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  • Starting Work in a Government Lab

    Kathryn Marshall, PhD
    Government Research
    Marine Sciences
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    You’re so excited! You just passed your defense; you got a great postdoctoral position in a government lab and you’re eager to get started on the research. STOP. Your first three months at a government research facility are quite different than going to lab, reading up on your new topic of research, and getting started planning your experiments. With government research, unlike academic institutions, the focus is not only on ongoing research programs, but also worker safety, business objectives, and ethics. Therefore, when entering a government research lab, a new employee undergoes several days to several weeks of online training on anything ranging from how to use a ladder safely, to the ethical business code of conduct, to security concerns. Once you have completed all of those trainings, you are allowed to wander free ...