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The Office for Research Careers’ (ORC) mission is to support the professional needs of the research community at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The ORC strives to support research trainees and faculty across the academic continuum by providing resources to support and promote career and professional development, enhance the training experience, and foster effective mentoring.

The ORC collaborates with the Brigham Research Institute, Postdoctoral Association, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion to offer a myriad of opportunities to the diverse research community.

Events, Opportunities and Announcements

2021 Postdoc Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring

2021 nominations are open through Monday, August 16 at 11PM. This award recognizes postdoctoral fellows’ efforts in mentoring fellow postdocs, students or interns on research projects and/or career development. Fellows can be nominated by PIs, postdocs, students, research staff, and/or self-nomination. Winners are awarded a cash award of $1,000 and recognized at the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September.

Nominate by August 16, 2021.

Are You Writing a K? Get Practical Advice | Harvard CFAR

March 16, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Administrative Components 3:15 – 4:00 PM

Hosts: Ingrid Bassett MD, MPH; Kenneth Freedberg MD, MSc; Jodi Kurtz MS, CRA; Athe Tsibris MD.

This Harvard-wide workshop is appropriate for clinical and basic science researchers from all fields. K99 applications will not be discussed in detail. Featuring special guest, NIAID Program Officer Robin Huebner, PhD, MPH.

Register here.

English as a Second Language: Spring 2021

Deadline: Monday, January 25

This ESL course is offered semesterly at Brigham and Women’s by FLS International Language School. The course is geared towards postdoctoral fellows. It is designed to improve verbal communication skills to integrate non-native speakers into their English-speaking environments. Class instruction is highly interactive and conversation-based. The Spring 2021 course will be taught via Zoom. Applications are due Monday, January 25.

Register here.

Planning Career Transitions and Skills and During the COVID19 Pandemic | HMS Office of Postdoctoral Fellows

Wednesday, November 4 | 2:00-3:30pm

This webinar with Lauren Celano will provide advice for how to plan a career transition during this time with a focus on how to build career relevant skills and experiences. This webinar will cover different information sources that can be used to identify skills and experiences needed for specific roles and how to use this information to develop your skill building plan. This seminar will also highlight different ways to highlight these skills and experiences in a resume, cover letter and during interviews.

Register here.

Postdoc Resilience: Managing Work & Job Search Stress | HMS Office of Postdoctoral Fellows

Thursday, November 5 | 1:00-2:15pm

We are in uncharted territory with the pandemic and the unknowns about the economy and job market. Most people are feeling a heightened sense of concern and worry. This situation can lead to an increase in levels of stress (and spikes in our cortisol) that can adversely impact our well-being and our effectiveness. However, there are some things you can do. In this interactive webinar taught by Holistic Career Coach & LinkedIn Trainer Sabrina Woods, we’ll discuss details about how stress impacts us, as well as how mindfulness practices and positive psychology principles can help.

Register here.

2020-2021 Postdoc Mentoring Circles Program (MCP): Call for Applications

The MCP is created by postdocs for postdocs. Our mission is to help postdocs to create and achieve important career goals and to improve research by boosting the development of young scientists. If you want to help others or if you need help for your personal and scientific development this program is for you! Learn more and apply today on the PDA website.

Application Deadline: August 17th 2020

More info & MCP applications.

Postdoc Communications Survey

According to the National Postdoctoral Association, communication skills are one of the six core competencies in which postdocs should gain experience and proficiency. Please help the BWH PDA determine which communication skill development workshops to pursue first by completing the following survey.

Communications Survey.

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