2021 NextGen Association Election Ballot

Please enter your votes for the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students. Voting ends Monday, November 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM. You can vote for up to two (2) candidates.

As a reminder: The two highest-ranking candidates will be offered the co-chair positions; the remaining candidates will be offered vice-chair positions. Each position is to be held for a one-year term.

👉 CAST YOUR BALLOT HERE: https://forms.gle/eu42UpLfYjHRbH326

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at traineeaffairs@broadinstitute.org.

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BWH and Broad Institute Fellowship Opportunity: Sperling Family Fellowship in Precision Healthcare

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity. The Sperling Family Fellowship in Precision Healthcare will leverage the strengths of two world-renowned institutions— the superb clinical care, expert bioinformatics, and rich data sources of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the basic science, computational, and genomics sophistication of the Broad Institute – to advance a translational research project with the potential to transform how we care for patients.

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RCR Training: “Navigating Mentoring Relationships” January 9

You are invited to the next session of Responsible Conduct of Research Training:

“Navigating Mentoring Relationships”
Date: Monday, January 9, 2017
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)
Speakers: Bruce Birren, PhD and Rachel Gesserman


Light refreshments will be served.

Broad Institute’s Office for Sponsored Research RCR (Responsible Conduct of Research) training provides a curriculum covering major areas of research ethics and integrity. In addition to the CITI RCR module, it is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars whose primary appointment is at the Broad and for principal investigators with fewer than five years experience as a PI or project leader.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Conflict of Interest & Commitment – March 6, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Data Sharing and Data Security – April 19, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM

National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016

Thank you, Trainees!

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is proud to once again be participating in the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016. The weeklong celebration was founded in 2010 by the National Postdoc Association to honor and recognize postdocs for their contributions to research and development in the United States.

This year, the Broad Institute Office of Academic Affairs and the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students has organized a series of events to say thank you to our dedicated community of trainees:

NextGen Association for Postdocs & Grad Students Open Meeting
Monday, September 19, from 12:00-1:00 PM, Zambezi Room (3rd Floor, 75 Ames Street)

Have you ever wondered what the NextGen Association is or how you can get involved? Do you really wish Broad offered a particular program for trainees? Do you want to meet new people? Feel free to drop by, grab some lunch, and meet with your peers.

“Secrets to Job Hunting Success: Insights from a Recruiter”
Wednesday, September 21, from 6:00-7:00 PM – Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

Join the NextGen Association and the Boston PDA for a seminar on how to execute a successful job search with Erik Rocheford, scientific recruiter at Stratacuity. Networking reception to follow.

Register: http://bpda-sept-recruit.eventbrite.com

Postdoc/Grad Student Appreciation Social
Thursday, September 22, from 4:00-6:00 PM, Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames Street)

All Broad-affiliated postdocs and grad students are invited to a special social with members of Broad’s core faculty. Dinner and drinks will be served. Feel free to invite your PI (but they’re only invited as your guest!).

Broad Research Communication Lab CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Friday, September 23, from 11:30-1:00 PM, Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

On the hunt for a job or just updating your CV? All Broadies are invited to a hands-on workshop hosted by the Broad Research Communication Lab in which you’ll learn strategies for crafting stand-out and well-tailored CVs and cover letters. Lunch will be provided and please bring your CV.

Register: broad.io/CV2016

Postdoc/Grad Student Appreciation Breakfast
Monday, September 26, from 9:00-11:00 AM, Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)

There will be hot breakfast (French toast, bacon, breakfast burritos, and coffee). Stop by when you have a chance to start your day!.

We want to thank you all for your hard work throughout the year to help Broad Institute succeed in its scientific mission!

NextGen Association seeking volunteers

The NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students is a volunteer-driven organization and can’t run without the help of dedicated postdocs and graduate students like you!

Now’s your chance to get involved! The NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students is seeking nominations for two co-chair positions and two vice-chair positions to lead the Association. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 16, 2016. Both self-nominations and nominations of others are acceptable. The election will be held during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please email academicaffairs@broadinstitute.org.

Association members work with the Office of Academic Affairs to brainstorm and plan professional development programs and social events for Broad’s community of academic trainees. In addition, chairs serve as representatives of the Broad trainee community with Broad administration and scientific leadership and the Greater Boston postdoc community.

NextGen Association Fact Sheet


What is expected of the chairs:

  • Convene meetings of the Board to plan events and activities
  • Serve as the face of the trainee community at Broad
  • Coordinate with the Office of Academic Affairs on the oversight of ongoing programs

The benefits of participating:

  • Become actively involved in the community
  • Meet new people
  • Help other trainees
  • Make professional contacts and build your network
  • Promote a specific issue or cause
  • Impact institutional policies
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Plan the events and programs you would want to attend
  • Develop negotiating and planning skills
  • Utilize professional skills creatively
  • Exercise leadership
  • Build self-confidence
  • Have fun!

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to learn more attend an upcoming meetings:

  • August 18, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Olympus Room (1st Floor, 415 Main Street)
  • September 2, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Olympus Room (1st Floor, 415 Main Street)

Lunch will be served and no commitment necessary!

Cookies & Careers: Medical Affairs, June 22

The NextGen Association is pleased to announce the launch of a new roundtable series, “Cookies & Careers.”
“Cookies & Careers” aims to introduce academic trainees to the many non-academic career options available to them in the life sciences sector. The series will highlight the opportunities through a series of small, interactive roundtable discussions with Broad alumni and professionals working in different fields… all while enjoying some cookies and coffee.
The series will launch on June 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Board Room (415 Main Street, 1st Floor, Mezzanine), discussing careers in Medical Affairs.
Have you ever wondered just what do you do in a medical affairs job? Daniel Jones, PhD, Medical Director on Biogen’s US Medical team will be on hand to discuss the field and answer your questions.
Daniel Jones, PhD, is a Medical Director on Biogen’s US Medical team, where he serves as the US Medical Lead for two marketed multiple sclerosis therapies and one pipeline agent. In his role, he leads a number of strategic medical initiatives, and he works closely with diverse cross-functional teams, including US Marketing, Global Commercial Strategy, Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Business Analytics. Danny also collaborates with external stakeholders, including academic physician-scientists.
Prior to joining Biogen in 2014, Danny was a Medical Science Liaison at Lundbeck, where he served as the lead MSL for a newly launched antiepileptic medication. Danny completed his PhD in neuroscience at UCSF and a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center; his research has been published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, Nature, and PNAS.
Space is limited. Please click here to register. 
Click here for more information about “Cookies & Careers.”

NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students Planning Meeting, June 10

All postdocs and grad students are invited to attend the next planning meeting for the NextGen Association for Postdocs & Grad Students on Friday, June 10, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Olympus Room (415 Main St., 1st Floor)
This month, we will be joined by members of Broad’s new Academic Writing Lab to discuss its upcoming launch and Broad’s Chief People Officer Andy Porter will be on hand to discuss HR’s priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and hear feedback from Broad’s trainee community.
Hope to see you there! And, as always, lunch will be served!

NextGen Association Meetup: “Semantic Figurative Metaphors in Information Visualization” May 26

Please join us for the next NextGen Association Meetup on Data Visualization on Thursday, May 26, 2016, 3:00 PM in the Zambezi Room:
Presenter: Pedro Miguel Cruz, Assistant Professor of Information Visualization at Northeastern University – http://pmcruz.com/

Title: Semantic Figurative Metaphors in Information Visualization
Summary: The personal approach of Pedro Miguel Cruz, designer and explorer, to information visualization. Several case studies are discussed, emphasizing how they use visual semantic metaphors to enhance communication and connect with the audience. The information visualized refers to diverse topics such as consumption in supermarkets, road traffic, the decline of overseas empires and relations between political and corporate powers in Portugal.
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This meetup is open to the community and refreshments will be served.