East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

A momentary illusion


As some of my readers may know, I’m looking for a new job – my collaboration with the University of Urbino having expired in February, money is running out.

Today I chanced upon a list of open positions at NASA – somebody posted the link on Facebook as a joke, and I checked it out anyway.
I mean, I’m in working hell, I look at every possible position.
And being a scientist, NASA sounds like a reasonable prospect employer.


And there, on top of the list, there’s my job.
An Earth Sciences specialist, with a sideline in Mathematics and Statistics, experience in Remote Sensing.
That’s me.
There’s even a $82,642.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year pay bracket.
And the position is still open!
Where’s my CV, now…
Ooops… There’s one drawback – “This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.”

Oh, heck – back to square one.
Back in my happy country in which a PhD in Earth Sciences can always hope for a part-time job as a test crammer for high-schoolers – but not during summer.

And you know what’s the worst part in all this?
The jokes.
The people with a job laughing at the idea of submitting a CV to NASA, or to any other big time operation, anything that’ s not “mundane”.
The ones that do not have to worry about this months bills, thinking your efforts, and hopes, and slowly increasing desperation are quite a lot of fun.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

5 thoughts on “A momentary illusion

  1. They laugh about what they don’t understand. Except for the national borders, it was and excellent job to submit a CV to. I’m looking for a valid Pete Townshend address to invite him to Italy (his autobiograpy is amazing). Who of us is craziest? 🙂


  2. Welcome back in Italy 😦


  3. My two cents: why do not submit your CV anyway? It won’t hurt anyone.


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