At her On Being a Scientist and a Woman blog, ScienceWoman divulges some of the tricks of the trade to negotiating a good lab startup package out of your newfound university's administration. Get everything in writing, she warns, and ask for more than you need. She writes, "Make sure that you have enough time to intelligently spend your start-up. After that pot of money disappears, it's up to your grant writing abilities forever after.

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