A few months ago I passed my first Ph.D. review: I got interviewed by an external reviewer on things I produced during my first year. My supervisor was present during this virtual meeting. Through his remarks and comments, I felt like the external reviewer had knowledge of problems in my supervisor's group.
These problems include:
- The supervisor is busy being busy and simply does not have time to care about our projects.
- Bad group structure, too many PhDs for only two post-docs.
- Our projects are too different.
The consequence is really simple: Google is your best friend, and your only friend. No one is able to help each other.
I can handle this, as I am quite able to sustain myself. The only problem is that without advice and help everything is slower. I am worried that it will limit the amount of work I will be able to provide during my Ph.D. I already try to speak to him but he doesn't care and I am afraid that it will affect my relationship with him.
How serious is it to contact this external reviewer to ask about a meeting in order to speak about these problems?