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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

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    Ii is an institute with great scientists, amazing group of core facilities and personnel and very safe, friendly, and encouraging work environment.


    Not many multidisciplinary lectures, institute is mainly focused on cancer biology and does not have a very active research students association.

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    The institute should organize frequent career guidance seminars. If the core facilities can give a 30 minute, once a month, short presentation about data analysis, it would be awesome. The institute can have a bigger lecture hall and should invite speakers from diverse fields, basic and applied.

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    Staff Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Jolla, CA
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    I applied in-person – interviewed at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (La Jolla, CA).


    I was working at Sanford Burnham at the time and looking for a different job. I found the staff scientist position on Burnham's job page. Submitted my resume online and called up the person who was hiring. Got an interview right away. I had to wait for a couple of months until I got the offer.

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Best Places to Work in Academia, The Scientist, 2009

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Headquarters La Jolla, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1976
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Founded in 1976 as the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is a nonprofit organization that performs biomedical research in areas such as cellular biology, cancer genetics, degenerative diseases, and developmental neurobiology. Known for its stem cell research and drug discovery technologies, Sanford-Burnham houses five research centers including its Cancer Center, which has been supported by National Cancer Institute (part of the NIH) since 1981. Sanford-Burnham's other centers include the Del E. Webb Neuroscience, Aging... More

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