University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
October 28, 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 27, 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 Mike Michalowicz for American Express Open Forum

by Sharon Salzberg for MindBodyGreen




Social Media

Postdoc Corner


by By Jesica Levingston Mac leod, PH.D., for Scizzle Blog


It is a common conversation topic among researchers, but it was not until the NPR article saw the light, and the dark side, that the public realized the problems that young scientists are facing when pursuing a successful career in Academia. As we raise awareness about these tribulations, my colleagues mentioned how a "postdoc"'s quality life depends on the quality of the lab, the institution, the project, the relationships with colleagues and the Principal investigator or PI (the boss), not forgetting that this is a very self driven career. So, if your hypothesis is very difficult to prove, or you have been hitting your head against the wall with all the negative results that took you years to get, you may eventually come to hating this path and leaving Academia. The same if you have been working in a non "hot field" where the funding sources do not consider interesting enough to support or your PI is not supportive, or you have a very wicked competence inside or outside the lab. All these negative situations can aggravate the perspective of the very little options one may have by pursuing a career in Academia. On the other hand, if you are obtaining excellent results, publishing in top tier journals, made hundreds of good connections and collaborators, have a "great boss" and literally love you job... well, probably you are also doomed... 

Click here for the full article by Mac leod.
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


Indeed, Idealist, CareerBuilder. And how you're probably using them all wrong.

Many PhDs interested in careers outside academia begin their alt-ac searches by heading straight to the big job-search sites. This is understandable, since these databases advertise themselves as one-stop shopping centers for 21st-century jobseekers. While these sites list thousands of great jobs, the sheer number of opportunities can be overwhelming for first-time jobseekers. Worse, many of those who do find gems rush to submit their resumes, not wanting to miss any promising opportunities. Ironically, this is the least productive course of action a jobseeker can take. Employers typically receive hundreds of applications for each job they advertise online, which means that applying to jobs listed on the big sites can be one of the lowest-yield ways to find work-unless you know what you're doing. Here's how to get the most out of the big job-search sites. 


Click here to read the full article by Cracraft.


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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

Tuesday, November 4th
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Research in STEM Disciplines
    • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
    • ND Room, LaFortune Student Center


For workshop descriptions, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The following workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


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
Tuesday, November 4th
  • Using the News: Newspapers as Primary Sources
    • 5pm - 6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library

More information:


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