University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
August 26, 2014
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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 25, 2014 - click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points

By Mike Vardy

GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Dave Greenbaum for Lifehacker






Social Media

Postdoc Corner

by Sydni Dunn for Vitae


This summer we're looking into the state of the postdoc-the staple of the science scholar's life cycle that's now gaining steam in the humanities, too. This is the third article in our series. Here's Part One: A Brief History of the Humanities Postdoc. Part Two: Between Postdoc and Job, a Whole Lot of Questions.


When Lisa-Marie Shillito completed her Ph.D. at the University of Reading in 2008, a postdoctoral fellowship seemed like the obvious next step. Shillito, an interdisciplinary scholar in chemistry and archeology, knew she wanted to land a tenure-track university job one day, and the postdoc offered the promise of building her CV while giving her additional experience as a researcher and teacher.


For the the full article by Dunn, 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

Is now LIVE! Click here to start using this free tool


Not sure how to use Academic iNDex, there will be one more training at the following day/time/location. Coookies/beverages will be provided.

  • September 16, 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 127 Nieuwland Hall 
If you attend the Demo on September 16th, 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. - Congrats to Mridul Mandal for winning the first $50 Amazon gift card


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


PhD jobs: How to Transition from Academia into Business

Isaiah Hankel, PhD for Cheeky Scientist


I sent resumes to over 200 companies during my last year of graduate school and heard back from exactly zero of them. It was embarrassing. And confusing. I guess I just assumed that big corporations would fall all over themselves trying to hire me once I had a PhD. Not so much.


Getting my PhD turned out to the beginning of a whole new challenge: getting a job. This is something I didn't have any training for. I'd never taken any classes in economics, finance,  management, marketing, or organizational behavior. I'd never had a business lunch or made any real business connection whatsoever.


And, to make matters worse, none of my mentors or thesis committee members knew anyone in business. I was on my own.


Click here for the full article by Hankel.
Professional Development
ESL Classes for Postdocs

Improve your written and spoken English with free classes for Notre Dame staff.


Mastering English can improve both your career and your relationships. In these classes you will learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation and grammar, and gain confidence on the job and in your daily living.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • September 23 - December 18
  • 2:45 - 4:45 p.m. each day
  • Mason Service Center Training Room

Courses are taught on Notre Dame's campus by South Bend Community School Corporation instructors.


Contact LaTonia Ferguson at (574) 631-5679 or


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ESL Classes for International Spouses

Wednesday, August 27, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Sacred Heart Parish Center
Spouses of international postdocs are invited to participate in International Student & Scholar Affairs' English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes. Class registration will take place on Wednesday, August 27 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the lower level of the Sacred Heart Parish Center (map). The classes cost $50 for the semester and take place everyMonday and Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. If a student cannot attend the formal registration, he or she may register during any class session. 


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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.
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 enrolling in one of the fall workshops. 


For workshop 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.  Fall workshops will begin soon.. 
Calendar of Events

National Postdoc Appreciation Week


The National Postdoctoral Association's (NPA) fifth annual
celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) will take place September 15 - 19, 2014.

NPAW, the nation's largest celebration of postdoctoral scholars, was established with the goal of increasing awareness of postdocs.


The University of Notre Dame is proud of our postdocs and we will be celebrating this week with all of you.  Stay tuned for more information on events for this week!  #NDPostdcosRock


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.

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