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How do you know if space will work?

  • Look at the total square feet
  • How is it laid out? Can you imagine/plan your work in that space?
  • How close is the space to colleagues of interest to you? To requisite shared equipment?
  • Is it near your proposed office? Far away? Which do you want (people vary a lot)?
  • Think about what you envision doing and then put yourself and your research group in the proposed space

Questions to ask

Space may be “start-up” with the potential to expand when your group expands (it may also not be expandable)

  • Ask if additional space will be possible when your group reaches critical mass
  • Ask if “shared” space is feasible when you expand beyond current assigned space

Questions to ask

  • Does your teaching assignment matter to you?
    • Within what limits?
    • What courses would you like to teach?
    • What would you be willing to teach?
  • Will you have a teaching “break” as you start your research program? How long?
  • Will you have TA support?



How do you know if the salary is in the appropriate range?

  • Hard to get salary figures from privates
  • Can get national “averages,” but may not be informative
  • Talk with faculty in your department to get a sense of the starting range in your field
  • Think about what you need to live with some level of comfort in the community
    • Salaries vary considerably depending on local cost-of-living

Can i ask for more?

Salary is the most sensitive of the issues in some ways

  • The department wants you to come, so they’ll work hard to offer a good salary
  • Your salary impacts the salary ladder in the department/school/institution
  • Providing a salary higher than previously hired assistant professors (or worse still, associate professors/professors) creates long-standing resentments and problems
  • If you ask for more, do it with good information and no expectations

State vs. Private institutions

  • State institutions have greater “rule-based” limitations
    • Salary grades may be set and harder to negotiate
    • Less flexibility in fund management
  • Private institutions are generally smaller
    • Stepping out of “salary lineup” has greater consequences

Appointment terms

Initial term of appointment is set by institutional policies

  • 3 year, 4 year with renewal is common
    • Renewal is determined by a review process
  • Tenure decision at 6-8 years is common
    • Tenure is determined by internal/external review process
  • Definition of academic year/summer also may vary with institutions

When to talk about start-up

  • You can inquire generally about research start-up during the interview process.
  • If a faculty member (or the Chair) asks you about equipment needs, answer them clearly and concisely
  • If the Chair initiates a discussion of start-up needs, provide detailed and clear information, keeping the option to give more information later
  • Ascertain whether the information sought is for equipment/supplies (usual) or everything

Form of information

  • If the request is verbal, provide verbal answers and inquire if more detailed information would be useful
  • If more detailed information is requested, give written information
    • Excel sheet is easy to manage (can give hard copy and also send via email)
    • Make sure that all information is correct and pricing is current

      • Use catalog prices or quotations

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
Researchers demonstrated that the hippocampus functions in memory processing by creating lesions in the hippocampi of rats, which resulted in ________.
Mapo Reply
The formulation of new memories is sometimes called ________, and the process of bringing up old memories is called ________.
Mapo Reply
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