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Job Application Clinic with Princeton Writes

In partnership with the Postdoctoral Council, Princeton Writes will offer a “Job Application Clinic.” Schedule a thirty-minute appointment to review your CV, Cover Letter, OR teaching statement before you send it out into the world. Receive personal feedback and guidance in starting your first draft or polishing your documents just before you hit send.

Individual appointments are available on October 3rd and 4th, October 10th and 11th, and on October 16th and 17th. You will need to send your documents ahead of the appointment for evaluation.

Job Applicaction Clinic


Cover Letter Bootcamp

Are you preparing job application materials? Want some feedback on your cover letters, abstracts, or research statements? Just want some motivation to finish up these documents? Come join fellow Postdocs from 10:30-3:30 on September 29 for a Cover Letter Bootcamp! Bring one or two documents that you are currently working on—or just some initial thoughts—and workshop these materials with your colleagues. We’ll also set aside some time for individual writing in order to put into immediate practice the feedback that you receive—and to get these materials on the way to submission. Please find the schedule of activities below.

Schedule: 10:30-12pm: Opening Workshop Participants will break out into small groups and provide each other with feedback on one job market document.

12-2pm: Working Lunch/Individual Writing Time (Lunch will be provided) Participants work individually on their materials based on the feedback that they received during the workshop.

2-3:30: Closing Workshop Participants break out into small groups and provide each other with feedback on the revised materials, discuss next steps.

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Postdoc Happy Hour

Happy Hour


Postdoctoral Seminar Series

PDC seminar


Pitching your Project: A Workshop on Writing an Effective Proposal

  • Date: Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Writing a winning proposal can be a catch-22: You must successfully write a proposal for a fellowship or grant before you can be invited to review proposals – even though reviewing proposals is in fact the best way to learn how to write them In this workshop, we’ll circumvent the paradox by using readers’ expectations of language, science, and argument to analyze the elements of effective proposals. How do proposals compare to other scientific documents? How do the various parts fit together? How can writers ensure that every page of the proposal develops and supports their overall argument.

Presented by Judy Swan, Ph.D (and NSF Fellow), Princeton Writing Program

For more information and to register see here

WritingWorkshop


Tour: Princeton Art Museum

The Princeton Art Museum has organised for the post-docs yet another amazing tour, topic this time is “Great British Drawings”.

“Great British Drawings showcases over 100 works by some of Britain’s greatest artists from Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and David Hockney. The exhibition has been organized by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, in association with the Princeton University Art Museum.”

This Art Museum tour will be on September 15th from 4 to 5pm, and it is free of charge.

RSVP here.

Art Museum


Cover Letter Bootcamp

  • Date: Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 10 am -3 pm

In the spirit of being prepared as early as possible for the onslaught of September craziness, the Writing Center will be offering its annual Cover Letter Bootcamp early next week. See the info below and sign up to join us!

Getting ready to submit your job application materials? Want some feedback on your cover letters, abstracts, or teaching and research statements? Just want some motivation to finish up these documents? Come join us from 10:00-3:00 on Tuesday, September 12! Bring one or two documents that you are currently working on—or just some initial thoughts—and workshop these materials with your colleagues and graduate writing fellows. We’ll set aside some time for individual writing to put into immediate practice the feedback that you receive—and to get these materials off your plate before classes begin! The schedule of activities below. Lunch will be available for those who RSVP.

If you plan to attend, please sign up here

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Opening Workshop (Writing Room) Participants will break out into small groups and provide each other with feedback on one job market document.

11:30 a.m.-1:30p.m.: Working Lunch/Individual Writing Time (Faculty Offices/Conference Rooms) Participants work individually on their materials based on the feedback that they received during the workshop.

1:30-3:00 p.m.: Closing Workshop (Writing Room) Participants break out into small groups and provide each other with feedback on the revised materials, discuss next steps.

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Orientation for new Postdocs

Presentations by Lisa Scalice (Assistant Dean of the Faculty), Office of Human Resources, Davis International Center and the Postdoc Council.

  • Date: Friday, September 8th 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Location: 301 Marx Hall

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Postdoc Happy Hour

The end of a hard workday means one thing … it’s time for HAPPY HOUR!

  • Date: August 30th, Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Princeton Ivy Inn

Interested in interdisciplinary discussions? Getting the latest news about Princeton? Getting involved in the next events of PDC? Or just grabbing a beer and relax? Then this is the event to go!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there … and don’t come too late for the free beer!

Happy Hour


Tour: Princeton Art Museum

The Princeton Art Museum has organised for the post-docs yet another amazing tour, topic this time is “Transient Effects.”

“Transient Effects explores a remarkable union of scientific observation and artistic imagination. In 1918, Howard Russell Butler (1856–1934)—a portrait and landscape artist and graduate of Princeton University’s first school of science—painted with impressive accuracy a total solar eclipse, an astronomical event that has been a source of mystery and fascination across cultures and epochs.” Lisa Arcamano, Manager of Campus Collections.

This Art Museum tour will be on July 28 from 4 to 5pm, and it is free of charge.

Art Museum


Postdoc Happy Hour

The end of a hard workday means one thing … it’s time for HAPPY HOUR!

  • Date: July 26th, Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Princeton Ivy Inn

Interested in interdisciplinary discussions? Getting the latest news about Princeton? Getting involved in the next events of PDC? Or just grabbing a beer and relax? Then this is the event to go!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there … and don’t come too late for the free beer!

Happy Hour


Summer workshop on scientific writing for postdocs

Do you sometimes find it challenging to write while working in the lab? Would you like to change that? This summer writing workshop with Judy Swan, Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton, will focus on creating a sustainable writing practice. We’ll learn about best practices for developing as a scientific writer and discover why the laboratory environment can be so inhibiting. Bring your experiences—both positive and negative – of writing as a postdoc at Princeton, and we’ll plan (together with the Postdoc Council) one (or more!) pilot projects for building a better infrastructure for writing as postdoc.

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Orientation for new Postdocs

Presentations by Lisa Scalice (Assistant Dean of the Faculty), Office of Human Resources, Davis International Center / Postdoc Council.

  • Date: Thursday, July 6th 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Location: Joseph Henry Room

PDC seminar


Postdoc Happy Hour

The end of a hard workday means one thing … it’s time for HAPPY HOUR!

  • Date: June 28th, Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Princeton Ivy Inn

Interested in interdisciplinary discussions? Getting the latest news about Princeton? Getting involved in the next events of PDC? Or just grabbing a beer and relax? Then this is the event to go!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there … and don’t come too late for the free beer!

Happy Hour


Postdoctoral Seminar Series

PDC Seminars are an exciting opportunity for you to showcase your research to your fellow postdocs and get useful and friendly feedback from non-specialists.

And if all this wasn’t motivation enough, there’s also free lunch!

  • Speakers: Maria Gorlatova
  • Date: Thursday, June 22nd 2017, 12 pm
  • Location: Louis A. Simpson International Building, MPR B60

PDC seminar


Postdoc Happy Hour

The end of a hard workday means one thing … it’s time for HAPPY HOUR!

  • Date: May 31st, Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Princeton Ivy Inn

Interested in interdisciplinary discussions? Getting the latest news about Princeton? Getting involved in the next events of PDC? Or just grabbing a beer and relax? Then this is the event to go!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there … and don’t come too late for the free beer!

Happy hour


Seminar with Nature’s Editor-in-Chief, Sir Philip Campbel

We have been invited to take part in an upcoming Nature Seminar and Roundtable session with Nature’s Editor-in-Chief, Sir Philip Campbell.

The seminar will be a 50-minute talk about the lab and research group management challenges for postdocs and aspiring Principal Investigators to discuss the support that they might increasingly need in today’s publishing environment. The seminar will be followed by a 45min- 1hour roundtable discussion led by Sir Philip Campbell.

The seminar is happening on Thursday June 1st from 9:30am -11:30am in New York City, for further details see attached flyer.

RSVP is closed now.

Nature seminar


Postdoctoral Seminar Series

PDC Seminars are an exciting opportunity for you to showcase your research to your fellow postdocs and get useful and friendly feedback from non-specialists.

And if all this wasn’t motivation enough, there’s also free lunch!

  • Speakers: Mohammed El-Kebir, Fernanda Sofio
  • Date: Thursday, May 18 th 2017, 12 pm
  • Location: Louis A. Simpson International Building, MPR B60

PDC seminar


Intersectionality in STEM education

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Job Application Clinic with Princeton Writes

Get a job!

Now that the semester is drawing to a close, it’s time to work on your job and fellowship applications, but where do you begin? Who can help? We can!

In partnership with the Postdoctoral Council, Princeton Writes will offer a “Job Application Clinic.” Schedule a thirty-minute appointment to review your CV, Cover Letter, or teaching statement before you send it out into the world. Receive personal feedback and guidance in starting your first draft or polishing your documents just before you hit send.

Individual appointments are available on Tuesday, May 16th, from 12:30-3:30, and on Wednesday, May 17th, from 9:30-12:30. You will need to send your documents ahead of the appointment for evaluation!

Princeton Writes will also make a “brainstorming room” available during these hours, in case you just need space to work and peers to bounce ideas off of.

RSVP here!

Job Applicaction Clinic


Tour: Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton Art Museum has organised another tour for us this month titled: Revealing Pictures, drawn from the collection of Christopher E. Olofson, Princeton University Class of 1992.

Kindly fill in the form below to reserve a place indicating your interest in attending. Number of spots are limited, so please RSVP here soon as soon as possible and we will contact you to confirm your spot.

  • Date: Friday, May 12th 2017, 4-5 pm
  • Location: Princeton University Art Museum

Art Museum


Cheers around the World

Cheers around the World


Postdoc Happy Hour

The end of a hard workday means one thing … it’s time for HAPPY HOUR!

  • Date: April 26th, Wednesday, 6 pm
  • Location: Princeton Ivy Inn

Interested in interdisciplinary discussions? Getting the latest news about Princeton? Getting involved in the next events of PDC? Or just grabbing a beer and relax? Then this is the event to go!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there … and don’t come too late for the free beer!

Happy Hour


The editorial process: Peeking inside the black box

Postdocs and Grad Students are invited to a seminar by Ines Chen (Chief Editor Nature Structural & Molecular Biology) about the editorial process and pursuing a career in scientific publishing.

Editorial process seminar


Third Annual iJOBS Symposium

We are invitated to the Third Annual iJOBS Symposium to be held on April 27, 2017 at Rutgers’ Busch Campus Student Center.

Programming will feature a lively discussion regarding, “Career Development Best Practices for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students,” with representation from Thomas Jefferson University, Sloan Kettering Institute, The New York Academy of Sciences, City University of New York (CUNY) and Stony Brook University.

During lunch, we will hear from Michael Johnson, CEO of Visikol, Inc. and Rutgers University PhD candidate regarding his experience, “Starting a Biotech Company While Completing a PhD,” and followed by roundtable discussions regarding, “Industrial Expectations and Academic Growth.”

  • Date: April 27, 2017
  • Rutgers’ Busch Campus Student Center
  • RSVP here

iJobs


Postdoctoral Seminar Series

PDC Seminars are an exciting opportunity for you to showcase your research to your fellow postdocs and get useful and friendly feedback from non-specialists.

And if all this wasn’t motivation enough, there’s also free lunch!

  • Speakers: Christian Arenz, Hans Meermann
  • Date: Thursday, April 20th 2017, 12 pm
  • Location: Louis A. Simpson International Building, MPR B60

PDC seminar


Perspectives of women in STEM: Navigating Relationships, Family and Career

Past Events

Speakers:

Dr. Lisa Klein, Distinguished Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University

Dr. Celeste Nelson, Professor in Chemical & Biological Engineering and Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Dr. Nelson is a professor and the current Director of Graduate Studies in CBE

Dr. Laura Gray, Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical & Biological Engineering, Princeton University

Shanna Pfau, Supervising Discipline Engineer, AECOM

Dr. Alisa Sedghifar, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Comparative Genomics, Princeton University


Tour: Princeton Art Museum

The Princeton Art Museum has organised for the post-docs yet another amazing tour featuring the Berlin Painter and His World Collection on April 13, 5 pm.

Art Museum


Pathways with a Ph.D.: Careers and Service

In any of the career possibilities you choose to pursue, service and community-engagement will play an important role as an intellectual and leader in your field. How will you define that role of community or civic-engagement in your career or, possibly, as your career? Come hear from graduate alumni, faculty, and campus partners on the role of service in their careers. Open cocktail reception to follow.

Confirmed panelists are:

Elisha Smith Arrillaga *09 WWS Director, Career Ladders Project Foundation for California Community Colleges

Peter R. Lighte *81 EAS Board Member, Half the Sky Foundation Board Member, Council on International Educational Exchange

Jenny Green, Ph.D., Astrophysics, Harvard University Professor, Astrophysical Sciences Princeton University Prison Teaching Initiative

Trisha Thorme, MA, Anthropology, Cornell University Director, Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI)

Charlotte Collins, MA, Religious Ethics, Yale University Associate Director, Pace Center for Civic Engagement

  • Date: Friday, April 7th, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
  • Location: Friend Center Convocation Room

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Excursion: Plasma Physics Laboratory

The PostDoc Council (PDC) offers a guided tour through the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on

  • Date: Thursday, April 6th at 4:00 pm
  • Location: 100 Stellarator Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540

PPPL tour


Orientation for new Postdocs

Orientation for new Postdocs