I worked at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (Less than a year)
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.
Bureaucracy can stand in the way of academic progress at times; The dynamic and changing nature of research groups can be unsettling.
I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 3 years)
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.
Many things are extremely disorganising and disjointed. The left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. Everything takes longer than it should.
I have been working at University of Edinburgh as a contractor (Less than a year)
Good communication when issues arise; flexible working hours and good salary; good support system with supervisors, university is keen to develop your existing skills
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.
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