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Opportunities to Explore -August 15-August 19, 2022

Vol 8, Issue 33 | Trainee News                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE

Upcoming Events

August Writing Retreat Hosted by UR Writing

Monday - Wednesday August 22nd- 24th | 10am- 1pm | Via Zoom

The August writing retreat will be August 22nd – 24th from 10a-1p each day held via Zoom. This will be a great opportunity to productively write for manuscripts, grants, or any other projects before the fall semester begins. There will be an optional session to share your work with fellow trainees and get feedback. The retreat provides goal setting, designated writing time, and regular check-ins to allow productive writing. Each day of the retreat will come with a free coffee voucher and counts towards a free book on writing! 


Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Trainee Support Group Zoom Meeting

Thursday August 25th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Via Zoom

The AAPI Trainee Support Committee will host ​a support group meeting on Zoom on Thursday, August 25th 2022 from noon to 1pm. We want to create a safe space for AAPI graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to check in, share experiences, and support one another. People can bring lunch and chat in a comfortable setting. ​This meeting is meant to be supportive and confidential, people are welcome to drop in (and drop out) at any time, and everyone has a chance to share as much as they are comfortable sharing. We hope to get to know each other and build a community together.

RSVP for this meeting:

After RSVP, the committee will send you the Zoom link for the meeting an evening before the meeting. ​

Check our website (AAPI Faculty Panel Discussion video and summary are up):​ 

Subscribe email listserv for our event announcements (

Join the effort/initiatives:

Share your AAPI stories on our newsletter:

3rd Annual Informational Interviewing, Communication, and Networking Session (1st Year Trainees Encouraged to Attend)

Thurs August 25th | 11:00 am-1:00 pm | Hybrid Program- K-207 Auditorium (2-6408) – Lunch Provided for In-Person – Zoom Participation

Lunch will be provided for all in-person participants. In-Person and Online Participants, please register over Zoom @ .

Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D.; Director of Writing Services, myHub & Eric Vaughn, M.Ed.; Director of Career Services, myHub

From this session you will….

  • Learn about the purpose of informational interviews and the benefits of utilizing them to explore and learn about contacts at the U of R, SMD labs, career options, and employers.
  • Explore ways to research potential contacts to interview and how to arrange an informational interview.
  • Develop informational interview questions that can help you learn about an individual’s educational or career experience.
  • Gain knowledge about additional skills that can be strengthened from completing an informational interview.
  • Prepare and practice informational interviews with participants and upper-level graduate students from SMD graduate programs.

Lunch will be provided for all in-person participants. In-Person and Online Participants, please register over Zoom

Mental Health and Wellness Panel Hosted By GSS

Thursday September 1st | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | K-207 Auditorium (2-6408)

Interested in learning more about the resources offered to graduate students by the Department of Public Safety, the University Counseling Center, and the University Health Services? 

Join the Graduate Student Society for a Mental Health and Wellness Panel Thursday, September 1st from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in K-207. 

Feel free to ask questions during the panel or submit your question anonymously in advance

Register utilizing the link or the QR code below! 

We hope to see you there!

Mental Health and Wellness info poster

Posters & Pints Hosted by Thinkers & Drinkers

Wednesday September 21st | 4:00pm – 7:00pm | Flaum Atrium

Thinkers and Drinkers, the Postdoctoral Association, and myHub are putting on a second Posters and Pints on Wednesday, September 21st (4p - 7p). This event will occur during National Postdoc Appreciation Week and will serve as this year’s Postdoc Showcase. Posters and Pints was first held in 2019 with over 200 participants and overwhelmingly positive feedback, and we are looking forward to bringing it back again this year!

The aim of Posters & Pints is to bring together a large crowd of the University community in an informal, social setting – i.e. over a pint of refreshers from local businesses (breweries, cideries, etc.) – for scientific communication, highlighting the contribution of postdocs and graduate students to leading-edge research at the University of Rochester.

If you are interested in presenting a poster at the event, please fill out the survey below. This survey serves as an application to present at the event – no abstract or additional application will be necessary. The survey must be completed by August 18th if you wish to participate in the event.

Please direct any questions to PDA Co-Chair, Erin Davis:

Happening Now

 I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course Beginning October 17, 2022 (5 Weeks)

We are excited to share with you that the University of Rochester (UR) is hosting the I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course this fall, which is specifically designed for biomedical scientists, clinician scientists, and engineers to provide them with a new approach to accelerate the translation of their discoveries from the lab to clinical practice. This program, supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), is based on National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program which is the premier federally funded innovation and commercialization training in the U.S.

The program will kick off with orientation the week of October 17th and will run for 5 weeks.  All sessions will be held virtually over zoom.  The attached flyer provides the program details.  Apply online by October 3rd at

The I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course is meant for teams of faculty, postdocs, and students with biomedical innovations or ideas and is free to participants.  Course graduates receive National Science Foundation (NSF) lineage and can apply to other NSF grant awards, including the National I-Corps Team program, which carries a grant award up to $50,000. Previous NSF funding is not required to apply.

Contact Karen Grabowski, with questions.  Additional background information about the program can be found at:

This program is being hosted by the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the UR Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

2022-2023 SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Support

 The University of Rochester is providing an opportunity for grant writing/consulting assistance to UR researchers that are planning to partner with a small business to develop and submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal.

Please visit: The initial application deadline is August 1 (followed by open/rolling review of applications, while funding is available). 

Are you interested in teaching?

myHub is interested in maintaining a list of graduate students and postdocs interested in and wanting to gain further experience in teaching. If you have interest in gaining additional teaching experiences, please complete the short survey online at this link. Questions, please contact myHub at

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Trainee Support Group

Potential activities include:

  • Social gatherings with Asian food and Asian games (introducing cultural heritage of diverse Asian sub-cultures, looking for people interested in doing so),
  • Seminars with AAPI faculty members to hear how they navigate implicit bias and racism in academia and to perhaps connect AAPI trainees to AAPI faculty members,
  • Support groups,
  • Cultural events.

All members of the University of Rochester community who wish to learn more about AAPI stories and participate in the gatherings are welcome to join. People can subscribe themselves by going to this website.​ Anyone who wants to initiate this effort together can indicate it on this form. We hope you will subscribe to our listserv, both non-AAPI members and AAPI members, and we look forward to building this community with you.

Postdoctoral Association News & Opportunities

2nd Annual Virtual Chicagoland Postdoc Recruitment Initiative

The Postdoc Affairs Offices at Northwestern UniversityThe University of Chicago, and University of Illinois Chicago invite you to attend the Chicagoland Postdoc Recruitment Initiative, taking place virtually October 20-21, 2022!  

Applications will be accepted through Monday, September 12th APPLY HERE

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about THREE postdoctoral programs in the Chicagoland area and the cutting-edge research happening at each institution. More than 150 faculty members from the three institutions have signed-up to participate in the Initiative! 

This is a collaborative initiative to improve diversity and inclusion at the three largest research universities in the Chicago area, with the goal of addressing the "pipeline" challenge in academia for historically marginalized graduate students and postdocs, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, who have disabilities, who identify as LGBTQIA+, who are veterans, or who were first-generation college students or Pell-eligible. Selected participants will learn about postdoctoral programs in the Chicagoland area, how to find postdoctoral opportunities, how to apply for postdoctoral positions, and how to maximize your postdoctoral experiences. Following these two days of programming, participants will conduct informational interviews with matched faculty members through November 4th. 

Questions? Please visit our website or email us at:

Applicants should be advanced graduate students (have passed qualifying exam or are post-candidacy by October 20, 2022), recent PhD graduates, or early-stage postdocs in STEM fields. There is no citizenship requirement to apply for this event.  

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose high impact research exemplifies the importance of a cross-discipline approach. The competition is open to all UR Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows.

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

1. Current postdoctoral status at the University of Rochester at the time of application.

2. Field of study bridges at least two areas of the five disciplines (humanities, science, mathematics, engineering, and medicine).

To apply, the following must be submitted by Friday, September 1st, 2022:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae 
  2. Two-page, single spaced summary of how your research crosses disciplinary boundaries including implications for science and future objectives. This summary should be written for a general audience. 

When you are ready to submit your application, fill out this form:

Applications will be reviewed by the following criteria: the interdisciplinary scope of the research, impact of knowledge creation, and ability to communicate research effectively to a non-scientifically trained audience.

Finalists will be selected to participate in a 3-minute oral presentation to a faculty panel at the Steadman Prize presentation during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.  Final presentations will be held on Friday September 23rd, 2022 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.  

Attendance at the final competition is expected if selected as a finalist.  Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following.

There are three awards:

Steadman Award - $2,000

Award for Interdisciplinary Research - $750

Award for Innovative Research- $750

Please direct any questions to

The Department of Biology is inviting post-doctoral fellows to teach a course at St. John Fisher College

The following courses are being offered:

  • Microbes & Disease Lab (BIOL 107L). For more infomation, click here.
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (BIOL 131L).  For more infomation, click here.

Please contact Dr. Noveera Ahmed by email ( if you are interested or want more information.

Invitation to the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

The PDA is meeting every first Friday of the month at 4pm to discuss postdoc affairs. All postdocs are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, share their thoughts, and help shape the PDA. We have a 30 min agenda followed by pizza social and open discussion. Location is alternating between SMD and River Campus with an option to Zoom in – keep an eye out for PDA emails with meeting details. Grab a slice and let us know what the PDA can do for you! Check out the PDA webpage for a full list of events and other information at Email us at

Connect with other postdocs on our PDA Slack

We’ve created a Slack space as social networking platform for our postdocs at U of R. You can use the PDA Slack as a resource to ask questions, contact PDA officers, see announcements, share your ideas and input or raise awareness to postdoc issues. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join today!

Join the UR Postdoc Buddy Program

Have questions about postdoc life at U of R? Just arrived in Rochester and need advice? We know that starting a new postdoc can be isolating, but the UR Postdoc Association can help! Let us know your school and department through this short survey, and we’ll match you up with a more senior buddy who can answer your questions about being a postdoc at U of R.

Already here and interested in becoming a buddy for an incoming postdoc? Sign up here and we’ll get you connected.

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.

Employment & Postdoc Opportunities

International Students and Scholars Advisory Board (ISSAB)

The International Student and Scholar Advisory Board is looking for leaders to:

  • Provide feedback to ISO on policies and practices.
  • Facilitate communication between ISO and the University’s international community.
  • Identify issues across the University that impact the international population.
  • Develop programs that create opportunities for networking and engagement.

While we have representatives from most schools now, we are still looking for students from the following schools: Eastman School of Music, AS&E GEPA, Simon Business School, and Eastman Institute of Oral Health. We are also looking for international post-docs and scholars from various schools who would like to serve as representatives.

Interested students should be:

  • Currently registered University of Rochester students for 2022-2023 academic year
  • Available in Rochester for in-person meetings and events as needed
  • Able to commit to 1-5 hours of involvement per month from September

If you are interested in joining ISSAB, or learning more about the work that ISSAB does, please contact Nate Bloemke at

Wilson Sonsini - Patent Agent Career Opportunities

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is hiring across multiple offices in the U.S. for our patent agent roles. We are looking for talented life sciences focused PhD students and postdoc researchers interested in entry level roles in patent law. A list of our current job openings can be found here.

Licensing Associate – UR Ventures

The Technology Licensing Associate will promote and support the University's intellectual property programs including assurance of University compliance with regulations, disposition of technology disclosures, and marketing and support for technology transfer activities. The Technology Licensing Associate will focus on technology projects in the life sciences, and particularly in therapeutics (e.g., small molecules, antibodies, cell-based therapies, RNA and DNA-based, etc.) More information and the job posting can be found here.

Job ID: 221221

Licensing Associate – UR Ventures

The Technology Licensing Associate will promote and support the University's intellectual property programs including assurance of University compliance with regulations, disposition of technology disclosures, and marketing and support for technology transfer activities. The Technology Licensing Associate will focus on technology projects in the life sciences, and particularly in therapeutics (e.g., small molecules, antibodies, cell-based therapies, RNA and DNA-based, etc.) More information and the job posting can be found here.

Job ID: 221221

Immediate opening for a postdoc research on the gut-joint axis

Interested in the gut-joint axis? Curious about how microbe-host interactions and microbe metabolites might alter the connective tissues of the synovial joint? Apply here!

Upcoming Events With the National Postdoctoral Association:

NPA SmartSkills

Thriving as a postdoc in today’s competitive climate is tenuous. International postdocs in the United States may face additional challenges due to a lack of clarity of expectations (hidden curriculum) and disadvantages due to marginalization posed by intersectional factors (immigration, socio-economic factors, etc.). In "Thriving as International Postdoc in the United States," we will introduce a framework for thriving as international postdocs. This framework will provide approaches for seeking information, resources, mentorship, and communities of support to identify and achieve professional and personal goals.

Join us for this month's NPA SmartSkills session on Tuesday, August 23rd at 3 p.m. ET.

Cancer Epigenetics Training program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 award)

  • Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators.
  • Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information and the application can be found here.

Inspire Fellowship

  • Supports postdocs who identify as members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups as they finish preparing to be independent research leaders in academia or industry.
  • Provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary, which starts at $57,200. Support is renewable for up to two additional years (so three years total).
  • Inspire Fellows form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as defined by NIH.
  • Application opens on Aug. 1 and closes on Oct. 31.
  • More information and the application can be found here.


UR WRITING Trainee Group in SMD

Seeking New Members and Individuals Interested in Joining UR Writing

Scientific writing is the cornerstone of success in academia. UR Writing is a trainee-led program that aims to provide comprehensive writing support for URMC graduate students and postdocs. Through this program, we hope to help our fellow trainees become productive and prolific writers and to succeed academically and professionally.

For more information please complete the UR Writing General Interest Form at or contact Mariah Kahwaji at

Travel Awards

The Cell Bio 2022 Travel Grants Are Now Open

The travel grant, sponsored by IPERT/NIH, is a MAC grant for underrepresented minorities. These grants cover up to $1,800 depending on existing funding applicant has to attend the meeting.

Eligibility: Junior faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application requirements: Abstract submission/number, CV, letter of recommendation from advisor (letters for undergrad, grad and postdocs only)

We ask for your support in getting the word out by sharing with labs and colleagues to promote these opportunities. The deadline to apply for all these grants is August 15, 2022. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me directly at Thank you!

Other ASCB Opportunities:

Familycare Grants- Applications are now open and approved applications will be reimbursed for childcare expenses to attend the ASCB 2022 Cell Bio. The deadline for the Familycare Grant is August 15. More info/Apply

COMPASS Outreach Grants- ASCB members can apply for up to $1,000 to promote science outreach projects such as student lab visits, science fairs, or other ideas for engaging the public. These activities are organized by the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS). Remaining 2022 deadlines: June 10 and September 16. More info/Apply

PAIR-UP Imaging Science Program for Black Imaging Scientists- The PAIR-UP Imaging Science Program is a consortium of Black Imaging Scientists who use/build/support advanced imaging techniques in the biomedical sciences. Please visit the PAIR-UP website to register for membership in PAIR-UP. Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PAIR-UP Black Imaging Scientists): Biologists who require advanced imaging equipment, Engineers who develop imaging equipment, chemists/biochemists who design fluorescent probes, computer scientists who develop software for image processing/analysis, machine learning and AI.

Relevant Reads & Podcasts

Cultivating a Sense of Belonging for Graduate Students Carpe Careers: By Jaye Sablan and Bill Mahoney, August 8, 2022

Equity and social justice are key, argue Jaye Sablan and Bill Mahoney.

Career Shock: What It Is and Why You Should Care Carpe Careers: By Irina Filonova, August 1, 2022

Irina Filonova explores the role that chance plays in our careers and how to harness the power of happenstance to ensure your future success.

Self-advocacy strategies for professional development coaches Carpe Careers: By Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan and Mark Kaloko, July 25, 2022

A Word to the Wise: Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan and Mark Kaloko offer three self-advocacy strategies for professional development coaches.

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