I have been working at UC San Francisco as a contractor (More than 3 years)
UCSF has many resources for postdoctoral fellows, which is considered a training position. UCSF has a postdoctoral union that fights for the postdoctoral researchers to receive benefits that the university has tried to deny postdoctoral researchers.
UCSF does not pay postdoctoral fellows well for the cost of living in San Francisco. The wage is a less than livable wage. If it wasn't for the postdoctoral union, postdoctoral fellows would be paid far less than their already low salary. UCSF does not provide family leave for the postdoctoral fellows.
I worked at UC San Francisco (More than 3 years)
Lots of high quality employees work at UCSF Medical Center, all of whom are striving for the best patient care experiences.
UCSF Med Center is a large operation, and it can take a while for things to change
I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)
The research environment is really stimulating and collaborative. There are always great seminars and new postdocs coming from other places to befriend and/or learn from. The faculty are all really passionate about doing good science, and it makes for a great training environment. In addition, there are numerous bay area science & technology events to attend.
It is incredibly expensive to live in San Francisco and UCSF does not account for the cost of living - salaries here for postdocs and graduate students are the same as they are in Nashville, TN, for example. Also, because the training environment is so top-notch, and the state of funding in science is so dire, many PIs are stressed and many people work 60-90 hours a week.
I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (More than a year)
Access to expertise and facilities
competativeand a bit isolated, split campuses,
UCSF is a cutting edge institutional facility with top scientific minds. I would recommend to anyone with the opportunity to work here to take advantage of the multitude of resources available. You can only limit yourself here.
In my department/lab I am disappointed with how management has treated its employees. There is a bit of arrogance in this lab that promotes an awkward enviroment. You must talk with the junior employees and get a good sense of your ultimate intra-university destination. But this isn't a problem unique to UCSF.
Advice to Management
There is a bit of arrogance with the senior management (in this lab) that promotes an awkward and undesirable environment.
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