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Copenhagen university Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Of cause it depends a lot on the different groups but in general, work life balance is great (in 6 reviews)

  • Interesting research opportunities in a stimulating international work environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Almost no permanent positions; very competitive; little opportunity for tenure track (many postdocs and ph (in 2 reviews)

  • almost no help with accommodation, no career support (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "An American doing his first postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Ridgefield, CT
    Former Employee - Scientist in Ridgefield, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    My best postdoc experience. Very productive and learned a lot. You can still do good science without always having the fancy equipment...just need good ideas and a good mentor / colleagues!

    Cons

    More money towards upgrading equipment might be worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to American universities for collaborations...will be worth it!


  2. "Good group, not so good head of department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Copenhagen university full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a lot of international students

    Cons

    Not a fast paced environment, difficult to schedule necessary meetings.

  3. "Was better before government funds were cut"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Copenhagen university full-time

    Pros

    many possibilities when budget was accordingly

    Cons

    poor management on different levels


  4. "Good place to do a PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Copenhagen university full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The University takes good care of its PhD students, the salary is high in comparison to many other countries. If also the institute is well-funded, good chances for a happy life as a PhD student.

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic processes as a PhD student are unnecessarily complex and can take a while to complete.


  5. "Ordinary student job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work-hours
    Friendly people
    Great location
    A lot of research going on
    Good place to start

    Cons

    Slow process with decisions
    Lot of administration


  6. "Good environment for postdocs (Danish Stem Cell Center)"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Copenhagen university full-time

    Pros

    The research is good financed, lot's of freedom for postdocs.

    Cons

    There is no possibility of permanent employment.


  7. "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Copenhagen university full-time

    Pros

    Charming city. Administration people are very helpful.
    Students are hardworking and smart. You won't have to spend much effort in dealing with annoying/ambitious students.

    Cons

    Empty campus. Stores close very early. Some employees are not friendly to foreign faculty members.
    Uniform and low pay.

  8. "Stay away far too much politics for a university"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Copenhagen university full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Copenhagen is nice. Vacation time is good. Pay is good. Colleges are generally nice. I can't wait to get out of here

    Cons

    Bad management, glacial decision making, administrators are more of a hinderance than help, excellence is looked down upon. Technicians suck and are beyond lazy.

    Advice to Management

    When you allow your personal feelings for a PI distrust the running of a lab and the advancement of members of said lab you shouldn't be in management.


  9. "Excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Copenhagen university full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, strong unions, focus on creating a safe and healthy work environment, good balance of research and teaching, Danish is not a necessity, excellent financial support, good travel opportunities, work is expected from Mon to Fri (approx. 9 to 6) and no more, flexible work hours and location.

    Cons

    Largely independent research environment, needs to internationalize more, bureaucratic, change takes time (culture of discussions without end).

    Advice to Management

    Departments could do with more team building activities to reduce the culture of independent work.


  10. "phd student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy to get grants opportunities, independence in the work

    Cons

    Not so big research poles in copenhagen


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