JHPDA Weekly Bulletin

30 March 2015

contact: postdoc@jhmi.edu

website: jhpda.jhu.edu

Did you know? There will be free dinner and a networking reception for attendees, following the 2nd Annual Postdoc Retreat on Tuesday, April 7th. Registration is still 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 Meeting

Learn about ongoing international initiatives; all welcome!

When: Tuesday, March 31st, 12:30 pm

Where: Cobblestone cafe 

Contact: Beth Zucconi

Socials Committee Meeting

Come and be a part of the organizing committee for the next social event on/off campus!

When: Thursday, April 9th, 9:30 am

Where: Atwater’s Cafe

Contact: Justin La Favor 

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 

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]



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IN BRIEF: Postdoc Retreat - Oh the places you’ll go: Registration Deadline TOMORROW (March 31)!

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The JHPDA and HW-PDA invite all postdocs to attend our 2nd annual postdoc retreat entitled “Oh the places you’ll go: Academic and diverse career paths for postdocs.”

Visit the retreat website for details!

When: April 7th, 2015, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Where: Turner Concourse and Auditorium, Hopkins East Baltimore campus

Registration deadline: March 31st - Register here

This event will feature:

  • Plenary speakers Dan Beaudry, “Diving in Deep: The Self-Driven Job Search,” and Gerald Klickstein, “From Job Search to Job Offer: Strategies to Succeed and Each Stage.”
  • Breakout sessions and workshops focusing on your future!
  • Diverse careers roundtable discussion
  • Academic careers panel discussion
  • Academic job application workshop
  • Transferrable skills and IDP workshop
  • Scientific presentations from your fellow postdocs
  • Closing remarks from President Daniels


The Diversity Journal Club and Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, April 1st

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Please join the newly formed Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance Committee (DPAC) of JHPDA in our inaugural event! Food will be provided.

The first half of the meeting will be a discussion lead by a featured speaker on the Importance of Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce. The second half will be a topic lead and open forum to discuss challenges that individuals of diverse backgrounds may face in the sciences.

Speaker: Cheri Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ

When: Wednesday, April 1, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Where: Wood Basic Science Building (WBSB) Auditorium
Questions? Contact DPAC Co-Chair, Stan Andrisse

Johns Hopkins Success Stories with Dr. Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., Thursday, April 9th

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The JHPDA Professional Development Committee

presents “Johns Hopkins Success Stories” with Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Medicine.

Looking for a role model? Tips for success in research, mentorship, teaching or clinical medicine? Join us for a casual interview with leaders in the medical field. Learn from their experiences, seek advice and ask questions. Food and drinks will be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 pm
Where: Wood Basic Science Building (WBSB) Auditorium
Questions? Contact postdoc@jhmi.edu

The National Cherry Blossom Festival & Smithsonian Trip to Washington DC, Saturday, April 11th

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The Johns Hopkins International Society and JHPDA invite you to join us for the National Cherry Blossom Festival & Smithsonian Trip to Washington DC. Bus departs JHMI at 8:30 am and returns to JHMI at 5:30 pm.

Reservations: Fill out attached form and see Jessica Mullins or Shree Gopakumar in the Office of International Services (OIS; Reed Hall, Suite 405, Monday - Thursday)

Payments: $20 (cash only) must be made in full at the time of reservation; fee includes round-trip transportation only

Questions? Contact Jessica or Shree, 410-955-3371 or Internationalsociety@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: 1830 E. Monument Street Building, Classroom 2-108

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

  • 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? 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. 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

NIH Budgeting and eRA Commons

Creating a budget and Using Electronic Research Application for K99 and early stage investigators.

Speaker: Alex Galea, Assistant Director, Grants Team, Office of Research Administration

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 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.


McKinsey & Company JHU APD Firm Presentation

Please join McKinsey & Company to learn about their work, people exciting career opportunities for APD candidates, including the 2015 summer weekend programs and 2016 full-time opportunities for PhDs, Postdocs, non-MBA Masters, medical students, Interns, Residents and Fellows.

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 7 pm

Where: Sheldon Hall, W1214 (Wolfe Street building at the School of Public Health)

RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015JHUFirmPresentation 

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, 12:15pm - 1:30 pm

Effective Science Communication

Effective written and oral communication is crucial for achieving academic success, yet is often overlooked in graduate coursework. Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 -11:00 am in classroom 2-108 in the 1830 Building to learn the fundamentals of all types of science communication.

Topics Covered

4/7: Writing Abstracts – Dr. Barbara Gastel

4/9: Mechanics of Scientific Writing – Dr. Valerie O’Shea

4/14: Grant Applications/Oral Presentation – Dr. Donna Vogel

4/16: Data Design and Visualization – Dr. Ingo Ruczinski

4/21: Designing Posters – Dr. Peter Espenshade

        Science and Social Media – Daniel Pham

4/23: Medical and Science Communication – Dr. Cathy Wolkow

4/28: Writing a Biomedical Research Paper – Dr. Dan Leahy

4/30: Science Journalism – Dr. Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay

5/5: Career Opportunities in Medical Communication – Dr. Barbara Gastel

5/7: Communicating to the Lay Public – Dr. Audrey Huang

More details: Course website

Questions? Contact Liz Meier 

StartUp!Fest Splash

The biggest Start-up Job Showcase in town, to host dozens of top-notch start-ups that are looking to hire intelligent & hard-working students for internships and full-time roles! Admission is FREE (details).

Where: Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 100 International Drive

When: Friday, April 10, 9:00 am

Developing a Tailored Resume and Deciphering the Internship Announcement

If you are considering one of the internship opportunities posted by the Biomedical Careers Initiative (BCI), come and learn how to decipher the internship announcement and to use the essential words to tailor your resume to the position. This is an interactive workshop and you are encouraged to share your resume and/or a specific job announcement that will be used as an example.

When: Friday, April 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where: Rangos, Room 490

Register 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

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 (IEE)

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. 

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

Registration for IEE Summer Teaching Camp is open to postdocs. More information can be found here.

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

Where: Armstrong Medical education building

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 4/1; details)
  • 7-week Summer Data Science Fellowship provided by the Data Incubator (due 4/1, details)
  • National Postdoctoral Association Editorial Team position (due 4/3, details)
  • 2015 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program (due 4/5; details)
  • National Postdoctoral Association International officer (due 4/17, details)
  • 3 month summer Equity Research Biotech Fellow Internship with T. Rowe Price (due 4/23, details; The interest form has to return to Arhonda Gogos; J-1 Scholars and H-1B temporary workers are not eligible to apply due to limitation of their immigration status​)
  • 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)
  • Lasker Foundation 2015 “Research Challenge” Essay Contest; prizes of $10k, $5k, and $2k (due 5/4; details)
  • MEND Funding Initiative for Research in Neurodegenerative Disorders (due 6/30, 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)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Goucher College, Department of Chemistry (application)
  • Naturejobs Career Expo 2015 (5/20, registration)


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

  • Hop on over for the Johns Hopkins International Society’s annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sat Apr 4, 10 am in Decker Garden area on the Homewood Campus (details)
  • JHMA (the Johns Hopkins Medical Auxiliary) Egg Hunt. Family friendly event on Sat Apr 4, 11 am-2 pm, in Centennial Park Pavilion C, Ellicott City (address). RSVP to Cassandra Smith (email).
  • 6th Annual Housing Fair on  Friday, April 10, 2015 from 11am-4:30pm in the Turner Concourse (detail).
  • Wicked the musical is coming to Baltimore in April, tickets here!
  • Baltimore Orioles free giveaways at games - promotion schedule!
  • ...and many more listed here!

Recurring Events

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

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