The biggest choke point in an academic career is going from postdoc to principal investigator (PI): moving from doing someone else’s research to getting other people to do yours. How can researchers get there?

The aim of this article is to identify some of the broader skills (rules 1–4) and behaviors (rules 5–10) that can help with getting a PI position. It is meant as advice not instruction. As you will see, the authors John and Jason are advocating the development of social intelligence, which is as useful in the world outside academia as within it.


Find ten helpful rules on how to develop a good strategy on becoming a PI: