by Iva Raynova. Published: 31 May 2016

Chiara has been working with ALICE since 2006. She is currently a postdoc in Wayne State University in Michigan, USA, doing analysis on jets.

She was also invited to be run manager in the first half of May. “One of the things I really liked about being a run manager was that I had a different experience. While doing your analysis, you are a bit alone in your work. In the Control Centre it is all about working as a team, as a whole. People there have a common goal and they are working together to achieve it. They help each other, even when they are not obliged to do so. When there was something I didn’t know, the detector experts always took their time to carefully explain it to me.”

Chiara is very happy about her choice to study physics mainly for two reasons. First, it gave her the opportunity to travel and to meet new people. Second, she likes the way physics changed her way of thinking. “It really forms your mind. You become very rational and you develop a very critical attitude towards everything around you. You stop being naïve and start questioning things instead. You try to see the world in an objective way.”

From 2013 to 2015 Chiara was a Juniors representative and as such she was one of the first people to raise the discussion about diversity and equality in the Collaboration. The other goal she had was to help young members without a permanent position to find new jobs not only in the research field, but sometimes outside academia as well. “This is not easy at all. Making such huge change might be quite scary, so we were trying to give as much information about other possibilities as possible.”

Although Chiara loves doing analysis, she can imagine herself working on different projects in the future. “There are so many things that I would like to explore deeper. Things that I haven’t had the chance to do yet. I would like to meet new challenges and to utilise my other skills.”

What she likes most is studying new languages and meeting new people. Fluent in Italian, English and French, she is currently learning German and Arabic. Being in such a huge international organisation she sees as an advantage, although there is also one negative side that has come to her attention. “All the competition in the research field and going from one postdoc to another is extremely stressful. That affects the interpersonal relationships in a bad way. People start to focus mainly on their work and forget about the people around them.”