JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

10 November 2014

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Problems viewing this email? Click here for the web version

Did you know? You can play intramural dodgeball or basketball through a JHPDA team at the Cooley Center this winter! Sign up here by 11/14!


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

Socials Committee Mtg.

Come and be a part of the organizing committee for the next social event on/off campus!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9:30 am

Where:  MRB Daily Grind

Contact: Justin La Favor 

Media & Communications Committee Mtg.

Come join us to hone your communication skills and reach out to the postdoc community via newsletters, websites, and social media.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11:00 am

Where: Daily Grind (3rd floor MRB)

Contact: Cynthia Zhang

Internationals Committee Mtg.

New international postdoc? Join us to meet fellow postdocs and connect with the postdoc community!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 12:30 pm

Where:  Cobblestone cafe

Contact: Thibault Mauxicon

Policy and Advocacy Committee Mtg.

Come join us to be the voice of your fellow postdocs and learn about science policy!

When: Monday, Nov. 24, 4:00 pm

Where:  Wenz cafe

Contact: Kirsten Block

Future JHPDA Events 

Visiting Scientist: Career advice & talk

Who: Nancy Thornberry (LinkedIn)

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 11:00 am (career advice) and 3:00 pm (talk)

See center panel for details.

Career talk by Joanne Kamens

Who: Joanne Kamens (LinkedIn), Addgene

When: Friday, Nov. 14th

  • 10:30 am: Implicit Bias “Spot the Sexist in You”
  • 11:30 am: Lunch Career Chat with Dr. Kamens
  • 12:30 pm: How To Choose Your Next Lab

See center panel for details.

International Wine Tasting Event

When: Thursday, Nov. 20th, 6:30 pm

See center panel for details.

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang

International: Thibault Mauxion and Beth Zucconi

Policy and Advocacy:Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

Other Announcements

Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speaker Series (HMDSS)

Special dialogue and reception featuring Dr. Danielle Ofri

When: Wed., Nov., 12th, 4:30 pm

Where: Armstrong Medical Education Building (1600 McElderry St)

RSVP here

Increase your on-campus visibility

Are you publishing a paper? Let Marketing and Communications know by sending your manuscript, journal, and anticipated publication date to JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

Get your Flu Shot!

Click here for more information on times and dates.

JHMI Choral society free fall concert

Come join the JHMI Choral society for about a half hour to support your musical peers!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:30 pm

Where: Hurd hall

Performing: Gabriel Faure's Requiem in D minor

Hopkins SOM Evenings at the

 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

When: Saturday, Jan. 10th, 7:00 pm

Details: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Event includes the concert, Q&A session, and a catered reception; see the above link for more details

Great, inexpensive photography

The Department of Pathology, JHMI offers excellent photography services. For more information, click here.

New JHPDA Meetup.com Group

JHPDA has created a Meetup.com group for postdocs interested in attending smaller local events around Baltimore, such as concerts, art walks, happy hours, museums, and other happenings.  Go to Meetup.com, create a profile, and join the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association Meetup Group.  Receive emails about weekly events other JHPDA members are attending.

Joining the JHPDA

Interested in one of our committees? Want to contribute to postdoc events, policy and training? Good ideas for future events?

Email us:  postdoc@jhmi.edu

Bulletin provided by the JHPDA Media and Communications Committee

Want to contribute to our bulletin? Know of an upcoming event, or want to write an article for our “In Brief” section?

Email us:  postdoc@jhmi.edu


Postdoc Blog,

Tell Your Stories: Submit a post

Postdoc Business Cards 

[Includes instructions for postdocs in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and postdocs at Homewood.]

Family Resources

Baltimore Resources

BusyGrad: housing, reviews, buy/sell items
[BusyGrad is not affiliated with Hopkins.]

IN BRIEF: Postdoctoral Fellow Internship Program

Part II: More now opportunities available!


The internship program for postdoctoral fellows is designed to provide short-term internship opportunities for postdocs interested in gaining additional skills, experiences, and contacts in areas outside their programmatic line of research. The program will enhance postdoctoral training by allowing fellows to gain transferable skills in areas that may be of interest for future careers.

Internships now open (full details described here): 

1) Internship in the Professional Development Office:

Opportunity to get acquainted with the work of a career development office at the graduate and postdoctoral level. The following projects options are available:

  • Project one: Career Speaker/Panel Series
  • Project two: Professional Skills Workshop

Preferred time commitment: One half-day/week for 3 months

2) Internship in Vaccine Safety Surveillance with MedImmune (through BCI)

Play a central role in an epidemiologic assessment of spontaneous adverse event reports for quadrivalent influenza vaccines; conduct planned analyses.

Preferred time commitment: 4 months, starting in the spring or summer of 2015; preliminary application due date: January 5, 2015

3) Internships in the Office of Policy Coordination:

Gain experience in multiple areas of policy and advocacy, including the reviewing of outside activities, benchmarking policies, and program evaluation. Openings in:

  • Outside Interests Division
  • Interaction with Industry Division (two project possibilities)

Preferred time commitment: One day per week for four to six weeks


Info Session: Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, Mon., Nov. 10th

[Larger Image]

Interested in entrepreneurship or working in a start-up? The Hopkins Biotech Network (HBN) invites postdocs to an information session for their Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. See flyer for panel and presentation details.

When: Monday, Nov. 10th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium (near Turner Concourse)

Pizza and drinks provided

RSVP here

Career advice for postdoctoral fellows & afternoon lecture by visiting scientist Nancy Thornberry, Thurs., Nov. 13th

9-23-14 Nancy Thornberry 11-13-14 poster (2)_small.jpg


Nancy Thornberry (LinkedIn) is an Independent Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. Mark your calendars for these two upcoming events:

1) Join fellow postdocs to get career advice from visiting scientist, Nancy Thornberry.

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 11:00 am

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building, Room 517

For more details, click here.

2) Lecture: “New Therapeutic Opportunities in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

When: Thursday, Nov. 13th, 3:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building

Career Seminars by Dr. Joanne Kamens, Friday Nov. 14

Joanne Kamens.jpg

[Larger Image]

An exciting opportunity to get expert advice on making career decisions from Dr. Joanne Kamens (LinkedIn), Executive Director, non-profit biotech Addgene.

When: Friday, Nov. 14th; event times and locations below

  • Implicit Bias “Spot the Sexist in You” (10:30 am; West Lecture Hall, WBSB)
  • How To Choose Your Next Lab (12:30 pm; West Lecture Hall, WBSB)
  • Career Chat with Dr. Kamens (11:30 am; G18/G19, PCTB ground floor): Focus on career decision making factors, strokes of luck, work/life balance and family issues. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

International wine tasting event, Thursday Nov. 20th

Wine tasting 2014.jpg

[Larger Image]

Come join us for an ‘international wine’ tasting event on campus!! We will have different types of white and red wines from all over the world. Free for postdocs and $5 for guests (1 guest maximum). Limited space available, so sign-up now!

When: Thursday, Nov. 20th, 6:30 pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building 113/114

RSVP here - required!


Professional Development Office (PDO) Events:

Developing a Powerful CV and Cover Letters

When: Monday, November 10th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

If you are considering an academic career path, come and learn how to develop a powerful CV and its accompanying cover letter. Please register here.

Developing a Tailored Resume and Deciphering the Job Announcement

When: Friday, November 14th, 12:00 - 2:00

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

If you are considering a non-academic career path, and more specifically a position in industry or non-profit organization, come and learn how to decipher the job announcement and to use the essential words to tailor your resume to the position.

Please register here.

Fall 2014 Research Leadership for Postdocs (lunchtime modules)

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (unless otherwise noted below)

Where: 1830 Building, classroom 2-108

Register here

  • 11/11: Building and Managing Teams (3 hours)
  • 11/13: Inclusive Excellence; Hot-Button Issues in the Workplace
  • 11/18: Working within Your Organization
  • 12/02: Managing Research Funds, Faculty Panel
  • 12/04: Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
  • 12/09: Time Management (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
  • 12/11: Project Management (3 hours)


When: Monday, November 17th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: West Lecture Hall, ground floor of 725 N. Wolfe Street

Topics covered include: the federal grant process and “grant culture”, mechanisms of particular interest to new investigators, choosing a "fundable" research problem, writing a competitive application, the NIH system of peer review, developing a budget and budget justification.

Register here

Applying for Federal Jobs 

When: Wednesday, November 19th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

Learn how to develop a Federal resume based on USAJobs guidelines. You will also learn how to interpret the many codes on a Federal job announcement. 

Register here

Additional Professional Development Events:

CIRTL, the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

The Academic Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

When: Tuesday, November 11th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Bob Pitz, Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Jed Sparks, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
  • Allison Rober Wyatt, Assistant Professor of Biology, Ball State University

Details here

Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office Events (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 event details for SPH postdocs, including event descriptions, locations, RSVP links can be found on the Career Services Office website.

Questions? Contact jhsph.careers@jhu.edu

  • 11/12, “Access to Experts” information session: The Lewin Group (RSVP)
  • 11/17, “Access to Experts” information session: Legacy (RSVP)
  • 11/18, “Access to Experts” information session: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (RSVP)
  • 11/25, “Access to Experts” information session: CareFirst (RSVP)

Biomedical Careers Initiative: “Biologics: Discovery and Development

When: Friday, November 14th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Wood Basic Science Building Auditorium (ground floor)

Presented by MedImmune LLC. For more information, click here

Academic Publishing Workshop

Join an informative discussion of issues related to scientific publication, including developing your manuscript, the journal editorial process, copyright & open access, and how to promote your work once it's published.

When: Tuesday, November 18th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm (reception following)

Where: West Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, Wood Basic Science Building

Hosted by Elsevier and the Welch Medical Library. For more information, click here

Postercraft: The Art and Science of Crafting a Poster

Ever wonder what font you should use on your scientific poster? Think color might make your poster a hit at the conference? Learn these answers and more.

When: Wednesday, November 19th, 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Where: Sheldon Hall, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sponsored by: Delta Omega, MPH Program, Professional Development Office

Alumni Career panel and networking session

Come join the OIS for a panel discussion and networking session with recent international graduates who are currently employed while on their OPT, STEM and H1B status. Learn successful interviewing and job hunting tips!

When: Wednesday, November 19th, 6:00 - 7:15 pm

Where: Hackerman B17

Details here 

Other Opportunities

  • MedImmune is recruiting motivated individuals to join the leadership and planning team for their MidAtlantic Summit on March 31, 2015 (due 11/15, link)
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs (due 11/17, link)
  • ASU Origins Project Postdoctoral ($10K) Prize Lectureship Nomination (due 12/01, link; more information here)
  • The Dan David Prize scholarship ($15K; due 3/10/15, application link; for details about selected fields of interest, click here)
  • Research Study, paid participation: Physical & Mental Fatigue Study (link)
  • Request for guest editors for Biochemistry Insights Journal (contact Mariana Figuera Losada)
  • The Association of Women in Science is looking for new leaders on their Executive Board. More info on AWIS Baltimore can be found here: awisbaltimore.org. If interested please contact, Ekemini Riley (awisbaltimore@gmail.com)



Recent additions listed below.

  • NEAVS (New England Anti-Vivisection Society) invites applications for a $40,000 postdoc grant for developing, validating, or using non-animal alternatives for investigating women’s health or sex differences (details, link)
  • 2 postdoc positions in Dr. Mark Anderson’s lab; research in calcium and redox signaling and mitochondrial metabolism in cardiac physiology & disease (link)
  • Senior Scientist Position @ NIEHS/NIH (link)
  • Lead Clinical Research Associate (In-House), Hinckley, OH (link)
  • Brain Trauma Research Fellow/Associate 4  (link)
  • Public Health Support Lead/Program Manager (link)
  • Sleep and Performance Scientist (link)
  • Protein Engineer/Molecular Biology Scientist (link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF-funded postdocs (link)
  • International opportunity: Scientific Instrumentation (link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Scientific Grants Manager (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Recurring Events

  • Baltimore Farmer's Market, Sundays (underneath the Jones Falls overpass) Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Street)
  • Thursday Nights at the Walters, FREE art exhibits every Thurs., 5-9pm

For other local events, visit http://baltimore.org/events or here.

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


 Website  LinkedIn  Blog  Facebook  Twitter 

 Submit a blog entry  Review a business