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It’s no secret that an academic career has many challenges; short-term contracts, low pay, long hours — as well the uncertain, exploratory nature of science itself. These challenges don’t go away with tenure: academic time is getting increasingly proscribed, funding is reducing, more is expected from less, management is becoming more remote. As a principal investigator (PI), I am constantly juggling tasks and hopping from one uncertainty to the next: yes, I have a job, but I still need to find money to pursue my research and develop the careers of my team.