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University of Cambridge Research Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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Research Associate
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I interviewed at University of Cambridge in October 2010.

Interview Details – Sent in my CV and received a call to go for an interview two weeks later. I was interviewed by two professors who were extremely nice. They did not ask me any difficult questions, but they wanted to know what PhD was about, why I was interested in the job and what I could offer.

Negotiation Details – I emailed back to state that they should take into consideration my previous employment experience and they came back with a counter offer which I accepted.


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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Cambridge.

Interview Details – Looked for job posted on the website.
Sent out a few email exchanges to register interests and to make enquiries.
Waited for 1 month before receiving the invitation for interview.
Skype interview because was overseas at the time of interviewing.
Two rounds of interviews with mismatch occurred at the later stage.

Interview Question – Would you prefer to work at our lab as a PhD student rather than as a RA?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Cambridge in February 2010.

Interview Details – Submitted CV, and called in for an interview. Had to present previous research and answer questions. No soft-skills or standard interview questions, just demonstrating technical competency and good overview of future research plans.

Interview Question – Many technical questions about research, literature in my field, etc   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Cambridge in November 2009.

Interview Details – First I had a phone interview and then was flown in to give a presentation and have an in-person interview. They paid for the flight and arranged an accommodation for me during my stay.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – The salaries are fixed in academia. So there was really not much to discuss beside science.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Cambridge in July 2008.

Interview Details – It was a meeting with the professor but it was me who asked for it. Otherwise I would have started the job without interview.

Negotiation Details – For any negotiation they ask formal (paper) proofs


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

The process took a day - interviewed at University of Cambridge in July 2010.

Interview Details – A few days after applying for this position (through email), I was informed that my CV was interesting and the screening of the applicants (for the interview) will begin soon after the deadline. Three weeks later, I was informed that I was shortlisted for the interview and I was asked to confirm my availability for a personal interview. After confirming my availability, two weeks later, some material was shared with me to go through, to understand the nature of the proposed research project, that is to be held in a week.

Interview Questions

  • During the interview, I was questioned by three highly experienced professors with different backgrounds. As soon as I entered into the room, I was well received and they made me feel comfortable. Then, I was asked to explain why I think I am the right person for the project?   View Answer
  • What would be the kind of difficulties that I anticipate in this work and how I would tackle them.   View Answer

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