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University of Cambridge Research Associate Reviews

Updated 11 April 2018
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Research Associate

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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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  1. "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.


  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

    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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'


  10. "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