Jonathan “Joff” Silberg
Assistant Professor — Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Assistant Professor — Earth Science
When Joff and Carrie were looking for career opportunities, they were impressed with the professionalism and administrative support they received from Rice, beginning with the interview process. And Rice was quick to realize the potential that these two scientists — a terrific package deal — could bring to the university.
“When we first started looking for jobs, we were interested in a collegial environment and department functionality, as well as a place to do good science. After looking at many institutions, we were impressed by the funding and breadth of equipment available at Rice. Rice has the range of major scientific equipment that you would find at a university three or four times its size, but unlike many big schools, Rice makes the many pieces of equipment available to all researchers. This was a big deal for us. Once we arrived, we recognized another advantage: Rice has allowed us the opportunity to have both a career and a family. At many places we looked, it was understood that you did not have children before you got tenure. But Rice is a place where you can work hard and still have a family life. We can afford to live within walking distance of work, and we have a high-quality preschool nearby.”