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December Announcements

*PLEASE NOTE: The December monthly Postdoc Happy Hour has been cancelled.*


Announcements from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs

Important Announcement

Featured Article

Featured Research Trainee

Events

Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events


ERG Gift/Toy Drive for Homeless Families in Local Shelters

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring its annual ERG Gift/Toy Drive benefiting families in CHOP's Homeless Health Initiative.

For additional information about the drive, please click HERE.

To enter, simply donate your unwrapped gift at one of these locations:

  • Wanamaker Building (9th floor North Tower Elevator Lobby): Tuesday, December 4th, 10am-12pm
  • Roberts Center Building (1st floor lobby): Wednesday, December 5th, 11am-1pm
  • Main Hospital (Main Atrium by staircase): Friday, December 7th, 1pm-3pm

Please join us as we help to make the holidays special for families living in local homeless shelters!


Featured Article: Nature: The Quest for Postdoctoral Independence

A Nature Career Feature discusses the difficult terrain postdocs face on the path to independence, having to "navigate often-tricky power dynamics, consider the attitudes and intentions of potential supervisors before joining a lab, set boundaries and, in some cases, learn how to say no." The article gives advice on how to investigate a lab before joining, mentoring junior lab members, and seeking funding and strategic additional projects to pursue independent goals.


December Featured CHOP Research Trainee: Lucia M. Gayosso Miranda, PhD

The December Featured CHOP Research Trainee is Lucia M. Gayosso Miranda, PhD. To learn more about Lucia's and her amazing achievements, continue reading below.

 

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Degree: PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine

Institution: University of the Basque Country, Spain

Primary Research Mentor at CHOP: John H. Wolfe, MVD, PhD

Co-Mentor: Naiara Akizu, PhD

Research Project: Lucia's group at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia focuses on pursuing therapeutic neuroscience objectives involving Neural Stem Cell (NSCs) transplantation and Gene therapy. The focus of Lucia's current basic and translational research is on the development of genetically modified hiPSC-Derived Neural Stem Cells (hiPSC-NSCs) for direct engraftment into murine brain. She reproduced and improved neural protocols, in order to obtain high quality neural progenitor cultures that surprisingly keep the progenitor fate and proliferate for several months. This is a great benefit for long term studies given that most of the neural stem cells self-differentiate after 10 weeks in culture approximately. The goal now is to test if these cell progenitors differentiate in vivo as efficiently as previously published, as well as determine if different spatial patterns of engraftment, cell distribution and cell survival occur after cell injection into different brain structures.

Biggest Accomplishment at CHOP: Involved in acquiring preliminary data essential to NIH I-Grant funding on first submission, "Models of canine retinal disease for the regeneration of translational photoreceptors."

Career Aspiration: To lead a Biotechnology translational research group

Originally From: Mexico City

Favorite TV Show: National Geographic

Last Book Read: The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Favorite Song: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

Stress Relievers: Sing opera, paint, run long distance, skiing and do outdoor activities

Dream Travel Destination: Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska & Santa Maria Xoxoteco in Hidalgo, Mexico

 

Would you like to have your achievements recognized at CHOP? The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs is accepting submissions for a monthly featured research trainee. We hope that this effort will bring together our community of research trainees.

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.


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 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.


Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) Fellowship Program | Application Deadline December 3, 2018

The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs is currently accepting applications for the Advanced Career Exploration (ACE) Fellowship Program. The ACE Fellowship is an evolution of institute's successful Research Administration Fellowship Program, with additional opportunities to explore administrative careers beyond the research umbrella.

The deadline for application is Monday, December 3, 2018 at 12:00pm. For eligibility requirements, click HERE.

The ACE Fellowship Program is designed to provide critical, CV-building experience in various areas of administration:

  • Education and training
  • Faculty affairs
  • Community relations and advocacy
  • Technology transfer
  • Compliance
  • Research safety
  • Many more!

Fellows work to generate and execute impactful projects in these areas under the direction of their fellowship project mentors and with support from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs. 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.

Interested candidates can learn more about the program and application process HERE.

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


Seminars at Yale Neuroscience: Advanced Postdoc Extramural Series | Application Deadline December 15, 2018

Who: Postdocs with 3 or more years of experience from all areas of neuroscience

What: A seminar series of advanced postdoctoral research

Why: Present your research. Expand your network. Engage with the Yale Community.

Hosted by the Neuroscience Department and Kavil Institute for Neuroscience at Yale. If selected, travel and accommodation costs will be covered. International applications are welcome. We strongly encourage applications from women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups.

To learn more about the seminar series, click HERE.  


RCR Web Site December 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.


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: Thursday, January 31, 2019

RCR 2: Thursday, March 14, 2019

RCR 1: Friday, April 5, 2019

RCR 2: Friday, May 17, 2019


R User Group | December Meeting

Topic: R User Group Meeting - Analysis with R

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Roberts Center, Room 1120A

Do you use R for data analysis? Curious about R and how to learn it? You might benefit from CHOP's newly launched R User Group. This group meets twice monthly -- once with a technical infrastructure meeting (how to use R in teams, how to deploy servers, etc.) and once with R basics (how to get started with R, how to visualize data, etc.). There's a shared code repository on CHOP's GitHub instance, as well as a Slack workplace where you can ask questions or share your own insights.

If you're already a Slack user, you can add yourself to the workspace with your CHOP email address! Just click on your name, then "Sign in to another workspace," then "Find workspace." Click through until you can add your CHOP email address, and you'll see us, the "CHOP R User Group."

Not a Slack user? Reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an invite link or to find out more about the group. Slides from previous user group meetings, code snippets, package suggestions, and more are all on our Slack workspace.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience at Quinnipiac University

The Department of Psychology at Quinnipiac University is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience to begin Fall 2019. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in behavioral neuroscience as well as some combination of required sequence courses (Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Introductory and Advanced Research Methods, and Senior Capstone). The department is particularly interested in an individual with a research specialization in behavioral, clinical, or molecular neuroscience using traditional or nontraditional animal models or human subjects.

For more information about the position and applying, please click HERE.


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 learn about the MBL courses, click HERE.


AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant's career path while increasing the public's understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.

2019 application available between October 16 - January 15!


Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

The Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives Coordinator will report to the Principal Investigator of the PennPORT postdoctoral program. The coordinator will coordinate all aspects of the PennPORT postdoctoral program, including supporting postdoc training, grant administration, and teaching activities at the three partner institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware County Community College, and Rutgers University, Camden Campus). 75 percent of this position is as a program assistant to an NIH-funded IRACDA program, PENN-PORT, which offers biomedical postdocs an opportunity to develop teaching skills at partner minority serving institutions in addition to biomedical research training under the direction of a PENN faculty member in the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Wistar Institute, or the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to these activities, the coordinator will report to the Assistant Dean for Research Training Programs, coordinating efforts to recruit, retain and promote trainees from underrepresented groups for the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP).

To learn more about this position and how to apply, please click HERE.


Part-Time Anatomy and Physiology & Chemistry Faculty

The Delaware County Community College is looking for part-time Anatomy and Physiology & Chemistry faculty. If you or someone you know might be interested and qualified (Master-level or above) please apply below. There are both daytime and evening sections still to staff.

Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry

If you have questions you are welcome to reach out to the Assistant Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(610-359-5293) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (610-359-5282).


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.


Postdoctoral Positions Available in Circadian Biology of the Lung

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

The Sengupta lab studies the effect of circadian disruption on lung health at different stages of life, using different models for the same. We are currently investigating mechanisms by which circadian rhythms influence and modify lung inflammation and airway hyper-reactivity in an influenza model. To approach this problem, we have been/will use various tissue specific and conditional circadian knock-out models as well as classic circadian disruption models. Further, we are interested in studying the effect of early life exposures on the development and function of the circadian system.

We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to join our team. Experience in circadian biology is not a necessity. Experience in basic molecular biology is needed; other skills in immunology will be an advantage, but not necessary. PhD, MD or MD/PhD required.

Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your email, include the following:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • A short summary of your present and future research interests
  • A list of up to three references

CHOP and Penn adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


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.


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.


Burroughs Welcome Funding Postdocs and Physician-Scientists

The Burroughs Welcome Fund (BWF) has two open funding opportunities to support postdoctoral researchers and physician-scientists. The BWF is offering up to 12 awards to support career development of $60,000 over three years for its Postdoctoral Enrichment Program, which is intended as a supplemental award for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in biomedical or medical research. Proposals are due January 16, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Through their Physician-Scientist Institutional Program, the BWF is offering support to up 5 MD-only scientists for $2.5 million each to "pursue training that will enable her/him to launch and continue a successful career as an independent investigator." Proposals are due February 15, 2019 at 4:00pm.


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.).


Postdoc Happy Hour | Cancelled for December

The December Postdoc Happy Hour has been cancelled. Stay tuned for the January date!