The MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a postdoc-led organization supported by the Office of the Vice President of Research (VPR) with the goal of providing support for >1400 postdoctoral trainees appointed in 25 departments at MIT.
We engage our community through 7 committees. These committees are support postdocs that want to make a difference for the MIT postdoc committee.
Get involved by contacting one of the Committees that fits your interest!
- Communicate concerns to the faculty & administration on behalf of the postdocs
- Address issues pertaining to careers, health care, benefits, salary, immigration, child care, grant, funding mechanisms, etc.
- Establish a unified postdoc voice and increase the profile of postdocs within the MIT community
- Establish an MIT Postdoctoral Alumni Network and encourage communication among postdoc alumni
- Ensure all MIT postdocs are considered alumni of the institution and become part of the MIT alumni association
- Seek to have every postdoc receive an alum.mit.edu e-mail address
Community Building Committee
- Encourage participation and involvement within the MIT community
- Enlist the support of MIT postdoctoral trainees towards PDA efforts through committee participation and involvement
- Organize networking and social events that create a supportive peer group and integrate postdocs into the larger MIT community
- Attract a broad range of sponsors and donors from industry in different fields of science
- Arrange several events for fundraising during the year (such as the vendors event)
- Review all previous fundraisings contacts, create a vendor library and open it to the postdocs community to review and to add based on their acquaintances
Human Affairs Committee
- Facilitate discussions between postdocs and entities on the MIT campus with goals of making the campus community more inclusive
- Develop activities or next-steps based on the most predominant or pressing issues
- Bring PDA issues to the attention of the presidential committee, and draft changes to documents pertaining to campus inclusion with input from PDA
Information Flow & IT Support Committee
- Set up efficient communication and publicity systems (i.e. Listserv, LinkedIn, & Facebook)
- Maintain an up-to-date internet site of resources and information
- Establish consistency and continuity in the mission, organization, and conduct of the PDA
Professional Development Committee
- Promote the ethical conduct of research
- Establish mutually rewarding mentoring relationships with members of the MIT community
- Organize regular orientation sessions, career-building workshops, research symposiums, industry ventures, etc.
- Award travel grants to postdoctoral trainees to support travel to conferences