Postdoc Training Curriculum

HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows Core Training Curriculum
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We strive to offer timely and practical programming that adds value to the postdoc experience while evolving with the ever-changing training landscape. Our strategy has been to build a curriculum that enhances our postdoc’s research skills, career development, and social and personal skills while addressing specific issues of early, mid, and late career trainees. Throughout their tenure, fellows can participate in a curriculum of workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities designed to advance lab management skills, grantsmanship, communication, academic and industry career exploration, as well as work/life and cultural considerations.


Postdoc Essentials
New Postdoc Orientation & Resource Symposium
The Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Making the Most of Your Postdoc
Bioinformatics Training (via Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core)
Personal Development and Wellness

Research Rigor & Reproducibility
Experimental Design
Selection Bias
Statistical Analysis
Data Life Cycle
Irreproducibility in Published Research

Manuscript & Scientific Writing
Prep Strategies for Writing
Writing for Publication Boot Camp
 Cultural Aspects of Writing
Professional Correspondence for Scientists

Responsible Conduct of Research
Mentorship | Peer Review
Collaborative Research
Scientific Citizenship
Authorship | Resilience & Inclusion
Research Data Management
Research Integrity | COI


Communicating Science
Scientific Presentations and Talks
Scientific Storytelling
Distilling Your Message
Visualizing Data
Publishing Process
Finding Funding & Submission Process
Grant Writing & Specific Aims
Peer Review & Mock Study Section
Teaching & Pedagogy
Elements of Teaching in STEM
Scientists Teaching Science
Summer Teaching Institute
Statements of Teaching & Diversity

The International Lab
Thriving in the Multicultural Lab
Managing the Cultural Transition
ESL Pronunciation & Communication 
Green Cards & Work Visas

Professional Development 
 Career Clinics | Office Hours
Leveraging Your PhD for Success
Taking Control of Your Career

Building Professional Relationships
Intro & Advanced Social Media
Effective Networking Strategies
Negotiation Skills & Principles
Conflict Resolution 
Social/Emotional Intelligence


Leadership & Management
Mentoring & Managing Up
Leadership & Management 
The Business of Science
Managing Teams & Your Lab
Strategic Planning & Project Management

The Academic Job Search
Academic Teaching Panel
Postdoc to PI Process
Pathways to Professorship for Postdoctoral Women
Preparing the Academic Job Package
Acing the Academic Interview
Negotiating the Academic Job Offer

The Job Search & Career Transition
Informational Interviewing
Crafting Your Application
Pathways to Entrepreneurship
Effective Job Search Strategy
Transition to Industry
Acing the Industry Interview


Postdoc Timeline