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Non profit setting running with profit style

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

I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Pros

Prestigious reputation, great location at center of torrey pine scientific mesa

Cons

be careful with everything else: career advance, potential development

Advice to ManagementAdvice

unless you already a VP, don't go there

Other Reviews for Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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