October Postdoc Newsletter

October Updates


Dear Postdocs:


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to share several upcoming events and programs in the month of  October, including opportunities to review grants, submit travel grants, and help plan and organize the annual Postdoc Research Symposium!




Demystifying New Faculty Success Workshop

October 3rd from 1:00-3:00, Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room


Thinking about a faculty position? Too rarely are postdocs fully prepared for the expectations of academic life, only to be surprised and overwhelmed by the teaching, teaching preparation, research, writing, meetings, committee assignments, advising, student counseling, and departmental politics. Phew! Set yourself up for success. In this workshop, Dr. Single will draw on over 20 years of directing new faculty mentoring programs, facilitating pre- and postdoc training fellowships, and offering retention and tenure trainings to provide practical advice and direction on life as a new faculty member. Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Registration Requested.


Postdoc Orientation

October 9th from 10:00am – 11:30, New Cabell Hall 504


We encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community. Registration Requested.


Monthly Lunch and Learn Series: Conflict Management

October 9th  from 12:00-1:00, New Cabell Hall 349

We provide the cookies and tea and you bring your bag lunch!


Presenter: Dr. Kieran O'Connor, Assistant Professor of Commerce Management, UVA McIntire School of Commerce


Conflict and negotiation are not just topics that are isolated to international politics or global business--they may pervade our daily lives and work in subtle or more dramatic ways. This workshop aims to provide a discussion about conflict and conflict resolution through discussions of communication and perspective taking. Drawing on your participation as well as lessons from research and practitioners, we aim to provide new insights to how you might perceive and manage conflict relevant to your past, current or even future situations. No experience required, and all are welcome!

Registration Requested.


Chalk Talk/Happy Hour Series

October 24h from 5:00-6:30pm, OpenGrounds


Join your fellow postdocs and hear about the research happening all around grounds, network, and enjoy refreshments! This is a drop-in event. Chalks occur in between networking and mingling among postdocs.


The Art of Networking

October 29th  from 4:00-6:00pm, Alumni Hall (211 Emmet Street)


Do these things make you feel uncomfortable or awkward?

•Talking about your research to people outside of your field.

•Introducing yourself to strangers.

•Leaving a conversation.

•Shaking someone’s hand while holding a plate full of food and a drink.


If you said yes, then this workshop is for you!

In this interactive workshop participants will learn networking norms and strategies, develop a one-minute introduction, and identify effective follow-up strategies.  Participants will then have an opportunity to hone their networking skills in a follow-up reception immediately following the workshop with alumns, employers, and fellow graduate students and postdocs.

Registration Required by October 23, 2014



Programs and Opportunities


New Horizons Travel Grant-Submission and Reviewer Opportunities!


To address the need for Postdocs to explore new areas in research, scholarship, and career development, the Office of the Vice President for Research supports the New Horizons Travel Grants, a program that will provide up to fifteen postdoc reviewed grants in 2014-2015 of $750 each to postdocs who wish to explore new areas, obtain additional training, and/or to participate in conferences that may be out of the mainstream of their current work. Please review the criteria at: http://postdoc.virginia.edu/newhorizons. Deadline for submission is October 15, 2014!


We are also seeking grant application reviewers. If you do not plan to submit a grant application this period, please consider being a peer reviewer. This will provide you excellent experience in the grant review process and build your “SERVICE” experience for your CV. If you are interested in being a reviewer, please email mhurst@virginia.edu.


Postdoc Peer Network


We are excited to introduce a new program called the Postdoc Peer Network where we will connect current postdocs with incoming postdocs in order to provide support and guidance to incoming postdocs that may be unfamiliar with UVa and Charlottesville.


We are seeking current postdocs for the Postdoc Peer Network!


Opportunities include:

•              Welcoming new postdocs via email to UVa and Charlottesville.

•              Being available to answer questions of incoming postdocs via email or phone.

•              Leading a tour of new (and current) postdocs around grounds to point out various locations of interest.

•              Taking an incoming postdoc to coffee or lunch (our office will reimburse you)!


Time requirements are based solely on your schedule and availability. The Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs will provide training and support.

We are still accepting interested postdocs to this program. If you are interested in providing peer support to fellow postdocs, please contact me via email (mhurst@virginia.edu). We will have our first training/meeting the first week of October. Please let me know soon if you are interested!


Postdoc Research Symposium


We are seeking committee members to help plan and organize the 3rd annual Postdoc Research Symposium on May 1, 2015. Remember, to be marketable on the academic job market, you need to show productivity in the areas of Research, Teaching, AND Service! This is a great opportunity for you to develop transferable skills and help to showcase the amazing research of postdocs at UVa. Please email mhurst@virginia.edu if you are interested in volunteering. Time commitments vary and we will work with your schedule!



AAAS Early Career Award Nominations


Nominations are being accepted until October 15 for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early-career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. The recipient of the award will win a prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA.


For eligibility and nomination requirements, please visit: http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/public_engagement/.



Job Announcement- Researcher Position-Blackrock Inc.

BlackRock is seeking a candidate for a researcher role for one of our Quantitative Investments groups in our San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will have already completed their PhD in a quantitative discipline such as Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Economics or Finance and have a minimum of 2 years of work experience (postdoc counts toward your work experience).


I've attached the job description along with the direct link below to apply to the job on the company website.


Job Link: https://blackrock.taleo.net/careersection/BR_Prof_CS/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=142535



Friendly Reminder- Health Insurance Biometric Screening required by October 31!

A message from Pam Sprouse:

Dear Postdocs (on Aetna insurance),

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you schedule a biometric screening by October 11th (see link below) and complete the Aetna online health assessment form by October 31st to receive the $40/month health insurance reward in 2015.  You must do this every year – even if you just completed a screening between January and June 2014.  (You can submit these same results if you’d prefer.) 

Please also pass this on to your fellow postdocs who may not be on this listserv.  Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Pam

Pamela F. Sprouse

School of Medicine Human Resources -- 924-5832


Screening Season 2014

As a Research Associate or Fellow, you are eligible to earn $40 a month in 2015 by taking two steps every year to improve your health:


1.            Biometric Screening

UVA-WorkMed will conduct screenings at various locations on Grounds between Aug. 18 and Oct. 11, 2014. It’s easy to schedule an appointment online.




Physician Screening Form (PSF)

You may elect to use lab results from Nov. 1, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014 instead of attending a biometric screening. Sign and submit the completed PSF with a copy of your lab work by Oct. 31, 2014. No physician signature required.



2.            Aetna Online Health Assessment

Complete your assessment between August 1 and October 31, 2014.

Visit www.aetna.com and login. On the left, select “Take a Health Assessment.” Questions? Contact Aetna at 1.800.987.9072.


IMPORTANT: Complete both items by Oct. 31, 2014. In order to receive your monthly health reward, both items must be completed every year.


Don’t forget to register for your biometric screening in order to keep health benefit employee portion at the same level as last year.