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, November 9, 2021 - 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:

2021 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
2021-2022 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:

November 9, 2021
Online via Zoom | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Here

December 14, 2021
Online via Zoom | 1:00-2:15pm
Register Here

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.

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (BBIC)
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 University 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 Ombuds Office
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 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.