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Staff scientists find satisfaction in playing the support role

from Science

As a new postdoc contemplating the tenure-track job hunt, Megan Spurgeon saw how mightily her fellow postdocs struggled to launch principal investigator careers. When she took her next career step 4 years later, she knew she didn’t want to spend all her time looking for funding, and she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to be the person in charge. But Spurgeon wanted to stay in academia — it was familiar, and she liked the collaborative environment. So she embarked on the staff scientist path. After almost 3 years as a staff scientist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in the lab where she began as a postdoc, she relishes her scientific freedom and the opportunity to mentor junior scientists. more


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