Postdoctoral Program

The McGovern Institute is a unique interdisciplinary research environment in which postdocs work closely with faculty, honing their scientific skills in preparation for tenure-track positions at major universities or significant research positions in industry.

Postdocs are appointed with the title Postdoctoral Fellow or Postdoctoral Associate depending on the type and source of funding. The MIT title of Postdoctoral Associate applies to those who are paid a salary by MIT. Their salary is usually charged to a grant or contract secured by their faculty mentor.

The MIT title of Postdoctoral Fellow applies to scholars who receive financial support in the form of a fellowship or stipend, usually from an outside agency, either directly or distributed through MIT on behalf of the sponsor. Typically, fellows are responsible for applying for a fellowship award.

MIT provides detailed descriptions and requirements for postdoctoral associate and postdoctoral fellow appointments.

Highlighted Postdoc Opportunities

Most postdoctoral opportunities at the McGovern Institute can be found on the MIT Careers page. Applicants interested in McGovern postdoc positions that are not listed on the MIT Careers page should contact McGovern faculty directly.

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