Postdoc Orientation

Orientation for New Quad Postdocs

- Please note that all of the information below pertains only to postdocs who are working in a QUAD department. Postdocs working in (and receiving pay from) one of our hospital affiliates should contact their department administrator for information regarding orientation and getting settled.

The HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows organizes orientations every 6 weeks for new postdocs. The Postdoc orientation is an important opportunity for new postdocs to obtain the necessary resources they need for living and working in and around the HMS/HSDM community. Postdocs learn about the administrative systems at HMS/HSDM and Harvard, research offices and policies, and receive a broad overview and explanation of the many benefits of working at Harvard. 

Next Orientation: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - see below for registration and details.

IMPORTANT: Federal policy requires you to sign up for benefits within 30 days of your start date. If you do not receive a Benefits Package at your home mailing address within two weeks of your start date, call the Benefits Office at 617/496-4001. If you are unable to attend orientation, you are strongly encouraged to view this slideshow or video for a detailed overview of your benefits:

2022 Benefits Slideshow
Video Overview  (please note: separate videos for postdocs paid on payroll vs. stipendee)
Benefits Video - for Internal Employee Postdocs
Benefits Video - for Stipendee Postdocs

Related Info:
Getting Started guide for new postdocs

Welcome Letter for new postdocs
2022-2023 Orientation Flyer
Postdoc Training Curriculum

Upon arrival at HMS/HSDM, all new postdocs will be pre-registered for orientation and will receive an email notification to alert them.
If you cannot attend orientation or would like to reschedule for a later date, please notify us at:

January 3, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

February 14, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

March 28, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

May 9, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

June 20, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

August 1, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

September 12, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

October 24, 2023

Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm

December 5, 2023
Online | 1:00 - 2:15pm


The orientation features speakers from many of the research and general support offices at Harvard Medical School. See a detailed schedule below:

1:00pm - 1:25pm
Introductions and overview of the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director

1:25pm - 1:40pm
Resource Symposium
Select representatives of the following resources around Harvard / HMS / Harvard Longwood Campus will join us during the Zoom session.

Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS)
Countway Library of Medicine
Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership
Environmental Health & Safety Medical Campus (EH&S)

Harvard Catalyst
Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core (HBC)
Harvard Ombuds Office
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT)
Harvard International Office
Harvard Longwood Campus Human Research Protection Program (HLC HRPP)
Harvard Medical Postdoc Association (HMPA)
Harvard Student’s Spouses & Partners Association (HSSPA)
Harvard University Police Department (HUPD)
HMS Information Technology (HMS IT)
HMS Research Computing
HMS Research Core Facilities
HMS Security & Campus Safety
Human Resources & Title IX
Joint Committee on the Status of Women (JCSW)
Office for Academic & Research Integrity
Office of Research Administration
Office of Technology Development
Office of the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee)
Research Data Management
Research Imaging Solutions
Work/Life and Wellness

Benefits Office - Short presentation and open Q&A for attendee questions.