February 24, 2015
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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 February 23, 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 Murray Newlands for The Muse.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Sasha Bronner for The Third Metric.



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
7th Annual Research Symposium


The Graduate Student Union and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Notre Dame are proud to present the seventh annual Research Symposium. This event showcases the innovative work of the Notre Dame graduate student and postdoc communities. Students and postdocs wishing to present must submit an abstract contextualizing their research for an audience outside their academic discipline. The symposium will be separated into four divisions: Engineering, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. Students and postdocs will present their research via posters or digital presentations (via a laptop supplied by the student/postdoc) to members of the University and the general public.

  • Date: April 9, 2015
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Award Ceremony: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Notre Dame Conference Center Lower Level (map)
  • Deadline for submission: March 27, 2015
  • More information, click here
  • To submit an abstract, click here.

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
Social Media: A Network Boost


Monya Baker for NatureJobs


Information scientist Cassidy Sugimoto was initially sceptical that Twitter was anything more than a self-promotional time-sink. But when she noticed that her graduate students were receiving conference and co-authoring invitations through connections made on Twitter, she decided to give the social-media platform a try. An exchange that began last year as short posts, or 'tweets', relating to conference sessions led to a new contact offering to help her negotiate access to an internal data set from a large scientific society. "Because we started the conversation on Twitter, it allowed me to move the conversation into the physical world," says Sugimoto, who studies how ideas are disseminated among scientists at Indiana University in Bloomington. "It's allowed me to open up new communities for discussions and increase the interdisciplinarity of my research." 


Click here to read the full article by Baker.


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What Recruiters Want to See on a PhD's Resume

For Cheeky Scientist.


No one outside my lab knew I existed.

At least not professionally.

I had friends and family members of course but beyond that-no one. I'd spent over 20 years in an academic bubble.


The path laid out for me was difficult to climb but easy to follow.

The only problem was I had followed it all the way to a dead end. Now I was like a toddler jumping up and down trying to get someone to notice me. But no one did notice.


I asked my academic advisor for help even though we had developed a difficult relationship. He said that he didn't know anyone in industry and couldn't help me get a job. To be fair...


He really didn't know anyone.


To read the full article, 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 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards offer unique research opportunities to highly talented Ph.D. recipients to engage in innovative research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities that are conducting applied research in support of EERE. 


Awards are designed to advance the development of clean energy technologies in energy efficiency for buildings, industry and vehicles; and renewable energy using biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, geothermal, solar, and water and wind power. The 2015 awards focus on solar energy research. 


Applications are due on May 7, 2015.


For more information on the EERE Fellowship, click here.

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.

Postdoc Women's Event - Junior Female Faculty 
Q & A Panel 
Laurie Littlepage,
Kate Marshall, English
Amy Hixon, CEEES

Wondering how to get a job as a professor? What's it like to be a female faculty member? How do you balance work and family? Get these answers and ask more questions at the Junior Female Faculty Panel sponsored by the Postodoc Women's Committee.  Here from the following faculty at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's.
  • Kathryn Haas, Chemistry and Physics, Saint Mary's College
  • Amy Hixon, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Notre Dame
  • Laurie Littlepage, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Notre Dame
  • Kate Marshall, English, Notre Dame
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this event.  
  • Date: March 3, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Harper Cancer Institute (Map)
  • Register: Click here
Don't have a sitter, you can bring the kids.  We will have kid-friendly treats.

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
International Coffee Hour

International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) invites all ND Postdocs to a delightful afternoon of free coffee and great company! All attendees will receive a free ISSA T-shirt!
  • Who: All ND Students, Exchange Students, Postdocs, Faculty Members and Friends
  • When: Friday, Februrary 27
  • Where: Reckers Hospitality Room - South Dining Hall (map)
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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 24th

    • How to Negotiate a Salary
      • 12:00 - 1:00pm
      • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium
Thursday, February 26th
    • 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
Monday, March 2nd
    • EAP Workshop: Email Etiquette
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo 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.


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

Friday, February 27th

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

Tuesday, March 3rd

    • Introduction to TeX
      • 4:30 - 5:30pm
      • 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

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.