|Emory University has been named the top-ranked university and the number four institution overall in the "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" 2006 survey conducted by The Scientist magazine. Emory ranked number one among academic institutions in the list, which included the top 35 private, government and academic institutions in North America for post-doctoral students. The ranking was based on the approximately 470 post-doctoral students employed through Emory University School of Medicine.
The top three institutions overall in the rankings were the J. David Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina. Emory University and Vanderbilt University were the only two academic institutions ranked among the top 15 post-doctoral institutions in the U.S.
After receiving their PhD degrees, life sciences graduates often launch their research careers by working for several years as postdoctoral students or fellows in the laboratories of established scientists. According to The Scientist, the top-ranking institutions offer their postdocs features such as collaborative, intellectually challenging environments; quality research facilities, training, and mentoring; and flexibility in designing and conducting research projects.
"We are pleased that our students have confirmed the quality and value of the post-doctoral experience offered by Emory University School of Medicine," said Claudia R. Adkison, JD, PhD, executive associate dean. "The success of our post-doctoral program can be attributed to the dedication of our School of Medicine faculty, who serve as outstanding mentors to our young research scientists. In addition, Dr. Susan Rich, who established the Office of Post-doctoral Education and served as its first director, deserves a great deal of credit for creating and enhancing these successful training programs. Dr. Rich left her position to assume more comprehensive duties at another institution, and we currently are opening a search to fill this vital administrative position."
The survey invited readers of The Scientist and registrants on The Scientist web site who identified themselves as non-tenured life scientists working in academia or other non-commercial research organizations to respond to a web-based questionnaire. Respondents from the United States, Canada and Western Europe were asked to assess their working conditions and environments related to 46 criteria. The rankings listed the top 35 institutions in North America and the top 35 institutions outside of North America.