Life in the Lab – Researcher Guide Book

Download the current edition of this ebook from leanpub

New researchers (undergrad, Masters or new PhDs) starting out on their careers have a lot to learn but the material for this is scattered all over the place. To try and bring it all together in one place, I decided to put together a single volume book with everything I wish I had known when I started my PhD, and with everything that I want my students to know when they are starting out. This is that book.

Obviously, there are other books with similar material which leads to the question “why should you buy this one?”. Well, following the format of H2G2 1) Life in the lab is cheaper, and 2) it is more entertaining and easier to read than the competition + cartoons.

The content is serious, the cartoons are just there to break up the text and make it more enjoyable to read.

If you would like a taste, there is a link to a sample chapter below.


As you can see from the contents, I’ve tried to go from before starting out in the lab, collecting and analysing data, right through to writing up your work and presenting talks and posters.

Current status and publishing plan

The version that you can download today is now complete.

I uses a serialised publication strategy where I released each new chapter as soon as it is edited. I chose this publishing route as I wanted to get the book out earlier. Importantly, I wanted feedback from my potential readers. I took that feedback on board and edited each chapter again over the summer of 2020. However, if you have any comments, including ideas for new cartoons or additional sections, then I want to hear them. I will make corrections and updates to existing material whenever I upload a new edition so any and all feedback welcome.

My intention is to move from leanpub onto amazon etc for wider exposure in the future. I also have plans to prepare a print version for distribution, watch this space or follow the blog for updates.

Sample chapters

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