University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
December 2, 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 December 2, 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 Lloyd Burnett for MindBodyGreen

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Celeste A. Newberry for Pick the Brain



Social Media

Postdoc Corner


By David Malakoff, for Science


Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) in Houghton doesn't have a medical school. But over the past few years its administrators have been conducting surgery of sorts-participating in a pilot program aimed at cutting regulatory red tape that officials say is stifling research.


The bureaucratic experiment has slashed by 90% the number of forms used to track key spending, dramatically reduced the amount of time researchers spend doing the paperwork, and nearly eliminated tardy filings, they say. But none of the organs vital to maintaining accountability and transparency appear to have been harmed, they add. 


Click here for the full article by Malakoff.

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


Noushin Nabavi, Ph.D. for Synapse


All major scientific journals are now covering the shortage of academic positions and funding for trained scientists, and many key university decision makers acknowledge that we are in a period of funding stagnation. As such, I find it necessary to engage in the ever-evolving and active discussion about career possibilities and opportunities for PhD graduates. The dire research-funding situation may take decades, according to a UCSF panel discussion on "Thinking creatively about postdocs." 

Click here to read the full article by Nabavi.


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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.

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
    • 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
Hesburgh Library Second Annual Cookie Reception
  • Date: Wedensday, December 3rd
  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: Hesburgh Library Fishbowl, first floor
Come get in from the cold and warmed up with cookies, hot cocoa and hot cider. The Hesburgh Libraries welcomes you to join us for the 2nd Annual Cookie Reception Wednesday, December 3 in the Hesburgh Library Fishbowlbetween 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Cookies and beverages available while supplies last. Last year was a 'cookie frenzy' to remember.
We welcome you to share your feedback on library services and will offer you the opportunity to provide informal feedback on the CurateND User Interface.

International Postdocs: The World on Tap
  • Date: Wedensday, December 3rd
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Location: Rohr's, 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 students and scholars will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.

Postdoc Holiday Get-Together
  • Date: December 10, 2014
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Snite Museum (campus map)
  • Click here to register - we want to make sure we have enough food for all who attend
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!

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. For more information on Dr. Packman, click here

  • Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Harper Cancer Institute (campus map)
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Open to ND Postdoc women only.
  • Limited seating. Must register to attend. Click here to register.

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