BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWH PDA)

A team of postdocs who work with the BRI and ORC to enhance the training experience for all postdocs in the BWH community.

We have put together a list of resources for new postdocs, including information on housing, taxes, time off, and more!

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Who We Are

A group of postdocs standing together in a conference room.

The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) is the governing body for the BWH PDA and is made up of postdocs who volunteer their time to serve on our various committees.

Featured Postdoc

This column will spotlight a different member of the PLC every time you visit this page.

Ongoing Event Series

These events happen monthly, barring holidays or other interruptions. Check the specific series page for details on the next event! If no event appears, we are still working on organizing the next installment.

First Monday of every month. Alternates between Wolf Conference Center (3rd floor Hale BTM) and Carrie Hall (main Pike, 15 Francis St).

Meet fellow postdocs and mingle with the leaders of the Postdoc Leadership Council! Hear about what we do and how to get involved – or just enjoy free treats on us every month.

First Thursday of every month, 5 – 6 PM. Generally a conference room in Hale BTM, check each event for specifics. Join us in-person to chat about science and hang out with fellow postdocs! One volunteer will present a paper each month. Snacks and refreshments provided. We have presenters through June 2023. Sign up to present your favorite research in your field, or your own prepreint/published work.

~2nd Thursday of every month. Either in Wolf Conference Center (3rd floor Hale BTM) or Carrie Hall (main Pike, 15 Francis St).

Join us for pizza and drinks after work! All postdocs welcome. Some events may have a theme or optional activity attached. Let us know if you have ideas of what you want us to organize!

Our Committees

The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) is the governing body for the BWH PDA and is comprised of the following committees. Read more about each below and reach out to a co-chair if you are interested in hearing more!

The Advocacy committee serves as a bridge between the postdoc community and BWH leadership. We collect data from the community and use it to discuss policies that affect postdocs and how to bring on change to current policies within the institution.

The Career Development committee aims to help BWH postdocs in the transition to their next career path. We invite speakers to run workshops and presentations on resumes, presentation skills, mental health and burnout, alternative career paths, and more.

The Communications committee shares opportunities, events, and ideas with the BWH postdoc community. We maintain the official BWH PDA social media sites and publish a biannual BWH PDA newsletter covering news items and topics relevant to postdocs.

Front page of the 2022 Spring/Summer issue of The BWH Post(Doc)

The BWH Post (Doc): Current Issue

Interested in joining the editorial team or becoming a contributor? Have a question, comment, or idea about an article? Let us know! Please contact Shang-Chuen Wu, the Chair of the Communications Committee.

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The Networking committee works to foster a sense of community amongst postdocs by organizing events for social, professional and academic networking. We run events on campus as well as outings around Boston, and are always looking to find new, exciting ways to engage with the community!

The Mentoring Circles Program originated in the BWH PLC and matches junior postdocs with senior postdocs in a year long mentorship program. We are always looking to welcome both mentors and mentees to the next cycle of the program in the fall!

word cloud representing the BWH Mentoring Circles Program for postdocs

Mentoring Circles Program (MCP)

MCP is a program created by postdocs, for postdocs, to help fellows get the most out of their training at BWH. Two mentors (senior postdocs) meet 5-7 mentees (junior postdocs) on a monthly basis to give advice and advance their career.

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For Postdocs

Events for Postdocs

Event Series PLC Meet and Greet

Postdoc Meet and Greet | BWH PDA

Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA, United States

Meet the leaders of the BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWH PDA) - now in Hale! The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) started these monthly meet and greet tables on the Pike, and are now expanding to additional locations, in an attempt to reach more postdocs and provide some well-earned appreciation to the postdoc community. Find us on […]

Event Series PLC Meet and Greet

Postdoc Meet and Greet | BWH PDA

Carrie Hall

Meet the leaders of the BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWHPDA)! The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) has started monthly meet and greet tables on the Pike in an attempt to reach more postdocs and provide some well-earned appreciation to the postdoc community. Find us on the first Monday of every month giving out cookies or other sweet […]

Event Series PLC Meet and Greet

Postdoc Meet and Greet | BWH PDA

Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA, United States

Meet the leaders of the BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWH PDA) - now in Hale! The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) started these monthly meet and greet tables on the Pike, and are now expanding to additional locations, in an attempt to reach more postdocs and provide some well-earned appreciation to the postdoc community. Find us on […]

Event Series PLC Meet and Greet

Postdoc Meet and Greet | BWH PDA

Carrie Hall

Meet the leaders of the BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWHPDA)! The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) has started monthly meet and greet tables on the Pike in an attempt to reach more postdocs and provide some well-earned appreciation to the postdoc community. Find us on the first Monday of every month giving out cookies or other sweet […]

Event Series PLC Meet and Greet

Postdoc Meet and Greet | BWH PDA

Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center 60 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA, United States

Meet the leaders of the BWH Postdoctoral Association (BWH PDA) - now in Hale! The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) started these monthly meet and greet tables on the Pike, and are now expanding to additional locations, in an attempt to reach more postdocs and provide some well-earned appreciation to the postdoc community. Find us on […]

News & Updates

Postdoc Holiday Party 2023

Thurs, Dec 7 at 5:30 PM

Join the BWH Postdoctoral Association in a winter wonderland to celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy good food, drinks, and an optional ugly sweater contest.

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J1 Visa Info Session for Postdocs

Tuesday, August 29 at 4pm

Join GPS to discuss issues relating to J-1 visa holders and answer overall questions about immigration. If there are specific topics you would like to see covered, please submit them in advance on registration.

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Lease Guaranty Program

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a “Lease Guaranty Program” for Brigham and Women’s Hospital Research Fellows.  Through the Lease Guaranty Program,

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Our Committees

The Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) is the governing body for the BWH PDA and is comprised of the following committees. Read more about each below and reach out to a co-chair if you are interested in hearing more!

The Advocacy committee serves as a bridge between the postdoc community and BWH leadership. We collect and analyze information on employment conditions and benefits of postdocs; seek adequate benefits for its members commensurate with the level of education and skill demonstrated by the Ph.D., including a health plan, parental leave, child-care, disability insurance and retirement plan; seeks recognition for postdoctoral fellows as members of the campus community with a distinct set of contributions and needs, and works to provide a voice in BWH decisions that affect postdoctoral fellows.

The Advocacy committee also helps to update and provide feedback on the BWH Postdoc Policy, which provides minimum guidelines for postdoctoral fellows across the institution, including guaranteed paid time off, expected availability of PI mentoring, and annual salary increases during the Annual Career Conference.

Members of this committee engage with other local, regional and national organizations that have missions that are relevant to the postdoctoral experience, such as the National Postdoctoral Association and Boston Postdoctoral Association, in order to involve the BWH PDA in the broader discussion on how to improve the postdoctoral experience. The Advocacy Committee discusses policies that affect postdocs and how to bring on change to current policies within the institution.

The Career Development committee aims to help BWH postdocs in the transition to their next career path. We invite speakers to run workshops and presentations on resumes, presentation skills, mental health and burnout, alternative career paths, and more.

For more information about the Career Development committee, see our recent events.

The Communications committee’s mission is to communicate opportunities, events, and ideas with the BWH postdoc community.

Some of our activities include:

  • Maintaining the BWH PDA website and social media sites.
  • Generating a biannual BWH PDA newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoc community.
  • Recruiting writers and solicit topics of interest for the BWH PDA newsletter.
  • Creating new BWH PLC promotional materials.
  • Consulting with other committees to promote coordination for website and social media content.

The Networking committee fosters a sense of community amongst postdocs by organizing events to provide opportunities for social, professional and academic networking.

For more information about the Networking committee, see our recent events.

The BWH PDA established the Mentoring Circles Program to help postdocs get the most out of their training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

MCP is a program created by postdocs for postdocs. Two mentors (senior postdocs) meet 5-7 mentees (junior postdocs) on a monthly basis to give advice and advance their career.

If you are seeking mentorship or feel you would be a good mentor for others, please look out for MCP applications in August-September.

The Mentoring Circles Program was initiated in the Fall of 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year with an inaugural class of 18 postdocs. In academic year 2021-2022, over 70 postdocs participated in the Program.

We are always looking for more members, so come join us and make a difference in your career and at BWH!

See more details about the Mentoring Circles Program.