- Research assistant
- Research associate
- Research fellow
These are all terms for posts that post-docs might do, and posts that I’d like to do because they build up on the research skills that I’ve developed over the last five years, and because I enjoy mixing with people who do research. Researchers think, debate and question, which means that discussion with researchers is absorbing, ” like an absorbing game” (D.H.Lawrence), so I’d like to be with researchers and toresearch.
I’ve applied for a couple of research posts. One I was short listed for, had an interview and didn’t get the job, but had positive feedback. It was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve had, demonstrating through discussion that I’d really have liked to work with those people for just the reasons I’ve given above. How exciting to research with eminent researchers who are already so skilled in what they do. The other post I heard back from after a week, saying that my application was ‘strong’, which was nice but that they had had a lot of interest and been able to appoint someone with a publishing record.
I have another research post advert on my desk that I’m considering and will probably contact informally the people that it mentions to discuss the possible post before I apply. That too, in its small print asks for someone with a publishing record. I’d better get on and publish.