Information for New Postdocs

Welcome to LNS

Below are some links to resources for Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Learn and Grow Your Career

  • Career Advising and Professional Development - Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) empowers students, postdocs and alumni to explore their life and career goals by helping them to develop core competencies and build professional networks. Their goal is to engage students and alumni in self-discovery to craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world.
  • Career Development Handbook - Compiled by MIT CAPD's expert staff, this handbook covers: Overview of the career development process covers networking and career fair survival guide; resumes, cover letters, and CVs (with samples); negotiation and job offers; and academic careers application process
  • The Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP) is an interactive workshop series intended for late-program graduate students and postdocs interested in academic careers or developing skills to support their teaching at MIT. The program was named in 2014 to honor Stephen P. Kaufman, a long-time supporter of the Teaching + Learning Lab.
  • Tuition Reimbursement - Postdoctoral Associates are eligible for a tuition assistance plan to provide financial assistance for qualified courses.
  • Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community by matching prospective and experienced entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. The group uses a team mentoring approach with groups of 3 to 4 mentors sitting with the entrepreneur(s) in sessions that provide practical, day-to-day professional advice and coaching. VMS mentors are selected for their experience in areas relevant to the needs of new entrepreneurs and for their enthusiasm for the program.
  • Writing and Communication Center offers individual consultations on oral and written projects, workshops on various aspects of academic writing, and writing groups to the wide community of MIT undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and


  • LGBTQ+ @ MIT - An Intercultural Resource for Diverse Gender, Romantic, and Sexual Identities.
  • MindHandHeart Initiative is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff with fresh insights, new ideas, and diverse perspectives working collaboratively and strategically to strengthen the fabric of our MIT community.
  • MIT Spouses & Partners Connect is a dedicated network for the significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff and faculty who have relocated to the Boston area. The group organizes activities that help you meet people, discover work and career opportunities, improve your English, share experiences and passions, and get information about living and parenting in Boston.
  • The Postdoc Buddy Program is designed to get postdocs out of their small circles by pairing them with other postdocs in a systematic manner to help them build academically and mentally supportive communities. One hour of support from someone who is in the same shoes can be more valuable than 100 pages of word documents with lists of resources. Sign up and we will match you with another postdoc at MIT, according to your preferences. We’ll send you a gift card so the two of you can meet for coffee or lunch (online or in person)! We match postdocs once per month, and send matches on the first of each month.

Reach Out

  • The Disabilities Services and Medical Leaves Office supports MIT employees seeking accommodations for a documented disability, as well as medical and family leaves.
  • The Director of Postdoctoral Services Ann Skoczenski represents the Vice President for Research on postdoctoral issues across MIT and to the outside community. She promotes and provides services, activities, and initiatives to support and enhance postdoctoral life and professional development at MIT.
  • Environmental Health & Safety - MIT’s Environment, Health, and Safety Office is responsible for overseeing operational EHS management at MIT, providing EHS services to departments, laboratories, and centers (DLCs), supporting MIT’s commitment to EHS performance beyond compliance, and delivering services that demonstrate MIT’s commitment to EHS stewardship.
  • MIT Human Resources aims to balance the challenges of work and life. Your HR Contacts are available to discuss concerns, challenges, and conflict--and much more--in the workplace. Caitlin Sulham is the HR Administrator in LNS, and the Stephen Salk is the HR Officer for the School of Science.
  • Institute Community and Equity Office -The Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) serves as a thought leader on the subjects of community, equity, inclusion and diversity; a focal point for organizing MIT’s related activities and conversations; and a hands-on practitioner who disseminates best practices and inspires the awareness and enthusiasm to Page 4 of 4 help them flourish.
  • Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office (IDHR) - MIT is committed to providing a working, living, and learning environment free from discrimination and discriminatory harassment for all community members including students, faculty, and staff. While preventing such incidents is a community-wide responsibility, the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office supports community members who have experienced harm to access available resources and reporting options.
  • MIT Ombuds Office -The Ombuds Office is a confidential and independent resource for all members of the MIT community, including students, faculty, employees, alumni, and employees of Lincoln Lab, to constructively manage concerns and conflicts related to your experience at MIT.
  • Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) -Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) is MIT’s primary on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.

Support Your Wellbeing

  • Community Wellness - Offerings include exercise and fitness programs, sleep and stress reduction, health and wellness coaching, family support, and much more.
  • MIT Medical - MIT Medical serves the healthcare needs of the MIT community.
  • MIT Recreation - Become a member of MIT Recreation and be a part of an exciting community that focuses on health, wellness, and active living!
  • MyLife Services - MyLife Services provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs – and families – 24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns. Consultations are available by telephone, video, or text-message. Make life a little easier. MyLife Services provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs – and families – 24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns. Need legal or financial advice? Searching for daycare or a good night’s sleep? Looking for a counselor to assist with a personal or family challenge? Call MyLife Services. You’ll consult with Master’s and Ph.D.-level professionals who offer guidance, share resources, and provide referrals. All consultations are confidential and provided at no cost.