Just call the interviewer and state that you will not consider interviewing unless the position is on par salarywise with your current salary... why waste your time and others? And why would you want to sabotage your own career by taking a huge cut in salary ? Particularly if the job is on soft money...
Something is wrong with this whole scenario you are laying out.
If you took this kind of cut, and moving back to academia, a reviewer of your salary history would think you were someone to avoid. Unless the position were funded by a line item in the budget, I would not recommend going to work for academia. Most of those positions are on soft money. Which often means no retirement benefits, low salary, and
a temporary job position. Given the cutbacks that seem very possible in the discresionary part of the federal budget, you should be very cautious about going to a grant funded enterprise. I would strongly you consider the funding source very strongly if you decide to interview and clearly work this out if given a job offer. Academics can be very informal and careless about their hiring and often unclear about the terms of employment (temporary vs regular, benefits, pay.). The mind set is often that every employee is a trainee and pay and benefits adjusted downward accordingly.
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on Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:15 am, edited 3 times in total.
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