My name is Sjoerd and I moved from The Netherlands to Oxford about 5 years ago, where I have been working as a technical consultant for a limited company. While I still enjoy the work I do, the more I learn about corporate structures and alternative ways to organise work, the more I start to feel like I would be more at home at a co-op if possible. I found out about CoTech, so I decided to make an account on these forums to try and test the waters a little and see where else I could put my skills to use.
My background is in physics and mathematics and in my job I do a lot of programming in Wolfram Language (WL, also known as Mathematica), which from a practical perspective is a bit like a Lisp. I realise that this is not a very highly sought-after skill per say, but then again: there aren’t many people in the wild with a good background in WL so it could just as well be a unique selling point, I suppose. At any rate, I don’t consider myself to be a pure programmer but more of a maths/science/programmer hybrid with a bit of data-scientist thrown in. I have a broad interest and really enjoy working on technical problems that exist on the interface of these disciplines. I also have a bit of an educational streak and enjoy making abstract knowledge accessible to others.
Looking forward to meeting some new faces here!