Benefits of working at Whitehead Institute

In addition to competitive compensation, Whitehead Institute offers its postdocs and other employees generous benefits, a few of which are highlighted below.


Health and Welfare Plans

  • Comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for employees, spouses, and domestic partnerships, and dependents
  • On-demand health care
  • Annual flu clinic on site

Life and other insurance

  • Employer-paid basic life insurance and accident insurance
  • Voluntary group life insurance


  • Generous employer contribution and option for employees to defer salary
  • Access to Roth 403(b) plans

Child care benefits

  • Priority access and discounted tuition available at a local, best-in-class child care center
  • Child care assistance plan for families with financial need
  • Backup child care at great hourly rates of $10 or less

Discounts and Perks

  • Physical wellness
  • Employee assistance program
  • Eye exams on site
  • Chair massage
  • Pet insurance
  • Yoga classes on site
  • Discounted fitness memberships and fitness reimbursements benefits

Financial wellness

  • Identity protection services
  • Auto, home, and rental insurance
  • Discounted auto rental
  • Discounted entertainment tickets through MITAC

Time off

In addition to 12 paid holidays, employees earn 18 vacations days in their first year at Whitehead Institute and 23 vacation days in the second year

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