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Is it a red flag if a university explicitly disregards noting the work load in a lecturer contract?

Yesterday, I received a permanent lectureship offer from a UK university whose job description explicitly included two points: 1- The research workload and teaching workload are %80 and %20, ...
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TVöD rank for an engineer in Germany

I am a French citizen currently employed by an Institute part of the Helmholtz association. I had been looking forward to starting this position for a while and was a bit in a rush when signing my ...
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Drastic changes in tenure process and requirements during evaluation

I am an assistant prof. on a tenure-track in the US, in an institution that was heavily oriented toward teaching when I was hired, but that is gradually gearing toward more intensive research ...
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Has anyone had an offer rescinded after accepting?

A few days ago I asked when an offer is considered official (see here) and the consensus seemed to be that nothing is official until a contract is signed. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone has had ...
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At what point is an offer official?

Every research job/position I've ever had, I have had some sort of "informal" (verbal, via email) offer, followed by me showing up the first day of work to sign the contract and start. This ...
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I am being asked to resign with only a week left on my postdoc contract, should I? [closed]

My two year postdoc contract is ending next week. I am looking for a job at a bank in my state now. My university's personnel office has contacted me asking me to resign; that is to say, they're ...
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Is it fine to ask for a deadline extension from an academic publisher

I have signed a book contract with a reputable academic publisher a while back. I have finished half of the work and so far it's right on schedule. Now I'm about to give birth and after a discussion ...
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Not being paid for work contracted to institution when I am the sole worker

I work in a small, specialised, tech research team in a UK HE institution. I have recently been asked to do some consultancy work involving a separate institution. Although I will be the sole ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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Etiquette on contacting publisher of a multi-author book after one co-author passed away [closed]

I am asking this question on behalf of someone who does not want to create a stackexchange account. Suppose one author on a multi-author textbook that is used regularly in college courses has passed ...
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Starting PhD, university says I don't have to sign contract

I am starting my PhD in three weeks in Denmark. In Denmark, it is usual that PhD students are formally employees of the university but also have student status. I have received recently my employee ...
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Is it possible to run two postdocs simultaneously if one of them is "independent"?

I currently have a postdoc at a university in the US whose contract stipulates only that I "produce research" relevant to my field. I have no supervisor and have not been hired as part of a ...
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When to withdraw other faculty applications: conditional offer letter or contract?

I've heard one should let search committees know when you've accepted another offer. What is the right time to do that? If I have an offer letter that is conditional on getting a work visa (which I ...
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Postdoc in Paris with foreign funding [closed]

I am moving to Paris for a postdoc in spring 2021 and I have received funding from Denmark for two years. I am considering whether administering the grant myself or having it administered by INSERM. I ...
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Adjunct offered and accepted a Full-time 1-year contract, then told to "disregard" by HR staff

I am having some trouble getting a straight answer from my school. At the start of Fall I was offered a 1-year Full-time (FT) Temporary position by appointment letter approved by the school President. ...
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Is it normal to have several one or two month extensions after a fixed term contract postdoc?

I'm frustrated by these short term contracts and would like some advice. I've been offered several one or two month extensions after my fixed term ended in May. My PI said he may have longer term ...
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TVöD contract E13 (limited contract 2 year) notice period

I am on the 1st year of a TVöD E13 contract (offered for 2 years), and I would like to ask: what is the notice period for resigning from my current job?
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Remote postdoc in the US legal questions

I have a postdoc fellowship in Europe that will end in several months and I am considering applying for a remote postdoc (my field is theoretical/computational and does not require any in-person work ...
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Taking money for your research outputs?

As an academic working at a university, is it wrong to (personally) accept money for your research outputs? Would this be a bargain you would be happy to take? EXAMPLE: Suppose you are a Mathematician ...
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Is it ok to start looking for other postdoc positions?

I'm currently doing the first year of my postdoc. My contract is coming up for renewal in a few months and my PI has asked what my plans are for next year. I told him that I was hoping to stay in his ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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Is it common to contractually require that a professor works with other faculty members in their department?

My adjunct contract states that I have to work with other professors and share information with them about the work. While I'd love doing that, I find it bizarre that it is part of my contract. This ...
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How to argue with postdoc hired for a project, to work on tasks from another project

I have one postdoc hired on a H2020 project for 18 months. Fortunately, she worked rather well and all her tasks are going to finish soon (11th month of the project). I would like to reallocate her to ...
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Stipend vs employment contract in Saxony (Germany)

I have found some information online regarding the differences between going for a PhD with an employment contract or a stipend, in Germany. The differences are mostly related to the time you can ...
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Should I do handover of tools and methodologies I have developed?

In some months my contract at a research university will end. During my employment I have developed tools and methodologies that are of interest to the research group. At present, I am the only ...
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How to step down gracefully

I have a tenure track position at a European university. Owing to some serious health issues in my family I will move to be closer to them. I will resign before the term is over (but will try to ...
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Is one year enough for a postdoc position to be a fruitful experience regarding my CV?

I have to decide about a postdoc position for which the contract would be only one year long. The position is in computer science and as a collaboration with an industrial sector. In fact, I want to ...
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Commercial company wants me to list all prior "inventions", give up everything not listed [closed]

I'm a post-doctoral researcher in computer science, but my next position will be in industry. I've been negotiating a contract with this commercial company to do R&D work (not while I'm employed ...
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TV-L 13 contract before the official masters degree

I am currently finishing my masters in Germany and I will start my PhD soon. I will be having a TV-L contract, however, I haven't acquired my official diploma yet. In case that the bureaucratic stuff ...
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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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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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