Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association

Weekly Bulletin, March 19th 2018

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Making the Most of a Conference

JHPDA Career Development Club

Diversity in Leadership

Are you interested in writing or web design? Contact the JHPDA communications committee, which is expanding its team. Sessions will be conducted to train on Wordpress to build JHPDA’s new website and blog. Contact at

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Making the Most of a Conference

Join us for a workshop and discussion focussed on how to make the most of a conference! Register here.

We will be discussing how to choose the right conference for you, networking and managing various events to attend while you’re there, and how to follow-up with what you have learned and people you have met once it is over. Dr. Patricia Phelps, Director of the Professional Development and Career Office, will lead the presentation with input from Susana Rodriguez and Jada Domingue, two postdocs with extensive conference experience.

When: Wednesday, March 14th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: Rangos 490

Who: Everyone.

 Refreshments will be provided!

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Join us at the JHPDA Career Development Club!

Join us at the JHPDA Career Development Club!! Expert talk on "Grants and Fellowships: Some Strategies for Getting Funded​” by Dr. Sin Urban, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and postdoctoral research presentation by Dr. Aravinth Jayabalan.

When: Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: PreClinical Teaching Building 113
Who: All JHPDA Postdocs.

Lunch provided!​

Sign up to present your research at a future Career Development Club!

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Diversity in Leadership

The School of Public Health Postdoctoral Association is excited to announce the next event in our Diversity in Leadership series: LGBTQ in Leadership. ​Our outstanding panelists from JHU and the D.C. area will share their professional experiences in academic and non-academic settings. We encourage everyone to attend, including students, postdocs, faculty, and staff!

Please RSVP and share your questions for the panel here

When: March 26th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Sheldon Hall, W1214, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Who: All are welcome!

Catered reception between 5:00 - 6:00 PM

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Be a MERIT Research Mentor

MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a non-profit organization that partners with Hopkins to transform Baltimore City high school students into health care leaders. We are currently recruiting summer research mentors and would appreciate your participation. Mentor a motivated high school senior in the lab for 3-hours a day from from June 25th - July 25th. The scholar can assist with any projects being done in the lab with an end goal of presenting their research posters at the annual Hopkins C.A.R.E.S. Symposium on Thursday, July 26th.

MERIT takes care of all paperwork and logistics. Additionally, MERIT teaches scholars common lab techniques including but not limited to, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE gel, Western Blot and more! Should you be interested, please sign-up

Looking for new leaders for the JHU SOM Summer Swim Club

Over the past couple of summers, SOM PhD Student Kelsey Bettridge coached a summer swim club at the Cooley outdoor pool on Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings. The practices include options for every skill level- from beginners learning to swim to former competitive swimmers. Kelsey is preparing to graduate, and we are looking for a couple of people to lead the swim club this year.  If you would like to volunteer to help keep this awesome club going, please email UHS Wellness director Patti Anderson at to learn more. Swim team/coaching experience is a plus but not required. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the summer weather, get some physical activity, meet fellow postdocs and graduate students, and gain leadership experience!  

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Data management courses. Johns Hopkins Data Services has expanded its offerings of data-related courses. Topics covered include network analysis, geospatial data, open data, data management, and reproducible research.  To read course descriptions and register, visit the training calendar. Please contact with any questions.

  • 36th Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Registration is now open for the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from June 11 – June 29, 2018. The Epi Biostat Summer Institute offers intensive basic and advanced level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research. Courses are offered in one, two or three-week formats, as one-day workshops and online. Participants can register for professional development or for academic credit for those interested in applying the course work towards a degree program. Post-doctoral fellows and residents should contact the SOM Registrar for information on tuition support. Contact us at  or call 410-955-7158 for more information.
  • Pilot Project Proposal Announcement. The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) would like to announce the availability of funding for 2 pilot projects on basic, clinical or methodological aspects of aging, Alzheimer’s disease or related neurodegenerative disorders. Click here for more information. Due date for applications is April 16th. Email Rosty Brichko ( for more information.

  • Tenure-track faculty positions in China. The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) Division of Life Sciences & Medicine is seeking candidates in all fields of Life Sciences and Medicine for tenure-track faculty positions. Click here or contact Linzhao Cheng ( for more information.

  • Postdoctoral opportunity available at Johns Hopkins Cognitive Neurophysiology and Brain Machine Interface Lab, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Crone. The lab is studying neural mechanisms of motor and cognitive functions and is developing assistive systems for individuals with disabilities. Projects involve: brain-machine interfaces, functional brain mapping, and studies of the dynamics of cognitive and epileptogenic networks. Qualifications: PhD in Computer Science / Software Engineering, or field involving scientific computing experience or interest in cognitive electrophysiology, network code, signal processing, 3D visualization, and virtual reality. Proficiency in Matlab (C/C++, Python, full-stack web development - JavaScript/Node, HTML/CSS - is a plus). Experience with Linux environment. Experience in developing sophisticated applications (working with real-time software is a plus). Please contact Dr. Anna Korzeniewska:

  • Become an Affiliate Member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)! We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help you network with other postdocs across the country and gain access to members only resources that can help further your career. Registration is free! Click on this link to get started.

Upcoming meetings

  • Immunometabolic adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy, March 26-27th, Johns Hopkins University. This two day conference will focus discussion on PD-1, IDO blockade, inflammatory leverage, and leveraging standards of care. There is still time to submit an abstract for a poster presentation! Full event details & Registration information can be found here.

  • 2018 NPA Annual Conference in Cleveland, April 6th-8th. Click here to register.

Joining the JHPDA

Interested in one of our committees? Want to contribute to postdoc events, policy and training?

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