University of Dundee

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

27 Oct 2009

CLS once again internationally recognised as one of the best places to work

An international poll of scientists has once again named the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee as one of the best places to work in life sciences research.

The College is among the top three places to work in scientific research in the United Kingdom - second, ahead of the University of Cambridge. It is also the only research institute in Scotland to be named in the list of the top 10 research universities outside the United States.

Dundee came sixth out of the top 10 international institutions (outside the US) in The Scientist magazine’s annual survey of more than 2,350 scientists.

Scientists are asked to rate their institution in a number of categories including research resources, infrastructure and environment, management and policies, and teaching and mentoring. They were also asked questions relating to pay, relationships with peers, and tenure and promotion prospects.

Overall, respondents focused on collaboration, team building and unique funding opportunities as important work environment factors. The College has performed consistently well in the poll, continually being named in the top 10 international institutions since the first survey in 2002.

Professor Mike Ferguson, Dean of Research and Acting Head of the College said he was delighted that Dundee had once again been recognised as one of the top 10 academic international institutions for scientists to work in:

“In the College of Life Sciences we strive to maintain a highly collegiate and collaborative environment with strong and accessible research infrastructure in, for example, proteomics, microscopy, cell-sorting, data analysis, screening and drug discovery and structural biology.

“This helps Principal Investigators focus their scientific goals and provides them with the tools they need and the opportunities, when appropriate, to translate their science towards therapeutic, environmental or commercial outputs.

“In addition, our well organised technological, technical, business development and clerical support teams deserve a huge mention as their can-do attitude provides our PIs with tremendous support.

“I think a lot of satisfaction in working here comes from these aspects. However, nothing is perfect and complacency is not an option - so we will work hard to maintain our place in The Scientist’s Top10."

This year’s survey rates Dundee in sixth place among international institution’s outside the US, behind Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Germany), the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), the University of Bristol (UK), the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and Dalhousie University (Canada). The only other UK institution to feature in the Top 10, Cambridge University was 7th on the list.

Results of the survey are published in the November 2009 issue of the magazine.

About The Scientist:

The Scientist, the magazine of the life sciences, has informed and entertained life science professionals around the world for over 22 years. It provides print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including trends in research, new technology, news, business and careers.

It is popular amongst leading figures in academia and industry who are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading insightful articles that are current, concise and entertaining.

Please note:

The 2010 Best Places to Work Survey is now open for participation and can be found at