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, April 17, 2018 - 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:
2018 Benefits Overview
Video Presentation (2018)

Related Info:
Getting Started guide for new postdocs

Welcome Letter for new postdocs
2017-2018 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:

April 17, 2018
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Room 106, 25 Shattuck St. (
MAP)  | 12:00-2:00 pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here

May 29, 2018
NRB 350, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur (
MAP) | 12:00-2:00 pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here

July 10, 2018
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Room 106, 25 Shattuck St. (
MAP) | 12:00-2:00 pm
*A pizza lunch will be served.

Register Here

August 21, 2018
Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Room 106, 25 Shattuck St. (
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 Student’s Spouses & Partners Association (HSSPA)
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)
Research Data Management
Research Imaging Solutions
Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) at Harvard Longwood Campus Research Administration (HLCRA)
Work/Life and Wellness

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