University of Dundee

CLS in top 10 of 'The Scientist' magazine's Annual Survey of the Best Places to Work for Postdocs

07 Apr 2010

The College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee has been voted once again as one of the top international institutions (outside the US) for postdocs to work in life sciences research in The Scientist Magazine.

This year's survey rates Dundee in third place behind the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Horsham and University College, London and CLS is the only research institute in Scotland to be named in the list. The full listing is given below. –

 Rank  Institution No of postdocs Salary Range  Postdoc Resources Benefits*
1 Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Horsham, UK 9 £33,500 Postdoc office, professional development program Health (private)
2 University College London, UK 200 £34,500-£57,900 Postdoc professional and personal development program Health, pension
3 University of Dundee, UK 278 £28,839-£43,622 Postdoc association, professional development program National health pension
4 Umea University, Sweden 150 £27,000-£31,000 SEK Postdoc office, professional development plan Health, retirement
5  Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland 41  Starts at 83,500 CHF Postdoc office, professional development plan National health pension
6 Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland 102 66,600-88,000 CHF  Postdoc association National pension
7 University of Cambridge, UK 909 £27,183-£46,278  Postdoc association, professional development plan  Health (option of national or private), pension
8 Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal 56 €17,940-€29,248 Postdoc association National health
9 Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 426 23,000-49,000 SEK Postdoc association, professional development plan Health
10 University of Toronto, Canada 1475 $41,750 Postdoc association Health

Professor Mike Ferguson, Dean of Research said he was delighted that Dundee had been recognised as one of the top 10 academic international institutions for postdocs to work in:

“We do very well in these surveys, which are compiled from information submitted to The Scientist by individual scientists. It is extremely gratifying that our postdocs enjoy working here. They are a hugely important component of our research teams. Not only do they design and perform cutting-edge experiments but they also in help to train PhD and undergraduate students and get involved in public outreach. Our postdocs are very well organized and the College of Life Sciences Postdoc Association (CLSPA) is a very vibrant group that assists in the arrival and orientation of new postdocs and in their ongoing development.”

Results of the survey are published in the March 2010 issue of the magazine and come hot on the heels of the October 2009 survey that ranked CLS third among all international institutions (outside the US) for Principal Investigators to work in life sciences research.

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