February 10, 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 February 9, 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 Jeremy Choi for INC.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

For PureWow



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Not Just More Funding Needed


The US research enterprise and federal investment into that enterprise is getting smaller, says the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.


"Unfortunately, the research enterprise that has yielded so much in the past and that offers so much promise for the future is now under tremendous strain," FASEB says in a new report. "Research budgets have not kept pace with expanding opportunities and rising costs."


These complaints, ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser notes, are hardly new, as the report repeats the criticism that research funding hasn't kept up with the rate of inflation, leading to a 34 percent drop in R01 grants since 2003.


FASEB, she adds, puts forth a few suggestions, both old and new, to address this issue. Not only does it say that Congress should spend more money - and be predictable about its spending - on biomedical research and the National Institutes of Health, it also says that agency should be able to carry over its unspent funds from one year to the next, rather than losing what it hadn't yet spent.


Additionally, FASEB argues that researchers should be less dependent on grants to support their salaries, that the length of some grants should be extended so researchers can focus more on science than grant-writing, and that incoming graduate students should be better prepared for non-academic job tracks.


Though, as Kaiser notes, the FASEB report repeats previous conclusions, Howard Garrison, director of FASEB's Office of Public Affairs, tells her that it is a new sort of report for the group as it "recognizes that an increase in funding is not the way out of this dilemma."


To read the full article from genomeweb, 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
Brand Yourself as a Person of Talent, Not a Job Seeker


Peter Weddle for Higher Ed Jobs


Employers call today's job market a War for Talent. Why should you care? Because it signals a change in the way they hire. Employers are no longer making offers to people who can do the job. They are looking for those who will do more and can prove it. 

If you have any doubt about that, take this test. Find a job opening for which you meet 100 percent of the stated requirements. You are, in effect, a perfect match for the position, so go ahead and apply for it. Then, wait and see if you're asked for an interview. In many, maybe even most cases, you won't be. Why? Because employers have changed the definition of "qualified" for their openings. 


Click here to read the full article by Weddle.


back to top


Graduate Career Consortium's PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair


Register NOW for the annual Graduate Career Consortium's PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair.  


This fair is free of charge to students but you must register to be able to attend.  This is a virtual fair, so chat room times will vary by company throughout the day. Review the schedule for company times.  There are currently 25 employers registered for the event.  The event is open to ND Postdocs. Upload your resume and get seen by employers prior to the event!

  • Date: February 17, 2015
  • Cost: FREE
  • Employer List: Click here.
  • Register: Click here.  You must register to be part of the event. 

back to top


Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair 


The United States Intelligence Community (IC) invites you to attend the sixth annual IC Virtual Career Fair. Space is limited. To guarantee entrance, pre-registration is highly encouraged. 

  • Date: February 19, 2015
  • Time 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Eastern 
  • Cost: FREE
  • More details: Click here.
  • Register: Click here.   

back to top


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

The L'Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post-doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.


Applications will open on February 2, 2015 and are due on March 20, 2015.


For more information on the L'Oreal Fellowship, click  here.

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 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.


Pi Day 5K

This year, we will be the closest to pi (3.1415926...) in our lifetime! In celebration of Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday, the Society of Schmitt Fellows and the Association for Women in Science are co-hosting the first ever Pi Day 5K, with science demos, lab tours, and more!  

All proceeds from the event will be given to Girls on the Run program at Harrison Boys and Girls ClubFor more details, click here.  

Shamrock Shindig - 
Save the Date

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and your fellow ND Postdocs at the Shamrock Shindig.

  • Date: March 17, 2015
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Rohr's (inside Morris Inn - map)
  • Register here to let us know you are coming

Free appetizers for all!  Free drink ticket to ND Postdocs who wear their ND Postdoc Green T-Shirt.  Don't have the green ND Postdoc T-Shirt? Email the ND Postdoc Office.  We hope to see you there.

International Postdocs
Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame Saint Mary's College Tax Assistance Program (TAP) offers free tax return preparation services to international visitors. All international visitors in F-1 or J-1 status MUST file a tax return, even if they earned no income during 2014.

Tax services to international clients are by appointment only. Due to the many variables in international client tax situations, all international visitors are required to use the online Appointment Scheduling Process (ASP) to schedule their appointments. The ASP will guide tax clients to the preparer best suited to assist in their tax return preparations.

You may access the ASP here beginning on February 9, 2015. You will log in using your NetID and password. There are many special circumstances considered in preparing tax returns. Based on your circumstances, the online ASP system will provide you with online help and instructions on each screen. Please follow all instructions carefully.

For more information about TAP, 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, February 10th

    • EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

Friday, February 13th

    • Community Engagement Workshop: Religion and Spirituality in Pedagogies of Community Engagement
      • 11:45am - 1:15pm
      • Location: 223 Geddes Hall
Monday, February 16th
    • EAP Workshop: Paraphrasing, Using Sources Effectively, and Avoiding Plagiarism
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Tuesday, February 17th
    • How to Negotiate a Salary
      • 12:00 - 1:00pm
      • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium
    • Academic iNDex Jumpstart
      • 5:00 - 6:00pm
      • 107 O'Shaughnessy Hall
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Workshops from the NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. The NCDFF is 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.


The University of Notre Dame is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Through Notre Dame's membership, ND Postdocs may claim an Institutional Sub-account Membership at no cost and enjoy all the benefits of a NCFDD Individual Membership.  Register here to join NCFDD.


For a list of the Spring 2015 webinars, 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 workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields!  Consider enrolling in one of the 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.



Thursday, February 12th

    • Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis
      • 3:00 - 4:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Friday, February 13th

    • Introduction to Text Mining
      • 1:10 - 2:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Using Voyant Tools
      • 2:00 - 2:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Using JSTOR's Data for Research
      • 3:00 - 3:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Text Mining and Hathi Trust
      • 4:00 - 4:45pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Monday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 17th

    • Foundations in Text Analysis (Two-Day Demo)
      • 9:00am - 12:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Thursday, February 19th

    • Horizon Report
      • 11:00am - 12:15pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • RefWorks Hands-On Research Literature and Citation Management Software
      • 4:30 - 5:30pm
      • 247 Hesburgh Library
More information: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu


English for Academic Purposes Workshops
The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' English for Academic Purposes program offers workshops that are open to all ND Postdocs.


PhD Humor

The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, and comments included in this newsletter are solely the views and expressions of the original sources' authors and contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Notre Dame, The Graduate School, or the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars.