Forsyth has been the training ground for thousands of researchers around the world. The Institute offers a wide range of resources to support early-career scientists, including career development, grant writing training, and modern core facilities. 

Post-doctoral Training

The goal of Forsyth’s post-doctoral training program is to develop a diverse group of committed, highly trained, and competitive investigators from a pool of PhDs and professionals (DMD, DDS, MD) who seek a collaborative, multidisciplinary research experience and careers in oral health and related systemic health research.

“Post-doctoral training is a major institutional strength at the Forsyth Institute. Today, our alumni are leaders in academia, industry, and research institutions world-wide. We have post-doc opportunities through individual labs, fellowships, and an NIH-supported training grant.” – Thomas Van Dyke, Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research

Thomas Van Dyke, Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research

Forsyth is funded in part by a T90/R90 Institutional Postdoctoral Training award, supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research. Support is available for up to three years. Training is offered for clinicians and/or research scientists who seek to obtain collaborative, multidisciplinary experience in basic, translational, or clinical research related to oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, and disorders. Most trainees must be US citizens or hold a Green Card at the time of appointment. There are limited spaces for international positions that are open for dentists only.

Interested individuals should fill out the application (available below in PDF or Word) and send a current curriculum vitae, a description of research interests, contact information for three references, and the name of the desired Forsyth laboratory/mentor. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential Forsyth faculty mentors directly to discuss scientific interests and the possibility for training before submitting their application.

The Forsyth Institute seeks highly competitive recent DDS, DMD, PhD, or MD graduates for postdoctoral positions in the fields of:

  • Mineralized tissue development and disease
  • Immunology
  • Microbiome and microbiology
  • Oral health
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics

Click here for current open postdoctoral position openings.

Please submit application materials to

Pre-doctoral Training

Forsyth staff participate in pre-doctoral research training in a number of programs at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). The introductory course ‘Oral Microbiology and Immunology’ is organized by a Forsyth scientist, and is given each April for first year HSDM dental students. This course provides a broad overview of important topics in basic and translational research relevant to oral health.

Forsyth scientists also mentor HSDM students for their scholarly research projects as part of their graduation requirement. This experience includes an eight-week summer research experience, written research report, and presentations at Soma Weiss Day (Harvard Medical School) and HSDM Student Research Day.

For more information, please see the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Research Guidebooks.

Forsyth is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/H/V.

Forsyth Fellows Program

The Forsyth Fellows Program is recruiting highly talented, exceptional scholars who have recently completed their graduate work and have demonstrated a strong commitment to innovative research. Forsyth Fellows will be supported through internal funding and mentoring to conduct their elected independent research direction, in line with the Forsyth mission.

Learn more and apply.