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Updated 5 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Focus on work life balance and gender equality" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Very flexible working hours, would definitely recommend doing an internship here" (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. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    It is a world-class institution

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low for Edinburgh standards


  2. "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.

  3. "5 years postdoc in school of life sciences"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Pros

    I worked in a good lab, and was well supervised and mentored. It was productive and still low stress. I was supported for conferences and career progression.

    Cons

    There is a lot of variation depending on the group and boss you work for.

    Little opportunities for promotion to leadership positions within the university itself.


  4. "A very good "European" university for employee, but not for international staff and with bad management"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    facilities and infrastructure are great

    Cons

    1. Bad support for staff with children. Whereas some other universities in England offer on-campus childcare, there is none here.

    2. Very bad management among university non-academic departments to non-professor grade staff - I got my neck injuries which leads to serious dizziness and headache because of working too long on the computer. GP suggested me to ask occupational unit for a referral to physiotherapy. The occupational health unit only gave me a phone consultation with a bad attitude staff keep saying that it is my fault for hurting my neck myself of bad posture and they can't refer me to physiotherapy or any clinics. They said they will send someone to check my office desk at last after I begging for help, however, no one comes at last. And then i pay osteopath and acupuncture myself for treating my occupational problem. About a year later, a professor in my building got the same problem as mine, and he got excellent support from occupational health unit in a super efficient and nice way.

    3. Race bias and even racism are quite often to non-local staff, management and non-academic staff don't really know how to communicate with international staff and always unwilling to offer assistant or help or show bad attitude.

    4. Definitely, no career path for scientist unless you get a Nature/Science paper.
    Postdocs are being used as FREE tutors and said to be benefits for them to" gain teaching experience".

    Advice to Management

    1. Not everyone understand strong Scottish accent and the way of Scottish cultural or small talks. Staff should be trained to know there are different people in the world. (this problem won't happen in London)

    2. Racism/bias are quite often to non-locals (even European) from professor grade to junior grade of local staff.

    3. Please treat postdoc better, they are invaluable research staff who work overtime with low paid and only for interest and science. They deserve better support and care.


  5. 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.


  6. "I enjoyed very much the vibrant academic atmosphere of the university in the beautiful city of Edinburgh"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The school of informatics has been ranked the best in the UK. There are noble prize winners in the university. The staff and also people in the city are welcoming. The quality of life is high compared to London.

    Cons

    The weather is usually chilly with rare sunshines. Flying from Edinburgh is not as good as flights from London of course.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working on high end research areas with some of the worlds best minds. Excellent teaching and research facilities

    Cons

    Some professional training opportunities are not available

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (1)

    "UoE"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A large, well established university.
    Clever people.
    Helpful admin staff

    Cons

    Large and can be bureaucratic.
    Progressing through grades difficult unless managers get people onside.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral research fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant, good IT, emphasis on training, good cycle storage/investment

    Cons

    Disperate sites, no shuttle bus between sites, mentoring scheme is lacking


  10. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Research Associate

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. High research impact.

    Cons

    Long hours. Can be stressful.