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May 16, 2024

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1) PDA Social Hours

The PDA will be hosting social hours in March open to all UMN postdocs. Please feel free to join anytime during the specified time period and stay as long as you'd like! To find fellow postdocs, look for a sign with the PDA logo.

501 30th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

501 30th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

2) PhD Insiders Job Postings

A group of graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh have taken the time to accumulate job opportunities posted by PIs in need of postdocs in the monthly newsletter PhD Insiders. To jump to the job board directly, follow this link.

3) Postdoc Opportunities Board

More information here

Are you looking for a postdoc position?This free resource can help you find a postdoc position where you will thrive and succeed. The board features positions at 17 world-leading institutions in across ten different states. Visit the site to find:


·       Postdoc Positions: dozens of open positions across all disciplines and available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and visa-holders.

·       Career Advice: how to identify the right faculty mentor; tips on navigating postdoc interviews and job offers.

·       Funding Information: learn about funding opportunities for each stage of your postdoc.

·       Institution Profiles: easy access to information on each participating institution, including links to benefits resources and postdoc offices.

·       Recruitment Events: upcoming virtual and in-person events showcasing the research and training available at different institutions.

4) Postdoc in Environmental Engineering - UW Madison

Applications accepted on rolling basis until September 1 | More information here | Apply here

A postdoctoral researcher position in Environmental Engineering is available to work jointly in the Noguera lab and the Donohue lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of the Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Start date - September 1, 2024.

We seek a motivated candidate to join our labs to develop processes for microbial conversion of lignin-derived aromatic compounds to valuable products.
The candidate will be responsible for:

Required degree
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related fields. Candidates must be within 2 years of PhD graduation and a Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

5) Department of Computer Science and Engineering Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Ohio State University

Apply here

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is accepting applications for a full-time Lecturer or Senior Lecture appointment to teach undergraduate and/or graduate course(s)in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Duties include but are not limited to: curriculum/syllabus design, content and materials development, teaching, and service activities. The selected candidate(s) will be expected to complete activities and provide support for developing and teaching undergraduate and/or graduate students, depending on chosen candidate’s degree certification.


All courses are taught in person on the University’s main campus in Columbus, Ohio. 


A successful candidate will display leadership and ability for collaboration in an academic environment. Experience and training in teaching skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with desire and ability to work constructively, decisively, and collegially with external and internal colleagues and interdisciplinary teams.

We seek individuals with the ability to work independently: proactive self-starter with strong project leadership skills. A successful candidate will display innovative thinking, open to sharing ideas and willing to continuously learn.

Candidates should indicate areas of teaching strength within computer science in their application.  We will consider applicants in all areas of computer science, and especially welcome applicants with teaching strengths in introductory programming, software engineering, discrete mathematics, algorithms, computer architecture, and operating systems at the undergraduate level.

6) Technology Commercialization Early Innovation Fund 

Due May 24, 2024 

The Technology Commercialization Early Innovation Fund supports short-term projects that advance early-stage innovations. The program provides from $3,000 to $10,000 per project to advance the technology readiness of an innovation through a variety of means. Open to all U of M researchers and employees, including faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff. The application opens April 15; submissions are due May 24. 

7) Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellowship Program 

Due June 15, 2024 | More information here

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Keegstra Bioenergy Research Fellowship Program in Integrative Bioenergy Sciences was founded in 2019 with the goal to recruit and support talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to lead projects that cross the traditional bioenergy boundaries of plant feedstocks, biomass deconstruction, microbial conversion, and sustainability and integrate work across two or more GLBRC research teams and possibly other BRCs.

We are pleased to announce a new cycle of Keegstra Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (“Keegstra Program”) with new features for research, support, and mentorship to support up to three Fellows.

One application track encourages external eligible candidates to identify at least two GLBRC co-investigators to jointly develop and submit a concept proposal  (one page or less) addressing one of the four topic areas of interest: sustainability, feedstock development, deconstruction and separation, and conversion.

Submit concept proposals to Robert Landick ( and Federica Brandizzi ( 

8) Postdoc Career and Professional Development Program Manager at University of Michigan 

Apply here

The newly formed Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) serves as a centralized hub across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses to support postdoctoral fellows. Under the Rackham Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the OPA guides and advises departments and programs about leading-practice policies, processes, and services related to the employment of and support for the well-being of postdoctoral fellows. The OPA works closely with postdocs, schools and colleges, university organizations, faculty mentors, administrators, and external entities to support the personal growth and professional development of each postdoc in preparation for their independent research, professional, and academic careers.

The Postdoc Career and Professional Development Program Manager leads career and professional development programs and services for postdoctoral research fellows at the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). This position will collaborate and liaise with other campus units that support postdoctoral fellows career and professional development, including Rackham Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) in Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan Postdoc Association (UMPDA), the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), postdoctoral administrators across the university, and the International Center.

9) Summaries of Published Science for JoLS-Pub

Register here

The Journal of Life Sciences (JoLS), a Postdoc community initiative, is launching a new segment, JoLS-Pub, that aims to publish author-written summaries of research articles published in all life sciences domains.

JoLS-Pub is a direct-to-public publishing platform for scientists to communicate the significance of their published research in layperson’s terms to the public ─ the indirect funders of most scientific research and the direct beneficiaries of its outcomes.

By communicating their published research via JoLS-Pub article summaries, scientists and trainees can help cultivate a scientifically informed public and minimize the propagation of misinformation arising from inaccurate interpretation of published research by non-scientist intermediaries on social media platforms. Essentially, JoLS-Pub’s key mission is to provide an accessible and peer-verified platform for scientists around the world to engage the public via JoLS-Pub summaries of every scientific article published with a PubMed ID.  


We invite you to submit your article summaries to Info@JournalofLifeSciences.Org following the guidelines provided below. Please note that JoLS-Pub considers rolling submissions. Although there is no deadline for submission of article summaries, we encourage authors to submit their JoLS-Pub summaries within 4-6 months of their original research posting a PubMed ID. To encourage submissions to this new initiative, the article processing charges are waived for your first JoLS-Pub article.

1.      The article summary must adhere to a 2000-word limit and should describe your most recent published work in a language that accommodates a wider audience. We recommend writing for a high school-educated audience.

2.      Inclusion of Illustrations/graphical abstracts are strongly encouraged.

3.      Please include your headshot and a brief description of your research interests. These will be published along with your accepted article summary.

4.      We recommend that you organize the article summary into the following sections:

·   Introduction

·   What research question(s) remained unanswered? (or) What were the knowledge gaps?

·   What was the objective of your research?

·   What answers have you found? (or) What new knowledge have you produced?

·   What are the implications of your findings? (or) How do your findings advance the field?

·   What are the limitations of your research?

·   What questions remain to be addressed in future research?

·   Acknowledgements

10) Postdoc Reviewers Wanted to Review Summaries of Published Science for JoLS-Pub

Register here

The Journal of Life Sciences (JoLS), a Postdoc community initiative, is launching a new initiative, JoLS-Pub, which aims to publish author-written summaries of research articles published in all life sciences domains. JoLS-Pub is a direct-to-public publishing platform for scientists to communicate the significance of their published research in layperson’s terms to the public - the indirect funders of most scientific research and the direct beneficiaries of its outcomes.


JoLS is inviting POSTDOCS to review the author-written summaries submitted to JoLS-Pub. This is a great opportunity for researchers in different stages of training and career development to promote scholarship in their domain of research expertise and, importantly, also gain valuable editorial experience and effective science communication skills.


If this sounds appealing, please register with JoLS furnishing all the required information. Profiles of all reviewers will be showcased on the portal.


Briefly, the preparation and review of the JoLS-Pub article summaries will adhere to the format and guidelines described below:


1. The authors will prepare a summary (2000-word limit) describing their most recent published work in a language that accommodates a wider audience. Inclusion of Illustrations/graphical abstracts are strongly recommended. The authors’ photos (headshot) and a brief description of research interests should accompany each article submission.


2. Three members of the JoLS-Pub editorial team—led by a postdoc and composed of a graduate and an undergraduate student—will review each submitted article summary. A review report will be sent (within 3 weeks post submission) to the authors to help finalize a publication-ready version.  


As all JoLS-Pub submissions will be reviewed by a 3-member team led by a postdoc, this is also a timely mentoring opportunity for you (postdocs) to inform and guide the graduate students and undergraduate trainees in your labs to join you as JoLS-Pub editorial team members. Interested grads and undergrads are encouraged to register with JoLS.

11) Allison Institute NextGen Colloquium

Application Deadline July 30, 2024 at 5pm CT | Apply here

The James P. Allison Institute was established at MD Anderson in order to bring top researchers from various fields together to find new solutions to bring the promise of immunotherapy to all cancer patients. The Allison Institute will be holding a colloquium for postdocs and instructors nearing their first faculty position on Nov 4-5, 2024 in Houston, TX, USA (just prior to SITC). It is intended to give young investigators a chance to present their work, participate in networking roundtables and mentoring sessions, attend a career development workshop, and learn about faculty positions with the Allison Institute. All costs are covered.  

12) NPA SmartSkills: Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 3 pm ET | Register here

Many people are conflict avoidant, but conflict can help us grow and learn. In this class, we will explore our own styles, consider how we might align with different styles, and learn about some strategies for de-escalating and resolving pesky problems.

13) Research Participants Wanted

Register here

The Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism research team in the UMN medical school is doing a research study in healthy students which involves providing a FREE meal (typically small/large pizza) weekly for 4 weeks and to look at the effects of the meal on blood measures.

The research question relates to the effect of the timing of a meal on inflammation in the blood. Compensation will be provided. If you are interested in participating, email or fill out this form to indicate your interest.

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