JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

30th Jan 2017

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda2.jhu.edu

Did you know? The Professional Development and Careers Office, Biomedical Careers Initiative and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have a new link for scheduling appointments. Click here for more details  


New Content

Recurring Content

Upcoming JHPDA Meetings

(Campus map for meeting & event locations)

JHPDA monthly meeting 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:30pm

Where: PCTB 113

Contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu


Internationals committee meeting 

When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 12:30pm

Where: Cobblestone Cafe near Einstein Bagels

Contact: Beth Zucconi and Antje Arnold 

JHPDA Executive Council 

2016-2017 Officers

Co-president: Nick Wyhs

Co-president: Justin La Favor

Treasurer: Georg Oeltzschner

Secretary: Adele Goman

Committee Chairs

Communications: Pankhuri Vyas and Premraj Rajkumar 

International: Beth Zucconi and Antje Arnold 

Policy and Advocacy: Rachel Mulheren and Grace Kim

Professional Development: Anup Sharma and Madhu Roy

Socials: Nicholas Simon and Erin Brown

Diversity Postdoc Alliance: Dionna Williams  and Marc Edwards

SPH: Julia Raifman and Jing Sun

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 join our 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

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.

Career Development Toolkit
for Postdoctoral Researchers

The toolkit, aimed at postdoc and hosted by jobs.ac.uk, offers general starting points for reflecting on careers and formulating an ongoing career strategy. Download the career toolkit here.

Postdoc of the Month Awards

The Journal of Postdoctoral Research has Postdoc of the Month awards. More information here.


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]

Science Careers


Free networking website that enables researchers to identify and connect with thousands of potential collaborators worldwide.

Complimentary career advice ebooks

The Global Academic Careers Guide

Career Development Toolkit 4 Researchers

Research Publications Planner

Co-authoring - Getting Started


IN BRIEF: 2017 Lunar New Year Celebration,

Tue., Jan. 31st

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The JHPDA invites you to join us for a celebration of the lunar new year 2017. Food and beverages will be provided.

All postdocs plus one adult guest and children are welcome! (IDs will be checked)

When: Tuesday, Jan 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Daily Grind, 3rd floor Miller Research Building

Questions? contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

JHU closely monitoring immigration actions

The university is closely monitoring the immigration actions taken by President Trump, including an order that blocks entry into the United States (with very narrow exceptions) of individuals from seven nations – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen- for 90 days. 

Johns Hopkins University is unequivocally committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff affected by the executive order. In the coming days, OIS will hold information sessions for affected or concerned students, faculty, researchers, and staff. There will be sessions in East Baltimore, Harbor East, Homewood, the Peabody Institute, and Washington, D.C. Hours and locations will be posted on the OIS website. You may also reach the OIS staff at ois@jhu.edu with any information or questions.

Please read the full message from President Daniels and Provost Kumar here:


Upcoming JHPDA Events

SOM Diversity Council Town Hall, Mon., Jan. 30

The Diversity Council Working Group is a  group of trainees from diverse trainee groups, that has been working with SOM senior leadership to put together a SOM diversity council. This council would channel trainee feedback to administrators and partner with them to improve diversity and inclusion efforts at the school. The council would address issues like the recruitment and retention of students of color, promoting an environment of inclusion at the SOM, and improving training and curriculum efforts around diversity and health disparities. 

Two town halls will be held today to solicit feedback from the Hopkins community on the development of a diversity council for trainees in the School of Medicine. 

When:Monday Jan 30th

Where: from 12-1pm (in AMEB 402​) and 6-8pm (in MRB G-07) 

If you cannot attend the meetings but would like to contribute your feedback, you may do so at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/sjNUKWzq2g9FN50x2.  

Leadership Lab: Conflict Management, Tue., Jan 31st

Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO) will host a Conflict Management Workshop in partnership with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA). This interactive workshop will help participants develop strategies for engaging in difficult conversations. Participants will learn about the roots of conflict, better understand their own conflict style, and will engage in several role-playing scenarios to better equip them to manage conflict in their professional lives.

When: Tue, January 31, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where: Rm. 2-108, 1830 E. Monument Street Bldg.,1830 E. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD

Register here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-lab-conflict-management-tickets-30246431892

Career Success Story talk: Moving from academia to private sector by Dr. Monica Lopez- Gonzalez,

Wed., Feb 8th

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Come and join an exciting, interactive and informal chat with Dr. Monica Lopez-Gonzalez who will share the story of her journey moving from academia to the private sector.  A previous Johns  Hopkins  postdoc fellow, Monica is now the Co-founder and Scientific and Artistic director of La Patite Noiseuse  Productions.​ She will also talk about how she founded her unique company at the crossroads of science and arts.

When: Wed,.,Feb 8, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where: Mountcastle Auditorium,1st floor, Pre-Clinical Teaching Building (PCTB)


Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-talk-by-dr-monica-lopez-gonzalezmoving-from-academia-to-private-sector-tickets-31368178065

Tax Info session, Thu.,Feb. 9th

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Please join the The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral & Graduate Student Associations for a Tax info session.

Just in time for tax season, a Certified Public Accountant  will provide basic information and will answer your specific questions about filing taxes as a student or trainee.

When: Tue Feb 9th 4:00-5:00pm

Where: Greenhouse Cafe, 1st floor Preclinical Teaching Building

Light refreshments will be provided.

Research Presentation club

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Hone your presentation skills with the JHPDA Research Presentation Club!

Practice presenting a talk/poster of your choice. Receive feedback from a friendly audience of fellow postdocs and graduate students. Get valuable tips from an expert in the field on presentation skills!


Don’t have enough data yet? Practice your presentation skills on any area of research of your choice


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

Sign up here  for the Spring dates!

Questions? Contact Anup Sharma or Madhu Roy

Professional Development Opportunities

The office of postdoctoral affairs:

2017 Mentor-Mentee Awards: Call for applications. Deadline: January 31st.

The Postdoctoral Fellow Mentee-Mentor Awards recognize Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellows and their Mentors for outstanding contributions to science, and exemplifying an exceptional mentor-mentee relationship.  Examples of great mentorship may include, but are not limited to, the following: involvement in research activities, annual review with IDP (or similar mechanism), and support for academic and professional development courses. Click here for more details.

Partnering Toward Discovery Lecture series

Please save the dates for future Partnering Toward Discovery Postdoctoral lecture series events: Feb 2nd 2017 and March 30 2017.

Professional Development and Careers Office

Click here to see the full calendar of PDO events.
here to make an appointment with the PDO.

  • Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures - Commercialization Academy (details)

Additional Professional Development Events

  • Apply for a Bio-Trac® Training Programs at MedImmune (details) (posted 10/3)
  • Access JHU Membership Benefits to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) (More Details, Webinar Calendar)
  • Welch Library Courses (upcoming courses)
  • Effective Science Communication course series (website, schedule)
  • Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs)
  • Hopkins Science Writing Program (details here and here)

Teaching Opportunities

  • Summer 2017 Employment Opportunities: Biotechnology or Genetics Instructor and Teaching Assistant (details)(posted 12/12)
  • Center for Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
  • Program overview here 
  • Johns Hopkins School of Education
  • Graduate certificate programs & online programs in education (details)

Other Opportunities

  • Complete a quick NPA survey and help them examine the future work of the NPA, and about the institutions that train postdoctoral fellows (link) (posted 1/23)
  • Register to attend a workshop on ‘Leadership in Bioscience’ organized by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Applications due Jan 31st (details) (posted 1/23)
  • Science Careers Job Fair at AAAS in Boston on Feb 17 (details) (posted 1/16)
  • Burroughs Welcome Fund has a number of grant opportunities for postdocs (details) (posted 1/16)
  • Leader wanted to serve as co-chair of the National Postdoc Association meetings committee (details) (posted 12/19)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – RPE biology and disease at Wilmer Eye Institute, JHU-SOM.  If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Noriko Esumi (Assistant Professor at Wilmer Eye Institute, JHU-SOM) by Email (nesumi1@jhmi.edu) or phone (410-614-6110).(posted 12/12)
  • Become an affiliate member of the National Postdoctoral Association for FREE (details) (posted (9/26)
  • HHMI launches funding program for early career scientists from underrepresented groups. (details) (posted 9/26)
  • Register to join AWIS Live, to learn more about the work of AWIS and its community & how you can get involved (details) (posted 9/19)

Fellowship and Job Opportunities

Visit the Johns Hopkins PDCO jobs board site for updated listings, including job postings and postdoctoral fellowships in a variety of science careers across disciplines.

Receive grant alerts here.

Events Around Baltimore

Visit http://baltimore.org/events or the Culture Fly calendar.

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


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