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April Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, April 3 at 5:30 pm and lunch with fellow Postdocs, Friday, April 17 at 12:00 pm. Details below!

  • Registration Now Open for the CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium
  • BPP Event: K Award Workshop - April 16 and 17
  • Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans
  • CHOP Research Safety Day, Friday, April 24
  • RCR April Feature: Safe Laboratory Practices
  • Write Winning R01 Grant Proposals
  • Faculty Luncheon, May 1 - Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD, Presents "Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping"
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Search - April 14
  • Program Director for Faculty Appointments - Job Opening at Harvard
  • 2015 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES)
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Postdoc Monthly Lunch - April 17
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - April 3

  • Registration Now Open for the CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium

    2015 CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium


    Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 for our annual CHOP Research Institute Scientific Symposium. This daylong celebration of the research conducted at CHOP will take place on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB) with presentations beginning at 8:30am. A reception will follow in the Colket Lobby after our final presentation. This year’s program will emphasize the critical role that experimental systems play as the cornerstone of groundbreaking bench-to-bedside discoveries. The entire CHOP community is invited to attend.

    Our external keynote "Nuclear Receptors: Feast, Famine and Physiology" will be presented by Ronald Evans, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Gene Expression Laboratory at the Salk Institute. Our internal keynote "The Philadelphia Measles Epidemic of 1991: Lesson from the Past or Prologue to the Future" will be presented by Paul Offit, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

    To register, visit http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/symposium.


    BPP Event: K Award Workshop - April 16 and 17

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) will be hosting a K Award Workshop. There are two sessions available for attendees to pick from and registration is required to attend either session.

    Date: April 16, 2015
    Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
    Location: John Morgan Building Class of 62
    Register Here

    Date: April 17, 2015
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: CRB Austrian
    Register Here

    During the two-hour workshop, Beth Schachter will cover key components for planning and writing fellowship proposals. In the final half-hour, we will also hear from a recent fellowship awardee who will you give additional insight into assembling a strong mentoring team and planning a training plan that complements the research plan. These are hands-on workshops; you will get to start (or continue) organizing both the scientific and the training/mentoring parts of the fellowship proposals. Therefore, please bring writing tools (tablet, laptop or pen/paper) to the workshop.

    In preparation for the event, you will need to watch the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Webinar: Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review for Fellowship Grant Applicants. This webinar gives you essential information for targeting your proposal to the best-fit funding source and (if appropriate) the best-fit review panel. It also explains the criteria on which proposals are reviewed so that you can write a proposal that specifically addresses the review criteria.

    Following each workshop, a limited number of participants who are working on proposals for the next deadline can have a 45 minute session with Beth, either to discuss your plans and/or mentoring and training plan or to have her read/critique the all-important Specific Aims page. This will be done on a first-come, first serve basis.


    Notice to CHOP Postdocs Regarding Individual Development Plans

    CHOP postdoctoral fellows are NOT required to complete Individual Development Plans at this time.

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) recently announced that all UPenn postdoctoral fellows are required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) at the point of reappointment. Please note that IDP completion is NOT currently required for CHOP postdocs. The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is assessing an institutional requirement for IDPs and will have more information to share in mid-2015.

    Please direct any and all questions to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    CHOP Research Safety Day, Friday, April 24

    Please join the Office of Research Safety on Friday, April 24 for the 7th Annual CHOP Research Safety Day from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), first floor conference rooms.

    Paul Offit, MD will be this year's Keynote Speaker, presenting "Alternative Medicine: Sense or Nonsense?" Dr. Offit will be speaking at 12:00pm in CTRB 1100A. To register, please visit https://redcap.chop.edu/surveys/?s=JVIRDDmwiP.

    Administrative departments and vendors that support Research Safety initiatives will be on hand, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Rooms 1200AB, to provide information about the services and products they offer.

    Returning this year will be the Safety Pong Tournament! Registration tables will be set-up in the Abramson Lobby on Monday, April 20 from 11am-1pm and the CTRB Lobby on Tuesday, April 21 from 11am-1pm. Stop by and sign up to play! There will also be the very popular bean bag toss, Bunsen burner ring toss and more.

    In addition, you have the opportunity to "Play (Safely) with Fire!" with Seth Hatt, CHOP’s Fire and Life Safety Manager. Two times are available: 10:30am and 11:15am. To sign-up, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Lunch will be provided to Research Staff who attend and prizes will be awarded!

    All CHOP Research Staff are invited to attend.


    RCR April Feature: Safe Laboratory Practices

    The safe use of biological, chemical, radioactive, and other hazardous materials is an important concern for everyone working in research laboratories. How can you reduce the risks associated with certain equipment or other potentially harmful substances? What training programs do you need to complete? Visit the RCR internal Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more about the responsible practices, institutional guidelines, and policies that are fundamental for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

    The RCR internal Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity as a core value. 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.

    View Safe Laboratory Practice Resources


    Write Winning R01 Grant Proposals

    Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
    Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), Room 124-ABC
    Presenter:Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC

    Register Here: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/facultydevelopment/sessions.php

    This one-day seminar was recently offered by the Leonard Davis Institute and the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Penn, and received great reviews (excerpts follow below). Several CHOP faculty already use the workbook that accompanies the program to guide them in developing grant applications. The April 24 seminar presents an extraordinary opportunity for all CHOP faculty who write, or plan to write, R01 grant applications. Participants are taught to develop an irresistible idea, and write with a linear progression of logic that leads reviewers through their applications and tells a convincing story. Lunch will be provided.

    The CHOP Research Institute has funded the event, except the cost of your personal workbook ($75 each, payable by check or cash on or before the day of the program).

    View More Information


    Faculty Luncheon, May 1 - Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD, Presents "Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping"

    Title: Structure, Function, and Therapeutic Potential of Chromatin Looping
    Date: May 1, 2015
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location: ARC 123-ABC
    Presenter: Gerd Blobel, MD, PhD

    Please join us for the last Faculty Luncheon of the 2014-2015 academic year. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the research community.


    Preparing for the Academic Job Search - April 14

    Preparing for the Academic Job Search
    Date: Tuesday, April 14
    Time: Part 1 - 4:30-5:30pm; Part 2 - 5:40-6:50pm
    Location: UPenn, Annenberg 110

    Please CLICK HERE to register.

    Career Services graduate student/postdoc advising staff will discuss the steps of the faculty job search. Benefit from the combined knowledge of all the graduate student/postdoc advisors working together to provide you with a solid foundation to start your academic/faculty job search, or to refresh your approach as you try again. This overview of the whole process will help you to identify what you will need to do to be prepared and successful, and when you can make the most use of the services and resources offered by Career Services.

    PART 1: 4:30-5:30pm
    Preparing to Apply

  • Determining readiness to go on the market
  • Understanding the job market cycle and how search committees work
  • Q & A on these topics

  • Written materials for the job search
  • Identifying job opportunities
  • The logistics of applying
  • Q & A on these topics

    PART 2: 5:40-6:50pm
    Interviewing and Beyond

  • Preparing for interviews
  • Screening interviews
  • Campus interviews, including the job talk
  • Q & A on these topics

  • Negotiating and accepting offers
  • Preparing to start the job
  • Plan B/what to do if you don’t get an offer
  • Q & A on these topics

    This event is for current BPP-eligible CHOP postdocs, Penn postdocs, current/recent Penn doctoral students, and MFA students interested in academic careers. If you plan to attend, please sign up and indicate if you will attend either or both sessions.

    This program is a session of the Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, a series for doctoral students and postdocs that is co-sponsored by Career Services and the Vice Provost for Education. You can see the complete series of Faculty Conversation programs and other interesting programs and workshops organized for this semester on the Career Services website by clicking here.


    Program Director for Faculty Appointments - Job Opening at Harvard

    A Program Director for Faculty Appointments position is open at Harvard Medical School.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The Program Director for Faculty Appointments serves as a member of the senior team overseeing the appointment and promotion processes for faculty at Harvard Medical School. The Program Director provides critical input, technical advice and guidance to members of search and evaluation committees for senior faculty appointments. The person in this position will bring a broad perspective on cutting-edge research in a wide range of disciplines, and will aid search committees in identifying and evaluating the widest possible pool of faculty candidates. The Program Director will serve as a liaison between the Dean's office and the appointing academic departments to advise regarding the preparation and content of promotion materials. The Program Director will serve as the representative of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at search and evaluation committee meetings. In the Office for Faculty Affairs, the Program Director is responsible for supervising support staff, preparing internal and external reports regarding the status of promotions, and assuring the maintenance and quality of all records in the permanent appointment process. The successful candidate will participate in activities related to faculty advancement, including new faculty orientation, presentations at affiliated institutions, and meeting one on one with faculty regarding CV preparation and career advancement.

    Basic Qualifications
    Advanced degree and 5+ years of related work experience required

    Additional Qualifications
    PhD, in biological, epidemiologic, or related sciences strongly preferred. Demonstrated broad perspective on science and ability to communicate complex scientific concepts clearly. Understanding of the culture of the biomedical research and clinical enterprise. Ability to identify and solve problems independently. Outstanding organizational and managerial skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills including attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with individuals at very senior levels, an ability to develop instant rapport with individuals, and experience working with subtle and/or complex institutional political dynamics. Some prior supervisory experience. Ability to handle confidential material with discretion. Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines. Experience in maintaining databases and web technology preferred.

    Click here to apply


    2015 Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES)

    The Center for Genetics and Complex Traits (CGACT) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will hold a Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology and Statistics (SAGES) (previously MAGES Conference) on May 29, 2015.

    The topic of SAGES 2015 is: Beyond DNA Sequencing: Emerging Challenges in Quantitative Genomic Analysis.

    Program:
    Richard Bonneau (NYU): "Connecting the Immune System and the Microbiome through Dynamic Network Inference"
    Nancy Cox (U Chicago): "Getting to Real Integration Across Omics"
    Eleazar Eskin (UCLA): "Known and Unknown Confounding Factors in Genetic Studies"
    Hongkai Ji (Johns Hopkins): "Big Data Methods for Dissecting Variations in High-Throughput Genomic Data"
    Mingyao Li (Penn): "Statistical Modeling of RNA Sequencing Data"
    Xihong Lin (Harvard): "Analysis of Integrated Genetics and Genomics"
    Stephen Montgomery (Stanford): "Identifying the Extent and Impact of Rare Non-Coding Variants"
    Jianxin Shi (NCI): "Detection of Regulatory Hotspots in Highly Dimensional Genomic Data"

    SAGES 2015 will take place in the Colket Translational Research Building of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia located at 3501 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Registration will open soon.

    Visit our website at: http://www.med.upenn.edu/sages

    For further information and to be included in future mailings about SAGES 2015 contact Katherine Toder: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.898.8511.


    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. CHOP Postdocs must be enrolled in the BPP to be eligible for the award. 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)
  • Awards will be processed as reimbursements
  • Questions regarding eligibility of CHOP Trainees should be directed to David Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?

    View the BPP Travel Award Program application


    Postdoc Monthly Lunch - April 17

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    April 17, 2015
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Have lunch with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy lunch event at ARC cafeteria. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join.

    Bring your lunch and join other postdocs for a casual lunch networking opportunity.

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


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - April 3

    UPenn Event
    April 3, 2015
    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 5:30-7:30 pm. 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.