>As a postdoc, I spent a lot of time at my desk in the middle of the lab. I was the first person that everyone walking into the room saw (and spoke to). I was constantly hiding my coffee cup from EH&S folks that might wander by. I went to a coffee shop if I needed to get any serious writing done. I recently landed a position as an asst. prof. at the Big U in the same city as my postdoc at Super Fancy Private Research Institution. My new chairman gave me the keys to my new office early so that I could have somewhere to sit when I come over for meetings related to the remodel of my new lab. Now, I am sitting in my very own OFFICE!! There are doors, windows everything.
Sitting in my new office, I realize it is very quiet. No lab peeps yet. Then, all of the sudden an Emeritus Prof stops by. He wants to talk, mostly about his research but also because he wants to take over part of my cold room. First of all, I haven't even started yet officially. And this old guy is coming by for a land-grab?! I am able to divert him and keep all my promised space by arguing that I would have to "clear" it with the Dept. Chair. That is when I realize one danger of the office. There is no escape. I will have to work on that.
I realize the second danger when all of the sudden I am filling out paperwork and working on budgets. Wait a second, I'm technically still a postdoc. How am I already not doing experiments???? Sigh.
I'm going to need another cup of coffee.