Non-OPF Events & Announcements

- Non-OPF Announcements & External Events -
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Boston Postdoctoral Association: Life as a Postdoc with Dr. Gary McDowell
Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT | Online
Science of Science: Experiments in and Sources of Data about Early Career Researchers
It's 2022, and we still don't know how many postdocs there are in the United States. So how do we know about who they are, what they earn, what career paths they take, and more? In this session we'll discuss some currently available sources of data about the national postdoc population to inform advocacy and policy.
The zoom link will be provided upon registration here:

Harvard‘s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Connections
Thursday, August 18 - Friday, August 19, 2022 (online)
Join Harvard‘s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Connections, for a virtual two-day welcome event for new students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, and those who want to learn more about resources to support BIPOC community members at Harvard.
Sessions will be rooted in antiracist and social justice frameworks and will discuss navigating Harvard and the greater Boston area, connecting to resources, and creating professional and social networks.
The virtual BIPOC Connections event will be followed by several limited attendance in-person events to build community, connect with others, and explore resources across campus. Please register for all of the events you plan to attend.
We are committed to making all our events accessible. Learn more and request accommodations.
Sponsred by Harvard's Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core - Introduction to bulk RNA-seq Data Analysis (Part I)  (from raw data to count matrices)” workshop
The hands-on workshop will be held via Zoom on August 26th, 30th and September 2nd.
This workshop will instruct participants on how to design a bulk RNA-seq experiment, and efficiently manage & analyze the data using the command-line interface and high-performance computing (HPC) on HMS-RC’s O2 cluster. This workshop covers the first part of the bulk RNA-seq analysis workflow, from raw sequencing data to quantifying gene expression.
Please note that this workshop has a pre-requisite, registrants should fulfill at least one (or more) of the following criteria:
Taken the Introduction to command-line interface workshop recently
Be familiar with using a high-performance compute cluster with the Slurm job scheduler
Have a working knowledge of the shell (bash) command-line interface
The hands-on workshop will be held via Zoom on August 26th, 30th and September 2nd.
Register soon at
Please note the format of our Intro to bulk RNA-seq workshop. Between the three online meetings, we will require workshop participants to spend between 3-5 hours on reading and exercises! The Zoom sessions will focus on going over exercises, discussing questions and teaching. Please make sure you take the learner-centric workshop format into account when you sign up.
More details, including eligibility criteria, about this workshop are on the registration page.


"Becoming a Resilient Scientist" Series - sponsored by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)
Do you want to manage stress better? Do you want to be more resilient as you navigate your training experience and the ups and downs of your research, career exploration, applications, and relationships? Are you mentoring others and want to do a better job supporting their growth and development?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, the “Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series” is for you. This series, hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural training (OITE;, is open to students and postdocs outside of the NIH.
You can REGISTER and see information about the full series/cohort groups here:
The series consists of the five webinar which highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers, as a mentee and as a current/future mentor:
Unit 1. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness
Unit 2. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears
Unit 3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists
Unit 4. Developing Feedback Resilience
Unit 5. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships
After each webinar, we will host groups where you can discuss the materials with peers. There are two types of discussion group – drop-in and cohort.
The general drop-in discussion groups will meet Thursdays from 3-4 pm (Eastern Time Zone), and the cohort groups, will meet Thursdays from 2-3 pm (Eastern Time Zone).  Note your institution may also be hosting a group on your campus, so watch out for information from leadership there. Cohort groups allow you to meet each time with the same people. We will host separate cohort groups for undergraduate/postbacs, graduate students, postdocs/research fellows/ clinical fellows, and medical/ other professional students. We will also offer a group specifically for neurodiverse trainees. This group will focus on the application and integration of the material for those who are neurodiverse. In this group, we will ask for confidentiality from members to ensure safety. If you are neurodiverse and you do not want to join this specific group, you are also welcome to join the general groups listed above. Depending on interest, we may not be able to accommodate all groups. If you are interested in being part of a set cohort group to experience the series together and discuss the five topics, please sign up here (passcode: BRS2022).
While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Data shows that trainees who attended most of the Becoming the Resilient Scientist series felt that they have become more resilient and were better able to handle stress and conflict in their lives.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ulli Klenke ( who is coordinating this important OITE program.


The HMS Medical Language Program seeks postdocs who are fluent in Spanish to volunteer as tutors this fall.
Intermediate Medical Spanish course meets once per week on Monday or Thursday evenings and we welcome volunteers to work with students 1:1 on their conversation skills. Interested volunteers can contact Marcie Naumowicz for more information.


Current Topics in Bioinformatics Summer/Fall Workshops - Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core
Workshop Details:
- Workshops on bioinformatics topics, methods & related skills Hands-on - be prepared with your MAC or Windows computer
- Once a month for 3 hours
- Free and open to everyone at Harvard University and its affiliates
Summer and Fall schedule:
Topic                                                          Date         
Basics of Python                                         8/10/2022     
R practice exercises*                                  9/7/2022     
Generating reports with Rmarkdown*        10/5/2022     
Introduction to Shell                                    11/2/2022     
Version control using Git/Github*                12/7/2022     
*These workshops have pre-requisites, please see registration for details.
Complete details, workshop materials, and registration:

Postdoc Speaker Invite from Brandeis University Postdoctoral Association (BUPA)
The Brandeis University Postdoctoral Association (BUPA) is organizing its yearly Invited Postdoc Research Colloquium (IPRC) for the academic year 2022-2023. We are inviting two senior outstanding neuroscience postdocs to Brandeis to present their research and to visit the Brandeis community. Selected speakers give a hour-long seminar, meet with faculty on one-on-one basis throughout the day, and have lunch and dinner with Brandeis postdocs for additional informal discussion. This provides an invaluable opportunity for the speakers to receive great scientific feedback and increase their visibility in the scientific community, two essential aspects for their future job search. And of course, this is an equally great opportunity for the Brandeis community to engage in fruitful scientific discussion and learn about exciting research performed outside of our campus.
Interested postdocs should send us an updated CV as well as an abstract of their research (maximum 250 words). Seminars will be organized in person and funds for travel, accommodation and food will be provided for the speakers. Virtual presentations will be organized should the need arise.
Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is August 31, 2022.

Harvard Catalyst: Visual Science - New Resource
A well-crafted manuscript or engaging presentation can only achieve so much on its own. Effective visuals can expand the reach of your scientific story by articulating problems, capturing methodology, summarizing results, and demonstrating the larger impact of your work. Explore the resources below to learn best practices in graphic design and data visualization. In addition, discover practical tools to help you maximize your audience’s understanding through visual media. Learn more:

Now accepting applications - The Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology
The Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology focuses on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery.
This international prize supports investigators 35 and younger, who apply their expertise to research that has a lasting impact on vaccine development and immunotherapy. It is open to researchers from a wide range of disciplines including computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, protein engineering, nanotechnology, genomics, parasitology and tropical medicine, neurodegenerative diseases, and gene editing.
Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2022


BioMed X / AION Call for Applications and Informational Webinar
In collaboration with their strategic partner in Israel, AION Labs, BioMed X is seeking applications for group leaders and postdocs. Here is the press release, and here is a detailed description of the call (and PDF).

New Resource for HMS Postdocs enrolled in a Harvard-sponsored BCBS or HUGHP medical plan
Brightline, a new behavioral health benefit for families that you now have access to as a Harvard University employee enrolled in a Harvard-sponsored BCBS or HUGHP medical plan. Please note, due to current licensing, you must live in Massachusetts or California in order to be eligible.
Brightline provides behavioral health care for kids and teens, as well as support for parents and caregivers. It’s all delivered virtually, so you can get support when and where you need it. When you join Brightline, you’ll have access to support for the everyday challenges so many of us are dealing with, and common conditions that many kids and teens experience. Whether that’s school pressure, managing IEP processes, stress, anxious thoughts, navigating social media or cyberbullying, tough behavior, self-esteem issues, sleep problems — whatever you have going on, Brightline can help.
When you sign up for Brightline, you will immediately have access to care for kids 18 months - 17 years old — and support for you, too.  
Premium Connect+ membership: On-the-go access to personalized resources, interactive exercises, group classes, and on-demand chat with your Brightline Coach at no cost to you.
Coaching: Skills-based programs led by expert behavioral health coaches to help kids and teens through everyday challenges in 30-minute sessions and in as few as four weeks at no cost to you.
Care: Personalized care by video visit with child and adolescent psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists, and others to help with common conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, disruptive behavior, and more. Standard cost-share applies.  
Get started today  
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K99/R00 Sample Applications - NIH via National Institute on Aging
An NIA Investigator has graciously agreed to share their exceptional applications and summary statements as samples to help the research community. The resources below represent the initial submission and subsequent resubmission of a K99/R00 application from a single applicant, who received an excellent score and was funded upon resubmission. This is only one example of a successful K99/R00 application and is not meant to be a template for future applicants. Please make sure that your application is tailored to your specific research and career development plan, and seek individual advice from mentors and peers as you prepare your application. Read more about K99/R00 funding opportunities at NIA.