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University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral Research Fellow Reviews

Updated 16 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Good support system and atmosphere, great benefits, colleagues were very supportive of each other and flexible working hours" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Salary is skinny and career progression is limited" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Low salary, but that is the nature of working with a start up" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Post-doctoral position with University of Edinburgh"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large, cutting-edge, well-respected with numerous collaborative opportunities.

    Cons

    Very few permanent post-doctoral positions. Job security is average with grant funded contracts of typically three years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big university, lots of cross-discipline collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    Higher research leadership very narrow minded and completely lack ability to encourage younger research staff - unless you are in a "popular" lab. Its almost as if all these researchers left High school, but their "cool group" mentality still exists.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing they don't already know.

  3. "Great place -- wellcome trust centre"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place, lots of freedom to get on with research, social and fun.

    Cons

    Location: not great part of town.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Research Fellow - Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for professional training and knowledge gain. Wonderful city, campus and surrounding areas. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Needs active search for opportunities. Administration, especially finances is entirely overwhelmed with their workload and hence quality and service suffers drastically. Personal growth in science is difficult and support by the school is limited. They give good consulting, but funding and monetary support appear to be Gentlemen's Club and political tools rather than genuine offers.

    Advice to Management

    be thorough and stick to your decisions. Improve staff development including comprehensible salary adjustments