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.

Brandeis University Postdoctoral Association is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Invited Postdoc Research Colloquium
The IPRC is a terrific opportunity for postdocs to share their research with the Brandeis community. Selected speakers will give an hour long talk, meet with Brandeis faculty throughout the day, and go out to dinner with Brandeis postdocs. This is excellent exposure and practice for a job talk/visit. Speakers will also receive a small honorarium. Please see the announcement for more details and how to apply. The application deadline is June 21st 2019.

DF/HCC Cancer Genetics Retreat: Request for Poster Abstracts Due June 6th | Thursday, June 13, 2019, 8:30am to 5:00pm | The Starr Center, MGH, 185 Cambridge St., Boston 
This event will feature three talk sessions - Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer, Single Cell Genetics of Cancer, and Whole Genome Sequencing for Cancer Genome Elucidation - and a poster presentation with prizes. For more INFO and REGISTRATION.

Introduction to the Command-Line Interface Workshop
Tuesday, June 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Workshop description: Access to tools and computational resources for large-scale data analysis often require knowledge of the command-line interface (also referred to as Unix or Linux or bash or shell).

In this 1-day hands-on workshop participants will learn the following:
- basic shell commands for navigating the file system, exploring file contents, performing basic operations, such as moving, copying, and renaming
- how to write shell scripts and use "for" loops for efficiently running the same commands on multiple files
- how to use HMS-RC's O2 cluster for high-performance computing (HPC)

***This workshop does not require any prior programming knowledge, but is a prerequisite for upcoming RNA-seq and single-cell RNA-seq workshops.***

Cost: $35 per participant. Registration

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to attend this workshop you should be at the Harvard Medical School in a lab on the Quad, with grants administered by HMS OR a researcher from a lab whose PI is associated with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) as Principal or Affiliated faculty. Contact with any questions. Sponsored by the HMS Tools and Technology Committee and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)

BPDA's 3rd Annual B-SoCCS
May 31st to June 1st, 2019 | 
Broad Institute, 415 Main St., Cambridge
The Boston PostDoctoral Association (BPDA) are holding their third annual Symposium on Careers and Collaboration in Science on May 31st and June 1st! There will be talks, posters, workshops, panels (e.g., Fresh Hires, Being an Editor, etc) and so many opportunities for networking! If you're a young investigator looking for new perspectives, practical tools and building new relationships to advance in your career, this symposium is for you!

Registration is now open. Plus, consider submitting an abstract, since it's a win-win situation: get in the running to win a prize & build your CV!

Early Registration (until May 15th): $25.00 USD
Registration: $35.00 USD

And.. Volunteers attend for free!

To learn more and register, click here:

Apply for a position in the Fall 2019 IMPACT program for post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral trainees
- Group mentoring, 1:1 advising, and community engagement will help you:
- Gain a broader perspective on your research and career
- Heighten the potential of your research to achieve real-world impact
- Identify actionable opportunities to strengthen your work’s focus
- Express your research mission with clarity and power to attract collaborators and support
- Expand your professional network for lasting, valuable relationships
Please see our website for more details at
See a short video about the program at
The application form can be accessed at
Applications are due May 13, 2019
Questions: Email

Will YOU be a CURE journal club facilitator this summer?
A (low-time commitment) opportunity for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to build teaching and mentoring skills
The CURE Program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is gearing up for another summer of research, mentoring, and diving into the literature.
We need your help in empowering and engaging our high school and summer students in meaningful discussions of scientific concepts and techniques.
Details here.
Specific questions may be addressed to the CURE Program Manager,

Mentor Students this summer in your lab  | Two summer programs, recruiting mentors now
1. HMS DICP "Project Success" - lab host / mentors. Contact Dr. Sheila Nutt for details
2. DFCI/HCC "CURE" Program - looking for mentors doing cancer research. Contact Emily McMains for details

Graduate Science Education Series
Dr. Stefano Allesina, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago
"Computing skills for biologists: building a toolbox"
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 | 1:30 PM | Harvard Medical School, Modell 100A
Reception to follow
This seminar is open to everyone.
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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.

Whitehead Institute Spring into Science – An evening lecture series for the Cambridge Community Featuring the Latest in Biomedical Research
Upcoming Lectures:

May 8, 6-7pm, "Lessons from the Liver: Uncovering Novel Approaches for Regenerative Medicine," with Kristin Knouse, Scott Cook and Signe Ostby Fellow, Whitehead Institute
More info and registration

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.