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August Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, August 17 at 5:30pm. Details below!

Important Announcements

Featured Article

Featured Podcast

Featured Postdoc


Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events


Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training to be Expanded, Renamed to Align with Key Strategic Initiatives at the CHOP Research Institute

Effective July 1, 2018, the Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training will be integrated and renamed. The new Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) will continue the work of both administrative groups, with expanded functions to be rolled out in FY2019 and beyond.

This change reflects an expansion and clarification of the groups' administrative roles at the CHOP Research Institute, and will reside under the purview of Chief Scientific Strategy Officer, Bev Davidson, PhD. This change comes as the result of feedback and suggestions from faculty, investigators and institutional leadership. The reconceptualized office will be led by Wendy Reed Williams, PhD, Senior Director.

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs will include three service tiers: Academic Training, Outreach Programs, and Diversity/Specialty Programs, led by David Taylor, PhD, Jodi Leckrone, MEd, and Paulette McRae, PhD, respectively. The office will continue to manage the key functions of the Offices of Postdoctoral Affairs and Responsible Research Training, including:

  • Postdoctoral affairs administration
  • Management of research training requirements
  • STEM pipeline programming
  • Diversity programming, including administration of the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity and the Diversity Fellowship Advisory Committee
  • Administration of institutional advisory committees, including the Research Education Programs Advisory Committee and the Research Trainee Advisory Committee

Over the course of FY2019, the new office will add to and expand upon its core services for research staff and trainees. New functional areas include an expansion of support services to a wider audience of early-career researchers, the roll out of new research exposure opportunities for science-minded undergraduate and high school students, the development of a formalized diversity support infrastructure at the Research Institute, and the creation of discipline-specific research programs and pilot grant opportunities for scientists-in-training, among others.

Additional information related to this transition and expansion will be shared in coming months. Questions may be directed to Dr. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attention Postdocs: Please Complete the UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Attendance Reporting Survey

CHOP Leadership has negotiated a partnership with the UPenn BPP that allows all CHOP postdoctoral fellows and physician fellows supported by training grants (T32/F32) to access BPP events and UPenn Career Services programming.

Active attendance at BPP events and utilization of related services will ensure that CHOP can maintain this partnership and provide enrollment each year. As a participant in the BPP, you are required to self-report attendance at their events at the end of the programming year (June 2018).  

To maintain good standing as a CHOP-sponsored member of the UPenn BPP, we request that participants attend at least five BPP events and one UPenn Career Services development/counseling session within each year of enrollment.

Extended Deadline: Please complete the attendance reporting survey by Friday, August 17.


Featured Article: Rigorous Resources for Rigorous Research

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Over two years ago, NIH rolled out a policy to enhance reproducibility of its supported research through rigor and transparency. Applicants and reviewers were required to devote more attention to four areas: the rigor of the prior research (scientific premise), the rigor of the proposed research (scientific rigor), consideration of biological variables including sex, and the authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. When the 21st Century Cures Act was passed later that same year, we were required, amongst other things, to assemble a working group of the Advisory Council to the NIH Director (ACD). These experts were charged with recommending ways to further enhance reproducibility of the research we fund, while being informed by the current policy.

Featured Podcast: Understanding What Happens During the Second Round of Peer Review

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Have you ever wondered why your grant application must undergo a separate round of peer reviews - even after a panel of experts initially weighed in on its scientific merit and provided a score to consider when making funding decisions?

August Featured CHOP Postdoc: Carolyn M. Yrigollen, PhD

The August Featured CHOP Postdoc is Carolyn M. Yrigollen, PhD. Carolyn is originally from Madera, California, and she received her PhD from the University of California, Davis. Currently, Carolyn works under the mentorship of Beverly Davidson, PhD. To learn more about Carolyn, please read the August Featured CHOP Postdoc Article!

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

Immigration Seminar by Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

Speaker: Lisa T. Felix, attorney at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018

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

Location: Reunion Auditorium, John Morgan Building

Please attend the Immigration seminar by Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. The talk will be regarding current immigration policy changes that may affect postdocs, visa options for postdocs and Green card applications. The invited speaker is Lisa T. Felix, attorney at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. She has an extensive experience working in higher education, providing immigration services to students, faculty, researchers, and administrators at various universities.

This event is open to all postdocs! Food and drinks will be provided.

Postdocs attending the event will receive a free 15-minute consultation (in person or on the phone).

RSVP is required.

2018-2019 Faculty Luncheon Series

We are pleased to announce that this year's series will consist of 8 sessions as outlined below. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Session 1: Title TBD

Presenter(s): Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Nathan Roy, PhD, Danielle Mor, PhD, and Sarah Wood, MD

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 2: Title TBD

Presenter: Amelia Eisch, PhD

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

Location: CTRB 1200B

Session 3: Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Monogenic Diseases of the Pancreas

Presenter: Paul Gadue, PhD

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 4: Title TBD

Presenter: Alan Flake, MD

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 5: Treating Thalassemia: Thinking 'Out of the Box'

Presenter: Stefano Rivella, PhD

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 6: Uncovering Neuronal Type Specific Vulnerabilities to Childhood Neurodegenerative Disorders

Presenter: Naiara Aquizu-Lopez, PhD

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 7: Mitochondrial Metabolism and Diabetes Prevention

Presenter: Shana McCormack, MD, MTR

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 8: Title TBD

Presenter: Jorge Henao-Mejia, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC

Session 9: Title TBD

Presenter: Louis Ghanem, MD, PhD

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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

Location: ARC 123-ABC


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

2018 Sartorius & Science Prize | Application due October 1, 2018

The Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy is an annual prize aimed at supporting and encouraging scientists focused on basic or translational research that advances medical progress in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Established in 2017, the prize is awarded for outstanding research performed by the applicant and as a mutual endeavor to raise awareness for the field and its fundamental significance for our future.

The winner of the Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy is awarded US$25,000 and a publication of his or her essay in Science. This Grand Prize essay and those of up to three runners-up are also published on Science online. The winner and the runners-up will be invited to attend the formal award ceremony. Furthermore, a 5-year AAAS membership and online subscription to Science, accompanied by other perks and benefits from Sartorius, are awarded!

Click HERE to learn more about the Sartorius & Science Prize.

Apply Now!

RCR Web Site Summer 2018 Feature: What is Your Role in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)?

CHOP is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards in conducting scientific investigations and scholarly activities.

The CHOP Research Institute's RCR Training Policy and Plan outlines the institutional training requirements that apply to faculty, NIH early career investigators, all research trainees and fellows participating in research activities. What are the RCR training requirements? How do they apply to your and your role at CHOP? Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu/ to learn more.

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.

Assistant Clinical Investigator in Maryland

The Metabolic Diseases Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for an Assistant Clinical Investigator from researchers with an MD degree interested in patient-oriented and translational research in thyroid disease. The position is intended for clinical fellows who have completed their subspecialty training and are interested in developing and independent career in clinical research.

To learn more about the position, please click HERE.

Application Deadline: August 14, 2018

Interested applicants should email a curriculum vitae, list of publications, plan for future research, and have three letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Lee S. Weinstein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Building 10, Room 8C101; 10 Center Drive; Bethesda, MD 20892-1752.

Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator in Montana

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure-track/tenure-eligible position to conduct independent research on antibiotic resistance and/or with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB), located on NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories campus in Hamilton, Montana.

To learn more about the position, please email Dr. Frank DeLeo, Chief, LB, at 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.

Application Deadline: August 27, 2018

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tenure-Track Investigator in North Carolina

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services, is inviting applications for a Tenure-Track Investigator in Neuroscience in the Neurobiology Laboratory (NL) within the Division of Intramural Research at the NIEHS in Research Triangle Parl, NC.

To learn more about the position, please email Dr. Jerrel Yakel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

All application materials should be submitted to Ms. Bonnie Earnhardt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars (Tenure-Track)

The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2018 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This is an opportunity for up to 10 years of funding for clinical researchers.

The Lasker Scholars program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development as independent investigators. This unique program provides Scholars with five to seven years of support as an independent principal investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP), followed by 3 years of funding at an extramural research institution. Scholars may also have the opportunity to remain in the IRP rather than leaving for an extramural position, by mutual agreement.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

The application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. The positions will start in 2019, though the start date is flexible. More information and links to the application materials are available HERE.

For questions, contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Director of Program Development and Support, NIH Office of Intramural Research, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Metabolic Diseases

Postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ling Yang in the Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Yang laboratory combines genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and CRISPR-mediated genome engineering to explore the complex regulatory networks of metabolic disorders, and to translate our findings into novel therapeutic approaches for metabolic disorders treatment.

To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing your expertise, CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. Ling Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information regarding the lab's research, please click HERE.

Adjunct Teaching Positions in Bryn Mawr's Psychology Department

The Psychology Department at Bryn Mawr is looking for a few adjuncts to teach courses in the Spring. The courses include Abnormal Psychology and an upper level seminar or two (area is pretty flexible except no straight behavioral neuroscience). Postdocs preferred rather than graduate students. Candidates should be prepared to develop their own teaching materials. Anyone with a strong interest and some stellar teaching skills interested?

If interested, please email Laura Grafe, PhD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Temple University's Physics Department

The Physics Department at Temple University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the field of experimental nuclear physics.

The Temple University nuclear physics group is seeking outstanding candidates to be involved in its Jefferson Lab (JLab) 12 GeV upgrade science program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead some of the upcoming experiments in Hall C lead by the group, threshold J/psi production, VCS, A1n and d2n experiments, to completion. The candidate can also contribute to a variety of other projects as the group is currently focusing on future opportunities with SoLID in Hall A at JLab and at an electron ion collider (EIC). Other activities of the group also involve an R&D effort towards new detector systems that will be used in a high luminosity and high acceptance environment as well as research activities within the CLAS12 collaboration at JLab.

A PhD in nuclear or particle physics is required. The candidate should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. Nikos Sparveris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to start on January 1, 2019 and the candidate is expected to be located at Jefferson Lab.

Coordinator for Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania is seeking an energetic person to serve as the Coordinator for Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives. This person would work with Dr. Janis Burkhardt to coordinate the PennPORT postdoctoral program, an NIH-funded IRACDA program that offers biomedical postdocs an opportunity to develop teaching skills at partner minority serving institutions in addition to conducting research under the direction of PENN faculty. Responsibilities include supporting postdoc training, grant administration, and teaching activities at Penn and the three partner institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware County Community College, and Rutgers University, Camden Campus). In addition, the coordinator will work with the Assistant Dean for Research Training Programs, coordinating efforts to recruit, retain and promote trainees from underrepresented groups of the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs.

For more information, please click HERE.

Penn Neuroscience Office Position - Scientific Administrator

The Department of Neuroscience and the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences at Penn are looking for a Scientific Administrator (SA). This position is ultimately intended as a long-term, full-time position with full Penn staff benefits.

The SA will report to the Chair of the Neuroscience Department/Director of the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS). This position will provide support for the Chair's activities with a special focus on scientific activities, including scientific letter writing, referencing scientific work, aiding with grant proposals, overseeing web-site content, contributing to newsletters, and annual and other reports. The SA also will meet with faculty members related to Department and MINS activities for organizational purposes.

The ideal candidate will have neuroscience expertise and enjoy working and interacting with other scientists and staff. Although manuscript writing experience and a Ph.D. would be preferred, the candidate may have extensive neuroscience work experience and a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree.

Technical expertise is needed to comprehend and manage scientific information and technical writing skills to transform this information into accurate, understandable communications. Previous experience with submission of scientific manuscripts or grant writing/editing preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Endnotes, and Adobe Suite is preferred.

Interested candidates should apply HERE. Search for reference number 4027690.

If you have questions about the position, please contact John Westdyke at 215-898-8820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tenure-Track Clinical Investigator Intramural Research Program, NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a tenure-track clinical investigator to direct an innovative research program within its Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will enhance this collaborative environment through the development of a novel and cutting-edge clinical research program.

Review of applications will begin in mid-April 2018, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, you may contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. The HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

For more information about the position and how to apply, please click HERE.

Senior Scientist Biochemistry/Cell Biology

Would you like to explore the frontiers of biology to discover breakthrough therapies and first-in-class drugs? The ubiquitin pathway is such a frontier; from it a new wave of drugs are emerging http://www.progenra.com/. Senior Scientists at Progenra are expected to translate cellular mechanisms of enzymes that act on ubiquitin into novel and efficacious therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases, including cancer (traditional and immune based therapies), cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A working knowledge of cell and molecular biology and expertise in assay development, screening, target validation, and pharmacodynamics evaluation are advantageous. The senior scientist occupies a leadership position on a team to develop drug discovery technologies and contribute to the company’s business development effort. He/she will be expected and encouraged to write scientific articles and patents and presents data at national and international meetings.

To learn more about the position, click here.

Applications can be submitted online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdoc Positions Available at Jefferson

Several Jefferson labs have available postdoc positions. These positions can be found HERE. The job ID#s when applying through Jefferson’s Human Resources website, can be found HERE.

The Dean's Office of Jefferson's College of Biomedical Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, for example, is looking for an Administrative Postdoctoral Fellow in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. It is a full-time position focusing on career and professional development programming for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For more information regarding this position, please click HERE.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities and Resources

For postdoc funding opportunities and resources, please click HERE.

NIH Announces New Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Fellows

The NIH recently announced that the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels have been increased for FY2018. The new NIH NRSA stipend levels can be found HERE.

According to CHOP policy, salaries for postdoctoral fellows are to be in alignment with the most current NIH NRSA pay scale, based on their years of postdoctoral experience. This policy can be found HERE.

All fellows receiving an annual salary increase on or after July 1, 2018, should be promoted according to this updated scale. In addition, all fellows hired on or after July 1, 2018, should receive a salary based on these guidelines. Please consult your business manager for additional guidance in this matter.

For questions regarding the CHOP postdoc policy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 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)

Visit the Office of Faculty Development Site to see Funding Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development Site provides details regarding Funding Deadlines and Opportunities.

For more information, please click HERE.

For any questions, contact Mary Field (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Postdoc Happy Hour | August, 17 2018

The BPC Social Committee will be hosting the monthly happy hour at the PHS Beer Garden (36th & Filbert St) on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM!

Come join them to meet other friendly Penn/CHOP postdocs, stay up-to-date to BPC activities, and have fun!

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, August 17, 2018

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

Location: PHS Beer Garden (36th & Filbert St.)

Save the date for the next BPC Happy Hour: September 14th

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