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I am starting my lab as an Assistant Professor at a Big Research University (summer 2010). I have a super partner and an adorable kiddo, Mini-G. I tend to rush into things and then figure them out as I muddle along. I'm sure that will be true here, too. I hope to use this space to maintain my sanity and share my perspectives on science and academia. These perspectives may sometimes qualify as rants. There will undoubtedly be some crazy times on the tenure track. Gmail me [at] primaryinvestigator

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm sitting here in my office contemplating this month's LabSpaces theme, about what I would "be" if I wasn't a scientist. In many ways I find myself in the same boat as Odyssey (though without the super awesome animation). I can't really imagine doing anything else. I wanted to be a scientist (a biologist, even) since I was about 8 years old and I discovered that this was an actual profession.

In any event, I started to consider what it is that I actually do as a new PI, which has made it clear there are some jobs that I will NOT be using as a fallback position. For instance, I would not want to be an electrician, plumber, accountant, secretary, teacher or sales person. Even though I do some of all this as a PI. Somehow it would all be different if not for the science part of the job.

I can also imagine some jobs that seem great but that I would probably hate after about two weeks. Most of these jobs would require me to interact with customers. For instance, I could imagine being a veterinarian. But after the 200th ridiculous request from a pet owner, I would lose my shit. There are also the jobs that would require some talent that I don't have. I could not hack it as a Carribean resort tester, for instance, because I do not have the ability to sit still for even a few hours before I am bored out of my mind. I am moderately athletic, but there is also no chance I will ever be a professional athlete or even an ultra-runner Cry. I also think it would be super fun to be a park ranger. One where I can live on a mountain somewhere far away from people and just run around on the trails all day. I love the 1-2 week backpacking trip. Except that I'm sort of an extrovert and I would eventually go crazy with limited human interactions. So that would probably end poorly.

So, what would I do? Well, I think that I would focus on food. Maybe I would be a chef. A friend of mine just quit her job to go to culinary school and I am a little jealous. And I really like to watch Top Chef. Also, I really like to cook. I am one of those "never use a recipe" sort of cooks. And I like to try to make random things work together. I'm usually pretty good at it, too*. Yeah, I could totally do that. I also think it would be great fun to make wine or beer. I love to drink wine and beer, and that job would have a sort of nice mix of "chemistry" and "cooking". Or I could be a critic. Maybe I have a future as the third reviewer of the food world?

 

 

*based on repeat diners at Chez GZ

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Odyssey
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Oooh, I should have included brewing beer in mine. I've done that. There's nothing like popping the top off a fine ale you've brewed yourself. It's especially good if it turns out the ale is drinkable.


Brian Krueger, PhD
Duke University
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Maybe I just hate science.  I can't imagine why anyone would want to go after a TT faculty position, so much drama, stress and politics.  And here you are loving it and you're having a ahrd time thinking of other things you'd like to do!  Maybe I should envy you ;)


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You are welcome as head chef in my treehouse village if you're interested :)

And, I love that you incorporated the ColbertNation into your post.. hehe..


JaySeeDub
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This was me not too long ago.  When P-Chem or Differential Equations was kicking my ass, and I had a part time working the line at a local restaurant.  I'd stand at eiter the grill or sautee station going through the motions thinking, "Forget it.  I could do this for the rest of my life."  I'd just imagine myself working my way up to Sous Chef, then applying to The French Laundry or El Bulli or L'Atelier as a commis and working my way back up to study under Keller/Hollingsworth, Adria or Robuchon.  Then someone would order a well done steak or a veloute without butter.  The dream would end and I'd double efforts to find another lab to work in.


Jason Goldman
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Isn't Yelp already the third reviewer of the food world? :-)


Gerty-Z
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@Odyssey: I do like a good homebrew. I sometimes wander by the saccharomyces labs just to get a whiff.

@Evie: that sounds like a super fallback!

@JSD: what is wrong with people?!?! If I had a restaurant and someone ordered that I would send them away.


JanedeLartigue
UC Davis
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Brian Krueger, PhD said:

Maybe I just hate science.  I can't imagine why anyone would want to go after a TT faculty position, so much drama, stress and politics.  And here you are loving it and you're having a ahrd time thinking of other things you'd like to do!  Maybe I should envy you ;)

 

Ditto.  I can't imagine myself as a PI at all, I really envy people who just 'get' the academic life and excel at it.  i just dawdle along in my postdoc watching the chasm widen before me!

 

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