[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:
- Terminate the collaboration, delivering as many results as possible before the move;
- Carry on collaborating on my spare time (personal), letting the collaborators know that results might be delayed;
- 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 nothing?
Are you not being replaced in the facility? If you are then your replacement would just take over any remaining analyses. Afterall, any actual contractual agreement would be with the facility rather than you personally.
There might be replacement coming at some point but it might choose not work on this - or know how to handle it. There is a weird model in place where some projects have to be taken by a bioinformatitian, due to the funding source, whereas others we are free to pick and choose. I could have passed this one.
Ah, that makes sense. I suspect that's not the most unusual sort of arrangement. Istvan's answer is definitely spot-on then.