Tobias Heed Hi, I’m Tobias Heed. I am a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist based in Hamburg, Germany. I’ve led my own research group in Hamburg University’s Psychology Department since 2012 (find out more about my team and my science on my Lab and University pages).

This is my personal blog. I write about leading, supervising, and managing a scientific team and a science lab.

As scientists, we have chosen our profession out of a passion for our research topic. We are experts in our science, but are usually untrained and unexperienced in anything to do with leading and organizing, managing and supervising. Starting an own group marks an entirely new learning experience with many questions, insecurities, and frustrations.

In my blog, I share the insights I’ve had on my own journey in building and consolidating my lab. My goal is to create content that you can put to work to improve your own group and developing your leadership. So, if you lead a science team (or aspire to), or have been moved up to a supervisory role in your lab, then this blog is for you.

If you find a post useful, have a question, have a better idea, find that I’m wrong, or have something else else to say related to a post, please do leave a comment. I follow the comment section and will reply.


I’ve grouped my content into four categories:

  • Blog: Regular blog posts about leadership, getting organized, and personal development. They are further organized by tags that you can select in the tag cloud in the sidebar.
  • Book Project: Posts that will form a book on leading a science lab.
  • Hands-on: Another name for this section might have been “nerd corner”… This section lists practical tips that I have found to make some aspect of my lab life easier, more efficient, or is useful in some other way.
  • Books: Here I review books that I have found useful for some aspect of group leadership and management. The list is necessarily subjective. The books may not be what you expect. That’s the point.


My current goal is to post once or twice a week. If you would like to be notified of new content on my site, you can subscribe via email.


I studied Business Administration and worked at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany, before I studied Psychology in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. I joined Frank Rösler’s Psychophysiology lab as a student assistant during my studies.

I found my passion for cognitive neuroscience there during my thesis that I wrote under Brigitte Röder’s supervision. I followed Brigitte to Hamburg when she started her Biopsychology lab here, received my PhD in 2008, and worked as a Postdoc in the lab thereafter.

Parallel to my scientific work, I was responsible for the behavioral and electroencephalography labs of the Biopsychology group as a lab manager until, in 2012, I started my own group, the Emmy Noether research group, the Reach & Touch Lab that is funded by the German Research Foundation.


If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to drop me a line.


I write using Scrivener on Mac, Drafts on iPad. I publish with WordPress with the Make Theme by The Theme Foundry, hosted by All-Inkl.com.

Photo credit: private