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University of Edinburgh Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 29 June 2018
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  • "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. "University of Edinburgh research position"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and high quality research

    Cons

    very little room for promotion


  2. "Great working environment and supportive peers"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well established researchers and good working relationship with supervisor

    Cons

    Long hours requiring a lot of self motivation

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  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with excellent research facilities

    Cons

    Sometimes working till late in the evening


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 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

    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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.