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Postdoc contracts in US - signing an initial one which is superseded by different online one?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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From academic collaboration to research contract, best practices

We started to collaborate with another research group. We make computational predictions and they evaluate them at the lab, for bioactive compounds. We have not yet established a research agreement, ...

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