April 20, 2021
CAPD Postdoc Career Newsletter
Dear Postdocs,

Take a look below for a variety of events, workshops and resources to help you succeed in your postdoc, build community, and plan for your future career and job search:

  • Navigating the NIH K99/K22 grant process
  • Succeeding as Postdoc: online course and MIT discussion sessions
  • My Green Lab : increasing research sustainability
  • Overview of Career Options for PhDs and Postdocs
  • Coding interview resource: Codebasil

As always, you can schedule an individual appointment through Handshake to discuss any career topic, including career exploration, networking, job search strategies, review of application materials, interviewing, and job offers and negotiations.

Simona Rosu, Ph.D. 
Senior Assistant Director
Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
Upcoming Workshops and Events
Navigating the NIH K99/K22 Grant Process
Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-3:00 pm EST | Register

In this webinar, Dr. Anita Corbett will focus on the application and review process for K99 and K22 grants. After her presentation, Dr. Corbett will be joined by Dr. Jelani Zarif, Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, current K22 recipient, and Dr. Valerie Tutwiler, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University, current K99/R00 recipient for a question/answer panel session.

In this webinar, participants will:
1. Learn about the application process and K99/K22 eligibility
2. Understand the review process and components specific to K99 and K22 applicants
3. Receive first-hand knowledge and recommendations for crafting fundable applications

Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc
6-week course, starting April 26 | MIT discussion sessions Thursdays 1-2pm, April 29 -June 3

We invite you to join the The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc, a comprehensive professional development program featuring flexible online modules accompanied by live virtual discussion sessions specifically for MIT postdocs.
Themes include: 
  • Finding Success as a Postdoc
  • Building an Actionable Career Plan
  • Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment
  • Developing Resilience
See more details below, and be sure to register for both the online course and the discussion sessions.
Self-Paced Online Modules: The Postdoc Academy online modules were developed by a consortium of universities and can be accessed by registering on the edX platform (free).
MIT Discussion Sessions: The goal of the MIT discussion sessions is to create a supportive community as you reflect on and develop your personal and professional goals during your postdoc position at MIT. Each discussion session will be based on the Postdoc Academy topic covered that week. Register here for the weekly virtual discussion sessions on Thursdays 1-2pm from April 29 -June 3.
Facilitated by Ann Skoczenski (annskocz@mit.edu), Office of the Vice President for Research, and Simona Rosu (srosu@mit.edu), Career Advising and Professional Development. Feel free to contact Ann or Simona with any questions.  
Towards Sustainable Science: Discussion with My Green Lab
Tuesday, April 27th, 7:00-8:00 pm EST | Virtual | Register

My Green Lab runs programs that help scientists reduce the environmental impact of their research. Christina Greever, Sustainability Program Manager, will provide an overview of several of My Green Lab programs, as well as some practical ideas for engaging into sustainable practices in your own laboratory. We will go into a deeper dive towards the steps to take to become a “green lab”. A Q&A session will follow, where our speaker will answer questions from the participants. Organized by INet-NYC.
General Overview of Career Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, April 28th, 1:30-2:30 pm EST | Virtual | Register

This comprehensive seminar provides an overview of career opportunities with emphasis on the various skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in sectors including academia, industry, government and non‐profit. This event is tailored for graduate students and postdocs.

The guest speaker Lauren Celano has experience in the life sciences, biotech, consulting, venture capital, and investment banking. Learn more about Lauren here.
Career and Job Search Resources
Coding Interview Resource - free access (limited time)
CAPD is collaborating on a pilot with Codebasil, a coding learning and interview practicing platform. MIT students and postdocs will have access to their Pro Membership for free when registering with their mit email address — at least until the end of August 2021! Try it out!
Use Codebasil Pro for access to:
  • Curated problem sets designed by engineers to learn pivotal software concepts.
  • Unlimited access to all frequently asked interview questions, solutions, and interview tips.
  • Ability to customize your interview practice by filtering questions by companies and topics.
Codebasil was founded by a group of engineers at Silicon Valley companies to help others understand algorithms and pass software coding interviews at the most prestigious tech companies.
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