March 29, 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 March 28, 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
Seven Things Every Researcher Should Know About Scholarly Publishing

Almost all researchers have at least two regular, direct relationships with scholarly publishing: as authors, and as readers.  Many also interact with scholarly publishing as reviewers or editors. But the multi-dimensional world of scholarly communications, of which publishing is just one part, affects so much more of what researchers do - how their work is funded, promoted, circulated, evaluated, and archived.  As participants in the publishing process, they are called on to make important decisions, including what, where, and how to publish. To compound matters, there is little training available for scholars and what there is tends to focus on the practicalities of how to publish, rather than educating researchers on broader publishing issues. So, while there are notable exceptions, many researchers are less well informed about scholarly publishing than perhaps they should be, given the important role it plays in their professional lives.

Click here to read the full article by Meadows and Wulf. 

Responding To Rejection

Maybe it's just the rhythms of the term, but many of you seem to be down in the dumps. I've been hearing from lots of faculty who are frustrated by cranky colleagues' comments, feeling demoralized by rejected manuscripts and grant proposals, and tired of students' unending complaints. With so much negativity in our work environments, I'm going to focus this week on Common New Faculty Mistake #11: Internalizing Rejection and Negativity.

Click here to read the full article by Rockquemore.

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
No Correct Answers

Experienced interviewers can tell within a few minutes of knowing you if you are delivering, verbatim, pre-prepared answers to their questions. It's not just that memorization often results in a monotone, rushed answer. It's that thinking about your fit ahead of time, instead of rehearsing answers, allows a more genuine, passionate answer in the moment.

The equation for getting your career of choice is simple: your interests, skills and values, plus the alignment of an employer's desired skill set and cultural values and interests, equals fit. Communicating this fit begins early in the cover letter and CV/résumé portion of the job search process. Early on, employers want to know if you can do the job -- that is, are your skills and experiences close enough to those they seek. The interview, then, may delve more deeply into your skills, but it primarily assesses whether or not they want you to use said skills at their organization. In short, do they want to work with you?

Click here to read the full article by Eberlie. 

International Postdocs
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: April 6, 2016.
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
ALL postdocs 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

Pathways to Life Science Industry
You are invited to attend the following webinars sponsored by the Keck Graduate Institute.

April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST)
  • Professional Development for Scientists: Tacit Knowledge and Current Events
    • James Sterling, Ph.D., Director of the Postdoctoral Professional Master's Program
    • Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA

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.

Build Your Future, Element by Element
Building a thriving career in science requires a strong foundation. So when you have the opportunity of a lifetime to acquire key elements of success, you don't pass it up. This August 15-25, a select group of international Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers will build their careers, help shape the future of research information and experience the 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. Apply for the 2016 SciFinder® Future Leaders program by Sunday, April 10:  www.cas.org/futureleaders.

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
Citizen Science Teaching Opportunity

Citizen Science is a scientific literacy program required of all first year students at Bard College, regardless of intended major.  Held in January, this intense academic program introduces our students to scientific thinking by engaging them in problem-based learning classroom, computing and laboratory experiences. They are currently accepting applications from excellent scientists with a demonstrated interest in excellent undergraduate education. 

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

Wednesday, March 30th
  • Talk Money To Me: Debt Management and Repayment
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery Auditorium, 107 LaFortune
  • EAP Workshop: Grants and Fellowships
    • 6:30 PM
    • 356A Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
Thursday, March 31st
  • Introduction to HTML, CSS, and Javascript (Beginner-Intermediate)
    • 10:00AM
    • 247 Hesburgh Library
  • Zotero: Manage Your Citation
    • 1:00 PM
    • Room 247 Hesburgh Library
  • CEPS Workshop: Promoting Diversity-Related Learning Through Community Engagement
    • 3:30
    • Geddes Hall    
 For more information or to register, please click

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

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

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