January Career Corner: Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Wednesdays, starting January 20, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
F-Troop is a hands-on writing workshop that targets pre- and postdoctoral trainees who are preparing an application for a fellowship award (e.g., F30, F31, or F32). Equivalent fellowship applications to other funding agencies are also encompassed by this program. F-Troop is conducted in a small group, informal format. F-Troop sessions include discussions of the NIH peer-review process, including communications with NIH officials and selection of study section, as well as UT Health San Antonio associated requirements (eCOP and Cayuse). Most importantly, major effort is devoted to case-by-case presentations and evaluation/discussion of F grant components prepared by individual trainees. This interactive group effort provides friendly, but frank, feedback toward the goal of submitting a competitive F application.
Questions: Contact Laura Moreno via email or at 210-567-0397, in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.**You MUST register, at the latest, 24 hours in advance for events. You will receive confirmation of registration and a calendar invite with details to enable access to the sessions
Communications Skills and Conflict Resolution Two Part Series
Join us for a two-part series on Communications Skills and Conflict Resolution for scientists! Limited space remains, registration is required and preference will be given to those who can attend both sessions. Recordings will be available for two weeks after the workshops. These sessions are limited to GSBS students and postdocs.
Monday, January 25, 4-5pm
This introductory workshop will provide techniques and strategies that focus on conveying the message clearly. Additionally, attendees will learn different strategies to use with each conversation such as active listening, feedback and observation.
Conflict Resolution for Scientists
Monday, February 1, 4-5:30pm
This interactive workshop will start with a broad review of good communication attitude and skills based on the “Crucial Conversations” model. Then attendees will launch into scientist-specific case studies and pair up into Zoom break out rooms. Attendees will practice and model good communication and then debrief with the group.
Sponsored by the GSBS Office of Career Development
FASEB Webinar: Supporting the Whole Scientist: Careers Beyond Academia
Thu, January 28, 2021, 2-3pm ET / 1-2pm CT
The number of PhDs awarded in STEM fields has steadily increased in the U.S., with over 42,000 awarded in 2019 alone. However, as of 2015, only 17.7 percent of STEM PhDs across STEM fields secured tenure-track positions within 5 years of graduating, as the number of tenure-track positions have not kept pace with the increase in STEM PhDs. Despite this trend, many institutions do not offer professional development resources for STEM PhDs to help them prepare for jobs outside of academia, and faculty advisors are often at a loss when it comes to supporting their trainees in searching for non-academic jobs. Speakers Maria Dahlberg, MS, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Study Director of The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM, Beka Layton, PhD, Director of Professional Development Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Peter Espenshade, PhD, Associated Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education and Professor of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will offer ideas on how institutions and PIs can better support trainees seeking non-academic career paths.
The Torrey Pines Training Consortium 2021 Academic Lab Management + Leadership Symposium
WHEN: Feb 23, 25 and Mar 2, 4, from 10am – 1:30pm PT / 12pm – 3:30pm CT
COST: Early Registration (by Jan 31) $75; Regular Registration (Feb 1 or later) $100
The course is organized by postdoc career development administrators from The Torrey Pines Training Consortium (TPTC), whose members include Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), Scripps Research and UC San Diego.
The course is based on the acclaimed Burroughs Wellcome Fund/Howard Hughes Medical Institute course in scientific management and similar intensive programs developed across the country. The course is designed to equip postdocs and junior faculty in the biomedical, physical and life sciences with the professional competencies to lead innovative and productive research programs. However, graduate students and research staff may also find this training informative and may attend. The symposium will be held virtually this year and we invite postdocs and graduate students from other institutions to attend.
Topics include: Developing Your Leadership Vision – Managing Communication & Conflict – Conducting Your Job Search – Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer – Recruiting & Staffing Your Lab – Diversity/Inclusion in Higher Education – Building an Effective Team – Sustaining Your Lab – Navigating Tenure
For more information, the full agenda and speaker bios, visit https://tptc.wordpress.com/almls/
Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program Call For Applications!
2021-22 TST TL1 applications are due February 1, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021
The goal of the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health San Antonio is to enhance the quality and scope of the predoctoral and postdoctoral research experience by offering stipend support in combination with interdisciplinary research training and mentorship in Translational Science.
Program Info: https://iims.uthscsa.edu/ed_tst_tl1_prog_description.html
Application Instructions: https://iims.uthscsa.edu/ed_tst_app_guideline.html
ORISE Virtual Career Fair: STEM Research, Policy, and Technical Interns
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 12 to 3 p.m. ET, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting the Experience ORISE Virtual Career Fair to highlight the variety of paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities available within their Research Participation Programs.
During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to:
– CHAT with ORISE representatives and mentors from a variety of programs and federal agencies across all of ORISE.
– LEARN about the research and/or projects conducted within those programs.
– EXPLORE paid internships, fellowships, and research opportunities.
– CONNECT with ORISE staff members for questions about applying, what to expect during the program, and to learn more about the ORISE experience.
Learn about opportunities with the following federal agencies: EPA, USDA, FDA, NIH, CDC, NSF, FBI, DOE, and many more!
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at ORISE
The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdoc, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity identified at: https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/current-opportunities.html
- U. S. citizenship required
- Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline
For more information, visit https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/applicants/index.htmlor email ICPostdoc@orau.org.
Applications Accepted Jan. 4 – Feb. 26, 2021 at www.zintellect.com.
NIH SRO Positions
A job announcement for NIH Scientific Review Officers (SROs) will be posted from Jan. 18 to 27: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589238100. NIH is looking for scientists with strong leadership skills. Being an SRO is a fantastic way to contribute – peer review is the underpinning of so many discoveries. Be a part of it! Learn more about working at CSR and NIH at http://www.csr.nih.gov/jobs and here’s a video about what it’s like to work at the NIH Center for Scientific Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apYfbfegSgE&feature=youtu.be.
Considering a Postdoc at UCSF?
Path to Postdoc at UCSF is a unique program for outstanding senior graduate students with backgrounds in the biomedical and health sciences, that will complete their PhD by the end of 2021, to be exposed to world-class research communities at UCSF and the associated Gladstone Institutes. Students will have an opportunity to interview with faculty research mentors for a postdoctoral position in their lab, give a research presentation to faculty and the UCSF community, meet current postdocs, and experience a slice of postdoctoral life at UCSF. New for 2021, Path to Postdoc will be offered quarterly (March, June, Sept) in a virtual format.
Visit https://postdocs.ucsf.edu/path-to-postdoc for more information, requirements and to apply.
Translational Science Interagency Fellowship an NCATS
The Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) is a new postdoctoral fellowship opportunity developed by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fellows will be jointly mentored by NCATS and FDA scientists on a research project of mutual interest to both organizations. Fellows in this program will develop skills of value to future careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and government.
At the FDA, fellows will receive formal training and mentoring in:
- Relevant federal statutes, and
- Regulations, principles and practices of FDA medical product review.
At NCATS, fellows will receive formal training and mentoring in:
- The early stages of technology development, and
- Preclinical and clinical translational science.
Currently there are seven mentor pairs/projects for this first class, and we hope to expand this over time. These first projects are in the areas of:
- The use antisense oligonucleotides for treatment of rare diseases
- Development of in vitro 3D models (i.e., kidney organoids for examining drug metabolism and toxicity and models of atopic dermatitis)
- Informatics projects related to drug repurposing, prediction of drug safety and adverse events, and determining the scope of unapproved products in the marketplace
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and have two years or less of postdoctoral training. More information about potential projects, mentors, and the application process can be found here and in the attached flyer.
Questions about the fellowship and application process are welcome. Applications are due February 15, 2021. Please contact us at TSIFellowship@nih.gov.
Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) Program
The one year career mentoring program pairs ethnically diverse students (Baccalaureate, Master or Ph.D.) and early career researchers with industry mentors who work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries. With their mentors, Scholars attend a 5-day training session to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend a major industry conference. There are two tracks, MedTech & Biotech.
Application deadline is April 11, 2021.
More info at https://smdp.icpdprograms.org/
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NIGMS Biomedical Beat Blog
In a video interview on the NIGMS Biomedical Beat Blog, Organic Chemist Osvaldo Gutierrez, PhD, discusses his journey as a scientist, his research projects, and his advice for students who want to pursue a career in science.