craniofacial research. There is a craniofacial center, but it's clinical (surgery, etc).

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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:22 pm

I remember you moving to California after you had spent some time in the UK, so it is a surprise that you have spent the last 2 years in Canada. Maybe that tells me how much time I don't spend here.
Hmm Adelaide South Australia is an interesting choice but isn't my first choice of Australian cities to live.
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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:02 am

Good luck SmithAir747.

I was in the grounds of King's College two weeks ago, so your post brought back some memories.

Much success to you.
 
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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:53 am

Good luck with your search, and I hope you find the position you want.

I would recommend staying away from Australian universities at this stage, due to some pretty tumultuous changes in the higher education sector in this country. The media attention is on under-graduate fee deregulation, which in theory could lead to more money available for research, but - more broadly - changes to Commonwealth grant funding model for universities are putting a lot of pressure on university budgets across the board. Due to what I might charitably refer to as 'internal uncertainty' (I could use much stronger language!) I would especially caution against the Australian National University and University of Sydney at this stage. It really pains me to list those two, as I have a huge amount of respect for both institutions, but the sad reality right now is that the further you are away from them the better.
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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:11 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 8):

The one I'm looking at in Australia is the University of Adelaide.

When I presented my research at an anthropological conference in Calgary this past April, one of the new connections I made was a professor from Adelaide, who told me the university's dental faculty also has a craniofacial biology unit, which I should consider applying to (so I have; my CV is being passed around there).

Ultimately I would love to move back to London (or even Cambridge) in the UK, or as a close second, Australia. Living in London gave me the terminal condition of "Londonitis", where I have the irresistible pull to move back there someday on a permanent basis (and work at my alma mater, King's College London craniofacial department). But if there were an opportunity to spend some time in Australia (ie, if a position were open for me) I would move tomorrow.

If only there were ocean liners again, I would take one to move back overseas. Well, there's Cunard's Queen Mary 2, which would be the perfect way to move back to England should the time come.

Meanwhile, I have some possible leads in the eastern USA, including NYU College of Dentistry in New York City, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, among the others I listed before. Living in New York City is tempting, should I stay in the USA.

I do wish St. Louis Children's Hospital (my childhood hospital alma-mater of sorts for my craniofacial surgeries) had a craniofacial laboratory research division, but they don't; otherwise I would move there should I remain in the USA.

I'm pulled many ways.

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RE: After 2 Years In Canada, Moving Yet Again

Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:44 am

Congratulations SmithAir747!   
Keep up the good work man!

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