I think what was really lacking was sort of group time management, or an idea of what people who come there with almost no training could actually achieve.
It’s very different having worked in a group where everything was set up.
GW: If I look at maybe one or two research projects or ideas that didn't work out in the end, I think I held on for too long.
It kind of sounded cool but it didn't work, because we didn't have the facilities to fabricate the structures properly, and we tried to get it from elsewhere but that didn't work so well.
GK: What are your best practices for ensuring your lab is run well and that equipment and other resources are well cared for?
GW: Make sure that you have some people in charge who value their equipment. Sometimes it pays off to haggle with the companies, but don't delay; it costs even more in time afterwards.So, the things that are permanent you really have to take care of yourself, and then with smaller stuff, you have to make sure that people value what they work with. You should always have a little bit of reserve money for urgent stuff. GK: How do you help new people get up to speed with your lab’s way of doing things?GW: Oh, I have to admit I leave that to the post-docs mostly and it seems to work.Gerhard Kirchmair (GK): Tell me about your first faculty position: What was it like and where was it?Gregor Weihs (GW): The first faculty position that I would count in that respect was the one in Waterloo.program, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck and Junior Research Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.is a Fellow in CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program, Professor of Photonics at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Associate of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing and Vice-President for Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Austrian Science Fund.So, cut your losses, that's what the stockbrokers do, right?Don't hang on to something too long if it's failing.If you have an excellent person who wants to work with you, try to hire them at all costs, even if you have to spend the last of your money.GK: What's one mistake you made during your career and how did you compensate for it?