This will be the last newsletter for 2015. The next ND Postdoc Newsletter will be distributed on January 5, 2016.

December 15, 2015
In This Issue

Quick Links
ND Postdoc Website
ND Resources
Community Links
Job Search Sites
ND Human Resources
Parking Shuttle Schedule
Faulty-Staff Classifieds
One Button Studio

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 December 14, 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 Richard Budd for Times Higher Education

I was warned about this before starting, but one of the hardest things is knowing when to say "no" to stuff. So far, I haven't turned anything down.

Being new means that you want to help people out and you probably feel more obliged to do stuff. So far I've been co-opted on to a committee for doctoral training and a group on research methods for master's students.

Click here to read the full article by Wexler. 

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
Academic Job Hunts From Hell: Inappropriate, Hostile, and Awkward Moments

by David D. Perlmutter 

A doctoral student on the job market described a truly uncomfortable moment during a campus visit. An assistant professor was giving her a campus tour. He stopped in front of an office filled with packing boxes and gestured inside, stating with a wistful air, "This is mine, or rather was. They are firing me; hence the opening." Then he stood there, waiting for her reaction. My informant was so shocked that she responded, "That's nice. ..."

Click here to read the full article by Perlmutter. 

by Natasha Stanley 

You know you're supposed to be networking. But  no matter how many people tell you it works, the thought still turns your stomach. Does it really have to be so awful? Natasha explains why people are at the core of any career change, and how to tap into their knowledge and connections without feeling shifty.

Click here to read the full article by Stanley. 

Events and Workshops 
The Polished Postdoc: Navigating the Job Search with Confidence

Former ND Postdoc, Aaron Sheppard, Ph.D., will be back on campus to share tips on how he transitioned from postdoc to full-time position in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sheppard is now a Medical Science Liaison with Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 119 (map)
Click here for Dr. Shepherd's bio. 

Jingle Bell Ball

The GSN and GSU have once again teamed up to bring you the 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Ball! Dress up and come on down to the Tippecanoe Place Mansion for dancing, heavy appetizers, stocking stuffer gift packs, and raffle prizes! Bring your ugly Christmas sweater for a contest with prizes at 10pm! There will also be a cash bar, photo booth, and FREE Uber rides at the end of the night! Buy your tickets at the LaFortune Box Office today! ($10 presale, $15 at the door) All Grad Students, Post Docs,family and significant others age 21+ are welcome! The Box Office will require a Grad Student ID for ticket purchases, so Post Docs and others without an ID can email acunnin1@nd.edu directly to arrange ticket purchases!

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).

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.


back to top

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

Click here for this week's list of workshops.
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.