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How to Read a Scientific Paper

Keeping up with the scientific literature in your field of interest is incredibly important. Not only does it keep you informed as to what your competitors have been working on, it will also help shape and guide your experimental plans. At the same time, a balance is required between being well read-up and being productive […]

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In Taming the Literature 20th of November, 2013
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Is it Worth Doing a PhD After a Masters?

This is a question that probably plagues every research student at some point in his/her career. The decision to pursue a PhD after getting your Masters degree is a difficult one.  A PhD is a huge undertaking emotionally, mentally and financially. It takes 3-4 years to complete during which you are on a pretty basic […]

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In Career Development & Networking 13th of November, 2013
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Careers for Scientists – Research Administrator

Up until last year I had been working in scientific research for just over six years. The insecurity of a career in academia had always niggled at me. About eight months into a very stressful postdoc position that didn’t seem to be going anywhere, I felt my heart wasn’t in it anymore and a change […]

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In Career Development & Networking 24th of June, 2013
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Using Enzymes at the Bench — Keep it in the cooler? On ice? or at RT?

Have you ever needed an enzyme but not had an ice bucket?  Have you been tempted to just grab the enzyme out of the freezer, take what you need and quickly return the tube to the freezer?  Do enzymes really need to be kept on ice all of the time?  I would say, Yes! Enzymes […]

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Postdoc Interview Preparation: Sample Questions and Answers

The prospect of going into an interview for a post-doctoral position can be quite unnerving, however in my own experience the same sorts of questions come up time and time again. It is highly worthwhile spending some time before an interview preparing some sample questions and answers. Doing this combined with some investigation into the […]

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In Career Development & Networking 18th of March, 2013
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Tips for Uncluttering your Email Box

In the hectic world we live in you may not be away from your computer for more than an hour and the emails pile up. Setting aside a couple of time blocks each day to spend answering emails and following some of the tips below will help keep on top of things. 1)      Set up […]

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In Organization & Productivity 8th of March, 2013
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The Etiquette of Approaching a Potential Supervisor

Whether you are looking for a PhD Studentship or your first postdoc position, identifying and approaching a potential mentor can be quite daunting and seem like a bit of a minefield. The following are a few tips to help make a first good impression. 1)      Tailor your CV and cover letter to the individual lab […]

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In Career Development & Networking 27th of February, 2013
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When NOT to Wear a Lab Coat and Gloves: A Quick Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as your lab coat and gloves are an essential piece of kit when working in a laboratory; however, it is important to know when it is inappropriate to use PPE. 1)      Don’t wear your lab coat, gloves or other PPE in offices or dining areas. They may have become contaminated […]

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In Lab Safety 22nd of February, 2013
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Tips For Better ELISA Results

The ELISA assay is a rapid method used to detect the amount of a protein of interest in experimental samples. While this process has become increasing automated and less labour intensive, it is still important to carry out these assays with care to maintain accuracy and maximise the usability of your results. The following are […]

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In Protein Expression & Analysis 23rd of January, 2013
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Best Practice for Cataloging Your Samples

The correct documentation and storage of your laboratory samples may be a tedious process, but it will make your life a lot easier in the long run. The last thing any scientist wants when trying to complete a key last experiment for a publication is not being able to find or identify a critical sample. […]

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In Organization & Productivity 24th of December, 2012