Postdoc Love at Whitehead

Marc Mendillo

Marc Mendillo is a postdoc in the lab of Susan Lindquist.

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Postdocs rarely get much love. Considering that they've survived the ring of fire of the Ph.D. and still decided to continue with academic research, you might think they’d be more valued by society and their academic employers. And it's not just the shortage of tenure-track jobs that causes postdocs to be taken for granted: Postdocs are often underpaid, and the work they do can be thankless and grueling.

<p>Batula Zaidi is a postdoc in the lab of Rudolf Jaenisch. Zaidi is studying the nongenetic drivers of neurological diseases like autism.</p>

Batula Zaidi is a postdoc in the lab of Rudolf Jaenisch. Zaidi is studying the nongenetic drivers of neurological diseases like autism.

Courtesy of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Some postdocs, though, do get love, including those who work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-associated biotechnology research institute has been ranked as one of the best places in the world for postdocs to work. Recently, the institute hired professional photographers to create a series of glamorous postdoc portraits, which it is showing off on its website.

“We do indeed love our postdocs,” Matt Fearer, director of communications and public affairs, wrote in an e-mail exchange with Science Careers. “And in turn, they appreciate Whitehead Institute.”

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