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Information Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars



Your Department, Lab, or Center: Check with your faculty sponsor or unit headquarters regarding career-related presentations and opportunities. Many departments, labs and centers receive notices regarding academic positions that are open at other universities. Positions available at MIT are listed on Jobs at MIT.

Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit

Professional Development Presentations for Postdocs: See the Seminars section and MIT Postdoctoral Association (PDA) website. In addition, notes from past presentations and other resources are available on the Resources section.

National Postdoc Association: MIT is a Sustaining Member and as such, any postdoc affiliated with MIT may join the NPA for free as an affiliate member. Affiliate members are entitled to free subscriptions and access to members-only web content. You must have an MIT email address to join. 

Versatile PhD is a robust resource on non-academic careers for grad students and postdocs, 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 now have access to Versatile PhD Premium Content. You'll have to register the first time you access the website.

Career Services - MIT Global Education & Career Development (GECD): One-on-one counseling services are now available by appointment to MIT postdocs. For detailed information, including information on registration and online scheduling, see Career Services' postdoc information page. Please note that postdocs are not eligible for Drop-In services. GECD (located in 12-170) also offers career related presentations, online resources, a career reference library, job postings, and on-campus recruiting opportunities.

The Writing & Communication Center (located in 12-132) provides free professional advice about all types of writing and speaking/oral presentations to MIT students and staff. This includes one-on-one consulting sessions with professional writers. Specialized help is available to non native English speakers.

The MIT Alumni Association’s Infinite Connection: An individual who has had an MIT postdoctoral appointment of nine months or longer may register for an Infinite Connection account, providing access to MIT’s online alumni directory and other resources. See Registration FAQ How do I know if I am eligible? item #4 for instructions on signing up for MIT's alumni network (Infinite Connection) as a postdoc.

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

MIT Classes – For information on registering for a course, or listening in on a class while you are a postdoc at MIT, please see the summary posted by the International Scholars Office, which contains accurate information for both domestic and international scholars. Please note that if you wish to take courses at MIT, it will be important to discuss this with your faculty supervisor.

MIT Human Resources - Career Planning and Management: MIT provides several services and resources to help employees think about their careers and development plans at MIT. See also the MIT Learning Center’s employee self-service training catalog. Listings include MIT Human Resources  classes on Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, and Networking in a Job Search.