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University of Edinburgh Researcher Reviews

Updated 29 June 2018
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Pros
  • "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. "Post-doctoral position with University of Edinburgh"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  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. "Senior Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at University of Edinburgh full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, cutting-edge research, nice colleagues

    Cons

    Insecurity, low benefits, market driven


  7. "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

  8. "Working for a University"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Edinburgh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality research environment, with lots of collaboration opportunity

    Cons

    All the usual downsides of working with academics!


  9. "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.


  10. "The University of Edinburgh has potential"

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    • Senior Management
    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.