JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

23 March 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? Registration for the 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat on Tuesday, April 7th is open until March 31st. Visit the website for details, or click here to register!


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, April 1st, 5:30 pm

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

Internationals Committee Mtg.

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

When: Tuesday, March 24, 12:30 pm

Where:  Cobblestone cafe

Contact: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson

Policy and Advocacy Committee Mtg.

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

When: Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 pm

Where:  Wenz cafe

Contact: Jacqueline Brosnan Cashman

Professional development Committee Mtg.

Join us to learn about different initiatives taken up by the committee for professional development of postdocs.

When: Thursday, March 26, 1:00 pm

Where: Daily grind cafe

Contact: Yuejin Li and Jineta Banerjee

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 and Anna Blice Baum


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]

IN BRIEF: JHPDA Professional Development Committee received the best poster award at a national meeting

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Our own Professional Development Committee (PDC) presented a poster entitled “Developing Professional Development Activities for the Diverse Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Community” at the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association. It was one of two posters to receive an award based on content and effective communication. The poster was presented by Jineta Banerjee and co-authored by Casey Rebholz, Yuejin Li, and Corinne Pettigrew, all of whom are Hopkins postdocs and JHPDA leaders. Congratulations PDC!


JHPDA Shuttle Social, Tue., Mar. 24th

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The JHPDA Socials Committee invites you to the March Shuttle Social! Look for the yellow JHPDA balloon to find your fellow postdocs on-site.

When: Tuesday, 3/24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Ryleigh’s Oyster in Mount Vernon, 1225 Cathedral St.

Shuttle transportation: Penn station stop off the JHMI-Homewood shuttle,

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

International game and dinner: Thu., Mar. 26th

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The JHPDA International Committee aims to provide a platform for International and American postdocs to meet, learn about each other’s cultures, improve English language skills, socialize and relax! Join us for a fun board game, dinner will be provided!

When: Thursday, March 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: PCTB 113/114

Who: Both International AND American postdocs are welcome!

Game of the month: Cranium

Questions? Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

Bye-Bye Winter, Hello Spring Cocktail Hour: Fri, Mar. 27th

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Please join the JHPDA Diversity Postdoc Alliance Committee and Black Resident and Postdocs to learn about all the exciting projects planned to support postdoctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds in the upcoming year.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

When: Friday, March 27, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Turner’s concourse, near MRB fountain

Questions? Contact Dionna Williams

2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat, Tuesday, April 7th

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Join your fellow postdocs at the 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat on Tuesday, April 7th! Take a day to explore PhD career paths, both academic and diverse. The event will feature plenary speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and postdoc scientific presentations. Registration is open through March 31st. More details and registration are available on the retreat website!

When: Tuesday, April 07, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Turner Concourse and surrounding rooms, JH East Baltimore Campus
Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu


JHPDA Research Presentation Club: Spring dates!

Come join the Research Presentation Club! Practice presenting a talk/poster of your choice with the JHPDA Research Presentation Club! Receive feedback from a friendly audience of fellow postdocs and graduate students. Each month’s event also features valuable tips from an expert in presentation skills.

Not yet ready for a talk? Come and listen to a fellow postdoc practice over lunch (provided!) and help out by providing feedback.

When: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Dates: April 15th, May 13th, June 10th

Sign-up here

Questions? Contact Jineta or Xiang 

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

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

  •  3/23/2015:  Government jobs - Differences in the resume and where to look for jobs: We will advise you on crafting your USAJobs resume and point you to jobs that are a bridge to becoming a Federal employee.

  • 3/26/2015:  Looking into diverse careers: we will discuss career paths outside of the Faculty job. Learn about careers what would leverage all you learned during your training and beyond

  • 4/1/2015:  The Power of LinkedIn: We will help you navigate LinkedIn and show you how to utilize it to its full potential.

  • 4/8/2015-NOTE TIME CHANGE, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introvert? Extrovert? Using Your Strengths: Build on your strengths to project outward confidence. Learn to understand and synergize with the style of the opposite type. 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

To Negotiate or Not to Negotiate?-That is the Question

On the job market? It's exciting to get an offer, but there's more. When it comes to negotiating, what is actually negotiable?

Come and learn to negotiate for what you need. Using scenarios inspired from academic or private sector job offers, you will practice your negotiation skills and receive peer-feedback.

When: Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

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

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.


Boston Consulting Group JH Connection Event

Come and meet BCGers with a variety of backgrounds from offices around the world, and at different levels within the firm, from partners to recent hires.This is our premier event where we introduce prospective candidates in PhD, JD, Post-Doc and MD programs to the Boston Consulting Group and the work that BCG does.

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 5:00PM

Where: Miller Research Building, Room G01

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 

The Business of Medicine: Johns Hopkins Medicine Leaders Discuss the Value of a Business Degree

At this session, a panel of JHMI senior leadership (all Carey Business School alumni) will discuss the benefits of a graduate business degree.  You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with admissions officers as well as learn about the online graduate certificate in the business of healthcare, and part-time and full-time Master of Science and MBA programs

Where: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed Auditorium

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:15pm - 1:30pm

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).

Upcoming Seminars


The Career Services Office and the MPH Office invite you to attend a seminar on  INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES

Your technical skills got you the interview, but your people skills will get you the offer.  People fail to obtain offers for any number of reasons including personality and likeability. You must sell yourself during an interview by making the best possible impression and performing at the highest level which requires extensive preparation.  This presentation will deal with all these issues and more

Who: Chad Houck, Founder and Principal of the The Search Group.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Where: Bloomberg School of Public Health, W4030

RSVP: here

The Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences & Biomedical Scholars Association Seminar

The Biomedical Scholars Association, in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, will be hosting the 2015 James E.K. Hildreth Lecture

Title: RNA Splicing, Chromatin Modification, and the Coordinated Control of Gene Expression

Who: Tracy Johnson, PhD. Maria Rowena Ross Chair of Cell Biology & Biochemistry, HHMI Professor, University of California, Los Angeles Life Sciences

When:  Wednesday, March 25, 4:00 pm

Where: Basic Science Auditorium, Ground Floor, WBSB

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

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. The conference is intended to bring together educators to share ideas, educational research, innovations and instructional methodologies; to learn from each other and guests, promote a community of educators, and celebrate our great teachers and educators.

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

The Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE), Office of the Vice Dean for Education, Master of Education in the Health Professions, JHUSOM Office of Faculty Development, and the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in Teaching Skills at the Bayview Medical Center are happy to announce that registration for IEE Summer Teaching Camp is open.

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

Where: Armstrong Medical education building

More information can be found here

Other Opportunities

  • ASCB-KGI intensive course in Managing Science in the Biotech Industry (must be an ASCB member to apply; due 3/31; details and application here)
  • McKnight Foundation Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards for basic research (due 4/01; details)
  • 2015 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program (due 4/05; details)
  • 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)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (application)
  • Lasker Foundation 2015 “Research Challenge” Essay Contest; prizes of $10k, $5k, and $2k (due 5/4; 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)


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.


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