May 26, 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 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 Adam Heitzman for INC

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Peg Streep for Psychology Today



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Citation Boost of Bad Data?  Academia.edu Research under Scrutiny


Phil Davis for The Scholarly Kitchen


If a free website claimed that you could double citations to your papers simply by uploading them to their file sharing network, would you believe it?


This claim, and the paper supporting it, is displayed prominently on the Academia.edu website, a platform for scholars to share research papers. It was also sent out to all 21 million registered Academia.edu members.  The paper, "Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to Academia.edu," was authored by six employees of Academia.edu and two members of Polynumeral, a data consultancy company.


Click here for the full article by Davis.


Treading a Different Track


Rachel Bernstein for Science Careers


When materials scientist Christopher Weyant got a faculty position at Stony Brook University in 2008, he thought he had made it. It had been a long road, including stints in industry and as a research associate, but he had arrived at hallowed ground: the tenure track.


These days, though, Weyant doesn't spend his time in the lab or in his office writing grants. Instead, he can be found in front of a classroom at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, fulfilling his duties as a teaching associate professor. At Stony Brook, which he left in 2011, abandoning the tenure track, he spent about 20% of his time on teaching, which wasn't enough to satisfy his passion for education, and he became disenchanted with the realities of grant writing and research. 


Click here for the full article by Bernstein.


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
Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

Looking for a job in the academy after your postdoc? Want some inside tips on how a current ND Postdoc got a job as an Assistant Professor?  Come to the Postdoc to Faculty Workshop.  


Mary Sajini Devadas (bio), ND Postdoc in Chemistry/Biochemistry will share with you how she got a position inside the academy.  Mary has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Towson University in Maryland beginning Fall 2015.

  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: LaFortune Student Center, 1st Floor, Montgomery Auditorium
  • Registration: Click here to let us know you are coming

Please feel free to bring your lunch.  



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Job Search Basics: How to Convert a CV into a Resume

Derek Haseltine for Nature Immunology


The present employment landscape, specifically in terms of career prospects for scientists trained in the biomedical field, is vastly different from what it was in decades past. The number of candidates with an advanced degree who are transitioning into tenure-track faculty positions continues to decrease, whereas science-related occupations that do not directly involve research are on the rise


These diverse career paths in the private, government, higher-education and nonprofit sectors provide scientists opportunities to apply various skills acquired through their academic training while making meaningful contributions to society. Although a curriculum vitae (CV) works well in academic settings to communicate an applicant's scientific and professional merits for initial appointment and promotion, it is a less-effective marketing tool for highlighting essential skills and competencies for broad scientific careers. 


Click here to read the full article by Haseltine.


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5 Ways Your Thank-You Note Could Cost You the Job

Amanda Augustine for The Ladders


survey conducted by The Ladders found more than 75 percent of interviewers say receiving a thank-you note impacts their decision-making process. 


However, not every thank-you message will help your candidacy. In fact, when done incorrectly, your thank-you note can cause more harm than good. Below are five ways your interview follow-up could lose you the job offer. 


Click here for the full article by Augustine.


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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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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 or check out GSPN's Facebook group here.


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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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Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. 


For more information on the Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships, click here.



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This Travel Award Program provides funding to assist early career researchers in attending a scientific conference where their research has been accepted for presentation.


For more information on the PLOS Early Career Travel Awards, 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. 


Workshops from the Kaneb Center



Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting? 

The university offers workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields through the Kaneb Center!  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 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.