Postdoctoral Program

Whitehead prides itself on attracting bright young researchers and providing an environment that nurtures them. Motivated postdoctoral scientists design and complete many of the experiments at the Institute. They benefit from the expertise of world-renowned faculty members and other postdocs and graduate students, with whom they often collaborate.

There are two kinds of Whitehead postdocs: associates and fellows. Associates receive funding from the Institute, while fellows receive stipends from government agencies such as NIH and foundations such as the American Cancer Society. Both positions fall into the category of postdoctoral appointments, which are designed to be for a period of three to five years, providing that an appropriate match between the postdoc and the lab is maintained and funding is available.

Postdocs are appointed directly by Whitehead labs. If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, please visit our faculty members’ bio pages and contact them directly.


Whitehead Institute Postdoctoral Association (WIPDA) consists of postdoctoral scholars and members of the administration and faculty who have a special interest in issues that are important to Whitehead Institute postdocs and wish to work together on those issues. The organization is currently focusing on career development, postdoc mentoring, communications, and social events. Past achievements include the establishment of higher salary levels and equalized benefits for postdoctoral associates and fellows, and the implementation of child care benefits for Whitehead employees.

Postdoc Profiles

Postdocs are a vital and integral part of Whitehead Institute's research. Here are a few profiles that give a glimpse into the lives and work of those scientists.

Brian Abraham

Monther Abu-Remaileh

Namita Bisaria

Ashley Bonneau

Leah Bury

Lukas Chmatal

Michael Gallagher

Whitney Henry

Diego Huet

Roland Kersten

Isaac Klein

Nora Kory

Shawn Liu

Ally Nguyen

Boryana Petrova

Tomáš Pluskal

Satyaki Rajavasireddy

Adrianna San Roman

Danielle Tomasello

Kehui Xiang

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From 2003 to 2013, The Scientist surveyed postdoctoral researchers to determine the institution that best accomodates their needs. Four times since 2009, Whitehead outshone other research institutions and earned the title, "Best Place to Work for Postdocs".

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