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. (Download the flyer here)

Next Orientation: Tuesday, June 27 - 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 for a detailed overview of your benefits: The Benefits of Working at Harvard

Related Info:
Getting Started guide for new postdocs

Welcome Letter for new postdocs
2016-2017 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:

June 27, 2017
NRB 1031, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur
(MAP)  | 12:00-2:00pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here

August 8, 2017
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Room 106, 25 Shattuck St. (
MAP)  | 12:00-2:00 pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here

September 19, 2017
Minot Room, 5th Fl., Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street (
MAP)  | 12:00-2:00 pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here


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

12:00pm - 12:15pm
Introductions and overview of the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
Speaker: James Gould, PhD, Director

12:15pm - 1:00pm
Resource Symposium
Featuring representatives of the following resources around Harvard / HMS / Harvard Longwood Campus

Bioinformatics at HMS Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (BBIC)
Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS)
Countway Library of Medicine
Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership
Harvard Catalyst
Harvard Information Technology (HUIT)
Harvard International Office
Harvard Medical Postdoc Association (HMPA)
Harvard University Police Department (HUPD)
HMS Information Technology (HMS IT)
HMS Ombudsperson
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 Human Research Administration (IRB)
Office of Technology Development
Office of the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee)
Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) at Harvard Longwood Campus Research Administration (HLCRA)
Work/Life and Wellness

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Benefits Office Presentation

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