My colleague and I, both postdocs, are going to TT positions at separate R1 public universities. For various reasons, our advisers have little idea what present startup packages look like. I am in Industrial, he is in MechE.

Here are some guesses from our last brainstorming session:

  • Equipment (thinking 100k or so)
  • Cash for travel, supplies, etc (Thinking 50k or so)
  • Grad student support (thinking 1-2 grad students for 3 years)
  • Postdoc support (might be substituted for a grad student)
  • Summer salary (for 2-3 years)

Thoughts? Additional things?

  • are going to TT positions -- Does this mean that you are still at the interview stage or that you have a job offer in hand / have already accepted an offer? – Mad Jack Apr 9 '18 at 15:21
  • I would guess this varies a lot, even within the same field. Perhaps even within the same department. – GEdgar Apr 9 '18 at 15:44
  • Related: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/85919/… – Dawn Apr 9 '18 at 16:37

Nothing in your proposed startup packages sounds too unreasonable. The only thing that might be a problem is the number of years of support. You’ll want to know how much it costs to support a grad student, between tuition and stipend. The larger the cost, the fewer the years of support you’ll be able to ask for.

Also, I would expect that the department will not support a post doc, but would instead prefer you to use their funding to support graduate students.

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