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Departmental Resources

Postdoctoral Information Guide

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Identification Card (MIT ID)
W20-021 (basement of Stratton Student Center) 617-253-3475, Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Soon after your arrival, you should go to the MIT Card Office in the basement of the Stratton Student Center, W20-021, and have your picture taken for your MIT ID (bring your drivers license or passport). I will send you an email letting you know that you are in the system and are able to get your card.

MIT Athena account, Kerberos ID, Web Certificates
As a member of the MIT community, you have access to a wide range of computer-based facilities and tools that will help you to get your work done. To take advantage of many of these electronic resources, you first need to establish an official identity that will allow you to pass through MIT's online security systems. Through this site you can sign up for a Kerberos/Athena account and get a personalized certificate on the computer you are using to ensure secure accessibility to otherwise protected sites like the Employee Self Service (ESS).

Emergency Contact  
Please be aware that MIT is a relatively open space, especially during the workday. There have been thefts of computers, cell phones, and wallets from offices and open areas on campus, so please make sure to secure your area and do not leave valuables unattended.

Dial 100 or 617-253-1212 from a campus phone for all police, medical/ambulance, fire/explosion, and other emergencies. Non-emergency injuries should be reported to your supervisor and MIT Medical Department, E23, 253-1311 (open 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week).  After contacting the proper authorities, please also let ChemE HQ staff know about thefts and any injuries within 24 hours of the accident.

For information about emergency MIT closings, call 253-SNOW (253-7669).


Parking and Transportation
W20-022,, 617-258-6510, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

  • Alternative Transit Subsidy        

  • Bicycling          

  • Carpool/Vanpool          

  • Emergency Ride Home

  • Shuttles           

  • T-Passes         

  • Zipcar

  • Parking is available on campus and you must sign up via the department parking coordinator, Vicky Metternich (4-311,, 3-4804).

MIT is closed on 12 Holidays each year. Visit the website listed above for a list of MIT administrative holidays.

Athletic Facilities
MIT staff and affiliates may purchase a membership to MIT athletic facilities. For membership information, visit the MIT Athletics Web Site or call 617-452-3690.

Dental Coverage for Postdoctoral Fellows  
Complete the Postdoctoral Fellow Dental Enrollment/Change Form and return it to the Benefits Office located at E19-215 or by fax at 617-253-2694. The Benefits Office must receive this form within 31 days from the start of your fellowship.

Family Resources

  • MIT Spouses and Partners – provides support, networking and educational opportunities for the wives, husbands and significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. Contact person - Jennifer Recklet (617-253-1614 or More information available on

  • MIT Center for Work, Family, and Personal Life - provides all members of the MIT community with advice, referrals, and resources on parenting, child care, schools, and job flexibility and oversees the Institute’s child-care centers:

  • Technology Children’s Centers - MIT operates child-care centers in Cambridge and Lexington so that parents can choose the location most convenient to home or work. These services are provided by Bright Horizons:

  • Parents in a Pinch – In-home back up childcare at preferred rates through MIT,

Helpful Resources

Additional Contact Information

MIT Affiliate Health Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows  
Contact the MIT Affiliate Health Plans Office to arrange for an orientation.  Sign up for both the Affiliate Health Plan and the Extended Insurance Plan
Walk-in/Phone Hours:
M–F, 8:30AM to 5PM
Health Plans Office
Phone: (617) 253-4371
Address: E23-308

General questions regarding employment:
Name: Esther Greaves Estwick
Phone: (617) 253-4563
Address: 8-331
Department: Administrative Services Organization
Title: HR Administrator

To discuss issues not covered by the resources above, contact
Karen K. Gleason
Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
Postdoctoral Officer

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