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University of Cambridge Research Associate Reviews

Updated 30 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
    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.


  2. "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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive working environment.
    Opportunities for training and travel.
    Exciting projects.

    Cons

    Few permanent positions.
    Often no further funding available to extend fixed term contracts.

  3. "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


  4. "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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very prestigious place to work, surrounded by interesting and intelligent people, world class facilities, excellent social life.

    Cons

    Many short term contracts and very few permanent positions. Postdocs are not automatically affiliated with a college, which can be somewhat isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on equipment and more money on scientists to do the interesting research. Allow students to apply for parking permits.


  5. "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

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work and environment.

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to the industry for the same quality of work. Need to be self-driven.


  6. "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


  7. "Posr doctoral 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent brand name, state of art facilities

    Cons

    lower salary, some facilities are old fashioned

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.