Non-OPF Events & Announcements

- Non-OPF Announcements & External Events -
This page is used to advertise non-OPF Events and Announcements that may be of interest to our community. Please contact us if you wish to have an announcement or event posted here.

Career Fairs | Office of Career Services (OCS)
Biotech Club Career Fair Sept 4
Data Analytics and Tech Fair Oct 11
Biotech Pharma and Healthcare Fair Jan 31

Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Discovery Research
The Michelson Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) together with the Human Vaccines Project established the Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Discovery Research in 2017. The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases. Pre-applications will be accepted from September 9 – October 31.
The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. The sponsor will be looking for high-impact and highly innovative research that has the potential to be applied across many diseases and to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system.
This initiative supports young investigators under the age of 35 at the time of pre-application submission. Program website | Eligibility FAQs
Applicants selected to submit a full application will be notified in late December 2019. Prizes will be awarded in June 2020 as part of an annual scientific conference on the future of vaccine and immunotherapy development.

Call for Proposals | Translational Biomedical Research | Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University
DEADLINES: September 16, 2019 for January 2020 Funding | December 20, 2019 for July 2020 Funding | Full RFP HERE
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator has issued a new call for proposals for funding beginning in January 2020 (up to $100K) or July 2020 ($100K - $300K). The first deadline is September 16, 2019. While postdocs and grad students are not independently eligible to apply, they should speak with their PIs about doing so.
The Accelerator seeks to support innovative, investigator-initiated research aimed at developing preliminary observations into robust intellectual property positions. The Accelerator is designed to accommodate projects of varying magnitude, as appropriate, and its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where additional funding from industry and/or technology transfer is achieved. There are two application cycles per year; one cycle accepts Pilot Grant applications only, while the other accepts Pilot and Development Grant applications.

6th Annual HMS Epigenetics & Gene Dynamics Annual Symposium | September 26, 2019, 8AM - 5PM | Merck Research Building | 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston MA
More information HERE. Register HERE.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Postdoctoral Association | Literature in Research Survey
Survey on the scientific reading habits of HMS postdocs. Available HERE.

3M Rapid Recruitment Info Session | Monday, August 26 @ 6:00pm | G115 Maxwell-Dworkin | Harvard University, Cambridge MA
3M’s recruiting team will be in Boston from August 26th-29th recruiting from Harvard and MIT. Although they are traditionally known as a materials company they have a large Healthcare Business Group and will be hiring PhDs (graduate or postdoctoral level) in the fields of microbiology, genetics, bioinformatics, cell biology, immunology, etc. Info HERE & HERE.

Longwood Chorus Fall Auditions
The Longwood Chorus is an ensemble of students and professionals in healthcare and science that seeks to reduce medical burnout, promote creativity and emotional wellness, and perform high-quality choral music. Rehearsals are held weekly at Harvard Medical School on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-9:15pm (with first rehearsal on September 3rd). All members of the Longwood community are welcome to audition regardless of position or career stage. Led by conductor Dr. Jeremy Faust (Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Emergency Medicine Physician) and accompanist Iris Chan (Boston Children’s Hospital, Research Assistant), the chorus is proudly entering its third year. More information HERE and HERE. Sign up HERE. If you wish to audition but are unable to attend a time slot, please email

Pronunciation Course for Postdocs | Harvard Bridge Program | 12 weeks starting September 17, 2019
Looking to improve your Communication or Pronunciation Skills? There are still spots open in the Bridge Program Pronunciation Course. The class will start on Tuesday, September 17th and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 11am on the Longwood Campus.
Bridge Program Pronunciation Course Outline: This 12-week course has been designed for individuals who have a strong understanding of English grammar and are comfortable reading texts designed for native English speakers. This course provides direct instruction on how to improve 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. Classes will be held in Longwood, TMEC Buildings. (Tuition/Payment Info) New students must complete an intake assessment. To set up an assessment or to ask questions about the class, please contact or call 617-496-2216.

2019 Healthcare Innovation & Commercialization Course | Application Deadline September 3rd
HIC was founded by the Harvard Biotech Club and offers aspiring scientists and physicians education and hands-on training for translating innovative research into meaningful commercial opportunity. The course runs every Wednesday from September 11 through November 13, 5-7pm. Information HERE & HERE | Registration HERE

2019 National Postdoctoral Survey
The 2019 National Postdoctoral Survey (IRB protocol # IRB15-1724, University of Chicago) was conceived and developed by postdocs in order to identify important issues within the national postdoctoral community, and is a follow-up to the 2016 National Postdoc Survey published by McConnell et al. The results of this survey will provide critical data to help inform and equip those who advocate for policy on behalf of postdocs everywhere. All postdoctoral researchers are invited to participate regardless of academic field or discipline. All answers are completely anonymous, and the survey will take roughly 20 minutes to complete. More info here.

Career Transition Bootcamp | Saturdays Jul 27-Sept 7, 2019 | 12:30-2:30pm | Karp 4th Floor Conf Rm 04-201 | Blackfan Circle | Boston
Transitioning from academia into your first industry position can be a daunting and challenging undertaking. Often times this process is done in secret and thus can be very isolating. This boot camp style program will meld classical career transition approaches while applying a variety of technology tools to create a significant competitive advantage in your transition process. Further, we will employ a team approach to the career transition process where outcomes, best practices, success, and failures will be shared. In doing so, we will seek to build camaraderie and resilience. Group participation is expected throughout the program.
Prerequisites: Participants should bring a laptop to class. Participants must be currently looking for a job. Participants must be able to attend all sessions.
Instructor: Steven Munevar, PhD, MBA: Dr. Munevar is a multidisciplinary professional spanning bioengineering, biomedical sciences and business management. This program is sponsored by the BCH Office for Fellowship Training. Register HERE.

HMS Teaches at Emmanuel
We are happy to announce a new collaboration between Emmanuel College and HMS that will give HMS postdocs the opportunity to gain teaching experience in an undergraduate setting.  Emmanuel College is a liberal arts college located down the street a couple blocks from the HMS quad, so this will be a convenient opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.  Emmanuel College has teaching needs each semester for many undergraduate science courses, and as part of this collaboration, HMS postdocs will be able to apply early for these positions. We look forward to the success of this exciting new collaboration and the opportunities it will provide the HMS community. 
A list of Fall 2019 course for which they are seeking instructors is attached.
Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in participating. By signing up, postdocs will continue to receive announcements about teaching opportunities each semester.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.