The Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital


Cardiovascular Research Training

Cardiovascular Research Training

The Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) offers training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows, physician-scientists and college graduates. Based in one of the world’s premier academic medical centers, the CVRC offers a disease-focused research environment where the ultimate goal is the application of fundamental basic science to alleviate real human disorders. The broad range of faculty and the collaborative environment by the open laboratories facilitate truly multidisciplinary research training. The strongest candidates will demonstrate a commitment to scientific research and clearly articulate a vision beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Postdoctoral training
There is a wide range of postdoctoral opportunities within the CVRC, and prospective candidates are encouraged to directly contact the principal investigator (s) whose work interests them. The training environment within the CVRC is outstanding and includes;
  • A weekly CVRC seminar series – nationally and internationally renowned speakers on cardiovascular and other scientific topics
  • CVRC-wide data and journal clubs
  • Cross-disciplinary research interest group meetings
  • Annual scientific retreats
  • Close collaborative ties to other Research Centers within MGH
  • Translational opportunities
  • The outstanding Boston research environment

College graduates seeking research technician positions
Check the employment page for current openings or apply independently for future openings by contacting the principal investigator whose work interests you.

Physician-Scientist Training Program
Dr. Kenneth Chien, former Director of the CVRC, championed a major initiative in Translational Biology at the interface between clinical care and basic science. Insights from these two arenas inform each other, but the successful integration of traditional clinical and basic science disciplines with genomic and post-genomic technologies will require innovative training programs. Each year, the MGH accepts over 30 clinical trainees in cardiology. Trainees receive careful mentoring for their career pathways and a choice of labs for their research years. Extensive didactic teaching and joint seminars with our neighboring institutions are intrinsic parts of the program. To foster the next generation of basic, translational and clinical scientists, we are developing novel cross-disciplinary post-doctoral fellowships for exceptional physician scientists from diverse backgrounds. The program is currently being expanded to include visiting international fellowships and mini-sabbaticals for physician scientists from abroad, including both Asia and Europe.


MGH / CVRC/ NHLBI Scientist Training Program (Ken Bloch, Director)
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has provided over $4 million in support for a training program in molecular cardiology at the MGH CVRC. These postdoctoral fellowships provide support for MD, PhD, and combined degree MD/PhD research fellows to conduct science at the CVRC and our sister institutions (Broad, HSCI, etc.). The program is closely linked with our clinical cardiology fellowship training program.

You may also be interested in seeing our upcoming scientific seminars and events.


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