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This is a place to discuss academic job negotiations for scientists, including salary, start-up, equipment, space and anything else that can be negotiated. Please specify the type of school and region (e.g. SLAC northeast, R1 midwest) and the field (e.g., ecology, neurobiology) involved.


Negotiations:
Year Type of School/Region Field Comments
2010
SLAC East Biomolecular Salary $63K (9 mo) plus benefits, Start-up $45,000 (2 year time-limit, negotiated from $40,000) plus summer support for an undergraduate research each of the first two summers (negotiated), and equipment/supplies (about $35K worth), shared additional equipment. Teaching 3/3 (labs count as 1), with grant can buy out. Travel funds guaranteed from both the department and college for each faculty member. Space: Office with computer/printer, lab plus small side lab for prep. work. $2,500 moving expenses. Internal grants for summer funds favor junior faculty.
2009 R1 East Neuro Salary: $78K (9 mo.) + summ sal for 3 years Start-up: $600K (3 years). Teaching: 1/1 (buyouts possible). Space: Lab, office, grad student/postdoc offices.
2009 R1 East Natural Resources Salary: $70,000 (9 mo.) Start-up: $200,000 (3 years). Teaching: 1/1 (tenure start deferred 1 year). Space: Own office, shared computer lab.
2009 Comprehensive South (MS Bio, small PhD program) Physiological Ecology Salary: $53,000 (9 mo.) Start-up: $75,000 (2 years). Teaching: 1/1 (first year), 2/2 second year (continuing with satisfactory research productivity), labs count fully, buy out with grants. Space: Own office, computer, lab, shared live animal lab, shared equipment.
2009 SLAC Mid-west Ecology Salary: $44,000 (9 mo.) Start-up: $16,000 (2 years). Moving expenses: $1,500. Teaching: 2/3/1. Space: Own office, computer, lab. Other: internal grants, travel funds, great benefits.
2009 R1 South Ecology Salary: 72K (9 month) + 1 month summer salary for first 3 years, start-up 230K over 3-5 years, 3k moving expenses, Space: temporary office and lab for first year, space in new building after that, teaching: 0/1 in first year then 1/1 thereafter.
2008 R1 (but not elite) NE Neuro Salary $75K (9 mo) negotiated up from $55K offer. Start-up $488K over 4 years, negotiated from $200K over 3 years. New, gorgeous building with new animal facility and several new, well-equipped core facilities. 1/2 teaching load (can buy out) with 1/1 negotiated for first two years.
2009 Comprehensive Southeast (MS Bio) Ecology Negotiated Salary: $49,000 (9 mo.) 1 mo. summer salary for 1 year. Start-up: $15,000 (no time limit; non-negotiatable) + $3000 in equipment purchases (negotiated); summer salary for 1 undergraduate researcher (negotiated;1st or 2nd summer), internal grant programs. Teaching: 3/3 (non-negotiatable), labs count as 1, buy out with grants. Space: Office, computer, lab, shared wet lab (negotiated renovations), shared equipment. $2K moving expenses.
2009 R2 (RU/H) Ecology Salary: $62,000 (9 month) and 2 months summer salary for 3 years. Start-up: $230,000, no time limit. Teaching 0/1 for the first year, 1/1 thereafter. Space: Office, lab, wet lab. They will pay all moving expenses.
2009 SLAC Northeast Ecology Salary - $65k (9 month); Start-up $118K, no time limit; Space - own office + lab + shared equipment + animal facilities; Teaching - 3-2, labs count as 1; $8k moving expenses.
2009 Comprehensive Northeast (no Bio MS) Biology Salary - $50k (9 month); Start-up $22K, no time limit; Space - own office + partial lab; Teaching - 4-4, labs count as 1; no moving expenses.
2009 SLAC Northeast (MS Biol) Biology Salary - $68k (9 month); Start-up $55K, 2-yr limit; Space - own office + lab; Teaching - 3-2 first year, 3-3 second+ year, labs count as 1; 2 meetings/year; $2k moving expenses.
2009 SLAC Mid Atlantic Plant Biology Salary - $50K; approx. $15K start-up (funded all that was requested) + institutional grants available yearly; space - office and lab, some shared equipment; Teaching 4-3, labs count as 1; 1K moving expenses; access to international field sites.
2009 Comprehensive West (bio MS) Molecular Biology Salary - $60K; $50K start-up + institutional grants available; space - office and lab, lots of shared equipment; Teaching 3-3, labs count as 1; 1K moving expenses.
2009 Comprehensive West (no bio MS) Biology Salary - $50k (9 month); no startup - institutional grants available for new faculty; Space - office, shared lab facilities and equipment; Teaching - 2-2, $3k moving expenses; great benefits
2009 R2B Northeast Biology Salary - $46k (9 month); No summer salary; Startup - $2K; Space - own office + lab, some shared equipment; Teaching - 4-4, lab counts as 2/3; $3k moving expenses.
2008 Mid-size LAC Northeast Ecology Salary - $65k (9 month); Startup - $45K over 3 years; Laptop; Space - own office + lab, some shared equipment; Teaching - 3-3 normal; $1.5k moving expenses.
2008 SLAC Northeast Ecology Salary - $47.5k (9 month); Startup - $35K over 3 years ; Space - own office + lab, some shared equipment; Teaching - 4-4 normal (4-3 first few years), each lab counts as 1; $1.5k moving expenses.
2008 R1 West Biological Oceanography Salary - $84k (9 month); Startup - $250K over 3 years (incl lab renovation, equipment, research expenses, tech + benefits); Space - own office + lab, some shared equipment; Teaching - 1 undergrad course, 1 grad course yearly (1-1); $8k moving expenses.
2008 M1 Midwest Evolution Salary - $52k (9 month); Startup - $27.1k; Space - office, shared lab with shared equipment/supplies; Teaching - 2-2 1st year, 3-3 (normal) 2nd year; $2k moving expenses.
2008 Undergraduate Northeast Ecology Salary - $59k (9 month), small grants for partial summer salary, reduced teaching load first 1-3 years, start-up $90k, seperate lab and office space + computer, $2500 moving expenses.
2008 R1 South Ecology Salary - $57k (9 month), 1st summer paid ($72K). 0-1 1st year, 1-1 2nd year, 1-2 (normal) 3rd year, buy out with grants. Start-up $175k over 3 years, 2 TAs for first two years. Lab will be renovated (office seperate space). $3500 moving expenses.
2008 Comprehensive Master's University, Southeast Conservation Genetics Salary - $57k (9 month); 70k total. Start-up ~$120k. Renovated lab and office in newly renovated building.
2008 R1 Northeast Environmental Social Science Salary - $56k (9 month). Half teaching load first year. Start-up- $30k (social scientists in my field use very little expensive equipment, so this is mostly for research expenses, assistants, and travel). $2000 moving expenses. Top of the line computers and software.
2008 R1 Midwest Ecology Salary - $69K (9 month) and two months of summer salary for first two years. Start-up - $230K. Space - Office and lab will be newly renovated. No teaching responsibilities first year.
2008 R1 East Evolution Salary - $78K (9 month) and two months of summer salary for first two years. Start-up - $500K over three years. Teaching starting at 0/1, then 1 ugrad-1 grad per year.
2008 R2 (Ru/H) New England Genomics Salary - $60K (9 month) and two months of summer salary in the first two years. Start-up - $250K over 3 years. Space - Office and lab with two grad student offices, but moving to new building, opening in Jan 2009. Will have office and lab but grad student space undefined at the moment. Teaching 0 - 1 first year, 1 - 1 after that. $5000 moving expenses.
2008 Comprehensive U. (w/ large bio Master's program) Midwest Conservation Genetics Salary $53K (10 month) + $2K upon arrival before classes begin. Start-up ~$200K of new equip purchased by dept + shared equipment in department (sequencers) + $6K in cash for expendables + 2 sems of RA stipend + several internal grant programs. Space: own lab (being converted from a classroom) and office. Teaching: 9 contact hours per term (6 per term first year), can buy out with research funds. Other: $2000 moving expenses, teaching position for spouse, would not allow delayed start by one semester, new building expected within 5 years.
2008 R1 west Physiology Salary $60K (9 month) + $20K summer for 2yrs. Start-up $250K over 3yrs (incl equipment, research expenses, tech + benefits) + shared equipment in department. Space: own lab and office. Teaching: 3+3. Other: computer/printer, 100% moving expenses, delayed start by one semester.
2008 Comprehensive U. (w/ bio Master's program) East Coast Evolution Salary $64K (10 month) + $6.4K for 1/2 summer. Start-up $30K + Computer + shared equipment in department. Space: shared lab connected to private office. Private lab in new building (due ~2010) Teaching: 2+2, option for summer teaching (add'l $5K). Guaranteed no committee assignments, year 1.
2008 Comprehensive U. (w/ Master's program) MidWest Evolution Salary 51K. Startup 30K. Space: office plus shared lab. 12 ch teaching, negotiated half teaching load in 2nd year.
2008 SLAC west Evolution Salary $57,000 (9 mo.). Start-up $50K, no termination date. Space: newly renovated lab/office. Teaching: 2+2 (1+2 first year). Other: computer + printer, travel funds, shared equipment in department, some research expenses covered by department.
2008 R2 (RU/H) Evolution, Bioinformatics Salary: $75,000 (9 month). Start-up: $333,000 over 3 years. Full summer salary in the first year. Teaching 0/1 for the first year, 1/1 thereafter. Space: Renovated office and computational space, shared wet lab. $4900 for moving expenses.
2007 R1 West Evolution, Genomics Salary: $68,000 (9 month). Start-up: $375,000 over 3 years. Teaching 0/1 for the first year, 1/1 thereafter. $175K office and lab renovations. $10K for moving expenses.
2006 R1 west Evolution Negotiated salary: $55,000 (9 month). Negotiated start-up: $300,000 over 3 years. Space: new lab to be renovated. Other: delayed start by one semester.
2005 SLAC Research - NE Mol Biol Salary: 65k (9-mo). Startup: 85k over 2 years. Space: Pretty bad lab, both space and renovation-wise. Other: Research SLAC means, in this case, minimum 5-7 pubs before tenure expected.
2008 SLAC - Southeast Ecology Salary: 45k (9-mo). Startup: None. Space: Office. Other: Teaching two classes with labs per semester.
2008 R2 Midwest Ecology Salary 57K (9 month), start-up 170K over three years, some shared equipment available, $2500 for computer, Space: office and lab (no renovations needed), one semester off from teaching in first year, teaching load 1/1 thereafter.
2003 M1 NW Louisiana anatomy & phys Negotiated salary: $42,000 (9 month). Negotiated start-up: $5,000. Space: part of a hallway between labs. Other: benefits terrible!.
2007 Comprehensive Midwest (no bio MS) cell @ molecular Negotiated salary: $52,500 (9 month). Non-negotiable start-up: $25,000. Space: 3 std benches, tissue culture. Other:
2005 M2 very small NE Texas biology (general) Non-Negotiable salary: $45,000 (9 month). Negotiated start-up: none Space: none. Equipment: None. Other: three different preps per semester and two of these each semester are only taught every two years. Benefits good.

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