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University of North Carolina Research Associate Reviews

Updated 29 July 2017
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  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 18 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. "nice people. Good PTO and sick leave policy."

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

    Pros

    Nice people nice atmosphere. Good PTO and sick leave policy.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Health insurance plans used to have free premium options but will no longer be the case in 2018.


  3. "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


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  5. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Excellent professional development avenues available.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities after a postdoc

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "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.


  7. "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!


  8. "Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are working in the lab of a big Principal Investigator, then you can concentrate on Research only and you don't need to worry about looking for founding.

    Cons

    You don't have any kind of stability as your contract is renew year by year. As a Research Associate your salary is soft money and you depend on your Principal Investigator's grants. It is no easy to submit grants as a Research Associate as many time it is necessary to have a Faculty Appointment first.


  9. "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.


  10. "Senior Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Good courses at the Human Resources Department that help you deal with different situations at the work environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication from Director level to lower level. Slow administration response to different inquiries.

    Advice to Management

    Better and clear communications. Expectations and clear job description from day 1. Not all the University. This is for the section I was working with.


  11. "Lots of great people, but a lot of bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You encounter a lot of really great people working at UNC - smart, dedicated, and driven. There are also a lot of opportunities at such a large and prestigious research institute.

    Cons

    Because it's such a big place, there is a lot more competition, and you often feel like a number. There is a lack of one-on-one time in a lot of scenarios. Also, the public nature of the university means that salaries are often lower.

    Advice to Management

    There's not much that can be done about the compensation, but I think there should be a greater focus on the success of individuals, rather than doing everything in the name of the institution.