Very diverse crowd of people with passion for science and driven to teach.
Pros: i derived my own schedule.
Cons: i don't have enough money to pay my bills.
Typical day begins with cell work and media preparation.
Sterile technique became routine.
Day progresses into experiments given the cells were ready.
Comfort with several cell lines allowed ability to plan ahead of time.
Many of the people around the lab were students and made it hard to make plans, because the students just show up whenever.
I disliked – more... how crowed the lab became. Could take hours just to be able to use the only cell culture hood we had among the 15+ people coming in and out. Communication became the biggest issue.
I still enjoy my job and the people around me. I just can no longer afford to stay here financially.
What I enjoy most about my job is learning experiments and tweaking them till they provided good data. I wish I could have received more opportunity to write. Writing papers is hard for me and probably one of the least practiced skill sets. I do very much enjoy lab work, although I feel it may be a dead end unless environmental issues are dealt with. I am very passionate about population dynamics and cleaning the environment of pollutants. – less