Good research environment in a quiet area
Working as a research student at ANU is a quiet affair where one can focus on their work with little distraction.
The work culture is pretty self-contained, one must be willing to put themselves out there to make friends as most people in Canberra keep to themselves.
The most difficult part of the job is the long work hours for relatively little pay, of course the fact that you enjoy the work you are doing is a bonus, but little consolation for the typically 60+ hour work weeks that occur in such research.
The quiet atmosphere at ANU is good for focusing, but may be too slow for people used to main cities like Sydney.
Interesting work, good colleagues, travel opportunities, quiet atmosphere
long hours for little pay, may feel isolated