The Scientist magazine has named the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation among the 25 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in its annual rankings.
OMRF was ranked 21st on the list, which includes institutions from the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
The rankings, which appear in the August issue of The Scientist, were based on surveys that gathered more than 1,000 responses from scientists across the country. Participants were asked to rate their institutions on 37 criteria in 8 different core areas and to rank which factors were most important to them.
OMRF received high marks for job satisfaction and pay in the survey. This was the second consecutive year that OMRF made the list. Earlier this year, The Scientist also recognized OMRF on its list of best places to work for post-doctoral fellows.
“We work to create an environment that is both professionally and personally rewarding,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “We understand that job satisfaction entails not only giving our scientists the tools and support to excel in the laboratory, but it also means providing them with resources like an on-site fitness facility, a Weight Watchers program and lunchtime yoga classes.”
For OMRF Vice President of Research Paul Kincade, Ph.D., the rankings are further proof that OMRF has carved a niche for itself in the world of research.
“It’s no secret that OMRF is home to some of the nation’s leading immunologists and cardiovascular biologists,” he said. “A big part of that comes from working in an environment that values and enhances our scientists’ work.”