It took me a while before knowing for sure that I wanted to work as a researcher in a human physiology lab. I still remember the exact moment when, in front of the metabolic cart (equipment used to measure gas exchange mostly during aerobic exercise), I said to myself: this is exactly what I want to do.
So, I enjoyed every minute of my master’s degree and my PhD. I enjoyed even more my time as a postdoc in a Danish lab: it was the paradise for integrative (and invasive) physiology.
So, I naively thought that I would continue to have fun in the lab as an assistant professor…
Well, not exactly.
The thing is, since I am a PI, time in the lab has been reduced to a minimum. Writing grant proposals, teaching, mentoring, writing and reviewing papers are tasks that keeps me away from the lab. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I miss the lab for sure.
Dear grad students/postdocs, enjoy your time in the lab because:
Things. Will. Change.