University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
September 23, 2014
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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 September 22, 2014 - click here.

Faculty & Staff Meal Plans
Halal meat is now available at South Dining Hall for lunch and dinner. Just go to the stir fry station there, and ask for Halal meat to be prepared. Staff have been trained to use a  special pan and utensil to prepare your food.

For more information about faculty & staff meal plans, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points


GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Lindsay Holmes for The Third Metric






Social Media

Postdoc Corner

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists


by Richard Harris for NPR


Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.


In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.


Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s - and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.


Click here to read the full article by Harris 



The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) repay the student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral scientists conducting research funded by nonprofit institutions. The application cycle opens on September 1, 2014 and closes on November 17, 2014. You may be eligible to receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a 2 year contract.


For more information on the LRP and how to apply, 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
Network Like a Pro

You may think that your friend was born a natural conversationalist. Or perhaps you are a little jealous that someone you know is "lucky" to be so outgoing. The truth is, luck has nothing to do with it. Networking takes effort, skill, and practice. A good networker must do much more than simply make party talk.  They must know how to put others at ease.


Whether you find yourself networking at a social function, a business event, or at a conference, know how to put your best foot forward and build relationships with new people you meet.


Join ND Graduate Career Services and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars as they host a networking evening of fun, conversation and learning on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Club Naimoli in the Joyce Center/Purcell Pavillion from 6:30-8:00pm.  Light appetizers and drinks will be served.


Space is limited.  So register here NOW!


Two PhDs Go To A Conference. One Gets Hired. Here's How.

by Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. for Cheeky Scientist

The booth was really busy when I got there. I tried talking to one of the vendors behind the booth but two customers were talking to him at the same time. I could tell he was annoyed so I left.


I came back the next day and the same thing happened. I started to get nervous. I'd been talking to this company for a couple of months about a job and they told me to stop by their booth to talk to the President. But the President wasn't there. I came back again and again and kept missing him. The employees at the booth were starting to get sick of me already. I didn't know what to do. This company was my only option. I was either going to get hired or be another unemployed PhD at graduation.

Click here to read the full article.

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. 

  • Time: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
  • Location: McKenna Hall (campus map)
  • Register here for seminar
For more information on this workshop, click here.
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  Here are the upcoming programs:


Wednesday, September 24th

  • EAP Workshop: Starting a Successful Job Search
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall

Friday, September 26th

  • Lunch & Learn: Perfecting Your Personal Pitch
    • 1pm - 2pm 
    • Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium - 1st floor

Monday, September 29th

  • EAP Workshop: US Classroom Culture: Leading & Participating in Classroom Discussions
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall
Tuesday, September 30th
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Market IV: Interviewing, the Job Talk, and the Teaching Pitch
    • 9:30am - 10:45am
    • 202 DeBartolo Hall  
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, 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.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The following workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


Tuesday, September 23rd

  • Research, Bibliography and Citation Management Tools Forum  (Tuesday Tuneups Series)
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • Snacks and beverages provided
    • 129 Hesburgh Library

Thursday, September 25th

  • RefWorks: Hands-on Workshop - Spend less time organizing and more time researching
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 247 Hesburgh Library
Week of September 22-29
Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) Fall Workshop Series
  • Monday, 9/22 - Text Mining & Analysis
    • Intro to Text Mining   1pm - 2pm
    • Using Voyant Tools   2pm - 3pm
    • Using JSTORs Data for Research  3pm - 4pm
    • Taking Advantage of the HathiTrust  4pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday, 9/23 - Geographic Information Systems
    • Geographic Information Systems  11am - 12pm
  • All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.
More information:
Calendar of Events
 ACS on Campus


The University of Notre Dame's College of Science, Hesburgh Libraries and The Graduate School are pleased to announce the American Chemical Societies 'ACS On Campus at Notre Dame' event which will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 8:00am - 5:00pm in the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall.


ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping science students, postdocs, and faculty enhance and advance their careers.  Attend sessions on the scholarly publishing process, learn more about ACS Publications Open Access Programs, see ChemWorx and SciFinder demos, and participate in a Career Pathways: Working in Industry workshop.  ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn valuable career tips and strategies.


A pre-event evening will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Jordan Hall of Science (Room 101) featuring a Science Café Networking Event and panel discussion on 'Careers in Chemistry: What Can I do with a PhD?'  A more detailed agenda including panelists and keynote speaker bios will be forthcoming on our  website.


This event is free but  registration is required in order to attend.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants including a networking luncheon on Wednesday at the Morris Inn.


For more information or to respond to questions, please contact Thurston Miller, Tara O'Leary, Marissa Gebhard, Kim Patton or Larry Westfall


Registration is open now.  Follow ACS on Twitter @ACSonC for updates!  #ACSatNotreDame


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