Volume 22, Number 11

HST Community Notices

EMERY BROWN WINS SWARTZ PRIZE FOR THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced on October 26 that it has awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, Director, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, MIT, and Associate Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT.

Brown, a member of The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, as well as the Warren M. Zapol Professor at Harvard Medical School, is a neuroscientist, a statistician, and a practicing anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research has produced principled and efficient new methods for decoding patterns of neural and brain network activity and has advanced neuroscientific understanding of how anesthetics affect the brain, which can improve patient care.

More information on the award can be found here.

Congratulations, Emery!

WELCOME TO NEW HST BABY

Congratulations to Laura Tanenbaum (HST MEMP PhD '16) and her spouse, Abe Segura, on the arrival of their baby son, Mateo, on October 25, 2020. Best wishes to their entire family!

UPDATED FACE COVERING POLICY - CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

  • Starting on October 2, 2020, you must wear a face covering (covering your nose and mouth) at all times when in outdoor public places, including sidewalks, streets, parks, plazas, bus stops, non-residential parking lots/garages, and any other outdoor area that is open and accessible to the general public.
    (City of Cambridge Face Covering Policy)
  • If you are indoors, wear your face covering in all public places, such as lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells, and restrooms.
  • Per MIT’s face covering policy, you may temporarily remove your face covering if you are alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door.
  • The Division of Student life produced this short video on how to properly wear a face covering.

Find ongoing updates at MIT Now for adapting to Covid and keeping connected.

MIT & HARVARD COVID-19 RESOURCES

Find a full list here: https://hst.mit.edu/covid-19-resources

FOOD SECURITY AT MIT

From David Randall, Senior Associate Dean, Student Support and Wellbeing

Roughly 11% of MIT students say they go to bed hungry at least 1 night out of 7 because they don’t have enough money for food. No student should go hungry and no student should feel like they need to be “really hungry” to ask for help. We are writing to simply let you know about resources, many for both on-campus and off-campus students. Please visit the websites below, and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you are hungry due to lack of resources. No problem is too small.

A general list of support offices at MIT

Money and food resources for students in need, including info about emergency funds, meal request forms, and the Accessing Resources MIT (ARM Coalition)

Family food grants which provides an easy form for graduate students to make requests for food

MIT Dining Info for information about MIT Dining, local grocery stores, and shuttles

UPDATE YOUR STUDENT DIRECTORY PROFILE ON THE HST WEBSITE

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

MIT SLOAN ACTION LEARNING LABS SPRING 2021 PREVIEW

If you are interested in learning more about our spring labs, join us virtually for our Sloan Action Learning Office Learning Labs Spring 2021 Preview.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • 12:45pm (There will be a faculty pitch session from 12:45-1:15pm, followed by a lab-specific Q&A session at different lab tables in Remo from 1:15-1:55pm)
  • RSVP on SloanGroups

Simply put, MIT Sloan Action Learning is learning by doing. Students take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real business challenges. Our portfolio of over 15 labs cover a wide variety of topics, including analytics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and digital product management. Many are open to students across MIT.

Sloan Action Learning Labs include: Blockchain Lab • China Lab • E-Lab • India Lab • Ops-Lab • Orgs-Lab • PM-Lab • S-Lab • USA Lab

Check out our Action Learning Course List here.

MIT IAP SCIENCE POLICY BOOTCAMP

  • MIT SPI 5-day Bootcamp
  • January 25-29, 2021

Lecturer: William Bonvillian

The Science Policy Bootcamp is a 5-day short course, offered during MIT's Independent Activities Period in January, designed to introduce participants to the 'nuts and bolts' of science policy making. The course provides an opportunity for young scientists and engineers interested in science policy issues to increase their understanding about and practical involvement with science policy. The bootcamp serves to both expose participants to the fundamental structure and dynamics of science policy and inform them of routes into a policy experience or career. 

This year's bootcamp is open to undergrads, graduate students, and post docs. All MIT affiliates may apply.
Enrollment requires a short application here due by December 7, 2020.

For more information, see http://spi.mit.edu/bootcamp
If you have any questions, please email Sarah Cen at shcen [at] mit.edu.

THE MIND PROJECT WORKING GROUP FOR POSTDOCS

The MIND Project is a new Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI) working group for postdoctoral level trainees interested in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, coming from all parts of Harvard University and its affiliated institutes/hospitals. This includes post-docs, research fellows, clinical fellows, and instructors.

The MIND Project is the first of its kind tailored towards nurturing collaborations between individuals at the postdoctoral level to answer big questions in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Such activity would provide them with the skills to form their own collaborations in the future and opens a wide door for them to meet and know each other in order to produce rich, multifaceted, interdisciplinary research, and other outcomes such as products, drug development, digital tools, medical technology, assessment/diagnostic tools, policies, and others. Additionally, postdocs/fellows would benefit from the output of their work, e.g. through joint publications, product launch, policy making, etc. As mentioned, this group gives postdocs/fellows a chance to produce not only papers, but other elements that are not common in academia, but very much needed. We hope that the majority of these outcomes can be made to improve the overall quality of life of those with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. We seek to have post-docs/fellows mentored by leaders in the field, obtain peer support, widen their career networks, maximize their productivity, enrich their community, and benefit in myriad other ways from the intellectually stimulating environment around them.

Our working group will discuss concrete challenges in the field, share resources and brainstorm ways to work together on problems of common interest, including ways to make better use of large publicly available data repositories on disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and others. All trainees at the post-doctoral level at Harvard who share passion towards neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders in any field are encouraged to participate.

Individuals from all spectrums of knowledge in medicine, psychology, engineering, robotics, machine and deep learning, physics, chemistry, biology, math, theoretical science, pharmacologists, software engineers, etc. are all encouraged to participate as long as they are passionate about the topic and their work.

For those who are interested in learning more, please fill out the introductory survey here: https://forms.gle/HtVAkhaJEFrGowEL8 

Email us at info [at] brain.harvard.edu with any questions or suggestions. 

HST.590 LECTURE SCHEDULE

The HST.590 topic for this fall is “Biomedical Research Ethics”.

Non-registered students who are interested in participating in a session should contact Max Cotler, Teaching Assistant (mjcotler [at] mit.edu) for Zoom access information.

Time and Location

Meets virtually on Zoom on selected Thursdays 4:30–6:30pm.

NOTE: Implicit bias training on 11/19/20 will be from 4-7pm.

Schedule of Lectures and Course Events

November 12             

  • Dr. Kevin Volpp: TBD
    Founders President’s Distinguished Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    Division Chief, Division of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
    Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
  • Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum and Dr. David Shaywitz: Conflicts of Interest and Academic/Industry Relations
    Dr. Rosenbaum: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    National Correspondent New England Journal of Medicine
    Dr. Shaywitz: Lecturer on Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
    Founder, Astounding HealthTech

November 19 (Session open to registered students and invited guests only, note additional time for this session - 4-7pm)

  • Dr. Bryant Marks - Implicit Bias
    Associate Professor/Research Director, Morehouse College                                  

ACTIVATE BIO LIFE SCIENCES ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in building life science ventures? ACTIVATE is back!

Thinking about building a life sciences startup? Apply to the Activate Life Sciences Entrepreneurship program!

Activate is a life sciences entrepreneurship program that enables the next generation of bio-entrepreneurs to launch successful life sciences companies. The program fosters collaboration among students of complimentary skillsets and provides teams with hands-on mentorship from world-class life sciences VCs and operators in Boston.

Check out our website for more info about the program, timeline, application, advisors, and past cohorts!

Want to learn more about Activate Bio? 

Attend our upcoming virtual info session!

Sign up for a session at this link and we will send you the meeting details!


Info Session: November 10th, 5-6pm

Applications are now open on a rolling cycle through November 20, 2020.

Who is the program for?

  • PhDs, post-docs, MDs, PIs or researchers who have developed a novel technology that has commercial potential
  • MBAs with prior biotech-relevant experience

What are the program benefits?

  • Hands-on weekly mentorship from successful biotech founders and operators
  • One-on-one workshops with world-class industry experts
  • Feedback from top-tier life sciences investors and R&D leads
  • Networking events with biotech executives, VCs, and entrepreneurial faculty
  • $5000 cash prize for winning pitch!

Questions? Activate Bio activate.bio [at] gmail.com

Applications Open! More info at www.activate.bio.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The MIT-Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) and the Graduate Student Advisory Group for the School of Engineering (GradSAGE) encourage you to enhance your MIT graduate experience and enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Program. Here is a summary of the interim certificate requirements

We would also urge you to attend our upcoming Fall 2020 Grad Technical Leadership Workshop Series, which can be used to help satisfy the certificate program requirements. (*Please note— If you are working towards to the Grad Certificate in in Technical Leadership you only need to attend four out of six workshops over the entire course of your time as a grad student.) 

All of the following workshops will be held virtually from 5:30-7:30pm EDT: 

  • Technology Roadmapping and Innovation in the 21st Century (Part 1) - Led by Oli de Weck. Tuesday, November 17
  • Technology Roadmapping and Innovation in the 21st Century (Part 2) - Led by Oli de Weck. Tuesday, December 1

Register for the certificate program and/or any or all workshops by emailing Lisa Stagnone (lstag [at] mit.edu)

MIT COMMUNITY WELLNESS VIRTUAL CLASSES AND RESOURCES

This year, the MIT community is adapting to new ways of taking care of ourselves and others. If you’d like to connect with your community, stay active, sleep better, relieve stress, and more, Community Wellness at MIT Medical can help you find virtual wellness programs that fit your needs.

Unwind Sessions: These brief classes are a combination of simple stretches to release tension in the body and guided meditation to release tension in the mind. They are offered at 12pm and 5pm EDT Mondays through Thursdays. Attend as often as you wish. Learn more and register to receive Zoom link.

Group health coaching workshops: Fall workshops include Motivation Strategies for students during COVID-19 and Hack Your Sleep. Learn more and register to receive Zoom link.

Refresh App: Stress and anxiety can lead to poor sleep. As a member of the MIT community, you can receive a free subscription to the Refresh app from Sleeprate, courtesy of Community Wellness. The digital “Refresh” program is a personalized mobile solution guiding you through a series of goals to help you retrain your body to sleep soundly.

Language Conversation Exchange Virtual Cafe: Discover the beauty of language, learn about languages around the world, and connect with other MIT Community members. The Language Conversation Exchange Cafés happen twice per month. This is a great way to find a language partner! The LCE program is open to MIT community members only.

MedLinks: MedLinks are currently available both on and off campus. This fall, MedLinks are also offering virtual interactions regarding non-emergency situations. Visit the MedLinks website to find out who currently is living in campus residences, or to view our calendar of MedLinks who are available for virtual interactions.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Visit bit.ly/mitwellness or email wellness [at] med.mit.edu with any questions about wellness programs at MIT.

Don't forget: MIT Medical's COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 617-253-4865, and the 24-hour general helpline is 617-253-1311.

MIT ONLINE WRITING AND COMMUNICATION CENTER

Writing Together Online with WCC: November Edition

Please join the WCC in Writing Together Online to finish your writing projects before the Thanksgiving break. Our 90-minute sessions seek to create a community of writers who connect, set realistic goals, and write together to motivate each other and to make progress on their academic projects. This program is open to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, researchers, and all, who are actively writing their proposals, manuscripts, or thesis/dissertation chapters. 

Feel free to register for any number of 90-minute sessions through this link. For more information on this program check the WCC website.

The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication experts with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing. You can learn more about the WCC consultations at http://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center and register with the online scheduler to make appointments throughhttps://mit.mywconline.com. Please note that the WCC hours are offered on Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, and fill up fast.

MIT LIBRARIES - RESOURCES FOR ONLINE COURSES AND RESEARCH

As you transition to online course and research, here are some important resources and updates from the MIT Libraries.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/ 
  5. Theses may be submitted electronically in accordance with the Emergency Academic Regulations. 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. See our service updates for the latest information and Ask Us if you have any questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM THE TEACHING + LEARNING LAB (TLL)

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 COURSES AND EVENTS

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.

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.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

COMPUTATIONAL HEALTH INFORMATICS PROGRAM - LANDMARK IDEAS SERIES

What can medicine learn about collaboration and data sharing from one of the most successful team science projects of all time--creating a telescope the diameter of the earth to snap the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy?

The Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) invites you to our Landmark Ideas Lecture.

“The Event Horizon Telescope: Imaging a Black Hole Through Global Collaboration”

  • Monday, November 9, 2020
  • 4-5:30pm ET

Event Registration: Zoom Link

Speaker: Shep Doeleman, PhD

Black holes are cosmic objects so massive and dense that their gravity forms an event horizon: a region of spacetime from which nothing, not even light, can escape. Einstein's theories predict that a distant observer should see a ring of light encircling the black hole, which forms when radiation emitted by infalling hot gas is lensed by the extreme gravity. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a global array of radio dishes that forms an Earth-sized virtual telescope, which can resolve the nearest supermassive black holes where this ring feature may be measured. On April 10th, 2019, the EHT project reported success: we have imaged a black hole and have seen the predicted strong gravitational lensing that confirms the theory of General Relativity at the boundary of a black hole.  This talk will describe the project, and the global collaborative approach that produced these first results, as well as future directions that will enable real-time black hole movies.

Join us to hear the fascinating story!

Shep Doeleman, PhD is an Astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics and the Founding Director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, a synchronized global array of radio observatories designed to examine the nature of black holes. Dr. Doeleman led the international team of researchers that produced the first directly observed image of a black hole. Dr. Doeleman was awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as the Founding Director of the EHT Collaboration for the first image of a supermassive black hole. Dr. Doeleman was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time magazine.

Registration

To register, please click here. Registration is free of charge and is required in advance to participate.

Please email CHIP [at] childrens.harvard.edu if you have any questions.

MLK VISITING SCHOLAR VIRTUAL LUNCHEON WITH THOMAS SEARLES, PhD

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • 12-1pm (Zoom link available upon registration)

You've seen it in comics or across the silver screen: Wakanda, an afro-futuristic society built upon the leverage of natural resources, primarily vibranium.  Isolated from the Western world, Wakanda was technologically superior, highly educated and largely pacifist all while rooted in African tradition. But how closely do real-life "vibranium-like" materials mirror those of the fictional metropolis?

In this guest lecture exploring “vibranium-like" materials, MLK Scholar Thomas Searles will introduce the physical properties of these materials to give real-world examples of superconductivity, flexible electronics and photonics and energy storage/transfer. Searles will tell the story of Black Panther in the context of both STEM education and opportunity, to highlight the importance of building the technical skills of the next generation.

Find out how that concept of workforce development relates deeply to the current work that Searles and his colleagues at Howard University are undertaking to develop the next generation of Black scientists and engineers through the National Quantum Initiative.

Click here to register for this event!

REGULATORY SCIENCE EARLY CAREER SEMINAR

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 
  • 5-6:30pm

Virtual seminar via Zoom

Hosted by the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science & the Therapeutics Graduate Program

RSVP HERE!

Please join us for our first RegSci Early Career Seminar to learn about regulatory science in industry and landing your first job from our speaker, Dr. Sowmya Chary, Associate Medical Director at Biogen. At this event, Dr. Chary will describe the role of regulatory science in industry, its involvement in all stages of drug development, and the vast roles that fall under the regulatory science umbrella. She will also discuss her training and career path that led to her current role at Biogen, as well as some tips and tricks for internships and networking. This event will be geared toward trainees (graduate and professional students), but all are welcome!

About regulatory science:

Regulatory science is the science of developing and assessing novel therapeutics, devices, and biomarkers from discovery through post-market. Regulatory science brings together experts from all aspects of the drug development pipeline including academics, industry professionals and government regulators.

We hope to see you there!

YALE HEALTHCARE HACKATHON 2021

  • Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24, 2021
  • Register here  (Early bird deadline - December 18th)

Join us for the Yale CBIT (Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology) 8th Annual Healthcare Hackathon - Using Big Data and Real-World Evidence

You do not need to know how to code or know about the theme specifically

Find more information at yalehackhealth.org

Questions? yalehackhealth [at] gmail.com

MERCK INNOVATION CUP 2021

From June 26th – July 2nd, 2021, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a vibrant science & technology company with a more than 350 years long history, will be hosting the 11th edition of the Merck Innovation Cup (http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com) (http://innovationcup.emdgroup.com) near Frankfurt, Germany. In case the pandemic situation would not allow in-person meetings, the event would take place online.

We are inviting post-graduate students and young professionals to apply now – deadline January 31st, 2021.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their team. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, and Pandemic Preparedness. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.

Most convincing project plans might potentially be implemented and top performing participants be offered a permanent position at Merck.

Poster and Flyer describing the event:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ICGZwMmRyn4_xCIidqfay7PF0b9trDXu/view?usp=sharing          
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11XdTS9-1Ag6xBIkiBelzttpbYOadFOu8/view?usp=sharing

HSI SEMINAR - BUSINESS CHALLENGE: UPTAKE OF DIGITAL MINIMIZATION BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND PATIENTS

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • 12:30-2pm

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are increasingly using digital tools and approaches to recruit patients for clinical trials and data, to assess and monitor patients’ health status and to communicate product information to patients and healthcare professionals. The industry is investing in digital tools for patients as part of a larger strategy known as “beyond the molecule” in which they seek to offer tools that support the use of a particular drug product.  Such tools are designed to be low-cost to the healthcare system but of high added value to the intended patients.

The quality with which digital health tools are implemented and disseminated directly impacts how well they reach the target patient population and are adopted into routine use within the healthcare delivery context.  To fully exploit the promise of digital technology, companies need to understand both the barriers and facilitators that affect use are, as well as strategies that have been shown to work. In this talk we will discuss both issues and potential solutions for digital initiatives within company drug safety departments.

Speaker:

Meredith Smith, PhD, MPA is Risk Management Director at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She is a behavioral scientist and health services researcher. Meredith is on the board of the Rutgers University BioPharma Educational Initiative in the School of Health Professions and is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy.

Join us!  

Sloan Groups Registration

Zoom link   

ICEO COMMUNITY DIALOGUES: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT, CONFRONTING IMPLICIT BIAS

The Day of Dialogue may have ended, but the conversation is far from over…

“If you have a brain, you have a bias.” - Femi Otitoju

Implicit bias affects each of us every day – from our relationships to our decision-making, our professional lives to our academic spaces.

Join Beatriz Cantada and Noelle Wakefield to examine the unconscious shortcuts our brains create that impact the way we see others, ourselves, and our world. Learn how a heightened awareness of implicit bias can benefit your department, lab, or center.

This beginner level, 90-minute interactive workshop will help participants have an understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and some strategies to manage them. 

We are committed to making this dialogue accessible to all MIT community members.

KOCH INSTITUTE - SIXTH ANNUAL JUDITH ANN LIPPARD MEMORIAL LECTURE IN CANCER RESEARCH

Announcing the sixth Annual Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lecture in Cancer Research at the Koch Institute in association with Mass General Cancer Center.

Topic: "Endometrial cancer: genetic models and translational studies"

Speaker: Diego H. Castrillon, MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Pathology

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • 12-1pm (Zoom)
  • Register here

The Judith Ann Lippard Memorial Lecture in Cancer Research brings together the most innovative minds in cancer research from a variety of disciplines—biology, chemistry, engineering, clinical medicine—and features individuals whose research has the possibility to change the face of cancer. The Lippard Lecture also unites two extraordinary cancer centers—MIT’s Koch Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Dr. Castrillon’s research and clinical focus centers around the pathophysiology and molecular genetics of endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is the 4th most common malignancy in women, but is perhaps the most underfunded common malignancy relative to its clinical impact, number of deaths, and years-of-life-lost. His laboratory has developed novel tools and approaches for the development of genetically-engineered mouse models of endometrial cancer, which can serve as unique tools to reveal essential cellular and organismal biology and illuminate mechanisms—such as genome instability—underlying tumorigenesis. He also studies early endometrial cancer progression and is working towards the identification and validation of biomarkers for very early precancers, which can be difficult to diagnose in limited biopsies.

NANOBIO SEMINAR SERIES 2020

  • Wednesdays
  • 1pm

Join us at the NanoBio Seminar Series 2020 for an exciting journey through next generation nanoelectronics devices and beyond CMOS computing technologies and then fusing into intriguing applications of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology in bioengineering, specifically for understanding and probing the brain. Talks on disruptive nanoelectronics devices will include spintronics, neuromorphic computing, hardware for artificial intelligence and use of novel nanomaterials (such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides etc). Biological applications will take us through non-invasive brain-computer interfaces and novel brain recording and neuromodulation technologies.

Upcoming topics and speakers:

The full schedule of speakers and topics can be found here.
For zoom link to the talks, please email mjgc [at] mit.edu with your institute email and mention affiliation.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP BOSTON - NOVEMBER EVENTS

The Medical Development Group Boston (MDG Boston) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care.

MDG's Mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities, and promoting best practices in enterprise management.

MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

We would love for you to attend and spread the word in your community!

  • Topic: Innovating with 3-D Printing in Medical Technology
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 5-7:30pm (Virtual Networking 5-6pm, Presentations and Q&A 6-7:30pm) Location: Online

    Overview:

    3-D printing technology has been around for many years, but the recent pandemic has shown how instrumental 3-D printing technology can be in healthcare and the medical device and industry.
    From nasal test swabs, to ventilator parts, to 3-D printed face shields, 3-D printing has been involved in assisting those on the front lines. In addition, a number of companies are using 3-D printing in research and development.
    Learn more about 3-D printing and how advances in the technology are enabling innovation, product development and small run manufacturing in the medical device industry.
    Attendees will hear about various 3-D printing technologies, their potential applications in the medical device industry, and how medical companies are using 3-D printing in their business.

  • Topic: Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation - Game Changing Innovations
    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 5-7:30pm (Virtual Networking 5-6pm, Presentations and Q&A 6-7:30pm) Location: Online
    Overview:
    Learn from a panel of experts in human movement science and sports rehabilitation about how they started their companies and how they funded, grew, and protected their innovations.
    The goal of the sports rehabilitation industry is to provide innovations that allow people to achieve their athletic goals by preventing injuries, monitoring and maintaining health, and alleviating pain during exercise.
    State of the art wearable sensor technology provides novel information for trainers and researchers to understand mechanisms affecting the musculoskeletal system and provide solutions for injury prevention and relief to professional and amateur athletes.

For more information, visit our website.

MIT BIOTECH GROUP - 2020 DRUG DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR SERIES

The MIT Biotech Group is excited to announce our virtual drug development seminar series, The World of Biologics!

  • 11/09 - Angela Yen, Leader of Cell and Genetic Therapies Group - Vertex
  • 11/16 - Jennifer Brogdon, Exec. Director, Head of Cell Therapy Research - Novartis
  • 11/23 - David Lubkowicz, Christian Tidley, Lead Strain Engineer - Synlogic, Program Lead in Organism Engineering - Ginkgo
  • TBA - Panelists (Various Positions) - Amgen

Schedule and Topics: https://tinyurl.com/y6s89kbm

RSVP: https://forms.gle/TNqpXTi7djSXQ7KYA

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/y6z6a6fb

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 (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

Student Opportunities

GLOBAL CLIMATE RESEARCH PORTAL (AN OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE INITIATIVE)

If you're a PhD student at MIT and your research is related to climate change (from investigating the physical science of climate change, to understanding the impacts, adaptation strategies and vulnerabilities of different communities across the globe to climate change, or related to any of the diverse range of mitigation strategies for global warming), this is for you!

We are a team of PhD students at University of Oxford and University of Cambridge and are writing to you to seek 5 minutes of your time to help develop a first-of-its-kind Global Climate Research Portal. This initiative seeks to create an open-access web-portal that will aggregate information on all-ongoing climate research happening at Universities across the world in real time, starting with the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and MIT. You can find more details about this on our website.

While we expect this initiative to have tangible benefits for universities, governments, businesses and institutions that fund climate research, the primary beneficiary will be the research community that will have access to information on ongoing climate research and opportunities to network and collaborate with fellow researchers across the globe in real time (without having to wait for the research to get published years after it has started).

Can we request you to fill out this form that seeks basic information on your research? It should take you about 5 minutes. If you have any questions, clarifications or ideas to collaborate on this, please do reach out to us (gaurav.dubey [at] ouce.ox.ac.uk). We are presently looking to expand our advisory panel, please do reach out if that might interest you.

COME ON OUT - JAPAN 2021 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

We are launching Come On Out - Japan’s 6th Annual Global English Camp Summer Internship Program and extending our invitation to top Universities and Japanese high school students for a cross-cultural learning experience. Learn more at our future events - to be released via our newsletter.

We are currently seeking university students and recent graduates with native level English skills who are passionate about Japanese culture, gaining global experience, and mentoring others. They will be offered the opportunity to come to Japan for five weeks from mid-July to late August, 2021. Although this is an unpaid internship, the sponsor is providing certain expenses for each intern who participates in the six-week program. Airfare, lodging, meal and transportation subsidies will be provided. The program also offers optional Japanese language classes, field trips and an overnight trip. These additional opportunities are all designed to add cultural enrichment to your summer abroad experience.

This program is vastly different from any other traditional teaching position in Japan. Interns will facilitate English conversations with Japanese high school students on a variety of relevant global topics ranging from discussing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to  their personal life missions. Interns will be able to extend mentorship to new students each week as well as form lifelong connections with their fellow interns inside and outside the classroom.

We do not have any Japanese fluency requirements. Come On Out - Japan accepts undergraduates, graduates and recently graduated students as well.

Applications are now open at www.comeonoutjapan.com! If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact Come on Out - Japan directly at info [at] comeonoutjapan.com or via the inquiry tab on our website. For more specific information, please check out the following important links.

Program Information - 2021 GEC Application - Our Instagram! - Our Facebook!

Our Newsletter - the best way to stay informed (including upcoming GEC virtual info sessions)

VERILY DATA SCIENCE STUDENT INTERNSHIP 2021 (REMOTE/BOSTON)

Verily, an Alphabet company, lives at the intersection of technology, data science and healthcare. Our mission is to make the world’s health data useful so that people enjoy longer and healthier lives. 

Our team combines expertise in healthcare, data science and technology to improve the health and well-being of our communities. We are developing the infrastructure and solutions to harness the profusion of health information for good. Our data-driven solutions span three primary areas: research, care and innovation. Programs include Project Baseline - our research initiative to increase participation and evidence generation in clinical research; Onduo - our personalized virtual care platform, which includes connected tools, lifestyle coaching and clinical support; and Debug - our effort to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases by combining machine learning with sterile insect technique. We’re also actively working to combat the spread of COVID-19 through new programs like Healthy at Work. 

DESCRIPTION
Our Data Science group specializes in analyzing and building models to help make sense of large datasets resulting from bio-sensors, digital pathology, clinical informatics, molecular assays, and patient surveys. We combine domain knowledge and programming expertise with statistical and machine learning knowledge to build scalable models and solutions that help power Verily’s various product areas. We are looking for interns with skill and interest in any of computational biology, digital pathology, clinical informatics, and bio-sensor processing.

This year our intern projects will support exciting emerging, early stage innovations in biology and pathology; novel devices deployed in clinical studies; and analysis of health system records in disease management applications. The internship project will include development and deployment of predictive models on various datasets in the aforementioned areas, as well as building specialized software infrastructure to enable the data science work.

Projects may include: application of Natural Language Processing methods to various EHR data sets for chronic disease management  or clinical workflow management; developing methods for analyzing and interpreting data from the Immune Profiler platform; applications of computer vision to pathological images generated by hyperspectral microscopes; development of algorithms that extract physiological state and disease status from high-frequency bio-sensor data streams.

**Join us for a unique 13 week internship that will take place May 17th to August 13th 2021 OR June 14th to September 10th 2021

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with large, complex data sets to solve difficult, non-routine analytical problems.
  • Apply advanced statistical and machine learning methods that relate longitudinal measurements to clinical endpoints in a real-world population.
  • Develop performant and reusable models and libraries from original architecture and design through production deployment and performance analysis.
  • Review literature related to the project area and integrate relevant domain knowledge.
  • Communicate highly technical results and methods clearly, as well as interact cross-functionally with a wide variety of people and teams.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a PhD or Master's program in a quantitative discipline (e.g., biomedical engineering, computer science, statistics, computational biology, applied mathematics, or similar) with an anticipated graduation date on or before the end of 2022. Undergraduates with demonstrated relevant experience may also be considered.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.
  • Experience with exploratory and statistical data analysis (such as linear models, multivariate analysis, predictive modeling, and stochastic models). 
  • Experience with machine learning (supervised and unsupervised methods).
  • Experience with Python (most roles) and/or R (computational biology).
  • Solid applied data science skills, e.g. experience with libraries such as NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn, Matplotlib etc. for Python users and dplyr, ggplot2 for R users.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 1+ years of relevant work experience (i.e., as a biomedical engineer, data scientist, computational biologist), including deep expertise and experience with statistical data analysis.
  • Experience with Deep Learning frameworks (TensorFlow, PyTorch etc.).
  • Experience deploying and monitoring models in production platforms.
  • Familiarity with software engineering practices and experience developing production software.
  • Demonstrated willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques.

If you are interested, apply here: https://verily.com/roles/job/?job_id=2380748

(This posting was submitted by Varesh Prasad, PhD, MEMP '19)

INNOVATION DISCOVERY JAPAN (IDJ) TECH TREK

Every year since 2017, Innovation Discovery Japan (IDJ) has been organizing its Japan Tech Trek to explore cutting-edge technologies in Japan and their businesses.

MIT students and researchers visit Japanese industry, startups, and research institutes to learn Japanese technologies and businesses. Examples of companies to be visited include SONY, FujiFilm, TeamLab, etc.

Due to COVID-19, the next IDJ'21 will be held online. Pre-registration and an application are needed to participate in the trek.
IDJ'21 will be held online from Sunday, January 24, 2021 - Friday, January 29, 2021.

Application Deadline: November 22, 2020, 11:59 pm (EST)

Apply here.

Questions? Please contact us at idj21organizers [at] mit.edu.

You can also follow us on Facebook.

MIT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT NETWORK MAILING LIST

The International Support Network has setup a mailing list to build community and provide support to the international students at MIT. All MIT community members are welcome to join!

The International Support Network is a peer support network for international students and scholars as well as allies. We have been actively monitoring proposed policy changes that relate to remote appointments, housing, international travel as well as visa status for international students. After our July open letter​, we have been following up with ISO on related issues. Given the rapidly changing current situation, we acknowledge the heightened concern among the international community at MIT. With that in mind, we created our mailing list​ where we share information about policy updates (both MIT and federal), provide support, and hold future town halls to hear out community members.​

Sign up for the mailing list to hear about those updates and other resources!

Stay safe and take care everyone!​

Feel free to direct any questions to: international-support-admin [at] mit.edu

MISTI STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Did you know that MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) provides MIT students with the chance to gain hands-on, real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world, at no cost And this year, you can have a MISTI experience now AND later. Take part in remote internships, faculty-led courses, and online events. Sign up for our student newsletter to keep up with the latest MISTI deadlines, events, and cultural fun!

  • Register for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Germany & Israel MISTI Career Conversations—Now happening over IAP!
    New deadline: December 7th
    New dates: January 6th , 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2021, from 12PM-1PM EST
  • Apply for a MISTI MIT-Israel Summer 2021 Internship!
    Priority Deadline: December 1st
    Visit our page for information about the timeline, requirements, culture course options, and more. Find examples of past student internship opportunities here.
  • Attend the MISTI MIT-Israel Information Session Thursday, Nov. 5th at Noon on Zoom
    Learn more about the summer internship program and application process, as well as hear from and ask questions to our MISTI Israel student alumni panel.

  • Stay informed About MISTI MIT-Israel Program Updates!
    Sign up to be on our email list,
    Ping us on the MISTI Discord server
    Follow us on Instagram @mistimitisrael
    Like us on Facebook
    Join the discussion on Linkedin

MIT GOOGLE DEVELOPER STUDENT CLUB

Interested in getting hands-on CS experience and building solutions for local businesses and the community? Want to get access to hands-on workshops, trainings and developer resources from GoogleJoin Google Developer Student Club! We are looking for both technical and non-technical roles (eg., outreach, marketing). 

Developer Student Club (DSC) is a program presented by Google Developers. DSCs are university based community groups for students. Students from all undergraduate or graduate programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their community.

We are currently recruiting club members. 

Club member interest form: https://forms.gle/SMzNdd1T1k2tn1Aa9

Feel free to email ghsu [at] mit.edu if you have any further questions! 

STEMXX CHATS GROUP SEEKING PARTICIPANTS

STEMxx Chats is helping trainees, especially women in STEM, succeed in their career paths and in life. At MIT, our predominant benefit will be to undergrads and graduate students. We will address key gaps in facilitating their career development with particular emphasis on professional development tricks and soft skills that they’re not getting in any systematic way. We hope to offer mentorship, support and guidance while addressing key gaps in facilitating their career development. We hope to create a group culture that is uniquely focused on the person, has a high positive tone, emphasizes positive impact, and seeks to do this in a sustained way and have personal friendships form as opposed to one-and-done activities. We hope that creating a culturally and academically diverse group at MIT will allow you to share similar experiences while benefitting from the resources and events of the greater STEMxx Chats community. Below is the interest form for those wanting to join. We will host monthly meetings in addition to the broader STEMxx Chats events (eg. panels on career decisions, key speakers from top women in STEM, etc). We also have Twitter and Instagram (@stemxx_chats) for those who want to learn about the latest events.

Feel free to reach out to the organizers (Shirley Chen, schenxy [at] mit.edu and Mariana Avila, avilam [at] mit.edu) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the fall. 

Website: https://aliceestanton.wixsite.com/aliceestanton/stemxxchats

Interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxDhfUz57xILhrgSkIGwUYufkRhrzyxfbRC81wA6pMQByyQA/viewform?usp=pp_url

ASK MIT. GET ANSWERS.

ask.mit.edu is intended for MIT students to ask questions about student support at MIT. Ask your question here and a member of Student Support and Wellbeing team will get back to you within one business day.

GSAS HARVARD BIOTECH CLUB'S INCUBATOR 2020

Do you want to help build & launch a real biotech company?

Join The Incubator, where students and fellows do just that!

An initiative of the Harvard Biotech Club, The Incubator provides hands-on learning and critical job experience. You’ll work alongside expert faculty advisors with deep industry experience to bring a novel biotechnology idea to market.

Apply to join our Fall 2020 cohort. Visit: theincubator.bio

MITAC OPPORTUNITIES - VIRTUAL TOURS, EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, ETC.

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!

OFFICE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION - FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOPS & FINANCIAL LITERACY RESOURCES

Fellowship Newsletter

Our Fellowship Newsletter is a monthly/bimonthly occurrence that includes upcoming opportunities and events, tips on applying to fellowships, announcements, and generally an avenue for us to relay fellowship related information. 

Interested in receiving the newsletter? Please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here. Future Graduate Fellowship Bulletins will be sent right to your email inbox

iGrad
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
Newly updated Financial Literacy section to our website found here. Also, we’ve added a new Financial Concerns section that includes information on identity theft, food insecurity and transitioning out of school (great for graduation season) found here.

If there are further questions about fellowships, the OGE Fellowship section can be found here, especially the Fellowships Tips content here.  

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.

MIT GRAD DIVERSITY NEWSLETTER

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)

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 SPOUSES & PARTNERS CONNECT

Open to all significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff who have relocated to the Boston area

Visit: http://spouses.mit.edu

FEATURED EVENTS

Parents Connect

This speaker series will connect expecting and new parents with the experts and peer support they need to navigate this exciting phase of life. This month, we will hear from a childbirth educator and lactation consultant, pediatrician, doula, and children’s author and illustrator. Find dates and speakers here: http://spouses.mit.edu/event-calendar

Cultural Coffee Hours

This series, facilitated by Jennifer Recklet Tassi, Senior Program Manager, will help you better understand your transition to living in a new country. Preregister here at bit.ly/mitadaptation

  • November 13 at 1pm: Understanding the American Personality
    Learn about American values and how they shape behavior. We will discuss Americans' optimism, their obsession with time and efficiency, and the importance of equality and achievement.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY MEETINGS

Every Wednesday at 3 pm MS&PC meets via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/585674692 (password: 139032).

Hosted by the MS&PC staff. Join other members of MS&PC for guest speakers, interactive games, and interesting conversation.

BEST WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT OUR EVENTS

Subscribe to our weekly email updates: http://spouses.mit.edu/join/subscribe

Join our private Facebook Group

Follow us on Instagram @mspconnect

Email us at spousesandpartners [at] mit.edu

NEWCOMER OFFICE HOURS

Every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. Meet with Jennifer Recklet Tassi, the Program Manager, and Viktoriia Palesheva, the Program Assistant, and ask your questions about life at MIT and in Boston. Please register here we know that you are coming.

AND MORE WEEKLY MEETINGS

Parent Zoom – every Monday at 10 a.m.

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.

English Conversation Group meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 10am via Zoom.

EVEN MORE WAYS TO CONNECT

Toddler Playgroup members can find some activities for kids every Monday on Facebook.

PRIVATE CONSULTS

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.

MIT LANGUAGE CONVERSATION EXCHANGE

Open to all members of the MIT community

We connect people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.

How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

  • Visit our website: http://lce.mit.edu
  • Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience         Watch this video to learn how our website works
  • Join our new Slack Space: https://bit.ly/lce-slack
  • Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
  • Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests
  • Participate in our virtual events: https://bit.ly/LCECAFE
  • Conversation cafes held on Zoom
  • Breakout rooms with small groups of people for language exchange
    Held on the 2nd Friday and 4th Tuesday of the month at 2pm, Register in advance

Get in touch with the LCE

Email us at lce [at] mit.edu

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE

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.

peer2peer.mit.edu

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

ADI INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Come Join Analog Devices (ADI) – a place where Innovation meets Impact. For the past 50 years, Analog Devices has been inventing innovative technologies that transform lives. Get hands-on experience working with the brightest minds to solve complex problems that matter: from autonomous vehicles, drones and factories to augmented reality to remote healthcare. Enjoy a culture that values aligned goals, balanced work-life priorities, continuous learning throughout your career and shared rewards. At ADI, we invest in you and succeed together because we believe that happy, healthy, intellectually-challenged people drive our growth and market leadership.

ADI helps customers bridge the physical and digital worlds with unmatched technologies that solve real-life problems and make the world smarter, healthier, greener and safer. With over $5 billion in revenue, ADI specializes in high-performance analog, mixed-signal, power, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits that sense, measure, interpret, connect, power, secure and transform how the world experiences the world around them. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.analog.com; and our education library where you can find technical articles and video tutorials here.

Internship opportunities can be found here.

IMMUNEERING - BIOINFORMATICS DEVELOPER POSITION

Seeking scientists who are passionate about developing algorithms and deploying tools for the analysis of -omic data to join our disease cancelling technology team.

Immuneering's Disease Cancelling Technology (DCT) computational platform accelerates target identification and drug discovery. We are expanding DCT by creating tools and interactive interfaces to facilitate interpretation of the insights generated by our algorithms.

We are looking for a computational biologist with a strong background in tool development. The ideal candidate has experience with R package and shiny development, has created and managed databases, and is an expert at applying statistical analysis and machine learning to genomic datasets.

Our team consists of brilliant people willing to share their knowledge and eager to learn from each other. You will work in a collaborative and nurturing environment that values diversity, personal development and integrity. We believe that diverse perspectives and experiences drive innovation. Immuneering is a Great Place to Work-Certified company with an excellent work-life balance.

Location
San Diego, New York or Cambridge

Responsibilities

  • Create bioinformatic tools using custom R packages
  • Create and deploy interactive shiny apps for visualization of results from our Disease Cancelling Technology
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop analysis methods and algorithms to solve complex computational research problems
  • Leverage SQL or other databases for data storage
  • Present scientific material (written and oral) to diverse audiences

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics or a related field (i.e., Biology,Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics) or 5+ years of work experience at a leading computational biology focused institution
  • Proficient in R, comfortable writing functions and unit tests
  • Experience processing gene expression/RNA-seq
  • Proficiency writing packages to run analysis of large data sets (ideally transcriptomic, genomic, proteomic, and/or epigenomic data)
  • Experience applying machine learning approaches to analysis of -omic data in pre-clinical settings
  • Experience developing effective visualization tools using ggplot2, plotly, d3
  • Background developing and deploying shiny apps
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as contribute to large projects
  • Knowledge of version control with git
  • Knowledge of clean code and test-driven development
  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective English communication skills (both written and oral)

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Broad and deep understanding of genetics, proteomics, and/or genomics as documented by a strong publication record in high-impact journals
  • Experience processing and interpreting single cell RNA-seq datasets
  • Experience studying human disease using genomic approaches, especially leveraging transcriptomic datanderstanding of tidyverse packages
  • Experience creating and managing docker images
  • Python scripting, especially numpy, pandas, scikit learn, tensorflow or keras
  • Strong scientific communication; excellent writing and presentation skills

To apply, contact careers [at] immuneering.com ATTN: DCT Hiring Manager

RAGON INSTITUTE EARLY INDEPENDENCE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

The Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program provides a unique career development pathway for exceptional
scientists and clinician-scientists who have recently completed graduate training.

The newly created Ragon Early Independence Fellows Program seeks applications from talented PhD, MD, and MD/PhD
candidates who have recently completed their graduate training and are pursuing any area of biology that synergizes with
the mission of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The Institute is a highly collaborative, diverse, interdisciplinary,
mission-driven research institute and community that bridges the best in biomedical and clinical science to harness the
immune system to prevent and cure human diseases. We provide state-of-the-art research facilitates in Kendall Square, at
the heart of the MGH, MIT, and Harvard communities, and are deeply committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable
environment that values all aspects of diversity and celebrates individual differences.

The Fellowship will support, train, and elevate creative, talented, and collaborative scientists for up to five years. It includes
a generous start-up package with salary support, fringe benefits, dedicated laboratory and office space, research support,
administrative support, and access to state of the art core facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy, BSL-3
facilities, and an extensive clinical specimen repository. Clinician-scientists will have the opportunity to be part of leading
academic clinical divisions. Fellows will be treated as faculty and are eligible to apply for additional internal Ragon Institute
funds (Strategic Initiatives funds) and are eligible but not required to apply for NIH and other external funding.

A mentorship committee composed of senior faculty from the Ragon Institute as well as MGH, MIT, and Harvard will meet
regularly with the Fellow to advise on their research program, trainee mentorship, and long-term research strategy. Fellows
will also join the community of Kendall Square Fellows from the Whitehead, Broad, McGovern, and Koch Institutes.

Applicants with a PhD or MD/PhD and no postdoctoral training, including PhD students in their last year of graduate school,
should apply to the Basic Science track. Applicants with an MD or MD/PhD who have completed clinical subspecialty
training within the past 2 years, with demonstration of excellence within their subspecialty, should apply to the Clinician-
Scientist track.

All candidates should demonstrate a record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research and the potential
to develop an outstanding independent research program aligned with the mission of the Ragon Institute. Candidates are
sought who have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and the scholarly qualities required to mentor trainees.
Innovative scientists working in translational or basic biomedical research bringing novel approaches from engineering,
physical sciences, computation and structural biology, as well as those with unique experience in microbiology, virology or
immunology, will be strongly considered. Expertise in the HIV field is not required.
The application should include:

  1. The applicant’s CV
  2. A 500-word summary of previous research and vision statement for future research, including how the Fellows’ proposed research program would synergize with the Ragon culture and research mission.
  3. A letter of nomination sent separately from a mentor of the candidate, endorsing an independent research pathway
  4. A 2-3 page Research Statement which includes future plans and references.
  5. Three references

A link to upload application materials is accessible here (https://www.ragoninstitute.org/faculty-recruitment/). Questions are encouraged and should be also be sent to ragonfellows [at] mit.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 30, 2021.

Please see the Ragon Institute website (http://www.ragoninstitute.org/) for more information on this position.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - MILLER LAB - SYNTHETIC AND SYSTEMS BIOLOGY - MGH

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Synthetic biology, molecular systems biology, tumor immunology
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Miller, Miles

Description: The Miller Lab in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School is recruiting postdoctoral research scholars to develop new technologies for spatially manipulating cellular dynamics in situ within tissue, using an integration of optogenetics and translational imaging technologies. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative laboratory of several postdoc members with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. The laboratory provides a supportive research environment working with clinicians in the hospital and industry partners.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, synthetic biology, optics (microscopy), optogenetics, cell signaling, cell biology, and relevant areas.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Miles Miller (miles.miller [at] mgh.harvard.edu).

The Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral research position in the Laboratory for Multiscale Network Biology directed by Prof. Miles Miller, PhD.

CSB is located within the Simches Research Building on the main MGH campus in Boston, and features a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with close interactions with MGH clinician-researchers and faculty across Harvard Medical School (csb.mgh.harvard.edu). Program awardees will have the opportunity to
work closely with faculty and will benefit from didactic educational opportunities and seminars.

A key focus of the research program centers on the development and application of advanced imaging methods to study the in vivo biology of diseases such as cancer. CSB is home to cutting edge technologies for performing in vivo confocal and multiphoton microscopy, multi-scale imaging through whole tissues and
organs, and highly multiplexed immunofluorescence, all of which can complement and inform clinically-relevant modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography / X-ray computed tomography (PET/CT). CSB is at the forefront of developing new approaches to integrate imaging with computational and genomic techniques, including machine learning and single-cell RNA sequencing, to discover new biological and clinical insights.

We offer excellent training opportunities in a highly collaborative department that brings together synthetic biology, chemistry, chemical biology, molecular biology, systems biology, imaging and cancer research. MGH-CSB is home to highly cited faculty and is richly immersed in the broader Harvard Medical School community. Imaging and analysis technologies in part developed within CSB have progressed to clinical trials, venture creation and commercialization, and FDA approval in some cases.

A strong background in life sciences and excellent command of spoken and written English are essential. All interested applicants should submit a CV, transcript, and a letter of recommendation to Serena Sullivan
(sullivan.serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu).

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - IM LAB - ENGINEERING - MGH

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Engineering, Extracellular vesicles, Neuroscience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Im, Hyungsoon (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/hyungsoon_im/)

Description: The Im Lab in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School seeks highly motivated postdoctoral research scholars to develop next-generation diagnostic technologies for clinical translation. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative laboratory of several
postdoc members with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. The laboratory provides a supportive research environment working with clinicians in the hospital and industry partners.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of the following areas: Engineering, Optics (microscopy), Microfluidics, Organ-on-a-chip, Extracellular Vesicles, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Computer Science, or relevant areas.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Hyungsoon Im (Im.Hyungsoon [at] mgh.harvard.edu).

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - IM LAB - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - MGH

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Area: Artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer science,
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Im, Hyungsoon (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/hyungsoon_im/)

Description: A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Hyungsoon Im in the Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School. We are interested in candidates with research background in artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer science, and relevant areas. We have active projects developing and applying AI algorithms for medical and microscopic imaging as well as their clinical translation.

Responsibilities: Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired but not required: computer science, bioinformatics, engineering or relevant areas. The ideal candidate will have interest in the development of new deep-learning algorithms based on medical data and their applications in translational medicine.

Requirements: We seek motivated and creative individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD degree. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments, and the email addresses of two references to: Hyungsoon Im (Im.Hyungsoon [at] mgh.harvard.edu).

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW & GRADUATE STUDENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY - GERBER LAB

Graduate student and postdoc positions available immediately in the Gerber Lab to develop novel machine learning models to elucidate fundamental rules governing the formation and maintenance of complex microbial ecosystems in the mammalian gut under the National Science Foundation funded MTM 2: The rules of microbiota colonization of the mammalian gut project. Using a combination of novel computational and high-throughput experimental methods, we seek to elucidate underlying mechanistic rules governing the formation, maintenance and future behavior of complex ecosystems of microbes in the gut. The position will give you the opportunity to develop advanced machine learning methods while working on real, biologically relevant problems. Techniques we use include Bayesian nonparametric models, dynamical systems inference from sparse data, interpretable models, approximate inference methods and relaxations of discrete variables to enable fully-differentiable models.

The candidate is expected to engage with the broader machine learning community by presenting work at top machine learning conferences, as well as publishing applications of new methods in high impact biological journals. Although some experience modeling biological systems is required, microbiome specific knowledge is not required. This could be a good fit for either someone with a strong machine learning background who wants to get domain-specific research experience, OR someone with a strong mathematical background who wants to get more machine learning experience.

See https://gerber.bwh.harvard.edu/jobs/ for more information.

BIOENGINEERING JOB OPPORTUNITY - BERKELEY LIGHTS (EMERYVILLE, CA)

Come join our Applications Development Engineering team at Berkeley Lights!

Development Engineer

Emeryville, CA - Applications Engineering /Full-time

Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition. So the question is, if nature is capable of manufacturing the products we need in a scalable way, why aren’t we doing more of this? Well, the answer is that with the solutions available today, it is hard. Berkeley Lights is here to change all of that! Our extremely sophisticated proprietary technology and Beacon® and LightningTM systems accelerate the rate researchers can discover and develop cell-based products in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional, legacy research methods. Using our tools and solutions, scientists can find the best cells, the first time they look.

Our goal is to continue to collaborate with customers to drive the adoption of our technologies, making cell-based products and therapeutics more easily accessible the world over! You will play a major role here in the creation and development of these technologies, and our success will depend on you! We have been changing how the world develops cell-based products since 2011, and now our family of around 200 employees welcomes you to consider joining us on this incredible journey.

This role exists at the interface of the Applications and Software Engineering teams. In this role, you will manage the Python code base that includes all application-level code used to execute biological workflows on Berkeley Lights’ platforms. This role requires a strong foundation in object-oriented programming as well as exposure to advanced lab automation equipment with an emphasis on microscopy and microfluidics. A collaborative and supportive mindset is required to enable success of the Team.

Successful candidates may have the opportunity to travel on assignment to customer sites in support of our Field Applications Team.

Find the full job posting here.

Here is a note from Or Gadish, HST MEMP PhD '19:

I've been working at Berkeley Lights for almost exactly a year now since I graduated and I've loved the company culture and overall goals, the products we make, the specific work our team does, the people I work with, and especially during COVID, the fact that our technology is already enabling vaccine and antibody treatment development. The Applications Development Engineer is at the heart of what the company does, working at the intersection of engineering and science, combining software, hardware, biology, and communications. This kind of work is both exciting and allows you to learn a lot of new things (and also great for the overall resume).

Aside from the awesome job, the company is in Emeryville, CA which means that you can live a short commute away from San Francisco or from the (relatively) lower housing prices in the East Bay.

There is also a posting for a Product Engineer role on the team for someone with BS or MS with 3-5 years experience.

If you (or someone you know) is interested in either position, please check out the posting and reach out to me at or.gadish [at] berkeleylights.com!

SENIOR FELLOWSHIP IN TRANSLATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE AND ENTERPRISE

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team at the UPM to design and implement translational applications of end products, services and technological outputs of the Human Brain Project (HBP). This will involve the formation of strategic links with partners in industry and development of potential business models.

The successful applicant will be involved in planning and launching a call for expressions of interest for industry engagement as part of the HBP.

Typical activities:

1. Identification of promising technologies for industrial exploitation

2. Identification and interaction with potential user companies

3. TRL assessment

4. Technology roadmaps

5. Business plans

6. Licensing of patents, software or knowledge

Find more information here.

POSTDOC POSITION IN JAIN LAB @ UCSF - OXYGEN AND VITAMIN BIOLOGY

The Jain Lab at University of California, San Francisco  (https://ishajainlab.com) is looking for motivated, hard-working and curious applicants. We recently discovered that chronic hypoxia (equivalent to living in the mountains of Peru or Nepal) can serve as a therapy for mitochondrial disease in mouse models (https://jainlabblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/hypoxiatherapy_science_2016.pdf). This approach is currently in clinical trials. We are now interested in studying the effects of low and high oxygen on additional disorders and age-associated processes, as well as understanding the fundamentals of how organisms sense and adapt to varying oxygen tensions. We are similarly interested in studying causes of subclinical and vitamin deficiencies and diseases that might benefit from megavitamin therapy. We will be using a combination of systems-level approaches (CRISPR screens, metabolomics, etc.) and animal physiology to tackle these questions. Post-docs will be encouraged to lead independent projects resulting in high impact publications, present at conferences and prepare for long-term careers in academia or industry. 

If you are interested in working on exciting problems related to oxygen/vitamins/aging, email Dr. Jain at Isha.Jain [at] ucsf.edu with a short description of your past research experiences and a resume/CV. 

Dr. Jain received her PhD through the HST MEMP Program at MIT.

RESEARCH FELLOW IN DIGITAL HEALTH - BIDMC

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)

About:

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

Salary: Competitive

Job Description:

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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

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.

Additional Skills/Abilities/Competencies
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.

Application
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.

NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT AKATECH.TECH

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/.

INSIGHT FELLOWS PROGRAM

We’re now accepting applications from graduating students for our winter session.

*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 fully remote winter session: https://apply.insightdatascience.com

INSIGHT FELLOWS

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.

Getting Hired

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.

Starting Salary

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.

Hiring Companies

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.

Post-Program Experience 

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.  

Locations:

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

Winter 2021 Session - Upcoming Deadline & Start Date:

  • Next application main deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Session begins: January 19, 2021

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 FOR UNDERREPRESENTED AND MINORITY PHD STUDENTS

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.

LABSHARES NEWTON

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).

LabShares Website

LabShares Upcoming Events

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

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

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."

Career & Financial Guidance Programs

MIT ALUMNI ADVISORS HUB - ADVISING OPPORTUNITY FOR MIT STUDENTS

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.

Sign up to gain access to a community of alumni who are eager to share their advice at https://alumniadvisors.mit.edu/.

Find an advisor today!

UPCOMING MIT CAREER FAIRS

To safeguard the health and well-being of our entire community, all recruiting activities, including career fairs, will adopt a virtual format. Information on this page will be updated regularly.

MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.

To get the most of your career fair experience, see our Tips for Career Fair Success. You can also view the CAPD events calendar for career fair workshops.

MIT.nano & MTL Career Fair - Monday, November 2nd, 2020

A recruiting event with the companies of the MIT.nano Consortium & MTL Industrial Group

MIT students and researchers are invited to a virtual career fair with leading companies across multiple industries. Learn about the companies, explore opportunities for summer or permanent employment, and meet with company representatives one-on-one.

The participating companies are limited to MIT.nano and/or MTL members to provide students and researchers with a smaller, more intimate venue for these essential career discussions. Share your background and experience, and get all your questions answered.

Please join us!

Register here.

Engineering Career Fair Collaborative - Friday, November 13th, 2020

Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, MIT, and Yale

Meet representatives from engineering firms across the country seeking SEAS students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, environmental services, transportation, and design. This event is a collaboration between Harvard, Boston University, Olin College, Tufts University, MIT, and Yale University. Engineering students from these six institutions are invited to attend! Please check back at this page and on the event website regularly for updated details about this event, including virtual platform and registration information.

Find out more about career fairs at MIT.

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! www.geniusmesh.com

Please contact Neerja directly at Neerja [at] geniusmesh.com if you have any questions.

MIT'S IGRAD FINANCIAL LITERACY & CAREER RESOURCES PORTAL

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     

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://capd.mit.edu

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

Sign up for the Graduate Student Career Advising mailing list here.

CAPD OFFERS THE VERSATILE PHD RESOURCE TOOL

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) 

MIT CAREERBRIDGE

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

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