University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
August 12, 2014
In This Issue

Quick Links
ND Postdoc Website
ND Resources
Community Links
Job Search Sites
ND Human Resources

Important Resources

One-on-One Consultations

Do you need assistance with career services, finding funding, developing an IDP or have questions but don't know whom to ask or where to go? Click here to schedule a One-on-One consultation with Kim Patton.

ND Calendar & Events
For a full listing of events on the Notre Dame campus for the week of August 11, 2014 - click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points

By Mike Vardy

GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Antonia Blumberg for Huffington Post






Social Media

Postdoc Corner

by Dan Royles for Vitae


I had a recent email conversation with a fellow graduate student who is also a friend:

  • Friend: Hey ... question for you. How do you find postdoc opportunities?
  • Me: Google "humanities postdoc."
  • Friend: LOL. Smart ass.
  • Me: I'm not kidding! That's literally how I look!
  • Friend: "Oh [expletive redacted], really?"

Really. And that doesn't just go for seeking a postdoc. Finding money for your graduate work in the humanities or social sciences isn't easy, but nor is it rocket science. It goes something like this:

  1. Find funding sources.
  2. Apply to funding sources.
  3. Repeat until retirement.

For the the full article by Royles, click here


The ND Postdoc Newsletter wants to share your research or article you have written with the ND Postdoc Community.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please email Kim Patton.

Career Services
Academic iNDex

Demos for Postdocs


August 14, 2014
September 16, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
316 DeBartolo Hall
127 Nieuwland Hall


If you attend one of the Demos, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.  You may only win once. You must be present to win. Drawing will occur at the end of each Demo.


Cookies and beverages will be provided at each demo. 

Coming to the demo on Thursday? Let us know, by clicking here.

For more information on this free repository for all postdocs, click here.


How to Get Employers to Hand Pick You for a PhD Job in Industry

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. for Cheeky Scientist


It was 9PM and I finally finished my last experiment for the day. I made a deal with myself that I would stop working at this time and start sending out résumés. I wanted to a PhD-level job in industry and figured all I needed to do was spend the last hour of each day uploading my résumé to job postings online. So, I sat down, polished my résumé and cover letter, and sent them out to a handful of companies.


I really thought it was as simple as that. Get your PhD, fill out a résumé or CV, get a great job ...the end. I was wrong. I never heard back from any of the industry positions I applied to. In some cases I got an automatically generated email but that was it. I was really confused. And, if I'm being completely honest, I was hurt and angry.How could someone download my résumé and read through it without at least having the courtesy to email me back a simple "no thanks" or similar? I found out much later that I never received a personal email back because no one was reading my résumé. Well, no person was reading it-a machine was reading it.


Wait ...No One Is Even Reading My Résumé?  


For more information on this workshop, click here.
Professional Development
GrantWinners Seminar

The Office of Research at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR PRE- AND POSTDOCS.  The workshop will be led by Dr. Robert Porter (click here for bio). This will be an all day event and lunch will be provided to attendees. 

  • Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
  • Time: To be announced, all-day workshop
  • Location: McKenna Hall (campus map)
For more information on this workshop, click here.
2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting

When: December 6-10, 2014

Where: Philadelphia, PA


Travel awards for Postdocs to attend meeting.  For more information visit the ASCB meeting website here 


Workshops from the Kaneb Center

Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting? The university offers short credit-bearing summer graduate courses on university teaching and learning in various fields!  Consider taking one of this year's courses 


For class descriptions, click here.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity


The University has entered into a relationship with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) to provide additional professional development training opportunities for faculty and postdoctoral scholars.  Our institutional membership allows all Postdoctral Scholars, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors to participate in most of the programs without further cost.  Click here for more information. 
Calendar of Events


Join us for the inaugural Shamrock Series 5k when the Irish head to Indianapolis to take on Purdue! Get your Game Day going with a running start before enjoying the rest of the pregame festivities!


Runners will enjoy a scenic run through downtown Indianapolis, entertainment from ND spirit groups, and a finish line celebration at Pan Am Plaza with the Notre Dame cheerleaders where each runner will be presented with a finisher's medal!


The race will benefit Graduate Student Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, which enable graduate students to pursue research and course work in their field of study.


The race kicks off at 8:00 AM on Saturday, September 13th in Downtown Indianapolis in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse (125 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204). Onsite registration opens at 6:30 AM.


  • Shamrock Series 5k race t-shirt
  • Under Armour giveaways
  • Scenic downtown Indianapolis course (Indiana War Memorial, Monument Circle, Lucas Oil Stadium)
  • Entertainment along route from ND spirit groups and others!
  • Finisher's medal
  • Awards from Under Armour for top overall and age group finishers
  • Post-race hydration and snacks
For more information on the 2014 Shamrock Series weekend events in Indianapolis, click here.

For registration information, click  here.

PhD Humor


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