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University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellow Reviews

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Post doc in physics at cambridge"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's one of the world's best universities, working here is very special and will always look good on your CV. Excellent pool of co-workers from all over the world. Great facilities.

    Cons

    Really expensive to live in the city. Long work hours, most people work excess of 50 hours per week.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing working conditions but extremely competitive enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing working conditions in a fairytale-like environment among extremely bright people, of all age and nationalities. Excellent support for social integration through colleges.

    Cons

    Sometimes you can feel a bit intimidated by the top tier standards or disappointed by people's pro-interest actions since the environment is so highly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees more aware of bureaucratic roles such as non-EU visa issues.


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    "Excellent workplace"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and working with extremely good colleagues which are all world leaders in their field.

    The career service is excellent, offering a lot of training and opportunities to develop yourself for the rest of your career. And although this is a very academic environment, career services is really open to jobs outside academia (and gives the tools to apply for them), likewise they give excellent support for furthering your career in academia.

    Cons

    Due to the high standard of all colleagues around, you may sometimes wonder whether you are good enough as researcher. But, that environment is probably also the reason for most of us to apply for jobs here.

    Salaries may be a bit lower than other universities; but this was compensated by the excellent environment in which I worked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going on like this!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful university, Great place to live in."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best Universities worldwide - which means great faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergrads. As a scientist it all depend on the specific field/department/group you join, of course.

    Note - HFSP fellowship may be done through your department. Your Dep would love that, but your research and travel money will have to go through them and won't have the flexibility of having it in your bank account and at the end just sending a financial report+receipts. My advice - even if they sort of assume it - insist and it'll work (because those are the HFSP guidelines). I did so. This may very well work with other sources of external funding - I don't know. Try to find people who have one the same fellowship before and used it in Cambridge - from the website of the funding body's list of recent awardees.

    Cons

    Well, of course the weather...
    seriously - sometimes, as any University I guess - bureaucracy is a little too much.
    Also - computer services can be really problematic and un-21 century
    Oh, finally - cost of keeping lab animals are very high


  6. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great university with plenty of interesting activities around!

    Cons

    There isn't much of a nightlife unless you go to London (45 mins away)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Marie Curie Postodoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with international scientists

    Cons

    Cost of life and connectivity.