The MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a postdoc-led organization with the goal of providing support for over 1500 postdoctoral trainees appointed in 50 departments at MIT. The PDA is structured according to the guidelines provided by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) for forming and maintaining a PDA and supported by the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR).
The first step as a new postdoc at MIT is to sign-up for the MIT Postdoc Listserv by clicking here.
You are also welcome to get involved with the PDA as department representative or committee member by contacting the respective committee chair here.
Major achievements of the PDA since September 2011
Post-doctoral Representation on MIT Committees: Working with the Vice-President for Research (VPR) office, to ensure inclusion of post-doctoral representatives on key Institute Committees (Intellectual property committee and Women’s Advisory Group).
Writing Center: Through funding assistance from VPR restored services for post-docs for summer 2012 and academic year 2012 – 2013.
Infinite Connection: Worked with leadership in Alumni Association to provide access for post-docs with at least nine-month appointments to an Infinite Connection account for affiliation with MIT Alumni Office.
Athletic Memberships: In collaboration with the Athletics department and the VPR office, the PDA successfully advocated for equal gym membership fee between Post-doctoral Fellows and Post-doctoral Associates.
Career Services for Post-docs: Restored one-on-one counseling and related services for post-docs with the help of the VPR office.
Professional development seminars: Organized or co-organized professional development seminar by inviting inspiring personalities.
Travel Grants: Provided 5 travel grants per semester for post-docs.
Social Events: Started creating a community by organizing regular social events. Attendances to these monthly events is ~100-150.