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I’m Officially A Research Scientist

May 19, 2013

Well everyone, tomorrow’s a big day for me.  I’ll be starting a new job working in a research lab.  Dr. Yew San Hor recently asked me if I’d be interested in helping do research in his lab.  He’s been receiving awards and grants to build up his lab and team, and he invited me to join.   When I heard what we’ll be researching, I didn’t even have to hesitate.  We’re designing, building, and growing superconducting crystals and insulators which will be used in quantum computers.

What will my function be in the lab?  I’m not completely sure yet.  From what I gathered, he wants me to design software to manage all the data they’re collecting.  We also need to be able to interface our laptops with all the equipment, such as oscilloscopes and things, so I’ll be handling that.  According to Dr. Hor, I’ll be doing experimental work at times, but he also wants me to do theoretical simulations, building computer models of the different crystals.  This is right up my alley!

Superconducting crystal

I think we’ll be directly collaborating with a lab at Princeton in some capacity.  We’ll also eventually be building a special detector where we’ll be attempting to trap dark matter inside.  How cool is that!

I’m far from an expert in condensed matter physics, but I’ll be working in this lab for years so I just have to take it one step at a time.  I’m already working to build up a collection of condensed matter physics texts, and I’m sure I’m going to need them!

To think that I could actually get paid to study matter in exotic conditions!  I was telling my friend Fraser that I would’ve easily worked in this lab for free, but hey, if they’ll pay me, sure!  I’ll take it.  This is the first time in my life that I’ve been paid money to do something that I really want to do.  That’s never happened to me before.  This is a big milestone.  I’ve been spending most of my free time these days building simulations of all sorts and nobody has paid me anything!

I’m going to be building and working with machines like in the video above!  For the past few days, I’ve been in a mild state of freaking out.

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