Monday, March 26, 2012 ( is the premier web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. It features articles, resources, & events about career advice, professional development, jobs, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues. In particular, they publicize the activities of national and regional postdoc diversity affinity groups. Unless indicated otherwise, all website content is authored by the Editor.

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Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Eduction Consortion (GCMHERC) Dual Career Couples newsletter

Use the Dual Career News to:
-identify possible job candidates (use the thumbnail sketches) and vendors; all are accompanying partners of faculty members or faculty candidates
-help accompanying partners at your institution to find jobs
-spread the word about jobs included in each issue
-read about dual-career issues (links to articles)
-advertise your positions
Newsletter found here:

Women of Color Research Network (WoCRn)

The National Institutes of Health invites you to participate in the Women of Color Research Network (WoCRn), supported by the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. The Working Group addresses challenges faced by all women entering and advancing in scientific careers, including women of color.

The WoCRn is a new social media site for women of color and anyone who values diversity in the scientific workforce.The primary goal of WoCRn is to serve as an instrument of outreach. We use this site to promote community, provide information, and facilitate access to colleagues and mentors who can offer advice on career development and navigating the NIH grants process.  Members include biomedical professionals with significant research experience, early-career scientists, and students and fellows just starting out.  There are currently over 270 members of this network, and membership is growing every day!

We invite you to join the WoCRn today. To register, go to  and click on “JOIN NOW.”

For information on the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, visit our website at

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New! Job posting page on PDA website

All recent job postings that the PDA receives are now in one place:
It is also accessible from our PDA webpage drop-down menu under the header "Jobs" and sub-header "Job Postings - NEW!".

Spread the word that this page can also be used for local postdoctoral and research positions. Email ads to

Public Affairs Announcements - March 19th 2012

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting
Did you know that members of the UofC Postdoctoral association leadership are currently attending the NPA meeting? This meeting concentrates on group-thinking strategies that brainstorm ways to improve the postdoctoral experience. Specifically, issues related to: 1) women in science, 2) postdoc. benefits, 3) diversity issues, 4) ways to reduce time to independence, as well as many other topics are being discussed. If you would like to read about the 2012 NPA program, please click the web-link below.
Postdoctoral Spotlight
In the most recent addition of ‘The Imprint’, the UofC Postdoc. Association President, Rachel Bergerson, is featured in a full-length commentary. She talks about: 1) her decision to come to UofC to work with her current advisor, Dr. Le Beau, 2) what motivated her decision to come to Chicago, outside of her professional goals, 3) what she is working on now, 4) what motivates her passion for research, 5) her current research goals and 6) her work as the BSD Postdoctoral President. Check it out in the Winter quarter published copy of ‘The Imprint’!
Promoting women postdocs through ADVANCE
Did you know that the National Postdoctoral Association has a grant (funded by the NSF) that specifically seeks to assist women in the transition to the professoriate. Some of the initiatives funded by this directive include: 1) Organizing a national summit on gender, 2) holding workshops on recommended processes, 3) reviewing current institutional practices and 4) providing ongoing technical assistance to women seeking the postdoctoral transition. More info. can be found below:
International postdocs
Did you know that the majority of postdocs in the United States are foreign-born citizens? That means that most of the postdoctoral population must go through an even more challenging professional progression than the normal U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To understand more about the rights of international postdocs and how they can be better supported during these challenging times, please visit the weblinks below:
Visa guide:

Public Affairs Announcement - White house petition

The current White House budget proposal calls for a flat NIH budget in 2013. Moreover, the number of postdocs supported by NIH-training grants is slated for a 2% decrease. Research is already heavily under duress, with NIH funding rates at a record low. Please click the web-link below to sign the White House petition to increase NIH funding in 2013! This petition provides a unique opportunity to gain the attention of our governmental leaders. If the petition receives 25,000 signatures by March 18th, the White House will review it. Currently there are over 16,000 signatures.

You will need to create a White House account. This takes about 3 minutes. After you create your account, log on and sign the petition.

Here is the URL