University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
October 21, 2014
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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 20, 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 Linda Coussement for Time Management Ninja


by Corrie Pikul for The Huffington Post





Social Media

Postdoc Corner


by Elizabeth Ohneck, PH.D., for Scizzle Blog


A recent series of articles on NPR called "Science Squeeze" painted a rather abysmal picture of the current state of scientific research, from lack of funding, to job shortages for young scientists, to stories of scientists "giving up," leaving academia for other, though not always better, ventures. The article "Too Few University Jobs for America's Young Scientists" features interviews with a few postdocs at NYU about their current situations and their prospects for an academic future. Their responses are not altogether negative, but are far from resoundingly positive. The article also hints that PhDs may be better off pursuing careers outside of academia, a path that more and more graduate students and postdocs are beginning to take. To get a broader perspective on how the current scientific research climate is affecting the career trajectories of postdocs, I talked with several postdoctoral scientists at varying stages of their careers about their reactions to the NPR series and how the issues presented affect their outlook for the future.


Not all postdocs are ready to jump the proverbial ship when it comes to pursuing an academic career, despite awareness of the hurdles ahead. 

Click here for the full article by Ohneck.
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

  • Date: Monday, October 27th
  • Time: 2:30pm - 4pm
  • Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library, 1st Floor (map)
  • Click here to register

Whether you'll be a PI at a research university, a medical science liaison for a biotech company, or a policy adviser for a US Senator, you want to find a career path that you'll enjoy and find rewarding.  But HOW can you be confident that the path you will pursue is the best fit for your skills, interests and values?   There are more than FIFTY career options available to biomedical sciences PhD's. If you'd like to see a list of these career options, while learning about how to select the best option for you, then don't miss this thought-provoking interactive workshop! Here you will use the AAAS/Science myIDP tool to learn about a logical, step-by-step process for exploring your career options and deciding which will provide the best fit for your own set of skills, values and interests.  We will finish with an introduction to a goal setting process that will help you achieve your long term plans.


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by Joseph Barber for Inside Higher Ed


Words and phrases are powerful. If someone mentions the phrase "tenure-track" to you and you are in the middle of faculty job search that you feel isn't going so well, then you'll likely have a negative emotional response to this word. Someone mentions "networking," and you may immediately feel awkward and fearful, followed by a mild sense of guilt because you think you are not doing enough of it. Words can trigger emotions in you, and your emotional and cognitive state can also affect the words you use - whether you realize it or not. You might say that the faculty job search you feel isn't going so well might be because of the "brutal" job market, rather than because there just happen to be fewer positions and lots of other candidates (factors you cannot do much about, and so are not helpful to focus on anyway).


Finding ways to change a few words here and there can actually make a difference to how you perceive the job search process, and will affect how others perceive you during this process. 


Click here to read the full article by Barber


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Funding Opportunties

Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.


Along with the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, there are many other opportunities and resources available for those interested in learning about the intersection of science and policy, and applying and communicating scientific and technical information to support well-informed policies, programs, and practices.

Search by:

  • Discipline
  • Degree Requirements (Postdoc)
  • Citizenship Requirements (Open to Non US Citizens)
Applications being accepted for 2015-2016

For more information on the AAAS Fellowship Resources, click here.

Physicists Paul Davies, Stephen Hawking, and Lawrence Krauss speak at the ASU Origins Project Science & Culture Festival 2011

The Origins Project at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the inaugural Origins Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship sponsored by the Epstein VI Foundation.  This prize, the largest of its kind in the world, will be awarded annually to an outstanding junior scholar chosen from all countries, from any field of study relevant to the Origins Project, and will consist of a $10,000 USD prize, coach travel to/from Tempe, Arizona, and accommodations during week-long[1] visit.  Besides participating in the awards ceremony, the winner will give 4 talks[2] on his or her research, as well participate in other Origins Project events during the visit. 

For more information on the Origins Project Postdoctoral Prize Lectureship and how to apply, click  here.

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

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. 


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:


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 (bring laptop)
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 126 DeBartolo
Wednesday, October 29th
  • For the Busy Grad Student or Postdoc: Company, Industry, & Market Data
    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    • MaHaffey Business Library, Mendoza College of Business 
Thursday, October 30th
  • EAP Workshop: Cover Letters for International Students/Postdocs
    • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo
Friday, October 31st
  • Lunch and Learn: Managing Your Online Presence
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium on the 1st 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.


Tuesday, October 28th


For workshop descriptions, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The following workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


Monday, October 27th

  • Vector Editing in ArcGIS 
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 

Tuesday, October 28th

  • Getting the Most: Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery 
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 

Wednesday, October 29th

  • Intro to Text Mining 
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 
  • Simple Text Analysis with Voyant Tools 
    • 2pm - 3pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 
  • Analyzing Articles Using JSTOR's Data for Research Service 
    • 3pm - 4pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 
  • Analyzing Books Using HathiTrust Research Center 
    • 4pm - 5pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 

Thursday, October 30th

  • Incorporating Time into GIS
    • 10am - 11am
    • 129 Hesburgh Library
More information:


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