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UPDATE July 22, 2016 

Dear Postdocs,

Below are some course and workshop opportunities coming up. If you have any questions, contact those programs. If you want to sign up for our free slots in the communicating science courses, email me. 

Also, note some upcoming deadlines for some funding opportunities. As always, don't forget the Postdoc Office's travel grant program to support your travel to present. 

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. Postdoc Spots Still Available for Fall Communicating Science Courses
  2. Online Grantwriting Course from SUNY RF, Aug 29 - Nov 4
  3. SUNY Fall Tuition Assistance Applications: Due Aug 17
  4. Workshop: Careers Beyond the Bench, Baltimore, MD, Aug 19-21

Jobs & Funding

  1. U.S. Dept of Energy ARPA-E Fellowship: Due Aug 15
  2. U.S. Dept of Defense Cancer Horizon Award for Junior Scientists: Due Sept 28 
  3. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry & Life Sciences: Due Sept 19


  1. Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

Events & Classes

1.   Postdoc Spots Still Available for Fall Communicating Science Courses
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.

We have two postdoc spots available in each section of the following courses. Consult the course catalog listing for dates and times. Postdocs may sign up for one class a semester and must register through the Postdoc Office by sending an email request with their course preference to . Registration is first come, first served. 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES (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 an audience.

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.

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.

JRN 508 Communicating Science: Engaging Key Audiences (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503) 

JRN 509 Communicating Science: Presenting Science Unplugged (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503)

JRN 512 Creating a Video Abstract (Pre-requisite: JRN 501 or JRN 503)

TO ENROLL: Email your first choice of class and section to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Space is limited.

2   Ten-Week Online Grantwriting Course from SUNY RF, Aug 29-Nov 4

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 for additional information about the scholarship opportunity.


Questions:  Contact Michaela Rehm at or 315‐214‐2418

3   SUNY Fall Tuition Assistance Applications: Due Aug 17

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.

Eligibility:  For eligibility information and instructions about the tuition waiver program, please go to the HRS website at or

Due Date: August 17, 2016

You may print the application from the HRS website at

Questions:  If you have any questions please call  (631) 632-6180.

4   Workshop: Careers Beyond the Bench, Baltimore, MD, Aug 19-21

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 policy
  • teaching-based professorships 
  • science communication and outreach, and
  • scientific writing.

Workshop Dates: August 19 - 21, 2016

Location: Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Application Deadline:
  July 31.  Spaces are limited, so apply soon.

For More Information:


Jobs & Funding

1. U.S. Dept of Energy ARPA-E Fellowship: Due Aug 15

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. citizenship

Closing Date:  August 15, 2016

For More Information:

See also:  A Day in the Life of an ARPA-E Fellow

2. U.S. Dept of Defense Cancer Horizon Award for Junior Scientists: Due Sept 28

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 following definitions:
  • 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. 
Deadline: Sept 28, 2016  

For More Information:

3. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry & Life Sciences: Due Sept 19

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 development.

Deadline: Sep 19, 2016  

For More Information:

1.  Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

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  HERE

Thank you!
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