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OPA Update: April 17, 2018

Upcoming events and news from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
UPDATE April 17, 2018

Dear Postdocs,

The Postdoc Office is holding several big events for you in the next couple of weeks, so I hope you'll find time to join us! In particular: our annual Resume Bootcamp on April 26th, and the next Practical Professional Skills on "Science of Stress Management" on April 25th.  

Finally, some social events to come out and meet other postdocs: we'll be holding a postdoc coffee on this Friday, April 20th for new postdocs and old, and another Postdoc Meet Up at a place with a bar and food on Friday, Apr 27th. Drop by!


Events & Classes

  1. Resume Bootcamp on Apr 26, 10am
  2. Science of Stress Management, Apr 25, 3pm
  3. New Postdoc Welcome and Postdoc Coffee on April 20th at 9am/10am
  4. It's Faculty Career Month! See the slate of programming
  5. Science Communication Lecture, Apr 18, 4pm 
  6. Postdoc Meet Up, Fri, April 27, 5:30pm

Funding & Jobs

  1. Not too late to join the proposal mentoring program for NIH K99/R00
  2. Call for Applications: NIH Early Independent Award, On-Campus Deadline: June  4
Events & Classes

1. Resume Bootcamp on Apr 26, 10am

Resume Bootcamp: How to Create A Competitive 
Resume and CV
Learn strategies for dissecting job postings, framing your
skills, and creating competitive resumes/CVs.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wang Center Room 201

This immersive workshop will focus on contemporary practices for: understanding "job posting-jargon", framing your skills effectively, and learning other techniques used in drafting competitive
resumes/CVs. Hear from Randall Ribaudo who helps prepare students and postdocs for career transitions.

Randy Ribaudo, PhD
Co-Founder of SciPhD 
CEO of Human Workflows, LLC



Sponsors: Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, PhD Career Ladder Program, and Graduate Career Association

See the flyer

2. Science of Stress Management, Apr 25, 3pm

RSVP now for the next workshop in our Practical Professional Skills series: 

April 25, 2018
Center for Inclusive Education
2401 Old Computer Science 


Experts from Counseling and Psychological Services will help you learn to use intention, present moment focus, and an understanding of your "thinking" brain to help you manage stress. 

Questions: Email the Postdoc Office at

Presented by CAPS, Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, Center for Inclusive Education, and the Graduate Student Advocate. 

Download the flyer

3. New Postdoc Welcome and Postdoc Coffee on April 20th at 9am/10am
Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and your fellow postdocs for a Postdoc Coffee to be held on Friday, April 20th. New postdocs are invited to an orientation starting at 9am, followed by a coffee for all postdocs at 10am. 

It's a chance to take a brief break from your research and meet postdocs outside your group and department. Join us! 

WHEN:  April 20, New postdocs: 9am - 10am; Continuing postdocs: 10am - 11am

WHERE:  Grad School Conference Room, 2401 Old Computer Science

RSVP: New postdocs are encouraged to RSVP, but anyone can just drop by! Send questions to

4. It's Faculty Career Month! See the slate of programming below

5. Science Communication Lecture, Apr 18, 4pm

Making the Choice to Connect
Wang Center Lecture Hall 2 
April 18, 2018

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invite you to an Interactive Plenary session - Making the Choice to Connect

Join us for this interactive session where you will be actively engaged in improvisation exercises and practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about  your research. The techniques introduced over the course of 90 minutes will help participants focus on listening, relating, ordering information and defining meaningful goals to make your message stick. These techniques will not only help you speak about your research, but can also help you become a more effective teacher.

Postdocs also can sign up for Alda Center communicating science courses each semester through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Contact the postdoc office at for details. 

 April 18, 2018 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Where: Wang Center Lecture Hall 2

RSVP: Please RSVP here ASAP


6. Postdoc Meet Up, Fri, April 27, 5:30pm

AAAS logoA group of postdocs from the Postdoc Advisory Committee will be meeting up next Friday, April 27th at 5:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn's bar, here on campus. Drop by at the end of your day and socialize! Bring along other folks from your lab! Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Show up before 6pm to take advantage of Happy Hour pricing.

For questions, email to connect with the postdoc organizers.

Funding and Jobs

1. Not too late to join the proposal mentoring program for NIH K99/R00

Are you still planning to apply for the NIH K99/R00 Pathways to Independence award this June or October? The SBU Office of Proposal Development, in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Center for Inclusive Education, is offering support for applicants. Even if you missed our Feb 13th grantwriting workshop, you can still join the mentoring program and receive feedback on your proposal from our experienced faculty mentors.

If you are interested in joining, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at

2. Call for Applications: NIH Early Independent Award, On-Campus Deadline: June 4

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites applications to the NIH Director's Early Independence Award.  This unique program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional postdoctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Applications are welcome from individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and in any topic of relevance to the broad mission of NIH. 

Each NIH Director's Early Independence Award is limited will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs, the maximum duration of each award is limited to five years, and Stony Brook University may submit 2 applications.

PI Eligibility:  
  • PhD/terminal degree receipt between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019.

  • NOT have reached research independence (i.e., a postdoc, not faculty yet)

  • No citizenship requirement
HOW TO SUBMIT: See detailed call 

Pre-Application On-Campus Deadline:  June 4 

For More Information:  Contact with a cc to 

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