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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Bonnie Bartel and Rob Griffin at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

    Cultivate mentors and colleagues both inside and outside your institutional/departmental

  • stay in touch with previous mentors
  • seek out official department mentors – help with promotion/tenure etc.
  • seek out informal mentors – more senior scientists
  • build relationships with potential letter writers for tenure
  • establish a set of confidants

    Gain recognition and an independent identity

  • talks, meetings (important for you and your students)
  • service at institution (choose wisely)
  • professional societies
  • grant panels
  • collaborations - understand your institution’s culture/expectations on interdisciplinary research (joint publications, grants, etc.)
  • publications!
  • strong plan to separate your research program from previous advisor’s program

    Develop your leadership and management style

  • create a vision for your lab
  • create a mission statement
  • develop a written five year plan
    • obtain feedback from senior faculty
    • assess progress and update often
  • establish a lab culture
  • build an effective team

    Staff your lab

  • determine staffing needs
    • technical staff
    • graduate students vs. postdocs vs. undergrads (dept/university funding available?)
    • be picky about who is your group – productivity does not scale linearly with numbers
  • sell yourself as a junior PI
  • learn what size group is right for you

    Consider equipment needs

  • balance of new vs. established techniques
  • account for inflation when preparing budget
  • funds for equipment maintenance?

    Constantly improve leadership skills

  • find role models
  • take courses, read books
  • get to know your strengths and weaknesses – exploit one, compensate for the other

    Protect your time

  • it is OK to say no (repeat daily)
  • learn what does not require your best effort – save it for what really matters
  • can be as important to learn what not to do as it is to learn what you need to do

Questions & Answers

a perfect square v²+2v+_
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algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
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No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
how did I we'll learn this
Noor Reply
f(x)= 2|x+5| find f(-6)
Prince Reply
f(n)= 2n + 1
Samantha Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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