University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
October 14, 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 October 13, 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
GPS for Mindy, Body & Soul


by Osha Key for MindBodyGreen






Social Media

Postdoc Corner


by Andrew D. Hollenbach for ASBMBTODAY


I had done it: I had achieved my career goal. I was a professor at a large university running my own lab and directing my own research! I sat looking at my dream come true: an empty office, an empty lab and no idea how to fill either of them! So I pulled out the laboratory-supply catalogues and began paging through them, making a list of everything I needed to get started. Little did I know that this was only the beginning of my on-the-job training.


I always had thought that being a professor meant that I got to sit in my office and think about science all day. I knew that writing grants, publishing my research and presenting my work at meetings was part of this job. What I didn't know was that as soon as I signed on the dotted line there would be a multitude of other hats that I would need to put on with little to no guidance other than my instincts. Let me give you a brief overview of the many hats I learned how to wear:

Click  here for the full article by Hollenbach.
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


by Josh Cracraft for Alt-ac Advisor

Cover letters aren't essays, but it's surprising how many applicants treat them as such.

Yes, letters need to be thoughtful, personable, and tailored to each individual job, but that doesn't mean they need to be elaborate. Whether it's because they're used to writing lengthy analyses or because they are new to the nonacademic job market, grad students can be particularly susceptible to common letter writing traps. Too many PhDs make the mistakes of:


Click here to read the full article by Cracraft


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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. 


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Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

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


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
Friday, October 17th
  • Lunch & Learn: 10 Steps to Writing Productivity
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Carey Auditorium (1st Floor), Hesburgh Library
Tuesday, October 28th
  • Ethics Cafe: Time to Give Up on Civility? The Ethics of Public Argument
    • 11am - 12pm
    • Geddes Hall Coffeehouse (map)
  • Effective Lecture Strategies
    • 11am - 12pm
    • 202 LaFortune
  • Academic iNDex Jump Start (brink laptop)
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 126 DeBartolo
Thursday, October 28th
  • EAP Workshop: Cover Letters for International Students/Postdocs
    • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo

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.


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:


PhD Humor

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