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 April 2014

April 14, 2014

Annual Postdoc Conference & Career Fair

A conference and career fair for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C. area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. This event exposes area postdoctoral fellows in the S.T.E.M. fields to the many career options (e.g., government, private sector, entrepreneurship) that are available to them.

The career fair portion connects local job-seeking postdocs with companies seeking that level of talent.

Bethesda North Marriott/Montgomery County Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, MD 20852

April 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


April 8, 2014

Centricity Series - Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care - April 23, 2014

Centricity Series on Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care, will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.

Register here:


HEAL-X Program at Tulane University

The HEAL-X Program at the Tulane School of Medicine is an expedited 3 ½- year program for those with Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences who would like to pursue an M.D. degree. Each year, up to 15 qualified students are accepted into a small cohort which learns using the ‘flipped classroom’ model. Using outcome-based learning objectives, students prepare materials outside of class, and then meet with faculty in interactive sessions that employ problem-based learning, team-based learning, and other interactive learning methods. Early clinical exposure is used throughout the first 18 months to emphasize and integrate the clinical application of basic science.

Application deadline for the January 2015 class is July 31st. For more information visit their website or contact Mary Tigner-Rasanen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 1, 2014

NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop

The NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop is planned for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 through Friday, October 3, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. They have hosted two very successful NextProf workshops over the past two years. For more details on NextProf 2014 and to nominate someone, please click on .

They are seeking the very best senior doctoral candidates, postdocs and recent graduates meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participants should be an underrepresented minority as defined by the National Science Foundation framework for broadening participation: individuals who belong to underrepresented groups, e.g., Alaska Native, Native American, Blacks or African American, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; and
  • Participants should be interested in/thinking about an academic career in engineering and science at an exceptional research or teaching institution.

All travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the selected participants.

If you should have any question about the event, please feel free to contact Alec at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 March 2014

March 12, 2014

Women in Research Travel Grant Application

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cayman Chemical is offering one woman in research a travel grant of up to $500 to be used towards a conference of her choice. To apply, fill out this application form by March 31st, 2014: To be eligible, applicants must be women in research who are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who intend to use the travel grant for a conference or meeting within the United States by December 31, 2014. The winner will be chosen under Cayman’s discretion in early April and announced on Facebook April 15, 2014.

March 10, 2014

Registration is Open for the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute

On behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is organizing the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions and Preparation. The Institute will be held on June 5-6, 2014 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located in Bethesda, MD.

While the transition to independence is a challenge for all postdocs, young investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences may have an especially difficult time finding and establishing themselves in their first independent positions. To prepare early career investigators of diverse backgrounds for this transformation, the Institute will bring together approximately 120 postdocs and a distinguished group of outstanding researchers, prominent scientific administrators, and nationally recognized career development experts to discuss key issues related to the cultivation of a successful career in science. The Institute is intended for postdocs; however, new assistant professors (within one year of completion of postdoctoral training) will also be considered, space permitting. To download the Institute registration/travel award application and view the preliminary agenda, please visit the registration website -

Participants will be required to pay a $25 registration fee upon selection; however, all eligible applicants (those not receiving federal funding and other criteria) who are selected to participate will receive travel awards (maximum $1,250). The application receipt deadline date is April 18, 2014

March 6, 2014

Naturejobs Career Expo - Boston 2014

May 20th 2014 - John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

The inaugural Naturejobs Career Expo Boston aims to promote global career opportunities in science, be it in industrial research, research organizations or academia. It presents the best opportunities from the best organizations: public, private, national and international.

Jobseekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. In addition, the conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice and allow attendees to learn about their career development from speakers active in a range of disciplines, organizations and countries. The program includes sessions for graduates and postdocs, skills workshops and talks on careers in a range of industries.

Naturejobs Career Expo Boston follows on the continued success of the Naturejobs Career Expo in London, now in its seventh year; the Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK's largest career fair and conference focused exclusively on the scientific world.

Attendance to the Naturejobs Career Fair and Conference is FREE, but registration is required to attend.


February 2014

February 25, 2014

The Muscle Microenvironment: A niche for the next generation of biomedical scientists

"The Muscle Microenvironment: A niche for the next generation of biomedical scientists" will be held May 12, 2014 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The goal of this national conference is to bring together and inspire the next generation of muscle biologists. The conference will feature successful postdoc speakers who recently published in high impact journals sharing their science and experiences. In addition, a career development panel made up of experienced individuals representing technology marketing and licensing, pharmaceutical industry, and science writing will discuss what these careers entail and how one might get into these careers. Participants will also have the chance to present and discuss their work during a poster session. Networking as well as the presentation and discussion of possible career paths and opportunities shall help to support and encourage graduate students and postdocs on the path towards a scientific career.

Register today! Registration and further information are available here: or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us for the first edition of this unique scientific conference organized FOR trainees BY trainees!

February 20, 2014

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 2014 Science Research Conference Series

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)  is in its 32nd year of organizing the Science Research Conference Series. In 2014, they are presenting 35 throughout the United States, the Bahamas and Italy. These small conferences are a great way for postdocs to network for either another postdoc or new faculty positions. FASEB is in the process of recruiting more junior trainees to participate in their meetings in hopes that as they move further into their academic careers will  become future faculty organizers.

The full listing for 2014 can be found here

February 10, 2014

Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK

Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK, is an ebook for American academics looking for work in the UK. This ebook explores the advantages and challenges facing academics from the United States when they are considering moving to the UK for work. It offers a step by step guide including top tips to help you to maximise your chances in the UK academic job market.

Read more here: Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK ebook

February 5, 2014

Research in Progress Luncheon

The Clinical and Translational Science Center of the Weill Cornell Medical College Research In Progress Luncheon will take place Friday, February 21, 2014, from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at 525 E. 68th Street, 2nd floor, Payson Solarium (P-224). The event will be hosted by Yuan-Shan Zhu, Ph.D.

The luncheon will feature tresentations by CTSC trainees and scholars.

"Prediction of acute hepatitis C treatment response in patients with HIV"
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Leah Burke, M.D.

"The Retinoblastoma Survivor Study (RBSS): Chronic Medical Conditions and General Health Status of Adult Survivors of Retinoblastoma”
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Danielle Novetsky Friedman, M.D.

"Intestinal Microbiota and Acute Rejection of Renal Allografts"
CTSC KL2 scholar – John Lee, M.D.

“Parathyroid Hormone Enhances Osseointegration of an Intra-articular Titanium Implant in a Novel Mouse Model”
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Xu Yang, M.D.

Please RSVP by February 19, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Light refreshments will be served.


February 3, 2014

Funding Opportunity Announcement for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce Program

The NIH Common Fund's Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program announces a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awards. These awards will support the development of novel ideas in graduate training and workforce development: RFA-RM-13-019 NIH Director's Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST).

The purpose of this FOA is to seek out, identify, and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can pursue and that are needed for a robust biomedical research enterprise. Collaborations with non-academic partners are encouraged to ensure experts from a broad spectrum of research-intensive and research-related careers contribute to coursework, rotations, internships or other forms of exposure. This program will establish a new paradigm for graduate and postdoctoral training; awardee institutions will work together to define needs and share best practices.

Key features of this FOA:

  • Applications responsive to this FOA should provide opportunities to acquire a working knowledge of the skills necessary for a wide range of successful careers in the biomedical research workforce.
  • Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with organizations that employ scientists engaged in the careers for which the training experiences are directed (private sector, publishing, government, etc.).
  • It is expected that the BEST awards will transcend department, program, and possibly school boundaries, and be available to biomedical science graduate students and postdocs across disciplines.
  • BEST awards are meant to be experiments and therefore rigorous evaluation of each award will be required by both the awardees and independently by NIH.
  • Awards can be up to $250,000 in direct costs per year; we anticipate approximately 7-10 awards.
  • These awards are non-renewable with the expectation that institutions will develop new academic and business models that are sustainable beyond the 5 years of support of this award.

For more details on the Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program, please visit the program website and the Frequently Asked Questions site. NIH will hold an informational webinar for this FOA on February 6, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, please visit .

Informational Webinar: February 6, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm EST

Letter of Intent Due Date: February 28, 2014

Application Due Date: March 31, 2014

Earliest Start Date: September 2014

The NIH Common Fund supports goal-driven, research networks in which investigators generate data, solve technological problems, and/or otherwise pilot resources and tools that will be stimulatory to the broader research community. Common Fund programs are designed to achieve their goals within a maximum of 10 years. More information about the programs currently supported by the Common Fund can be found at

January 2014

January 21, 2014

Destination Europe

The next ' Destination Europe' event will take place on January 31 in Cambridge, Massachusetts back to back with the MIT European Career Fair.

'Destination Europe' promotes awareness of the funding and career opportunities offered in Europe to researchers from anywhere in the world, as well as offering an insight to some of the excellent research activities.

National programmes as well as major European funding mechanisms such as the European Research Council and the Marie Curie Fellowship programme will be presented.

This is a really unique occasion for researchers of any nationality, interested in career opportunities in research and innovation in Europe.

Participation is free and registration is now open:

In addition to individuals who may be considering Europe for their next career move, this event will be of interest to International Officers and Career Guidance officers in universities and research institutions.


January 2, 2014

Survey of Research Climate

You are invited to participate in a short survey on the research climate experienced by postdoctoral associates in research lab settings - primarily in relation to the mentor-mentee relationship. To participate, please follow this link:

November 2013

November 22, 2013

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting:  Student Poster Competition Judge

Serving as a poster judge is an excellent opportunity for postdocs to attend the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago at a deeply discounted registration rate ($110) and also connect with other attendees and judges.

The Student Poster Competition will take place on February 15, 2014. At that time, teams of poster judges will meet the competition participants to discuss their research posters, providing valuable feedback and advice. The judges will then gather to pick the winners.

Networking is a large benefit of the Annual Meeting. Not only do poster judges connect with other judges, but they also gain access to a globally-recognized scientific gathering with a community of attendees who work in all fields of science and technology around the world.

The deadline to apply to be a poster judge and receive discounted registration is January 22, 2014. Apply here!

November 21, 2013

Destination Europe

The  'Destination Europe' event which will take place December 12 and 13, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

'Destination Europe' promotes awareness of the funding and career opportunities offered in Europe to researchers from anywhere in the world, as well as offering an insight to some of the excellent research activities.

National programmes as well as major European funding mechanisms such as the European Research Council and the Marie Curie Fellowship programme will be presented.

In addition to plenary sessions explaining major European funding schemes for individual researchers, there will be six thematic breakout sessions focusing on opportunities in the following areas:

  • Health and biosciences
  • Geophysics & Ocean Science
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Physics & Materials
  • Environment & Climate Change.

This is a really unique occasion for researchers of any nationality, interested in career opportunities in research and innovation in Europe.

Participation is free and registration is now open:

In addition to individuals who may be considering Europe for their next career move, this event will be of interest to  International Officers and Career Guidance officers in universities and research institutions.

November 18, 2013

Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference & New England Science Symposium

The Biomedical Science Careers Program and the New England Science Symposium is reaching out to underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows to let postdoctoral scholars know about two events below occurring the weekend of April 4, 2014. Fellows would specifically benefit from the networking, workshop and presentation opportunities gained from participating in the conference any symposium.  Please note there are two separate registrations.

Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference
Friday Evening, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will hold its twelfth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference for postdoctoral fellows and students (particularly African-American, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows) on Friday evening, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The conference will offer specific sessions for postdoctoral fellows.

On Friday evening:

  • Options after Graduate School
  • Technology in Science and Medicine
  • National Institutes of Health 101

On Saturday:

  • Fellowships and Postdoctoral Training
  • Finding the Right People to Build your Career
  • Funding and Research Opportunities
  • Science Careers in Industry
  • Special Session for Postdoctoral Fellows: Networking and Career Discussion

The conference will also offer plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students; networking opportunities with professionals from biotechnology companies, academic institutions and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job opportunities and research opportunities.

To request an application, please forward your preferred postal mailing address to Lise D. Kaye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Application Deadline: February 5, 2014.

**Electronic applications are not available.**

New England Science Symposium
Sunday, April 6, 2013
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

You are invited to submit an abstract for the thirteenth annual New England Science Symposium to be held on Sunday, from 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston, Massachusetts. 

On Sunday:

  • Oral and Poster presentations
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Networking reception
  • Special awards just for postdoctoral fellows provided by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Awards are presented to the first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place winners of postdoctoral poster presenters. Postdoctoral fellows are also eligible for awards across categories.

There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required. 

Abstract Deadline: January 9, 2014

To submit abstracts, to register, for more information please visit: 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Pinar Kilicci-Kret at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-432-5580. 

October 2013

October 7, 2013

Career Summit: Doctoral Education to First Job

The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking leaders and stakeholders in the education and training of doctoral level psychology students and postdoctoral scholars to be part of a summit on the transition from doctoral level training to first job. Faculty, supervisors and other individuals that oversee programs that are directly relevant to doctoral and postdoctoral education and training in psychology and behavior (such as, but not limited to neuroscience, behavioral sciences, cognition, and sensation and perception) are encouraged to apply; graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are also encouraged to apply.

The Summit will be held with individuals representing relevant components of professional career development and preparation who will be invited to collaboratively (1) secure relevant data in preparation for the meeting; (2) understand the barriers or limitations that prevent or slow individuals from moving through both doctoral & postdoctoral training and into the workforce; (3) think "outside the box" to formulate creative solutions to address the key issues in transitioning to the workforce; and (4) craft recommendations for gathering additional relevant data (e.g., workforce analysis) that can guide efforts to improve education, training, and support for transitioning into the workforce. Outcomes for the Summit will include, at the least, resources for addressing barriers and challenges, as well as publications in relevant journals.

Those interested should submit a copy of their Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest/experience (2 pages maximum) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 31, 2013. For questions about these initiatives, feel free to contact Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Second Annual "Stand Up For Science" Video Competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is sponsoring its second annual "Stand Up for Science" video competition, which is intended to highlight the important role U.S. federal funding plays in supporting biomedical and biological research. The winner will receive $5,000!

Downloard a flierfor the contest, which contains links to the contest website and last year's winning video. The contest began accepting entries on October 1 and will conclude November 30.

September 2013

September 12, 2013

INNoVATE Program at UMBC

INNoVATE™ is a year-long program to help life sciences postdocs and researchers learn the fine art of starting a life sciences business. The program was launched in 2010 with a 3-year funding grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). For the 2013 INNoVATE class, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will offer the program at The Universities at Shady Grove's campus in Montgomery County, Maryland. The program is intended for scientists interested in commercializing biomedical technology. Partners in the program are the BioHealth Innovation, Inc. and the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

There are several information sessions planned for the next week, so please see News and Events on the INNoVATE website at Download the informational flier here: INNoVATE.

Emerging Opportunities in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

Learn concrete steps and effective advice for entrepreneurship in the biotech field especially tailored for members of the academic research community. Presenters will range from full-time academics, full-time entrepreneurs and individuals who act as a liaison between academia and private sector. 

September 27, 2013
1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Goldman International Conference Center
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
350 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

Keynote speakerJames A. Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences 

Presenters: Ron Burch, Naurex, Inc; Mark Lesko, Accelerate LI; Wills Hapworth, Dark Horse Investors; W. Patrick McGrath, NSLIJ-Cleveland Clinic Alliance 


Download the flier here: Emerging Opportunities in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship


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 non-profit 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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