I finally got a chance to accept Professor Burke's offer. I can't help but wonder if I've played right into his plans. He said as soon as a desk opens up, I could move into the building with the rest of the group.
He also wants me to take the ABC of DFT introductory course. He's written a book over the past few years with his students to introduce the topic. The Chemistry department offers the course as a class for credit, so I'll take some units and show up for all the meetings.