Welcome to the Based Lab Man!
When I switched from the postdoc route to the lab manager route, I was staggered by how little stuff there is on managing a lab day to day.
Resources like The Journal of Chemical Health and Safety are technical (and paywall protected!) while Lab Manager magazine has more of a technical, popular science slant. These are both good publications, mind, and I read each issue cover to cover. It is just that they don’t cover the basics of how to be a good lab manager.
So I decided to fill the gap. I’m still learning, learning every day, and when I find something that might be useful, I write it up and put it up here.
Why ‘based’ Lab Manager?
Because it sounds good! I was experimenting with many titles and none sounded quite right. Then I heard the term “based” on the interwebs, meaning ‘down to earth, commonsensical’, and that is exactly what I am trying to hit with this blog. Also, I’m managing a chemical lab, and I quite like the rather lame pun.
Who is the Based Lab Man?
That’s me up there. I’ve been setting up and managing labs and mini-labs for most of the last ten years; recently, I’ve started being paid for it!