May 12, 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 May 11, 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.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)


The NPA is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, they have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the US. They have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level. 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a sustaining member of the NPA.
  • ND Postdocs can join the NPA for free.
  • Learn about the benefits of a NPA membership here.
For more information about the NPA and to become a member, 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 Jade Clark for The Ladders

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Debbie Hampton for MindBodyGreen



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
The Postdoc Series: Setting Up Your Own Lab


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Transitioning from postdoc to faculty is never an easy step, which is made no easier by the severe competition for funding. Kim McCall chose to set up her postdoc lab based on what would be "hot" when she was looking for a postdoctoral job. "But I also looked for a research topic that I thought would be NIH-fundable," she says. Most importantly however, McCall looked for something that she was passionate about: "when you start your own lab this is what you'll be doing so it's important to choose a topic that you will continue to be excited about."


Once you know what your research focus is and where the money might come from, you'll need to negotiate your start-up package: the funding that the institution offers you to get you up-and-running (buying equipment, materials, pay postdocs, etc) for the first 2-3 years. This money is finite, and the institutions will expect you to find your own financial resources as soon as possible.


Click here for the full article by Gould.


The Postdoc Series: Help for Lost Postdocs


Julie Gould for NatureJobs


Karen Hinxman completed two postdocs before realising she was on the wrong road and wasn't cut out to be a professor. "I still love science and research, but I'm better suited to my current role," she says. Now she's a career consultant at Imperial College London, working with other postdocs who are looking for careers advice. "The perpetual postdocs are usually still there either because they are determined to become professors, but more often than not, they don't know what else to do."


Hinxman's postdoctoral experience, like that of many others we've seen in this series, was beneficial when it came to finding a job outside academia. She had an insider's point of view of what life as a postdoctoral researcher was like. "What comes next very much depends on the postdoc, what kind of person they are and what career they are hoping for."

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
How to Get the Inside Scoop on a Company Before Accepting a New Job


Alison Green for US News and World Report


When you're interviewing for a job, it can be tough to know what working there day to day would really be like. Good companies will try to help you get a strong sense of their culture, but plenty of employers try so hard to present themselves in a good light that they obscure important information about working there. And even when companies try to be transparent, candidates are often so eager to get a job offer that they overlook warning signs about the culture.


It's crucial to find ways to dig into what's it's really like to work somewhere before you accept an offer. Otherwise, you risk finding yourself in a new job that makes you miserable.


Here are seven ways to get the inside scoop on a company before you accept a job offer. 


Click here to read the full article by Green.


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The Professor Is In: Getting External Review Letters


Karen Kelsky for Vitae


The external-review process for tenure seems daunting. I am wondering if you could answer the following questions: What are external tenure letters? And how do I go about developing "arm's-length" relationships with senior scholars so I can make sure their letters are favorable?


External-review letters are written by established senior professors at peer institutions around the country in support of an assistant professor's tenure case. At every institution where research is a core element of a tenure case, these letters are required. They are not always required for tenure cases at community colleges or small regional teaching colleges.


Click here to read the full article by Kelsky.


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ACS Virtual Career Fair


The ACS Virtual Career Fair eliminates geographical barriers, enabling job seekers and employers to connect with each other no matter where they are. Interviews take place via text or video chat, plus there are virtual forums for job seekers and employers to meet informally.  Job seekers can connect with employers from their homes, offices, or from the dedicated computer stations we'll have on hand at the Onsite Career Fair.  In addition, virtual job seekers can schedule one-on-one career consultants and attend live events via webcast (or view them later on demand).  Enhance your job search by participating fully in both onsite and online sections of the ACS Career Fair.
  • Date: June 1 & 2, 2015
  • Location: Connect from anywhere in the world!
  • Hours: (subject to change)
    • o    All times are Central Time
    • o    June 1: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
    • o    June 2: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
  • For more information and registration information, click here.

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Library Information and 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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The Hesburgh Library Renovation continues to move forward. Upcoming changes during the month of May:
  • The 10th floor renovation will take 34 carrels (currently housing 58 students) and the graduate student lounge offline beginning in May of 2015.  
  • The Libraries have offered Arts & Letters alternate carrel spaces for assignment to graduate students.  
    • These alternate spaces will be accessible only to the students assigned to seats in the spaces.  
    • The open workspaces serving as carrel space will contain either individual furniture carrels or study tables with privacy panels, as well as shelving for books and lockable charging stations.  
When the 10th floor renovation is complete and ready for occupancy (late 2015/early 2016), students will have access to the new graduate carrel enclave on 10th, and the vacated temporary spaces will continue to be utilized for housing displaced graduate students during subsequent tower floor renovations.

For more information, visit renovation.library.nd.edu and subscribe to RenAlerts to receive renovation updates as they are released.


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Events and Groups

  • Are you a 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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Funding Opportunties
There are several funding opportunities for ND Postdocs.  Here is a list.  Links are provided for specific details to each award below.

There is a new list of external funding databases on the ND Postdoc website for postdocs to search.  Look under the Additional Resources heading on the External Funding page.


Click here to see the list.

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

The Graduate School's Professional Development workshops will begin again in Fall 2015.  All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  


For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Summer 2015 Reading Groups from the Kaneb Center


The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small informal reading groups. This service is available to faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars. Sign up and review recommended books on our website


For more information on the services and resources from the Kaneb Center, 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 Summer 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.


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.