November 17, 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 November 16, 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 Theresa MacPhail for Chronicle Vitae

Until fairly recently, I've been in the mother of all sophomore slumps.

Summer is usually prime time for getting academic work done, but this past summer I did a lot of "not writing." I was supposed to be researching and writing about allergies - my second major scholarly project - and writing a book proposal for a literary agent. Instead I did a lot of sitting at my desk worrying about not writing. I talked to my friends about not writing. I had guilt about not writing. I obsessed about not writing. All of this was made much worse because I never saw it coming.

Click here to read the full article by MacPhail. 

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 John Cawley 

As you prepare for the job market you are undoubtedly focusing on your research, polishing your job market paper, and honing your presentation skills. Those absolutely should be your highest priorities. However, when you have time, you should also be sure to brush up on your dining etiquette. It can save you stress and embarrassment later.

Click here to read the full article by Cawley. 

Notre Dame is committed to the professional development of all employees through training workshops, educational benefits, career counseling services, and more. The Office of Human Resources invites all faculty and staff to celebrate National Career Development Day by exploring these opportunities and programs, learning how to grow your Notre Dame career, and networking with other members of the University community.
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Location: Morris Inn Ballroom (map)

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 a.m. (Morris Inn, Ballroom A & B)
Keynote Speaker
8:30 a.m. (Morris Inn, Ballroom A & B)
Dr. Deidre Anderson, CEO, Trailblazers & Associates
Professional Development Fair
8:00 a.m. - noon (Morris Inn, Ballroom A & B)
Visit with representatives to learn about:
Learning & Professional Development Programs for ND faculty/staff
Educational Benefits for ND faculty/staff
Notre Dame Career Consultation Center
Trine University
Indiana University South Bend
Educational Opportunity Center
Indiana Wesleyan University
Bethel College
Ivy Tech Community College
Breakout Sessions
  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
 Session topics:
  • Panel: Managing My ND Career (Morris Inn, Ballroom C)
  • Establishing Your Brand & Effective Networking at ND (Morris Inn, Joyce/Carmichael)
  • Tips & Tactics for Interviewing at ND (McKenna Room 112-114)
RSVP requested. Onsite registration also available. To RSVP or for more information, contact askHR at (574) 631-5900 or askHR@nd.edu.

International Postdoc

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
This will be 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:
  • Date: Friday, November 20
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Room 227, Hesburgh Center (map)

Events and Workshops 
Pathways to the Life Science Industry Webinars

Many PhDs could use practice in the development of advanced cognitive skills and broadened perspectives to effectively contribute in the life science industry. In this webinar series, we present examples of career pathways as we emphasize the integration and application of knowledge regarding products, processes, the regulatory environment, intellectual property, the markets, and financial matters.

Don't miss these unique opportunities to learn about the careers in the life sciences industry that leverage your unique scientific training and place you on a trajectory to leadership.

Friday, November 20
    • Professional Development for Scientists: Tacit Knowledge and Current Events
      • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      • James Sterling, Ph.D., Director of the Postdoctoral Professional Master's Program Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA
      • Click here to register.  
Tuesday, December 1
    • From bench to business: My journey through academia and industry 
      • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
      • Hadi Mirmalek-Sani PhD, PPM, MSB Cell Therapy Catapult, London, UK
      • Click here to register.  

Postdoc Holiday Get-Together

The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars invites all Postdocs and their families to celebrate the season with ice skating, cookies, a hot chocolate bar, and giveaways. We hope to see you there.  
  • Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Compton Family Ice Arena (map)
  • Postdocs and their families are invited to celebrate the season with ice skating, cookies, a hot chocolate bar, and giveaways. We hope to see you there.  
  • Click here to register - we want to make sure we have enough food for everyone! Please register by Monday, December 14th

Funding Opportunties

ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards. If you are interested in energy-related research and would like to apply for a postdoc fellowship, please click on the appropriate link below. For Postdocs, the applications will be accepted year round. 

Click here for the ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application guidelines.

Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).

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.

Reviewer Application
The CTSI Postdoc Challenge is seeking postdocs to be reviewers for the grant applications.  Interested, you will need to complete a NIH Biosketch and email to Dr. Thomas Sors.  

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:

Wednesday, 11/18
    • EAP Workshop: Academia, Family, and Work/Life Balance
      • 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM 
      • 301 DeBartolo Hall 
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.
Hesburgh Libraries Workshops

Note: You must use the link on the Hesburgh Library workshop registration page before 10 am 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.

Center for Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, November 17
  • CDS | GIS Workshops, Mat Sisk
    • Intro to GIS
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, November 20
  • CDS | Special Workshops, Julie Vecchio
    • Intro to One Button Studio & iMovie Basics
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 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


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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