About 2 1/2 years ago I had an interview for a Research Assistant position at an institute closely affiliated with one of the UK’s best universities. The position was a little below my abilities, as it didn’t require a PhD, but it was such a great institution and the post involved neuroimaging so I was hoping that the opportunities would outweigh the crappy pay and the dogsbody type tasks I would have been doing.
The interview was a little strained as, because they knew the position was a little below my skill level, they asked me why I wanted the position. I answered that I was hoping to get some experience of the experimental design and analysis for neuroimaging experiments. They pooh-poohed this and said that there would be no opportunities for that, and I countered and said that I would hope to at least pick a little knowledge up along the way. They pooh-poohed this again.