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Scripps Research Fellow

The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
Full salary support and start up laboratory funding.
Closing date
Dec 5, 2022

Job Details

Scripps Research Fellows are intended to be scientists of exceptional promise and creativity who have recently completed their Ph.D. training, or with limited postdoctoral experience (< 1 year).

Scripps Research Fellows are housed in the laboratory of a faculty sponsor who will provide space and share instrumentation, along with mentorship and guidance. The Fellows are provided with full salary support and funds for two co-workers for a period of three years, at which time they will be reviewed for a faculty position either within Scripps Research or at another prestigious location.  The Fellows work on their own independent research projects, but also have the opportunity to work closely with students and postdocs supported by the faculty sponsor.  The Scripps Research Fellows have full Principal Investigator status and have privileges to apply for external grants to expand their research program. The Fellows will have a strong support network and opportunities to build a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative program, thus capitalizing on the intrinsic strengths of the Institute.  Successful Scripps Research Fellows have emerged as nationally competitive for faculty positions, but thus far have largely chosen to remain at Scripps Research to build their independent careers.

Scripps Research promotes diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. We recruit, train, compensate and promote scientists regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected status. Individuals from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research are highly encouraged to apply.


Candidates must have a recently (< 1 year) received a PhD, MD, DVM or equivalent in a relevant discipline, and have an outstanding record of graduate research that demonstrates originality in addressing significant questions. Successful candidates will be expected to establish a small yet active research group, be an interactive member of the faculty, and participate in interdisciplinary research and training. Applicants in all areas of Chemistry and Biology will be considered.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, their Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three professional references, a current research statement (1 page), future research plans (3 pages) and a diversity statement at Confidential Letters of Reference will be requested upon acceptance for a pre-interview.

Candidates are requested to enclose a brief paragraph describing how their program can uniquely benefit from resources and expertise available at Scripps Research. This paragraph may also be included in future research plans. 

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse Search Committee. The first round of review will be on applications submitted by December 31, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled or by the close of May 2023. Anticipated start date is Fall 2023.

Scripps embraces diversity & recognizes it as being a key to our success. EOE/M/F/V/D

Required components of the application include:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including Training Record and Publication List
  3. Research Statement (1 page)
  4. Future Research Plans (3 pages or less)
  5. Diversity & Inclusion Statement (1 page) – see application for examples
  6. Benefits of Research Program at Scripps (1 paragraph)
  7. Three Confidential Letters of Reference (upon acceptance for a pre-interview)


The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) was founded in 1961, and is one of the largest private, non-profit biomedical research facilities in the country with over 3,000 employees. At the forefront of basic biomedical science, the Institute has made major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition. We currently have the following position available.

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