September 1, 2015
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Important Resources

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 August 31, 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
Social Media

Postdoc Corner

by Scott Wilkinson for ASCB

Every single person who ultimately decides to pursue a career in science had to develop a passion for the field at some point in their life.

Some people choose science later on in their journey through school, while others decide after beginning a career in another field. However, many of us developed our scientific curiosity and inquiry very early in life. Whether it was with an early science experiment (baking soda and vinegar in a paper mache volcano, anyone?) or a reassuring teacher encouraging exploration, each scientist develops a passion for science that guides him or her toward a future research career. Once we decide to embark on a research career, our focus becomes the lab, publications, grants, mentoring, and advancing our field. But now that we're here, it's easy to overlook the journey that brought us to this point. With such an intense focus on research and funding in the scientific community, it can be very easy to forget the inspiring moments that drove us toward science. 

Click here for the full article by Wilkinson.
The Twitter Rules You May Not Realize You've Been Breaking

by Jojo Scoble for The Online Academic

The internet is host to many products and services and Twitter, like all the other internet companies, try to make sure its users adhere to certain rules and regulations. How often do you click 'yes' when agreeing to Terms and Conditions on an internet product without having read any of it? While my trust is in the product and name of the company, and this might override my decision to read ToCs, I should consider my own conduct too.

Click here for the full article by Scoble. 

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
Self-Talk and Job Hunting

by Sue Levine for Inside Higher Ed

Do you have a running voice in your head that sometimes sabotages your efforts with thoughts like these?
  • "I'll never find a job."
  • "I don't know where to start."
  • "My adviser won't give me a recommendation if I tell him I'm exploring careers outside of academia."
  • "Networking is so stressful -- I don't know anyone and I don't want to talk to strangers."
  • "I can't find any jobs online that seem like something I can do or would want to do -- there's nothing out there."
  • "Why didn't I hear back from the company I interviewed with yesterday? Someone else must have gotten the job offer."
  • "Why did I say that in my interview -- that was so stupid. I completely ruined my chances."
Does any of this sound vaguely familiar? Do you feel paralyzed, as if you can't get started thinking about career options and the job search?

Click here to read the full article by Levine. 

4 Questions That Will Cost You the Interview

by Aja Frost for The Muse
"Are there any questions you'd like to ask me?"

It's easy to write off this part of the interview as being less important. After all, it's just a formality, right? You've already impressed the hiring manager with your amazing answers, enthusiasm, and poise.

But this section can actually make-or break-your chances of getting the job. Here are the four questions you should never ask-plus what to say instead if you actually need more information to gauge the company. (Spoiler: You always need more information.)

Click here to read the full article by Frost. 

Events and Groups
World On Tap
  • Date: September 2, 2015
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
ALL postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.

California Career Night
Click here for event link. 

Our Universe Revealed: Physics for Everyone 

Have you ever seen phenomena in the world around us and been puzzled by what was going on? Or have you looked up at the night-sky to see the stars and wanted to know more? How about a science article you've seen in the news?
Our Universe Revealed aims to give you an insight into the world and universe around us, demystifying phenomena and explaining the concepts which govern everything we see.
Hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, this public talk series aims to make Physics accessible to all; you don't need a background in mathematics or physics - it's our job to explain the fundamentals of our universe in an easy to understand way. Events are held on select Tuesday, with talks beginning at 7pm and lasting around 30 minutes, with an interactive event to follow including stargazing at the campus observatory or shows under the dome of the  Digital Visualization Theater.

First talk: Dr. Grant Matthews, "The Real Big Bang Theory: Birth of the Universe and the Meaning of Space-time"
  • Date: September 1, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science 
  • More info: clink here

Library New North Entrance Gallery 

Scheduled to open Monday, August 24th 

The library is ready to welcome postdocs, students and faculty back to campus! The new North Entrance Gallery, 2-story atrium, North Reading Room and skylight mark the beginning of many transformative changes yet to come. Please stop by for a visit and see for yourself as the library kick off the fall term.

More detailed information here.

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.

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. 


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 Fall 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.