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  • Life in Industry

    Martijn van de Mortel, Ph.D.
    Career Paths
    Agro Research
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    Life, and work culture, in industry differs greatly from my days in an academic lab. These differences range from involvement in experimentation, communication, control of my work, how I manage work relationships, and the focus on trainings. First of all, I am familiar with molecular labs at the university and I find myself far away from the bench and closer to commercial products than to basic (or even applied) science. In that respect, communication is different.  There are no lab meetings, and keeping a lab journal is totally different. For intellectual property (IP) purposes, I keep a hardbound ‘lab journal’ that is witnessed periodically and reviewed twice a year by my manager and somebody in IP. I don’t have to go to meetings to give talks, nor do I present posters. However, I do present ...