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65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

Good afternoon,

I've been offered a post-doc position in Basel for next year. The gross salary would be 65.000 CHF. After reading some posts in different forums, I was expecting to get around 80.000 CHF. Thus, I think the salary they are offering is not so good...
But you are the experts, so what do you think about life in Basel with those 65.000 CHF?

Thanks you very much,

Joan
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Old 07.07.2016, 17:02
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Re: 65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

Sounds a bit low to me, most post-doc positions that I knew of at EPFL were paying between 80k and 90k. I worked there as an engineer between 2010 and 2014..
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Re: 65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

Check the fine print of the contract, in particular your working hours %.

University salaries are set by federal or cantonal payscales, so it is usually 80K+

But some professors will fiddle with the working hours, and set them as 75%, or some such number, and the remaining 25% is supposedly your time to do as you wish. In a post doc job, that is of course meaningless, but have seen plenty of foreign postdocs taken advantage of via this loophole.
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Re: 65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

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Good afternoon,

I've been offered a post-doc position in Basel for next year. The gross salary would be 65.000 CHF. After reading some posts in different forums, I was expecting to get around 80.000 CHF. Thus, I think the salary they are offering is not so good...
But you are the experts, so what do you think about life in Basel with those 65.000 CHF?

Thanks you very much,

Joan
Sounds like a 80 % or 75 % position, assuming that's gross. It depends on the domain, however.
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Re: 65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

Min 80k for 100% employment!
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Min 80k for 100% employment!
Cantonal payscales are often lower than FNS though
Likewise cantonal university lower than federal...

CHF 5000 per month for 13 months = 65'000
Which is pretty much bang on the nose for according to this calculator: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/e.../salarium.html

...and assuming you are starting as a first-year post-doc.
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Cantonal payscales are often lower than FNS though
Likewise cantonal university lower than federal...

CHF 5000 per month for 13 months = 65'000
Which is pretty much bang on the nose for according to this calculator: http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/e.../salarium.html

...and assuming you are starting as a first-year post-doc.
In my direct knowledge, the payscales in Uni. Neuchatel, and Uni. Bern, based on the respective cantonal payscales, was slightly higher than the federal payscale at EPFL. All were 85k+.
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Re: 65.000 CHF for a post-doc in Basel..?

Thank you very very much everybody for giving your opinion!

I'll decide by the end of the week :-)

Thanks!
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