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Questions tagged [negotiation]

The process of two or more parties attempting to find a mutually agreeable arrangement, usually with respect to salary, job requirements, benefits, and related aspects of a new job offer or promotion.

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Negotiating startup package given differences in institutional norms

There is a story on Inside Higher Ed (based on this blog post) about a candidate who received a tenure-track offer from a U.S. philosophy department. She emailed the search committee with some ...
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Safely negotiate a salary for a PhD offer - Germany

I have recently received an offer from a group which pursues topics I find very motivating and whose equipment is above average for my field. The salary offered is 50% of the German TV-L E13 salary, ...
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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

A few days ago I got an offer (yay!) from a US school. I have about another week before they want a decision. Over the last few days I have been tallying up costs for start up. When should I start ...
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How does one address a tenure-track offer that is below expectations

I'm about to receive a tenure-track offer and was already informed about the offered salary. Unfortunately, the salary is barely an increase over my current postdoc salary. (In fact, taking into ...
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What to do if a university is pushing for a response before making a formal offer for a tenure-track position?

I have interviewed for a tenure-track position. I got a call (followed by an email) saying that they would like to offer me this position and I am their top candidate. This being said, in the ...
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Are faculty salaries negotiable?

Are faculty salaries negotiable in general? Wherever they are negotiable, how could applicants gain insights about the statistics of offers or the extent of safe negotiation?
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Is it realistic for a postdoc to negotiate for a private office? [closed]

If a postdoc requests a private office when negotiating an employment contract, is there a possibility the request would be granted?
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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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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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How to handle salary negotiations while negotiating a postdoc position?

I am a couple of months off my defence and started thinking about postdoc possibilities. I seem to have an opportunity at a very prestigious lab in the U.S. (I'm currently located in Europe). After ...
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Negotiating 1-year delay to my Assistant Professor Offer

Recently I was offered an assistant professor position at a major R1 university. My problem is that I need to stay one more year in my home country due to Fulbright 2-year home residency requirement. ...
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Should an assistant professor negotiate for a larger yearly raise before receiving tenure?

At my university, we are informed of our yearly raise with a letter mid-summer. There is no scheduled meetings with the chair or anyone else to discuss performance or the raise -- as far as I can tell,...
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Evaluating and negotiating a start-up package

I've been offered an academic position, and am now in the fortunate, but unfamiliar position of negotiating the offer. I've seen a few blogs/comments/posts on this process. However, I have no real ...
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How should an academic negotiate his/her salary?

This is a follow-up question to this question of mine, where I wanted to know if academic salaries can be negotiated. How does an academic negotiate a pay package that has been offered? What special ...
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Is the postdoc salary negotiable in Canada?

I'm a statistician being offered 45k CAD for a postdoctoral position in Canada. I have a few questions: Is this number negotiable at all? Is it rude to ask for extra money to cover relocation ...
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Considerations when negotiating a promotion from postdoc to researcher?

I am currently a postdoc at an American university, and have been offered a promotion to something between postdoc and faculty (there is not a specific title, yet, but something like "soft-money ...
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In case of multiple job offers, should school name or offer letter be revealed?

In case of multiple job offers, should candidates reveal schools names or show offer letters? Some say do not name the competing institutions in either of these initial emails Others say "there are ...
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What is the recommended option for a faculty applicant after accepting an offer and getting another better offer?

As universities provide short deadlines for faculty position offers, applicants can accept an offer-1 (verbally or by signing a contract) and which is not the best. What is the recommended option if a ...
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Negotiations after winning a grant

I am a fairly new lecturer (within the last year) in the UK. When I started my position, I did some negotiations and the uni was already happy to give me teaching relief for the probation period of ...
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Can I use one job offer to speed up another offer (on my dream job)?

My question is all about academic job offers. This is my first time on the job market post PhD, so I'm completely new to this. Here's my dilemma: I was interviewed for an academic position last ...
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Improving conditions of a tenure-track job offer

I have recently been offered a tenure-track position in a very prestigious northern European university. I am currently a lecturer in a smaller UK university but I have six years of experience between ...
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Have I 'spent' my negotiating power on higher salary, or can I further negotiate the TT startup offer?

I have an R1 offer in Engineering. The department and Dean, per my request, have offered me a very good salary competitive with my competing industry offers, as well as excellent lab space. However, ...
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Do most postdoc offers include travel funding?

My mathematics department (a research-oriented department at a non-top school in the United States) has recently made a postdoctoral offer to a strong candidate, and I very much hope the candidate ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

I'm in the lucky situation that I received 2 offers for tenure-track positions within days of each other from institutions A and B. Either one of the institutions would be a good fit. So far, neither ...
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Are Assistant professorships with no starting packages/benefits and high teaching load considered normal?

I am asking this question because I simply do not know. The story is that some department (northern continental Europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant ...
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How to politely negotiate PhD funding offer?

I have been fortunate enough to get accepted with 5 years guaranteed funding to my 2nd choice graduate school. While the guarantee is great, the funding is only for 9/months out of the year. Would it ...
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Should I let potential employers know I have a job offer?

I've interviewed for a few positions, one of which has made me an offer. I'm very pleased with the offer, but I prefer some of the other positions. I have the luxury of being able to take a lot of ...
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How to negotiate salary at a school with a two-stage negotiation process?

I have a tenure track job offer from school S. This school appears to have a two-stage strategy to negotiate a low salary with candidates. Early in the process, HR discusses the salary range, [MIN, ...
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How do I handle a Program Officer who simply will not execute an awarded contract?

I have been awarded a US DoD contract, which is stuck on the desk of the Program Officer. I have spoken to this individual, and indeed had positive conversations. However, for the last 15 (!) months ...
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Negotiating salary before in-person interview for an administrative position

I had an interview for an administrative (IT) position at a very prestigious US university. I had a second phone interview with an HR representative who asked for my salary expectation. I gave my ...
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Assistant Professor at my state university, Research Scientist at my Ivy League, or both?

I am a Research Scientist at an Ivy League. I have been offered an Assistant Professorship at the state school. The Ivy League has suggested that if I take the professorship, I could stay on in a 20% ...
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Negotiating a retention offer

What are the best strategies for faculty negotiating a retention offer when they have an external job offer? Are there any nonobvious pitfalls to avoid? Details: tenured, public R1 institution in the ...
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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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Negotiating PhD stipend

I have been admitted to a PhD at an american university. The practice there is that the university provides the fellowship for the first year and thereafter the group you are working with gives you ...
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How much time should I allow for math postdoc candidates to accept or decline my offer?

For the first time in my life, I received a research grant that allows me to hire postdocs. The hiring procedure is very flexible, and I have complete control over the process, without any involvement ...
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How do I go about negotiating an academic job offer?

There are many questions on this site that deal with what can be negotiated once one has received an academic job offer. However, I cannot find anything addressing the mechanics of when and how to ...
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Can I ask for an extension on the time to accept a job offer?

I was recently offered a term position (VAP) from a good school, and was given one week to respond. I am still waiting to hear about a tenure-track position from another school – I already emailed ...
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No startup funds for new tenure-track hire?

I am an internal candidate for a tenure-track position at a major university in northern Europe. I think I have an excellent chance, however I am slightly worried about negotiating a startup packages. ...
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Negotiating Part-Time Lecturer in Germany

I am interviewing for a part-time (50%) program-lead/lecturer position at a university in Germany. The position is to set up and lecture on a new master's degree program. I will be finding more out at ...
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Negotiating after receiving a lectureship offer in the UK

In Germany and in the US, usually people apply for multiple positions then start to negotiate with the universities that give them offers. For example, if you're offered a position from A and B, you ...
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What is a customary startup package for a USA Engineering TT position at an R1?

My colleague and I, both postdocs, are going to TT positions at separate R1 public universities. For various reasons, our advisers have little idea what present startup packages look like. I am in ...
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Is it better to negotiate a faculty offer by email or phone?

When negotiating a faculty offer with a search committee chair, is it better to do it via email or phone? Which one is more efficient and can get better results? For example, email have the advantage ...
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How to negotiate for clinical vs protected research time in academic job offer?

I am a doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and a subspecialty in mood disorders. I have been offered an academic position at a larger university, but the letter of offer does not specify any ...
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What is the most effective way to negotiate for more time while waiting for other offers?

Suppose you've interviewed for two post-doc positions. The first position has just been offered, but you really want to see if the second one offers a position as well. Clearly, it would be best to ...
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Uncommon requests during job interview negotiations

I'm curious about how common it is to negotiate for requests/demands that are not necessarily directly related to salary, research, or teaching load during the job hiring process in academia. Some ...
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Spousal hire for girlfriend in US university

I got a tenure-track academic offer in the US. I am wondering how common/likely is to get the University to do a non-academic spousal hire for my girlfriend. All the documents provided by my ...
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Startup package, for assistant professor in USA: should I ask for a an extra PhD or an extra post-doc?

I got an offer for a tenure-track assistant professor position in USA, Department of Engineering. The university national ranking is between 35th and 65th at the US News website. I was offered a ...
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How to negotiate a salary in Norway/Scandinavian countries?

So, my application looks like its going very well. I've got a feedback from the Norwegian institute that I am the most suitable candidate for the job among 13 ones. In a few weeks, I will be in the ...
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Are salaries for academic jobs in New Zealand negotiable?

The academic salaries and compensations in new zealand universities seem tobe fairly low compared to most other countries such as US, UK, Australia, etc. Is it however possible to negotiate the ...
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Is it possible to negotiate the position rank in an UK academic job offer?

I received a job offer from a UK university. The post was for a senior lecturer/reader position. When the Head of School called me, he hinted that they would offer me a reader position. But two days ...