Education

The Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars Affairs (OPVSA) is committed to enhancing your postdoctoral experience by offering various opportunities for career development.

Calendar of Events

ESSENTIAL TRAINING FOR UC SAN DIEGO POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS

The following workshops are considered essential training for postdoctoral scholars beginning their training at UC San Diego:

  • New Postdoc Orientation
  • Introduction to the Ethical Challenges of Research (part of the Ethical Challenges of Research Series)
  • Postdoc Individual Development Plan

These workshops are meant to be taken within the first year of postdoctoral training at UC San Diego.  

ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH PANELS

Two panels featuring UC San Diego professors will focus on preparing application materials and interviewing for academic positions in Humanities and Social Sciences and STEM fields.  Each panel will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in transitioning to the professoriate.

Both panel sessions will take place in the Horizon Room, in the Career Services Center from 1-2:30 pm.

Please register by visiting: https://academicjobs2016.eventbrite.com

Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Jobs - October 18, 2016

Prof. Simeon Man - History

Prof. Danielle Raudenbush - Sociology

This event is for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.  If you are a graduate student, please register by visiting: https://ucsd-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?mode=form&id=fdaddf86b3eb2ee2df5335e022c87ccb&s=event&ss=ws

STEM Academic Jobs - October 27, 2016

Prof. Shirley Meng - Nanoengineering

Prof. Brian Zid – Chemistry & Biochemistry

This event is for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.  If you are a graduate student, please register by visiting: https://ucsd-csm.symplicity.com/students/?mode=form&id=e1316e5c8ca21e5a28f5d6db136b9dfa&s=event&ss=ws

Sponsored by Career Services Center & Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs

ETHICAL CHALLENGES OF RESEARCH SERIES

ECR Program 2016

Ethical Challenges of Research Schedule 2016

  • Special Topics - Offered every other month starting Feb. from 12:00-2:00pm.
Date Topic Presenter Room

Feb. 10

Data Acquisition and Managing Bias

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., Director, Research Ethics Program

Biomedical Research Facility II (BRFII), Rm 5A03

April 15

Authorship & Collaboration

Mary Devereaux, Ph.D., Asst. Director, Research Ethics Program

Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 120.27

June 8

Image Manipulation

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., Director, Research Ethics Program

Biomedical Research Facility II (BRFII), Rm 5A03

Aug. 10

Sabotage!

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., Director, Research Ethics Program

Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 120.27

Oct. 12

Crucial Conversations Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., Director, Research Ethics Program Biomedical Research Facility II (BRFII), Rm 2A03

Registration required: https://researchethicstopics2016.eventbrite.com


Dates and location are subject to change.


Completion of introductory course with three additional special topics courses (2 hours each) in the Ethical Challenges series OR the Scientific Ethics course offered through the campus Research Ethics Program will result in a certificate of training, which may be necessary for various postdoctoral funding, such as by NIH or NSF.

Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to participate as part of their research training and education.

FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP SERIES FOR POSTDOCS

“Save early, save often” is a mantra touted by many financial planning websites and experts.  Time is critical when saving for retirement or any financial goal.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, every 10 years you delay starting to save for retirement, you will need to save three times as much each month to catch up.

To help you get started and understand how to maximize your financial potential, the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs has teamed up with MetLife to offer the “Financial Education Series for Postdocs”.

Each workshop will discuss the 10 ways to set yourself up for financial success for that specific topic.  Partners and family members of postdocs are welcome to attend.  Come join us to learn about the topics listed below and create a strategy for your financial future!

Date Topic Room

January 21

Smart Money Moves in your 20s and 30s

Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 313

February 18

Investment 101

Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 313

March 17

Understanding Life and Disability Insurance Income

Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 313

April 21

Employment Transition: Preparing for Change Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), Rm 313

As many people are concerned about how to plan for their financial future as their careers advance, the program offers a complimentary one-on-one personal consultation.  These one-on-one consultations are a great way to get individual solutions that fit your specific financial situation. If you would like to schedule a session, time slots will be available to meet on campus the next week after each workshop.  These one hour sessions with a Financial Advisor are confidential and complimentary.  A sign-up sheet will be available at each workshop.

All workshops will be held from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

Register HERE

Please note that family members of postdocs are also welcome to attend.

Dates and locations are subject to change. 

FUNDING FEST

Funding Fest 2016

The ability to successfully secure funding is a critical part of your postdoctoral training.  However, how does one write a competitive grant?  What funding opportunities exist for postdocs? How does the submission process work? Come and learn the answers by attending the workshops of Funding Fest!  

Funding Fest is an annual series of informational workshops that is held each Spring or Summer and provided by the Torrey Pines Training Consortium.  The Torrey Pines Training Consortium members include Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and UC San Diego. They sponsor training courses and programs designed to provide career development and leadership competencies for scientific professionals at early stages of their career.

Funding Fest workshops are presented by various faculty members, postdoctoral training grant and fellowship recipients and institutional offices.

This year various workshops will be held at the different Torrey Pines Training Consortium institutions from April to June, 2016.

Finding Your Voice: How to be an Advocate for Science

Yvette Seger will present the variety of ways researchers can play a role in advocating for research funding as well as highlight resources that make it easy for scientists to engage in advocacy activities.

Thursday, April 7, 10- 11 am, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Bldg 12 Auditorium 

Registration:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/seger_apr2016

Grant Writing 101

In this workshop, faculty from the Scripps Research Institute, Ashok Deniz, Luc Teyton, and Glen Nemerow will discuss how to effectively write a grant.

Tuesday, April 19, 1-2:30 pm, The Scripps Research Institute, Committee Lecture Hall - Skaggs Institute/Molecular Biology Building, 2nd Floor, room 220.

Registration: https://grantwriting101tsri2016.eventbrite.com

Navigating the NIH Grant Writing Process

Salk Research Development professionals, Michael Nunn and David O’Keefe, will provide strategies for selecting the NIH study section most relevant to your research, and for translating your research plan into a funded proposal. Although geared toward NIH proposals (R01, K99, F32), concepts will be applicable to a wide range of funding mechanisms and granting agencies. 

Thursday, April 21, 1- 2:30 pm, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Trustees Room

Registration: https://ff2016navigatingnih.eventbrite.com

Basics of Mentored Grant Writing

UC San Diego Professor Peter Wagner will discuss the different types of grants, structure and components (abstract, aims, method, budget) and how to think and write about them.

Friday, May 6, 1- 3 pm, UC San Diego campus, Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://ff2016mentoredgrants.eventbrite.com

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Information Session

Dr. Ericka Boone, Director of the Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) will explain this set of programs established by Congress, designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers and answer your questions on eligibility and the application process.  

Monday, May 23, 12- 2 pm, UC San Diego campus, Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://ff2016nihlrps.eventbrite.com

NIH K99/R00 & the NIH Grant Process

UC San Diego Professor Pamela Mellon will explain the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) application and review process.  In addition, K99/R00 recipients, Yvonne Eisele (TSRI) and Mara Sherman (Salk) will discuss tips and advice on applying.

Wednesday, May 25, 1- 3:30 pm, UC San Diego campus, Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://ff2016k99.eventbrite.com

How to Apply for a Postdoc Fellowship*

This workshop, given by Rachel Cook, Senior Grant Analyst, Health Sciences Sponsored Project Pre-Award Office at UC San Diego, will include how to apply for different fellowships, UC San Diego guidelines and general submission information for fellowships and grants and where to look for funding.

Thursday, June 16, 1- 3 pm, UC San Diego campus, Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://ff2016fellowship.eventbrite.com

*Although all postdocs are welcome, this seminar is targeted to UC San Diego postdocs.

Fellowship Opportunities from Non-Federal Sources

Speakers from multiple funding agencies will describe their organizations’ current funding priorities and grant and fellowship opportunities.  Additionally, they will share grant writing tips, present information about the grant review processes, and answer questions about their organizations’ funding mechanisms.

American Heart Association: Monday, May 16

American Cancer Society: Tuesday, June 7

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: Thursday, June 16

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Monday, June 20

All events will take place from 1-2 pm; The Scripps Research Institute, Graduate Office, Hazen Theory Building, 1st floor

Registration: https://ff2016nonfederalsources.eventbrite.com

Questions? Suggestions? Contact the person at your respective institution:

Ginger Hazen, UC San Diego, vhazen@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5915

Jean Branan, TSRI, jbranan@scripps.edu

Nisha Cavanaugh, SBP, ncavanaugh@sbpdiscovery.org

B.Bea Rajsombath, Salk, brajsombath@salk.edu

INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS SERIES

Interested in an industry position, but not quite sure what careers are available? How does one make the transition from an academia to an industry position? The Industry Connections series seeks to answer those questions. 

Each workshop will focus on perspectives from a Ph.D. working in industry and how he/she successfully transitioned to a career in industry.  The speaker will give a short presentation and then open the topic up for Q & A.  This event is limited to 20 postdoctoral scholars and a light lunch will be provided. If you attend, please be willing to participate in the discussion.

Workshops will be held in the Student Services Center (SSC) from 12 – 1 pm.

Date Topic Presenter Room

May 5

Careers in Life Science Research in the UK

Amy Moore, Ph.D.; Researcher Development Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), University of London, UK Student Services Center (SSC), Room 300

July 26

NGO Accelerator

Anindita Sarkar, Ph.D.; Springboard Program Manager at CONNECT

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 260

October 6

Scientist in Biotechnology

Xiong Zhang, Ph.D; Scientist at Allele Biotechnology

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 300

December 13

Educational Outreach Entrepreneur Olivia Mullins, Ph.D.; Founder of Science Delivered Student Services Center (SSC), Room 400

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Register HERE

**Registration for these workshops is required. If you register for a workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation through EventBrite to allow another postdoc to attend.**

INDUSTRY JOB SEARCH SERIES

IJS Series 2016

This series will focus on the successive phases of an Industry Job Search.  Barbara Preston, Ph.D., recruiter and co-founder of PharmaScouts, will present the series and will share tips and best practices to help you succeed in transitioning from academia to industry.  Attend this series to learn how to positively leverage your experience in postdoctoral training.

Resume Writing for Industry

April 6 from 12-1 pm

Learn the differences between a CV and resume and gain a better understanding about how to present your experience, communicate relevant skills, highlight what is important to a hiring manager in industry and even how to be considered for non-bench scientific roles.

Resume Review for Industry

April 27 from 12-1:30 pm

In the Resume Writing workshop, you learned that a resume is used to get the attention of your potential employer and interest him/her enough to call you for an interview.  As a follow up to that workshop, Dr. Preston will review resumes and provide feedback for up to 12 UC San Diego postdocs.

If you would like to submit your resume for review, please complete the Position/Result/Edge (PRE) worksheet that was provided to you in the first workshop to draft your resume. Send a copy of your resume to postdoc@ucsd.edu by Saturday, April 16 to be considered for review.  Please title your resume file as “Last Name, First Name_UCSD_IJS2016resume”.  Please send as a Word or PDF file.

If your resume is selected, Dr. Preston will review each “blinded” resume to give personalized feedback. A similar workshop was offered in 2013 and 6 of the 9 postdocs who had their resume reviewed have transitioned to an industry position.

Even if your resume is not selected, we invite you to attend to witness the resume reviews of your peers.

Getting in the Door of Industry

May 4 from 12-1 pm

Learn how to identify companies and make targeted lists of companies you would want to work for [whether or not a position is posted], identify the right people to connect with internally using available resources and discover how to connect with those people directly to assist your transition from academia.

Passing the Interview Hurdle

June 1 from 12-1 pm

Learn about phone screens, the in-person interview with multiple individuals at different levels, and the scientific seminar.  This workshop is a combination of universal job interview insights and tips specific for new-to-industry postdoctoral applicants to help with the common questions and challenges you will face.

The entire series will be held in Leichtag Building, room 107.

Register for all events HERE

Dates and locations are subject to change.

INTERVIEWING SKILLS FOR PHDS

Are you unsure of what to expect in a non-academic job interview?  Then join us for the Interviewing Skills for PhDs program!

This program is a series of events designed in collaboration with Career Services Center, Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and the Postdoctoral Association to provide postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students useful interviewing skills and a chance to apply those skills in a mock interview session with local biotech industry HR professionals and hiring managers. 

Check back for 2016 events!

POSTDOC APPRECIATION MONTH: SEPTEMBER

Postdoc Appreciation 2016

In addition to the regular professional development programming, the following are special events offered to postdocs in celebration of Postdoc Appreciation Month!

*Please note that the Postdoc Research Symposium and Postdoc Appreciation Lunch (featuring keynote speaker Prof. Rob Knight) will be held on November 1, 2016.*

Postdoctoral Association Open House Lunch

Learn more about the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and enjoy a free lunch on us! Meet the PDA board members; Meet other postdocs; Learn about what we're planning for the year; Tell us what events you'd like to see this year and Learn more about getting involved!

September 19, 2016

Time: 1 - 2 pm

Location: Leichtag Building, Room 107

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pda-open-house-lunch-tickets-27086702055

How to be a Healthier, Happier, More Productive You!

As postdoctoral training is stressful, mostly autonomous and often overwhelming, this workshop will provide tools to help realize the importance of self-care as well as introduce mindfulness exercises that can help you throughout your training. Part of the Postdoc Health and Wellness series and presented by Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, this workshop will provide tools to help with the transition as well as a venue for postdocs to meet each other and share resources. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs.

September 20, 2016

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: Student Services Center, Room 300

Registration: https://postdochealthwellness2016.eventbrite.com/ 

Permanent Residency Pathways for Postdocs

Presented by Roark Miller, Director of the International Faculty & Scholar Office, this workshop will touch on the most common pathways that postdocs can use to adjust to permanent residency status.  This seminar will be followed by a panel discussion with postdoc PR holders, Francesca Telese and Jelena Todoric with time for Q&A with the panelists and Dr. Miller.

September 26, 2016

Time: 12 - 2 pm

Location: Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: http://prpathways2016.eventbrite.com

Postdoc Appreciation Month Happy Hour at Rough Draft Brewing Co.

Come enjoy a cold craft brew & food (veggie options too!) and meet postdocs from across the Torrey Pines Mesa at Rough Draft Brewing Co. Free drink coupons for the first 50 postdocs to check in! Organized by your Postdoctoral Association (PDA).

September 27, 2016

Time: 6 - 9 pm

Location: Rough Draft Brewing Co. (8830 Rehco Rd. in Mira Mesa)

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-postdoc-appreciation-month-happy-hour-tickets-27498534858

Need a ride? Organize carpools HERE.

Take Control of Your Time

Do you often feel like there's not enough time into accomplish all that you want to do? Do you sometimes feel like your work is taking over your entire life? If you want to get more done without working longer hours and learn about techniques for creating space in your life for all of your interests, join Melanie Nelson, Ph.D. for a workshop that will help you examine your time use patterns, identify your pitfalls, and learn concrete techniques to take control of your time.

September 28, 2016

Time: 12 - 2 pm

Location: Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://controltime2016.eventbrite.com/ 

4th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

You are invited to attend and learn about the research being conducted by your fellow postdocs at UC San Diego, one of the premier research institutions in the world.  In addition, connect with your peers, faculty and industry professionals at this symposium organized by Postdoctoral Association (PDA).

November 1, 2016

Time: 9- 11:30 am

Location: Price Center, Ballrooms A & B

For more information, visit the PDA Research Symposium website for guidelines, contacts and eligibility.

Abstract submission deadline is Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 10 PM.  Click here for abstract submission form**

**Postdoctoral scholars may opt out of oral presentation selection by indicating such on their form.

Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony

This annual event is an opportunity to thank you for your contributions to research and being an important member of the UC San Diego community. Enjoy lunch, the comradery and support the recipients of the Best Mentor, Best Postdoc, and Research Symposium awards. This year we have the pleasure and honor of Professor Rob Knight, Department of Pediatrics and co-founder of the American Gut Project as our keynote speaker.  Check in will begin at 11:45 am and you will need to bring your ticket for admittance.  Please note that a ticket does not guarantee your spot as you need to arrive in a timely manner.

November 1, 2016

Time: 12- 2 pm

Location: Price Center, Ballrooms A & B

Registration: https://postdocappreciationlunch2016.eventbrite.com

POSTDOC HEALTH & WELLNESS SERIES

Postdoc Health and Wellness

Postdoctoral training is a time of transition for scholars, which can lead to feelings of uncertainty and stress.  In addition, this training period often coincides with personal milestones (e.g. marriage, parenthood) and usually requires relocation to a new city or even new country.  To address the challenges that confront postdoctoral scholars, this series is designed in collaboration with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) to help postdoctoral scholars have a healthy and productive time while in training.

Workshops addressing different challenges will be held in Student Services Center, (see below for room number) from 12-1:30 pm. 

Lunch will be provided by OPVSA.

Facing the Challenges of a New Environment

When you start your postdoctoral training, you are likely fresh out of graduate school and just moved to San Diego from potentially across the country or world.  Although the academic setting may be similar, expectations, cultures and locations have changed.  This workshop will provide tools to help with the transition as well as a venue for new postdocs to meet each other and share resources.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 (Student Services Center, Room 300)

Presented by Michelle Brown-Shelton, M.A., ATR, CEAP

How to be a Healthier, Happier, More Productive You!

As postdoctoral training is stressful, mostly autonomous and often overwhelming, this workshop will provide tools to help realize the importance of self-care as well as introduce mindfulness exercises that can help you throughout your training.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  (Student Service Center, Room 300)

Presented by Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW

CANCELLED: Tips for Creating an Enjoyable Holiday Season

This workshop will help postdocs learn how to focus on the enjoyable side of the approaching holiday season, which is usually a busy and possibly stressful time of year.  In addition, if you are an international postdoc who is unfamiliar with the expectations of the holiday season in the U.S., this is an opportunity to share resources and customs with fellow postdocs.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016  (Student Services Center, Room 300)

Presented by Michelle Brown-Shelton, M.A., ATR, CEAP

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Register HERE

For information on the Postdoc Health & Wellness Series, please contact Merritt Bradford, merritt@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3553

POSTDOC INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

See IDP tab under "Information for Postdoctoral Scholars".

POSTDOC TABLE TALK

Postdoc Table Talk

Postdoctoral scholars rely on a network of mentors and advisors for success during their training and beyond.  Some postdoctoral scholars may not have the opportunity, contacts or venue to broaden this network, especially with academics in another field. 

To address this, the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) and the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) have collaborated to create a platform for postdoctoral scholars and UC San Diego faculty to connect over an informal lunch at the Faculty Club once per quarter. 

During this lunch, up to 5 postdoctoral scholars and a faculty member of the scholars’ choosing will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, such as postdoctoral training, research, life in and outside of academia and more.  The topics are driven by the attendees and all are expected to participate in the discussion.  OPVSA will sponsor the lunches at the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet with UC San Diego faculty members as they share their insights and experiences.

Please do not apply if the featured faculty member is your mentor. The intent of the lunch is to broaden the postdoctoral scholar's network.

Lunches will be held in the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club from 12 – 1:30 pm.

Date Faculty Member Request your spot

May 16, 2016

Jerrold Olefsky

Jerrold Olefsky, M.D.

Prof. Medicine, Endocrinology, Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Postdoc_Table_Talk_May2016

July 22, 2016

Kimberly Cooper

Kimberly Cooper, Ph.D.

Asst. Prof., Division of Biological Sciences, Cell & Developmental Biology

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Postdoc_Table_Talk_July2016

November 2016

TBA

 

Dates and locations are subject to change.

**Registration for these lunches is required.

NEW POSTDOC ORIENTATION

We would like to welcome you to UC San Diego! Our mission is to advance knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral level. We are known around the world for our excellent, innovative research and that could not be possible without the talents and skills of our postdocs.  So we thank you for joining our research team.

UC San Diego has one of the largest postdoctoral communities in the UC system (1250+ postdocs). As a postdoc, we want to ensure that you receive the best training, feel engaged with campus community and receive opportunities to enhance your postdoctoral experience.

To set the foundation of expectations, inform you of resources, benefits, services and professional development, please attend the New Postdoc Orientation.

Orientation will be held the 2nd Thursday of every  month from 12 – 2 pm.

Orientation Schedule

Day Date Time Location

Thursday

December 8, 2016

12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room

Register

Thursday

January 12, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room

Register

Thursday

February 9, 2017

12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room

Register

Thursday March 9, 2017 12:00 - 2:00pm

Student Center - Huerta-Vera Cruz Room

Register

This program is intended for new postdocs (or continuing postdocs) and it is strongly recommended that postdocs attend the workshop within the first two months of their initial appointment so they become familiar with the guidelines and policy that impact their appointment. The presentation will include information about benefits and welfare programs, tax withholding obligations, visa policy, navigating the campus, research-related resources, and professional development opportunities and activities. In addition, representative(s) from the UAW will give a brief presentation at 1:30 PM.

For information, please contact Merritt Bradford, merritt@ucsd.edu or (858)534-3553

Dates and locations are subject to change.

RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE SERIES

Interested in an academic position? Come hear how to make the transition from a postdoc to professorship at the Research Roundtable series!

The Research Roundtable series focuses on perspectives from junior faculty in different disciplines on the transition from postdoc to faculty.  This may include experiences being on the academic job market, setting up a research lab and group to preparing for tenure. Throughout, the faculty members will talk about best practices and lessons learned to help the postdoc navigate the academic career path. The event will be limited to 20 postdocs to encourage discussion and a light lunch will be served.  If you attend, please be willing to participate in the discussion.


Workshops will be held from 12 – 1:30 pm.

Date Professor Room

April 25

Padmini Rangamani, Ph.D., Prof. of Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 300

August 30

Jennifer Burney, Ph.D., Prof. at the School of Global Policy & Strategy

Ted Scripps Room at Seaside Forum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus

September

TBA

TBA

November

TBA TBA

Dates and locations are subject to change.

Register HERE

**Registration for these workshops is required. If you register for a workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation through EventBrite to allow another postdoc to attend.**

SPECIAL EVENTS

Principles of Clarity Retreat

POC Retreat 2016

The Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and Professor Karen Dobkins have partnered to offer UC San Diego postdocs this health and wellness weekend workshop based on principles from both the scientific and Buddhist perspectives (Mindfulness and Positive Psychology), which focus on improving your relationships, including with yourself.  You will learn how to get straight to the heart of a matter, identify the issues, discriminate between real threats vs. the “stories” we tell ourselves, move away from “shoulds”, take responsibility for our choices and what we have brought to a negative situation, not go into “victim mentality”, communicate needs without being “needy”, bring love and openness to all situations, live wholeheartedly ….. without apology.  

January 23 & 24, 2016

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

Location: Home of Prof. Karen Dobkins in La Jolla 

Registration: https://pocretreat2016.eventbrite.com by January 10, 2016

Contact Prof. Karen Dobkins (kdobkins@ucsd.edu) for password to register.

Careers in Medical Writing for Master’s and PhDs

Learn from a panel of experts about the diverse career opportunities medical writing offers those with advanced degrees in a variety of fields. Laura Alper, Ph.D., Noelle Demas, M.S., and Amy Lindsay, Ph.D., members of the American Medical Writers Association, will speak about their experiences pursuing careers in medical communications and provide advice on breaking into the field. Please come prepared with questions for this interactive session! This event is hosted by Career Services Center and the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs.

February 22, 2016

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm

Location: Career Services Center, Horizon Room
Register by emailing Giulia Hoffmann (gkhoffmann@ucsd.edu)

Transition to Industry: SciPhD Bootcamp

Adapting to industry jobs can be a significant challenge for scientists coming from academia. Industry values and even requires skills that go beyond the traditional scientific/technical competencies.  "The ability to work in cross-matrixed environments, demonstrate solid tactical and strategic thinking, ability to delegate, communicate and understand basic concepts of project management" are common prerequisites for jobs in industry. Although these skills are not typically emphasized during academic training, many research activities do in fact map to these competencies.  Having an awareness of your skills and an ability to express those skills in business terms provides a significant competitive advantage in landing an industry job and being successful in that job. This event is hosted by the Torrey Pines Training Consortium (TPTC). TPTC members include Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and UC San Diego.

March 18, 2016

Time: 7:30 am - 5 pm

Location: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Auditorium

Registration: https://t2in2016.eventbrite.com

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session

Join us for a discussion with a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship representative to learn more about this fellowship opportunity for doctoral level scientists and engineers and how you can apply your knowledge and skills to policy at the federal level, while learning first-hand about establishing and implementing policy.

April 1, 2016

Time: 11 am - 12 pm

Location: Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: http://aaaspolicyfellowships.org/event/uc-san-diego-information-session

Life at a Liberal Arts College

Interested in teaching at a Liberal Arts College, but not sure what to expect?  Join us for a morning discussion and networking lunch with faculty and administrators from Middlebury College and Williams College, who represent LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges and universities. This is an opportunity to learn about careers at liberal arts colleges and to get specific advice about how to prepare for the application process in advance as well as when you are actually ready to enter the job market.  Networking lunch included. This event is hosted by Career Services Center, Graduate Division and the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs.

April 15, 2016

Time: 9 am - 1 pm

Location: Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Registration: https://lado2016.eventbrite.com

Is Open Access Publishing right for you? Expanding the reach of your scholarly work.

As an academic, you want your research to reach the most amount of people possible.  One way to do that is you make your work open access (OA), available to readers regardless of whether they have a subscription or access to a university library.  There's been a lot of talk in the last few years about OA in scholarly publishing, and a lot of confusion and misconceptions. Perhaps you’ve heard that you always have to pay to make your articles OA (false), or that there’s no peer-review involved (false). In addition, every publisher has their own policies about OA and your rights as an author.  Avoid the confusion and frustration by joining in a discussion with experts who will demystify OA publishing, share resources to help you find the right fit for your publication and answer questions that you have to expand the reach of your scholarly work!

April 26, 2016

Time: 2- 3:30 pm

Location: Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Registration: https://libraryopenaccess2016.eventbrite.com

8th Annual PhD Career Conference

PhDcc2016

Join us for the 8th Annual PhD Career Conference at UC San Diego!  This conference agenda highlights many career opportunities represented by the successful careers of Masters and PhDs who have found their niche as well as workshops designed to help graduate students and postdocs achieve career success.  Conference includes keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist at Glassdoor, panel discussion and roundtable networking with Masters and PhDs in diverse careers.

May 14, 2016

Time: 12- 5:30 pm

Location: Price Center East Ballroom

Registration: https://phdcc2016.eventbrite.com/

Modern Marketing for Scientists with Marc Kuchner, PhD

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Many scientists know they need to market their work–but what does that really mean?  In this workshop, we’ll talk about marketing, sales, and branding: what those words mean in the business world and what they mean to us scientists.   We’ll dig into brand names and logos and talk about how to start a conversation about your work. How can you “sell” something without losing your credibility? What’s even better than an elevator speech?  Come to this workshop to find out.

Marc Kuchner is an astrophysicist at NASA and knows that "marketing" can seem like a superficial distraction, whether your daily work is searching for new planets or seeking a cure for cancer. In fact, he argues, it's a critical component of the modern scientific endeavor, not only advancing personal careers but also society's knowledge. 

Kuchner approaches marketing as a science in itself. He translates theories about human interaction and sense of self into methods for building relationships-one of the most critical skills in any profession. And he explains how to brand yourself effectively-how to get articles published, give compelling presentations, use social media like Facebook and Twitter, and impress potential employers and funders.

June 14, 2016

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Leichtag Building, room 107

Registration: https://marketingkuchner2016.eventbrite.com

Communicating Science to Non-scientists with Jean-luc Doumont, PhD

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August 24, 2016

Time: 12:00-2:00 pm

Location: Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), lower auditorium

Registration: https://sciencecommdoumont2016.eventbrite.com

Inclusivity and Alignment: Best Practices for Increasing Student Learning and STEM Retention


No two students or faculty are the same; we all enter the classroom with a wealth of different experiences and abilities that can dramatically alter the way in which we teach and learn. This workshop will focus on the influence of diverse identities on both teaching and learning. We will draw from primary literature on scientific teaching to address best practices for creating an inclusive and equitable classroom. Participants will engage in evidence-based strategies to enhance student achievement and retention in STEM disciplines. Presented by UC San Diego IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellows Dr. Angie Hernandez-Carretero, Dr. Dave Gorkin, Dr. Neil Grimsey and Dr. Edwin Paz. 

October 3, 2016

Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

Location: Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET), room 145

Registration: https://scientificteaching2016.eventbrite.com

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Questions? Suggestions? Contact Ginger Hazen at: vhazen@ucsd.edu  or (858) 822-5915

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