Life on and off the tenure track
Nicole zur Nieden is expecting her first baby any day. But this is not what keeps her awake at night. It's funding, or the lack thereof, for her research that keeps her tossing and turning. As an assistant professor of cell biology and neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), zur Nieden has two more years before going up for her tenure review. Demonstrating that she can pull in funds is the requirement of tenure she feels she has the least control over.
See the rest of my story at New Scientist's career column, The Insider. (Since the story ran, I found out that Nicole had a healthy baby boy.)