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:


September Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, September 2

  • National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 19 - 23
  • Preparing for Careers in Industry – Space is Limited – Register Today!
  • Research Administration Fellowship - Applications Now Being Accepted, Deadline September 6
  • Register Now: 5th Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for September 29
  • Registration is Now Open for the 2016-2017 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Sessions
  • RCR September Feature: Research Misconduct
  • Attention Mentors: 2017 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards - Call for Nominations, Deadline October 10
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, October 14 – Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, Presents, “The Critical Contributions of Research Trainees to the Genomics-Driven Biomarker Discovery and Applications at CAG”
  • Postdoctoral Job Announcement at NYU
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Second Annual Scientific Writing Retreat, Applications Due September 9
  • Extension of Work Authorization for STEM Students on F-1 Visas Under New Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rule
  • Need Help Identifying a Secondary Mentor for Your Annual Review?
  • English Language Programs at Penn
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – September 2

  • 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 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


    Preparing for Careers in Industry – Space is Limited – Register Today!

    Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), Room 123ABC

    Do you know how to get a job in industry?

    SciPhD co-founders, Dr. Randall Ribaudo and Larry Petcovic, will lead a half day training workshop entitled “Preparing for Careers in Industry” from 9:00am to 12:00pm at CHOP. The workshop will introduce fellows to 24 business competencies valued in industry and relate them to industry job ads and descriptions.

    Space is limited and registration via KnowledgeLink is REQUIRED.


    Research Administration Fellowship - Applications Now Being Accepted, Deadline September 6

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is now seeking applicants for the Research Administration Fellowship. The Research Administration Fellowship is a 6-month program designed to provide future scientists and administrators with critical, CV-building experience in the field of research administration.

    This program gives fellows a unique perspective of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and its leadership. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in leadership meetings and retreats, and individual/group meetings with senior management and leadership. Concepts such as strategic planning, budgeting and interdepartmental dependencies will be introduced to the fellow.

    The fellowship is unpaid and must not interfere with your current roles and responsibilities as a CHOP researcher.

    The deadline for application is September 6, 2016, at 12:00pm, with interviews to be arranged later that month. Fellows will begin the program in early- to mid-October.

    Eligibility:

    Current CHOP researchers are eligible to apply for the fellowship. A master's degree (or equivalent) is required. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. Applications from other institutions are not being accepted at this time.

    To Apply:

    Information on the application process can be found on the Research Administration Fellowship intranet site (Active Directory Login is required).

    Learn more about the Research Administration Fellowship and how to apply


    Register Now: 5th Annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture Scheduled for September 29

    Date: September 29, 2016
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location: CTRB 1200B

    To honor the memory of CHOP's first director of Research Compliance, Ellen Hyman-Browne, J.D., Children's Hospital will hold the fifth annual Ellen Hyman-Browne Memorial Lecture on Thursday, September 29 at 4:00 PM in the Abramson Research Center (ARC), conference room 123-ABC, followed by a reception in the Abramson Lobby. The goal of this event is to promote discussion and awareness of ethical and compliance-related issues.

    Presentation Title:
    "Ethics Research on Informed Consent in Childhood Cancer"

    Presenter:
    Eric Kodish, MD, M.D.
    Director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Spiritual Care
    F. J. O'Neill Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioethics
    Executive Director of the Cleveland Fellowship in Advance Bioethics
    Professor of Pediatrics at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

    All are welcome to attend this event. Please visit http://www.research.chop.edu/ehblecture for additional information about the session and to register.

    Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.


    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: Thursday, January 26, 2017
    RCR 2: Thursday, March 9, 2017
    RCR 1: Friday, April 28, 2017
    RCR 2: Wednesday, May 24, 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 September Feature: Research Misconduct

    What factors significantly influence the rate of research misconduct? This month, participate in the September opinion poll and explore an interactive simulation, "The Lab" or "The Research Clinic," where you make the decisions on how to avoid unethical research practices. Visit the RCR Web site at http://rcr.research.chop.edu to learn more about the impact of research misconduct and national efforts to increase the transparency and accountability in science.

    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.


    Attention Mentors: 2017 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards - Call for Nominations, Deadline September 26

    Nominate your Postdoc, Physician Fellow or Graduate Student for the 2017 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Award! The deadline for nomination is September 26, 2016.

    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) for this award. 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 2017 CHOP Research Poster Day, and receive a monetary prize.


    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 2017.


    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 the deadline of September 26, 2016, at 12pm.

    View the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Rules and Eligibility Information

    Download the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Nomination Form


    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon, October 14 – Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, Presents, “The Critical Contributions of Research Trainees to the Genomics-Driven Biomarker Discovery and Applications at CAG”

    Date: October 14, 2016
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: ARC 123ABC

    Featured Speaker:
    Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD
    Director of the Center for Applied Genomics
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

    Join us for our first CHOP Research Faculty Luncheon of the academic year, scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 at noon in the Abramson Research Center (ARC) conference room 123ABC. Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, the Director of the Center for Applied Genomics, will be presenting "The Critical Contributions of Research Trainees to the Genomics-Driven Biomarker Discovery and Applications of CAG." Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the CHOP community.

    Dr. Hakonarson won the 2016 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees and will be presented with the official award at the luncheon by Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE, Assistant Vice President and Chief Clinical Research Officer.

    The CHOP Research Institute Faculty Luncheons are held four times per academic year and feature scientific presentations from CHOP Research Faculty members. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2016 - 2017 series!

    Session 2
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Yael P. Mosse, MD
    Event Date: Friday, January 13, 2017
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), Room 123ABC
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Session 3
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Stephen Hunger, MD
    Event Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), Room 123ABC
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Session 4
    Title: TBD
    Guest Lecturer: Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE
    Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
    Location: Abramson Research Center (ARC), Room 123ABC
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


    Postdoctoral Job Announcement at NYU

    Two post-doctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Despina Sitara (Dept. of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, NYU College of Dentistry) to study the molecular mechanisms controlling iron homeostasis, erythropoiesis and erythroid progenitor cell differentiation, and investigate the role of endocrine factors in the pathogenesis of anemia in relation to chronic disease conditions

    The position offers competitive salary and exposure to a rich scientific environment at NYU and the New York City area and assistance in finding postdoctoral housing within NYU Washington Square campus. To apply please send your CV, a brief (1 page) description of past research experience, and contact for three references to Dr. Despina Sitara (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    For more information please click here NYU Postdoc


    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Second Annual Scientific Writing Retreat, Applications Due September 9

    Date: November 16-20, 2016
    Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
    Decisions Returned: September 23, 2016

    The Meetings & Courses program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is pleased to announce the second iteration of its annual Scientific Writing Retreat. The retreat is aimed at postdocs and independent investigators who are actively working on professional writing projects such as manuscripts, grant proposals, applications, and research/teaching/personal statements. It includes a mix of formal sessions as well as less structured, individual writing time. The goal is for participants to make significant progress on their writing projects while improving their written communication skills

    We would appreciate your help in announcing the retreat to anyone who might benefit from it. While applications from all disciplines are welcome, CSHL is particularly well-suited to scientists working biological or biomedical settings. Application instructions, including links to online forms, are described here and generous financial aid is available.

    For more information please contact Charla Lambert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from the CSHL Meetings & Courses program.


    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.


    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 – September 2

    UPenn Event
    September 2, 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 Harvest Bar and Grill (200 South 40th 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 PM-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.