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ValuesWorking in a research laboratory is not only about publishing great papers. It is also about sharing a culture. Over the years, we have come to value:
Enthusiasm over drive. We do research because we are passionate. This means that our projects are important for us, that we commit to them. It also means that we do not count our working hours.
Freedom over structure. This means that we take initiatives without fear of the consequences. It also means that we take responsibility for our actions.
Creativity over hard work. This means that we do our best to share, learn and improve continuously. It also means that we get things done.
Trust over Independence. This means that we continuously seek synergies with others. It also means that we have responsibilities towards them.
All team members are expected to seek each other's trust. We trust our colleagues to work well and on time. We also trust them to adhere to the basic principles of scientific and human good conduct.
Interns are expected to acquire the scientific work ethics by two weeks. They are expected to adapt their schedule to the needs of their mentor.
PhD students are expected to learn what they need as fast as possible in order to be fully operational before the end of their PhD. They are expected to acquire the technical skill by the first year and to acquire the principles of academic communication (how to write papers, how to write a rebuttal, how to make posters, how to go to congresses and how to give a scientific talk) by the third year.
Post-docs are expected to be competent in academic communication (they must how to write papers, how to write a rebuttal, how to make posters, how to go to congresses and how to give a scientific talk). They are expected to learn the technical skills by six months. They are not expected to work alone and write their own papers, but they are expected to be able to do so.
Technicians are expected to consider themselves as a scientist, like any other member of the team.