[I am not sure this is the right place for this, but here it goes.]
Q: what to do with collaborations agreed upon during teh course of position when moving to a new unrelated positions?
After a postdoc where I shifted from bench to in-silico work, I have been working in a sequencing facility for about 1.5 years where we do sequencing as a service, and analyse data on a collaborative basis (mostly). For some projects I had the discretion to choose whether to collaborate in a project or not. Well, early this year I took on a project with an out of town partner, where they would send us the samples for sequencing, and then I would work with them in the analysis.
So far so good. The problem was that unexpectedly I accepted a posdoc offer in another city, and as soon as it was official contacted my collaborators to tell them they needed to speed-up and send the samples if I was to do the analysis. For one reason or another, the data arrived at my desk late (and not great data tbh) and now I am have a limited amount of time to work on it before moving on.
The trouble is that they assume that I will carry on collaborating with them after the move. Well, since is a new unrelated job it might be difficult. For one, I don't know in advance the workload of the project, or of my new position. So I can see a few options:
1. Terminate the collaboration, delivering as many results as possible before the move;
2. Carry on collaborating on my spare time (personal), letting the collaborators know that results might be delayed;
3. Let my new boss know of this, asking him to work on the collaboration during working hours for a limited period of time.
Number 3 is my least preferred option, specially because I would like to dedicate myself as much as possible to the research projects I will be having. But leaving someone with whom I agreed a collaboration feels like breaking professional code.
So what did others, more experienced bioinformaticians have done? is this a common occurrence? I am obsessing about noting?