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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been listed among the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Academia” by The Scientist magazine—this year’s seventh place ranking is the fourth straight year the institution has placed in the top 10.
The Scientist provides print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including trends in research, new technology, news, business and careers. Survey participants ranked research resources at St. Jude as a top factor in determining workplace satisfaction.
“We are pleased that we continue to be seen as an outstanding place to do research, as this helps to ensure that we continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest researchers,” said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO. “The serious nature of the diseases we treat requires nothing but the best if we are to continue to make discoveries that advance cure rates.”
The Scientist posted a Web-based questionnaire and invited those who identified themselves as life scientists with a permanent position in an academic, hospital, government or research organization. Respondents were asked to assess their working environment according to 38 criteria in eight areas by posing positive statements with which the respondent was asked to agree or disagree. Respondents were also asked to rank the perceived importance of each factor.
The magazine received 2,355 valid responses. Represented in those responses were 119 institutions—94 from the U.S. and 25 internationally. About 47 percent of respondents were from non-medical universities or colleges. Complete survey results are published in the November issue of The Scientist.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization