I already announced this via Twitter after my sweet husband forced my hand, but I've got some exciting news:
I'm moving back to Washington, y'all.
I know, I know, that's not super surprising because we got married and Paul lives in Washington, but this is six and a half years in the making, guys. I've missed Seattle and have been trying to go back for some time now (let's be honest, since 4 months into my tenure in Texas), but the timing has always been wrong.
When Paul and I decided to elope, I was already looking for jobs in the Pacific Northwest because I knew my postdoc was coming to an end and my ultimate goal was to end up closer to fam. I knew it'd be a while to find employment that would fulfill me--a requirement after very suddenly realizing that academia and life at a research university (that was my goal and dream for the prior 5 years) was not for me. My current job has been great for professional development but after hearing about how much Paul loves his job and what he does on a daily basis, it made me realize that I need a career where this is possible--where I love going to work so much that Mondays don't feel like Mondays.
And then, the most wonderful thing happened. In the midst of applying to a bunch of places, my dream job appeared in front of me: I was contacted by the head of a "start-up" lab in Seattle who was looking for a social scientist/data programmer and told me to think about applying if I was interested in a career change. Fast forward two Skype/Google Hangout calls and an in-person interview in Washington later, and I got offered the position:
I'm going to work in Nordstrom corporate's People Lab, building culture (one that is "inspiring and productive!") and simultaneously measuring it (with experimental design and creative data) in their quite large IT department.
I can't even begin to explain how perfect a fit this is for me, from the technical aspect (data analysis, creative thinking) to the cultural aspect (considering the lab's job is to foster culture, the lab itself is--not surprisingly--awesome). It doesn't sound like they'd need someone with a heavy behavioral neuroscience background, but trust me, an experimental psychologist is exactly what they need. I start mid-November, and move back up north next week. Life is good, y'all.
If you live in Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, or Boise, we'll be headed your way on a road trip up next week (mom's driving with me)! Holler if you want to say hi!