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Come join us as we rewrite textbooks and redefine our understanding of biology.

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Located in the biotech and biomedical research hub of Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Whitehead Institute is a world-renowed nonprofit research and educational institution that has pushed the cutting-edge of research since 1982.

Whitehead Institute's scientists are world-famous for their discoveries in genetics, genomics, stem cells, cancer, and developmental biology. Come join us as we rewrite textbooks and redefine our understanding of biology.

Culture

At Whitehead Institute, scientists, administration, and support staff work together to push the boundaries of developmental biology forward. Gatherings, such as weekly coffee hours and the annual scientific retreat, increase the cross-pollenation of ideas from scientists working in disparate labs. When paired with Whitehead Institute's unsurpassed supportive environment, the results are breathtaking: Together, we are gaining insights into how tissues regenerate and organize, how the physical structure of DNA affects drugs' effectiveness, and how to identify medicinal compounds in understudied plant species.

Rewards and Recognition

Whitehead Institute's Rewards and Recognition program highlights the excellence that exist in all areas and job functions across the Institute. Monthly Appreciation Awards are an opportunity for colleagues to highlight an individual outstanding act, and annual Whitehead Spirit Awards recognize consistent exceptional service throughout the year.

Who is Whitehead Institute

Amazing research depends on amazing people — Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, staff, and administration — all working together. Below are links to the stories of people who make Whitehead Institute such a singular place to work.

 

Postdoc Profiles
Beyond the Lab Bench
Alum Profile

Benefits

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
Retirement 
  • 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
Child and Care Benefits
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance and accident insurance
  • Voluntary group life insurance