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October Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, October 13 at 5:30pm. Details below!


Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events

Register Now: Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture, October 5

Title: Ethics and Pricing of Innovative Drugs
Speaker: Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: CTRB 1200AB

The sixth annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4pm in the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB) conference room 1200B, followed by a reception in the Colket lobby.  The keynote address “Ethics and Pricing of Innovative Drugs” will be presented by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. For more details about this event and to register, please visit https://ehbl.research.chop.edu/.

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ITMAT Symposium, October 16-17

The 2017 ITMAT Symposium will again enlist outstanding speakers from the U.S. and abroad to address topics of direct relevance to translational science. Amongst the topics are the neuroscience of time and space, pain and inflammation and human phenomic science. We will hear of novel translational structures for drug discovery, emerging technologies in translational science and imaginative models of human physiology and disease.

Audience participation will be encouraged both in the discussion periods and in the many unstructured opportunities for interaction at coffee and meal breaks and at the conference dinner. The dinner speaker will be Sir Keith Peters, FRCP, FRS, FMedSCi, Emeritus Regius Professor of Physic, University of Cambridge, Consultant in Clinical Science and Translational Medicine to the Francis Crick Institute.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, October 16–17, 2017

Smilow Center for Translational Research
Rubenstein Auditorium and Lobby
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

View the 2017 Agenda

For more information, visit http://www.itmat.upenn.edu/symposium/.

Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Research Symposium, October 24

Keynote Speaker: Susan Amara, PhD
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Smilow Research Center

The Sixteenth Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium is on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Smilow Center for Translational Research. The symposium will feature research from over 75 postdoctoral fellows at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Susan Amara, PhD, the keynote speaker, is currently the Scientific Director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. The Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Research Symposium is open to all students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/bprs/.

Register Now: Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English 

In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Responsible Research Training is offering a two-session workshop, "Scientific Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English" on November 3 and November 8, 2017. The workshop is designed for research trainees, including postdoctoral fellows, training grant fellows and physician fellows. Mary Blitzer Field, M. Phil., Assistant Director, Office of Faculty Development, is the instructor for both sessions. Participants bring their scientific expertise to the sessions while the instructor brings her expertise in writing. Working together, they analyze sections of biomedical papers to uncover the principles of clear, concise writing, with a special emphasis on language issues that frequently plague non-native English speakers.


Session 1 – Abstracts: Capturing Your Scientific Story

Date: November 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, 1st Floor, Room 124


Trace the underlying anatomy of abstracts from basic science and clinical journals. Learn to write abstracts that present scientific stories economically while convincing readers of their novelty and impact. Sample language issues: When is it right to use “a”…“the”? How do verb tense and verb voice differ? What are some myths about the much maligned passive voice?


Session 2 – Introductions: Engaging Your Reader

Date: November 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Abramson Research Center, 1st Floor, Room 124


Trace the story lines of introductions for both hypothesis-testing and descriptive papers. Learn to write introductions that awaken readers’ interest and prepare them for the content that follows. Sample language issues: Why do verb tenses shift in Introductions? How can sentence structure create a sense of inevitable movement forward?


How to Register

Send your name, department/division, email address and phone number to Janet Stuart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series - Joseph Barber, PhD, November 15
Title: Postdoc Seminar Series: Preparing for an Academic or Expanded Scientific Job Search

Speaker: Joseph Barber, PhD, Senior Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Career Services

Date: November 15, 2017

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

Location: Colket Translational Research Building, Room 1100B

Attention Mentors: 2018 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards - Call for Nominations, Deadline Extended to October 4

Attention Mentors: Nominate Your Postdoc, Physician Fellow, or Graduate Student as a Distinguished CHOP Research Trainee

The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Distinguished Research Trainee Award call for nominations. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding research trainees at the CHOP Research Institute.

Mentors are encouraged to nominate their exemplary trainees (postdoctoral fellows, medical/physician fellows, or CHOP-based graduate students) for this award. One winner will be selected from each trainee pool. Selected trainees will be featured on the OPA’s Research Trainee Web Portal, be recognized with an award certificate at 2018 CHOP Research Poster Day, and receive a monetary prize.

The nomination deadline is extended to October 4, 2017.

For more information, eligibility requirements and instructions on how to nominate a trainee, visit http://training.research.chop.edu/current-trainee-home/career-support-center/774-2018-chop-distinguished-research-trainee-awards-call-for-applications.html.  

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: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
RCR 2: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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

RCR Web Site October 2017 Feature: Unconscious Bias in Science

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


The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. 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.



Be a Featured CHOP Postdoc! - Call for Submissions Now Open

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. In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we will recognize a new postdoc in our announcements each month, beginning in September. 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

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Application Deadline is November 1

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Each year, STPF adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and citizens around the world.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply

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

The Hope College Biology Department invites applications for a tenure-track position 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..

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

CHOP Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a joint effort between the two institutions. Though CHOP and Penn are independent entities; together they create a rich intellectual and scientific community, sharing several departments, faculty and resources. CHOP and Penn partner to fund the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity.

The call for applications is now open. Graduate students earning their doctoral degree before the program start date (July 2018) and early stage postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellows who have been at CHOP less than one year at the time of application are eligible, however preference will be given to external candidates.

Please click here for more information.

NIH Accepting Loan Repayment Program Applications Beginning September 1

On September 1, the National Institutes of Health will begin accepting applications for its five Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).

To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40 hour work week) to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (federal, state or local), and have educational loans debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a U.S. national to be eligible.

The LRP application deadline is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH Loan Repayment Program Website, http://www.lrp.nih.gov/. For an online application, program information, or other assistance, visit the LRP website, http://www.lrp.nih.gov/, call 866-849-4047, or send e-mail inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHOP’s institutional contact is Pearl Ben-Gadson, who can be reached 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)

Postdoc Happy Hour, October 13

Join us for another Postdoc Happy Hour!

Date: Friday, October 13, 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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