JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

16 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)

Upcoming JHPDA Committee Meetings

Check back soon for upcoming committee meetings, which are open to all postdocs.

Future JHPDA Events 

Stay tuned for future JHPDA events!

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 22nd,  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: Lunch Seminars on Marketing Yourself for Career Paths


Over the next four weeks, the Professional Development Office (PDO) is offering numerous session which will provide skills for leveraging your marketability when looking for a job. You may attend any or all seminars, there is no restriction!

When: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Where: 1830 E. Monument Bldg., room 2-108

Register here for any or all sessions 

  • March 16th Identifying transferable skills - Learn about transferable skills that are valued by employers and how to integrate them in your resume/CV.
  • March 23rd Government jobs - Learn about differences in the resume and where to look for jobs, how to craft your USAJobs resume, and jobs that are a bridge to becoming a Federal employee.
  • March 26th Looking into diverse careers - Learn about career outside Faculty positions, which still leverage all you learned during your training and beyond.
  • April 1st The Power of LinkedIn - Learn how to navigate LinkedIn and and utilize it to its full potential.
  • April 8th Introvert? Extrovert? Using Your Strengths - (Note time change, 11:30 am - 12:30pm) Learn about introvert and extrovert working styles, develop tools to deal with intimidating circumstances, and build on strengths to project outward confidence.


JHPDA NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

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Join your fellow postdocs in an NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge! Choose your favorite NCAA teams tournament teams (Fibonacci scoring) - first and second place winners will be awarded gift cards! Free to join (but must be a verified postdoc to win).

Join the group bracket here

Deadline for completing bracket: Thursday, 3/19 at noon

Questions? Contact Justin 

JHPDA Shuttle Social, Tuesday, 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

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, 4/07, 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: Apr. 15th, May. 13th, Jun. 10th

Sign-up here

Questions? Contact Jineta or Xiang 

Additional Professional Development Events

Professional Development Office

Scientific Presentations

When: Wednesday, March 18th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium, PCTB

Register here

Anxious about presenting your research? Learn how to do your best and beat the stress! Topics covered include: types of presentation planning, organizing and delivering a winning talk, how to capture and keep the attention of the audience, effective use of visual aids, turning the Question period to your advantage, dealing with nervousness.


Welch Library Courses

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

Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Events and Opportunities

  • “All about assessment”, Wednesday, 3/18, 5:30 - 7:00 pm: Covers the incorporation of various dimensions of assessment, presented by Dr. Matthew Roller; includes light supper and drinks; RSVP to pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu
  • 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 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.

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

IEE March Grand Rounds

Title: The Future of Biomedical Research Training

Who: Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health

When: Tuesday, March 17th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Ground floor auditorium of the Wood Basic Science Building

Dr. Jon R. Lorsch will speak at education Grand Rounds on “The Future of Biomedical Research Training”, which will include ample time for discussion. Details here.

Science, Creativity, & Human Destiny

Who: Dr. Donald S. Coffey, Professor, Johns Hopkins SOM

When: Tuesday, March 17th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Where: Turner Auditorium

A review of old and new paradigms: Who are we? Where are we? Where are we going? Details here.

Successful Pharmaceutical Study Start-Up: Key Steps for Investigators 

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

Where: Tilghman Auditorium

Other Opportunities

  • New York Stem Cell Foundation, accepting applications for annual Innovator Awards for early career investigators in the areas of translational stem cell research and neuroscience (due 3/18; link)
  • L’Oréal For Women in Science fellowship program: five $60,000 grants for women in STEM fields (due 3/20; details)
  • 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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