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November Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, November 9th at 5:30pm. Details below!


Announcements from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs

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Events

Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events


Featured Article: Time well spent: Getting the most from your postdoc

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17th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Symposium, November 5, 2018 | On-site Registrations Welcome

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. On-site registrations welcome!

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 2:

New neurons in the postnatal brain:
What are new neurons good for?
And what is good for them?

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 November Feature: Collaborative Science

What is the most important element involved in establishing and maintaining successful scientific collaborations? Tell us what you think by participating in the November opinion poll at the RCR Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu/. This month, learn how to establish and maintain many types of successful research collaborations.

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 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


R User Group | November Meetings

 

Topic: R User Group Meeting - R Markdown 101

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Buerger 10th floor, room 10-107/8

 

Topic: R User Group: Infrastructure Case Study - OCQI and Using R in a Team

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Roberts 1120A

Do you use R for data analysis? Curious about R and how to learn it? You might benefit from CHOP's newly launched R User Group. This group meets twice monthly -- once with a technical infrastructure meeting (how to use R in teams, how to deploy servers, etc.) and once with R basics (how to get started with R, how to visualize data, etc.). There's a shared code repository on CHOP's GitHub instance, as well as a Slack workplace where you can ask questions or share your own insights.

If you're already a Slack user, you can add yourself to the workspace with your CHOP email address! Just click on your name, then "Sign in to another workspace," then "Find workspace." Click through until you can add your CHOP email address, and you'll see us, the "CHOP R User Group."

Not a Slack user? Reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an invite link or to find out more about the group. Slides from previous user group meetings, code snippets, package suggestions, and more are all on our Slack workspace.


AAAS Webinar on Tips for Successful Careers in Industry, November 5, 2018

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

During the webinar participants will gain an understanding of the industry landscape, what technical and business skills are needed to be successful in industry, and steps to prepare for industry careers. The webinar will provide information on job search strategies, crafting a competitive resume and application, and interview tips. Finally, attendees will learn tips to prepare for industry careers.

To learn more about the webinar, click HERE.

To register for the webinar, click HERE.


Assistant Professor of Biology at Stetson University

Stetson University seeks applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. This is a full-time, 9-month position, beginning in August 2019.

Position 1: Organismal biology, physiology, or developmental biology. A Ph.D. in biological sciences with expertise that could include, but is not limited to: organismal biology, physiology, or developmental biology. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, an ability to mentor undergraduate research projects, and a record of scholarly publication in area of expertise.

Position 2: Microbiology, molecular biology, microbial genetics, or similar. A Ph.D. in biological sciences with expertise that may include, but is not limited to, microbiology, molecular biology, virology, microbial genetics, host-microbe interactions or microbial ecology. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, an ability to mentor undergraduate research projects, and a record of scholarly publication in area of expertise.

For more information on our expectations in teaching, scholarship, and service our tenure policies, and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website.

To learn more about these positions, click HERE.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received on or before November 15, 2018. Application materials may be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or mailed to the following address: 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8264, DeLand, FL 32723.


AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant's career path while increasing the public's understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.

2019 application available between October 16 - January 15!


Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

The Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives Coordinator will report to the Principal Investigator of the PennPORT postdoctoral program. The coordinator will coordinate all aspects of the PennPORT postdoctoral program, including supporting postdoc training, grant administration, and teaching activities at the three partner institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware County Community College, and Rutgers University, Camden Campus). 75 percent of this position is as a program assistant to an NIH-funded IRACDA program, PENN-PORT, which offers biomedical postdocs an opportunity to develop teaching skills at partner minority serving institutions in addition to biomedical research training under the direction of a PENN faculty member in the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Wistar Institute, or the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to these activities, the coordinator will report to the Assistant Dean for Research Training Programs, coordinating efforts to recruit, retain and promote trainees from underrepresented groups for the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP).

To learn more about this position and how to apply, please click HERE.


CHESS Program Director (Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success)

Under general direction of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Program Director provides leadership, oversight, and coordination of Project CHESS: Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success, funded by a 5-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education Title V program. The Program Director provides administrative oversight of all program components; supervises Project Coordinator; develops program activity and events calendar; collaborates with Moorpark College Student Success and Support Supervisor and Counseling Department Chair; works within Academic Affairs division to ensure coordination and execution of all project activities; participates in professional development activities; monitors budget; ensures that evaluation protocols are adhered to by staff; develops system to track programs; works closely with the H.S.I. Director and the Director of Sponsored Research and Projects to identify and apply for grant funding; writes grants; prepares mid-year and final program reports, and other related duties.

The deadline to apply for this position is November 4, 2018. For more information, please click HERE.


Part-Time Anatomy and Physiology & Chemistry Faculty

The Delaware County Community College is looking for part-time Anatomy and Physiology & Chemistry faculty. If you or someone you know might be interested and qualified (Master-level or above) please apply below. There are both daytime and evening sections still to staff.

Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry

If you have questions you are welcome to reach out to the Assistant Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(610-359-5293) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (610-359-5282).


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 Academic Training and Outreach Programs 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 | November 9, 2018

The BPC Social Committee will be hosting the monthly happy hour at Tipsy Bistro (3131 Walnut Street) on Friday, November 9, 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! Some appetizers will be offered by the BPC.

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, November 9, 2018

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

Location: Tipsy Bistro (3131 Walnut Street)

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