Young researcher already tempted to pack it in

I work as a postdoc at a large institution. We have a well renowned research group, which is highly respected and I took this position for this reason. I have a strong research background, and am not afraid to say that I am good at what I do. It started out fine, with a pick of projects. Then the administration started piling up on me, other people administration, not just mine. I managed to get a hold of it, and sat happy for a while, completing my project and beng activately involved in three PhD projects, with two new starts earlier this year. Recently a new male postdoc has started a role at the university, and my research commitments have slowly been passed to him. In a way that he gets all the credit for work that is nearly at completion. He took control of the new supervisory roles, which was OK, because it’s nice to have more time. But I recently found out I have been taken off the supervisory roles for the students I am currently working hard alongside. When I mentioned this, it was suggested that I might be better placed in an admin position, and I was being sensitive. Please tell me it’s not always like this? My publication record suggests I am better placed at an institution that will encourage it.

Story signed by : Voltrux

The story happened to me as a Post Doc in the year 2014 at an academic institution in ‘Not in Belgium’

We’re both experts here…

My male colleague (a doctoral candidate close to completing his degree) wrote an email about organizing outreach activity to the head of a conservation non-profit in one of our fields of study. The email was overall formal in tone. My male colleague’s rank is clearly stated in his email signature. My female friend and I, also doctoral candidates and experts in our own right in this subfield, get mentioned in the email as “enthusiasts” that “hope to participate.” No mention is made of our rank and expertise in biology and conservation outreach. We’re not just random ladies off the street that are enthusiasts. We have spent the best years of our youth devoted to conservation and have spent time also training professionally for conservation outreach. If he had written “enthusiasts and fellow graduate students”…that would have made all the difference in the world. Moreover, my colleague of six years misspelled my name. When I mentioned the typo, he makes no apology and laughs it off as “hahah. I’m getting tired.”
I’m afraid of bringing the email up to our lab group and being labeled as “too sensitive” by him and our female boss. I also want to set an example about how microgressions do have consequence and show my younger female mentees that standing up for something is important. Sigh.

Story signed by : I’m getting tired too, dude

The story happened to me as a PhD student in the year 2014 around an academic institution ‘Not in Belgium’