JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

19 January 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? The Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Zeiger, has announced the SOM stipend guidelines based on the new NIH stipend levels for postdoctoral fellows for FY 2015. Read the announcement 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, February 4th, 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 7, 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: Thibault Mauxion and Beth Zucconi

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:

  • **NEW** 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.

Great, inexpensive photography

The Department of Pathology, JHMI offers excellent photography services. For more information, click here.

An Introduction to Academic Book Publishing

How to prepare a solid and successful proposal package; understanding your market and readership; the ‘life of a book’ from idea through proposal, review, contract, production, marketing and sales, and more! Presented by Suzanne Ryan, Editor in Chief of Humanities, Executive Editor of Music, Oxford University Press

When: Friday, Jan 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Where: George Peabody Library

Free event open to the public.

Insect Muscle 2015: Biomedical and Biophysical Perspectives

Insect muscle symposium is scheduled for the day before the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in February. The program features short talks from Hopkins faculty involved in insect research as well as visiting speakers.  

When: Friday, Feb. 6, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium

            Pizza and drinks provided

Contact Anna Blice Baum if you would like to attend

National Science Foundation Graduate Education Forum

The 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: Postdoc-Grad Student Breakfast Mixer


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Join the JHPDA and GSA for a FREE postdoc-grad student breakfast mixer! Enjoy coffee and breakfast while chatting with your peers. Prizes for the first postdoc and graduate student to complete networking bingo.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 9:30 - 11:00 am  

Where: Miller Research Building (MRB), ground floor pre-function area (map) near Turner Auditorium

Who: ALL Hopkins postdoctoral fellows & grad students

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu


Featuring the NEW Diversity Postdoc Alliance Committee (DPAC)!

The goal of DPAC is to provide a formal support system to individuals from groups historically underrepresented in science and to encourage and support diversity in the sciences and among postdoctoral fellows at JHU. Please see the detailed description of DPAC here and tell us your opinions by completing this brief survey. If interested in joining this new committee, contact Stan Andrisse or Dionna Williams.

International Game and Dinner, Thurs., Jan. 22nd

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Come join the JHPDA International Committee for a fun night of the game Cranium and dinner!

When: Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: PCTB 113/114

Who: ALL Hopkins postdoctoral fellows, international or domestic

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Come Ski with the JHPDA, Sat., Jan. 24th - Limited spots left!!


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Come join the JHPDA on a ski day trip to Whitetail Mountain. Sign-up in advance to secure your spot!

When: Saturday, Jan. 24th, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (sign-up below by Jan. 21st!)

Where: Whitetail Mountain, Mercersburg, PA.

Transportation: Carpooling can be arranged.

Questions? Contact Justin La Favor

Please sign-up here by Jan. 21st to secure your spot!

$64 - lift only, whole mountain

$81 - rental, helmet, lesson, beginner area

$94 - rental, helmet, lesson, whole mountain lift

Shuttle Social, Tue., Jan 27th

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The Socials committee invites you to another Shuttle Social event!

When: Tuesday, January 27th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Midtown BBQ and Brew, Mount Vernon

Shuttle access: From the JHMI/Peabody/Homewood shuttle, take the Washington Monument stop (15 E centre street)

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Dr. Victor Ambros Q&A and lecture, Thurs., Jan. 29th

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The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invites you to attend a lecture by Victor Ambros, PhD. Dr. Ambros is the discoverer of microRNAs and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a recipient of both the Lasker and Breakthrough Awards.


When: Thursday, Jan. 29th, 3:00 pm

Where: Tilghman Auditorium

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Informal Q&A

Dr. Ambros will also be holding an informal Q&A session the morning of January 29th. He will answer questions about science careers and his research.

When: Thursday, Jan. 29th, 10:45 - 11:45 am

Where: Darner Conference Room (just off the Turner Concourse)

Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

Movie Screening: Domestic Sex Trafficking, Thurs., Jan. 29th

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The JHPDA and JHSPH Center for Public Health & Human Rights invite you to a viewing of a documentary about domestic sex trafficking and discussion of local needs and ongoing research after the film. Food will be provided. All postdocs, family, guests, and community members are welcome to attend!

When: Thursday, Jan. 29th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: PCTB Mountcastle Auditorium

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

Sign-up here

Questions? Contact Jineta or Xiang 

Additional Professional Development Events

2015 Delta Omega Poster Competition for School of Public Health fellows

The Delta Omega Alpha Chapter gives cash awards for first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) prizes in three categories: 1) policy and practice, 2) applied research (epidemiologic public health research), and 3) laboratory research (basic science research). The Chapter selects one of the first-place winners to present his or her poster at the annual APHA meeting.

Abstract submission deadline: January 23rd

For more details, click here (for SPH postdocs only)

JHU Preparing for Future Faculty Teaching Academy

Topic: All About Assessment

Who: Dr. Matthew Roller, Professor of Classic

When: Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Homewood Campus, Levering Hall, Levering Lounge

RSVP: pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu

BCI-GSA Career Exploration Series

Topic: Where will a Ph.D. in science take you?

Who: Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, American Society for Cell Biology

When: Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; lunch will follow

Where: WBSB Auditorium

Find more information here.

Welch Library Courses

The Welch Medical Library is hosting a set of workshops presented by staff from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), including: an introductory look at core databases, an overview of medical genetics resources, and a hands-on exploration of tools for computational biology.

Where: Tilghman Auditorium

When: January 26th (times below)

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am NCBI Basic Resources: They Contain More Than You Thought They Did
  • 12:00 - 1:15 pm NCBI Health Resources for Clinicians and Clinical Researchers
  • 2:30 - 4:00 pm NCBI Resources for Genomically-minded Computational Biologists and Bioinformaticians

Register: here. The Welch Medical Library offers the classes and lectures for our faculty, staff and students. Find more information here.

Other Opportunities

  • Registration for the National Postdoctoral Association 2015 Annual Meeting is now open (link)
  • Connecting the Dots: Effectively communicating Science to Non-Scientists -  professional development program designed to enhance the ability of scientists to communicate their research to the public (applications due 1/30, link) 
  • The Dan David Prize scholarship ($15K; due 3/10, application link; for details about selected fields of interest, click here)
  • 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 (more info; if interested, contact Ekemini Riley)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (apply here)
  • Call for abstracts to the Post Doc Journal (link)
  • Partnering Toward Discovery: informal forum for medical and graduate students. Stay tuned for more information.



Recent additions listed below.

  • Abbot laboratories is looking for Biomed/Molecular Biology, Virology Sciences graduates, post docs and alumni for the following research positions: Senior scientist position1, position2, Principal scientist.
  • Predicine, a biotech start-up company is looking for potential employees in the Bay Area (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)
  • 2 postdoc positions in Dr. Mark Anderson’s lab; research in calcium and redox signaling and mitochondrial metabolism in cardiac physiology & disease (link)
  • 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 16 (link)
  • ...and many more listed here!

Recurring Events

For other local events, visit http://baltimore.org/events or here.

Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association


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