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University of Cambridge Research Associate Reviews

Updated 2 January 2018
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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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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. "Rea"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research atmosphere and resources! Nice and intelligent people to work with. Lots of conferences and seminars to attend.

    Cons

    Low pay job, doing only for fun not able to support a family unless your partner is also working.


  3. "Good reputation, interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International brand, interesting work, exciting opportunities

    Cons

    Average pay, bureaucratic at times, research office and contracts office move slowly.


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  5. "Not the best Uni to work as a researcher"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Bright people, ideas abound

    Cons

    Organisation, IT needs modernising, ordering of reagents in labs is a pain.


  6. "Rate of University of Cambridge as a Research Associate"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great science, Great Reputation, Great city

    Cons

    Poor Salary, difficult to get senior posts


  7. "Lots of opportunities but lots of bagage too"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reputation, location, VC and PVCs are trying to improve conditions for researchers

    Cons

    Collegiate system leaves post-docs out of most of 'Cambridge life', pay vs cost of living (london prices, non-London pay); insecure contracts; academic politics mean some groups are producing world class research and collaborations and some are isolating. Bagage from years of tradition and needing to know 'how things work'


  8. "research associate"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible working culture, depends on department/PI how your experience will be like

    Cons

    depending on department you might find yourself doing your research isolated from other people


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. "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.