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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.

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-DECEMBER EVENTS-


Acing the Interview: Effective Strategies for Industry and Beyond

When: Thursday, December 8 | 3:00-4:30pm
Where:
NRB, Room 1031, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur (MAP)

Speaker: Lauren Celano, Co-Founder and CEO, Propel Careers

Workshop Description
:  In this seminar, Lauren will provide advice for how to succeed during an interview and will cover different interview formats including phone, skype, in person one-on-one and panel settings. Propel will provide insight on what hiring managers look for when conducting interviews as well as typical interview questions with examples of responses. Propel will discuss how to prepare for skills based questions (i.e. tell me more about your cell culture experience) as well as “soft skills” questions (i.e. tell me how you work in a team, or how you show initiative). Propel will provide insight on why companies use behavioral interviewing and the important role of culture fit and personality fit in an interview. Propel will also provide advice on research that a candidate can do to make sure they have relevant background information on the company and interviewers and advice on what questions to ask during an interview. Propel will provide guidance relevant for scientific, non-scientific, and consulting interviews. Following the talk, time will be allocated for Q&A to address additional topics.
This event is part of the Demystifying the Job Search & Career Transitions

Speaker Bio: Lauren Celano is the co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial life sciences companies. See more at: https://www.propelcareers.com/#/pages/about

REGISTER:
Eventbrite - Acing the Interview: Effective Strategies for Industry and Beyond (12.8.16)

 

 

 

Green Cards, Entrepreneurship and Work Visas: What Do I Need to Know?

When: Friday, December 9 | 1:00-3:000pm
Where:
TMEC Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Description:The HIO is pleased to announce an informational session for students and scholars entitled "Green Cards, Entrepreneurship, and Work Visas: What Do I Need to Know?"  This year's session will be presented by attorney Dan Berger, a partner at the la w firm of Curran & Berger in Northampton, MA. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School. Bio

The workshop is intended for informational purposes only. It does not imply an endorsement for Mr. Berger or for Curran & Berger, LLC

Note: Be sure to have your Harvard ID' to gain entrance.

REGISTER:

Eventbrite - Green Cards, Entrepreneurship and Work Visas: What Do I Need to Know?

 

 

 

Influence Without Authority: Getting Things Done When You're Not in Charge

When: Monday, December 12 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Where:
TMEC 328, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Eligibility: This program will be limited to 35 participants. Quad-based, HMS/HSDM postdoc will be given priority. Harvard and Hospital affiliate postdocs will be placed on a wait list. Please contact the Postdoc Office if you are uncertain of your eligibility.

Speaker: Gwen Acton, PhD, CEO, Vivo Group

Description: Do you need others to get things done, but they don’t report to you? That is an increasingly common situation in the life science and technology industries. The truth is that even when you do have “power”, you are often better off using influence first. The truly effective individual contributors, managers, and executives use influence skills to achieve results, regardless of their positional power within the organization or team structure. The workshop will provide you with key skills for getting things done whether or not you are in charge. You will improve your ability to manage “up”, get agreement from peers, and motivate reports that will enable you to work more effectively in project and cross-functional teams, collaborations, and matrixed organizations. 
This three hour workshop is highly interactive, and involves small-group discussions of case studies from the life science and technology industries, as well as group discussions, short role-playing exercises, and opportunities to gain perspective from and share best practices with other attendees. Participants are given theoretical background and overview of power and influence, as well as practical tools that can be implemented in the work place. Attendees in this workshop will practice identifying types of influence, recognizing the motivations of others, and developing a strategy for influencing others. Participants will receive hard-copy and electronic information, practical tools, tips and techniques to improve their ability to influence.

Bio: Gwen Acton, PhD, is an expert on the intersection of science and business. She is CEO of Vivo Group, a consulting firm that improves productivity and innovation in life science and technology companies through strategic leadership development. Prior to this, she served as Director of Scientific Development at the Whitehead Institute, where she established institute strategy for building long-term relationships with industry. Dr. Acton also ran the operations of the Functional Genomics Program, overseeing operations for a $40 million, 50-person sponsored research program related to the Human Genome Project, while successfully managing alliances with industry sponsors. Dr. Acton received a doctorate in biology from MIT where she worked in a Nobel-Prize winning laboratory. She next served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Dr. Acton recently led the non-profit group Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST), where she expanded membership and programming by over 10-fold. She currently serves a member of the Board of Directors of The Bioscience Network (TBN). Dr. Acton is the author of the book The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics, published by Oval Books. She has also authored industry reports published by the Cambridge Healthtech Institute, and has written over 50 freelance articles for organizations such as the Associated (AP), National Public Radio, and Technology Review Magazine. A popular speaker and moderator, Dr. Acton is a member of the National Speakers Association.

REGISTER:
Eventbrite - Influence Without Authority: Getting Things Done When You're Not in Charge (12/12/16)

 

 

 

RCR-Responsible Conduct of Research: Data Management

When: Wednesday, December 14 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: TMEC 227, 260 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Facilitators:  Caroline Shamu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Scientific Director, Research Cores and Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital

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/SE/?SID=SV_0kAyV8ZgVmUoNqB

 

 

Postdoc Holiday Party

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 4:00-5:30pm
Where:
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 1st Floor, 25 Shattuck Street (MAP)

Celebrate the season with the HMPA and the Postdoc office! Join us for food, drink, holiday cheer and raffle prizes.
Bring a new toy to win a raffle prize! Get extra raffle tickets for every toy you bring to the raffle. The more toys you bring the better your chances at winning!!
NEW AND UWRAPPED toys only.

Donations will be delivered to Philips Brooks House Holiday Gift Drive
-Greatest need is for older children.  
-All items should be new

Sponsored by the Harvard Medical Postdoc Association (HMPA) and the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, December 16, 2016 | 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.


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-JANUARY-

 

 

Lunch & Launch Career Clinics

When: Monday, January 9 | 12:00-1:30pm
Where
: Folin Wu Room, Building C (MAP)

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

Description: TBA

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.

 

 

The Postdoc Life Cycle: Conflict Resolution Skills for the Successful Mentee

When: Tuesday, January 11 | 12:00-1:30pm
Where:
Countway Library, Ballard Room, 5th Floor (MAP)

This workshop is part of "The Postdoc Life Cycle" series.

Featuring: Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson, Ombuds Office for HMS/HSDM/HSPH

Workshop Description: Want a mentor who will help you to succeed?  This highly interactive and relevant workshop is designed to provide you with practical skills in working effectively with your mentors.  By considering proactive and preventive steps that build supportive and collaborative relationships and strategies for dealing with conflicts that can arise, you will engage in exercises and case study discussions that will provide opportunities to strengthen the skills needed for your most important career relationships. Lunch will be provided.

Speaker Bio: Since 1985, Melissa has served as a mediator, facilitator and trainer in the field of dispute resolution. She has worked in private practice, helping clients to engage in effective communications and problem solving while navigating high impact work and family issues. She has also worked with numerous institutions, health care organizations, Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies, and non-profit groups. Melissa has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners, Director of The Children's Hearings Project and mediator of educational appeals for the Massachusetts Department of Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards in her field and holds an MEd from Harvard University and a BA from Amherst College.

REGISTRATION BEGINS ON 12/11/16:
Eventbrite - The Postdoc Life Cycle: Conflict Resolution Skills for the Successful Mentee (1.11.17)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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: TBA

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).

 

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.

 


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