to: The boss
cc: Another senior person, HR
As I discussed with you last week, I have accepted a position with UTS, starting Feb 9th 2015, and I resign my position with UWS. My last day will be Feb 6th 2015.
Dr PETER SEFTON Manager, eResearch, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development) University of Western Sydney
What? eResearch Support Manager - more or less the same gig as I’ve had at UWS, in a tech-focussed uni with a bigger team, dedicated visualisation service and HPC staff, an actual budget and mostly within a few city blocks.
Why UTS? A few reasons.
There was a job going, I thought I’d see if they liked me. They did. I already knew some of the eResearch team there. I’m confident we will be good together.
It’s a continuing position, rather than the five-year, more-than-half-over contract I was on, not that I’m planning to settle down for the rest of my working life as an eResearch manager or anything.
But what about the travel!!!!? It will be 90 minutes laptop time each way on a comfy, reasonably cheap and fairly reliable train service with almost total mobile internet coverage, with a few hundred metres walking on either end. That’s a change from 35-90 minutes each way depending on what campus(es) I was heading for that day and the mode of transport, which unfortunately was mostly motor vehicle. I do not like adding yet another car to Sydney’s M4, M7 or M5, despite what I said in my UWS staff snapshot. I think I’ll be fine with the train. If not, oops. Anyway, there are inner-Sydney family members and mates I’ll see more of if only for lunch.
When the internets stop working the view is at its best. OK, apart from the tunnel and the cuttings.
What’s the dirt on UWS? It’s not about UWS, I’ve had a great time there, learned how to be an eResearch manager, worked on some exciting projects, made some friends, and I’ll be leaving behind an established, experienced eResearch team to continue the work. I’m sorry to be going. I’d work there again.
Why did you use this mode of announcement? I was inspired by Titus Brown, a few weeks a go.
[updated 2015-01-07 - typo]