4 ways to stave off the loneliness of leadership.

“The moment I sat down, everyone at the table stopped laughing.” Jane, a newly minted PI, recounts her experience from a faculty award dinner she attended. “I noticed the bold italic print under my name-tag that said, ‘Principal Investigator’, while everyone else’s...
3 Steps to network your way to success in science.

3 Steps to network your way to success in science.

“This is the toughest part of my job”, Says Peter. I looked at my former mentor in shock. “Are you kidding me? This is so much fun. There’s so much to learn.” Circa 2001, I’m at a huge networking conference with some of the greatest research being presented. It was...
How to get an academic position without applying.

How to get an academic position without applying.

“I applied to a dozen academic positions, without any luck,” said Jon, an aspiring P.I. “Time to go on tour,” I said. I hear this all of the time from postdocs who apply to academic postings. If they don’t get an interview, they usually say they’ll just wait till the...

Stop Being Selfish…during negotiations.

“Damien, you’re selfish!” said my old mentor. “For what?!” I was shocked. “You’re afraid to help the neighboring lab because what they might think of you? That’s selfish!” That was an eye opener. I was more focused on how I felt rather than focusing on how I could...