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University of North Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow Reviews

Updated 15 May 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, flexibility in scheduling to honor student schedules (in 24 reviews)

  • The work environment is intellectually stimulating (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 17 reviews)

  • University gives little to no oversight or support for higher level courses compared to what is available for entry level courses (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoctoral Fellowship"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly and intelligent people to work with who are vested in your success as well. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Limited parking on campus but public transport is free and accessible to other areas in the Triangle.


  2. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources, nice area with low traffic in the immediate area when compared to other parts of the Triangle.
    Large competitive research community to help you excel.

    Cons

    Numerous moving parts, and as such some things can be marred with Bureaucracy, but that's to be expected with a University.
    Research environment of the School of Medicine is other, but not always, toxic.


  3. "Standard Post-doctoral Research Fellowship"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the chemistry department. Many labs are in the new chemistry building(s), such as Venable Hall. Great opportunities to network with scientists in other labs. It was a positive experience.

    Cons

    I was paid less than the NIH standard for postdocs at the time. I worked long hours but that was mostly self-imposed.


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    "Great place for a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location, support network, campus, people, reputation are all great.

    Cons

    Benefits (insurance premium, lack of dental, changing plans without real notification)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and great campus transportation system, good health benefits through the university hospital and exciting research!

    Cons

    Supportive environment but as with many state universities, lots of uncertainty due to budget cuts, especially in the administration sector.


  7. "UNC Chapel Hill"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a beautiful campus, with lots of nice people. The surrounding town of Chapel Hill is a nice place, and it is also accessible from Durham by bus.

    Cons

    As a postdoctoral fellow at a university, much of the experience is determined by the lab I am in rather than at the level of the university. Parking is an issue. The little parking that is available on campus is expensive and often distant. I take the bus from Durham, which is a pleasant ride, during which I can read or enjoy the scenery, but on the rare occasion when I need to drive in, my parking options are not good.

    Advice to Management

    As a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine, I could do without the regular emails from the University president and others about how the university is working with this or that community to address the latest issue that has to do with an athletic scandal or is only relevant to undergraduates. This is a minor complaint. Certainly not affecting my work.


  8. "One of the most well equipped universities to complete a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    State of the art facilities, plenty of grant money, exciting research. Great people to work with and a great reputation, especially locally.

    Cons

    You are a postdoc. Bottom of the Ponzi scheme that is academia. Long work hours with minimal compensation. However, it is the system that is broken, not the institution.

    Advice to Management

    More support for postdocs looking for the next step.


  9. "good place to do a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of seminars on topics beside research, decent health care

    Cons

    small college town, politically liberal but conservative mindset in town


  10. "Postdoc at UNC"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many great investigators. Several cores to share the work-load. Salary ok. Great environment for postdocs with a interactive postdoc forum. Great city to raise a family.

    Cons

    Job opportunities limited regarding assistant professor advancement within the University.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring talent from within the University.


  11. "Ideal for those interested in pursuing an academic career, not conducive for preparing for other scientific careers"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence - particularly on projects
    Project Management - lots of opportunities for this as a postdoc in larger labs with undergraduate and graduate students
    Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited support for jobs outside of academia
    Overwhelmed/disconnected PIs

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes PIs are overwhelmed with responsibilities, especially given the funding situation and there are long delays in feedback on your work.