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How enforceable is a payment penalty when a professor chooses to leave a university early? [closed]

My current university has a clause in our contracts that states that we have to pay a percentage of our annual salary if we terminate the contract early. The percentage is quite large and I was ...
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How to politely ask supervisors for a 1-2 month contract for finishing some work?

I've been doing my PhD in a research centre for four years with a contract, and abroad from my hometown. My contract finished 3 months ago and I recently defended my thesis (consider the economical ...
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What is a learning agreement used for and when it is necessary [closed]

I am going to be at a university as an exchange student. I will not take any courses and will work with a professor. There is an online application form which asks me to upload a learning agreement ...
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Can the university cut the notice period short? [closed]

I am negotiating a position at another university. I’m on a permanent contract and a UK university that states six months notice period on both sides. This is fine by me since I have many loose ends ...
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Master thesis: emails to a dissertation supervisor

i have finished all my classes and now I should start my master thesis. But first of all, I need to write an email to prof. and ask him about the available topic for the master thesis. How to write ...
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How to gracefully exit my postdoc position with 1 year left in contract

This is my 2nd year in the lab with 1 year remaining in the contract. The PI is a nice guy and well-funded, but he has completely shifted his focus to his business and clinic trials. For example, I ...
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Making business out of Ph.D. thesis [closed]

Would advisors and universities generally support Ph.D. students who have an applicable thesis, to make contracts with the public sector in the US? And, will it bring a good share for the student ...
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Time overlap between two postdocs? Simply keep two affiliations or quit the first position earlier?

My current postdoc position will end in few months, so I started to apply for another postDoc position abroad. Shortly, if I would get the second position, there might be about two months overlap ...
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Changing from 100% research to 20% teaching and 80% research: Seems like a raw deal, would you do it? [closed]

I'm a named researcher (but basically a Postdoc) on a funded project in the UK which pays my salary. I've got a good CV and currently do 4 hours of teaching per year. The principal investigator (PI) ...
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Why don't Universities pay PhD students more?

I've worked in higher education on the administrative side. I've been able to get a very thorough look at University budgets. From my perspective it's really a travesty that research Universities, ...
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Looking for an example or draft of an IP-related agreement for industry employment

Researchers which start doing industrial work while continuing independent research are in a delicate position with respect to the part of their contract/employment agreement governing "intellectual ...
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Change of rules & regulations after accepting faculty contract offer

I have recently accepted a new academic position in the Netherlands. Netherlands has a generous so-called 30% rule for high skilled expats: you are paying taxes only for the 70% of your income and ...
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What does a promise of possible funding “based on availability of departmental funding” actually mean?

I'm finishing up my third year of a PhD program this Spring. Until recently, I had assumed that I would have four years of funding as many of the PhD students do. However, after asking the department ...
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Negotiating the intellectual property of a (US) industry contract

I'm finishing a post-doc and possibly going (back into) industry, but with the intent to continue research and publish papers and FOSS software. I know that hi-tech companies typically give you this ...
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What's useful/important to put in a contract for a research-oriented industry position (in the US)?

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 ...
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Is a postdoc successful only when completed?

Situation: one leaves a postdoc in the middle of the contract to move to another position (postdoc or tenure) at another university. There have been some questions here on SE Academia about leaving a ...
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Postdoc that refuses to follow the terms of her contract

I am supervising a research group. Each year, our institution offers several four years postdoc positions, and one year ago I told a friend of mine to apply to it because we work in very similar ...
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How is the faculty recruitment process in the UK?

I have been invited for the interview for a Lecturer position in the UK. I want to prepare all the necessary documents in advance. How is the HR process? What documents should I give to the HR ...
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Is a professor required to provide homework solutions?

For graduate school classes, if a professor writes his own homework questions and creates his own problem sets, is he required to provide solutions to the homework problems, after the homeworks have ...
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Postdoc application: professor verbally committed to hire me, but now says that regulations have changed and keeps delaying the process

I applied for a post doctoral position a few months ago. The initial response from the professor in charge was warm and enthusiastic and he even made a verbal commitment to hire me. But then he just ...
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Does the NSA hire mathematics professors often for projects / contractual work / full-time work?

How often do math professors / math PhDs / postdocs, whose research directions are in abstract algebra and number theory, get hired by the NSA to do some work - either on a short-term contract or ...
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How often are authors not allowed to send their paper by email upon request?

Emailing the authors of a paper is a common way to obtain access to the paper when it is behind paywalls. However, publishing contracts may forbid authors to send their paper by email. Is there any ...
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Typical academic leave notice period?

I was wondering what is the average notice (leave) period for academic positions (eg lecturer/post doc/teaching fellow). I have just received a 14 month contract stipulating a 3 months notice by ...
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How can I convince my postdoc advisor to end my contract early?

I am currently a postdoc in a Computer Science discipline. By some odd artifact of the way our university handles postdoc contracts, we are given fixed-duration (1 year) contracts with no exit clause. ...
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Adjunct to Full time position conflict

I have been an adjunct at different community colleges. I just got offered and accepted full time teaching position job (verbally) not in paper yet. The unfortunate situation is that I already ...
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Employment Contract Negotiation and Graduate School (Computer Science)

Is it possible to negotiate employment contracts to include sponsorship for graduate school? For example, accepting the job and school on the terms that the job will pay for Master's and I would be ...
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Postdoc in China: what are the possible difficulties and disadvantages?

According to the research paper, where the comparison of postdocs in China and US was done, there are several global cons of Chinese postdoctoral positions, like low sallary and lack of permanent jobs....
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How are years of experience counted for determining level on salary scale for a Netherlands postdoc?

I am going to start a postdoc at a Dutch university. This is my second postdoc, and my contract says I am on salary scale 10, level 8. I am assuming that they counted 5 years of PhD and 3 years of my ...
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How to deal with a professor who delayed my contract signature until I received better postdoc offers?

I just got my PhD 2 weeks ago. Last April I discussed with a professor about an offer to join her team. However, this offer was pending a certain project acceptance (I was supposed to work mainly on ...
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Submitting a manuscript that is not ready yet just to fulfil a contract

I am part (working part time) of a research project that is funded by the government in another European country (not the one I live in). As part of my contract with that project, I'm required to ...
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Postdoc contracts in US - signing an initial one which is superseded by different online one?

Is it usual for postdocs (I'm in the US) to sign one contract with the department and then have to accept a notice of appointment online which supercedes the initial one signed? I signed my postdoc ...
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Leaving a short-term teaching position early

I'm a little over a month into a 9-month teaching position, to cover two semesters' worth of courses. It's my first "proper" job since finishing my PhD. I've just been offered a 2 1/2-year postdoc (...
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What can I do if the terms of my adjunct contract are not what I was led to believe they would be?

The situation is as follows: Once upon a time, the university where I have served as an adjunct decided to bring me on in a fixed-term role spanning a single academic year. This was to get them out ...
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Leave postdoc in the middle of contract to start work with another professor while being in one postdoctoral research

I am little bit of confused. I have completed my PhD, I do not have any prior postdoc experience. Let me explain my current situation. I got a draft contract letter from lab in China (say, Prof. A) a ...
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Possible to leave a contract academic position shortly after signing new contract? [closed]

I am an assistant professor on a year-to-year contract in academic med (I'm a PhD biostatistician). I just signed a new contract in July. I have been 'head hunted' to join a private company, and I am ...
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What's the bargaining space in a post-doc employment contract - in the Netherlands?

Motivation I'm soon going to start a Post-Doc in the Netherlands. The labor laws are different from where I did my Ph.D. work; the academic culture is somewhat different; the unionization situation ...
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Disclosing hidden disability to employer

I'm doing a project-based postdoc in an European university. I have serious ongoing eye conditions that significantly affect my reading speed and as a result it took me 5 years to complete my PhD in ...
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Students working on lab software

I was wondering if any could give me some pointers on the issue of having students working on software that's being developed in the lab. What's the standard procedure on this issue? Is there some ...
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PhD student, issued contract at year 3 which will sign over intellectual property. Is it legal?

I'm EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the biggest UK funding source in the sciences and engineering) funded. Several months into my PhD an industrial sponsor came along. In ...
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Do colleges/professors sign contracts with educational publishers that require them to use the publisher's learning platform?

I am attending a community college in the US, and one of my professors has made it a requirement to purchase a login from McGraw-Hill Connect, even though our school is already set up with a decent ...
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Intellectual Property Assignment Agreements for Ph.D. students - What is normal?

As an incoming Ph.D. student I was asked to sign an intellectual property assignment agreement in addition to an employment contract as a condition for receiving a tuition reduction and a stipend. ...
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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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How to turn down a Postdoc scholarship offer after signing a contract

How you as professors would prefer to be informed in this case? That is, how to turn down a Postdoc fellowship offer that you have already signed a contract. The reason in my case is I get an even ...
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Is relocation assistance offered to postdocs?

Do universities offer relocation assistance to a newly employed postdoc who comes from another country? Is it appropriate for the postdoc to ask for relocation assistance if it is not already offered?
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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before contract ends?

Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before his/her contract ends, for whatever reason? How early should a prior notice be submitted in this case?
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Learning contracts

I'm starting a new program in the spring and one of the first things that we will be tasked with is the creation of a 'XYZ Learning Contract'. After a bit of digging in the search engines I see that ...
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Criminal record and work on federally funded project

I have recently interviewed for a position with a project with a major university. It is funded by federal grant (mainly NSF). It is not an academic position per se, but is led by a few principal ...
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Contract signing session etiquette for student coaches

I am a first time faculty member straight out of grad school and I have been installed as a director for a "learning center". We hire undergraduate and graduate student "coaches" in the learning ...
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Sign research contracts in a private university or create a “ghost” company

We are a research group from some private university and we offer research contract services. The problem is that when we get customers, the contract is signed by the highest authority of the ...
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Does a contract matter

I have been in my current teaching/research position for 4 years. I have just been informed that my contract is research only. I think technically this means I don't have to be teaching. My School and ...