Working at The Rockefeller University

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Step inside the gates of The Rockefeller University, and the bustle of New York City gives way
to the serenity of a lush riverside campus. It’s here, among these landscaped plazas,
historical buildings, and modern architectural spaces, that some of the world’s most innovative
biological research is underway.
More than 2,000 people come to work here each day, including faculty, graduate students,
postdocs, technicians, clinicians and administrative personnel. Rockefeller’s workforce is at
the forefront of the scientific enterprise, and the university strives to attract and
retain the brightest and most creative individuals at all levels. Employees have excellent working
conditions and generous benefits including an attractive campus, generous benefits and
a supportive and responsive administration. In fact, faculty and staff have been known
to spend their entire careers here. And the university feeds its intellectually curious
community with lectures and events that attract cultural innovators and thought leaders.
Founded in 1901 as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, this was the country’s
first institution devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Over its long history, Rockefeller
has been the setting of some of the world’s most revolutionary biological discoveries,
such as the finding that DNA transmits hereditary information, that cholesterol is linked to
heart disease, that cancer can be caused by a virus, and that obesity can be caused be
the weight-regulating gene leptin. Research by Rockefeller scientists led to the development
of vaccines of influenza and meningitis, to the discovery of blood groups, and to the
design of “cocktail” drug treatment for HIV.
The university’s faculty members have been recognized for their work with the scientific
community’s most prestigious awards. Twenty-three Nobel laureates, 21 Lasker Award recipients
and 14 National Medal of Science recipients have been associated with the university over
its history. The heart of the university is its more than 70 cutting edge laboratories,
working in areas such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular and developmental biology, immunology,
neuroscience and biophysics. No departmental barriers exist, and Rockefeller’s flat administrative
structure encourages collaboration between scientists from different disciplines.
The university’s facilities include its new Collaborative Research Center, which when
fully complete in 2012, will provide 125,000 square feet of state-of-the-art lab space.
The Rockefeller University Hospital, the first clinical research facility in the U.S., serves
as an essential link between laboratory investigation and bedside observation. The university also
has facilities devoted to bio-imaging, genomics, high-throughput screening and stem cell derivation,
among others.
Education is an important part of the university’s mission, and over 1,000 scientists have received
Ph.D.s from Rockefeller since its graduate program began in 1955. The university also
offers one of the nation’s top M.D.-Ph.D. programs with neighboring Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition, at any one time over 350 postdoctoral
researchers receive training and conduct research in Rockefeller labs.
With an active recruitment program, a strong commitment to funding leading-edge science
and an unmatched sense of community and pride, Rockefeller is positioned to remain a world
leader in scientific research and education.
Join Rockefeller’s scientific or administrative staff and enjoy a fulfilling career in a rich,
stimulating environment.