June 23, 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 June 22, 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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

By Mark Goulston for Harvard Business Review.



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Postdoc Corner
Mary Galvin Appointed Dean of College of Science


Dennis Brown for University of Notre Dame


An accomplished scientist with extensive experience in the academic, government and private sectors, Mary E. Galvin has been appointed the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of theCollege of Science at the University of Notre Dame by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University's president.


Galvin, who has served as director for the Division of Materials Research in the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2013, will assume her new responsibilities Aug. 17. She also will be appointed professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She succeedsGregory Crawford, who will expand Notre Dame initiatives in California as vice president and associate provost, effective July 1.


Click here for the full article by Brown.


What It's Like as a 'Girl' in the Lab


By Sarah Clatterbuck Soper for The New York Times


It's 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I'm still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I'd been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare "eureka" moments in science. But it's not as though in an instant a spotlight fell on the pictures of cells I'd been staring at, clearing up all mystery.


No, this is the beginning of a new mystery, and I have to repeat months worth of experiments. The other postdoctoral fellow in our group is also here late, the lights over our work area the only ones illuminating the floor. He offers to share his data and some research tools; I gratefully accept.


Click here for the full article by Clatterbuck Soper.


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
'Dear Forums ...': Should I Reapply for the Job?

The Chronicle of Higher Education


Could the Second Time Be the Charm? I was recently a finalist for a position, did a campus interview, and then was told I didn't get the job. I was bummed -- the location was good, the people were lovely, and I thought that I was the top contender. When I was rejected, I chalked it up to fate, a possible internal hire, or the chance that someone else was just a better fit. That was last month, but I've since mourned a lot, and moved on. I have a phone interview elsewhere later this week, and am currently employed in a nontenure-track position that I'm mostly content to stay in until something better comes along.


This morning, however, I saw that the same job was reposted. Still with a fall start date. All other details seem identical. While it's highly unlikely I'll be asked to reapply, I wonder if I should, or if that'd just be opening myself up to more rejection. 


Click here to read the full article.


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Non-academic Careers for PhD Holders

by Dr Nathalie Mather-L'Huillier 
for FindAPhD


I was going to entitle this article "Alternative careers to academia for PhD holders." Then I read an interesting piece which made an excellent point - considering that in the UK (although this is also true in Australia, the USA and increasingly China), less than half of PhD holders go into academia, other careers are not really "alternative" anymore, but are becoming more of the norm. Having realised that, I couldn't agree more that all post-PhD career options should be considered as equally valid opportunities. The difficulty is that the main sources of career advice for PhD students are their supervisors and other students, and the majority of them have known no other working environment.


At a recent conference hosted by the UK Council for Graduate Education, it was clear that while academia (i.e. academic research) is still the preferred career destination for PhD students, 80% of them are aware that it may be hard to get a job as a post-doc or junior research associate and secure a lifelong academic career.


Click here to read the full article by Mather-L'Huillier.


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Events and Groups
More information will be forthcoming.


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The Scholarly Communication Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) organization is pleased to invite you to participate in our first THATCamp on Friday, July 24th at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis. Registration, parking, and food are provided by ALI, so this event is free of charge for all attendees. All you need to do is bring your ideas and enthusiasm! We strongly encourage librarians, graduate students, archivists, technologists, and anyone interested in learning or talking about the changing landscape of scholarly communications in the humanities or other disciplines. Attendance is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

THATCamp stands for "The Humanities and Technology Camp." THATCamps are "unconferences," which means that specific sessions will be determined on the day of the camp and will be based on the interests of the attendees. You can propose sessions prior to the day of the event, and you are welcome to bring your ideas for sessions on the day of the camp as well. You can also submit proposals for two minute "dork shorts" prior to the event. These short presentations will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, projects, or plans with attendees.
  • Register here for THATCamp 
  • Propose a session or "dork short" 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.

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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In 2015 the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, is awarding three cash prizes ($5,000, $3,000, and $1,000) to honor academic excellence in graduate student research. Seven other finalists will receive travel awards to attend the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Diego, December 12-16. All 10 finalists will also be invited to speak at a minisymposium supported by Beckman Coulter at the Annual Meeting. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their research accomplishments (maximum 600 words), plus a CV in one combined PDF.


All applicants must be ASCB members and either current graduate students or researchers who received their PhD within two years of this year's application deadline. Both U.S. and international scientists are welcome to apply. Not a member? Not a problem! Join now. Applicants who applied in 2013 and 2014 are permitted to apply again.


For more information about the prizes and how to apply, 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.