“At the Schuldiner lab we believe that creating great science is important but creating great scientists is even more”
Helpful tips for scientific soft skills
Writing and Presenting
"At the Schuldiner lab we believe that everyone - male or female - should be able to enjoy being dedicated to their science and being committed to their family at the same time if they so wish. Not only do we not think this interferes with their ability to do science, but rather that this has the potential to give a great perspective on life and boost creativity and the enjoyment of science. However, having two roles is always harder than having just one and so it is obvious that people choosing to combine the two need more support and tools to succeed"
Combining family with a scientific career
“The transition from a post-doctoral student to running your own lab is one of the most exciting transitions in an academic career. However, it is also an extremely difficult one. One where you discover that much of what you have been trained for is not relevant for your new position and that running a lab is so much more than simply running many experiments in parallel. this journey to learn how to become a principal investigator and a mentor, it is extremely important to find a support system, because science can get lonely. At the Weizmann Institute we set up a peer support group that helped many of us in the challenges of the journey"
Supporting young scientists
"My personal philosophy is that my lab members are like my family. I spend as much time in lab as I do at home and I want to be happy when I am there. My true belief is that my job extends beyond simply giving students experimental and scientific guidance and hence I try to nurture them in all aspects of scientific thinking and presentation skills, to endow them with a sense of their own capabilities and to empower them. I try to give my students a lot of freedom and alongside it, responsibility and enjoy seeing them make great scientific choices. I have to say that every morning when I get to lab I feel lucky to be in the midst of this great group of people that make me think and laugh. They are my true joy in science. To see how they grow up as scientists and as human beings is a bit like raising my own children and seeing what comes out. It makes me proud and happy, and is a big motivation for me"
Video Interview - Cell