Stowers Institute among “Best Places to Work”
The Stowers Institute received not one but two feathers in its cap this year, when it was ranked among the top three institutes listed as “Best Places to Work, Academia: 2012” and among the top ten “Best Places to Work, Postdocs: 2012” by The Scientist magazine.
“Since we did not have a ready-made culture like MIT or Harvard, we had to carefully craft our own. To complement our commitment to supporting outstanding science, we put a lot of emphasis on collegiality, since interdisciplinary research requires people to work well together to create the necessary synergy to do pioneering work,” said Scientific Director Robb Krumlauf, PhD, who has helped shape the scientific vision of the institute since it opened in 2000. “The results of The Scientist’s surveys are a welcome endorsement of the goals we hoped to achieve.”
In addition to its founding principles of collaboration and collegiality, the Stowers Institute prides itself on providing its research labs with a first-rate scientific infrastructure and easy access to experts in cutting-edge technologies, both of which were cited as key factors in why scientists working at the institute not only love their work, but also their workplace.
“The core facilities and technology centers at the Stowers Institute are among the most technically advanced available for biomedical research in the world,” said Jeffrey Haug, BS, who manages the Cytometry Center at the institute, “but they are not just high-tech laundromats. They function as transient extensions of the labs giving core scientists a stake in the outcome of experiments and the intellectual satisfaction that comes with contributing to world-class science.”
The high-level engagement particularly benefits the research and training of postdoctoral researchers, who carry out the bulk of everyday research activities and come to the Stowers Institute to broaden their skills and prepare for an independent research career.
“I am delighted that the Stowers Institute has been recognized by The Scientist as one of the best places for postdocs to work. It is even more gratifying to know that this ranking is determined directly from the responses of the people who know this institute best—our own postdocs,” said Stowers Investigator Jerry Workman, PhD, who heads the postdoctoral program at the Stowers Institute.