P. Lues wrote:Hi everyone,
I am a recent PhD graduate trying to making a transition into the business side of biotech. I have an interview on Monday which I have a fairly good shot at getting (it's between me and one other person and I have inside information that they prefer me). The trouble is that the title is Business Administration (the salary is low but it's decent enough). I knew the title is not well suited for a PhD but when I spoke to them, they basically that they want me because I have experience in technology transfer and they want me to also do licensing and IP stuff for them about 40% of the time and HR/admin stuff about 60% of the time. All of this is fine (actually sounds pretty good) but I'm worried about the title still. I feel like it would be a very bad choice to accept any sort of admin title after a PhD. It could raise eyebrows when people see that on my resume. Are my fears legitimate? If I get the job, can I negotiate the title? How should I go about bringing it up? I have no experience with this sort of thing so some solid advice is needed.
Yes job titles are often negotiated. This is very common. And you are correct -- that's a goofy job title. It won't look good on your CV in five years when you are looking for a new post.
But I think you have to do this carefully. Someone in HR or at the top of the company has decided that this suits the role. You need to bring a convincing argument to the table that it ISN"T. But you can't come off like a prima donna looking for special treatment. I would suggest a title such as Business Development and Administration, which uses most of their title but puts the title you really want (Business Development) into the picture. You could live with this. An easy change, if you phrase it correctly.
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