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University of Edinburgh Research Assistant Reviews

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Pros
  • Good benefits, equal opportunities, good work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great equipment available, I work in a fantastic team, flexible working hours when required (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary is skinny and career progression is limited (in 5 reviews)

  • Very low salary, no pension scheme (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Research assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Thriving research community; Access to world-leading facilities and expertise; Diversity of projects and research groups offer wide perspectives for research.; Beautiful city and culture.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can stand in the way of academic progress at times; The dynamic and changing nature of research groups can be unsettling.


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    "Hard work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with very successful researchers and learn from them. High standards are expected and this pushes you on in your career. Staff are confident that they will get something published and this confidence is contagious.

    Cons

    Many things are extremely disorganising and disjointed. The left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. Everything takes longer than it should.


  3. "Efficient employer"

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good communication when issues arise; flexible working hours and good salary; good support system with supervisors, university is keen to develop your existing skills

    Cons

    Can get lost in the woodwork due to the volume of people employed; assignment of desk space could do with being updated, some researchers were sharing spaces.