Trouble keeping track of your expenses? Use a bookkeeping software.

Published on February 15, 2016

Budgets can help you understand fixed costs, like salaries and maintenance contracts. However, everyone in science knows that the variable costs associated with research are as predictable as the hypothesis itself. Therefore, to understand what those variables are, and to predict them, requires collecting the financial data associated with the science. It requires us to be able to separate those costs relative to the projects and operations.

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Time Management is a Fallacy; Focus on Mental Energy.

Published on January 18, 2016

Your mental energy matters significantly, because knowledge work requires deep concentration and creativity. Many young research scientists struggle with time management, not only as a product of time, but that of mental energy. The cognitive load that one experiences can be tremendous, especially when it comes to intellectual focus and decision making. This is a critical resource that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The results can be catastrophic when we’re deciding whether to invest our time into completing a manuscript or completing another assay. Therefore, we need to make room to reserve our most critical thinking during times where we’re most refreshed and focused.

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Current news on the future of academic careers worrying you?

Published on June 1, 2015

The solutions is to focus on core scientific objectives. This helps to filter out the negative noises, that would otherwise, cloud judgement and careful planning. This is why having a clear outline or budget, before looking for faculty positions, can help to understand how to manage career obstacles.

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How we negotiated from a $1m to a $3m start up award.

Published on May 25, 2015

There’s many ways to negotiate that can be either adversarial or cooperative. However, within a community that has a natural shared value of new scientific discoveries, those conversations can be more enjoyable rather than dreadful.

Have you negotiated your start up award already? How did that conversation go? Share your story with the rest of us.Leave a comment below.

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Stop Being Selfish…during negotiations.

Published on March 9, 2015

“Damien, you’re selfish!” said my old mentor. “For what?!” I was shocked. “You’re afraid to…

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5 strategies for negotiating the best start up award.

Published on February 23, 2015

“What kind of start up budget were you thinking of?“, says the department chair, looking…

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Start up budgets aren’t about the money

Published on January 12, 2015

Planning a budget isn’t easy. Are you about to start your own lab? Are you…

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Webinar on how to start up a lab.

Published on February 17, 2014

So in an attempt to reach a broader audience of young great independent scientists, I’m…

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