Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

Please take a moment to browse through the following trainee updates - clicking on each link will bring you to that announcement:

August Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, August 11 at 5:30pm. Details below!


Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events

CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session, August 10

The CHOP research community is invited to attend the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 10 in the Abramson Research Center Lobby.

CRISSP is a highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in biomedical research. Twenty-five students were selected to participate this summer from a pool of over 700 applicants. Students were placed full-time in a participating CHOP host lab/research group and worked under the direct supervision of mentors throughout the Research Institute. As part of their internship experience, all CRISSP students completed an independent research project to be presented during the August 6 poster session.

Please stop by to view the research conducted by these exceptional students. Posters will be on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students will be on hand to present at their posters between 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about the CRISSP internship, please visit the CRISSP Website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon Series Begins with Daniel Licht, MD, Matthew Weitzman, PhD, and Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP, September 8

We are pleased to announce the 2017 to 2018 CHOP Research Faculty Luncheon series. Below are the details of the four sessions planned for this academic year. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this lecture series!


Session 1: Presentations by the 2017 Awardees for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees

Presenters: Daniel Licht, MD, Matthew Weitzman, PhD, Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123ABC


Session 2: TBA

Presenters: Robert Schultz, PhD

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123ABC


Session 3: TBA

Presenters: Maurizio Pacifici, PhD

Date: Friday, March 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123ABC


Session 4: TBA

Presenters: Lindsey A. George, MD

Date: Friday, June 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123ABC

For more information about the Faculty Luncheon Series, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save the Date: National Postdoc Appreciation Week – September 18-22

On the week of September 18, 2017, the CHOP Research Institute and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our postdoc community to the success of Children’s Hospital.

More details and a full calendar of events can be found HERE!

National Postdoc Appreciation Week was created and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoc experience for fellows nationwide.

As a CHOP postdoc, you can join the NPA as an affiliate member and take advantage of the membership’s many benefits!

Join the NPA as an Affiliate Member.

Learn more about the NPA and how you can get involved.

Registration is Now Open for the 2017-2018 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

RCR 1: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

RCR 2: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

RCR 1: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

RCR 2: Friday, March 16, 2018

RCR 1: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

RCR 2: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review your RCR training requirements.

Register for in-person RCR training.

RCR Web Site Summer Feature: What is Your  Role in the Responsible Conduct of Research?

CHOP is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards in conducting scientific investigations and scholarly activities. The CHOP Research Institute’s RCR Training Policy and Plan outlines the institutional training requirements that apply to faculty, NIH early career investigators, all research trainees, and staff participating in research activities. What are the RCR training requirements? How do they apply to you and your role at CHOP? Visit the RCR Web site to learn more.

The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity as a core value. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

Announcing the National Postdoc Association (NPA) Career Center

Are you nearing the end of your postdoctoral career? Want help planning the next step of your career? The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is here to help: take a moment to check out the NPA's new career center.

Candidates can:

  • Seek new positions
  • Set up lists of opportunities that will be emailed directly to them on a regular interval
  • Upload their resume or CV for viewing by potential employers and recruiters

Check it out, upload your information and take the next step towards your future. For questions contact Amy Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

English Language Programs at Penn

Penn offers English Language Programs to members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities, which aim to successfully develop competence and fluency in English.

They focus primarily on speaking and listening skills and cover a wide range of language proficiency, from beginner through advanced. Classes are held 6:00-7:40 p.m., one night per week, for seven weeks, and the cost is $400 - one exception is the TOEFL skills course, which meets twice weekly and is $800. The first step for enrollment is to email our ELP Main Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested and have any questions, you should contact the Intensive Program Manager, Alyssa Swanson. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will be able to administer the short placement test and help students sign up for classes.

View More Information about English Language Courses Offered at Penn


Lab Positions Available in Maris Laboratory

There are four lab positions available in the John Maris Laboratory, led by John M. Maris, MD, an established principal investigator. Researchers in the Maris Laboratory are focused on understanding the underlying molecular and genetic mechanisms that contribute to the development and progression of pediatric neuroblastoma. Also, efforts in the Maris Laboratory are dedicated to the development of new molecular diagnostic test and less toxic, targeted cancer therapies to treat relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. The long-term goal of the work in this laboratory is to use a multidisciplinary approach to improve existing cure rates for children with neuroblastoma.

Lab Positions Available:

Res Post Doc Fellow – Cancer Immunology and/or Immunotherapy

Research Assistant I

Scientist II – Cancer Immunology and/or Immunotherapy

Bioinformatics Scientist II

PhDs and PharmDs with Oncology Experience Sought for Medical Science Liaison Positions at Merck

Merck is actively recruiting researchers for Medical Science Liaison roles. The ideal candidate must have oncology experience and a PhD or Pharm D degree.

Territories for MSL Solid Tumor team with external posting links:

New England & Upstate NY



Texas & Oklahoma

Southern California


New York, NY

New York, NY-Assoc. Dir.


Eastern PA, NJ, MD, DC, VA, NC

Western PA, OH, KY, MI, WV

Northern California, NV & HI


WA, OR, ID, MT, ND, SD-Assoc. Dir.

For a full listing of available positions, please visit this LINK.

Resources Available for Trainees Applying for F and K Awards

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has developed a centralized repository of information to help trainees navigate the F (Fellowship) and K (Career Development) Awards process. These resources can be found on the research intranet and includes information related to:

  • Putting together a successful application
  • Components of the application
  • Modified Biosketch tips
  • When and how to engage the Office of Sponsored Projects
  • Sample applications from successful CHOP researchers

Click HERE to visit the F Award Resource Page (Active Directory Log-in Required)

Click HERE to visit the K Award Resource Page (Active Directory Log-in Required)

Postdoc Happy Hour, August 11

Join us for another Postdoc Happy Hour!

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: City Tap House, 39th and Walnut Street

UPenn BPP Social Committee

Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.


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