Negotiating Academic Job Offers
Getting the Offer
Offer tends to come verbally over the phone with few details. Later, a full written offer with further details will be sent.
Evaluating the Offer
- Research the position and understand what terms are being offered in your contract.
- Ask yourself: Does my start-up package cover my needs in terms of equipment, supplies, and staffing?
- If you are not satisfied with the offer, try to negotiate better terms.
- Remember, you are negotiating for the job you were offered, not the job you necessarily wanted. Make sure to tailor your negotiations to the specific job offered.
What is negotiable?
- Start-Up Package
- Teaching Commitments
- Departmental Service
- Student and Staff Support
- Professional Development
- Family Support
- Start date
If you want more specifics about what is negotiable in an academic job offer, check out our detailed PDF.
How to Negotiate
- Focus on what you can bring to the department and what you need to successfully transition to independent funding.
- Choose three to six items that are most important and critical for your future success.
- Explain why you are asking for a particular item, and why it is a plus both for you and the institution.
- After initially discussing your negotiations, be patient. Get the new offer (if one is made) in writing.
- Don’t decide between departments based on offered dollar amounts and don’t pad your requests. But do be sure that you will be able to conduct the research you plan to do.
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