Postdoc and Research Associate Orientation Information

The Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) runs orientation sessions throughout the year for postdocs and research associates. This information is intended for new postdocs and research associates and will provide an introduction to and general information about Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, postdoc and research associate appointments and benefits, as well as how to settle in at the School and in Boston.

A yearly orientation session will be held during Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW). An Orientation Packet is also sent to all new postdocs at the start of their appointment from the OFA.
For those who are unable to attend the orientation session in person, please be sure to review the material provided on this page.

Biweekly Office Hours
The Office of Faculty Affairs provides biweekly office hours either virtually or in-person. We are happy to help answer any questions about your appointment, benefits, upcoming courses and workshops, and career development. Office hours are open to all postdocs and research associates at the School. A schedule of office hours (and workshops) can be found here.

The Faculty Affairs presentation can be viewed below and the corresponding powerpoint can be found here.

The presentation from the Harvard Benefits Office can be found here.

A Welcome Letter from the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) can be found here.

The Ombuds Office for Harvard Longwood Medical Area is a resource for all postdoctoral fellows and research associates. The office is highly confidential, independent, and informal. The neutral ombudspersons can help explore concerns about: Career Management, Work/Academic Environment, Research, Fair Treatment, Interpersonal Relationships, Harassment, Discrimination, Policies and Requirements, and more. Please visit the Ombuds Office Website for more information.

The Harvard International Office (HIO) is part of the University’s Central Administration and offers services to international students and scholars at Harvard, to minimize the difficulties they may experience both upon arrival and later during their stay. The HIO mission is to provide information on a wide range of topics, including immigration issues (work permits, travel), financial questions, social and cultural differences, and resources at Harvard and in the community. Please visit the HIO office hours page for when Elizabeth Capuano, HIO advisor for the Harvard Chan School, will hold walk-in office hours at the School and the HIO website for more information.


Office of Faculty Affairs:, 617.432.1047
Harvard Benefits Office:, 617.496.4001
HIO Representative, Elizabeth Capuano:, 617.496.2817
Postdoctoral Association: