Post-doc offer, What now?
sfraser at acs5.acs.ucalgary.ca
Mon Jun 24 18:58:50 EST 1996
I am a Ph.D. student in the final throes of my degree. I
have been applying and being interviewed for post-doc positions
in the US (I am Canadian). I have just received the good news
that the lab that I have (so far) been most interested in, has now
got the money they needed, and have offered me a position. I
now would like some advice.
The offer is for salary and "benefits". What is a good
or bad benefits package in the US?
I have also just received word from another lab that they
are interested in me, but I have not yet done even a telephone
interview with the PI. How long is considered too long to make
the first person that made me an offer wait to find out if I will
accept? How do I tell the person that made the first offer that
I (at least) want to pursue the interview process?
This one is a tough one and I know it has been discussed
before, but I am married and we want to have kids. We've put it
off while I did my Ph.D., but don't really want to wait too much
longer. How do I approach the subject with the person that made
me the offer? I have not mentioned maternity leave yet to him.
How long should I work for somebody new before my husband and I
start trying to have kids (assuming my new supervisor will agree
to this at all)?
Finally, is there anything else I need to ask?
Especially being a Canadian that has never left Canada, what else
Thanks for any advice,
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