I am an internal candidate for a tenure-track position at a major university in northern Europe. I think I have an excellent chance, however I am slightly worried about negotiating a startup packages. Here's why:
- My department chief has insisted that I ask for my own salary in funding applications. This seems crazy to me - why would a funding agency justify paying the salary of a PI in a tenure-track position?!
- As far as I can tell, no other recent tenure-track hires in the department received any startup funding, or equivalent funding for PhDs or postdocs. Whether this was because they did not ask I do not know.
I have a strong impression from colleagues that I am the favoured candidate, and I am sure that, to some extent, asking for startup funding would make me look ungrateful for the opportunity. On the other hand, I cannot conceive how the department might a) expect to be internationally competitive if it does not provide incentives to new hires, and b) expect these new hires to achieve anything useful without any resources whatsoever.
Is this standard practice? Should I try to squeeze blood from the stone?