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    REGISTER NOW! The job of the postdoctoral fellow is, simply put, to get another job. Postdocs face significant challenges posed by the need to quickly learn a new field and formulate new hypotheses. As such, successfully navigating the postdoc-PI relationship is essential to the success and wellness of the postdoc. In this webinar, panelists will discuss ‘fit’ in a postdoc position, building a collaborative relationship between the postdoc and PI, and planning for the next career step. Learning objectives: At the conclusion of the webinar, you will gain insights from several different career stages and perspectives regarding: How to define, for yourself, the purpose of a postdoctoral position Different things to value or consider with respect to finding the right ‘fit’ for a postdoctoral lab Strategies to build a collaborative, mutually beneficial relationship between a postdoc and a PI Some examples for how one might navigate a difficult conversation between a postdoc and a PI
  2. https://neuronline.sfn.org/professional-development/career-skills-toolkit-transitioning-out-of-your-postdoc
  3. Are you interested in giving back to the LATP? SfN is currently seeking webinar presenters for the 2020-2021 LATP! If you have a preference for a specific topic, we are open to suggestions. If you are not sure of a topic but want to present a webinar, you can select from the topic list below. Don't see the topic you're looking for? We're open to suggestions so please let us know! Topic List Obtaining a PhD or postdoc abroad Community and academic partnerships Research collaborations – challenges and solutions Dealing with conflict in the lab Overcoming funding challenges as a postdoc What is a webinar and how is it different from a live chat? A webinar is a formal presentation which is recorded in advance and released for participants to watch on demand. A webinar Q&A session is typically held in the weeks following a webinar's release. Holding the Q&A session in the weeks following, rather than immediately after a live webinar event, allows more participants the opportunity to watch the recording and more time to develop questions or remarks. Participants are only able to interact with the presenter during the Q&A, not during the recording. A live chat is an informal conversation between the discussion leader(s) and audience. The live chat leader introduces a topic to the audience and then generates a discussion. Leaders generate engagement by posing open-ended questions and sharing experience and resources. Participants respond by asking questions or posting comments. Participants are able to interact with the leader as well as the other participants during the chat. Live chats are hosted in the LATP Community group under the Live Chats tab. Live chats on Community are completely text-based, like a continuous chatroom. They are meant to be ongoing discussions where participants can return and add to the conversation. Though webinars are typically followed by a Q&A session, webinar Q&As are focused on answering specific questions rather than having a two-way dialogue as described in the live chat experience.
  4. Are you interested in giving back to the LATP? SfN is currently seeking live chat discussion leaders for the 2020-2021 LATP! If you have a preference for a specific topic, we are open to suggestions. If you are not sure of a topic but want to lead a live chat discussion, you can select from the topic list below. Don't see the topic you're looking for? We're open to suggestions so please let us know! Topic List Personal and professional challenges in research collaborations Overcoming challenges (particularly funding challenges) of being a postdoctoral researcher in home country and abroad How to prepare to get a PhD or postdoc position outside home country Time management / managing time between writing and experiments Mental health in academia Career planning Tips for working from home when you can’t be in the lab Managing stress and anxiety / coping with research and professional goals How to negotiate with your PI Dealing with conflict in the lab Finding your niche within your field of work Dealing with vanity in academia What is expected to be written in a proposal/grant request What is a live chat and how is it different from a webinar? A live chat is an informal conversation between the discussion leader(s) and audience. The live chat leader introduces a topic to the audience and then generates a discussion. Leaders generate engagement by posing open-ended questions and sharing experience and resources. Participants respond by asking questions or posting comments. Participants are able to interact with the leader as well as the other participants during the chat. Live chats are hosted in the LATP Community group under the Live Chats tab. Live chats on Community are completely text-based, like a continuous chatroom. They are meant to be ongoing discussions where participants can return and add to the conversation. A webinar is a formal presentation which is recorded in advance and released for participants to watch on demand. Though a webinar Q&A session is typically held in the weeks following a webinar's release, participants only interact with the guest, not with each other. Webinar Q&As are focused on answering specific questions rather than having a two-way dialogue as described in the live chat experience.
  5. Neuroscience Training: Developing a Nimble and Versatile Workforce— A Virtual Workshop Series Topic # 1: Racial Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Neuroscience Training About this Workshop: Racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical issues that cross all aspects of neuroscience training and have tremendous implications for trainees, mentors, and the future of the field. This virtual workshop, the first in a series, will provide personal experiences on the training process and explore how institutions are approaching these areas to bring about positive change and also features notable SfN members, including current SfN president, Barry Everitt. For more information about this webinar and the workshop training series, download the attached PDF.NAS Diversity Webinar.pdf
  6. PURPOSE Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. The Foundation also has a longstanding interest in epilepsy-related research. BENEFITS Grass Fellowships provide research support including laboratory space, animals, equipment and supplies for one summer at the MBL. Additionally, the investigator, his/her spouse or legal domestic partner, and dependent children are provided housing, a daily meal allowance and round-trip travel to the MBL. Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL scientific community while sharing space in the Grass Laboratory. In a weekly private seminar series, eminent investigators at the MBL discuss their work with the Fellows. In addition, a yearly Forbes Lecturer will spend a portion of the summer in the Grass Lab interacting with Fellows. Child care benefits are available and supported by the Foundation. ELIGIBILITY Early investigators (late stage predoctoral trainees and beyond) are eligible to apply. This includes applicants with prior experience at MBL or with the Grass Foundation (MBL course alumni are encouraged to apply). Priority is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a research career. Please see FAQ page on website or contact the Program Coordinator for more information. International Fellows (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold a valid visa (e.g. J-1, H-1B, F1 or F1-OPT) for the entire duration of the fellowship. Please contact us early in case you need to adjust your visa status! The Grass Foundation values diversity in all of its programs. Learn more and apply! https://grassfoundation.org/fellowship-overview
  7. The Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab has put together a summer professional development series for undergraduates and recent grads in psychology/neuroscience that are interested in careers in academia. The free, virtual workshops are intended for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. Students can register here. Download a flyer: SSNL Prof Dev_ Summer 2020 Flier.pdf
  8. "As a postdoc, you've likely had several mentors you can point to who have shaped your career path. You may be at a point where you're also starting to become a mentor. Through networking, @Shawn Bates, a postdoc in Seema Bhatnagar's lab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has met mentors who have introduced him to opportunities and from whom he's taken inspiration for mentoring others. He has also received a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity at CHOP, which aims to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research there and at the University of Pennsylvania..." Read the full article: How to Find Mentors and Be a Mentor as a Postdoc Written by 2018-2020 NSP Fellow @Shawn Bates
  9. "As a postdoc, you've likely had several mentors you can point to who have shaped your career path. You may be at a point where you're also starting to become a mentor. Through networking, @Shawn Bates, a postdoc in Seema Bhatnagar's lab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has met mentors who have introduced him to opportunities and from whom he's taken inspiration for mentoring others. He has also received a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity at CHOP, which aims to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research there and at the University of Pennsylvania..." Read the full article: How to Find Mentors and Be a Mentor as a Postdoc Written by 2018-2020 Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) Fellow @Shawn Bates
  10. American Psychological Foundation Apply online for all programs here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=apa& FAQ: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/grants/faqs Questions? Email APF’s program coordinator, Julia, at jwatson@apa.org . Download a flyer with all information: APF July Program Announcement.pdf Upcoming Deadlines Marian R. Stuart Grant: $20,000 Due: July 1, 2020 Up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/stuart-grant David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant: $8,500 Due: September 15, 2020 Up to $8,500 to support innovative basic and clinical research on anxiety and anxiety related disorders. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/barlow APF/ Division 39 Grant: $6,000 New due date: September 15, 2020 $6,000 to support efforts in education, research and service that advance and aencourage the field of psychoanalysis. The Div. 39 grant now focuses on programs or projects that increase the public’s awareness of the benefits of psychoanalytic principles or treatments. Special consideration will be given this year to research in the area of the pandemic and COVID-19. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/division-39 Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland: $15,000 Due: September 15, 2020 $15,000 to support the investigation of how personality, culture and environment influence work behavior and health. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/walsh Steven O. Walfish Grants: $2,000 Due: September 30, 2020 Up to two $2,000 grants are available to graduate students and/or early career psychologists (within 10 years of earning the doctoral degree). More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/walfish Now Accepting Proposals APF/ Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award: $2,000 Due: January 31, 2021 $2,000 to support talented young psychologists making contributions towards informing, advocating for and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families particularly through policy. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/div-37-willis APF/ Division 29 Early Career Award: $1,000 Due: January 31, 2021 $1,000 to recognize promising contributions to psychotherapy, psychology and Div. 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) by a division member with 10 or fewer years of postdoctoral experience. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/div-29 Walter Katkovsky Scholarships: $5,000 Due: February 1, 2021 Up to nine $5,000 scholarships are offered annually for first-year students enrolled in APA designated programs in psychopharmacology. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/katkovsky Walter Katkovsky Research Grants: $20,000 Due: February 1, 2021 The Walter Katkovsky Research Grants support research on the general topic of combining psychotherapy with a psychoactive substance that may be an over-the-counter or other legal substance or a prescription medication, where the substance is an adjunct to the psychotherapy and not the primary intervention. More information: https://www.apa.org/apf/funding/katkovsky-research-grants
  11. GRIN2B is a gene located on the short arm of the 12th chromosome at 12p13.1. It is one member of a family of 7 genes: GRIN1, GRIN2A, GRIN2B, GRIN2C, GRIN2D, GRIN3A, and GRIN3B. These genes encode proteins that together form a receptor responsible for sending chemical messages between neurons in the brain. Changes to the GRIN2B gene are generally de novo and cause a condition that, as of 2018, is now referred to as GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. This neurological condition is often characterized by low muscle tone, developmental delays, seizures and speech and behavioral difficulties. The spectrum of abilities is quite broad depending on the exact genetic variation. There are no approved therapies, and the current standard of care is not effective in improving cognitive, language or motor deficits. Eligibility Criteria The GRIN2B Foundation Research Grant Award is available to both established and early career investigators with a strong interest in GRIN2B. All individuals should be affiliated with an academic institution, hospital system, non-profit institution or other accredited institutions. International applicants are welcome to apply; however, all materials must be submitted in English. Eligible applicants include post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, researchers, physicians and other allied professionals. All applications require either a faculty level appointment or a senior scientific position/faculty member to oversee the project. GRIN2B Foundation does not require a Letter of Intent (LOI). GRIN2B Foundation Research Priority Areas • Furthering the basic understanding of GRIN2B function and expression. • Elucidating neural circuit mechanisms that underlie clinical phenotypes. • Gaining a more in-depth understanding of the varying clinical phenotypes and clinical presentation over development. • Advancing insight into therapeutic interventions, such as the development of novel treatments, evaluation of the efficacy of pharmacological and behavioral treatments, exploration of genetic approaches, and the identification of objective outcome markers for treatment. Budget: The maximum budget for an award is $40,000 per year, for one year. Indirect costs are not supported. Applications close July 31, 2020. Learn more and apply: http://grin2b.com/for-researchers/ Download a flyer below GRIN2B Foundation 2020 Research Grant Application - Final.pdf Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellow @Kylie McPherson contributed to an article on JNeurosci related to GRIN2B research titled Context-Induced Reinstatement of Methamphetamine Seeking Is Associated with Unique Molecular Alterations in Fos-Expressing Dorsolateral Striatum Neurons
  12. The annual call for applicants for the Next Generation Leader Council is now open and will close June 12, 2020. The council fosters the development of emerging leaders in neuroscience and recognizes the importance of fresh and innovative contributions from scientists at early stages in their careers. This program continues through the recent and future evolution of the Allen Institute for Brain Science as outlined in its recent press release. The Allen Institute for Brain Science’s mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using big science, team science and open science approaches, they generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of open-ended and hypothesis-driven research and free public dissemination of our data. Since its inception, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has sought the advice and feedback of esteemed scientists through program-specific advisory councils. The Next Generation Leaders form a complementary group of advisors, bringing fresh and forward-looking perspectives, and will continue to interact with both the Cell Types and MindScope programs over the coming years. The Allen Institute is seeking exceptional candidates to join the council. A Next Generation Leader may be selected from any basic scientific, biomedical, or technological field, but must be passionate about understanding the complex problems facing brain research today. Candidates should have demonstrated innovation and have potentially transformative research programs or ideas. They welcome diverse candidates whose experience in research, teaching, and outreach has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to making a broad, inclusive scientific impact. Requirements are (1) a PhD and/or MD in a relevant field; (2) currently in a post-doctoral position, or began as an Assistant Professor on or after 6/12/2018 (or the equivalent level in industry). Detailed information and application instructions are available on this website. The application deadline is June 12, 2020. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact NextGen@alleninstitute.org. Thank you in advance for your candidate suggestions and support. Next Generation Leaders Council at the Allen Institute 2020.pdf
  13. Latin American Training Program 2020 Call for Applications April 8–May 13 The Latin American Training Program (LATP) supports the professional and scientific development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are citizens or permanent residents of a Latin American or Caribbean country. LATP is jointly funded with generous support from The Grass Foundation, the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), SfN, and the annual host institution. All eligible applicants will be invited to become LATP Associates. Fifteen trainees will also be selected as Fellows to participate in a three-week course at the División de Neurociencias at Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE) in Montevideo, from November 2–20, 2020. The course topic, “Molecules, Cells and Circuits: Understanding Nervous System Mechanisms”, will bring together top faculty from around the world to provide participants with high-quality lectures, lab exercises, and training on vital professional development topics. LATP Fellows also receive a travel stipend to attend Neuroscience 2021. As an Associate you will have access to: • An online community of neuroscience faculty and peers from across the region. • A rich library of educational and professional development resources. • Web events designed to enhance training led by neuroscience faculty. Eligibility • Citizen or permanent resident of a Latin American or Caribbean country. • Enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship in the region. • Bilingual in English. • Provide a CV, letter of recommendation, and brief personal essay (all in English). For more information and to apply, visit www.sfn.org/latp Questions? Email globalaffairs@sfn.org Download a flyer: 2020 LATP Application Flyer.pdf
  14. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) can apply to participate in the IBRO/PERC sponsored Young Investigator Training Programme (YITP) that will be organised by the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) Host Society Committee (HSC), with 2-3 week placements in host laboratories around the UK prior to the FENS Forum in Glasgow. As part of the programme, the selected researchers will have the opportunity to work within defined research environments in the UK in order to get familiarised with different facilities and techniques in neuroscience, as well as expanding their research network. A limited number of slots are available. Applications should be submitted using the form available below. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16 March 2020 (23:59 GMT). Applications and supporting documents should be submitted to the BNA office (office@bna.org.uk). In your application, please list your first, second, and third choice of laboratories. A list of available placements is on the program website. Full information about the programme can be found here.
  15. NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) 2020 Annual Meeting in Marina del Rey, CA For more information, including eligibility criteria, please click here ABOUT THE AWARD The NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Awards will support the development of two junior investigators who are focused on women’s health or sex and gender differences and are also interested in research policy by helping to defray the cost of attending the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences’ (OSSD) annual meeting on May 4–7, 2020, in Marina del Rey, CA. ORWH requests that interested investigators submit an abstract on a policy-related matter connected to women’s health or sex and gender differences for consideration as a poster, oral session, or symposium at the OSSD 2020 Annual Meeting. A panel of experts will review the abstracts, and the authors of the two chosen will receive the travel awards. Attendance at the OSSD meeting will be a unique opportunity for investigators to network with leading scientists and clinicians working to advance sex and gender inclusion and policy. AWARD AMOUNT Two ORWH awards of up to $3,000 will be available to support the travel of the selected NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholars, whose OSSD abstracts on women’s health or sex and gender differences policy will have been accepted for a poster, oral session, or symposium at the OSSD 2020 Annual Meeting. APPLICATION AND AWARD TIMELINE • The application period ends February 3, 2020. • The award recipients will be announced March 13, 2020. The individuals will be notified via email. WHO CAN APPLY? Eligibility requirements for the NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award are: Must possess a baccalaureate or higher degree, be a medical student from any health-related discipline, be a postdoctoral trainee, be an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, be a medical resident, be a member of the uniformed services or National Guard or be an investigator who is no more than 5 years past doctoral degree or residency. Must be the first author on the submitted OSSD abstract for presentation. Cannot be a Federal employee. Investigators from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. HOW TO APPLY Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts related to research policies relevant to women’s health or sex and gender differences. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Studies of the effects of such policies in promoting the research; (2) Identification of policy gaps that might promote such research and projection of their effects; and (3) Identification of specific research disciplines and/or research topic areas where more work is needed to promote women’s health and sex and gender differences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, please click here DOWNLOAD A FLYER BELOW ORWH_rebrand_OSSD Travel Award 2020 CA flyer.pdf
  16. Visit https://ibro.org/latin-america/# for more information. Short Stays Grant Amount: Up to 1,200 EUR IBRO-LARC provides funding for short (2 weeks to 6 months) research/training lab visits within the Latin American region. Candidates should not be older than 40 years of age. Priority will be given to doctoral students and postdocs who wish to attend a foreign lab within the region and who plan to link their lab stay with attendance at a course or congress. When the short lab stay is linked to attendance to a course or congress, an application for an IBRO-LARC Travel Grant must also be submitted. Applications for activities within the applicant’s own country will be considered only if adequately justified. Applicants must supply an activity plan, a letter of support from his or her director – specifically for the proposed activities – and a letter of acceptance from the host institution. Applications must be submitted online. Emailed material will not be accepted. Travel Grants Grant Amount: Up to 1,200 EUR IBRO-LARC provides funding for attending courses/workshops or for presenting results at meetings within the Latin American region.* Candidates should not be older than 40 years of age. Priority will be given to doctoral students and postdocs who are also planning a short stay in a lab. Application Restrictions 1) Applicants that have previously received an IBRO-LARC Travel Grant will only be eligible for another grant after a 3-year interval. 2) Only one applicant from the same lab and director working on the same subject will be accepted. 3) Travel grant applicants are classified into 2 categories: – Graduate Students/ PhD candidates: For students under 35 years old. – Postdoctoral students: Under 40 years old. *Please note that there is a FALAN biennial meeting on even years and IBRO normally supports it with travel grants. Exchange Fellowships Grant Amount: Up to 2,500 EUR This program includes financial assistance for advanced PhD students to perform short (2 weeks to 6 months) stays in countries outside the region to perform experiments allowing them to complete their thesis. This program was formed in response to the difficult financial situation of many countries within the region which has negatively impacted on all scientific activities. This programs aims to help students who would not be able to complete their PhD studies in their home country due to the economic situation of their laboratory. Schools Grant Amount: up to 20,000 EUR per school IBRO-LARC evaluates possible funding for Schools targeted to advanced students and young researchers in the field of neuroscience throughout Latin America. This activity should foster cooperation among regional neuroscientists (students and researchers). Failure to incorporate participants from the region seriously forfeits chances for approval. Within 60 days after the activity, the coordinator must submit a report on the event and the use of IBRO funds. Short Courses, Workshops and Symposia Grant Amount: Up to 3,500 EUR per course IBRO-LARC evaluates possible funding for basic neuroscience courses, workshops and symposia taking place within the region. Proposed activities should foster cooperation among regional neuroscientists (students and researchers). Failure to incorporate participants from the region seriously forfeits chances for approval. Contact any LARC member if you have doubts about your proposal. Within 60 days after the activity, the coordinator must submit a report on the event and the use of IBRO funds. PROLAB The PROLAB program seeks to foster scientific collaboration and development of human resources among Latin American and Caribbean Neuroscience research groups. PROLAB uses the neuroscience network of the region and provides economic support to joint research projects. Its main goal is to diminish the asymmetries in the development of the Neurosciences in the continent, thus allowing established research groups to set up collaboration with emerging groups and also opening a space for horizontal collaboration among established groups within the region. The scientific collaborations are supported through grants for research missions (exchange trips by doctoral and postdoctoral students, as well as faculty from the participating institutions) that plan to work on scientific questions specifically defined in the project application. More program details here. Please send all queries to the IBRO-LARC Chair: Dr. Cecilia Bouzat Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquímicas Bahia Blanca, Argentina inbouzat[at]criba.edu.ar Global Engagement Seed Grants Grant Amount: Up to 5,000 Euros IBRO awards global engagement seed grants to support neuroscience or brain-related scientific organizations (including societies, institutions, research and university groups, etc.) with some outreach/advocacy experience in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pan-European region who would like to conduct engagement, awareness, outreach and/or advocacy activities in their local areas. The projects should address the specific needs in the country where they are being held. They can include public lectures and public fairs; advocacy events with policymakers, educators, the media and the public; the development of educational videos or multimedia products to increase awareness; and other similar activities. Please note that Global Engagement Seed Grants are NOT for scientific research, scientific meetings, travel grants or research staff support. An itemized budget request is required for consideration. IBRO/Dana Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Grants Grant Amount: Up to 1,250 USD IBRO/Dana Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Grants aim to educate the public about the benefits of neuroscience research and increase awareness about the brain in order to address the need to increase opportunities for outreach and awareness campaigns in regions challenged by a lack of resources, support and/or public understanding about the brain. The grants will support projects organized for Brain Awareness Week in countries anywhere outside of Europe, USA and Canada. It is not a requirement that proposed projects take place during the official Brain Awareness Week (in March every year). However, they must support, promote and run under the title of the global Brain Awareness Week campaign.
  17. Looking for breaking neuroscience news in the Latin American region? Want to find out about grant opportunities for Latin American researchers? Eager to link up with other Latin American researchers and build the Latin American neuroscience community? The IBRO-LARC Facebook family features the best of Latin American neuroscience, brain-related research, inspiring science stories, career opportunities and much more. We look forward to connecting with you and welcoming your engagement in building the Latin American neuroscience community into a strong and supportive research network.
  18. The Department of Psychology at Cornell University seeks to hire an Associate or Full Professor from any area of Psychology. Applicants must have a distinguished record of scholarly impact and preference will be given to candidates with the potential to serve in a leadership capacity in the Department in the future. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must upload into Academic Jobs online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14149 a cover letter, curriculum vitae, along with a list of the applicant’s five most impactful publications and a brief statement of teaching interests. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later date. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students and faculty of all races, nationalities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator, valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Information about the Psychology Department at Cornell can be found at https://psychology.cornell.edu/ Download a flyer here: 2019-20 Cornell Psychology Faculty Search Description.docx (14.1 KB)
  19. How to interact with a post-doc who is showing difficulties and low performance beyond any expectations? I have difficulties interacting with this person, who is showing slow learning, reasoning difficulties and is also extremely emotional. Mentoring is very important for me and I would like to help this post-doc improve and be ready for another lab. This is going to be a long post, so, please, bear with me. As some of you already know, I have recently started my new adventure as PI and, when searching for a post-doc to join my new lab, I had asked the community for advice on how to identify the right candidate for the role. I have received many very useful inputs, but nonetheless I am now facing what I sincerely didn’t hope for: my post-doc is way below any expectations, and it’s not a matter of competences, but a matter of reasoning capability. This really goes beyond any unexpected and didn’t emerge at all during my interview with the candidate, nor among referees. Basically, a BSc would do better. I’ll call this person X for the sake of privacy. X was recommended by trusted colleagues, so I personally made contact with X. The interview was very open and honest about competences, gaps, aspirations, relations with past PhD supervisor and experimental procedures X was not going to be comfortable with. X also showed a good degree of humility and eagerness to learn, and seemed to have a good level of maturity in understanding gaps and training objectives. I had decided to invest in X for one year and personally train X from the basics of my field and see where this was going to take us. Unfortunately, the performance of X has been very deluding. I accept and fully understand the difficulties of having to deal with something (almost) completely new, but I can’t understand the complete lack of proactive mindset, problem-solving skills (even in very basic things) and of ability of observation in a post-doc. Not to mention that X took 1 month to analyze one experiment that would require one full-time day of work. For 4 months now I have trained X in everything needed to become independent. Usually, for these basic simple experiments, my past BSc and MSc have become independent in less than a month and brought the first results in around 3-6 months (depending on personal aptitude). Initially, I was very enthusiastic of X, although I could spot a slow learning curve. I realized I needed to dedicate more time and patience to X, and that was OK with me. Like I wrote, everyone is different and some people learn faster than others. But now, I am basically micromanaging X. Even when it comes to verifying experimental conditions or call technical support, X is totally lost and at a stall. I need to provide step-by-step instructions and set clear deadlines for X to show some action. Due to this, there has been no progress so far, while I am now convinced I am investing too much energy on this. Also, like I wrote at the beginning, X is very emotional, to a point that I have difficulties telling things to help improve, because my suggestions are taken as personal critique aimed at putting pressure, cornering and belittling (this is very bad). I wanted to talk to X openly about these issues, in order to help X go back on track, but eventually today we happened to reach there while talking about experimental issues; and eventually X started crying when I tried to help asking X to reason about a basic math operation (7x8). This also makes me reason if X doesn’t suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, also in light of what X tells me about the PhD experience. I would have never imagined I’d come across a difficult person such as X, showing extreme emotional reactions, learning issues, little reasoning, little observation spirit and poor critical thinking, poor intuition and no analytical mind. All these aspects together have never emerged during the selection process, but only emerged when I started giving more independence to X. These issues are a tough bottleneck in the progress of my project and unfortunately, I believe that they can hardly be improved in a short time-frame as required by my project. I wish I could help X, but I just don’t have the resources to do so. I feel very sad, because mentoring is very important to me, but the most I could offer X today is that I keep providing my help to achieve publication of one simple paper that is already written and only needs a few more experiments as required by reviewers. Today, we agreed that, apart for my close day-by-day help, I would re-assess the progress in independent thinking after the summer and eventually decide whether to renew the appointment. X seemed to be more motivated than discouraged. This way, if things keep not working, X will have 4 months to relocate and I’ll have enough time to choose a more suited post-doc. However, like I wrote, I honestly doubt I’m going to witness a surprising radical change in all of the above independence-related skills. The most I may achieve, in my opinion, is help X get ready for another post-doc in a less demanding and non fast-paced lab. I apologize for the long novel, but this thing is really taking a lot of my mental energy, as I am very sad I can’t do more for X, I have really done everything in my power to help. But maybe some of you have dealt with a similar situation and can spot flaws or things left undone in my approach? @iratrofimov you were so helpful back in the day and you have the right background to help me help my post-doc. I hope you will poke in. Thanks for your help, whoever you are
  20. This live chat was led by Dr. Silmara de Lima, a postdoctoral researcher at Benowitz Lab (Children’s Hospital - Harvard University), who discussed how to land a position abroad (outside of Latin America). She has been investigating regeneration of axons in the central nervous system (CNS) since 2007 when she started her Master in Brazil, and pursued this topic during her PhD training as well, which was begun in Brazil and continued at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lima was joined by Victor Fattori, MSc (wrapping up his PhD), from Londrina State University - Department of Pathology, Parana - Brazil. He did part of his PhD training at Boston Children’s Hospital - Harvard Medical School. He works with the pharmacology of pain and already got a position here for his post doc and will come back as soon as he finishes his PhD. View a recording of this live chat here Download the PowerPoint presentation - LATP - How to land a position abroad (outside Latin America).pptx (1.4 MB) SfN International Resources and Awards.pdf (107.6 KB) Dr. Silmara de Lima - Silmara.DeLima@childrens.harvard.edu Victor Fattori, MSc - vfattori@uel.br
  21. The next LATP live chat will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET). Join Dr. Rita Balice-Gordon in a discussion over her paper Rigor or Mortis: Best Practices for Preclinical Research in Neuroscience which is attached below. Click here to register. *Rita Balice-Gordon - Rigor or Mortis- Best Practices for Preclinical Research in Neuroscience.pdf (563.9 KB) The next LATP webinar will be held in March 2019. Dr. Gregory Quirk, Chair of the Latin American Training Advisory Group (SfN) and University of Puerto Rico professor, will give a presentation over what makes a lab work for 20 years. Dr. Quirk will discuss his article Neuroscience Research and Mentoring in Puerto Rico: What Succeeds in This Environment which you can download here Gregory Quirk - Neuroscience Research and Mentoring in Puerto Rico.pdf (101.2 KB) . The date of this webinar, as well as the registration link, will be provided in the coming weeks. Additional resources for this webinar include: *NIH Press Release: Puerto Rico’s “fear lab” mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity *NIMH YouTube video: Neuroscience Mentoring in Puerto Rico. Dr. Quirk and colleagues in the Laboratory of Fear Learning at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine celebrate 20th anniversary. *Blog discussion on the article “Neuroscience research and mentoring in Puerto Rico: What succeeds in this environment?” Applications now open for the Gordon Research Conference on the Cerebellum (July 14-19) in Switzerland. The main conference will be preceded by the 2-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), a pre-meeting that is organized and attended exclusively by graduate students and post-docs. Apply for the main conference and/or apply for the 2-day GRS. Applications close on June 16, 2019. Call for applications now open for travel awards to attend 2019 Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) Meeting. SfN will provide five awards up to $2,000 to members from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to attend the Japan Neuroscience Society Meeting in Niigata, Japan, from July 25-28, 2019. Applications close February 1. Apply now! 2019 IBRO World Congress Travel Award call for applications closes April 22. The 10th IBRO World Congress will take place in Daegu, South Korea, September 21-25, 2019. SfN offers up to 15 travel awards in the amount of $2,000 each to support the participation of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican graduate students who have advanced to candidacy for a PhD or postdoctoral fellows at the IBRO World Congress, held every four years. For more information, visit our IBRO Awards Page. Scholarships available to attend the 4th International Symposium on Hypothalamic Hamartomas in Washington, DC. The Symposium is being presented by Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas and Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC on September 12-14, 2019. A limited number of scholarships are available for young investigators and new faculty with priority to underrepresented researchers/clinicians. Deadline to apply for scholarships is June 30, 2019. For more information and to register, click here Applications for the 2019-2020 LATP will open in the coming weeks. The 3-week live course will be hosted at the División de Neurociencias at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, from August 26 to September 13, 2019. The course topic “Enlightening the Brain: The Use of Light to Understand the Function of the Nervous System” will bring together top faculty from around the world to provide participants with high-quality lectures, lab exercises, and training on vital professional development topics. Fifteen top candidates will be selected to participate in the 3-week live course and will receive a travel stipend to attend Neuroscience 2020. To extend the impact of the Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN), the RCCN will sponsor three webinars per year targeting early career faculty affiliated with the six Centers programs to build awareness regarding the collaborative resources available across the Centers programs. View RCCN webinars now. Neuronline often features written contributions by SfN members on key topics, such as professional development, career advice, career paths, outreach, advocacy, training, and diversity. If you’re interested in writing a short article about a facet of your career which includes advice for other SfN members, reach out to Meridian Watters at mwatters@sfn.org to share your article pitch and learn more about writing requirements. Click to view Dr. Nancy Padilla-Coreano’s article titled Five Ways I Navigated Grad School as a Minority.
  22. Amanda Labuza

    How did you get your postdoc?

    After having lunch with several seminar speakers I am amazed at the variety of pathways they have taken to get to their faculty position. I’m curious others obtained their postdoc position. Did you cold email someone? Had you met your postdoc adviser at a conference previously? Did your graduate mentor introduce you? Other stories? I’m interested to hear! Any thing that didn’t work?
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