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:


August Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, August 19 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 19 - 23
  • CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 11
  • RCR Web site Summer Feature: What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2016-2017 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • RCR Summer Feature: What is your role in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)?
  • Extension of Work Authorization for STEM STudents on F-1 Visas Under New Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rule
  • Jefferson Postdoctoral Position in Cancer Biology Available Immediately
  • Jefferson Postdoc Positions
  • American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists
  • Postdoc Editors Association
  • Need Help Identifying a Secondary Mentor for Your Annual Review?
  • English Language Programs at Penn
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – August 5
  • Monthly Postdoc Lunch – August 19

  • Save the Date: National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 19-23

    On the week of September 19, 2016, the CHOP Research Institute and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week, recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our postdoc community to the success of Children's Hospital.

    View the tentative calendar of events.

    National Postdoc Appreciation Week was created and sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoc experience for fellows nationwide.

    As a CHOP postdoc, you can join the NPA as an affiliate member and take advantage of the membership's many benefits!

    Join the NPA as an Affiliate Member
    Learn more about the NPA and how you can get involved


    CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Poster Session Set for Thursday, August 11

    The CHOP research community is invited to attend the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) poster session on Thursday, August 6 in the Abramson Research Center Lobby.

    CRISSP is a highly competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in biomedical research. Twenty-five students were selected to participate this summer from a pool of over 500 applicants. Students were placed full-time in a participating CHOP host lab/research group and worked under the direct supervision of mentors throughout the Research Institute. As part of their internship experience, all CRISSP students completed an independent research project to be presented during the August 6 poster session.

    Please stop by to view the research conducted by these exceptional students. Posters will be on display from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Students will be on hand to present at their posters between 11:30am and 1:00pm.

    For more information about the CRISSP internship, please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crissp/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    RCR Web site Summer Feature: What is Your Role in The Responsible Conduct of Research?

    CHOP is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards in conducting scientific investigations and scholarly activities.

    The CHOP Research Institute’s RCR Training Policy and Plan outlines the institutional training requirements that apply to faculty, NIH early career investigators, all research trainees, and staff participating in research activities. What are the RCR training requirements? How do they apply to you and your role at CHOP? Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more.

    The RCR 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 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 2016-2017 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: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    RCR 2: Friday, December 2, 2016
    RCR 1: Monday, January 26, 2017
    RCR 2: Thursday, March 9, 2017

    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


    RCR Summer Feature: What is your role in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)?

    CHOP is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards in conducting scientific investigations and scholarly activities.

    The CHOP Research Institute’s RCR Training Policy and Plan outlines the institutional training requirements that apply to faculty, NIH early career investigators, all research trainees, and staff participating in research activities. What are the RCR training requirements? How do they apply to you and your role at CHOP? Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more.

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


    Extension of Work Authorization for STEM STudents on F-1 Visas Under New Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rule

    On March 11, the Department of Homeland Security published a rule expanding Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities for F-1 students who have earned a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM). OPT is a period of time during which undergraduate and graduate students in F-1 status (who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months) are granted one year of work authorization by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to gain practical training to complement their education. This training may include a postdoctoral fellowship.

    STEM graduates will now be eligible for an additional 24 months of OPT work authorization. Combined with the 12 months of post-completion OPT available to all students, STEM graduates potentially could have 36 continuous months of post-completion OPT work authorization. This is a benefit to both students and employers -- employers can easily continue employing great talent and students can continue gaining valuable postdoctoral or other training experiences for a longer period of time.

    To pursue a STEM extension, both students/postdocs and their mentors must complete Form I-983 and comply with the necessary requirements. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Immigration and Visa Services (OIVS) at CHOP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Jefferson Postdoctoral Position in Cancer Biology Available Immediately

    Thomas Jefferson University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the lab of Drs. Jordan Winter and Jonathan Brody. The project is funded and aims to pancreatic cancer metabolism, with a translational focus. We are looking for a motivated and hardworking researcher, an ability to work independently, and a strong commitment to scientific research at the highest level. Candidates should have rich experience in cancer biology. Expertise in mouse models and pharmacology is beneficial. The project is best suited for a candidate interested in a multi-year experience. The Kimmel Cancer Center at TJU is an NCI designated cancer center with state-of-the-art resources and core facilities. There will be extensive exposure to clinicians.

    Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. Send curriculum, summary of near-term research goals, and contact information to:

    Jordan M. Winter Associate Professor of Surgery
    Co-Director of the Thomas Jefferson Pancreas, Biliary, and Related Cancers Center
    Kimmel Cancer Center member
    1025 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Jefferson Postdoc Positions

    Several faculty members at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, have open postdoc positions.

    There are 2 positions in the Pathology Department in Dr. Renato Iozzo’s lab View the job ad here

    Ther are 4 positions in the Cancer Biology Department in the laboratories of Drs. Chris Eischen (View the Dr. Eischen's postdoc position here), Elda Grabocka (View the Dr. Grabocka's postdoc position here), Karen Bussard (View the Dr. Bussard's postdoc position here), and Dan Silver (View the Dr. Silver's postdoc position here)

    There is 1 position in Dr. Jeffrey Joseph’s lab in Anesthesiology (see Jefferson HR for job ID# 9208421) https://recruit.jefferson.edu

    There are also several more postdoc positions available which can be viewed by searching for Post-Doc on the Jefferson HR website, click on this link.https://recruit.jefferson.edu

    For information on the postdoctoral experience at Jefferson, please contact Lisa Kozlowski, PhD, Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists

    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has professional development and fellowship opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists coming up in 2016.

    ASM Turning Your Science into a Company
    October 6 – 8, 2016
    Application deadline: August 20, 2016

    View the printable schedule here

    Information about all the programs can be found at http://www.asmgap.org


    Postdoc Editors Association

    Do you wish you had time to fully check your abstracts, manuscripts, or grants for grammar and spelling errors? Is your writing often in need of a final organizational polish from an unbiased eye? Are you interested in improving as a scientific writer?

    The Postdoc Editors Association is here to help!

    We are a group of biomedical postdocs from around the School of Medicine, CHOP, and Wistar Institute, offering FREE and CONFIDENTIAL editing of scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals for English grammar and spelling, as well as organzational flow. Our editors come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and may be able to provide feedback on scientific content as well.

    Visit us at http://www.med.upenn.edu/bpc/editors_club.shtml for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started!

    In addition, we are always looking for new editors, so if you have an interest in scientific writing and would like to gain more experience, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Need Help Identifying a Secondary Mentor for Your Annual Review?

    On Thursday, June 16, David Taylor, PhD, Assistant Director in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, presented at the CHOP Postdoc Seminar Series. Dr. Taylor presented on postdoctoral mentorship plans, specifically ways postdocs can identify secondary mentors.

    Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional support and questions.

    View Dr. Taylor's Presentation, Identifying Secondary Mentors


    English Language Programs at Penn

    Penn offers English Language Programs to members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities, which aim to successfully develop competence and fluency in English.

    They focus primarily on speaking and listening skills and cover a wide range of language proficiency, from beginner through advanced. Classes are held 6:00-7:40pm, one night per week, for seven weeks, and the cost is $400 - one exception is the TOEFL skills course, which meets twice weekly and is $800. The first step for enrollment is to email our ELP Main Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If you are interested and have any questions, you should contact the Intensive Program Manager, Alyssa Swanson. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will be able to administer the short placement test and help students sign up for classes.

    Attached is an overview of upcoming courses in the evening program.

    Upcoming English Language Courses Offered at Penn


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – August 5

    UPenn Event
    August 5, 2016
    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.


    Monthly Postdoc Lunch – August 19

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    August 19, 2016
    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.