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Oxford University Postdoctoral Researcher Reviews

Updated 9 October 2017
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  • Work life balance is non existent for most science departments, but that is expected (in 18 reviews)

  • Oxford is very expensive to live in, particularly on a PhD stipend (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "One of the best unis in the woarld!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people everywhere
    Nice and quiet town

    Cons

    None, one of the best Uni in the world
    At the end it all depends on who you are working with


  2. "Not good in postdoc training"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    30 days of annual leave. Smart people and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Not good for in vivo research due to the strict animal regulations. Postdocs spend too much time on supervising students and have few chances to write their own grants.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  3. "Money limitations make research hard"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The University still has a great name, that can open plenty of doors

    Cons

    I have the impression that the students are not particularly well prepared. The money is running low and they give you troubles for every expense claim. Salaries for researchers are so bad that it's hard to find a place to live in Oxford.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the big money spent for new buildings could go in quality research. Sooner or later the name will not be enough to attract the best talents


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  5. "Great department"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The chemistry department is extremely well-fitted with all the necessary equipment to perform research. The building is relatively new and the working environment receives lots of natural light. It is a very inspiring place to work in.

    Cons

    The only downside is the UK weather.


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    "Great opportunities can be found!"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diversity - very international place to work. Plenty of opportunities to collaborate if that's what you'd like to do. Lots of interesting seminars that you can attend to expand your knowledge and to network.

    Cons

    If you are not a member of a college, it can be very difficult to fully integrate into the university/city so I'd highly recommend becoming affiliated with a college -for both socially and academically.

    Advice to Management

    There are a plenty of old school management styles/division with a lot of long term members - there can be quite a lot of resistance to change, so listen out for younger voices. Also given the very competitive nature, the working atmosphere can be quite fierce - definitely would benefit from compulsory training for group leaders!


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    "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oxford Uni has amazing resources in terms of it support, admin, training, etc. In these terms they are probably the best in Europe.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the admin is somewhat complicated with departments, divisions, colleges. The relevant people tend not to talk to each other, and communication is a burden.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize processes across different departments.


  8. "Chemistry postdoc"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely flexible hours and freedom of research. Really interesting science. International environment. Top quality instruments.

    Cons

    Too busy, more people than space allows. A waiting list of 2-3 weeks for using popular instruments. Makes it difficult to focus on research.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously, many want to get into the Chemistry department at Oxford university. However, to keep the high quality of research we need to match the number of people to the available space and facilities we have.


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    "Great experience for early-career researchers"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great students to work with
    -World-wide renowned brand
    -College affiliation carries additional benefits

    Cons

    Fixed-term contract with no room for career development


  10. Helpful (1)

    "2 Year Postdoc at Oxford University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Oxford, England

    Pros

    - Get to work with clever people
    - Access to state-of-the-art facilities
    - Beautiful location

    Cons

    - University administration is not very supportive of young researchers (especially postdocs)
    - Postdocs are not members of a college by default, which to an extent prevents them from integrating into the academic community at Oxford
    - Job uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Oxford University should be more supportive of postdoctoral researchers, create more career development opportunities for them, and be more willing to contribute to research fellowships that do not pay full economic costs (FEC).


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    "Postdoctoral Research Assosiate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great University with Great People.

    Cons

    Facilities are not very well managed.

    Advice to Management

    Improve competency level of maintenance staff.