Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!

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June Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, June 5 at 5:30 PM and lunch with fellow Postdocs, Friday, June 19 at 12:00 PM. Details below!

  • Call for Applications - CHOP Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists
  • Conducting Research at CHOP: "Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community," June 9
  • Annual Postdoc Info Meeting, June 18 - "Networking Strategies: How to be Successful While Being Yourself"
  • BPP Event: Negotiation Skills Workshop - June 17
  • Research Trainee Orientation Sessions - June 23 and July 9
  • RCR June Feature: Conflicts of Interest
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Tools for Managing Finances and Loans
  • Principal Scientist Opportunity with Startup Company
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at UPenn
  • Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research Course Registration Open
  • BPP Postdoc Travel Award Program
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - June 5
  • Postdoc Monthly Lunch - June 19

  • Call for Applications - CHOP Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is pleased to announce that the call for applications is open for its second Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists.

    This program, taking place on September 28-October 2, 2015, is a five day, intensive learning experience designed to introduce early career researchers to the principles and fundamental elements of translational research. By employing a combination of didactic presentations, lectures, and clinical experiences, this workshop aims to bridge the gap that exists between bench research and the clinic.

    Instructors and lecturers will include top researchers from the Philadelphia area and beyond, who will draw their discussions from their own personal experiences and lessons learned. Participants who complete the program in its entirety will receive a certificate of participation.

    Eligibility
    To be eligible for enrollment, candidates must be early-career researchers enrolled at or employed by a research institution. The ideal candidate will also meet the following criteria:

  • Pre-doctoral students (Ph.D. students in their fourth year or later of scholarly training)
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Early-career scientists (scientists within 5 years of the receipt of their doctoral degree)
  • The goal of this program is to provide basic or wet bench scientists with the information they need to successfully transition their research programs to the clinic. However, trainees and early-career scientists from other backgrounds (e.g., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. scientists) may also be eligible. These individuals should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about eligibility prior to applying.

    How to Apply
    Enrollment in the CHOP Translational Research Workshop is competitive. Your application will require a CV, statement of interest, and recommendation letter. More information and application instructions can be found at http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/ptrw.

    The application deadline is June 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM (ET).

    Please contact the CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all general inquiries.


    Conducting Research at CHOP: "Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community," June 9

    Title: Exploring Diversity in the Scientific Community
    Event Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building, 1st Floor, Room 1200B
    Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    Register for the session at: http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crac/

    Speaker:
    Corinne Moss-Racusin, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
    Skidmore College

    Description:
    What is the impact of gender biases on promotion and advancement in the scientific community? Dr. Moss-Racusin will share her latest research exploring the impact of gender biases on meritocracy, diversity, and the pursuit of knowledge throughout academic science. She will discuss educational strategies designed to increase awareness and reduce bias, and provide examples of effective scientific diversity interventions.

    The "Conducting Research at CHOP" seminar series is designed to educate the CHOP workforce on key topics related to the implementation and management of sponsored research.

    All are welcome to attend.


    Annual Postdoc Info Meeting, June 18 - "Networking Strategies: How to be Successful While Being Yourself"

    Annual Postdoc Info Meeting
    Date:
    June 18, 2015
    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Pizza served at 11:30 AM)
    Location: ARC 123-C

    Featured Speaker
    Steven K. Wendell, Ph.D., PC
    Director, Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    This workshop will explore the strengths of different personality types and discuss appropriate tips that will allow you to make use of your strengths in networking environments while being yourself. This includes considering various definitions of what successful networking looks like.

    Interested participants are invited to submit one networking tip/pointer that they have found useful in the past. These tips will be brought up for discussion at the event. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/networkingtip by June 16 to submit your networking tip.

    Be sure to arrive at 11:30 AM to get lunch and hear about upcoming OPA programming.

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


    BPP Event: Negotiation Skills Workshop - June 17

    Date: June 17, 2015
    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location: BRB 251
    You can sign up for this scheduled offering here.

    Description: This workshop is an interactive course that teaches the essential tools and skills needed to develop and master the art of negotiation. This course will not only focus on developing the skill of negotiating in work place, but will also teach how they can be practiced and utilized in everyday life. After attending this workshop postdocs will be able to take the negotiating skills learned and put them to immediate use - Be it negotiating a job offer, with vendors, or buying a car, postdocs will work together to develop the skills needed to negotiate successfully.

    There is a $10 registration fee to attend this course. Please bring the fee to the Postdoc Office by June 16 at 5:00 PM.

    Am I Eligible to Participate in the UPenn BPP?


    Research Trainee Orientation Sessions - June 23 and July 9

    The Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics will be offering two orientation sessions for training grant, postdoctoral, or physician fellows who will be moving into a "research trainee" status and receiving stipends for Fiscal Year 2016, beginning on July 1, 2015.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Abramson Research Center, 123-AB
    1:30 to 3:00 PM

    Or

    Thursday, July 9, 2015
    Abramson Research Center, Room 123-C
    9:00 to 10:30 AM

    The orientation sessions will provide information on the health and benefits package, financial and tax implications, and training requirements and will offer other valuable resources for new trainees. For more information, please contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496.


    RCR June Feature: Conflicts of Interest

    How much do “conflicts of interest” (financial, commitment, personal or intellectual) increase the risk of unintentional bias in research? Tell us what you think by participating in the June Opinion Poll at the RCR internal Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. This month, learn about the federal regulations, CHOP experts and institutional training resources that are available to help you identify, manage and ultimately avoid potential conflicts of interest.

    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 Conflicts of Interest Resources


    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Tools for Managing Finances and Loans

    The Association of American Medical Colleges offers tools and resources to assist graduate students and postdocs with managing finances and loans. While some of the content is messaged to medical students, the information applies to all student loan borrowers, including graduate students and postdocs. Resources include a loan organizer and calculator and fact sheets on loan repayment.

    Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) home page
    Loan organizer and calculator
    Income-driven repayment plans

    Any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Principal Scientist Opportunity with Startup Company

    The University City Science Center has an opportunity with a newly‐formed company that is participating in the Science Center’s Phase 1 Ventures program. They are preparing grants (they’ve submitted their first) and are looking for someone who might be interested in joining the company as a scientist in the event that they receive funding. This could be a great opportunity for a postdoc looking for their next position.

    The company is developing a biologic approach to treating hospital-acquired bacterial infections. Someone with a background in molecular biology and/or microbiology might find this of interest.

    Anyone who would like to learn more can review the information below or contact:
    Christopher Laing, MRCVS, PhD
    Vice President, Science and Technology
    University City Science Center
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Because the first grant has already been submitted, they would like to hear from interested candidates by June 5.

    View Startup Opportunity - Principal Scientist


    Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at UPenn

    Principal Investigator: Matthew J. Lazzara, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
    University of Pennsylvania

    The Lazzara Lab seeks applications to fill one open postdoctoral research associate position on a new project to study cell signaling regulatory responses to targeted therapeutics in brain cancer. The project will integrate experimental and computational approaches. Prior experience with basic cell and molecular biology techniques is required. Prior computational modeling experience is helpful, but not required. Competitive salary is available and will be determined based on experience. Qualified applicants who will soon complete, or completed within the last 2-3 years, doctoral training in biochemistry, cell biology, cancer biology, bioengineering, or chemical engineering should send a current C.V. to Dr. Lazzara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Start date: July 1, 2015 or later.


    Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research Course Registration Open

    Registration for the Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research, offered by ITMAT, for the 2015-16 academic year is now open. The course is primarily geared towards junior faculty, fellows and postdocs who have an interest in learning about the practical aspects involved in undertaking clinical research. Clinical research staff members are also eligible to enroll if their application is supported by their supervisor.

    Lectures are organized into modules covering four main content areas:
    Module I: Introduction & Research Methods
    Module II: Data Management & Biostatistics
    Module III: Study Conduct
    Module IV: Scientific Conduct

    MTR 510: Introduction to Clinical Research (0.5 cu)
    September 1, 2015 – April 19, 2016
    Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
    8030 Maloney Building, HUP

    For full course details and to register, visit: http://www.itmat.upenn.edu/ICR.shtml.

    The course registration deadline is July 31, 2015. Please contact course coordinator, Megan Maxwell at 215.662.4581 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

    Fellowship Program Directors and Mentors are encouraged to share this information with their trainees/mentees.


    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


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour - June 5

    UPenn Event
    June 5, 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.


    Postdoc Monthly Lunch - June 19

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    June 19, 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.