April 21, 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 20, 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

By Julie Daniluk for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
The Future of the Postdoc 


Kendall Powell for Nature


By the time Sophie Thuault-Restituito reached her twelfth year as a postdoctoral fellow, she had finally had enough. She had completed her first postdoc in London, then moved to New York University (NYU) in 2004 to start a second. Eight years and two laboratories later, she was still there and still effectively a postdoc, precariously dependent on outside grants to secure and pay for her position. Her research on Alzheimer's disease was not making it into high-profile journals, so she was unable to compete for academic positions in the United States or Europe. She loved science and had immense experience, but with two young children at home, she knew she needed something more secure. "My motivation was gone. I was done with doing research," she says.


So in 2013, Thuault-Restituito moved into a job as a research-laboratory operations manager at NYU, where she coordinates building renovations and fosters collaboration between labs. She enjoys the fact that her staff position has set hours, as well as better pay and benefits. But at the time of the move, she mourned the loss of a research career and she regrets the years wasted pursuing one. "I stayed five years more than I should have," she says.


Thuault-Restituito is the face of a postdoctoral system that is broken.


Click here for the full article by Powell.


Science: Out of the Box, Outreach Done Right


David Crotty for  The Scholarly Kitchen


We spend a lot of time talking about "access", particularly with the goal of  informing the general public about the discoveries and the importance of academic research. While the value of making highly technical research papers available remains open to debate (see the comments here for the latest round), researchers themselves can play a much bigger role in outreach efforts. Doing this well, however, is no easy task.


As a former science books editor, I can't tell you how many proposals I received from researchers looking to write about their complex subject area for a lay audience. With rare exceptions, these proposals would fall apart in the actual writing of a sample chapter. Each author would run into the common problem of either assuming that the reader knew important background information (resulting in a book that was beyond most lay readers) or explaining those basic concepts to the reader (what is DNA?). This usually turned the book into a boring textbook and lost the reader's attention before ever getting to the interesting stuff.


Click here for the full article by Crotty.

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
Career Lingo: "We Will Be Reviewing Applications"


David D. Perlmutter for Vitae


Job ads in academe often use the same hiring jargon even while the disciplines, institutions, and positions vary widely. The language may be standard but its meaning is anything but. Culture and circumstance govern how each word and phrase is applied.


So far in this series we have examined the nuances of the following career lingo found in job ads: "degree completed by," "in a related field," and "required" versus "preferred" qualifications." Now we turn to another ubiquitous phrase that can mean different things to different committees: "applications will begin to be reviewed" or "we will begin reviewing applications" on such and such a date.


Click here to read the full article by Perlmutter.


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Nonverbal Communication Skills


Alison Doyle for aboutcareers


When you're interviewing for a job, your body language is almost as important as the answers you give to the questions. Employers will evaluate what you do as well as what you say, and you can use your nonverbal communication skills to make the best impression. 


Click here to read the full article by Doyle.


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New Library Services for Postdocs

One Button Studio Opens in Hesburgh Library Lower Level
In partnership with OIT, Hesburgh Libraries is piloting the new One Button Studio, a fully-featured digital video production studio that is designed to be both powerful and easy-to-use, requiring no prior video production experience.  The studio is available for use by all ND faculty, staff, and students (valid NDID required).

Examples of studio projects might include activities such as:

  • practicing presentations
  • creating videos for online instruction
  • recording training or professional development modules
  • creating ePortfolio materials or video essays

More information and reservations, click here.


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Testing New Desktop Overhead Scanner: Hesburgh Library Research Help Desk, First Floor, Hesburgh Library


Many postdocs know that the Hesburgh Library has overhead scanners that can be used to digitize and create SmartPDF of documents. The Library has two new scanners in the area for you to try, one the Library owns and one they are seeking feedback before buying. 

  • The Library owns a new SmartDock KIC overhead scanner with an autodocument feed (ADF) capability. Got a stack of looseleaf papers? Insert them and push 'scan' for ADF and they will scan, both sides, and feed automatically. Got a smart device? Dock it on the SmartDock and automatically transfer to your iPad, iPod or other smart device. You can also scan to your PrintND print queue and print from the PrintND workstations. Ask us how!
  • They are testing a desktop KIC overhead scanner that is a 'Click Scan'. It is fast, it has easily adjusted settings and can email or save your scanned documents to a USB/Flash drive. Give it a try and leave them feedback so they know whether they should purchase this test drive.


Events and Groups

  • Are you a graduate student or postdoc in a committed relationship? 
  • Would you and your significant other like to get to know other couples and families? 
  • Then join the Graduate Spouse and Partner Network (GSPN) here at Notre Dame! 

The goal of the GSPN is to act as a sustainable support system and social networking community for the significant others of all graduate students and postdocs and their partners, and to facilitate their involvement in the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. All significant others, partners, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and anyone in a committed relationship with a University of Notre Dame post-baccalaureate student or postdoc are welcome and encouraged to join the GSPN along with their partner. Significant others and/or graduate students/postdocs do not need to be based in South Bend to join the group. Join today and start receiving information on our community events and small interest groups, like Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Film Night, and Craft Night! To sign up to receive more information about the GSPN and possibly get involved, simply visit this REGISTRATION LINK 


For more information on the GSPN, email Tony.


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This week Benjamin Saunders from Leeds' Cathedral in England will
spend a week working with our Notre Dame Children's Choir in preparation for a concert with the Chamber Choir this Thursday. They will perform music of Britten, Pergolesi, as well as American spirituals, and more. 

The Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary's College is also hosting an organ recital by Mr. Saunders. Below are the details of his public events this week.

Saunders developed England's largest children's choral program with 2500 singers in cathedral choirs, parish choirs, a choir school, and numerous community choirs. Saunders is also an accomplished organist with many recordings. Read his biography here.

Public Events: Free

Discussion of Diocese of Leeds'/ Leeds' Cathedral music program with MSM/DMA students
  • Wednesday April 222:30-3:40pm
  • Crowley Hall - room 124
  • Coffee with students after
NDCC Chamber Choir Concert
  • Thursday April 23, 7:00pm
  • Holy Cross College, St. Joseph's Chapel
Organ Recital
  • Sunday April 26, 2:00pm
  • Church of Our Lady of Loretto, St. Mary's College
This week's events are generously sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

For more information, please contact Mark Doerries, D.M.
Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children's Choir, ND Postdoc.

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.


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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.


Monday, April 20th

    • SketchUP and Beyond: 3D Modeling
      • 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.