Mentoring and Advising

Regular communication between postdocs and supervisors is vital. Postdocs and their supervisors should plan for an introductory meeting to set overall goals and construct a mentoring plan, which must be provided with the initial appointment. The annual renewal of an appointment must include a progress report on the career development plan including future goals that is co-signed by both the postdoc and advisor and reflects an in person meeting.

MIT also recommends that postdocs complete an Individual Development Plan and a Career Planning Strategy.

Further information is in the Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit, along with a basic outline for a mentoring plan, suggested template for an annual review, and other related resources.

Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit

The information and forms contained in the Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit were designed at MIT to assist the training of postdoctoral researchers, and will be helpful to mentors/advisors, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Postdoctoral Associates.

Career Services for Current Postdoctoral Scholars

Visit our pages on career services: MIT Career Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars and other services.