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Postdoctoral Scientist
in Worcester, MA

"Great place to work!"

What do you like about working at University of Massachusetts?

"It is a very collegial place to do science--most people were open and willing to help others with whatever they could. The facilities and equipment are generally very good, as are a lot of the administration stuff. For a postdoc, the benefits were outstanding- state retirement, matching 401k, and really affordable good health insurance (employer pays 2/3)--a lot of places do not offer postdocs nearly the benefits UMass Med School does."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"The quality of your life while working at UMass Med School depends largely on the investigator you plan to work with. If a PI you're interested in will not give you a NIH standard salary (for 0-4 yrs postdoc anyways) look at another lab. Worcester and MA in general are expensive places to live."

What don't you like about working at University of Massachusetts?

"The only major negative was a lack of career support by the university. There is no 'office' postdocs can go to get help/guidance/advice on how to get to the next step in their careers. However, this was being addressed at the time I was leaving (2008). Minor quibbles are that all PI's do not pay the same rate (something to watch for), and the minimum postdoc salary is low (below NIH guidelines last I heard)."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Improve min salaries to NIH scale or better, Postdoc career office."

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