For Dr27, the pace of work was the most surprising aspect of becoming a staff scientist. "Since I'm working on various projects at the same time, I do have to plan my time carefully, so I can try to keep everyone satisfied," Dr27 writes at the 1 DegreeBio blog. Working in a structural biology lab, the blogger's primary responsibilities include training staff, collecting data, "keeping the lab in shape, ordering supplies, [and] maintaining the lines of communication ... between my PI and the engineers who keep out instruments in top shape." Dr27 says it was a bit of a shock at first to be doing work other than at the bench. "Besides doing science, I have to do administrative tasks and organizing, and bookkeeping, and other tasks that have nothing to do with science," Dr27 says, adding that because of this, "I finally have a better understanding of what the lab techs and research assistants went through in my previous positions."
It can be tough, Dr27 says, to meet all of the lab's needs. "Keeping everyone satisfied is quite challenging," Dr27 writes. Still, the experience of working as a staff scientist has "been like nothing I had envisioned, and much more than I was expecting," Dr27 adds.