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Are you looking for an awsome student, full of motivation who loves your research topic, has novel ideas and integrates well into your team? The job market is full of such students looking for an opportunity to do meaningful science. But how do you find them? Many PIs are literally scared of screening hundreds of unqualified applications and dont put much effort into recruiting. But this is your most important task as a PI! The right people in your team will determine your success or your failure. Luckily, recruiting is not difficult if you establish an automated screening system and then cherry-pick your favorites. Read more ...

Our brain loves stories. Thats what we have told each other at the campfire 4000 years ago. Whats your story? Whats the story of your lab? Why do you go there ever day? Once you find your purpose ... your WHY ... and communicate it ... you will never run out of great people who want to work with you. Read more ...

One of the most forbidden topics. If you dont manage to publish well in a certain time frame your scientific career is over! Never talking about authorship positions makes students completely dependent on the goodwill of their boss. I believe every lab should have authorship rules and discuss authorship positions on a regular basis. Yes, its possible ... and it will become a quality criteria of labsRead more ...

Once you start your own lab there is a series of events that you need to do in the right order if you dont want to loose a tremendous amount of time. It is common sense that it takes at least a year to build up a running lab. Why that? Why should it take more than 6 months? When you are promoted from Post Doc to PI you need to understand that your job profile completely changes. You are a leader now with your own business, your lab. Read more ...

Who has power over your time? You or your clock? You can have the best people but this is where you are boycotting yourself each and every day. And you dont even know why you are failing. According to the Pareto principle 80% of your daily work leads only to 20% of the results, but the right 20% of your work give you 80 % of results! Why not focusing completely on those right 20% and outsourcing all other 80% of your work. Just guess how much time and what kind of life quality you will get ...  Read more ...

We all have an unconcious mind, your inner elephant. It remembers everything and it carries us everywhere. Are YOU deciding the direction? Your unconcious mind takes 95% of your daily decisions! If you want to go right and your elephant wants to go left, where do you go? Left, always! Scary? Yes. But there is a way how to influence your inner elephant, convince it about your goals. Thats the strategy to become successful. Because it makes your elephant carry you there ... automatically. Read more ...

Choosing your PhD lab will be the most important decision of your entire scientific career. Its the tragedy of choosing a PhD lab that you are forced to choose a scientific topic but you are actually looking for a career mentor and an empowering work environment. Read more ...

How do international students get a PhD position in Europe? In my opinion it doesnt matter where you come from, not even your grades matter. What matters is your spirit and where you want to go to. This opinion is still not wide spread but we will get there. This belongs to my mission, to replace the old-fashion ideas and to create a new generation of liberally thinking PIs. For their good, the good of the students and the good of science. Read more ...

How important is your self confidence for your professional and personal life? Well, I believe its the key to everything. Just imagine everything you do this year will be a phenomenal success. Just image you could not fail, that there is a guarantee that everything you touch will turn into gold. How would that assumption change your behavior? How differently would you talk to your boss or your friends? This is the importance of your self confidence. Its not being arrogant. Its being in balance with yourself, knowingly that you will find the right word at the right time with the right people. Read more ...

My teacher Victor Diaz, in those days at the Max-Planck-Institute always turned on loud Salsa music in the cell culture. That would make the cells happy. This attitude together with an excellent cell culture technique let each and every cell line flourish under his hands. Dont underestimate the status of your cells! They are your currency. You should treat them really well. Only happy cells will give you reliable data. Read more ...

Do you know people who freeze all their cells before going for vacation? Thats not really smart because you freeze old cells. Cells that were for weeks in culture and have collected mutations. The smarter way is to freeze a cryo stock right away after buying (or generating) the cells. Now they are fresh and at their best quality. Once you go for vacation just open the incubator, throw everything and then start with fresh cells and a fresh mind once you are back. Read more ...

I made my collegues crazy. Every time I saw them thawing glutamine in the water bath I would complain. Its heat sensitive! After thawing at 37C you dont have to add it to your medium anymore. It doesnt work anyway! Somehow they didnt get the point. Maybe I was not that convincing those days ... Now you should know it better. Read more ...