2017 MIT Postdoctoral Association Mentoring Program

Join us for our exciting 2017 MIT PDA Mentoring Program and learn from experienced professionals how to achieve career success after completion of your academic traineeship.

The program will run from May to November 2017 and will consist of monthly informal sessions with outstanding mentors who are excited to help the MIT postdoctoral community. They will share their valuable professional insights and experiences, thus providing important information and guidance for your career development.

Mentors include Michael Birnbaum (MIT Faculty), Dane Walther (Akamai), Bob Porras (Dell EMC), Francesca Lazzeri (Microsoft), Francis Wolenski (Takeda Oncology), Michele L. Ostraat (Aramco), Ishan Capila (Momenta Pharma), Anne Bothmer (Editas), Darby Schmidt (Quartet Medicine), Tilman Kispersky (McKinsey), Vyas Ramanan (Third Rock Venture) and many more.

To participate in our Mentoring Program, please complete the online application form (here) until May 8th 2017. Successful applicants will be custom matched to mentors based on areas of interest and career goals and invited to a first kickoff meeting on May 24th 2017. If you require any further information, feel free to contact at mitpdamentoring@gmail.com.

Important dates:
Application closing date: May 8th 2017
Results announcement: May 12th 2017
First Kickoff meeting: May 24th 2017

MIT Cooking Competition – Fri 4/14 @ 6PM

The PDA and the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect proudly present:The MIT Cooking Competition. Postdocs, spouses, and partners from all over the world will gather on April 14th in the Dining Hall of the Sydney Pacific Dorms (Bldg. NW86) to participate in this unique competition. Come and see their creations of finger food and enjoy a cooking demonstration by the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. The winners of the competition will be crowned that night, and you can be in the jury. So come join us for light snacks, drinks, and good company. If 21+, please bring ID.

Date and Time Friday, April 14, 6:00 PM

Location Dining Hall of the Sydney Pacific Dorms (NW86)

2017 MIT Postdoctoral Association Vendor Fair – Apr 12, Wed @ 2PM

2017 MIT Postdoctoral Association Vendor Fair

Hosted by the MIT-PDA Fundraising Committee

Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 the PDA will host a vendor fair in the “student street” of the Ray and Maria Stata Center. This is a great opportunity to meet sales representatives of a wide range of companies (start-ups as well as the big players) where you typically order goods and equipment for the laboratory. This is the chance to meet the real people behind the products and not only the checkout webpage of the eCatalog. Besides all these vendors MIT WorkLife Center, MIT Libraries, and the International Scholars Office will also be present with valuable resources for you. There will be a raffle where you can win Amazon gift cards and PDA T-shirts! And most importantly – we have free food! Join us and get in touch with companies and your fellow PostDocs.

Date and Time – April 12, Wednesday.

Location Stata Center

Registration To join the raffle you must register via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mit-postdoctoral-association-12804997902) or on-site.

PInG applications are currently closed

The MIT Postdoc Initiative Grant Committee (PInG) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of our awards and the people behind the initiatives:


Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER)- Lisa Anderson (laanders@mit.edu)  – $500

Career development seminars for postdocs at MIT.


Postdoc Cultural Awareness and Speech Enhancement (CASE) – Low-pressure environments for practicing communication skills – Fangqiong Ling (qiong@mit.edu)/ Sean Gibbons (sgibbons@mit.edu)- $420

Group to allow postdocs to practice presentation skills and receive feedback in low-pressure settings.


Open Science Workshop for Postdocs- Kevin Moerman (kmoerman@mit.edu)  – $300

Series of workshops to educate postdocs on open science.


Postdoc Running and Jogging Club- Alex Klotz (aklotz@mit.edu)  – $150

A weekly running club for postdocs with an opportunity to meetup for snacks and socialization post run.


Please keep an eye out for announcements related to your participation in these and other ongoing PInG events.

Postdoc Coffee Hour – Thu, 3/30 @ 4PM

Do you have questions about life as a PD at MIT?  Would you like to meet other PDs over a cup of coffee? Would you like to learn more about what the PDA can do for you? If so, please join us for the monthly postdoc coffee hour!

Date and Time Thursday, March 30, 4 – 5:30 PM

Location One Community Room (8-219)