FilterPostdoctoral Research Associate
I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than 5 years)
Full of knowledgeable and motivated people. There are lots of different sources of information and support . Pay scales, holiday and other benefits are generous.
As with any organisation in the city, commuting can be an absolute nightmare.
I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)
Work hours are much more flexible than in a commercial company. You are given a freedom in terns of work you do.
Poor admin staff that do not do their jobs properly, parking can be bad because the campus is quite central.
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I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)
The University of Manchester has great training and development opportunities and continues to invest in your development. The relaxed environment of academia allows flexible working.
The nature of post doctoral research associate work is short term fixed contracts, so you need a good line manager/boss to help support you through further work
I worked at University of Manchester as a contractor (More than a year)
Great facilities and great scientist, you have everything you need so long as you go and ask, everyone is helpful. The science in general is good as well. The salary goes quite a way because Manchester is cheaper than other cities in the UK. The administration is also quite nice.
No opportunities for development as a postdoctoral scientist. Few seminars. The University is also pushing for quantity instead of quality, so they're trying to cramp more scientists into a tiny space. The food is also horribly expensive in the Campus and they have now bought and closed everything nearby (except Dominos and McDonalds). No rest areas.
I worked at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)
Generally good employment policies as with any university. Good academic environment. Lots of other employees who are extremely generous with their time and help.
Experience depends a lot on your manager. If you have a problem with them (and they are a senior academic) you're unlikely to get much help, I suspect this is a problem with academia in general and not UoM specifically.
Although lots of staff are extremely helpful there are also a fair number who want an easy life and are as unhelpful as possible!
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