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University of Cambridge Research Associate Reviews

Updated 12 October 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. "Lack of diversity"

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

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to meet with people who are at the top in their areas.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for people of minority ethnic groups.

    Advice to Management

    I think they should do more to entrench diversity of workforce and researchers in the University.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - 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 a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to do any sort of research you can think of

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to the living cost

    Advice to Management

    Please consider salary hike of postdocs who do more than 60% of the university research


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  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. "Postdoc research associate"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Contractor - 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great intellectual space. You meet intelligent people from all over the world. Lots of interesting events and seminars. Great place to develop networks and connections.

    Cons

    Low salary and high rental prices are a problem. This is generally a problem everywhere with post-doc positions but UK seems to be one of the worst. For example, a post doc in Switzerland gets around 5000 CHF.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work and support provided is also very helpful. I wish the country allocates more funds to give a better salary to post doc researchers as they are the back bone of the research and development in the country.


  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.


  9. "Dynamics of GPCR by NMR"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    It was an exciting place to work with

    Cons

    There was a significant amount of work pressure.


  10. "Not good not bad"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cam, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cam, England

    Pros

    good..Great place to work and learn

    Cons

    less salary.No extra benefits..housing is too expensive.

    Advice to Management

    nothing


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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.