Tagged: lab life

the postdoc guidebook-part 6 the end

by Juliane I am almost done with reading the postdoc guidebook. This last part is about research. Let’s see if this covers more than RIMS. Brownie points for mentioning the training courses, some links need updating and most trainings are now online, so the only a few times a month restriction doesn’t apply for lots […]

The postdoc guide book Part 3

By Juliane I started looking at the postdoc guide book, and I am surprised how much information there is for postdocs, we just have to find it. It is also slightly out of date, being compiled at published in 2011. It hasn’t been updated since then. We got settled and are now equipped to deal […]

The postdoc guidebook (part 2)

by Juliane I started reading the postdoc guide book here. Since then I have found out that I can just google postdoc guide book BUMC to find it and don’t have to follow the links on the GMS postdoc website. Much easier this way! The next part of the guidebook is called getting settled. There […]

Keeping enthusiasm

by Juliane As a postdoc it is sometimes hard to maintain enthusiasm. When I started in science I was super-enthusiastic, everything was new and interesting and I learned fascinating stuff every day. I sometimes wish I was still like that. Over time I noticed that there is  another side of lab work: failed experiments, hours of […]

About being a scientist

by Francesca Seta Francesca used to be a BUMC postdoc, recently she got a position as assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at BUMC, where she researches the molecular and genetic mechanisms of arterial stiffness and how to cure and prevent it. She also wrote an interesting post for the postdoc blog, enjoy! About […]

Dancing Science

The seminal and most hilarious (in my opinion) science dance video on you tube, is the one where a rather large group of students danced the prokaryotic translation on a football field at Stanford in 1971. Since the 70s quite a lot of science themed dance videos were posted on youtube, or wherever they got posted […]

Popular Science Articles-Something for Everyone Part II

compiled by Noah 1. Why are there still so few women in science? (NYT Magazine, October 2013) Women still unfortunately face many challenges in establishing a successful career in science. This article serves a timely reminder of these issues and also highlights a number of approaches which are being taken to increase the numbers of […]


by Juliane I like interns. I know that as a good postdoc (and PhD student for that matter) I should detest those time-sucking parasites, who need three hours to load an agarose gel, ask what temperature a 37C waterbath is at and manage to contaminate a cell line kept at 10x pen/strep. (the last paragraph […]