ain't just the name of a Jack Johnson song, it is kind of how I am feeling right now. We have a new trainee who is set to start in the lab rather soon and from very reliable sources I have heard that they will be working on my project. Now no one likes anyone to poach on their patch but there are some different directions that you can take this project in. I'm kind of coming to the crossroads of this as I have previously spent a lot of time on reagent development and getting certain facets of the research in place. Which avenues will be open to me and which ones will be roadblocked for the new trainee to pursue?
Hell if I know, my PI hasn't told me. In fact he hasn't even let me know that this new person will be working on my project. I have to be honest I think he is dragging his feet and doesn't want to cause a controversy. But some lead time would have let me know and I could have preliminarily explored some side projects that could pan out to be great.
So science blogosphere, what is the appropriate etiquette for adding a new person to a project? How do you tell the trainee what's about to happen, divvy up the work, etc?