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?

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    I know nothing about such things in Finland, but in the US at least it would be impossible to answer such a question without specifying the field. Jun 13, 2018 at 0:59

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There is very little any public information on this available anywhere.

I did some googling and here is a summary of what I was able to put together from some random documents written in Finnish (from Helsinki, Tampere, and Oulu): a reasonably normal startup package for a new tenure track or tenured position in Finnish universities appears to be enough funding to hire 1 doctoral student or postdoc for 1–3 years.

  • Is that information specific to some field(s), or is it actually general?
    – Anyon
    Jun 13, 2018 at 12:44

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