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PhD Thesis Step 6: 48 hours

Microblog of the 48 h hours around my to my PhD defense.

15.12.2016

09:00 – Working on the PhD presentation
13:00 – Short walk to Bella Casa to order 18 Pizzas for tomorrow
14:00 – Chat with other PhD students about previous oral exams.
14:30 – Last chat with my advisor before the defense, as usual we talk about everything an nothing.
15:30 – Final edits to my presentation.
17:30 – Presentation dry run with useful feedback from Herbert
18:30 – Christmas social at the office
19:15 – Shopping for beer, champagne and snacks
19:45 – Delivering beer and snacks to the uni campus
20:30 – Last minute studying of “Microwave Engineering” by David M. Pozar
23:00 – Brushing my teeth and going to sleep
24:00 – Realizing that there won’t be much sleep tonight.

16.12.2016

07:30 – Good morning!
08:00 – Ironing a white shirt
08:20 – Final dry run before the actual thing
08:50 – Realizing that I have my black shoes at my parents place. – The dark blue will have to do
09:00 – Short walk to the university
09:20 – Connecting to the projector. Having my friend Reinhard print some last minute paperwork.
09:45 – First guests arrive
10:00 – The show starts
11:15 – Yay! You may now call me Dr. Schmid
11:45 – The party starts: Champagne, beer and pizza for everyone!
13:00 – So many people have shown up to party with me! Me, happy!
16:00 – We move to a pub
17:00 – We move to a restaurant
21:00 – I arrive back home – still, happy!
22:00 – I fall asleep.

17.12.2016

05:30 – Getting up, I have a train to catch
07:15 – Boarding the train to Flughafen Wien.
10:20 – Boarding the plane to Athens
13:45 – Landing in Athens
14:30 – Boarding the Metro
15:30 – Arrival at the hotel for the Region 8 OpCom meeting
16:00 – Joining my last IEEE Region 8 OpCom Meeting
xx:xx – Still feeling happy!

PhD Thesis Step 5: All Set for the Final Date

If there’s one thing that I have learned about my PhD advisor over the past years, it’s that he’s a last minute kind-of-person. Now that all reports are in (on the last possible day), the university has officially announced my defense!

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Two thoughts that keep me going:

  • In 6 days from now I’ll have officially eared my PhD.
  • In 7 days from now I’ll enjoy a cocktails with a view on the Acropolis of Athens.

PhD Thesis Step 2: Collecting ECTS

Finally I figured out which curriculum applies – they have changed it 5 times since I’ve started my PhD. Lucky as I am, the classes and ECTS that I have collected so far can still be used today. Some bureaucratic hurdles later, the university online system now says that I have completed all my ECTS duties. Yay!

image001We may now actually buy the champagne. I’ll keep you posted.

 

PhD Thesis Step 1: Informal Submission

The road to my PhD is a bumpy one. But finally I think I am at the point where it becomes realistic for me to close this nasty open loop within the next 3 months.

The first step (that I am willing to blog about) was the informal submission of my thesis today. I submitted it both to my supervisor and the second, external examiner from the University of Ulm.

phd-coverWe may want to think about shopping for champagne. I’ll keep you posted.

Left4Dead2

Some time during the last year I got myself a steam account. Originally, I just wanted to see where Linux gaming was. My verdict: The choices are limited and most games are only available for Windows. But those that are available on Linux (Half Life 2, Portal, Left4Dead, …) are just as playable on Linux as on Windows.

At any rate, during the holiday season Steam gave away Left4Dead2 for free. That’s why I and most of my steam friends at uni have it and why we meet online to play it from time to time, such as today. Guilty as charged, there’s a little video game addict in me ;)

Left4Dead2After all: you have to be prepared for the ultimate zombie apocalypse. Apart from that it’s probably a good idea to make sure you and your colleagues at work (the place where you are most likely going to be when it’s going to happen) are working like a well-oiled zombie defence machine.

Actually that justification sucks …

My Job #2

In my last post I claimed that part of my research is paid for by Infineon, the rest of the money is actually coming from public funding. That is why we have to provide an annual report about our activities once a year. Today I spent most of my time preparing the 2013 report.

The afternoon mostly went into updating my CV and preparing job application material. This week’s discussions made me understand that I should at least be able to hand in something at any given time. – You gotta be prepared ;)

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Looking for a Job

Ok, I’ll finally talk about my job. I am a PhD student and I am employed by the Johannes Kepler University Linz. However I am not involved in the teaching side of university apart from supervising Bachelor and Master Theses. I am a research assistant, I don’t TA and my research is (mostly) paid for by a company called Infineon.

To be a little bit more specific: I am doing research in the field of mm-wave radar systems. I’ve had quite a good time as PhD student. Lots of interesting conferences, research directions, research questions + great researchers around me. However (hopefully) I am going to graduate soon. Which brings me to the title of this post: I am going to be looking for a new job soon (May/June)!

I can’t help it, I have to make this yet another pleading for getting an engineering degree. One of the reasons: If you were flexible regarding the exact location, getting a job as an engineer has never been a problem during the last 20 years. To give you an example: As of today I haven’t applied for a single job, but I have received 6 job offers during the last year.

Today I was invited to yet another “job interview” at Infineon. – If you believe what some people say about a major Japanese customer awarding Infineon with a design win regarding automotive radar, you could image that they’d have a few of job openings in that field, such as

http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=35378&Lang=Deutsch
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=35376&Lang=Deutsch
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/students/show_job.php?ID=12913&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/students/show_job.php?ID=12915&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=35124&Lang=Deutsch
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34982&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34981&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34970&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34833&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34638&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34495&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34494&Lang=Deutsch
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=34493&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=33469&Lang=English
http://www.infineon-jobs.com/jobs/show_job.php?ID=32760&Lang=English.

Actually it was less of an interview, because they know about my background. At any rate it was an interesting discussion and they are definitely on the list of addresses when I am going to start sending out job applications in April.

If you are a talented engineer, are looking for a job, would like to shape tomorrow’s driver-assistance system or maybe even self-driving transportation systems (aka cars), and are willing to move to a nice and dynamic city, I do highly recommend taking a look at the job offers above. Please apply even if you don’t think you’re the perfect fit!