University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
December 9, 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 December 8, 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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Ilene Godofsky for MindBodyGreen.



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
What do young scientists want?


By Beryl Lieff Benderly, for Science


When hundreds of Boston-area postdocs and graduate scientists gathered in early October for the postdoc-organized Future of Research (FOR) Symposium, the organizers promised a consensus document that, as lead organizer Jessica Polka toldScience Careers, "people can point to and say, 'This is what the postdocs are worried about.' "


That document, "Shaping the Future of Research: a perspective from junior scientists," has now been published at F1000Research. More a report than a manifesto, it describes the symposium's various sessions and details surveys and comments of participants.  


Click here for the full article by Lieff Benderly.

Seeking Postdoc Volunteers

The Postdoc Office is looking for volunteers for Translation and Interpretation Services.


We are looking for volunteers to act as translators or interpreters for incoming international postdocs. You may be asked to accompany the incoming postdoc to Human Resources to complete their incoming paperwork and/or accompany the incoming postdoc to their Postdoc Office Welcome.


If you have a high level of proficiency in ANY language and would like to be included in the volunteer Interpreter Database please complete this short form.

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


Isaiah Hankel for Cheeky Scientist


"Thank you for submitting your resume but the position has been filled." This is the only response I received after several months of applying to PhD jobs online.


I submitted dozens of resumes and only heard back that one time. It was embarrassing. At least I thought it was embarrassing. Years later I found out that only 5% of resumes submitted online ever receive a response, good or bad. Just 5%!


I assumed I would always get a response after submitting my resume, even if it was negative. I also assumed that there were at most 20-30 other people applying for the same industry job as me and, since I had a PhD, getting a job wouldn't be that hard. I should have been embarrassed by how little I knew about conducting a job search. 

Click here to read the full article by Hankel.


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The Quick and Relatively Painless Guide to Your Academic Job Search


by Karen Kelsky for The Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae


More than a year ago, as The Chronicle was building Vitae, we set out to create a home for frank advice on the increasingly tricky task of building an academic career. Naturally, one of the very first people we turned to was Karen Kelsky.  After all, the first step to building an academic career is landing a compelling job. And it's hard to think of anyone more qualified to assist with that process than Karen. Through her business, The Professor Is In, she's advised countless graduate students and junior faculty members on how to navigate the perilous waters of the job search.


Karen does something that's simple but rare: She talks candidly about
academic labor, warts and all. That's what we've tried to do on Vitae: Our news, advice, and commentary on the experience of working-or looking for work-in and around academia aims to be honest, helpful, and, when appropriate, entertaining. 

Click  here to read the full article by Kelsky.


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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.

The Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin Sea Grant College Programs issue this joint call for proposals to 1) increase resilience of Lake Michigan coastal communities to severe weather events and 2) advance risk-based weather forecasts and communications for the Great Lakes region. Research is to be conducted in the 2016-2017 biennium. 


Proposals should address the following priority areas:

  • Incorporate information and understanding from diverse (e.g., societal, economic, health, infrastructure) impacts and outcomes of past weather events (including those outside of the Great Lakes basin) and subsequent adaptation strategies.
  • Couple local data on infrastructure vulnerability with event-based weather forecasting.
Applications being accepted for 2015-2016

For more information on the Indiana-Illinois Sea Grant, 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:


Tuesday, December 9th
  • For the Busy Postdoc & Grad Student: Company, Industry & Market Data
    • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    • 229 Hayes-Healy
Monday, January 12th
  • Ethics Workshop
    • 8am - 6pm
    • Location: TBD
    • Must register to attend
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 Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.

More information:


Postdoc Events
Postdoc Holiday Get-Together
  • Date: TOMORROW
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Snite Museum (campus map)
  • Didn't register, email Kim Patton
Come celebrate the season with your fellow ND Postdocs. Enjoy the art at the Snite Museum.  There will be wonderful food, beverages and door prizes.  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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 Hesburgh Libraries Launch Renovation Website

The first phase of Hesburgh Library Renovation, the Entrance Gallery and Tower Floor 10, will commence on December 22, 2014An important part of renovation communications will be the new website --renovation.library.nd.eduThe website gives the Libraries a platform over time to share the vision for building a 21st century research library and allows users and friends to follow the story of renovation every step of the way. And, perhaps most importantly, it's a day-to-day user's guide for all things renovation!
"Farewell to the Floor" Open House & Launch Event
Please join the Hesburgh Libraries for a launch event: "Farewell to the Floor" Campus Open House on December 10 from 4p - 6p in Hesburgh Library, 2nd Floor North. Enjoy music, food, sign-the-floor, and more! 

For more information click here
or download an evite here.

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