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Survey: Fox Chase Named Among Best Places to Work for Postdocs

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2006) - A recent survey conducted by The Scientist places Fox Chase Cancer Center among the best places to work in academia for postdoctoral researchers. The Center was the top ranked institution in the Northeast region and ranked sixth overall in the U.S. Postdocs gave Fox Chase high marks 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 postdocs at 151 institutions. Respondents were asked to assess their postdoc experience according to 48 criteria in 11 different areas 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". The criteria included statements relating to the lab's principal investigator, colleagues, department or division and the institution.

"Fox Chase Cancer Center recognizes that postdocs are our major intellectual work force, so we have created many benefits specifically for them such as housing, daycare, workshops, seminar series, etc.)," says Maureen Murphy, PhD, director of postdoctoral training programs at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "In contrast to other universities, postdocs typically compete with graduate, medical and undergraduate students for attention and resources, whereas at Fox Chase, we make more efforts to acknowledge that postdocs are our lifeblood, and the key to our research success."

The Scientist is an international trade magazine for laboratory researchers based in Philadelphia.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the 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 was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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