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Opportunities to Explore​ - July 2-6, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 27 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees |@UR_SMD_CPD|@TraceyBaas

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus


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The new UR Stars program helps connect established researchers at UR with early career scholars from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Faculty who are looking for postdocs or early career researchers to work in their labs are invited to participate.

The University of Rochester has launched a new program meant to boost the diversity of its early-career research faculty. The two-day UR Stars Program will help connect established researchers at the University with underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty candidates from around the country.

Having a diverse workforce can boost productivity and improve outcomes, but several racial/ethnic groups, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce across the U.S. Increasing diversity in this sector can bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table, fostering collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

UR Stars will help basic science, population health, and biomedical research faculty recruit underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty into open positions in their labs. Interested faculty from the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, UR School of Nursing and Eastman Institute of Oral Health can give a speed research talk and network with the candidates at the program’s inaugural event in November.

The event, taking place Sunday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 13, will offer scholars from diverse backgrounds and especially those who are underrepresented in biomedical research the opportunity to engage with University faculty, and explore the University and Rochester. Participating scholars will be strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the UR.

This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at UR, and URMC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. For additional information contact Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming, 585-273-4297.


Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Office Closed July 4th

Wednesday, July 4


13 LinkedIn Steps to Your New Job

Wednesday, July 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Webinar, Virtual Session

Sandra Long '79, Post Road Consulting LLC

LinkedIn’s 530 million users are the most educated, affluent, and informed group on social media—these are the folks that hire or refer you. Sandra will share her best strategies for appealing to recruiters and hiring managers, leveraging the platform’s newest job search settings, and acquiring references to the companies you actually want to work for. For more information and to register for this event, please visit Handshake at this link.

(*) PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 11| 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm | URMC, Location TBD

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) CPD Sponsored: Preparing for the Upcoming Job Search

Thursday, July 12 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

The upcoming job search! When should I start? What will I need? These are just a few of the many questions that individuals will ask when starting the job search. Learn about what you will need along the way including individuals to involve, application materials, and timelines. For more information about this event, please contact Eric Vaughn .

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & A: Natalie Cain, PhD

Friday, July 13 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | Location TBD

Natalie Cain, PhD, will share her Career Story as a Scientific Editor at Cell Reports from noon - 1 pm. Pizza will be served. From 1 - 2 pm, Natalie will give a seminar about the submission process at Cell Reports and Cell Press (a look behind the scenes at the journal) to graduate students, postdocs AND faculty. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: Leveraging Your PhD for Career Success

Wednesday, July 18 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | SRB 1402, Welk Conference Room

This webinar will provide lessons on creating the right résumé or CV, basic networking skills, finding the right job for you, how to identify and leverage your transferable skills. We will also cover basic and advanced interviewing skills, how to negotiate, how to advance once you're hired. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

(*) Sponsored by CETL & CPD: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, July 18 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC

Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a new bi-weekly discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

Pride Parade

Saturday, July 21 | 12:00 pm (Line up begins), 1:00 pm (Parade begins) | Alexander St. Between East Ave. and Monroe Ave.

Walk with the University of Rochester in the 2018 pride parade will send a positive message of support to the LGBTQ community. Bring your family and friends to this fun and important event! RSVP BY JULY 6 TO GET A FREE T-SHIRT at this link. SPONSORED BY: Susan B. Anthony Center, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity Office of the President, University of Rochester Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office for Inclusion and Culture Development Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, David T. Kearns Center, Office of Alumni Relations, School of Nursing, and Office of Human Resources.

Free Workshop on Teaching- “Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) sponsored by NSF

July 23-27 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm each day | Online or CU Boulder, Colorado

EBIT (Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching) is a one-week student-centered learning experience where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be highlighted. For more information, please visit this link. If you have questions please contact Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Academic Leader for CIRTL at CU Boulder, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

URMC Student & Postdoc Session with Executive Search Firm for next UR President

Tuesday, July 24 | 4:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall

The University of Rochester has engaged with the executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to conduct its search for the next University President. Spencer Stuart representative Chuck Jordan would like to hear from URMC students and postdocs on the attributes you would  like to see in our next leader. To help them gauge attendance, if you plan to attend, please to send an email to SMD graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to represent SMD and provide your valuable input!


Saturday, September, 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this link. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

See more upcoming events here.  


UR Postdoctoral Association Travel and Professional Development Award- Application Deadline: July 13, 2018  

As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this travel award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs.  Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate that attending a conference, workshop, or networking event will provide opportunities for professional development not available at the University of Rochester. One AS&E postdoc and one SMD postdoc will each be awarded up to $1200 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. For complete award details and information, please visit this link. To apply for the 2018 UR PDA Travel and Development Award, please visit this link. Award will be announced on September 21st during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2018

This prize is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2016 or 2017). Entrants’ thesis research must have been within one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winner is awarded $30,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online. More information is available via this link.

The Genome Writers Guild

July 19-21, 2018; McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Genome engineering has hit the streets. The plethora of new editing tools is propelling the field into the next genomic revolution. What are the new technologies? What will we make with them? How are the innovations impacting society and our individual lives? The Genome Writers Guild's annual conference highlights the fast pace of genomic engineering. Topics at the conference focus on recent research, tangible skills for the laboratory, and the challenges of social responsibility we all share. For more information on the conference, please visit this link.

National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program: Applications due August 1, 2018

The NBBTP is a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information regarding the Fellowships and Professional Development courses is online at ; Application packages are due August 1, 2018; fellowships begin January 8, 2019 at the NIH Bethesda campus.

The NBBTP Fellowship is designed specifically for people interested in careers in high-containment. This is an intensive two years, immersive experience where Fellows are introduced to all elements of biosafety. The program includes traditional lectures, reading assignments, mentoring projects and travel to off-site conferences and training sessions.

Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 4)

This Request for Applications (RFA) provides funding for individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships (similar to NIH F31 and F32 awards, respectively) that will enable New York State to attract and retain the most promising and exceptionally-talented predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The intent of this initiative is to support the continued training of researchers with extraordinary potential for making significant contributions to the fields of SCI research.

Projects will be supported by State funds. Approximately $1.5 million will be available for this RFA to fund approximately six (6) training (pre- or post- doctoral) awards. The amount of funds awarded will be contingent upon the quality of applications submitted. In determining final awards, the Department reserves the right to allocate funds between the two funding mechanisms offered within this RFA as it deems appropriate. 

Eligible organizations are invited to submit applications for the following funding mechanisms:
1. Predoctoral fellowships will be a three year award with total annual costs of up to $45,200 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).
2. Postdoctoral fellowships will be a three year award with total annual costs of up to $71,910 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).

For a full description and instructions on applying, please visit this link.

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price 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 research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit this link.


Calvert Laboratories is seeking a full-time Study Director in Toxicology

Successful applicant will confidently interact with clients and potential clients to develop study protocols in general toxicology, ensure that the protocols are approved by the client and IACUC and are in compliance with appropriate SOPs, GLPs and regulatory agency guidelines. In a laboratory environment utilizing common laboratory animal species, the applicant must ensure that all experimental data, including observations of anticipated responses of the test system are accurately recorded and verified. Prepares reports, ensures that all reports are in compliance with protocols and regulatory requirements and will develop new technologies in Toxicology and enhance existing ones as necessary. Must have outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent biomedical writing skills and a strong attention to detail. DABT certification/PhD is preferred. Calvert offers an excellent benefit package including 401K, Medical, Vision and Dental insurance plans. The CRO is located in northeast PA, readily accessible to Philadelphia and Newark and has been in business for approx. 48 years. Salary will be commensurate with level of education and relevant experience. Please send your resume to:

Internship Opportunity

Fairport Brewing and Kombucha

About FBC: Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is a local micro-brewery that produces more than 30 beer styles annually. Many of the craft beers have been recognized with the highest honors at the World Beer Championships. In addition, FBC has a kombucha line, Timbucha, which is available in six flavors. In 2017, Timbucha was recognized as the fifth fastest growing newcomer to the US kombucha market.

Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is growing rapidly and is looking for a unique intern that can join them at this exciting time! The desired candidate will help establish a laboratory to test and refine methods in the brewing and kombucha making processes.

FBC just opened up a new 10,000 square-foot brewing facility in Rochester and are looking for an intern to improve and scale their operations. The intern will work directly with the founder and owner to establish a laboratory space. For a full internship description, please visit and log-into Handshake. If you have questions about this opportunity or Handshake, please contact Eric Vaughn at .


Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Information

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see this and other titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Negotiating Your Way to a Job in Academia (Webinar)

This webinar will introduce successful negotiation techniques and tips on how to bargain for your start up package while making sure you get the resources that you need. It will also cover the importance adjusting negotiating style as well as preparing your best self. View Negotiating Your Way to a Job in Academia

Speaking Up for Change

Adriana Bankston offers six tips for how to effectively use your voice to benefit society early in your academic career. Read Speaking Up for Change

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