Ok. So I passed my defense, submitted, and graduated this past may with a PhD in physics. I am now looking for a job. I want to stay in technology and engineering, but I am studying finance (Hull, Shreve, Oksendal, etc....) just in case nothing pans out. I was trained as an experimentalist, so my math background is minimal, but solid. The Calcs, up to PDE, with Complex and Linear Alg. And some numerical/computational methods, and probability picked up in quantum and stat mech. However, no analysis, modern alg, or group stuff. Would this explain why I find the Shreve book so confounding? I have to spend ages to make even a little progress. Is such difficulty normal? I've only glanced at the Oksendal book, but it looks a hell of a lot clearer. Heck, I've used +"noise" in my own notes a billion times. I was considering a postdoc, but after some career research, I've come to the conclusion it doesn't pay. I can only get a postdoc in my field using my experience, and my field is saturated and dying. Getting up to speed in another field will take a at least three months. So it's either industry or finance. Unless some one knows of finance oriented postdocs?