Volume 22, Number 29

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

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

Read "The Coats That We Can Take Off and the Ones We Can’t" for a compelling perspective on trauma-informed care in the emergency room.

Each week the TWiHST newsletter includes an item (reading, video, podcast, etc.) about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM, academia, research, or medicine. Members of the community are encouraged to submit suggestions here. 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

LIFE SCIENCES SUMMER UROP EXPLORATION MIXER

Do you have a project in the Life Sciences and are interested in working with a UROP student during Summer 2021?

Sign-up here for the Life Sciences Summer UROP Explorations Mixer

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • 6-7pm ET on Airmeet

Each mentor/lab will be assigned a virtual table where they’ll be able to interact with prospective UROP students and discuss their the opportunities they have available. The UROP direct funding deadline is less than a month away, on Tuesday, April 22nd, and this is a great way to find a Summer UROP.

Email questions to UROP [at] mit.edu.

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 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.

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

MGH NEUROLOGY GRAND ROUNDS - MICHAEL T. TY MEMORIAL LECTURE

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 9-10am (ET)

Presenter: Adina L. Roskies, PhD, Helman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Chair, Cognitive Science Program, Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

Topic:  New Work on Free Will and Agency

Join Zoom here using this passcode: 041521.

Find more information here.

Please email bo.qian [at] mgh.harvard.edu if you want to subscribe to the MGH Neurology Grand Rounds Speaker Series weekly announcement and/or Outlook Calendar.

The consented recordings are available via https://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/education-and-training/grand-rounds.

NANO BIO SEMINAR SERIES SPRING 2021

Integrated Circuits for Electronic Medicine

Speaker: Manuel Monge, Assistant Professor,Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, USC

For a list of all talks at the NanoBio seminar Series Spring'21, see here

Abstract
Over the past decades, remarkable advances toward miniaturized biomedical devices have been made and have enabled the development of new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. For instance, smart pills are being used to image the gastrointestinal tract, distributed sensors are being developed to map the function of the brain, and neural prostheses are being designed to help the visual, hearing, and motor impaired. However, most of today’s implantable devices present critical limitations regarding size, power consumption, and functionality. Furthermore, several medical conditions could be dramatically improved if even smaller bioelectronic devices were to exist.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of implantable medical devices and present our efforts for engineering microscale devices to enable high-precision electronic medicine. In the first part of the talk, I will describe a novel approach for locating microscale devices inside the body using concepts from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We have demonstrated a new microchip that mimics the behavior of nuclear spins and can be located in space by the application of magnetic field gradients. Using this technique, we can locate a device smaller than 1 mm3 with sub-millimeter resolution in vivo. Such miniature devices could reach currently inaccessible locations inside the body with high precision to perform diagnosis and treatment of localized disease. In the second part, I will focus on neural stimulation techniques for retinal prostheses, which are devices aiming to restore vision in patients suffering from advanced stages of retinal degeneration (e.g., retinitis pigmentosa). I will present a fully intraocular epiretinal implant that reduces area and power consumption, and increases the functionality and resolution of traditional implementations.

Bio
Manuel Monge received the B.S. degree (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Lima, Peru in 2008, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA in 2010 and 2017, respectively. He joined the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA as an Assistant Professor in August 2018. Before joining USC, he spent a year at Neuralink Corp., developing ultra-high-bandwidth brain-machine interfaces. His research interests include integrated circuits and systems for medical electronics, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, implantable and wearable medical devices, sensing and actuation of biological media, localization of devices inside the body, fully wireless systems, neural prostheses, and brain-machine interfaces. Dr. Monge is the recipient of the 2017 Charles Wilts Prize from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech for outstanding independent research in electrical engineering leading to a PhD, and the 2017 Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Biotechnology from the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech for the best thesis in the field of biotechnology. He was also the co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE CICC Best Student Paper Award, 2nd Place, and the recipient of the Caltech Rosen Scholarship in 2014.

RESTARTING TRAVEL SAFELY: UPCOMING ISTM VIRTUAL TRAVEL MEDICINE CONFERENCE

How to prepare our patients to restart travel safely: consider the ISTM Virtual Travel Medicine Conference in May!

The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is holding its 17th Biennial Conference (CISTM17) May 19-22, 2021, the largest international gathering of travel medicine specialists and practitioners who collaborate and learn about the latest developments in the field. SARS-CoV-2 has imposed great challenges but added fresh perspectives to travel medicine.

The CISTM17 Theme is The Changing Face of Travel Medicine: Anticipating its Global Impact. Updated Scientific Program details, organizing committee, agenda and more information are available on our website.

For more information or questions, contact Lin H. Chen (lchen [at] mah.harvard.edu), MD, FACP, FASTMH, FISTM, President, International Society of Travel Medicine, Director, Travel Medicine Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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.​​​

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

TEACHING ASSISTANT PART-TIME

Esme Learning has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning to offer the Health Ventures course, a new, digitally-delivered program designed to provide participants with a comprehensive roadmap of how to structure a successful health venture, navigate the business process, complexities and possible solutions involved when designing, evaluating and launching and a health venture product or service. The six-week course prepares learners for the intricacies of building a new venture in a highly competitive and regulated market.

The Teaching Assistant team is responsible for facilitating understanding of the content for courses developed by leading universities. Learners are spread across the globe and have strong corporate and academic backgrounds. The purpose of this role is to deliver content and assess students in the course in order to provide them with a world-class learning experience.

As a TA, you will facilitate discussion on the online environment in class-wide and small group chat rooms. You will be responsible for creating a world-class learning experience for participants by grading and providing feedback on their submissions. This is a remote, part-time role with the approximate time requirement of 10 - 15 hours per week spread over the entire week, for a total of 7 weeks. Most of the work may be done at the time of your choosing, and there may be some fixed weekly team calls and deadlines. Note that the time requirement and remuneration are based on the number of participants the tutor directly supervises.

Requirements

  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in a related field of expertise
  • Practical/corporate experience in a related start-up or corporate role
  • Exceptional facilitation skills and interpersonal skills
  • A passion for education and learning

To apply, send a resumé and cover letter to careers [at] esmelearning.com. Be sure to include “MIT Teaching Assistant - Health Ventures” in the SUBJECT field. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

Find more information here.

STOP ASIAN HATE X MIT CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

Stand with AAPI’s at MIT Candlelight Vigil

  • Saturday, April 3, 2021
  • 7-9pm
  • Kresge Oval

3,795 candles will be laid out at Kresge Oval to recognize the 3,795 (and counting) reported anti-AAPI hate incidents in the last year alone. Members of the MIT community (students, faculty, affiliates) with COVIDPass eligibility are invited to come between 7-9 PM to reflect and show their solidarity.

Join us and register here for your time slot between 7-9 PM to ensure social distancing and COVID-safe capacity limits. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be enforced. Please note that COVIDPass eligibility and campus access will be checked. *For those that cannot come in person, RSVP to our FB event for our livestream info and virtual interaction with other participants.*

Can you help volunteer? Sign up here to help with set-up and take-down of candles.  

We appreciate your support virtually or in-person this Saturday. #StopAsianHate #StandwithAAPIs

MIT GRADUATE RESIDENT ADVISOR (GRA) POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Office of Residential Life continues to recruit graduate students for Graduate Resident Advisor (GRA) positions for the 2021-2022 year. GRAs live in MIT’s undergraduate residence halls and Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups, and work in collaboration with heads of house and DSL staff to create supportive and inclusive living communities for MIT undergraduates. GRAs serve as mentors who encourage personal growth, provide outlets for managing stress, and facilitate positive interpersonal relationships.

If you are or know a graduate student who would be a great mentor, support resource, and community builder for our undergraduates, please apply or encourage them to apply. You can learn more about the role, including eligibility criteria on our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to beagra [at] mit.edu for more information.

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.

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
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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!
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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)

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

AVAILABLE POSITIONS AT MITOLAB

About MitoLab
Mitochondrial Genome Engineering Company (Cambridge, MA)
Spun out of MIT and Harvard, MitoLab is a venture-backed, mission-driven, stealth-stage startup building a scalable platform for mitochondrial gene therapy. Leveraging the founding team’s broad domain expertise in synthetic biology, MitoLab aims to develop therapies for currently-incurable mitochondrial genetic diseases.

We currently have two open positions. Please apply by April 15, 2021.

     - Biochemist at MitoLab

     - Synthetic Biologist at MitoLab

Opportunity
MitoLab is seeking to hire an exceptionally creative biochemist with deep, broad expertise in biotech and experience in addressing extremely challenging and complex problems. Primary responsibilities of this role include (1) spearheading independently-designed experiments that lead to new insights and solutions in the mitochondrial gene therapy space and (2) augmenting ongoing programs (to be explained during the interview) in a collaborative fashion. MitoLab is an equal opportunity employer and values different experiences and ways of thinking.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related field
  • Established track record of innovative research
  • For Biochemist:
    Extensive hands-on experience in biochemistry: in vitro assays, protein and nucleic acid biochemistry, cell-free expression systems, nucleic acid library design and screening, etc.

    For Synthetic Biologist:
    Extensive hands-on experience in both in vitro and in vivo biology: molecular cloning, protein engineering, mammalian synthetic biology, etc.
  • Familiarity with high-throughput workflows: high-throughput screens, NGS, etc.
  • Ability to adapt and work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment

Additional Information
At MitoLab, how you spend your time is not limited to pre-defined objectives set by the management. We very much encourage you to explore other creative projects (utilizing our resources and broad network) during your free time, to the extent that they don’t compromise
your core responsibilities–even if they don’t have anything to do with our core research milestones. We strive to build a creative, inventive culture/environment, which we strongly believe will only unlock more value and impact. We think of this as a long-term investment in
you, our team, the company, and ultimately the world.

To Apply
Interested applicants should send a CV to hello [at] mitolab.bio by April 15th, 2021.

MGH NAHRENDORF LAB RESEARCH TECHNICIAN POSITION AVAILABLE

The Nahrendorf Lab (Mouse Imaging Program) of the Center for Systems Biology (CSB), at the Massachusetts General Hospital, is looking for a research technician to conduct small animal imaging using state of the art imaging equipment. The Center has a unique small animal imaging facility that includes a PET-CT, 2 MRI’s (4.7T and 7T), optical tomography, and several confocal and multiphoton microscopic imaging systems. The position provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to get exposure to current molecular and physiological imaging research and would for instance be suited for someone interested in relevant research prior to medical or graduate school. The position would be full time, starting immediately, and would require at minimum a two year commitment. At least a Bachelors level degree is preferred, but we would also consider advanced undergraduate level applicants. We are interested in finding a team player who is motivated, independent, and dedicated to producing quality work. Prior experience in imaging is not required, but computer skills and the ability to organize and learn quickly are critical.

If you are interested in this position, please send a copy of your CV and resume to Serena Sullivan (Sullivan.Serena [at] mgh.harvard.edu).

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

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)

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

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!

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

EXPONENT SEMINAR 2021 AT MIT

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • 4-5pm ET
  • RSVP Here

Join us for an Exponent Virtual Seminar! If you are a PhD candidate with strong communication skills, are motivated to learn on the job, and have a desire to apply your education in unexpected and innovative ways, Exponent will be an exciting opportunity for you! At Exponent, we work on many of the most challenging and prominent engineering and scientific problems in the world. We invite you to learn more about how you can make a difference through engineering and scientific consulting.

Join our seminar to hear leading scientists and engineers from a variety of practices share recent project work and their unique experiences. We will offer a Q&A session after the presentation.

All levels of PhD students are invited. With questions or to apply, please email Patricia Mafioletti at pmafioletti [at] exponent.com (include CV).

Speakers include:

Ezra Jampole, Ph.D., P.E., Managing Engineer, Buildings & Structures
Howard M Loree, II, Ph.D., Manager, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, MIT Alum 1992
Nikita Pak, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, MIT Alum 2018
Achim Wechsung, Ph.D., CFEI, Senior Associate, Thermal Sciences, MIT Alum 2014
Malima Wolf, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Senior Associate, Thermal Sciences, MIT Alum 2011
Harry Watson, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Thermal Sciences, MIT Alum 2018

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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