TIP TROVE | Survive an Unreasonable Principal Investigator

Courtesy of Robert Busch

1. Seek advice early and aggressively from friends, trusted faculty, and through counseling services.

2. Do not rely excessively on your institution to solve your problems, but do make use of its resources, such as a postdoctoral association.

3. Communicate with your PI directly in written form or by E-mail, to have a record of the matter in dispute.

4. Consider the consequences of "burning bridges," and have a plan to deal with that scenario.

5. Weigh the effort involved in solving your problem against that of moving into a better environment.

6. Be prepared to get outside legal help if it seems that you are not being heard.

--Robert Busch Former peer counselor Stanford Postdoctoral Association


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