The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has partnered with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating
Science to offer a limited number of seats for our postdocs to take their communicating
science courses for free. These one-credit, five-week long courses introduce scientists
to innovative communication techniques for connecting with any audience.
(start with these):
JRN 503 Communicating Science: Improvisation for Scientists This innovative course uses improvisational theater techniques to help students communicate
more directly and responsively. It’s not about acting; it’s about connecting with
JRN 501 Communicating Science: Distilling Your Message Students learn to speak clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters,
in terms non-scientists can understand.
OTHER COURSES: JRN 502 Communicating Science: Writing to be Understood Students develop their ability to write about science or health for a public audience
without “dumbing down” their material.
Grants and Proposals: If you write it they will fund! A workshop from the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD), in partnership
with The SUNY Research Foundation
When:August 29 – November 4, 2016 (ten week course) Where: Online and Asynchronous, using Blackboard Learn 9.1
Based on the book,
Writing Successful Science Proposals by Friedland and Folt (altho applicable to many types of proposals), this virtual
workshop outlines the components of a successful proposal and the steps to get there.
Learn how to improve your chances of getting funded through fund sourcing, proper
planning and organization, concise writing, collaboration, and proposal submission.
Participate in interactive and relevant discussions and activities with faculty from
the comfort of your home or office.
$225.00 ‐ CPD Members – Use your CPD Training Points to pay for this event!
$275.00 ‐ SUNY Non‐CPD Members
$325.00 ‐ Other/Non‐SUNY
Scholarships Available: If you are interested in this workshop, CPD points may be available through the SUNY
Research Foundation/SUNY Center for Professional Development scholarship. Details
about the scholarship program and the
application are available on the
The Research Foundation for SUNY website. Please note that nine (9) scholarships (valued at 225 CPD points each) are available
and are awarded on a first‐come, first‐served basis. You may reach out to Carolyn
Mattiske, Learning and Development Manager, at the RF at Learning@rfsuny.org for additional
information about the scholarship opportunity.
If you're interested in taking a class at SBU or one of the SUNY campuses for credit,
you may be eligible for some tuition assistance as part of your employee benefits.
The State University of New York has a tuition assistance program for all full time
State and Research Foundation employees that supports employee initiatives to acquire
and maintain career-related knowledge, skills and abilities. Typically, there is a
call for applications in advance of each semester.
Are you interested in pursuing a scientific career that isn't focused on bench research?
ASBMB invites you to the “
Careers Beyond the Bench” workshop. This workshop offers one-to-one mentoring, help preparing application
documents, career-planning advice, training in interview techniques, and other support
to ensure their transition is successful.
You do not need to be a member of ASBMB to attend.
The workshop will cover the following career tracks:
science communication and outreach, and
Workshop Dates: August 19 - 21, 2016
Location: Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Application Deadline:July 31.
Spaces are limited, so apply soon.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)
is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing
and exciting challenges in energy. The ARPA-E Fellows Program was envisioned at the
start of ARPA-E to seed innovation and creativity in the design of transformational
energy technologies. At ARPA-E, Fellows are empowered to generate new ideas and connect
with leading experts to empower cross-disciplinary solutions to improve energy efficiency,
reduce energy imports, and reduce emissions. ARPA-E Fellows are advanced degree holders
who apply an academic, corporate, and/or entrepreneurial background to guide program
creation, agency strategy, and outreach.
During a two-year tenure, ARPA-E Fellows influence the direction of American energy
innovation, engaging with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs,
and government officials.
Examples of ARPA-E Fellows’ responsibilities include:
Independent technical initiative development - perform technical and economic analyses to identify new program opportunities; distill
information from experts in diverse fields
Existing program support - develop content for workshops; visit teams onsite to guide technical development;
review technical proposals
Agency strategy and visioning - develop content for annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit; build new internal
and external initiatives (ex. creation of ARPA-E Student Summit, leadership of annual
strategic retreat); represent ARPA-E at conferences and workshops.
Ph.D. in science or engineering, completed by early 2017
Strong analytical, research, and communication skills
Ability to initiate independent projects and work across disciplines
Passion to change the world through energy technology research and development
U.S. Dept of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Horizon Award supports junior-level scientists in conducting impactful research with the mentorship
of an experienced cancer researcher (i.e., Mentor). The Horizon Award challenges junior
scientists to develop and implement research in the cancer field. This opportunity
allows for junior investigators to develop a research project, investigate a problem
or question in the field of cancer, and further their intellectual development as
a cancer researcher of the future. Under this award mechanism, the junior investigator
is considered the Principal Investigator (PI), and the application should focus on
the PI’s research and career development.
Who Can Apply: Both predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows are eligible according to the
A predoctoral candidate within two years of completing required coursework, having
completed all laboratory rotations, successfully passed qualifying examinations (excluding
time in residency or on family medical leave), and is working in his/her Mentor’s
laboratory by the time of the application submission deadline, or
A postdoctoral fellow within three years of completion of his/her terminal degree
(excluding time in residency or on family medical leave) and working in the Mentor’s
laboratory at the time of the application submission deadline.
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award provides two years of full-time fellowship
support for mentored postdoctoral research in
chemistry and/or life sciences. The merit-based award amount varies by years of experience, providing a stipend
and research support. Applicants must be: US citizens or PRs, within 5 years of receiving
their doctoral degree and no more than three years in the same lab. Applicants must
identify a faculty mentor who will advise their proposed research, career and professional
You can help Stony Brook's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintain our database of
postdocs and "non-faculty researchers" by completing our
Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form. Your completion of the form not only helps us with our federal reporting requirements
about our postdoctoral population, but also helps us understand whether or not you
are a postdoc, enabling us to better serve our community. Keeping our email lists
current also will help us to reach you for our postdoc needs assessment survey to
be conducted this Fall
If you haven't had a chance to fill it out, you can find it