March 31, 2015
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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 30, 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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Robert A. Barnett for Health Magazine



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
The Postdoc Series: What Is a Postdoc?


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Postdocs are stepping-stones in a career, not a final destination.

The National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation (NSF) in the USA both define a postdoc as:

"An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path."

The defined period covers an approximately 3 year contract where scientists work in a laboratory helping a principle investigator (PI) to conduct their research. Ideally it is an opportunity to develop skills, work on interesting projects with interesting people in interesting places and train to become an independent scientist.

Click here for the full article by Gould.

The Postdoc Series: The Plight of the Postdoc


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Postdocs are looking for ways to change postdoctoral research and training.


In December 2014, Shaping the Future of Research: A perspective from junior scientists, by Gary McDowell et al was published in F1000Research. It's a report based on the Future of Research meeting that was held in October that year. Its main message is that bioscience and biotechnology postdocs aren't happy.


Click here for the full article by Gould.

The Postdoc Series: Postdocs in Industry


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Postdocs based in industry can give young academic researchers an insight into how the other half lives.


For PhDs that don't feel quite prepared enough to go straight from academia into industry, there is a half-way point. Many life science and biotechnology companies work in partnership with academia to create industrial postdoc positions.


Click here for the full article by Gould.

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
Jobs in the USA: Academic CVs and Industry Resumes


Julie Gould for Nature Blogs


Although CVs and resumes both contain information regarding experience, accomplishments, research focus and education, these documents differ in many ways. Understanding these is critical for candidates applying to non-academic positions. Here I highlight a few of the key differences. The details provided below refer to academic CV's and industry resumes for the USA job market.


Industry resumes: A resume is meant to simply hit the high points and be directed toward the position of interest.


Length: Resumes are typically limited to just one or two pages, and this depends upon an individual's experience. A candidate with limited work and/or educational experience should try to stick to just one page, and a more experienced candidate can extend to two. 


Click here to read the full article by Gould.


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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.

Postdoc Women's Event - Jr. Faculty Q & A

Dr. Laurie Littlepage
ND Chem & Biochem
Kate Marshall
ND English
Amy Hixon
Kathryn Haas
Saint Mary's Chem & Physics







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: April 14, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Mendoza College of Business (map )
  • Register: Click here
Don't have a sitter, you can bring the kids.  We will have kid-friendly treats.
7th Annual Research Symposium


Come out and support your fellow Postdocs at the Seventh Annual Research Symposium, sponsored by the Graduate Student Union and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars!  This event showcases the innovative work of the Notre Dame graduate student and postdoc communities. 


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 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)
  • More information, click here

International Postdocs
World On Tap
  • DateApril 1, 2015
  • Time5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
International postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 international postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.


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:

Wednesday, April 1st
    • EAP Workshop: Organizing a Research Paper
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Monday, April 13th
    • EAP Workshop: Talking with Others about Your Research
      • 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 31st

    • WikiWomen WIkipedia Edit-a-thon
      • 12:00 - 5:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library

Wednesday, April 1st

    • Framework for Information Literacy
      • 10:00 - 11:30am
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
Thursday, April 3rd
    • Framework for Information Literacy
      • 10:30am - 12:00pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • Foundations of Text Analysis V
      • 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

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.