EMBL Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
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  1. Not bad for doing a PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Grenoble (France)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Grenoble (France)

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Resounding name (at least in Europe).
    Nicely paid (at least as a PhD).
    Nice training opportunities (core course in Heidelberg, informatics in Hinxton, soft-skill courses).
    Thesis committee overlooking your PhD, and step in if you got troubles with your supervisor.

    Cons

    Group leaders are young, being boss for the first time, so they can be quite bad in management.
    Grenoble outstation feels a bit isolated. Opportunities are not as much as in Heidelberg.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place for a PhD student to increase your academic skills

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at EMBL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Broad range of research topics. Expertise for many fields available. Well connected to other research institutes/universities. Predoc course at the beginning give opportunity to meet all PhD students from your year from all outstations, which gives a great academic network.

    Cons

    They aim big, so many students leave without a single publication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving publication record of students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Revelation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at EMBL

    Pros

    International, Competitive, excellent funding, great personal and professional support

    Cons

    Quota for EU citizens reduces non EU diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to increase quota of EMBL funded students per group

    Recommends
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  5. Super Ort für die Forschung Beautiful place for research

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    Current Contractor - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Contractor - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I have been working at EMBL as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    - Viel Ressourcen, auf die man leicht Zugriff hat

    - Vielfalt von Forschungsthemen

    - Super Unterstützung bezüglich des Verhältnisses von Arbeit und Freizeit

    - Large resources easily accessible
    - Diversity of research topics
    - Significant support for life/work balance

    Cons

    - Qualität und Ergebnisse der Beschäftigungsdauer sind zu stark von "N+1" abhängig

    - Nur begrenzte Karrierechancen für Wissenschaftler

    - Schlechte Integration in die örtliche Forschergemeinschaft

    - Quality and outcome of employment period overly dependent on "N+1"
    - Limited career development for researchers
    - Poor integration in local research community

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team Leader und Personalmanager sollten stärker überprüft werden. Arbeitskultur für die Biologen sollte modernisiert werden.

    Increase scrutiny of the principal investigators' performance as team leaders and personnel managers. Think forward about modernising the work culture of biology researchers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Tolle Erfahrung, ich empfehle das Peer-Borks-Labor höchstens für gute Wissenschaft Great experience, highly recommend Peer Borks lab for good science.

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    Former Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Postdoc-Wissenschaftler in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I worked at EMBL full-time (more than 3 years)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Starke Wissenschaft, positive Atmosphäre, gute Vergütung. Es ist wahrscheinlich je nach Gruppe unterschiedlich, aber ich hatte eine sehr gute Erfahrung mit Peer Bork im strukturellen Computerwesen.

    Strong science, positive atmosphere, good renumeration. It probably varies between groups, but I had a very good experience from Peer Bork in structural computing.

    Cons

    Ein bisschen isoliert im Heidelberg-Wald, und manche Gruppenleiter können ihr Personal und ihre Studenten zu sehr fordern

    A bit isolated in the Heidelberg forest, and some group leaders may push their staff and students excessively hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Guter Tipp für Postdocs Good for a postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EMBL full-time

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Gutes Gehalt für einen Postdoc, gute Stadt zum Leben, gute Zukunftschancen wegen des guten Rufs, den das Unternehmen hat

    Good salary for a postdoc, good city to live, good prospects based on the institute's reputation

    Cons

    Soziale Bezüge fehlen für Leute, die in Deutschland bleiben wollen, keine Extras wie z. B. Sportangebote, Kantine etc.

    Social benefits lacking for those intending to stay in Germany, little in the way of services such as gyms, canteens etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Die Unternehmenskultur und die sozialen Aspekte verbessern!

    Improve the workplace culture and social life!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Gut. Gute Bezahlung und gute Möglichkeiten danach einen anderen Job zu finden good. well paid and give good chances to get another job after

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    Current Employee - Doktorand in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Doktorand in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

    I have been working at EMBL

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    hohe Forschungsfinanzierung, wöchentlich Konferenzen, internationales Umfeld, Gehalt, Krankenversicherung (einschließlich Zahnarzt, etc ...)

    big research fundings, conferences every week, international enviroment, salary, health insurance (includes dentist etc ...)

    Cons

    Lange Arbeitszeit im Labor, sehr wettbewerbsfähiges Umfeld

    long hours in the lab, very competitive enviroment

    Recommends

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