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October Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, October 12 at 5:30pm. Details below!


Announcements from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs

Featured Article

Featured Postdoc

Events

Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events


Featured Article

Can we engineer ourselves to be lucky scientists?

Good fortune is tricky to plan for, but researchers might be able to encourage it to come their way. Check out Andy Tay's article about the role of luck in science.

Featured Article


 October Featured CHOP Postdoc: Aiko Otsubo, PhD

 

The October Featured CHOP Postdoc is Aiko Otsubo, PhD. Aiko is originally from Nara, Japan, and she received her PhD from Purdue University. Currently, Aiko works under the mentorship of Kosuke Izumi, MD, PhD. To learn more about Aiko, please read the October Featured CHOP Postdoc Article!

Would you like to have your achievements recognized at CHOP? Are you interested in building the postdoc community?

The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs would like to announce the call for submissions for a monthly featured postdoc article. We hope that this effort will bring together our community of postdocs to get to know each other a bit more, both personally and professionally.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your answers in the following survey. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Complete this survey to become a Featured CHOP Postdoc


Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture

Presenter: Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: CTRB 1200B

Children's Hospital holds the Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture each year to honor the memory of CHOP's first Director of Research Compliance, Ellen Hyman-Browne, JD. The goal of this event is to promote discussion and awareness of ethical and compliance-related issues.

To register, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Preparing for Faculty Positions in Academia: The Interview

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
Location: ARC 123C

Moderator

  • Mickey Marks, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Panelists

  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Amelia J. Eisch, PhD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
  • Kathryn E. Hamilton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Liver, and Nutrition
  • Ophir Shalem, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics
  • Diana Stanescu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

This panel will provide researchers-in-training and non-faculty scientists with an explanation of the faculty interview process, including how to prepare for interviews, how to organize a chalk talk, and how to create a sensible research plan.

For questions, please contact the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Penn Biomedical and Life Sciences Career Fair

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: CTRB 1200AB

The employers attending this fair provide an insight into many of the common careers pursued by STEM graduate students and postdocs. Begin your exploration to determine career options for when you complete your graduate degree or postdoc. Talk with the employers and/or site in on the info sessions to gain an unprecedented insight into opportunities that match your career goals.

See the list of employers who have registered for the fair HERE.


17th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Symposium, November 5, 2018 | Register by October 22, 2018

Keynote Lecture: Richard Dorsky, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research

On behalf of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Symposium Committee we invite you to the 17th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Symposium to be held on November 5, 2018 in the Smilow Center for Translational Research. The symposium will feature oral and poster presentations by your fellow postdocs plus a keynote address by Dr. Richard Dorsky, Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Utah.

This is a free event, but registration is required. Please register by October 22, 2018 using the link below. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

Register Here

Note: Postdocs who submitted abstracts were automatically registered and do not need to register at this time.

For more information, contact the BPC Symposium Promotional Coordinators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2018-2019 Faculty Luncheon Series

We are pleased to announce that this year's series will consist of 8 sessions as outlined below. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Session 1: Recognizing the 2018 Distinguished Research Awardees

Presenter(s): Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Nathan Roy, PhD, Danielle Mor, PhD, and Sarah Wood, MD

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 2: Title TBD

Presenter: Amelia Eisch, PhD

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: CTRB 1200B

Session 3: Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Monogenic Diseases of the Pancreas

Presenter: Paul Gadue, PhD

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 4: Title TBD

Presenter: Alan Flake, MD

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 5: Treating Thalassemia: Thinking 'Out of the Box'

Presenter: Stefano Rivella, PhD

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 6: Uncovering Neuronal Type Specific Vulnerabilities to Childhood Neurodegenerative Disorders

Presenter: Naiara Aquizu-Lopez, PhD

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 7: Mitochondrial Metabolism and Diabetes Prevention

Presenter: Shana McCormack, MD, MTR

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 8: Title TBD

Presenter: Jorge Henao-Mejia, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 9: Title TBD

Presenter: Louis Ghanem, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: ARC 123-ABC

 

Please contact Milara Joseph (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.


RCR Web Site October Feature: Unconscious Bias in Science

What are unconscious biases and how do they impact the scientific community? Would removing author names from grant applications result in a more impartial review process? Tell us what you think by participating in the October Opinion Poll on the RCR Web site. This month, learn how recognizing, reducing, and managing unconscious biases can improve communication, efficiency, fairness, and diversity in science.

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.


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) In-Person Training

The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics. Review your RCR Training Requirements and register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. 

Upcoming sessions will be held on:

RCR 1: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

RCR 2: Friday, November 30, 2018

RCR 1: Thursday, January 31, 2019

RCR 2: Thursday, March 14, 2019

RCR 1: Friday, April 5, 2019

RCR 2: Friday, May 17, 2019


Director-in-Training Fellowship Program in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

The Immunogenetics Laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) accepts applications by qualified candidates for the Director-in-Training Fellowship Program for the July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021 training period. The fellowship is an ASHI accredited program and is funded by the CHOP Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Financial support covers salary, expenses associated with continuing education opportunities, and funding for pursuing research project(s). Salary is commensurate with level of post-graduate training.

The fellow will receive technical training for a variety of assays, patient / donor testing methodologies, clinical case reviews, and analyses related to solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. The fellow also participates in clinical conferences with clinicians and other patient / donor support personnel, and institutional leadership & operational meetings. All of these activities are supervised and supported by the Immunogenetics Laboratory Director, Dimitri Monos, PhD. This program is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a qualified histocompatibility director under UNOS, ASHI, and CAP standards. Fellows who successfully complete the program should be eligible to sit for the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI) laboratory directory examination.

Candidates for this fellowship must have an MD and/or a PhD in a biomedical science. Physicians must have a residency in clinical and/or anatomic pathology or other related medical specialty. Scientists must have at least two years of post-doctoral training, preferably in immunology, genetics, immunogenetics or bioinformatics.

Application Deadline is December 1, 2018 and interested candidates should submit a letter of intent describing their interests and a current curriculum vitae (CV) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Selected candidates will be asked to submit three recommendation letters.

For more information regarding this position, please click HERE.


Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Genetics

The Department of Genetics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey seeks an outstanding tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to fill one of several new faculty positions in Genetics. The department hosts one of the oldest undergraduate majors in Genetics in the country, is a member of a strong Ph.D program, and runs a new Genetic Counseling masters program. We are part of a vibrant and interactive research community at Rutgers, an elite research institution, topping $608 million in yearly research funding (FY2017). Rutgers Life and Biomedical Sciences includes over 200 faculty members in the Departments of Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Candidates must have a PhD and/or MD, a demonstrated record of significant research, the potential to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator, and a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

Applicants should submit a CV, a detailed statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and full contact information for three individuals willing to provide letters of reference.

For more information about the position and how to apply, please click HERE.


Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Computational Genetics

The Department of Genetics in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey seeks outstanding tenture-track Assistant or Associate Professors to complement the existing faculty in computational genetics, moving our program into exciting new areas and expanding our existing strengths. The department hsost one of the oldest undergraduate majors in Genetics in the country, is a member of a strong PhD program, and runs a new Genetic Counseling masters program. We are part of a vibrant and interactive research community at Rutgers, an elite research institution, topping $608 million in yearly research funding (FY2017). Rutgers Life and Biomedical Sciences includes over 200 faculty members in the Departments of Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 

Candidates must have a PhD and/or MD or the equivalent in Genetics, Computer Sciences, or a related field, a demonstrated record of significant research, the potential to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator, and a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.

Applicants should submit a CV, a detailed statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and full contact information for three individuals willing to provide letters of reference.

For more information about the position and how to apply, please click HERE.


Postdoctoral Positions Available in Circadian Biology of the Lung

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

The Sengupta lab studies the effect of circadian disruption on lung health at different stages of life, using different models for the same. We are currently investigating mechanisms by which circadian rhythms influence and modify lung inflammation and airway hyper-reactivity in an influenza model. To approach this problem, we have been/will use various tissue specific and conditional circadian knock-out models as well as classic circadian disruption models. Further, we are interested in studying the effect of early life exposures on the development and function of the circadian system.

We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to join our team. Experience in circadian biology is not a necessity. Experience in basic molecular biology is needed; other skills in immunology will be an advantage, but not necessary. PhD, MD or MD/PhD required.

Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your email, include the following:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • A short summary of your present and future research interests
  • A list of up to three references

CHOP and Penn adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Metabolic Diseases

Postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ling Yang in the Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Yang laboratory combines genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and CRISPR-mediated genome engineering to explore the complex regulatory networks of metabolic disorders, and to translate our findings into novel therapeutic approaches for metabolic disorders treatment.

To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing your expertise, CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. Ling Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information regarding the lab's research, please click HERE.


Adjunct Teaching Positions in Bryn Mawr's Psychology Department

The Psychology Department at Bryn Mawr is looking for a few adjuncts to teach courses in the Spring. The courses include Abnormal Psychology and an upper level seminar or two (area is pretty flexible except no straight behavioral neuroscience). Postdocs preferred rather than graduate students. Candidates should be prepared to develop their own teaching materials. Anyone with a strong interest and some stellar teaching skills interested?

If interested, please email Laura Grafe, PhD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Postdoctoral Associate Position in Temple University's Physics Department

The Physics Department at Temple University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the field of experimental nuclear physics.

The Temple University nuclear physics group is seeking outstanding candidates to be involved in its Jefferson Lab (JLab) 12 GeV upgrade science program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead some of the upcoming experiments in Hall C lead by the group, threshold J/psi production, VCS, A1n and d2n experiments, to completion. The candidate can also contribute to a variety of other projects as the group is currently focusing on future opportunities with SoLID in Hall A at JLab and at an electron ion collider (EIC). Other activities of the group also involve an R&D effort towards new detector systems that will be used in a high luminosity and high acceptance environment as well as research activities within the CLAS12 collaboration at JLab.

A PhD in nuclear or particle physics is required. The candidate should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Nikos Sparveris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to start on January 1, 2019 and the candidate is expected to be located at Jefferson Lab.


Senior Scientist Biochemistry/Cell Biology

Would you like to explore the frontiers of biology to discover breakthrough therapies and first-in-class drugs? The ubiquitin pathway is such a frontier; from it a new wave of drugs are emerging http://www.progenra.com/. Senior Scientists at Progenra are expected to translate cellular mechanisms of enzymes that act on ubiquitin into novel and efficacious therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases, including cancer (traditional and immune based therapies), cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A working knowledge of cell and molecular biology and expertise in assay development, screening, target validation, and pharmacodynamics evaluation are advantageous. The senior scientist occupies a leadership position on a team to develop drug discovery technologies and contribute to the company’s business development effort. He/she will be expected and encouraged to write scientific articles and patents and presents data at national and international meetings.

To learn more about the position, click here.

Applications can be submitted online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Postdoc Positions Available at Jefferson

Several Jefferson labs have available postdoc positions. These positions can be found HERE. The job ID#s when applying through Jefferson’s Human Resources website, can be found HERE.


Postdoc Funding Opportunities and Resources

For postdoc funding opportunities and resources, please click HERE.


Tuition Support for CHOP Postdocs and Other Research Staff

The Tuition Assistance Eligibility Extension program offers an opportunity for CHOP investigators (Postdoctoral Fellows, Laboratory Technicians, Research Assistants, Research Associates, Research Scientists) to request tuition support beginning as soon as the employee has completed his/her probationary period and covering coursework initiated through the first year of employment, at which time the employee becomes eligible for the standard hospital education assistance benefit.

Learn about the Tuition Assistance Eligibility Extension

Learn about the Hospital Education Assistance Program


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)


Visit the Office of Faculty Development Site to see Funding Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development Site provides details regarding Funding Deadlines and Opportunities.

For more information, please click HERE.

For any questions, contact Mary Field (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Postdoc Happy Hour | October 12, 2018

The BPC Social Committee will be hosting the monthly happy hour at Landmark Americana (3333 Market Street) on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM!

Come join them to meet other friendly Penn/CHOP postdocs, stay up-to-date to BPC activities, and have fun!

Look for the BPC sign to find us. Feel free to bring guests as long as they are 21+ (kids are also welcome).

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Landmark Americana, 3333 Market Street

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