My subsidiary supervisor is leaving the department and he hints that I might have a chance of getting a post-doc positive with him. He is extremely smart and I respect him dearly. However he wanted me to report to him about my data while keeping my main supervisor out of the blue. He basically wanted me to show him the draft of my paper to him first, because he says my main supervisor would "confuse" the whole thing up.
Then soon after my main supervisor wanted to see my draft within that day so I actually went on and told him what happened with the subsidiary. He was very glad I told him because it shows my loyalty whatnot, and started saying "things" about him to me. He then said that from now on we'll work closely together and rush to get this paper out. We had been working really hard but then with my main supervisor I feel as if I am doing a lot more for him than what is required for the paper....and the editing process has been brutal.
Now 3 weeks later my subsidiary replied back to my initial draft (which since then has had many editions) he says he wants to meet me (and only me) first thing a few days from now. I am so nervous I do not know what to do:
Basically I'd like to be assisted by my sub because he's too knowledgeable to be ignored and he knows what he is talking about, but sub and main do not agree on most things. I see main more often but then I feel sometimes he takes up A LOT of time (no offense he is very patient and helpful, but for example I would spend 3 hours looking at him editing a section, when my sub can probably do it in 30 minutes). I also get very distracted by my main sup, as he is always asking me to deal with things not related to my phd (I have trained all sorts of students in my 2 years here, and that takes up A LOT of time, among other mundane tasks).
The situation gets even more complicated because they both are hinting they will offer me a post-doc position. I would want to stay at my current geographical location (moving with my sub means that I will need to move away as well), but then politics in my lab is way too crazy and I do not want anymore of it.....moving to my sub would give me amazing networks and reputation, but then i have heard he is not a people person (well to be fair I have had no problem with him, and he's simply very nice to me)
Please give me your few cents to this....I am so stressed grrrr
Edited by PandaCreamPuff, 20 June 2010 - 04:32 PM.