Jobs for Astronomers

Bye bye research. So now what?

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One year ago, I posted the above status on the Facebook Astronomers page. My decision to quit research in astrophysics didn't come out of the blue. I had been working as a post-doc for one year. At the beginning of that post-doc I was enthusiastic, happy to be able to work on my own projects, to be considered an expert in something, to have the opportunity to produce some results. But 6 months into it, I felt too much pressure by the "publish or perish" mentality. All my friends were happily publishing paper after paper, while I was just discovering a serious error in the first paper I was about to submit. My boss noticed the decline in my performance, and eventually gave me an ultimatum: "You are smart", he said, "smarter than many people who have successful careers in astrophysics. But you're not putting in the hours. This is not enough. You can make it in science, but you have to really think whether you really want to or not. If you do, you still have time to turn things...

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Welcome to the JfA blog!

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Hello everybody! 

We are launching the JfA blog today, in the hope that it will become a platform for further sharing of information and communication within our small (but constantly growing) community. I hope that we will have many guest posts and reports in the future from JfA members. If you'd like to contribute a longer version of your job search story, please contact me at in order to arrange for a post.

We have already read some success stories in the facebook group, but many are also interested in those stories that share the difficulties of searching for a job after working in academia. I have been contacted by some former astronomers who have been searching unsuccessfully for a job for quite a while, and I urge those people to also share their experience through the JfA facebook page and through this blog. 

Jobs for Astronomers has still a long way to go. There have been some initial successes, but I am looking forward to more ...

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