Postdoctoral 
training in aging research

An opportunity to put yourself at the forefront of the field.

Postdoctoral 
Fellow program

At the Buck Institute, you will find a place to thrive through daily collaboration with the top scientists in the field. The Buck Institute administers an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral research training program in basic aging research and age-related disease. The program provides postdoctoral fellows with stipends to work in any of the laboratories at the Buck Institute and selected laboratories at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University, and University of California at Berkeley.

Fellowships

There are two programs that help provide funding for Buck postdocs.

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research partners with the Buck Institute to provide Research Training Fellowships as preparatory training for a full-time academic and/or research career. Glenn Fellows work under the supervision of a faculty mentor and receive a stipend (based on NIH recommended levels), training, professional development, and mentorship during their appointment, which lasts for up to three years.

The Buck Institute administers an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral research training program in basic aging research and age-related disease. The program provides postdoctoral fellows with stipends to work in any of the laboratories at the Buck Institute, and selected laboratories at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of California in Berkeley.

Glenn Foundation Fellowship

Since its founding in 1965 the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research has supported basic research to better understand the biology that governs normal human aging and its related physiological decline, with the objective of developing interventions that will extend the healthy years of human life. The Buck Institute and the Foundation have partnered to co-fund 10 postdoctoral fellowships with the objectives of training and preparing future leading researchers in the mechanisms of biological aging and its relationship to the chronic conditions of aging, and promoting leading research into the biology of aging.

Fellowship appointments are renewed annually for a maximum of three years. Stipends are commensurate with experience and follow NIH recommended postdoctoral stipend levels. Trainees will gain knowledge in the mechanisms of biological aging and its relationship to chronic disease. Trainees will gain skills in critical thinking to evaluate new research findings. In addition, trainees will receive instruction in written and verbal skills that enrich their publications, grant proposals, and oral presentations. Ongoing seminar series, basic science and clinical lectures, well-organized journal clubs, and research meetings will provide up-to-date information and intellectual cross-fertilization that can lead to the next wave of major discoveries in the field. Glenn Fellowship Policy and Procedures document can be found here.

Our program leans on the ‘Seven Pillars of Aging’ recently identified by the NIH Geroscience Initiative: Metabolism, Macromolecular Damage, Epigenetics, Inflammation, Adaptation to Stress, Proteostasis, and Stem cells and Regeneration. In addition to the seven pillars of aging, another perhaps more important concept in aging research has emerged. It is now becoming clear that the mechanisms driving aging are inter-connected. For instance, macromolecular damage can lead to cellular senescence, promoting localized inflammation. It is thus not only important to identify and elaborate the pillars of aging themselves, but it is critical to understand how they are connected and what the earliest triggers of the aging process are. Given our focus on geroscience and our collaborative nature, the Buck Institute is in an ideal position to understand how aging pathways are related and to begin to establish a systems level understanding of aging.

The major goal of this program is to encourage and support new activities at the Institute that will build on existing expertise, but aim at identifying and exploiting synergies with the promise of major breakthroughs in geroscience. Such breakthroughs will range from the conceptual to the translational: developing a deeper understanding of the aging process, identifying new targets for possible interventions, and developing and testing intervention strategies. The program is thus directly geared towards the initiation of new activities with promise to make a real impact in geroscience.

Fellows will serve a period of two to three years each depending on the project requirements. Projects by Postdoctoral Fellows must have the following components:

  • A novel project that addresses connectivity between at least two of the pillars of aging.
  • Collaborative science with a primary mentor and a co-mentor having expertise in two areas of aging.
  • Projects of two-year duration, with a third year subject to demonstration of significant progress.
  • Proposals reviewed by an internal panel of investigators at the Buck Institute and with involvement of the Glenn Foundation, if desired.
  • Emphasis on the development of translational approaches to extend human healthspan will be viewed favorably, subject to compliance with other requirements.
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation;
  • Must have a Buck Institute Faculty Sponsor;
  • Should demonstrate significant potential and propose to undertake one or more innovative, original and independent research projects;
  • Should be able to demonstrate significant scientific productivity in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Willingness to contribute to the aims and vision of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and to collaborate with existing members of the Institute is also essential.

Openings will be announced as they occur.

NIH Training Grant T32 AG000266
Training in basic research on aging and age-related disease

The current and future increase in the aged population will require extensive research to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for age-related diseases and aging. It is, therefore, important to train young scientists in modern research disciplines that will promote excellent basic and translational aging research that will enhance the development of novel therapeutics to improve health in the aging population. Understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for aging and age-related diseases requires knowledge and experience in the design of optimum research strategies and state-of-the-art integrated and interdisciplinary research approaches. This training program provides postdoctoral fellows with advanced research training in modern disciplines, including functional genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, molecular biology, cell biology, bioenergetics, chemical screening, microanatomy and powerful cellular and animal models.

The proposed training for fellows at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley provides unique faculty expertise.

Trainees will gain knowledge in basic aging mechanisms, and age-related diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, sarcopenia and others. Trainees will gain skills in critical thinking to evaluate new research findings. In addition, trainees will receive instruction in written and verbal skills to enrich their publications, grant proposals, and oral presentations. Ongoing seminar series, basic science and clinical lectures, well-organized journal clubs, and research meetings will provide up-to-date information and intellectual cross-fertilization.

The primary home of the training program is the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, located in Novato, California. Postdoctoral trainees may work under the primary supervision of any Buck Institute faculty or selected faculty at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Stanford University or the University of California in Berkeley (UCB). The research will be conducted at the location of the primary preceptor. Please see the list below for eligible preceptors and apply directly to the preceptor.

Applicants should select a preceptor from the list below:

Name Title Affiliation Email address
Andersen, J Professor Buck Institute jandersen@buckinstitute.org
Artandi, S Professor Stanford University sartandi@stanford.edu
Benz, C Professor Buck Institute cbenz@buckinstitute.org
Blau, H Professor Stanford University hblau2@stanford.edu
Brand, M Professor Buck Institute mbrand@buckinstitute.org
Brem, R Associate Professor Buck Institute rbrem@buckinstitute.org
Brunet, A Professor Stanford University abrunet1@stanford.edu
Campisi, J Professor Buck Institute jcampisi@buckinstitute.org
Chang, H Professor Stanford University howchang@stanford.edu
Chen, D Associate Professor UCB danicac@berkeley.edu
Chua, K Associate Professor Stanford University kfchua@stanford.edu
Conboy, I Associate Professor UCB iconboy@berkeley.edu
Dillin, A Professor UCB dillin@berkeley.edu
Ellerby, L Professor Buck Institute lellerby@buckinstitute.org
Frydman, J Professor Stanford University jfrydman@stanford.edu
Garrison, J Assistant Professor Buck Institute jgarrison@buckinstitute.org
Haghighi, P Professor Buck Institute phaghighi@buckinstitute.org
Huang, T Associate Professor Stanford University tthuang@stanford.edu
Jagust, W Professor UCB jagust@berkeley.edu
Kapahi, P Professor Buck Institute pkapahi@buckinstitute.org
Kaufer, D Professor UCB danielak@berkeley.edu
Kennedy, B Professor Buck Institute bkennedy@buckinstitute.org
Lamba, D Associate Professor Buck Institute dlamba@buckinstitute.org
Lithgow, G Professor Buck Institute glithgow@buckinstitute.org
McMurray, C Professor LBNL ctmcmurray@lbl.gov
Melov, S Professor Buck Institute smelov@buckinstitute.org
Ramanathan, A Assistant Professor Buck Institute aramanathan@buckinstitute.org
Rando, T Professor Stanford University rando@stanford.edu
Schaffer, D Professor UCB schaffer@berkeley.edu
Schilling, B Research Associate Professor Buck Institute bschilling@buckinstitute.org
Tainer, J Professor LBNL jatainer@gmail.com
Verdin, E Professor Buck Institute everdin@buckinstitute.org
Wyss-Coray, T Professor Stanford University twc@standford.edu
Yaswen, P Professor LBNL p_yaswen@lbl.gov
Zeng, X Professor Buck Institute xzeng@buckinstitute.org

TO APPLY FOR A POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING SLOT

Individuals wishing to apply for a position on this training grant should contact a preceptor on the list — send the preceptor a CV, cover letter, and a list of three references. Either the preceptor or the trainee may select a second preceptor for joint training. The primary preceptor will then submit an application to the Training Program.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

  1. Quality as determined by publications, awards and recommendations, commitment to a career in basic or translational aging and/or age-related disease research, and relevance of the training project to aging or age-related disease.
  2. 
Collaborative projects between one or more preceptors, particularly inter-institutional projects, will be given special consideration.
  3. As required by NIH, trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents. Please verify.

Postdoctoral Association at the Buck

The post doctoral association (PDA) at the Buck is a vibrant and dynamic community. It’s composed of over 20 postdocs representing the many different labs within the institute. We’re a multicultural space where scientists from various backgrounds meet to discuss their experiences at the Buck and offer feedback and suggestions.

Representatives of the PDA meet on a monthly basis with our executive leadership to advocate for postdocs’ career development, benefits and organizational development. The PDA is also responsible for organizing, facilitating, and hosting career development seminars, as well as the annual postdoc appreciation week celebration.

The Buck PDA is an active member of the Bay Area Postdocs group which includes scientists from the various research institutions of the Bay Area, as well as the National Postdoc Association.

Because of our successful association team, the Buck provides a unique opportunity for postdocs to develop their leadership and communication skills, in addition to providing an excellent scientific training.

A mission-driven community of investigators

The Buck is a collective of the world’s top scientists in the field of aging who are sharing their methods and expertise to find ways to help everyone lead fuller, healthier lives by ending age-related disease.

Our team

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