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Scripps Fellows

Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
Full salary support and funding.
Closing date
Dec 27, 2021

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Scripps 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 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 Fellows have full Principal Investigator status, and have privileges to apply for external grants to expand their research program.  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 Fellows have emerged as nationally competitive for faculty positions, but thus far have 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 regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected status as required by applicable law. Underrepresented individuals are highly encouraged to apply.


Candidates must have a recently 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.

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


Applications will be reviewed by a diverse Search Committee with representatives across all scientific disciplines. The first round of review will be on applications submitted by November 30, 2021, with top candidates contacted for reference letters and/or virtual interviews starting in December 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled or by the close of May 2022. Anticipated start date will be Fall 2022.

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 Statement (see application for examples)
  6. Names and Contact Information for three confidential references
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