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Celebrating the end of Post Doc Appreciation Week at Aeronaut Brewing Co.

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It’s fitting that we celebrated a great week of events focusing on the contributions that postdocs make to research at Tufts at Aeronaut Brewing Co.

Aeronaut was founded in 2014 by three MIT PhDs, Ben, Ron and Dan. Since then, Aeronaut has grown in popularity (and makes amazing beer!).

Our Capstone event included a personal tour by Ron of the facilities,

A great introduction to brewing with (of course) a discussion of biochemistry and a sampling of Aeronaut’s finest.

We ended the evening sharing our pizza with the folks at the adjacent table and playing vintage Nintendo via the brewery wall projector.


Thanks to Michael, Brian, Ranjith and Ron for making this an awesome night!

See you at the next event!

Postdoc Appreciation Week Kick Off Event: Discovering your value proposition with Career Strategist Sarah Cardozo Duncan

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This past Saturday, Sept. 19th, we celebrated the start of Post Doc Appreciation Week with a workshop by Career Strategist Sarah Cardozo Duncan.  Sarah’s career development workshop focused on “How to Find a Job in Difficult Times”.

Sarah walked 30+ Tufts postdocs and invited guests through how to determine individual strengths and how to clearly articulate value to prospective employers.

We enjoyed networking during a great BBQ lunch thanks to the help of Tufts PDA Executive committee members Lisa Hawver and Jodi Benenson.  Thanks, guys!

We ended the day with more networking and practicing our career stories.  Thanks to all who attended and hope to see you at the rest of the Post Doc Appreciation Week events!

Thank you to our Postdoc Appreciation Week sponsors, Whole Foods Market Medford and Sigma-Aldrich!

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Thanks to our sponsors Whole Foods Market Medford and Sigma-Aldrich

We thank you for your commitment to postdoctoral continuing education.  Your support made our Career Development event the success it was!

4 Tips for living in Boston: a Postdoc perspective

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1. Reconcile the cost of housing in Boston

Due to the large population, limited space and antique infrastructure, housing in Boston is one of the most expensive in the country. The average STUDIO apartment goes for an average of $1000 a month. Combine that with a high cost of living (Boston is 28% higher than the national average) and your postdoctoral stipend can be eaten up fairly quickly. Luckily Boston is an amazing city and when you have the opportunity to hear about amazing new startups and collaborate with some of the best researchers in the world, so hopefully the fact that you can’t save as much as you want to during your postdoc can be mitigated by the awesome scientific community around you.

2. Utilize the amazing science community around you

Regardless of whether you want a career in academic science or private industry, networking will further your career goals in ways you cannot even foresee. The great thing about Boston is that there are an incredible amount of networking opportunities and seminars for you to attend! From the great events put on by the Postdoc Association and Graduate Student Councils at Tufts to outside organizations that bring people together. Here is a short list of some organizations and events that are well worth looking into! There are plenty others!

Start networking yesterday!

3. Take advantage of the seasons

Boston is known for its amazing seasons. Spring is revitalizing with flowers blooming and warmer weather rolling in. Summer is hot and sometimes humid, perfect for enjoying the beach or esplanade. Fall brings the gorgeous autumn colors and cooler nights and preludes to the colder winter months. Most Bostonians understand that for 4 months of year (December through March), they may be stuck inside due to bad weather, so they make the most of the spring, summer and fall months. There are a myriad of activities during this time, from concerts and Shakespeare in the park to food truck festivals, sporting events and much more.

4. Explore the city

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA and is world-renowned for it’s amazing history. However, don’t just get a Lobster Roll and stroll through Faneuil Hall and call it a day. Boston and the surrounding area is teeming with great sights and sounds. Here are a few ideas:

Although the lab is always calling, try to take some time out for yourself and make sure you get to experience the fantastic city Boston is!

Weekly Highlights – 28th August 2015

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Upcoming Events:

Sept 9

Get Powerful: Achieving influence, a MASS-AWIS Seminar
Click on link for more details

Sept 15

Futures in Life Sciences: Big Data Careers
(One of our former postdocs, Viktoria is a panelist!)

Saturday, Sept 19th

Sarah Cardozo Duncan: the Career Strategist’s guide to finding a job after your PhD.
A Career Development Workshop

12pm – 4pm
Behrakis Auditorium, Jaharis Building, Boston campus,  150 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02111

  • Identify your best skills to fit your dream job and how to leverage them
  • Learn how to network from a pro!
  • Includes a free lunch!

12pm – 4pm, Jaharis Auditorium, Boston campus,  150 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02111

Register for free HERE!

Thursday, Sept 24th

Postdoctoral Office Poster Competition

9am – 11:30am
Sackler 114, Boston Campus

The event will be a great opportunity for postdocs across all of Tufts to come together and present a poster showcasing their research! First and second place winners in junior and senior categories will receive a travel award to be used towards travel to a meeting or conference. First place awards will be $1,000 and second place will be $500. Please contact Sara for entry form and guidelines. Entries are due by September 16th. Please send completed applications and any queries to Sara: Sara.Abbott@tufts.edu

Take your PI to lunch (Boston campus)

12pm – 1pm
Sackler 216A

Bring your PI to a nice lunch to celebrate postdocs or come by yourself!
Please register with Sara: Sara.Abbott@tufts.edu

Friday, Sept 25th

Take your PI to lunch (Medford campus)

12pm – 1pm
Aidekman Arts Center, Remis Sculpture Court

Bring your PI to a nice lunch to celebrate postdocs or come by yourself!
Please register with Sara: Sara.Abbott@tufts.edu

Aeronaut Brewery Tour

5:30pm – 8:30pm
14 Tyler St
Somerville, MA, 02143

Join the Tufts Postdoctoral Association in celebrating the end of Postdoc Appreciation Week!  We’ll be touring the inner workings of the Aeronaut Brewing Co. and then sampling their wares (try a craft beer on us) and dining on the finest local pizza!

It’s going to be a fun night of the science of brewing, enjoying great beer and company.   Come and meet your fellow postdocs!  Significant others are welcome at this social event.

Tours are available 5:30pm – 6pm and 6pm – 6:30pm.

You can register online HERE. Cost is $19.45 and includes the tour, a craft beer and pizza. Password is pstdocslovebeer

Please note, you can also register and pay for the tour in person via cash (only $17.50) at the Boston and Medford campuses and save yourself the processing fees! Please see the following locations. Please bring correct change!

Boston campus: Jaharis cafe, Mon 8/31 & Wed 9/2 from 12pm – 1pm (Ania – anna.wronski@tufts.edu)
Medford campus: 8/28 from 12:30pm-1:30pm at 200 Boston Ave, 4th floor lounge and 9/1 from 3:30pm-4pm in the Barnum lobby (Sarah – sarah.dykstra@tufts.edu).

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