Postdocs and the Office of the Vice President for Research


MIT is committed to creating a welcoming environment for its postdoctoral community. While primary responsibility for postdoctoral appointments lies in the departments, labs, centers, institutes and schools, central oversight of postdoctoral affairs is housed in my office, the Office of the Vice President for Research. We work closely with other offices and the Postdoctoral Association to address policies and issues concerning professional development and quality of life. I welcome your ideas, questions, and involvement.

Maria Zuber

Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber

Left to Right: PDA Officers Piyush Jain and Sara Cleto in St. Louis with Dana Bresee Keeth from MIT and Bob Dolan, MIT Career Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars.

Dana Bresee Keeth, Director of Postdoctoral Services, serves as coordinator for postdocs on behalf of the office, and is liaison to the MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA). The PDA is a postdoc-led organization that provides support for all postdocs at MIT, and meets monthly. The office and the Association sponsor events and provide resources, information, and professional development seminars.

A Faculty Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (FPAC), comprised of seven faculty members and MIT Postdoctoral Association leadership, serves to provide feedback to the PDA and to the VPR in matters pertaining to postdoc training and life at MIT.

Postdocs are also represented on Institute-wide committees, councils, and working groups, as important members of MIT's community and research efforts. This includes committees appointed by the President and chaired or overseen by the VPR.