* Based on average score for 34 factors

We posted a Web-based survey and invited our postdoc readers to respond. From about 30,000 invitations, we received 2,800 usable responses from postdocs in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. We asked respondents to assess their postdoc experience by indicating their level of agreement with 34 positive statements about various factors.

We identified responses from 681 separate institutions but included only the 150 institutions with five or more responses in the institutional rankings. The overall rankings were based on the average score per institution from all respondents on all factors. More results and complete survey methodology are available on The Scientist Web site at www.the-scientist.com/
. Although our sample of postdocs was large, it was self-selected, and we have made no attempt to standardize the results or to do detailed statistical analyses.

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