I joined a company from 1st April, 2021. My problem is a little bit complicated. My manager is remotely located in Australia. He has been so far nice to me and guiding me.
I did my PhD in chemistry and the company that I am working for is Biomedical Engineering in the UK. From the very first interview, I told my Hiring Manager (who is currently my manager) and other colleagues that I am not a biomedical engineer. However, I would learn the things necessary for the job and would contribute. My hiring manager has liked my attitude and gave me a task which I did it and after another two rounds of interviews with the other people, I got selected. The company said that they would train me accordingly for the first few weeks.
So I think I have not lied to anybody (be it CV or be it through the interviews).
When I joined the company, I got to know that they actually received a grant in collaboration with Academia, and 75% of my salary comes from this project. So now I need to go to this academic lab for experiments and the Project leader for this grant is a person who actually very less responsive to my emails, queries. My Manager suggested me to be proactive to learn the things and also I am allowed to ask questions to anybody of their corresponding expertise. Lastday, when I asked the Project Leader a question, she without an answer for the question, literally smirked at me and told me on my face that 'You do not have any background in the topic. I really do not know what your manager plans for you'. I literally felt insulted. I also came to know that I have to work with her in the future as my salary comes from the grant they received. I also came to know that she already gossiped with the other colleagues that I do not know anything. Altogether, it is very depressing for me. I can't deal with such people who are 'proud' about their expertise. (The project leader was also there in one of my interviews. So it is not that she did not know about this fact). Now, the problem is I do not have a problem with my Manager, however, if this Project Leader is the person that I have to deal with I do not think I can work with her. In my life, 5 years back, I had faced such character and my life had been hell at that time. I really do not want to happen it again in my life. Now, I have taken the decision that I am going to leave this job as I have understood the dynamics and workflow of this company.
My questions are: Do you think I should tell this to my Manager about her behaviour? Even if I do, I do not know how can he help me out as he will not be here in any case and I am obliged to work with her because my salary will come from the project she leads.
Please suggest me how I can leave gracefully. Should I leave only by saying that my background does not fit well ( to avoid any conflict) or should I state about this behaviour of her as one of the reasons to quit? However, I strongly feel I should let them know about this behaviour. But I am scared the company might misuse this against me as well by portraying me as a conflicting person when they would know that I am quitting.
I hope for your suggestions.