With a month's notice, that is. I was not happy with my new boss's overambitious expectations and we did not 'click'. I work as much for the person as for the job, and thus it's important that I have a good working relationship.

So, it's all up in the air. I'm hoping that I can switch to another area in the same lab working on a different project but we'll see. Beyond that, there are a number of openings at my workplace for someone with my qualifications and experience. I would be very surprised if I don't have something wrapped up in a couple of weeks or so.

The lesson is – follow your gut. I overrode gut misgivings to take this job and shouldn't have. Oh well – live and learn.

First time I've quit in eight years! Strangely unsettling yet exciting feeling.