November 13, 2009 5 Comments
I am under contract working in my current job. However, teaching was included in my contract.
Here was the contract that both my boss and I agreed to when I started my current position:
- Starting annual salary of $38,000. Note that this salary exceeds the current level mandated by the NIH for new postdoctoral scientists ($36,996).
- Start date: January 1, 2008, but flexible.
- Duration of appointment: Open. I anticipate a commitment ranging from 2-4 years, depending on your research productivity and career objectives.
- This position is fully paid by my research grants and/or start-up funds provided by XXX University (100% soft money), until such time that you secure your own funding. During the first 12-15 months of employment, I will ask that you submit applications for receipt of a postdoctoral fellowship with me as your sponsor. I anticipate that you will be very competitive for such an award. (Note: I received such an award and have been funded by a postdoctoral fellowship since July, which will last two years)
- Moving expense allowance: Up to $2000, with receipts required for reimbursement.
- Teaching: Once your project is well-established, I will make it possible for you obtain some teaching experience in the classroom as part of your professional development, either on the XXX campus or on other campuses in the area.
- I don’t have to “worry” about him finding out and then explaining to him why I didn’t tell him before
- He’ll be able to mention my teaching in any future letters of recommendation
- Coming in at 10:30 won’t be a problem to him (not that it would be anyway, if I were to come in NOW at 10:30 he wouldn’t care)
- He shouldn’t have a problem with it because it is in my contract
- He may judge my failed experiments as due to teaching, even though my work in the lab won’t decrease
- He may ask me to not teach, which would be difficult to get out of considering I have already agreed to do it
- The uncomfortable conversation is something I’d rather avoid
- Just because it is in my contract doesn’t mean that he feels that my research will be “established” enough to facilitate my teaching