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University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Reviews

Updated 25 November 2017
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  1. "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
    Recommends
    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


  2. "Don't look after junior staff"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation, well known institution likely to improve prospects later on.
    Potential benefits to the few.

    Cons

    Stilted atmosphere.
    Not as innovative as it appears from outside.
    Very little chance to progress or find permanent employment.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Postdoctoral statistician"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, many training courses, seminars and conference talks.

    Cons

    Slow paced working environment.


  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


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    "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.


  8. "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
    Recommends
    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.


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    "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
    Recommends
    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!)


  11. Helpful (1)

    "physics Post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, surrounded by the worlds brightest minds, many contacts to non-academic jobs, vibrant research atmosphere and work

    Cons

    there are not many cons, the only thing is that post-doc pay could be higher living in such an expensive place