About Best Places to Work

From 2003 to 2013, The Scientist has polled the scientific community to find out which institutions and companies fostered the most innovative, rigorous, and supportive research environments. We launched the Best Places to Work survey series with three categories: postdocs, industry employees, and researchers at universities, non-profits, and government agencies. Several top places to work make the list year after year, while each survey also highlights newcomers to the top institutions. View more than 10 years' worth of data in the stories below!

Recent Features


Best Places to Work Academia 2013

Institutional funding and research support is critical to academics during this time of continued budgetary belt-tightening across government agencies. By The Scientist Staff

Best Places to Work Industry, 2013

Our final survey of the life-science industry workplace highlights the companies—small and large, domestic and international—that are making their researchers feel valued and at home. By The Scientist Staff


Best Places to Work Postdocs, 2013

This year’s survey concludes more than a decade of highlighting the institutions that treat postdoctoral researchers as valued members of the scientific community. By The Scientist Staff


Past Best Places to Work surveys:

Postdocs 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Industry 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Academia 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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