I worked at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) full-time (More than 3 years)
Great place for a researcher to develop ideas and build a career. For such a small place, there is a wide (and deep) range of domain knowledge and technical knowhow. The creative atmosphere make all kinds of innovative projects seem possible. Incidental, enlightening, hallway/coffee discussions are commonplace. In addition, there is a sense of purpose to the institute which engenders generosity of time and attention from colleagues, regardless of title. There is little sense of hierarchy at TGen. In addition, support (HR, accounting, grants, compliance, etc.) are exceptionally competent, helpful and kind. The IT group particularly, including the HPC team, is the most supportive and capable I've ever encountered.
A small and relatively isolated (but very talented) team means one has to make the effort to learn about emerging research trends. Be prepared for texts to autocorrect "TGen" to "then".
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) (Phoenix, AZ) in January 2015.
It was wonderful, at first. I really clicked with the woman who would be my supervisor, and she seemed invested in my success -not just in the interview. Later they just disappeared and I had to do all the work to pursue, despite being told I was the final candidate and they were about to make me an offer. I had two other interviews at the same time that later resulted in offers (one being a prior employer who said, "Name your price.") The nature of the work meant that Ashion was my first choice, but I want an employer to be as excited about me as I am about them, or it won't work for anyone. I am disappointed but the position is a very meaningful important one, and I hope they get a great person who is worthy of the job. The vacancy's ultimate responsibility is to cancer patients and that can't be taken lightly. I wish Ashion the best.
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