Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

Please take a moment to browse through the following trainee updates - clicking on each link will bring you to that announcement:


October Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, October 3 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Register Now: 3rd Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 2, 2014
  • Conducting Research at CHOP, October 28 - "A New Model for Informed Consent: The Impact of Open Science on the Responsible Use of Research Data"
  • Attention Mentors: 2015 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards - Call for Nominations
  • RCR October Feature: Data Management
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2014-2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • Upcoming Fall Programs from UPenn Career Services
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)- Application Opens September 1st
  • Mentored Career Development Award Opportunities - Deadline October 10
  • Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, November 11 - Conflict Management and Critical Conversations
  • 2014 Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium, November 18
  • Present Your Research at the January 2015 Postdoc Seminar Series Meeting!
  • Save the Date: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium
  • Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline
  • Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – October 3

  • Register Now: 3rd Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for October 2, 2014

    To honor the memory of CHOP's first director of Research Compliance, Ellen Hyman-Browne, J.D., Children's Hospital will hold the third Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4pm in the Colket Translational Research Building (1st Floor, Conference Room 1200B), followed by a reception in the Colket Lobby.

    The goal of this event is to promote discussion and awareness of ethical and compliance-related issues. Steven Joffe, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania will join us to present "Mandate or Millstone: The Ethical Challenges of Genomic Incidental Findings."

    Ellen Hyman-Browne served for five years as CHOP’s first director of Research Compliance. She approached her work with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism and contributed in countless ways to helping the organization address compliance issues. Ellen especially loved being around scientists and helping to support their work. Sadly, Ellen passed away in 2011 after battling cancer.

    All are welcome to attend this event. Reception to follow in the Colket Lobby.

    Register Here: http://www.research.chop.edu/ehblecture


    Conducting Research at CHOP, October 28 - "A New Model for Informed Consent: The Impact of Open Science on the Responsible Use of Research Data"

    October 28, 2014
    10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    Speaker:
    John Wilbanks
    Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks
    Senior Fellow, Faster Cures
    View Bio and Blog

    Sage Bionetworks is a research institute that promotes biotechnology by practicing and encouraging open science. Mr. Wilbanks oversees work to design systems that let people donate their data to be used for computational research.

    Description:
    Learn about recent developments in open science, with a focus on how informed consent can either drive or hinder its usefulness. Mr. Wilbanks will discuss key topics, including: modular informed consent, use of interaction design processes, real risks of clinical study participation, realities of using phones and tablets, broad secondary reuse of individual-level personal data and issues related to data sharing, data access, and collaborative analysis of study data in the cloud. All are welcome!


    Attention Mentors: 2015 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards - Call for Nominations

    Attention CHOP Mentors: Nominate your Postdoc, Physician Fellow or Graduate Student for the 2015 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Award! The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Distinguished Research Trainee Award call for nominations. The deadline for nomination is October 31, 2014.

    The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding research trainees at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Mentors are encouraged to nominate their exemplary trainees (postdoctoral fellows, medical/physician fellows or CHOP-based graduate students) to be our next Distinguished Research Trainees. The winners (one from each trainee pool) will be featured on the OPA’s Research Trainee Web Portal, be recognized with an award certificate at 2015 CHOP Research Poster Day, and receive a monetary prize. The certificate will be presented by Dr. Philip Johnson, Chief Scientific Officer of the CHOP Research Institute.


    Please note that the nomination process has changed for the 2015 award. To nominate your trainee:

    1) Submit the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Nomination Form, completed by the trainee’s mentor. This form should describe why the individual is worthy of the award, emphasizing the specific accomplishments of the individual while a trainee at CHOP and his or her potential for future success.

    2) Attach/append a current CV for the trainee, which includes descriptions of awards earned and hyperlinks to representative publications/abstracts.

    3) Send this information to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a single PDF attachment.

    These nominations will be reviewed and voted upon by the faculty-led CHOP Research Trainee Advisory Committee (RTAC). All nominees, including the winners, will be notified of this recognition in January 2015.


    Please Note: Individuals who have completed their training phase at CHOP (defined as pre-doctoral fellows who have been granted their PhD, postdoctoral fellows who have completed their five years of eligibility as a postdoctoral fellow, or clinical fellows who have moved to an instructor or instructor-like position) must be within one year of completion of their training to be eligible for the award. Applications from individuals that are not qualified based on this criterion will be returned without review.

    All nominations must be submitted by October 31, 2014, at 12pm.

    View the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Rules and Eligibility Information

    Download the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Nomination Form

    Please send any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    RCR October Feature: Data Management

    High quality research data is necessary for advancing scientific progress, medical knowledge and maintaining public trust. What are the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and study team for maintaining the integrity of research data? What do you need to know about data ownership, collection, storage and sharing? Learn the essentials of responsible data management by visiting the RCR internal Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu.

    View Data Management Resources

    The RCR internal Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP's RCR program or internal Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Registration is Now Open for the 2014-2015 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions

    Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:

    RCR 1: Thursday, October 30, 2014
    RCR 2: Thursday, December 4, 2014
    RCR 1: Friday, January 30, 2015
    RCR 2: Friday, March 27, 2015

    The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

    Review your RCR Training requirements

    Register for in-person RCR training


    Upcoming Fall Programs from UPenn Career Services

    The Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellows Team at Career Services is happy to welcome you to a new academic year. Event information can be found on our Fall 2014 Program Calendar for Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Check it regularly for the most up to date information. Here are some key highlights for fall programming:

    JOB SEARCH SERIES
    Cover Letter Q & A (for graduate students and postdocs)
    Thursday, October 2, 2014, McNeil Building, Room 97, 4:30-5:30pm
    A Career Services advisor will discuss the basics of cover letter writing for business, non-profit and government positions. A structured approach for cover letters will be described that will help you to make a good match between your strengths and the needs of an organization/employer. This session will be interactive and give you an opportunity to create a tailored cover letter - feel free to bring a draft of a cover letter and a job description, if you have one. No sign-ups are required to attend.

    Q. Do you want to see sample written application materials, such as resumes, cover letters and other job search correspondence? Samples and a guide to cover letters can be found here: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/writtenmaterials/coverletters.php

    ACADEMIC CAREER CONFERENCE
    Q. Want more information on careers in Academia? Look for announcements about the Academic Career Conference, a series of speaker programs starting on September 17 and continuing through early November, that include faculty and staff, including Penn alumni speaking about different aspects of academic jobs and answering your questions.

    Q. Want to learn more about what other kinds of employers hire graduate students and postdocs?
    There are several upcoming career fairs that are open to graduate students and postdocs, including:

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences Career Fair on October 1
  • Policy and Government Fair on October 7
  • EMAIL LISTSERVS
    We will continue to use descriptive subject headings in the emails we send to help you determine whether they apply to you. We send announcements of workshops, speaker programs, job openings, internships, funding opportunities and articles on job hunting to our listservs as well. You can add yourself to any listserv on our Email Distribution List Information web page. You will also be able to receive emails on these lists in digest form (e.g., multiple messages sent to the lists arrive in your inbox in just one email per day), to help you manage your inbox more effectively.

    WEBSITE
    We continue to add information to our website, and you will always find a multitude of resources such as those on job search materials, networking strategies, and career fields. Career Services also has a blog with topical entries and articles by staff members and Penn alumni, graduate students and postdocs.

    CAREER SERVICES TEAMS
    Career advisors who work with BPP postdocs are Rosanne Lurie, Joseph Barber, Fatimah Williams Castro, and Julie Vick.

    Appointments/Walk-in Hours: To schedule appointments with a career advisor or to check on daily walk-in hours, call (215) 898 -7530. Whoever answers the phone can schedule a meeting for you with an advisor.


    NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)- Application Opens September 1

    The National Institutes of Health LRPs repay the student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral researchers conducting research funded by nonprofit institutions.

    Approximately 1,500 scientists benefit from the $70 million plus NIH invests each year through the extramural LRPs.

    The FY 2015 application cycle will open on September 1, 2014. The application is available online at www.lrp.nih.gov

    Why Apply?

  • Repay up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt with a 2 year contract
  • Most federal and state taxes are paid by the LRP
  • An average of 50% of all LRP applications are funded
  • Undergraduate, graduate, medical school and other health professional school loans may qualify for repayment
  • NIH funding is not required to participate
  • Eligibility

  • Hold a doctoral degree (With the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Conduct qualified research for at least 20 hours per week
  • Receive funding from a domestic nonprofit source (e.g., a university or government entity)
  • Be a non-federal employee (or qualified part-time federal employee)
  • Have qualified educational debt equal to or exceeding 20% of your salary
  • Tips
    For guidance on the application process as well as research priorities at NIH Institutes and Centers (IC):

  • Watch this Webinar
  • Review the Tips for Writing a Competitive LRP Application
  • Contact an LRP Liaison at NIH ICs

  • Mentored Career Development Award Opportunities

    UPenn is pleased to announce the RFA for two distinct funding opportunities for senior trainees and junior faculty interested in pursuing the Penn Master of Science in Translational Research (MTR) with funding provided by the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT).

  • CTSA KL2 Mentored Career Development Program
  • ITMAT Scholarship Program
  • The application materials required and deadlines for submission are the same for both programs. The deadline is October 10, 2014.

    You/your trainee are welcome to submit one application and request to be considered for both funding mechanisms, or you can ask to be considered for either the KL2 program or the ITMAT scholarship.

    For more information, visit http://www.itmat.upenn.edu/ctsa- kl2.shtml.


    Save the Date: Postdoc Seminar Series, November 11 - Conflict Management and Critical Conversations

    Title: Conflict Management and Critical Conversations
    November 11, 2014
    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: ARC 123-C
    Presenters: Neil Brem, MSOL, Program Manager, CHOP Leadership Institute

    Planning is still underway for this event. Please check back for more details and event information.


    2014 Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium, November 18

    November 18, 2014
    Location: BRB Auditorium and Lobby

    The Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) and the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) are pleased to announce the 13th Annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium, to be held on Tuesday November 18th in the BRB Auditorium and Lobby. All BPP postdocs are encouraged to participate and register.

    Prizes to be awarded to postdoc presenters:
    The Kumar memorial lecture award - $1250
    The AUM LifeTech best oral presentation award - $1250
    The AUM LifeTech best poster award - $750
    The Charles River Laboratories award for best implementation of the 3Rs in animal research - $500
    BPC Runner-up Poster awards - $200 and $100
    NEB poster award emphasizing the use of NextGen sequencing in the research design"- $250

    The FREE symposium will include poster sessions and oral presentations, with generous prizes for best poster and research talks sponsored by AUM LifeTech, followed by a networking reception with food and drinks. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. Michael Young of The Rockefeller University, one of the first researchers to uncover the molecular basis for circadian rhythms, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Shaw Prize, the 2012 Massry Prize and the 2011 Wiley Prize.

    We invite new members to join the BPC symposium committee! Committee members are involved in selecting abstracts, compiling the program, chairing sessions and general organization on the day (and it makes a great addition to your CV).

    If you would like to volunteer for the committee or if you have any questions, please contact Tom Bebee or Sarah McLoughlin, Co- Chairs of the BPC Symposium Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Click here to register!


    Present Your Research at the January 2015 Postdoc Seminar Series Meeting!

    We invite you to share your research with your colleagues at the January 22 Postdoc Seminar meeting. This is a great opportunity to sharpen up your presentation skills, add to your Curriculum Vitae and impress your mentor! Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length with some time included for questions and discussion.

    Below are the details:
    Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Abramson Research Center, Conference Room 123-C

    If you are interested in presenting at the meeting, please provide the following information to Janet Stuart via email by Friday, October 24.
    Name
    Department/Division
    Telephone
    Email
    Title of Presentation
    Abstract or Brief Description of Presentation Topic

    For questions, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    Save the Date: CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium

    The 2015 CHOP Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in the Colket Translational Research Building’s first floor conference space. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this day-long celebration of CHOP Research! Details to follow in the coming months regarding the event’s agenda.


    Manager/Investigator Position Available for GlaxoSmithKline

    Title: Manager/Investigator (grade 6/7)
    Requisition ID: 100666
    Posting link: http://us.gsk.com/en- us/careers/search-jobs-and-apply/
    Location : King of Prussia, PA
    Department : Immunologic Toxicology, Safety Assessment

    Basic Qualifications

  • PhD with post doctoral training in Immunology, immunotoxicology, or related discipline
  • Strong research background in immunopharmacology (protein therapeutics and small molecules) and investigating mechanisms of altered immune status and function as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Demonstrated expertise in state of the art and emerging platforms and technologies that can be used for immunotoxicology testing
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and proven strength in managing professional development of others
  • Independently thinking, highly motivated, excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in matrix environment and across departments
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Developing in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro assays to investigate mechanisms involving murine, monkey and human immune systems.
  • Strong expertise in flow cytometry, immunoassays and bioassays
  • Understanding and application of systems toxicology
  • Experience in method development, optimization and validation of assays according to current industry standards and regulatory guidelines
  • Experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology company with supervisory responsibilities
  • Details
    We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to fill a position in the Immunotoxicology Group in Safety Assessment. The successful candidate will lead a scientific research team that is responsible for characterizing immune-related safety risks stemming from pharmacology, nonclinical toxicology findings, clinical safety data, and Regulatory questions on drug projects across the portfolio at all stages of development (target selection to post-marketing). The candidate will be responsible for identifying scientific approaches that are tailored to the specific immunopharmacological properties or immunotoxicological concerns of the pharmaceutical agent, including development of novel assays that measure pharmacodynamic (PD) activity of biopharmaceutical products on general toxicology studies


    Free Editing Services from the UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association

    The UPenn Postdoctoral Editors Association (PEA) offers free, confidential editing of your scientific writing.

    Contact the PEA grammar and scientific clarity of manuscripts, abstracts, grant proposals, posters, slides and more.

    For more information or to submit a document for editing, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Visit the Postdoctoral Editors Association Web site


    BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program

    The University of Pennsylvania Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) announces the establishment of the BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program.

    This award program is funded by contributions from UPenn's Aetna health insurance cost savings and the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs. All postdocs currently registered with the BPP are eligible to apply for one travel award per calendar year. The maximum amount of each award will be $500.

    Complete applications should be submitted to the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs at least one month prior to the anticipated travel event.

    The eligibility criteria and terms of the BPP Travel Award Program are as follows:

  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment in one of the four participating schools or be currently registered with the BPP through an affiliate group/institution
  • Participants must currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at the time of the application for travel funds, during the travel period and upon return from the traveled destination
  • Participant must be a presenting attendee in order to be eligible for this award (poster presenter and/or platform presenter)
  • Applicants are expected to have some level of funding support from their PIs/mentors or Department/Divisions to be eligible
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions about this program should be directed to Ms. Mary Anne Timmins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – October 3

    UPenn Event
    October 3, 2014
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street) in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.

    Enjoy drink specials from 5:30-7:30pm. When you arrive, tell the hostess you are with the postdoc happy hour and get a wristband to get the specials.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.