I can safely let the cat out of the bag now.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Chicago interviewing at two places. One was the University of Chicago. The other was at Fermilab. The University of Chicago one was a decent job. OK pay. Nice people. The interview went well and I felt that I could do a decent job if they chose to hire me.
The Fermilab job? It blew me away with the tour and an interview that literally took all day! I swear, I must have talked to every person in the accelerator division. By the end of the day, I was lucky to be speaking English and not some bizarre mishmash of mathematics, astrophysics, français, and español! (The latter two were due to the fact that the head of Fermilab is French and I met several people around the lab speaking Spanish.)
Still I had done my best and I guess that my best was good enough because today, I got my offer. Or to put it another way, I’m going to be playing with some of the coolest and most expensive toys on earth!
So, I’m moving to Chicago sometime in the near future. More details to come.