New job in Switzerland!

Filed under: geneva, life — Tags: , , , — thomas11 @ 16:42

Better late than never, an update about my life and what I’ll be doing in the near and mid-term future: I’ll move to Genève (Geneva), Switzerland! I’ve accepted a position at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), one of the world’s most renowned institutions in bioinformatics. The SIB provides tools, internet resources, and expert-annotated data in areas such as genomics, proteomics and systems biology.

Starting May 5, I’ll be a software developer in the Swiss-Prot group, which develops and annotates the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot protein sequence database, the most widely used protein information resource in the world. Also, the group develops or co-develops other databases such as PROSITE, ENZYME, and ExPASy.

Obviously, there’s a lot of software development and maintenance involved, throughout the stack from databases to web frontends, along with the integration of analysis tools and data export in different formats.

The domain the SIB deals with brings some challenges that will certainly keep the job interesting (and me busy ;-): the huge volumes of data with complex interrelations, the mix of different technologies, and the rapid pace of progress in the Life Sciences. Add to that the research-oriented nature of the institute and the international collaborations the SIB is part of, and I guess I have an awesome job. Also, Genève is certainly a very beautiful (if expensive) city, with the best surroundings a mountain-lover like me could dream of. And learning proper French has always been a pet project of mine, now it will evolve into a must-do project – certainly a good thing. Yes, as you might have noticed, I’m really looking forward to the new job!

I don’t have a permanent flat yet, the SIB provided me with temporary accomodation until I find something. Also, I don’t have a local phone connection yet. So if you’d like to contact me, and I hope many of you will, please do it via e-mail or via this blog.


Status Update

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , , — thomas11 @ 00:11

Hey fellow readers – I hope you are still there after the long blogging delay. It’s high time to give you an update on my current situation.

I graduated recently, and now it’s final what my next station is: I’ll be working as a freelance developer and architect on an application for the University of Heidelberg. The project itself, however, runs under the umbrella of my old university in Karlsruhe, and I’ll be working in an office there .

The goal of the project is to develop a web-based application to both support the creation of an etymological dictionary, and make it available online as soon as there’s a reasonable amount of finished content. The application is for the DEAF group in Heidelberg, who create a dictionary of medieval French (DEAF = Dictionnaire étymologique de l’ancien français), with great expertise and attention to detail, which has made them one of the most renowned groups in this field internationally.

For myself, this allows me to really get into modern web application development and try out several exciting technologies such as Wicket (most likely) and Hibernate, while working with very nice and dedicated people.

I’m also living in Karlsruhe again, in a very cool flat together with a former fellow student and, of course, Susi the cat. Update your address books: Leopoldstr. 20, 76133 Karlsruhe.



Filed under: life — Tags: , , , — thomas11 @ 16:19

Bound copies of my Studienarbeit and Diplomarbeit

That’s it. I’m not sure I have fully realized it myself, but I have graduated and am now “Diplom-Informatiker” (equivalent to a Master in Computer Science). Six years of studying — yes, that’s longer than optimal, but it’s not too bad, I hope, because I did quite some extra stuff — and now it’s over. Wow!!! ;-)

Even my never-ending Studienarbeit got accepted! I only believed it when I saw the bound copy (a mere ten pages less than the Master’s thesis…).

Now, what to do? I have some ideas and a very good offer, and am currently clearing up my thoughts a bit. Watch this space.

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