My new job at The University of Sheffield

December 2nd, 2014 | Categories: walking randomly | Tags:

For almost 10 years now I have been working in scientific applications support at The University of Manchester. It’s been a wonderful decade in which I’ve learned a lot, made many good friends and worked on dozens of collaborations with academic and IT colleagues alike. Since I live in Sheffield, I’ve also spent just over a year of my life on public transport!

It is, however, time for me to move on and I am delighted to announce that, as of 2nd March, I will be moving to The University of Sheffield. My new position is a joint venture between Sheffield’s Corporate Information and Computing Services (CICS) department and Professor Neil Lawrence, an expert in machine learning and computational biology.

I’m really excited about this new position — there’s going to be research computing support, open data science, high performance computing, software carpentry, teaching, code consultancy, GPUs, Python, MATLAB and lots more of the hardware and software technologies that I love so much. The fact that my commute is being reduced from 4 hours a day to 30 minutes a day is just the icing on the cake!

I’d like to publicly thank everyone at The University of Manchester for making my time there so wonderful. The University of Manchester is a truly amazing place in which to work and is chock-full of the most important resource of any organisation – creative, intelligent, driven, passionate and friendly people. I’ve still got 3 months to go before I leave so let’s make sure we get together at least one more time before I go.

  1. December 2nd, 2014 at 11:31
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    Congratulations, Mike, especially on the reduced commute. It’s a lot of life time.

  2. Jenny
    December 2nd, 2014 at 12:12
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    :-( for us :-) for you!

  3. Khoa
    December 2nd, 2014 at 12:30
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    Love your blog! Wish you a great success in your new venture!

  4. December 2nd, 2014 at 12:41
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    I am deilighted! I do hope we shall see you in Sheffield Physics after March.

  5. December 2nd, 2014 at 22:07
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    Really looking forward to having you in Sheffield!

  6. oversky
    December 3rd, 2014 at 03:30
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    Congratulations, Mike.
    Does LinkedIn help finding the position?

  7. Mike Croucher
    December 3rd, 2014 at 07:58
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    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words.

    @oversky – LinkedIn didn’t help me get this one. It did, however, get me quite a few expressions of interest — none of which I took further because I can currently be very selective. The main reason I turned people down was location — I didn’t want to swap one huge commute for another.

  8. December 3rd, 2014 at 15:18
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    Congratulations on the new job.

    I once caught the train from Manchester to Nottingham, via Sheffield, and it was absolutely packed full of commuters. I wouldn’t have stood the journey for 10 days, let alone 10 years.

    I am sure you will be sadly missed by all the people you have helped at Manchester.

  9. James Lebak
    December 6th, 2014 at 15:49
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    Congratulations on your shorter commute, and best wishes in your new position.

  10. Karl
    December 9th, 2014 at 10:38

    Congratulations Mike! A loss for Manchester, but a real win-win for Sheffield University and for you.

  11. December 29th, 2014 at 11:50

    Congratulations and best of luck!

  12. January 4th, 2015 at 10:27

    Congrats, Mike!! I found these news from a pingback on Neil’s blog, I am thrilled to hear this worked out! Indeed a loss for Manchester, but a win for Sheffield, and I think after 10y of that commute, you’d more than earned it :)

  13. ahmad ronahi
    January 22nd, 2015 at 16:33

    congrats ,we learned a lot from you and hope you accelerate commenting here :)

  14. May 14th, 2015 at 18:49

    Hi Mike, I wanted to ask you some advice about using Matlab at Manchester, you were supporting my EngD student. You are missed, I’ve seen how carefully and detailed all your Mathlab pages are here at Manchester.

  15. Mike Croucher
    May 17th, 2015 at 18:21

    Hi Patricia. I’ve emailed you to see if I can help out with your MATLAB issue.