You may call me professor, if you like

This post is bit of navel-gazing. But hey, it is not every week you become professor! [Photo of the book cover of Pretty Man comes from Flickr user ADiamondFellFromTheSky, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license].

This post is bit of navel-gazing. But hey, it is not every week you become professor! [Photo of the book cover of Pretty Man comes from Flickr under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license].

By Jonas Waldenström

Yes, this happened. Since this Monday I am officially a professor – not an assistant professor, or an associate professor, but a full professor. That’s kind of cool.

This also means I have a permanent contract. That’s cool too.

And they pay me better! Total win!

It is yet a bit early to say what this transition means in the long-term. But at least it means that I don’t need to scout around for positions elsewhere, and a closure of 10 years on shorter contracts post-PhD.

I have always loved science and academia, and managed to hang around in this rather harsh and competitive environment. This is partly skill, partly luck, and a huge thanks to a brilliant mentor – my former prof Björn Olsen – who took me on and gave me freedom to do stuff, go places. And as PI, I have been fortunate to have had great students and staff, emanating in good research.

At some timepoint I may write about the choices that brought me here, but I don’t have patience today. This professor needs to read manuscripts, and apply for MOAR money. Because that’s what professors do.

So cheers everyone, old friends and new friends! I hope some good science this way comes.

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