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At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, Second Edition
by Kathy Barker
Since 2002, the first edition of the best-selling book, At the Helm, has helped thousands of researchers transition to running their own labs. The second edition has been substantially revised and updated, offering advice on adapting to the changes and challenges that the years have brought.
Setting up and staffing a lab, getting funded, mentoring and being mentored, career development – all of these are part of postdoctoral education. At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, Second Edition can help new graduates and postdocs with the leadership skills needed for professional development.
The author, Dr Kathy Barker, discusses a wide range of management issues and the skills that promote success with extensive use of interviews and a text enlivened with quotations and real-life examples. New topics include collaborations contracts, performance evaluations, communicating with non-scientists, tips for succeeding on the tenure track, and professional development.
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Programs for all degree levels
The Summer Internship
SIP welcomes eligible high school, college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators.
The Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
The INRO program is for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Candidates who are a senior, medical school student, or doctoral candidate, and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible. Student expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be covered for this 4-day exploratory program.
Postdoctoral Training in the NIH Intramural Research Program
Eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have recently received a doctoral degree can come to the NIH as Postdoctoral IRTAs to complete up to five years of postdoctoral research. Eligible international scholars who are recent doctoral degree recipients can conduct up to five years of postdoctoral research at the NIH as Visiting Fellows; they generally come to the NIH on J1 visas. Both groups are considered NIH trainees, rather than employees.
Fellows and Research Fellows
Physicians and dentists whose duties at the NIH include the provision of clinical services in addition to their research are appointed as Clinical Fellows. They are temporary NIH employees as are Research Fellows. Postdoctoral fellows can be promoted to Research Fellow. An individual can spend an additional three years as a Research Fellow after reaching the five-year limit of the Postdoctoral Fellow appointment. Both Clinical and Research Fellows are eligible for Intramural Loan Repayment.
Career Development Center for Postdocs and Junior Faculty is a resource site produced by Science Magazine. It has great advice on job hunting, career transitions, scientific salaries, funding, lab management and many other topics important to an aspiring scientist.
"Managing Your Own Lab", by Dr. Thomas Cech, President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, (PDF article) addresses the need for mentoring postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty on starting their own lab (including personnel recruitment and training, grant writing, and budget management).
Re-envisioning the PhD, has an extensive list of professional development and career resources
Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows from FASEB. This document will get you thinking about your career plan and provides you with talking points for discussions with your PI.
Trends in the Early Careers of Life Scientists A 1998 National Research Council study.
Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering A National Science Foundation (NSF) report from annually gathered data on employment trends for scientific fields.
Addressing the nation's changing needs for biomedical and behavioral scientists (2000), from the National Academies of Science