June 1, 2018
This Week in HST
Volume 19, Number 36



HST Community Notices
 

 

Course Information
& Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures 
& Seminars

Student Opportunities
 

Professional Opportunities
 

Career & Financial Guidance
Programs


HST Community Notices

 

REMEMBERING DR. IRVING M. LONDON, FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE HARVARD-MIT HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Irving M. London, M.D., founding director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.  Dr. London’s life and accomplishments were recently celebrated on the occasion of his approaching 100th birthday by the HST community. We are very grateful that we were able to honor him so recently and well; Dr. London expressed great pleasure in the festivities.

Please find the full text of the announcement made by Wolfram Goessling and Emery Brown, Co-Directors of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, here.
 
 
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS & HONORS FOR HST STUDENTS
 
Congratulations are in order to all of the following HST students for fellowships, awards and honors received this year.
 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Foreign Study Award (DFSA)
Lucy Hu, MEMP
 
Doris Duke Foundation Fellowship
Simone Sasse, MD
 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Award
Uday Agrawal, MD
Erik Bao, MD
Min Young Megan Jang, MD
Patrick Lee, MD
 
HMS – Henry Asbury Christian Award
Wilfredo Garcia Beltran, MD
Kristen Knouse, MD
 
HMS – Multiculturalism and Diversity Award
Jessica Ruiz, MD
 
HMS – Seidman Prize for Outstanding HST Senior Medical Student Thesis
Ryan Park, MD
 
HMS – Soma Weiss Student Research Day Speakers
Eric Bao, MD
Donna Leet, MD
Anthony Tuan Nguyen, MD
 
HMS – Soma Weiss Student Research Day Poster Award
Ling-Ya Monica Chao, MD
Joseph Scott Goodwin, MD (honorable mention)
Malia McAvoy, MD (honorable mention)
Andrew Thai Nguyen, MD
 
HMS – James Tolbert Shipley Prize
David Yang, MD
 
HST – Martha Gray Prizes for Excellence in Research (HST Forum)
Annabelle Anandappa, MD
Nil Gural, MEMP
David Miranda-Nieves, MEMP
Rida Mourtada, MEMP
Ryan Park, MD
Agata Wisniowska, MEMP
 
MIT – Elie Shaio Memorial Award
Efrat Goffer, MEMP
 
MIT – Goodwin Medal for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student
Or Gadish, MEMP
 
MIT – Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fellowship
Avilash Cramer, MEMP
 
MIT – IMES - Broshy Scholarship
Avilash Cramer, MEMP
 
MIT – Koch Institute - Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology Fellowship
Jesse Kirkpatrick, MEMP
 
MIT – Lemelson-MIT Graduate Student Prize, Cure It! Category
Tyler Clites, MEMP
 
MIT – Priscilla King Gray Center, IDEAS Global Challenge Winner 
Olivia Waring, MEMP
 
MIT – TATA Frontier Fellowship
Kriti Subramanyam, MEMP
 
MIT – Unitec Bio Fund Fellowship
Claudia Varela, MEMP
 
MIT – Whitaker Health Sciences Fund Fellowship
Shriya Srinivasan, MEMP
 
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Melinda Chen, MEMP
Brennan Jackson, MEMP
Nalini Singh, MEMP
Claudia Varela, MEMP
 
Radiological Society of America (RSNA) Trainee Research Prize
Anji Tang, MD
 
Swedish-American Foundation Fellowship
John Samuelsson, MEMP
 
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Suchita Nety, MD
 
Congratulations to all!
 
 
HST PROFESSOR, MARTHA GRAY RECEIVES 2018 PROGRAM AWARD FOR A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING
 
The IMPACT Program, a Health Sciences & Technology-HMS/MIT Program, is a recipient of the 2018 Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring (PACEM) at Harvard Medical School.  IMPACT is housed in IMES and co-led by Martha Gray (MIT) and Deborah Burstein (BIDMC).  Emery Brown is a co-PI on the NIH grant that supports most of this effort, and many HST/IMES faculty have participated as mentors and advisors.  Harvard Medical School established PACEM to recognize the efforts of a department, division, office or program to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of mentoring.  This new award provides an opportunity to learn from successful formal mentoring programs and allow others in the community to adopt model programs. 
 
 
 
 
 

HST REFS (RESOURCES FOR EASING FRICTION AND STRESS) INVITE CONTACT

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.                                                

                   -John Crosby and hst-refs@mit.edu

The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of HST students and alumni who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit: http://hst.mit.edu/people/students/hst-refs.

Any of the REFS are available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at hst-refs@mit.edu.

 
 
 

Course Information & Academic Resources

 
 
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN BIOPHARMA - 7/20.930 MIT GRAD CLASS FALL 2018
 
Are you a PhD Student wondering about R&D in industry?
Why not try it out as part of an internship class? 
 
Several HST students have participated in past semesters.
 
No industry experience necessary or expected.
You must be a PhD student who has passed your department's qualifying exams.
Enrollment is also open to students outside 7 and 20.
International students would need to talk to the ISO about using OPT.
 
This Fall 2018, 20.930/7.930: Research Experience in Biopharma will run for the fourth time. We match graduate students with industry mentors to conduct research on-site at a local biotech or pharma company. Students work at the company 10 hours/week and attend weekly lectures (Mondays at 1) covering topics of science and business in the biotech/pharma industry.
 
Recent host companies have included Novartis, Pfizer, Amgen, Merrimack, and Vertex. Feedback from students and mentors has been overwhelmingly positive. 

Instructors are Prof. Amy Keating, Prof. Doug Lauffenburger, and Dr. Sean Clarke. Contact saclarke@mit.edu with any questions.
 
Pre-registration starts May 1 and runs through June 18 (not required, but extremely helpful).

Please also complete this quick form: https://goo.gl/forms/ty5P93bTx949kDQU2
 
 
 
HARVARD CATALYST ONLINE COURSE
 
Harvard Catalyst is also now accepting applications for Funding Your Research: NIH, an online course that will give participants an overview of the NIH grant submission process, with a particular focus on the R01 and K career development grants. Applications close May 23, 2018 - Contact us at FYR@catalyst.harvard.edu with any questions.
 
 
 
HARVARD INNOVATION LABS CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
 
Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.
 
 
 
COMMUNITY WELLNESS AT MIT OFFERINGS

Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community to provide the resources and programs that can help you make healthy choices.

Offerings include: Koru Mindfulness, Creating the Healthy Life You Want, and many other wellness classes.
 
Visit the Community Wellness website for more information and sign up for their newsletter.
 
 
 

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

 

 

 
HACKING DERMATOLOGY
  • Friday 6/8 (5:30pm-9:30pm), Saturday 6/9 (7:30am-9:30pm), Sunday 6/10 (7:30am-2pm)
  • Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
 
Themes + Challenge Statements: This hackathon will focus on inflammatory skin disease and the related patient experience. Read more about the challenge prompts here.
 
On June 10th, the top five teams will be awarded grants in the amount of $5k. The top teams will be invited to compete for additional grant funding in Fall 2018. Up to $80k will be awarded throughout Hacking Dermatology!
 
Schedule + Time Commitment: 
Friday, June 8: evening kick off, team formation + happy hour
Saturday, June 9: team work time with mentors available
Sunday, June 10: teams finalize proposals, final presentations + awards
 
 
REGISTER FOR THE KI SUMMER SYMPOSIUM - BREAKTHROUGH CANCER NANOTECHNOLOGIES
    Registration is now open for our Annual KI Summer Symposium entitled “Breakthrough Cancer Nanotechnologies.” Please register soon as space is limited.
    • Friday, June 15, 2018
    • 9am-4:40pm
    • MIT Kresge Auditorium
     
    Speakers include:
     
    Dan Anderson Nanoparticle Formulations for RNA Therapy and Gene Editing
     
    Rashid Bashir Micro and Nanotechnologies for Analysis of Tissues and Molecules
     
    Angela Belcher New Approaches for Finding Tiny Tumors: Towards Early Detection and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer
     
    Sangeeta Bhatia Protease Nanosensors for Cancer Detection, Classification and Monitoring
     
    Vladimir Bulović Nanoscale Discoveries for Transformative Breakthroughs
     
    Mark Davis Designing Nanoparticles to Safely Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier for Treating Brain Cancers
     
    Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Bubble Based Nanodiagnostics
     
    Jim Heath A Molecular View of Immuno-Oncology
     
    Suzie Pun Modulating Tumor-Associated Macrophages
     
    Ralph Weissleder Developing Next Generation Diagnostics for Cancer
     
    Panel ‘Translation of Nanomedicine to Patients’ 
    Noubar Afeyan, John Maraganore, Bob Langer, Paula Hammond, Michelle Bradbury, Cristianne Rijcken Moderated by Rebecca Spalding
     
     
     
    PRECISION MEDICINE 2018: ASSEMBLING THE PUZZLE
    REGISTER HERE via Eventbrite (conference is free but space is limited)
     

    Questions? Contact us at precisionmedicine@hms.harvard.edu
     
    Patients continue to inspire and drive us to the leading edge of precision medicine.* Yet at perhaps the most exciting and promising focus of precision medicine—its application to oncology—precision seems to matter less than predicted even 5 years ago. On the one hand, therapies such as the immune modulating drugs have emerged that appear effective across dozens of different cancers, yet the discovery of “driver mutations” in individual cancers continues to influence drug development and clinical decision making. In this context, how can patients help drive optimal decision making and societal investments in effective treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases?
     
    Our keynote this year, Greg Simon, President of the Biden Cancer Initiative, is ideally placed to answer this question both from the perspective of his role in founding FasterCures, patient advocacy within the pharmaceutical industry, and as a cancer survivor. Science and clinical care do not exist in isolation, and thus our first panel will address the question, "How do we overcome the disconnect between Patients, Clinicians, Insurers & Educators?" The panel includes leading representatives from payors, investors, data-driven oncology companies and media.
     
    The question of patient leadership in precision medicine will be further explored in our second panel featuring citizen scientists, professional scientists who are parents of children requiring precision medicine therapies, as well as representatives of precision medicine companies, such as Editas Medicine.
     
    Our third panel, composed of luminaries in technology and data science, will explore how digital technologies can help us complement molecular characterizations for further precision and to implement new precision medicine clinical workflows.
     
    Our closing keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Levin, whose career trajectory from successive leadership positions at large pharmaceutical companies to leading his own rare disease precision medicine company might presage a tectonic shift in the life science industry.
     
     
    CALL FOR PAPERS - FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES CONFERENCE (FTC) 2018
     
    November 15-16, 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
    Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE
     
    We'd like to invite you to submit your papers/posters/demo proposals for the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2018 to be held from 15-16 November 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.
     
    FTC attracts researchers, scientists and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.
     
    The conference programme will include paper presentations, poster sessions and project demonstrations, along with prominent keynote speakers and industrial workshops.
     
    Complete details are available on the conference website : http://saiconference.com/FTC
     
    FTC 2018 papers will be will be published in Springer series "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing" and submitted for indexing to ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, DBLP, SCOPUS, Google Scholar and Springerlink. 
     
     
     

    GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE — LASERS IN MICRO, NANO AND BIO SYSTEMS
     
    Gordon Research Conference — Lasers in Micro, Nano and Bio Systems
    Integration of Laser Physics, Photonics, Materials, Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, and Biomedicine
    • June 17 - 22, 2018
    • Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH
    (Note: The application deadline for this meeting was May 20, 2018. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.)
     
    An open and interdisciplinary forum to discuss the advances in micro- and nano-scale lasers and biological lasers, from fundamental principles and implementations to scientific discovery and biomedical applications. 
     
    Keynote speakers: Federico Capasso (Harvard University) and Vladimir Shalaev (Purdue University)
     
    Invited speakers: Toshihiko Baba, Gaurav Bahl, Hui Cao, Yu-Cheng Chen, Ji-Xin Cheng, Demetrios Christodoulides, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Ivan Favero, Malte Gather, Shang-Jr Gwo, Sven Höfling, Matjaz Humar, Boubacar Kantu, Anders Kristensen, Yong-Hee Lee, Henri Lezec, Huajie Liu, Ren-Min Ma, Nicola Martino, Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Jason Smith, Mark Stockman, Hong Tang, Geoffrey Waldo, Lan Yang, Vladimir Zharov
     
    Chairs: Xudong Fan (Michigan) and S. H. Andy Yun (MGH, HMS)
     
     
     
     
     
    MEDTECH BOSTON INFORMATION SOURCE & CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now. But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.
     
    At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.
     
    More organizational information and event postings from Medtech Boston is available here.
     
     

    MIT GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL HUMANITIES INITIATIVE (GHMHI) UPCOMING EVENTS

    The goal of the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) is to provide MIT students the training to analyze critically the determinants of health and roles of medicine in society from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.

    Global Health programs in medical schools, schools of public health, and universities and colleges across the U.S. emphasize how biomedical training, research, and practice, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations beyond the health sciences, are necessary to improve the determinants of health—whether social, political, economic, or biological.
     
    Medical Humanities is a subfield of medicine that draws on the humanities, arts, and social sciences to analyze medical education and clinical practice.
     
    Find more information and a calendar of upcoming events at http://ghmhi.mit.edu/.

     
    BRAINMAP SEMINARS

    Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics!
     
    Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held on Wednesdays at noon in seminar room CNY2204, MGH/Charlestown, Building 149.
     
     
    A schedule of upcoming Brainmap Seminars can be found at: https://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/calendar
     
    To sign up for the mailing list, please go to: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/brainmap
     
     
     

    Student Opportunities

     
     
    TA POSITION AVAILABLE - HST.590 - FALL 2018
     
    We’re looking for a current MEMP student to serve as TA for HST.590 starting in fall 2018. This is an opportunity to partner with faculty to design the experience through speaker selection and content development. Additional responsibilities include speaker outreach and logistical support (attendance, evaluations, food selection and ordering). Compensation includes rewarding interactions and a stipend supplement.  If you are interested or have further questions, please contact Julie Greenberg (jgreenbe@mit.edu) and Jeff Behrens (jeff@siamab.com).
     
     
     
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - HEALTHCARE BLOCKCHAIN SUMMIT
     
    Event: Healthcare Blockchain Summit, June 11-12, Boston
    We are seeking a few student volunteers (perhaps three or four) to help out with Summit registration and other tasks in exchange for free passes to the Summit. In addition to some free passes for student volunteers, we can also offer a deeply discounted registration fee for full time students.
     
    For more information, contact Satish Kavirajan (sk@tcbi.org)
     
     
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR DATA MINING & ANALYSIS
     
    Term: Summer/Fall 2018 with option to continue during Spring 2019
    Department/Lab/Center:  EECS, IMES, and CSAIL
     
    Supervisor: Dr. Amar Gupta
     
    Project Title: Data Mining and Analysis: Telemedicine/Digital Health and Optimization of Effectiveness of Geographically Distributed Teams of Professionals
     
    Project Description:
    We are developing new technical and business approaches to Enhance Effectiveness of Geographically Distributed Teams of Professionals. Our work relates to multiple disciplines, including healthcare.
     
    We have been successful in obtained significant data related to Electronic Intensive Care Units (eICUs) located in US and abroad. This project involves analysis of the data; creation of machine learning algorithms; and design of new approaches to reduce the incidence of alarm fatigue on doctors and nurses. In addition, we are looking at allied deployment issues related to widespread adoption of new Digital Health technologies and methodologies.
     
    Additional information about our work is available at:
     
     
    and
     
     
    Contact: Positions are available for pay, credit, thesis, or independent study. Applications are invited from graduate and undergraduate students with expertise and some prior experience in the areas of data analysis and machine learning algorithms. Experience in healthcare is preferred but not essential. demonstrated interest and background in the subject matter. Interested applicants should submit a short description of their background and experience to Dr. Amar Gupta at agupta@mit.edu. Please include the mode in which you want to get involved and the preferred number of hours you would like to devote each week to this activity during summer and fall.
     
     
     
     
    GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOW NEEDED FOR GRADLINK SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
     
    When: Apply now; position available starting June 1, 2018 

    Do you hang out on Facebook? Enjoy conveying info in a pithy 280 characters or less? Join the GradLink team: Help connect MIT grad students to resources and build community! 

    The commitment is 10 hours/week; compensation is $675/month.
     

    Find more info & apply at https://odge.mit.edu/community/gcf. Bring your personality & sense of fun!

     
     
    RECRUITING MEMBERS FOR A DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS STUDENT CHAPTER
     
    Hello HST friends! A few of us have launched a Harvard-MIT student chapter of Doctors Without Borders, and we’d like to gauge interest. We’ve secured an official endorsement from the MSF headquarters in NYC, and we’re hoping to invite a few speakers early next year to share their experiences as humanitarian physicians.
     
    Kindly fill out this survey if you have any interest in joining our mailing list!
     
    If you’d like to get involved in a leadership capacity, feel free to reach out to Olivia Waring at omwaring@mit.edu.
     
     
    SCHWARZMAN SCHOLARS APPLICATION IS LIVE
     
    The Schwarzman Scholars Application is LIVE!
     
    The importance of our mission, to build greater understanding between China and the rest of the world, couldn’t be more evident today. The third class of 142 Schwarzman Scholars will matriculate at Tsinghua this August with 40% of the cohort coming from the United States, 20% from China, and 40% from the rest of the world. For a glimpse into the experience of a Schwarzman Scholar, we encourage you to watch our short video.
     
    The program is open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Mandarin skills are not required for admission. Whether in politics, business, sciences, or the arts – successful applicants are young people who have already begun to demonstrate the ability to lead and produce results in their fields and who have a commitment to building understanding among people with differing perspectives.
     
    To access the U.S./Global application and learn more about requirements please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website. The U.S./Global application opened April 16th and will close at 11:59PM on September 27, 2018. (The deadline for candidates who hold passports from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is May 31st. The China application can be found here.) The written application will be reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world who will narrow the pool based on an extensive set of guidelines. More than 400 finalists will be invited to an in-person interview in Beijing, Bangkok, London, or New York, and will be notified of their acceptance by mid-November 2018.
     
    Webinars and in-person information sessions for interested applicants will be hosted in April and through the next several months leading up to the application deadline. To find out more, please sign-up for a session or contact us with any questions.
     
     
    PROJECT ASSISTANCE NEEDED
     
    We are seeking any HST students who would be interested in helping chart abstractions for a project. To participate, you would need to have access to Partners medical records and would need to have Citi training in Human Subjects Research and Good Clinical Practice. 
     
    The project involves doing chart abstractions to review germline genetic testing results in patients with identified alterations in BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 in tumor samples. 
     
    If anyone is interested, please contact Brittany Bychkovsky, MD MSc, Instructor of Medicine, Breast Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (brittany_bychkovsky@dfci.harvard.edu) and we can arrange a meeting to discuss this more.
     
     
    SAFERIDE ONDEMAND LATE NIGHT SERVICE
     
    What:  Pilot On-Demand shuttle service provided by MIT's transportation system
     
    Hours: 11 pm to 2:15 am from Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 pm to 3:15 am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, replacing the regular Saferide routes during those hours. 
     
    How do I call the shuttle? 
    The on-demand service can be accessed via a phone app (TransLoc Rider: http://translocrider.com/), or via a website (http://ondemand.transloc.com/). You can also visit the Parking & Transportation website for more details (http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/shuttles/safe_ride.html)
     
    Where does the shuttle go?
     
    This pilot service is the culmination of collaborative work done by the Division of Student Life, the Parking & Transportation Office, the Graduate Student Council (In particular the Transportation Subcommittee and the Secretary) and the Undergraduate Association.
     
     
    GRT/GRA APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2018-19
     
    We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our Undergraduate House communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities.  
     
    If you know anyone who would be a great candidate please share this email with them and have any interested person apply here.  
     
    Any questions can be sent to BEAGRT@mit.edu
     
     

    OGE - DIVERSITY INITIATIVES NEWSLETTER

    The Office for Graduate Education (OGE) Diversity Initiatives hopes your semester is off to a good start! The intent of our newsletter is to serve you so that you feel that the graduate community at MIT is a place where you feel at home; you are welcomed, you belong and you matter. 
     
    You can subscribe to the newsletter here.
     
    You can find the current newsletter here.
     
     
    UROP POSITIONS: MATLAB ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL DATA
     
    Excellent opportunities for two talented/motivated UROP students to participate in ongoing clinical trials in Boston area hospitals on the therapeutic treatment of patients with respiratory dysfunction. Premed/bio students are welcome to apply.
     
    Requirements:  Familiarity with Matlab programming is essential. Background or interest in signal processing and physiology is helpful. We are dealing with real patients who are under medical care – strong student commitment is a must!
     
    Responsibilities: Develop Matlab programs for analyzing clinical time series data from patients or from computer simulations. Adapt and refine an existing computer program written in Labview (a Matlab-based software package) for real-time data acquisition and control of a therapeutic device in the ICU. Interact with research scientists and clinicians and provide technical support to facilitate those clinical studies.
     
    Contact:  Dr. Chi-Sang Poon at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, E25-250, cpoon@mit.edu.
     
     
    SPARRHO EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER PRIZE 2018
     
    Are you, or one of your grad students or postdocs, going to a conference this year?
     
    Sparrho, a London-based science startup, is offering travel grants of $600 to PhD students and postdocs from any institute who want to share their research at an academic conference in the next 12 months, anywhere in the world.
     
    The deadline for the Prizes to be awarded for July is Saturday, June 30th, 23:59 PDT.
      
    To see the application form visit: http://grants.sparrho.com
     
    Applications welcome from the fields of: Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Engineering | Mathematics | Medicine | Physics
     
     
    MIT GRADUATE ASSISTANCE INFORMATION NETWORK (GAIN)
     
    MIT Graduate Assistance Information Network (GAIN) is a free 24/7 network of professionals who provide life management resources and referrals to help make life easier for MIT Graduate Students and families.
     
    MIT GAIN services, which are available at no cost to you and your family, include:
    • Legal consultation
    • Financial consultation
    • Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
    • Elder care resources and personalized research and referrals
    • Relocation guidance
    • School/summer camp selection for children in grades K–12
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Career assessment
    • Resources for other life concerns, such as moving services, home repair and cleaning services, pet care, fitness programs & trainers, and more.
    Take advantage of these additional MIT Work-Life programs and resources:
    Find more information here.
     
     
    MIT CONNECT
     
    MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches
     
    Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students!
     
     
    Feel free to contact us with question, comments, or concerns at questions@connected.mit.edu
     
     

    PEER 2 PEER STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE

    Need Someone To Listen?
    Whether you’re having a bad day or just want someone to talk to, Peer2Peer’s community of MIT students is here for you.
     

    Log in and chat anonymously about whatever’s on your mind with someone who really understands.

     
     
    LET'S CHAT PROGRAM
     
    A new program has started that is designed to help students who may be in need of support and direction, but who are reluctant to visit MIT Medical, or engage with S^3 or ODGE.  
     
    Called “Let’s Chat,” this outreach, which was originally announced by Cindy Barnhart in her recent message about various student support initiatives, offers a drop-in counseling office two hours daily from Tuesday through Thursday each week, in 8-316. Students who want a low-energy-barrier way to talk to someone can sign up for one of several 20-minute sessions available from 1-3 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for students to reach out for help they might need, so no advance appointment is necessary; students sign up for a 20-minute time slot by simply marking an “X” on one of the designated times on the daily schedule, which will be posted outside the door to 8-316.  
     
    This service will be staffed by clinicians from Mental Health, and is open to ALL students — graduate, undergraduate, any department. Urgent situations should continue to be routed to MH walk-in or urgent care; “Let’s Chat” will focus on listening to students taking the first step to request support, and on providing referrals when necessary.

     
    COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETIN
     
    At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.
     
    As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.
     
    Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.
    News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

     


    Professional Opportunities

     

    CPRIT TRIUMPH TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

    The CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center is a three-year post-doctoral research program providing unique training in clinical and translational cancer research through didactic coursework, clinical rotations, and a unique, multi-disciplinary mentoring team. We are currently accepting applications from talented, productive, and well-trained PhDs for inclusion in our program. Graduate students who will be defending within the next 12 months and recent Ph.D. graduates are especially encouraged to apply now!

    For additional information and to view bios and testimonials from our TRIUMPH alumni, please visit www.mdanderson.org/CPRITTRIUMPH.

    Eligibility requirements:
    • Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. from a top graduate school program in any of the life sciences
    • Publications in top tier journals (must have at least 2 first authored papers)
    • Dedication to pursue translational cancer research
    • Applicants do not need to be US Citizens or permanent residents. If the applicant has a visa, it must be valid for the duration of the fellowship
    Applications should include:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • PDF reprints of all first authored publications
    • Three letters of recommendation (letters should be written on official letterhead and contain original signatures. They should be submitted by email from the referee’s institutional/organizational email account to CPRITMDACCTraining@mdanderson.org).
    • A two-page essay describing your goals and dedication toward a career in clinical and translational cancer research (single-spaced, 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font)
    Please send application materials to ksavannah@mdanderson.org for submission.
     
    Deadlines: June 30, 2018 (cycle 2), September 30, 2018 (cycle 3)
     
    Applications, inquiries, and questions are welcomed – please submit them to Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah at ksavannah@mdanderson.org. Our admissions review committees will meet directly following our June 30th and September 30th application cycle deadlines.

     

    JOB OPENINGS AT FOUNDATION MEDICINE

    Foundation Medicine is a world-leading molecular insights company, connecting physicians and their patients to the latest cancer treatment approaches and making precision medicine a reality for thousands. 

    We are looking to hire two associate directors/directors in the following roles:

    Director, SmartTrials Products & Strategy:
    We now sequencing more cases in a week (2000) than every academic medical center combined. This means we see rare genomic findings relatively frequently — we find a 0.5% prevalent marker, for example, 10 times a week. We’ve started to build a program around this fundamental capability to match patients with rare genomic findings to clinical trials, and, in doing so, advancing the actionability of genomic sequencing while simultaneously accelerating drug development. We are looking for a Product leader to help shape the future of this program — developing a vision, building a roadmap, leading product research and design, and ultimately executing and launching new solutions to accelerate trials. More info on the program is here: https://www.foundationmedicine.com/insights-and-trials/foundation-smartt... and the job description is here: https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=FOUND...
     
    Director, Academic and International Data Strategy:
    As our dataset grows, we have the opportunity to support cancer researchers and academic centers in the US and abroad. These partnerships, spanning data sharing, clinical trials support, and analytic tools and services, could simultaneously advance the field, Foundation Medicine’s role on the global stage, and ultimately the value of our clinical services. We are looking for strategic thinker and product leader to help shape this opportunity. This person would be responsible for setting strategy, conducting market and user research, identifying and prioritizing solutions, and ultimately deploying them in the field. They would be interfacing regularly with cancer center directors and leaders of national and international consortia at the highest levels. Ideally, this person would be an MD (or even better, an oncologist) with knowledge of clinical research (ideally cancer genomics), and an entrepreneurial / analytical orientation (e.g., having spent time in industry, consulting, or in a startup).
     
    For more information, contact:

    Gaurav Singal, MD, Vice President - Data Strategy & Product Development
    Foundation Medicine, Inc., 150 Second Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
     
    Supported by: Claire Walsh (cwalsh@foundationmedicine.com - (617) 245-3263)
     

     
    EMORY UNIVERSITY FACULTY & POSTDOC POSITIONS IN MACHINE LEARNING & SIGNAL/IMAGE PROCESSING RELATED TO HEALTHCARE/MEDICINE
     
    Faculty Opportunity
    Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Signal Processing & Machine Learning; Job Number - 15754; Job Type - Regular Full-Time; Division - School of Medicine; Department- SOM: BMI: Admin
     
    Find the full faculty posting here.
     
    Interested candidates should contact Dr. Gari D. Clifford at Emory University/Georgia Tech, gari@gatech.edu or gari@dnmi.emory.edu and cc bmi-jobs@emory.edu.
     
    There is funding to fill several faculty positions over the next 1-2 years, and then likely several more in the following five years of significant expansion. 
     
    Postdoctoral Positions
    Postdoctoral positions are available right now. 
     
    One of the projects is described here.
     
    Other work is focused on high resolution time series data from patients with psychiatric and neurological diseases.  
     
    All postdoc positions are at least 2 years but could be extended or lead to other more senior positions.
     
    Interested candidates should contact Dr. Gari D. Clifford at Emory University/Georgia Tech, gari@gatech.edu or gari@dnmi.emory.edu for more information.
     
     
    INSIGHT DATA FELLOWS PROGRAMS
     
    Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students for our fellowships in:
    • Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
    • Health Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
    • Data Engineering  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
    • Artificial Intelligence  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
    • Data Product Management  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
    • DevOps  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
    1400+ Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, 23andMe, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, and 250+ other top companies.
     
    Insight Fellows Programs:
    • 7 week, full-time training fellowship
    • Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
    • Join an active community of Insight alumni
    • Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
    • Tuition-free with need-based scholarships and loans available to help cover living costs
    Learn more & apply on our website: https://www.insightdatascience.com/apply
     
    Application deadlines vary by program.
     
    Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list: https://www.insightdatascience.com/notify
     
    Questions? Email us at info@insightdatascience.com
     
     
     
    VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER POST-DOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN CUTANEOUS IMAGING
     
    Position:
    The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee is seeking motivated post-doctoral candidates to develop their translational research career in biophotonics and imaging of cutaneous manifestations of cancer and its treatments. Multimodal dermatologic imaging techniques including 3D photography, hyperspectral imaging, and confocal microscopy, coupled to image analysis techniques including deep learning neural networks, will be applied in ongoing multicenter clinical trials and basic science research. Initial appointment will be for one year with annual renewal options.
     
    Environment:
    Candidates will benefit from a personalized research program catered to their goals utilizing resources and mentoring within the VUMC Division of Oncology and the Division of Dermatology as well as The Biophotonics Center within the Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Engineering. The renowned Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center brings together clinicians, basic scientists, engineers and statisticians in close collaboration due to its interdisciplinary research and close physical proximity of the School of Medicine to the School of Engineering (100-200 yards).  Representative research is described on our websites:
     
     
     
    Qualifications: 
    Ph.D. or equivalent degree with expertise in at least one of the following: computer science, dermatologic imaging, multivariate data analysis, optical spectroscopy, image processing, optical design, clinical device validation, clinical trials, immunology, or biomarkers. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunities employer. 
     
    Application and contact:
    Interested applicants are requested to mail their CV, a one-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation with reference phone numbers and email addresses to: 
     
    Eric Tkaczyk, MD, PhD, Director, Cutaneous Imaging Clinic, Vanderbilt Dermatology, One Hundred Oaks Suite 26300, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204 (eric.tkaczyk@vanderbilt.edu)
     
     

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP POSITION AT PFIZER

    Application call for a postdoctoral fellowship position at Pfizer, Cambridge, USA

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Modeling
     
    The Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Lab in Pfizer’s Internal Medicine Research Unit (IMRU) is responsible for developing insights to help advance IMRU clinical candidates; identifying and evaluating promising new therapeutic targets through physiologically-based modeling and simulation; and analysis and interpretation of preclinical and clinical data. We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to develop and analyze mechanistic, mathematical  models of cardiac and skeletal muscle mitochondria metabolism to enable the in silico testing of mechanistic hypotheses of metabolic inflexibility with the ultimate goal of improving the identification and evaluation of therapeutic targets for heart failure (HF) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
     
    Please visit the following link for more information:
     
     
    If interested, please apply with a cover letter and a CV via the above link or contact anna.sher@pfizer.com
     

    MIT POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN MACHINE LEARNING FOR MEDICINE

    MIT's Lab for Computational Physiology at Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate in Machine Learning for Medicine. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join a multidisciplinary research team to develop machine learning techniques for medicine, physiological modeling, and treatment decision support. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an outstanding capability for independent research in machine learning. Candidate must hold a PhD degree in

    Computer Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, or a related field. The successful candidate will work with researchers and faculty members from MIT IMES, CSAIL, and members of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.
     

    In addition to a curriculum vitae, applicants should submit a short statement of research interest to Li Lehman (lilehman@mit.edu).

    Please see the following URL for more details http://web.mit.edu/lilehman/www/postdoc.html

     

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GRITSTONE ONCOLOGY

    Gritstone Oncology is a privately-held, next-generation personalized cancer immunotherapy company. Gritstone brings together distinguished scientific founders, an experienced and diverse management team, a seasoned and successful board of directors and deep financial backing to tackle fundamental challenges at the intersection of cancer genomics, immunology, and immunotherapy design. The Company’s initial goal is to identify and deploy neoantigens for novel treatments for lung and gastric cancer. In addition to neoantigen therapy development, Gritstone is leveraging its unique antigen discovery platform to define targets for shared antigen immunotherapies, which would provide an opportunity to treat even more patients.
     
    Gritstone Oncology is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with key functions located in Cambridge, MA and Pleasanton, CA. The company launched in October 2015 and has received funding from leading blue-chip biotechnology investors, including Versant Ventures, The Column Group, Clarus Funds, Frazier Healthcare Partners, RedMile, Casdin Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures, Trinitas Capital, GV, and Alexandria Venture Investments.
     
    Gritstone Oncology is seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist to help harness the immune system to treat cancer. The Bioinformatics Scientist will perform analyses of industry leading proprietary and public genomic and proteomic datasets to find actionable biological insights.
     
    We are looking for an independent and flexible team player who will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative environment. This is an opportunity to work for a wellfunded early biotechnology company where bioinformatics analyses drive personalized cancer treatments.
     
    Interested candidates should send CV with cover letter to James Sun (jsun@gritstone.com)
     
    Specific responsibilities:
    • Develop and perform novel, rigorous bioinformatics analyses
    • Work closely with other computational and experimental scientists to design experiments

     

    POSTDOCTORAL POSITION - STEM CELL BIOLOGIST

    Molecular Neuro-otology and Biotechnology Laboratory seeks Experienced Stem Cell Biologist
     
    We are looking for an outstanding stem cell biologist with a strong scientific background and proven accomplishments in deriving and differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) into neural cell types for functional genomics, target validation, and drug screening with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders and hearing loss. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, differentiation and characterization of human pluripotent stem cell-derived lines. Extensive hands-on experience in working with neurons and/or Schwann cells, developing complex functional assays, small molecule screening, and high-content imaging is preferred. Experience with molecular techniques (including qPCR, ELISA, and western blotting) is required. Excellent multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently are required. Strong communication and people skills are required as well as a desire to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, translational research group working at the interface of neuroscience, stem cell biology, and novel therapeutic development.
     
    The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, and will have a PhD degree, MD/PhD degree or a related degree in Biology, Neurobiology, or related science with at least 3 years of experience in human stem cell biology and assay development.
     
    The laboratory is located at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a premier research and clinical institution, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The laboratory is situated at the heart of a world-renowned, vibrant scientific environment centered around Massachusetts General Hospital in historic downtown Boston and within walking distance of MIT and the Broad and Whitehead Institutes.

    Funding is available for an initial period of two years, starting immediately. Interested candidates should send their CV to the address below and be prepared to supply three letters of reference upon request.
     
    Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-573-3972 (konstantina_stankovic@meei.harvard.edu)
     

     

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW - MARTINOS CENTER FOR BIOMEDICAL IMAGING

    Location: Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Description: Structural and Functional MRI analysis, Cognitive Neuroscience, Signal Processing
     
    Project: Investigating brain networks in clinical populations and healthy controls
     
    Summary: The project involves analysis of structural and functional brain connectivity in clinical populations and healthy controls with a focus on language, reading, and motor networks. Applicants should have advanced MRI/fMRI and DWI analysis skills; and solid experience in task-related and resting-state functional connectivity analysis. Responsibilities will include development and modification of project-specific analysis streams, statistical analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication.
     
    Requirements: Applicants with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidate will have a strong background in structural and functional MR analysis, image processing (e.g. Freesurfer, FSL, AFNI) and be proficient in  programming (Matlab, Python, C) and statistics. Good spoken and written skills are essential.
     
    The position is available immediately and applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Salary will be in keeping with NIH guidelines. A one year, full-time commitment is required. The Martinos Center offers a dynamic and exciting environment in which to work and expand one's skills with state-of-the art multimodal imaging facilities.
     
    Applications should be sent to Maria Mody, Ph.D. at maria@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu and should include the candidate's CV, a statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation.

     

    POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS - NAXEROVA LAB

    Two postdoctoral positions in experimental and computational biology are available in the Naxerova laboratory at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    The Naxerova lab studies the evolutionary history of cancer, using a blend of high-throughput experimental and computational approaches. We are interested in understanding how processes of mutation and selection in normal (stem) cells set the stage for cancer evolution. Once a tumor develops, how does tissue-specific selection shape the cancer genome? How can we take advantage of genetic intra-tumor heterogeneity to gain insights into the life history of a cancer? A particular interest of the lab is metastasis evolution. Do metastases arise from distinct clones with special, genetically encoded properties or do they represent random samples of the primary tumor? Do all metastases arise independently from the primary tumor, or do they give rise to each other? Does metastatic spread happen early or late in tumor development? Perhaps most importantly, is there a correlation between the evolutionary history of metastases and clinical outcomes? These questions are difficult to study in humans because it is challenging to reconstruct occult events that happened years before diagnosis. We are developing and applying new methods for lineage tracing in human cancer, with the ultimate goal of understanding a tumor’s entire evolution from the founder cell to lethal systemic disease.

    We have exciting new projects investigating metastasis patterns in colorectal cancer and melanoma and are looking for two postdoctoral fellows or PhD students to join the team. Both experimentally and computationally inclined candidates are encouraged to apply. We are implementing experimental methods that generate large amounts of complex data and can thus offer fertile playing grounds to both experimentalists and bioinformaticians.
     
    There are no specific requirements for the job – we can teach you all the specifics here – but you should really burn for cancer genetics, enjoy grappling with difficult problems, be friendly and collegial, and have a track record in academic science that shows your commitment to this line of work.
     
    The Center for Systems Biology (CSB), a multidisciplinary thematic center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, houses a vibrant scientific community united by its interest in integrative biology and translational medicine. CSB and the larger Harvard community in which it is embedded offer near limitless opportunities for education and interdisciplinary collaboration. MGH offers excellent benefits to all employees and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.
     
    To apply, please send a brief (less than 1 page) statement describing your interest in cancer (phylo-) genetics and your CV to Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena@mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.

     

    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY - STANFORD MOLECULAR IMAGING SCHOLARS (SMIS) PROGRAM

    The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows. 

    The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program is an integrated, three-year cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training program at Stanford University that brings together 33 faculty mentors from 14 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Molecular imaging, the non-invasive monitoring of specific molecular and biochemical processes in living organisms, continues to expand its applications in the detection and management of cancer. SMIS faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics, biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. The centerpiece of the SMIS program is the opportunity for trainees (PhD or MD with an emphasis on PhD) to conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. SMIS trainees also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, including ethics training and the responsible conduct of research. The three-year program culminates with the preparation and review of a mock NIH grant proposal, in support of trainee transition to an independent career in cancer molecular imaging.
     
    Eligibility:
    • Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree
    • Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
    Application Deadline: June 11, 2018
     

     

    ELEKTROFI JOBS: FORMULATION SCIENTIST & BIOMANUFACTURING ENGINEER

    Elektrofi is a drug delivery startup focusing on revolutionizing the delivery of biologics. The company was founded by an interdisciplinary MIT-based team. We are headquartered in Boston, MA.

    1. Formulation Scientist 
     
    Position summary
     
    Elektrofi is looking for a Formulation Scientist that will play key roles in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
     
    Day to day activities and opportunities
    • Perform full analytical testing to support product characterization
    • Formulation of various proteins for stability testing
    • Perform process development activities and molecular characterization
    • Identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency needed to meet critical corporate objectives, encompassing the areas of analytical method development
    • Create and manage method protocols, data, and reports
    Key qualifications
     
    It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
    • a Ph.D. or M.S. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering or a related field
    • two years of industry experience is a plus;
    • formulation experience with biologics;
    • experience working in a regulated environment is a plus;
    • experience working in an analytical biotechnology, quality control or R&D setting;
    • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
    • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
    • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
    • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
    Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
     
    If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to careers@elektrofi.com.
     
    2. Biomanufacturing Engineer
     
    Position summary
    Elektrofi is looking for a Biomanufacturing Engineer that will play a key role in the development of its biologics delivery platform. This individual will join an early-stage, multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to a variety of process development and formulation activities in a highly collaborative environment.
     
    Day to day activities and opportunities
    • Synthesize commercially-feasible processes based on existing proprietary benchtop methods
    • Design, prototype, and implement pilot-scale processing hardware
    • Perform process-related characterizations of various proteins
    • Identify opportunities for fundamental and/or process-related innovation in the formulation method
    • Lead various process-related industry partnerships 
    Key qualifications
     
    It is anticipated that strong candidates will possess:
    • a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field;
    • at least four years of industry experience;
    • a background in drug particle formulation;
    • direct experience with pharmaceutical spray dryers, spray freeze dryers, and/or related particle formation technologies;
    • experience working in a quality controlled and/or regulated R&D environments;
    • an ability to think critically and constructively in a fast-paced research environment;
    • strong scientific ideation skills and resourcefulness in testing related hypotheses;
    • sharp laboratory acumen and organizational skills; and
    • a demonstrated proficiency in effective written and oral communication.
    Ideal candidates may also have experience with continuous processing systems; alternative drying technologies, e.g., lyophilization; drug product regulatory environments, protein formulation paradigms, and bioanalytical characterization techniques.
     
    If you are a highly motivated self-starter with an interest in disruptive biotechnology, please apply through LinkedIn or send your CV/resume to careers@elektrofi.com.
     
     

    SOFTWARE PROGRAMMER (C++ OR R) - HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTHCARE INSTITUTE & HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL  

    This is a part time (20-30 hours) programmer/analyst position on completing epidemiology-based computer simulation models of diseases in human populations to support ongoing health policy research studies in precision and genomic medicine.  The person in this position would be responsible for programming in C++ or R, data management and assisting investigators with statistical analyses of clinical and economic data.

    Interested candidates should contact Kelly Horan (kelly_horan@harvardpilgrim.org) or apply here online.  
     
     
    SCIENCE CORPS: EXPANDING SCIENCE CAPACITY INTERNATIONALLY
     
    Science Corps was founded by Dr. Eddy Rubin, CSO at Metabiota and a geneticist and genomicist who has spent more than 25 years as a member of the faculty of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California where he also served as the Director of the DOE Joint Genome Institute where he played a major role in the Human Genome Project.
     
    Our mission is to take recent STEM Ph.D. graduates, as Science Corps fellows, and have them teach in scientifically developing countries.
     
    For more in-depth information, please visit http://www.science-corps.org/ and or email mmicallef@science-corps.org
     
     
    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS IN MULTI-MODAL BRAIN IMAGING, MACHINE LEARNING, AND NEURAL MODELING AT HMS 
     
    The Dystonia and Speech Motor Control Laboratory at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital has several open postdoctoral fellow positions to study normal and diseased organization of large-scale networks controlling highly skilled motor behaviors. We employ multimodal neuroimaging methodologies, including task-production, resting-state and pharmacological fMRI, high-resolution structural MRI, diffusion weighted imaging, and direct intracranial EEG, to examine brain functional, effective and structural connectivity in healthy individuals and patients with neurological disorders - dystonia and epilepsy. Our analytic approaches include, but are not limited to, graph theoretical analysis of large-scale neural networks, the application of novel machine learning algorithms for diagnostic and predictive classification of neurological disorders, and neural population modeling. In addition, we are examining the interplay between imaging, behavioral and genetics factors that contribute to the pathophysiology of neurological disorders.
     
    The postdoctoral fellow will function as part of a multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists, geneticists, neurologists and laryngologists at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital and in collaboration with neurosurgeons at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Responsibilities will include the conduct of all aspects of the research protocol, such as the development, modification and execution of data analysis, preparation of publications and scientific presentations, dissemination of the results through peerreviewed scientific journals and at the major national and international meetings, and mentoring the junior staff. Excellent opportunities exist for various scientific interactions and collaborations with experts in the fields of neuroscience, movement disorders, and genetics as well as for participation in the extensive programs of seminars, symposia, and other relevant meetings within Harvard Medical School.
     
    The postdoctoral fellow may work on one or more projects.
     
    Dystonia
    (I) Machine learning for identification and validation of neuroimaging and genetic markers of dystonia and the prediction of risk for dystonia development.
    (II) Graph theoretical analysis, machine learning and pharmacogenomics for identification of primary mechanistic markers of action of a novel oral medication in patients with dystonia.
    (III) Abnormalities of brain activation and neural networks across different forms of task-specific focal dystonia using a combination of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, and behavioral neurotesting.
     
    Epilepsy
    (I) Graph theoretical analysis of high-resolution intracranial EEG data for identification of the topology of large-scale neural connectivity in epilepsy and the development of neural markers for prediction of epileptic seizures.
     
    Normal speech production
    (I) Development and implementation of large-scale neural population models incorporating neurotransmission for simulation and prediction of brain activity during speech production.
     
    Qualifications and Skills
    • PhD in neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, bioengineering, or related fields
    • Exceptionally strong computational and biostatistical skills to implement and integrate the analysis of
      multi-dimensional imaging, clinical and/or genetic datasets
    • Solid experience in Python, MATLAB, and C
    • Strong experience in algorithmic design, mathematical models (primarily stochastic differential equation systems), and analysis and integration of dynamic systems
    • Independent, self-motivated with a proven track record of productive research
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with multiple investigators
    • Strong publication record and excellent academic credentials
    Position Duration
    Full-time, 1-year initial contract, renewable annually contingent upon performance.
     
    Salary
    Commensurate with experience according to the Mass Eye and Ear Policies and Procedures.
     
    Deadline
    The positions are available immediately and applications are considered on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.
     
    How to Apply
    The application should be sent to Dr. Kristina Simonyan at Kristina_Simonyan@meei.harvard.edu and should include the candidate’s CV with the list of publications, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of at least three professional referees. The candidate may also apply for the job via the link https://meei.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/research-fellow-be-1130.
     
     
    IIE EU - U.S.  EDUCATION COOPERATION FOR RESEARCHERS
     
    For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at www.iie.org. Please contact the programs directly for additional information or with any questions you may have.
     
    A quote from a recent Fulbright U.S. student, "My advice to Fulbrighters of the future is that which was given to me. Go at it with an open mind; your experience will not be anything like you predicted and will mark you indelibly, but it will be great."

     
     

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    MCKINSEY & COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCED DEGREE STUDENTS

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    We bring together an outstanding group of colleagues, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from medicine to law, engineering, economics and digital – to help leading organizations tackle their most complex challenges. We have long been a leader in strategic management; the amount of work we are doing in areas such as data science, software engineering, machine learning, corporate restructuring, and change management is growing rapidly. As our firm evolves, we are looking for more people like you – experts in their fields – to join our community.
     
    We welcome you to learn more about exciting programs and roles available to you at McKinsey, including a weekend experience at Insight 2018.  Join us this spring online to explore these opportunities.
     
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    New Ventures is a recently formed part of McKinsey focused on fostering innovations driven by analytics, design thinking, mobile, social and other technologies and integrating them into our client work. It is a foundation for - and expands our investment in - our entrepreneurial culture and is transforming the Firm.
     
    As one of the fastest-growing parts of McKinsey, New Ventures has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals globally and is continuing to grow, especially in our Solutions.  Our 35+ Solutions deliver McKinsey thinking through both software technology and specialized analytics teams and they are collectively redefining what it means to be at McKinsey. We are hiring globally for a wide variety of roles including data analysts, data scientists, software engineers and specialists.
     
    The deadlines to apply are in October 2018. Please visit our website for more information. 
     
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    SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING PHDS/POSTDOCS ADVERTISEMENTS

    Starting in the fall, the SoE Dean's office will run advertisements to help graduating PhDs and completing postdocs gain visibility with academic employers. The ads will run in First Bell, a content-aggregation newsletter produced by American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) that goes out daily to engineering faculty members at universities all over the country.

    The ad will point to this website: http://engineeringphds.mit.edu/

    If you are a SoE PhD or completing postdoc, who would like to be featured on the site, or know someone who would, please visit http://engineeringphds.mit.edu/login, authenticate, and complete the form.

     

    GENIUSMESH JOB SEARCH PLATFORM

    We all know that 75-80% of the jobs are not posted anywhere and most of these jobs are filled through referrals and networking. It takes months to network and find the right opportunities. Neerja Bharti, Sloan EMBA 15 has launched GeniusMesh to solve that particular problem within the MIT ecosystem.

    GeniusMesh is a trusted job search platform that connects MIT AlumCos (companies founded or with current alumni) with MIT candidates looking for Sr. Manager to Executive roles. Being a trusted site for both parties, finding the right candidate for an existing job search or future potential opportunity becomes easy. You would be able to find a contract, contract to hire or full-time opportunities faster. Both local, as well as international candidates, would be able to take advantage of our platform.
     
    “Our ultimate goal is to create an intimate and trusted hiring environment by making it easier for any MIT-affiliated graduate to connect with the right companies, and alums to find top talent faster”
     
    Please sign up and let us know what you are looking for and we will bring the right opportunities to you. You would also be able to search part-time and full-time jobs in stealth mode. We don’t share your profile without your permission.
     
    Joining the platform today will just take a couple of minutes!
     
     
    Please contact Neerja directly at Neerja@geniusmesh.com if you have any questions.

     

    UPCOMING CAREER FAIRS

    Find out more information about career fairs here at MIT.

     

    MIT'S IGRAD FINANCIAL LITERACY & CAREER RESOURCES PORTAL

    The ODGE sponsors MIT's iGrad financial literacy portal, with resources to help with financial support.
     
    The iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered for free to the entire MIT community in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union) is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general.
     
    More information can be found at odge.mit.edu/finances     
     
     
    GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER EVENTS - WEBSITE & CALENDAR

    For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://gecd.mit.edu

    The GECD Event calendar can be found here. 
     
     
    GECD OFFERS THE VERSATILE PHD RESOURCE TOOL

    Global Education & Career Development (GECD) is pleased to announce MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Our subscription, generously supported by ODGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via GECD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com) 
     
     

    MIT CAREERBRIDGE

    There are hundreds of jobs and internships now posted on CareerBridge, under both the Job Search and the On-Campus Interviews tabs. Check both tabs and apply as soon as possible.
     

     

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