Useful advice from a credible, if a bit odd, source!
As with any endeavor, there are specific items that you will want to acquire for your journey as a postdoc. Many items are likely to be specific to the specialty you have chosen. It is my goal to share with you those items that I have found to be absolutely CRITICAL and generally universal.
#1. A role of sturdy tape
Whaaaaaaaat? Tape?!? That’s right. The first item on this list is something you can find anywhere. It’s not an erlenmeyer flask, a beaker, a bunson burner, or anything that generally denotes “science”. It’s tape.
Recently, I was putting together the materials for my latest experiment. I had several fancy-pants components that I was assembling. Three pieces of equipment that totaled about $50,000. Plus a bunch of non-reusable parts that racked up another $300 per sample. What was the only way to get it to all function properly? Tape. That’s…
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