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University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Reviews

Updated 7 September 2018
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  • "Really expensive to live in the city" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Very poor career progression opportunities unless you are one of the lucky few academics" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic academic environment"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic academic environment. Many brilliant minds, very collaborative, ideas are in the air

    Cons

    Keen to publish in big journals (Nat & Sci) is way more pronounced here than in other schools I have been before, which is not necessarily a "Con"


  2. "Post-doctoral researcher"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting, people, facilities, management

    Cons

    Salary, no, other, keyword, sorry

  3. "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
    Recommends
    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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Postdoctoral research experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Professional work culture and excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Need of common high performance computing facilities.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.