HSPH Biostatistics Computing

Post-Doctoral Fellow Usage Policies

  1. We recommend postdoctoral fellows be provided with either a desktop or laptop dedicated for their usage. This is the responsibility of the postdoctoral advisor. While it is not necessary that the machine be new (e.g. it may be passed on from a previous fellow), ordinarily it should not be more than 2 to 3 years old. If a new machine is necessary, appropriate prices are those of the basic machines priced as listed on the Harvard IBM/Lenovo website. Purchase of a higher-level machine is at the discretion of the postdoctoral advisor.
  2. Fellows receive a small amount of free storage on networked accounts here at HSPH, 300 Mb on the HSPH Sun server and 100 Mb on the Novell server. Funders will ordinarily supplement this minimal amount to at least 1GB disk space on a server (HSPH or Novell) of the fellows choice (~$100), which should provide fellows with sufficient automatically backed-up space. It is also recommended that fellows based at the School of Public Health are provided with back-up equipment for their local machine, for example using a portable hard drive. Note that backed-up disk space is also available as part of each Linux cluster account.
  3. Fellows are allowed access to the departmental Linux cluster, either as part of a group affiliated with their advisor, or, if their advisor has not bought nodes on the cluster, as a general biostat user. Contact a member of the departmental computing committee to request an account.
  4. These guidelines would apply for postdocs staying for more than one year. Computing arrangements for postdocs staying for one year or less are at the discretion of the postdoctoral advisor.
  5. Other policies may apply for fellows with offices located outside HSPH.

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