As a PhD student in a multidisciplinary subject, I am grouped with a postdoc by my supervisor. In our lab, the usual rule is student do the theory and coding, and postdoc do the experiment.
My collaborator postdoc is highly unmotivated: he badly performed the experimental tasks that I told him to do (most of the time, the experiments was unqualified), and delayed our project progress.
I am much younger than him, and he refused to follow my instructions, and instead fed me with unreliable “ideas” and asked me to do his job... My supervisor knows the situation, but does nothing and just watches. Each weekly meeting I am the only guy having progress.
At end I had to do the experimental part myself. It was tough but finally the project was accepted to a top journal. I have done 95%+ works, but have to add the postdoc as a coauthor (he didn’t even take part in writing the paper)
I anticipate similar course of action in future projects. I can’t change the group.
How can I properly motivate my postdoc to get him work for me?
The question has been revived and let me summarize some of comments. It helps to clarify some statements:
- "get him work for me" simply means "do his duty as a collaborator".
- The postdoc received authorship; but I am actually the guy doing all the works.
- The whole story is, I gave up pushing on him, did the bio training myself, and finished the data acquisition myself.
- In this question I am humbly asking how to avoid similar situations from happening again.
- I am not being harsh from the very first beginning. I was polite to the postdoc, even after wasting months.
- Technician is not a negative word. If you are familar with bio labs, you will know most postdocs are no more than a "technician", most of them cannot get a decent faculty position (e.g. top 100 US universities). I am a technician too, but just in coding. The only scientist is the professor.