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The handout accompanying the panel discussion presented by Bonnie Bartel and Rob Griffin at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

    Cultivate mentors and colleagues both inside and outside your institutional/departmental

  • stay in touch with previous mentors
  • seek out official department mentors – help with promotion/tenure etc.
  • seek out informal mentors – more senior scientists
  • build relationships with potential letter writers for tenure
  • establish a set of confidants

    Gain recognition and an independent identity

  • talks, meetings (important for you and your students)
  • service at institution (choose wisely)
  • professional societies
  • grant panels
  • collaborations - understand your institution’s culture/expectations on interdisciplinary research (joint publications, grants, etc.)
  • publications!
  • strong plan to separate your research program from previous advisor’s program

    Develop your leadership and management style

  • create a vision for your lab
  • create a mission statement
  • develop a written five year plan
    • obtain feedback from senior faculty
    • assess progress and update often
  • establish a lab culture
  • build an effective team

    Staff your lab

  • determine staffing needs
    • technical staff
    • graduate students vs. postdocs vs. undergrads (dept/university funding available?)
    • be picky about who is your group – productivity does not scale linearly with numbers
  • sell yourself as a junior PI
  • learn what size group is right for you

    Consider equipment needs

  • balance of new vs. established techniques
  • account for inflation when preparing budget
  • funds for equipment maintenance?

    Constantly improve leadership skills

  • find role models
  • take courses, read books
  • get to know your strengths and weaknesses – exploit one, compensate for the other

    Protect your time

  • it is OK to say no (repeat daily)
  • learn what does not require your best effort – save it for what really matters
  • can be as important to learn what not to do as it is to learn what you need to do

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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