Scientists Rank Fox Chase Cancer Center as One of the Best Places to Work

PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 9, 2013)—The Scientist’s Best Places to Work in Academia 2013 survey, which ranks the top 20 institutions to work for when it comes to conducting academic research, lists Fox Chase Cancer Center among the best. Fox Chase is ranked 7th—with high marks for job satisfaction, as well as tenure and promotion.

“It’s enormously gratifying to see rankings like these, which highlight Fox Chase’s continuing growth as an ever-more-prominent player in the national effort to advance cancer science and medicine,” says Richard I. Fisher, MD, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Senior Associate Dean at Temple University School of Medicine.

Full-time life scientists working in academia or noncommercial research institutions were invited to take part in an online survey used for the rankings. The questionnaire asked respondents to assess their working conditions and environments according to 37 criteria in 8 different areas by agreeing or disagreeing with a series of positive statements.

To calculate the institutions' overall rankings, The Scientist first weighted each factor based on the percentage of respondents who considered it important. The overall rankings are based on the average score per institution from all respondents on all factors weighted according to their regional importance.
The survey results appeared in the August 2013 issue of The Scientist (

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer 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 is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. 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 six 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. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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