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PhD Studentship Multi-functional environmental sensing by CRYPTOCHROME in a Dros

University of Southampton Southampton, England

This research project aims to provide an important perspective on the molecular basis of photo- and magnetoreception in insects (including… Glassdoor

11 days ago

Professor of Geomorphology

University of Southampton Southampton, England

Following our excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) assessment (where over 80% of our research activity was recognised… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

PhD Studentship: Novel 3D scaffolds for cartilage and bone formation and cell 3D

University of Southampton Southampton, England

The problem of currently 3D printing technologies is the lack of capacity to make one scaffold with multiple materials to achieve multiple… Glassdoor

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PhD Studentship: Aerodynamic modelling of a high-speed train/bridge system

University of Southampton Southampton, England

The aerodynamics of high-speed trains is of great importance as the train speed increases and for railways near strait/coast, and in mountainous… Glassdoor

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PhD studentships - Quantum, Light & Matter Physics

University of Southampton Southampton, England

The Quantum, Light & Matter group in Southamptons Physics and Astronomy department, conducts world-class research in the fields of quantum, atomic… Glassdoor

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Effect of start-stop engine operation on the friction and wear behaviour of auto

University of Southampton Southampton, England

In the drive to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, automotive manufacturers have introduced numerous engine management technologies such… Glassdoor

15 days ago

Research Fellow in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

University of Southampton Southampton, England

Applications are invited from candidates with suitable experience and skills for a postdoctoral research fellowship in inorganic materials chemistry… Glassdoor

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University of Southampton Southampton, England

The University of Southampton is home to the Wessex Institute. The Institute provides high-quality, practice-based research to support decision… Glassdoor

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Research Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in Radio and High Energy Astophysics a

University of Southampton Southampton, England +2 locations

A Research Fellow/Senior Reserch Assistant postion is available within the Southampton Astronomy Group to work mainly on analysis and scientific… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Occupational Therapy Programme Lead - Lecturer/Associate Professor

University of Southampton Southampton, England

Situated within one of the UKs leading research Universities, the Faculty of Health Sciences offers superb facilities for research and education and… Glassdoor

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    Mainly positive experience, but some negatives

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Southampton, England (UK)

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    Attractive main campus with lots of green space. Good support of interdisciplinary working. Excellent academic and research staff in general. Department heads and deans can be very supportive (with some caveats). Overall I have found it a positive experience to work at Southampton and over the time I have been here there have been substantial improvements in many areas. For example, I think over the past few years the support provided to ECRs has improved a lot, and there is now more focus on research staff development, supporting fellowship applications etc. However, I think you need to be proactive to get the most out of your time here.


    Some excellent researchers are sidelined in a way, because their research is not high impact, or they are not bringing in large grants...even when they are recognised to be the top of their field.
    Opaque and variable practices with regards to retaining early career researchers, but generally not a great deal of job security (although this is similar across academia as a whole).
    The level of attention by supervisors/other more senior academics to things like appraisals or internal review of grant applications is highly variable. E.g. can be difficult to find someone who will give a very rigorous and critical internal review of a proposal.
    Southampton in general is not a particularly nice city, but the surrounding countryside, towns and villages are beautiful and the area in general is a nice area to live in.
    Food available on campus is fairly poor.
    "Staff club" is no longer only for staff. "Staff bar" generally closes at about 6pm.
    General dislike of upper management within the university which reduces staff morale and motivation. In particular VC pay is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more notice of what the majority of people that keep the university running want (hint: those are the lecturers, researchers, profs and support staff, not the top management). Reduce the salaries of the top earners.

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