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Opportunities to Explore - August 30 - Sept 3, 2021

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Vol 7, Issue 34 | Trainee News                                                        myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


UR Writing Informational Coffee Hour

Thurs Sept 9 | 9:30-10:30am | Saunders Research Building 1404

Interested in learning more about UR Writing? Come have coffee with us! We’d love to hear from you about your writing needs, writing challenges, writing projects, and your feedback on UR Writing initiatives. Your feedback will help us tailor and improve our initiatives to best support your academic writing! All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a free copy of "Becoming an Academic Writer" by P. Goodson. Feel free to grab coffee and go, or stay and chat about your writing!

Developing Your Marketing Plan

Thurs Sept 9 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555) and via Zoom

Activate your fall semester by learning all about how to market yourself during your graduate degree & postdoc journey. In this session we will cover everything from getting curious and learning more about various career fields, to how to talk to people and tell your story effectively. This session will help lay the foundational path for many of the fall programatic offerings from SMD myHub and the Greene Center and prepare you for the next steps of marketing yourself as you move throughout your graduate program.

SAVE THE DATE: myHub URBEST September Retreat Session- Part 1

The Business of Science Fundamentals with special guest presenter: Randall K. Ribaudo, PhD

Mon Sept 13 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

The Business of Science Fundamentals session will cover…

  • 23 Core  Job Competences
  • Building Your Technical, Business and Social Identities
  • Finding a Job That Excites You
  • Developing a Targeted Resume

More information including registration details will be available later next week!

Free Career Webinar hosted by the  Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI)

Thurs Sept 16 | Event Registration Here

Graduate of the University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry alumna, E'Lissa Flores, Ph.D., Scientific Program Manager at Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) shared with myHub an upcoming free career webinar open to SMD trainees to attend. For a full list of program details and speakers, please visit

Session presenters and speakers include:

  • Tracey Papenfuss, DVM, PhD, DACVP from Charles River Laboratories
  • Wendy Freebern, PhD, DABT from Janssen
  • David McMillan, PhD from US Food and Drug Administration (SMD Alumnus, Toxicology)
  • Cheryl Rockwell, PhD from Michigan State University
  • Danice Wilkins, PhD, MS from Charles River Laboratories
  • E’Lissa Flores, PhD, Scientific Program Manager from HESI, Moderator (SMD Alumna, Translational Biomedical Science)

For full details about HESI and its mission, please visit,

See more upcoming events here.  


myPostdoc Monthly: Science Policy Opportunities for Postdocs: AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships

Are you interested in the intersection of your work or research with policy? Wondering what it’s like to be a policy fellow, and how it might affect your career trajectory? Join us for a conversation with postdocs-turned-AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows (STPF)!

During this one-hour session you’ll:

  • Learn about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships program and the 250+ scientists and engineers who spend a year contributing to policy across the federal government.
  •  Meet several STPF fellows and learn how their year in Washington expanded their skills, knowledge and networks.
  • Break into groups for more personal conversation with the fellows.

Leave this session knowing what it’s like to be an STPF fellow, with additional science policy resources, and with tips for applying to this year’s application cycle. To learn more and register here

Van Andel Institute (Grand Rapids, Michigan) is hosting our first postdoc preview on Oct. 14-16, 2021. 

VAI Postdoc Preview is a three-day program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit Van Andel Institute to learn about our postdoctoral training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources, including our state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services. The application period is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 31.

There is no cost to attend. VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for all selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members. More information and the application may be found here.

Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoctoral fellowship by November 2022. Individuals who identify as underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are eligible for VAI’s NCI T32-funded Cancer Epigenetics Training Program and the Inspire Fellowship (more information on these programs is coming soon. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply).

VAI labs conduct world-class biomedical research in cancer epigenetics, neurodegeneration, metabolism, cell biology and structural biology — all supported by outstanding Core Technologies and Services. We offer numerous fully funded postdoctoral positions across our areas of focus.


Post-Doctoral Research Associate


The Post-Doctoral Research Associate, at Niagara University, will perform laboratory work of advanced difficulty in a scientific research laboratory, supporting research activities under the direction of the Principle Investigator, help coordinate the collection and initial processing of clinical and research samples, track, store, retrieve, distribute and perform cell culture and analytical assays and participate in data analysis, documentation and record-keeping of reports as directed by the Investigators.

General Description:


80% of the time directly involved in performing and recording research details.

20% of the time involved in student training as well as infrastructure maintenance.


The functions of the position are usually performed sitting but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, and calculator, involve the extensive wrist and hand movements. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


  1. Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biology or related field;
  2. Alternatively, a Master’s degree in the above disciplines and at least 2 years of full-time experience in a clinical or research laboratory setting.

Postdoctoral Appointee in Microbiology and Immunology


Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute will be hiring a postdoctoral associate interested in investigating the role of the transcription factor T-bet in mediating innate and adaptive immunity against the intracellular pathogens Salmonella and Toxoplasma. The research will be focused on how T-bet regulates innate immune cells to effectively and rapidly clear the pathogens during systemic and mucosal infections. Further information on lab research interests and publications may be found at The minimum requirement is a Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology, or related field. A competitive candidate will possess a strong background in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology techniques, including microbial culture, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR, and animal model development. The successful candidate will speak and write English fluently and have published in peer-reviewed journals.

Interested applicants must apply within the IU PeopleAmdn system – The initial appointment is for one year. Future extensions would be based on funding.  This position is located in Terre Haute, Indiana at the IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute located on the Indiana State University campus.

Job Opportunities for URMC Grad Students at the University of Pittsburgh

Andrew Liu  and the immunology department at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking graduate students who are looking for their next position/job. Every month, they send out newsletters featuring high quality jobs submitted by PIs in different fields.

Below are the newsletters with the most recent job opportunities, sorted by field of study:

Infectious Diseases Division Clinical Research Coordinator University of Rochester Medical Center


Responsible for the implementation and coordination of several projects in the Infectious Diseases Division, including protocol development, patient database management for multiple clinical research studies, data analysis, and synthesis of relevant literature.  Work may include conducting study visits associated with human subject research. For full position description, please visit this link.

Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Coordinator

At Niagara University, we take pride in offering a comprehensive benefit package for our employees and their families. Additional perks of working at Niagara University include free parking, discounts to the campus store and select NU sporting events, on-site dining and coffee shops and free access to Alumni Chapel, Our Lady of Angels Library, and Campus Ministry services.

To learn more information or to apply visit here.


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) Membership Available

Did you know that the University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member? 

The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, and the Institutional Membership provides all faculty, postdocs, and grad students with access to NCFDD’s member resources.

As an Institutional Member, you have access to the following resources at no cost to you:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

We encourage you to claim your membership by going to  Once you complete the registration process and receive the “welcome email” from NCFDD, you can register for an upcoming training including the “Every Summer Needs A Plan” or “Moving from Resistance to Writing” webinars.

We’re excited to offer our faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with the opportunity to participate in NCFDD’s unique form of mentoring and career development, and sincerely hope that you will register for this amazing resource.

If you have any questions about our institutional membership, please email the University of Rochester’s Office of Equity and Inclusion at and include the subject line “NCFDD assistance”.  If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at


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)


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

Postdoc Buddy Program

The UR PDA is starting a postdoc buddy program to assist with new postdoc orientation and help build a stronger better-connected research community. We are looking for actively looking for volunteers to help in this process.

 Please sign-up using the Google form found here.

PDA Career Enhancement Award

(Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until September 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST)


All University of Rochester postdocs are eligible to apply for the career enhancement award, except for current/former PDA co-chairs and former award recipients.

Award Mission

As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs. Priority will be given to individuals who can clearly demonstrate how they will use the requested funds to enhance their career development and that the opportunities for professional development described in their plan are not available at the University of Rochester.

Award Details

Depending on the number of applicants and available funds, 1-2 AS&E postdocs and 1-2 SMD postdocs will each be awarded up to $1200 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. In addition, allowable expenses include: attending courses or training (e.g. datacamp, NIH workshop), purchasing literature or articles, cost of software/program for supporting research that is not already available for free from the University of Rochester, and fees for publication or sharing datasets.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until September 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be announced during National Postdoc Appreciation Week on September 23, 2021. Conditions for Disbursement of Award:

  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2022. Consequently, the allowable
    •  expenses must occur prior to this date (October 2021 to May 2022).
  • SMD Postdocs: Submit to the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office, PO Box 316, G-9556 Medical Center, Attn: Colleen Bailey.
  • The awardee must provide a written report (maximum 500 words, or 1 page single-spaced) about the attended conference/workshop/course/training or how the purchased resource was used/helped career development, which will be made available for use by university organizations such as (but not limited to) the PDA, myHub, and the Gwen M. Greene Career Center.

Please note: the original receipts and signed expense reimbursement F3 form need to be submitted. An electronic version copy of the reimbursement documents cannot be accepted. The F3 form can be found at:

Review Process

Winners will be chosen based on a formal review process performed by current and former PDA co-chairs. Priority will be given to individuals whose applications demonstrate that the award will provide unique opportunities for professional development (workshops, job interview skills, networking, etc.). Furthermore, priority is given to postdocs who do not already have allowable

expenses (e.g., the applicant is paid off a PI’s grant and does not have an F32 fellowship).


Please direct any questions to the AS&E PDA co-chair Jonathan Cheng ( and/or the SMD PDA co-chair Christina Heil ( ). Note, this award is separate from the myHub Travel Award.


The Rise of the Video Résumé Carpe Careers: By Joseph Barber

While requests for video job applications are now in the minority, it’s not hard to imagine that a generational shift toward them will increasingly occur, writes Joseph Barber.Preparing for an Insightful Professional Life         

Community Support for First-Generation Graduate Students Carpe Careers: By Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez and Natalie Lundsteen

We cannot assume that just because they successfully navigated their undergraduate years they will smoothly sail through graduate training, write Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez and Natalie Lundsteen.


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


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