Sorry for the slim pickings this week, folks, but Ive had a few adventures in the lab this week… I seem to have had lots of strange adventures since I grabbed onto the coattails of Bossman a few years ago…
I didnt just jump straight from college to grad school to the lab of an established PI. I took an alternative route, and have gained some ‘lab smarts’ analogous to ‘street smarts’– stuff you dont know how/what to do until you live through it.
- Tips/Tricks for setting up international collaborations
- How to part gracefully with a former employer
- How to set up a new laboratory, from scratch
- What to do when a collaborator is gravely ill
- What to do when a colleague leaves academia and ‘orphans’ his grad students
- How to write/submit/rewrite/resubmit grants
- How to balance grant budgets, when you get them
- How to hire employees
- How to pick new grad students
- How to interview potential faculty
- … How to deal with ‘under-performing’ employees…
- …… How to deal with ‘disgruntled’ employees……
Yeah… Well, former employee is gone now…
Yeah…… Look, guys, sometimes I paint a rosy picture of the Research World. Ive been lucky enough to interact with great people, from universities all over the world, and Im madly in love with my research… But the thing is, this job isnt for everyone. Its a lifestyle, and while its my dream, I totally understand why some people might not like it.
So if you think Research World sounds like fun, try it out! I highly recommend undergrads take a summer to participate in summer research programs. I did that one summer, and it changed my life. Or if you want to take some time after your undergraduate degree to get a tech job to figure out whether you want to do PhD or MD or what, that is a great idea too (hehehehehe, also what I did).
Make sure if you do that, if you stick your toe into research world for the summer, or decide to join a lab after you get your BS, and you hate it… Just tell the PI “Thank you for the opportunity, but this really isnt for me, lol!”
Dont fuck around. Dont slack off. Dont waste reagents and waste the time of your PI and waste the time of your coworkers. By all means, stick your toes into Research World! Dive on in if you like the waters! But for the love of god, get out of the damn pool if its not for you.