October 20 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 19, 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 Karen Eng for Medium

Everywhere you look, odds appear stacked against women in STEM. Young male scientists receive up to twice as much funding as their female counterparts in Boston's biomedical research institutions, a global research hub. Only 30% of the world's researchers are women, and women hold fewer than 25% of STEM jobs in the US. In fact, one recent survey found 67% of Europeans and 93% of Chinese respondents don't even have the skills to do science, and Nobel Prize winning biochemist Tim Hunt thinks women cause "trouble" in the lab.

Click here to read the full article by Eng. 

by Virginia Gewin for Nature

In October 2006, Bradley Waldroup attacked his estranged wife with a machete and shot her friend to death. In the subsequent trial, his defence attorney argued that Waldroup had the 'warrior' gene - a genetic variant that has been linked to aggression. As a result, the defence argued, he was less able to control his behaviour than are people who do not have the variant.

Click here to read the full article by Gewin. 

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 James Lang 

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?

Click here to read the full article by Lang. 

by Melanie Pinola for Life Hacker

Hiring managers play a critical role in deciding which job applicants to interview, the details of the job offer, and whom to hire. So if we should take job search tips from anyone, it's them.
I sought out a few hiring managers and asked them questions like "What things could job applicants do that would make your job easier?" and "What are things few job seekers do but absolutely should?" Their answers below might sound obvious if you've read any job interview and job search tips, but-straight from the horse's mouth-these are the most important things you should know when applying to a job and communicating with the hiring manager.

Click here to read the full article by Pinola. 

Events and Workshops 
Network Like a Pro
  • Date: November 12, 2015
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Space is limited: Register now!
  • Appetizers and drinks provided
You may think that your friend was 'born a natural conversationalist'.  Or perhaps you're a little jealous that someone you know is 'lucky' to be so outgoing.  The truth is, luck has nothing to do with it.Networking takes effort, skill and practice.  A good networker must do much more than simply make party talk.  They must know how to put others at ease.

Please join Notre Dame Graduate Career Services and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars for an evening of fun, conversation and learning on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Club Naimoli in the Purcell Pavilion from 6:30-8:00pm.  Light appetizers and drinks will be served.  Dress is business casual.

This is a great opportunity to network and build relationships with post doc colleagues and graduate students from across campus, as well as special guests from the ND Alumni Club of St. Joseph Valley who will be joining us. The event is free for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.  Space is limited, so register today. We hope to see you there!  

Online panel discussion: Careers in Publishing (10/19-10/23)

Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students and Postdocs:

Versatile PhD will host a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion on Careers in Publishing, October 19-23. All panelists are PhDs from Humanities or Social Science fields:

- A Humanities PhD who has served in several roles at an academic digital press and is currently its Director of Strategic Initiatives
- A Historian who is now Editorial Director at a major academic press, and formerly the executive director of a small scholarly press
- A Political Scientist who is Manager of Content at a digital service and app distributing global newspaper content, and formerly Digital Content Strategist at an educational publisher
- A Philosopher who is currently Senior Acquisitions Editor at an academic press, and formerly Associate Editor at an independent trade/academic publishing house

More information can be found by clicking here

You can interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific.

People like you have said:

"The panel discussions bring in people I would never have found on my own. Hearing about different pathways to an alt-ac career narrated by smart, empathetic and compassionate individuals has been infinitely encouraging when making the difficult transition out of the academy."

"The sea change for me was a panel of post PhDs who came back to speak about their experiences leaving: how, why, outcome. Hearing their experiences made me realize that there was hope, and that I could find a life outside."

Visit here for ND's versatile PhD webpage. 

World on Tap

Postdocs are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 people will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID. Sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Affairs Office.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 4th
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rohr's at the Morris Inn (map)

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.

Tech Congress brings tech talent, ideas and training to Congress and builds a practical and pragmatic understanding of Washington within the tech community.  Tech Congress bridges the divide of knowledge and experience between DC and Silicon Valley for better outcomes for both. 
The Congressional Innovation Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to change Congress by injecting desperately needed technological expertise into the Legislative Branch.
The fellowship is a nine-month residency on Capitol Hill, running from January to September.  Fellows work directly for a Member or a Committee for the duration of their residency and may spend their time on technology-related issues like NSA surveillance reform, patent reform, cybersecurity or network neutrality.
The stipend is $70,000. For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, 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:

Thursday, October 22nd
  • Academic Careers:  The CV 
    • 11:25 AM 
    • Location: 131 Debartolo Hall
  • Word 2013: Using Word for Your Research Writing Projects
    • 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
    • Location: Hesburgh Library, Rm 247
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 

Thursday, 10/22
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Matthew Sisk, PhD
      • Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis
      • 1 PM - 2 PM
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
Wednesday, 10/28
    • Measuring Research Impact: Altmetrics Lunch and Learn
      • Collette Mak, Librarian, Teaching and Research Services
      • 1:00pm-2:00pm
      • Room 247 Hesburgh Library
Note: You must use the link on the Hesburgh Library workshop registration page before 10am on October 27 to place your lunch request. Registrants after that time will not be provided lunch. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the workshop as well.
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.


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