September 19, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Symposium Winners

The University of Maryland Office of Postdoctoral Affairs proudly announces the winners of the 2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium, which featured over 100 attendees and 30 poster presentations. 

A big thanks to all of those who contributed to make this a very successful event, including and especially Planning Committee Members Tao Cao (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Mary Chessey (Department of Physics), Katherine Joyner (Fischell Department of Bioengineering), Yun-Ting Kao (Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics), and Navot Naor (Department of Psychology). The annual PRS is an event by postdocs for postdocs and we already started working on next year's iteration! 

Another special thanks goes to the postdocs from the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, who came en masse to the symposium!

Congratulations to the winners!

First Place: Rianna Murray (Prevalence of Private Drinking Water Wells Impacts Salmonellosis Incidence in Maryland, USA: An Ecological Analysis Using FoodNet Data (2007-2016))

Second Place: Cherisse Hall (Are acyl homoserine lactones freely diffusible across bacterial cell envelope?)

Third Place: Chenshu Wu (RIM: RF-based Inertial Measurement)

Honorable Mentions: Marlaina Martin (At the Table: Black Women Media Makers and the (Re)Imagination of Belonging), Matthew Milholland (Coinfections in Ixodes scapularis Tick Hosts from White-tailed Deer Infer Facultative Mutualism Compared to Questing Ticks Across Sites in Maryland, USA), and Artur Wolek (Quadrotor Swarming for Cooperative Mapping and Search of an Unknown Urban Environment using Mutual Information)
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

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.

Owning My Success and Parting with the Imposter Phenomenon
Friday, October 4, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building

Sometimes we may doubt our accomplishments and abilities, feel inadequate, dwell on mistakes, and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” This has been described as the Impostor Phenomenon. This workshop will explain what the Impostor Phenomenon is, how it affects us, and offer some practical strategies for how to empower ourselves and reduce these tendencies. After explaining the causes of the Impostor Phenomenon, the facilitator will give suggestions of how to overcome negative self-talk, and peers will have an opportunity to discuss their challenges (1.5 hour).

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Belinda J. Huang, Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion.

Register here.

Academic Job Search
Thursday, October 17, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building
Learn the truth about the academic job market, what makes a competitive candidate and resources for those interested in pursuing faculty careers.Pre-registration required in Careers4Terps (

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

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Monday, October 21, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30 ● 2124 Lee Building
If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio.  Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, joins us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Marissa Stewart, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs at the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center.

Register here.

Post-Doc Orientation
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee Building
RSVP here

Common Quandaries Workshops and Related Events
The Research Commons' Common Quandaries graduate student workshop and event series offers introductions to a variety of skills, tools, and concepts to researchers on campus. Check out the events lined up for this Fall!

Basics of Data Management: Version Control with Git
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 ● 12:00pm-1:00pm ● Mck 6107
Register! - 39 seats left
LaTeX for Beginners
Thursday, September 26, 2019 ● 11:00am-12:00pm ● STEM Library MATH 1403A
LaTeX Reference Management and Citations
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 ● 11:00am-12:00pm ● STEM Library MATH 1403A
How to Write a Literature Review
Thursday, October 3, 2019 ● 12:00pm-2:00pm ● Mck 6107
Curating Your Digital Presence
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 ● 11:00am-12:00pm ● Mck 6103
NVIVO Workshop
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 ● 11:30am-12:30pm ● Mck 6103

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!

CIRTL Courses: As a member of CIRTL@UMD you have priority in registering
An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
Weekly asynchronous modules from 9/30 through 11/25 

Learn about STEM teaching at your own pace through online video modules and discussion boards in this highly rated, 8-week MOOC developed by CIRTL Network faculty. This is a repeat of the summer version of this MOOC.
CIRTL- Online Workshops: As a member of CIRTL@UMD you have priority in registering 
* Workshops have live, real-time online sessions and require independent work outside of those meetings. 
Understanding and Addressing Bias in STEM Classes
Tuesday, 10/1 & 10/8: 12-1:30PM ET
Learn how implicit bias impacts learning in STEM classrooms and explore strategies to counter it in this two-part workshop. Cap: 40. Register by 9/27.
Get an introduction to qualitative research methods for classroom-based research in this two-part workshop. Cap: 25. Register by 9/20.
Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement
Wednesday 10/23 & 10/30: 2-3:30PM ET
Draft a peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this two-part workshop. Cap: 40. Register by 10/18.
Research & Employment Opportunities
Career Opportunities
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has started a job board! Join the NPA and access various opportunities:

University of California (NEW)
The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. Apply online at Deadline: November 1, 2019. Find more information here

University of Pennsylvania (NEW)
The University of Pennsylvania has established the Provost’s Fellowship program to encourage a broad spectrum of candidates from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in academia. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. STEM applications are encouraged. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university. The deadline is November 1, 2019. Find more information here

Elings Prize Fellowships in Science (NEW)
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for the Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in nanoscience. Eligible research can be in any area of the physical sciences, biology, or engineering. The fellowships provide a salary of $60,000/yr. for two years, along with benefits and research funds. Successful applicants will work with, and receive partial support from CNSI faculty; applications must be coordinated with the relevant faculty supervisor(s). Fellowship recipients must have completed a Ph.D. in science or engineering prior to their arrival at CNSI. Applications are due by October 15, 2019. Find more information here. Email inquiries can be sent to:

University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center (NEW)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for the CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Cancer Research. This three-year fellowship provides basic, translational, and clinical training and aims to further develop talented PhD or MD/PhDs into successful clinical/translational research scientists. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next cycle due dates of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles are found at the program's website. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions at

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 
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

Comprehensive Cancer Center
Post-Doctoral Positions in Cancer Biology and RNA at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Multiple Post-Doctoral positions are available in the well-funded, dynamic, young laboratory of Dr. Wayne Miles at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and independent candidates to join our great team. Find more information here.

Arrhythmia mechanisms in human hearts
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
American Association of University Women (NEW)
American Association of University Women Invites Applications for American Fellowships. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Find more information here. Deadline: November 1, 2019

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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