Postdoc's project-how much the boss should be involved?
Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:23 AM
This issue has been a long time on my mind. In my former lab, our boss was able to know all details of the project and understood it. She not only listened to results explanation, but was capable of giving ideas and suggest experiments. My current boss only criticizes. Not only she does not understand the area I am breaking through in (synaptic transmission), but she never read a paper on it and when we are at the meetings, the only issues she raises are like: why are you doing this and that, what do you want to do, why do you want to do things etc. Never any constructive suggestion and neither a smart idea. I have to design myself the project and I totally independently have to make an experimental plan, not speaking of learning techniques. Moreover, the area of the project is very new to me and it is difficult to understand (she does not care about it-only criticizes that I don't do enough work). The main question is this supposed to be like that: boss only criticize postdoc, whereas postdoc should do ALL the job by himself? Or after all, the boss should contribute with ideas and some help? Thanks a lot for response and may be telling about YOUR experience with bosses.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 03:42 AM
By the way, I'm still doing my master, a master project without significant technical guide from boss. My boss only corrects my paper, poster or research proposal.
..."best of our knowledge, as far as we know this had never been reported before, though I can't possible read all the published journals on earth, but by perform thorough search in google, the keywords did not match any documents"...
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:01 PM