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Opportunities to Explore - July 19 - July 23, 2021

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Vol 7, Issue 28 | Trainee News                                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


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.


Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop (Part 1)

Tues Jul 20 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | In-Person Event: Natapow Conference Room  (1-9545)

Join us for Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop! Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D.

Dissertation Curriculum: Handling the Imposter Syndrome

Wed Jul 21 |12:00-  12:30 pm

Join us and your colleagues as we walk through the NCFDD Dissertation Success Curriculum together.

It is not uncommon for those in academia to experience imposter syndrome at some stage of their process. This week will help identify strategies to develop your own sense of worthiness and mitigate the effects of imposter syndrome when it manifests.

NCFDD Website Registration Required (free):

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

See more upcoming events here.


Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop (Part 2)

Tues Jul 27 | 1:00 pm-2:30 pm | In-Person Event: Louise Slaughter Conference Room  (1-9555)

Join us for Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop! Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D.

See more upcoming events here.  


Technology Licensing Associate

Functional Job Description – Technology Licensing Associate

Department: UR Ventures

Supervisor: Associate Vice President, Technology Ventures

General Purpose: 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.).

The Licensing Associate will research and make recommendations regarding disposition of technology disclosed to the University, assist with the authorization of patent filings when appropriate, assist in drafting, negotiating and maintaining license agreements, assist UR startup companies and advise the University community on compliance requirements in technology transfer.

The Licensing Associate will have the responsibility for maintaining contact with University personnel at all levels including anyone with inventive technology to disclose inventions and coordinate with appropriate deans, department chairs and research administrators as necessary.  The Licensing Associate will have contact with external patent counsel and industrial representatives in the technology marketing efforts.  Additionally, they will have contact with various federal and other sponsor personnel in assuring compliance with regulation.

Essential Tasks:

Under general supervision from the Associate Vice President, Technology Ventures or Senior Licensing Manager(s) and with latitude for independent judgment:

  1. Receives, reviews and takes appropriate action on invention disclosures. Assist in the management of patent application filings and maintenance (15%) 
  2. Conducts research and prepares reports regarding the patentability and economic value of inventions. (15%)
  3. Markets University technologies by promoting the University’s intellectual property (IP) and technology commercialization programs. (30%)
  4. Assists with the drafting, negotiation and maintenance of license agreements (20%)
  5. Assist ORPA with Research Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements (10%)
  6. Serves as a resource for faculty on intellectual property matters (10%)

Non-Essential Tasks:

  1. Assumes responsibility for special projects and studies.  Develops or coordinates the development of URV educational tools or assists with the development of University-wide or internal policies.
  2. Assists in presentations and training workshops to the University community regarding technology transfer and small business formation.


Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences, plus 3-5 years experience in a relevant field, with an interest in high-technology business; strong preference for advanced degree in relevant biological or chemical sciences. An advanced degree in business or law is preferred.

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please reach out to Scott Catlin at


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


The Department of Biology at St. John Fisher College is inviting postdoctoral fellows to teach a section of Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (BIOL 131L)  

BIOL 131L Course Description: This course begins the study of the structure and function of the human body including basic chemistry and investigations of cells and tissues. The integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems are considered in depth. Students must also register for the laboratory.

  • St. John Fisher College is predominately undergraduate institution located in Rochester, NY
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab is a required lab for our undergraduate nursing majors
  • The Anatomy & Physiology I Labs that need coverage will be held on Thursdays 9:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
    • The Fall semester will take place September 7 - December 18, but labs will not meet the weeks of September 6, October 11, and November 22 
  • We are looking for a lab instructor with prior anatomy & physiology lab experience with a focus on human anatomy
  • Instructors are expected to be present for the entire lab, hold weekly office hours (in person or on Zoom), and attend lab team weekly meetings (in person or on Zoom)
  • All employees at St. John Fisher College must be vaccinated prior to August 1.

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


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


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.


The Need for Self-Knowledge in a Changing World of Work Carpe Careers: By Sonali Majumdar

Sonali Majumdar emphasizes the power of self-knowledge for Ph.D. students and programs in helping prepare for future employment and societal needs.

Increasing Career Opportunities Through Experiential Learning Carpe Careers: By Gaeun Seo and Michael W. Zhang

Gaeun Seo and Michael W. Zhang outline the mutual benefits for both graduate students and higher education administrators.


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