Opinion: Back to the lab

A PhD science writer takes a job as a visiting scientist at a local biotech and quickly realizes that going back to the lab after a 5-year hiatus isn't easy

James Netterwald
Oct 5, 2010
In 2005, after 6 years of solid work in a research laboratory, I finally received my doctorate (PhD) in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Since then, I have been working as a writer, and have spent zero time in a laboratory. That is, until this past summer. I was told it couldn't be done -- a writer could never return to the lab after a five year hiatus, some said. Part of me wanted to prove them wrong -- and I have -- but my return to the lab has not been easy.
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My new career was born out of a desire to live the life of a college professor, without having to obtain a fulltime faculty position. I wanted to perform life science research without having to write grants. I wanted to teach college courses...
E. colilinkurl:James Netterwald;http://www.nasw.org/users/netterjr/ is a freelance science writer and editor based in New Jersey.



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