I'm applying to assistant professor positions and my research plan is based on three main projects. My initial idea is having 2 PhD students and one postdoc working on each project. However, there is an opening in a new school that doesn't have a graduate program yet. I'm planning to apply to this school but don't know how to explain the need of grad students to my research plan. I'm almost sure I won't have sufficient start-up to hire 3 postdocs. I really want to have undergraduates researchers, as I'm a product of undergraduate research, but I believe the research output of my 5 initial years is way too important to have only undergrads and, say, 1-2 postdocs as my researcher assistants.
The importance of my productivity is related mainly to my research ambitions. At the same, this school attracted very much because it's new. I think my voice will be much more heard in a new school. Do you think it's a good idea to search for potential collaborators in other departments of this school that have a graduate program and stated this desire in my cover letter?