Postdoctoral Information Guide

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Identification Card (MIT ID)

Soon after your arrival, you should go to the MIT ID Card Atlas Service Center (located on the first floor of E17, 40 Ames Street entrance), to obtain your MIT ID card and, in most cases, verify work eligibility in the United States. Please bring a government-issued picture ID (i.e. passport) and your original visa sponsorships document (if relevant). Prior to that, you should have received an email from letting you know that you are in the system and are able to get your card. You should have also received an invitation for a one-hour onboarding meeting with a member of the ChemE Human Resources team.

Atlas Service Center Contact:  617.253.3000
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MIT Athena account, Kerberos ID, Web Certificates

As a member of the MIT community, you have access to a wide range of computer-based facilities and tools that will help you to get your work done. To take advantage of many of these electronic resources, you first need to establish an official identity that will allow you to pass through MIT’s online security systems. Through this site, you can sign up for a Kerberos/Athena account and get a personalized certificate on the computer you are using to ensure secure accessibility to otherwise protected sites like the Employee Self Service (ESS).

If you need to have an MIT Kerberos ID in order to use the MIT computer-based facilities and tools prior to your arrival at MIT, (i.e. to utilize MIT online resources such as housing, etc.), please send a request to the ChemE HR Administrator, Bori Stoyanova ( with your name, date of birth, and current email address. An MIT ID will be generated for you to allow you to establish your MIT Electronic Credentials (Kerberos ID=MIT email). The same MIT ID number will be used for your forthcoming appointment at MIT.

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Emergency Contact

Please be aware that MIT is a relatively open space, especially during the workday. There have been thefts of computers, cell phones, and wallets from offices and open areas on campus, so please make sure to secure your area and do not leave valuables unattended.

Dial 100 or 617-253-1212 from a campus phone for all police, medical/ambulance, fire/explosion, and other emergencies. Non-emergency injuries should be reported to your supervisor and MIT Medical Department, E23, 253-1311 (open 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week).  After contacting the proper authorities, please also let ChemE HQ staff know about thefts and any injuries within 24 hours of the accident.

For information about emergency MIT closings, call 617.253-SNOW (617.253.7669).

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Parking and Transportation

Building E17,, 617-258-6510, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

  • Alternative Transit Subsidy
  • Bicycling
  • Carpool/Vanpool
  • Emergency Ride Home
  • Shuttles
  • T-Passes
  • Zipcar
  • Parking is available on campus and you must sign up via the department parking coordinator.

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MIT is closed on 13+ Holidays each year.

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Athletic Facilities

MIT staff and affiliates may purchase a membership to MIT athletic facilities.
For membership information, visit the MIT Athletics Web Site

MIT Health Benefit Plans for Postdoctoral Fellows

Some MIT benefits plans are available to postdoctoral fellows who have fellowship appointments of three consecutive months or longer.

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Family Resources

  • MIT Spouses and Partners – provides support, networking and educational opportunities for the wives, husbands and significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.
    Contact: 617.253.1614
  • MIT Work-Life Center – provides all members of the MIT community with advice, referrals, and resources on parenting, child care, schools, and job flexibility and oversees the Institute’s child-care centers. Read more on services…
  • Technology Children’s Centers – MIT operates child-care centers in Cambridge and Lexington so that parents can choose the location most convenient to home or work. These services are provided by Bright Horizons.

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Additional Contact Information

MIT Affiliate Health Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows

Contact the MIT Affiliate Health Plans Office to arrange for an orientation.  Sign up for both the Affiliate Health Plan and the Extended Insurance Plan

Walk-in/Phone Hours
M–F, 8:30AM to 5PM

Health Plans Office

For general questions regarding employment, contact

Bori Stoyanova
Chemical Engineering, Human Resources Administrator

To discuss issues not covered by the resources above, contact

Gregory Rutledge
Lammot du Pont Professor in Chemical Engineering, Postdoctoral Officer