The La Jolla Institute for Immunology Experience
At La Jolla Institute, we are a recognized world leader in research to promote health and prevent disease through better understanding of the immune system. We know that the talent and dedication of our employees is essential to this mission that, at its core, seeks to improve the quality of life for people around the world.
LJI’s laboratories are led by 24 distinguished faculty, each laboratory runs independently under the direction of one faculty member, known as the principal investigator. Although not a degree-granting institution, the Institute plays a major role in training scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from around the world. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows work under the mentorship of faculty members and their research projects are supported by baccalaureate level technicians and undergraduate lab assistants.
Research laboratories rely on LJI’s infrastructure for resources and support. Maintenance technicians, animal husbandry personnel, and administrative support staff are among the many members of the LJI family who contribute to the world-class research conducted in our laboratories.
Location, Location, Location
Neighboring the Pacific Ocean, the Institute is located in La Jolla, California, the heart of San Diego's science park. The Institute offers a warm, casual environment and employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Comprehensive support services are available, including an employee assistance program, mail services, and employee discounts to theme parks and movies.
We are particularly proud of our WELLiai health and wellness program, which was recently rated as one of the best in the region. It aims to promote healthy lifestyle options for our employees and includes free lunch time yoga every Friday, an onsite massage therapist, a bike share program and quarterly team health challenges.
All Work and No Play…
Social activities —ranging from monthly happy hours and our annual LJI Family Padres Game day at Petco Park to a Halloween costume contest and an annual holiday party—are just some of the ways in which La Jolla Institute interacts as a community. "Life at LJI", our quarterly newsletter keeps employees informed on events and programs available at the Institute and within the San Diego community.
In addition to employment opportunities, the Institute provides outreach experiences for volunteers and interns who have an interest in fields related to biomedical studies. These experiences help young people develop their technical abilities and gain practical training in a laboratory setting.