April 14, 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 April 13, 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 Jordan Cohen for Harvard Business Review.

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Rosie Osmun for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Research Symposium - Winners
From left to right: Daniel Stein, Penina Acayo, Daniel Brake, Aaron Sheppard, Deanne Adams, Rosemary Bush, Jie Qiu, Sara Alger


Thank you to all the postdocs who participated in the 7th Annual Research Symposium last week.  This year we had a total of 25 postdocs participate in the symposium (up from 15 from last year).


Social Science


Congratulations to the Symposium Winners!

  • Engineering
    • 1st Place: Rosemary Bush, CEEES
    • 2nd Place: Jie Qiu, Center for Material Science of Anticides
  • Humanities
    • 1st Place: Penina Acayo, Art, Art History and Design
    • 2nd Place: Daniel Stein, Sacred Music
  • Science
    • 1st Place: Daniel Brake, ACMS
    • 2nd Place: Aaron Sheppard, Biological Sciences
  • Social Science
    • 1st Place: Deanne Adams, Psychology
    • 2nd Place: Sara Alger, Psychology 
Research Grant Application Tips from the National Institute on Aging


Robin Barr for Inside NIA


How do I write a grant application that will get funded? 

It's a question I get asked all the time. Of course there is no magic formula. And, you may have heard much of the most important advice already: be strategic, and so on. After a career helping to direct resources to worthy science-a career on the sidelines, some might say-I have some thoughts and advice that may be useful to you as you prepare your next application.


The Hook

Supposedly, reviewers neutrally weigh each application balancing significance, innovation, approach, investigators, and environment in a mental stew that simmers for a while and then produces an impact rating flavored by these core elements. Yeah, right! Reviewers have students at their door, lab assistants having problems with a protocol, a dog that needs to be taken to the vet, and an anniversary to remember. 

Click here for the full article by Barr.

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
From Start to Finish: A Guide to Informational Interviewing


Prital Patel for Nature Jobs


Informational interviews, when properly prepared for, are a powerful career and self-development tool.


In 2014 I attended the Naturejobs Career Expo in Boston as a reporter, covering a talk delivered by Lauren Celano of Propel Careers on how to look your best on paper (here's part 1 and part 2). I am currently an executive member of the Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) at the University of Toronto, a platform for assisting graduate students in exploring career options outside of academia. I worked as part of a team to organize a networking reception to give researchers at University of Toronto an opportunity to engage and network with life sciences professionals in non-academic roles. As a prelude to the event, Celano gave a seminar on informational interviewing and effective networking. 


Click here to read the full article by Patel.


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Seven Ways to Approach Panel Interviews


Justin Zackal for HigherEd Jobs


Between breaks in the academic schedule and finding time for committees to meet, academic hires can takeas long as a year. Panel interviews are often used in the later stages because a hiring committee can commit an hour or so to a candidate and evaluate the same material on a level playing field, rather than piece together what is said during a candidate's fragmented, one-on-one interviews over an entire day on campus. 

Some candidates dread panel interviews, but if you're prepared and have a positive awareness of a hiring committee's intentions, then you will be able to embrace the challenges that panel interviews present. 

As a candidate, you need to perform at your best in the short time you have under a committee's klieg light. Here are a few tips to help you be at your best. 


Click here to read the full article by Zackal.


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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: TONIGHT
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Mendoza College of Business, Room 160 (map )
  • Register: Click here
Don't have a sitter, you can bring the kids.  We will have kid-friendly treats.
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.


Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  Here are the upcoming programs:

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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