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March Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, March 15 at 5:30 pm. Details below!


Announcements from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs

Important Announcements

Featured Article

Featured Research Trainee

Events

Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Other

Social Events


CHOP Research Poster Day 2019 - Abstract Submissions Now Being Accepted

Abstract submission for the 28th annual CHOP Research Poster Day is now open! Anyone conducting research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is welcome to participate. Abstracts are submitted electronically and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Friday, April 5, 2019

Researchers may submit up to two abstracts, but will only be eligible for one award. Posters that have been displayed in previous CHOP Research Poster Days are ineligible unless there are significant updates to the research. Please note that we will not be able to accommodate presenters who have not completed the abstract submission form by the deadline. Participants will have the option to display a poster and be judged or to display a poster only.

CHOP Research Poster Day

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building Lobby and First Floor

Presenters should set-up their posters by 8:45 a.m. and be presented to attend their posters during the 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. judging period. A reception and awards ceremony will be held in Colket lobby at 4:00 p.m.

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Scientific Symposium: The annual Scientific Symposium will take place on the following day, May 22, and will focus on the advances that CHOP researchers have made in the booming area of genomics and data science. Opportunities are available for Poster Day presenters to submit their abstract for consideration for presentation at the Symposium.

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For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit: http://pdss.research.chop.edu/

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Save the Date: Creating a CHOP Postdoc Association, April 4

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 3040

We want your help in...

  • Creating the postdoc association at CHOP
  • Leading the organization of this new postdoc-led group
  • Building community with your fellow postdocs
  • Developing programs that are important to you

Join us to share your thoughts and learn how you can get involved. The goal is to create something FOR you, BY you (with a little help from your Academic Training team).

No prior experience needed. All are welcome!

Lunch will be provided.

Let us know how much to order, RSVP HERE.

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Featured Article: A Disadvantaged Background Doesn't Have To Be A Barrier To Success

Featured Article

Women from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who are the first person in their family to attend university (first-generation students) can face multiple struggles when pursuing a career in science or engineering. Nature spoke to six researchers about challenges that they have faced, and overcome, to secure opportunities.


March Featured CHOP Research Trainee: Jennifer Bouso, MD, MSPH

 

The March Featured CHOP Research Trainee is Jennifer Bouso, MD, MSPH, a physician fellow. To learn more about Jessica and her amazing achievements, continue reading below.

CHOP Research Trainee: Physician Fellow

Institution where I received my undergraduate degree: Centenary College of Louisiana

Institution where I am receiving/received my graduate degree: Louisiana State University School of Medicine (MD), Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MSPH)

Degree(s) Pursuing/Degree(s) Received: MD, MSPH

Area of study/concentration: Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

CHOP department or lab: Pulmonary Division, Infectious Disease (Paul Planet Lab)

Primary research mentor or lab supervisor: Paul Planet, MD, PhD

My research interests include: Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Infections, Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

Current research project description: My specific interests include nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), rare pulmonary infections, the lung microbiome, and understanding the microbiologic and genetic determinants of these diseases. Currently, my work is in understanding how NTM infections cause disease in patients with cystic fibrosis. Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) have emerged as an increasingly common cause of severe lung disease in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Unfortunately, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment remain exceedingly difficult. During chronic infection, bacteria adapt to their host environment to persist and cause disease. However, little is known about the molecular determinants of pathogenesis, inflammation, or persistence in NTM-driven disease. My work takes advantage of a longitudinal sampling approach to study how NTM evolves during chronic infection in the lungs of patients with CF. I use whole genome sequencing coupled with complex bioinformatics tools, phenotypic experiments, and analysis of protein expression to understand adaptation over time. Characterizing in-host NTM adaptation will allow us to more effectively identify strains that may be difficult to eradicate or treat and to understand the mechanisms by which NTM becomes pathogenic. The major goal of my project is to identify important genotypic and phenotypic adaptation that can be targeted for the future drug development.

Biggest accomplishment in my life: While obtaining a fellowship at CHOP and being able to do research here is a huge accomplishment, I personally feel most honored by being able to provide care for children and families as a physician in resource-poor settings. For example, I went on previous medical trips to Haiti, Mexico, and El Salvador.

Career aspiration: Ultimately, my career goal is to become an independent, CFF and NIH-funded physician-scientist researcher with a well-supported laboratory capable of both bench-based microbiologic investigations and able to answer complex questions of chronic CF infectious disease.

I pursued this academic/career journey because: My goal is to focus on research that will inform and improve how we treat patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic respiratory infections and to contribute to lasting change within the broader scientific and medical-community. I am particularly drawn to studying cystic fibrosis (CF) because of these patients' unique propensity for chronic lung infections, my experience clinically in caring for them, and my frustrations with our shortcomings in treatment.

Originally, I am from: Bossier City, Louisiana

Growing up, I wanted to be a: A lot of things (architect, lawyer, artist, doctor, actress...)

Favorite TV show: Law and Order, SVU

Last book I read: Pachinko

Favorite song: Bowls of Oranges by Bright Eyes

To relieve stress, I will: Go to BodyCombat class at my gym

Dream travel destination: Galicia, Spain


 Currently Accepting Nominations for Featured CHOP Research Trainees

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs is accepting nominations for CHOP trainees to be featured in the monthly announcements. Eligible trainees (including graduate students, postdocs, psychology fellows, and physician fellows) can be nominated by CHOP faculty, staff and fellow trainees. The goal of this feature is to highlight our trainees' achievements and to allow the CHOP community to get to know them beyond their research. Please take a moment and nominate a well-deserving trainee to be highlighted for all that they do to advance pediatric research, train and inspire the next generation, and give back to the community.

If you would like to nominate a trainee to be featured, please email Paulette McRae, PhD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


International Postdoc Forum, March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be served at 11:45 p.m.)

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, room 6040

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is hosting a forum for our international postdocs. The purpose of the forum is to receive first-hand feedback from our international postdoc community to learn how we can better support you at CHOP. Staff from the Office of Immigration and VISA Services and iSTEM will also be present.

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We look forward to hearing your ideas at the forum!


2019 Faculty Luncheon Series

We are pleased to announce that this year's series will consist of 4 sessions as outlined below. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

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

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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

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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

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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

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


 Emerging Innovators in Pediatric Science - Celebrate Colleagues, Build Community, March 20 (Sessions 1 & 2)

Join us as we celebrate the next generation of research pioneers in the Emerging Innovators in Pediatric Science seminar series, beginning in late January 2019. This series, organized by the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP), recognizes exceptional non-faculty researchers-in-training and research staff who have produced high impact research at Children's Hospital. All speakers for the series have been nominated by their Department Chair, Division Chief or Faculty Mentor and represent a variety of scientific disciplines and research areas.

Program Goals

  • Provide a forum for outstanding non-faculty researchers to present and discuss their science
  • Celebrate the successes of future leaders in pediatric research
  • Build community and collaboration among colleagues and the broader CHOP community

Event Dates

The Emerging Innovators program will include two more sessions in 2019.

Session 1 

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 1100-B

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Session 2 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, 1100-B

*Networking Reception to Follow Event at 12:00 p.m.

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For more information about each session, please click HERE

For more information, contact Janet Stuart at 267-426-7496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) Series | Registration Now Open for 2019

Collaborate with leading scientists on cutting-edge research and learn about the latest scientific developments in your field.

The FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) Series provides a unique platform to promote scientific interchange between experts and early career professionals. Each conference is packed with lectures, poster sessions, career workshops, and networking. Start planning your scientific calendar for the new year.

Click HERE to view a summary, keynote speaker, registration rates, and deadlines.

FASEB offers three main types of travel awards to SRC attendees. Be sure to review eligibility requirements and application instructions before submitting your application!


Volunteers Needed for Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT), March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Times:

Shift One (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m) - Volunteers will set up display tables at the middle school

Shift Two (2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Volunteers will greet attendees and their parents, providing information on career paths in STEM at CHOP. (Volunteers are especially needed for this shift!)

Location: Phoenixville Middle School

Please join us and share your CHOP career experience with the next generation at Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) 2019, held again this year at the Phoenixville Middle School on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

With just a few hours of your time, you can help young women learn about clinical and research opportunities in healthcare.

We'll be displaying CHOP's innovative digital technology (Child Life Robot and Virtual Reality), our popular driving simulator from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, and providing Vaccine Education information.

This year GETT will also focus on the role of art in science (STEAM) and we will be featuring CHOP's Creative Arts Therapy with an activity where attendees can contribute to a large weaving project.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.


Preparing for Faculty Positions in Academia: Starting Up Your First Lab

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

Location: Abramson Research Center, Room 123-ABC (Lunch Provided)

This panel of early career faculty will provide researchers-in-training and non-faculty scientists with first-hand experiences in starting up your first lab. Topics will include how to negotiate start-up packages, budget, prioritize equipment lists, and build a strong, collaborative research team.

Moderator:

  • Amelia J. Eisch, PhD, Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Neuroscience

Panelists:

  • Naiara Aquizu-Lopez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • F. Chris Bennett, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Riccardo L. Gottardi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Joseph Zackular, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Grant Proposal Readiness - Are You Ready to Apply?, March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Buerger Center, Room 1212-1214 (first floor conference space behind Cosi)

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Grant Review Communities, in partnership with the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP), invites you to join an engaging conversation that covers overall readiness to prepare an NIH individual fellowship, career development, or equivalent foundation award proposal.

Speakers:

  • Matthew Weitzman, PhD – Director, Grant Review Communities; Professor of Pathology
  • Janis Burkhardt, PhD – Professor of Pathology
  • Rebecca Simmons, MD – Professor of Pediatrics
  • David Taylor, PhD – Associate Director of Academic Training, ATOP

Audience: Targeted to trainees and fellows preparing an NIH Individual Fellowship, Career Development Award, or equivalent foundation award proposal. We also welcome the entire CHOP community.

Defining readiness

We will define what it means to be ready to write your career development award in terms of publications, career stage, and your goals from both the basic science and clinical science perspective.

Identifying resources

We will identify resources available to you through CHOP and the NIH to evaluate your readiness to apply, and assist you in preparing your proposal.

Building community support

We will introduce options for community support and involvement through Grant Review Communities.

You will have the opportunity to ask specific questions related to your proposal development.

 

Questions? Contact Amy Salovin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-425-7157


BioCyc Bioinformatics Database Workshop, March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m.

BioCyc is a collection of Pathway Genome Databases (PGDBs) containing genomic and metabolic pathway data on many organisms. This subscription database is now being offered to Penn faculty, staff, and students. Manuel de la Cruz Gutiérrez, PhD (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Subin George (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will be offering the first BioCyc workshop on March 12, 2019 at noon.

BioCyc databases are comprised of curate data from publications enabling researchers to easily integrate these data into their research. In addition, BioCyc provides tools for database searching and visualization, omics data analysis, and comparative analysis. BioCyc also integrates information such as protein feature/Gene Ontology from other bioinformatics databases.

For more information about BioCyc, click HERE.

View the full list of PGFBs HERE.

If interested, please REGISTER HERE.


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Web Site March Feature: Mentorship

Mentoring is a significant part of scientific training and successful career progression. What are the characteristics of an effective mentor-trainee relationship? How can you learn to be a good mentor and get the mentoring that you need? Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/ to learn more about the ethical principles, practices, and policies that guide mentoring relationships.

The RCR Web site provides education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. 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: Thursday, March 14, 2019

RCR 1: Friday, April 5, 2019

RCR 2: Friday, May 17, 2019


Marine Biological Laboratory 2019 Advanced Research Training Courses

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) courses offer invaluable training in experimental design and implementation. They also offer an unparalleled opportunity for young scientists to interact with leading researchers in their field and to hear about their newest results and research plans. Networking and mentoring are also a fundamental part of the MBL courses and can create connections among students and between students and faculty that will last students their entire academic career. Alumni of MBL courses regularly call the experience "transformative," telling us that their time at MBL stimulated their thinking and gave them the confidence and courage to pursue their own scientific ideas.

If you are interested in visiting the MBL in person to see why an MBL summer course is such an important training experience for upper level students, we would love to host your visit. Please feel free to reach out to members of the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Education Department is very interested in increasing the diversity of the students in the advanced courses. Therefore, the admission process is need-blind, and that financial aid up to 100% of course costs is available for accepted students.

To read the highlights of the Marine Biological Laboratory 2019 training courses, click HERE.

To learn about the MBL courses, click HERE.


Junior Investigators' Symposium, April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: All Day

Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research | Rubenstein Auditorium & SCTR Commons

The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) is pleased to host a one-day symposium for junior investigators (physician fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty conducting research) focused on successful strategies for a career in clinical and translational science. Attendees will gain valuable career insights through presentations and panel discussions. Two features of this year's program include a "Pursuing Careers in Industry" panel and a "Speed Mentoring" session during which participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with seasoned faculty members.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Additionally, speed mentoring space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first serve basis, so attendees should indicate their interest in the session on the registration form.

Agenda & Registration

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Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM Outreach & Transfer Coordinator at California Lutheran University

Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Admission and ALLIES Director, the Coordinator will administer a comprehensive outreach program focused on Hispanic and low-income transfer students, Pathways & Articulation towards Successful Outcomes in Science (PASOS), Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), focusing primarily in the Ventura Country Community College District (VCCCD).

For more information about this position, please click HERE.


Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars Program at University of New Hampshire

The Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholars program is a high-profile initiative designed to increase the diversity of University of New Hampshire's faculty, which is inextricably linked to academic excellence and student success. This program opens a pathway to the professoriate for highly talented, underrepresented postdoctoral scholars. The University of New Hampshire program is informed by best practices of established programs to increase faculty excellence and diversity including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, Howard University, University of Maryland - Baltimore County and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Deadline for Submission: Friday, March 29, 2019

For more information about the program, please click HERE.


Interim Introductory Laboratory and Molecular Biology Instructor in Biology Department at Bryn Mawr College

The Department of Biology at Bryn Mawr College invites applications for a full-time one-year interim instructor position to teach four semester-long laboratory sections of Introductory Biology in Fall 2019 and an upper-level Molecular Biology lecture and laboratory course in Spring 2020. Additional duties include supervising undergraduate instructional assistants in the fall, ordering materials and supplies and maintaining laboratory equipment. An advanced degree (PhD preferred) in an area of biology is required and relevant teaching experience is preferred. Although applications to teach both in the fall and spring are preferred, applications for either the fall or spring alone will also be considered. Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent via e-mail to the Chair of Biology, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position(s) is filled.

For more information about Bryn Mawr College, please click HERE.


Staff Scientist Laboratory of Neurosciences, NIA

Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), Intramural Research Program (IRP), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist 1 in the Human Neuroscience Unit (HNU) of the Laboratory of Neurosciences (LNS) in Baltimore, MD. The overall research goal of the HNU is to conduct translational research in Alzheimer's Disease, as well as other aging-associated neurodegenerative diseases, with a particular focus on the role of extracellular vesicles in disease pathogenesis, as sources of biomarkers and as potential vehicles in disease pathogenesis, as sources of biomarkers and as potential vehicles for therapeutic interventions. Ideally, the incumbent will combine knowledge of extracellular vesicles with a background in biomarker and/or mechanistic studies in Alzheimer's Disease. Relevant research experience and peer-reviewed publications in the topic of neurodegenerative diseases are a plus. Excellent written and oral (English) communication skills are also required. The incumbent will have a major role in assisting the Principal Investigator in project management, manuscript preparation, experimental design, training of junior fellows, providing technical assistance, and maintaining research continuity within HNU.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interest, and three letters of recommendation to: Jamie Hertzfelt; Office of the Scientific Director, Vacancy #NIA-IRP-19-06; National Institute on Aging, Biomedical Research Center, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 04C232, Baltimore, MD 21224 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications, including letters of recommendation, must reference the vacancy number above and be submitted on or before March 8, 2019 for consideration.


Senior Scientist Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID

Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting a senior scientist in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases (LID) for the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). We are seeking an outstanding individual to assume the leadership of a vigorous established research program focused on basic, translational, and clinical studies of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a major viral illness of early childhood. Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field with extensive postdoctoral experience, as well as a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative RSV research. Clinical work is not required. The candidate must have expertise in basic research on the molecular biology, pathogenesis, and immunobiology of RSV and in designing new RSV vaccine candidates.

To Apply: Visit www.USAJobs.gov and access the detailed vacancy announcement NIH-NIAID-DH-19-1048073 beginning March 8, 2019. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 12, 2019. If you have questions about the position, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit NIAID Careers for more information about working in NIAID's dynamic atmosphere.


Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator in Laboratory of Viral Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting a tenure-track/tenure-eligible investigator in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases (LVD) for the Division of Intramural Research (DIR).

The NIAID is seeking an outstanding individual to develop a vigorous independent program focused on the establishment and use of animal models to investigate emerging or re-emerging viruses pathogenic to humans, including the development and evaluation of vaccines and therapeutics targeting these pathogens. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field with extensive postdoctoral experience, as well as a strong publication record demonstrating their potential for creative research. The ideal candidate would have expertise in immunology, virology, and/or vaccine development and will be expected to develop a vigorous research program that includes basic and translational research on medically relevant viruses or vaccine immunology. The incumbent will also benefit from unique opportunities to interact with other members of LVD and DIR who perform basic and translational research on viruses and other infectious diseases.

To apply, submit your curriculum vitae (CV), bibliography, and a two- to three-page detailed statement of your research plan that includes how your expertise will contribute to the success of the LVD program. Additionally, three letters of reference must be sent directly from the referees. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from other groups underrepresented in biomedical research. Submit all application materials to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications will be reviewed starting January 1, 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates may also contact Dr. Ted Pierson, Chief, LVD, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information about this position. Visit NIAID Careers for more information about NIAID and additional career opportunities. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


Open Rank Tenure Track Position on Substance Abuse at Penn State University

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development announces an open-rank tenure line faculty position to start in August 2019 that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine substance abuse in vulnerable populations. Interdisciplinary and developmentally informed research programs that examine how environmental factors (e.g., early life trauma, developmental stress, impoverished social and physical environments) interact with biological factors (e.g., brain development, genetics) to increase adolescent/young adult susceptibility to substance abuse disorders and addiction are of particular interest. This position is part of a major strategic hire at Penn State to build scientific leadership and increase Penn State's capacity for high impact, interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged collaborations to combat substance abuse and addiction.

Candidates should demonstrate an established interdisciplinary research program, and a successful history of external funding, that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine substance abuse. We welcome candidates with research programs that integrate multiple levels of analysis, including those of a biological, social, and/or societal context. A doctorate in neuroscience, behavioral science, psychology, biology, sociology, public health, genetics, biostatistics or a related field is required. BBH seeks a faculty member who is interested in and committed to participating in an inter-disciplinary of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA).

To learn more about this position and/or apply, 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.


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.).


Tax Resources

It is that time of year! As you all know we are unable to give any type of tax advice, but we would like to point you in the direction of some resources that may be helpful for you.

The National Postdoc Association has some useful tax related information.

The Campaign for Working Families offers free onsite tax preparation for individuals making less than $55,000 annually. They have a number of locations throughout PA and NJ: https://cwfphilly.org/tax-site-locations/

Check with the IRS to see if you qualify to use a FREE electronic system to file your taxes by clicking HERE.


Postdoc Happy Hour | March 15

The BPC Social Committee will be hosting the monthly happy hour at the City Tap House on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 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, March 15, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: City Tap House near 40th and Walnut Street

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