MGPA Events

Upcoming Events:

Social Connection Event

Please join the MGH Postdoc Association (MGPA) Social Committee for #MGPASocialConnection – The virtual happy hour for all MGH postdocs! In this time of physical distancing we can still be social together! Let’s bring postdocs together each month to network with each other. There is no formal agenda, no lectures; it is all about conversation, meeting new people, and having fun (e.g. with online games, music). Networks obtained through social interactions are key to all science careers; you may meet someone today who is going to initiate a collaboration or offer you a job tomorrow.

Date and Time: Last Thursday of every month, 6:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Past Events:

MGH Postdoc Industry Discussion Panel

Are you considering finding a job in the near future? Are you wondering how the job climate and candidate qualifications are changing in response to the continued pandemic restrictions and social and political climates? Come to a panel discussion hosted by the MGH Postdoc Association Industry Careers Exposure committee featuring Bryan Wells, founder of biotech recruiting company Dark Horse Talent; Chris Clancy, Practice Director – Life Sciences & Biotechnology at HireMinds, and Betsy Cutting, Director of Talent Acquisition at Beam Therapeutics. This panel discussion will be based around two major questions: 1) What is the job market like, and 2) How can postdocs best prepare to be a competitive candidate in this environment. In addition panelists will be available to answer questions from attendees about the job market and hiring process in general. Please join us on October 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM on Zoom.

Date and Time: October 14, 2020 12:00 PM-1:00PM

Location: Zoom

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/x/mgh-postdoc-industry-discussion-panel-tickets-122084932319

Academic job search and Covid19 – discussion panel

COVID19 has brought about many changes to the academic job market. Are institutions even hiring? Should you apply now or wait for another year? What will the application process look like? How to discuss decreased productivity during COVID19 in a positive way? These and other questions may have been on your mind these past few months. Find your answers at the MGPA Careers in Academia committee’s “Academic job search and Covid19 info session” featuring panelists David Langenau (Professor, MGH& HSCI), Ross Levine (Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering), Edwin Hawkins (Associate Professor, WEHI, Melbourne) and César Nombela Arrieta (Assistant Professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland). Please submit your personal questions via the Eventbrite website prior to attending the event.

Date and Time: October 8, 2020 12:30 PM-1:30PM

Location: Zoom

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/academic-jobs-and-covid19-discussion-panel-tickets-122348013201

COVID-19 and Immigration Info Session

The past few months have brought about several changes that affect our international post-docs and create a lot of uncertainty related to travel and changes in visa status. The MGPA International Postdocs Committee is holding an Info Event in conjunction with PIPS Manager Noel Palatas and immigration lawyers Dónal Eoin Reilly and Madeline Cronin of Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C. to answer any questions you may have.    Please RSVP under the following link and fill out your questions. We will be forwarding them to the lawyers prior to the event. 

Date and Time: Thursday, August 27 at 1pm

Location: Zoom

Video Recording for MGB employees: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/d4c55a81-5a5d-4191-9208-fc3627bd6eef

Green Card Info Session

Are you a non-US citizen MGH research fellow?

Come join the MGPA International Postdocs Committee to learn more about the process and requirements for USA permanent residence application!

Learn how to get a Green Card to become a permanent resident, check your green card case status, bring a foreign spouse to live in the U.S and what documents you need when traveling back to the U.S. Also, find out how to enter or check your results for the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

Date and Time: Wed, March 11, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location: MGH Main Campus Simches Research Center, Room 3.110 Boston, MA 02114

Breaking Into Biotech: CV + Scismic Job Seeker Workshop

Come join the MGPA Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Committee to listen to experts on the hiring side of the industry and receive feedback on your resumes! Plus learn more about Scismic.

Checklist (what to bring):

  • Your laptop

  • An up-to-date CV

Schedule:

9:00 am – 9:15am Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am – 9:40 am CV Workshop

9:40 am – 10:00 am Job Seeker Workshop

Breakfast will be served.

Date and Time: Thu, February 20, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

Location: Simches Research Center 185 Cambridge Street Room 3-120 Boston, MA 02114

MGPA Cookie Chats

Join the MGH Postdoctoral Association Social Committee for a relaxed peer-mentoring gathering where you’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow postdocs from MGH and ask the MGPA any questions. Coffee and cookies will be provided by the MGPA.

We are holding this event twice. Feel free to attend whichever date works best for you!

Date and Time: Wednesday January 29, 2020 9:30am or Monday February 3, 2020 9:30am

Location: Simches 3rd floor cafeteria (Wednesday) or CNY149 cafeteria (Monday)

ICE Club Industry Networking Event

MGPA invites you to participate in a networking event hosted by the MGPA’s Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club. Our goal is to expose MGH postdoctoral fellows to career paths in the life sciences industry.

There will be a casual atmosphere allowing for MGH postdocs to meet and talk with people from industry, biotech, and startups to share experiences and get advice while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Some complimentary appetizers will be available.

Please remember to bring your business cards.
Email mgpa@partners.org for more information.
RSVP:

Date and Time: Tue, April 30, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Location: Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Panel discussion: Consulting Career

Interested in Consulting? Join the MGPA Consulting Committee for a panel discussion: ‘Career in Consulting’ . This career exploration discussion will feature current consultants with different backgrounds and from different companies. They will provide valuable insight on careers in consulting including a description of their work, how they transitioned into this career path, and skills they learned in their science training. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and network with consulting professionals.

Date and Time: Mon, March 25, 2019, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location: Simches Research Center 3.110 

Finding Your Philosophy of Teaching (and writing it down)

Are you interested in applying for an academic job? Or are you curious about how to develop your own teaching philosophy?

Then come and join the MGPA Academic Careers Committee for a workshop that helps you to prepare a teaching statement which is often a required part of an academic job application. A light lunch will be provided.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Workshop description: Finding Your Philosophy of Teaching (and writing it down)

A Teaching Statement or Teaching Philosophy is often a required part of an academic job application. Regardless of whether teaching will be your primary focus or merely a requirement of the position, a well-written statement can set you apart from other applicants. This workshop will step through the process of identifying and developing a teaching philosophy and begin the work of shaping this into a concise, impactful teaching statement. Participants should come prepared to reflect on their previous experiences as students and teachers, and ready to write.

This workshop will be held by:

Bradley Coleman, Ph.D., Co-Director HMS Curriculum Fellows Program

MGPA ice skating

Please join the MGPA Social Committee for a fun afternoon of ice skating at The Boston Common Frog Pond! Meet your fellow MGH postdocs, enjoy time with family and friends, and get some exercise while participating in this New England winter tradition.

The first 20 registered attendees will receive free blue knit hats to wear on the ice. Look for others wearing these hats to meet a postdoc you haven’t met before and maybe even ask for a skating lesson!

Admission to the frog pond is $6 for adults and skate rental is $12 or bring your own skates. Dress warmly as this event is outside!

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Location: The Boston Common Frog Pond.

The Science Slam

The Top 5 Reasons to Come to our January Science Slam

  1. Practice your science communication skills in a fun, informal and encouraging setting
  2. Free appetizers
  3. Support your fellow scientists by cheering them on from the crowd
  4. Meet your coworkers and make new friends
  5. We already told you about the cool science, free food and new friends…how many more reasons do you need?

The Science Slam is co-hosted by the Office of the Scientific Director and the Thematic Centers (Center for Genomic Medicine, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Center for Systems Biology, Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology).

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:00
Location: Boston Beerworks, 112 Canal St., Boston, MA
Free 21+ event. Light bites will be served and there will be a cash bar

Massachusetts General Postdoc Association HAPPY HOUR

Please join the MGPA for a holiday night of networking at The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant! Meet your fellow MGH postdocs over complimentary snacks and appetizers and/or feel free to indulge in your favorite adult beverage from the cash bar.
Feel free to bring your friends, business cards and come make some new friends and contacts!

Date and Time:
Fri, December 14, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Location:
The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
2 Center Plz
Boston, MA 02108

 
 

Green Card Info Session

 

Are you a non-US citizen MGH research fellow?
Come learn more about the process and requirements for USA permanent residence application!

Date and Time:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
4:30 – 6:00 PM

Location:
MGH Main campus
Simches Research Center, Room 3.110

 
 

Good science and balanced life as a postdoc

 

As a hard-working and dedicated postdoc at MGH are you seeking a good mentorship? Are you questioning yourself how to be more successful in career and personal life? Find it out here!

Many believe that the slogan for the well-recognized researcher is ‘No Family, No Friends’. The goal of this salon is to demonstrate that the statement is wrong and the most successful have ALL.

Please join our MGPA Salon and listen to wonderful pieces of advice on:
outstanding career paths
ways to balance life and work
how to build up “allyship” and “mentorship”

Confirmed speakers:
Guillermo (Gary) Tearney MD, PhD, FACC, FCAP, FNAI, Remondi Family Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair, Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, an Affiliated Faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and maintains his lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Martin Villiger, PhD, Assistant professor, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School
Fernanda Sakamoto, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School

Date and Time:
Thu, November 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Location:
Simches Research Center 3.120
185 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

 
 

MGH ICE Club Industry Networking Event

 

MGPA invites you to participate in our second networking event of the year hosted by the MGPA’s Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club. Our goal is to expose MGH postdoctoral fellows to career paths in the life sciences industry.
There will be a casual atmosphere allowing for MGH postdocs to meet and talk with people from industry, biotech and startups to share experiences and get advice, while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Some complimentary appetizers will be available.
Please remember to bring your business cards.

Date and Time:
Tue, October 30, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Location:
Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant
350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Job Shadow Afternoon – Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar!

 

The MGH Youth Scholars program is looking for job shadowship hosts for 11th grade students. The students have been part of our program since 9th grade and were selected because of their interest in science and health careers and topics. They have been exploring a variety of topics in science and healthcare and are now ready to see what careers are out there! Please see the details below:
The Students: Scholars attend high school in Boston, Chelsea, or Revere. They represent a variety of backgrounds, many speak more than one language, and many will be the first in their family to attend college. All are motivated about their futures. Generally, they are all interested in science and health.
Your Role: As a host you will spend about an hour with 1-2 students and introduce them to your career. When you take them back to your work place, share with them some of the responsibilities of your job, the training and education involved, and answer any questions they may have. This is an opportunity for students to have an introduction of what your career involves. If you are interested and available to host a student please fill out the form below.

Additional information: All of our scholars have non-employee status and an MGH ID badge they can wear.
Contact: Caroline Hone : CHONE@mgh.harvard.edu

Date and Time:
October 17th from 4:00-5:15pm

Location:
Pick up student in Yawkey 2nd Floor Mezzanine

Celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week (Sep 17-21) with Ice Cream on September 17

 

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Post Doctoral Division (PDD) would like to acknowledge MGH Research Fellows for their scientific contributions to the MGH research enterprise. The world-class research carried out at MGH would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our about 1,600 postdoctoral research fellows. The PDD is hosting a Postdoc Appreciation Ice Cream Social to invite all postdocs to join us for ice cream, socializing, and raffles to thank you for your hard work. Followed by a special talk on Making the Most of Your Postdoc sponsored by the MGPA from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Date and Time:
Monday, September 17, 2018
3:30 to 5:30 pm

Location:
MGH Main Campus, details provided upon registration

MGPA Bike Ride & Ice Cream: Minuteman Bikeway Trail

 
 

Join us for a beginner/intermediate bike ride with a stop for an ice cream!
Bring your own bike if you have one (bikes are allowed on the T during off hours, except for the Green line) or rent a bike at Alewife (both Blue bikes and Lime bikes are available) –
https://www.li.me/
https://www.bluebikes.com/

For additional information related to the Minuteman Bikeway on the Internet, see the links: http://minutemanbikeway.org/. We are taking the part from Alewife T-stop to Arlington/Lexington. Then take a break for an Ice Cream and back. The Whole event is going to take 3-4 hours.

Date and Time:
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
10:00 AM

Meeting point:
Alewife T-stop (Red line). Meet at the wooden curved benches in the Passenger Pick up/Drop off area.

Communicating Your Science to the Public

 
 

Communicating your science to the public has never been more important. How do you start writing that book you’ve been thinking about? How can you get MGH to create a press release about your latest finding? How can you use social media to connect to potential donors? Come find out!
A panel discussion featuring science author Sam Sommers, PhD, and representatives from MGH Public Affairs, MGH Media Relations, and MGH Research Institute.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
(lunch available starting at 11:45)

Location:
MGH Main Campus
Thier Conference Room,
Thier Research Building, 1st Floor, MGH Main Campus
50 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114

Here are the slides from the Communicating Science event

Sponsored by Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA) and Office for Research Career Development (ORCD)

MGPA Softball

 

Please join the MGPA Softball game at Barry Playground at Charlestown!
It will be a fun for everyone. Play and practice together. All experience levels are welcome. It will be a great fun even if you’re a beginner just getting started.
Meet MGH community over complimentary snacks and appetizers. Be free to bring additional beverages…
Come with old friends and make some new ones!

Date and Time:
Thursday, August 2, 2018
18:00 PM – 21:00 PM EDT

Location:
MGH Navy Yard
William J Barry Playground
17 Medford St, Charlestown, MA 02129

 

Calendar for MGPA’s monthly planning meeting

 

PORTRAITS & NETWORKING

Does your LinkedIn profile or professional website need an update? You’re in luck!

Join the MGPA for our first ever Portraits & Networking program.

Participants will have the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken, enjoy refreshments and mingle with other post docs.

Please note that space is limited. Advanced registration is required to participate.

A second Portraits & Networking program will take place at CNY in February. For more info on the second date, please click here.

You will receive a copy of your headshot following the program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at mgpa@partners.org

LabMate has launched!
The service-based gig economy has arrived at a lab near you – a paradigm shift that will get its start in Boston’s thriving biopharmaceutical ecosystem. LabMate is an online platform connecting biopharmaceutical companies, consulting and investment firms with scientists from top-tier universities for consulting projects or job placement. LabMate’s mission is to empower academic scientists to utilize their knowledge and technical skills to break the current scientific career bottleneck while also creating unprecedented value for the biopharma industry. LabMate invites members of the MGH research community to visit the platform (www.labmate.us) and register to become early adopters. Once registered, you will be able to build out a targeted profile designed to detail your scientific expertise to industry clients.
Note: before signing up for LabMate or related platforms, please consult the Partners Office for Interactions with Industry:
 
Please note that all information provided in your profile is NOT visible to other scientists on the platform or the public. Foreign trainees who are unable to consult at this time may still sign up to be considered for full-time biotech opportunities only. 
 
Contact: Craig Russo; crusso@labmate.us
 
 
Apply now to participate in the MASS AWIS Mentoring Program!
Celebrating its 10th year, the AWIS Mentoring Circle Program is now accepting applications for mentees for the 2017-2018 year. Mentees will meet with their mentor group 2-3 hrs / week each month from September 2017 – May 2018. Individuals are matched based on their current positions and field of interest, age, future career aspirations, and goals for the mentorship program.
 
To apply or get more information click here.
You must be an AWIS member in good standing to participate and there is a one-time charge of $25 to defray costs of the program.
 
 
iBiology: Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists
A new iBiology video series, Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists, is a training program to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules—Business Strategy, Finance, and Business Development.
 
Visit their website here

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • MGPA Consulting Club Volunteer Consulting Engagement – June 30
  • MGPA Monthly Meeting – July 18
  • Postdoc / Grad Student BBQ – July 6
  • Other announcements

MGPA Consulting Club VCG – June 30 deadline

MGPA Consulting Club is recruiting enthusiastic postdocs to join their Volunteer Consulting Group (MGPA-VCG) for a 6-8 week engagement with Partners HealthCare Innovation starting in July, 2017. This is a great opportunity for you to participate in a project to gain valuable, hands-on experience in consulting, business development, and technology innovation.

ELIGIBILITY: Background in life sciences preferred. Experience in business or consulting is NOT expected or required.

HOW TO APPLY: If you would like to participate, please write a short statement of purpose (200 words) about why you are interested in participating in the MGH-VCG and describe your relevant experience. Attach your statement with your resume or CV in one PDF file. Include your availability from Monday – Friday for weekly meetings in your application. Email MGPA@partners.org with your application by June 30, 2017.


 MGPA Monthly meeting – July 18

The Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA), with the support of the ORCD, offers career development, networking and social events specifically tailored for postdoctoral research fellows.  All MGH postdocs are welcome to join the MGPA.  Attend monthly planning meetings to help plan upcoming events, share your ideas for future events and initiatives and become eligible for leadership positions on the MGPA board, and MGPA travel awards.

RSVP is not necessary, but please email mgpa@partners.org for any questions.

 Date: Tuesday, July 18

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: CNY Bldg 114-D1


MGH Postdoc / Graduate Student BBQ – July 6

Join your fellow MGH postdocs and graduate students at our annual summer BBQ! We’ll have options for meat-lovers and vegetarians, grilled up by some fantastic postdoc and grad student volunteers! There will be lawn games and music, and hopefully some good weather. And you can socialize and learn more about resources offered by the Graduate Student Division (GSD), Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA) and Post Doctoral Division (PDD).  We hope to see everyone there!

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, details provided upon registration

Please click here to register.


Other Announcements

LabMate has launched!

LabMate is an online platform connecting biopharmaceutical companies, consulting and investment firms with scientists from top-tier universities for consulting projects or job placement. LabMate’s mission is to empower academic scientists to utilize their knowledge and technical skills to break the current scientific career bottleneck while also creating unprecedented value for the biopharma industry. LabMate invites members of the MGH research community to visit the platform (www.labmate.us) and register to become early adopters. Once registered, you will be able to build out a targeted profile designed to detail your scientific expertise to industry clients.

Note: before signing up for LabMate or related platforms, please consult the Partners Office for Interactions with Industry:

http://www.partners.org/About/Ethics/Interactions-With-Industry/About.aspx

Please note that all information provided in your profile is NOT visible to other scientists on the platform or the public. Foreign trainees who are unable to consult at this time may still sign up to be considered for full-time biotech opportunities only.

Contact: Craig Russo; crusso@labmate.us


Applications for the 2017 Tufts Case Competition are now Open!

The Tufts New England Case Competition (TUNECC) is pleased to announce our fourth annual competition to be held this summer on Friday, August 4th, 2017. The competition targets PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA masters students as well as Postdoctoral Fellows from the Northeast. TUNECC focuses on structured problem solving for the global life sciences industry, and also features an expert panel discussion focused on current industry trends. Entrants will have the opportunity to network with consultants and life science professionals from firms including BCG, Health Advances, LEK Consulting, RA Capital Management, Clarion Healthcare, and ClearView Healthcare Partners.

To learn more about TUNECC and/or to submit your application from June 1 – June 30, 2017, please visit our website.

If you have any questions, please contact tunecc2014@gmail.com.


 Apply Now to participate in the MASS AWIS Mentoring Program!

Celebrating its 10th year, the AWIS Mentoring Circle Program is now accepting applications for mentees for the 2017-2018 year. Mentees will meet with their mentor group 2-3 hrs / week each month from September 2017 – May 2018. Individuals are matched based on their current positions and field of interest, age, future career aspirations, and goals for the mentorship program.

To apply or get more information click here.

You must be an AWIS member in good standing to participate and there is a one-time charge of $25 to defray costs of the program.


Clinical Research Orientation Program for PhDs (CROPP) – September 7- October 26

This eight-week program is designed to give PhDs with little to no clinical research experience firsthand training within a clinical research setting. Through a didactic curriculum, mentor meetings, and visits to the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Centers, participants are exposed to components of clinical research, including the transition from bench to bedside, the advantages and limitations of human and animal models, the regulatory process that governs clinical research, and the difference between clinical research and clinical care.

Date: September 7 – October 26

Applications due July 7

More information and application is here.