So, the interview happened. And the net result was that it was a good and not-so-good encounter. I suppose the biggest obstacle is that of timing. It's rather a wrong opportunity at the wrong time.
Let me explain the good thing first. The person I talked to, the head of the project, told me that he was impressed with my dossier. Given where I am right now, as a Ph.D. candidate, having that dossier was impressive. However, given where I am in my dissertation, he felt that a full-time job would not suit me. If I am supposed to work there full-time, then how can I devote time to my dissertation and finish it? At the same time, how can I make sure that I really will work there full time if there is a competing thing around, such as my dissertation?
I see his point. And I like the fact that he is frank about certain obstacles that might come my way. From a hiring point of view, things such as these should be considered, instead of not considering them at all and then these problems come up later.
So he suggested some options, with respect to my dissertation, and how to proceed from this point. Although I do not know whether I like it or not. This needs deep thinking, and consulting with my adviser and my committee.
If there was something good that came out of the encounter, I suppose I am somewhat given assurance by the fact that given my experience, I can impress someone else out there. Hey, he told me that he would be very willing to hire me, if not for this obstacle.
So I don't know. I am starting to think of this dissertation as a burden, and I totally do not want it to go that direction. I am supposed to enjoy this, after all, what comes out of this is my work, my project, my discovery, my contribution to the advancement of science. I should be proud to do this, and it should not be a burden to me.
Oh well, something will come up. I was told by someone else that perhaps the reason why this may not work out is because something better will come up later. But that's just hope. It's in my hands to make that happen. After all, it's true what people say, that God protects the ones who help themselves in their own way.