Finally got my visa…will do research for food

So, after months of not being able to work here in the UK, I finally have my visa and can find a salary.  A friend once said to me, “academics are never unemployed, only under salaried ” and in many respects this is true.  I haven’t received a research salary (to do evolutionary biology) in a long time, yet I’m busier than ever.  How does that work?  Well, for one thing, I’ve been retraining myself in NGS analysis techniques, learning and working on RADtag analysis and RNAseq.  I did this because it is likely that I will move around a lot in the coming years as my wife and I are both researchers.  Being bound only to a computer and an internet connection makes being productive much easier (and its fun – the bioinformatics, not the moving), Also since moving to the UK when we left Panama, I have been prohibited from working – it says so in my passport – while the border agency evaluates my claim.  To me it was simple – my wife is Finnish, we are married, she has a job in the UK, so I am allowed to work under several european treaties – the whole process is a rubber stamp.  As it turns out, there are literally thousands of people for whom it is “just a rubber stamp” and I had to (figuratively) stand in line just like everyone else.  Unluckily for me, that meant surrendering my passport while a decision was made.  It took many months (forever?), and meant I had to cancel conference attendances and reschedule meetings.  Finally, as summer drew to a close my visa was approved.  It was a rubber stamp exactly as expected, but boy were those lines long…

So now I can find a salary.  Anyone got a job for me?…