University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
November 4, 2014
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Community Links
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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 November 3, 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.

Versatile PhD - Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Discover interesting career paths as an alternative to the faculty track
  • Join a large community of post-academics to consult about your situation and the versatility of your PhD, MA, or postdoctoral appointment
  • Read job listings appropriate for postdocs
  • Network with successful post-academic PhDs nationwide
For more information about Versatile PhD and how to use it, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

by Jack Linshi for Time



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Postdoc Mentorship Can Launch Careers


By Rachel Levy, for American Scientist


With high stakes for jobs in science and math, mentors must provide postdocs with a recipe for success.


The postdoctoral experience has become integral to building a career in science. The number of postdocs in science, engineering, and mathematics in the United States has grown from fewer than 20,000 in 1980 to upward of 60,000. At the same time, the number of years a newly minted PhD seeking a tenure-track job spends in a postdoc has increased-in many fields to well over three years. The importance of the postdoc phase to a mathematician's or scientist's career has, on the whole, become much greater. Even though 80 percent of postdocs are at academic institutions, only one out of five landed a tenure-track job in 2012, according to a recent poll by Science's blog Careers 

Click here for the full article by Levy.

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


They don't all have to be like Al Pacino in "Devil's Advocate" but a good boss can be one that makes us feel unsure of ourselves.

by Dr. Marica Reynolds for CNN


The best leaders make us feel unsure of ourselves.


This may sound counterintuitive. Aren't leaders are supposed to build confidence? At times, encouraging people is effective.


Other times, when people are stuck seeing things one way or they are resistant to change, creating a little discomfort in the conversation could help them grow.


People need you to help them think through difficult issues even though they don't feel comfortable in the process.


It is very difficult for any of us to question our beliefs and behaviors.


Our brain's protective instinct keeps us from in-depth self-exploration. We can only see "outside the box" when we read or hear something that surprises our brains.


Click here to read the full article by Reynolds.


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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 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:


Wednesday, November 5th
  • Research Integrity Workshop Series: Business and Professional Ethics
    • 4pm - 5pm
    • DeBartolo Hall 330
  • EAP Workshop: Effective Reading Strategies
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • DeBartolo Hall 303

  • For the Busy Grad Student or Postdoc: Company, Industry, & Market Data
    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    • MaHaffey Business Library, Mendoza College of Business 
Friday, November 7th
  • Lunch & Learn: Elevator Pitch Essentials I: Preparing the Pitch
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium on the 1st floor
Monday, November 10th
  • Elevator Pitch Essentials II: Practicing at a Cocktail Party
    • 5pm - 6:30pm
    • TBA
  • EAP Workshop: US Academic Culture: Navigating Social
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • DeBartolo Hall 303
Tuesday, November 11th
  • Research Integrity Workshop Series: Social Responsibility
    • 9am - 10am
    • Flanner 625
Wednesday, November 12th
  • For the Busy Grad Student or Postdoc: Company, Industry, & Market Data
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Malloy Hall 220
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, November 19th

  • GIS Day 2014 at the University of Notre Dame
More information:


Postdoc Events
World on Tap
  • Date: Wednesday, November 5th
  • Time: 5pm - 7pm
  • Location: Rohr's in Morris Inn
International postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 international postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID

Postdoc Women's Group - Bowling Night
  • Date: Friday, November 14th
  • Time: 8pm-10pm
  • Location: Chippewa Bowl, 225 W Chippewa Ave, South Bend IN 46614
Join other ND Postdoc Women for a fun night of Bowling at Chippewa Bowl in South Bend. Cost is $7.00 per person and includes games and shoe rental. Own transportation required. Need a ride? Email

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