As you may have surmised from the previous post, my job search ended recently, and yes, I will still be residing in the northeastern United States. However, I will not be in Boston. Starting in July, I am going to be the manager of the structural biology core facility at Brown University, so I’ll be moving to Providence.
This is really exciting for me. Structural biology is an area that Brown wants to grow, and we’re going to be getting some great new equipment to help that happen. Before I even start, they’re installing a new Rigaku instrument for X-ray crystallography and SAXS, and this fall they will be installing a new high-field Bruker NMR spectrometer with a cryoprobe (to complement an existing 500/cryo). The equipment is going to be top-notch, and I think there will be lots of opportunities for groups at Brown and in the surrounding area to use this facility to expand their research programs.
I certainly hope they take advantage, because I love structural biology and think these techniques are incredibly useful research tools. Also, a broad user base is key to keeping facilities like this solvent.
Providence is too far to commute (at least for me), but it’s not that far from Boston in real terms, especially given the rail connection. I expect to be back in Beantown relatively often, for visits to the Gardner, concerts, and the occasional massive exposition full of amazing indie games. Of course, if there are some expositions full of amazing indie games in Providence, I am up for that, too.
So farewell, Boston! I will be slightly more distant from you in the future.