The Scientist, a magazine of the life sciences announced the last year results of the research of finding the best places to work in academia. Among the top 10 international academic instutions, there are 5 organizations from Europe (from France, Netherlands and UK), while the first place goes to Weizmann Institute of Science from Rehovot, Israel.
The article with the overview results can be found here: http://the-scientist.com/2011/07/01/best-places-to-work-academia-2011/, while detailed results are available here: http://the-scientist.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Best-Places-To-Work-Academia2011.pdf.
In the same issue, magazine also announced this year results of the "Best Places to Work Postdocs" competition. The overview of the results and detailed list with methodology can be found here: http://the-scientist.com/2011/03/01/best-places-to-work-postdocs-2011/.