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.).


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:

Other Resources

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A successful inaugural year for CAPD Graduate Student Professional Development’s certificate programs

This spring, over 150 doctoral students and postdocs successfully completed CAPD’s new professional development certificate program. Two certificates—one in research mentoring and the other in grant writing—were launched last fall to help PhD students and postdocs advance their growth in …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Get prepared for your photo!

By scheduling your appointment, you have successfully completed the first step towards having a really good photo! Here are some additional things to consider in preparation:

1. Get inspired

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MIT Comm Lab Spotlight: Engineers, Express Yourselves

The MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which turned 10 in 2023, helps students translate their work for broader impact.

For a decade, the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which originated in the Department of Biological Engineering and has …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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It’s Equal Pay Day. Women earn 84 cents for every dollar men make — or even less

HEARD ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

by Andrea Hsu | NPR

Equal Pay Day has come around again, and it feels a little like Groundhog Day.

Despite the annual reminder about how far into the new year women have to work to …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Make your resume* ATS-friendly

Did you know that about 99% of Fortune 500 companies use some form of applicant tracking system (ATS) to streamline their recruitment? Given that this is a vital part of company recruitment, understanding the mechanics of an ATS may help …

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Featured Resources

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Comprehensive job sites that list academic positions (higher education) at all different levels and for all fields (mostly focused within …

The following materials are commonly requested.  We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review your …

Interviews for faculty positions often include two rounds:

First round – Phone or Video  (20-40 minutes)

This is an initial …

Choosing between job offers (worksheet)

Receiving two or more job offers can be both an exciting and stressful time. Whether you are waiting to hear …

If you receive an academic job offer, express interest, and then take the time to carefully assess whether the offer …