Course & Academic Resources
- Flipping Failure Summer Workshop Series
- MIT Community Wellness Virtual Classes and Resources
- MIT Online Writing and Communication Center
- MIT Libraries - Resources for Online Courses and Research
- Upcoming Events from the Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL)
- Harvard Catalyst Courses and Events
- Harvard Innovation Labs Calendar of Events and Activities
- HST Student Opportunity - MRCAS Lab at HMS
- Participate in MIT HSL Survey About Social Distancing
- MIT Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Hardship Funding 2019-2020
- MITAC Opportunities - Virtual Tours, Events, Performances, etc.
- Office of Graduate Education - Fellowship Workshops & Financial Literacy Resources
- International Students Office Newsletter
- MIT GradDiversity Newsletter
- MIT Graduate Assistance Information Network (GAIN)
- MIT Spouses & Partners Connect
- Peer2Peer Student Support Service
- Community Service Weekly Bulletin
- Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program
- Research Fellow in Digital Health - BIDMC
- Martinos Center Research Fellow in Simultaneous PET/MR Neuroimaging
- New Career Opportunities at Akatech.tech
- Postdoctoral Position in Systems Modeling (Pfizer, Cambridge, MA)
- Insight Fellows Program
- NIH Funded Postdoc Training for Underrepresented and Minority PhD Students
- LabShares Newton
- Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- IIE EU - U.S. Education Cooperation for Researchers
Career & Financial Guidance Programs
- FAIL! - follow-up on stories of resilience with Rodney Mullen and Allan Adams
- McKinsey & Company: 2020 Positions
- MIT Alumni Advisors Hub - Advising Opportunity for MIT Students
- Upcoming MIT Career Fairs
- GeniusMesh Job Search Platform
- MIT's iGrad Financial Literacy
& Career Resources Portal
- Graduate Student Career Events
Website, Calendar & Mailing List
- CAPD Versatile PhD Resource Tool
- MIT CareerBridge
HST Community Notices
Find a full list here: https://hst.mit.edu/covid-19-resources
Find a full list here: https://hst.mit.edu/covid-19-resources#Opportunities
The MIT Summer Opportunities and Resources page is a central portal for sharing internships, job opportunities research projects, assistance with graduate school applications, social impact opportunities, and more. Please take advantage of this new resource in two ways:
- Submit summer opportunities. If you have an opportunity to promote to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and recent alumni, please submit it for posting on the site. for reviewing and posting.
- Spread the word. Please forward this link to anyone you know who is seeking summer opportunities.
Questions or suggestions? Contact us at summeropportunities [at] mit.edu.
Congratulations to Emily Lindemer (HST MEMP PhD) and her spouse, Liam Loscalzo, on the arrival of Finn Keir Loscalzo on June 13, 2020. Best wishes to their entire family!
The HST website now has a searchable student profile directory (restricted to HST students, faculty and staff). We hope this will be a great resource for students to connect over research interests, shared hobbies, questions about lab search, etc. All students have a skeleton profile with name, start year, degree program and school email address, other available fields are opt in. Please consider logging on via Touchstone and updating your profile (available fields include: photo, personal email, personal website, PI, research interest keywords, hometown, hobbies, and more!)
Course & Academic Resources
Getting Re-situated: Academic Journeys During the COVID Crisis
July 7-Aug 14
Two 2-hour synchronous meetings each week
The pandemic that we are still experiencing has resulted in incalculable loss and challenges. At MIT, many of us have had to deal with disruptions to classroom work and research, personal challenges, economic hardships, health issues and high levels of stress. Two hours will focus on inclusive teaching.
Flipping Failure is a collection of video stories told by MIT students about their path towards resilience when faced with challenge at MIT.
This summer we are hosting a new workshop series aimed at capturing and making visible experiences of academic struggle during COVID times. Participants will work with an artist to turn their stories into creative digital media narratives, which will be shared through the Flipping Failure website.
Find current information on classes and resources provided by MIT Community Wellness here.
Need a hand with your writing project, thesis, or job application? Have questions about delivering an important presentation? Our communication professionals have helped thousands of MIT students, post-docs, and faculty solve their writing and communication challenges. The Writing and Communication Center is an MIT service provided free to the entire MIT community. We look forward to working with you!
We are MIT lecturers with many years of experience working with writers from every department across the Institute. At the WCC, we consult with you one-on-one to address your specific academic or professional needs.
Our consultations help you produce outstanding written, visual, and spoken communication, including: Theses, dissertations, Journal articles, Dissertation proposals, CVs/resumes, cover letters, Personal statements, Research and teaching statements, Writing for any MIT class, Grant and fellowship proposals, Creative writing, Procrastination, Scientific and technical reports, English Language Learning issues, Start-up materials and elevator pitches, Classroom and professional presentations, Conference and job talks, Interview practice, Dissertation defense, Slide design, Poster design, Pronunciation and conversation practice, Shyness/stage fright, Writer’s block, And many other communication challenges.
To make an appointment: Go to https://mit.mywconline.com and click “Register.”
We look forward to meeting with you remotely! We’re excited about the opportunity to work with you on your communication challenges.
During our meeting, we’ll have live audio and video, and we’ll review your text using Google Documents.
Be sure to see the complete instructions for remote WCC consultations.
Please note that we can no longer meet with alumni or spouses/partners.
As you transition to online course and research, here are some important resources and updates from the MIT Libraries.
- Expanded and free e-resources during COVID-19 closure: In addition to our regular e-resources, many publishers are making e-resources available for free and expanding existing subscriptions. See https://libguides.mit.edu/covid19closure-resources for the complete list.
- To suggest a purchase of any ebooks or other online resources, especially those originally available as print materials, please submit your requests through https://libraries.mit.edu/suggest-purchase or contact me at crummett [at] mit.edu directly.
- Please continue sending your interlibrary borrowing requests for articles, book chapters, and other potential e-access as usual. However, all BorrowDirect and interlibrary borrowing (ILB) loan requests are suspended for borrowing of physical materials until the Libraries re-open.
- Review our tips on access to library resources off-campus at https://libraries.mit.edu/offcampus . If anyone needs troubleshooting, contact Ask Us at https://libraries.mit.edu/ask/
- Theses for the May 2020 degree period may be submitted electronically in accordance with the Emergency Academic Regulations in effect March 15, 2020. The Libraries are working with the Institute to develop new specifications, and we will post updates on the Specifications for Thesis Preparation page when available.
All MIT Libraries (including 24-hour spaces and book drops) are closed until further notice. Library staff members will remain available remotely during the closure. You can find up-to-date information about library services at https://libraries.mit.edu/about/covid19/ .
Information about upcoming workshops for graduate students and postdocs can be found here.
If you have any questions about programs and resources available to graduate students through the TLL, contact Ben Hansberry, Asst. Director for Graduate Student Teaching, bhansber [at] mit.edu
Subscribe here to the TLL Newsletter.
Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard University’s schools and affiliate academic healthcare centers to build and grow an environment focused on team science – where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, training and mentoring programs, and numerous courses. To facilitate communication, collaboration, and data collection, our informatics team develops a range of open-source tools available to the community within Harvard University and beyond.
Information on courses and training through Harvard Catalyst can be found here.
A calendar of Harvard Catalyst events can be found here.
Subscribe to the Harvard Catalyst Newsletter here.
Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.
Conferences, Lectures & Seminars
- Wednesday, July 16, 2020
- 12-3pm (EDT)
We are writing to invite you to the Industry Problem Solving Workshop "Systems Modelling in the Pharmaceutical Industry" hosted by the Centre for Quantitative Analysis and Modelling and the Fields Institute (http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/activities/20-21/systems-modelling). Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s edition of the workshop will be held as a 3 hour webinar on July 16 from 12-3pm EDT. The virtual event will include presentations by industrial experts in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) and quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) modelling, followed by a panel on industry career paths in modelling.
The aim of the original one-week long workshop was to equip graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics and related disciplines with the tools necessary to solve common problems encountered in the pharmaceutical industry. Our focus was on the development of pharmacometric skills to approach questions centered on drug development and dose/therapy optimization using a variety of state-of-the-art QSP methodologies, also known as systems modelling. This year's virtual workshop is a shortened version addressing these same subjects, and is an opportunity to ask everything and anything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about QSP, PK/PD, population PK (PopPK), virtual populations (VPop), and opportunities in industry.
To register, please visit: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/activities/20-21/systems-modelling
Registration is free and open to all career stages.
We look forward to welcoming you virtually at the Systems Modelling in the Pharmaceutical Industry Workshop!
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.
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/.
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 (webinars) are held on Wednesdays at noon.
Brainmap website: https://www.martinos.org/education/brainmap/
To sign up for the mailing list, please go to: https://mail.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/mailman/listinfo/brainmap
- Tuesday, June 30, 2020
LBGTQ+ Services is closing out Pride 2020 with a virtual self-love and celebration. Send a photo of yourself/your family/your loved ones/your pets or something else that captures the spirit of Pride with a short caption on how you celebrate pride month to lmcnair [at] mit.edu. These photos from the MIT community will be put up on LBGTQ+ Services social media accounts Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook throughout June 30th. Please email lmcnair [at] mit.edu no later than Monday, June 29th 12pm EST if you'd like to be included.
Open to everyone in the LBGTQ+ and Ally MIT community.
The Medical Robotics & Computer-Assisted (MRCAS) Laboratory at Harvard Medical School - Division of Cardiac Surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System led by Dr. Marco A. Zenati, MD, Professor of Surgery, HMS, is funded by the NIH/NHLBI and have an opening for HST Students interested in: robotics, cognitive engineering, neuroergonomics, surgical safety, artificial intelligence.
Contact Dr. Zenati directly at Marco_Zenati [at] hms.harvard.edu
Are you currently practicing socially distancing? MIT researchers are interested in studying how the general population responds to isolation and are recruiting volunteers to complete online surveys.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Human Systems Lab is recruiting for online surveys to examine individual responses to social distancing/isolation related to the unique environment many of us find ourselves in because of COVID-19. The current distancing guidelines create a unique opportunity to examine responses to living/working in isolated and confined environments (ICE) in the general population, since most research in this area is performed on highly trained, small groups of individuals such as astronauts.
The survey results may help us better understand how to prepare humans for living in isolation, such as in missions to the International Space Station, working in remote environments like Antarctica, or even in a future space colony where a diverse set of people will be part of the community.
If you are at least 18 years old, fluent in English, and currently practicing social distancing you are eligible to participate. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete daily online surveys (~15 min) while they are social distancing. Please use the link below for more information.
Link to surveys: http://hsl.mit.edu/covid19survey
Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Funding assists graduate students by providing financial support when they need help with unexpected and unavoidable emergency expenses. Typically, registered students apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. If Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund disbursements are granted, they do not have to be repaid. Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund disbursements may be subject to taxation based on withholding rates set by the IRS.
Student Eligibility: Be currently registered in an MIT PhD program or Master’s Program. Students on leave from MIT during Fall or Spring either semester are not eligible to receive the award.
Eligible expenses: Unanticipated or unusual expenses that may have a negative impact on the student's educational experience and well-being. These expenses most commonly include basic living necessities and travel expenses due to family emergencies.
Costs must have been incurred or become due while continuously enrolled during the current academic year. Each request will be considered individually and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of OGE.
Expenses that are not eligible: Personal debt and other pre-existing voluntary obligations, tuition and program-related expenses, and other costs that may be covered by financial aid or loans.
Please fill out the Graduate Student Hardship Form if you are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID‑19 and we will do our best to support you during this difficult time.
Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.
View our list of Virtual Tours and Performances
Due to current COVID-19 concerns, all tickets are available for purchase online only.
Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!
OGE also offers the free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). 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 https://iGrad.com/schools/MIT.
OGE’s Website Financial Literacy and Fellowship section updates
A new Financial Literacy section has been added to the website - https://oge.mit.edu/finances/financial-literacy/
Check out the updated fellowships section at https://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/ especially the Fellowships Tips content at https://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/fellowship-tips/
MIT Credit Union Events
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The Office of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT. This takes place through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.
Together with the Institute Community and Equity Office and our faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and caring climate that intellectually engages and values all members of our MIT community.
Sign up for the GradDiversity Newsletter here.
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:
- Backup Child Care ($5 per hour)
- MIT Work-Life Seminar Series and Support Groups
- MIT Technology Childcare Centers
Find more information here.
Open to all significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff who have relocated to the Boston area
Contact: spousesandpartners [at] mit.edu
Weekly Wednesday Meeting
Every Wednesday at 3pm MS&PC meets via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/585674692 (password: 139032). Hosted by the MS&PC staff.
And More Weekly Meetings
Parent Zoom – every Monday at 10am
Bring your kids with you! We want to hear how you are doing and how we can better support you and your family during these difficult days.
Even More Ways to Connect
Our Newcomers Office Hour can be held online, please spousesandpartners [at] mit.edu (email us) to arrange the time.
Toddler Playgroup members can find some activities for kids every Monday on Facebook.
Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or Skype is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.
Book a 30 minute private appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/ Appointments will be available at various times during the week. Jennifer can talk with you via phone or Skype, Zoom.
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.
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.
Program Director: Craig Levin, PhD
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.
1. Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree
2. 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.
Apply Here (Application Deadline: July 1, 2020)
Research Fellow in Digital Health: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Digital Psychiatry
(co-sponsored, dual appointment with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School)
This unique research fellowship at the intersection of digital health, smartphone apps, digital phenotyping, biostatistics, and patient care offers the opportunity to work at the frontier of mobile health at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship focuses on evaluation, analysis, and dissemination of clinically focused insights derived from novel data obtained from clinical research studies focusing on college mental health and serious mental illnesses.
The Digital Psychiatry Division (https://www.digitalpsych.org/) of the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School Affiliated Teaching Hospital, is leading efforts to translate advances in digital phenotyping and smartphone interventions for mental health to clinical solutions to improve the care of patients with illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The team is led by John Torous MD, board certified in both psychiatry and clinical informatics and offers the opportunity to make a strong impact and improve mental health with new technologies.
Start: Can be immediately and negotiable
With this current opening we are seeking a candidate with strong quantitative skillsets applicable to digital mental health including time series analysis, imputation, creation of novel models, and application machine learning methods. Longitudinal patient level data is today generated from smartphone sensors, surveys, and metadata with the opportunity to combine neuroimaging and genetic data sets. Immediate goals include creating models of relapse prediction based on smartphone data to provide patients with early warning of elevated risk. The successful candidate would be expected to lead several projects at the intersection of digital mental health, global health, and clinical care that would result in first author publications. Finally, the successful candidate would be expected to work with our team in pursuing both industry and academic grants to expand this work.
An ideal candidate has been awarded or has nearly completed the requirements for a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent and is a trainee pursuing advanced studies beyond the doctoral level in preparation for an independent career in quantitative data science. In collaboration with and under the mentorship of the Principle Investigator (PI), a successful Research Fellow will engage in activities in the digital mental health space that will further his or her professional development. The position can be co-sponsored with the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and offer protected time there as well as at the medical center.
Doctoral degree related to computer science, biostatistics, or data science
Strong publication history and writing skills
Strong quantitative and analytical skillset with R or Python experience.
Prior experience reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing scientific literature.
Excellent attention to detail and interpersonal, organizational, writing, and project management skills.
Strong organizational and data management skills.
Prior healthcare related research or team experience
Data visualization experience
For more information, please email John Torous MD: jtorous [at] bidmc.harvard.edu.
Martinos Center Research Fellow in Simultaneous PET/MR Neuroimaging
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging MGH, HMS
We are seeking two postdoctoral fellows to join our team to pursue research in simultaneous PET/MR imaging in neuroscience applications. Our research focuses on developing and applying novel PET/MRI methods to investigate the neurochemical underpinnings of psychiatric and neurological disorders. We have projects and training opportunities in the following area: (1) Quantify neuroreceptor dynamics and evaluate functional consequences with pharmacological imaging in animal models and human subjects, with applications in pain, addiction, and other psychiatric disorders; and (2) Assess the impacts of neurovascular coupling/function on PET radiotracer kinetics, with applications in neurodegenerative disorders.
Our research programs are highly translational spanning from animal models, first-in-human studies, to clinical applications. The appointment as a Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School research fellow will be for 1 year with possibility for extension based on performance and the availability of funding. The positions are available immediately.
The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with a desire to begin an independent career related to or involving neuroimaging. The position requires a PhD degree in Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience or a related field. However, we will consider candidates of any scientific background. This position requires experience in analysis of medical imaging data. Experience with MRI or PET is a plus. Extremely strong candidates with minimal imaging experience are still encouraged to apply. Strong written and oral English communication skills are required.
The job requires a candidate who is mature, responsible and flexible with excellent organizational and people skills. S/He must be able to work with in a fast-paced environment and should be able to problemsolve/troubleshoot, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and seek assistance when appropriate.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing research interests and experience, an updated CV, and names and contact information of three references to: Hsiao-Ying (Monica) Wey, Ph.D. (E-mail: hsiaoying.wey [at] mgh.harvard.edu). Please contain “Research Fellow Application: Your Name” in the e-mail subject line.
The Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers.
We are pleased to provide you with current job openings across the globe at AKATECH.tech, your network of careers in the field of Computer Science and Engineering. Visit our website at https://akatech.tech/.
Postdoctoral Fellow – Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) is a discipline that uses mechanistic mathematical models and disease platforms to enhance the robustness and quality of decision-making from exploratory research through clinical development. The QSP group at Pfizer is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to develop and analyze mechanistic mathematical models of gene therapy for clinical applications. This Postdoctoral Fellowship is an opportunity to work within a dynamic group who are at the forefront of the application of mechanistic systems models to address critical uncertainties in drug discovery and development.
Pfizer is working to pioneer gene therapy breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. We hope to unlock the promise of gene therapy for patients worldwide living with rare genetic diseases for whom the current standard of care falls short.
A successful candidate will develop and analyze mathematical models of adeno-associated virus (AAV) based gene therapy that integrates biological knowledge and available data from Pfizer’s clinical programs, with the goal of providing tools for pre-clinical to clinical translation, dose selection, and clinical trial design. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work collaboratively with biologists, clinicians, clinical pharmacologists, pharmacometricians, and QSP and nonclinical modelers to improve designs for effective and durable gene therapies in multiple therapeutic areas, with an initial focus on rare genetic diseases.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in Pfizer’s Worldwide Research and Development (WRD) Postdoctoral Program. Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their research and career training in a culture steeped in the translation of basic science discovery into difference-making medicines for patients of all ages and geographies. One of the core missions of Pfizer’s WRD Postdoctoral Program is to match high-quality trainees with outstanding mentors and promising research projects in a setting that places a premium on your preparation for the next stage of your career whether it is a career in industry or academia.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop and utilize mathematical models toward enhanced quantitative understanding of the effectiveness and durability of a gene therapy treatment based on literature and internal data from our clinical trials. This may include but is not limited to:
- Employing modeling and simulation techniques for predicting gene therapy outcomes
- Identifying relevant data (in vitro and in vivo preclinical and clinical study data) for model development, optimization, and validation
- Designing nonclinical experiments aimed towards generating data for model validation and testing of relevant hypotheses
- Effectively communicating model results and outcomes to scientists in both quantitative and non-quantitative disciplines
- Primary authorship on scientific publications and presenting at internal and external scientific meetings
- Recent Ph.D. (0-3 years) in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or related discipline with strong numerical components focusing on mathematical modeling and simulation.
- Training and/or experience in mechanistic modeling of biological or physiological systems is required
- Understanding of theory, principles, and statistical aspects of mathematical modeling and simulation, including parameter estimation techniques
- In-depth understanding of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and how these can be applied in the development of complex models of biological pathways and systems
- In-depth, hands-on knowledge of modeling and simulation software (MATLAB, C/C++, julia preferred)
- Keen interest in learning new areas of biology and building on a solid foundation of quantitative and computational skills
- Self-directed with ability to work independently
- Team player
- Excellent communication and writing skills
- Primary authorship on relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Must be willing to relocate to Cambridge, MA, USA
Please submit both a cover letter and your CV when applying for this position.
For further inquiries regarding this position, please contact Nessy Tania (nessy.tania [at] pfizer.com).
We’re now accepting applications from graduating students for our fall sessions.
*While Fellows can attend the program from anywhere, they will still interview for roles in their chosen program location. All eligibility criteria still applies. Visit our FAQ page for more information.
Apply to our fall session: https://apply.insightdatascience.com
What is Insight?
The Insight Fellows Program is a seven-week professional training fellowship for graduating students and working professionals looking to transition to thriving careers as data scientists, engineers, and other cutting-edge professionals. Insight takes a unique approach, working closely with partner companies to match Fellows with the hiring teams that represent the best fit for their skills and experience.
Gain a Network
Since 2012, Insight has helped over 3,000 Fellows transition to thriving careers in a variety of data and tech fields. By joining the Fellowship, you’re also joining an extensive community of industry leaders, and gaining connections to thousands of data and tech professionals from hundreds of companies. This is an investment in your future that pays dividends for years to come.
88% of Insight Fellows accept a job offer in their chosen field within 6 months of finishing the Fellows Program, and the median time to hire is 8 weeks.
The average starting base salary for Insight Fellows across all our locations is $126,000. Average bonus is $12,000, and almost all Fellows receive either equity or stock grants. The average stock grant for publicly-traded companies is $26,000 per year.
Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, CVS Health, 23andMe, Bloomberg, NBC, Bosch, American Express, Microsoft, and 700+ other top companies.
Beyond the seven week program, Insight Fellows get access to a structured, highly-personalized post-program experience. This personalized post-program experience that we’re introducing as of Summer 2020, helps Insight Fellows get jobs 40% faster and earn $10,000-15,000/year more than the results quoted above. Learn more here.
Available Programs: Artificial Intelligence, Data Engineering, DevOps Engineering, Decentralized Consensus, Security, Data Science*, Health Data Science*,
*Please note that our programs are open to all degree levels, except our Data Science and Health programs, which have a PhD requirement.
Sessions will take place remotely, but Fellows will interview for jobs in the following cities:
San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Washington DC
Upcoming Deadline & Start Date:
- Next application deadline: June 29, 2020
- Session begins: September 8, 2020
Want to learn more about Insight and our programs? Visit: https://www.insightfellows.com
Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list: https://notifiy.insightdatascience.com/notify
Questions? Email us at info [at] insightdatascience.com
NIH Funded Postdoc Training in Informatics, Genomics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Biomedical Data Science at Boston Children's Hospital
The Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital is now accepting applications for an NIH Funded Postdoc Training opportunity. The program has been committed to recruiting and retaining postdoctoral trainees who are URiM. We have maintained our commitment to diversity through prioritizing applications from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are excited to announce the launch of LabShares Newton, the first collaborative laboratory and biotech incubator in Newton, Massachusetts. LabShares provides a fully equipped laboratory, office space, and shared services to entrepreneurial biotechs without the hassle, lag time, and high upfront costs associated with building and managing their own labs.
Through participation in the LabShares community, members receive a wide range of benefits and services. LabShares is conveniently located in a light-filled, modern office park near the Charles River -- just 15 minutes from Kendall Square with free parking, a gym, and a Fooda cafeteria.
LabShares is near capacity for its current space and has begun an expansion to double in size. We expect to open our newly renovated second floor in early 2019 and are accepting reservations now.
Check out the links below for more information. If you would like to schedule a tour contact Hannah Schram (jenna [at] labshares.com, 857-222-5817).
The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers an extensive range of clinical research training opportunities to prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs are provided below. As world’s largest biomedical research agency, the NIH encourages future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.
Graduate Medical Education
NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, to include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. In addition, we sponsor numerous "one of kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs. https://cc.nih.gov/training/gme/programs1.html
Clinical Elective Programs
Short term—4 to 12 week—clinically oriented elective rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD). https://cc.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html
Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students
Two-week intensive introductory course to demonstrate the role of PhD scientists in clinical and translational research, provide an overview and examples of how basic science and clinical observations lead to translational research, and increase awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, and potential career opportunities at the NIH. https://cc.nih.gov/training/phdcourse/index.html
Postdoctoral Research Training Awards
Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postdoc_irp
Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp
Core Curriculum in Clinical Research
Free courses offered include: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR); Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP); and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. These courses are offered as distance learning courses. https://cc.nih.gov/training/training1.html
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."
Career & Financial Guidance Programs
- Thursday, July 2, 2020
- 5:00pm EDT (11:00pm CEST)
Contact: Richard Zhang, zrichard [at] mit.edu
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On Thursday, 07/02, join Rodney Mullen (Media Lab Fellow, professional skateboarder, entrepreneur) and Prof. Allan Adams (MIT Future Ocean Lab) in a moderated dialogue online to catch up on what their work and life have been since they shared their stories of resilience on the FAIL! stage.
FAIL! is a global movement aimed for students and young professionals to embrace failures and vulnerabilities, instill humility in leaders, and promote psychological safety in the workplace. The MIT Chapter has organized four FAIL! Conferences in the past two years in which Harvard and MIT professors and prominent professionals have spoken about their personal and professional failures to an audience of 350+ community members. All talks have been professionally edited and can be found on YouTube .
In the latest event series, we are re-inviting our past speakers to update us on their experiences since they spoke at the FAIL!. What have they been up to since we last met them? Have their perspectives on failure changed in any way? Has the pandemic altered their outlook, professionally or personally? The conversation will also serve as an introduction to FAIL! for first-time audiences, and open up a dialogue about how the narration of our own failures is a dynamic and ongoing process. Tune in to participate in the discussions and bring your own questions and reflections to the "virtual" table.
Please RSVP through Eventbrite to receive the link for the event.
We are thankful to the sponsorship of: MindHandHeart, Sandbox Fund, Graduate Student Council, the MIT Visiting Student Association, the Office of Graduate Education, and the School of Science.
Please visit our Advanced Professional Degree Showcase site for more information about offices & practices, diversity & inclusion, and recruiting timelines geared toward Advanced Professional Degree candidates.
You may also be interested in exploring our Careers quiz to learn more about roles available that match your skill set and interests.
Please apply on McKinsey's career website for the following opportunities:
- 2020 full time Associate role: PhDs, postdocs, MDs, JDs, and master's degree* candidates who plan to complete their program between December 2019 and December 2020 (or 2021 for MDs only)
- 2020 MD Fellow role: Medical students who are entering their third year of school (2021 graduates)
*If you are pursuing a masters degree and have earned an undergraduate degree fewer than four years ago, you will join as a business analyst. If you hold a bachelors degree and have at least four years of work experience, or completed or expect to complete your master's degree within four years of receiving your bachelor's degree, you will join as an associate.
We want you to succeed in the interview process and believe you have the skills to do so. We provide support to all candidates who interview with us. You can find more information about our interview process, including practice cases on our careers website.
The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is an online platform that students can use to ask for advice when they need it—from MIT alumni around the world. Students can get advice on their job and internship search, conduct a mock interview or informational interview, explore career paths and future entrepreneurial pursuits, and navigating life at MIT.
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Find out more information about career fairs here at MIT.
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! www.geniusmesh.com
Please contact Neerja directly at Neerja [at] geniusmesh.com if you have any questions.
The OGE 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 oge.mit.edu/finances.
For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://capd.mit.edu
The CAPD Event calendar can be found here.
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MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) 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 OGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via CAPD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com)
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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