San Diego Business Journal

La Jolla Institute Is Place to Be for Postdocs

By Kelly Quigley Friday, March 30, 2012

The La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology landed a spot in the top 10 “Best Places to Work for Postdocs,” published recently in The Scientist magazine.

The life science magazine’s annual ranking of research institutions is based on a global survey of more than 1,500 postgraduate researchers, known in the scientific community as “postdocs.”

Workplaces were ranked according to factors such as job satisfaction, benefits and the availability of resources for professional development.

The La Jolla Institute, which ranked seventh in the nation, was the only San Diego research organization named on the list.

“Postdoctoral fellows are a very important component of the institute's research success,” said Mitchell Kronenberg, La Jolla Institute president and chief scientific officer. “We want their training experience here in La Jolla to be satisfying and productive, so that their careers can be launched to the next level.”

Cambridge’s Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research earned the No. 1 slot, followed by The J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1988, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology is a biomedical research nonprofit focused on improving human health through increased understanding of the immune system.

The institute said it offers a full health insurance plan for postdocs, as well as a retirement plan, career development programs and social events.