Job priorities for research assistants in the lab
- The main priority for the research assistants in the lab is
to contribute to the maintenance of the lab. This is an important task
and this task needs a lot of time. We try very hard to make
sure that the lab is a reliable place to run experiments and we hope
that our users understand that this requires substantial effort.
- A second priority is to assist in teaching new researchers how to
use the lab. That, usually, involves guiding a new researcher once
through the steps which are required for an experiment. Researchers
are also encouraged to gain experience and to assist in experiments of
their colleagues before their run their first own experiment.
- Typically there is no time left to assist researchers (new or old)
in running or programming their experiments.
- Researchers who need assistance in running their own experiments
should either cooperate with other Ph.D. students (who will benefit
from getting more lab experience) or bring their own research
- Researchers are encouraged to program their experiment
themselves. It is usually less error-prone and quicker to learn z-Tree
and then explain the experiment to z-Tree rather than trying to
explain a problem to a third person who then translates it into