University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
November 25, 2014
In This Issue

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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 24, 2014 - 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 Aja Frost for The Muse.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Samantha Sutherland for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Why Women Leave Academia and Why Universities Should be Worried
Pearl I. Young at the NACA Langley Instrument Research Laboratory.


By Kelly J. Baker, for Chronicle Vitae.


In September, writing in The Guardian about the culture that women often encounter in the tech industry, Jess Zimmerman wondered what the real problem might be for retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). After all, much attention has been directed toward the "leaky pipeline" and the well-documented gender gap, and many programs directed at girls and women are seeking to fix both. The American Association of University Professors promotes recruiting girls for the "STEM pipeline" while admitting that there are still barriers to women's progress including persistent gender bias and unfriendly workplaces. We now know that even when women get degrees in those fields, they don't stay.

The question becomes: Why?

Click here for the full article by Baker.

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


Steve Joy for The Guardian.


This post is a companion to my last piece about preparing for an academic interview. I've trawled the archives to pick out common yet tricky questions, and I offer some ideas for how to handle them.

Clearly, this is not an exhaustive list. You will always get unexpected questions. The trick is to take a deep breath and let go of the anxiety that you need to find the "right" answer. Interview questions have countless plausible and convincing answers, but what sets good candidates apart is their ability to deliver structured answers, to articulate their thinking clearly, and to speak to the concerns of their interviewers. 


Click here to read the full article by Joy.


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Funding Opportunties

by Dr. Sally Rockey for Extramural Nexus


Back in 2012 I blogged about what kinds of activities are allowable as part of the official duties of postdoctoral fellows supported by NIH research grants. At the time, NIH received a number of inquiries asking us if certain activities such as participating in seminars, attending meetings, or engaging in other activities designed to expand their scientific experience and knowledge or directly prepare postdocs for future employment could be charged to NIH grants. The confusion seemed to arise in part from the fact that postdocs on research grants are often considered  employees of their institution, and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) federal-wide cost principles were somewhat ambiguous about the role of students and postdocs on research grants.


For the full article by Rockey, click  here.

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.

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

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


Thursday, December 4th
  • EAP Workshop: Written Summaries of Your Research (International Postdocs)
    • 6:30pm - 7:45pm
    • 303 DeBartolo Hall
Friday, December 5th
  • Lunch & Learn: Curate ND-Preserve and Spotlight Your Scholarly Work 
    • 1 - 2pm
    • Carey Auditorium, first floor, Hesburgh Library
Tuesday, December 9th
  • For the Busy Postdoc & Grad Student: Company, Industry & Market Data
    • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    • 229 Hayes-Healy
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, December 3rd

  • Intro to Stata for Data Analysis
    • 3pm-4pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library, Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom 

Thursday, December 4th

  • Using Python in ArcGIS
    • 3pm-4pm
    • 129 Hesburgh Library, Center for Digital Scholarship Classroom
More information:


Postdoc Events
Postdoc Holiday Get-Together - Save the Date

Come celebrate the season with your fellow ND Postdocs. Enjoy the art at the Snite Museum.  There will be wonderful food, beverages and giveaways.  We hope to see you there.
  • Date: Wedensday, December 10th
  • Time: 5;30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Snite Museum
Let us know you are coming by registering here.

Postdoc Women - Q&A with Kathryn Packman

Former ND Postdoc and current Scientific Director Oncology Collaborations at Janssen, Dr. Kathryn Packman will talk about how she transitioned from postdoc to a successful career in industry. 

  • Date: Tuesday, December 16th
  • Time: 1pm - 2pm
  • Location: Harper Cancer Institute (map)
  • Register here for the event - limited seating available so sign up quickly
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Open to ND Postdoc Women only
Co-sponsored by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Harper Cancer Institute.  For more information on Dr. Packman, click here.

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