Company Profile

Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Company Overview

Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Company History

The Buck was a pioneer in research on aging, and now we’re a global leader in the field. We opened our doors in 1999, becoming the world’s only research institution singularly focused on the biology of aging, yielding insights into age-related diseases before they start. We hire scientists from a variety of disciplines to attack the problem from all sides because the answers we’re after won’t come from a single field. To enhance our process, we worked with world-renowned architect I.M. Pei to create a campus that literally would not allow our researchers to work in silos.

The Buck derives its name from Beryl Hamilton Buck, a philanthropist who lived in Ross, California. When Mrs. Buck died in 1975, she left most of her estate to the San Francisco Foundation with instructions to spend the money for charitable purposes, prominently including “to extend help towards the problems of the aged” in Marin County. A decade of litigation — at times called the “Super Bowl of Probate” and the “Battle of the Bequest” — ensued, with parties attempting to break the Marin-only restriction of the trust.

While the case was still making its way through the courts, eminent Harvard gerontologist John W. Rowe was enlisted to convene a panel of experts to create a plan for a “preeminent research institute in aging.” The court ultimately appointed the Marin Community Foundation as the successor trustee to the San Francisco Foundation and instructed it to provide the Institute with 15 percent of the net income from the Buck estate in perpetuity. When the Buck Institute opened its doors in 1999, it became the first research center in the country to fulfill the challenge of a 1991 National Academy of Medicine report that called for the establishment of at least 10 centers of excellence focused exclusively on research on aging.


Basic life insurance up to a maximum of $150,000 is standard with the ability to purchase additional voluntary coverage

You are immediately eligible to contribute to our tax-deferred 401(k) plan, and the Institute matches up to 5% after your 1-year anniversary

Everyone can access our Employee Assistance Program which provides short-term confidential counseling

Great views. Lots of open space. Lots of free parking. Hiking trails outside your door.

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