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UPDATE July 30, 2020

SBU Events & Classes

  1. Grant Writing 1: Kickstart Your Funding Search, Monday, Aug 3, 1pm
  2. Postdoc Spots Still Available for Fall Communicating Science Courses

Jobs and Funding

  1. Life Science Adjuncts Needed for Fall at LIU

Other Events & Classes

  1. NPA Career Panel, Aug 5: What is a Research Development Professional? (repost)
  2. SUNY Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals, Aug 13-14 (repost)
  3. RF Summer Learning Workshops on Teamwork & Time Management

SBU Events & Classes

1. Grant Writing 1: Kickstart Your Funding Search, Monday, Aug 3, 1pm

Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development is offering our three-part workshop series for graduate students and postdocs in any discipline. This semester's installment will be completely online.

Please join us for the first of these three workshops: "Kickstart Your Funding Search." In this workshop, you will learn how to conduct a more effective fellowships and grants search and identify the right research funding for you.

Grant Writing Workshop Series Part 1: Kickstart Your Funding Search
Monday, August 3
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Offered via Zoom and registration required, please click here.  

Be sure to mark your calendars for the two remaining workshops in this series:

Part 2: How to Pitch Your Research to Reviewers on August 10
Part 3: The Art of the Personal Statement on August 17

Details available on our website:

2. Postdoc Spots Still Available for Fall Communicating Science Courses

Register now for the Alda Center for Communicating Science's core courses, which will take place in both online and in-person formats. 

Most are one credit and designed to complement a busy schedule. 

To Enroll: E-mail the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs with your course choice.
Course enrollment is first come, first served. 

Courses: We currently have two postdoc spots available in each of the following course sections: 

Section 02 – Fridays, Aug 28, Sept 4; 9:15am-5:15pm, IN PERSON 
Section 03 – Saturdays, Sept 12, 19; 9:00am-5:00pm, IN PERSON

Section 01 – Tuesdays, Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20; 3:00pm-5:50pm, ONLINE
Section 02 – Thursdays, Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22; 3:00pm-5:50pm, ONLINE
Section 03 – Mondays, Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19; 2:40pm-5:30pm, ONLINE

Section 01 – Asynchronous the weeks of Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, ONLINE
Section 02 – Asynchronous the weeks of Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, ONLINE

Section 01 – Thursdays, all semester, 3:00pm-5:50pm, ONLINE

Section 02 – Asynchronous, all semester, ONLINE

See course descriptions & detail by downloading the full schedule.

Jobs & Funding

1. Life Science Adjuncts Needed for Fall at LIU

Long Island University-Post campus in Brookville, NY is looking for adjuncts instructors with training in microbiology (preferred) or life sciences to teach our undergraduate Microbiology in Health sciences lectures and labs. These positions come with generous adjunct rates paid by contact hours.

LIU plans to hold in-person lectures and labs while following social distancing policies. The chosen adjunct/s will meet with department faculty to go over and modify any safety procedures they wish to incorporate into the lab.

The initial schedule of courses is:
Lecture M/W 9:30-10:50 (3 contact hrs a week)
Labs: M or W: 11-1:45 or Tu: 9:30-12:20.

There might be changes to this schedule as LIU awaits further social distancing guidelines from NYS state.

To Apply: Interested candidates can send in their CV and a short cover letter to Asst Professor (and former SBU postdoc!) Vinaya Sampath at


Other Events & Classes 

1. NPA Career Panel, Aug 5: What is a Research Development Professional?

Join the next National Postdoctoral Association myPostdoc Monthly:
Research Development: A Career for Planners, Strategists and Figure-it-outers

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at noon ET

Two roads diverged after a postdoc, and we took the one non-traditionally travelled. Research development professionals (RDP), like the ones on this panel, make team science happen by guiding scientists through the process of idea generation, building collaborations, identifying relevant funding sources, preparing (e.g., writing, critiquing, peer reviewing, editing, and project managing) grant applications, assisting with successful execution of research projects, completing grant terms, and preparing progress reports and manuscripts. Postdoctoral training confers effective and highly transferable skills that make postdocs valuable as RDP candidates.

In this presentation, three former postdocs who transferred to a RD career will share their knowledge, experiences and the unique challenges that each faced during their transition to help interested postdocs learn how to navigate this less well-known career path.

Login and Register HERE

Not an NPA member yet? Sign up for you free affiliate membership through our institutional sustaining membership using your institutional email address. 

SUNY Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals, Aug 13-14

Sign up by JULY 31 for this excellent virtual workshop sponsored by the SUNY Office of Research and Economic Development.  

Presented by Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals will cover writing strategies for specific aims, research strategy, scientific premise, rigor and reproducibility, compelling project summaries, and strategies for re-submission.

Workshop Overview and Agenda 

Dates: August 13-14, 2020
Registration Deadline: July 31, 2020

Cost:  $100 for first-time participants - includes shipping and fee for the required Grant Application Writer’s Workbook; $10 for participants who have already taken the workshop and who are not required to purchase the workbook. All participants must have a copy of the workbook (version NIH 5.20) in order to follow along with the workshop. The registration fee also covers the cost of the handout, which is a separate document that will be referenced during the event.


3. RF Summer Learning Workshops on Teamwork & Time Management

Hell Yeah Teams: 8/05 ~ 10:30AM-12:00PM
The zombie apocalypse is real. They walk among us – you may even be infected. The infection that is employee disengagement and it bleeds companies of productivity, profits and their best talents. Attend this session and inoculate yourself today!

Organizing Time, Tasks & Projects: 9/02 ~10:30AM-12:00PM
Become an organizational pro! Get more productivity from your day by applying proven methods of addressing the never-ending influx of email, tasks, meetings and unexpected disruptions.
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