Well, here's a post I didn't think I'd be writing, although the possibility (given my industry) has always been there. The Wonder Drug Factory has decided to totally rearrange their research divisions, and we've been informed that our site is slated to close. Several hundred people will be losing their jobs, and I'm one of them. I don't agree with the decision (hey, I never think it's a good idea to turn me out on the street), but "out of my hands" doesn't begin to describe it. By all appearances, things will be shut down by the end of the year.
So the job search is on, and I'm going to start it by using whatever size platform I've built here. As for my background and experience, well, si curriculum vitae requiris, circumspice. I'm told by colleagues that reading my site is a pretty good simulation of having me around in person, so (for better or worse), that's what you'd be getting. I can provide a more traditional CV on request, of course, with the accompanying lists of patents, publications, and previous projects.
For family reasons, I'd prefer to stay in Connecticut, but I'll obviously start looking farther afield depending on what's out there. Industrial drug discovery is my strong point, naturally, but I'm certainly willing to listen to other ideas (academia, etc.) I can be contacted at email@example.com. I also want to mention that I have a number of very capable colleagues, at all levels of experience. Recruiters and search firms, give me a call - I can put you on to some excellent prospects: chemists, biologists - we've got 'em all. Or more accurately, we had them all, until today.
I'd been reasonably optimistic as the clouds gathered here over the last few months, but at the same time I've been preparing for this event, which is within error bars of the worst case. As for my attitude toward such things, I can tell you that Epictetus said it a long time ago:
Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be." And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you. . .
When therefore we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles. An uninstructed person will lay the fault of his own bad condition upon others. Someone just starting instruction will lay the fault on himself. Some who is perfectly instructed will place blame neither on others nor on himself.
Losing this job has not been in my control. Finding another one is. Here goes!