Faculty & Staff
Pitt has been named a top workplace in a survey of
postdoctoral researchers published in a recent issue of The Scientist, an
international news magazine that reports on issues and events that impact
the world of life scientists.
Postdoctoral researchers are young investigators who, after receiving their
doctoral degrees, continue to gain experience working in the laboratory of a
senior scientific mentor over several years. At the end of this period of
training, successful �post-docs� are prepared to embark on careers as
independent senior scientists.
This second annual postdoctoral survey by The Scientist lists the nation�s
top institutions as rated by the post-docs for their quality as an
encouraging, supportive mentoring environment. Pitt was named a top-tier
place for research training along with noted government organizations such
as the National Cancer Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and
the National Institutes of Health; academic centers including the Harvard
School of Public Health, and private research facilities such as the Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution.
�We are delighted to receive such recognition from our next generation of
leading scientific investigators,� said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice
chancellor, health sciences, and dean of Pitt�s School of Medicine. �The
University of Pittsburgh strives to provide continued excellence, not only
in research, but in research training, so as to nurture the young
investigators who will be prepared to undertake experiments that will lead
to important discoveries.�
Results of the survey, published in the Feb. 16 issue of The Scientist, were
culled from 3,529 responses from postdoctoral researchers in Western Europe,
Canada and the United States. Institutions were ranked based on 56 criteria
in 12 categories including research resources, infrastructure, teaching and
mentoring, tenure, management, compensation and technology transfer.
Respondents cited 131 institutions in the United States and 37 in other