As a researcher, you usually define your own schedule. That does not mean you show at work only few times a week. That implies that you can stay at night or do your work on weekends, which is very critical sometimes, e.g. the experiments go well. When I joined CVRC, I was fascinated by composites and their remarkable properties. Since then I have got more and more involed in composites design, manfacturing, processing, joining and testing (destructive) along with NDE/SHM of composite structures. Management has many levels and as any other burocratic structure is relatively slow. But everything in your hands: if you are actively pushing, it can be done quite fast.