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After you negotiate the contract and, perhaps, relocate, you show up at work as a new Assistant Professor. Life will be filled with unicorns and cotton candy from now on as you work your way toward a Nobel Prize, right?Not exactly. No matter how much due diligence you perform, no matter how much advice you get, “stuff” will happen during your transition to faculty that will surprise you, and not necessarily in a good way. For example, one of the techniques essential to my research involved intricate specimen preparation for electron microscopy. According to my mentor, such preparation would have to be performed by me, at least until I could train a technician. Core EM facilities just did not do this type of work. Of course, once I got to my new position, I discovered our ...