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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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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

I'd guess that the administration will sympathize with you. There should be no problems withdrawing, especially if you point out your reasons. A tenure track position is supposed to lead to tenure and ...
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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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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 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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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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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 there any room for negotiation on my PhD program stipend offers?

Don't forget to consider cost-of-living. $27k sounds like the standard NIH PhD stipend. Institutions can supplement NIH stipend levels if they want, but may or may not have the funds to do so. In high-...
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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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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 do I ask for an extension on an offer when waiting to hear back about another position?

"Dear University A, Thank you for the offer. I am very excited about this opportunity but I am waiting to hear back about another position. I will be able to let you know my final decision by [...
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

You are perfectly permitted to have an opinion about the ongoing changes in Texas laws. It is ethically acceptable to back out of an acceptance due to changes outside your control that decrease its ...
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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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TVL Stufe in Germany based on previous degree

The best way to enter negotiations with the university would be to find a "Präzedenzfall", i.e., a case of a person in a similar situation who had their PhD time counted as relevant work ...
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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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When to reply the email of a job offer?

When I was in this position, I answered the email immediately thanking them for the offer, taking the time to interview me and for the excellent opportunity it would be to work at [university]. I told ...
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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

You're now at a point where your and the department's objectives align: you want to go there, and they want you to take their offer. They also want you to start on a positive note. A good department ...
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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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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

This situation happens quite often and although other posters have already suggested all the best things you can do, here's my "do this and that" summary: Do not drop the ball on A under ...
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How to negotiate salary raise after promotion to associate or full professor?

In the typical nonunionized American university, salary negotiation is not very closely related to promotion. Typically there is a small automatic salary increase when you are promoted. You can ask ...
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

I am a tenured full professor in life sciences at a state university in Texas, and a former department chair. For all I know it could be MY department that has made you an offer and we might have ...
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TVL Stufe in Germany based on previous degree

With my experience you cannot negotiate with administrative staff directly. You can make them aware of the agreement with the professor, but they won't negotiate directly with you because they are ...
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Negotiating PhD stipend

I believe that I should get a stipend that's higher than the minimum requirement set by the university. In a context such as this, the word "should" carries very little meaning. To a very large ...
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