In this edition of the Postdoc Update, we've got some new virtual programming coming up in July and August on core skills like grant writing and faculty job searching. Also, mark your calendar for National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) on September 21-25, 2020.
1. Fall Communicating Science Classes open for Postdoc Enrollment
The Alda Center for Communicating Science's core courses are now open for postdoc enrollment. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has an arrangement to designate two "free" spots for postdocs to audit each of the core courses below. Most are one credit and designed to complement a busy schedule.
Postdocs are expected to be full participants in the course, and are limited to one course per semester under this agreement.
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:
JRN 501 FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION I (1 credit)
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
JRN 503 FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION II (1 credit)
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
JRN 513 SCIENCE OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION (1 credit)
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
JRN 522 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE TO DECISION-MAKERS (3 credits)
Section 01 – Thursdays, all semester, 3:00pm-5:50pm, ONLINE
JRN 534 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE USING DIGITAL MEDIA (3 credits)
Section 02 – Asynchronous, all semester, ONLINE
2. The Application Process for an Academic Job, 7/23, 4pm
You are invited to our next workshop on The Application Process for an Academic Job. Led by Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies in the Graduate School at Cornell University, this workshop will help you learn about when to apply for faculty and other academic positions, what documents are required, and how long the process takes.
Date: July 23, 2020
Jobs & Funding
1.AAAS Science Policy Fellowship: Chat on Program Areas, 7/16, 2pm Each year, more than 250 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows contribute their STEM PhD expertise to inform federal policy. Fellows work in Congress, with judges in the judiciary, and in agencies such as NASA, NOAA, the State Department, and the USDA, to name a few. After the fellowship, about 40% of Fellows stay in government, while about 25% return to academe.
Join this webinar and learn about the different types of fellowship placement and how to apply for this career changing experience.
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.
2.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.
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.