Fred Hutchinson is among the top three places to work in academia in the United States, according to a new survey published in the Nov. 8 issue of The Scientist.
The rankings were based on responses from 1,456 scientists from the U.S., Canada and Europe to a Web-based questionnaire. Respondents were asked to assess their working conditions and environments in eight different areas, including research resources, benefits, teaching and mentoring, pay, tenure and others.
The journal ranked 66 institutions from the United States and 25 from Canada and Europe. Each factor was weighted according to the number of respondents who considered it important. The overall rankings were based on an average score per institution from all respondents on all factors weighted according to their regional importance. Among U.S. academic institutions, only the California Institute of Technology and Purdue University ranked higher than the center.
Some of the criteria considered most important to scientists in both the United States and abroad who were surveyed included:
Among U.S. scientists only, important criteria included:
To read more about the survey, visit The Scientist's Web site at http://www.the-scientist.com/yr2004/nov/biobus6_041108.html.