Postdocs

Welcome to the Postdocs page!

In addition to cutting-edge research, your postdoctoral training is an important time to gain new skills and prepare to launch your future career.  Whether you have a clear career goal, have multiple interests, or are unsure how to get started, CAPD is ready to support you.  Connect with CAPD for individual advising, attend workshops and career events, and explore resources to help you learn about and prepare for opportunities across academia, industry, government, non-profits, and more.

CAPD serves all MIT-appointed scholars (fellows and associates). You have access to a Handshake account, which is the career management system used by CAPD. You can use Handshake to schedule appointments and register for CAPD events.  In addition, you can use Handshake to find job openings posted by employers recruiting MIT students and postdocs, as well as find and register for employer-sponsored information sessions and events.

Take a look below for more information on career services for postdocs – we look forward to connecting with you!


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Career Appointments

Postdocs are eligible for one-on-one career advising appointments to talk about a wide range of topics including career exploration and planning, conducting a job search, review of application materials, practice interviews and job talks, discussion of job offers, and any other questions or concerns. Whether you’re just starting your postdoc, or in the middle of your search, we’re here to support you in your career development.


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Workshops and Events

Workshops and events are offered throughout the year covering preparation for academic and non-academic job searches, career exploration, networking, and professional development skills (communication, leadership, management, etc.).

  • Upcoming events are announced via the Postdoc Career Newsletter.  Look out for the newsletter email (~2/per month).
  • You can also request tailored workshops for your department or center.  Contact Simona with questions or suggestions.
  • See more information on Career Fairs

Career Preparation

As you embark on your postdoc, take time to set goals for your career development.  What skills do you hope to develop? What types of careers interest you? How can you best position yourself for a successful job search? The following resources will help you get started:

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Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition

Based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and HHMI, this book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.

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BCG recruiting opportunities for MIT PhD’s & Postdocs

BCG has announced their spring recruiting events which are intended for any PhDs, Postdocs, MDs or JDs interested in consulting with BCG, specifically those interested in applying for our Bridge to BCG Consulting program. Below is a list of recruiting …

By Francis Borrego
Francis Borrego Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations 
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ELEVEL Academy (Programming, Project-Management, Machine Learning and more)

The German start-up “ELEVEL Academy” offers a variety of interactive, free 2 hour webinars – ranging from Programming, Project-Management to Machine Learning and more. The young company has set itself the task of enabling students and young professionals to learn …

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MIT Sloan Product Management Hackathon

The PM Hackathon is a Google sponsored event that is held annually by the Sloan Product Management club.

This is a week long team-based hackathon where you and your team (to a maximum of 5) submit a digital product prototype …

By Ariel Ackermann
Ariel Ackermann Assistant Director, Early Career Engagement
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McKinsey Recruiting Events for PhDs and Postdocs

McKinsey is actively recruiting candidates set to receive a PhD, post-doctorate, or MD degree in 2024. Application review for students graduating in 2023 has closed. Below is a list of events and programs where you can learn more about McKinsey …

By Francis Borrego
Francis Borrego Senior Assistant Director, Employer Relations 
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Featured Resources

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