University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
January 6, 2015

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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Team Fathom for Fathom



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Solving the Postdoc Problem: National Report Suggests Higher Pay, Better Mentoring


Carolyn Y. Johnson for The Boston Globe


An exhaustive, 120-page national report on the state of scientific postdoctoral researchers urges a range of reforms to ensure that thousands of well-educated scientists do not spend their most creative years in low-paid training for jobs that are in scarce supply.


The report, released last week by three of the most prestigious national organizations in scienceengineering, and medicine, suggested postdoctoral researchers should receive higher salaries, better mentoring, and a time limit on how long they can work in those initial jobs.


To read the full article by Johnson, click here.

Meet Catherine Osborne: Postdoc in Cushwa Center


Catherine Osborne is the Cushwa
Center's postdoctoral fellow for
2014-15. Osborne, who earned
her PhD in theology at Fordam
University and taught last year at
Franklin and Marshall College,
is the first person to hold this new


Her time is divided between her own writing projects and several ongoing projects for the Cushwa Center. She's writing a book to be titled American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow, which deals with Catholic interest in the future in the decades surrounding the Second Vatican Council, and especially with interest in possible changes to church architecture. 


Check out what else Catherine is working on at ND, by clicking here.

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
Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs, Jan. 26-30, 2015


Versatile PhD


Let's kill the cliche that humanists and social scientists can't have or don't want careers in technology. Technology is everywhere, and with its seemingly endless expansion, so too has opportunity expanded, for people with many different knowledge bases and skill sets. Humanists and social scientists who enjoy technology may be able to wedge themselves in and build a very interesting career centered on technology.


Join us for the week of January 26-30 for an asynchronous, web-based panel discussion of Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs. This panel discussion will feature a group of H/SS PhDs who have bootstrapped their way into technology careers and now play diverse technology-centered roles in a wide variety of organizations. Either they are working in overtly technological companies, or in technology-centered roles within other types of organizations. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, January 26 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, January 30.


To participate, join VPhD if you haven't already, then visit the Humanities forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word "Panel." No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel. Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. 


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Job Market Mentor: A Few Simple Rules


John Cawley for Vitae


Welcome to the first column of Job Market Mentor, a new feature on Vitae. I'm an economist at Cornell University and have written a guide to the job market for the American Economic Association for a dozen years. This column will be a place where I offer advice to new Ph.D.'s about the job search and will respond to reader questions, which I welcome. Send your questions to; contributors will be kept anonymous. You can also follow my Twitter account: @JobMarketMentor.


For many Ph.D. candidates, the time they spend searching for their first job may be the most stressful and uncertain of their lives. Here are a few simple rules for improving the odds of success on the market.


Click here to read the full article by Cawley.


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Funding Opportunties
There are several funding opportunities for ND Postdocs.  Here is a list.  Links are provided for specific details to each award below.

Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.


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. 


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. 


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
ISSA Closed January 14-16


International Student and Scholar Affairs Office will be closed January 14-16 due to the site visit happening for new software.


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Hesburgh Library Renovation Alert
Phase 1-A begins just after finals on December 22, 2014. Here is what to expect during the holiday season:

TEMPORARY Construction Barrier Walls - 1st Floor Elevators
There will be no access to the 1st Floor elevators from 12/24 - 12/30/2014. TEMPORARY Construction Barrier Walls around the elevator lobbies on the 1st Floor will be erected on 12/24 and be removed on 12/30

TEMPORARY Construction Barrier Walls - 2nd Floor Elevators
There will be no access to the 2nd Floor elevators from 1/2 - 1/5/2015. TEMPORARY Construction Barrier Walls around the elevator lobbies on the 2nd Floor will be erected on 1/2 and be removed on 1/5.

Construction Barrier Walls around the entire Phase 1A will be erected beginning December 22nd and will stay in place for the duration of Phase 1-A to conclude in July of 2015.

Please note: If you are unable to use stairs and need elevator access during times of restricted elevator access (12/22/14through 1/5/15), please ask for assistance at the library security monitors' desk or call (574-631-6350).

Please contact Jessica Kayongo if you have any questions about upcoming work or have an issue receiving or viewing the Ren-Alerts. If you want up-to-date information about navigating the building throughout renovation, please consider subscribing to Ren-Alerts at Construction Maps, News & Updates and other tools are also available on the renovation website.

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