Scripps Oceanography Ranked
as a Top Spot To Work as a Postdoctoral Researcher
Mario Aguilera | March 19, 2007
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has been ranked eleventh best in North America and fourth best on the West Coast in The Scientist magazine's newly issued "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" survey.
|Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier
The fifth annual survey covered 11 categories in which respondents judged their respective institutions. Categories included quality of mentoring, level of communication and opportunities for networking and career development. The most important factor cited was the quality of training and career preparation offered by an institution. The Scientist's March issue features detailed survey results and rankings of the top 40 North American institutions (The Scientist).
"The new rankings in The Scientist confirm what many already know about Scripps and its leadership in ocean and earth science education, training and research," said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. "Postdoctoral researchers are a vital component of the institution and this recognition will cause us to redouble our efforts at fostering a robust environment for helping them thrive."
Haymet has instituted a new program in which postdoctoral scholars are being recruited across all areas of research at Scripps. The recruitment description and related information is available at: https://www.sio.ucsd.edu/sec/apply.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranked as North America's top place for postdocs to work in The Scientist's survey, followed by the J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park.
"Postdocs are the lifeblood of academic science," says The Scientist editor Richard Gallagher. "Our survey is one of the few nationwide efforts to assess their needs and desires and to recognize excellence in postdoc programs."
Some institutions—including the Gladstone Institutes, the EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science in Research Triangle Park, Emory University in Atlanta and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle—have repeatedly performed well over the past several years, maintaining their positions among the top 15 for three to four years. Others that had been lower in past rankings, such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the University of Iowa and the Mayo Clinic, jumped into the top 15 list for the first time this year. Many postdocs attribute the leaps to a growing recognition of the importance of postdocs on those campuses.
The Top 15 Institutions in North America:
- 1. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
- 2. The J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco
- 3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park
- 4. Genentech, South San Francisco
- 5. The University of Iowa, Iowa City
- 6. National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver
- 7. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park
- 8. Emory University, Atlanta
- 9. Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca
- 10. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
- 11. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, La Jolla
- 12. University of British Columbia, Vancouver
- 13. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda
- 14. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
- 15. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
About The Scientist:
The Scientist, , the magazine of the life sciences, has informed and entertained life science professionals around the world for the past 20 years. It provides innovative print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including trends in research, new technology, news, business and careers. It reaches the leading researchers in academia and industry that are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading insightful articles that are current, concise, accurate and entertaining. For more information about The Scientist, visit www.the-scientist.com. email@example.com.
Note to broadcast and cable producers: UC San Diego provides an on-campus satellite uplink facility for live or pre-recorded television interviews. Please phone or e-mail the media contact listed above to arrange an interview.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and graduate training in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide. The scientific scope of the institution has grown since its founding in 1903 to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $140 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.