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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 would like to see a formal written offer before we move forward." Any department that's unwilling to do that is sending up huge, brightly colored red flags. With fancy gold tassels. And embroidery ...
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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

Let me offer the perspective of a former department chair who was involved in hiring negotiations from the department side. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Hiring a faculty member is a long-...
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Negotiating 1-year delay to my Assistant Professor Offer

Well, as a department head, I would be slightly annoyed that (i) you applied for a position you knew you couldn't take, and (ii) you didn't mention this earlier. But it is what it is: You have no ...
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What is the recommended option for a faculty applicant after accepting an offer and getting another better offer?

This situation should not actually arise if you are handling your faculty job search properly. If you accept an offer, you should withdraw all your remaining job applications. Otherwise either you ...
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

There's no way to do this gracefully. You call school A and tell them that you will not be joining them after all. Afterwards you deal with the fallout. Before doing so you may want to estimate ...
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Is it realistic for a postdoc to negotiate for a private office?

The big issue in having a private office is available space. Most departments have a limited amount of space available, and what is given to any particular research group is correspondingly ...
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How does one address a tenure-track offer that is below expectations

I think you tell the chair of the department some version of what you've told us: you're very excited about joining the institution (very important to say that first!), but you don't feel like the the ...
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

I would tread very lightly here, and perhaps consult a lawyer. If this is in the US then many states have “At Will” employment clauses - you can’t be forced to take a job you don’t want, and an ...
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Split paper into two, one was accepted, is it fine to negotiate the rejected paper to be accepted?

Now, can I write to the conference and tell them to review the paper or argue with them that the paper could be accepted based on points made by the two reviewers? You can try, but what do you have ...
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How to handle salary negotiations while negotiating a postdoc position?

I think all your concerns are very reasonable. Honestly, I am not really buying into the "money is no concern in academic job hunts" story. A postdoc is a job. Part of a job is a salary. I never ...
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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

Negotiating the start date is fairly common for US schools. Schools generally want you to start at the beginning of the fall semester, but it is not uncommon to try and start at the beginning of the ...
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Have I 'spent' my negotiating power on higher salary, or can I further negotiate the TT startup offer?

In general, departments don't like extended negotiations with candidates for faculty positions. In some cases, candidates use this as a way to extend the time that they have to consider an offer so ...
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Commercial company wants me to list all prior "inventions", give up everything not listed

I work at an R&D company that has a pretty similar clause in its contract, and in fact most R&D companies will. The core reason is that things change quickly in R&D, so an area that the ...
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Split paper into two, one was accepted, is it fine to negotiate the rejected paper to be accepted?

In my field, that would almost certainly not work. If anything, it will send the signal to the program chairs that you're very inexperienced with how the conference process works. Conferences have a ...
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Is it realistic for a postdoc to negotiate for a private office?

Sure there is a possibility. I have seen PhD students have private offices in some places. In others, even Assistant Professors had to share. And my current employer famously had a (short-lived) ...
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US Assistant Prof salary negotiation with counter offer before going up for tenure

In a negotiation, never use a threat if you can't make hard. Certainly if you have much to lose.
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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?

Just because you have other offers doesn't mean that you're entitled to a higher salary or startup. A department has to balance how much they think you will be able to bring to the department and how ...
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

I agree with @user2705196 that there is no good way to do this. If you do I would tell A that you suddenly and surprisingly have an offer that will let you live with your spouse (and near family, ...
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How does one address a tenure-track offer that is below expectations

Negotiating salary is a very common thing. You should explain that this offer is low in comparison with your current post doc salary or the salary available to you in industry and that you don't feel ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

First and foremost, you need to become aware of your own preferences and requirements. Knowing that "both would be a good fit" is nice, but it isn't enough. You'll need to know what your preferred ...
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Are Assistant professorships with no starting packages/benefits and high teaching load considered normal?

I am a fairly fresh tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sweden. Before that I have worked in Switzerland and Austria, and I also know the state of affairs in Germany fairly well. The official ...
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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?

It is difficult for anyone as an outsider to know with certainty what the department is thinking, but allow me to venture a guess based on my experience in my department. In my department, we have ...
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Negotiating PhD stipend

I must say that I am surprised with the answers here. I am willing to bet a fair amount of money that you will not get a raise from your institution. And I can think of a million reasons. Here are a ...
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Negotiations after winning a grant

You want to ask some trusted people in your department whether such a grant would qualify as grounds to renegotiate your contract, as standards for this matter differ widely between universities and ...
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Split paper into two, one was accepted, is it fine to negotiate the rejected paper to be accepted?

(CS perspective / I was conference chair and program committee chair several times): You made your choice and now you have to live with it. You have until submission of the final version to make sure ...
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What is the recommended option for a faculty applicant after accepting an offer and getting another better offer?

There's a missing aspect in both of the other answers here: how long did the first university give you to make your decision? First, you should immediately acknowledge the receipt of their offer, ...
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Uncommon requests during job interview negotiations

There are a lot of perks that come with being an employee of a university, so it may not be necessary to make a lot of the requests for the items you've listed above. For instance, many universities (...
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How to negotiate salary at a school with a two-stage negotiation process?

While I do appreciate the concern related to the competitiveness of the academic market, I'm especially concerned at the idea of taking an offer to work at a place where unethical business practices ...
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When do I say I can only start PhD late

(European professor with hiring experience here.) A month and a half is not a significant delay, but a quite moderate one. If the professor wants to hire you, it's rather likely that they would be ...
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Do most postdoc offers include travel funding?

None of my postdoctoral positions had travel funding in them, nor have I heard of anyone getting such funding. There are several factors to mitigate this, not all of which may be available in all ...
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