JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

16 February 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know?  There is a new NIH Biographical Sketch (Biosketch) format that will be required for all NIH submissions due May 25, 2015 or later. Listed here are 2 very helpful links that will help you revise your NIH biosketch: link1, link2.


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, 3/4, 5:30 pm

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

Future JHPDA Events 

      2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat

Registration & abstract submission


When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Where: Turner Concourse meeting space, JHMI East Baltimore Campus

More details: Visit our retreat website!

Registration & abstract submission is now open! Some sessions are limited capacity so register here today! Open to ALL Hopkins postdocs!

JHPDA Executive Council 

2014-2015 Officers

Co-president: Corinne Pettigrew

Co-president: Casey Rebholz

Treasurer: Jeff Norris

Secretary:  Pankhuri Vyas

Committee Chairs and Webmaster

Communications: Cynthia Zhang

International: Beth Zucconi and Anders Josefsson 

Policy and Advocacy: Jacqueline Brosnan-Cashman

Professional Development: Jineta Banerjee and Yuejin Li

Socials: Justin La Favor

**NEW** 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.

Indo-US Translational Neuroscience Symposium

February 25th and 26th in Tilghman Auditorium (Turner Concourse). The conference features an array of leading neuroscience investigators from JHU SOM, Homewood, KKI, the Lieber Institute, and NIH, as well as National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. Click here for more information

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, 2015,  9AM-3:30pm.

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

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Stanford University

Applications due: March 31, 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.


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]

IN BRIEF: The JHU Data Management Services

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The JHU Data Management Services (JHUDMS) helps JHU researchers (including postdocs!) in managing, sharing and archiving their research data. The specific support services provided by JHUDMS are:

  • Consultative support and training in research data management practices.  
  • Assistance in organizing and preparing the essential information needed for data management or data sharing plans as part of a grant proposal or research project plan.
  • Evaluation of sharing and archiving options for research data, provision of a data sharing and archiving solution for JHU researchers through the JHU Data Archive.

More information about the services can be found here. Sign up for an upcoming  training session here.


Play Intramural sports with JHPDA this spring semester!

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Come play soccer (Wednesday nights) or volleyball (Thursday nights) at the Cooley Center with your fellow postdocs!

Games are 1 hour in duration, starting at 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30 pm. The season will be approx. 8 weeks long. Volleyball season begins March 5th, Soccer season begins March 11th. 2 female players are required on court at all times.

Cost: $200 team fee to be split amongst all team          members. All players must be Cooley Center members or purchase a short term membership for $50.

Where: Denton A.Cooley Center, 1620 McElderry Street

Sign up here by Friday, Feb 20th

Questions? contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

JHPDA Italian Movie Night “La grande bellezza”, Wed., Feb. 18th


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The JHPDA Internationals Committee invites you to join fellow postdocs for a viewing of the award winning Italian movie “La grande Belezza” (The Great Beauty). It will be shown with English subtitles. Popcorn, ice cream, and drinks provided!

When: Wednesday, 2/18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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

Click the link under the poster for more information!

Questions? contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Shuttle Social and Trivia at Atwater’s, Thu., Feb. 19th


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The JHPDA Socials Committee invites you to join fellow postdocs for a shuttle social and trivia at Atwater’s, right on the JHMI campus.

When: Thursday, 2/19, 5:45 - 8:00 pm (Trivia starts at 6 so be on time to join a team!)

Where: Atwater’s, 855 N. Wolfe Street (JHMI campus)

Look for the yellow JHPDA balloon to find fellow postdocs!

Questions? contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Patterson Park Ice Skating, Sat., Feb. 21st

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The JHPDA Socials Committee invites you to join fellow postdocs for ice skating at the Patterson Park ice skating rink, followed by drinks and/or dinner at Smaltimore! Meet at the ice rink for skating, then proceed to Smaltimore afterwards.

When: Saturday, 2/21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

Where: Patterson Park ice skating rink, 200 South Linwood Avenue.

Cost: General Admission is $4, skate rental is $2.

Questions? Contact Mari

Look for the yellow JHPDA balloon to find fellow postdocs at the rink!

Celebrate Lunar New Year, Thu., Feb. 26th


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JHPDA and the JH International society cordially invite you to join us for a banquet in celebration of the lunar new year 2015. All postdocs plus family and friends are welcome!

When: Thursday, 2/26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Daily Grind, 3rd floor Miller Research Building.

To read more about the Lunar New Year 2015, please click here.

Questions? contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs lecture series: Anthony S. Fauci
Wed., Mar. 11th

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As Director of NIAID, NIH, Dr. Fauci is well known for his work in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He currently leads the world in preparing for, diagnosing, and treating the deadly infection, Ebola.


  • Lecture highlighting his career at the NIH for postdoc fellows and young scientists.

   When: 11:00 am

   Where: Wood Basic Science Auditorium

  • Lecture describing the Ebola epidemic as the “Perfect Storm”.

   When: 3:00 pm

   Where: Hurd Hall

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: Mar. 11th, Apr. 15th, May. 13th, Jun. 10th, 2015

Sign-up here

Questions? Contact Jineta or Xiang 

Additional Professional Development Events

Professional Development Office

Developing a Powerful CV and Cover Letter

When: Monday, February 23rd, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

If you are considering an academic career path, come and learn how to develop a powerful CV and its accompanying cover letters. This is an interactive workshop and you are encouraged to share your CV and/or a specific Faculty opening that will be used as an example. Click here to register


Developing a Tailored Resume and Deciphering the Job Announcement

When: Wednesday, February 25th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

If you are considering a non-academic career path, and more specifically a position in industry or non-profit organization, come and learn how to decipher the job announcement and to use the essential words to tailor your resume to the position. Click here to register


Applying for Federal Jobs

When: Thursday, February 26th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

If you feel overwhelmed when reading a Federal position announcement and you wish you could have a translator to help you decipher it, come and learn how to do this. Click here to register


When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 9:00am -4:00 pm

Where: 1830 Building, Room 2-108

Among the topics covered:  the federal grant process and “grant culture”, mechanisms of particular interest to new investigators, choosing a “fundable” research problem, writing a competitive application, developing a budget and budget justification, the NIH system of peer review, and non-federal funding sources.

Click here to register


Welch Library Courses

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

  • “Best practices for research data management and sharing,” 2/26, 11:00 am; register here
  • “Data sources for health and medical research,” 3/10, 11:00 am; register here

Upcoming Seminars

  • “Working at Abbvie: A Pharma Company with One Mission but Many Careers” - talk will focus on the role of MDs and PhDs in drug research and development: 2/17, 12:00 pm (lunch to follow); details and RSVP

Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Events and Opportunities

  • “Essential Considerations for Online Teaching and Learning” by Dr. Pam Jeffries, Feb 18th. Includes a light supper and drinks; to RSVP, email    pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu.
  • “All about assessment”, March 13th, by Dr. Matthew Roller - covers the incorporation of various dimensions of assessment; includes a light supper and drinks; to RSVP, email 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.

Other Opportunities

  • Register for the National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore! Now open; early registration due 2/13, final deadline 2/27, link)
  • The Dan David Prize scholarship ($15K; closes 3/10, application; details about selected fields of interest)
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation is accepting applications for its 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)
  • Invitation To Leaders of Tomorrow summit. 3/31 (link)
  • Alzheimer’s disease Pilot Project Funding available, $30,000 direct costs (due 4/24; details)
  • Research Study, paid participation: Physical & Mental Fatigue Study (link)
  • Request for guest editors for Biochemistry Insights Journal (contact Mariana Figuera Losada)
  • Association of Women in Science is recruiting new leaders on their Executive Board (details; if interested, contact Ekemini Riley)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (application)


  • Volunteers needed for the middle school & high school statewide Maryland Science Olympiad (UMD College Park on 2/21, 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.

  • Senior Scientist opportunity at NIEHS/NIH (details)
  • 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, University of Maryland, Baltimore (details)
  • Assistant Director of Life Science Professional Development at UNC Chapel Hill (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 4/12/15)  
  • 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)
  • Lead Clinical Research Associate (In-House), Hinckley, OH (link)
  • Protein Engineer/Molecular Biology Scientist (link)
  • Biogen Idec Postdoctoral Program (link)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Scientific Grants Manager (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

  • Wicked the musical is coming to Baltimore in April, tickets here!
  • “Love Songs of the Presidents”, Creative Alliance, Feb 16th (link)
  • ...and many more listed here!

Recurring Events

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

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


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