University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
November 11, 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 November 10, 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

Positive Productivity Points

By Crag Jarrow for Time Management Ninja

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Shannon Kaiser for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Tracking PhD Career Paths


By  Melanie Sinche, for Inside Higher Ed


While the subject of Ph.D. career outcomes has appeared in numerous articles and studies over the past few decades, an even greater sense of urgency seems to have emerged in recent years, based in part on the downturn of the economy, the recommendations made by the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Workforce Task Force, recent works like theAmerican Historical Association's Mellon Career Diversity Project, the Ph.D. Placement Project, and myriad others. The National Science Foundation is launching its full-scale data collection phase this fall for the agency's newly developed instrument, the Early Career Doctorates Survey, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers has assembled a First-Destination Survey Task Force to explore collecting career outcomes data from advanced degree graduates for the first time, having done this previously for undergraduates alone.

Click here for the full article by Sinche.

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


Webinar from  The SearchLite featuring Dr. Diana Bouis 


How do the skills you have developed as a graduate student or a post doctoral fellow apply to the world outside academia?

Dr. Bouis from The Inovo Group discusses her experience transitioning from a career in academia to the business world.

Click here to view the webinar.


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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
National Career Development Day
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014
  • 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • McKenna Hall

November 12 is National Career Development Day. Notre Dame is committed to the professional development of all employees through training workshops, educational benefits, career counseling services, and more. The Office of Human Resources invites all faculty and staff to celebrate National Career Development Day by exploring these opportunities and programs, learning how to grow your Notre Dame career, and networking with other members of the University community.

For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Graduate School Professional Development Programs

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


Wednesday, November 12th
  • For the Busy Grad Student or Postdoc: Company, Industry, & Market Data
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Malloy Hall 220
Friday, November 14th
  • Lunch & Learn: Researcher ID - Why a unique identifier matters for you
    • 1pm - 2pm
    • Carey Auditorium, 1st Floor, Hesburgh Library
Tuesday, November 18th
  • EAP Workshop: Editing and Revising Academic Writing
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall
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.


Monday, November 17th

  • Integrative and Engaged Learning with ePortfolios
    • 2pm - 3:15pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library 

 For workshop descriptions, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The following workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


Tuesday, November 11th

  • Data Management Planning Fundamentals
    • 5pm-6pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library, Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom 

Wednesday, November 19th

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


Postdoc Events
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

Postdoc Holiday Get-Together - Save the Date
  • Date: Wedensday, December 10th
  • Time: 5;30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Snite Museum
Mark you calendars for the annual Postdoc Holiday Get-Together. More information forthcoming.

PhD Humor

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