SOURCE: The Scientist

Best Places to Work in Academia 2010

June 29, 2010 10:30 ET

2010 Results Announced: Best Places to Work in Academia

The Scientist Magazine Releases Results Today of Its 8th Annual Worldwide Survey

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2010) -  The Scientist announced today the results of its annual Best Places to Work in Academia 2010 survey. Readers ranked Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey as the top institution in the U.S. and The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as the top international academic institution.

Princeton University claimed first place in the U.S. rankings for the second straight year, while the international winner, The University of Queensland, is a first-timer to the survey. The top 5 U.S. institutions were St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Van Andel Research Institute, J. David Gladstone Institutes, and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. With the exception of Van Andel Research Institution, a newcomer to the list, all of these institutions saw an improvement from their 2009 standings.

Institutions based in Israel and the United Kingdom rounded out the top 5 international rankings, with Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Dundee, John Innes Centre, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem taking top honors. Many of these institutions have performed consistently well in the rankings over recent years; readers cite opportunities for advancement and research resources as their major strengths.

"We are pleased to give our readers the opportunity to report what they love and hate about their institutions through the Academia survey," says Associate Editor Edyta Zielinska, who oversees the Best Places surveys.

Untraditional locations such as post-industrial sites and farmlands emerged as a predominant focus of many of the ranking institutions. Willingness amongst these institutions to collaborate and share resources has opened the doors for greater research prospects and created a positive, supportive environment their employees' value.

The Top 15 U.S. Institutions:

  1. Princeton University; Princeton, NJ
  2. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Memphis, TN
  3. Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids; MI
  4. J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco; CA
  5. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Ardmore, OK
  6. Trudeau Institute; Saranac Lake, NY
  7. Children's Hospital Boston; Boston, MA
  8. Calvin College; Grand Rapids, MI
  9. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Institute for Systems Biology; Seattle, WA
  11. Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA
  12. Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
  13. Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  14. Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
  15. University of Rochester; Rochester, NY

The Top 10 International Institutions:

  1. The University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia
  2. Weizmann Institute of Science; Rehovot, Israel
  3. University of Dundee; Dundee, UK
  4. John Innes Centre; Norwich, UK
  5. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jerusalem, Israel
  6. University of Alberta; Edmonton, Canada
  7. INRA; Versailles, France
  8. University of Nottingham; Nottingham, UK
  9. University of Copenhagen; Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Dalhousie University; Halifax, Canada

The full article with detailed survey results can be found in the July issue of The Scientist and is available online at on June 29th, 2010.

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