University of Rochester

Scientists Rate University of Rochester a Best Place to Work

August 1, 2012

The Scientist magazine has named the University of Rochester one of the best places in the world for scientists to work.

The University is rated 22nd in the magazine's worldwide survey of "Best Places to Work" for scientists in the life sciences. In Rochester, that work is primarily done at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as in the departments of Biology, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

"An outstanding research enterprise requires the creation of an environment where creativity, hard work and teamwork can flourish," said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. "Such an environment is a hallmark of what we offer at the University. It is gratifying that our scientists feel they are in one of the best settings in the world to undertake their work."

The results are based on questionnaires filled out by more than 1,000 full-time life scientists working in academic or non-commercial research institutions. The Rochester scientists gave high marks in the categories of job satisfaction, and management and policies.

"The rankings are a testament to the collegial values of our faculty," said Provost Peter Lennie. "Their collaborative engagement with colleagues in other disciplines has contributed greatly to making the University a world-class research institution."

This marks the third straight year that the University of Rochester has appeared on the magazine's lists of Best Places to Work.

For the past ten years, The Scientist's Best Places to Work in Academia surveys have asked academic researchers to highlight the aspects of work they value the most—such as support, access to great research, and collaborations—and areas they wish their institutions would improve, such as appropriate family-care policies. In this year's survey, researchers around the world said they valued the personal satisfaction their workplace offers above all else.