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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.

September | October | November | December

 

 

-SEPTEMBER EVENTS-

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, September 2 , 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

Identifying Careers Paths for PhDs in Science

When: Wednesday, September 7 | 9:30-11:00am
Where:
Modell Lecture Hall, Room 100A, 200 Longwood Ave. (MAP)

Speaker: Melanie V. Sinche, Director of Education at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and Author of Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science, recently published by Harvard University Press

Description: This workshop will provide an up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. Author Melanie Sinche will share proven strategies for landing the right occupation for advanced degree candidates, along with her research and profiles of science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines.

Coffee and pastry will be provided.

We will be holding a raffle to give away copies of Melanie’s book. All registered attendees will be able to join the raffle
Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase.

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Identifying Career Paths for PhDs in Science (9.7.16)

 

 

 

Harvard Biotech Club Career Fair 2016

When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 12:00-5:30pm
Where:
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, New Research Building, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston (MAP)

The career fair is open to all who are seeking jobs in various science-related sectors. This event places specific emphasis on assisting students, graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows finding jobs. While the fair is run by the Harvard Biotechnology Club, it is open to all Boston and Cambridge educational intuitions and the entire community as a whole. Members of all institutions in the greater Boston area are welcome.

This year's fair will include:
- Company recruiting tables from the fields of biotech, pharma, consulting, patent law, medical communications, and more
- Company presentations
- Panel discussions with speakers representing a range of career paths within industry 
- Keynote address by Dr. Robert Langer, an Institute Professor at MIT and founder of over 30 companies 

Companies will include: Regeneron, Alnylam, Pfizer, Merck, Vertex, C1 Consulting, Wolf Greenfiel d, Finnegan, RA Capital, BGB Group, the Jackson Laboratory, Science Careers, and more! 

Please visit our website for more information: thebiotechclub.org/home/
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/zXQYZuMYj66lkhlS2

Company check-in and attendee registration will be held on the 3rd floor in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at NRB.

Sponsored by the GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club

REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesiIBDfGBSiEFQp4FmYkQhTy3_Wy_Pqchr94MFNKQQA89i6g/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

 

 

Harvard Bridge Program Professional Development Classes for Postdocs: Advanced Pronunciation

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 13 - December 8 | 9:30-11:30am
Where:
TMEC 445, 260 Longwood Avenue (MAP)

Apply by August 19, 2016

Description: This 12-week course is designed to give Advanced ESOL students direct instruction on how to improve their pronunciation to be better understood by native English speakers. It is highly individualized, and students will receive a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of their speech patterns.
The class meets twice a week & will focus on identifying and correcting accented speech sounds and common pronunciation problems which contribute to misunderstood communication.  Participants will be recorded and videotaped to track pronunciation advancements. Class presentations will also be assigned. 
Enrollment is limited to 6 students. Classes will meet for two hours twice a week. Pending enrollment, classes are scheduled at both the Cambridge and Longwood Campuses.

Tuition & Fees:
Your tuition will depend on your position at Harvard:
--If you are a Post-Doctoral Fellow, paid directly by Harvard, and are eligible to receive benefits, you (or your PI) would only be responsible for an $80 course materials fee. Please contact the Harvard Benefits Office at 617-496-4001 to confirm your eligibility for benefits.
--If you are a Harvard affiliated Post-Doctoral Fellow who is not eligible for benefits, you (or your PI) would be required to pay the full tuition.  This is $400 for Advanced Communication and $800 for Advanced Pronunciation. The course materials fee is included in the tuition.

An intake assessment is required for admittance to the course.
Assessments will be conducted during the week of August 22, 2016.
To apply:

To participate in this class you must schedule an assessment by contacting: John Antonellis

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

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.

 

 

Grantcraft for Postdocs

When: Thursday, September 15 | 1:00-5:00pm
Where:
NRB 1031, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur (MAP)

Featuring: Donna Vogel, MD 

Workshop Description: Successful grant applicants are made, not born. In this detailed workshop, Dr. Vogel will cover the federal grant process and “grant culture”, mechanisms of funding for new investigators, choosing a “fundable” research problem, writing a competitive application, the NIH system of peer review. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Donna Vogel specializes in professional skill-building for developing scientists. Her medical and research background are in endocrinology and developmental biology, with an interest in male infertility and reproductive medicine. She has extensive experience in basic and clinical research, directing grant programs, and higher education. Interestingly, she is also a four-day Jeopardy! winner and Tournament of Champions semifinalist. You can find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnavogel1.

REGISTER HERE:
Eventbrite - Grantcraft for Postdocs (9.15.16)

 

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, September 16 , 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

Advocating for Science Symposium & Workshop

When: Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2016 | Friday: 4:00-8:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Where:
MIT, 50 Vassar Street, Building 34, Cambridge, MA

Description: The Future of Research, Academics for the Future of Science (AFS) and the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) are announcing the “Advocating for Science” Symposium and Workshop which will take place at MIT, Boston, September 16-17, 2016.
The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to those with a passion for advocating for science to develop their advocacy skills, meet like-minded young scientists and develop focused efforts together to effect positive change.
The Advocating for Science Symposium begins on Friday at 4pm with a panel discussion and a keynote address featuring former congressman and AAAS CEO Rush Holt, to be followed by and a reception and networking event at MeadHall in Cambridge.  The session will discuss ongoing advocacy efforts to promote systemic changes within the scientific enterprise and how it is funded. 
Saturday’s workshop runs from 9am – 6pm, we will build on Friday’s discussion in the Advocating for Science Workshop: an intense "boot camp" for a focused group of participants who want to gain practical skills in advocacy. The program will progress through the many aspects of effectively advocating for change: from leading, and inspiring a group of like-minded individuals to collecting and using effective data, creating an overall message and communicating that message to the appropriate audiences. 
Spaces are limited for the workshop, so we ask that all participants attend the entire day, along with the Friday Symposium.
A small fee of $15 includes meals for the Saturday workshop.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocating-for-science-forafsmit-gsc-2016-symposium-registration-26685644481

 

 

 

National Posdoc Appreciation Week - September 19-23, 2016

Details coming soon!!

 

 

Outstanding Postdoc Awards and Symposium

When: Thursday, September 29 | 2:00-5:00pm
Where:
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 1st Floor, 25 Shattuck Street (MAP)

Details coming soon!

 

 


Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, September 30, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 


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-OCTOBER EVENTS-

 


Path of Professorship for Postdoctoral Women

When: Friday, October 7, 2016 Time: Workshop: 9:00am - 5:30pm, Networking & Reception: 5:30-6:30pm
Where
: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 1st Floor, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston (MAP)

Workshop Description: Path of Professorship workshop is designed to provide postdoctoral women from the HMS and Cambridge campuses, who are considering a tenure-track position in STEM, with information about academic scientific careers, and the application process. This one-day workshop will focus on skills and strategies necessary for female postdocs to not just obtain a tenure-track position, but to succeed and advance once they are there. Attendees will learn: characteristics of different types of universities; advice on maintaining a balanced life, key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions; insights about negotiating the offer; advice from faculty on things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible.

Application Information: This workshop is intended for female postdocs who work in Quad-based and Harvard (Cambridge) STEM departments. Registration is limited to 40 attendees.

Applications to the workshop are due by 12:00pm on Monday, September 19

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY: http://postdoc.hms.harvard.edu/pathofprofessorship.html

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, October , 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

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.

 

 

The Art of Scientific Storytelling: Transform Your Research Manuscript (Rescheduled from August 26 & September 2)

When: Fridays October 28 & November 4 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Where
: Countway Library, Room 403, 10 Shattuck Street (MAP)

Speaker: Rafael E. Luna, PhD, Program Director, Office for Faculty Affairs, HMS | Instructor, BCMP, HMS | Author of The Art of Scientific Storytelling

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2-part workshop that will meet on Friday, October 28 & November 4, 2016.

Description: Research manuscripts are written to have an impact on the scientific community and to be cited by others. However, there are thousands of research articles published in our respective fields each year. Is it possible to distinguish one’s research paper by communicating science in a clear and compelling fashion? This 2-part interactive course provides instruction on how to write a scientific manuscript using the structural aspects of storytelling, i.e. dramatic arc. We will explore the logic of narrative craft and adapt it to writing a scientific manuscript. Dr. Luna will introduce his Scientific Storytelling method for writing research manuscripts. During the first session (Friday, August 26), instruction will be provided on the implementation of the Scientific Storytelling method into the basic components of a research manuscript: Title, Abstract, Figures, Results, Introduction, and Discussion. During the second session (Friday, September 2), participants will then apply these concepts towards writing a title and an abstract for their own research, which will be critiqued and revised.

Assignment: After the first session, postdocs should prepare and submit a title and abstract of their current research. The title (115 character limit including spaces) and abstract (200-250 words) should incorporate aspects of the Scientific Storytelling method discussed in the first session. Please send your documents (either Word or pdf files) to the postdoc office (postdoc_office@hms.harvard.edu) by 4pm on Monday,October 31. These will then be compiled and shared with the class prior to the second session. Please come to the second session prepared to critique your peers’ work. A subset of the titles and abstracts will be discussed in class. At the end of the second session, Dr. Luna will return comments on the titles and abstracts to each participant in the class.

Registration begins on September 28

 


Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 


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-NOVEMBER EVENTS-

 

The Individual Development Plan: Maximizing Your Postdoc Training at HMS

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 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).

Registration will begin on October 10, 2016

 

 

Postdoc Coffee House
(Download Event Flyer)

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 9:30-11:00am
Where: Gordon Hall, Room 006 (MAP)

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, November 18, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

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-DECEMBER EVENTS-

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.

 

Postdoc Holiday Party

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

Details will be available in November

 

 

Postdoc Office Hours

When: Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:00-3:00pm (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; 2:00pm; 2:30pm.


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