JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

13 April 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? Nature has come on board with increasing awareness of the need for diverse career options for postdocs beyond academia. The full article can be found here.


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)

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 

Diversity Postdoc Alliance Meeting

When: Monday, April 27th, 6:00 pm

Where: MRB/BRB Daily Grind  

Contact: Stan Andrisse and Dionna Williams 

Internationals Committee Meeting

Learn about resources for internationals and make new friends; all welcome!

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 12:30 pm

Where:  Cobblestone Cafe

Contact: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson

Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting

Learn about issues affecting the postdoctoral community; all welcome!

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 4:00 pm

Where:  Wenz Cafe

Contact: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

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.

HBN Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program

Want to turn your science into a business idea? Interested in exploring a career in entrepreneurship? More info here.

What: “How to come up with an Innovative Idea”

When: Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm

Where: Room 2-108 (Building 1830), JHU East Baltimore Campus

More events listed here.

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

For registration and more information, please click here.

Personal Security Device Survey

A team of Hopkins graduate students and alumni are developing a device for personal safety on-campus and in Baltimore. They are gathering information from potential users and would really appreciate getting feedback from the Hopkins postdoc community through their short survey.

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

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Postdoc Business Cards 

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Family Resources

Baltimore Resources

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Argonne Postdoc Blog 

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IN BRIEF: Postdoc Retreat Survey 
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On behalf of the retreat planning committee, thank you for making Tuesday’s 2nd Annual Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Retreat a great success. We had around 250 fellows in attendance, 65 poster presentations, excellent speakers, and many successful breakout sessions and workshops. We hope you enjoyed the day’s programming and opportunities for exploring both academic and diverse career paths.

Resources from many of the workshops and breakout sessions can be found here on the postdoc retreat website, in the  program under the individual sessions.

Please take a few minutes to complete the short retreat evaluation (even if you did not attend); we take your feedback very seriously and will use it to help us improve next year’s event. All postdocs who submit evaluations will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!


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

Pizza will be served!
Questions? Contact Jineta or Xiang 

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

Shuttle Social at Kooper’s Tavern

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The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association invites you to a shuttle social at Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point! Tuesday night is $5 Burger Night at Kooper’s and all Postdocs are welcome!

When: Tuesday, April 21 from 6 - 8 pm

Where: Kooper’s Tavern, 1702 Thames St.

Transportation: Charm City Circulator, Green line, stop 105


Professional Development Office

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. 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 20th; lecture: 12:15 - 1:15 pm; mock interview: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Where:  W4030, School of Public Health

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

Career Options for Diverse PhDs

When: Tuesday, April 28th, 3:00-4:30pm

Where: ​1830 E Monument St., room 2-108

Panel speakers will represent career options of science communication, research-based government jobs, and teaching-focused academic positions.

RSVP here

Information Session: Collaborative Teaching Fellows Programs - New options!

When: Monday, May 11th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium; 1st floor Preclinical Teaching Building, map

Did you know that Hopkins has partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine to expand the Teaching Fellow Programs? Teaching sites now include Notre Dame University of Maryland*, Goucher College, Stevenson University and Morgan State University. Join us at this information session to learn more from faculty and participants. (*Co-Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association.) Visit our website to learn about previous opportunities and teaching fellows!

Additional Professional Development Events

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.


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, visit the 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 this site.

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

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

  • First American College of Healthcare Trustees Conference (4/14, details)
  • Searching NCBI molecular database (4/14, register)
  • Managing Science in the Biotech Industry: An Intensive Course for Students and Postdocs (July 12 - 24, registration due 4/15, register and details here)
  • 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)
  • “Call for Innovations” Competition May 4 (due 4/20, link)
  • 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)
  • CIRTL Johns Hopkins Summer Teaching Institute, May 27 - 29 (link)
  • MEND Funding Initiative for Research in Neurodegenerative Disorders (due 6/30, details)



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.

  • Licensing and Patenting Manager Position Open at the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, closes at midnight on 4/14 (link)
  • Two Radiology/Human genetics postdocs available (due 4/27, announcement)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The Foundation for Women's Wellness (FWW) Fellowship Awards (due 6/8, link)
  • Acidophil is seeking part-time interns (flyer)


All Job and Fellowship listings are compiled here.

Details on NIH job listings are also compiled here.

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Other opportunities can be found here.


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