June 30, 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 29, 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 Lily Herman for themuse.



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Postdoc Corner
How do we fix the broken postdoc pipeline?


Gül Dölen for SFARI Cross Talk


The postdoctoral fellowship was originally conceived as a sort of 'pre-sabbatical' period that allowed a freshly minted Ph.D. to learn a new technique before starting his or her own lab. A generation or two ago, these fellowships were typically between one and three years long. Longer postdoc stints were uncommon - not only because permanent academic positions were more abundant, but also because it was possible to collect enough data for publication in the most prestigious journals in that amount of time.


Comparing my own postdoctoral experience to that of the generation before me, the transformation is striking. For example, the first Nature paper published by each of my mentors contained fewer than four figures (Bear, et al., 19831; Malenka, et al., 19862; Kauer et al., 19883), while mine had 22 (Dolen, et al., 20134). What's more, I was roughly 10 years older than they'd been at the time of publication, and my fellowship was as much as four times as long.


Click here for the full article by Dölen .


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
5 Interviewing Turnoffs to Make Sure You Avoid

by Alison Green for U.S. News and World Report


Simply being qualified for a job may get you an interview, but it won't get you the job itself. That's where interview skills come in.


Smart employers don't expect job candidates to be perfectly polished interviewees, but some turnoffs that might seem minor on your end can be deal-breakers on the employer's end. Here are five common ways candidates turn off their interviewers without even realizing it.


Click here to read the full article.


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Reset your brain

by Christopher Taylor 
for Nature


Last year, as I later learned, postdoctoral cancer researcher Clayton Boldt was having a bad day. Several weeks' worth of experiments had yielded little in the way of results, his cell cultures were not growing, he had mixed up his samples on a western blot, and he had no spares. As on other tough days, he began an internal pep talk: he was preparing for his future, a research career that would fulfil his love of science.


But as Boldt reviewed what was good about his work, he came to an astonishing realization: he was uncertain whether he actually wanted to pursue academic research. For the first time, he asked himself a question that occurs to almost every biomedical trainee who is considering the next stage of her or his career: 'Where do I go from here?'


Click here to read the full article by Taylor.


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Events and Groups
Come celebrate summer with your families and fellow postdocs at the Postdoc Summer Picnic.  There will be great food, games and a bounce house for the kids!  
  • Date: July 16, 2015
  • Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Irish Green (map)
Make sure you wear your GREEN Postdoc T-shirt. We will take a group photo at 12:30pm.  Don't have a GREEN Postdoc T-shirt, email Kim Patton.

We will even have goody bags for the kids.  Please click here to register for the picnic.  Please include the name of each guest and the ages of each kid attending. We will give each registered kid a goody bag!

ISSA invites all postdocs, grad students, scholars, faculty and friends to the World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be served; the first 50 attendees will receive a $6 drink ticket. Please bring valid photo ID. 

We hope to see you there! 
  • Date: Wednesday, July 1st
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Rohr's (inside Morris Inn - map)

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Fiction Book Club 
"Stories of imagination," as the great Terry Pratchett said, "tend to upset those without one." Whether its physics or philosophy that rocks your world, economics or English that pay the bills, we all need to give our minds a break. I suggest a monthly dose of the unreal. Twelve times a year we will pick a book of science fiction, fantasy, or the like in an effort to throw off our thinking caps and let our freaks and geeks flag fly.
  • First Book: Dune
  • Date: Wednesday, July 1st
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: TBD
  • Register here
  • Questions: Contact Nicholas Bonneau

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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Visa Information - International Postdocs

Due to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Nepal for TPS for 18 months, effective June 24, 20 15 through December 24, 2016.  

Eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) may apply for TPS during the 180-day registration period. The period began June 24, 2015, and ends on December 21, 2015. Applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since June 24, 2015, and meet other eligibility requirements.  Those who are approved for TPS may obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and will not be removed from the United States during the time period that TPS is granted.  


The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notice and at uscis.gov/tps.

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.


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