|Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scholars|
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.
The National Postdoctoral Association supports the Science Careers Job Board as the ultimate job search tool.
Please also note that listing of an opportunity here does not necessarily imply endorsement by the NPA, and that the opinions represented by the those included here are not necessarily those of the NPA.
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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
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:
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: https://destinationeurope.teamwork.fr/en/
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
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:
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.
Application Deadline: February 5, 2014.
**Electronic applications are not available.**
New England Science Symposium
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.
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: http://www.NewEnglandScienceSymposium.org
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.
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 flier for the contest, which contains links to the contest Web site and last year's winning video. The contest began accepting entries on October 1 and will conclude November 30.
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 http://www.umbc.edu/innovateprogram/newsevents.html. 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
Keynote speaker: James 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
August 20, 2013
Start-up "Launch" Competition
The National Cancer Institute and Center for Advancing Innovation have partnered to launch a "first of a kind" Business Plan and Start-Up Competition for a selected group of NCI inventions that have high commercial viability and are important to public health. This is a very interesting "first of a kind contest," given it's using inventions from a Federal lab to launch startups. The organizations hope that as a result of the startups launched, the contest will also spur economic growth and also will provide universities a platform to further develop their entrepreneurship learning portfolio.
Members of the National Postdoctoral Association are invited to participate by being advisors, mentors and/or judges, or alternatively, participate as part of a team. It is required that each team has medical/scientific experience on their team. Team members do not need to be university students; however, each team must be formed of at least three students, postdocs or people receiving a medical degree and in residency.
August 2, 2013
Travel Awards for the Annual Meeting of the Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA)
Travel award are available for students and young investigators (not to exceed 5 years of post-doctoral training) to attend the Annual Meeting of the Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA). The Annual Meeting of the GTA takes place in Newark, Delaware on October 16 and 17, 2013, and the topic of the meeting is Genetic Toxicology from Hazard Identification to Risk and Relevance Assessment. The scientific program and registration information are available at http://www.gta-us.org.
Late-breaking abstracts submitted by August 15, 2013 will be considered for the travel awards.
If you have any questions or need for information please contact: Patricia Escobar and Maria Engel, GTA Student Outreach Coordinators
July 8, 2013
Cancer Research Funding Survey
METAvivor Research and Support invites graduate student and postdoc members to participate in a short survey to determine opinions on state of research advances and funding for metastatic cancer in the USA. As young investigators, we want to get the opinion of the scientist segment most vulnerable to funding issues and how they determine direction of research. Please note that the survey is open only to CANCER researchers and only in the USA.
METAvivor Research and Support is a metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patient-led nonprofit organization that exclusively funds MBC research in the USA.
June 13, 2013
IBBR- 2 Seminars: Academia vs. Industry
Date: June 14, 2013 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Grace Wong, CEO, ActoKine Therapeutics
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: http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/catalog/2014-2015/POSTDOC/
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.
Ethics 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 http://www.ori.hhs.gov/TheLab/.
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: www.NewYorkPostdocs.com