My past few months has been a whirlwind of travel, leaving me little time to post. While my last post was prompted by a sad event, today I’m writing with good news: I got a job!
Beginning in summer 2014, I will be an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago! I am really excited about this opportunity, as it is truly something of a unicorn: a permanent position that balances research with public outreach and education. Many people may be familiar with Adler’s public-facing exhibits and planetarium shows, but it also has an Astronomy department, a scientific visualization lab, and is home to the Zooniverse citizen science development. As such, it’s a unique crossroads of professional research, public participation in science, and a merging of science and art that taps into the wonder and curiosity at the heart of scientific discovery.
Chicago also boasts a number of great academic institutions (including the University of Chicago, where I will be an Associate), so I am looking forward to being part of both Adler and the broader Chicagoland scientific community.
In the meantime, I will be at Princeton for the next year, a department that has been incredibly supportive and helpful over the course of the oft-harrowing job decision process. I’d like to extend a big public thank you to all of my friends and colleagues (both here and at institutions afield) for their thoughtful advice.
P.S. I assume my move will be exactly like this: