Survey: Fox Chase Named Among Best Places to Work for Postdocs
PHILADELPHIA (February 20, 2003) — A recent survey conducted by The Scientist ranks Fox Chase Cancer Center among the best places to work for postdoctoral researchers. Postdocs ranked Fox Chase as tops when asked about factors relating to remuneration and compensation, funding, institutional factors, quality of family and personal life, and recreation and social life experiences while working at Fox Chase.
The survey yielded responses from 2,800 postdocs at 681 institutions. Respondents were asked to assess their postdoc experience according to 37 criteria by scoring positive statements. Answers were scored on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 = "strongly agree," 1 = "strongly disagree," and 3 = "neither agree nor disagree." At least five postdocs from 150 institutions ranked their workplace. The criteria included statements relating to the lab's principal investigator, colleagues, department or division, and the institution.
"Postdocs value the opportunity to work at Fox Chase for several important reasons that aren't always related to pay, though we surveyed well in that category," explains Randy Strich, PhD, a member in the basic science division at Fox Chase and faculty director of its Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Program. "Fox Chase provides its postdocs with access to training, travel and supplemental grants for research, as well as opportunities for independent postdoctoral research funding. Equally important to many, Fox Chase provides a nationally accredited daycare program, housing subsidies, health insurance, fitness facilities and planned social events. All that while working with top scientists on a beautiful campus setting in an exciting city."
The high approval rating reflects an overall philosophy of providing a stimulating work environment at every level of the institute. In 2002, Philadelphia Magazine named Fox Chase as a best place to work in the region. The American Nurses Association also has recognized Fox Chase as an excellent work place for nursing by honoring it with the Magnet award for nursing excellence.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).