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Chemical Safety Officer in Health and Safety Services – new

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

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Direct Marketing Officer – new

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON London, England

Are you interested in being part of a dynamic, fast-paced team that is working to solve the world questions that need a global understanding and… Adzuna


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Programmes Officer in the Modern Language Centre

King's College London London, England

There is an vacancy for the post of Programme Officer which focuses on providing administrative support to our range of programmes and information… Glassdoor


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Research Associate in Computational Genetics in the Department of Twin Research

King's College London London, England

King's College London is seeking highly motivated researchers for a post doctoral position in human epigenomics at the Department of Twin Research… Glassdoor


7 days ago

Allergy Academy Education Fellow

King's College London London, England

Applications are invited for an Allergy Academy Education Fellow post in Paediatric or Adult Allergy. This post, first developed in 2010, was the… Glassdoor


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Research Technician in the Department of Rheumatology – new

King's College London London, England

We are looking to recruit an outstanding scientist to undertake a 3 year immunology-based research project investigating how disease susceptibility… Glassdoor


7 days ago

Lecturer in Philosophy (Fixed-term 12 months)

King's College London London, England

The Philosophy Department at Kings College London is seeking an outstanding philosopher with research expertise and teaching experience in philosophy… Glassdoor


4 days ago

Radiochemist, Pharmacist

King's College London London, England

We seek an enthusiastic and self-motivated Research Regulatory Radiochemist/Pharmacist to join our team based in our new PET imaging centre in the… Glassdoor


7 days ago

Lecturer in Philosophy (Fixed-term 24 months)

King's College London London, England

The Philosophy Department at Kings College London is seeking an outstanding philosopher with research expertise in philosophy of mind and/or ethics… Glassdoor


2 days ago

Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in Clinical Informatics – new

King's College London London, England

We have an exciting opportunity for a senior post doctoral researcher to join our Informatics team (http://core.brc.iop.kcl.ac.uk) at the National… Glassdoor


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    Nice, bright people in a bureaucratic place

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at King's College London as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy and being treated like an adult in terms of managing one's own workload.
    Working with very bright, motivated people on highly interesting projects.
    Flexible working - ability to work from home on Fridays and no obligation to be present outside 'core' hours.
    Location of Strand campus - lovely building in a great location.
    Friendly, easy-going colleagues at all levels.
    Pension benefits.

    I think people's experience of KCL depends a lot on the dept atmosphere - the morale in my dept declined sharply over my time there as people were laid off / had to re-apply for their own jobs and everything became substantially more bureaucratic and time-consuming, but before that it was a good place to work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - lots of management layers, each with their titles, and often lengthy, complicated processes to get things done, such as recruit staff. This got worse while I was there as the funding cuts bit and admin staff were laid off.
    Very hierarchical - felt as if senior management wasn't listening or was unable to do much. Seeing your colleagues' jobs disappear in reorganisations is no fun, especially when senior management are paid such huge sums.
    Short-term contracts - created uncertainty and reduced commitment from staff.
    Lack of professional development - no relevant CPD offered or paid for.
    Lack of career path - short-term contracts underline the precarious nature of funding and raised doubts about dept ability to offer perm posts.
    Staff turnover is fairly high at levels lower than senior management, as it seems hard to get a permanent contract and staff feel generally unsupported.
    Heavy workload, which is the norm in British universities.
    Offices were either very cold or very hot thanks to antique heating and inadequate air con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the administrative burden and ensure there are enough people to get the job done efficiently. I know of several examples where one person was doing the jobs of two or even three people on a temporary basis, which turned into over a year, before staff could be recruited. Staff goodwill and enthusiasm drip away in these situations.
    Make staff feel valued by offering professional development and permanent contracts so they can do things like get a mortgage.
    Senior management of the college appears to be like the board of a corporation in that they are very well remunerated and insulated from the often horrible effects of their 'efficiency measures', while being charming people in person.

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