University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
December 16, 2014

This will be the last ND Postdoc Newsletter of 2014.  The newsletter will resume January 6, 2015.  Have a wonderful break, and we'll see you in the new year!

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 15, 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

by Charlotte Andersen for Greatist.



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Ten Simple Steps to Building a Reputation as a Researcher, in Your Early Career


By Micah Altman, for MIT Libraries


In the rapidly changing world of research and scholarly communications researchers are faced with a rapidly growing range of options to publicly disseminate, review, and discuss research-options which will affect their long-term reputation. Junior scholars must be especially thoughtful in choosing how much effort to invest in dissemination and communication, and what strategies to use.


In this talk, I briefly discuss a number of review of bibliometric and scientometric studies of quantitative research impact, a sampling of influential qualitative writings advising this area, and an environmental scan of emerging researcher profile systems. Based on this review, and on professional experience on dozens of review panels, I suggest some steps junior researchers may consider when disseminating their research and participating in public review and discussion.  


Click here for the full article by Altman.

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
When Good Advice Is Relative


Stephanie Eberle for Inside HigherEd


While giving a "Marketing Strategies for the Job Search" lecture in my and John Krumboltz's "Career and Life Planning" course at Stanford University, one of our graduate students raised her hand. She explained that, having had three months of experience recruiting at a top management consulting firm, she had relevant insights for our mostly graduating seniors and graduate students. She continued: "First of all, don't ever use an objective statement because everyone will make fun of you. That's what we always did."


Two weeks later, I attended a job search strategies panel of top employers of graduate students/postdocs in the Bay Area. Of the five panelists, three recommended an objective statement as a way to set candidates apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

Every day, we are bombarded with contradicting information from websites, mentors, and self-proclaimed field experts, espousing the best route to career success, usually in five (that's the average, per my count) easy steps. Who is right? Who is wrong? And how do we know the difference? 


Click here to read the full article by Eberle.


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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.

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for postdoctoral training awards in translational research. 


Two years of funding (salary and health insurance) is available for postdoctoral fellows. Criteria for application include:

  • Candidates may have no more than 36 months combined experience as a postdoctoral fellow at any academic institution or industry by July 1st 2015.  In addition, they must have started their current positions no later than January 1st, 2015.
  • Co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician or clinician-scientist and a basic or non-clinician PhD scientist). Co-mentors are not limited to faculty at CTSI institutions.
  • Research that is translational in nature and takes advantage of the synergism that comes from working at this basic/clinical interface.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status. 
Applications being accepted for 2015-2016

For more information on the Indiana CTSI Awards and a link to the application, 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:


Monday, January 12th
  • Ethics Workshop
    • 8am - 6pm
    • Location: Morris Inn
    • NB: Must register to attend; there will not be walk-up registration
    • This workshop fulfills the eight-hour Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement for postdoctoral scholars receiving federal funding.
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:


International Postdocs
Temporary Protected Status for Countries Affected by Ebola Crisis


The U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security recently announced that Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have been added to the list of countries whose nationals may qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Individuals who are interested in learning more about this benefit can read additional information herePlease be aware that ISSA staff are not able to advise on the process for obtaining TPS.  Interested individuals may wish to contact an immigration attorney for assistance. 


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