August 22, 2019

The University of Maryland Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is now currently accepting poster submissions for its annual Postdoc Research Symposium, which will be held on September 13th in the Stamp Student Union. 

This day long event will feature sessions throughout the day focused on topics such as: techniques for finding funding, budgeting responsibly, community engagement, teaching and mentoring skills, and tools for career transitions.

In addition to these sessions, this symposium will also be designed to provide a welcoming environment for postdoctoral researchers to showcase their work among their peers and other scholars across campus. Towards this end, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be accepting individual poster submissions for a 90 minute poster session. Poster submissions are open to ALL fields and subjects pertaining to the individual's research. Postdocs from ALL disciplines are encouraged to use this opportunity to hone their communication skills with other professionals outside of their departments and to practice conveying the importance of their work to a variety of audiences.

Over the course of the day, three finalists from the poster submissions will be selected to receive cash awards of up to $500 based on the content, presentation, and effectiveness of their poster. 

Each poster submission must be accompanied by a title and an abstract explaining the content of the poster. Due to multiple requests, the abstract word limit has been increased to 250 words and poster submissions will be accepted until Monday, August 26, 2019.

Please submit your abstract here
And check out the testimonial of Dr. Katherine Joyner, last year's first prize winner!

"The 2018 University of Maryland Postdoctoral Symposium was my first time presenting our groups work on designing mucin-based hydrogels. The judges at the symposium provide excellent feedback and it was a great opportunity to practice my science communication skills. My poster presentation was awarded 1 st place accompanied by a 500$ prize! Those funds supported my travel to the 2019 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Cilia, Mucus and Mucociliary Interactions in Barga, Italy (photo). This symposium is an excellent professional activity sponsored by the UM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and I am looking forward to participating again this year!"

2019 National Postdoctoral Survey

Dear Postdocs,
Are you interested in winning a travel award, and in sharing your experiences as a postdoc to a large national postdoc survey?  All responses are anonymous, and participants have a chance to enter a drawing for a $200 travel award to a scientific meeting!
The 2019 National Postdoc Survey was conceived and developed by postdocs to benefit all members of the postdoctoral community, and is a follow-up to our very successful 2016 National Postdoc Survey.  Since 2016, changes in postdoc policies have been implemented, including an increase in the postdoctoral salary levels set by NIH.  An updated survey is needed now in order to capture the current experiences of postdoc fellows and scholars, and inform and equip those who advocate for policy on behalf of postdocs.
Survey link:
Thank you very much for your participation, and please forward this important survey to your postdoc colleagues! 
The National Postdoctoral Survey Team at UChicago

Questions? Email us at or visit


Navigating to Your Dream Career

Monday, September 16, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building

Learn how to identify, plan and prepare for your dream career (in small manageable steps) by leveraging career resources and events available to all UMD doc students and postdocs.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Susan Martin, Program Director of Professional and Career Development at the UMD Graduate School.


Writing Research Statements for Faculty Positions
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building

In this workshop, we'll focus on how to write a research statement for a faculty position. We'll consider what the research statement should accomplish and how this document fits into a larger application package. If possible, bring a draft or some ideas for your own statement and we'll devote some of the workshop to reviewing drafts.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development in the Graduate School.

Register here.


For other coming workshops, check our page!
Professional and Career Development Opportunities

The Graduate School is proud to announce the launch of GradTerp Forum: A Blog on the Research, Scholarship, and Practice of the graduate community at Maryland. The mission of the blog is:

  • To feature and publicize the evidence-based work of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University.
  • To provide graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University an experience of communicating their research and work to a broader, cross-disciplinary audience.
  • To enhance the capacity of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate alumni of the University to contribute and compete as digital academics.

Grad Terp Forum will be published weekly on Wednesdays. We invite graduate students, Maryland postdoctoral scholars, and recent doctoral alums to contribute to Grad Terp Forum Blog and start conversations about their work.

Submission Guidelines
Submission Form 
Comment Policy


In April, the Office of the Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs, The Graduate School and UMD colleges and schools invested in an Institutional Membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center, with a community of over 450 colleges and universities, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.
To take advantage of this opportunity now, you can activate your confidential, personal membership by completing the following steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select “Activate my Membership”
  4. Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e.
  5. Go to your institution email to find a confirmation email. Click “Activate Account” in the confirmation email.

University Human Resources (UHR) 2019 Professional Development Catalog
UHR Learning & Talent Development has released their Spring 2019 course catalog of workshops and development courses being offered throughout the 2019 semesters.
HERE Check it out
For more details and course registration visit
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
unveiled its new website, providing one location for a wide range of resources. The new ORISE website offers a portal for students, graduates and postdocs looking for STEM internships, fellowships and other professional development opportunities
You can access the ORISE website directly HERE
You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

UMD-CIRTL [Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning] is an important resource funded by the Graduate School, open to all UM graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. UMD-CIRTL is part of a national network of nearly 40 universities whose mission is to improve higher education by providing community and resources for the professional development of future academics. UMD-CIRTL’s philosophy is that teaching, like research, is a scholarly activity built on three principles; Teaching-as-Research (TAR): using research to inform teaching and teaching to advance research, Learning Communities: bringing people together for shared learning, discovery, and generation of knowledge, and Learning-Through-Diversity: capitalizing on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among students and faculty to enhance the learning of all. UMD-CIRTL works closely with, PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant to increase the number of minority students receiving doctoral degrees and entering the STEM professoriate.
For more information, follow this link or contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs or go to the CIRTL Network and register. This will give you free access to professional development courses, seminars and workshop as well as a listing of current employment opportunities.
The 2019 6th National CIRTL Forum 

October 13-15, 2019 
Drexel University, Philadelphia

Preparing Future Faculty As Change Leaders Toward Inclusive Stem Higher Education

This NSF-supported gathering is designed to foster discussion and networking among future faculty, current faculty, and university leaders focused on improving undergraduate STEM education. In addition, keynotes and plenary speakers will offer their insights followed by interactive panel discussions and workshops.

Forum participants will explore topics such as; preparing future faculty to enhance the success of all students, promoting diversity in STEM through evidence-based pedagogy, and change leadership in undergraduate STEM education.
The event is designed to create significant opportunities for idea exchange, networking, and learning about best practices. The ultimate goal is to enhance the professional development and future work of all participants towards promoting effective teaching and learning of all STEM undergraduates.
The 6th National CIRTL Forum provides an ideal opportunity to promote teaching excellence for future STEM faculty through the active involvement of a diverse range of stakeholders, including:
  • Graduate students and post-docs preparing for academic positions in STEM;
  • Faculty and staff who lead future faculty development initiatives;
  • STEM faculty who train graduate students and postdoctoral scholars;
  • Graduate school deans and other administrators who want to enhance future faculty professional development programs on their campuses;
  • Leaders of STEM disciplinary societies interested in improving undergraduate STEM education by enhancing the education of future STEM faculty;
  • Faculty and administrators from diverse types of institutions hiring new STEM faculty.
Find more information here.
Register now!
Research & Employment Opportunities
Career Opportunities
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has started a job board! Join the NPA and access various opportunities:

University of Colorado Denver
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Postdoc Recruitment Day is an opportunity for us to showcase research and training opportunities in cancer and regenerative research to senior graduate students ready to take the next step towards their careers. This experience is packaged as a two-day, fully-funded visit to beautiful Denver Colorado and CU Anschutz, the largest academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. Our Cancer Center directors, faculty mentors, and current postdocs are eager to discuss research and career development opportunities with you – we want you to make an informed decision on where your next academic adventure will begin.
Applications will open Monday, July 15, 2019 and close Monday, September 9, 2019.
Apply Now!

Social Science Research Council Invites Applications for Abe Fellowships
Deadline: October 1, 2019

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) are inviting applications for the annual Abe Fellowship Program competition.

Fellows will receive a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve months of full-time support over a twenty-four-month period for projects demonstrating important contributions to intellectual and/or policy debates and breaking new theoretical or empirical ground. Find more information here.

University of Maryland

Teaching and Learning Transformation Center
The Office of Education Abroad (EA) is partnering with The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) at the University of Maryland to hire a Postdoctoral Associate to support the assessment and evaluation of the Education Abroad Program (80%) and support the research agenda at the TLTC (20%). Education Abroad is in the process of conducting a program- and course-level learning outcomes assessment. The postdoc will design an assessment plan aligned with EA’s program learning outcomes to evaluate the courses within the program. After the plan is in place and approved by EA’s leadership, the postdoc will manage data collection and analysis under the direction of the Director of Research at the TLTC. 

Find more information here.
Please contact Dr. Alice Donlan ( with any questions about the position.

FIRE Program
The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a hybrid research and education initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) that provides first-year students authentic research experience, broad mentorship and institutional connections that impact academic success, personal resilience, and professional development. It was initiated in 2015 and now impacts more than 600 first-year students annually through the operation of 15+ research groups.
The FIRE program is seeking a number of individuals (multiple positions available) to serve as Research Educators (formal title: Assistant Clinical Professor) for new undergraduate research groups to begin in January 2020.
FIRE is especially interested in candidates who may have experience and leadership capacities in:
  • Computer Science (especially applied forms of Computer Science that utilize machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented and/or virtual reality, etc)
  • Biology (any form including but not limited to molecular, micro, computational, genetics, ecological, neuroscience, bioinformatics, etc)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Journalism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Applied Economics
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice
  • Information Science
  • Business Analytics
The search is not limited to these research areas. New Research Educator positions will be supported from January 2020 through December 2022 (3 years) contingent on positive annual reviews and available funding. The position will report directly to the Director of Discovery-Based Learning in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. More information about the FIRE program is available at the FIRE website.

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships in Israel for U.S. Citizens - Academic years 2020/21 - 2021/22

Applications due by September 16, 2019.
Learn how to apply here.
Big Ten Opportunities
University of Wisconsin-Madison (NEW
Postdoctoral Research Position in Correlates of Immune Protection in Congenital Viral Infections
The Mohr lab at the University at Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a highly motivated post-doc to join our team studying antibody responses in congenital viral infections. Our laboratory focuses on the correlates of antibody protection in congenital virus infection using a translational macaque model. We currently have an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher in an ongoing project that aims to characterize the features of the antibody response during pregnancy and in infancy that correlate with improved virologic outcomes. This project combines standard virologic techniques with bioinformatics.
Visit our lab website to learn more! Candidates should email their C.V. and cover letter detailing their fit regarding the required skills and contact information for 2-4 referees to Emma Mohr (
Begin date: 07/01/2019 or per agreement
Percent time: 100%
Salary: per NIH guidelines commensurate with experience

Purdue University Job Postings

Post-doctoral Position, Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine - Department of Comparative Pathobiology and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Find more information here.

Ohio State University Job Postings

A Post-Doctoral Research Position will be available for a highly motivated scientist to study arrhythmia mechanisms in human hearts by using novel functional, molecular, and 3D structural mapping techniques in Dr. Vadim Fedorov’s lab at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, USA. Find more information here.

Department Of Surgery, Division Of Cardiac Surgery. A postdoctoral research position is available immediately. The candidate should have a recent Ph.D. in biological sciences and publications in muscle/heart biology, genome editing, or viral vectors, and the ability to work independently. Find more information here.
Social Events
Tips for Living Well @ UMD
Make sure to check out this list of tips for living well at UMD throughout the year in all 8 dimensions of wellness - physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, environmental, and financial.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regularly look for events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for concerts, plays, festivals, and all sorts of performance events at


MilkBoy ArtHouse is a performance venue, restaurant and craft bar where the campus and community can gather, connect and explore.

Funding Opportunities
The Division of Research SPIN Funding Database
Funding Workshop: Online Workshop
Past workshops/information event resources:
Funding resources:
Weekly funding alert: sign up at:
IRRoC: curation of integrated research resources on campus:

The Teaching Learning & Transformation Center (TLTC) has a host of workshops, for more information sign up for the TLTC newsletter here:
For more information and links to registration, visit the TLTC website HERE

The TLTC Faculty Learning Communities for Spring 2019 include:
  • Threshold Concepts Learning Community: Pedagogical Applications for Course Designs
  • Diversity and Inclusion Learning Community: Queer Faculty Learning Community
Find our more HERE.
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