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!
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.
- Schedule an individual appointment on Handshake with Simona Rosu, Ph.D., Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development.
- Email Simona with questions. See Simona’s bio
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 (automatically sent to all postdocs ~2/per month – check your email ).
- More info on signature programs:
- You can also request tailored workshops for your department or center. Contact Simona with questions or suggestions.
- See more information on Career Fairs
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:
- Setting goals and aligning expectations
- Career exploration and planning tools
- Visit the Academia and Education page for information on preparing for academic faculty positions
- Visit the Career Interests page for information and resources on a variety of career fields.
- Visit the “Learn About” menu for career and job search resources
- Office of the Vice President for Research – Postdoctoral Services
- MIT Postdoctoral Association
- MIT Postdoc Demographics and Career Outcomes
- National Postdoctoral Association
- MIT provides access to PIVOT, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities. You can search and filter by various criteria
- List of Entrepreneurship and Funding Resources (compiled by the PDA)