Fresh meat

May 18 2011 Published by under Lab

Watching a new PI in their first few days is awesome and a sight to behold. They look like the other PI's except they are younger and haven't been beaten down yet by committee work, the NIH grant game, or dealing with driftwood colleagues. The poor bastards also look terrified like a kid who just moved to town on the first day of school at a brand new high school. They don't know where anything is at, how to get this or that done, or how to order supplies. Someone needs to take them under their wing and give them help. Don't look at me, I don't have time for this crap. But I think I'm going to offer to sell them a pass to the pool on the roof at a discounted rate.

3 responses so far

  • Sounds quite like a new grad student!

    • It would sound like that case but our department and facilityis mired in levels of bureaucracy that are so deep and fickle it generally requires diplomatic skills on par with those of the late great Adlai Stevenson to navigate them with any measure of success.

  • Dr Becca says:

    I am dreading those first few weeks/months when I have to figure out the inner workings of my new department. I'm just hoping the excitement will carry me through the frustration and cluelessness before I totally go off the deep end (of the pool on the roof).

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