February 17, 2015
In This Issue

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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 16, 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
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Postdoc Corner
Where Do English Ph.D.'s Get Jobs? It Depends on Where They Studied.

Sydni Dunn for Vitae


It's common knowledge, and common sense: Earn your doctorate from a top-tier program, and you're more likely to snag a top-tier academic job. But a new paper, published by economist David Colander in the journal Pedagogy, provides a clearer sense of just how much a program's ranking influences where its newly-minted Ph.D.'s end up.


We caught up with Colander to find out more. Here are the nuts and bolts:


To read the full article by Dunn, 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
Facing Career Doubts


Jake Livengood for Inside Higher Ed


Some people think I work for a magical university where students have no career challenges and amazing jobs are handed out like fliers on a college quad.


Even though Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a magical place to work, to say that students do not have career challenges misses the mark. This blog post delves into strategies to approach common doubts along a career journey, regardless of the university one has attended.


Click here to read the full article by Livengood.


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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. 

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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.   

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Wine & Dine Your Way to Success   


Uncover the essential elements of proper etiquette in today's business environment.  Join the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Career Services during an enjoyable and entertaining evening of networking and dining.
  • Date: February 26, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Cost: $8.50 (includes complimentary drink and 3-course dinner)
  • Location: Morris Inn Ballroom (map)
  • More information about the dinner: Click here.
  • Register: Click here.   

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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.

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 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

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. 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 17th
    • Academic iNDex Jumpstart
      • 5:00 - 6:00pm
      • Location: 107 O'Shaughnessy Hall
    • ProMazo Information Session
      • 5:00 - 6:00pm
      • Location: Innovation Park
Friday, February 20th
    • Lunch and Learn: Leadership and Service Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
      • 1:00 - 2:00pm
      • Location: Carey Auditorium

Tuesday, February 24th

    • How to Negotiate a Salary
      • 12:00 - 1:00pm
      • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium
Thursday, February 26th
    • Etiquette Dinner
      • 6:00 - 7:30pm
      • Location: Morris Inn
    • EAP Workshop: US Classroom Culture: Dealing with Difficult Situations as an International TA
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Friday, February 27th
    • Lunch and Learn: Money Management for Graduate Students and Postdocs
      • 1:00 - 2:00pm
      • Location: Carey Auditorium
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.


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
      • Location: 247 Hesburgh Library

Wednesday, February 25th

    • Library Lunch and Learn: Publication - Preparing to Publish
      • 12:30 - 1:45pm
      • Location: 247 Hesburgh Library

Thursday, February 26th

    • Mendeley Hands-on Research Literature, Citation Management and Sharing
      • 4:30 - 5:30pm
      • Location: 247 Hesburgh Library

Thursday, February 26th

    • Foundations of Text Analysis Series, Part 1
      • 2:00 - 3:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor 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

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