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PostDoc Weekly

Postdoc Weekly: November 5, 2019

Professional Development Events

Postdoctoral Association Monthly Board Meeting 

Wednesday, November 6  |  12 pm - 1 pm (lunch provided)  |  Natural Sciences II, Room 4206

Organizer: Postdoctoral Association 

Join the Postdoctoral Association for their monthly Board meeting and learn about upcoming events for Postdocs!

LinkedIn: Discover the Value of Connections

Wednesday, November 6  |  12 pm - 1 pm (lunch provided)  |  Natural Sciences II, Room 4201

Organizer: GPS-STEM 

Mock Interview Workshop 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019  |  11:30 AM - 12 PM Lunch & 12 PM  |  Graduate Resource Center 

Registration Link:

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a Mock Interview Workshop specifically for Postdoctoral Scholars. Attend the Mock Interview Workshop to refine your interviewing skills and receive individualized feedback in a round-robin interview format. Please bring 2 copies of your CV

Questions? Contact Dr. Kayleigh Anderson-Natale at

PoWER Writing Sessions - Every Thursday, 11 am - 1:30 pm 

The Postdoc, Writing, Editing and Review (PoWER) sessions are for dedicated for Postdoc Scholars to gather and work on projects. Each session begins with a brief check-in, followed by independent writing time. Writing consultations available upon request. Coffee provided. 

Writing consultation support includes, but not limited to: 

  • Goal setting 
  • Productive writing strategies
  • Feedback on particular piece of writing, as time allows

Register for PoWER here:

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Improv for Teaching Certificate Program 

Every Tuesday from November 5 to November 26  |  Graduate Resource Center | Register Here 

Facilitated by Activate to Captivate’s Bri McWhorter, this four-session communication program, Improv for Teaching, is for postdocs and graduate students. This highly interactive program will help participants learn to:

  • Think on their feet
  • Engage in active listening techniques
  • Create a collaborative learning environment
  • Expand their imagination to lead a dynamic classroom                              

Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. For more information, email

DECADE Welcome 

Friday, November 22, 2019  |  12 PM - 1:30 PM  | Student Center, Emerald Bay ABC | RSVP by Friday, November 8th:

Join us for great food, exciting conversations, and community building.

Interested in learning more about DECADE or expanding your involvement? Graduate Division and the Office of Inclusive Excellence welcomes all graduate students, post-docs, DECADE Mentors and staff to join us for our annual DECADE Welcome.

Postdoctoral Orientation 

Friday, January 24, 2020  |  2 PM - 4 PM Orientation & 4:30 PM Social Hour | Graduate Resource Center 

Learn about benefits, career development programs and resources available to you. Please register by January 17:


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:   Postdoc Benefits (Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc.) 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm:   Career Development Opportunities (Office of Postdoc Affairs) 

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm:   Union Presentation (UAW Local 5810) 

4:40 pm - on:            Social Hour with the PDA (Anthill Pub & Grille) 

Questions? Contact Annabel Ortiz at 

Are you a Postdoc in Biological Sciences? 

Do you have data from your current or previous scientific work that you would love to present and discuss in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere between peers? Did you always wonder what other postdocs in Biological Sciences do and how you could connect with them out of pure curiosity or potential collaboration? Were you ever eager to present something, just to be cut of for an unknown reason by a selection process?

We would like to organize a Postdoc Symposium in Biological Sciences where UCI postdocs could meet and discuss their science in a no-pressure environment with the goal that everyone who wants to present their work gets the chance to do so.

To make this a reality we ask each postdoc in Biological Sciences at UCI to complete a very short 3 minute survey in order to collect your opinion on this idea and willingness to participate.

The link to the survey is here:  PostDoc Symposium for Bio Sci

With hope of a fun and productive Symposium,

Elsa & Zoran, Postdocs at the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

Have you joined the PDA's MeetUp page? 

All Postdocs are encouraged to join the UCI Postdoctoral Association MeetUp page to stay updated on upcoming social events! 

PDA Events MeetUp page:

PDA Pic-Up Sports page:


How to be Job Ready: Navigate the Hiring Process with Industry Experts 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  |  12 PM - 1:15 PM  |  Natural Sciences II, Room 4201  | RSVP:

GPS-STEM is collaborating with University Lab Partners (ULP) to bring, hiring managers and scientific industry leaders. The professionals will share their wisdom about the hiring process in a focused panel discussion. This event will help those transitioning into industry better understand what happens behind-the-scenes during the selection. 


  • William Kim, Allergan 
  • Huixuan Liang, Medtronic
  • Julius Edson, ZymoResearch 
  • Martha Davis, Beckman Coulter

Business Concepts for STEM Scientists: Emerging Companies, the Entrepreneur's Journey! 

Thursday, October 31, 2019  |  12 PM - 1:15 PM  |  Natural Sciences I, Room 1114  | RSVP:

If you are a STEM scientist interested in an industry job or starting your own company, come and listen to industry experts and an entrepreneur’s journey! This event is tailored for PhD students and Postdocs in STEM disciplines. Presented by GPS-STEM and UCI Beall Applied Innovation.

 What you will learn from this discussion:

  • Journey of a research idea from bench to market
  • An entrepreneur’s journey from PhD/Postdoc to running own startup
  • Similarities between business aspects of industry vs. academic research
  • Business aspects of small, mid and large-size companies


  • David Charlot, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, CBio
  • Milton Greenberg, Ph.D., President, Vivreon Biosciences 
  • Weian Zhao, Ph.D., Founder, Velox Biosystems

Moderated by: Emon Heidari, Ph.D., Asst. Project Scientist, Beckman Laser Institute 

Questions? Contact Harinder Singh at 

LinkedIn: Discover the Value of Connections 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019  |  12 PM - 1 PM (lunch provided) |  Natural Sciences II, Room 4201  | RSVP:

You made a basic LinkedIn profile, have a few connections but don’t really know what else to do? Come and learn how to make the best of this professional platform. Presented by GPS-STEM and UCI Division of Career Pathways.

  • Develop a profile showcasing your skills and experience
  • Learn ways to make meaningful connections
  • Get a handle on various settings on LinkedIn
  • Effective use for employment opportunities 

Workshop Presenters: 

  • Harinder Singh, GPS-STEM 
  • Lauren Lyon, Division of Career Pathways 

Questions? Contact Harinder Singh at 

Fellowship Opportunities


Fellowship Name




The Earth Institute Columbia University

Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development Oct. 30, 2019 $67,530 Salary

Office of Inclusive Excellence  UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship  Nov. 1, 2019

Aprox. $49,200 Annual Salary

Benefits and up to $5K for travel funding

Dr. Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth 

Executive Director           

A.P Giannini Foundation 

A.P Giannini Foundation Postdoc Research Fellowship  Nov. 5, 2019 

$55K in Year 1 

$56K in Year 2

$57K in Year 3 

National Science Foundation

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology  Nov. 19, 2019

National Academy of Education

Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Nov. 20, 2019

$70K for 1 academic year of research

$35K for 2 contiguous yrs. working half time

Angie Harmon 

Program Officer


The Leading Edge Symposium 

Dates:      May 3 - 5, 2020 

Location:  HHMI - Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia 

Apply to be a Leading Edge Fellow! Fellowship Application Deadline: January 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET 

The goal of the Leading Edge Symposium is to improve the gender diversity of life sciences faculty in the United States by providing women and non-binary postdocs:

  • A platform to present their work
  • An opportunity to meet and connect with one another
  • Mentorship and career development training for world leaders in biomedical research

We also welcome representatives from institutions interested in recruiting and supporting a gender diverse faculty to attend the symposium.

Accommodation and meals will be covered for all attendees. Travel costs for fellows and panelists are covered by the Symposium. 

Professional Development Opportunities

The AAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program (STPF) 

Thursday, November 7  |  12 pm - 1 pm  |  Student Center, Wood Cove B |  Register here: 

Are you interested in working in Science Policy? 

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship is a paid, public service and professional development opportunity for doctoral level scientists and engineers interested in contributing to science policy at the federal government level in Washington DC. Fellows are recent PhD graduates, postdocs, faculty and other scientists seeking to grow their careers. A masters in engineering plus 3 years of work experience also qualifies.

During this session we’ll share this fellowship opportunity with grad students, postdocs and faculty. We’ll be joined by a current and alumna fellows to share their perspective on what the fellowship is like and tips to be competitive when applying.

The session is free and advance registration is encouraged. Register today:

Questions? Contact STPF Recruiter Director, Jessica Soule at or 202-326-7083. 

NIH Funding Opportunities for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral URM Scholars 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  |  10 am - 11 am  |  Natural Science II, Room 4201  |  RSVP by Nov. 1 to Dr. Marlene de la Cruz:

You are invited to attend a special presentation on NIH funding opportunities for predoctoral and postdoctoral URM scholars, including the Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F13) and (F32).

Presenter: Dr. Desiree Salazar, Program Director, Division of Training Workforce Development and Diversity, National Institute of General Medicine Sciences (NIGMS), NIH

Dr. Salazar is a former UCI MSP graduate student. Dr. Salazar directs severl funding sources at the NIH. A key component of a successful application for these suplments is the mentoring plan.

Postdoc Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Pamona, Assistant Professor

The Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is inviting applications for a tenure-track, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in Biotechnology, beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The enclosed announcement describes the position, the qualities we are searching for in a candidate, and information on how to apply. The University and this Department are especially interested in contacting women and applicants from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, but applicants from all backgrounds are eagerly sought. 

Further information may be obtained by writing or by calling the Biological Sciences Department at (909) 869-4037/4038.  Our Fax number is (909) 869-4078. 

For more information about the university, college and our department, you can access the