I am a postdoc who changed the topic quite drastically entering the postdoc phase. The big issue is that my advisor does not provide any guidance or advice at all regarding my project. It has been quite difficult for me to come up with a good research topic in a whole new field on my own and I would like to seek advice from another professor.

Would this be rather unusual? Thinking from other professor's perspective, I don't think they will be too willing to spend time on someone else's postdoc. Ideally, I want a situation where I can continue to discuss my work with another prof and get advice from regularly, but I am also trying to look a for a topic that will allow collaboration with other groups.

I can put in the time and our lab has good funding so I feel like I just need a little bit of insight from more experienced resear.

I would appreciate any advice! Thank you.

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    Does your advisor provide your funding? Was the current project his/hers?
    – Buffy
    Jul 9, 2019 at 20:37
  • He provides funding but that's pretty much it. To give an example, if we hypothesize that this funding is for cancer research, he is happy as long as I do something cancer and that's about it. The difficulty is that cancer is an extremely broad term and every member in the group does something vastly diff from me (e.g. plant biology).
    – Dododo
    Jul 10, 2019 at 0:20
  • Funding is good though and he is supportive of new ideas
    – Dododo
    Jul 10, 2019 at 0:21
  • If he is funding you, don't you sort of have to figure out with him something that you can work on together? Jul 10, 2019 at 4:18
  • Can you get a collaboration mentor? Someone that you know have great collaboration networks or work well with others that can help guide and provide hints?
    – Poidah
    Aug 15, 2019 at 11:26


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