Volume 22, Number 21

Professional Opportunities

HST Community Notices

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: WAYS TO ENGAGE

Each week we share an item about DEI in STEM, academia, research, or medicine. 

Read this recent commentary, Fund Black Scientists, by Stevens et. al in Cell. Amplify the message with retweets using #FundBlackScientists.

MIT & HARVARD COVID-19 RESOURCES

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

Course & Academic Resources

SOME SPRING COURSE OFFERINGS TO CONSIDER

MIT’s registration opens next week and as you are considering your course schedules, here are some of our spring offerings. 

A full list of HST courses can be found at: https://hst.mit.edu/academic-programs/courses#spring

Spring 2021 (With links to MIT catalog descriptions)

[new] HST.439 Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity

HST.460 Statistics for Neuroscience Research

HST.500 Frontiers in (Bio)Medical Engineering and Physics

HST.504 Topics in Computational Molecular Biology 

HST.524 Design of Medical Devices and Implants

HST.533 Medical Imaging in Radiation Therapy

HST.538 Genomics and Evolution of Infectious Disease – [Course website: https://sites.google.com/view/1-088]

HST.539 Frontiers of Interdisciplinary Science in Human Health & Disease

HST.562 Pioneering Technologies for Interrogating Complex Biological Systems

HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series : Topics MiniMBA

HST.936/937/938 Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care [Course website: criticaldata/hst-936-2021]

HST.956 Machine Learning For Healthcare 

HST.962 Medical Product Development and Translational Biomedical Research (2nd ½ of term)

HST.971 Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences

HST.978 Healthcare Ventures [Course website: https://linq.mit.edu/healthcareventures/]

Non-HST courses which may be of interest

MAS.S66 Life Nano-Machine Synergism

[new] 20.401J Machine Learning for Molecular Engineering

20.586 Science and Business of Biotechnology

Graduate Engineering Leadership Courses:

6.928J Leading Creative Teams

6.S979 Multi-Stakeholder Negotiation for Technical Experts

MIT SCIENCE POLICY BOOTCAMP

  • March 6-7 & 13-14, 2021
  • Lecturer: David Goldston
  • Apply here by Febuary 5, 2021

The Science Policy Bootcamp is a 4-day short course taught by David Goldston, the current director of the MIT Washington Office. The course will start with an overview of the origins and structures of federal science and technology policy in the U.S., and then will probe perennial and current issues that arise in the use of science in policy, and in the governance of science.  Topics will include the use of science in environmental policy, questions regarding conflicts of interest, and current debates on international competition in science and technology.  The course will be built around class discussions of a variety of readings, including of Congressional hearings, reports from think tanks, and perhaps court decisions and even a play.

This year's bootcamp is open to all MIT affiliates, including undergrads, graduate students, and post docs.

For more information, see http://spi.mit.edu/bootcamp

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Cen at shcen [at] mit.edu.

RA CAPITAL'S "THE BUSINESS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY" - VIRTUAL SHORT COURSE

  • March 10, 17, 24 (3-5pm ET)
  • Lecturer: Peter Kolchinsky, PhD, Managing Partner, RA Capital
  • Cost: Free to all admitted

Find more information and apply here.

We can probably all remember a single course, a single lecture, or even a single book that fundamentally changed our thinking and repeatedly guides our decisions. That’s the kind of course we have designed: a short, intense upgrade for people planning on a career in or related to biotechnology, whether in companies, as investors, as lawyers, academic founders, or government.

Session 1: Introduction to the Biotech Social Contract

Session 2: Game Theory in Biotech

Session 3: What makes a company great? Reverse-engineering success and failure in biotech

Session 4 (optional): Business of Biotech Pitch-Off Tournament

Though this course and its content are geared toward participants with a background in science and/or biotechnology, anyone who wants to learn how biomedical innovation is funded and can be affordable to patients is eligible to apply.

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.

Community Wellness is proud to present a new website to register for classes. On the new website, you will be required to create a new account. Once you do, we hope you enjoy these additional features:

  • A shopping cart
  • Calendar view
  • Search feature
  • Zoom links in your confirmation and reminder emails (check your junk folder if you do not receive these and let your email server know to allow our messages)

Check out this help guide for detailed instructions on how to navigate the new site and register for classes.

Don’t see what you are looking for? 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 WRITING AND COMMUNICATION CENTER (WCC)

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 through https://mit.mywconline.com. Please note that the WCC hours are offered Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and fill up fast.

Some faculty already require their students to consult with the WCC’s communication experts on their papers, technical reports, and presentations — doing so is a good way not only to improve the quality of their students’ work but also to help students grow as academic writers and communicators. 

The WCC has decades of experience preparing thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scholars and faculty, for positions in research, academia, and industry. We provide expertise in scientific and engineering writing as well as humanities and social science writing across various genres, including journal articles, scientific posters, dissertations, oral presentations, and slide design.

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

HARVARD-MIT CENTER FOR REGULATORY SCIENCE - REGULATORY SCIENCE SEMINAR

Brand-Generic Patent Litigation and Drug Regulation: An Ounce of Planning Is Worth a Pound of Patent Protection

Dr. Bruce Chabner, Clinical Director Emeritus of the MGH Cancer Center &

Dov Grossman, Partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP

About the talk:

This talk will focus on what anyone working on innovative small molecule drugs should understand:  the interplay between the FDA approval process and patent litigation.  It will provide an overview of how patent litigation factors into the drug approval process, discuss the differing strategic considerations for brand and generic companies in such litigation, and review various examples of “Hatch-Waxman” brand-generic patent litigation.

BIOLOGY DIVERSITY COMMUNITY (BDC) SEMINAR SERIES - UPCOMING SEMINAR & CALENDAR

The Diversity Seminar Series from the Biology Diversity Community (BDC) is back!

We will begin the spring seminars on 

Connecting Sustainable Scientific Research and Social Justice
Speakers: Star Scott, and Christina Greever

In this seminar, Christina Greever of My Green Lab and Star Scott of the University of Georgia will help us form connections between laboratory facilities, research, and social justice issues to expand our understanding of sustainability. The laboratory sustainability field often focuses only on environmental impacts of research and the economic benefits of sustainability innovation, while social justice and equity are often left out of the conversation. Experts have long defined sustainability as happening in the overlap of environmental, economic, social, and culturally sound processes, practices, and efforts. This session will help participants understand how social justice and equity relate to research spaces, with specific examples that can be shared and implemented in other labs. Researchers, lab managers, designers, engineers, architects, administrators, and green labs facilitators all have something to gain from this presentation, which will raise awareness of equity issues connected to the laboratory environment and the intensive resource use of the research enterprise. All levels of awareness of social justice issues are welcome.

Every member of the MIT community is welcome.

For information on future seminars, dates, guest speakers, and topics, our spring semester calendar can be found here, so set aside the dates!    

To stay up to date on current BDC events, follow us on InstagramTwitter, or send us questions to bdcgroup [at] mit.edu.

MIT SCIENCE POLICY INITIATIVE (SPI) 2021 CONGRESSIONAL VISIT DAYS

Do you care about science policy and are interested in meeting with your congressional representatives?

Apply for MIT Science Policy Initiative’s Congressional Visit Days (CVD) 2021! This year’s advocacy event is scheduled for March 8th. 

COVID-19 has impacted all facets of our lives. In addition to the impact on our personal and collective health, it has also been a large disruption to our academic careers and the state of science.

Through a seminar series in collaboration with the MIT Washington Office, you will learn how to schedule  and lead constituent meetings with your Senators and Representatives and communicate how COVID-19 has affected the lives of scientists and the status of research to our nation's lawmakers. Your constituent meetings will take place on March 8th with potential committee meetings to be scheduled for a later date. No prior experience with policy or advocacy is required.

SPI will support meal reimbursement during the preparation sessions and lunch during March 8th. All sessions will be virtual. 

Apply now - space is limited! The event is open to all MIT undergraduate*, graduate students, and postdocs.
The application deadline is Monday, February 1st at 5pm
.

Apply here​

*Due to funding sources there are limited spots for undergraduates.

47TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING (MLK) JR. CELEBRATION

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • 11am-1pm EST (Virtual Event)

The MIT community gathers every February for a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and in the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. This year’s event will be hosted by President Reif.

Schedule

11am-12:30pm Online program to include:

  • Keynote address by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Brief remarks by MIT Biological Engineering graduate student Corban Swain, Urban Studies and Planning undergraduate student Mimi Wahid, and Open Learning staff member Lana Scott
  • Celebration of MLK Leadership Award winners: Dayme Delgado (UG), Marisa Gaetz (G), Natalie Petit (Staff), Helen Elaine Lee (Faculty), and PRIMES (Group)
  • Musical selections by The Mastadonis Project

12:30-1pm Community connections

Join other members of the MIT community in Zoom breakout rooms. There will be no agenda for this time. The student and staff speakers will be in attendance if you wish to share your thoughts about their words.

Register Here

CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND CLINICAL APPLICATION: NEUROIMAGING INDICATORS OF BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION - A VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

  • Friday, February 12, 2021
  • 8am-2pm Eastern time (US & Canada) - Full symposium agenda available here
  • Register here

A symposium highlighting advances in neuroimaging technologies and methods for applying machine learning approaches to increasingly large-scale data sets that have the potential to transform healthcare by providing non-invasive, reliable indicators of brain health, resilience and vulnerability long before clinical manifestations of disease.

If you have an interest in brain imaging and want to maximize the impact of your work on human health, this symposium is for you. Spanning the full range of technological advances – from image acquisition and processing to clinical translation, to working with increasingly large datasets – this symposium will focus on ways in which neuroimaging can transform healthcare.

You will have the opportunity to hear from our expert faculty who develop and utilize mechanisms so that currently available brain images from both clinical repositories and research archives may be mined for exciting, new insights into brain structure and function – powering forward efforts to discover non-invasive, reliable indicators of brain health that help us understand disease vulnerability and resilience. Speakers will share methodologies and innovations from their labs, highlight opportunities for advancing the field, and critically examine the challenges that they face.

Unique to this virtual symposium, we offer forums for participants to engage directly with our expert faculty in topic-specific breakout rooms. Trainees (student, postdoctoral, or clinical fellow) have the additional option of signing up for a mentoring circle with one of our faculty.

Human brain imaging holds immense promise for elucidating the biological basis of brain health and disease.

The symposium planning committee includes:

  • Simon Eickhoff, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Michael Fox, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Polina Golland, MIT
  • Randy Gollub, MGH
  • Yogesh Rathi, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Bruce Rosen, Martinos Center
  • Brandon Westover, MGH

This Symposium is jointly sponsored by the interdisciplinary Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Neuroimaging Training Program and The Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.

While the Neuroimaging Training Program is designed to integrate basic and cognitive neuroscience applications with the fundamental physical and biological bases of neuroimaging, work at the McCance Center for Brain Health focuses on defining and quantifying brain health to preserve brain function and prevent disease. Together, they bring you a range of topics, opportunities, and challenges associated with applying neuroimaging to the study of brain health.

For more information, visit the symposium website here.

MIT MICROBIOME SYMPOSIUM

The MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics and the MIT Microbiome Club are proud to invite you to participate in our annual MIT Microbiome Symposium to be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 10-5 pm. Abstract submission is officially open!

The symposium will feature talks from established and young investigators, poster sessions, and a networking social to close the symposium. For more details, please check out our website.

This year we are proud to host Dr. Eric Martens (University of Michigan) and Dr. Christina Warinner (Harvard University) as our two keynote speakers.

To participate in the event:

  1. Submit an abstract! Abstracts can be considered for either a flash talk or poster. Posters will also participate in our annual poster competition. Deadline for submission: February 28th.
  2. Registration (free!) will open in February. Details on registering can be found here.
  3. Please tell others about this event! Feel free to circulate this email to others who might be interested.

Please contact cmit.microbiome [at] gmail.com with any questions or inquiries. Your participation in this symposium is free. Our goal is to showcase the diverse opportunities available in the field of microbiome science, and we hope that you can join us!

We look forward to seeing you in April!​

NORTH AMERICAN IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBS) STUDENT CONFERENCE

The upcoming *VIRTUAL* North American IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Student Conference will be in June 2021! The theme of the conference is "Diversity of Perspective & People" and it is being organized by a group of graduate students from MIT, Harvard, and Penn State (including a number of HST colleagues!). The goal is to emphasize equally themes of interdisciplinary conversation, broader social impacts, diversity, equity & inclusion, mental health and wellness, and scientific communication along with cutting edge research and cool science. Check out the website if you're interested, and we're now open to abstract submissions!

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

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP BOSTON - 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!

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website.

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

CONSULTING CLUB AT MIT - INNOVATION OLYMPICS

The Consulting Club at MIT (CCM) is working with the Innovation Olympics, the world’s largest corporate consulting competition, and we will be hosting an information session next Monday, Feb. 8th.

Joining the Innovation Olympics – Info Session

  • Monday, February 8, 2021
  • 12 pm
  • Register here

The Consulting Club at MIT (CCM) invites you to learn more about the Innovation Olympics

The Innovation Olympics is the world's largest corporate consulting competition in which top MBA, Masters, and PhD students solve innovation challenges for some of the world's best known companies. In this program, participants receive training and certification on a world-class innovation methodology from the Global Innovation Management Institute and compete over the 8-week program to win a cash prize.

The CCM sees this program as a great opportunity for our members to develop new capabilities, expand their network, and work on real consulting projects. Therefore, we are inviting you to attend an Information Session for the Innovation Olympics.

This information session will cover the following topics:

  • Innovation Olympics Overview
  • Expectations of and Benefits for Students
  • How to Apply
  • Best Practices to Win the Competition

Please register for this Information Session by completing this Zoom Registration Form. 

In the meantime, please visit https://www.ixlcenter.io/. If you have any questions, please direct them to exec-ccm [at] mit.edu.

MIT'S INAUGURAL RESEARCH SLAM

Are you interested in building your science communication skills and learning to share your research with a general audience, all while competing for hundreds of dollars in cash prizes? This March, MIT will hold its inaugural Institute-wide Research Slam competition featuring postdocs and PhD candidates (graduate students that have completed their qualifying exams). The Slam will be modeled after the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) format, which is a competition hosted by hundreds of universities worldwide in which students present their research and its significance in just 3 minutes!

To help you prepare, a pair of interactive workshops in February will introduce you to the 3MT format and help you polish your talk. Entitled “Crafting a Compelling 3-Minute Talk”, the workshops are hosted by communications experts in the MIT Communication Lab:

  • Workshop #2 (Tuesday, February 16, 4:00-5:30 PM EST, sign up here) will help you optimize your talk for a virtual format and give you a space for practice & feedback (attending Workshop #1 is not a prerequisite).

Participating in these workshops is not necessary to participate in the Slam; rather, they are a resource to help you prepare your submission. Furthermore, you are welcome to participate in the workshops even if you decide not to compete in the Research Slam. Finally, if you are interested in the Slam, register for the workshops on Handshake even if you are not able to attend either of them in order to keep up with Slam updates.

In order to ensure a smooth final showcase, all Research Slam submissions will be pre-recorded videos by participants and will be due by the end-of-day on February 22nd. Guidelines for video submissions will follow 3MT requirements, which can be found here. Participants will need to register and submit their video talks using this form, after which videos will be screened and selected for the final Slam showcase and judging on March 8th from 4:00-6:00 PM EST. 

Beyond the hundreds in cash prizes, the communication skills you hone and display during the Slam will pay significant dividends in your job hunt and in networking - plus, you’ll have a great video to feature on LinkedIn and on other platforms. Winners of the Slam are also eligible for entry to the 3MT regional competition of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

The MIT Research Slam is organized by the Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) office, Communicating Science at MIT (ComMIT), the Communication Lab at MIT, and the Graduate Student Council External Activities Board. Please contact Simona Rosu (srosu [at] mit.edu ()) with any questions, and make sure to encourage your friends to participate!

ANNOUNCING THE 2020-21 BENJAMIN SIEGEL PRIZE

The Benjamin Siegel Prize of $2500 is offered to the MIT student submitting the best written work on issues in science, technology, and society. The Prize is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any school or department of the Institute.

Submission Requirements

  • Please submit one electronic (PDF) copy of a single-authored work of no more than 50 pages written within the last two academic years.
  • Include one cover page with author identification, complete contact information, year and program of study. 
  • Do not include any identifiers within the body of the work.

Email Submissions to: Gus Zahariadis at gusz [at] mit.edu

Deadline:  Monday, April 5, 2021 - to midnight (Announcement of the winning paper will be made on Wednesday, May 19, 2021)

ACTIVATE ECO OPPORTUNITY

Are you a current PhD student in a Harvard or MIT affiliated program studying chemistry, biology or life sciences?
Are you interested in biotech applications to environment and sustainability?
 
ACTIVATE ECO WANTS YOU!
 
Activate Eco, a cohort of Activate Bio, is a life sciences entrepreneurship program that enables the next generation of bio-entrepreneurs to solve the biggest problems in the environment using life sciences technologies including food/Ag, materials, chemicals, and pollution. The program fosters collaboration among business students & scientific trainees and provides teams with hands-on mentorship from world-class VCs and entrepreneurs.  Activate Eco is launching its Pilot Program this Spring 2021. 
 
We are actively recruiting for our Leadership team. As a founding member of the team, you will have a hand in crafting and delivering the program content, coordinating workshops between Activate Eco participants and top level VCs and biotech executives, and learn what it takes for a small biotech company to get their idea out of the lab and into the market.

If you are interested in applying to be part of the Operations team, please reach out to Sofia Guerra at sguerra [at] mba2021.hbs.edu by Wednesday, February 3rd.

APPLY TO BE A WISDM FELLOW!

The Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM) is launching a fellowship program for scientists interested in improving their public speaking capabilities. Fellows will participate in a Story Collider half day workshop with personalized hands-on training from experts on effective and engaging science communication. They will also be matched to an invited speaking engagement and receive a $100 honorarium. Apply by filling out this short form by February 6th! Current MIT graduate students, postdocs, research staff members (with < 3 years experience), and technical associates are eligible to apply. Please contact Lauren Tyger for more information: tygerl [at] mit.edu

MIT GRADUATE STUDENT POSITION - NONLINEAR MICROSCOPY

Graduate student position available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Intraoperative Surgical Guidance using Nonlinear Microscopy

A graduate student position is available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group led by Professor James Fujimoto at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our group specializes in translational biomedical optics research using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and nonlinear microscopy. The successful candidate will develop nonlinear microscopy technology and methods for intraoperative guidance of breast and prostate cancer surgery and participate in clinical studies to improve outcomes of cancer surgery. The research involves close collaboration with pathologists, radiologists, and surgeons at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.

The following qualifications and skill sets (or a subset of them) are required: 

  • Interest in translational research, clinical study design, collaboration with clinicians
  • Experience with multiphoton microscopy, confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, OCT or related technology is a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with clinical collaborators is a plus, but not required

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and maintenance of advanced optical imaging systems such as nonlinear/multiphoton microscopes
  • Design and execution of clinical studies
  • Participation in research planning, proposal planning, and writing
  • Development and validation of rapid tissue evaluation protocols
  • Developing and maintaining research and IRB protocols

To apply or for more information about the position and group, please contact:
James Fujimoto
Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: appsjgf [at] mit.edu
https://www.rle.mit.edu/boib/

REIMAGINE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE ESSAY CHALLENGE

2021 Essay Challenge

The Health Research Alliance (HRA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have partnered to launch the Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Essay Challenge.

The biomedical research enterprise experienced a year of reckoning in 2020. Global cooperation to create a COVID-19 vaccine at an unprecedented pace shows the promise of research. Yet the pandemic, the resulting economic and social uncertainties, and the urgency of addressing systemic racial and regional inequities all add to longstanding concerns about the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. We need a new vision for a healthier future. The Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Essay Challenge is your opportunity to propose systemic changes that re-commit to serving society and achieving an equitable, diverse, and creative environment for all those working to advance scientific discovery and improve human well-being.

The Challenge
We invite you to submit a 1500-word essay following these submission guidelines. The winning essay will be published in either PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, and will also receive a US$5000 prize. There will also be recognition for up to four essays receiving honorable mentions.

We encourage you to think critically about the current state of biomedical research, globally. We hope our challenge stimulates you to confer with colleagues and consider submitting an individual or multi-authored essay that will propose and elaborate new ideas addressing the challenges for the field – for example:

  • Innovative ways to move away from contemporary and reductive metrics of success and towards efforts that measurably improve everyday lives (e.g. advances in diagnostics, therapy, drug discovery, health services, and novel solutions to reduce health inequities).
  • Bold ideas to realign incentives for behaviors that advance discovery, support healthcare decision makers, and benefit society.
  • New ways to frame transparency and rigor as Open Scholarship values, not just checklists or hurdles, to improve societal trust in science.
  • Strategies to build an equitable, open, and transparent research ecosystem that values, empowers, and nurtures diversity.
  • Approaches that depend on creativity and innovation and not on the need for “more” (e.g. more money, more data, more publications, etc.)

Winner, and Honorable Mentions
The winning essay judged to have the most potential for inspiring change will be published either in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, whichever is deemed by PLOS the most appropriate venue for the essay. It will also be awarded US$5,000.
Up to four essays will be recognized by an honorable mention, and these will be published on the PLOS Blogs Network and will each receive a US$2,500 prize.

Symposium
The authors of the winning essay, and authors from honorably mentioned essays, will be invited to present their ideas in a Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future Symposium hosted by HRA and PLOS in September 2021.

Deadline: March 11, 2021
This date is the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. It has been chosen to honor those who have experienced so much suffering during this pandemic, and to help convey the real-world importance of this reimagining.

Eligibility
We welcome essay submissions from individuals or from teams, noting that diverse perspectives are critical to solving our most pressing global challenges. Submissions will be considered from those working in academic, private sector, governmental, or non-profit institutions. Authors must commit to abiding by PLOS policies for publication which include Open Access publication under CC BY license, and editorial policies such as disclosure of competing interests. (See full submission guidelines.)

Review Criteria and Process
There is a 1500 word limit to keep essays succinct and to the point.
You should include a brief description of the problem you propose to solve, and devote the majority of the essay to the proposed solutions.
A panel representing HRA member organizations (HRA members) will score applications based on the review criteria outlined below, to create a shortlist of up to ten essays.

  • Magnitude of the change envisioned
  • Potential for achieving lasting impact and change
  • Novelty and timeliness
  • Feasibility
  • Diversity of thought and perspective

No single criterion outweighs another; all are important.

The overall winner, and honorable mentions, will then be selected from this shortlist by the panel of judges, including:

Maryrose Franko, Executive Director, Health Research Alliance
Nonia Pariente, Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Biology
Lara Bethke, Chief Scientific Officer, Health Resources in Action
Sindy Escobar Alvarez, Senior Program Officer, Medical Research Program, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Susan M. Fitzpatrick, President, James S. McDonnell Foundation
Lynne Garner, President, The Donaghue Foundation
Marc Hurlbert, Chief Science Officer, Melanoma Research Alliance
Judy Keen, Director of Scientific Affairs, American Society of Hematology
Amy Laster, Vice President, Science and Awards Programs, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Dawid Potgieter, Director, Programs in Discovery Science, Templeton World Charity Foundation

The panel reserves the right to reach out to other reviewers, in confidence, for input into the decision.

Before publication, the winning essay may be edited by a PLOS editor for length and style to conform to the PLOS journal format.

MIT OEOP MENTORING PROGRAM

For more than 45 years our programs in the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) have empowered highly-motivated students to deepen knowledge, embrace confidence, cultivate community, and pursue their passions for STEM at the nation’s top colleges and beyond!

Join our team and you could be the reason a young person chooses to attend the college of their dreams, pursues a STEM career, and goes on to become a leader in their field! If this sounds like something you or one of your associates would like to be a part of, please consider our paid teaching and mentoring opportunities with the MIT Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, AVAILABLE NOW.

We are currently seeking remote instructors, teaching assistants, and facilitators for our virtual SEED Academy program. Our staff application is open and we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a plan to begin interviewing mid-January. As such, please submit materials as soon as possible.

Our open and remote positions include:

  • SEED Academy Instructors ($30/hr, ~8-12 hours per session, (February – June 2021)
    The minimum educational requirement for Instructors is graduate coursework.
  • SEED Academy Teaching Assistants ($15/hr, ~7-9 hours per session, (February – June 2021)
    The minimum educational requirement for Teaching Assistants is the completion of one year of college coursework and prefer college students who have reached upper class status.
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    The minimum educational requirement for a Facilitator is the completion of one year of college coursework and prefer college students who have reached upper class status. 

Visit https://staffapp.mit.edu to apply!

If you have questions regarding SEED Academy staff opportunities, please email staffapp [at] mit.edu or SEED [at] mit.edu.

About SEED Academy. Since the program’s launch in 2003, we have engaged youth from diverse backgrounds in the joy and excitement of discovery, making, and project-based learning. SEED Academy scholars are competitively selected and academically promising middle and high school students from public schools in Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, MA. Most are also from backgrounds underrepresented in science and engineering. In addition, all 100+ SEED families and scholars are deeply committed to our multi-year program and they are very eager to be in community with others who love STEM and love to learn. Our spring semester begins soon on February 28 and we will meet on eight Saturdays through May 15 between the hours of 9:45am – 3:00pm EST. I hope you will explore joining our team!

SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

Position: Summer Research Assistant
Research Area: Deep learning, medical imaging, risk prediction, cancer, cardiovascular disease
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Vineet Raghu and Michael Lu

Description: The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center is recruiting research assistants to develop deep learning models to predict risk of future cardiovascular disease and cancer based on medical imaging. Candidates will have the opportunity to leverage large imaging databases with associated molecular and phenotypic data to further improve predictions and to better understand underlying biological mechanisms of increased risk (e.g., genetics, epigenetics, etc.). The candidate will work in a collaborative laboratory consisting of clinical radiologists, biomedical engineers, and computer scientists. There is potential for extending the opportunity with the group through the fall and spring.

The Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center is a clinical research program of the Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The program aims to improve cardiovascular health by developing and validating imaging biomarkers of cardiovascular disease with a focus on MRI, PET, and CT. Under the direction of Michael T Lu, MD, MPH (Director of AI) and Udo Hoffmann, MD MPH (PI of CIRC) the group has been interested in developing deep learning-based imaging biomarkers.

Responsibilities: An ideal candidate should have some programming experience (preferably in Python and R) and interest in deep learning, Candidates will curate relevant patient cohorts to answer research questions, process medical images to develop deep learning models, and perform statistical analyses to evaluate and refine models.

Requirements: We seek motivated individuals currently pursuing their MD or Bachelor degrees.

Contact: Interested individuals should send an introductory email with attached CV to vraghu [at] mgh.harvard.edu

BIOTECH OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERGRAD AND GRAD STUDENTS

Team CB2 has become a semi-finalist in Activate Bio - see https://www.activate.bio 

Team CB2 is in this competition based on a proposed plan to search for and identify CB2 agonists which may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.

We will be attempting to use computational pharmacology to find CB2 agonists. Based on the crystalline structures of CB2 recently published, we will be determining the binding affinity and molecular characteristics of the pharmacophore - using such software as PyRx.

We are seeking 3-4 enthusiastic and energetic students for Team CB2 to work with me in this competition and share all awards, prizes and/or equity in any start-up to arise from our efforts. We are especially seeking students with: PyRx or PyMol experience, coding experience, medicinal chemistry knowledge and skills along with students with some business background. If interested, please send your letter of interest along with a resume to: 

Robert P. Weinberg, DO, JD, MMSc, MIT Alumnus, Class of 1975 (BS, '76), rweinber [at] mit.edu

TOASTMASTERS CLUBS OF MIT

Anyone looking to improve communication skills: speaking and listening?
Visit a Toastmasters Club. The members of Toastmasters Clubs of MIT are happy to help students practice.

"Toastmasters is a fantastic way to improve your presentation skills! I personally learned a great deal from the MIT club and highly recommend it." -- Gwen Acton, MIT PhD

Clubs are currently meeting ONLINE.
https://web.mit.edu/personnel/toastmasters/

Toastmasters @ MIT, Friday at 12 noon to 1pm, via Zoom
http://mit.easy-speak.org/

Tuesday Evening Toastmasters, 6:30 to 8pm
http://680823.toastmastersclubs.org/

Humor & Drama Toastmasters, 1st Saturday of the month 10am to noon
https://7831.toastmastersclubs.org/

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)

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

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

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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!

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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

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MIT GRAD DIVERSITY & ICEO NEWSLETTERS

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.

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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
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  • Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
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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

EVENT CALENDAR

Our Event Calendar is available here.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY MEETINGS

Every Wednesday at 3pm 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

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NEWCOMER OFFICE HOURS

Every other Tuesday at 11am. 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 so that we know that you are coming.

AND MORE WEEKLY MEETINGS

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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.

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EVEN MORE WAYS TO CONNECT

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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

PHILIPS RESEARCH: RESPIRATORY CARE RESEARCH SCIENTIST

We have an opening in the ventilation group at Philips research North America (Cambridge Labs) for a position that is advertised for a PhD but is suitable also for a smart Bachelor- or Master-level engineer who is hands on with

  • electromechanical test benches
  • data acquisition and signal processing
  • simulation of dynamic systems (ODE models, Matlab/Simulink)
  • mechanical ventilation (respiratory care)

This is the link to the job posting https://www.careers.philips.com/professional/na/en/job/378104/Respiratory-Care-Research-Scientist.

For additional information, contact:

Francesco Vicario, PhD, Senior Scientist, Clinical Analytics Group Leader, Philips Research North America
Philips Innovation Labs, 222 Jacobs Street, 4th floor, Cambridge, MA 02141
Email: francesco.vicario [at] philips.com (Tel +1 617-245-5759, mobile phone +1 646-402-3696)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW - MASS EYE AND EAR

Postdoctoral Fellow in Single Cell Genomics and Human Genetics of Complex Eye Diseases

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Segrè laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Ocular Genomics Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), Harvard Medical School, is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to work on innovative projects that combine single cell genomics, human genetics, and systems biology approaches to uncover novel causal mechanisms and pathogenic cell types for complex eye diseases, including glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, with the ultimate goal of identifying new preventative and therapeutic targets for eye disease.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in computational biology or genomics, biostatistics, computer science, or a related quantitative field, and will be interested in developing and applying novel computational and statistical methods for analyzing single cell RNA-seq and whole genome sequencing data from eye tissues in combination with genome-wide association study data to gain biological insights into cell type-specific processes that lead to complex eye diseases. The postdoctoral fellow will work with data from a collaborative Human Cell Atlas effort aimed at characterizing the cell types and cell typespecific gene expression and genetic regulation for a range of disease-relevant eye tissues. The ideal candidate will have strong programming skills, a solid background in statistics, and experience with largescale data analysis, and will be excited to contribute to advancing the science and medicine of eye disease.The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop his or her own research projects and interests within this research area, and to present one’s work at local, national, and international meetings.

The Segrè lab is part of a vibrant research community of computational biologists, experimentalists and clinician scientists in the Ocular Genomics Institute at MEE, which is an international leader for treatment and research in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and is affiliated with the Medical and Population Genetics community at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Being a member of our group will provide the opportunity to contribute to large collaborative efforts in the field of genomics and human disease. To learn more about the lab research directions please visit: https://segrelab.meei.harvard.edu/.

If interested, please send your CV, a cover letter describing your previous research experience and future research interests, and contact information for 3 references, to Dr. Ayellet Segrè: ayellet_segre [at] meei.harvard.edu.

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Department: Ophthalmology - Job Code: FELLRES

BIOINFORMATICIST POSITION - MASS EYE AND EAR

Computational Biologist/Bioinformaticist in Human Genetics and Functional Genomics of Complex
Eye Diseases

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Segrè laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Ocular Genomics Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), Harvard Medical School, is seeking a highly qualified and motivated bioinformaticist or computational biologist to work on innovative projects that combine human genetics, functional genomics, and systems biology approaches to uncover novel causal mechanisms and pathogenic cell types for complex eye diseases, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, with the ultimate goal of identifying new therapeutic targets for eye disease.

The successful candidate should have a MSc or PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, computer science, or a related quantitative field, and will be interested to apply and develop computational and statistical methods for analyzing large-scale genotype-phenotype association studies and functional genomics data, such as genetic regulation of gene expression (eQTLs) and single cell RNA-seq data in ocular tissues, and to help build an atlas of genetic regulation in the eye. The ideal candidate will have strong programming skills, a solid statistical understanding, and experience with large-scale data analysis, and will be excited to contribute to advancing the scientific discovery and medicine of eye disease.

The Segrè lab is part of a vibrant research community of computational biologists, experimentalists and clinician scientists in the Ocular Genomics Institute at MEE, which is an international leader for treatment and research in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and is affiliated with the Medical and Population Genetics community at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Being a member of our group will provide the opportunity to contribute to large collaborative efforts in the field of genomics and human disease. To learn more about the lab research directions please visit: https://segrelab.meei.harvard.edu/.

If interested, please send your CV, a cover letter describing your previous research experience and future research interests, and contact information for 3 references, to Dr. Ayellet Segrè: ayellet_segre [at] meei.harvard.edu.

Position: Bioinformaticist - Department: Ophthalmology - Job Code: I9701

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - COMPUTATIONAL CELL ANALYSIS

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph

Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/weissleder) in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. One position is available in computational single cell analysis, spatial profiling, temporal profiling and modeling. Ideal candidates should have a strong academic background, US training and prior publications. The Center has a diverse faculty and offers a lively and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.

Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. Research fellows are encouraged to write their own grants, following the training period, to launch their independent research.

Requirements: A PhD, or MD/PhD and permanent residency is required. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - SYNTHETIC CHEMISTRY

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph

Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/weissleder) in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. One position is available in chemical synthesis of small molecules and bioconjugation. The Center has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and medicine, and offers a lively and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.

Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work.

Requirements: A PhD, MD/PhD or MD and permanent residency is required. The ideal candidate has an extensive synthetic background and track record in chemical syntheses and analyses. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - EXPERIMENTAL IMMUNOONCOLGY

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph

Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/weissleder) in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. Several positions are available in immunooncology and computational single cell analysis. Ideal candidates should have a strong academic background, US training and prior publications. The Center has a diverse faculty and offers a lively and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.

Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. Research fellows are encouraged to write their own grants, following the training period, to launch their independent research.

Requirements: A PhD, or MD/PhD and permanent residency is required. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW - SINGLE CELL PROFILING OF THE TUMOR MICROENVIRONMENT

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Investigator: Weissleder, Ralph

Description: The lab of Ralph Weissleder (https://csb.mgh.harvard.edu/weissleder) in the Center for Systems Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions. One or two positions are available in molecular profiling of cancer cells (see Sci Transl Med. 2014;6(219):219ra9). The ideal candidate should have a background in microfluidics, optics (microscopy), protein/DNA diagnostics, and cell biology, with expertise in system implementation and benchwork. The Center (csb.mgh.harvard.edu) has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine, and offers a lively and supportive environment in which to perform interdisciplinary science.

Responsibilities: We seek creative thinkers who take risks in defining and addressing important problems, and who use quantitative experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches in their work. Research fellows are encouraged to write their own grants, following the training period, to launch their independent research.

Requirements: A PhD, or MD/PhD and permanent residency is required. To apply, please send your CV, a summary of your most significant research accomplishments (300 words) and the email addresses of three references to: Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114.

POSTDOC IN BIOINFORMATICS/COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Garg lab at University of Copenhagen. Our research focus is to develop new computational algorithms for solving fundamental biological problems of genome assembly and haplotyping. We seek a passionate postdoc to develop sophisticated computational algorithms/machine learning methods to integrate multiple complex datasets to yield meaningful insights into human health and biodiversity. More specifically, we are interested in combining third-generation sequencing datasets for more than several tens of samples (healthy/diseased) through novel computational models.  These computational models (tools) will also be relevant to large-scale haplotyping efforts such as Human Pangenome project, Personal Genome Project, Darwin Tree of Life and several other projects as well. See our previous works: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=_Sn07lgAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

The postdoc’s duties will include research within bioinformatics/computational biology as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Qualifications

The postdoc will be expected to participate both in the bioinformatics analysis of sequencing data as well as in the interpretation, writing and leading the projects.  Some flexibility in the tasks is possible depending on the skills and interests of the candidate.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Have a PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, computational biology or a similar field
  • Have experience in working with DNA/RNA sequencing data
  • Be experienced with handling of big data
  • Have published in high-quality international peer-reviewed journals

The working language is English, thus good English speaking, reading and writing skills are required.

For further information please contact Shilpa Garg (shilpa.garg [at] bio.ku.dk)

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/.

The position is open from 1 May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 436,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74,681). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking Apply here link below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers
  • Reference letters (if any)

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held in mid March.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact : Shilpa Garg (Shilpa.Garg [at] bio.ku.dk)

Apply here

FUNDED PHD STUDENT / POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES AT BROAD/HMS - FLANNICK LAB

The Flannick Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Broad Institute is seeking PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to develop novel methods and analyses of genetic and genomic data for complex and rare diseases. Positions are fully funded for at least the next 4-5 years by three NIH grants. Several research areas are possible based on research interests, with skills emphasized ranging from statistical methods development to software engineering to genomic data science. Interested students should email Jason Flannick at flannick [at] broadinstitute.org.

Our lab develops computational approaches to use human genetic and broader genomic data to understand or better treat both complex and rare diseases. Our research lies at the intersection of computer science, statistical genetics, and computational biology, and it includes the development of fundamental statistical methods and computational algorithms, large-scale exome sequence association analysis, and computational disease modeling. We play leadership roles in high-profile international consortia focused on aggregating and analyzing >500,000 exome sequences for type 2 diabetes (T2D-GENES), developing a platform to mine large-scale genetic datasets and make results openly available through public knowledge portals (AMP-T2D), and connecting disparate biomedical data types to bridge the gap between basic and translational science (the Biomedical Translator). We have lab space at both Boston Children’s Hospital and the Broad Institute, and remote work is also possible as desired.

More information about our lab is available at http://www.flannicklab.org.

FACULTY SEARCH AT THE CENTER FOR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY, MGH RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Two positions available

The Center for Systems Biology (CSB) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Research Institute and Harvard Medical School (HMS), in Boston is seeking outstanding scientists for faculty positions to start July 1, 2021. The CSB is one of the five thematic Centers at MGH and is located in the Simches Research Building on the MGH campus.

The search is for candidate(s) to be hired at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Applicants must have a PhD in Immunology or a closely related field, and/or MD or equivalent degree by the start of the employment. Candidates must have a track record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research, a history of independent funding and the potential to develop an outstanding independent research program that supports the Institute's ultimate goal of harnessing the immune system to prevent and cure human diseases.

Broad areas of interest (see research highlights) include understanding the heterogeneity of human immune cells, innate immunobiology, imaging of the immune system, systems immunology, machine learning, mathematical modeling, computational analyses and engineering approaches directed toward understanding innate and adaptive immunity. Our goals are to decipher how the human immune system functions, and to apply newly learned knowledge to develop new diagnostics, biomarkers and therapies.

The applicant should have a strong research plan which should synergize with ongoing basic, applied and translational research efforts at CSB and MGHRI. The successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program. The candidate should possess the ability to work collaboratively with other scientists.

Interested candidates should submit application materials electronically. Each application must include one PDF file with: i) a cover letter; ii) a curriculum vitae; iii) a research plan with statement of impact. You are required to provide three or more references who will be contacted automatically to upload reference letters. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

Please address questions to Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu), CSB, Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Suite 5.210, Boston, MA 02114. Responses received by February 1, 2020 will be given priority.

MIT POSTDOCTORAL POSITION - NONLINEAR MICROSCOPY

Postdoctoral position available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Intraoperative Surgical Guidance using Nonlinear Microscopy

A postdoctoral position is available in the Biomedical Optical Imaging and Biophotonics Group led by Professor James Fujimoto at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our group specializes in translational biomedical optics research using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and nonlinear microscopy. The successful candidate will develop nonlinear microscopy technology and methods for intraoperative guidance of breast and prostate cancer surgery and participate in clinical studies to improve outcomes of cancer surgery. The research involves close collaboration with pathologists, radiologists, and surgeons at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.

The position is intended for candidates who wish to broaden their research and management skills in preparation for an academic career or a thought leader in industry. The position provides an opportunity to develop skills in: advanced microscopy imaging technology, designing and managing clinical studies, research proposal planning and writing, reporting to sponsors, mentoring junior students, and translating new technology / methods to patient care. Candidates with previous experience in other optical imaging technologies, such as confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, or OCT, can broaden their skills and will be able to participate in a wider range of projects.

The following qualifications and skill sets or a subset of them are required:

  • Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field
  • Research in optics or biomedical optics
  • Experience with hardware instrumentation and experimental techniques
  • Programming skills in Python, C, C#, or C++  
  • Interest in translational research, clinical study design, collaboration with clinicians
  • Experience with multiphoton microscopy, confocal microscopy, light sheet microscopy, photoacoustics, OCT or related technology is a plus, but not required
  • Experience working with clinical collaborators is a plus, but not required

Responsibilities include:

  • Development and maintenance of advanced optical imaging systems such as nonlinear/multiphoton microscopes
  • Design and execution of clinical studies
  • Participation in research planning, proposal planning, and writing
  • Development and validation of rapid tissue evaluation protocols
  • Developing and maintaining research and IRB protocols
  • Mentoring junior students

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of 3 references to:
James Fujimoto
Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: appsjgf [at] mit.edu
https://www.rle.mit.edu/boib/

PFIZER INFLAMMATION & IMMUNOLOGY RESEARCH UNIT IS HIRING

ROLE SUMMARY
The Vaccines Research Division and the Inflammation and Immunology Research Unit is seeking a dynamic individual to join the Systems Immunology group and support single-cell elucidation and characterization of Adjuvant Biology responses.

This person will be responsible for the next-generation profiling and analysis of immune responses elicited by various adjuvants and adjuvanted vaccines. They will execute technical and laboratory aspects of in-house bulk and single-cell RNAseq analysis projects, including the design and execution of laboratory experiments. The candidate will also statistically analyze and correlate high-dimensional profiling data with humoral and cellular immune responses in support of various Pfizer vaccine programs.

Finally, the candidate will be expected to provide training and technical guidance to colleagues in a matrix environment as a systems immunology expert. 

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify the unique innate and adaptive immune responses induced by various adjuvants and adjuvanted vaccines using cutting edge Systems Immunology approaches in order to optimize and predict the potency of vaccine candidates.
  • Design bulk and single-cell transcriptomic profiling experiments in collaboration with the Vaccine Research Division to identify immune signatures from both in vitro human and in vivo animal studies.
  • Generate and analyze single-cell profiling experiments, including single-cell RNA sequencing, and antibody-based single-cell analysis (CITEseq, etc.), from sample preparation, library construction, data generation, and data processing to analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Supervise and analyze bulk transcriptomic workflows from sample preparation, library construction, data generation, and data processing to interpretation of results.
  • Implement data processing and analysis workflows, including cutting edge bioinformatic pipelines to identify immune response signatures.
  • Effectively utilize available resources as needed to achieve timely execution of projects.
  • Work with cross-functional teams (internal and external) to execute plans and deliverables.
  • Present progress to senior management and project leadership.
  • Influence decision making at the business segment level by providing in-depth analysis and identifying multidisciplinary strategic solutions to management.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in Immunology, Biology, or other related disciplines with 0-3 years post-PhD work experience in an academic or biopharma/biotech setting.
  • Expertise in innate and adaptive immunity, host-pathogen response, and/or vaccinology.
  • 3+ years of hands-on molecular biology and next-generation sequencing expertise.
  • 1+ years of experience in analyzing ‘omics data (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, single-cell RNA-seq, etc.) for biomedical research.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as R or Python.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1+ year of hands-on knowledge and experience with single-cell RNA sequencing platforms (10x, inDrop, Drop-Seq, etc.)
  • 1+ year of extensive experience with computational and statistical approaches for high-dimensional data analysis, especially single-cell RNAseq.

If anyone has questions about this job/working at Pfizer, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Wadsworth, PhD (marcwadsworth2 [at] gmail.com), an MIT Chemistry and Shalek Lab alum currently working at Pfizer.

FLAGSHIP PIONEERING FELLOWSHIP 2021

Flagship Pioneering is recruiting for our 2021 Fellows Program (description here). It’s a 12 week paid fellowship sponsored over the summer at Flagship’s offices in Cambridge, although due to the pandemic we successfully transitioned into a remote experience last summer with great success. The fellowship is designed to be a unique opportunity to be exposed to our approach to science, innovation, and venture creation, as well as learn from our talented team to apply this approach first-hand. We’re looking for amazing PhDs and postdocs who might be interested. You can find a job description here and the application is available at this link.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Job Description
J&J Vision(JJV), a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Research & Development (R&D) located in Jacksonville, Florida.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. specializes in the manufacturing of industry-leading contact lenses, which it markets under ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Ever since the ACUVUE® Brand transformed vision correction in 1988 with the world's first soft disposable contact lenses, we've passionately pursued new technologies and the highest quality standards. We're proud that ACUVUE® lenses are worn by more people than any other brand.

At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we have a bold ambition: to change the trajectory of eye health. That’s why, through our operating companies, we’ve developed solutions for every stage of life—to help people see better, connect better and live better. We partner with eye care professionals to provide some of the world’s leading products and technologies to address refractive error, cataracts, dry eye, and beyond. We are committed to using our reach and size for good and strive to put quality eye care within reach of everyone, everywhere. Visit us at www.jjvision.com. Follow @JNJVision on Twitter and Johnson & Johnson Vision on LinkedIn.

The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team to investigate the impact of various chemical components on the polymerization kinetics and performance of Class II and Class III medical devices. Project work will include raw material analysis, formulations, photo-initiated polymerization, device fabrication and analytical characterization of the finished products. Expertise in polymerization kinetics, polymer mechanics, synthetic organic chemistry, and photochemistry are required. Knowledge of 2-photon excitations, related chemistries, and/or process development is desirable. Scale up from glove box feasibility to pilot line runs with acceptable repeatability and reproducibility targets is anticipated.

The Post-Doctoral Candidate will:

  • Develop novel bulk and surface polymerization chemistries for ophthalmic medical device applications.
  • Candidate will be working with a multidisciplinary team composed of organic chemists, analytical chemists, polymer scientists, biochemists, chemical engineers, and optometrists.
  • Interaction with clinical, quality and regulatory functions

Qualifications

  • A PhD in photochemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, , polymer physics, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering or material science is required.
  • Availability to work full-time (40 hours/week) for the two-year post-doctoral period.
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1-B status) now or in the future.
  • Demonstrated leadership is preferred.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented, highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks.
  • Candidates must have the ability to contribute independently as well as on project teams.
  • Candidates need to be proficient with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Power Point, and have strong oral and written communication skills.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Primary Location: United States-Florida-Jacksonville-7500 Centurion Parkway

Organization: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (6094)

Job Function: R&D (Requisition ID 2005865456W)

Apply on the Johnson & Johnson site directly by clicking on this job link.

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

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!

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.

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

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

ALUMNI FIRESIDE CHAT W/MIGUEL PAREDES

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • 5pm EST
  • Location: Zoom

Contact: Richard Zhang, zrichard [at] mit.edu () 

RSVP Here

Miguel Paredes (PhD'18 in Data Science) will share his story. Miguel is the Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence & Data at Rimac Seguros, Peru's largest insurance company. In his role, he is responsible for driving the Data and AI transformation, and for building the data & algorithms platform that allows to generate and capture value through analytical models. Miguel is also very involved in the startup ecosystem in Peru and LATAM, where he is an AI & Data mentor for several incubators / accelerators, and an advisor of several Angel Venture Funds.

Miguel has an interdisciplinary PhD in Data Science and Applied Machine Learning from MIT (where he did his research at CSAIL), a Masters in Engineering (ESD '08), and a Master in International Economic Development (DUSP '08), both from MIT, and he is a Systems Engineer from the University of Lima in Peru. Miguel was born and raised in Peru, and is a dual citizen of Peru and the US. While at MIT, Miguel was involved with the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, Hacking Medicine, the Soccer Club, and had to work part time to support his family living expenses. While pursuing his PhD he founded the Center for Advanced Analytics (CAA) for Peru's largest economic conglomerate, and was an impact evaluation consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank traveling extensively to Peru and Latin America.

Location: Zoom Speaking in an informal lecture style, the Alumni Fireside Chat takes place in the form of a moderated interview followed by Q&A from the audience. In light of the pandemics, some of our discussion will touch upon career exploration, job hunting, and networking during self-isolation. Other topics that are explored in these talks include: -Academia vs. Industry -Career transitions -What did they struggle in their careers? -How do they deal with your own and others' expectations, and with impostor syndrome? -How do they stay technical (should they prefer)? -How do they keep themselves motivated?

RSVP is requested. You can stay updated about our event and activity through our Google calendar.

MCKINSEY GERMANY - RECRUITMENT IN U.S.

Each year, the German Office of McKinsey & Company conducts a tour throughout the United States to recruit outstanding German-speaking students (undergrad, grad, postgrad, PhD) with a passion for Management and Strategy Consulting. With Covid-19 still representing a lot of uncertainty and restrictions regarding everyone’s health and students’ presence on campus, we will still offer our first event in 2021 in a digital format.

Therefore, we would like to invite German-speaking students to our January 2021 McKinsey 4.0 event and the subsequent February 2021 interview days. The McKinsey 4.0 event provides students with the opportunity to practice real live consulting work for a start-up whilst getting to know us and the kind of work we do at McKinsey & Company.

The specific dates are as follows:

Please note that our recruiting efforts are not limited to students with business- and economics-related academic backgrounds. We have a long history of recruiting stellar students in the US having non-business profiles such as arts, humanities, computer science, technical engineering, law and political and social studies. Our efforts predominantly target undergradgrad and postgrad students as well as PhD students. MBA students will be addressed via a separate channel.

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.

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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