Category: Postdocs

Diverse Career Panel June 18

June 13th, 2013 in General News, Postdocs

Diverse Careers in Science: A Boston University Alumni Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
4:30-5:50 pm Panel Discussion, Bakst Auditorium
5:50-6:30 pm Reception, Room L-109
Boston University School of Medicine, Instructional Building
72 East Concord Street

SPIRE Application Open for PhD’s and Postdocs Due 2/1

January 11th, 2013 in General News, Postdocs

Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE)
Applications due: February 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and collaborating minority serving institutions in the state of North Carolina are seeking outstanding candidates for a unique NIH-supported postdoctoral training fellowship.  Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) is designed for scientists interested in academic careers that emphasize both research and teaching.  These multi-year fellowships will enable the postdocs to pursue independent, original research in one of over 100 UNC-CH laboratories representing diverse disciplines aligned with the mission on the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and training in science education, instructional technology-supported learning, and professional skills.

The scholars receive mentored, practical classroom experience by training at our partner institutions and designing and teaching undergraduate courses.  In addition, SPIRE’s collaborations enable scholars to contribute to achieving diversity in science professions.  Each fellowship includes salary, health insurance, and participation in a Seminar on College Teaching, a grant writing initiative, and other professional development workshops.  As a Community of Postdoctoral Scholars, SPIRE scholars administer a Distinguished Scholar seminar series for the larger scientific community.

Applicants can be either new Ph.D.s or postdocs with up to two years postgraduate training at the time of appointment.  Underrepresented candidates, including those with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.   Salaries are commensurate with NIH guidelines for experience.  Candidates should send a CV, a letter explaining their research and teaching interests and how the SPIRE program will help them to achieve their career goals, and three letters of reference to Dr. Brian Rybarczyk, SPIRE Coordinator,  All application materials must be received by February 1, 2013 for fellowships beginning September 1, 2013.  For further information about the SPIRE program and the application process, please visit our website at .  UNC-CH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Diverse Careers in Science: A Panel Discussion

November 20th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Join us on December 4, 2012 from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. in Bakst Auditorium for an exciting panel discussion followed by a networking opportunity. Many individuals with Ph.D’s in biological sciences will change paths over the course of their careers. This might mean a move out of the lab or elsewhere into functions like education, operations, clinical, marketing, business development, or legal. For those thinking about their future, this program will highlight how people engineer career changes, how these careers evolve, and how you can guide your career
path over the near and long term.

Join us for a panel discussion with the State Lab Director, Intellectual Property Attorney, Biotech Instructor, and Academic Researcher about how they have achieved successful career changes. We’ll also include plenty of time for your questions, discussion and networking.  Reception to follow in Room L-109A/B.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Bakst Auditorium, 72 East Concord Street

Reception to follow: Room L-109A/B

Notes: For more details, or to sign up, contact Yolanta Kovalko

October 2 – From Academia to Entrepreneur: How to Start Your Own Company

September 24th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Discussion with Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D, winner of the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur award and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Science Exchange and with William Gunn, Ph.D., Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley. They will discuss what made leaving academia to work on a startup as an attractive career choice to them. They will share the lessons they’ve learned along the way as well as the collective wisdom shared within Silicon Valley’s thriving startup community. They will also talk about making the transition from academia, how to find the right opportunities, how to be competitive in the business world and tips for working with people from non-academic backgrounds including engineers and marketers.

Title:  From Academia to Entrepreneur:  How to Start Your Own Company

Date:  Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time:   Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Room L-211/213, 72 East Concord St.

Additional Information: Lunch Provided. Register by Email: yolanta@bu.  The talk is open to PhD Students and Postdocs.

Program in Responsible Conduct of Research: Fall Registration

June 14th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Registration for the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Live is now OPEN for Fall 2012 Workshop 1 and 2.

Workshop 1: “On Being a Scientist: Maintaining the Research Record and Handling Research Data”

Workshop 2: “Collaborative Sciences: Building Collaborative Teams and Resolving Collaborative Differences “

Workshop 1-At BUMC: September 14, 2012 from 1-3PM. 

School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor)


Workshop 1-At BUMC: September 28, 2012 from 1-3PM.

School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor)


Workshop 1-At CRC: September 20, 2012 from 4-6PM.

Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor)


Workshop 1-At CRC: October 3, 2012 from 4-6PM.

Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor)


Workshop 2-At BUMC: October 19, 2012 from 1-3PM.

School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor)


Workshop 2-At BUMC: November 2, 2012 from 1-3PM.

School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor)


Workshop 2-At CRC: October 23, 2012 from 4-6PM.

Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor)


Workshop 2-At CRC: November 7, 2012 from 4-6PM.

Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor)


Please register NOW for Workshops 1 and 2 at:

To check the status of your attendance, please go to

For information on the RCR Program for Doctoral Degree Candidates and Post-doctoral Researchers go to:

We hope to see you there!

Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: Evaluating Transferable Skills

June 7th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Date and Time:  Tuesday, June 12 , 2012 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Location: 72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine
Room:  L-203
Registration: Email open to PH.D. students and postdocs

Would you like to find out about how important it is to highlight transferable skills for individuals who have strong scientific background?  Evaluating your transferable skills will help you in identifying the right types of roles where you can utilize all of your strengths.

GMS Career Development Monthly Seminar Series: What’s Next After Graduation and how to Find the Best Career Path for you

April 26th, 2012 in Postdocs, Research

May Seminar:  What’s Next After Graduation and how to Find the Best Career Path for you

In this presentation, career consultant, Lauren Celano will discuss the various career opportunities for individuals with advanced degrees and will provide an overview of the job search process, networking to identify opportunities, and the importance of finding the right fit for your career.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, May 1st 2012
Location:    72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine Instructional
Time: 4pm-5pm     Room:   L-203
Registration:   Email open to Ph.D. students and postdocs

GMS Summer Yoga – starting May 21

April 9th, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

Breathe Relax and Empower!

GMS Summer Yoga for Graduate Students and Postdocs 5/21, 6/11, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 (all sessions 5-6 p.m. in Hiebert Lounge 14th Floor, 72 East Concord St.)

A chance to learn about the beneficial effects of yoga on your mental and physical health. Sessions will include breathing exercises that reduce stress and poses that are adaptable to all skill levels. The class will conclude with a discussion about the physiologic effects of the practice and how these principles can be applied to everyday stressful situations. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Taught by an MD/PhD student who is a certified yoga teacher with more than 200 hours of training and who has an interest in how yoga can be used to prevent disease and heal illness. Please bring a mat if you own one. To register email

Transition from PhD Chemist to Filmmaker, April 5 Lecture

April 3rd, 2012 in Academics, General News, Postdocs, test

Chemist and filmmaker Valerie Weiss, PhD will be on the Medical Campus Thursday, April 5, from 2-3 p.m. in room L-112, BUSM Instructional Building, to talk about her film, Losing Control. She will discuss how she transitioned from a successful career in science to filmmaking. All students, faculty and staff are invited to this seminar. Dr. Weiss will show the film trailer and several clips from the film.

Losing Control, her first feature film, is a romantic comedy based on her experience in a Harvard University lab, filmed in Cambridge and Boston. It is being shown at the Kendall Square Cinema this Friday, April 6. She will be available at the screening for Q&A.

So take a break from studying or work, learn how she transitioned from science to film; how being a scientist prepared her well for her career as a filmmaker, a career in which she wears many hats, entrepreneur, creator, fundraiser, manager, promoter; and why she thinks science is a great springboard to many careers.

There is more information about the film at

For more information contact

Seminar: Negotiating Work and Life – May 22

April 1st, 2012 in General News, Postdocs

“I’m Surviving (Happily) My Career in Science – You Can Too!  The Kamens Ten Commandments of Work/Life Balance”

Description:  Figuring out how to juggle any career with the non-work part of life can be challenging but for a working scientist, there never seems to be a way to do it all.  The goal of this program is to offer some things to think about that could make a real difference in your success at work and in life.

Speaker:  Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director, Addgene

Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Room L-109 A/B, 72 East Concord Street, BU School of Medicine Instructional Building

Registration Required:  Email

Lunch will be provided