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November Announcements

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


Career Development and Training

Job Openings

Funding Support

Social Events

Effective Strategies for the Academic Job Search: Crafting a Research Statement - November 15

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

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

Location: CTRB 1100B

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What is the main purpose of a research statement? How can you make your research statement work with your other application materials when applying for faculty positions?

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Format your research statement to convey your future research potential
  • Talk about your research in CV, cover letter, and teaching philosophy without being repetitive
  • Adapt your research statement for different types of academic institutions

For more information, visit the CHOP Research Trainee Portal at http://training.research.chop.edu/ or contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.

Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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, November 17, 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.

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

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 Monday, November 27, 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..

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 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 November 2017 Feature: Collaborative Science

What is the most important element involved in establishing and maintaining successful scientific collaborations? Tell us what you think by participating in the November opinion poll at the RCR Web Site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu/. This month, learn how to establish and maintain many types of successful research collaborations.

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. 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

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..

NIH Loan Repayment Program Applications Due November 15

The National Institutes of Health is 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, November 17

Join us for another Postdoc Happy Hour!

Date: Friday, November 17, 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+.