November 24, 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 November 23, 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

by Rehma Chandaria for Nature

Researchers shared their tools to help scientists use and share data more effectively at the 2015 Publishing Better Science Through Better Data conference.

The session of lightning talks at the 2015 Publishing Better Science Through Better Data conference was strategically scheduled to combat the post-lunch lull that often occurs. Five speakers had seven minutes each to tell the audience about their tools for helping scientists to use and share data more effectively.

Click here to read the full article by Chandaria. 

The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars will be closed Thursday, November 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The Office will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, November 30th.

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 Hu 

Submitting online applications can feel like throwing rocks into the abyss. You don't quite know where to aim or where they'll land. And too often, when you click submit, all you get in return is an automated email that your materials have been received. We've all been there.

The problem is, the majority of resumes never even land in the hands of a human. They're automatically stored in an applicant tracking system-a software application used by companies to search through thousands of resumes quickly to determine which ones are the best fit for a position. That's right, your carefully crafted and hand-tailored resume's getting reviewed by bots.

Click here to read the full article by Hu. 

by Alaina G. Levine 
for Nature

Although professionals may know about their own professional society, many people do not consider the wealth of career advancement, networking and self-promotion opportunities that they offer. Yes, they know about the conference and maybe they read the newsletter, but there is so much more that you can experience from being a member or simply demonstrating your interest in membership.

Click here to read the full article by Levine. 

Events and Workshops 
Magic or Physics
Join us for this younger audience event as we explore the power of electricity and magnetism. Is it magic... or is it physics at work?  Following the event, enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream!
  • Date: Tuesday 24th Nov 2015
  • Time: 7:00pm, 101
  • Location: Jordan Hall of Science (map)
This event includes an Art 2 Science silent auction beginning at 6:30 pm in the Jordan Hall Galleria.

Notre Dame Spouse and Significant Other Career Hour

Join career coaching professionals Cindi Fuja and Erik Oswald for a workshop to help you apply a multi-faceted approach to your job search -- skills you can use immediately to help find work in South Bend and after a future relocation. Gain insights on where to begin, helpful tools and resources, and strategies for putting it all together. Erik and Cindi would like to know a little bit about you to help cater the event to your specific needs, so if you'd like to attend please click here to provide a bit of background info and RSVP for the event (names are optional)! 
  • Date: Tuesday, December 1st
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Location: TBD based on interest

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.

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

iBiology Young Scientist Series
iBiology is now accepting applications from PhD students and postdocs to participate in the 2016 YSS competition. It's a fantastic opportunity for trainees in the biological sciences to develop their communication skills and to showcase their work on a unique, international platform. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2016.

Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected scientists will record a 30-minute talk in iBiology's green screen studio. The talks will be posted on iBiology.org as part of the Young Scientist Seminars

The YSS is a collaboration between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology.

Click here to learn more about the YSS video series, watch a preview trailer, and access all five videos from the 2015 YSS winners.

Funding Opportunties

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 
In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post-doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.
Applications will open on November 30, 2015 and are due by February 5, 2016.
The application and more information about the L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found here. 


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. 

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

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

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.