The Salk Institute plays an important role in training the next generation of biomedical researchers. The training includes not only instruction in the knowledge and skills needed to pursue basic research, but also exposure to Salk faculty who embody the intellectual and personal qualities that promote creativity and scientific excellence.
Salk is interested in bringing recent PhD graduates from broad disciplines to the Institute to trigger innovation and perpetuate the collaborative spirit upon which Salk was founded. Interdisciplinary interactions amongst the Fellows and faculty will substantially change the approach to science and create future intellectual leaders in the biological sciences. Scholars underrepresented in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.
Part of the mission of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies is to train individuals for careers in scientific research. The expectation is that trainees will study in the many new fields developed by Institute faculty, learn the research techniques they have created and go on to positions of leadership in other prominent scientific institutions.
For a list of available postdoctoral opportunities, review the postdoctoral positions.
The Salk Institute provides an outstanding environment for graduate training. Approximately 100 students are currently pursuing PhD or MD/PhD degrees with Salk faculty. These students come to Salk laboratories via admission to graduate programs within the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and receive a degree from UCSD. The Salk Institute participates in an affiliated graduate program with the Division of Biological Sciences.
In addition, Salk faculty have affiliations with a number of other graduate programs at UCSD:
(Interested individuals should contact either one of our faculty members or the appropriate UCSD department).