Dear Labby

What’s next after a PhD?

October 10, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am about 18 months from filing my PhD thesis (finally) and I am considering my post-PhD options.…

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Great expectations

July 7, 2017
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Dear Labby, I have just joined a top research lab for my postdoc. I was very successful in graduate school,…

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How to tell your department chair you’re leaving

May 31, 2017
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Dear Labby, I was recently promoted to associate professor in an urban private medical school. After celebrating, I had to…

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The Collaborating Trailing Spouse

May 8, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am the “trailing” spouse. When it was time for my wife and me to get “real” jobs…

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Negotiating for the Long Term

March 29, 2017
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Dear Labby, I am in the admittedly enviable position of negotiating the terms of my first academic faculty position. My…

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Beyond Tenure: The Path to Professorship

February 7, 2017

Dear Labby, I know that your usual queries come from those establishing careers and dealing with many issues in and…

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Constraints on Teaching

November 7, 2016

Dear Labby, I am a postdoc and I recently signed up to teach an undergraduate seminar course in my department.…

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Vacation—When and How Much?

October 3, 2016

Dear Labby, I am a second-year graduate student and get on very well with my PI. We are very excited,…

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Negotiating Your Salary and Start-up Package

September 2, 2016

Dear Labby, I have been offered an assistant professorship in a first-rate biomedical center and am very excited. The stimulating…

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Lab Language

July 6, 2016

Dear Labby, I’m an assistant professor going into my third year at a U.S. university. I recently received the comments…

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