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I'm a technician at a big ol' pharmaceutical company. A damn good technician, if I do say so myself.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Every lab has dichotomies: young, out-all-night grad students vs old, home-at-night postdocs; NPR listeners vs loud music-ers vs iPod wearers; etc. In this lab, the most pronounced split is the early shift vs late shift.

In an academic lab, "late shift" would generally mean "arriving after 10am, or staying past 8pm". I've had lab mates who roll in around noon, and are still here into the wee hours.

This is not the case here. At this job, I'm part of the late shift because I get here around 9:30, and am here past 3pm. The early shift here is wicked early.

So, to you, dear readers: early bird or not?

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Genomic Repairman
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Early shift, always in before 8:30am and out sometime after 5pm. Except some days, like today I do both shifts, in at 6:30am, leave at 7:00pm.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I usually go 8am-5pm. I have to get in before all of my minions to be sure they're in here working hard :P

Damn Good Technician
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Brian, you have minions? That's awesome. I wish I had minions.

Genomic Repairman
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Yeah, no shit that's awesome but it makes sense, you can't be an Overlord unless you have minions.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I do! I run a core facility here. I have two technicians and a summer student. I think we're going to hire a post-doc in a few months. Technically I'm just a post-doc too, but I manage the lab here, so it's kind of an industry track position.

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Definitely on the early bird track, usually about 8-5 PM. That 5 PM is a hard deadline due to the kiddie that must be picked up (turns out people don't think it's cool to abandon your kids at daycare).

Before the kids, it was even earlier. I think when my wife was doing her first year of fellowship training (she's a doc), it was about 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. It was great. There was NOBODY around. When that ended we were more on the 7:30 AM to 6:45 PM.

GO EARLY TEAM!

Kelly Oakes
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I like to consider myself an early bird, but I'm probably not really. When I have lectures I'm usually in college by 8.30/9 and out as soon as I can get away... During exam time I start to consider myself a slacker if i get to the library after 8am or leave before 10pm, though.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Ugh, so glad I don't have classes any more, Kelly. I hated those long nights in the library!

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Hmmm....during grad school I did the 12hr 6:30-6:30 shift.

Postdoc was the later 9ish-9ish shift (PI rolled in around 10 or 11 and assumed you'd also only just arrived, so working earlier was a waste because you got in trouble for "not working enough" if you didn't want/need to 14-16hrs in the lab everyday. Fucking douchebag)

Admin 8ish-5ish

I like the last one best. I'm supposed to be in before my minions too, but seeing as most of them are programmers (and therefore have no normal circadian rhythm) I gave up worrying about it a long time ago.

Disgruntled Julie
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I used to be an early bird, in before 7am everyday. But then I realized regardless of what time I show up, my PI dumps two more experiments on me at 4pm.... so whether I am in at 7am or in at 9pm, I'm stuck in lab until 9-10 pm. So now I stroll in at 8:59, just before the PI shows up.

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I preferred early bird shift (arriving around 8 a) in grad school. But as others before me have alluded, I adapted to my current postdoc environment where PI rolls in around 10, leaves after 6. And you'd better typically be around when he leaves, otherwise there'll probably be trouble.

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Sooo not an early bird. There's no point to it, you're gonna end up staying late no matter when you come in. Take the extra hour to sleep, you're gonna need it.
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Since when did 8am become early bird? I'm in at 5am some days and shockingly not the only one. Plenty of people start at 6am. If you're here after 8:30 you clearly slept in. Of course, that doesn't mean you aren't expected to be here until 6 as well.

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I've had occasional experiments that require me to get in around 7am, which is stupid early as far as I'm concerned. (If I liked getting up at the ass-crack of dawn every day, I probably would have kids!) I'm mostly a 9:30 to 7 kind of girl.

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(If I liked getting up at the ass-crack of dawn every day, I probably would have kids!)

Yeah, sure ain't nothing like 6:30 on Sunday, waking up to a little face saying, "Good morning Daddy. Let's go downstairs.

Turns out though, after 4 straight years of it, you get used to it. Kinda. Sorta. Ok not really.

@Frautech - 5:30! That's hardcore. That academia or industry? And what's quitting time?

Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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I'm a mid-shifter. 7:30-4:30. Some get in around 6 and others not until 10.
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I get in at 9:30am, and leave anywhere between 6-9pm, depending on the day.
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