Two researchers share their experiences in how to start and run a well-managed science research lab.

Starting a lab can be a daunting prospect as there is often little formal training in how to do it. In this Naturejobs podcast we speak to two researchers at different career stages about the practicalities of running a lab and how to manage a group of researchers.

Lucia Prieto Godino, a researcher in olfactory evolution at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, is currently preparing to start her own lab at the Crick Institute in London. From January 2018 she will be in charge of her own research, as well as a group of scientists working for her. She shares her thoughts on what she wants from her lab, and how she will help and train the scientists working with her.

Angela DePace has been running her systems biology lab at Harvard Medical School since 2008, and has used it as a self-development opportunity. She wanted to create a lab where she could help mentor students effectively, whilst continuously improving her own mentoring and teaching skills. Using individual development plans (IDPs), she has fostered an open and collaborative workplace culture.

This episode’s Ask The Expert question comes from Italy, and is all about how to get back into academia after taking a break. Sarah Blackford, an independent science careers advisor, answers it.

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