Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Good place for now, not great for career advancement for postdocs or staff scientists

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA

I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Recommends
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Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Very collaborative research environment. Very efficient administration. Doors are always open. Has a handle on translational research and a broad collaboration with the industry Small-organization culture, fun to work in

Cons

Very limited chances of career growth for postdocs and staff scientists Minimal safety net/support for lab employees

Advice to Management

There needs to be better support addressing needs of the international employees, who are the main work force of the institute.

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  1. Non-existing career development opportunities within the institute

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top 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)

    Cons

    Career 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 Management

    Establish 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.


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

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, very well-funded with excellent core facilities. Basic research oriented but also with a hand in drug discovery and development; pointed research with a medical purpose.

    Cons

    Compensation will be much less than in biopharmaceutical companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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