Lab Leadership Workshop, July 5-6, is geared to job-seeking postdocs and pre-tenure faculty

The American Society of Plant Biologists is offering a 2-day Laboratory Leadership Workshop in advance of the Plant Biology and Botany ’07 Joint Congress in Chicago this summer. This workshop is intended to provide the next generation of plant biologists — specifically on-the-academic-job-market postdocs and pre-tenure faculty — with comprehensive, practical information about how to manage and lead a lab.

The complete workshop schedule is available online, but featured sessions include “Job-search Strategies”, which will focus on applying to, interviewing at, and negotiating faculty positions at institutions large and small; “Grants and Budget Management”, in which attendees will hear from experts on both sides of the funding equation; “Sex and Science,” in which HHMI investigator Jo Handelsman will discuss identifying, understanding, and dealing with gender bias; and “Ethics in Science”, in which Plant Physiology editor-in-chief Don Ort will outline the vital role we all play as stewards of the plant biology discipline.

Registration for the Laboratory Leadership Workshop, which is open to anyone whether or not they are a member of ASPB, is separate from that for the ASPB annual meeting; there is no obligation to register for both events.

If you are a senior postdoc or a pre-tenure faculty member looking for practical information, support, and perspective on the challenges of running an academic research lab, please consider registering for this workshop. If you know of any such individuals, please tell them about this opportunity. A limited number of postdoc travel awards are expected to be offered; additional information is available through the registration form.