Tips for finding a postdoctoral research training position
Directors of immunology research laboratories at HMS and affiliated institutions receive a lot of requests from potential postdoctoral research fellows interested in joining their labs. How you go about making your request can influence your chance of finding a rewarding postdoctoral position in a laboratory that serves your career goals. With a bit of upfront legwork, you can increase the likelihood of a successful interaction.
- Find principal investigators whose work is of interest to you. Using our People & Labs tool, you can browse investigators by research area or by name.
- Contact those investigators directly, by sending an email inquiring about postdoctoral training opportunities. Attach a C.V. and include contact information for people who can provide references.
- When you contact the investigator, talk to him/her about your skills and career goals and why you are uniquely suited to join his or her research team.
- Look for postdoctoral funding opportunities that you might apply for with the cooperation of a PI in an HMS-affiliated lab.
Some, but not all, postdoc opportunities are posted to the HMS/HSDM postdoc office website.
Postdoctoral support services
Postdoctoral fellows account for the majority of people in our vibrant immunology research community. There are many services available at HMS and affiliated institutions to help fellows deal with administrative tasks, navigate career development paths, and make social connections.
Postdoctoral research fellows at HMS and all HMS affiliated institutions are given an "appointment" at HMS, a Harvard University ID number (HUID), and an HU Identification card. These provide you access to the Harvard Medical School intranet, Countway Library of Medicine and digital resources, most other Harvard University libraries, and many other privileges.
Several organizations based at HMS or within HMS-affiliated intuitions provide administrative and career development services, as well as opportunities for social interactions and community building. These include:
- HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows (OPF)
- Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine Postdoc Association
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Office for Research Careers (ORC)
- Postdoc Association at the Massachusetts General Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Postdoctoral Fellowship Sessions
- Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Fellowship Training
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO)