Announcing the Finalists of The Scientist’s 10th Annual Best Places to Work in Academia Survey

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The Scientist Releases Results Today of Its 10th Annual Worldwide Survey

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It was great to see a mix of repeat offenders, such as the Gladstone Institutes, and relative newcomers like Sage Bionetworks, a research organization founded just 3 years ago, among this year's top finalists.

The Scientist is proud to announce the results of its 10th annual Best Places to Work in Academia survey. For the second year in a row, readers ranked the J. David Gladstone Institutes as the top institution for academic researchers, citing job satisfaction and the opportunity for promotions and tenure as the institution’s main strengths. Taking the second spot is Sage Bionetworks, a medical research organization that aims to make sense of the data deluge coming from some of the most advanced sequencing and proteomic analyses.

"It was great to see a mix of repeat offenders, such as the Gladstone Institutes, and relative newcomers like Sage Bionetworks, a research organization founded just 3 years ago, among this year's top finalists." says Cristina Luiggi, editor of this year’s survey.

For the past 10 years, The Scientist’s Best Places to Work in Academia surveys have asked academic researchers to highlight the aspects of work they value the most—such as support, access to great research, and collaborations—as well as areas they wish their institutions would improve, such as appropriate family-care policies. In this year’s survey, researchers around the world said they valued the personal satisfaction their workplace offers above all else.

In the featured article, “Best Places to Work in Academia, 2012,” The Scientist’s news editor, Jef Akst, reports on another changing trend in academia—the rise of the administrative workforce—and what that may mean for the future of innovation, research, and teaching at universities and academic institutions.

More than 1,000 full-time life scientists working in academic or noncommercial research institutions responded to this year’s survey. The full survey results and methodology will be detailed in the article “Best Places to Work in Academia, 2012,” appearing in The Scientist’s August issue and online at Members of the press who would like access to the full text or more information about The Scientist’s Best Places to Work surveys should contact bptw(at)the-scientist(dot)com.

The top 25 institutions are:
1.    J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco, CA
2.    Sage Bionetworks, Seattle, WA
3.    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO
4.    Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMM), Vienna, Austria
5.    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
6.    La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, La Jolla, CA
7.    Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA
8.    St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
9.    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
10.    Blood Systems Research Institute, San Francisco, CA
11.    The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
12.    Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
13.    Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
14.    Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
15.    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
16.    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
17.    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
18.    Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research Basel, Switzerland
19.    Georgetown University, Washington, DC
20.    Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
21.    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
22.    University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
23.    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL
24.    University of Groningen, Netherlands
25.    The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

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