A few days ago I got an offer (yay!). I have about another week before they want a decision. Over the last few days I have been tallying up costs for start up. When should I start negotiating?

And here’s the bigger question: my wife and I are expecting our first child basically soon as the fall semester starts – how do I broach the topic of a single semester deferral? I hate to do this but we have a lot of worry about transitioning during such a sensitive time (and their health insurance policy does not allay our concerns plus we have zero connections there and I worry about my wife’s isolation as I start a new position). This would be the number one thing for me to take the job.

So how would I go about the negotiation? Would I say A is number one thing I need, then B, then C etc? I should I start ASAP? Should I e-mail where I can cleanly layout reasons for each desire?

In regards to the deferral request, how do you envision the school to respond? It is a small department so not sure how they could absorb the workload. I was planning on going into detail how I would use my deferred time to accomplish tasks that would benefit the school (e.g. grant applications, work on outreach program, prep for spring classes, be willing to take heavier load in spring, get research ready for students etc). I doubt the school will completely dismiss my caution but also worried that deferral will be too much for them to bear.

A few days ago I got an offer (yay!). I have about another week before they want a decision. Over the last few days I have been tallying up costs for start up. When should I start negotiating?

And here’s the bigger question: my wife and I are expecting our first child basically soon as the fall semester starts – how do I broach the topic of a single semester deferral? I hate to do this but we have a lot of worry about transitioning during such a sensitive time (and their health insurance policy does not allay our concerns plus we have zero connections there and I worry about my wife’s isolation as I start a new position). This would be the number one thing for me to take the job.

So how would I go about the negotiation? Would I say A is number one thing I need, then B, then C etc? I should I start ASAP? Should I e-mail where I can cleanly layout reasons for each desire?

In regards to the deferral request, how do you envision the school to respond? It is a small department so not sure how they could absorb the workload. I was planning on going into detail how I would use my deferred time to accomplish tasks that would benefit the school (e.g. grant applications, work on outreach program, prep for spring classes, be willing to take heavier load in spring, get research ready for students etc). I doubt the school will completely dismiss my caution but also worried that deferral will be too much for them to bear.

I recently received a 1st-year physics postdoc fellowship offer at a university in Canada for 2-3 years. The annual salary is 55,000 CAD (44000 in USD). I haven’t worked in North America at all. I was just wondering how this salary is.
Is there some minimum salary of 45000 USD in US? Does it mean it’s not that good? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

So, my application looks like its going very well. I’ve got a feedback from the Norwegian institute that I am the most suitable candidate for the job among 13 ones. In a few weeks, I will be in the interview. I examine that there will be salary negotiations after the interview, taken into account the hard processing for all the applicants to the job and the committee’s decision to choose me as the best candidate.

The salary pay scale is 57-76 according to the Norwegian system. To be honest, anything less than 68 will not be of interest to me. However, I don’t want to lose the job because of such decision.
I don’t find any information on here or the internet about how can I negotiate a salary in Academic Norwegian organizations.

I would appreciate your help or experience. PS: I have a family, maybe this can explain why I need a higher pay 😛

Thank you.

I received a job offer from a UK university. The post was for a senior lecturer/reader position. When the Head of School called me, he hinted that they would offer me a reader position. But two days later when I received the written offer, they actually give me a senior lecturer position with the highest point. I was a bit disappointed as I expected it was a reader position. I have no experience in UK academic system (I am currently working in the US), but I heard there is little room to negotiate in the UK system. I am wondering if I can negotiate for a higher rank (reader) without insulting them. Besides I am going to interview for a reader position with another school. If I get the 2nd offer, can I ask the 1st to match (based on the UK academic culture)? Thanks for your input in advance.

I am asking this question because I simply do not know.

The story is that some department (northern continental Europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant Professor position. The offered teaching/research load is 50-50 which sounds OK in theory. In reality, this translates to a minimum of 3 courses per year plus supervision of bachelor’s and master’s candidates as well as administrative tasks.

On the other side of the spectrum, they do not offer any starting package whatsoever: no PhD students, not even basic equipment like laptop or traveling allowance, only a relatively good (for EU standards) salary with no additional benefits (married/child, whatever). They said that I should (imperative hint) apply for external funding (i.e., more work).

Thus my questions:

  1. Is this considered a true 50-50 research/teaching? I do not see how is this possible. It seems that for research would be only a modest 30% of the time and mostly during summer which is absurd for younger people (more ideas for new research)

  2. Is this considered a normal offer? I would like to see other people’s opinions/experiences.

The argument for the offer is basically: take any position that comes in the way, given that the academic job market can be brutal. But I am really afraid this would mean the end of my research at least in its current form, given also that I won’t be able to even have any PhD student at least in the next 3 or so years at least, if I ever have them.

I am asking this question because I simply do not know.

The story is that some department (northern condinental europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant Professor position. The official teaching/research load is 50-50 which sounds OK. This translates to 3 courses (minimum) per year + bachelor + master student supervision + some administrative tasks.

On the other side of the spectrum, they do not offer any starting package: no PhD students, not even equipment, only a relatively good (for EU standards) salary with no additional benefits (married/child, whatever). They said that I should (imperative hint) apply for external funding (i.e. more work).

Thus my questions:

  1. Is this considered a true 50-50 research/teaching? I do not see how is this possible. It seems that for research would be only a modest 30% of the time and mostly during summer.

  2. Is this considered a normal offer?

The argument for the offer is basically: take any position that comes in the way, given that the academic job market can be bruttal. But I am really afraid this would mean the end of my research at least in its current form, given also that I won’t be able to even have any PhD student at least in the next 2/3 of years at best, if I ever have.

I am asking this question because I simply do not know.

The story is that some department (nortern condinental europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant Professor position. The official teaching/research load is 50-50 which sounds OK. This translates to 3 courses (minimum) per year + bachelor + master student supervision + some administrative tasks.

On the other side of the spectrum, they do not offer any starting package: no PhD students, not even equipment, only a relatively good (for EU standards) salary with no additional benefits (married/child, whatever). They said that I should (imperative hint) apply for external funding (i.e. more work).

Thus my questions:

  1. Is this considered a true 50-50 research/teaching? I do not see how is this possible. It seems that for research would be only a modest 30% of the time and mostly during summer.

  2. Is this considered a normal offer?

The argument for the offer is basically: take any position that comes in the way, given that the academic job market can be bruttal. But I am really afraid this would mean the end of my research at least in its current form, given also that I won’t be able to even have any PhD student at least in the next 2/3 of years at best, if I ever have.

Last year I got one tenure-track job offer and accepted it, even though I wasn’t thrilled about the position. The institution allowed me to defer my start date by a year, so that I can complete a postdoc. I fully intended to start the job when I signed the offer.

Now, several months later, I received a tenure-track offer from a top institution with resources and benefits that can never be matched by the institution that is currently waiting on me.

I understand it is unethical for me to bail on Institution 1. At the same time, I only have one life and one career and don’t want to sacrifice my prospect for loyalty to an institution where I haven’t even started working.

What would you do?

I’m (probably) going back from Academia to Industry after a post-doc. Unlike last time, where I signed a company-standard contract which did not have room for much maneuvering, this time it’s a small company with no template and will be their first academically-oriented hire.

I’m not asking so much about the employment conditions aspect of the contract, or about expatriation (in fact, I’ve asked a separate question about that on expats.SX) – but rather about the nature of the position in terms of doing research, publication / release of code, and other related issues.

What issues, or aspects of the relationship, do you believe it is:

  1. useful
  2. feasible
  3. common/not-unheard-of

to put into such a contract? (I’m asking about the disjunction, not the conjunction, of the above)

Note: I’m in applied Computer Science. You can make your answer more specific to this field or more general.