|Emory University has been named the eighth best institution in the nation for postdoctoral fellows by The Scientist magazine. Emory was ranked in the top ten for the second year in a row in the "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" survey. The University employs nearly 600 postdoctoral fellows in laboratories in the School of Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rollins School of Public Health and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
The survey covered 11 categories in which respondents judged their respective institutions. Categories included the quality of mentoring, the level of communication, and opportunities for networking and career development. The most important factor cited was the quality of training and career preparation offered by an institution.
"Postdocs are the lifeblood of academic science," says The Scientist editor Richard Gallagher. "Our survey is one of the few nationwide efforts to assess their needs and desires and to recognize excellence in postdoc programs."
After receiving their PhD degrees, life sciences graduates often launch their research careers by working for several years as postdoctoral fellows in the laboratories of established scientists.
"We owe our success to our dedicated faculty, the early establishment of an office for postdoctoral fellows by Dr. Susan Rich in 1999, and the continual support of postdoctoral fellows through the years by Emory University administration and many university offices," said Mary Delong, PhD, who joined Emory University School of Medicine in January as its new director of postdoctoral education.