BCS Community Postdoc Association

BCS Community Postdoc Association

This webpage contains information for postdocs in the BCS community which includes the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.


Please note MIT updates on postdoc: http://web.mit.edu/mitpostdocs/vpr_update.html

The Postdoc Committee

The postdoc committee can also help address issues that might arise. Please feel free to attend a committee meeting to raise any concerns you might have, or individual committee members who can answer your questions on how issues can be resolved.


Information regarding postdoc events can be found on the BCS event calendar


The postdoc committee helps plan career related and social events, and also advocates for postdoctoral issues and benefits. If you are interested in contributing the committee please attend one of our meetings or consider joining the committee.

Committee member roles

Co-chairs Facilitates the running of events by organizing a monthly with the committee. Meets twice a year with the head of the BCS department to update on how current budget is being spent.

Advocacy representatives Help address postdoc advocacy issues by meeting with faculty and administrators to make sure the concerns of the postdoc community are being met. Making sure that the advocacy docket is up-to-date and that the issues are being actively addressed by the faculty.

Event organizers Insures that all aspects of an event are taken care of (see event types for more information on how to run particular events).

Committee members

Name Email Lab Role
Bernard Bloem bbloem@mit.edu Graybiel Career Events
Wiktor Mlynarski mlynar@mit.edu McDermott Career Events
Hector de Jesus Cortes hdejesus@mit.edu Bear Co-chair
TBD     Co-chair
Diego Mendoza-Halliday diegomendoz@yahoo.com Desimone Advocacy
Dimitris Pinotsis pinotsis@mit.edu   PDA Speaker series
Andreas Wutz awutz@mit.edu   PDA Speaker series
Andre Bastos abastos@mit.edu   Social Events



MIT Postdoctoral Association lists MIT wide postodctoral related activities and resources.

Career Services for current MIT postdocs

The MIT global Education & Career Development office offers many services including one-on-one counseling for resume reviews, mock interviews, and more.

The Writing & Communication Center allows postdocs to schedule appointments for free professional advice about all types of writing and speaking/oral presentations. Betsy Fox, PhD, also leads a weekly Postdoc Writers Group.

The professional Development Video Portal contains career related videos from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education.

Versatile PhD is a robust resource on non-academic careers for grad students and postdocs, designed to help identify and prepare for careers beyond academia.

Postdoc mentoring

Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit contains information and forms that are designed to assist the training of postdoctoral researchers at MIT, and should be helpful to postdocs as well as to mentors/advisors.

Useful links for new postdocs

A list of several useful links for new postdocs has been compiled by the MIT postdoc association. MIT has a postdoc welcome page, and has compiled a pdf with links with more useful information for new postdocs.

MIT Recreational Sports

Information for for Postdoctoral Fellows to reduced gym membership rates can be found here.

Postdoc minium pay scale

MIT follows the NIH pay scale guidelines. Please check here to make sure your pay meets the MIT minimum. If it does not, please contact your AO to get a pay increase!


The BCS Academic Team initiated a pilot program in which some postdocs can either teach their own courses over IAP, or can participate in teaching Undergraduate or Graduate level courses offered by the departmental faculty – this might mean teaching one or two lectures in a course, or leading recitation sections. However, the decision about a postdoc’s eligibility to teach will be made on a case-by-case basis, and will factor in a number of issues, including permission from the PI, the postdoc’s visa status, the type of assistance needed by the course instructor, available budget, and Fellowship requirements about percent effort (for Postdoctoral Fellows)

Find MIT teaching guidelines for postdocs here: http://postdocs.mit.edu/career-development/teaching-mit @mit.edu>

Independent Activity Period Classes (IAP) @mit.edu>

To teach an IAP class postdocs should: a) get an initial approval for teaching from their supervisor, b) check in with their building 46 human resource contact to determine if there are any fellowship or sponsored research constraints, and to discuss how to apply their effort; each fellowship is different: some require 100% effort on the research and no teaching, while other fellowships allow teaching, so your HR representative will be able to coordinate with the PI and fiscal folks accordingly to determine feasibility. Once these issues are resolved then the postdoc should contact the BCS academic office who can help organize the class. @mit.edu>

The Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program @mit.edu>

The Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program is offered to MIT graduate students and postdoctoral associates who wish to develop their teaching skills. Make sure to check with your advisor if you are interested in being involved in this program. @mit.edu>