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Postdoctoral Handbook [Tufts University]
Contains information about benefits, compensation and expectations.
Work/Life Resources for Postdocs [Tufts University]
As a Tufts Postdoc, you are automatically an affiliate member of the NPA. Register on their website for access to member-only content such as the International Postdoc Survival Guide and Institutional Policies Database. The NPA also petitions on your behalf on a national level to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience.
TEACRS is a nationally funded program at Tufts University provides talented postdoctoral trainees with the career skills needed to succeed in teaching intensive academic biomedical research. This is a competitive program with applications generally opening in the Fall of each year.
– Office of Research Development (ORD) – helps with grant-writing and applications
– Office of Research Administration (ORA) – helps with finding grants and fiscal administration of grants
– Technology Transfer Office – helps with patent applications, MTA, also run an internship program open to postdocs and grad students.
– Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – approves and helps with animal-related protocols and animal handling.
– Department of Laboratory Animals (DLAM) (website requires login, contact IACUC for information) – Contains training workshop timetables, guidelines, forms and staff information.
and many others…
– Research Guides: Documents produced by library staff to help you utilize library resources
Boston campus resources:
Topic include: Allied Health & Nursing, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business for Health Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Dentistry, Health Communication, Nutrition, Public Health, Research in the Health Sciences
List of software available (please note: not all of this software is free or available for installation on personal computers).
Notable examples (for personal computer installation):
– Microsoft Office 365 ($9.95, for both Mac and PC)
– Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator ($10, for both Mac and PC)
– CTSI iLEARN (Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute)
Online seminars on lab management, time management, clinical trials, technology transfer and many other topics.
– Tufts Employee Learning and Development (Tufts Human Resources)
Sign up for workshops or eLearning modules on writing, project management, effective feedback and more.
Speciality online training on topics including web and graphic design, music production, web technologies and programming. Email IT to request an account.
- List of helpful housing websites
- Things to consider when apartment hunting in Boston
- Boston neighborhood descriptions
- Get a quote for renter’s insurance
- Having a car in Boston
– Off campus housing resource center (for undergraduates, but contains some good resources).
Core Facilities/Service Centers (OVP website)
- Antibody Cell Culture Core Facility
Custom monoclonal antibodies and antibody production.Biostatistics Unit
The unit consults and assists in study design, implementation, and analysis, and develops new statistical techniques and software to support research activities.Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering (CITE)
Provides experimental in vitro and in vivo three-dimensional (3D) human tissue models that recapitulate the complex tissue architecture and signaling networks present in human tissue in vivo.Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR)
Assess benefit-risk tradeoffs in health care choices and public health interventions.Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Provides resources to principal investigators and their staff in the per diem unit. The CTRC is a comprehensive “Clinical Research Center Without Walls,” as well as a core facility for conducting clinical and translational “bench to bedside” research. Support is provided for inpatient and outpatient adult, pediatric, and neonatal subjects. There are seven rooms with 10 beds and phlebotomy chairs, and one room with an exam table and a phlebotomy chair. There are also interview rooms for participant privacy. Educational opportunities support all phases of Phase I translational research (T1).Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Core Lab
Assist investigators with the effective start-up and conduct of laboratory processing and analysis of samples collected in clinical research protocols.Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Genomics Lab
Assist investigators with effective design, genetic data generation, and analysis of genetic clinical research protocols.CNR Animal Behavior Core
Provide equipment, facilities, consultation, and technical expertise for carrying out behavioral experiments.CNR Electrophysiology & Biophysics Core Facility (EBCF)
Provides electrophysiology.CNR Imaging & Cell Analysis Core (includes the Tufts Imaging Facility, TIF)
Support for imaging including confocal, conventional, and electron microscopy, and laser capture microdissection.
Comparative Biology Unit (CBU)
An animal research facility that offers a wide range of services, including: comprehensive animal care, transgenic rodent breeding services, veterinary surveillance, diet preparation and individualized animal dietary services, animal monitoring, surgery and necropsy.
Comparative Pathology Services (CPS)
Research animal pathology and histology support services.
Computational Genomics Core/Tufts Expression Array Core (TEAC)
Provides neuroscientists and other Tufts investigators with resources for gene expression and genomics studies, pathways analysis and computational biology.
Dietary Assessment Unit
Provides dietary assessment services and expertise in all steps of dietary assessment including data collection, coding, data cleaning, data management and dietary data analysis.
Decontamination of materials, sterilization, and dishwashing.
Division of Teaching and Research Resources (DTRR)
Provides support for the use of animals in teaching and research.
Drosophila Media Center
Make fly food for the various labs using Drosophila (fruit flies) in their research.
Foster Hospital for Small Animals
Provides service for veterinary medical care.
SNP genotyping and Affy arrays.
Assist with plant growth.
Mass Spectrometry Unit
Provides instruments used for quantification and identification of vitamins, amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids, fatty acids, retinoids, carotenoids, antioxidants, peptides, and proteins from food and human body fluids.
MBM Research Media Facility
Provides preparation of biological media.
Provides preparation of liquid and solid sterile media for microbial growth.
Metabolic Research Unit (MRU)
Supports human research studies in metabolic research.
Nutrition Evaluation Laboratory
Provides clinical and specialized biochemical analyses for human, animal, epidemiological, and field studies.
Phoenix Lab (Formerly GRASP Intestinal Microbiology Core)
Provides essential microbiology services and reagents to scientists conducting molecular biology and microbiology research.
Research and Design Center (RDC) at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Tufts CTSI)
Support for development of research protocols, grant applications, and regulatory documents.
Small Animal Imaging/Preclinical Testing Facility
Provides equipment and expertise for imaging bioluminescence and fluorescence and preclinical testing of therapeutics, in live animals.
Study Center on the Immunogenetics of Infectious Disease (SCIID)
A core facility housing a suite of high performance instruments that is open to all research communities and provides services at different levels.
Provides instrumentation, services and expertise for the discovery and development of therapeutics for treatment of cancer and other diseases.
Tissue Engineering Research Center (TERC)
Provides functional tissue engineering.
Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC)
TCRC seeks to expand and develop civically engaged research across all the campuses and departments at Tufts through research partnerships between community-based organizations and faculty, students and staff of the university.
Tufts Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center
Provides information about GIS technology resources across the three Tufts campuses.
Tufts Laser Cytometry (TLC)
Provides flow cytometry analysis and cell sorting.
Tufts Medical Center Transgenic Core
Provides pronuclear microinjection for the production of standard transgenic mice, blastocyst injections for the production of knockout and knock-in mice, rederivation services, and embryo cryopreservation.
Tufts Micro/Nano-Fab (TMNF)
Providing microfabrication and nanofabrication capabilities to the Tufts community for research and teaching.
Tufts Technology Services (TTS) Academic Technology
Enables the university and its diverse academic communities to realize their vast potential in teaching, learning, and research through the innovative design and meaningful integration of technology to meet broad and local goals.
Tufts University Core Facility (TUCF)
Provides an extensive array of services to support the researchers at Tufts University as well as outside investigators.
Tufts University Core Facility (TUCF) Genomics Core
Provides full range of next generation sequencing services, as well as associated services, including experiment planning, sample preparation, bioinformatics and consultation.
TUSM Department of Anatomy Electron Microscopy Facility
Transmission and scanning EM.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lab
Diagnostic laboratory testing, including hematology, clinical chemistries, urinalysis, fecal analysis, cytology, and fluid analysis on animals.
Shared Instruments (OVP website)
Accuri C6 Analytical Flow Cytometer
Determine mass of proteins in solution
Scans and analyzes genotyping and gene expression microarrays
Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center
For demanding multidimensional, multinuclear spectroscopic applications
Measures bone density
A software that analyzes only NMR data for metabolite quantification
Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy
To measure the conformational state of a protein
Digital High Resolution Gamma Camera
Digital gamma image
Digital X-ray Machine
Determine molecular structure
Determine fluorescence emission or exitation spectra
Determine molecular structure
Helical CT Scanner
High-performance Computing Cluster
General purpose scientific computing
Determine trace concentrations of metals in solution
Biophysical characterization: X-ray, AFM, thermal, mechanical, etc.
Linear Accelerator for Small Animals
Radiation therapy for small animals
Determination of the elemental composition of a sample or molecule and elucidation of the chemical structures of molecules, such as peptides
Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
Determine molecular mass
Mass Spectrometry (LCMS)
Determine molecular mass
Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS)
Determine molecular mass of peptides and proteins
Metabolic Engineering Core
Small molecule analysis
MRI imaging small animals, parts of large animals
Determine molecular structure
Pencil Beam Scanner
Measures bone density
The purpose of this instrument is the visualization and quantitation of radioactivity on gels or TLC’s using a special phosphorimaging screen
Radiology/Ultrasound Machine (Phillips HDI – 3000 ATL)
Radiology/Ultrasound Machine (Phillips HDI – 5000)
General purpose research storage
Cell-cell interactions, signaling in dynamic fashion
Surface Plasmon Resonance
Tissue Engineering Research Center (TERC) – Imaging Facility
High resolution imaging of biological samples
Large scale visualization capabilities
X-ray Machine with Fluoroscopy
Biorepository (in collaboration with Tufts Medical Center)
“Provides banked frozen tissue to investigators while maintaining patient confidentiality”