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kudzuvines ([personal profile] kudzuvines) wrote2008-11-24 02:11 pm
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I really can't work like this

Rant time!

There is a certain person in my lab (who shall remain nameless; those of you who know, will know) who has repeatedly gone over my head when it comes to the mouse colony. I manage the mouse colony. That is initially what I was hired to do. This involves basic things like breeding the mice, genotyping them, and keeping close track of which ones are needed for experiments. It's not a hard job, but it is made infinitely more difficult when people ignore that I am in charge of the colony and sacrifice mice without letting me know that that is what they are doing.

This has come to a head. He doesn't like the way we are going to be doing things in the future; sacrificing the mice in pairs (two people, not two mice), weighing the mice, weighing organs, etc. He likes working alone, he doesn't like coordinating with other people, because he likes to do things whenever it's completely convenient for him. When we told him on Friday that we were going to start doing standardized sacrifices, he complained. This morning I went down to the colony and noticed that three cages were missing. Since I am in charge of keeping track of things, I worried about it. I called him, knowing he was the most likely culprit, and he said he'd sacrificed them this weekend but hadn't emailed me yet.

What the fuck. I have told him repeatedly that he needs to inform me of anything he does with the colony. It's not like I'll tell him not to! I just need to fucking know!

I'm pretty sure he didn't tell me because he didn't want to "waste his time" doing the standardized procedures.

Fuck that. If he won't play nice, I'm not going to either. Now that I've written this entry, I'm going to go to talk to my boss. I'm tired of being disrespected over this.

[ED: This isn't the same problem as my last post.]

[identity profile] chickenblood.livejournal.com 2008-11-25 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, complain. That's the kind of shit that bugs higher ups as well. I can only imagine it's worse in any sort of scientific field. Obey the rules, stick to the standard, play well with others. Those are really the first questions in any job interview after all. No employer will be impressed by "but I like to do it my way"

[identity profile] userj.livejournal.com 2008-11-26 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
No employer will be impressed by "but I like to do it my way"

Sadly in academics this isn't completely true. There's definitely a prizing of "Maverick independence" among some scientists. There's some place for it - after all, once you are a faculty member, you answer basically to yourself and your granting agency and you rise or fall based in a large part on your ability to work independently. I don't agree with this in practice - and thankfully neither does my adviser - we ALL are subservient to our awesome Lab Manager, including my adviser. :) Plus, it's SO important to future productivity to be able to work well with collaborators and students. But I could see a less-awesome PI think it's a good thing for a grad student or postdoc to show "independence" by doing what HE wants when HE wants to.

[identity profile] haruka27.livejournal.com 2008-12-04 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Fortunately, when I talked to her, she said "[This person] has a slight tendency to do things as they are convenient to him... he will learn." Not nearly enough rancor for him to learn from her, but at least she's on our side.

[identity profile] zendequervain.livejournal.com 2008-11-25 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I second the complaining. That is unacceptable, and he needs to get in trouble for it. =\

[identity profile] haruka27.livejournal.com 2008-12-04 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
He... sort of got in trouble for it. And she's watching more closely now.