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April Announcements

Please don't miss out!

  • Create an Association For You, By YOU - Join us at our "Creating a CHOP Postdoc Association" event on April 4
  • April Faculty Luncheon - Come listen to Shana McCormack, MD, MTR as she presents "Mitochondrial Metabolism and Diabetes Prevention" on April 16
  • International Postdocs - We are holding a second forum to get more of your feedback on May 1  
  • Free Professional Postdoc Headshots - Register to have your free professional headshot taken on either May 1 or May 3

Announcements from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs

Important Announcements

Featured Research Trainee

Events

Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Other


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.

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..


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 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.


International Postdoc Forum: Part Two, May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 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

Due to high interest at our first event in March, the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is hosting another forum! Our goal is to continue the conversation about how we can better support the international postdoc community at CHOP. We encourage all international postdocs to attend!

RSVP: Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, April 22, 2019 to reserve your spot.

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Free Professional Headshots for Postdocs, May 1 & 3

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs has paired up with CHOP's Research Communications team to offer free headshots to postdocs. LinkedIn is not a place for selfies! Sign up now to smarten up your profile with a professional photo.

When:

  1. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
  2. Friday, May 3, 2019 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Where: Colket Translational Research Building Lobby

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 19 by 5:00 p.m.

Registration Link

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

Remember to dress for success!


CHOP Research Poster Day 2019 - Abstract Submission Deadline is April 5

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.

Submit your Poster Day abstracts HERE!

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/

Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Call for Nominations - 2019 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 19, 2019.

Purpose

The Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees recognizes faculty who effectively guide and monitor advanced training and professional development of postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows, and CHOP-based graduate students, in an ongoing partnership sustained by mutual respect. The award is designed to honor faculty members who have provided exceptional support as research mentors.

Please Note: The primary nominator must be a Postdoctoral Fellow, Physician Fellow, or CHOP-based Graduate Student.

Eligibility

Nominees must be CHOP-based faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Past trainee nominators are encouraged to update and resubmit previous nominations.

How to Nominate a Mentor

The following information must be submitted as one PDF to the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline, Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00pm:

  1. Nomination form, to be completed by the primary nominator (must be a current postdoctoral fellow, physician fellow, or CHOP-based graduate student being trained by the nominee) - Download the Nomination Form
  2. List of nominee’s past trainees and current positions - Sample Trainee Table
  3. Mentor’s brief biosketch.
  4. Maximum of 3 additional letters of support. Letters can be provided by other mentees, former trainees, faculty, etc., who can speak to the quality of mentorship. Competitive letters of support will address all 6 of the criteria listed below (individual paragraphs addressing each criterion specifically are recommended).

Criteria

The nominee should:

1. Serve as advisor, teacher, and advocate

2. Create a supportive environment for research

3. Provide trainees with the resources necessary to take full advantage of institutional, academic, and professional opportunities (publications, conferences, networking, etc.)

4. Provide future career guidance for various career paths (academia, industry, government, teaching, non-research, etc.)

5. Maintain accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication

6. Provide mentorship and guidance in responsible conduct of research (RCR)

Selection Process

Nomination packets will be reviewed by the Research Trainee Advisory Committee. The committee will take the nominees’ career/experience level into consideration and may elect to choose more than one winner.

Award Presentation

The winner will be invited to present at a session of the Faculty Luncheon series during the 2019-2020 academic year, featured in Cornerstone, and be recognized with an award plaque.

Please direct any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


April Featured CHOP Research Trainees: Diversity Fellows - Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD; Ozell Sanders, PhD; Jean-Bernard Lubin, PhD

The April Featured CHOP Research Trainees are CHOP's newest Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows! Cornerstone featured a three-part Q&A series on the new diversity fellows, which you can check out below.

Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD

Stronger Communities Through Research: Q&A With Phylicia Fitzpatrick Fleming, PhD

 

Ozell Sanders, PhD

Merging Mechanics and Human Movement: Q&A With Ozell Sanders, PhD

 

Jean-Bernard Lubin, PhD

Uncovering the Unexpected: Q&A With Jean-Bernard Lubin, PhD


 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..


Preparing for Academic Teaching (PAT) Workshop: Space is Limited, Apply by April 5

Program Dates: Wednesdays, June 5-26, 2019

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This four-session, in-person interactive program will introduce participants to classroom teaching. During the first three sessions, participants will explore ideas and practices related to designing a course, making effective use of class time, and assessing student learning. In the fourth session, participants will codify their developing approaches to teaching by creating a teaching philosophy statement, a document that can also be used on the job market .Throughout the program, participants will consider their teaching goals, ways to encourage students to actively engage with the understanding and thinking represented by those goals, and strategies to make the classroom more inclusive. This workshop was designed for individuals who will soon be seeking faculty positions with a significant teaching component. This could include Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, Physician Fellows, Instructors, and Research Scientists.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

Apply Now: For more information and to apply, please visit https://at.chop.edu/research/teaching. You can also check out the FLYER!

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


Junior Investigators' Symposium, April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

On April 16, 2019 the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) is pleased to host a one-day symposium for junior investigators (physical 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 seasonal 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.

Registration Deadline: April 8, 2019

Agenda & Registration Link

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New Parent Support Group

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 (Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month)

Time: 12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Location: Colket 9040 or via Bridge Line call in: 215-590-5589, 45589

Meet, learn from, and help other CHOP employees that are new parents too!

This group will meet for open discussion. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Trials of labor, delivery and adoption
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Adjusting to your new life as a parent
  • Returning to work
  • Work-Life balance
  • Managing child care
  • Taking PPL when your child needs you

Check out our FLYER!

Provided by your CHOP Wellness Team, in conjunction with our Wellness Champion program.

To register, and to receive class updates, email 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!


International Postdoc Forum: Part Two, May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 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

Due to high interest at our first event in March, the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) is hosting another forum! Our goal is to continue the conversation about how we can better support the international postdoc community at CHOP. We encourage all international postdocs to attend!

RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out our FLYER!

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Web Site April Feature: Safe Laboratory Practices

The safe use of biological, chemical, radioactive, and other hazardous materials is an important concern for everyone working in research laboratories. How can you reduce the risks associated with certain equipment or other potentially harmful substances? What training programs do you need to complete? Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/ to learn more about the responsible practices and guidelines that are fundamental for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

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 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.


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.


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.

 

 

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