JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

6 April 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? On-site registration will be available at the postdoc retreat tomorrow 4/07, for those of you who want to attend but haven’t registered! Registration opens at 7:30 am. Also, our retreat is featured in the Hopkins hub!


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA Monthly Meeting

Learn about ongoing JHPDA programming and events. Open to all!

When: Wednesday, May 6th, 5:30 pm

Where: Preclinical Teaching Building (PCTB) room 113/114 (opposite the Greenhouse Cafe)

Socials Committee Meeting

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

When: Thursday, April 9th, 9:30 am

Where: Atwater’s Cafe

Contact: Justin La Favor 

Communications Committee Meeting

Learn about ongoing communications initiatives; all welcome!

When: Tuesday, April 14th, 11:00 am

Where:  MRB/BRB Daily Grind

Contact: Cynthia Zhang 

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Blythe Shepard

Secretary: Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang and Anna Blice-Baum

International: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson 

Policy and Advocacy: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

Diversity Postdoc Alliance: Stan Andrisse and Dionna Williams

Webmaster: Paul Aiyetan

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 Internship Program

Short-term internships for gaining skills and experience in diverse careers. Check out the Postdoc Internship Program website for complete program descriptions.

Current position openings:

  • Science Communication - Office of External Affairs in the BSPH
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Policy & Advocacy - Office of Policy Coordination

Other Announcements

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.

First annual Hopkins Sleep & Circadian Research Day

Organized by the Basic & Clinical Researchers studying Sleep & Circadian Rhythms at Johns Hopkins and local institutions. Awards will be given for the top clinical and basic talks and posters!

When: Monday June 22,  9:00 - 3:30 pm

Where: Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Building, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Stanford University

Applications due: March 31st, 2015

For registration, abstract submission, and more information, please click here.

Great, inexpensive photography

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

International Postdocs: Tax Help

The JHU Tax Office provides Nonresident Aliens tax preparation assistance through a software program called Glacier.  For more information about the program, and taxes in general, visit the JHU Tax Office website or the Tax Office’s FAQs.

National Science Foundation Graduate Education Forum

The Graduate Education Forum is intended to encourage discussion among US graduate-education stakeholders and will provide the DGE a direct connection with graduate students, faculty, university administrators, employers, and others who would like to contribute to the national dialogue. For more information, click here.


JHPDA 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]

Argonne Postdoc Blog 

[not affiliated with Hopkins]



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IN BRIEF: Postdoc Retreat tomorrow!
On-site registration available

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The JHPDA and HW-PDA invite all postdocs to attend our 2nd annual postdoc retreat, “Oh the places you’ll go: Academic and diverse career paths for postdocs.”

Due to overwhelming interest, registration will open at 7:30 am! For those of you who have not registered but are interested in attending, we are pleased to announce that on-site registration will be available.

When: TOMORROW, April 7th, 2015, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. The event starts at 8:30 am.

Where: Turner Concourse and Auditorium, Hopkins East Baltimore campus

For more information, click here

This event will feature:

  • Plenary speakers Dan Beaudry, “Diving in Deep: The Self-Driven Job Search,” and Gerald Klickstein, “From Job Search to Job Offer: Strategies to Succeed and Each Stage.”
  • Breakout sessions and workshops focusing on your future!
  • Diverse careers roundtable discussion
  • Academic careers panel discussion
  • Academic job application workshop
  • Transferrable skills and IDP workshop
  • Scientific presentations from your fellow postdocs
  • Closing remarks from President Daniels


Johns Hopkins Success Stories with Dr. Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., Thursday, April 9th

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The JHPDA Professional Development Committee

presents “Johns Hopkins Success Stories” with Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Medicine.

Looking for a role model? Tips for success in research, mentorship, teaching or clinical medicine? Join us for a casual interview with leaders in the medical field. Learn from their experiences, seek advice and ask questions. Food and drinks will be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 pm
Where: Wood Basic Science Building (WBSB) Auditorium
Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

The National Cherry Blossom Festival & Smithsonian Trip to Washington DC, Saturday, April 11th

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The Johns Hopkins International Society and JHPDA invite you to join us for the National Cherry Blossom Festival & Smithsonian Trip to Washington DC. Bus departs JHMI at 8:30 am and returns to JHMI at 5:30 pm.

Reservations: Fill out attached form and see Jessica Mullins or Shree Gopakumar in the Office of International Services (OIS; Reed Hall, Suite 405, Monday - Thursday)

Payments: $20 (cash only) must be made in full at the time of reservation; fee includes round-trip transportation only

Questions? Contact Jessica or Shree, 410-955-3371 or Internationalsociety@jhmi.edu

Postdoc Research Presentation club, Wednesday, April 15th

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Please join us for April’s postdoc research presentation club, with an exciting pearl and a very interesting postdoc talk:

Expert Pearl: Become the Exceptional Presenter!

By Gaelle Kolb, Ph.D, Assistant Director, Professional Development Office

Postdoc Talk: Exclusive transcriptional regulation of morphogenesis in the Drosophila Embryo

By Rajprasad Loganathan, Ph.D.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 - 1pm
Where: PreClinical Teaching Building (PCTB) 113/114
Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu, Jineta or Xiang 

Want to present in the future? Sign-up here!


Additional Professional Development Events

Professional Development Office

Lunch and Learn Series

Over lunch break, come discuss important topics that would leverage your marketability when looking for a job. You may attend any or all seminars, there is no restriction. (Note: this series isn’t intended to replace the PDO workshops, but if you missed some of them, you would learn parts of that was covered)

Where: 1830 E. Monument Street Building, Classroom 2-108

When: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

  • 4/8/2015-NOTE TIME CHANGE, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introvert? Extrovert? Acquire some tools to help you advance your career by projecting confidence in anxiety-provoking situations. We will explore introvert and extrovert working styles, and develop tools to deal with intimidating circumstances.

NIH Budgeting and eRA Commons

Creating a budget and Using Electronic Research Application for K99 and early stage investigators.

Speaker: Alex Galea, Assistant Director, Grants Team, Office of Research Administration

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Where: 1830 E. Monument Street Building, Classroom 2-108

Register: here

Spring 2015 Research Leadership

The new short-module format was so successful last fall that we are continuing it this spring, beginning April 14th! Research Leadership for Postdocs is now a series of 12 lunchtime modules.  We hope you will want to attend all of them! This series will fulfill the NIH expectation for "instruction and training in... leadership skills."  Sessions will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 in the 1830 Building, classroom 2-108. For the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) please pay by April 23, 2015. For more information, click here. Click here to register.

Interviewing for Career Success

When: Monday, April 20, 2015; Mock interview: 1:30 – 3:00 pm; Lecture: 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Where:  TBD

Hosted by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Career Services Office and the JHMI Professional Development Office. Please register here


Welch Library Courses

A list of upcoming Welch Library Courses can be found here.

The Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club 

The Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club organizes regular workshops and bootcamps. Find the 2015 Spring Series here and visit their website here.


Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Events and Opportunities

  • Online teaching course in an Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate Teaching (details here; starts 3/30; RSVP to pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu)
  • Call for instructors for “HEART,” Hopkins Engineering Applications & Research Tutorials - paid teaching opportunity in the fall 2015; for an application form or questions, contact pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu 

Effective Science Communication

Effective written and oral communication is crucial for achieving academic success, yet is often overlooked in graduate coursework. Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 -11:00 am in classroom 2-108 in the 1830 Building to learn the fundamentals of all types of science communication.

For Topics and more details, click here: Course website

Questions? Contact Liz Meier 

Hopkins Science Writing Program

Online/low-residency Science Writing Program. Postdocs have multiple options for gaining training, including a Master of Arts degree (9 courses), a Graduate Certificate program (5 courses), and individual classes. Except for week-long residencies, courses are online. To learn more, see this flyer or visit advanced.jhu.edu/sciencewriting

StartUp!Fest Splash

The biggest Start-up Job Showcase in town, to host dozens of top-notch start-ups that are looking to hire intelligent & hard-working students for internships and full-time roles! Admission is FREE (details).

Where: Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 100 International Drive

When: Friday, April 10, 9:00 am

Developing a Tailored Resume and Deciphering the Internship Announcement

When: Friday, April 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where: Rangos, Room 490

Register here

Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech) Successful applicants will receive fellowships in the 15-year-old program SMDP Biotech, covering virtually all expenses for this one-year program. Mentoring and professional development program begins with 5-day training session; participants also attend a major biotechnology conference (fellowship applications due 4/30; details here).

AACR Associate member council for programs for early-career scientists

When: April 18-22

For more details, click here

Upcoming Seminars

Successful Pharmaceutical Study Start-Up: Key Steps for Investigators 

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium

Events from Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE)

These events are open to all and the registration fees are waived for graduate students and postdocs.

  • IEE Education Conference and Celebration

A day-long conference featuring a keynote address entitled "Medical, Biomedical and Health Professions Education: Five Changes that Can Make a Difference" by distinguished educator L. Dee Fink, PhD. 

When: Friday, April 17, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Armstrong Medical Education Building 1600 McElderry Street

More information can be found here

  • IEE Summer Teaching Camp

Registration for IEE Summer Teaching Camp is open to postdocs. More information can be found here.

When:  Thursday July 31 and Friday August 1, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Armstrong Medical education building

Other Opportunities

  • National Postdoctoral Association International officer (due 4/17, details)
  • BioNetworking: Getting To Know Your Neighbors - from the local ecosystem, MedImmune - Partnering & Strategy 4/16, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Gaithersburg, MD, (click here to register)
  • 3 month summer Equity Research Biotech Fellow Internship with T. Rowe Price (due 4/23, details; The interest form has to return to Arhonda Gogos; J-1 Scholars and H-1B temporary workers are not eligible to apply due to limitation of their immigration status​)
  • Alzheimer’s disease Pilot Project Funding available, $30,000 direct costs (due 4/24; details)
  • Request for guest editors for Biochemistry Insights Journal (contact Mariana Figuera Losada)
  • Association of Women in Science: recruiting new leaders on their Executive Board (details; if interested, contact Ekemini Riley)
  • Lasker Foundation 2015 “Research Challenge” Essay Contest; prizes of $10k, $5k, and $2k (due 5/4; details)
  • MEND Funding Initiative for Research in Neurodegenerative Disorders (due 6/30, details)


  • Volunteers needed for the middle school & high school statewide Maryland Science Olympiad (JHU on 4/11; see the flyer and website for more details)
  • AAAS STEM Volunteer Program (link; contact bcalinge@aaas.org)
  • Baltimore Green Works (volunteer)


Visit the below site for additional updated listings, including job postings and postdoctoral fellowships in a variety of science careers across disciplines. Recent additions listed below.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Sarcoma Translational Biology (details; or email David Loeb, loebda@jhmi.edu)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Cellular and Molecular Shock Research at the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, UMD Baltimore (details)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry/Enzymology at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (JHU affiliate; link; if interested, contact james.barrow@libd.org)
  • Abbot laboratories: openings for Biomed/Molecular Biology, Virology Senior Scientist research positions: position1, position2, Principal scientist
  • Predicine: biotech start-up company looking for potential employees in the Bay Area, San Francisco (details here)
  • Technology Analyst (full-time) at JH Office of Technology Transfer; seeks PhD or Postdoc to help analyze & commercialize university-based technology (link)
  • Career opportunities, recruiting and programs at Mckinsey: Insight Healthcare and MD contact programs (due 4/12)  
  • Opportunities for employment (full or part-time) at In silico medicine, located at Johns Hopkins University eastern campus (details here)
  • Postdoctoral position to work on hiPSC-derived 3D models of retinal degenerative diseases in the lab of Dr. M. Valeria Canto-Soler (details here)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Scientific Grants Manager (link)
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (link)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (application)
  • Naturejobs Career Expo 2015 (5/20, registration)
  • Postdoc Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (link)
  • Multiple positions at Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (link)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

Receive grant alerts here.

Other opportunities can be found here.


Upcoming Events

  • 6th Annual Housing Fair on  Friday, April 10, 2015 from 11am-4:30pm in the Turner Concourse (detail).
  • Wicked the musical is coming to Baltimore in April, tickets here!
  • Baltimore Orioles free giveaways at games - promotion schedule!
  • ...and many more listed here!

Recurring Events

For other local events, visit http://baltimore.org/events or the Culture Fly calendar.

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