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  • Recruiting people in your first assistant professor position

    Mariana Matrajt, Ph.D.
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    In my last article, I talked about the transition to an assistance professor position. Now, let’s assume you just got your faculty position. One key aspect of being successful is recruiting the right people into your lab. The first years are particularly crucial, since the tenure clock is ticking. Recruiting the wrong people can significantly push you backwards. Have you thought about this?  Today, I am going to give you my advice on this topic. First of all, you have to remember that technicians and postdocs are employees, while students are not. This is important because the legal implications of hiring or firing a technician is not the same that hiring or firing a student, and you have to find out at your university the correct procedures for each of them. I think it is ...