Authors of the article simply sum-up what they found after reviewing more than two thousand "Best Places" surveys: "The recipe for job satisfaction couldn't be simpler: Give scientists colleagues with whom they can collaborate, and the tools both physical and financial--they need to do their own work well."
"We all have a common mission and a common goal," said Erica Golemis, Ph.D., a researcher in the basic science division at Fox Chase. "This is the most cooperative, interactive place." Golemis was interviewed for the article.
Non-commercial researchers from around the world were invited to take part in an on-line survey used for the rankings. The questionnaire asked respondents to assess their working conditions and environments by indicating their level of agreement with 56 positive statements in 12 different areas. Respondents also indicated which factors were important to them.
To calculate the institutions' overall rankings, The Scientist first weighted each factor based on the percentage of respondents who considered it important. The overall rankings are based on the average score per institution from all respondents on all factors weighted according to their regional importance.
"We are extremely collegial and collaborative, with a can-do attitude. I think that is extremely important," said Anthony Yeung, Ph.D., director of the Fannie E. Rippel Biochemistry and Biotechnology Facility at Fox Chase.
Fox Chase earned high marks for its infrastructure and research resources.
"There's not a lot of bureaucracy at Fox Chase. There's a president, the directors, and the working group heads, an
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