The Weizmann Institute in Rechovot place first among the top 10 academic institutions outside the United States in The Scientist magazine's ninth annual Best Places to Work in Academia for 2011. The top spot in the U.S. went to the J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. It's the second time that Weizmann has finished first. The school also has two second-place rankings to its credit.
The survey takes 37 criteria into consideration. They include teamwork and getting unique sources of funding. On the question of professional satisfaction, Weizmann scored five out of five. The magazine noted that the institute has received increasing support from Israeli and European Union funding sources, more than offsetting a 6 percent drop in US government funding in the last four years. Vice President Haim Garty told the magazine that the increased funding, together with sharing of internal resources at the institution, helped “enable continuity of high-quality research in rough periods.”