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University of North Carolina Postdoctoral Research Associate Reviews

Updated 29 July 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 Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive enviornment, very nice colleagues. People are passionate about making real contribution to the world.

    Cons

    The whole institution is arrogant. They forget whole big the world is out there. They are not the only one or the best one.


  2. "Postdoc experience was great"

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location is awesome. People to work with are great

    Cons

    Not too much was negative for my time in UNC


  3. "Postdoctoral research associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    It is fun to think, calculate, and write for molecular biophysics theory.

    Cons

    Low salary and one year contract

    Advice to Management

    I want to keep on my carrier with any position related to biophysics in US and CANADA.


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  5. "Better than Duke!!!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Greatest university in the world. I wouldn't give anything for the opportunities it has presented me

    Cons

    It's academia, so good luck feeling good about yourself and your underpaid status!


  6. "Great Environment, Research Dollars Getting Tighter"

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

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

    Pros

    The chemistry department is full of really intelligent, hard working, great people. The research being done is excellent. The Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham/Raleigh area is a great place to spend time.

    Cons

    The department doesn't devote a lot of resources to professional development, it's pretty much completely up to your advisor. I suppose this is the same system that's in place at most universities, but it can still be frustrating to balance getting your work done with figuring out what's next (given the temporary nature of a postdoc position).

    Advice to Management

    Try to figure out a way to raise graduate student stipends and postdoc salaries. Invest in more professional development for graduate and postdoctoral researchers outside of their respective labs.


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    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 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

    Great location, relatively good benefits, good public transportation system, access to state employees credit union, normal NIH postdoc salary, but lower cost of living than other places in the country

    Cons

    Some people have the typical state-employee mentality, just working enough to get retirement, sometimes one has to create work-arounds or be creative to get things accomplished within the system

    Advice to Management

    reward people who make exceptional contributions, not those who have the typical state-employee mentality


  8. "Supportive environment for postdoctoral training"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is actually an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs where postdocs can go to get advice on such topics as resumes/CVs, interviewing strategies, and grant writing. The OPA often puts together events in conjunction with other organizations on campus (e.g., NC Tracs, or other academic institutions) that are usually free (or low cost) such as career fairs or career development symposiums).

    Reasonable cost of living (having lived in Midwest and West coast) in Chapel Hill/Carrboro areas.

    As a whole, UNC exhibits a collegial atmosphere that enables postdocs to pursue multidisciplinary research.

    Cons

    To get the most out of medical insurance, you're encouraged to go to the student health center, which may not always provide the best care. Coverage for dental insurance is an extra cost. Out-of-pocket expenses for basic dental care at UNC are about $200 unless you're fortunate enough to win in the lottery for a free basic check up for which students and staff enter for a drawing.

    Parking on campus is also very expensive yet limited in terms of the number of parking spaces and parking areas available to postdocs.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding more in-person sessions for postdocs that discuss retirement and health benefits. Consider subsidizing some of the costs for dental insurance.


  9. "a good neplace to do research"

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

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

    Pros

    I am in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department. The lab layout is open space lab which promote member interaction between labs and resource sharing.

    Cons

    Parking is very limited. Most of the employees park outside of the campus and take bus to come into the campus.

    Advice to Management

    Benefit is ok. Working culture is pretty good. People are friendly and willing to help. A good place to start a career.


  10. "good place for meeting with smart people"

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

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

    Pros

    learning new cutting edged techniques

    Cons

    not very good compensation and benefits to support to family members