I want to apply for a PHD position in one of Germanys biggest companies. The position is not only exactly in the field I'm working but I'm actually researching exactly on the same topic for the last six months (and I'm explicitly allowed to use the results commercially), so I'm positive that I'll be a pretty good fit for the job and can show something to stand out other applicants.
While not mentioned on the job description nor anywhere else on their website I know the salary other guys get for working on their PHD thesis within this company: simply put, I cannot afford to work for the money they get, because I'm married and have a toddler, so as you can imagine we need a little bit more money to live than the typical PHD student. While I'm aware of the possibility that they are not able to change anything on the salary for this kind of position, I thought I'd give it a try.
My Questions are:
- When to mention it? I fear that mentioning it in the cover letter will make them reject me before they even get to know my expertise. On the other side, this could avoid wasting time if the salary is not negotiable. Should I actively mention it in the first interview? Wait for the interviewer to mention? Note: as far as I know salary negotiation for this kind of position is not common at all!
- How to support the requested salary? Should I argue with my expertise (downside: other applicants are certainly also experts in this field) or mention my higher living costs due to my family? I'm afraid it will look like begging.
Help is greatly appreciated!