Our expert says:
There are two important aspect to your problem ( indeed, to any problem ) : to identify how to remedy it ( which may be to fix it or at least to make it's irritating aspect improve ) and secondly, to identify how it happened, so as to be able to avoid having it happen again.
You clearly need good legal advice right now, and needed it earlier, before signing such a peculiar contract. I've never heard of anyone being required to refund their entire salary if they leave a job early : it sounds akin to slavery, but more expensive.
It's also risky ( I've been there myself ) to paint oneself into a corner in a very limited, focused research field. But if what you're working on is anything like genuine research, the results are what they are : only a fool or a crook thinks it should produce the results he wants. And why should he want you to sneak away silently ? Why would anyone "come after you" ? Who are you working for, the Mafia ?
Is actually working on the project itself really such misery ? If your odd doesn't see it working as he'd hoped you would, maybe he could make you redundant, and pay you redundancy pay ?
Isn't there an HR department or person who could advise you ? Surely medical aid is provided ? See a good psychologist for assessment and specific advice.
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