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the NSF grant that paid my salary has not been renewed. my boss told me today. he felt terrible about it.

 

i have worked there five years and really liked the job.

 

i have well into next year before the grant runs out, but i'm scared.

 

this has been a really bad month.

 

thank you for letting me vent.

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That really sucks. I also recently lost a job through no fault of my own, but it was only part time and I still have my job during the week. I was three three and a half years.

 

I feel for you. Hopefully you'll be able to find something else since you have some advance notice. I wish you luck.

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the NSF grant that paid my salary has not been renewed. my boss told me today. he felt terrible about it.

 

i have worked there five years and really liked the job.

 

i have well into next year before the grant runs out, but i'm scared.

 

this has been a really bad month.

 

thank you for letting me vent.

 

I am so sorry. I am assuming that NSF is National Science Foundation? I am from Holland, also paid by a grant from the Dutch NSF so to say, and I know how hard it is to get grants and funding. Are you postdoc/analyst...? Can you apply for a grant yourself?

 

At least you have a year to start applying for a job. Are you in a field where you could transfer to industry?

 

-- best wishes for you!!

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i have a grad degree, so education isn't a problem. and i have a solid record and recommendations. i'm just really sad about this. and a bit angry that the government has tons of money for their banking buddies but they have no problem cutting scientific research.

 

Oh yes, I totally agree. It's so frustrating. I won't go political here- but it's tempting! And this works like this everywhere. Especially fundamental research (non-applied) will the first ones to be cut out. I am sorry man.

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I am so sorry. I am assuming that NSF is National Science Foundation? I am from Holland, also paid by a grant from the Dutch NSF so to say, and I know how hard it is to get grants and funding. Are you postdoc/analyst...? Can you apply for a grant yourself?

 

At least you have a year to start applying for a job. Are you in a field where you could transfer to industry?

 

-- best wishes for you!!

 

thanks.

 

yeah, NSF is the same here.

 

i have a masters, so i doubt i could get a grant. i'm a research assistant. i suppose i could get a doctorate, but i'm not really sure. i'm taking some time to think about it.

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Oh yes, I totally agree. It's so frustrating. I won't go political here- but it's tempting! And this works like this everywhere. Especially fundamental research (non-applied) will the first ones to be cut out. I am sorry man.

 

yeah, i'm in fundamental (non-applied.) have been worried that this might happen.

 

i'm most sad to lose the best boss i've ever had. i know i'll probably not ever have another like him.

 

oh well, i guess i should let that go and start looking forward.

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You could try to apply for graduate school to get into a PhD program- if you really like to work in the academia a PhD would be necessary for most grants (except for the ones that will pay you through graduate school I guess. Sorry, system is different in my country, I am a lucky one who is employed as a PhD 'fellow' rather than student, I don't know exactly how it works here).

 

Would you be willing to move/emigrate for work/getting a degree?

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You could try to apply for graduate school to get into a PhD program- if you really like to work in the academia a PhD would be necessary for most grants (except for the ones that will pay you through graduate school I guess. Sorry, system is different in my country, I am a lucky one who is employed as a PhD 'fellow' rather than student, I don't know exactly how it works here).

 

Would you be willing to move/emigrate for work/getting a degree?

 

not sure yet. i sing in a rock band, and that makes me want to stay in my area.

my best friends are in my band.

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Most people in academic careers move around a lot (I know very few that have been able to work at the same university for their whole career)- this is related to the fact that people get tenured relatively late (as for age). If you'd pursue a PhD and accordingly do postdocs until you enter some tenure-track position, you will most likely move around.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your job loss. It makes me angry too that funding for scientific research is being cut. At least you have the grad degree. I think the suggestions about going for a PhD are good, but I'd do research first about the reality of getting a full time job (tenured or non-tenured). I've been reading lots of articles lately about people with PhDs only getting part time adjunct positions.

 

Have you read the Chronicle of Higher Education? I've found that's a good resource. link removed Also, there's a listserv for people with a master's who aren't sure whether to complete a PhD or not, and lots of info about options for non-academic jobs, that's been very helpful to me (even though I'm in an MFA program and not PhD). It's mostly for people in the humanities & social sciences, but I think there would be info applicable to you. Check it out at link removed

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