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.

  • To clarify, you're writing your own contract?
    – astronat
    Sep 12 '17 at 18:46
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    @astronat: Me and the guy in charge of recruiting me are writing a draft together. It has to get past their lawyer, but, essentially, yes. Of course if I write that they have to pay me.... ONE MIIIIILION DOLLARS... it might not fly.
    – einpoklum
    Sep 12 '17 at 19:40

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