March 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 March 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

Positive Productivity Points


By Craig Jarrow for Time Management Ninja.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Sarah Von Bargen for Yes and Yes.



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
ND Postdoc to Present at National Translational Science Conference


Joanne Fahey for ND Research


Holly Weiss-Bilka, a second year postdoctoral assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been selected to present at the Association for Clinical and Translational Science's (ACTS) annual meeting. The conference, Translational Science 2015, will take place in Washington, D.C from April 16th to April 18th, 2015.


Weiss-Bilka, a Notre Dame graduate (B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in '07, Ph.D. in Bioengineering in '13) and current member of the Ravosa Lab, researches the skull. She is seeking, as part of the multidisciplinary research team, to develop an understanding of normal skull growth in humans and the responses of bone to external forces.

Click here for the full article about Weiss-Bilka.

What is a Planning Grant, and How Do They Work?


Ron Kohanski for Inside NIA


There are a handful of run-of-the-mill 'R' grants offered by the NIH that are familiar to most investigators: everyone knows the R01. Ever heard of the R34? Not one of those that most people know.


The R34 is a "planning grant."


The short answers to your planning grant questions are:

What do you plan in an R34?


You plan a clinical trial, or you plan a research project. The R34 is now a versatile grant mechanism that could be used for planning of basic research projects, complex epidemiologic studies, in addition to its original purpose of planning clinical trials. 

Click here for the full article by Kohanski.

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
The Art of Interviewing Well


Thomas Patrick Chuna for Bio Careers


Interviewing is one of those things that we typically don't practice, so we don't get a lot of experience doing it. The default behavior of job seekers is to "wing it", which is actually doing more damage to your prospects in landing the position. 


Winging it is another way of saying you are clueless, disinterested, or lazy to the hiring authority. Honestly, nobody cares if you're shy, introverted, or nervous around people. What they do care about is the fact you showed up unprepared and wasted their time. If you want to hear "don't call us, we'll call you", then by all means, that's how you do it


Click here to read the full article by Chuna.


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Top 10 Best Interview Questions to Ask an Employer


Allison Doyle for About Careers


During a job interview, usually towards the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is an opportunity to find out more about the company and the job to make sure it's agood match.

Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to reference some of your qualities, skills and experience. Be very specific in the questions you ask, and you will have the opportunity to impress your potential employer with your knowledge and interest in the industry, as well as determine if this is the right job for you.

Review the top 10 best interview questions to ask an employer during a job interview. That way you'll be prepared to ask questions and you'll be able to get as much insight as possible into the position and the employer. 


Click here to read the full article by Doyle.


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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. The 2015 awards focus on solar energy research. 


Applications are due on May 7, 2015.


For more information on the EERE 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.

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.

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:

Thursday, March 26th
    • EAP Workshop: Giving and Receiving Student Feedback
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Wednesday, April 1st
    • EAP Workshop: Organizing a Research Paper
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions,


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 



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.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


Tuesday, March 24th

    • Introduction to Text Mining
      • 1:15 - 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

Wednesday, March 25th

    • Library Lunch and Learn: Peer Review and Publication
      • 12:30 - 1:30pm
      • Location: 247 Hesburgh Library

Friday, March 27th

    • Interactive Timelines with TimelineJS
      • 12:00 - 1:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Data Visualization with Tableau Public
      • 1:00 - 2:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Foundations of Text Analysis IV
      • 2:00 - 3:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Tuesday, March 31st

    • WikiWomen WIkipedia Edit-a-thon
      • 12:00 - 5:00pm
      • 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.