Government Research

ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Five cons for doing a post-doc in the government

My previous post included five good reasons for doing a post-doc in the government. It seems only fair that I now list five “cons”:


maryannehammer

Ex Lab
Junkie

University and Class Distinctions (or The Money Gap)

My parents and older siblings are first generation immigrants. I am the first natural-born Canadian in my family. I grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in a small bungalow. My parents would be considered uneducated, but I learned my most valuable lessons from them: Don’t pre-judge people. ...


maryannehammer

Ex Lab
Junkie

My ‘Team-Building’ Rant

Let me start by saying I love my job. I really do, but I have been at my current job for less than four years, and I already cringe at the mere mention of team building exercises. Those in management, or rather consultants, advise us that team building exercises will foster and encourage a team ...


gaia.shamis

Gaia
Vasiliver-Shamis

Taking the leap of faith – saying goodbye to the bench

Humans are creatures of habit, and since scientists are mostly humans too (pending on their exposure level to ethidium bromide) they get comfortable at their little benches.  And even if they really want to do something else they tend to stick with what’s familiar and rather keep their pipett...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Retirement benefits in the federal government

Recently, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that on average, federal government employees are underpaid by 26.3% compared with similar non-federal jobs. This “pay gap” has widened over the last couple years while federal salaries were frozen.With such a large difference in pay, I wondered,...


gaia.shamis

Gaia
Vasiliver-Shamis

What’s your type?

Hello, my name is Gaia and I’m an INTJ. Now let me introduce myself in a more conventional manner: I graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2009 with a PhD in Immunology and then continued for a post-doc position at the NIH. After a year or so, I became a Program Manager at the NIH.


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Eight reasons to network

Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced...