Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
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Non-existing career development opportunities within the institute

Staff Scientist (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

ProsTop research institute with great core facilities.
International workforce.
Enthusiastic and hard working postdocs.
Culture of sharing the reagents and collaborating.
Great location in La Jolla -next to other high-ranking institutions and great nature theoretically good for your lifestyle (if you find the time - see cons)

ConsCareer development ipossibilities non-existent within the institute. Do not have illusions that you will advance from post-doc beyond staff scientist / research assistant professor level.
Huge institutional overhead on grants disqualifies you from applying to many grants.
No time for private life, very poor work/personal life ratio - not recommended for persons with families.

Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a path for outstanding postdocs to become PIs (including institutional support for grants, granting conditional independent status to allow applications for federal grants).
Lower overhead on grants.
Stop furhter fragmentation of the institute between different geographical locations - detrimental both financially and for coherence of the institute.

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    Great research environment for those transitioning between or interested in both academia and industry

    Research Technician (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros: Very collaborative environment, very well-funded with excellent core facilities. Basic research oriented but… Cons: Compensation will be much less than in biopharmaceutical companies in… Advice to Senior Management: Keep up the good work. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More


    Great medical research institute in one of a greatest research hubs in the world.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros: Very dynamic and highly efficient working atmosphere. Cons: The PhD training programs are in infancy and demand better… More
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