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December Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, December 22 at 5:30pm. Details below!


Career Development and Training

Featured CHOP Postdoc (New!)

Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners

Job Openings

Funding Support 

Social Events

Attention Trainees: Present Your Research at the January 2018 Postdoc Seminar Series Meeting!

We invite you to share your research with your colleagues at the January 17th Postdoc Seminar meeting. This is a great opportunity to sharpen up your presentation skills, add to your Curriculum Vitae and impress your mentor! Presentations will be approximately 15 minutes in length with some time included for questions and discussion.

Below are the details:

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, Conference Room 123-C

If you are interested in presenting at the meeting, please provide the following information to Janet Stuart via email by Friday, December 15, 2017.

  • Department/Division
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract or Brief Description of Presentation Topic

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

CHOP Research Poster Day to be Held Jointly with Scientific Symposium on May 15-16, 2018

In 2018, the CHOP Research Institute will bring together its largest community-building events, CHOP Research Poster Day and the Research Institute Scientific Symposium, to create a two-day celebration of all-things-research. Poster Day, normally held in February of each year, will take place on May 15. The annual Scientific Symposium will take place on the following day, May 16.

This change is intended to streamline and enrich these CHOP community-based events. Participants can expect more opportunities to interact and to engage with colleagues at both CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania. Scientific presentations, keynote speakers, receptions and award ceremonies will be supplemented with additional time to network and celebrate a year of research and innovation.

Add CHOP Research Poster Day to your Outlook calendar or Google calendar.

Add the Research Institute Scientific Symposium to your Outlook calendar or Google calendar.

Administrative Internship for Scientists: Apply Now for the Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) Fellowship Program, Deadline December 4

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) Fellowship Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. The ACE Fellowship is an evolution of the institute’s successful Research Administration Fellowship Program, with additional opportunities to explore administrative careers beyond the research umbrella. For the pilot program, participants will have additional opportunities to explore internships in new partner offices at CHOP Hospital, UPenn and Wistar.

The ACE Fellowship Program is designed to provide critical, CV-building experience in various areas of administration. Fellows work to generate and execute impactful projects under the direction of their fellowship project mentors with support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Fellows also have the unique opportunity to participate in executive shadowing and other leadership meetings, which introduce them to concepts of strategic planning, budgeting and interdepartmental dependencies.

The fellowship is a part-time, unpaid program requiring a commitment of ten hours per week for six months. Work hours are flexible. Support from the applicant’s current supervisor (research advisor or mentor) is required to participate.

Applicants must have a graduate degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent experience in science, education, nursing, or organizational psychology or an advanced degree in a biomedical or health care area. Postdoctoral Fellows interested in pursuing high-level administrative roles during their careers are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, a brief letter of interest, and a support document from your supervisor or faculty mentor to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Detailed information on the application process and program can be found at: https://intranet.research.chop.edu/display/deptpda/ACE+Fellows.

The deadline for application is extended to December 4, 2017. Successful candidates will begin the fellowship in January 2018. Questions may be referred to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RCR Web Site December 2017 Feature: The Researcher in Society Research takes place within a social and ethical context. How does the generation and application of new scientific knowledge impact society?  Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/ to learn more about the principles, practices, and policies that guide researchers in recognizing and fulfilling their societal responsibilities.

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.

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

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

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

RCR 1: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
RCR 2: Friday, March 16, 2018
RCR 1: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
RCR 2: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review your RCR training requirements

Register for in-person RCR training

December Featured CHOP Postdoc: Heather L. Bennett, PhD

Heather L. Bennett, PhD is our December Featured CHOP Postdoc! She received her degree at Brown University and her research mentor is Robert G. Kalb, MD. To read the full article about Heather, please click here.

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

Announcing the 2018 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners

The CHOP Research Institute has announced the winners of the 2018 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards, which provide institution-wide recognition for exceptional CHOP Research trainees, and create an avenue for mentors to show appreciation for their researchers-in-training.

Graduate Student - Danielle Mor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellows (Co-Winners) - Laura Grafe, PhD and Nathan Roy, PhD
Physician Fellow - Sarah Wood, MD, MSHP

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sought nominations for the award from faculty mentors in three trainee categories: CHOP-based Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Physician Fellow. The four winners were selected after review and voting by members of the Research Trainee Advisory Committee, chaired by Janis Burkhardt, PhD.

Congratulations to our 2018 award winners!

Bioinformatics Scientist II Position Available in Maris Laboratory

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

Position Available: Bioinformatics Scientist II

Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology (Tenure-Track) - Hope College

The Hope College Biology Department invites applicants for a tenure-track at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2018. The ideal candidate will develop a vigorous, externally funded research program that addresses questions of fundamental importance in developmental biology and that engages undergraduate students as active collaborators; generous start-up funds support this endeavor. S/he will be responsible for an upper-level course in developmental biology and will contribute to the introductory biology sequence; teaching advanced courses in her/his area of expertise is possible as well. Depending on research area and qualifications, participation in Hope's Neuroscience and/or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology programs may also be appropriate. Information about the Department of Biology can be found at http://www.hope.edu/academic/biology/.

View the full job posting here

For more information, contact Gerald D. Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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)

PNAS Opinion: The Next Generation Researchers Initiative at NIH

A PNAS article by NIH Deputy Director Mike Lauer, PhD, Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, and Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, discusses the NIH's Next Generation Researchers Initiative, which aims to redistribute funding to reverse trends in the current hypercompetitive environment that lead to an aging biomedical workforce. To do this, the NIH plans to fund 200 more early-career and 200 more mid-career scientists in FY 2017 than were funded in FY 2016. In the near term, money may be redistributed from "recent Congressional budget increases, from lower allocations to institute-initiated research programs, from selected decisions to reduce increments in funding for investigators who are already well funded, and from greater allocations to certain targeted programs."

Applications for 2018 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program due February 2nd

The L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, they've awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants. They're seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Applications for the 2018 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program will open on December 4, 2017 and are due by February 2, 2018.

They invite you to share the attached materials with your community and hope that with your help they can encourage some of your institution's outstanding women postdocs to apply.

Please find more materials below:

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

The application and more information about the L'Oreal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e-mail Rachel Pacifico at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdoc Happy Hour, December 22

Join us for another Postdoc Happy Hour!

Date: Friday, December 22, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: City Tap House, 39th and Walnut Street

UPenn BPP Social Committee

Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

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

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