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Work with incredibly intelligent people. Very interesting research. There are many, many chances to work on publishable work and significantly contribute.
Turnover from year to year as junior staff leaves for graduate school/medical school.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Gryphon Scientific.
I applied online, and after a few weeks I was contacted for more information, including anticipated graduation date and transcripts. They also asked me to analyze a published journal article (which they sent) and to summarize my findings. They gave me a few weeks to do this. This was actually quite enjoyable, as it was an interesting question and the data were somewhat open ended. After sending these in I was scheduled for a video interview.
The interview was two hours long, during which I met with two groups of two people. After preliminary discussions of my research background, they asked a series of questions. They came in two varieties. First, let’s say we wanted to understand X/design something that could do X - what factors do you think would be important, and why? How would you go about getting/measuring/testing the required information? Second, estimate how many of X are there in Y? A standard Fermi problem, they wanted to see my reasoning. None of the questions required specialized knowledge, and they were presumably designed to see my problem solving skills. I found this process a great deal of fun.
The people were very friendly, and the work they described seemed very interesting. However, there were two things that gave me the impression that this job might not be the right one for me. First, they wanted someone who could start soon - within a month ideally, and didn’t anticipate having a job opening for someone who couldn’t start within that timeframe. However, they knew my anticipated graduation date (which was several months away) before they scheduled the interview, so I’m not sure why they bothered with the interview if there was no room for me. Aside from being slightly confusing, this gave me the impression that they were hiring to meet a specific demand, as opposed to ongoing demand. What would happen to me after that specific project ended? They were evasive when I asked when I would hear back about the job.
Second, there were strong hints that 40 hours a week was more of a minimum than an average, and that people who wanted to get promoted worked longer hours. Similarly, they said that promotion was contingent upon bringing in government contracts. Don’t get me wrong - it didn’t sound like I’d be worked to the bone, but I’m looking for a place with strong work/life balance, where 40 hours a week is the norm and I’m not judged on the money and contracts I bring in. So, this may be an upside for people who want to put in long hours and rise up the ladder quickly. But I should also note that I really appreciate their honesty about this. I don’t think I would prosper in that environment, so it’s best for both them and me that I knew this up front.
After receiving an offer from another company I withdrew my application from Gryphon.
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