University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
September 30, 2014
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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 29, 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

How 30 Minutes a Day Can Boost Your Brainpower

GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Dr. William Cole for MindBodyGreen






Social Media

Postdoc Corner

Now accepting applications for Silicon Valley and New York programs for 2015. (Deadline Oct 5th)


Top companies are hiring data scientists and data engineers to help them glean insights from the terabytes of data that they collect everyday. The Insight Data Science and Engineering Fellows Program is a training fellowship for graduate students and postdocs designed to bridge the gap between academia and a career in data science.


Insight highlights:

  • 6 week, full-time, postdoctoral data science or data engineering training fellowship
  • Dedicated office space, self-directed, project-based learning under the guidance of top industry data scientists/data engineers.
  • Over 100 Insight Fellow alumni are now data scientists/data engineers at companies like Facebook! , Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Twitter, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Palantir and Netflix and other top companies.
For more information and how to apply click the following program(s):


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

Power Posing


by David Hochman for NY Times

The TED conference has made a star of many unlikely people, but perhaps no one more so than Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard Business School, whose talk promises personal transformation with nary a pill, cleanse or therapy bill.


Her rousing presentation in 2012 at TED Global on what she calls "power poses" is among the most viewed TED Talks of all time (it is No. 2; Sir Ken Robinson's "How Schools Kill Creativity" is No. 1). In its wake, Ms. Cuddy, 42, has attracted lucrative speaking invitations from around the world, a contract from Little, Brown & Co. for a book to be published next year, and an eclectic army of posture-conscious followers.


Elementary school students, retirees, elite athletes, surgeons, politicians, victims of bullying and sexual assault, beleaguered refugees, people dealing with mental illness or physical limitations (including a quadriplegic): they have all written to say that adopting a confident pose - or simply visualizing one, as in that last case - delivers almost instant self-assurance.


Click here to read the full article by Hochman



by Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. for Cheeky Scientist

"Big companies don't want to hire PhDs because they're overqualified and too independent."


This is what a career counselor told a room full of students my third year of graduate school. It was 7pm in the evening and we all had to show up to a late night seminar series that the University was holding for graduate students. Okay, we didn't have to show up but it was strongly encouraged. So I signed up.


The first night was about business ethics, which basically amounted to the guy saying don't launder money and don't steal office supplies. The second night was on alternative PhD careers but the guy giving the seminar was a professor with no industry experience so I stop listening before he started. Tonight we were talking about interviewing for industry positions and getting hired. The lady giving the seminar was a career counselor with 10 years of experience in counseling graduate students. At least that's what she said. She didn't have any real industry experience either. She worked as a journal editor briefly but that was it. I had my laptop open and was finishing a figure for a paper when she said it-big companies don't want to hire PhDs because...


I looked up. Wait, what?


Click here to read the full article.

Professional Development

TEDxUND2015 organizers at the University of Notre Dame announced Monday (Sept. 22) that they are accepting speaker applications now through Oct. 12 (Sunday) for the 2015 event. TEDxUND will take place on Feb. 27 (Friday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

With a theme of "What if...," TEDxUND 2015 is designed to showcase the ideas and talents of the Notre Dame community in engaging 12-minute presentations. This year's speaker application process is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, and is available


For more information on TEDxUND, click here.
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

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


Wednesday, October 1st

  • Research Integrity Workshop Series: Publication, Peer Review and Plaigarism 
    • 4pm - 5pm
    • 330 DeBartolo Hall

Thursday, October 2nd

  • Teaching and Evaluating Oral Communication
    • 2pm - 3:15pm 
    • 202 LaFortune 

Tuesday, October 7th

  • Lunch & Learn: Make a Digital Comic with Pixton
    • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
    • 116 LaFortune
  • EAP Workshop: Listening and Note Taking
    • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall
Thursday, October 9th
  • Elevator Pitch Essentials I: Preparing the Pitch
    • 10am - 11:15am
    • Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom, Hesburgh Library, first floor  
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 30th

  • Using Library Scanners Effectively
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library

Tuesday, October 7th

  • Author's Rights: Who owns what you created?
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library
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


World on Tap
  • Wednesday, October 1st
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Rohr's at the Morris Inn (map)

International graduate students and postdocs are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 international students and scholars will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.


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