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Oxford University Senior Scientist Reviews

Updated 29 November 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance might suffer, depending on how much a publication record you want to build (in 18 reviews)

  • Expensive to live -- almost the same as London although with less pay (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "senior postdoctoral scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    research environment of academic excellence

    Cons

    As with most universities, there is no career path for researchers with a Ph.D, that wish to remain in academic research but do not wish to become principal investigators.


  2. "long term limitations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University full-time

    Pros

    state art research, amongst world leading scientists

    Cons

    some funding justification has lead to less core funds for house keeping in palace of new core facilities. longterm career progression is limited unless your of PI potential


  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to be to learn and to meet great crowd of people

    Cons

    Too much old senseless traditions

    Advice to Management

    Smile


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  5. "Good, good reputation, excellent research environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Oxford, England
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good reputation, excellent facilities, good meetings, always good speakers coming, friendly people, easy to commute, more jobs, excellent research facilities and great mind

    Cons

    poor pay, poor promotion prospects, weak leadership, no career structure and support,

    Advice to Management

    improve efficiency and better communications, better career structure and training for young scientists


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't stay too long"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice city
    Good for your curriculum (if you make the most of it and leave before stagnating)
    Attracts highly qualified staff with great backgrounds, but most of them are overqualified for their job.

    Cons

    Career prospects very limited. Competitive, elitist and individualist culture. PIs only worried by their career and getting as much grants as they can, while rarely seen at their office!
    Moral harrassment from senior management is common and the University doesn't give a damn. In my department 3 people resigned in less than 2 months and they didn't even conduct an internal investigation (despite written and documented complaints).
    Rents outrageously expensive in Oxford, poor public transport system, you need a car if you want to live outside of the city but getting a parking place is nearly impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Train yourself in management!