July 28, 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 July13, 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

The Inner Resources Room is a tranquil environment where Notre Dame students, faculty and staff can participate in a variety of self-guided relaxation, stress management and performance-enhancing activities. 




Social Media

Postdoc Corner
TV's Next Big Star: a Female MacGyver



Madelyn Caltabiano became a scientist in part because of a Tang commercial. She had been interested in science for as long as she could remember, but when she was a teenager, in the early 1970s, a TV ad for the orange-flavored drink convinced her that she could dedicate her life to that work.


In the commercial, a female marine biologist from Rutgers University stood on a beach, holding a crab and talking about her research, as her young children stood nearby. Ms. Caltabiano says that the commercial, and others in a series by the company, showed her - for the first time in her life - examples of women who had forged successful careers in science. After watching them, she says, "I had no reason to believe I couldn't do it as well." Today she is a senior vice president at the pharmaceutical company Merck, in Pennsylvania.


Click here for the full article by Bernhard

Austrian physicist Lise Meitner, who first developed the theory explaining the process of nuclear fission.


Shohini Ghose for TED


Theoretical physicist (and TED Fellow) Shohini Ghose has two great passions: physics, and advocating for gender equity in the sciences. "There are still relatively few women in physics - and the higher up the ladder in academia or industry you go, the fewer women you find," says Ghose. "Yet the laws of physics themselves are gender neutral, and the beauty of the universe is equally accessible to everyone. So why so few women, and how can we change that?"


Recently, we asked Ghose to share five of her favorite facts about women and their contribution to physics.


Click here for the five facts.

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
My Top 5 Killer Interview Questions

by James Caan for LinkedIn


We're all familiar with the typical interview jargon, questions like "tell me about yourself" and "what's your five year plan?" that you're almost guaranteed to be asked in any interview you attend. Preparation is key so I'd expect every candidate to prepare answers for these sorts of questions, but you'd be surprised at how many people trip up here because they clearly haven't thought long enough about a strategic, informative and concise answer.


Interviews are all about getting to know your character and deciding if you're a good fit for the business. Nine times out of ten, the interviewer will know if they're going to hire you the moment you walk out of the room so every minute should be treated like a pitch, like you're selling yourself in front of a few dragons.


Click here to read the full article by Caan.


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5 Follow-up Emails That Scare Hiring Managers (and What to Write Instead)

by Sara McCord for The Muse

I think we can all agree that waiting to hear back about a job isn't topping anyone's list of favorite hobbies. Every time your phone rings or your email dings, you stop what you're doing just in case it's news on the job front. Will you get an interview? Will you get an offer? Maybe you even pick up one of those automated scam calls, just on the off chance that the hiring manager is suddenly calling you from a blocked number or remote location.


So, more power to you if you decide to take matters into your own hands and write a note. That said, as with everything else, you need to find a way to phrase what you're really thinking (i.e., "Hire me!") in the best way possible.

Click here for the full article by McCord.

Events and Groups

Indiana Dunes Family Outing
Join members of GSPN for a family friendly beach outing! The Indiana Dunes State Park features a number of hiking trails, including a 3-Dune Hiking Challenge, as well as a beautiful beach with a volleyball net! What could be better than a GSPN day of fun in the sun?! 
  • Date: August 1, 2015
  • More Info: Click here
For more information on GSPN, follow them on their Facebook page.

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow Lightning Talks | 
ND Day of Digital Humanities | Digital Week 2015
New Technologies, New Knowledge

The Center of Digital Scholarship and the Office of Digital Learning invite lightning talk proposals from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for ND Day of Digital Humanities 2015. The lightning talk session is intended to provide presenters with an opportunity to showcase their research as well as facilitate networking among presenters and attendees. This fast-paced event is a great opportunity to share your research with the campus community and to develop your communication skills.

  • Date: September 24, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship (1st Floor Northeast)
  • More Info: Click here
  • Questions? cds@nd.edu

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

Award Code:6456
World Area:Western Hemisphere
Country:Brazil (Federative Republic of Brazil)
Award Title:Postdoctoral Research Award in All Disciplines
Number of Grants:Up to 10
Category:Core (Postdoctoral award, open only to early career scholars)
Application Deadline:August 3, 2015

For more information, click here.


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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 for Postdoctoral Scholars.