University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
October 7, 2014
In This Issue

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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 October 6, 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.

Academic iNDex
  • A secure, easily accessible, online repository for your academic and professional information
  • An index of your publications, presentations, grants, work history, and other academic achievements
  • A resource for identifying scholars eligible for specific grant and fellowship opportunities
  • A tool to quickly create personalized CVs, resume, lists of publication or presentations, and more
For more information about Academic iNDex and how to use it, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points


By Aja Frost for The Muse

GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Kayla Matthews for Pick the Brain






Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Gary McDowell, a postdoc working at the Tufts University lab in Medford, hopes to set up his own lab in a few years.


by Carolyn Y. Johnson for The Boston Globe


The life of the humble biomedical postdoctoral researcher was never easy: toiling in obscurity in a low-paying scientific apprenticeship that can stretch more than a decade. The long hours were worth it for the expected reward - the chance to launch an independent laboratory and do science that could expand human understanding of biology and disease.


But in recent years, the postdoc position has become less a stepping stone and more of a holding tank. Some of the smartest people in Boston are caught up in an all-but-invisible crisis, mired in a biomedical underclass as federal funding for research has leveled off, leaving the supply of well-trained scientists outstripping demand.

Click  here for the full article by Johnson.
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

How to Use Smart Commenting to Get Noticed on LinkedIn


by Johnny Bravo for Career Attraction


If you're on the job hunt, it should be a #1 priority to have a complete and enticing LinkedIn profile. Picture, description, projects, successes and everything in between. They should all be there.


But in the end, what most job seekers fail to realize is that until a hiring manager or recruiter actually sees your profile, it's simply floating there in the hundreds of millions of other profiles. 

Click here to read the full article by Bravo


Network Like a Pro


Thanks to all the postdocs who attended last week's Network Like a Pro workshop.  It was a great success! 


At the event, postdocs and grad students learned how to put their best foot forward and build relationships with new people by following 8 fundamentals to networking success.

Click here to get the fundamentals on how to Network Like a Pro.

Funding Opportunties
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is now accepting applications for their prestigious Lawrence Fellowship. 
(Deadline Nov 1st)

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. The fellowship was established to provide outstanding postdocs an opportunity to pursue world-class research with ample resources to support their efforts.  The fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements, who propose independent research in one or more aspects of science relevant to the competencies at LLNL.  Research areas may include: 


Atmospheric ScienceComputer ScienceGeoscience
ChemistryEngineeringMaterials Science
Applied MathematicsEnvironmental SciencePhysics

Lawrence Fellowship highlights:

  • Fellowships of 3-month duration.
  • Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor.
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship, approximately 60% of the fellows secure a staff position at LLNL. The majority of those who leave obtain tenure-track positions at top-tier universities.
For more information on the Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship and how to apply, click here

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. 



Federal Funding for Arts & Letters
Dr. Kathie Olsen
  • Date: Friday, October 10th
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Montgomery Auditorium-LaFortune Center (map)

Dr. Kathie Olsen will discuss ways that humanities scholars and social scientists can pitch their ideas to a number of federal agencies. Her presentation will be relevant to junior, mid-career and senior faculty. Even if you think your work is not eligible for federal funding, Kathie's knowledge of the many federal programs may help you find something that fits your needs.


Dr. Olsen is former Deputy Director of National Science Foundation (NSF) and Chief Scientist at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is also well-known for connecting faculty across disciplines so that together they can create productive and focused sponsored programs.


Questions? Contact Prof. Mark Schurr at

or Heather Boyd at


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 8th

  • ePortfolio Open House
    • 1pm - 2:30pm
    • 116 LaFortune 

Thursday, October 9th

  • Elevator Pitch Essentials I: Preparing the Pitch
    • 10am - 11:15am 
    • Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom, Hesburgh Library, first floor

Monday, October 13th

  • EAP Workshop: Giving an Effective Academic Presentation
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall

Tuesday, October 14th

  • Research Integrity Workshop Series: Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems
    • 9am - 10am
    • 625 Flanner

Wednesday, October 15th

  • Helping Students in Distress: Tips for Faculty and TAs
    • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
    • 202 LaFortune
  • Elevator Pitch Essentials I: Preparing the PItch
    • 4pm - 5:15pm
    • 201 DeBartolo Hall
Thursday, October16th
  • EAP Fischer O'Hara-Grace Event (International Postdocs)
    • 6:30pm - 8pm
    • Fischer Community Room  
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, October 14th

  • RefWorks: Spend Less Time Organizing and More Time Researching
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library

Wednesday, October 15th

  • Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) 
    • 4pm - 5pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 

Thursday, October 16th

  • Data Visualization with Tableau Desktop
    • 2pm - 3pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library
More information:
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