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HST Community Notices
We cordially invite you to the 2013 HST Graduation celebration:
We will celebrate the accomplishments of each graduate in a brief ceremony, followed by a gala reception, all of which is open to the whole HST community.
RSVP by going to http://hst.mit.edu/go/graduation and clicking on RVSP at the bottom of the menu column. Directions to the venue, parking information and the schedule may also be found at this website.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Two HST MD alumni, Vamsi Mootha and David Reich, have been named Howard Hughes Investigators!
Vamsi, as you recall, just spoke at the HST Forum.
Here is a link to the HMS news report on the appointments:
Congratulations are in order for the following HST students and alums who have received the following awards or prizes:
$100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovations
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
A combined HST - Harvard team has become finalists in the Deans' Health and Life Sciences Challenge at Harvard iLab. Their project is called Healthy Motives. They aim to address unhealthy behaviors by building an integrated web application that incorporates behavioral feedback, social support, and financial incentives to improve long-term health habits.
The team consists of:
Allen Cheng - MD-PhD, MD in HST, PhD in MEMP and Biophysics
Fan Zhang - PhD in Economics, Harvard GSAS
Ashwin Nathan - MD in HST, graduating 2013
Dafang Zhang - MD in HST, graduating 2013
More infromation is available at:
In light of Traci Anderson’s maternity leave, please feel free to contact Julie Greenberg regarding any academic or administrative concerns that you would normally address to Traci. If you need to check on the status of any pending requests, please contact Julie.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action
We’ve rolled up our sleeves, ready to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
The HST REFS want to remind you that they are here for you if you are feeling stressed, frustrated, or simply want to talk to someone. The team is made up of five past and present HST students who are formally trained in mediation services, and can provide confidentiality and function independently of MIT. They are here to be your first point of contact for a range of issues including conflicts within lab or matters of a more personal nature. For more information about them, visit: http://hst.mit.edu/people/students/hst-refs.
Office hours will be held in the REFS room; this is within the HST student lounge (E25-303) on the MIT campus. Any of the REFS are also available for scheduled meetings at a mutually convenient time and location, so please feel free to email them at email@example.com.
Healthy right-handed volunteers aged 21 to 50 needed for a research study of the effects of morphine and ketorolac on brain activity in response to pain stimuli as measured by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Study will be conducted on six separate days not requiring an overnight stay in the hospital. Compensation will be up to $625.
Contact Lisette Roman by phone (617-726-5004) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Seeking an HST student to help develop an iPhone app to make using iPhones easier for Parkinson's patients, and for anyone with coordination trouble.
A Droid version of the app already exists, and the developer would like help with an iPhone version.
If interested, please contact Alex Tenenboym (email@example.com) or Dr. Alice Flaherty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have some fun discoveries from the this past year? Come and show them to MIT Graduate Alumni and your friends! The Alumni Association is organizing an event for MIT graduate students to present their research to our returning graduate alumni during MIT Reunions and other current graduate students.
Here you will be able to practice your presentation skills to non-expert audience, to network with alumni and even find someone who can give further insights on your projects! All presenters will get feedback from attending alumni and students as well as be eligible to win prizes. Free appetizers and open bar for all presenters and attendees.
If you’re interested, please register here as a presenter before May 17th.
By registering, you are confirming to us that you can get your poster ready on time and present it on June 8th.
Academic, Research, & Careers Committee, Graduate Student Council & MIT Alumni Association
Useful facts about IMSS
Potential work projects
Some Spanish is required. If interested please forward your resume to Griselda Gomez (email@example.com)
Summer Internship (NGS applications in Infectious Disease) at Philips Research
You will develop algorithms and software for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis of microbial genome data. You will work on NGS analysis methods focusing on diagnostics, pathogen tracking and pathogen evolution. The internship will offer the opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary environment of computer scientists, bioinformaticists, and clinicians.
Position Requirements: (Degree/Experience/Skills)
Graduate Degree in or pursuing graduate studies in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Bioinformatics/Computational Biology,
Experience in the one or more of the following skill areas are desired: Network analysis, denovo assembly or Re-alignment, phylogenetic analysis, metagenomic analysis, NGS data analysis.
Solid computer programming skills/ experience (in C/C++, Java or equivalent) are required.
Summer Internship (Clinical bioinformatics – Cancer) at Philips Research
Detailed Position Responsibilities:
The summer intern candidate will work in a multidisciplinary bioinformatics team. Key areas of responsibility include: development of novel computational biology methods that leverage next generation sequencing (NGS) data: whole transcriptome, whole genome sequencing and exome analysis, interpretation presentation. We require experience in:
Detailed Position Requirements: (Degree/Experience/Skills)
Degree: MS or PhD student in: Computational Biology, Computer Science, Genetics
Skills: R/Bioconductor, Perl/Python programming, Matlab (general programming proficiency)
Please send resumes to: Angel.Janevski@philips.com
We are looking for a graduate student with interest in neuroimaging in psychiatric and behavioral disorders such as addiction, obesity, and schizophrenia. The student would gain experience conducting brain imaging scans, learning data analysis techniques with various software packages, and developing, administering, and analyzing experimental psychology and neuropsychological tasks related to executive function, reward, learning/memory, attention, and social cognition in a clinical population.
More information on the Addiction Neuroimaging Lab can be found here.
For more information on the research opportunity, contact Luke E. Stoeckel, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Robateau-Epps Fund's scholarship application is now available at eppsscholars.org.
This year's recipient will receive a $10,000 dollar award.
The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Winners will receive notification in June and official announcements will be made and presented in August.
The Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) holds an annual Engineering Challenge, open to engineering students at all levels. The intent is to stimulate thought on how engineering can be applied to solve problems for anesthesiologists.
Past challenges have included signal processing problems and hardware design. This year's challenge is to devise a smartphone app that serves as a meaningful participant in a patient safety timeout. The intent is to avoid "checklist fatigue", the tendency to agree with the judgement of the designated leader in the process, and demonstrate that information passed through the mind of the participant. The emphasis is on creativity, and not a polished user interface of sophisticated algorithm.
Did we mention there are cash prizes? And the opportunity to get your ideas before thought leaders in academia and industry? The details are on their website - http://www.stahq.org/events/annual-meeting/engineering-challenge/
RA positions are available in the Yanik Lab at MIT (www.rle.mit.edu/Yanik) in:
We use a variety of methods including microfluidics, micromanipulation, robotics, ultrafast optics, advanced microscopy, machine learning, genetics, photochemistry, and biochemistry.
We also work with a variety of organisms and preparations ranging from zebrafish, primary rodent and human brain tissues and cultured brain slices to human embryonic stem cell derived neurons.
Candidates with experience in neuroscience, bioengineering, and/or engineering/ physics/ chemistry disciplines are sought. Good communication skills and willingness to work in a highly multidisciplinary and friendly team with other engineers, bioengineers, biochemists, and neurobiologists are expected.
The positions will be supported through NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, NIH EUREKA Award, NIH Transformative Research Award, NIH Director's New Innovator Award, and Packard Award in Science and Engineering, as well as other prestigious awards.
Please send a brief email describing research experience and CV to email@example.com.
Deadline: July 1, 2013
The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences.
To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research. The Whitney Fellowship is for a period of three years. The current stipend amounts include $49,000 for year one, $50,000 for year two, and $51,000 for year three. There is a research allowance of $1,500 paid annually to the host institution.
Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application (July 1, 2013), and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than two years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years before the deadline.
Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. The Foundation expects that most applicants will reside in North America at the time of application. Foreign Students will need to obtain appropriate visa documentation, as required by US Immigration.
Applications from established scientists or advanced fellows will not be considered. The fellowships are for early postdoctoral training only. Clinical house-staff training does not count as "postdoctoral laboratory training."
The Foundation will not ordinarily consider applicants who plan tenure of the fellowship in the laboratory in which they have already received extensive predoctoral or postdoctoral training. The aim of the fellowship is to broaden postdoctoral training and experience, and a significant change of venue is advisable. Since the number of available fellowships is limited, the Foundation does not make more than one award in any one year for training with a given supervisor, and in addition, will not support more than two fellows per laboratory at one time.
The Foundation expects that fellowship training will be obtained in an academic setting. The selection of a commercial or industrial laboratory for the training experience is not acceptable.
Visit the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation's website for complete program information and application procedures.
The Studying Complex Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the science of complex, adaptive, and nonlinear systems. While the program's emphasis is on the development and application of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se, the Foundation is particularly interested in continued development of complex systems science, and in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions.
The James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) Fellowship provides fellowships to students completing doctoral training in the multidisciplinary field of complex systems science. This award provides $200,000 to be expended in no less than 2 and no more than 3 years.
Visit the James S. McDonnell Foundation's website for complete program information and application procedures: http://www.jsmf.org/apply/fellowship/index.php.
Deadline: June 14, 2013
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) invites outstanding healthcare professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Multi-Center Fellowship in Regenerative Medicine (RM). The Fellowship is cross-center collaboration between the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The selected Fellows will be trained and will participate in biologic and device regulation in both Centers and benefit from the mentoring of senior regulatory scientists from the two Centers. In addition, the RM Fellow will:
• Participate in and learn the review processes in both CBER and CDRH;
• Participate in FDA working groups such as the cross-center tissue engineering working groups;
• Have the potential to perform outreach activities such as writing articles for publication or presenting at public workshops;
In addition to regulatory work, the RM Fellow will have the opportunity to develop a unique project under the guidance of the Preceptors listed below. The project is aimed at assessing current challenges or needs in the field of regenerative medicine, identifying and organizing the relevant applicable resources, and proposing potential solutions. The project outcomes will enhance the clinical development of regenerative medicine products and increase collaboration among CBER, CDRH, and the regulated community.
For more information, please visit here. (Note: This announcement was sent to us by HST Alum, Patrick Au, who currently works at the FDA.)
In preparation for our 2013 Interphase EDGE scholars, we are looking for a Chemistry instructor.
Applications for the position are available here.
The Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic at UC Irvine is seeking a post-doctoral fellow with a background in mechanical analysis of cartilage or in physical chemistry. The position will focus on the analysis of cartilage shape change following the creating of electrochemical changes in the tissue matrix. The Beckman Laser Institute is a multi-disciplinary research center at UC Irvine with a strong focus on optical imaging of organs and tissues. The candidate should have a background in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry. This skill set if eclectic and broad. Knowledge of mechanical analysis of biologic tissues and physical chemistry is desired. The ideal candidate understand both cartilage biomechanics (indentation testing, etc.) and electrochemistry (e.g. fuel cell technology) in detail; this is not an absolute requirement. Expertise with finite element methods would also be desirable. The long-term focus is on the development of surgical technology. Contact information for three referees will be required. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong publication record, and a record of transdisciplinary research.
The fellow will work under the supervision of Brian Wong, MD, PhD, but will also be required to be highly independent. He/she will join a team including physicists, electrical engineers, biomedical engineering, clinical fellows, and head and neck surgeons. Current team numbers approximately 20 members. The focus of the research is on development technology to reshape facial cartilages.
Some experience with COMSOL and MatLab is preferred. PhD Level is an absolute requirement. Preference is given to US University graduates. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
START DATE: Summer 2013.
DESCRIPTION: We are seeking a full time Research Technician to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing in healthy individuals and in patients with schizophrenia. For more information about what we do, see: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/kuperberglab/. The responsibilities of this position are very varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, ranging from collecting neuroimaging (fMRI) and electrophysiological (event-related potential: ERP) data to taking care of general administrative tasks. Our lab has sites at both the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA) and Tufts University (Medford, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.
In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics and clinical applications. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology.
REQUIREMENTS: (1) B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, computer science, or a closely related field. (2) Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain. (3) Very strong quantitative and analytic skills and comfort with programs such as Excel, Powerpoint. (3) Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS. (4) Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized; able to multi-task and prioritize. (5) Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. (6) A two-year time commitment is requested.
OTHER: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. The Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. Full-time employees receive full benefits.
CONTACT: Please send (1) a cover letter with a specific statement of research experience, current and future goals and interests, (2) a curriculum vitae with a description of research experience (please include cumulative GPA), and (3) the names and contact details of three references to: Gina Kuperberg, M.D., Ph.D., by e-mail: email@example.com
We are seeking a full-time, ongoing Research Technologist/Lab Manager (Masters or PhD-level), who has a combination of a very strong technical skills, and excellent organizational and administrative skills.
Our lab is based in the Boston area at Tufts University (Dept. Psychology) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass. General Hospital. We use multiple techniques to understand the mechanisms of language processing in the human brain. See http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/kuperberglab/.
This individual will be employed to assume overall technical responsibility for operating our EEG/ERP equipment, as well as training on ERP data acquisition and analysis at Tufts University. In addition, he/she will have some responsibility for training and documentation of fMRI and MEG data acquisition and analysis methods at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Finally, the individual will have administrative responsibilities for running the lab as a whole.
Job responsibilities will include:
Skills and Requirements:
An applicant may have a MA or PhD (or equivalent) in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering or Computer Sciences, with prior experience with ERP techniques. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Minimum of 3 years of progressively more responsible experience in a research-related field.
Please send resume as well as a covering letter detailing relevant experience for this ongoing position, as well as long-term aims, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional development presentation for MIT Postdocs, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research: (Graduate students welcome, space permitting)
Transition from Academia to Industry – Introduction to Hurdles
Speaker: Dr. Zoran Zovnar, MediaTek
Transitioning from academia to industry involves multiple challenges, some of them real some of them perceived. The discussion will zoom-in on typical challenges of the transition and offer some advice to prepare you for the hurdles you might face.
Dr. Zoran Zvonar received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, and after postdoctoral experience at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, joined the semiconductor industry. During his R&D career at Analog Devices (1994-2008) and at MediaTek (2008-present) he has contributed to multiple generations of chips and software products for cellular phones. He is MediaTek Fellow and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.
Did you know that McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, has been hiring advanced professional degree (APD) candidates just like you for over 20 years? Over half of our 8000 consultants in our 100+ offices worldwide hold PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters degrees.
Please join McKinsey & Company to learn about our work, our people and our exciting summer programs for PhDs, Postdocs, medical students, Interns, Residents and Fellows:
If you are unable to join us on campus, we are hosting web based presentations to help graduate students learn more about McKinsey & Company and our Insight programs. Please visit our “Online Events” section on our website for available dates and to RSVP: http://www.mckinsey.com/careers/apply/university_recruiting/online_events
The FILS Event Series is held at the MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge MA from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
Career Paths in Clinical, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs
To register visit: http://fils52013-eorg.eventfizz.com/
There are hundreds of jobs and internships now posted on CareerBridge, under both the Job Search and the On-Campus Interviews tabs. Check both tabs and apply as soon as possible.