Couples in which both people are academics face that special two-body challenge. In The Scientist, three couples recount their choices and give tips on how to make it work. The Nabels say that if an employer doesn’t offer terms that both people are happy with — such as lab space or, say, a job for both people — turn it down. (They did, however, make an exception for an offer from NIH that was an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”) Then, Federica Sallusto and Antonio Lanzavecchia advise couples to keep their independence, particularly in the lab. “If both researchers in a couple feel independently successful, it makes them feel like they’re on equal footing,” Lanzavecchia says. Finally, Maiken Nedergaard and Steve Goldman try to not work on the weekends to spend time with their kids and together.
For the Two of You
Jan 28, 2010