Diamantis is an R&D Engineer at Cosmo Tech. He answered our questions from the Cosmo Tech headquarters in Lyon, France.
What is your background and how did you end up at Cosmo Tech?
I studied Biology, where I did a master’s in Bioinformatics and a PhD on Evolutionary Biology and then continued to do research in Biology. My research heavily involved massive genetic data analysis and modeling complex living systems. Also, I designed and taught graduate courses on complex systems, so I was very excited to find out more details about the company when I first came across Cosmo Tech. At the time, I was working as a postdoctoral researcher at Lyon 1 and was looking for my next contract so after a series of random events and some good luck, I ended up as a modeler at Cosmo Tech.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging aspect is to successfully combine two trends in software development. On the one hand it is more fun, more rewarding, and interesting to develop cutting-edge innovative solutions. On the other hand, to produce software that critical industries can rely upon requires developing in very small steps that are planned way ahead of time. Getting the right balance between the two is a tough everyday challenge.
What’s something you appreciate about working at a startup versus academia?
What I appreciate most about working at Cosmo Tech is the work/life balance. Throughout my previous work in academia, doing research was a 24/7 type of job. Even though it was very interesting and was sometimes more of a passion than work, it was always hard to keep up. At Cosmo Tech we try to keep a high pace of work that still respects the individual. We work hard – very hard! – but I still manage to get back home each evening and when I do I can take care of my kids or do other activities.