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Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to May 17, 2021 | Massachusetts Tax Filing Deadline also extended to May 17, 2021
International Postdocs - Check out the HIO Tax Info Website | Access the SprintTax Software for International Scholars
Overview of Tax Implications for Postdoctoral Scholars - from the National Postdoc Association
Please note: the OPF and Harvard cannot give tax advice, we recommend consulting a tax professional with any questions.
International postdocs should review the resources via the Harvard International Office shared above.

HSPH Cellular Profiling Core Showcase
Thursday, April 22 | 11:00am
Join us April 22, 2021 for a virtual showcase of the scientific resources available to all LMA & Greater Boston scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health Cellular Profiling Core Facility. Live Q&A with the presenters and core experts to follow.
Featured speakers:
Rick Rogers, PhD, Principal Investigator, Harvard School of Public Health Cellular Profiling Core Facility
Emily Thrash, PhD, Field Application Specialist, II Fluidigm Corporation
Eric Haas, Founder/CEO, Ionic Cytometry Solutions
Register here

The Business Development Fellowship at Harvard Office of Technology Development provides current Harvard graduate students and postdocs an opportunity to participate in the crucial early stages of technology development. By analyzing technologies’ commercialization potential and crafting marketing strategies, Fellows help us achieve our mission of translating research discoveries into products that reach the public. It is a 1-year, paid, part-time (5 hrs/wk) opportunity beginning in July 2021. The deadline to apply is April 23, and preference will be given to applicants who participated in OTD’s Bench-to-Business Boot Camp.

Harvard GSAS Consulting Club - 2021 Life Sciences Consulting Panel
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 27th, 6:00-7:45 PM (EST)
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing followed by SpatialChat
RSVP: Register here! | Link: Meeting link will be sent to RSVPs
HGCC has invited consultants from leading life sciences (LS) consulting firms to share insider perspectives on the transition from academia to consulting! The panel discussion will include questions regarding challenges and/or advantages in a life sciences consulting career, general experience with the firm, interview process and preparation tips, growth opportunities and work/life balance. Please join us for an insightful panel discussion and Q&A over Zoom, followed by an interactive networking session over SpatialChat.
Interested in learning how you can leverage your advanced degree and expertise to consult on life sciences projects to drive impact in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry? Come hear from a broad range of participating LS firms including CRA, L.E.K., Alira Health, Bionest Partners, Axiom and more.
We hope to see you all at this exciting event!

Seven-Week Topics in Life Science Industries and Non-Academic Careers for PhDs
Saturdays 12:00-2:30 pm Starting April 24th-June 5th
Sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital Office of Fellowship Training
Non-academic careers in life science are rapidly becoming the norm for Ph.D. scientists in the biomedical science space. Even with this new reality, we still often hear that well-worn cliché, “if my academic research career does not proceed as planned I can always go to industry”. With little to no industry experience, postdocs often wonder:  What is “industry”? How does it work? How is it different from my academic research? And where would I best fit in?
 The business of science/medicine is both diverse and complex, and it is often assumed that researchers just “know” what “industry” is, how it works, and what opportunities exist within the life science commercialization space as well as how their skills and experience align with an organization’s needs.
 This seven -week survey course offers an insight into a variety of life science company types and explores each from the point of:
 A)    Business model overview
B)     Organizational structure
C)    Operations overview
D)    Career summaries
 This 7-week course will be taught by Dr. Steven Munevar and will begin by reviewing the points above for various types of life science organizations and then compare specific companies within a given space. The types of organizations we will be focusing on include:
1) Pharmaceutical companies (pre-IND)
2) Pharmaceutical companies (post-IND)
3) Biotechnology companies
4) Medical device companies
5) Contract research organizations (CRO’s)/service providers (consultants, intellectual property)
6) Life science start-ups
7) Industry panel discussion with people who have made the transition
The goal of this program is to provide participants with an introduction to life science industry as well as highlight organizations across the life science commercialization space. Further, we will discuss where and how Ph.D. and MD scientists may fit into different types of organizations and survey the general skills desired by different industry positions. The program will be a mixture of in-class lectures, industry speakers, and networking opportunities.
Instructor Bio:
Dr. Steven Munevar is a multidisciplinary professional and founder of the life science technology development and commercialization firm, Munevar & Associates, Inc. He is an avid supporter of the entrepreneurial space serving as a regularly invited mentor and speaker to programs such as the New Science Symposium, the OneStart Healthcare Accelerator, and is the founder of the ongoing event and networking series, Science Shaping Our World-SHOW. Dr. Munevar is also the founder of the non-profit virtual research incubator, the Helix Bioscience Institute-HBI as well as serving as an advisor to various companies and boards.*
** No prerequisite industry knowledge or experience is required. **
Register @

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Michelson Prizes
The application portal for the Michelson Prizes is now open. We are looking for exceptional young researchers working to advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy discovery research for major global diseases. Grants of $150,000 each will be awarded to investigators in the areas of:
- Human Immunology and Vaccine Research: Research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.
- Climate Change and Human Immunology: Research that expands our understanding of the potential effects of climate change on immune function with a particular interest in research that will directly translate into vaccine and immunotherapy development to mitigate its impact.
More information about the Prizes, including past winners, can be found at
The deadline for applications is June 18, 2021.

WEST Events - Career Possibilities Panel Series | Next Panel: Wednesday, May 5
WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology; is hosting a six part career possibilities series starting in January. Over the six events, we’ll cover several diverse career paths including medical affairs, business development and project management.
For postdocs, the series is only $20.
1. New Commercial Strategy, Product Planning, and Marketing | January 20, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
2. Discovery and Research | February 10, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
3. Clinical, Regulatory, and Development | March 3, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
4. Portfolio Strategy, Project Management, and Scientific Operations | March 24, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
5. Medical Affairs - Communications, Publications, Medical Science Liaison | April 14, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST
6. Business Development, Lawyers - Patent, Contract | May 5, 2021 4:00-5:30 PM EST

Harvard Longwood Campus Trivia Event on Thursday, April 29th! This will be hosted by Sporacle - the world's best trivia company. Join us on April 29 from 12:00-1:30pm and take a break from your day with this fun event. Test your general knowledge, have several rounds of questions, and meet some people from the Longwood campus. You do not need a team to participate, everyone will be put into teams the day of the session - just bring yourself and your brainpower! Seats are limited in this event so be sure to register as soon as possible if you would like to participate. This event is open to HMS Quad postdocs and HMS Staff
Registration is available via the Harvard Training Portal
Trivia Event for Staff page.

Novartis Innovation Fellowship - Call for applications
The Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship offers aspiring drug hunters a unique opportunity to join our teams at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the innovation engine of Novartis. Mentored by experienced NIBR scientists, Innovation Fellows will gain first-hand experience in the design and development of breakthrough therapies and innovative technologies. We are looking for Innovation Fellows who will harness their scientific creativity and natural curiosity to help bring transformative treatments to patients.
Program highlights:
- Program duration: 2-3 years
- Mentorship & access to technology: Innovation Fellows will drive a multi-year research project under the mentorship of distinguished NIBR scientists and have access to NIBR state-of-the-art technology platforms to achieve their research goals
- Curriculum: at the start of their Fellowship, Innovation Fellows will attend a comprehensive training series (boot camp), including dedicated courses covering the fundamentals of drug discovery and development as well as a communication skill workshop
- Short-term rotations: Innovation Fellows will participate in a tailored rotation schedule in both scientific and business-related disciplines to broaden their exposure and skillset
- Fireside chats with local leading scientists and entrepreneurs
- Community: Innovation Fellows will join our vibrant postdoctoral community for dedicated events, including the monthly postdoctoral seminars and our annual Research Day Symposium
Who are the Innovation Fellows?
- Early-career scientists (MD and/or PhD), with terminal degree received within the last 3 years (students graduating in the next 5 months are eligible to apply)
- Dedicated to translating scientific discoveries into medicines that improve human health
- All scientific and technical disciplines welcome (biology, chemical biology, chemistry, computational and data sciences, and more)
- Strong publication record or other scientific achievements (i.e. awards, patents)
- Entrepreneurial mindset and boundless curiosity
How to Apply: To apply for the Innovation Fellowship at either our Basel (CH) or Cambridge, MA (US) site, please use this link: and select the relevant program. This on-line application process requires uploading a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter in a pdf file format. In the cover letter, please include a potential area of unmet medical need where you believe you could make an impact.
We will accept applications from March 1 to April 14, 2021 for our Cambridge, MA site and from March 1 to April 29, 2021 for our Basel site.
Applicants will receive an automated email notification that their application has been received. All applications will be evaluated by a review team comprised of NIBR discipline experts. Candidates selected as finalists will be invited for an all-day virtual interview in May/June 2021. New Innovation Fellows will be expected to start in September 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact us at

Application to this year's Science & SciLifeLab Prize now open!
Apply for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists — an annual prize awarded to early-career scientists.
The prize is presented in four categories:
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Ecology and Environment
- Molecular Medicine
- Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology approaches
More information:
Eligibility: entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020.
Application deadline: July 15, 2021

The BioMed X Institute in Heidelberg, Germany is pleased to announce a new call for applications in the field of Advanced Biomarker Detection for Pharmacological Monitoring in the Brain.
We have open positions for
1 Group Leader (m/f)
2 Postdoctoral Researchers (m/f)
2 Research Assistants (m/f)
The aim of this project is to develop a better in vivo PK / PD (pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic) sensor platform supporting the continuous, real-time measurement of specific small molecules directly in brain tissue of rodent models (i.e., pharmacological substances, their metabolites, or pharmacologically triggered effector molecules) for the development of active drugs against neuropsychiatric diseases.
If you have an outstanding track record or strong interest in the fields of biomarker detection and neuroscience, you should update your profile and submit your application via our online application system. Please note that this call will close on Sunday, 23 May 2021. The sponsor of this project is Boehringer Ingelheim.
For more detailed information, this link leads you to the official call document.

NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award - Apply by May 15, 2021
The newly launched NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award recognizes bold, early-career researchers with an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of the social and life sciences. It is awarded to scientists who conduct research with an enthusiasm that catalyzes cross-disciplinary collaboration and who take risks to creatively address relevant and exciting questions.
Award winners will receive a cash prize of up to $15,000, and their essay submissions will be published in Science. They will also be invited to share their ideas with leading scientists in the respective fields at an award ceremony and to present their research to the NOMIS Board of Directors for potential future funding.
More details and application info:

The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc - Online Course
The Postdoc Academy is a comprehensive digital and in-person professional development program created by Boston University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our online course, The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc, begins on April 26, 2021. This flexible 6-week course helps postdocs create develop strategies and skills to successfully navigate their time as a postdoc in a self-paced way using Boston University’s edX platform.
Themes explored include:
    •    Finding Success as a Postdoc
    •    Building an Actionable Career Plan
    •    Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment
    •    Developing Resilience
With nearly 5,000 participants last year, we invite your postdocs to connect with postdocs from around the world!
Registration here:
In addition to the online course, postdocs can join a virtual Postdoc Academy Learning Session (PALS). PALS supports postdoc learning by connecting content directly to the postdocs' local context and community, and also promotes deeper reflection of the material. Postdocs can register for a discipline- or institutional-focused PALS. Boston University is hosting a PALS session for postdocs across Boston that will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm during the course run.
PALS registration:

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core Spring Schedule
With funding from the HMS Tools and Technology Committee, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and the Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) we have a dedicated bioinformatics training program for:
- HMS researchers with a primary affiliation in one of the Basic and Social Science Departments on the Quad
- HSCI researchers
- DF/HCC researchers
The workshops are hands-on and are on bioinformatics topics & related skills. In addition, HCBC also teaches short courses for Harvard Catalyst.
More details at

Genome Engineering Seminar Series @HMS Mondays 1:00-2:00 pm EST (Spring 2021) | Via Zoom | Visit for info
Advances in genome editing occur at a blazing speed. We created a virtual seminar highlighting recent research in the field of genome engineering and gene editing.
The primary goals of this series are to:
1)    keep researchers up to date on recent genome engineering technologies
2)    provide young scientists (e.g. grad students/post-docs/early investigators) an opportunity to present their work
Our meetings are over Zoom and anyone in the world is welcome to attend. We use the webinar format, but participants can ask the speaker questions. Despite the virtual format, we hope these meetings will stimulate critical discussion and establish new contacts for collaboration.

Havard University Employee Credit Union Financial Support - Members may be eligible for several Loan Payment Relief options, or for one of the Hardship Loan options. See details:

The HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office provides highly confidential, impartial and independent services to faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral trainees and affiliate institution appointees to help identify issues, goals and potential options available to help manage or resolve concerns.  ANY issue may be brought to the Ombuds Office, including anything related to COVID-19.  Ombuds Melissa Brodrick and Justin Neiman are available for Zoom, phone and Skype appointments.  Call 617-432-4041 or email.

Harvard Longwood Campus Employee Development and Wellness - has free virtual offerings and additional resources available, resources and programming.
Upcoming resources available for postdocs are listed here
Care@Work Coronavirus Resource Guide
The most recent issue of’s newsletter features stories and ideas for how to navigate work and life during this pandemic. Specifically, they have prepared a resource guide for parents and caregivers to help during this time. Please read more information at Care@Work: Coronavirus Resource Guide.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Online Resources and Workshops - available to HMS Quad-based postdocs
SfN is excited to announce a new benefit for all Institutional Program (IP) members – unlimited access for trainees affiliated with your program to articles, videos, and webinars on Neuronline, SfN’s home for online learning. Any trainee associated with an IP member program is eligible for this access.
To access this benefit, trainees must:
Sign up for a free account on, preferably using their institutional email address
Sign in to the IP Affiliate Registration page using their SfN account
Fill out the form and choose their program from the drop-down list
Click “Register”
Once registered, trainees will receive an email confirming that the process is complete and that they now have access to Neuronline using their account.
If you have any questions about this new benefit, please contact

Countway Library - open for online services, including Research Data Management classes, and individual research assistance
Countway Classes (online)

Research Data Management
Research & Instruction Services

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