Embark, Gladstone’s Presidential Postdoctoral Program, aims to increase the representation of underrepresented minoritized groups within the sciences and at Gladstone. This program was launched in 2021 as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

People are the most important part of our organization and are at the center of everything we do. At Gladstone, we know it takes a diverse group of empowered individuals to effectively use science to overcome disease.

We believe that when we bring together people with diverse approaches and ideas to tackle scientific challenges in creative ways, we create tremendous opportunities for discovering new treatments and cures for disease.


  • Must have completed degree requirements for a PhD or MD/PhD prior to the start of the program.
  • Be a part of a group that has been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, as defined by the NIH, or have demonstrated support for underrepresented groups through their teaching, service, and research.
  • Must be a postdoc candidate who is being recruited by Gladstone. Current Gladstone postdocs are not eligible.
  • United States citizens or permanent residents encouraged to apply.

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Program Details

  • Scientific Research and Environment
    Gladstone provides a dynamic and collaborative research environment, with emphasis on rigorous scientific training, personalized attention and mentoring, supplemented by close interactions with our colleagues at nearby universities, such as UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.
  • Career and Professional Development
    Gladstone’s postdoctoral program is built to prepare you for a transition into an independent career, providing training in technical, professional, and leadership skills. Through courses offered at Gladstone, you’ll be able to expand your skills in data science, leadership and management, scientific and grant writing, and communication, in addition to receiving individual career counseling and guidance. Gladstone also hosts a number of events and programs for trainees to explore career opportunities in academics, industry, or nonprofits. Learn more about Gladstone’s postdoc program.
  • Community Building
    Gladstone is home to many community groups that provide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, mentorship, and science education outreach to the local community.

    The Gladstone Postdoc Advisory Committee (GPAC) aims to provide support that maximizes the professional and scientific development of postdocs at Gladstone.

    Outside of the postdoc committee, Gladstone has a number of community groups that connect individuals across labs and teams. Examples include the LGBTQ+ community group, the Women’s Initiative, and Elevated Voices, our community group dedicated to creating an inclusive culture in which people of color are empowered to contribute, learn, and lead.
  • Mentoring
    Mentoring is a central part of Gladstone’s mission and essential to our culture. You’ll receive personalized mentorship and will be able to develop your own skills as a mentor. In addition to Gladstone’s mentoring programs, participants in the Embark program will be able to join monthly social, professional, and career development activities with the UCSF IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) program. All postdocs also have access to personalized career advising sessions with Gladstone’s Postdoc Office.

    You can also grow your skills as a mentor by signing up to be a PUMAS mentor. Gladstone’s PUMAS (Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences) summer internship program aims to provide historically underrepresented community college students with lab experience before they transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. As an Embark participant, you can sign up to mentor a PUMAS intern in your lab over the summer and expand your skills as a scientific and professional mentor.
  • Salary and Benefits
    Participants will receive a postdoctoral salary based on years of experience, Gladstone’s full benefits package, and a stipend of $10,000 per year for the period of the program.

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How to Apply

A mutual interest between the candidate and investigator should be established before applying to the program. Contact an investigator directly to see if they have open positions. Most Gladstone investigators are currently hiring. You can also search open positions on our careers page.

Applicants must provide:

  • CV that outlines education, scientific contributions, funding, publications, and professional activities, including activities that support increasing diversity in the sciences
  • Cover letter (optional)
  • Personal statement no longer than two pages. Personal statement should outline:
    1. Interest in Gladstone Institutes
    2. Interest in the Embark program, as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    3. Your experience in leadership or mentoring
    4. Long-term research goals, including the name of the Gladstone investigator you’d like to work with
  • Three letters of recommendation (suggested that one letter come from your PhD advisor)

“Science is a collaborative endeavor and we most effectively tackle scientific challenges when we bring together a diversity of people, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.”

Deepak Srivastava, MD
President, Gladstone Institutes

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Candidates will be selected based on:

  • Demonstrated academic and scientific proficiency
  • Commitment to research as seen through scientific publications
  • Leadership skills and potential to be a successful independent scientist

If you have questions about the program or how to apply, reach out to Sudha Krishnamurthy, director, office of postdoctoral and graduate student affairs.

How to Contact Us

If you have questions about the program or how to apply, reach out to Sudha Krishnamurthy, director, office of postdoctoral and graduate student affairs

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