April 7, 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 April 6, 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 Melanie Nelson for Vitae.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Dr. Alice Boyes for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
The Postdoc Series: Finding Funding


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Becoming an independent researcher in academia is crucial to achieving future success.


When you start your first postdoc, you often find yourself dependent on your supervisor: the one that provides the funding so that you can do their your research. But as you build up your experience, it's important to start demonstrating your own independence as a researcher. Doing this whilst working for someone else is not an easy task.


It might sound obvious, but "just being a clone of your PhD supervisor may be a bad strategy," says Jim Usherwood, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Reader at the Structure & Motion Laboratory at the Royal Veterinary College in London. You might look up to them and admire their work, but in the end funding agencies will look for innovative applications that demonstrate how you will be doing new research.

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
Want People to Accept Your LinkedIn Requests?  Use These 10 Templates.


Aja Frost for The Muse


This morning, when I logged into LinkedIn, I had nine connection requests waiting for me. Some were from recruiters, some were from total strangers, some were from fellow writers, and some were from old classmates-but they all said the exact same thing:

"I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn."


It baffles me that everyone isn't customizing their invitations-but in fact, very few people do. Those 300 characters can have a big impact, though: If you're connecting with someone you know well, it's a great opportunity to say something nice and reinforce the relationship. If you're connecting with someone you don't know well, it's a great opportunity to remind him or her how you met. If you're connecting with someone you don't know at all, it's your only opportunity to convince him or her to accept.


However, maybe your problem isn't finding motivation-it's finding what to say. That's why I've created 10 templates for LinkedIn invitations, so no matter who you're connecting with, you'll have the right words. (Of course, you'll need to adapt them to your own situation.) 


Click here to read the full article by Frost.


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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
Jennifer JonesSociology


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
  • Jennifer Jones, Sociology, 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.


For those interested in digital humanities, digital scholarship, or
educational technologies.

As "unconferences," THATCamps are informal and participatory.
Therefore, attendees at the first session of Thursday will set the
agenda for the rest of the two days.

Registration is strongly encouraged for space and refreshment planning, but not necessary.

To register, propose sessions, or find additional information, visit
http://nd2015.thatcamp.org/ or contact Jeff Bain-Conkin

  • Date: April 9-10, 2015
  • Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Location: Hesburgh Library, Center for Digital Scholarship (129 Hesburgh)
7th Annual Research Symposium

Come out and support your fellow ND 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)
  • For a list of the Postdocs presenting at the symposium, click here
International Postdocs
Immigration Q&A

Tom Arkell, Immigration Attorney for Dunn Law Firm, LLP will present a workshop on immigration and employment options for international postdocs including H-1B status, travel issues and options for permanent residence.
  • Date: April 16, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Place: 202 Nieuwland Science Hall
Click here to register for this event.  Feel free to bring your lunch.


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:

Monday, April 13th
    • EAP Workshop: Talking with Others about Your Research
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Tuesday, April 21st
    • EAP Workshop: Editing and Revising Academic Writing
      • 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.


Wednesday, April 15th

    • Library Lunch and Learn: Plagiarism and Publication
      • 12:30 - 1:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
Thursday, April 16th
    • 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
More information: 
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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