Harvard Medical School Postdoctoral Recruitment Program
Recruitment Event: Week of June 21, 2021 (date TBD)
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 10, 11:59pm (EST)
Open PRP Position Listings

The HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows, along with the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, are holding a Virtual Postdoctoral Recruitment Program (PRP) for select PhD, MD, or MD/PhD students who are nearing the completion of – or who have recently completed – their studies and are considering a postdoctoral position in biomedical sciences as the next stage in their career development. The program will allow participants to establish networking connections, as well as participate in career and professional development workshops. Those selected will gain insight about research opportunities at HMS and connect with current faculty of interest who may have a postdoctoral fellowship position available in an appropriate 0-18 month timeframe.

This virtual event will allow students to meet with, and present their work to, potential mentors in their fields of research who either have, or anticipate having, positions in their labs in the near future. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in career and professional development workshops.


  • Late stage* students in MD, MD/PhD, or PhD (or equivalent) programs OR those who have recently completed their degrees (*approximately 0-18 months from expected graduation)
  • Applications from women and minority candidates historically underrepresented in the basic and social sciences are strongly encouraged

Participating mentors and positions will be listed HERE – please continue to check this page as new postions may be posted until June 6, 2021. You can select up to five (5) faculty mentors. All faculty are members of the Pre-clinical Science Departments at HMS/HSDM. *All communication should be directed to postdoc_office@hms.harvard.eduPlease DO NOT contact faculty directly.*

Interested candidates must complete and submit a short application where they will upload 1) a Statement of Interest (similar to a Cover Letter) briefly discussing their interest, their research interests, and future goals as a postdoc at HMS/HDSM and 2) an up-to-date CV. Candidates will also have the opportunity to identify up to 5 faculty members/labs with whom they would be interested in working. APPLY HERE  Please note: Application completion does not guarantee you an interview or offer of a postdoc position. Any recruitment meetings with faculty will be scheduled per their interest and availability.

One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s doctoral studies advisor or mentor is required. The letter should address the candidate’s likelihood for success in a postdoctoral position, emphasizing both strengths and areas for growth. To be submitted separately HERE or emailed to postdoc_office@hms.harvard.edu.

Thursday, June 10, 11:59pm (EST) – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, complete applications received by this date will receive preference.

Applications will be reviewed by HMS/HSDM faculty and administrators. Candidates are selected on the basis of the alignment of their research interests to the opportunities available and their commitment to the our Mission and Community Values.

During the week of June 21 (on a date to be determined) ALL applicants will participate in Q&A sessions with panels of Faculty and current Postdoctoral Fellows. The program will also offer a “Postdoc Essentials” workshop covering strategies for ensuring the right environment to thrive as a postdoc while planning, and executing, a successful postdoc tenure.

Any selected individual candidates will meet with faculty (at a time convenient to both) to discuss opportunities in their department/lab and may be invited for a follow-up opportunity to meet with individual lab group members to discuss science, career, and living/working in the Boston-Cambridge area.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows with any questions.