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July 7, 2011

The Scientist magazine ranks SickKids #7 on international list of best places to work in academia

The award-winning life sciences magazine, The Scientist, announced the winners of its 9th annual Best Places to Work in Academia competition on July 1, 2011 and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was named #7 internationally.

SickKids is one of three Canadian centres to be honoured with this award; Dalhousie University ranked fourth and the University of Alberta ranked eighth.  

Readers of The Scientist were invited to complete an online survey and assess their workplace based on job satisfaction, peers, infrastructure and environment, research resources, pay, management and policies, teaching and mentoring and lastly, tenure and promotion.

SickKids scored in the 67th percentile with 3.82 out of five. SickKids scored highest in infrastructure and environment, and research resources. The survey found that in both small and large institutions, researchers valued a productive yet fun and casual atmosphere to conduct their research.  

“Collaboration was a recurring theme among this year’s top-ranked institutions,” said The Scientist editor Jef Akst in a news release. “It’s clear that scientists value the accessibility of fruitful partnerships to enhance their research.”

The Research & Learning Tower continues to climb on the corner of Bay and Elm streets and embodies the notion of collaboration.  “The Tower will be a magnet to attract and retain the best researchers from around the world to make a difference in the health of children everywhere,” says Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at SickKids.  “It should keep SickKids on the list of best places to work for a long time to come."