Monday, May 02, 2011

Note to myself

Dear TGFI,

If you ever forget or are tempted into thinking otherwise, please remember your current post-doc experience. The fact that someone with very little independent thinking and completely lacking any in-depth understanding of the science can look stellar on paper, produce of reams of data, have the most well-organized lab-notebooks, and land positions at big name labs. They will also go on to get big jobs, have glowing letters written for them in praise of their productivity. Of course, your opinion of this person is extremely slanted, because of your rotten experiences with them. So then remember that your opinion counts for precious little. Learn the art of beating the system, playing the game, and, in addition to all your intelligence and passion, pay attention to appearances and to looking good. Stop taking pride in your messy desk, because outward appearances do matter and go a long way in shaping your reputation. In addition to learning about conflicts and lab politics, also learn that an early arrival to lab, a disciplined approach and quick turnaround of tasks and projects are very much well looked upon, perhaps more so than traits of scientific thinking and enthusiasm. And the best part, these habits- of discipline and working quickly can be easily acquired by you, much more easily than one can learn enthusiasm and scientific inquiry. So, you're in good shape! :)

3 comments:

A disgruntled postdoc said...

Amen, sistah.

Anonymous said...

scientific inquiry. i have always liked that phrase.

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

ADP,

amen.

Anony,

care to elaborate?