I really need the help of people here for this.
I just received an initial job offer and wonder if any of you can help evaluate it.
Short background info: I have a 3 year postdoc experience with a good publication record and have a consistent research program (well advanced compared to what a fresh PhD would have).
The offer is for a TT assistant prof position at an R2 private school (psych department) in east coast where living cost is high.
My major concern is that I have a family of four, my wife will not be able to work at least for a few years, and living cost in that area is high.
Here's the offer:
Base salary: 74 k (9 months)
Summer salary: 2 months each year for 3 years
Teaching: reduction of total 2 courses in the 1st year or during the 1st two years (normal load is 2-2)
Startup fund: 50 k (to be spent for three years)
Moving expenses: ~5k
I also heard that the school is generous to provide junior faculty with intramural funds for summer research.
I wonder if I can try to ask for a more base salary or it is already on the higher side they can offer. I do know, though, that this will be tricky because the max possible amount cannot be known.
But can anyone confirm that this offer is any good or bad or average?
Thanks in advance!