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University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Researcher Reviews

Updated 23 May 2018
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  • "Cambridge is quite expensive to live in" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Sometimes the work can be too hectic and may lead to the loss of work-life balance" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Highly competitive but friendly"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is exceptional. The facilities, the opportunities, the teaching- everything

    Cons

    It is competitive. Long hours and a lot of dedication highly likely but it's the place to be if you want to succeed in academia.


  2. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance; resealable salary; beautiful city; opportunity to meet great researchers;

    Cons

    Bosses are sometimes over busy and hard to catch them; very rude local people; busy city always

  3. "at the centre of research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 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 5 years)

    Pros

    exciting and full of opportunities to learn and progress

    Cons

    quite competitive and high-pressure, but that does depend a lot on the group you are in


  4. "Research Associate"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great place to work, great

    Cons

    I can't think anything bad


  5. "Postdoc at Cambridge University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A lot of annual leave.

    Cons

    There are very high expectations.


  6. "Very good place to be a scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perform research that matters
    Brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    Cost of living in Cambridge


  7. "University of Cambridge - Not bad for a short-term postdoc position"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge as a contractor

    Pros

    Brilliant academic environment working with some of the brightest people I know. Very relaxed and flexible hours (no experiments for me). Opportunities to forge your own path are easy to create. Cambrigde as a location is great too.

    Cons

    Standard issues with postdoc-ing aside, Cambridge is not that well paid compared to other unis and when you factor in cost of living it can be pretty tough getting by financially. Compared with other universities and research institutes that I've worked at the management practices here are fairly poor (but what do expect if your line manager is an academic with no management training/experience?)

    Advice to Management

    Modernise.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary research environment, which makes it easy to collaborate or get research-related feedback. A lot of great researchers all around. Plenty of pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the region for collaboration on career progression.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment in terms of long term job stability - candidates moving from outside of Cambridge area are favoured. Some level of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Restrict size of research groups in order to increase output per person rather than measuring in absolute terms. This would promote quality over quantity and should provide career benefits for human capital.


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    "Many opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - access to a large range of equipment
    - well funded labs
    - many fruitful collaborations
    - professors very available for discussions, open door policy
    - generally very friendly and welcoming atmosphere

    Cons

    - depending on research group working hours can go through the roof (find out before starting the position!)


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    "Great environment"

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

    Pros

    This is a very stimulating environment. The research is pretty advanced and colleagues/administrations are usually very friendly and helpful.

    Working with people from very diverse background/origins.

    Cons

    Although the research done is very advanced, the facilities are sometimes quite old.

    Parking is very difficult, and the university does not facilitate that.