March 01, 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 29, 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
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Postdoc Corner
Fulbright Seeks More Diverse Pool of Scholars and Students

by Courtney Kueppers for Chronicle

Kimberly Jackson, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Spelman College, had long hoped to join the ranks of scholars who had earned one of the U.S. government's prestigious Fulbright research awards. She succeeded last spring, and began preparing to spend six months in the Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda studying food science.

In a world filled with racial tensions, Ms. Jackson, who is black, wanted to make sure that she and her three children would have a positive experience. But during a Fulbright mixer before her departure, she says, she didn't find a fellow Fulbright scholar who "looked like her," and she didn't meet anyone who could relate to her concerns.

Click here to read the full article by Kueppers.

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
Interview Success Through Better Listening
by Jake Livengood for Inside HigherEd

Job interview success is influenced by how well we listen. What are the common barriers to listening in a job interview? And what are some effective strategies for surmounting them?

Many of you may have experienced this type of scenario before: an interviewer asks a difficult question. As it is being asked, doubt starts to creep into your thoughts and a resounding "Uh ..." or "Um ..." is the first thing that comes out of your mouth. After you finish the answer, you wonder if it was well received. The interviewer then asks another question, and you do not hear its content. All of a sudden, you feel behind and wish you could ask for a do over.

Click here to read the full article by Livengood. 

When the Job Search Seems Hopeless
by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong for Chronicle

t's that time of year when the stresses of a highly competitive academic job market are taking their toll. Perhaps your applications didn't result in any first-round interviews. Or you landed conference interviews, but they didn't lead to any campus visits. You may be a longtime adjunct who didn't get invited to interview for a tenure-track position on your campus. Or maybe you were a finalist for a job that went to someone else.

There are so many possible moments for disappointment in the academic job search. And the academic job wikis - while useful - allow candidates to mark those moments with precision.

Click here to read the full article by Vick and Furlong. 

International Postdocs
Amish Culture Spring Break Field Trip
Join us for this unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the Amish way of life.  We'll visit an Amish bakery, bulk food store, Amish school and Menno-Hof. You will also have free time to grab lunch and browse the quaint downtown area of Shipshewana, Indiana and explore the shops and eateries at  Davis Mercantile. Visit ISSA to sign up by March 4, 2016. Cost is $15.00 (check or credit card) and includes transportation, private tour guide, and entrance to Menno-Hof. The trip is open to Notre Dame students, scholars, and their spouses. 

Questions? Contact  ISSA@nd.edu 

Click here for more information. 

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: March 2, 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.

Shamrock Shindig 

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and your fellow ND Postdocs at the Shamrock Shindig.
  • Date: March 17, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
  • Spouses/Significant others of Postdocs are welcome to attend
  • Register here to let us know you will be coming
Free appetizers for all!  Free drink ticket to ND Postdocs who wear their ND Postdoc GreenT-Shirt.  Don't have the green ND Postdoc T-Shirt? Email the ND Postdoc Office.  We hope to see you there!

On March 2, 2016 attend the viritual career fair for Ph.D and Master's students! Save time and meet recruiters live online. Interact via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees

Click here for an employer list.
Click here to register. 


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.

Raman Spectroscopy 
Click here to learn more about the workshop series.

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).

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

Wednesday, March 2nd
  • Word 2013: Using Word for Your Research Writing Projects
    • 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
    • OITC Room B001 
Thursday, March 3rd 
  • EAP Social Night
    • 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM
    • University Village community Center
 Friday, March 4th
  • Lunch and Learn: Planning Ahead for Summer Writing
    • 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM
    • Carey Auditorium, 107 Hesburgh Library
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 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

Wednesday, March 2nd
  • Data Use and Analysis: Using Stata for Data Work, James Ng
    • 03:00 - 04:30 PM 
    • Center for Digital Scholarship, Classroom (Room 129), 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.

Thursday, March 3rd  
  • Digital Humanities Reading Group and Workshop Series: Pairing 1, Daniel Johnson
    • 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    • 129 Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship
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.