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Postdoc Dinner – March 23, 2012

Happy Spring! May you plant seeds for your career this season that ripen to a bountiful harvest. In honor of the Spring equinox, we have a postdoc dinner at the Moroccan Hospitality restaurant at 188 Salem Street in Malden on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:00pm. The plan is a Moroccan feast including Bastilla, tagine and couscous. We have a couple of slots available. If you would like to join us please RSVP to sarah.short@tufts.edu.

Looking forward to seeing some of you and celebrating the season!

Best wishes,
Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

Medford/Somerville Campus Coffee Hour – April 2, 2012

The next Medford/Somerville campus postdoc coffee hour will be held at the Burden Lounge in Anderson Hall on Monday, April 2, 2012 between 9:00 and 10:30am. Please come join us and meet your fellow postdocs.

Postdoc Public Speaking Workshop
Posted: March 5, 2012

Date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Dowling Hall 745A (Medford/Somerville Campus)

This is a great opportunity to develop skills for the delivery of research and lectures. The event will be limited to the first 20 postdocs who respond. Please RSVP to sarah.short@tufts.edu.

Finding and Applying to Academic and Professional Fellowships
Posted: January 23, 2012

The Sackler GSC Career Paths committee would like to invite you to attend a seminar describing how to identify and secure fellowships and internships. The seminar will take place on Monday, February 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM in Sackler 316.

Vicki Johnson, a four-time fellowship winner and ProFellow.com founder will speak on:

- How to prepare a competitive application
- How to make an impression in the individual and group interview
- How to make the most of your fellowship experience

Please see the flyer and press release for additional details.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Posted: January 30, 2012

February 8, 2012

2:00 – 3:00: Postdoctoral Fellowship Presentation 
3:00 – 4:00: Catered Reception

Posner Auditorium
Tufts University Sackler School, 200 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111

Speakers Include:

  • W. Ross Tracey, PhD
    Associate Director, Office of Education, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Aaron Nelson, MD, PhD
    Senior Investigator II, Translational Sciences – Pre-Clinical Safety
  • Sonya Fonseca, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases

See flyer for details and sign up here. While not required, please sign up by the end of the week so that Novartis can plan for catering.

All interested Tufts life sciences students and postdoc fellows are invited!

Chinese New Year Dinner – January 27, 2012

On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Postdoctoral Affairs Office hosted a dinner for postdoctoral scholars to meet and converse. The twelve-course banquet was held at East Ocean City to celebrate the Chinese New Year and we had scholars from Medford/Somerville and Boston Campuses. We hope to have other dinners throughout the year as well as other social events and workshops. Invitations will be posted on this web site and on the e-list.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Best wishes,
Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

Career Paths Biotech Start-up Seminar – January 25, 2012

The Sackler GSC Career Paths committee would like to invite all TUSM postdocs to their next event taking place this coming Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:15pm in Jaharis 508 (pizza will be served). Six local biotech entrepreneurs, including Sackler grads, will be joining us to discuss the world of start-up companies.

Boston-wide Future Faculty Workshop – March 2, 2012

The Northeastern University ADVANCE Program and its team for advancing women in interdisciplinary and international networks, is pleased to announce a Boston-wide Future Faculty Workshop on Friday, March 2, 2012. This workshop is specifically designed for graduating PhDs and postdoctoral scholars interested in faculty positions in science, engineering, or mathematics.  

In this NSF ADVANCE sponsored workshop, participants will spend one day learning about the academic job search process from interviewing to negotiating. Funds from the Northeastern ADVANCE grant will be used to support participants’ meals and on-campus parking.  

Please apply by clicking here. Deadline for all applications is midnight on February 15, 2012.

Postdoc Dinner – January 27, 2012

I wish you all a happy, healthy and productive new year. To celebrate the new year, the Postdoctoral office invites you to a Chinese banquet (location to be determined) on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 6pm. We have space for 30 and acceptances will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis (in addition to those who signed up for the December holiday dinner that was canceled). Please RSVP to sarah.short@tufts.edu. Please join us for fellowship, good cheer and an opportunity to meet your fellow postdocs.

Best regards
Dan Jay
Postdoctoral officer

Voice of Young Science (VOYs): Standing Up for Science Media Workshop
Posted: January 6, 2012

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Location: Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Standing up for Science workshops consist of a day-long series of interactive discussions designed to get early career researchers comfortable with speaking publicly about science. There will be 3 panels: 1) scientists with media experience, 2) journalists from a variety of journalistic media to provide perspectives on "a day in their life" and how scientists can help them to better communicate science to the public, and 3) a university press officer and others currently engaged in "standing up for science" to offer practical guidance. The panelists will only offer brief remarks to spark conversation (no PowerPoint), so come prepared to offer your two-cents and actively participate!

This workshop will be the beginning of the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) USA network, an informal group of early-career scientists interested in active public engagement to promote science literacy and evidence-based decision-making. All workshop participants will be allowed to opt-out of joining VoYS USA. Otherwise, you're in! But there are no strings or commitments attached. VoYS works by individuals stepping up in the ways they choose, when they are able. Things that have already been accomplished by the international VoYS network include getting the WHO to release a statement against homeopathic treatments to combat life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS and malaria (More about VoYS here: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/voys-campaigns-64.html).


Who attends: Participants are all early-career researchers (defined as grad student, post-doc, or first job position).

Important dates:

  • January 25, 2012 – Application (CV/resume and brief cover letter) due to international@senseaboutscience.org.
  • February 10, 2012 – All-day workshop at the Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Feel free to contact international@senseaboutscience.org with further questions. Please also pass this along to others who might be interested.

Grant Writing Workshop for Postdoctoral Scholars – December 2011

Amy Gantt, Susan Lewis and Kara Charansky led a lively and informative half-day grant writing workshop focused on postdoctoral scholars on December 7, 2011. This training event was fully subscribed and highly interactive with insightful group exercises. Please join me in thanking Amy, Susan and Kara for their service. Future Grant Writing Workshops will be posted here.

Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

Holiday Dinner – December 23, 2011

Dear Postdoctoral Scholars:

We have decided to postpone the dinner scheduled for December 23, 2011 to sometime in January where more people can attend. I apologize for the inconvenience. We will limit this event to 30 attendees with priority given to those who signed up for the dinner already and then first come first serve thereafter.

The dinner will be in Chinatown (close to the Boston Campus) at a restaurant, date and time to be determined. If you are interested, please contact Kattie Washington at kattie.washington@tufts.edu.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.

Best wishes,
Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

Biology Lab Instructors – Stonehill College
Posted: December 6, 2011

The Biology Department at Stonehill College invites applicants for part-time faculty positions. They have one position available to teach a Microbiology lab section and a second position to teach a 4-credit, 300-level Ecology course (lecture and lab). Both positions begin in January 2012. A Ph.D. is preferred but a minimum of a M.S. in Biology with teaching experience will be considered.

The position would require 1.5 hours, twice a week and pays about $3,500. Click here for more details.

Interested applicants should submit via email a letter of application and curriculum vitae by December 14, 2011 to either:

Dr. Magdalena James-Pederson
Biology Department Chairperson
or Irvin Pan
Assistant Professor of Biology

Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
Posted: November 15, 2011

The Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is designed to support postdoctoral scientists in non-profit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts. Each applicant must be working under the supervision of an established scientist who is the designated Mentor. Two-year grants ranging from $43,500 to $51,000 per year, inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance, will be awarded.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Basic Science: By July 1, 2012, applicants must have completed a minimum of three years, but not more than five years, of full-time postdoctoral research.
  • Clinical/Health Services Research: By July 1, 2012, applicants must be at the postdoctoral research training level and enrolled in a research fellowship program.

Application is due on Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:00pm (EST). Click here to submit your application.

Grant Writing Workshop for Postdoctoral Scholars
Posted: November 14, 2011

There will be a workshop for grant writing focused on postdoctoral awards (NRSs and K08) developed by Amy Gantt and her team in the Office of Proposal Development. This half day workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, between 2:00 – 5:00pm in Sackler 216A. The enrollment is limited to 40 attendees and will be accepted on a first-come first serve basis. Please send your request to Kattie Washington at kattie-washington@tufts.edu to rsvp for the event.

Graduate Student Council: Career Paths Panel
Posted: November 14, 2011

The Graduate Student Council is sponsoring a career paths panel with three Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) alumnae on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, in Jaharis 508 (Boston Campus) to discuss industry experience.

Click here for the announcement.

Futures in Life Sciences - Finance, Legal, and Operations - Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Posted: November 14, 2011

Date: November 15, 2011
Location:  MassBio Offices, One Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd have joined together to organize a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who will detail their roles and will provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. Space is limited to 100 individuals.

The event will focus on the various career options within the Finance, Legal, and Operations area of the life sciences sector.

Meeting Agenda:

5:30pm – 6:00pm Registration and Open Networking
6:00pm – 6:10pm Introductions, Overview, and Recognition of Sponsors
6:10pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion

Moderator: Daniel W. Young, Ph.D., Patent Agent Wolf Greenfield


  • Kevin Bitterman, Principal, Polaris Venture Partners
  • Irena Melnikova, Director, Prospective and Strategic Initiatives at sanofi-aventis
  • Sandra Glucksmann, Sr. VP Research & Business Operation at Cerulean Pharmaceuticals
  • Marc Recht, Partner, Cooley LLP
  • Denise Aronson, President, Safety Partners
7:30pm – 8:00pm Open Networking

Go to http://futuresinlifesciences7.eventbrite.com/ to register.

Publications and Awards
Posted: November 9, 2011

We are now posting all postdoc accomplishments. If you have a recently published paper, or one in press, have been awarded a grant or fellowship, please contact me and it will be posted on the Publication and Awards section of this website.

Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

16th European Career Fair at MIT – January 21–23 2012

Want to work or study in Europe? Looking for a full-time job, internship or university?
Submit your resume today at https://www.euro-career.com.

Discover the many opportunities that international companies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations from Europe have to offer at the European Career Fair (ECF) at MIT.

January 21

  • Exhibits and presentations by companies and academia
  • Networking with employers and other candidates

January 22–23

  • Interviews
  • Career development seminars
  • Networking
  • Largest career fair of its kind in the US with 130+ companies & 5000+ participants.
  • Searchable database allows employers to view your resume, and schedule interviews.

Registration is free!

Submit your resume today at https://www.euro-career.com.

The deadline for resume submission is Friday, December 3, 2011.

For regular updates, "like" them on Facebook or join their group on LinkedIn. Also you can check them out on Youtube.

2011 Graduate Research, Education, and Training Annual Meeting
Posted: October 25, 2011

I attended the Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT) Meeting on your behalf a couple of weeks ago. This meeting is sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and its mission is to promote best practices in training our next generation of biomedical sciences. I have provided the GREAT meeting agenda for you and will eventually receive PowerPoint presentations for the talks. I am happy to share specific talks with any of you who are interested. This year’s theme was team science. It is clear that the size and complexity of current research questions requires experts from diverse areas working together. It is increasingly important for us to consider the skills necessary for collaborative interdisciplinary science to succeed. There were sessions on training leaders of team science and how we need to change the culture of training to maximize success in this model.  Also, methods for collaborating such as electronic networking and collaborations in industry were highlighted. It was emphasized that it is important to be expert in one area, know what it is you offer to a collaboration, be fluent enough in the other disciplines and open minded to share ideas and brainstorm. Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp (MIT) gave a keynote address on what he referred to as the third revolution: the new biology combining physics and engineering with biology to solve 21st century issues (famine, sustainable fuel, health care). His institute (the Koch Institute) integrates biologists, physicists and engineers on each floor to enhance communication, interaction and collaboration.

Dan Jay
Postdoctoral Officer

Collaborative Research Travel Grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund Application
Posted: September 27, 2011

Deadline: December 1, 2011 by 4pm (ET)

This award supports Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers traveling to laboratories domestically or internationally to acquire new research techniques, facilitate or begin collaborations, or attend courses.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or are studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and are interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. The award provides up to $15,000 in travel costs. 

Click here for more details.




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