University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
January 13, 2015
In This Issue

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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 January 13, 2015 - 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 Jacquelyn Smith for Business Insider

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Lisa Capretto for The Huffington Post



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Overcoming Writer's Block: Three Tips


Rowena Murray for The Guardian Higher Education Network


A common thread in conversations about how difficult academic writing can be is the persistent feeling of not being ready to write. Or not being good enough to write. While academics and PhD students might not call this writer's block, they talk a lot about procrastination and perfectionism. They list displacement activities - checking email, Facebook, references, doing the laundry, cleaning the room, mowing the grass, watching it grow - and they know that all of these involve not writing.


It's a recognised problem. In his book Understanding Writing Block, Keith Hjortshoj says: "Writing blocks are most common among advanced undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, and other professional writers who are not supposed to need help with writing and do not need the kinds of writing instruction offered in the typical composition class."


To read the full article by Murray, click 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
Notre Dame Winter Career Fair


Looking for a job in industry? Attend the Notre Dame Winter Career Fair

  • Date: January 29, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Joyce Fieldhouse (map)
  • List of Employers: As of 1.5.15
  • More information, click here

Need help prepping for the career fair? Schedule a consultation with Kim Patton.


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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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Academic Cover Letters: Ten Tips


Steve Joy for The Guardian Higher Education Network


The classic counterpart to a CV, cover letters are standard in almost all job applications. Academic cover letters are typically allowed to be longer than in other sectors, but this latitude comes with its own pitfalls. For one, many cover letters are written as if they were simply a retelling in full sentences of everything on the CV. But this makes no sense. Selectors will have skimmed through your CV already, and they don't want to re-read it in prose form.


Instead, approach your cover letter as a short essay. It needs to present a coherent, evidence-based response to one question above all: why would you be an excellent hire for this position? 


Click here to read the full article by Joy.


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Why You Need to Leave Academia in 2015

Isaiah Hankel, PhD for Cheeky Scientist


I felt like a complete loser. I grabbed a food stamp application and walked out of the poorly lit government assistant building.

One of the postdocs in my lab was on food stamps and told me that I could probably get on them too. It was my last year of graduate school and I had developed a stress-induced kidney condition and was paying off a bunch of related medical bills. My measly graduate student stipend wasn't enough to live on anymore so I secretly started working as a janitor cleaning cell phone stores. 


It was embarrassing on so many levels. I thought climbing my way to the highest echelons of academia would give me this life. I thought I would be paid well, treated well, and allowed to do meaningful work. But I was very wrong. Fortunately, I was able to fight my way out of academia and move into a non-academic career before being put on food stamps. Most PhDs and PhD students, however, have not been so lucky. 


Click here to read the full article by Hankel.


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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:


Friday, January 16th
    • Community Engagement and Higher Education: History, Contexts, and Future 
    • 11:45am - 1:45pm
      • Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House
Thursday, January 22nd
    • EAP Workshop: How to Improve Your Academic English 
    • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

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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PhD Humor

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