Career Services and Resources

MIT Career Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars – The Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD) work collaboratively to provide career services for current postdoctoral scholars. Schedule an appointment to discuss CV/resume reviews, interviewing strategies, assessments, and other career related topics such as career exploration, job search strategies, and considering job offers. GECD Career Services also offers presentations, job postings, on-campus recruitment opportunities, and online Resources and Tools, including videos and a Career Development Handbook. 

Schedule an appointment with GECD

MIT Professional Development Presentations - Attend presentations and consult notes and videos from past sessions.

Your Department, Lab, or Center – Check with your faculty sponsor or Key Administrative Contacts for Postdocs regarding career-related presentations and opportunities. Many departments, labs and centers receive notices regarding academic positions that are open at other universities.

MIT Postdoctoral Association – See the PDA website and sign up for the MIT postdoc listserv to be informed about presentations and networking opportunities. The PDA also posts job openings on the postdoc forum listserv, an additional listserv.

Writing & Communication Center (MIT)Schedule one-on-one consulting sessions with professional writers. The Center provides free professional advice about all types of writing and speaking/oral presentations. Specialized help is available to non-native English speakers.

MIT Alumni Association’s Infinite Connection – Register for an Infinite Connection account to gain access to MIT’s online alumni directory and other resources. An individual who has had an MIT postdoctoral appointment of nine months or longer is eligible to register. The Alumni Association sends an email message to postdocs once they become eligible. The message contains registration instructions and a unique user ID. See the postdoc page of the Infinite Connection website for information.

MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) – Explore TLL’s programs and services, including workshops, seminars, and consultations related to teaching and learning. The Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program is offered twice a year at no charge to MIT postdocs and graduate students who wish to develop their teaching skills. It is very popular, and sessions typically fill immediately after registration opens.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - IMPACT, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, Translational Fellows Program, StartMIT, and other information

Versatile PhD – Register to access this website, a robust resource on non-academic careers for postdocs and graduate students. It is designed to help identify and prepare for careers beyond academia. Through the generous support of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, MIT students, postdocs and alumni have access to Versatile PhD Premium Content.

Individual Development Plan – MIT postdocs benefit from having a career planning strategy. For resources and guidelines, see the Individual Development Plan and Career Planning Strategy section of MIT’s Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit.

ACADEX – MIT Center for Excellence – Consult useful online resources on topics such as time management and maintaining academic integrity (guidelines for citing sources, writing original work, collaborating, and other). This site is designed for undergraduates, but useful to all.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) Online CoursesOCW  is a web-based publication of MIT course content. edX is an online education collaborative between MIT, Harvard University, and UC Berkeley.

MIT Classes Information on registering for a course, or listening in on a class while you are a postdoc at MIT.  

Other Resources and Reference Guides

National Postdoc Association – Using your MIT email address, join the NPA for free as an affiliate member to access a wide variety of members’ only online content. 

MASS AWIS -  The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Science sponsors many local events (for all genders) related to science, mathematics, engineering and technology fields. MIT is a Collegiate Rep of AWIS, so the MIT community can attend Mass AWIS events at the member price. First, apply for your free membership through the AWIS website as a Collegiate Rep and select the Massachusetts Chapter. Do this prior to registering for any events.

Survival Guide for International Postdocs - This online resource from the National Postdoctoral Association was compiled with assistance from university international offices, postdoctoral offices, and an immigration attorney, and draws on experiences of current and former postdocs.

From Ph.D. to Professoriate: The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women (pdf) – The National Postdoc Association conducted a review of challenges facing postdoc women on the academic career path, and summarizes these findings along with some helpful practices and suggestions.

Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook (pdf) has information about professional development, mentoring, and more. Edited by Belinda Lee Huang, ©National Postdoctoral Association, 2015.

Phds.orgThis site has information for scientists and would-be scientists at all levels. “The goal of the site is help students to prepare for the changing demands of today's job market and to provide a voice for early career scientists.”

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty (Free download.) – This is a collection of practical advice and experiences from biomedical investigators, based on courses held in 2002 and 2005 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Topics include laboratory leadership, mentoring, and time, project, and data management. 

Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions, Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies. (Free download.) – Produced by National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, and published by the National Academies Press.

On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition – This free download (plus related video and podcast) describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter; includes hypothetical scenarios and guidance. Produced by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine and published by the National Academies Press, 2009.