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-OPF Upcoming Events-


Throughout the year, fellows have the opportunity to participate in a curriculum of workshops, panel discussions, and seminars designed to advance skills in lab management, grant writing and identifying funding opportunities, applying for academic and industry positions, interviewing and networking, scientifi c communication, and pedagogy.

2017 | January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


 

-JANUARY-

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, January 13, 2017 | 12:00-2:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm.

 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): Mentoring

When: Wednesday, January 18 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where:
TMEC 227, 260 Longwood Avenue

Facilitator: Richard T. Born, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, HMS

Description: The Center for Bioethics’ RCR Course is primarily restricted to post doctoral trainees working within Quad based, HMS Faculty laboratories. Please note, in general, we are not able to accommodate requests from the hospital institutions with respect to training their clinical trainees. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis and can depend on the the trainee’s primary funding source. Hospital administrators should look to their own institutions for RCR offerings.
The first 80 people registered for each session will receive a detailed email including location and how to access readings at least ONE WEEK prior to each session. (Priority will be given to those who attended sessions last year and need to complete their training this year.)
The course is designed to run as a graduate-style seminar. Each session will be co-facilitated by the course director, research faculty, and administrative deans. This course is meant to provide an opportunity to openly and critically reflect with your peers and others about what responsibility and integrity should mean to the professional scientific community. To that end, you will be expected to have done the readings prior to class and you will be expected to participate in discussion.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVJUeCIaZ7ED7D

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House

When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 9:30-10:30am
Where
: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)
(Download flyer here)

Stop by the Postdoc Office on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy fresh coffee and donuts and to learn more about the opportunities available for postdocs.

 

Mentoring in Science: Undergrads in the Lab

When: Tuesday, January 25 | 11:00am-2:30pm
Where
: TMEC 306, 260 Longwood Ave.

Description:Are you mentoring or planning to mentor an undergraduate in the laboratory or field?  The FAS Science Education Office offers a series of workshops for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other researchers who mentor or seek to mentor undergraduate researchers.
The first part of the workshop focuses on undergraduate fellowship applications (including summer programs) and recommendation letters.
By participating in this workshop, you will learn which fellowships are available to Harvard undergraduates to support their undergraduate research. Through a discussion of case studies, you will examine the role of the mentor in the application process, and how to write descriptive and accurate letters of recommendation.
The second part of the mentoring workshop focuses on developing undergraduate research projects. Mentoring an undergraduate can be both rewarding and challenging. In this workshop, you will learn how to design undergraduate-friendly research projects, set appropriate expectations, and foster effective communication. We’ll discuss several cases studies to explore these topics in more detail.

Workshop Facilitators:
Margaret Lynch, Ph.D., Associate Director of Science Education, Life Sciences Undergraduate Education, FAS Division of Science, Harvard University
Anna Babakhanyan, PhD, MBT, Undergraduate Science Research Advisor, FAS Division of Science, Harvard University

REGISTER:
Eventbrite - Mentoring in Science: Undergrads in the Lab (1.25.17)


 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, January 27, 2017 | 12:00-2:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm.

 

-FEBRUARY-

 

The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Birbring Room, 2nd Floor, Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck Street

Featured Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Workshop Description:
The postdoc pursuit of independent investigation relies on getting the most out of their training. This seminar lays out tools and strategies for choosing the right research environment to thrive as a postdoc as well as planning, and executing, a successful postdoc tenure. This workshop will cover what you need know, and do, to efficiently advance in your early research career via an effective use of your individual development plan (IDP).

Registration opens on January 8

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, February 10, 2017 | 12:00-2:00pm (30 min. appts.)
Schedule an Appointment

Where: Postdoc Office, Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

Make an appointment with the Director of the Postdoc Office for a 30 minute session of career coaching, networking & job search advice, interview assistance, or critique of your application materials. Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. It is helpful to visit myIDP on Science Careers website (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/). Please email your materials to james_gould@hms.harvard.edu ahead of your scheduled meeting.

Postdoc Office Hours will be held every other Friday. Appointment times are every thirty minutes: 12:00pm; 12:30pm; 1:00pm; 1:30pm.

 

Lunch & Launch Career Clinics: Demystifying Job Ads & Cover Letters

When: Monday, February 13 | 12:00-1:30pm
Where
: Folin Wu Room, Building C (MAP)

Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Description: Going on the job market is much more than just submitting an application and watching the offers come rolling in. It’s about finding a good fit and concisely conveying your career trajectory. This interactive monthly series will help participants prepare their minds and materials for the job search process through peer review and guided exercises. 

"Demystifying Job Ads & Cover Letters"
By understanding the job ad and aligning your cover letter to the content, candidates can quickly and concisely convey interest and job fit, all in just one page. This interactive workshop will cover the basics of crafting and tailoring your cover letter to address specific qualifications employers are looking for when they advertise open positions. Please email and also bring a copy of your cover letter and the relevant job ad.

The 2017 Lunch & Launch Career Clinics will be held the 2nd Monday of the month. Please feel free to bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Registration opens on January 13

 

 

Experimental Design

When: Friday, February 24 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Where:
TMEC 250, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Featured Speaker: David Glass, MD, Executive Director, Muscle Diseases, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research and Lecturer, Department of Cell Biology, HMS

Description: Before generating publication quality data, researchers must focus on proper experimental design. In this half-day course, postdocs will be reintroduced to the concepts of asking when, how, and whether hypotheses or questions should be used to frame experiments, and how these frameworks may perturb experimental design and interpretation.

This half-day course will cover the following topics:
I. Experimental Frameworks
II. System Validation
III. Experimental Controls
IV. Data Gathering, Interpretation & Model Building 
Based on elements from Glass' book and Cell Biology Course entitled "Experimental Design for Biologists". Dr. David Glass is Executive Director, Muscle Diseases for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology at HMS. Prior to joining Novartis, he was Vice President for Muscle Diseases at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he worked for 14 years. He holds an M.D. from New York Medical College and conducted postdoctoral work at Columbia University. He is the co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles on cell signaling mechanisms in neuromuscular disease, obesity, and cancer.

Pizza lunch will be provided.

Registration opens on January 24

 

Successful Strategies for Promoting Your Research Career

When:
Monday February 27 | (TBD) - "Promoting Yourself and Your Research"
Tuesday, February 28 | 9:30am-12:00pm - "Planning Your Research Career"

Where:
Monday: Biolabs 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Tuesday: Waterhouse Room, Room 106, 25 Shattuck Street, Longwood (MAP)

Featured Speaker: Hugh Kearns, PhD, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia (Speaker Bio)

Please join us as we welcome Hugh Kearns who will present two workshops designed to help postdocs learn how to promote themselves and their research as well developing strategies for planning for your reserach career.

Monday afternoon's program will be held in Cambridge, and the second workshop on Tuesday morning will take place in the Longwood campus at HMS. Please join us for one or both of these programs as your schedule allows.

Sponsored by: FAS Office of Career Services and HMS Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

REGISTER FOR MONDAY'S EVENT: http://postdoc.harvard.edu/event/promoting-yourself-and-your-career-hugh-kearns-workshop

REGISTER FOR TUESDAY'S EVENT: Begins 1/27/17

 


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