October 13, 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 October 12, 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

At MIT, I teach a seminar on science, technology, and memoir. Enrollment is capped at 20 students. The atmosphere is intimate. We read memoirs by scientists, engineers, and designers, and then the students tell their own stories.

Some of them have lived hardscrabble lives. During one recent semester, their stories were particularly poignant. One had escaped with his family from the former Soviet Union. Another had overcome deep poverty; there were many nights when he had no choice but to sleep in his car. And yet, through all of this, these students had found their way to science or engineering or design. Sometimes the inspiration had come from a teacher, parent, or friend. Sometimes it came from fascination with an object - a broken-down car, an old computer, a grandfather clock. The students seemed to understand each other, to find a rhythm. I thought the class was working.

Click here to read the full article by Turkle. 

For more than 100 years, taxicabs were the kings of the road. They set prices and buddied up with lawmakers who promised to help them keep the meters running. Then, in 2009, an app changed everything. Uber created an interface that finally put the passenger in charge of the ride, and the taxicab establishment has been in chaos ever since.

Similarly, in a field where policy makers and universities currently sit in the driver's seat, we should anticipate that one day soon higher education will face a similar disruption.

Click here to read the full article by Halaska. 

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 Ashley Stahl 
for Forbes

As graduation was looming, my client Kayla was increasingly stressed out. She hired me to help her land job offers in Germany, without having to move there first. She just didn't feel that she could move overseas without having any job prospects - a challenge she found intimidating.

Click here to read the full article by Stahl. 

9 Questions to Ask During an Information Interview (and 1 to avoid) 

by Amanda Augustine for The Ladders

It's nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. 

Click here to read the full article by Augustine. 

Events and Workshops 
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.
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. 

Funding Opportunties

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree by September 30, 2015, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master's/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

For more information on the AAUW Fellowship, click here.

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. 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.

Postdoctoral research associates 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.

Please click here for more information about CTSI and applications.

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:

Tuesday, October 13th 
    • Worth Every Penny:  Negotiating the Initial Job Offer and Managing Your Professional Development
      • 04:00 PM - 04:55 PM
      • Location: 131 Debartolo Hall  
Wednesday, October 14th
    • Check-It-Out!  Hesburgh Libraries as Career Toolbox_Engineering
      • 04:00 PM - 04:55 PM
      • Location: 112 Pasquerilla Center 
Thursday, October 15th
    • CEPS Workshop - Community Engagement and Student Development
      •  03:30 PM 
      • Location: Geddes Hall
    • EAP Social Night
      • 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM
      • Location: Foster-O'Hara-Grace Community Room
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.

Center Digital Scholarship 

All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.
CDS Workshop Information and Registration: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Library Workshop Calendar: nd.libcal.com/calendar/allworkshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu
Hesburgh Libraries Workshops
Citation Management: Using RefWorks to Organize Your Research
Do not spend time typing and retyping your citations and bibliographies for your research papers. Quit using cards and unwieldy documents to keep track of things you have read, things you are reading and your annotations. Use a tool to keep copies of documents and papers in the cloud with their citations. RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool supported by the University that you can take with you when you graduate. Come learn more.
Open to any Notre Dame community member with a current NetID and Password.  The room does not have user workstations. Bring your own laptop to setup your account and follow along.
Date:Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time:5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:CDS Classroom 129
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

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