Wow – Sounds like you’ve got a great career started!
It’s very likely that the COVID19 crisis will accelerate the need for computer simulations coupled with digital art in academic research for the future. The world will become more reliant on accurate simulations for any kind of new development or disaster.
Right now, the research world wants to rapidly know how to interpret, predict and present what’s going to happen with virus transmission, experimentation efforts, mutations, equipment shortages, illness effects on various sectors of the population, etc.
Accurate, statistical simulations can run a variety of scenarios and compress valuable time.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, is hosting a 48-hour virtual hackathon from 03APR-05APR20 with the goal to develop solutions that address the most pressing technical, social, and financial issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
You might be able to participate in this to better determine what academic research might need in the future, to network and to strengthen your resume. Looks like they’re looking for a wide variety of participants.
Best of luck in your chosen career direction.