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This page is not a job board but rather is intended to provide links to special opportunities, such as prizes, awards, and professional development workshops.

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May 2015


May 7, 2015

Journal of Postdoctoral Research, Postdoc of the Month Award

Journal of Postdoctoral Research is a professional peer-reviewed multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Open Access international publication as a face of postdoctoral research. The Journal has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers,
spread over 20 issues, since its launch and has the capacity to assign a DOI within 24 hours of publishing an article. Google Scholar and ResearchGate index all articles published in Journal of Postdoctoral Research.

The Journal is now accepting applications for the “Postdoc of the Month” award. Postdocs from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

The award will highlight an outstanding postdoc in ANY field based on 3 primary criteria:

  1. Publication record as a  postdoc
  2. Awards, fellowships, grants, other recognitions (e.g. patents) received as a postdoc
  3. Dedication to the betterment of the postdoc and/or scientific community

The awardees will have their research profile showcased in that month’s issue of the Journal to recognize their achievements. The awardee will be invited to write a “Spotlight” article (review, original research, or methods paper) featured in a future edition of Journal of Postdoctoral Research. In addition, all winners will be considered for the Postdoc of theYear award based on a committed involvement to the continued growth of the Journal.

Download the flier for more information on applying.


February 2015

February 17, 2015

STEM CELL CONFERENCE – July 27-30, 2015

The University of Vermont College of Medicine is pleased to present our biannual international workshop "Stem Cells, Cellular Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Lung Diseases," to be held at the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. The goal of the conference is to provide a comprehensive overview with focus towards how advances in stem cell, cell therapy, and lung bioengineering research can be applied to lung biology and diseases.

TRAVEL AWARDS:  12 Travel Awards will be presented based on a blinded review by the awards committee. Each travel award will include payment or reimbursement of the registration fee, lodging for the duration of the conference and travel. The travel awards will include Oral Awards, a Minority/Disability Award and Poster Awards.

Link to: Conference website

January 2015

January 29, 2015

Sense About Science USA workshop

Sense About Science USA ( will be running a free science media workshop on Friday, February 13 in San Jose. The workshop is aimed at early career researchers in all sciences, engineering or medicine.



Are you under pressure to engage with the media? Short on time or feel you're not an expert? This workshop will address those concerns, equip you to address scientific misconceptions, and help you communicate good science and evidence to a wider audience.


San Jose: 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 (ZERO1 Gallery: 439 S 1st St, San Jose, CA)


Calling all early career researchers in the Bay Area working in science, engineering and medicine. This free, half day workshop will close with an Ask for Evidence launch event and drinks reception from 5:30 p.m. with speakers and guests from the AAAS Annual Meeting. Space is limited and are awarded on a first come first serve basis, so apply soon.


A chance to hear from a panel of experts including a scientist, journalist, and a media relations officer, who will share insights and ask questions about communicating science to the public and respond to concerns about participating in public debates about science.


The workshop is also an opportunity to get involved in Ask for Evidence, a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies. Even in the campaign’s modest form, organizations have changed advertising, product claims have been withdrawn, politicians have apologized and vulnerable patients have been helped.


For more information and to sign up, please go to:


January 22, 2015 

Single Cell Transcriptomics Workshop

Could single cell transcriptomics advance your research?

Learn advanced techniques for single cell isolation, RNA amplification and gene expression profiling by RNA-seq from leaders in the field at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Program in Single Cell Biology.

Techniques include:

  • Single cell isolation – patch pipette, Isoraft, Fluidigm C1
  • RNA amplification – linear amplification (aRNA), Smart-seq
  • Image-based methods
  • RNA-seq library preparation
  • Basic informatics

Participants may bring their own samples, on consultation with the course instructors.

Dates: Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8, 2015

Location: The University of Pennsylvania

Workshop fee: $300

Dormitory housing: $300

Course instructors: Dr. James Eberwine, Dr. Junhyong Kim, Dr. Catherine Moorwood and others.

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Places are limited. To apply, go to Faculty, trainees and graduate students based at US institutions are eligible. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, March 9, 2015. Payment is required to secure your place.

A limited number of travel grants are available for scientists who are female and/or from an under-represented minority.

Contact: Catherine Moorwood, D.Phil., Assistant Director of Programs, Penn Program in Single Cell Biology ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and the Penn Program in Single Cell Biology.

January 14, 2015

Webinar: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals: A Patient Safety Emergency

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Pacific; 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. GMT)

Free registration at:

Antibiotic resistance is a problem of global and increasing importance. The antibiotic pipeline is nearly empty and although there is research currently underway along with regulatory, clinical and political efforts to regenerate antibacterial drug discovery and development, it will be many years before these efforts yield results. Conservation of effective antimicrobial agents is essential, and a range of global and regional authorities such as the World Health Organization have identified antimicrobial stewardship as one of the key interventions in combating antimicrobial resistance. Healthcare professionals trained in antimicrobial stewardship policies and practices, largely working within multi-professional teams to implement and measure the impact of interventions, are relatively scarce as are the existing infrastructure and resources to support them. Therefore, it is essential that these professionals develop the stewardship skills necessary to produce change and implement antimicrobial stewardship practices across a range of healthcare settings, systems, geographies and cultures. In this webinar, Dr. Dilip Nathwani (Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK), a global leader in the field, will outline some of the key issues involved in antimicrobial stewardship.

Dr. Nathwani will answer questions from webinar attendees so be sure to attend and get answers from an expert!

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The need for stewardship and its goals [hospital perspective only]
  • The evidence based to support stewardship interventions [the tool kit]
  • The structures for implementing stewardship
  • Implementing stewardship and optimizing antibiotic use by improving the effectiveness of interventions through a range of implementation strategies that employ techniques such as guidelines, audit and feedback, social and behavioral science, improvement science, and change management etc. supported by education
  • Measuring and auditing the quantity and quality of antibiotic use, use of indicators for improvement and scrutiny, the important role of feedback

Who Should Attend:

  • The potential role on biomarkers and rapid diagnostics in supporting stewardship
  • Healthcare professionals (doctors, pharmacists, nurses)
  • Decision makers with regard to antimicrobial prescribing
  • Patient safety and risk management staff
  • Those working within infection prevention and control


SAVE THE DATE: Tues, Jan. 20, 2015 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern) – Register for the Current Protocols FREE WEBINAR on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals. In this exclusive webinar, Dr. Dilip Nathwani (Ninewells Hospital; Dundee, UK) will discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship policies and practices, and the issues associated with effective implementation. Find out more here -

Dr. Nathwani will answer questions from webinar attendees so be sure to attend and get answers from an expert!

TWITTER: Tues, Jan. 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Current Protocols WEBINAR on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

FREE registration:


2015 Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) Forum

The 2015 Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) Forum is right around the corner and we want you to be there! Each year PAN invites postdoctoral researchers to submit abstracts for consideration for the highly anticipated Postdoctoral Investigator Poster Session at the PAN Forum.

PAN is offering up to 18 postdoctoral fellows the chance to present their posters in a reception session designed for invited guests and Forum attendees. Invited guests will include members of the Parkinson's disease community such as patient advocates, doctors, therapists, pharmaceutical companies, and health professionals.

For the 18 selected individuals, PAN will pay the registration fee, transportation (airfare, train ticket, or bus fare) to the Forum, and hotel costs at the Washington Plaza Hotel during their stay in Washington. Fellows who present their research at the Poster Session are asked to participate in the Forum, including meetings on Capitol Hill.

Poster Requirements:  Researchers interested in this opportunity should submit an abstract of their work by 5 PM ET on January 23, 2015Apply Now.

  • Abstracts must be based on research performed in U.S.-based labs.
  • The postdoctoral fellow who attends the Forum and presents the poster must be an author of the work.
  • Posters must present findings with direct implications for Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonisms.
  • The abstract must include results.
  • Posters cannot promote a particular commercial product or service.
  • In addition to your original abstract submission, you will be asked to provide a lay-language summary of your work to ensure all attendees are able to understand the importance of your work for the Parkinson's community.

All applicants who wish to be considered for this opportunity must apply no later than January 23, 2015 by 5 PM ETApply Now. Please forward this opportunity to individuals you think may be interested and help us make this event a success yet again! Contact Cheyenne Williams at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 202-638-4101 x111 if you have any questions.



Fulbright Postdoctoral Grant Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is eager to engage postdoctoral and early career academics, offering opportunities in a range of countries and fields.

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Grant lengths range from one semester to 20 months, depending on the host country.

Postdoctoral/early career grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations.

For more information, including a list of countries offering Fulbright Scholar postdoctoral opportunities, visit:

Pubget is a life science literature search tool similar to PubMed. Unlike PubMed, with Pubget, the search results are complete papers-not abstracts. Each paper in a search is displayed as a PDF, thus allowing users to quickly and efficiently save and print papers from journals such as Nature, Science and Cell (in fact, our database is comprised of everything in PubMed). Pubget is free to use (although a user's institution needs a subscription to use Pubget) and currently has more than 800,000 unique users from more than 500+ institutions accessing the site each month.

 core_final_816Ethics CORE will develop, gather, preserve and provide comprehensive access to resources related to professional and research ethics for many audiences. It will provide information and expertise for instructors who teach ethics, students with questions about research integrity, researchers and engineers who encounter ethical challenges in practice, administrators in universities and businesses who oversee ethics and compliance policies, scholars who conduct research on professional and research ethics, and others with questions or interests in these areas using a variety of tools including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. These resources come from contributors in our scientific community, and are used by visitors from all over the world.

Ethics CORE investigators hail from diverse backgrounds, including business, law, civil engineering, education, electrical and computer engineering and library sciences. Other partners bring strengths across the range of disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation and beyond.

Become a Character in an Interactive Movie Simulating Responsible Conduct of Research Topics

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. In the movie you assume the role of four characters confronted with the pressures of working in a research laboratory. For complete details about this interactive movie visit

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemists Committee

The Younger Chemists Committee advocates for and provides resources to early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields. The YCC addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within the ACS and serves as a voice to the Society on behalf of younger chemists.

Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository that helps scientists share their published plasmids. Addgene helps depositing scientists by archiving their DNA samples and handling plasmid requests. Addgene is also a great resource for scientists that need plasmids because we provide a searchable database of sequence-verified samples. Addgene currently has over 10,000 plasmids stored, and has shipped close to 100,000 samples to scientists around the world.

LabLife provides free lab management software to biology research labs. LabLife helps scientists organize materials and data, organize lab ordering, analyze sequences, and more. It's perfect for post-docs who want to help their current labs get organized or who are looking for free IT infrastructure as they start their own labs.

The New York City postdoctoral community has established an Internet platform which promotes cross-institutional collaboration for improving the lives and training of more than three thousand postdocs living in the NYC area. Follow this link:

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