Postdoc Life

Postdoc Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is composed of faculty, the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Postdoc Executive Committee and additional postdocs. It advises and assists the Postdoc Executive Committee address concerns and to effectively implement changes that will benefit postdocs. Postdocs interested in serving should contact the Director. Learn more.

Postdoc Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is led by two Co-Chairs and is comprised of solely of postdoctoral fellows. The Committee listens to postdoc concerns and formulates and plans activities and events to benefit postdocs. Postdocs interested in serving should contact the co-Chairs. Learn more

Postdoc Housing Committee

The Postdoc Housing Committee meets quarterly with the Real Estate Department to discuss postdoc housing issues. The committee is composed of faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Postdoc Writing Group

The Mount Sinai Postdoc Writing Group meets on a biweekly basis and aims to provide a resource for postdocs to get feedback and support around their writing. Postdocs are encouraged to bring their works in progress to the meetings, including grants, manuscripts, abstracts and posters.  The group also organizes regular seminars by experts in writing and editing. Or to sign up for the emails visit: http://mailman.mssm.edu/mailman/admin/postdoc-writing.

Postdoc Alumni Group

The Postdoctoral Chapter of the Mount Sinai Alumni provides advice to postdoctoral researchers on career development, brings together scientists working in academia and the life science industries, and encourages and facilitate collaboration.  Learn more.

Postdoc eNewsletter

The Mount Sinai Postdoc Periodical highlights the ongoing research accomplishments and achievements of Mount Sinai’s postdoctoral fellows. Additionally it features events and activities relevant to postdocs. If you have an item you would like to share please contact one of the editors: Audrey.le@mssm.edu or shekhar.patil@mssm.edu.

Career Development Seminars

Typically once every month on a wide range of topics from grant writing to entrepreneurship.  Learn more

Annual Postdoc Symposium

An annual one day event, Postdoc Day is part of Postdoc Week in September. It is run entirely by the Postdoc Executive Committee and features a prominent keynote speaker, workshops and activities that promote postdoc training endeavors and postdoc seminars.  Awards and prizes are given. Past speakers include Harold Varmus, former director of NIH and current director of NCI and Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University and a leader in the field of molecular biology. Learn More

Postdoc Social Fridays

Typically the last Friday of every month, these occasions offer postdoctoral fellows the chance to interact, network and exchange ideas with one another and invited guests. Such casual interactions offer important opportunities to collaborate across departments and to build a network of contacts outside of the lab. Look for flyers and emails or consult the Events calendar.

Basic Science Forum

The Graduate School and the Basic Science Divisions offer a happy hour with free food and beverages quarterly in the Student Lounge located on the first floor of the Annenberg Building. This social event offers an excellent opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas with graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and PIs. Look for flyers and emails.

Bicycles

Bicycle racks are provided for daily use. All bicycle parking is at the owner’s risk. Owner’s must provide a lock and/or chain to secure bicycles to the racks provided in the basement of the Icahn Building parking garage. Most bicycles are not permitted in Mount Sinai buildings, but exceptions have been made for certain folding bicycles. Bicycles cannot be kept overnight in the parking garage.

Child Care

Imagine Early Learning Center provides a safe and interactive environment for learning and play for infant, toddler and pre-K children of Postdoctoral Fellows at Mount Sinai. If you are interested in placing your child/ren here, contact the director as soon as possible as the Center is in high demand. 212 410-2077. www.imagineelc.com. Additional information is provided by the Mount Sinai Parent program run by the Division of Training and Education, (212) 241-1944, http://www.facebook.com/groups/229305823848699/ and by the Employee Assistance Program (212) 241-8937.  

Mount Sinai also has a Child Care Information and Referral Service run by the Employee Assistance Program at (212) 241-8937.

Dependent care assistance: A Dependent Care Reimbursement Account also permits you to deduct pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for childcare or care for a disabled spouse or parent. For more information, contact Mount Sinai Benefits Center, (866) 414-8455.

Lactation Room

The room is located on the MC level Room 234 in the same hallway as the employee pharmacy. There are 4 hospital grade pumps, each with a private pumping area, available around the clock for all Mount Sinai Postdoctoral Fellows.  Anyone who would like access to the room can contact Nicole Musumeci:  nicole.musumeci@mountsinai.org. Additional information is provided by the Mount Sinai Parent program run by the Division of Training and Education, (212) 241-1944, http://www.facebook.com/groups/229305823848699/.

Buses

Shuttle Service: Mount Sinai provides a shuttle bus service for the Bronx V.A.; Elmhurst and Mount Sinai of Queens; 320 East 94th Street (Adolescent Health Center, Kidney Center, and Human Resources); Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Englewood Hospital; and the 125 Street Metro North Train Station. Schedules are available on the intranet or call (212) 241-0795.

Food on Campus

The Plaza Cafeteria, located on the Atrium level of the Guggenheim Pavilion, offers a variety of selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open M-F, 6:30 - 7:30 with more limited hours on the weekend. Vending machines offer a variety of hot and cold foods and are available for use 24 hours a day, every day of the week throughout the campus.

The Starbucks coffee kiosk also offers take-out food and is located in the Annenberg Building west lobby. It is open weekdays, excluding major holidays from 6:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M and more limited hours on weekends. Seating is in the surrounding Atrium.

A take-out food service area is located in the first floor lobby of the Icahn Building. It serves coffee and light breakfast items, and offers a salad service and light lunches from 7:30 am to 2:30pm. No seating.

Mount Sinai Green Market

Locally grown fruits and vegetables, pasta, eggs, cider and pastries.  99th Street just east of Madison Avenue, Manhattan. Open Wednesdays, 6/13/12 to 11/21/12, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lost and Found

Lost property should be reported to the Security Control Center (Annenberg B1-70) or by calling (212) 241-6066. Recovered items should be brought to the same place.

Parking

On-campus parking is extremely limited and ordinarily not available. Since there is no overnight parking permitted, all cars must be removed prior to the closing of the parking garage each morning at 1:00 A.M. The Security Department maintains information on neighborhood garages offering daily and monthly rates. This information can be picked up from the Security Office, 19 East 101st Street, first floor. You may receive information by calling (212) 241-6089.

Recreation Office

The Recreation Office is a great resource for Mount Sinai Postdoctoral Fellows. It offers discount tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, concerts, operas, sporting events and other events in New York City. Discounts are also available for health clubs, spas and for tourist activities like Circle Line cruises and amusement parks. Discounts are available for certain hotels, restaurants, car rental services, travel packages, magazines, and many other items. The Recreation Office also maintains listings of city recreational facilities that are available (ice skating, swimming pools, tennis courts, handball courts, and so on). You can also find out what the office currently offers using links from their website: www.mssm.edu/recreation/ or by stopping at 19 East 98 Street, Room 2F. Hours: M - F, 12:00pm - 5:15pm and Wed, 8:00am - 9:00am, (212) 241-6660.

Security Department

The goal of the security department is to provide a secure environment for all who use its facilities. The Department enforces the Mount Sinai policy that requires all Postdoctoral Fellows to wear Mount Sinai identification within the complex. ID cards must be displayed upon entering all buildings and worn while on the premises.  The Main Security Office is located at 19 East 101st Street, first floor, and Security Guard stations are located at the entrance to all buildings on the campus.

Your personal security is of paramount importance. For this reason Security will, upon request, provide escorts within Mount Sinai and to on-campus residences. Call X46068/9 approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to departure.  

It is the policy of Mount Sinai that no Mount Sinai equipment or property of whatever nature (including but not limited to microscopes, slide boxes, and so on) may be removed from the premises without a Mount Sinai Property Pass. Property passes are available from your Department Administrative Office. Personal property is often the object of theft and for that reason you may also be required to obtain a Personal Property Pass to leave with computers or cameras or other personal items belonging to you. Packages will be inspected by security officers at entrances and exits.  

Security is a function that requires the cooperation of everyone at Mount Sinai. Postdoctoral Fellows are requested to dial “60” on any phone in the event of any emergency or when suspicious activities are observed. All other times, when the assistance of the Security Department is needed, dial X46068/9.

Information concerning the regulations and Mount Sinai crime statistic information is available through the U.S. Department of Education web site for campus crime statistics (www.ope.ed.gov/security).

Banking

ATM – Located in Guggenheim Pavilion across from the Cashier.

Business Cards

Please contact The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at POA@mssm.edu if you would like to obtain business cards.