Getting Started v1.0

Some general stuff to bear in mind:

  • The views and opinions in this blog are my own, and are not a reflection on anyone I work for or have worked for
  • There are some things I probably won’t discuss. Not because I have any secrets or am performing mad science experiments, but because they could be sensitive topics to a larger audience. I don’t get out much and I forget that not everyone works in a lab.
  • No one will be mentioned by name (unless they want to be for some reason) or by anything particularly identifiable.
  • I fully realize that a large group of scientists consider social media and blogging a “fruitless time-suck” and assume that anyone participating in these probably doesn’t have anything better to do. Let’s just get this out of the way. No, I do have plenty of science-related activities to fill my time. Maybe at the end of this day this will end up being a time-suck. Maybe I’m the only one who will ever read this and at least I will have brushed up on writing skills (which lately have been languishing). In a perfect world, postdocs everywhere will rejoice in the awesomeness that is postdoc mastery. But probably not.
  • There’s probably something I am forgetting…




dictionaryI went to graduate school and spent 5 years learning about brains.  I graduated.  I realized I didn’t have a job.  I like science.  I became a postdoc.  There are postdocs in many professions.  I am a postdoc in a really amazing laboratory that studies Alzheimer’s disease.

It is awesome.

Here’s the thing: there aren’t really any rules about being a postdoc and I have no clue what I’m doing.  Ok, I know what I’m doing–don’t worry, I DID after all get a ph.d. and I know my way around a lab–but how long will I be a postdoc before I have a real job? Will I ever have a real job in academics?  Will I have to be a postdoc in more than one lab?

ACK!  If only this were a video game!  Right now I’m button-mashing and hoping to one day level up my character.  I know that power-ups exist somewhere–in the form of data, publications, and grants–but I’m looking at the map and there’s a long road ahead.  And my character keeps getting stuck in the corner.

But, this is one RPG that I plan on putting some serious hours into.  And if you stick with me, I think I’ll have a pretty good walkthrough put together by the time we’re done.  Let’s become master level postdocs.

Press start to begin.