After studying English for half a year (with great results by the way) I know and realize that I really enjoy it, but that it is not my future. The question then becomes whether to finish (by studying another 3–4 years) or quit and do something more “compliant” with your future. After my girlfriend applied for a Ph.D. position in the west of Holland (I currently live in the north), I started to think about this more. I considered finding a job in the west as well, but after talking to some people I reconsidered the option of doing a Ph.D.
I started looking around in the country to see if there were any interesting projects going on. Then I found this. And it reminded me of what I posted almost 2.5 years ago in The Importance of Laziness:
When I read the research project’s full project plan I found this:
When you set your goals so much in line with what I wrote about 2.5 years ago, how could I not apply for this position? So I did. And they were interested and invited me for a day of interviews American style.
Yesterday morning I got up at 5.30 in the morning, took two trains and two busses and arrived at the TU Delft around 11. First I did an (almost) hour long presentation for their group (slides in PDF, 14 MB) about my M.Sc. dissertation project, I think it went well. They had some valid remarks.
After lunch I had interviews with four of their group members. First the project leader Eelco Visser, then the professor, Arie van Deursen, then two of the current Ph.D. students: Martin Bravenboer and Ali Mesbah. They all turned out to be really great people working on interesting projects. At the end of the day I was offered the job. This morning I accepted.
So, starting September 1st I will be a Ph.D. student at the TU Delft! I’m very excited and looking forward to it. I will have to move of course, so I have to find a place to live somewhere around there for me and Justyna, but I’m sure it will be fine.
If you think: hey, that is really interesting, I would want to do something like that, maybe you can. If you have a M.Sc. in computer science and interested in this have a look at this page. They are still looking for one or two PhDs and a PostDoc. So if you have your Ph.D. already you can also apply. You will be working closely with a great group of people, among who will be… me. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to work with me ;)
I am not quitting my English studies yet though. I intend to more-or-less finish this year. I probably won’t take all classes (I also teach myself this semester which takes time), but I’m still studying.