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Tools & Tips | How-To Series
How to Manage a Lab and Staff
Develop an understanding of the challenges and growth opportunities that await you as you lead a team in the lab.
Articles of Interest
- Special Feature: Staying Well - Safety in the Lab – J. Austin
Academic science labs are such dangerous places that it really isn't possible to guarantee your safety. All you can do is be vigilant and remove some of the risk — for you, your colleagues, and future scientists who might otherwise suffer from today's poor choices.
- Managing Knowledge Workers – R. Austin
A management expert provides insight into the challenges of managing knowledge-based enterprises — like your laboratory.
- Opportunities: Stealing Time – P. Fiske
No matter where you end up professionally, your effectiveness (and your personal happiness) will depend in large part on your ability to manage your time successfully.
- Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 1 – P. Fiske
A basic understanding of the legal basis of intellectual property can prepare you to make good decisions in the management of your scientific creations.
- Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 2 – P. Fiske
So you think that invention belongs to you? Think again.
- Project Management for Scientists – Stanley E. Portny and Jim Austin
Some very smart tips, from the author of Project Management for Dummies.
- Lab Dynamics: Science at the Balcony – C. Cohen and S. Cohen
How you discuss content or data can be as important as the content or data itself.
- Project Management for Scientists, Part 1: An Overview – Meenakshi Kashyap
In general, project managers need to have very strong people skills, negotiating skills, and the ability to resolve conflict and communicate effectively.
- Project Management for Scientists, Part 2: Getting Experience – Meenakshi Kashyap
Salaries for Ph.D.s with project-management experience tend to be higher, but jobs for people with a bachelor's or master's degree and relevant experience are more plentiful.
- Take Your Worst Estimate and Double It: Project Management for Postdocs – Rich Price
Life as a scientist, especially for postdocs, revolves around a project, or more likely, several projects.
- Project Management and Discovery – Rob Austin
The fundamental problem with many conventional project management frameworks is probably even more relevant to science than it is to business: They simply aren't adaptive enough.