New representatives

Welcome our newest AF&T representative Benjamin Tansi that substitutes Kaushi Kanankege.

And, Ashley Martin as the PDA-DEI and DcoP Liaison.

On behalf of the PDA steering committee, we want to acknowledge their commitment to the Postdoctoral Association.

March 26 , 2021

PDA stands for the Asian, Pacific Islander, immigrant, and international student communities.We want to highlight the resources of the Office of Equity and Diversity encouragement. We are a community that reject xenophobia and bias. We each have a responsibility to speak against acts of xenophobia and racism and intervene in and report any incidents we witness. Work with your community and stand together to make a safe space for everybody. Practice well-being and compassion. The UMN has Mental health resources, guidance on reporting bias-related incidents, anonymous reporting systems, and confidential consultations at the Aurora Center about sexual misconduct and harassment.

Postdocs Spotlight for January: Benjamin Tansi, PhD. Check their 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:

  • Concerns about Covid safety? You can report anonymously to the PDA in filling this form. Also, check the UMN safety protocols updates, enforcement, reporting and accountability resources flowing the links here.

  • 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.

  • WELCOME our new representative Ashley Martin for the DcoP Liaison.

PDA Steering Committee April Meeting

THURSDAY, April 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

  • Building Resilience Amidst Uncertainty – Workshop by NUPA and the Postdoc Academy. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, building and sustaining resilience can help us to navigate challenges in work and life.Participants will also learn how to draft an action plan that can help them maintain resilience amidst personal and professional uncertainty. April 1 | @3 PM-4 PM | Register at NUPA’s

  • TODAY! Career Exploration Series: Research Intensive Careers in Academia. Join the Office of Professional Development for a conversation with biomedical science PhDs who have navigated their career paths to research intensive roles in academia. See the event flyer here. Mar 26 | @1:30PM - 2:30 PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

  • Networking Event with MICaB Alumni, hosted by the MICaB Career Development Committee. This virtual networking event will host MICaB alumni with careers in academia, industry, government, patent law, and medical writing/communications. The event will be split into two 1 hour sessions. Each session will start with a 15 minute whole-group introduction, after which the alumni will enter breakout rooms. Here, attendees can rotate in three 15 minute blocks to meet and chat with alumni of their choice. A list of the alumni who have RSVP'd to the event is available here. A Zoom link will be sent to those who have RSVP'ed closer to the event.. Fri, April 2 | @1PM - 3PM CT | Email Susan Schmidt ( to RSVP

  • Save the Date: Research Recognition Day. Research Recognition Day will feature talks from the winners of the Milne-Brandenburg award, Speed Science talks, and stories of scientific woes at Tales and Wails. We hope to see you there! Tues, April 20 | @1PM - 4 PM CT | Event Flyer | Add to calendar

  • Maximizing Your Success in Virtual Interviews, hosted by the American Society for Cell Biology. In this webinar, attendees can expect to learn more about 1. Different types of interview formats and what to expect 2. Preparing for a virtual interview 3.Effectively communicating your skills and accomplishments during the interview with a focus on Behavioral style interview questions 4.Best practices to keep in mind while interviewing virtually. Mon, Mar 29 | @1 PM- 2PM CT | Register here | Add to calendar

Job Opportunities, Calls and Awards

  • NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Program - Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine - Bench to Business to Bedside (B3). Mentors from six institutions (Rutgers University, Princeton University, Tufts University, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Case Western Reserve University and University of Pennsylvania) have agreed to train postdoctoral fellows.Eligibility and application requirements can be found at the posting:

  • Ohio State Chronic Brain Injury group is continuing to recruit faculty jointly with the Department of Neuroscience. Prospective candidates should send a statement of research interests, vita and a list of three references (PDF format) to Applications are being accepted now and the search will remain open until both positions are filled.

  • Postdoc Leadership Development Grants from the UMN Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives (OPI). The UMN OPI is offering five leadership development grants of up to $500 each for postdoctoral scholars to participate in training programs for leadership development and related advanced training. Such activities include, but are not limited to professional leadership opportunities, specialized workshop/institute training, and course enrollment for leadership and professional development outside of the university. Approved applicants are expected to hold a discussion or presentation, lead a workshop, or write a brief article for the Post to summarize and share the knowledge they gained using these resources. Apply here by April 2, 2021.

  • Register for The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc (online course) This flexible 6-week course helps postdocs create a rewarding experience that will launch them into their chosen career path. Participants develop strategies and skills to successfully navigate their time as a postdoc. Themes explored include: Finding Success as a Postdoc, Building an Actionable Career Plan, Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment, and Developing Resilience. Register here. The course starts April 26, 2021.

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