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Uchicago Argonne President Eric D. Isaacs
Eric D. Isaacs
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    Good salary, bad opportunities

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Appointee

    I have been working at Uchicago Argonne


    The salary is high comparing with the university postdoc. The working time is flexible. you have 1.25 day/ month for vacation. Campus is big and university like.


    1, The research in the lab is sloppy, and the fame for some divisions is not good, such as bioscience. All the scientists (PI) have no tenure. If the PI is not in a famous group such as APS, CNM which are supported by DOE as the user facilities, they are very hard to survive. So is the postdoc, if you are not join a group in a big center, you cannot get any good training for your career. And you might face with the funding problems, and sometime you cannot finish the first year. Most postdoc need at least two years to get some decent results to publish.
    2, The recruiters are prohibited to enter the lab. So there is not opportunities such as the campus recruiting.
    3, The collaboration sucks. The lab have some very good instrument, but you cannot use it only if you are the "user". you need tedious training by the staff who can get the credit by training you. You never can use the SEM or TEM as in universities.
    4, the research level is low considering the billion funding they got. There is no famous researcher for many years, maybe no member of NAS or NAE. If you are considering to enter the academic, not a good place to be a postdoc here.
    5, too much politics, as I said, if you are not in a "group" (some centers), you are really hard to survive. This is the reason why nobody quit their university position to the lab and some guys move to the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the user facility as the user facility, instead of doing the crappy research, and wasting the money.

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