I have an assistant-professor position in the US, but for personal reasons, I am moving to Europe. I was offered a tenure-track position in Finland. I don’t know why but I missed to discuss about the startup package during the interview. I asked about it after receiving the job offer, and the dean asked me how much I need.

In the US, I received near $800K for launching my lab and group, but I read that such startup packages are not common in Europe. I do not want to sound unreasonable.

Can you tell me how is the common practice for starting a tenure-track position in Finnish universities?

I have an Assistant Professor position in the US, but for personal reasons, I am moving to Europe. I was offered a tenure-track position in Finland. I don’t know why but I missed to discuss about the startup package during the interview. I asked about it after receiving the job offer, and the Dean asked me how much I need.

In the US, I received near $800K for launching my lab and group, but I read that such startup packages are not common in Europe. I do not want to sound unreasonable.

Can you tell me how is the common practice for starting a tenure-track position in Finnish universities?

In a job application I should add a description of my “tieteellisistä ansioista”, which translates to “scientific merits”. (The application is only available in Finnish, in which I am fluent.)

The application also asks for information concerning my research and research interests; all of this is to be provided in the same document.

What, exactly, does “scientific merits” mean and cover in this context?

In the process of applying for a particular faculty position in computer science in Finnland, I got stuck when answering the question

Experience as a superior

The choices from the dropdown menu are

  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-5 years
  • 5-10 years
  • over 10 years

What could they mean exactly by “a superior”? (Before you cane me: yes, I asked my contact but have not recieved an answer yet.)