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Opportunities to Explore - April 19 - April 23, 2021

Vol 7, Issue 15 | Trainee News                                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


myHub URBEST Trainee OPEN ENROLLMENT Spring 2021 (April 8th-23rd)

April 2021 application is now available....

If you are not a myHub URBEST trainee yet, please consider joining the Program. All biomedical and health sciences Master and PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates are eligible to participate in University of Rochester’s myHub BEST Program. URBEST trainees can apply twice a year (April and November) through the application process, and ongoing program offerings will be held throughout the year. If you are considering or planning to participate in an internship or career exploration opportunity, active participation in the myHub URBEST Trainee Program is required to apply for funding. You will need a CV or resume to complete the enrollment online at . Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, April 23rd.

myHub URBEST Trainee Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 12th from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm on Zoom. Applicants will receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link for the orientation event. If you have any questions, please reach out to Eric Vaughn at  .

UR Writing Seeking Trainee Leaders (Leadership Opportunities)

UR Writing has several open leadership positions! If you are passionate about academic writing and would like to help provide writing support for URMC trainees, please join us. UR Writing encompasses a variety of writing supports, including writing retreats (soon to resume online!), writing groups, and writing seminars. Together, we are building an academic writing community, helping each other achieve writing goals and be more productive, successful writers. Please email Julie Kittel-Moseley at   or Alina Denham at  if you are interested or have further questions.


Evaluating Job Offers and Negotiating Salary

(Sponsored by myHub & The Gwen Greene Center)

Tues Apr 20 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Register Here

In this interactive workshop geared towards graduate students, we will explore and discuss how to evaluate job offers and negotiate salary. Knowing what and how to negotiate for a new position or for a raise can be confusing and nerve racking. During this workshop learn how to first evaluate if the job offer works for you, and what types of things you might want to negotiate on, then learn strategies for setting yourself up for a successful negotiation. This event is a collaboration between the Greene Center and myHub.

If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout ( as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event. Thank you.

This program introduces and/or helps students begin to develop the following College Competencies: Career Design & Management

Learn more about the College Competencies at


NIH Biosketch SciENcv Workshop

(Sponsored by The Miner Library and myHub)

Wed Apr 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Register here

A Biosketch is required for senior/key persons applying for or renewing NIH grants.

Biosketches are used to highlight each individual's qualifications for a specific role in a proposed project.

Join Miner Library librarians, Linda Hasman and Daniel Castillo, as they guide you through creating your new Biosketch for NIH with SciENcv.

We will cover:

  • Components of Biosketch
  • Tips for creating your own Biosketch, learn what is citable, customization for specific projects, and including metrics in your Biosketch
  • How to link up your accounts with SciENcv to facilitate Biosketch maintenance
  • How to use My Bibliography citations required for grant progress reporting including non-PubMed citations

To build your SciENcv during the workshop, bring your:

For accommodations, please contact at least three business days prior to the event.

Open Access Book Publishing: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Thurs April 29 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Register here

Curious about the process of publishing open access books? Join us for a dynamic discussion including panelists from the humanities and social sciences. Each panelist will discuss experiences publishing and supporting open access books. This panel will be moderated by Joan Saab, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies, with opening remarks from Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost & Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, University of Rochester

Host: Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost & Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, University of Rochester Libraries

Moderator: Joan Saab, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester


  • Peter Potter,  Publishing Director at Virginia Tech University Libraries; Spokesperson & Advocate for  Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), a joint initiative among the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUP).
  • Roger Moseley, Associate Professor of Music at Cornell University. Moseley is the author of the open access book, Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo (Univ. of California, 2016).
  • Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Community Engagement Core (CEC) Director and  Professor of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester is the author of the open access book, Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities (MIT Press, 2019).
  • Paul Brookes, Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Member of the Research Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, which has put forward a proposed Open Access Policy for the University of Rochester and will discuss the policy.

UR Event Calendar link:           

Set Yourself Up for Financial Success in Your PhD Program, Postdoc, or Post-PhD Job

(Sponsored by myHub)

Tues May 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Register Here

Start your next position on the right foot by successfully navigating your financial transition into your PhD program, postdoc, or first post-PhD job. This webinar covers everything from moving expenses and taxes to financial goals tailored for each career stage. You'll leave the webinar with a list of concrete action steps to take and pitfalls to avoid whether you've recently accepted an offer or are still a year or more away from applying for your next position.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Emily Roberts is a personal finance educator specializing in early-career PhDs. Through her business, Personal Finance for PhDs, she equips graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with Real Jobs to make the most of their money. She gives seminars at universities and for associations; interviews graduate students and PhDs on her podcast; serves as a money coach; and creates courses and workshops on taxes, investing, and more. Emily holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University and lives in southern California with her husband and two children.

Hybrid Commencement

Thurs – Sun | May 14 - 16 &  May 21 - 23

President Sarah Mangelsdorf announced last week that the University will conduct hybrid commencement exercises on the weekends of May 14–16 and 21–23 that will prioritize in-person participation for our current campus community of eligible graduates, faculty, and staff. All commencement events will be streamed live online for family and friends to remotely share in the graduates’ special day. Any graduate unable to participate in-person will be able to join virtually. Mangelsdorf also outlined planning efforts to offer in-person celebrations for the Class of 2020 at a future date. Read President Mangelsdorf’s message to the University community.

The 32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium 

(Sponsored by University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS))

Mon, May 24 | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Register Here

The 32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, 12 noon – 4:30 pm. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored symposium showcasing genetics research. Due to the COVID epidemic this year, this event will be held in a virtual format. The symposium includes a keynote presentation, three invited talks by UR faculty, a presentation on imaging resources, a virtual talk/poster competition, and six short talks by the winners of the competition.

Short Talk Submission

Please submit all of the short talk presentations here:  

Please register by April 30, 2021. Further Event details can be found at the GDSC’s Events Page.

Contact with any questions.

2021 AAMC Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards

Thurs – Fri  | June 9 & 10 | Register Here  

The Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards is designed for racial and ethnic minority faculty who are actively working on a K or R NIH grant proposal. The goal of the program is to support minority faculty in improving critical writing skills to strengthen grant proposals and increase diversity in medicine.

Research shows that racial and ethnic minority faculty often experience differential success with grant applications. According to an article published in Science in 2011, “Minority researchers in the United States consistently win NIH funding at lower rates than their peers.”

The AAMC helps minority faculty write successful grants through the Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards. The Coaching Group is led by Dr. Rick McGee, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Daniel Jay, Dean and Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology at Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. They will use their expertise and peer review to address faculty members’ frequently identified needs for direct hands-on assistance with proposal preparation. The goal of the Grant Writers Coaching Group is to complement existing support that the faculty member has to submit a competitive proposal. This program is comprised of four primary activities: (1) orientation webinar; (2) virtual workshop; (3) individual consultation; and (4) virtual coach and peer review sessions.

See more upcoming events here.


Competition: Intersectional Science Policy

(Submission Deadline: May 2, 2021)

Seeking 2000-word papers raising awareness of intersectional science policy issues that directly affect marginalized scientists and communities. $2250 prize pool. For more information and submit, please visit this link.

Have a topic but need a group? Want to join an established group as a co-author? Questions? Contact Khang at

I-Coprs Digital Health Regional Course

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship invites you to learn more about the UNY I-Corps Node Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. The University of Rochester is excited to host this program, particularly because our upcoming regional course focuses on the intersection of digital health technologies and entrepreneurship training, in partnership with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Digital Health Program (see attached flyer). 

If you or your colleagues are working on a technology innovation in the digital health space and would like to explore its translation and commercialization potential, I-Corps can provide you with entrepreneurial education, mentoring, and opportunities for funding. The regional course cohort meets for 11 contact hours over the course of 3.5 weeks, running from Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, June 2. These hours include training on: 

  • Technology Translation
  • Intro to Customer Discovery and Market Research
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Model Development
  • Startup Basics

The application deadline is April 29, so please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues - this regional course is designed for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members in STEM fields. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship


U of R Coronavirus Updates

The University has published a COVID-19 Resource Center site for graduate students and Postdocs where you can find the latest updates, questions and answers, a glossary of terms, and resources and support. Information Available on the Graduate Student and Postdoc Link includes: Latest Information, housing, paychecks, TA assignments, laboratory research, access to libraries, degree milestones, grades, and additional information for postdocs.

Campus Resource Links

Student Support Basic Needs Hub

All graduate students enrolled in a degree program who are in need of essential resources can now request support through the Student Support Basic Needs Hub. The hub—created to facilitate the connection between campus and community resources—provides urgent assistance for necessities such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid.

Food Pantry

The UR Food Pantry is need-blind and does not require income or financial aid information to be served. The Food Pantry should be used by any postdoc who: a) is food insecure; b) may be facing a change in employment status, or c) is currently in quarantine or isolation. Please note that you can place as many orders for grocery bags as you need, up to three grocery bags per week – it’s not a onetime service.

Food Pantry Update: We are happy to announce that the wonderful staff at the Food Pantry have brought Goler House on as a 2nd pickup location. All users can utilize the Goler House location, where bags can be picked up from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm Monday through Friday. Users will still need to fill out the online grocery bag form as they have been doing. While pickup is Monday through Friday, due to the process for getting bags sent over to Goler House, orders will need to be placed in advance based on the schedule below. When bags are ready to be picked up users will be sent an email with pickup instructions.

Bag Pickup Day (Order Day)

Monday (Friday by 9am)

Tuesday (Monday by 9am)

Wednesday (Monday by 9am)

Thursday (Monday by 9am)

Friday (Thursday by 9am)


UR Connected Coach

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Homesick? Relationship problems? Not sleeping well? A UR Connected Coach can help! Here’s what you can expect:

Let’s chat! Sometimes you just need someone to listen, without judgement.

  • You’ll work with your UR Connected Coach to prioritize the next best steps to take.
  • Your coach will then connect you with the right on-campus or community resource to support your needs.

Our team of over 50 coaches have received specialized training in the areas of effective communication, helping students in distress, and suicide prevention. They are educated on all of the resources our campus has to offer, from academic support to navigating an off-campus therapy appointment to finding a program to improve your sleep habits.

To get started, complete the coach request form below, telling us a little about yourself and how we can best support you. We’ll use this information to match you up with a coach. You can expect and email within 24 – 48 hours (depending on the day of the week) introducing you to your coach so you can get started.

More information can be found at


Join the PDA on CCC at 

You can use the PDA group as a resource to ask questions, see announcements, and connect with other postdocs in general. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join Today!

Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Rochester’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports research teams to help them produce results better and faster – ultimately to improve the health of communities and populations. Our Vision is to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms our approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships. The CTSI is seeking outstanding candidates for a Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. The position is fully funded for a one-year period with start dates in August 2021 and January 2022. The goal is to produce a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers trained in team science and competency-based skills who can conceptualize research across the translational continuum from basic research through population health. Fellows choose one of three tracks: Electronic Health Record as a Resource for Research; National, Regional and Local Database Analytics; and Population Health Behavior Change. This program will use existing University of Rochester infrastructures, including (but not limited to) the CTSI, Institute for Data Science, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Center for Community Health and Prevention. Postdocs will develop and complete a population health research project within an existing research program and participate in didactic and hands-on training experiences. Within the CTSI theme of Translational Research without Walls, this fellowship will incorporate virtual learning and research platforms.

The program is structured to enhance translational research in several ways:

  • an interdisciplinary mentoring team with members in population health and basic science
  • one mentor from another CTSA hub or University of Rochester partner institution
  • up to 3 in-person or virtual rotations of 2-8 weeks, with at least one rotation in a research or community
  • setting at a different translational level from that of the trainee’s background
  • an Individual Development Plan to customize the training experience

Applicants are required to be within 3 years of completing their doctoral degree and have a solid track record of published research with > 1 first-authored publication. Strong data analytic skills are desirable. Per NIH conditions, by the time of appointment, the trainee must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residency. Applications are due by May 10, 2021.

Complete submission must include: cover letter, personal statement describing the population health track of interest and relevant experience, one-page concept paper for a project, identified University of Rochester primary mentor, full CV, three letters of reference, and a primary mentor letter of support.

Application and reference letters should be submitted at

Research & Teaching Opportunities

Visiting Faculty Positions in Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Bucknell University invites applications for open-rank, visiting faculty positions to begin August 2021. These positions are ideal for candidates considering a career in academia with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Visiting faculty would join a top-ranked, highly selective undergraduate biomedical engineering department with small class sizes (< 24 students) that facilitate close student-faculty interaction in a hands-on, interactive, learning community. The University sponsors a range of developmental activities for its visiting faculty supported by a well-resourced Teaching and Learning Center. Candidates would have the potential to engage in both innovative teaching and collaborative scholarship within Bucknell’s excellent core facilities, notably our recently opened teaching and laboratory facilities (fall 2019) supporting modestly increased student enrollments. The appointment is for the 2021-2022 academic year; reappointment may be possible subject to institutional need and satisfactory performance.

To apply and learn more information on the website here.

Graduate Students Interested in Teaching

We are in search of some current or past graduate students in the Rochester area. At SJFC we are currently trying to find someone (or a few people) that may be interested in teaching a lab. While it is for a specific course (Anatomy and Physiology), we are more interested in someone that is teachable and willing to learn. Not having previous experience does not disqualify the individual and this is a great way to get teaching experience and/or build a CV.

Please reach out to Zachary Murphy at OR for more information or to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department: Medicine

Division: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Laboratory: Chhabra lab,

Position and Research Summary

The Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, at the University of Rochester is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work in Dr. Kavaljit Chhabra’s lab. A major focus of the Chhabra lab is to determine how the brain regulates blood glucose levels in health and diabetes using mouse models. More information about the research can be found in these publications: 

The Chhabra lab uses a multidisciplinary approach in mice and in vitro models   to identify mechanisms that control glucose transport by the brain in health and diabetes. 

The Division of Endocrinology provides research fellows with an outstanding scientific environment conducive to research success, including access to state-of-the-art Core Laboratories such as Mass Spectrometry Resource / Proteomics, Advanced Microscopy, RNA and DNA Sequencing, Flow Cytometry and Animal Care facilities:

The University of Rochester Medical Center has an active Postdoc Association that provides highly enriched environment for the fellows including career development workshops. More information about postdoc activities and opportunities is available on this webpage,

Required Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Applicants must have a PhD and/or MD in a related field and at least one first-author publication in a peer reviewed journal to be considered for this position. Moreover, research experience in cell and molecular biology, and in vivo metabolism is required.   
  • Self-motivation, passion and dedication for science; organizational skills; excellent interpersonal, verbal and written English skills are essential for this position. Salary will be based on the stipend level recommended by the NIH,  

How to Apply: Qualified applicants are invited to submit a single electronic file (PDF or Word) that includes a cover letter summarizing qualifications, professional goals and how they align with this position; curriculum vitae with list of publications and contact information of three references to Kavaljit_Chhabra@URMC.Rochester.Edu

Timeline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Applicants from groups underrepresented in higher education are highly encouraged to apply.


I Really Dislike Negotiating, But... Carpe Careers: By Joseph Barber

… whatever our circumstances, Joseph Barber writes, we should all negotiate for something as part of our next job offer.

NIH F-Series Grant Writing Workshop Series Recordings

The Path to [F]ellowship – Tips and Tools for Writing an NIH F30/31/32 

  • Part 1: Review the application process and details of grant preparation. Recording Link
  • Part 2: Work on Applicant Background & Goals and Biosketch writing. Recording Link
  • Part 3: How to write your Specific Aims page and Research Strategy. Recording Link

Second Graduate Workshop Recordings

This is just a reminder that the second workshop in the new collaboration between the UR Libraries, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Greene Center is coming up next week (announcement in @Rochester today).

Hired! – Navigating the Virtual Job Search Tools & Strategies

The first workshop went very well, with up to 50 participants at some point. The recording is now available here:

Link to asynchronous activity: “Build Your Own Free Personal Academic Website” using the RCL Site Builder:


Need accommodations for any myHub or GEPA event? Contact at least three business days prior to the event.


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