It would be very helpful for me if I could receive some feedback about the issue summarised in the title. After several years as a postdoc (mostly) in mathematical biology, I joined, as a staff scientist / postdoc, a wet lab in which I am the single bioinformatician (I read somewhere this role called: pet bioinformatician :) ). I am currently involved in the analysis of transcriptomic datasets, generated by my colleagues, which will lead to middle author publications; however, it doesn’t seem that time allocated for a first author project is in the list of priorities :) I was wondering if this is a common problem and how people approach it. Do you need to negotiate a percentage of time to dedicate to a first author project? What would you consider an appropriate balance between computational support to other people's projects and (first author) research?
Thank you all,
Pet Bioinformatician :)