International Women’s Day: Dr Rachael Natrajan shares early research career adviceOn October 21, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I lead the Functional Genomics Team that’s within the Division of Breast Cancer at the ICR. And we’re interested in identifying new ways of treating patients with aggressive sub-types of breast cancer. The ICR’s been really good in terms of flexible working hours, particularly as I’ve got two small young kids. And when I was on maternity leave with my second child the ICR brought in this scheme where they have provided me with support in terms of another member of staff. So they could be in the lab for five months, while I was actually on leave, and this really helped boost the activity and the science being done in the lab whilst I was off. I think the main bit of advice I can give to post-docs who are thinking of becoming independent, and having independent careers, is really to go and seek advice from other people who have done the same thing. Really get to know what support there is out there for you, in terms of childcare options, flexible working, mentorship support, and support for your personal development. I think then you can really make an informed decision if it’s the right step for you.