September 15, 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 September 14, 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
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Postdoc Corner
National Postdoc Appreciation Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week is this September 21-25, 2015. Join the University of Notre Dame and fellow Postdocs in celebration of the valuable work that Postdocs contribute as we celebrate you!

Every event you attend, you will be able to enter your name into a drawing for Notre Dame Football Tickets.  Drawing will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 3:30 pm during the Ice Cream Social. 

Schedule of Events:

Cookies & Coffee
Monday, 09/21/15
1-3 PM
Outside of O'Shaughnessy 

Join the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars for some afternoon caffeine and sugar as we kick off National Postdoc Appreciation Week.  We will have Aunt Beth's cookies, coffee and water.

Click here to register. 

Managing Resources Workshop
Tuesday, 09/22/15
12 - 1 PM
DeBartolo 131

Plan on managing your own lab? Get insights from the Notre Dame Office of Research Pre- and Post-Award Teams on how to find funding for your lab, manage the budget you will have and hire/supervise the people to become part of your team and more.  Lunch will be provided. 

Attendance limited to 40. Register early!

Click here to register. 

Blood Drive
Wednesday, 09/23/15
10 AM - 2 PM
Library Circle

The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Medical Foundation are sponsoring a Blood Drive. Each week in September, donors will be entered for a chance to win $500! Two winners each week!

Click here to register. 

Chair Massages
Thursday, 09/24/15
9 AM - 12 PM
Main Building, 502

Need to release some stress? Sign up to get a massage. Register early, there are only 36 spots!

Click here to register!

Ice Cream Social
Thursday, 09/24/2015
2 - 4 PM
In front of Main Building

Come and enjoy some ice cream in front of the Main Building (Rain location: Postdoc Office 5th Floor). We will draw for the ND Football Tickets at 3:30 PM! 

For more information on NPAW 2015, click here.

How to Write a Teaching Statement That Sings 

by James Lang for Chronicle Vitae

Almost everybody applying for a tenure-track job has to write a teaching statement. But almost nobody knows how to do it.

Should you share a personal story from your time in the classroom? Wax rhapsodic over your philosophy of pedagogy? Provide a just-the-facts-ma'am rundown of how you'd lead a course? Will any of these approaches actually make your teaching statement stand out?

Click here for the full article by Lang. 

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

by Amiya Halder for The Daily Star
In an open network, you're constantly exposed to new ideas so people in an open network are significantly more successful than their counterparts in a closed one. Since it's well-established that networking is unavoidable for anyone trying to get somewhere in the world, work towards making the whole networking experience less daunting. Follow these four steps  so that you don't have to step into the game looking like a disconcerted fool.

Click here to read the full article by Halder. 

by Jim Delulio for PR Week
Be polished, poised, and confident, but not cocky. This includes researching the dress code for the organization and then elevating it a notch. Arrive 15 minutes early and practice on-camera prior to the interview to review posture, eye contact, and delivery, and also to limit nervousness.

Once you make it to an in-person interview, what is on your résumé becomes much less important. Your personal presence, charisma, and ability to articulate and persuade become the critical factors. I could be interviewing two candidates, one from a large agency and one from a boutique firm, but the applicant who can sit in front of me and impress with their knowledge, insight, and ability to speak with passion, precision, and intelligence is the candidate I will recommend to a client.

Click here to read the full article by Delulio. 

International Postdocs
Tax Assistance Program - Income Tax Information Meeting

In general, anyone earning money in the United States must pay income taxes on the income earned.
Be sure you know what you can do now, before the end of 2015, to:
  • determine whether a tax treaty applies to your case
  • reduce your tax liability
  • enhance the amount of possible tax refund you will receive
  • learn about income taxes that apply to your situation
  • protect your visa by filing a tax return
We plan a general presentation without an excessive amount of detail.  Before the tax year closes, you should be aware of practical ways to save tax dollars and your time.
Please plan to attend the Tax Advice session to be held on:
  • Tuesday, September 22
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 227, Hesburgh Center

Events and Workshops 
Professional Development Expo

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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

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.

Upcoming Talk Dr. Philippe Collon, "Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: From Tracing Ocean Currents to the Life and Death of Stars"
  • Date: September 15, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science 
  • More info: clink here

Funding Opportunties


 Click here to register.


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The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) is a statewide collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame as well as public and private partnerships which facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond. In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside", the process by which research in the lab "translates" into human patient treatment. Translation involves applying research discoveries (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices.
"CTSI-Designated Core Facilities" are cores that undergo a yearly accreditation process through Indiana CTSI which allows them to participate in pilot funding opportunities administered through the Indiana CTSI for all partner institutions. The Postdoc Challenge aims to introduce the postdoctoral research community to the grant-writing process and the experience of reviewing submitted proposals.

The Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral research associates at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in areas related to translational research through the use of one or more of the CTSI-Designated Core Facilities at these universities. This is a competitive opportunity for two 1-year awards of $5000 each per institution in the form of an expense account for use of core facility services. Funding is to be used only for services provided by the core facilities. Indiana CTSI-Designated Core Facilities are listed on the HUB (https://www.indianactsi.org/servicecores) and have the CTSI logo. If you are interested in participating, you must discuss your proposal with your advisor prior to beginning the application process to ensure your participation will be approved.

Postdocts from Indiana University, Purdue University, and/or the University of Notre Dame are encouraged to submit applications that clearly articulate their translational strategy (ie: from lab bench to bed side) and how this strategy can be advanced through the use of technologies offered by a core facility. Applicants must make contact with and request a Letter of Support from the Core Facility Manager(s) to confirm that the proposed project can be accomplished in their core facility. Awardees will be expected to develop and manage a project budget that aligns with the translational strategy. A six-month and a final progress report will be required over the 1-year project period.

For application, deadline and other information on the CTSI Postdoc Challenge click here.

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 have begun again in Fall 2015.  All postdocs may take any of the professional development programs from the Graduate School. See a listing of the programs following: 

Funding Opportunities for International Students 1 of 3
09/17/2015, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM,131 DeBartolo Hall
This informational session will give an overview of the funding/award process and opportunities available for international (non-U.S. citizen) graduate students, and will cover basic US terms and types of funding as well as detailing the standard application components.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Support Series 2 of 5
09/17/2015, 04:30 PM - 07:00 PM, Carey Auditorium, 1st floor Hesburgh 
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) Applicant Support Series has five sessions, all designed to help applicants for ALL major multiyear awards complete a winning application. Under the guidance of the Graduate School's team of experts, students enrolled in this program will complete an application for a major multiyear award like the GRFP. You will also be given assistance in identifying and applying for other multiyear and yearlong opportunities. In 2013-2014, 100% of the eleven Notre Dame winners attended the Graduate School's NSF-GRFP workshops; in 2014-2015, 100% of the twenty-one Notre Dame grad students that won or got Honorable Mention did so with our help. We expect even better results this year. This series is primarily intended for US citizens and permanent residents in years 1-3 of graduate school in STEM fields.
SESSION 1:  Introduction; Letters of Recommendation
SESSION 2: Graduate Research Statement (Project Proposal)
SESSION 3: Personal (Background & Future Goals) Statement
SESSION 4: Other Application Materials; Essay Revisions
SESSION 5: Adapting Your Application for Other Multiyear Opportunities
EAP Workshop: Revise and Edit Like a Pro!
09/17/2015, 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM, 301 DeBartolo
Revision is a necessary step in the writing process. This workshop addresses techniques for revisions at all levels with an emphasis on sentence structure, paragraph structure, precision of language, and proper tone.(led by Belen Vicens)
Lunch and Learn: Developing a Syllabus
09/18/2015, 1:00 PM - 1:55 PM, Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library
In this session you will consider four key areas that will help you design an effective course that result in significant learning for your students.  This session is relevant for graduate students or postdocs at any level of teaching experience.
EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques
09/23/2015, 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM in 301 DeBartolo Hall
To improve your pronunciation, there is a lot more to think about than just isolated vowel and consonant sounds! This workshop addresses what other aspects of pronunciation are important for fostering clear communication, and identifies strategies for practicing these skills.
(led by Ricky Klee)
Target audience: Graduate students and Postdocs

To register for all events listed, please visit: gradconnect.nd.edu/portal/prof-dev-events

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 Workshops
The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.

Save the Date: ND Day of Digital Humanities - September 24, 2015
More Information and Registration: http://library.nd.edu/cds/digitalweek/2015/

9:30 AM - 11 AM
Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Digital Research Lightning Talks
Grad Students/Postdocs - Submit a Proposal through 9/16/15

12 PM - 1:30 PM
Synergy Social (Digital Humanities Research/Project "Speed Dating")

2 PM - 3 PM
Workshops (Introduction to Text Encoding, Teaching & Researching through Artstor)

3 PM - 4 PM
Digital Historical Architectural Research and Materials Analysis Project (DHARMA) Demo

4:30 PM
Keynote: Martin Mueller
"Back to the Future, Philology in a Digital Age"

Click here for the event flyer.
Questions? cds@nd.edu

Center for Digital Scholarship Fall Workshop Series
Week of 9/14 - 9/18

Wednesday, 9/16
Visual Resources, Denise Massa
Finding Images: Teaching and Researching through Artstor, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Friday, 9/18
Geographic Information Systems, Matthew Sisk, PhD
Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis, 2 PM - 3 PM

All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.

More information: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu

Hesburgh Libraries Workshops and Events
Week of 9/14-9/18

Friday, 9/18
International Student Library Orientation
Room 248 Hesburgh Library
More information and registration: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops


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.


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