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Eight things that you should consider for securing the dream academic job

By Yasin Dagdas Part of the Self-Reflection; series by and for early-career researchers You have been studying for ~15 years and finally you are at a crossroad where you will make an important decision to start cashing out your “delayed gratifications”. Although I strongly believe there are…

Preparing for and Surviving Academic Interviews

Part of the Self-Reflection; series by and for early-career researchers Your application has arrived at the top of the stack and you have passed the phone/web interview evaluation! Now all you have to do is ace the academic interview to land that faculty position you’ve been dreaming of for…

Developing a database for your lab rules and protocols

Part of the “Self Reflection” series by and for early-career researches After an hour-long search, you’re pouring over an old notebook from a previous post-doc in the lab, trying to recreate a protocol that your lab thought you would never use again. There's an upside-down y with a squiggle…

New PI: Welcome to Committee Work

Part of the "Self Reflection" series by and for early-career researchers -OK, so you just got a job as a new PI where you are busy setting up your lab (a big challenge) and teaching your first course (another big challenge), BUT wait there’s more… “We need you to be on this committee, and…

The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 7 Don't forget - IT IS EXCITING!

Part 7: Don't forget - IT IS EXCITING! by Amanda Rasmussen This has turned into quite a long article based on the advice and insecurities of 8 PIs of varying experience (see details at the end). Our intention is not to scare anyone off making the jump from post-doc to PI…but rather to let you know…

The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 6 Academic Imposter Syndrome

Part 6: Academic Imposter Syndrome (AIS- pronounced Ace) by Amanda Rasmussen Academic Imposter Syndrome (AIS): (I’ve decided to call it AIS (pronounced ace) because that sounds more positive) I’m not going to lie, this is something I struggle with on an almost daily basis. There are so…

The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 5 The Importance of Mentoring

Part 5: The Importance of Mentoring by Amanda Rasmussen Finding and making the most of good mentors is incredibly important (dare I say in particular for the transition from post-doc to PI?). There are blogs elsewhere about this (here) including my comments and experience so I won’t restate the…

The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 4 Building a team

Part 4: Building a team by Amanda Rasmussen As reflected by the length of this section, building a team is perhaps one of the biggest challenges to new academics. My team started as me, myself and I. And we don’t always agree! Aside from diluting the Gollum-style conversation, building a team is…

The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 3 Hitting the ground running - but not too fast!

Part 3: Hitting the ground running - but not too fast! by Amanda Rasmussen Momentum/Time management: “I was told that starting your PI position will be slow, but I didn’t realize quite how slow it would be. After six months, I’m delighted that I’ve cleared all the paperwork and other hurdles…