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Astronomer to Defense R&D Technical Staff

12 Nov 2015, 07:21 UTC
Astronomer to Defense R&D Technical Staff
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The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.Below is our interview with Lisa Wei, an astronomer turned defense industry R&D Technical Staff.   She likes the challenges of exciting new projects, the work environment, and the ability to leave work behind evenings and weekends.  If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.For access to all our Career Profile Project interviews, please visit http://aas.org/jobs/career-profiles. What field do you currently work in? Defense R&D What is the job title for your current position? Technical Staff What is the name of your company/organization/institution? MIT Lincoln Laboratory What city, state, and country do you live in? Work in? I work in Lexington, MA, and live in the next town over. What is the highest degree in astronomy/physics you have received?PhD What is/was your ultimate/final academic position in astronomy/physics?Smithsonian Millimeter Array (SMA) postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) What were the most important factors that led you to leave astronomy and/or academia?I was not interested in ...

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