New AF&T representative

Welcome our newest AF&T representative Benjamin Tansi that substitutes Kaushi Kanankege. On behalf of the PDA steering committee, we want to acknowledge their commitment to the Postdoctoral association.

February 26 , 2021

Postdocs Spotlight for January: Catalina Picasso Risso, DVM, PhD. Check his bio and achievements here.

The state’s Vaccine Connector, which you can find here, is one way to find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

  • We have jointly purchased with the OPD the bulk registration for 2021 NPA 19th Annual Conference (April 15-16). Interested in attending for free? Please, fill out this interest survey.

  • Yesterday we had our monthly Steering meeting! Check the minutes on our website.

  • We are preparing with the OPI a series of grant writing workshops. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP) and the UMN PDA are starting a dialog about common goals. If you are interested in promoting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Twin Cities campus, and possibly become a DcoP representative, let us know via mail:

PDA Steering Committee February Meeting

THURSDAY, March 25 @ 12 PM-1:30 PM

Via Zoom (ID: 91738255746)

Add to your Google Calendar here

CBS Postdoc E-Coffee Morning

2nd and 4th Thursdays @ 8:30AM-10AM

Via Zoom (ID: 96170618160) Postdoc Coffee Mornings are now on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, from 8:30 to 10am. Hosted by CBS Postdocs - all postdocs and research associates are welcome to join us as we socialize.

Events and Resources

  • U of M Virtual career fair. Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 300+ employers.

TODAY! Feb 26 | @10 AM CT | Register here |

  • 'Scientists Teaching Science' online course

The Office of Professional Development is offering a limited number of subsidized slots in 'Scientists Teaching Science,' a 9-week, online course that explores subjects such as inquiry-based science, curriculum development, classroom dynamics, cultural awareness and diversity, assessments of learning environments, active learning and expert learners. This course is ideal for postdocs and graduate students who are planning to pursue a career where they will be teaching in the college classroom. This flexible learning opportunity will give you tools to learn how to teach effectively. In addition, you will leave the course with a teaching philosophy statement, a sample curriculum, tools to teach online, and more! A syllabus is attached.

Mar 10-May 11 | Apply here |

  • U.S. H-1B Visa Information Session, hosted by UMN International Student And Scholar Services

Join us for a live “Watch Party” of a recorded presentation focusing exclusively on the H-1B visa, the differences between “cap-subject” and “cap-exempt” petitions, and the latest news on the application process and timelines. The presentation will be done by Craig Peterson, an immigration attorney with over 20 years of immigration law experience, including advising UMN international students, scholars, and employees.

Tues, March 2 | @12 - 1 PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

  • Academic Stress Workshop for Graduate Students, hosted by UMN Student Counseling Services

Feeling stressed about graduate school? Want to gather some insight and skills on ways you can better manage the stress of your program? Join staff from Student Counseling Services and Student Academic Success Services to discuss emotional response, skills, and strategies for tackling imposter syndrome. Open to all graduate students at any stage of your academic program.

Tues, March 2 | @3 - 4:30 PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

  • Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) will be held online in 2021. ISEF is looking for Grand Award Judges. If you qualify, you will be able to judge from the comfort of your home. I encourage everyone to help. Your judging commitment will include taking time to review student materials at your convenience and a half or full day commitment – your choice - interviewing students online. Interviews for each category will be scheduled for a specific day between May 3 and May 6, 2021.

Apply to judge at:

NEED VOLUNTEERS - especially interpreters. Contact Sharon or register at

  • 4 Things to consider if you want to start a business or be a freelancer, hosted by Beyond the Professoriate

Have you ever thought about working for yourself? Maybe you want to start your own business, or perhaps you’re thinking of being a solo-preneur. Join Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD, for this webinar on what every PhD should know about starting their own business or launching a career as a freelancer.

TODAY! Feb 26 | @11AM - 12PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

  • Depression and Depressive Disorders, hosted by the NIH OITE

Part of the Mental Health Series hosted by the National Institutes of Health. The monthly virtual program is focused on the health and well-being of the biomedical research workforce. The program is open to trainees at all educational levels and administrative staff, faculty, and other research supervisors at universities, the NIH and other research institutions. The aim of the series is to provide tools to help participants cope with their own stress and support others under stress. In addition, we hope to explore programs and program-wide systems that can increase awareness of the role of wellness and resilience in a successful scientific career and provide guidance on strategies for cultivating them.

Mon, March 1 | @12 - 2:15PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

  • Virtual Tax Assistance Appointments

The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge for University of Minnesota students as well as community members. All clients must have unadjusted gross income less than $54,000. VTAP is free, fast, safe, and IRS certified!

  • Essay Challenge: Reimagine Biomedical Research for a Healthier Future

The Health Research Alliance has partnered with PLOS to create an Essay Challenge. Submit a 1500-word essay proposing bold, collaborative, systemic changes that re-commit to serving society and achieving an equitable, diverse, and creative environment for all those working to advance scientific discovery and improve human well-being. he winning essay will be published in either PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, and will also receive a US$5000 prize. Details can be found here. Submit by March 11, 2021.

Job Opportunities, Calls and Awards

  • Postdoc Researcher-R3198 at Ohio State University.

Pay Range: $48,000 Annually (Non – negotiable)

Job Description:Postdoctoral Researcher will lead analysis and dissemination efforts in at least one of the following areas using project databases, as aligned with their expertise and research interests: (1) intervention implementation/implementation integrity, (2) intervention response/moderators of response, (3)longitudinal associations between preschool emergent literacy skills/experiences and later outcomes,(4) measurement and quantitative methodology (e.g., measure validation, improving causal/field based designs). Additionally, the Postdoctoral Researcher may lead supplemental studies to further project goals, such as new coding efforts capitalizing on collected data (e.g., videotaped lesson observations) or, in conjunction with Nemours and Kaplan co-investigators, collecting data on new efforts to support teachers’ implementation of small-group emergent literacy interventions. The

Link to apply:

  • University of Michigan Medical School will once again be hosting a virtual Postdoc Preview this spring. We are accepting applications through March 28, 2021 for our event, held May 10-14. (Flyer attached).

  • College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) at the UMN is looking to hire an Academic Advisor (9708) / Senior Academic Advisor (9707) for the Master of Biological Sciences (MBS)--see description below. Applications are considered until the position is filled, with a priority deadline of March 3, 2021. Link:

  • The Pravetoni Lab (UMN) is hiring multiple postdocs. Seeking postdoctoral trainees interested in the development of novel vaccines and antibody-based therapeutics to counteract substance use disorders and overdose. The lab is seeking candidates with the following backgrounds for two positions:

PhD in Medicinal Chemistry or related discipline with experience in conjugation chemistry (UMN Job ID 337859). Read the full job ad here.

PhD in Immunology or related discipline with expertise in flow cytometry and cell sorting (UMN Job ID 338809). Read the full job ad here.

International Postdocs

  • Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States .The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its testing requirements for individuals arriving in the United States on international flights. All travelers are now required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. For more information, please review the CDC website.

  • Immigration-Related Changes Under the Biden Administration. NAFSA: Association of International Educators has created a Biden Administration Immigration Portal to track immigration-related changes relevant to higher education. In addition to updates from ISSS, this is a helpful resource, as things continue to change quickly.

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