July 13, 2018
This Week in HST
Volume 19, Number 39



HST Community Notices
 

 

Course Information
& Academic Resources

Conferences, Lectures 
& Seminars

Student Opportunities
 

Professional Opportunities
 

Career & Financial Guidance
Programs


HST Community Notices

 

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

 
ASL AND DEAF CULTURE CLASSES SUMMER 2018
 
The ASL and Deaf Culture club is proud to offer ASL classes to the MIT community. Our classes are taught by Deaf instructors who come to our campus. Location TBA.
 
Classes will meet for 8 sessions, Mondays and Thursdays, starting July 16. Each class session will be 75 minutes. There are four scheduling slots:
 
Mondays and Thursdays  4-5:15pm
Mondays and Thursdays  5:30-6:45pm
 
The exact list of dates:
 
July 16  Monday
July 19  Thursday
July 23  Monday
July 26 Thursday
July 30 Monday
Aug 2   Thursday
Aug 6   Monday
Aug 9   Thursday
 
Class starts precisely as scheduled (without MIT-standard 5 minute buffer).
 
We will be charging one-time tuition of $40, payable via cash or check (check made out to "ASL Club"). If this cost prevents you from taking the course, please contact goretkin@mit.edu
 
Please note that our classes are popular, and typically have a wait list. If you are not able to commit to coming to the class sessions, please do not sign up for the class.
 
We have Level 1 classes for complete ASL beginners. Depending on interest, we may offer a section for students who have taken Level 1 at MIT. Please indicate your level in the form below.
 
These classes are possible thanks to the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund, and Graduate Student Life Grants
 
To keep up-to-date on our classes and social events, join our mailing list: https://groups.mit.edu/webmoira/list/asl-interest

Apply here.

 

COMMUNITY WELLNESS TALK - CHEAT SLEEP, STRESS LESS

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 
  • 5:30-6:30pm
  • 66-144
Learn how to get better quality sleep even when you can’t get quantity sleep. Identify simple lifestyle changes that can improve sleep and help you feel more rested. Learn ways to manage stress better, recognize your signs of overstress, and practice mindfulness exercises that can help enhance your relaxation and sleep.
 
Susanna (Zan) Barry is a Senior Program Manager in Community Wellness at MIT Medical. Her student health programs at MIT include mindfulness and stress reduction, sleep health, eating concerns, and making health changes that stick. She has certifications in yoga, health coaching, and sleep education. She has two master's degrees in education and psychology and is a doctoral student in clinical psychology.
 
 
FALL COURSE - 2.787J/HST.535J TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
 
Prereq: Chemistry (GIR), Biology (GIR), Physics I (GIR); or permission of instructor
Units: 3-0-9
 
Lecture: TR11-12.30 (1-371)
 
Engineering and clinical leaders present the principles and practice of tissue engineering (TE)
and regenerative medicine (RM). Topics include factors that prevent the spontaneous
regeneration of tissues/organs in the adult (following traumatic injury, surgical excision, disease,
and aging), and molecular and cell-biological mechanisms that can be harnessed for induced
regeneration. Presents the principles underlying strategies for employing select biomaterial
scaffolds, exogenous cells, soluble regulators, and physical stimuli, for the formation of tissue in
vitro (TE) and regeneration of tissues/organs in vivo (RM). Describes the methodologies for
producing biomaterial scaffolds and for incorporating cells and regulatory molecules into
workable devices. Examples of clinical successes and failures of regenerative devices are
analyzed as case studies.
 
More information can be found at the course's Stellar site: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/HST/fa18/HST.535/
 
Taught by Ioannis V. Yannas and Myron Spector
 
 
NEW FALL COURSE - BUILDING WITH CELLS (7.46/7.86)
 
Building with Cells (7.46/7.86 - Fall 2018)
 
Cells build every aspect of life and can be harnessed for repair, diagnosis and production.
  • Understand how principles of developmental biology and stem cells guide organ formation, disease and replacement.
  • Address frontiers of the field, current methodologies and hypothesis-driven approaches.
For students in any Life Sciences-related major or graduate program.

Prof. H. Sive, Staff; Tue/Thu 11.30-1; 26-204
 
 
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 1pm) 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 FALL COURSE
 
Harvard Catalyst is now accepting applications to the Fall 2018 offering of Medical Device Development, a 3-day intensive course that provides an opportunity to explore and navigate the principles underlying the successes and challenges of medical device and diagnostics development. Participants in this course will hear from experts in the field and engage in case discussions and interactive panel sessions that address the development process from determining clinical need through post-market surveillance.
 
We invite you to share the course information below with potential applicants across your academic and professional community.
 
Medical Device Development
  • October 2-4, 2018
  • Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center
  • Apply here by August 31, 2018!
This course is tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions.
 
Find more information and a detailed description of this course at http://catalyst.harvard.edu/services/mdd/
 
Contact us at med_devices@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

 

 
INCUBE HACKATHON @ MIT
 
Are you ready for a challenge?
 
From September 21st to 24th, a new type of entrepreneurial hackathon is coming to MIT! A team of five students will spend 4 days inside a glass cube in North Court. Selected students will be charged to tackle a pressing societal challenge and work towards a solution with startup potential.
 
InCube took place for the first time in 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. This year we’ll have the first cube outside of Switzerland, and we want you to be part of the very first MIT cube! Participants will be selected upon application and will take part in a free, three-day workshop for a pre-event workshop in the Swiss Alps.
 
Find out what it’s all about and apply on eth.ec/incube or contact nicollip@mit.edu if you have any questions!
 
 
 
HARVARD BIOTECH CLUB PRESENTS KEVIN O'LEARY AT HMS
 
The Harvard Biotech Club is proud to announce our Fall 2018 Kick-Off event featuring a keynote address by self-made mogul and business entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary. We welcome you to join us on Thursday, August 23rd at 3pm in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center Amphitheater for a speech by Mr. Wonderful and a reception to follow. Tickets include: admission to keynote address by Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary, entrance to exclusive reception with open bar and appetizers, and Harvard Biotech Club swag bag
 
 
 
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. 
 
 

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

 
 
JAMES DYSON AWARD 2018
 
The James Dyson Award, an international engineering and design competition for students and recent graduates, is now open for entries.
 
We reward socially conscious, innovative students and recent graduates for developing meaningful solutions to real world problems. The brief is simple: design something that solves a problem.
 
The award goes through several stages including selecting National winners and runners-up, and culminating with James Dyson selecting an international winner who is awarded $40,000. The international winner’s university department receives an additional $6,000.
 
We’re looking for this year’s winners and we wanted to inform the students of MIT to make sure their ideas and inventions are entered.  Students can visit JamesDysonAward.org to submit their entries and to learn more about the award and previous winners.
 
Applications are due by Friday, July 20, 2018.
 
 
 
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).
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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
 
 
GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOWS POSITIONS
 
Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. 
 
Graduate Community Fellows will receive a stipend of $675 per month for the duration of the appointment period as compensation for an average of 10 hours a week.

Applications for open positions should be submitted to program administrator Jessica Landry.  They will be reviewed as they are submitted; positions will be filled ASAP.
 
For program details and a list of current positions visit: https://odge.mit.edu/community/gcf/
 
 
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICE NEWSLETTER
 
Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here.  For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.
 

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.
 
 
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 August is July 31st, 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

 

MULTIPLE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN CARDIAC SIGNAL PROCESSING & INSTRUMENTATION

Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital, Cardiovascular Research Center
Location: Boston, MA
Deadline: till the positions are filled
 
Description:
The projects involve the development of novel signal processing algorithms and hardware to improve health care delivery in:
 
(1) the Intensive Care Unit 
(2) smart-phone based diagnostics 
(3) preventing and treating life threatening ventricular arrhythmias
 
The interested individual(s) will function as part of a multi-disciplinary team of life scientists, engineers and clinicians.  
 
Environment:
The mission of the laboratory is to develop advanced computational approaches to study the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias from the myocyte to the whole organ level.  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is a major research center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Collectively, these institutions represent one of the largest aggregations of biomedical researchers in the world. Opportunities exist for scientific interaction and collaboration with an extensive program of seminars, symposia and other organized meetings focused on a large array of topics.   These seminars are weekly and include local, national, and international speakers on topics of general relevance for cardiovascular science and medicine.  The Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) has an internationally recognized research program in cardiovascular, vascular, and pulmonary disease and development. The CVRC is home to over 100 researchers, in two locations - the Charlestown Navy Yard and the new Richard B. Simches Research Building. The MGH Division of Cardiology and the CVRC have a proven track record in training leaders in the fields of applied cardiac electrophysiology, pulmonary and vascular biology.  
 
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences. She/he should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be independent, self-motivated, and should have solid knowledge of signal processing, MATLAB and machine learning (only for the 1st project, above).  LabView knowledge is highly desired but not required. 
 
Contact:
Antonis A. Armoundas, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Cardiovascular Research Center
149 13th Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 (Phone: 617-726-0930, Fax: 617-726-5806, Email: aarmoundas@partners.org)
 
 
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN CARDIOVASCULAR IMMUNOLOGY / HEMATOLOGY
 
Nahrendorf lab at the Center for Systems Biology 
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School 
 
 
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Immunology / Hematology 
We are looking to recruit a highly motivated team player who enjoys creative thinking and problem solving. If you love science, consider joining our dynamic interdisciplinary research group at the Center for Systems Biology. We are a group of 10 scientists and focus on the role of immunity and hematopoiesis in the setting of cardiovascular disease. Of particular interest are the production of innate immune cells by the hematopoietic system, and the signals that regulate leukocyte supply after ischemic injuries such as myocardial infarction or stroke. Most of our work is done in mice, but we increasingly also work with human samples. Experience in immunology, hematology, intravital microscopy or gene editing is a plus but not a must.
 
Send your application to (please specify position): (Sullivan.Serena@mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114 

 

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.
 
Deadline: 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. Most of the Fall programs had an application deadline of July 9, 2018, but may still be accepting late applications.
 
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.

 

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.
 
 

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

2019 Full Time Roles and MD Fellowship

More than 40% of our consultants have advanced degrees in fields outside of business, including senior partner and head of the Mid-Atlantic office, Katy George, head of the Midwest office, Virginia Simmons, head of global recruiting, Brian Rolfes, and the list goes on. McKinsey pioneered hiring PhDs, postdocs, MDs, JDs and non-MBA master’s degree recipients because students like you possess keen problem-solving skills and expertise that our clients value. We hope you will consider starting your journey with us so you can be at your best at McKinsey. 
 
Our full-time application deadline for global associate roles (the best fit for most advanced degree candidates) is July 15. Apply here.
 
In anticipation, we’d love to get to know you better and give you the chance to meet us through a series of seven webexes. Join one or more to explore our offices and practices. Learn how your skills can help you be at your best at McKinsey, where you’ll do the most challenging, meaningful work with the best teams. See the webex options here.
 
Interested in entrepreneurship, analytics and design?
 
For those of you with a background in data science, data engineering, design or similar areas, stay tuned for more on these roles, which have an application deadline of October 7.
 
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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) 
 
 

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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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