Where and How to Look?

Your job search in industry should follow two parallel routes: identifying interesting positions in good companies and networking (into them, if needed).

Unlike undergraduate students, postdocs don't get jobs by scanning job listings and sending their materials. The only reason to use some of the job search engines mentioned below are to get ideas of the kinds of positions out there, based on your expertise, and to get ideas about which companies might be attractive (field, location, etc.).

Postdocs get jobs by networking, i.e talking to people you know, reaching out to people you (should try to) meet everywhere, notably at conferences, social events, and even on LinkedIn. Advice on using LinkedIn can be found in several places, notably on some of the handouts prepared by Sabrina Woods here.

Once you have some ideas, shoot me an email and we can brainstrom together.

Harvard-Enabled Resources

GSAS clubs (open to postdocs). See Engage, a centralized platform that allows members of the GSAS community to find and join graduate student groups, events, and news. All you need is Harvard Key access.


Science Jobs

  • For clinical laboratory jobs, check out: Lighthouse recruiting.
  • Employment opportunities listed on the websites of companies in industries you are targeting.
  • Also use word-of-mouth, connecting to the head of HR of a firm in which you're interested, etc.

Other Postdoctoral Opportunities

Many postdoctoral jobs and postdoc fellowships are listed on Postdoctorals.com

Opportunities in Germany

The German Academic International Network (GAIN) is a useful resource for meeting other German scholars in the Boston area (no German necessary): https://www.gain-network.org/en/

Additional Resources

Columbia University's Center for Career Education also provides a terrific list of resources for non-Academic Career Options for Ph.Ds in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Postdoctoral positions in the Boston Area
Below you can find some information and job listings for prospective postdocs. However, this may not be the best vehicle for finding a postdoc position. Often it is more efficient to identify a PI conducting work in your specific area of interest, and to email that PI directly with your CV and cover letter. In addition to literature searches, faculty members often have web pages that will provide you with information regarding their research. 

Some of Harvard's hospitals may have some postdoctoral fellow job postings listed on their HR websites:

BIDMC: https://research.bidmc.harvard.edu/Data/Job.asp?Submit=Change&Type=Jobs
BWH: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/careers/default.aspx
CHB:  http://www.childrenshospital.org/career-opportunities
HSPH: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/academics/fellowships/
DFCI: http://www.dana-farber.org/Careers.aspx
Joslin: http://www.joslin.org/diabetes-research/joslin-diabetes-center-research-fellows-program.html
MGH: http://www.massgeneral.org/jobs/home.htm

Please visit each institution’s website for more information regarding its postdoctoral training programs.
CHB: http://www.childrenshospital.org/research/oft
DFCI: http://www.dana-farber.org/Research.aspx 
HMS: http://postdoc.hms.harvard.edu/ 
HSPH: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/administrative-offices/faculty-affairs/postdoctoral-research-fellows/
MGH: http://www2.massgeneral.org/facultydevelopment/