Somehow, Cold Spring Harbor was good for that. It had me thinking about a lot of things, some of which are more useful than others. Among the useless category was the fact that I was constantly mistaken for a post-doc. (I probably look a little old to be a first-year grad student, now, and most of the people there are post docs and P.I.s, so it’s not that surprising.)
Anyhow, among the more useful is a shift in focus: after talking with researchers, I think I can step up my work, and treat my PhD more like a Post-doc. And why not? I don’t think I’m going to be learning a whole lot in terms of techniques – Sequence processing isn’t complicated, although the programming for it can be rather involved. Like any good post-doc, I’m learning the field.
Which means that I need to start doing more literature work. I’ve been slacking off in that respect. (Not that that’s a new thing, I guess.) It also means I can take more responsibility for my research. It’s not like anyone else is going to do it for me.
So what if I’m only getting a PhD. Lets make this a 3 year post-doc, and see if I can live up to the challenge.