February 2, 2016
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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 February 01, 2016 - 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
The First Step to Improving Outcomes Is to Notice Them

by Melanie Nelson for Chronicle Vitae

Mindfulness is all the rage in management circles right now, with articles arguing it will make managers more effective as well as healthier and less stressed.
Don't let me stop you from trying this latest fad. It would be hypocritical for me to argue against it, given that meditation is one of my favorite aspects of yoga. I think the true benefits of mindfulness only come if you approach it as something more than a fad, but I'll leave the cheerleading on that topic to others.

Click here to read the full article by Nelson.

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
7 Go-To People To Get You Through Your Job Search
by Victoria Crispo for Idealist Careers

When you're focusing on your career, it's natural to seek comfort from people who are encouraging and helpful. Whether you are a job seeker, aspiring leader, or you're putting the focus on your professional development, secure the support of different people who can "stand in your corner." As advisors or "go-to" people, these individuals can help as you shape your course towards success. Look out for folks like these to add to your support team.

Click here to read the full article by Crispo. 

by Sylvina Raver 

I'm a planner. Maybe it's because I'm a scientist who thrives on following a step-by-step protocol, or because my personality is fundamentally at odds with the concept of "winging it," but I've always preferred to have a plan for what comes next.

Click here to read the full article by Raver. 

International Postdocs
Immigration Workshop 

This workshop will cover immigration and employment options for international postdocs and graduate students, including H1-B status, travel issues, and options for permanent residence. The speaker is Tom Arkell, an immigration attorney with Dunn Law Firm, LLP. 
  • Date: February 11, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium (map)

Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame/Saint Mary's College Tax Assistance Program (TAP) offers free tax return preparation services to international visitors. All international visitors in F-1 or J-1 status MUST file a tax return, even if they earned no income during 2015.    
Tax services to international clients are by appointment only. Due to the many variables in international client tax situations, all international visitors are required to use the online Appointment Scheduling Process (ASP) to schedule their appointments. The ASP will guide tax clients to the preparer best suited to assist in their tax return preparations.

For more information on how to make an appointment, forms, etc., click here

Events and Workshops 
World on Tap  
  • Date: February 3, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
ALL postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.

Material Characterization Workshop Series - ND Energy
You are invited to attend the following Materials Characterization workshops. The workshops are designed to provide fundamental technical principles and practical sample preparation and measurement tips required to acquire high quality data from these instruments. Each workshop will begin with a presentation by Dr. Ian Lightcap, Senior Scientist and Facility Manager, with plenty of time for questions and answers. In the afternoon, instrument time will be available to run user samples in order to practice sample prep skills, as well as data acquisition and analysis. If you are interested in attending any of the workshops described below and would like to bring samples, please RSVP to Dr. Lightcap at least three days before the workshop.

DSC, TGA, & TGA/ Mass Spectrometer
Raman Spectroscopy 
Click here to learn more about the workshop series.

Click here for more information. 


Funding Opportunties

The February 29th deadline is fast approaching for the Postdoc Challenge proposal applications! 
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 (RFA attached).  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.  Postdoctoral research associates from the participating institutions are encouraged to submit applications that clearly articulate their translational strategy and how this strategy can be advanced through the use of technologies offered by a core facility.
If you are interested in participating as a proposal reviewer, please plan to attend the "Overview of the NIH Peer-Review Process" workshop on Friday, February 26th.  Tommy Sors will discuss how to critically review a grant, review criteria, how grant review panels work, and expected review timelines. See meeting details below. For those interested in being considered as a reviewer, please submit your CV to Wendy Field at your earliest convenience.  
Overview of the NIH Peer-Review Process Workshop
  • February 26th
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • DeBartolo Hall 205 (map)

or you may login from your office:

  • Call in: 1-855-282-6330
  • Attendee access code: 28849692
  • Log in here
  • Event password: review

Please click here for more information about CTSI and applications.


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).

These fellowships, which will be funded under the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL), will provide an opportunity for mid-career African researchers to develop their own research program at KWTRP with stints at other collaborating research centres.

The fellowships are for 4 years and provide for an internationally competitive salary (approx. 50,000 USD PA), and a further 80,000 USD for research and travel costs.

The KWTRP undertakes research across the whole spectrum of health research ranging from basic human, parasite and vector biology, epidemiology, clinical trials, social sciences, demography, health systems and ethics.

Applications are invited from African researchers who completed their PhD within the last 10 years and have a strong publication record in any health-related research including basic sciences, clinical sciences, nutrition, social sciences, epidemiology, health systems and policy research, ethics, demography and statistics AND who have a keen interest in developing a research programme on health issues affecting the African region.

For more information, click here.

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs
All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School. 

Wednesday, February 3rd
  • EAP Workshop: Surviving and Thriving in Winter
    • 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM 
    • 302 DeBartolo
  • Ethical Leaders in STEM Information Session
    • 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM 
    • Dooley Room (102), LaFortune Student Center
Thursday, February 4th
  • Distilling Your Research in a 3MT Format (3MT)
    • 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 
    • Dooley Room, LaFortune Student Center
  • The Art of Persuasive Communication and Negotiation in the STEM Workplace
    • 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    • McNeill Room, La Fortune Student Center
Friday, February 5th
  • CEPS All Day Workshop; Catholic Social Tradition & the Idea of a University
    • 09:00 AM -  4:15 
    • Geddes Hall
  • Lunch and Learn: Networking With Confidence
    • 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM 
    • Carey Auditorium, 107 Hesburgh Library
Monday, February 8th
  • One Button Studio (3MT) - Virtual Coaching for 3MT
    • 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM OR 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    • CDS Classroom, 129 Hesburgh Library
  • Data Breach: Failures and Follow-Ups
    • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM 
    • Giovanini Commons, Mendoza
  • Word 2013: Using Word for Your Research Writing Projects
    • 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM 
    • OITC Room B001
 Tuesday, February 9th
  •  The Collapse of Arthur Andersen: So Who Was Really at Fault
    • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM 
    • Giovanini Commons, Mendoza
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.

Wednesday, February 3rd
  • Course Design I: Developing Learning Goals
    • 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 
    • ND Room, LaFortune
 Tuesday, February 9th
  • Course Design II: Assessment and Exam Design
    • 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM 
    • ND Room, LaFortune Student Center
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 Spring 2016 webinars, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries Workshops
The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.
Hesburgh Libraries Workshops

Tuesday, February 9th
  • Zotero: Manage your citations and research literature
    • 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
    •  Room 247 Hesburgh Library
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.


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