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Professional Development Presentations - Past Seminars

See RESOURCES for notes on many of these topics and others.

 


Spring 2011


Basics of Grant Writing
Monday, February 14 in 46-3189 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, B&CS

What You Should Know about Launching Start-up Companies
Wednesday, February 16 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Professor Robert Langer, Chemical Engineering
 

Intersection of Business & Science: Start-up Companies
Monday, March 7 in 46-3189 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Dr. Mark Rioult, MIT Technology Licensing Office
 

Mentor-Mentee Relationships
Wednesday, March 9 in 46-3310 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Professor Pawan Sinha, B&CS
 

Landing a Job in Academia: What Search Committees Look for
Monday, March 14 in 46-3189 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Ted Gibson, Guoping Feng, Tomaso Poggio, BCS
 

Getting a Job in Academia: How Search Committees Work
Wednesday, March 16 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Professor Martha Gray, HST; Professor Tania Baker, Biology
 

Landing a Job in Industry: How to Write a Winning Resume
Monday, March 21 in 46-3189 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Tom Hamilton, Novartis (recruiter)
 

Balancing Science and the Rest of Your Life
Wednesday, March 23 in 46-3005 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Professor Edmund Bertschinger, Physics; Molly Potter, BCS
 

Getting Your First Job in Industry
Monday, March 28 in 46-3002 from 3:00-4:30PM
Speaker: Stuart Licht, Sanofi-Aventis
 

CANCELLED - Mediation Skills
Wednesday, March 30 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Ruth Rosenberg, MIT Office of Student Citizenship
 

Time/Lab/Project Management
Monday, April 4 in 46-3189 from 3:00-4:30 PM
Speaker: John Gabrieli, BCS
 

CVs and the Academic Job
Wednesday, April 6 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Marilyn Wilson, Global Education & Careers Office
 

Negotiating a Job Offer
Monday, April 11 in 46-3189 in 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Yingxi Lin, Ki Goosens, Troy Littleton, BCS
 

Having Difficult Conversations
Wednesday, April 13 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Toni Robinson, MIT Omsbud Office
 

Ten Habits of a Successful Scientist
Wednesday, April 20 in 46-3189 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Cathy Drennan, Chemistry; Dane Wittrup, Chemical Engineering
 

Strategies for Successful Grant Writing
Wednesday, April 27 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Professor Jagesh Shah, HST/Harvard
 

Interviewing Skills for Academic Positions
Wednesday, May 18 in 76-156 (Koch Institute) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Fred Schoen, Brigham & Women's Hospital & HST


Fall 2011


Basics of Scientific Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, MIT  
Wednesday, September 28 in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Dr. Sonal Jhaveri teaches Science Communication to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs at MIT and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She will discuss the basics of how to write a research paper that is targeted for publication in a professional journal. 


How to Brand Yourself for a Job: CVs, Resumes, Cover Letters (view presentation pdf)
Speaker: Dawna Levenson
Wednesday, October 19 in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Dawna Levenson is an MIT alumna (BS, MBA). She is Associate Director at MIT Professional Education, where she runs the Advanced Study Program and the Career Re-Engineering Program (for mid-career professionals). She was with Accenture for 18 years (partner for five).


Basics of Grant Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri
Wednesday, November 16 in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University and has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Jhaveri's talk on "Basics of Grant-Writing" will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing.


How to Use Networking to Enhance Your Career (view presentation pdf)
Speaker: Robert Dolan
Wednesday, December 7 in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 2:30 to 4:00 PM  
(NOTE that this is a half hour earlier than most of these presentations)

Robert Dolan provides career counseling and professional development workshops for graduate, alumni, and professional education programs at MIT. He has held both full-time and consulting roles at MIT since 2005. He is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in the field of Career Management since 2001, and is certified to administer both the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory assessment instruments. He has 20+ years of management experience in industry.


Spring 2012


The Art of Behavioral Interviewing (view presentation pdf)
Speaker: Robert Dolan, MIT
Wednesday, February 15th in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Interviewing is not a science, it’s an art…and no two interviews will be the same. How you adapt during the interview process will enhance your ability to be successful. Technical skills will get you the interview; behavioral attributes will get you the job. This session will highlight preparation and strategies for a successful interview, and sample interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer those challenging questions.

Bob Dolan provides career counseling and professional development workshops for graduate, alumni, and professional education programs at MIT. He has held both full-time and consulting roles at MIT since 2005. Bob is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in the field of Career Management since 2001, and is certified to administer both the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory assessment instruments. He has 20+ years of management experience in industry.

handouts: [Behavioral Interview Questions pdf] [Tell me about yourself doc] [Telephone Interviews pdf]


How to Speak
Speaker: Professor Patrick Winston, MIT
Wednesday, February 29th in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

You can improve your speaking ability by observing a dozen or so heuristic rules. Professor Winston presents a collection of rules along with some observations about their application in lectures, job talks, and conferences.

Professor Winston joined the faculty of the EE/CS Department in 1970 and is Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at MIT Laboratory (CSAIL). He served as Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a predecessor of CSAIL, from 1972 to 1997. His Genesis Group studies how vision, language, and motor faculties account for intelligence, integrating work from several allied fields, including not only Artificial Intelligence, but also Computer Science, Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Linguistics.


Strategies of Grant-Writing
Speaker: Dr. Jagesh Shah (HST and Brigham and Women's Hospital)
Wednesday, March 21 in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Dr Shah will discuss why, when, and how to apply for grant money, the types of funding agencies that you can apply to, how to maximize your chances of procuring funds from them, and what reviewers look for in choosing winning proposals.

Dr. Jagesh V. Shah is Associate Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and is HST Affiliated Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine (Renal Division) at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has extensive experience in procuring grant funding for his research.


The Impact of Culture in Multicultural Research Teams
Speaker: Bhaskar Pant, MIT
Monday, April 30th in 76-156 (Koch Institute Building) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

This seminar will provide a framework for understanding cultural differences among professionals from different parts of the world, and ways of maximizing effectiveness in communication and productivity when working in multicultural team settings.

 Bhaskar Pant is the Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, which delivers multiple academic programs to science and technology professionals globally.  Bhaskar has worked internationally as a senior executive for companies such as Turner Broadcasting/CNN (in India), Sony Corporation (in New Jersey) and the Educational Testing Service (in Singapore).  He has devoted his career to the development of "global people skills" among working professionals, and recently taught a graduate management course titled "Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace" at Harvard University's Extension School.  Bhaskar has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Communications from Indiana University.


Interviewing Skills for an Academic Job
Speaker: Dr. Fred Schoen, HST, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Date and Time: Monday, May 14, 1:30-3:00 pm (time change)
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Dr. Fred Schoen is Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Pathologist and Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schoen interviews a large number of applicants every year, for a variety of academic positions. He will hand out a list of questions that a potential applicant should be familiar with, and will conduct a mock interview with a postdoc volunteer, to highlight the do's and don'ts of the interview process.

handouts: [Interviewing_Essentials pdf] [Job_Interview_Questions pdf]


Writing Resources and Advice for MIT Postdocs
Speakers: Xiaolu Hsi, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Fox, Ph.D.
Date and Time: Thursday, May 24th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

From completing grants and manuscripts to writing a research statement for job searches, writing is a critical component of the postdoctoral experience.  Please join us for this event where experts from the MIT Writing & Communication Center and MIT Medical provide task-oriented and cognitive-oriented techniques for becoming a better writer and enjoying the process!  Writing-related services provided by MIT will also be discussed.

Dr. Xiaolu Hsi is a Clinical Psychologist at MIT Medical.  Dr. Hsi's professional interests are community mental health consultation and working with international students; she has also participated in several writing-related events at MIT.  Dr. Elizabeth Mickle Fox works with MIT's Writing and Communication Center, in the WAC program, and as a freelance editor.  Dr. Fox hosts special MIT events, including during IAP, for graduate and postgraduate trainees to improve their writing techniques.

Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association, MIT Medical, and the MIT Writing and Communication Center for the MIT Postdoctoral Community.

handout: Post-doctoral Writing and Speaking Self-Assessment pdf
reference: Pozin, I. (2011, December 13). 7 Things Highly Productive People Do. Inc.


Summer 2012


Transitioning from Academia to Industry
Speaker:
Dr. Stuart Licht
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 13, from 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Dr. Stuart Licht earned his BS degree from Princeton University, PhD degree from MIT, and completed two postdocs, one at the Scripps Research Institute and the other at UC Berkeley. He then joined the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He left this position when he was recruited by Novartis. He has since moved to Sanofi-Aventis, where he is Lab Head. Dr. Licht will talk about making the transition from Academia to Industry and will discuss his experience with working in industry.


Having Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Toni Robinson, MIT Ombudsperson
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 27, from 3 to 4:30 pm 
Location: 76-156 (Koch Institute Building)

Toni Robinson holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the Seattle University School of Law and a Masters of Science/Applied Behavioral Science Degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She has served as an Ombudsperson, Certified Mediator, and instructor within the MIT community since 1998. She has over twenty-five years experience in management, ombudsmanry, conflict resolution systems design, training, mediating, coaching, and consulting. Ms. Robinson will discuss constructive approaches to resolution of conflict and difficult behavior in the academic arena.


Academia, Industry, or Both?
Panelists include:
David Weitz, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard
Lita Nelsen, Director of MIT Technology Licensing Office
Annalisa Weigel, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT
Date and Time: Monday, July 16, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: 32-123 (Stata Center)

Are you considering a career in academia or industry? Are you trying to decide between academia and industry? Come and hear experts whose experience and insight might help make the decision easier for you.

Sponsored by Graduate Student Council Academics, Research, and Careers; GSC Activities; MIT Global Education & Career Development; and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Associate Provost.


The Nuts and Bolts of an Academic Job Search
Date and Time:Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: 26-100


Are you considering an academic career? Wondering how to mount a successful job search in a highly competitive academic job market? Come and hear how others have done it. Faculty panelists who successfully landed a position will outline an effective search strategy and discuss important elements of the process – finding opportunities of interest, preparing a strong application, the role of your advisors, interviewing, negotiating, and how the increasingly competitive job market is changing the faculty search process.

Panelists include:

Ali Khademhosseini, Associate Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Kerri Cahoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Sponsored by Graduate Student Council - Academics, Research, and Careers; GSC Activities; MIT Global Education & Career Development; the Office of the Vice President for Research & Associate Provost; and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education


Finding a Good Postdoc
Date and Time:Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: 26-100

Are you considering a career in academia? Are you seeking to diversify your research skills before launching into an industry career? Perhaps you are already a postdoc, and wish to maximize your experience or make a change. This panel presentation will discuss various aspects of finding, selecting, and having a good postdoc experience, and will include a question and answer segment.

Panelists include:

Hazel Sive, Professor of Biology, Associate Dean, School of Science and Member, Whitehead Institute
Erika Bechtold, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Department of Biological Engineering
Kirill Korolev, Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, Department of Physics
Andy Powers, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Novartis

Open to: MIT-only

Sponsor(s): MIT Global Education & Career Development, GSC Academics, Research, and Careers, GSC Activities, Office of the Vice President for Research & Associate Provost, Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, Postdoctoral Association

For more information, contact:
GSC ARC
gsc-arc@mit.edu


Fall 2012


Optimizing your marketability- how to find non-academic career opportunities in Boston
Speaker: Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers
Date and Time: Thursday, September 27th, from 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Location: 54-100 (Green Building)

Lauren Celano will provide her personal insight into the types of career opportunities that exist in the Boston area for those individuals who are completing their graduate or postdoctoral training.  She will discuss the various skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in each career type.  She will also address the following topic:  Career opportunities outside of academia; identifying transferable skills to assist in job search; how effective networking can help you identify career leads; the importance of informational interviewing, and how to land the job once you get an interview.  While there will be a strong focus on the life sciences sector, the presentation will be helpful to postdocs in all fields.

Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial innovative life sciences companies.  Through Propel, she builds relationships and provides guidance on how individuals can position themselves for their next opportunity.  She also actively places individuals into positions with exciting life sciences companies.  She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University.  To learn more about Propel Careers, see link:  www.propelcareers.com. 

Sponsors: MIT Postdoctoral Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Associate Provost

Presentations: [Optimizing your Marketability pdf] [Building a Resume and Cover Letter pdf]


From Academia to Entrepreneur: How to Start Your Own Company
Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Iorns and Dr. William Gunn
Date and Time: Friday, October 5, from 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: 6-120 (Eastman)

Dr. Elizabeth Iorns and Dr. William Gunn are co-founders of the company ScienceExchange.com, which aims to improve the efficiency of scientific research by making resources and experimental services available to researchers. They will discuss what made leaving academia to work on a startup an attractive career choice for them, and how to be competitive in the business world.  They will share the lessons learned as well as the collective wisdom shared within Silicon Valley’s thriving startup community. Dr. Iorns will talk about lessons learned from taking part in Y Combinator, a startup accelerator program (http://www.ycombinator.com/ ). Dr. Gunn will discuss making the transition from academia, finding the right opportunity, and tips for working with people from non-academic backgrounds including engineers and marketers.

Presentations: [Dr. Elizabeth Iorns] [ Dr. William Gunn]


Basics of Grant Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time:  Wednesday, October 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Location: 76-156 (Koch Institute Building)

Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University and has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Jhaveri's talk on "Basics of Grant Writing" will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing.

Handouts: [Grant Writing Survival Skills] [ Review Panel Statements - Fogarty Center NIH]


Time/Lab/Project Management
Speaker:  Professor John Gabrieli, MIT Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time:  Monday, November 5, from 3:00 to 4:30pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Dr. Gabrieli will talk about how to manage your time, and along with this, your lab and the projects you are working on. As your career, and the corresponding demands on you, become more complex, these skills are increasingly essential for getting things done effectively.

Dr. John Gabrieli very successfully wears many hats: he is the Director of the Martinos Imaging Center and an investigator at the McGovern Institute; he is a professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; he co-directs the MIT Clinical Research Center and is Associate Director of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging located at Massachusetts General Hospital. His lab studies principles of brain organization that are consistent across individuals or vary across people due to age, personality, and other dimensions of individuality. They use brain imaging (functional and structural), and the experimental behavioral study of patients with brain injuries, to study brain-behavior relations across the life span, from children through the elderly.


How to Negotiate an Academic Job Offer
Speakers: Professors Troy Littleton and Markus Buehler, MIT
Date and Time: Wednesday December 5, 2012, from 3 to 4:30 pm
Location:  54-100 (Green Building)

You have been offered your dream job. Now you have to negotiate with your future department/institution for the support you will need to set up your new laboratory. Professors Troy Littleton and Markus Buehler will discuss the do's and don'ts of How to Negotiate a Job Offer.

Dr. Littleton is Professor in the Dept of Biology, as well as in the Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He received his MD and Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. Dr. Littleton will talk about how to estimate what it will take to run your lab.

Dr. Buehler is Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where he directs the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM). He is the Director of the MIT-Germany Program, Co-Director of the MIT Computation for Design and Optimization Program, and leads the Mechanics and Materials Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has participated in faculty search committees and will offer the hiring department's perspective in such negotiations.

Presentations: [How to Negotiate an Academic Job Offer] [ Start-Up Issues]


Spring 2013


Basics of Scientific Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Sonal Jhaveri teaches Science Communication to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs at MIT and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She will discuss the basics of how to write a research paper that is targeted for publication in a professional journal.


Job Search Strategies Workshop
MIT Global Education & Career Development
Open To:  MIT-only
Date and Time: March 12, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:  54-100

This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to launch an effective job search. You will learn about many valuable resources, including databases, and downloadable information available on the MIT-CareerBridge site. We will examine networking as an important strategy and discuss how to do it in a way that will work for you. MIT has excellent resources to help you network with alumni in different fields. The program will also provide tips on how to stay competitive throughout your job search, starting with prep for the April 4th Spring Career Fair. Come learn how you can deliver an effective message about your qualifications when communicating with employers. You will gain a competitive advantage by mastering these job search basics. Open to Postdocs and all MIT students and alumni. Register on CareerBridge under the events tab.

[Presentation pdf]


Transition from academia to industry - do it right.
Speaker: Dr. Masha Fridkis-Hareli, Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Biopharmaceutical Leadership Program at Emmanuel College
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Dr. Masha Fridkis-Hareli will give an interactive presentation that explores career opportunities outside academia. Based on her personal experiences in academia and industry, she will discuss differences between these two sectors and describe the skill set needed to make this transition smooth and enjoyable. Her presentation is best fitted to graduate and post-doctoral scientists who are considering transitioning to industry but have no insider view of the process.

Dr. Hareli Masha is an immunologist, consultant and inventor with over 20 years of experience in academia and industry. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral work, and was a Principal Investigator at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She worked for a number of biotechnology and contract research companies including Resolvyx Pharmaceuticals, Charles River Laboratories, Taligen Therapeutics and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, before founding ATR, LLC that provides strategic and operational services in translational research.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

[Presentation pdf]


Behavioral Interviewing Workshop
MIT Global Education & Career Development
Open To:  MIT-only
Date and Time: March 27, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:  56-114

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss the preparation and strategies for a successful interview. We will also examine the top skills employers are looking for in their candidates and how you can communicate those attributes effectively. In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions. Open to Postdocs and all MIT students and alumni. Register on CareerBridge under the events tab.

[Presentation pdf]


Writing Research and Teaching Statements
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Bell and Dr. Donald Halstead, Harvard School of Public Health
Date and Time: Monday, May 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

When applying for an academic position, you will be required to produce a teaching and/or research statement. Writing a poor statement can hurt your chances of being considered for a position, but taking the time to write them well can set you apart from other candidates. Drs. Bell and Halstead will analyze the characteristics of teaching and research statements, discuss their components and review examples - so that you will be able to write thoughtful, creative statements that have impact.
Dr. Donald Halstead is Instructor of Writing at Harvard School of Public Health, and works with students, postdoctoral research fellows, research scientists and faculty to help produce leaders in public health research and practice by improving their writing, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Dr. Michelle Bell is Assistant Dean for Educational Programs at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has a PhD in education and her area of research is in human development. She works with faculty and academic departments developing new courses, concentrations and degree programs. She teaches faculty and postdoctoral fellows workshops on designing courses and developing grading rubrics.

[Presentation pdf]


Transition from Academia to Industry – Introduction to Hurdles
Speaker: Dr. Zoran Zovnar, MediaTek
Date and Time: Monday, May 20 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Transitioning from academia to industry involves multiple challenges, some of them real some of them perceived. The discussion will zoom-in on typical challenges of the transition and offer some advice to prepare you for the hurdles you might face.

Dr. Zoran Zvonar received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, and after postdoctoral experience at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, joined the semiconductor industry. During his R&D career at Analog Devices (1994-2008) and at MediaTek (2008-present) he has contributed to multiple generations of chips and software products for cellular phones. He is MediaTek Fellow and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.

[Presentation pdf]


Not Networking 101—Building Relationships for Success
Speaker: Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene
Date and Time: Monday, June 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Building 26-100, note location change

Networking has gotten a really bad name these days. I take your card, you take my card and then we don’t call each other. This workshop is designed to reintroduce you to how strong professional relationships can be necessary for most people to succeed in their careers. It will provide practical tools for meeting people and for nurturing new and established connections.

Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott where she led discovery research projects on small molecule and antibody approaches to inflammatory diseases, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007 she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Director of Discovery and concluded there as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS. She was the Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years and serves on a number of other boards. In 2013 she was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for service to science and the community.

[Presentation pdf]


Fall 2013 Seminars


Preparing for Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Toni Robinson, MIT Ombudsperson and Special Assistant to the President
Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Are you too nervous to raise an important topic with your supervisor? When talking with others, do you find it hard to negotiate for yourself without being either too shy or too pushy?  In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discuss how to identify and prepare for difficult conversations with the goal of achieving more constructive and longer-lasting results. The workshop will also utilize case scenarios and/or short exercises to help participants explore strategies and resources to, for example, brainstorm and evaluate options for managing conflict; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; and diplomatically, yet assertively, negotiate for oneself.

Toni Robinson holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the Seattle University School of Law and a Masters of Science/Applied Behavioral Science Degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She has served as an Ombudsperson, Certified Mediator, and instructor within the MIT community since 1998. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in management, ombudsmanry, conflict resolution systems design, training, mediating, coaching, and consulting.


From Lab to Startup:  Stories of entrepreneurs working to solve researchers' problems
Speakers: Caitlin Trasande, Head of Research Policy, Digital Science; and Alex Hodgson: CEO of 1DegreeBio and Director of Marketing at ReadCube
Date and Time:  Tuesday, November 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002 (Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Hear from entrepreneurs about their path from lab to startup, the birth of their idea while working in the lab, and their involvement in the rise of digital tools for researchers.

About the Presenters:

Digital Science is a new technology company started out of Macmillan Science and Education, providing software and tools for scientific researchers. From intelligent knowledge discovery tools to software applications for the laboratory and decision-support systems for managers, Digital Science combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on scientists and those who support the research process.

1DegreeBio is an independent marketplace for Life Science products including reagents, digital tools, equipment and service providers for life science research. It is an open-access platform that enables researchers to source and review the highest-quality products and service providers for their research needs.

ReadCube is a free desktop application and associated web services for managing, enhancing, and accessing academic research articles.

Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande is Head of Research Policy, Digital Science. Prior to joining Digital Science, she managed the Nature Trends project at Nature Publishing Group. She has experience in consulting (The Advisory Board Company) and legal research (United States Office of the Independent Counsel). She received a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago after studying Classics and Philosophy at St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD).

Alex Hodgson is CEO of 1DegreeBio and Director of Marketing at ReadCube. Prior to starting 1DegreeBio, Alex spent four years working at the Structural Genomics Consortium's Toronto Lab, where Alex grew increasingly frustrated by the lack of digital tools for researchers. In 2010, Alex brought together a team of talented people and collectively they set forth to build a better way for the community to source products, launching 1DegreeBio 6 months later. Alex has an Honors Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School (formerly the Arthur D. Little School of Management), and an Organizational Change Management Certificate from Harvard University. Alex was named one of 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femme-o-nomics in 2011.

Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association and the Office of the Vice President for Research


Of Science and Strategy: Setting Goals for Research and for Life
Speaker: Dr. Isaiah Hankel; Cheeky Scientist™

Date and Time:  Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location:  E25-111

What does strategy have to do with science? According to thought leader Isaiah Hankel, surprisingly a lot. Dr. Hankel has decoded the psychology behind career success and applied it to the science lab.

The result? Nothing short of a breakthrough in strategically maneuvering your career into the exciting new opportunities opening up for academic scientists. 

Here's a provocative question: What do students do now that applying for jobs with a resume does not work? What if you could tap into the skills that wildly successful people are using? 

You'll discover the strategic thinking driving this new career approach. You'll learn:

    • The 3 most important professional skills that will matter in the next 5 years. 
    • How the power of having a professional purpose will propel your career forward in the direction of your choice
    • How to leverage your degree for explosive success
    • How to remove barriers to business and entrepreneurship
    • How to access the key players in your chosen field

The goal? A career that you not only love, but one where you are recognized for you expertise and are rewarded for it. It's about being a leader, and creating meaningful bodies of work. It's about telling a story with your life that you'd want to read and share. 

Dr. Hankel did his undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Iowa. Since graduating, he has been simultaneously advancing his career in flow cytometry and cellular imaging, and his career in personal development and business coaching. In the last two years, Dr. Hankel has given over 250 seminars in 20 different countries throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America. Dr. Hankel has worked with numerous leaders in the biotechnology industry, including Lily Pharmaceuticals, Leinco Technologies, Orflo Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Cellerant Therapeutics, Miltenyi Biotec, Expert Cytometry, Tree Star, Amgen, Celgene, Ambrx, BD Biosciences, Baxter Bioscience, Pfizer, Roche and Genentech. 

[ Presentation video in ODGE PRO-DEPOT ]

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Career Services (Global Education and Career Development)


 

Spring 2014 Seminars


I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too! The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance
Speaker: Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene
Date and Time:  Tuesday, February 4 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002


Scientists have to keep doing science to be happy.  This talk gives food for thought on how to stay happy in both the work and non-work spheres.  Is it truly possible to bring all aspects of our lives under control? Balance is a myth – we are all (women and men) constantly negotiating our energy and attention. The goal is to maximize the time you are enjoying both work and personal life. Dr. Kamens will offer some tips and tactics that have worked for her friends, colleagues, and herself.

Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott where she led discovery research projects on small molecule and antibody approaches to inflammatory diseases, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007, she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Director of Discovery and concluded there as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS. She was the Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years and serves on a number of other boards. In 2013, she was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for service to science and the community.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

[ Presentation video in ODGE PRO-DEPOT ]


Basics of Grant Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Senior Lecturer, MIT Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time:  Wednesday, March 5th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University and has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Jhaveri's talk on "Basics of Grant Writing" will focus on NIH applications, but the basic principles she emphasizes are applicable to all types of grant writing.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research


Maximizing your Stay at MIT: Advice from Professor Robert Langer
Speaker: Professor Robert Langer
Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: 54-100

Professor Langer will offer his insight and suggestions on optimizing your postdoctoral experience at MIT, and will answer your questions. Topics will include fostering innovative research, and securing funding.

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. He has written over 1,250 articles and 1,040 issued or pending patents.  His many awards include the US National Medal of Science, the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, Albany Medical Center Prize, the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the Priestley Medal and the Millennium Technology Prize.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research


I think I just invented something...  Now what?
Speaker: Christopher Noble, MIT Technology Licensing Office
Date and Time: Friday, May 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

How do I know when my idea has turned into an “invention”? Who can I talk to about it, and when? Which inventions belong to me and which to MIT? Does it matter if I’m a student/postdoc/faculty? How do I or MIT get it patented? Who decides, who pays? How can this invention advance my career? If the invention belongs to MIT, and I don’t want to start a company, what’s in it for me? If I do want to start a company around it, do I need a license from MIT, and how do I get one? And if I want to talk to VCs about financing my startup, when is the right time? What will the VCs want?”

Please note: Postdocs interested in attending upcoming PDA networking events with company reps and VCs are highly encouraged to attend this session.

About the Speaker: Christopher Noble is MIT’s Licensing Officer for energy technology. His responsibilities include the intellectual-property terms of sponsored research, evaluation and patenting of MIT inventions, IP marketing and negotiation of commercial licenses with startups and established companies. He previously worked for 30 years in general management for energy and technology companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups. Chris founded and raised financing for his own startup company, is the lead inventor on two issued patents, has raised and negotiated multiple VC financings as advisor to four early-stage companies, and has served on the Board of several private technology companies and non-profits. He lived and worked in South America and Europe and is fluent in French and Spanish. Chris is Assistant Vice President of the Association of University Technology Managers and a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), lectures internationally on technology transfer and licensing, and is a recipient of the LES Deals of Distinction award. He has a B.Eng. from McGill University and an M.S. in Management from MIT.

Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association

[Presentation pdf] [ Presentation video in ODGE PRO-DEPOT: Part 1, Part 2 ]


Basics of Scientific Writing
Speaker: Dr. Sonal Jhaveri, Senior Lecturer, MIT Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Date and Time: Monday, June 23rd from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002


Dr. Sonal Jhaveri will discuss the basics of how to write a research paper that is targeted for publication in a professional journal. Dr. Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard University and has been Principal Investigator on a number of grants from NIH, NSF and other private foundations. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research


Academia, Industry, or Both?
Panelists include:
     1. Charles Cooney (MIT Professor of Chemical Engineering). He has founded multiple companies and served as director of multiple industrial research units.
     2. David Weitz (Harvard Professor).
     3. Jack Turner (Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office - TLO).

Date and Time: Monday, July 14 from 2:30 4:00 pm
Location: Stata Center Room, 32-123


Not sure whether you want to follow a career in industry or academia? Or maybe you're interested in both? Come hear from a panel of successful professors and industry representatives.

Free refreshments.

Sponsor: MIT Graduate Student Council - Academics, Research, and Careers
(with assistance from GECD and the Office of the VPR)

[ Presentation video in ODGE PRO-DEPOT ]


CV Writing
Speaker: Bob Dolan, MIT Career Advisor for Postdoctoral Scholars (GECD)
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 23rd from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: Broad Institute, 75 Ames St., Yellowstone Room

Your CV is used for the academic job search and in some cases for PhD’s seeking positions in industry or other research settings. This workshop will cover the important elements of a CV, including strategies for how to show-case your particular knowledge and experiences effectively. We will also discuss how to convert a 4-6 page CV into a 2-page resume for industry.

All MIT postdocs are invited and they must bring their MIT IDs to enter the building.

Lunch will be served!

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Nuts & Bolts of an Academic Job Search
Academic Job Search Panel
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 29 from 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Stata Center Room, 32-123

Are you considering an academic career? Wondering how to mount a successful job search in a highly competitive academic job market? Come and hear how others have done it on Tuesday, July 29, from 2:30-3:30 pm. Faculty panelists who successfully landed a position will outline an effective search strategy and discuss important elements of the process - finding opportunities of interest, preparing a strong application, the role of your advisors, interviewing, negotiating, and how the increasingly competitive job market is changing the faculty search process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

Open to the MIT community. If you're interested, please sign up here.

Questions? Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu

MIT Graduate Student Council - Academics, Research, and Careers


 

Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD)


The Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD) are working collaboratively to provide career services for current postdoctoral scholars.

See the GECD Calendar of Events and MIT Services and Policies for Postdocs
for more information. To register for these events, visit CareerBridge.

Presentations from a selection of recent events:


View Current Professional Development Presentations