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Postdoctoral Researchers at MIT Biology

A postdoctoral researcher, or “postdoc,” in the MIT Department of Biology is a scholar who holds a doctoral degree and is pursuing a program of research and training under the direction of an MIT Biology faculty member. MIT Biology typically hosts more than 100 active postdocs. All are appointed on the recommendation of a faculty sponsor. When they complete their training, most MIT Biology postdocs advance to tenure-track positions at universities and institutions and to research positions in industry.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Postdoctoral Associates 

Postdoctoral researchers are appointed with the title of Postdoctoral Fellow or Postdoctoral Associate, depending on the funding source.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow — researchers who receive funding in the form of a fellowship or stipend from an outside agency, either directly from the agency or distribute through MIT on behalf of the sponsor
  • Postdoctoral Associate — researchers who receive their salary from MIT (usually through grants to the sponsoring faculty member)

Learn more about the funding and benefits available to fellows and associates.

Research opportunities

MIT Biology postdocs may pursue their research in one of more than 60 faculty research laboratories—labs headed by renowned leaders in their fields, including:

  • Three Nobel laureates
  • 29 members of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators

MIT Biology faculty labs are housed in the department’s six research locations grouped along the Main Street corridor of the MIT campus:

Learn more about MIT Biology’s research locations.

The department conducts research in the following fields, and individual research projects may include more than one of these areas:

Explore MIT Biology's research areas.

Postdoctoral Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Department of Biology, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the Whitehead Institute have partnered to create a training program for postdoctoral researchers. It has two components: four faculty-led discussion sessions and comprehensive web-based courses. To access the web-based courses you’ll need an MIT certificate. The topic areas may include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals, and Human Subjects. Frank Solomon and Barbara Imperiali are the primary course instructors.

Please discuss your RCR training needs with your advisor. To receive course credit participants must complete the web-based courses by February 9 AND participate in all of the formal meetings.

The 2015 course will take place on January 20, 23, 26, and 29 from 10AM-12PM. The January 20 and 26 sessions will be offered in 68-181, the January 23 session will be offered in 56-154, and the January 29 session will take place in 76-156.

The organizational session will take place on January 9, 2015 at 11AM in 68-181. If there are questions contact biology headquarters.