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University of North Carolina Research Assistant Professor Reviews

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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. "Some good, some bad"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Hillsborough, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Hillsborough, NC (US)
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    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, stimulating environment. Good colleagues. Fairly good flexibility to get the projects done. Discounted prices for many university events and some local companies as well. Nice area.

    Cons

    The university system is not supported by the state legislature. Nationally, academia is in a state of flux. The system relies too much on the free labor of graduate students and nearly free labor of Post-Docs. Because of constant budget cuts to universities and research funding at both the state and federal level over the last decade, obtaining funding takes precedent over all else. The administration is only interested in how much money you bring in. No job security. No raises. No method to supplement salary . The administration is replacing tenured faculty with research faculty to save money. Very difficult to transition from academia to industry. Pervasive myth in industry that faculty at universities are not driven enough.

    Advice to Management

    Research divisions need to restructure. Take fewer PhD students, more masters students. Create separate PhD and masters tracts. Need to stop treating research faculty as a commodity or start paying these people industry wages.


  2. "Good scientific atmosphere but average/poor pay benefits and career support"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scientific atmosphere, facilities and resources are outstanding, postdoctoral office is great; employee health benefits are good (don't need to pay any of the premium); diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pay and family benefits; little to no room for career advancement; cost of parking and commuting; often feel invisible to the university; expected to work long hours for low pay

    Advice to Management

    Recognize work of research staff


  3. "Outstanding university with top-notch research but limited opportunities for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding intellectual environment, great scientific resources, great seminars, excellent colleagues, entire health insurance premium for employees are paid by university, retirement contributions by university are good

    Cons

    Low pay, very limited job security (depends on grant renewals), limited career advancement at the university, expected to work long hours, difficult at times to balance work and family life

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


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  5. "good place to work in if you want to have a work life balance. good experience as a junior faculty there."

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

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

    Pros

    a work life balance; good high school around; the weather is great; good environment for research and potential opportunity to transfer to tenure track.

    Cons

    not in a very big city. student level vary a lot. school of engineering and computer science is not very strong, so hard to find collaborative in that area.