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UPDATE September 27, 2017

Dear Postdocs,

It was great to see so many of you for National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Mark your calendar for the next Postdoc Spotlight on Nov 16th and the biennial What Can You Be with a PhD? career symposium on Nov 4-5. Space is limited to sign up soon!


Events & Classes

  1. Communicating science classes enrollment opens for Spring 2018
  2. What Can You Be with a PhD? Career Symposium, Nov 4-5 at NYU
  3. Present Your Pitch at Wolfietank 2017 on Nov 7
  4. Share Your Research at SBU Postdoc Spotlight on Nov 16
  5. Get Involved and Meet Other Postdocs - Join the Postdoc Advisory Committee!

Jobs & Funding

  1. NRC Research Associateship Program, Deadline: Nov 1
  2. Up to $70k Student Loan Repayment with NIH LRP, Deadline: Nov 15
  3. Keck Grad Inst Professional Master's & Bioscience Management Programs

Resource Spotlight

  1. New Networking Association for International Scientists in NYC area
  2. Free Membership with National Postdoctoral Association

Events & Classes

1.  Communicating science classes enrollment opens for Spring 2018

Through a special arrangement with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, postdocs may sign up through the Postdoc Office to take the Alda Center's nationally-renowned communicating science classes for FREE. Space is limited, with two postdoc spots in each section of most courses. Postdocs may only take one course per semester.

Start with the core courses: JRN501: Distilling Your Message, and JRN503: Improvisation for Scientists.

See the Course Schedule:  DOWNLOAD HERE

To Register:
 Email the Postdoc Office at with your preferred course and section. Placement is first come, first served. All registrants are expected to attend and participate in every session.

2.  What Can You Be with a PhD? Career Symposium, Nov 4-5 at NYU 
WCUB 2017 Promo Stony Brook has sponsored your attendance at  What Can You Be with a PhD?

What Can You Be with a PhD?
 is the largest career conference in the nation, held every two years. The conference features speakers on career paths inside and outside of academia and is a key opportunity for grad students and postdocs to increase their knowledge of the range of career possibilities before them.

Location: NYU Medical Center, 540 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Dates: Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5

Times: 10:00am-6:00pm each day


Keynote Speaker: Melanie Sinche, Director of Education for the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and author of Next Gen PhD.

Register: As an event sponsor, Stony Brook University has a certain number of seats to offer our students and postdocs, and  space is limited. Registration is $20 to reserve your spot, and you will need a special login code. Start your registration and get the code below.

Since registrations are first come, first served, there are no refunds

Register Here button  

Sponsored by a New York City Regional Consortium of Schools and Partners, including Stony Brook University's Graduate School and Career Center

3 .  Present Your Pitch at Wolfietank 2017 on Nov 7

In this third installment of the successful Wolfietank, all Stony Brook faculty, staff, and students are invited to showcase the next big idea in this pitch competition.  

It will give you a chance to highlight your ideas in a unique opportunity in front of entrepreneurs from the Long Island area. Presenters will be given a few minutes to deliver your pitch and there will be time for questions, feedback, and advice from our judges.

Reserve your spot now to compete by submitting a   short application due by October 7, 2017  to have their pitch accepted.  

To Apply by Oct 7:

When: WolfieTank will be November 7, 2017
Where: Charles B. Wang Center
Time: 5:00pm

4 .  Share Your Research at SBU Postdoc Spotlight on Nov 16

SBU Postdoc Spotlight is a celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars and an opportunity for postdocs to share their cutting-edge research with colleagues across disciplinary lines. 

Spotlight talks are five minutes long and designed like a TED talk to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. Postdoc speakers will receive individualized coaching from the  Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and prizes will be given for the best talks. The Spotlight will be followed by a light reception. 

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time:  4:00 pm—6:30 pm  
Location: Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

Speaker Information: Speakers must commit to both coaching sessions in advance of the Spotlight. The number of presentations is limited, so register today!

Coaching Date 1, Plenary: Oct 27, 1:00-2:30pm 
Coaching Date 2, Individual Coaching: Nov 2, 2:00-5:00pm

5 .  Get Involved and Meet Other Postdocs - Join the Postdoc Advisory Committee!
Want to meet other postdocs outside your department and get involved with creating postdoctoral community? Join the Postdoc Advisory Committee! The committee meets once a semester and provides an opportunity to give critical feedback and support to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. You can commit as much or as little effort as you like. 

The next meeting will be in mid-October.

If you're interested, e-mail the Postdoc Office Director, Kathleen Flint Ehm, at 


Jobs & Funding

1.  NRC Research Associateship Program, Deadline: Nov 15

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors a number of awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at  participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. 

Four annual review cycles: 
   •  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1 
   •  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1 
   •  May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1 
   •  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1 

Applicants should contact prospective Research Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities. 

Program Information:

2.  Up to $70k Student Loan Repayment with NIH LRP, Deadline: Nov 15 

Have you thought about applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) award? Do you know someone that should?

Awardees can receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract.  Applications are open now. 

LIVE Webinar: Join the LRP Director, Dr. Ericka Boone, and LRP information center staff on Wednesday, September 27th at 3 PM EST for a LRP Application Technical Assistance Webinar.  The LIVE webinar will provide applicants with an in-depth look at the application process.  


Date and Time: Wednesday, September 27,  2017 3:00 pm, EST
Meeting number (access code): 620 964 208
Event password: LRPApp
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Agenda:  2018 Technical Assistance Webinar Agenda.pptx
Submit questions in advance: by 12:00 PM EST Friday, September 22, 2017.

For More Information and To Apply: Visit to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, etc.

Application and Institution Documentation Deadline: 
  Nov 15

3.  Keck Grad Inst Professional Master's & Bioscience Management Programs

Are you looking for a career in biotech but losing out to candidates with business experience? Keck Graduate Institute's  Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) or  Certificate in Bioscience Management (CBM) can help get you there!

These programs combine your PhD level science with skills in management to prepare you for a high level career in the biotech industry or as an entrepreneur. 

There is still time to apply for Fall 2017! A limited number of FULL scholarships, provided by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, remain available for CBM students beginning in Fall 2017.  Begin your application  here .

To Apply:

Resource Spotlight

1.  New Networking Association for International Scientists in NYC area

PictureINet NYC (I​nternational Net​working in NYC​) was founded in 2014 and is run by young volunteer scientists. It is an organization that aims to provide support and professional development opportunities for international STEM scientists in the NYC area. It facilitate the connection of scientists, allowing for the sharing of experiences and the formation of a strong international peer network. INet NYC organizes professional, networking and social events that are focused on the challenges and opportunities of international scientists. The group believes that, by creating a local community, INet NYC can assist in finding solutions to career and social concerns that international scientists face. To become members and find more information about INet NYC at  and contact them at
You can also find them on social media:

2.  Free Membership with National Postdoctoral Association

Sign up for your free NPA affiliate membership as part of Stony Brook's institutional membership. 

Signing up is simple.   Click on this link   and follow the registration process. Once you click Submit the NPA Membership Manager will review your affiliate membership within 5 working days, and you will receive an email when it has been approved.

As an NPA Affiliate Member, you are entitled to these benefits:

  • Subscription  to NPA e-alerts, a periodic news announcement, and  The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official quarterly newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees  to the NPA Annual Meeting &  eligibility for the NPA travel award program
  • Access to members-only NPA web content  , such as career planning resources and policy information
  • Access to  NPA member groups to connect & network with fellow NPA members
  • Discounts to some services and products.  
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute   your expertise on a variety of NPA committees
  • National representatio n on postdoctoral issues

To Sign Up: 

For questions, contact

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