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Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow

University of Southampton Southampton, England

This fellowship is part of the EPSRC-funded project Supersaturated Multi-Stratum Designs: Construction and Statistical Modelling your research… University of Southampton


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Research Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in Radio and High Energy Astophysics a

University of Southampton Southampton, England

A Research Fellow/Senior Reserch Assistant postion is available within the… University of Southampton


11 days ago

Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow in the Theory of Quantum Technologies

University of Southampton Southampton, England

The University of Southampton is seeking to recruit a researcher to work on an EPSRC funded project Quantum Technologies and Quantum Optics. The… University of Southampton


22 days ago

Research Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in Radio and High Energy Astophysics

University of Southampton London, England

Research Fellow/Senior Reserch Assistant postion is available within the… IOP Publishing


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    Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
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    Pros

    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.

    Cons

    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

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