Tag Archives : leaving the lab

Waiting around as transferable skill


What was most annoying about labwork was that sometimes there were 14-hour workdays of which only about an hour was actual work, and the rest was just waiting. Waiting for gels to set, waiting for gels to run, waiting for machines to finish, blots to incubate, paint slides to dry. Sound familiar? Well, guess what: this may just be a…
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A metaphor for science and technology


Forget about art and science – this century has a whole new two world problem. It’s been nagging me for a while – at science online conferences (both the London and North Carolina varieties), in talks with lab mates, at work at a scientific publisher, and hanging out with technology-oriented geeks in my spare time. There’s a gap between science…
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Why no postdoc?


“Oh, you’re in Cambridge now?” someone said, “Are you doing a postdoc there? Congrats!” No, I’m not. Someone else, around the same time, asked me: “But if you just finished your PhD, why aren’t you doing a postdoc now?” Why would I? I don’t want to run my own lab. So many people stream into a postdoc after their PhD,…
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My First Day (Cambridge edition)


Alyssa is not the only one who started a new job today. (Hence my post title. She used up the original “My First Day”) I just started as Online Editor for Development , in Cambridge. Eventually, you’ll see me pop up on various places online with that hat on, after we launch exciting new things, but today I just sat…
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Interesting Development


A year and one day ago I defended my PhD thesis. (I was planning to post this yesterday, can you tell?) I told myself I’d take one year to figure out what I was going to do next. I spent the first 3 weeks off, then 6 months working for an undergraduate biology department, several weeks traveling, and a couple…
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To science!


I’ve had a bit of a weird week. I was in London last Monday, for a job interview. I didn’t get the job, but I did get to see Jenny and Stephen for a few minutes after their Fiction Lab, so it was still a worthwhile trip. I’ve been looking for work since I came back from vacation this summer,…
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Once upon a time, in a lab not far from here…


Remember when I was writing my thesis? I don’t really, but I have pictures of it. Oh, right. It’s all starting to come back… Haha!! That happened every time. Those are words, stupid Word. I was vaguely reminded of my thesis when I got an e-mail yesterday, telling me that the entire thing is now available online . It’s under…
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Back to whatever


Tuesday morning I woke up grumpier than usual – and I usually wake up grumpy in the first place! It was the day that everyone in Canada went Back to School . I have been going back to school every September since 1982, so this was the first September since 1981 in which I didn’t. And it feels weird. I…
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In Between Days


I’ve been accused (by “Richard “look at pictures of my garden and this dead pig” Grant”:http://network.nature.com/people/rpg/blog ) of “not blogging”. Apparently my pictures don’t count as blog posts. But it’s true, I’ve been avoiding lengthy posts. What do you want me to write about? I’m no longer in the lab, so accounts of PBS-soaked lab journals or eppie-blisters just don’t…
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