I have been seeking a full time research position in psychological research since I graduated and moved to a new city. Breaking into it without any connections was hard, so I took a part-time temporary position doing educational research in the public school system. The work is challenging but meaningful, and I have a very supportive advisor and research team. I recently got offered a full time research position in a field I am really excited about, and thus am facing the choice to leave this current research project to chase something more stable and better for graduate school, or staying and having integrity to my current PI.
Many people have been telling me "it's just a job, he's just your boss, and it's his job to figure it out" But it doesn't feel that way. It feels as if I am screwing him over in the middle of a complicated project that requires constant hands on work in the schools. It's an odd schedule (adhering to all the breaks in the public school schedule), and again, it is temporary (only through March). So I feel like if I leave, he will have a very hard time filling my position.
I respect this PI, and his project. This is the last year of his data collection on a four year study. I guess I'm just feeling emotional and guilty for leaving, and am looking to see if anyone has had a similar experience. Is leaving research truly just business, and I should do what's best for me? Or should I try to buy as much time on this project out of respect for my PI?
I am planning on giving him 4 weeks notice, have found two leads in replacing myself, and offered to train in the new employee and do anything that would make the transition easier for him, and am planning on asking him if he needs even more than four weeks and I'll see what I can do. But damn, that guilt is killing me!
I appreciate any and all advice, insight, or criticism. Thanks in advance.
Sincerely, Sensitive new researcher :)