I resigned my position as a research coordinator working with medical doctors who had to do research to keep their academic positions. I got sick of writing their articles, grants, and running their research projects on part-time hours while they got to be listed as the primary investigators.
They were about to decrease my hours even more to only cover the hours (rather than a guaranteed minimum per week) when I actually had participants for a study. We were recruiting from a specific patient population with criteria that eliminated at least half right way. I had to be available everyday (despite the part-time status) to see if anyone meet criteria and was interested but that took time away from when I could be in front of the computer doing other work. Apparently that wasn't "productive" time. The other option was to give it a month with the current number of hours per week and if they didn't think I had recruited enough participants, push me out and hire a undergrad since they would be cheaper. By the way, I was the one who wrote the majority of the grant that funded the project.
There was a whole host of other issues with that job, (I had a thirsty about the publishing issue before) and ultimately I had enough. Any suggestion on my part for them to be more involved or provide more direction in the research process, blew up in my face. I was hoping to have something else lined up before I quit but I can only take so much of having my commitment and work ethic questioned.
-- Academic Inmate