Volume 22, Number 28

Professional Opportunities

HST Community Notices

SHOW YOUR HST COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Show off your HST spirit!
Use one of these virtual community Zoom backgrounds.
Share your HST enthusiasm with #HST2021

THANK AN MIT COMMUNITY MEMBER

MIT is enormously grateful for the dedication, high standards, and caring of everyone in our community. Have you observed someone taking extra measures to help maintain operations, assist students and staff, or ensure the safety of all of us at MIT?

Visit here for a chance to thank someone in the community – staff members, students, or faculty – who has gone the extra mile.

THE MITCOIN PROJECT

MITCoin is a charity project run by MIT MindHandHeart. It is our mission to empower charitable causes by rewarding good deeds performed around MIT's campus.

How Does it Work?

You're given 1,000 MITCoins to give away to acknowledge others' good deeds. You only have to sign in to create an account.

If someone does a good deed for you, like helping you with a problem set, or baking you a plate of cookies... send them a few MITCoins!

At the end of the semester, all of the MITCoins you've received will be converted to dollars that you donate to the charity of your choice.

Sign-In to Get Started

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: WAYS TO ENGAGE

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

Subscribe to the Anti-Racism Daily newsletter (no cost to you under our group plan for HST/IMES) for readable briefings on individual topics and concrete actions that you can take.

An archive of previous TWiHST DEI: Ways to Engage posts can be found here.

MIT & HARVARD COVID-19 RESOURCES

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

Course & Academic Resources

HST.590 LECTURE SCHEDULE

The HST.590 topic for this Spring is “MiniMBA”.

Time and Location
Meets virtually on Zoom on selected Thursdays 4:30–6:30pm.
Non-registered students who are interested in participating in a session should contact Max Cotler, Teaching Assistant (mjcotler [at] mit.edu) for Zoom access information.

Schedule of Lectures and Course Events

  • April 1, 2021
    Innovation and Communication, Joe Smith, MD, PhD, CEO, Digital Health Corp, MEMP Alumnus
    Lecture by Jeff Behrens
  • April 8, 2021
    Venture Capital, Shanté Williams, PhD, MBA, CEO, Black Pearl Global Investments
    Case Study #3: Cutlass Capital
  • April 15, 2021
    Ask an IP Lawyer, Donna Ward, PhD, JD, Patent Attorney, DT Ward
    Case Study #4: The CRISPR-Cas9 Quarrel
  • April 22, 2021
    Scientist to Entrepreneur, Rachel Meyers, PhD, CSO, Faze Medicines
    Case Study #5: Blueprint Medicines
  • April 29, 2021
    Academic Founder, Michael Cima, PhD David H. Koch Professor, DMSE/Koch Institute, MIT
    Lecture by Jeff Behrens

Questions? Please contact Max Cotler, Teaching Assistant (mjcotler [at] mit.edu)

GRADUATE WORKSHOPS IN TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP

The Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to announce our Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Workshop Series for Spring 2021. These workshops will run virtually and here is a link to descriptions for each.

We invite you to register and attend our series, which count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. The workshops will be held from 5:30-7:30pm.

*If you are interested in registering for one or all of our workshops, please email Lisa Stagnone (lstag [at] mit.edu)

  • Technical Leadership and Finance: What Technical Leaders Need to Know About Dollars and Sense - Led by Olivier L. de Weck on Tuesday, April 6
  • Foundations for Ethical Action and Integrity in Engineering - Led by James Magarian on Wednesday, April 14
  • Managing Up Your Advisor or Supervisor - Led by Diana Chien and Jesse Dunietz on Tuesday, April 27
  • Taking Charge of New Roles: Strategies for Your First 90 Days - Led by David Niño and Albert Atkins on Tuesday, May 11

HENRY STEWART TALKS (HSTALKS) RESOURCE

The HSTalks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection is an online multimedia resource containing nearly 3,000 specially commissioned lectures by world leading scientists. MIT has full access to this resource.

Program directors, faculty, teaching staff, researchers, post- docs, and students use the collection in many ways including in blended, distance and flipped classroom education.

Browse the collection here.

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.

Wellness Classes begin April 1 - sign up today!

View all classes here.

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

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

MIT RESEARCH SLAM SHOWCASE

Come hear about fascinating research at MIT from excellent science communicators at MIT’s first Research Slam Showcase!

Join us on Monday, March 29th from 5-6:30pm ET to hear MIT graduate students & postdoctoral scholars explain their research in 3 minutes or less. Talks will cover a wide range of topics from immunoengineering to fight cancer to using small spacecraft to explore the oceans, and they will be judged by an expert panel of judges – including Ashley Smart from the Knight Science Journalism Program, Liz Neeley from The Story Collider, and Kate Stoll from the MIT Washington Office – as well as by YOU, the audience.

The 90-minute program will include live viewing of talks submitted by participants, evaluation & feedback from judges, audience voting, and a declaration of winners & prizes. Attendees can join in the fun by asking questions to participants, leaving comments, and voting for the audience-choice awards. So, come join us for a celebration of innovative research and clear communication at MIT and support your colleagues & peers by helping us choose winners!

The Slam Showcase is free and open to everybody and anybody, so please share with your friends & family. You can find more information at researchslam.mit.edu, and please don’t hesitate to contact us at research-slam [at] mit.edu with any questions!

To attend, register here.

GWAMIT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Graduate Womxn at MIT (gwaMIT) is hosting its annual Leadership Conference, “Leading for the Future”, with events being held from April 5th-9th.

This year’s Leadership Conference is poised to help you hone the leader in you, whether that be in industry, academia, entrepreneurship, or life. Through a series of hour-long events, we hope to help you think about how to create better workplaces, navigate successful careers, and support each other along the way.

Our events are free of charge and open to the MIT public. We are providing up to $20 credit on GrubHub for the first 30 sign-ups for each event too!

We have a great line-up of events all week and hope to see you there!

More details and RSVP information can be found on our website. Some of the events have limited space, so register today!

  • Monday, April 5, 2021, 12-1pm: Science for Policy: Fireside chat with Dr. Maria Zuber
    Attend the Leadership Conference Keynote Session to hear directly from Dr. Maria Zuber, the first woman ever to lead a science department at MIT, the first to lead a NASA planetary mission, and the first to co-chair PCAST, on how science and policy can work together to inform decisions that affect society. Register here.
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12-1pm: Alumnae Panel: STEM Consulting at Exponent
    In a panel/Q&A, four MIT PhD alumnae at various stages of their careers talk about taking leadership in their respective careers, developing leadership skills on their job as consultants, and traversing a transition from student-to-professional, especially during the pandemic. Register here.
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 5-6pm: Graduate Womxn Conversations + Networking
    One of the most powerful takeaways from graduate studies at MIT is your network of fellow students. We invite you to join energizing conversations with fellow graduate students over subsidized dinner to make meaningful connections! Register here.
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021, 12-1pm: Build Your Network
    Strong relationships are the key to fulfilling and successful careers. Dani Shulz, Margaret T. Fuller, and Neetu Bhatia give advice on (and answer questions about) building your network of mentors and cheerleaders in industry, academia, and entrepreneurship. Register here.
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7-8pm: Building Healthy Workplaces
    This interactive session, in collaboration with Healthy Masculinities, discusses how to build happy and constructive workplaces in which everyone can thrive. Bring a friend, labmate, or partner -- men are especially welcome to attend! Register here.
  • Friday, April 9, 2021, 12-1pm: Path to Professorship
    Professors Karen Zheng (Sloan) and Katie Galloway (ChemE) demystify the path to professorship: how to build a successful career in academia, find mentors and collaborators, and manage time. Register here.

Graduate Womxn at MIT (gwaMIT) is an organization to support MIT graduate students seeking a space to talk about the experiences of being a woman and/or being coded as a woman, while acknowledging the diversity among people who have had these experiences. We use the term “womxn” to signify that gwaMIT is a space for anyone who identifies with this mission, which may include transgender women, cisgender women, non-binary people, and gender diverse people.

In addition to our annual conferences, we host a mentoring program and a series of smaller workshops and focus groups throughout the year.

Subscribe to our mailing list to stay up-to-date or visit us at our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gwaMIT board at gwamit-exec [at] mit.edu.

IDEATION 2021!

Do you have a scientific idea you want to turn into a business? Are you looking for the right team members, mentors, or resources to form a biotech startup?

Join us at Ideation 2021 -- hosted by the MIT Biotech Group and Harvard Biotech Club! 

Ideation is an annual event that connects early-stage startup teams to other skilled entrepreneurial students and professionals. 

  • Teams can hear from established biotech entrepreneurs, successful early stage teams out of Harvard and MIT, and startup funding organizations. 
  • Last event allowed teams to pitch and network with an audience of ~300 people. 
  • Our partners and sponsors in the past have included The Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, The Engine, MIT 100k, and Harvard Innovation Lab. 

We are currently recruiting teams to pitch at this year's Ideation, which will be held virtually on May 13th from 6-9pm. Apply to pitch here by April 5th at 11:59pm. For more information, check out the website.​​​

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY WEBINAR

AI and the Future of Health

  • Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • 1pm ET (Virtual Event)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enhance scientists' ability to make discoveries. Across the life sciences, AI algorithms are being developed and deployed to speed our path to better health through research and development, including drug discovery. At this special Radcliffe science event, the health AI experts Regina Barzilay and Cassandra Mangroo will each speak about their innovative work and then join Radcliffe's Alyssa Goodman in a conversation on AI's promise—and potential pitfalls—as we look toward the future of human health.

Speakers:

  • Regina Barzilay, School of Engineering Distinguished Professor for AI and Health and AI faculty lead of the Jameel Clinic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Casandra Mangroo, vice president of science, BenchSci

Moderated by Alyssa A. Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

You can register for this event by visiting www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2021-ai-and-future-of-health-symposium-virtual.

This event is free. All are welcome to attend.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is one of the world's leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration. We bring students, scholars, artists, and practitioners together to pursue curiosity-driven research, expand human understanding, and grapple with questions that demand insight from across disciplines.

MIT BRAINTRUST ANNUAL BRAIN INJURY SYMPOSIUM

MIT BrainTrust is a student-run service group that supports individuals with brain injury in the Greater Boston area. Through our buddy program, we pair individuals with brain injury, with a student buddy, who provides an additional supportive relationship and a listening ear. We also organize events to provide individuals with brain injury an opportunity to connect with and support one another, as well as the empowering opportunity to educate others by sharing their experiences. 

We are excited to announce the date of our annual BrainTrust Brain Injury symposium: Saturday, March 27th! We have four talks from distinguished scientists to present their research in the neuroscience field:

  • 2-3pm - Raul Radovitzky
  • 3-4pm - Ramon Diaz-Arrastia
  • 5-6pm - Aneesh Singhal
  • 6-7pm - Volha Liaudanskaya 

The first 40 MIT individuals to register AND attend at least two talks will receive a $15 GrubHub voucher (after the event)! 

Please register for the symposium here.

If you want to get involved with BrainTrust (or sign up for the buddy program), please fill out this form.
Please email bt-events [at] mit.edu if you have any questions!

LIFE SCIENCE/AI VENTURE CAPITAL TALK AT SLOAN

The MIT Sloan British Business Club and MIT Venture Capital and Private Equity Club are hosting a morning talk with Nathan Benaich, General Partner at Air Street Capital

  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • 11am – 12pm EDT
  • RSVP Here

Air Street Capital is a London-based venture capital firm investing in AI-first technology and life science companies. Join us for an interactive session with Nathan Benaich, General Partner, as he discusses the latest state of AI and investing in Europe and the US.

Nathan is the Founder and General Partner of Air Street Capital, a venture capital firm investing in AI-first technology and life science companies. He also founded The Research and Applied AI Summit, a community for entrepreneurs and researchers in AI, and serve as Managing Trustee of The RAAIS Foundation, a UK-registered charity with a mission to advance education and research in artificial intelligence for the common good. He earned an MPhil and PhD in computational and experimental cancer research as a Gates and Dr. Herchel Smith Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in biology from Williams College. He has published research that leverages both experimental and computational approaches to understand how we might stem the fatal spread of cancer around the body.

Hosted by the MIT Sloan British Business Club and VCPE Club.

NATIONAL STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The NSRF is an entirely student-organized forum designed to provide an opportunity for students in schools of medicine and graduate studies to present their research in areas of biomedical science, medical humanities, and public health. 

On behalf of the University of Texas Medical Branch, we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in this annual event. This forum is a chance for budding researchers to share their findings and their enthusiasm with both their peers and established clinicians and researchers. 

The 62nd Annual National Student Research Forum will be held virtually on May 14th-15th, 2021. 

We encourage all interested students to submit an abstract for review by the April 28th deadline (or March 29th for the early-bird discount). Our researchers and clinicians look forward to reviewing and providing meaningful feedback to each and every one of the participants. Furthermore, exemplary participants will be recognized at our virtual awards ceremony and will receive a monetary award. Like previous years, our student-led committee is highly devoted to making this event as successful as ever. We hope you and your students will be able to join us for the 62nd installment of this exciting research forum.

Please visit our website: www.utmb.edu/NSRF for the application and event details.  As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. On behalf of the NSRF, we want to say thank you for your time and assistance in making this event successful and meaningful to students around the world.

National Student Research Forum, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1317, Phone: (409) 772-8145, (409) 772-3661
NSRF.Galveston [at] utmb.edu | www.utmb.edu/NSRF

AI FOR HEALTHCARE EQUITY CONFERENCE

  • Monday, April 12, 2021

The potential of AI to bring equity in healthcare has spurred significant research efforts across academia, industry and government.  Racial, gender and socio-economic disparities have traditionally afflicted healthcare systems in ways that are difficult to detect and quantify.  New AI technologies, however, provide a platform for change. By bringing together thought leaders in these fields, we will assess the current state-of-the-art work in this space, identify key areas of impact, and present machine learning techniques that support fairness, personalization and inclusiveness.  We will also discuss the regulatory and policy implications of such innovations. 

Find more information and register here.

Sponsors: Jameel Clinic, IDSS, MIT EECS, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, IMES

UPCOMING INSTITUTE COMMUNITY & EQUITY OFFICE (ICEO) EVENTS

A calendar of upcoming events is available here.

COMPUTATIONAL HEALTH INFORMATICS PROGRAM - LANDMARK IDEAS SERIES

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

People, Ideas, and Machines
Speaker: Enrico Coiera, PhD, Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at Australian Institute of Health Innovation

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • 5-6:30pm
  • Register here

In an age where technology appears to rule supreme, it is easy to forget that our relationship with technology is complicated. Just as humans shape technology, it shapes us in return. It is also easy to only see things through the lens of the technologies we have to hand, and build solutions that ill fit reality. Electronic health records for example demand that clinical work bends to the needs of documentation, with the end result being burnt out clinicians who do anything but what they were taught at medical school. Algorithms built with our cleverest machine learning methods just end up making concrete the biases implicit in their data sets. Seeing human systems like healthcare as sociotechnical systems helps us understand these unintended consequences, and gives us a different lens to understand technology design and use.

Trained in medicine and with a computer science PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dr. Coiera has a research background in both industry and academia and a strong international research reputation for his work on decision support and communication processes in biomedicine. Dr. Coiera spent 10 years at the prestigious Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol UK where he led numerous health technology projects. He has overseen the development and trial of multiple eHealth interventions, including the Healthy.me consumer system as well as clinical decision support systems. Healthy.me technologies underpin a new US health startup called Healthbanc. His textbook Guide to Health Informatics is in its 3rd edition, is widely used internationally, and is translated into several languages. Dr. Coiera has won a number of prestigious awards including the 2015 International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) François Grémy Award for Excellence and the 2011 UNSW Inventor of the year (Information and Communication Technology) for a literature-based computational discovery system. He was elected Foundation Fellow and first President of the Australian College of Health Informatics, is a foundation member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and an International Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. Dr. Coiera has also held key appointments on boards, councils and editorial positions on international journals including Associate Editor of the journal ‘Artificial Intelligence in Medicine’.

About CHIP:
The Boston Children's Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), founded in 1994, is a multidisciplinary applied research and education program. For more information visit www.chip.org

About Landmark Ideas Series:
The Landmark Ideas Series is an event series led by CHIP that features thought leaders across health care, informatics, IT, astrophysics, science, and more.

For more information on upcoming events visit www.chip.org/events. 

Social Media: Follow us on Twitter at @Bos_CHIP.

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

Indigenous Science
Speakers: Darren Ranco, Associate Professor, U of Maine Antropology, Patricia Saulis, MIT MLK Visiting Scholar

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Noon

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 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. Registration is now 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, register here.

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!

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

MSRP POD LEADERS NEEDED

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) is a 9-week research experience for talented, underrepresented minority and underserved undergraduate students who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus. MSRP 2021 will be held 6/6 - 8/7. The overall cohort size is ~ 80 students and pods are comprised of 2 Pod Leaders working with a small group of ~ 10 interns. The program mission, history & additional information can be found at http://mit.edu/msrp.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Pod Leaders provide guidance and support to students outside of the lab. In collaboration with the OGE staff, Pod Leaders work in pairs to ensure that students have a successful and productive experience at MIT. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating weekly meetings with student interns to provide guidance and feedback to ensure students complete various program requirements
  • Monitoring students’ progress and overall experience as well as help identify and remedy issues that may arise. Serve as a liaison between the MSRP Assistant Director and MIT Research Supervisors
  • Attending weekly staff meetings, program activities and occasional field trips (often in the evening and on weekends); Pod Leaders will be given the opportunity to showcase their research and facilitate a seminar
  • Assist with additional tasks as needed

QUALIFICATIONS: All current MIT graduate students (domestic and international) are eligible for this position; preference is given to PhD students.

Requirements:

  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Knowledge of presentation skills and techniques
  • Experience mentoring undergraduates

Pod Leaders must be able to comfortably and effectively interact with students from a variety of ethnic, social and geographic backgrounds.

COMPENSATION: $3878 stipend for 10 weeks, paid weekly (9 wk program + required meetings/training prior to program)

QUESTIONS: msrp [at] mit.edu

APPLY HERE  (Deadline: April 18, 2021)

MIT GSC SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE STUDENT-RUN FOCUS GROUPS

We are seeking graduate student input on MIT’s 2021 Climate Action Plan (CAP). 

UA Sustain, in conjunction with UA Involvement and GSC Sustain, are hosting student-run focus groups to seek feedback on MIT’s revised Climate Action Plan. If you would be interested in being part of the focus groups, please indicate your interest here:  http://tinyurl.com/mitclimateactionplan2021

MIT’s Climate Action Advisory Committee (CAAC) is reviewing the 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) and aims to set new climate goals for next 5 years. This is an opportunity for students to inform and influence the kind of change we would like to see in the 2021 CAP. You can learn more about MIT’s CAP and the Student Sustainability Coalition’s student proposals here:  https://thetech.com/2021/03/04/student-proposals-cap-op-ed

If you have any questions, please let us know at gsc-sustainability [at] mit.edu.

MINDHANDHEART COMMUNITY INNOVATION FUND ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS

MindHandHeart, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff working to make MIT a more welcoming, inclusive, and healthy place is now accepting applications.

The Community Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to students, faculty, and staff members.
This year, we are looking to support projects that:

  • Build community and resilience in light of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice at MIT
  • Support mental and physical health
  • Encourage healthy sleep, eating, and exercise
  • Spread humor and joy

Applications are due by March 31, 2021.

If you have any questions about the Community Innovation Fund or would like to discuss an idea with a member of our team, please reach out to Maisie O’Brien at maisieob [at] mit.edu.

2021 JAMES DYSON AWARD: NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It's open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

The James Dyson Award is your chance to make a name for yourself as an inventor. As well as winning a significant cash prize, you could generate media exposure to kick-start your career, earn the esteem of your peers – and perhaps gain the confidence to launch your own business. Entering is simple.

We’re looking for designers who think differently, to create products that work better. Engineers who follow an iterative design process. The judges – and James Dyson especially – are drawn to designs that employ clever yet simple engineering principles. If yours is a sustainable design, that’s even better. As well as proving your project’s technical viability, we'd also love to see that it’s commercially viable, too – so include any research you've done into manufacturing.

Find out more, here.

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY - NORTHPOND VENTURES

Northpond Ventures is a leading global science-driven venture capital firm. With beyond $1 billion in committed capital, we have invested over $650 million in nearly 40 companies. Our team drives innovation in life sciences, foster industry-disrupting technologies, and envision bold new advances in medicine to build a better tomorrow.

Our Cambridge office is seeking talented, highly driven individuals to join the Northpond summer Fellows Program. This full-time, eight-week fellowship offers personal and professional development in the unique intersection of the venture capital and life sciences industries. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in an ecosystem that includes companies as diverse as Sherlock Biosciences (CRISPR diagnostics), Vigil Neuroscience (neurodegeneration therapeutics), DNAnexus (cloud bioinformatics), and more.

Fellows will work closely with Northpond investors on a variety of short- and long-term projects.

Logistics:

  • In search of current MD, PhD, or MBA student within 12-24 months of graduation or recent graduate
  • Fellowship dates: June - August 2021
  • There are full-time (40 hours/week) and part-time (10-20 hours/week) opportunities available for the fellowship. Both opportunities are paid, and fellows will receive a competitive stipend

To apply, please, submit a cover letter and résumé no later than March 31, 2021, to fellows [at] npv.vc.

FLIPPING FAILURE - PEER SUPPORT COMMUNITY RESOURCE

Flipping Failure is a collection of video stories told by MIT students about their path towards resilience when faced with challenge at MIT.

The goal of this community initiative is to provide visibility to stories of academic challenge and resilience so that we can begin shifting the conversation around struggle from something to be ashamed of to something that is human. Struggling is not only part of the human experience, but it is often the result of tackling difficult challenges and learning experiences. We hope that watching peers talk about their challenges and hearing about the productive and healthy strategies they used to cope will help other students discover their own path towards resilience and self-acceptance.

Thanks to Our Partners:
Community Wellness, FAIL!, MindHandHeart, MITell, Office of Graduate Education GradSupport, Student Support Services (S3)

If you are interested in learning more about Flipping Failure or would like to contribute your story, please contact flippingfailure [at] mit.edu.
The content on this site was assembled and is maintained by MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab.

iREFS WEEKLY OFFICE HOURS (CONFIDENTIAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT SESSIONS)

What is iREFS?
MIT iREFS is a student group that offers confidential peer-to-peer support to fellow graduate students. 

What do we do?
Our mission is to ensure graduate student wellness, especially in times of uncertainty, stress, and conflict. We provide confidential, peer-to-peer conflict support and coaching. We also provide informed referrals to MIT resources and offices. Further, we organize conflict management workshops for the MIT graduate student community on active listening and difficult conversations.

Hope you are staying safe and healthy! We are happy to share that MIT iREFS will be holding weekly office hours (confidential conflict management sessions). 

During these office hours, an iREFS will be available on a zoom call. Please feel free to join the call if you are looking to talk to a fellow grad student regarding an issue that is a cause of concern/stress for you. We are here to provide a listening ear, inform you about key student resources that you could benefit from, and help brainstorm ways to come out of such challenging situations.

All sessions are confidential and no calls are recorded. As an alternative, you can always email us at irefs-contact [at] mit.edu or sign up with our Google Form to schedule a meeting at a time that is convenient for you.

Subscribe to our Mailing List:
You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates about our events!

Want to follow iREFS on social media?
– Join our Facebook group today!
– Follow us on Instagram!

2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT PFIZER IN QUANTITATIVE SYSTEMS PHARMACOLOGY QSP GROUP

Pfizer’s Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Group in Early Clinical Development is looking for qualified students interested in the application of mathematical models and computer simulation to questions of interest in drug discovery and development.

Find eligibility requirements and additional information here.

Research projects will focus on:

  • Cellular network modeling applied to targeted therapeutics in oncology
  • Computational immunology with applications to immunotherapies
  • Modeling the metabolism of the heart towards better treatments for heart failure

Dependent on the successful candidate’s skills and interests, he or she may assist staff scientists to develop new mechanistic, mathematical models; modify or validate existing models; and/or develop or apply computational approaches to improve our workflows.

Basic skills:

  • Understanding of simulating ordinary differential equation models, parameter fitting, and numerical methods
  • Proficient with a computer programming or scripting language
  • Interest in the application of mathematical modeling and simulation to biological or pharmacological research

Preferred skills (the successful candidate may possess one or more):

  • Proficient in Python, MATLAB, C/C++, Julia, R
  • Understanding of nonlinear dynamics, numerical methods, and parameter fitting
  • Experience in software development
  • Versant in molecular, cellular, and pathway biology; knowledge of metabolic & cardiovascular diseases, inflammation & immunology, or rare diseases is a plus

Educational qualifications:

  • Graduate student or advanced undergraduate in applied mathematics, engineering (any), physics, computer science, or related pharmaceutical sciences

Location: La Jolla, CA /Cambridge, MA or remote

Contact: Blerta Shtylla, PhD (Blerta.Shtylla [at] pfizer.com), Senior Principal Scientist, Quantitative Systems Pharmacology

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)

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/

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

ASK MIT. GET ANSWERS.

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

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

Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

View our list of Virtual Tours and Performances
Due to current COVID-19 concerns, all tickets are available for purchase online only.

Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!

OFFICE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION - FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOPS & FINANCIAL LITERACY RESOURCES

Financial Literacy Talks
Introduction to Investments Part II - 
April 13, 11:30-12:30 PM ET, Part 2 of this series will be slightly more advanced and will build on the knowledge offered in Part 1. Hayley Newhall will discuss asset allocation, asset location, and understanding the market and economic business cycle. An announcement with the RSVP link will go out closer to the event.

Introduction to Investments Part III - April 22, 11:30-12:30 PM ET, Hayley Newhall will return for Part 3 of this series to discuss choosing investment vehicles and offer tips for fund selection. This workshop will build on topics covered by Part 1 and 2. An announcement with the RSVP link will go out closer to the event.

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

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

iGrad
OGE also offers the free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union). Customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending-smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. More information can be found at https://iGrad.com/schools/MIT.

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

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

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICE NEWSLETTER

Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here. For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.

MIT GRAD DIVERSITY & 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.

Sign up for the GradDiversity Newsletter here.

Sign up for the ICEO Newsletter here.

MIT GRADUATE ASSISTANCE INFORMATION NETWORK (GAIN)

MIT Graduate Assistance Information Network (GAIN) is a free 24/7 network of professionals who provide life management resources and referrals to help make life easier for MIT Graduate Students and families.

MIT GAIN services, which are available at no cost to you and your family, include:

  • Legal consultation
  • Financial consultation
  • Child care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Elder care resources and personalized research and referrals
  • Relocation guidance
  • School/summer camp selection for children in grades K–12
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Career assessment
  • Resources for other life concerns, such as moving services, home repair and cleaning services, pet care, fitness programs & trainers, and more.

Take advantage of these additional MIT Work-Life programs and resources:

Find more information here.

MIT SPOUSES & PARTNERS CONNECT

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

Visit: http://spouses.mit.edu

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

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

Join our private Facebook Group

Follow us on Instagram @mspconnect

Email us at spousesandpartners [at] mit.edu

NEWCOMER OFFICE HOURS

Every other Tuesday at 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

Parent Zoom – every Monday at 10am.

Bring your kids with you! We want to hear how you are doing and how we can better support you and your family during these difficult days.

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

EVEN MORE WAYS TO CONNECT

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

PRIVATE CONSULTS

Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or Skype is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.

Book a 30 minute private appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/ Appointments will be available at various times during the week. Jennifer can talk with you via phone or Skype, Zoom.

MIT LANGUAGE CONVERSATION EXCHANGE

Open to all members of the MIT community

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

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

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

Get in touch with the LCE

Email us at lce [at] mit.edu

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE

PEER 2 PEER STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE

Need Someone To Listen?

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

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

peer2peer.mit.edu

COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETIN

At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.

As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.

Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.

News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

Professional Opportunities

STANFORD POSTDOCTORAL RECRUITMENT IN SCIENCES AND MEDICINE (PRISM)

Stanford PRISM Cohort 7: May 5-7, 2021

  • Application Due April 12, 2021 (11:59pm, PDT)

  • PRISM Application: https://pdapp.stanford.edu/app/PRISM 
    (Fill out Part 1: Common Application and Part 2: PRISM Application)

  • PRISM Cohort 7 May 2021 will be held ONLINE only (preferred PhD completion dates June 2021-August 2022)

We hope to host PRISM Cohort 8 in person at Stanford in October 2021 (preferred PhD completion dates December 2021-December 2022)

Stanford PRISM Resources

About Stanford PRISM

We invite all graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in academia, to apply for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. Stanford PRISM invites students to explore our training environment and to consider whether advanced training at Stanford would support their career goals.

Postdoctoral training is a critical period for establishing research independence. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside top scientists and at the same time develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. Stanford has one of the largest postdoc populations in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can possibly be.

Questions about PRISM? Please contact Robin Sugiura, Director of Programs & Outreach, at stanfordprism [at] stanford.edu.

PROJECT PRANA SEEKING CEO

Medical device startup spinning out of MIT/HMS seeking CEO.
Project Prana is seeking a CEO to propel the team to its next stage of growth (Part-time okay)

A sample of what you’ll do:

  • Customer discovery and product positioning: The underlying technology has a few potential use cases that required further refinement. You will lead conversations with our potential customers to discover the best fit and position the product accordingly
  • Fundraising: You will lead efforts to fundraise to help finance Prana’s near-term tasks (e.g. clinical trials) and long-term growth
  • Team management: You will be the quarterback to ensure your teammates’ workstreams are progressing appropriately. Workstreams include but are not limited to clinical trials, manufacturing, and university startup competitions
  • Legal entity management: Project Prana is currently set up as a 501c3 nonprofit, and is exploring the option of converting the entity to a c-corp

About Us:
Project Prana is a 501c3 nonprofit working on bringing a new ventilator multiplexing technology to global markets in need. The team has developed and is ready to deploy the Individualized System for Augmenting Ventilator Efficacy (iSAVE). The iSAVE can expand the ventilation capacity of hospitals by multiplexing a single ventilator to provide personalized support to at least two patients. The iSAVE enables independent control of volume and pressure for each patient and incorporates safety measures to accommodate sudden patient deterioration and cross contamination.

Learn more about the rigorous testing standards and technical specifications of the iSAVE.

We have partnered with Indventr to manufacture the product, applied for an FDA EUA and are engaging in clinical trials in various sites. We are partnering with hospitals, startups, and healthcare systems around the world where low-cost or new ventilators are not viable.

If interested, please reach out directly to pranaforcovid [at] gmail.com.

POST DOCTORAL FELLOW: KIDNEY STEM CELL BIOLOGY, MICROPHYSICOLOGICAL SYSTEMS AND  REGENERATION      

Description:
Opportunity to work at interface of biomedical engineering and kidney stem cell biology and pathophysiology. The work includes development of approaches to regeneration,  injury mitigation and repair. The lab has pioneered development of kidney organoids from human stem cells and applied the technology to measurement of physiological function of epithelial cells as well as models of genetic and non-genetic diseases of kidney and lung. There are many collaborative projects with other biomedical engineering and biophysicist laboratories.  

Responsibilties:
We seek creative individuals, with backgrounds that can vary, who are interested in using basic techniques of stem cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics and engineering to tackle important problems in kidney disease. Knowledge of physiological system approaches are desirable but not mandatory. Should have good writing skills.

Requirements: 
A PhD or MD/PhD or MD and US citizenship or permanent residency. Please email CV, a brief cover letter describing your experience and long term goals

To apply please contact Joseph Bonventre MD PhD at jbonventre [at] bwh.harvard.edu

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS IN US AND GLOBAL - CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASE

Post-doctoral positions are available to work with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center (EGDRC) and the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR), Emory University, Atlanta, USA. EGDRC and GCDTR have established partnerships with a global and US network of significant collaborators in diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) research. The Fellows will be involved in large and innovative observational, intervention, and implementation science studies of diabetes and CVD etiology, prevention, and treatment in the United States and South Asia (India and Pakistan). Opportunities may also exist in the connections between noncommunicable diseases, and infectious diseases (e.g., COVID-19, TB). Fellows will work with one or more of the following faculty: Drs. Venkat Narayan, Mohammed Ali, Solveig Cunningham, Felipe Lobelo, Matthew Magee, Shivani Patel, Mary Beth Weber, Lisa Staimez, Unjali Gujral, and get to collaborate with diverse researchers. Exciting scientific challenges and opportunities for career progression are available for motivated, high quality candidates.

Research activities will include working with national and international teams on rigorous statistical analyses of primary and secondary data from population-based cohort and surveillance studies and intervention trials in the United States, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere.  Primary responsibilities include participating in study design, developing statistical analyses plans, harmonizing data across multiple databases, conducting state-of-the-art analyses, and developing peer-reviewed research publications to contribute to etiological and social epidemiology of the US and global cardiometabolic disease burden. In addition, there will be opportunities for gaining experience in preparing study protocols, developing R01-level research proposals, designing data collection tools, and overseeing junior researchers.

We are seeking candidates with a doctoral degree in epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences, demography, or related field with strong statistical analysis and programming skills. Substantive knowledge of diabetes, obesity, CVD, and the social determinants framework is a plus. Candidates must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong organizational and record keeping skills; fluent English writing and verbal skills; and an enthusiasm for inter-disciplinary engagement.

Emory University's unique partnerships with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Institute of Technology, CARE, the Carter Center, the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, and global health organizations (e.g., Public Health Foundation of India; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation) around the world make Emory one of the nation's leading universities for both research and practice. The Rollins School of Public Health comprises six academic departments: global health, behavioral sciences and health education, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, and health policy and management, and hosts over 20 interdisciplinary centers. The Hubert Department of Global Health hosts many international fellows, including Humphrey, Foege, Fogarty, and Fulbright fellows.

How to Apply:  Candidates must apply thru the Emory Career website. Go to http://www.hr.emory.edu/careers and Search for Faculty Positions using posting number 65153. Applicants must include:  1) a letter addressed to “Search Committee”, describing interest in this position and relevant background; 2) a curriculum vita; and 3) names of three or more references.

Evaluation of applications will begin in March 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be kept confidential and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.

For questions related to this search, contact Mark Hutcheson at egdrc [at] emory.edu (subject: Postdoc%20position%2065153) .
Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

EMBARK - GLADSTONE'S PRESIDENTIAL POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAM

Embark, the Gladstone Institutes Presidential Postdoctoral Program, aims to increase the representation of underrepresented minoritized groups within the sciences and at Gladstone. This program was launched in 2020 as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

People are the most important part of our organization and are at the center of everything we do. At Gladstone, we know it takes a diverse group of empowered individuals to effectively use science to overcome disease.

We believe that when we bring together people with diverse approaches and ideas to tackle scientific challenges in creative ways, we create tremendous opportunities for discovering new treatments and cures for disease.

Eligibility

  • Must have completed degree requirements for a PhD or MD/PhD prior to the start of the program.
  • Be a part of a group that has been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, as defined by the NIH, or have demonstrated support for underrepresented groups through their teaching, service, and research.
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.

Program Details

  • Scientific Research and Environment
    Gladstone provides a dynamic and collaborative research environment, with emphasis on rigorous scientific training, personalized attention and mentoring, supplemented by close interactions with our colleagues at nearby universities, such as UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.
  • Career and Professional Development
    Gladstone’s postdoctoral program is built to prepare you for a transition into an independent career, providing training in technical, professional, and leadership skills. Through courses offered at Gladstone, you’ll be able to expand your skills in data science, leadership and management, scientific and grant writing, and communication, in addition to receiving individual career counseling and guidance. Gladstone also hosts a number of events and programs for trainees to explore career opportunities in academics, industry, or nonprofits. Learn more about Gladstone’s postdoc program.
  • Community Building
    Gladstone is home to many community groups that provide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, mentorship, and science education outreach to the local community.

    The Gladstone Postdoc Advisory Committee (GPAC) aims to provide support that maximizes the professional and scientific development of postdocs at Gladstone.

    Outside of the postdoc committee, Gladstone has a number of community groups that connect individuals across labs and teams. Examples include the LGBTQ+ community group, the Women’s Initiative, and Elevated Voices, our community group dedicated to creating an inclusive culture in which people of color are empowered to contribute, learn, and lead.
  • Mentoring
    Mentoring is a central part of Gladstone’s mission and essential to our culture. You’ll receive personalized mentorship and will be able to develop your own skills as a mentor. In addition to Gladstone’s mentoring programs, participants in the Embark program will be able to join monthly social, professional, and career development activities with the UCSF IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award program. All postdocs also have access to personalized career advising sessions with Gladstone’s Postdoc Office.

    You can also grow your skills as a mentor by signing up to be a PUMAS mentor. Gladstone’s PUMAS (Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences) summer internship program aims to provide historically underrepresented community college students with lab experience before they transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. As an Embark participant, you can sign up to mentor a PUMAS intern in your lab over the summer and expand your skills as a scientific and professional mentor.
  • Salary and Benefits
    Participants will receive a postdoctoral salary based on years of experience, Gladstone’s full benefits package, and a stipend of $10,000 per year for the period of the program.

Find more information on the program, application procedure and the selection process here.

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.

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

HBC 101 SERIES: EQUITY RESEARCH - GSAS HARVARD BIOTECH CLUB

Interested in a postgraduate career in investment banking?

Join us to learn about how investment banking analysts leverage their PhD training in equity research!

  • Session I: Thursday, April 8th, 4:30-5:30pm ET 
    Terence Flynn, PhD, Equity Research Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Session II: Thursday, April 15th, 5-6pm ET
    Kelly Girskis, PhD, Equity Research Associate, SVB Leerink

RSVP here: https://harvardbiotechclub.typeform.com/to/M04planb

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.

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)

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