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University of Edinburgh Research Associate Reviews

Updated 4 October 2017
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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. "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.


  2. "The University of Edinburgh has potential"

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

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

    Pros

    There is a good variety and quality of facilities

    Cons

    It is currently quite hard to scale in your position.


  3. "Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    University reputation beyond what the school of engineering is capable of delivering.

    Cons

    School of Eng. too much dependant on EPSRC grants, and, hence to policies rendered by bureaucrats rather than scientific curiosity. Some SoE Dept.s under--perform. EE Dept. isolated from CS (Informatics) which is a serious shortcoming in this age.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Edinburgh is a world-leading institution in the field I'm interested in.
    In my case they were prepared to be flexible about working arrangements.

    Cons

    Applications for permanent posts are very competitive, so progression "up" the academic hierarchy may be difficult.


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    "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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

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

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, people are very nice . City has lots to offer and it's easy to get around.

    Cons

    Hard to progress once inside but doable

    Advice to Management

    Give more support to people willing to contribute.


  8. "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.


  9. "Good place to work, when work available."

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Annual career development review.

    Cons

    Not enough job security at the postdoctoral level.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Systematic training and problem-solving skills improvement

    Cons

    PhD takes time and needs temperament.

    Advice to Management

    Creating more opportunities for students.


  11. "Great City"

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

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

    Pros

    Location is great, University is a great employer.

    Cons

    Some historical aberrations in departmental segmentation and complex admin