September 29, 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 28, 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

Thanks to all the Postdocs who attended the National Posdoc Appreciation Week events last week.  On Thursday, a drawing for ND Football Tickets was held.  The winners are:
  • Stefania de Benedetti, Chemistry and Biochemistry - UMass Tix
  • Susan Pandey Joshi, Biological Sciences - Navy
  • Chad Stephenson, Electrical Engineering - USC
  • Lorenzo Banfi, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences - Wake Forest
Congrats to our winners!

We will be sending out a survey later this week to help the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars plan for next year.

by Philip N. Howard for Inside HigherEd

We've all sat through -- and given -- presentations with too many PowerPoint slides. Moreover, we've all toyed with the various ways of trying to make complex theories, long quotable quotes from scholars or field observations, or enormous statistical tables into a single overhead screen. Many of us have also seen the guidelines and op-eds about what a good PowerPoint slide looks like, but few academics have a budget for a designer to really help with graphic elements. Moreover, the presentation of original research (or even proposals for original research) is different from the style and content of presenting with PowerPoint in the corporate world

Click here to read the full article by Howard. 

A number of colleagues have asked me about the various tools I am using to try and keep my academic work (and life in general) in order; so here are the 9 that I couldn't do without.

Click here to read the full list from Academia Obscura.

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

Most careers don't begin with a dream job. After one or two years, many careerists find themselves looking for a new opportunity to advance themselves. After five, 10 or even 20 years in your career, other types of career goals often emerge.

Click here to read the full article by Barrett-Poindexter. 

eing a professor is amazing: a lot of academic freedom to investigate and teach very interesting subjects and a considerable and secure salary until retirement. However, the way in which to obtain this position can be pretty hard and more than 90% of all PhD holders find a job *outside* of academia.

If you want to become a professor how do you qualify?

Click here to read the full article by Smart Science Career. 

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
The Tax Assistance Program plans 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:
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Room 227, Hesburgh Center

Events and Workshops 
World On Tap
  • Date: October 10, 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.


PepsiCo Day at the New York Academy of Sciences
Please click here for more information.

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2nd Annual ND Soft Polymer Materials Symposium & Poster Session

The 2nd Annual Notre Dame Soft Polymer Materials Symposium and Poster Session will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Jordan Hall of Science.  This one-day symposium addresses the general synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad application in biomedical fields.  In addition, the symposium will also include a Science Forum and Tour targeting the participation of local high school and college students/teachers.

The day's schedule, including speakers and topics, can be found here.

Symposium registration is now open. Please click here to register by October 14.

In addition to the talks, graduate students and post doctoral fellows are invited to showcase their research results in an afternoon poster session, where $900 in cash prizes will be awarded.  Please forward this call for posters to your graduate students and postdocs who may be interested in presenting a related poster.
Poster presenters can use the link provided above to register their attendance and poster.  Please register posters by October 14.

  • 8:00am   Check-in / light refreshments
  • 8:40am   Technical Session 1 - Polymer soft materials
  • 10:40am  Break
  • 10:50am  Technical Session 2 - Bio-nanotechnology
  • 12:30pm  Lunch
  • 1:45pm   Poster Session
  • 4:00pm  Science Forum & Tour (for local high school and college students)
The Symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Science, College of Engineering, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano), and Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T).
Please address any questions regarding registration and posters to Heidi Deethardt at 631-0279Or, contact Haifeng Gao at 631-8023 for more information on the topics and scope of this symposium. 

Professional Development Expo

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Funding Opportunties


 Click here to register.


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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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Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs
All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School. Here are the upcoming programs:

Thursday, October 1st 
    • Conducting the Savvy Job Search
      • 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM 
      • Location: 131 Debartolo Hall 
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Support 4/5
      • Session 4: Other Application Materials; Essay Revisions
      • 04:30 - 07:00 PM
      • Location: Carey Auditorium, 1st floor Hesburgh 
    • EAP Workshop: Women in Academia: The Joys and Challenges of Graduate School
      • 06:30 - 7:45 PM
      • Location: 301, DeBartolo Hall 
 Friday, October 2nd
    • Lunch and Learn: One-Button Studio
      • 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM 
      • Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (room 107)
    • Grad Writing 101
      • 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM 
      • Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (room 107)
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, please 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.

Click here for this week's list of 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.


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.