In your research, both independent and supporting a principal investigator, you have the responsibility and obligation to help the PI ensure that:
Research associate and postdoctoral fellow positions are offered by Harvard faculty. Some Schools post these opportunities in journals and at discipline-specific professional meetings. Many faculty work with their colleagues and peers from other institutions to identify young scholars who may be interested in working on a specific research project to gain advanced experience after the terminal degree. If you decide to contact faculty directly about a possible research opportunity via e-mail, please make sure to include a curriculum vitae along with a description of your research interest and details about your expertise in pertinent disciplinary specialties that the faculty may find valuable to know. Be patient in expecting a response—due to their many responsibilities, faculty may be able to reply only to inquiries most specifically relevant to the opportunity.
There are no institution-specific funding sources for postdoctoral scholars and other research staff at Harvard. However, if you are interested in submitting eligible proposals to the various federal and private agencies that support research, the Community of Science database, to which Harvard subscribes, offers a comprehensive, robust selection of awards that may be selected and sorted on a wide range of parameters. Other funding agency information that you may find of value is available on the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs website. Note that in most Schools, postdoctoral fellows and other research staff may not serve as Principal Investigator on awards administered through Harvard (with the exception of some fellowships and awards for dissertation support). Your Research Administration or Sponsored Programs office can advise you on school policies regarding applying for outside funding.
Appointments for research associates and postdoctoral fellows are made on an annual basis. Postdoctoral appointments are also subject to term limits (typically three to five years, depending on the School and discipline). Please make sure you are aware of the conditions of your appointment, whether or not your appointment may be renewed, and the processes necessary to have your appointment continued after the year-end date.