(Philadelphia, PA) - Collegial relationships with colleagues and appropriate physical and financial resources were cited among the chief factors for satisfaction at the workplace in The Scientist's "Best Place to Work in Scientific Institutions" survey. The results are detailed in the article "How they Measure Up: Scientific Institutions" appearing in the October 20, 2003 issue of The Scientist.

From more than 38,000 invitations, survey results were culled from the useable responses to a web-based questionnaire from 2,210 full-time researchers in the United States, Canada, western Europe, and Israel. The questionnaire contained 56 statements pertaining to the scientific workplace.

Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the top-ranked US institution in our Best Places Survey is the forth largest cancer care facility in the US, but still feels small enough for a cozy atmosphere among co-workers says Erica Golemis, a principal investigator in the basic science division at FCCC, "It's...

The top overall results for US institutions:
1. Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
2. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
3. Yale University, New Haven, CT
4. University of California, San Francisco
5. University of Minnesota, St. Paul
6. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
7. National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD
8. Michigan Sate University, East Lansing
9. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
10. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

While most respondents to the survey said that a towering salary isn't a main concern of theirs, they still expect their workplaces to provide them with adequate money and technology to enable their research. "Just having the freedom to organize my work the way I want, and within reason, to research whatever I want," is what Birgit Rommel, a researcher at the University of Bremen, Germany says is what she loves about her workplace.

The top overall results for non-US institutions:
1. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
2. INRA, Versailles, France
3. University of Dundee, Scotland
4. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
5. McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
6. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
7. University of Manchester, England
8. University of Toronto, Canada
9. Ghent University, Belgium
10. Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

From the survey, The Scientist identified responses from 956 separate institutions but included only 168 institutions that had four or more responses.

For full text of the article, log onto our website: www.the-scientist.com. The authors, Paula Park, Alexander Grimwade, and Maria Anderson, can be contacted directly at ppark@the-scientist.com, agrimwade@the-scientist.com, and manderson@the-scientist.com.

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