University of Dundee

CLS Voted Top in Europe in Best Places To Work Survey

30 Jun 2010

The College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee Voted Top in Europe in `Best Places To Work’ Survey

The College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee has been voted Europe’s `Best Place to Work in Academia’ in the 8th annual worldwide survey compiled by The Scientist magazine.

Readers of ‘the magazine of the life sciences’ voted Dundee as third place in their list of international institutions (outside of the USA), behind the University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

“It is extremely satisfying to once again see our international reputation reflected in this poll, which gathers the views of researchers working in major institutions all around the world," said Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee and erstwhile Head of the College of Life Sciences.

“Dundee has performed consistently well in this poll over several years and it is a reflection of one of our great strengths, as an international centre of excellence in life sciences and medical research.

“We continue to attract people from all over the world to come and work in Dundee, where they join an extremely strong research base at the University."

CLS was also voted third internationally in an earlier poll this year, also carried out by The Scientist, on the best places to work for post-doctoral researchers.

In this latest poll, readers of The Scientist ranked Princeton University as the top institution in the U.S. and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as the top international academic institution.

The Scientistsaid of the top ranking institutions, “Many of these institutions have performed consistently well in the rankings over recent years; readers cite opportunities for advancement and research resources as their major strengths.”

The magazine’s Associate Editor Edyta Zielinska, who oversees the Best Places surveys, said, “We are pleased to give our readers the opportunity to report what they love and hate about their institutions through the Academia survey."

The full article with detailed survey results can be found in the July issue of The Scientist and is available online at on June 29th, 2010.


The top institutions in The Scientist Best Place to Work in Academia, 2010, survey were:

The Top 10 International Institutions:

1. The University of Queensland; Brisbane, Australia

2. Weizmann Institute of Science; Rehovot, Israel

3. University of Dundee; Dundee, UK

4. John Innes Centre; Norwich, UK

5. Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jerusalem, Israel

6. University of Alberta; Edmonton, Canada

7. INRA; Versailles, France

8. University of Nottingham; Nottingham, UK

9. University of Copenhagen; Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Dalhousie University; Halifax, Canada


The Top 15 U.S. Institutions:

1. Princeton University; Princeton, NJ

2. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Memphis, TN

3. Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids; MI

4. J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco; CA

5. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Ardmore, OK

6. Trudeau Institute; Saranac Lake, NY

7. Children's Hospital Boston; Boston, MA

8. Calvin College; Grand Rapids, MI

9. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Oklahoma City, OK

10. Institute for Systems Biology; Seattle, WA

11. Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA

12. Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN

13. Stanford University; Stanford, CA

14. Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

15. University of Rochester; Rochester, NY