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A few days ago, PLoS ONE posted a few job ads, including this one. A friend of mine saw it and thought the job-description was pretty much a Bora-description (another friend wrote in an e-mail that all it is missing is a clause “must be a Red-State Serbian Jewish atheist liberal PhD student”), so he sent me the link.
Some people like to keep secrets, but I like to air my thoughts in public (why have a blog otherwise?) so I posted my thoughts about it late on Friday night and decided to sleep on it, think about it over the weekend, consult with my wife, my kids, my brother, my mother and a few good (blogging) friends, then formally apply on Monday (yesterday).
Next morning, I woke up to a comment by the Managing Editor of PLoS ONE asking if my blog-post should be considered as a formal job application. My comment in response was a Yes.
Now, that’s a first! I never consciously try to be the first in everything, but it seems that such things always happen to me. The first to have a blog-post cited in a paper, the first to publish data, the first to organize a Science Blogging Conference, the first to edit a Science Blogging Anthology… I just do what I want and like. By not having anyone to answer to but myself, I have more freedom than most other science bloggers to do what I want and like and break new ground in the process. So why not be the first to apply for a job by posting on my blog, then formally apply by posting a comment on the post?
Anyway, I can’t tell you all the details right now, but we are talking and I may go for an interview soon. I’ll keep you posted if and when something remarkable happens.
Oh, btw, you can also be online frontier pioneers by posting one-sentence letters of recommendations in the comments to that post (or this one) if you feel like it…