Postdoc Development Workshops and Materials

Postdoc Development Workshop Chair:
Joe McQuail (jmcquail@ufl.edu)

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs expresses appreciation to all the contributors to the Postdoc Development Workshop series. The OPA also thanks the Office of the CIO for providing video recording services to make the workshops available online for those who cannot attend in person.



'Be a Mentor not a Tormentor' Workshop - December 14, 2017

Thursday 14th December
12-2pm, 1031 Steinmetz Hall

 

Workshop leader: Dr Roger FillingimDistinguished Professor, UF College of Dentistry 

Effective mentoring is critical to enable the next generation of scientists to continue advancing scientific discovery. However, most researchers receive no training in mentoring best practices. This interactive workshop will review characteristics of successful mentors and mentoring relationships and will discuss practices that enhance the quality of mentoring. Discussions of case scenarios will then be used to promote application of the principles outlined.

Register to attend!

Science Communications:  Counterintuitive Science Communication Strategies to Share Science & Build Your CV - June 13, 2017

The public has an increasing interest in medical and agricultural technology, and they are asking honest questions. The internet provides immense distortion and misinformation, and the average person is trying to figure out who to trust.  As scientists, we can help the situation with effective communication.  However, when we speak to a concerned public we usually do it wrong-- we talk to them as if they were scientists. In this session Dr. Kevin Folta, UF Professor and Chair of Horticultural Sciences explains what he's learned from psychology, hostage negotiation and customer service that made him a better science communicator.  We'll also explore ways to use science communication to build your brand and enhance your job prospects. Please join us for this postdoc professional development workshop on June 13th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in auditorium C1-3 in the Communicore Building.  A social will follow the workshop.

Personal Branding for Scientists

May 17, 2017

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. 

3320 Reitz Union - LOCATION CHANGE - Now 2355 Reitz Union

PRESENTER:  Thierry Dubroca, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

This workshop will cover the importance of personal branding and offer practical self-promotion techniques for scientists. First, we will cover how to develop a theme and/or an independent professional identity before addressing how to communicate it online and in person for one’s benefit. We will also cover how to choose your theme/professional identity before finishing the presentation part of this workshop with best practices, and practical tools which you can use regularly to promote yourself.

Personal branding is a very important skill to master. It allows you to communicate who you are professionally, that you are independent, own your presentations, ideas, publications and more generally your work. It is a way to set you apart from your doctoral advisor, postdoc supervisor and develop your own scientific and professional identity. It is critical to build your own professional image and it is extremely useful when looking for your next position. Having an established theme and/or professional identity set you ahead of the competition when hiring committees or managers look for the best candidate.

The majority of this workshop will be in the form of exercises, where attendees will be asked to interact with one another and discuss particular points related to personal branding, such as networking, practicing your elevator pitch, creating or discussing your online profile (LinkedIn, Reseachgate), online presence (Google search, personal website), how to promote yourself using your publications, get more citations, and more!

E. T York Lecture Series - Dr. Cathie Martin

How to Publish Workshop with E.T. York Lecture Speaker Dr. Cathie Martin

Wednesday, April 12th at 4:00 p.m. in the DeWeese Auditorium at the McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Cathie Martin is a group leader at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K. and Professor at the University of East Anglia.  She is a wonderfully respected scientist and author, editor and advocate.  Dr. Martin was Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell from 2008 to 2015, through which piloted new features in scientific publishing, including Teaching Tools in Plant Biology. She is now an Associate Editor of Plant Physiology in the area of plant specialized metabolism and co-author of the undergraduate-level text book: Plant Biology published by Garland Science (2009).

Happy hour to follow Dr. Martin’s session from 5:30-7:30 at First Magnitude Brewing Company located at 1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville.  Come relax and unwind mid-week!

 

"The Secret Formula to Creating a Tenure Track Professorship Application Package that Gets Noticed"

Please join former UF Postdoc Cheryl Rock, for her workshop, "The Secret Formula to Creating a Tenure Track Professorship Application Package that Gets Noticed". 

Presenter: Cheryl Rock, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) 90840

Workshop Description: The overall objective of this workshop is to provide useful job preparation suggestions, guidance, and resources to post-doctoral fellows as well as graduate students seeking tenure-track professorship. From past experiences in (1) graduate school, (2) as a post-doctoral fellow and (3) currently in academia, it is observed that students in Ph.D. programs or Post Docs spend an inordinate amount of time mastering the content of their fields and research, not developing a concrete plan for securing an academic job. Consequently, this lack of foresight and planning can thwart future employment or may sabotage it as a result of a poorly designed curriculum vitae (CV), weak interview or professional portfolio. Through this workshop, Ph.D. graduates or post-doctoral fellows will gain the tools to confidently proceed—successfully overcoming obstacles by acquiring the secret formula in seeking a tenure track professorship.

Workshop Objectives:

The specific objectives of this workshop is to encourage and empower applicants to be self-assured, proactive participants in the employment-search process by:

  1. Discussing crucial stages to secure/obtain academic employment—including, among others, preparing to teach, writing cover letters, constructing a CV and portfolio, researching job opportunities, interviewing and following-up.
  2. Presenting general examples of correspondence associated with the job search (e.g., emails and telephone calls before and after the interview, thank you notes and follow-up inquiries, letters of offer at the negotiation stage, interview questions, questions to ask at the negotiation stage.
  3. Discussing professional and business etiquette, which is very significant to the success of the applicant.

The workshop will be held in room 3320 of the Reitz Union on Wednesday, March 29th from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Forum on F32 Postdoctoral Fellowships from NIH (National Research Service Awards)

F32 fellowships are competitive and prestigious grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health to individual postdoctoral researchers to support scientific training and career development. The award pays the full NIH-recommended stipend for postdocs based on years of postdoctoral experience as well as additional funds for health care expenses and professional development, including conference and travel costs. Importantly, receipt of this award can help postdoctoral trainees to build a track record of funding and support from the NIH that is essential for success in a career as an independent scientist. If you are interested to learn more about preparing a successful F32 application, join us on Tuesday September 13th at 3PM in the DeWeese Auditorium of the McKnight Brain Institute. This Fellowship Forum will be led by Dr. Thomas Pearson, Executive Vice-President of for Research and Education at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, and also include a panel of F32 fellows and mentors to provide additional insight and field questions from the audience. Postdocs, mentors and other department personnel involved in grant submission are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Contact Dr. Joseph McQuail with questions (jmcquail@ufl.edu).

Networking for Scientists:  May 9, 3:00 p.m., Room 3320 Reitz Union

PRESENTER: Thierry Dubroca, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Networking is one of the skills listed in the NPA Core Competencies, under the communication section. Clearly, this topic is of great importance to the postdoc community!

This workshop will cover what networking is, i.e. create new interactions among people in one's professional field of work, whether it is to introduce people to each other’s or it directly benefits oneself. The main reasons for networking are to initiate collaborations (generate new innovative ideas), seek feedback about one's research (technical skills development), seek feedback about one's career (mentoring), or for job hunting. In addition to gaining an understanding of what and why networking is important, attendees will learn about tools available to practice networking. For example, the use of specific social media sites such as LinkedIn and research gate will be discussed. The majority of this workshop will be in the form of exercises, where attendees will be asked to interact with one another and develop/practice their networking skills!

Networking for Scientists Presentation

CV and Résumé Preparation:  October 22, 4:00 p.m., Hough Hall, Room 240

Craig Petrus, Director of Career Services at the Hough Graduate School of Business will provide guidance and best practices for successful CV/résumés.  By the end of the workshop you should have meaningful updates to your CV/résumé, as well as ideas for a successful teaching statement.  Please sign up to attend by completing the sign-up form found online at https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9mfCjM0HgBA69KJ

Refreshments will be provided.

Effective Networking for Postdocs:  January 16, 4-6pm, MBI LG-110 B

The next Postdoc Development Workshop will be held on Friday, January 16 at 4pm in the McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room B (LG-110 B).

This workshop will provide an interactive practice approach for postdocs to develop and sharpen important networking skills.  The ability for postdocs to effectively network is critical to improving your current postdoc experience as well as increasing your chances for success in your next employment opportunity. Take advantage of expert advice from Dr. Thierry Dubroca of the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, FL who will walk postdocs through the essentials for effective networking techniques.

Networking Presentation (.pptx)

Because of the interactive nature of this workshop, it will not be videotaped.

Refreshments will be served.

Elevator Pitch for Scientists:  December 8, 11am-1pm

CGRC (Cancer & Genetics Research Complex) Room 451A

An elevator pitch is a short presentation, usually less than two minutes, which allows you to introduce yourself to anyone.  In this workshop you will learn why an elevator pitch is important, practical and useful for your professional career. Then, we will cover the structure and variations of the pitch based on context (scientific conference, business meeting, formal vs. informal). Finally, you will develop your own pitch and receive feedback on it.  Most of the workshop time will be spent practicing your own pitch.  By the end of the workshop you should be able to use the pitch in your next professional encounter. 

Refreshments will be served.

Developing a Teaching Statement for Postdocs: November 5, 2:30pm

McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG110-A/B

Dr. Kevin Folta (Chair of the UF Horticultural Sciences Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) will provide a workshop specifically for postdocs on how to develop a great teaching statement.

Video Recording of Workshop:
http://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/56eb2cec33e04afabefc2ecc6e436a861d

Keys to Successful Grantwriting: Oct. 6, 3:30pm

McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG110-A/B

Dr. Terrie Vasilopoulos (College of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology) will provide a workshop for postdocs on successful grantwriting techniques. 

PowerPoint Presentation from Workshop (.pptx)

Video Recording of Presentation

Postdoc Development Workshop: July 30, 3-5:30pm

McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG110-A/B

Team-Based Learning:  An Exciting & Interactive Alternative to Lecture-Based Teaching

With Wayne T. McCormack, Ph.D., Director, Clinical & Translational Science Predoctoral Training Program, UF Clinical & Translational Science Institute and Dept. of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine

Just because most of the teaching you have been exposed to probably involved passive learning via lectures doesn’t mean you can’t explore using active learning strategies when you begin teaching!  Team-based learning is a structured small group active learning method that motivates students through a readiness assurance process to come to class prepared, teaches team skills via experience, and most importantly focuses classroom time on higher order skills such as problem-solving and decision-making.  This workshop will be a great introduction to TBL, and will be conducted in the TBL format.  Participants will prepare ahead, take a readiness assurance test, and then engage actively with their assigned team members.  The structure, process, and essential characteristics of an effective TBL module will be emphasized.  Please read “TBL_Workshop_Prereading (PDF)” before the workshop, which is available online at http://mccormacklab.pathology.ufl.edu/teaching.  By the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

    1) Explain the key components of a successful TBL module.

    2) Outline how they would construct a TBL module from a set of objectives.

    3) Describe how they might convert a course/lecture they already teach into a TBL module.

    4) Illustrate how to transform a small group into a productive learning-team.

Postdoc Development Workshop: June 25, 1pm

Academic Job Search Success

Wednesday, June 25, 1-3pm, McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium

Panel presentation by UF postdocs who have secured academic jobs and faculty and administrators who participate in the faculty hiring process.  Find out from these experts what it takes to be successful in the academic job search.

Video recording for workshop:  http://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/c996e539b6064cf19219860ae695057e1d

Presentation Materials:

Job Advice Presentation(Chris Hass) (.pptx)

Job Advice by Herreid and Full (.docx)

Postdoc Development Workshop:  May 28, 5pm

Postdoc Insurance

Wednesday, May 28, 5:00pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room (LG-110 A/B)

Q&A Session about Postdoc Insurance with Vice President for Human Resource Services Paula Fussell

Video Recording of Workshophttp://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/00ff5e30f4404f01997176df33f3a06e1d

Presentation (.ppt)

Postdoc Research Symposium Keynote Address: April 22, 2014

Second Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium:
Communicating Your Research   Program(.pdf)

April 21, 2014, Emerson Alumni Hall

Keynote Address:  Communication and Argument: The Most Important Scientific Skills by Dr. Kevin Folta
Presentation Recording   Presentation (.ppt)

Postdoc Development Workshop: March 18, 2014

The Art of Selling YOU

4-6pm, 451A CGRC

Establishing a strong network has never been more important to securing the job you want.  Come to the next Postdoc Development Workshop to learn about what you can do to build and enhance your network of colleagues and contacts to ensure the strongest likelihood for success in your next job search.  Join Matthew Cowley from the UF Career Resource Center on March 18, 4-6pm in room 451A of the Cancer and Genetics Research Complex (CGRC)

Video Recording of Workshop

Presentation (.pptx)

Event Flyer‌(.pdf)


Postdoc Development Workshop: January 29, 2014

Taking care of head and heart: A conversation about mental health and well-being

12-2pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG110-A/B

Alexandra Martinez, Ed.S, LMFT will be giving a discussion based workshop aimed at UF postdocs. The workshop will be two hours and cover two broad topics. Alexandra will address what health and wellness really means, how to promote self-awareness of mental health needs, and ways to maintain good mental health in a stressful academic environment. She will also  focus on how to recognize mental health issues in our peers and our mentees/students, how to deal with those needs and what kind of resources post-docs can tap into on campus and in the local community.
 
There will be time during this workshop to discuss our current concepts of mental health awareness, getting help and share personal and professional experiences relevant to the topics above. This workshop will not be recorded and therefore, not available online afterwards.
 
Alexandra is a student counseling specialist and has been working with the UF Counseling and Wellness center for over a year. Before that Alexandra was the Training Coordinator at the Alachua Country Crisis Center where she provided over 700 hours of training on mental health issues, crisis and suicide intervention and counseling skills.


Postdoc Development Workshop: December 12, 2013

Putting Yourself Out There: Critical Interview Skills for Postdocs

1-3pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG110-A/B

  • Teri Balser, Dean of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Liz Kazungu, Assistant Director for Career Development at the UF Career Resource Center

Video Recording of Workshop

Presentations:


Postdoc Development Workshop: October 30, 2013

Postdoc Mentoring Workshop

Noon-2pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG-110 A/B

How to get the most out of your postdoc experience by developing your skills as a mentor and mentee.

Guest Workshop Speaker:  Dr. Lorraine Tracey
Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association

Video Recording of Workshop

Presentation by Dr. Tracey (.ppt)


Postdoc Development Workshop: September 18, 2013

Keys to Successful Grant Writing for Postdocs

Noon-2pm, McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium, LG-101A

Critical information and advice from experienced NIH and NSF grant reviewers

Join our panel of experts for a unique opportunity to gain valuable advice on writing successful grant proposals. The ability to secure funding is a key skill that prospective academic employers value as highly as your publication record. The experience gained in writing a proposal, developing a budget and managing a project are all highly transferable to the private sector.

Video Recording of Workshop

Presentations:


Postdoc Development Workshop: August 23, 2013

How to Plan Your Post-Postdoc

Noon-2pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG100 A/B

Presentation by:

  • Ben Dunn, Director HHMI program and Distinguished Professor
  • Thierry Dubroca, Workshop Chair, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Topics:

  • Career/Job Options After Your Postdoc
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Mentoring and Evaluation

Workshop Flyer‌ (.pdf)

Postdoc Workshop Presentation (.pdf)

Video Recording of Workshop

Foundation Award Presentation to Thierry Dubroca on YouTube


Postdoc Development Workshop: July 17, 2013

Postdoc CV Workshop

4-6pm, Career Resource Center Library in the J. Wayne Reitz Union

The July 17 Postdoc Development Workshop took place at 4-6pm in the Career Resource Center Library in the J. Wayne Reitz Union.  The workshop addressed enhancing and improving components of the postdoc CV with specific focus on tailoring your CV to a specific job description, and adding teaching and service experience.  Panel experts were available to discuss teaching and service opportunities at UF.  Postdocs encouraged to bring their CV and a copy of a job posting that they are interested in applying for.

Video Recording of Workshop

Center for Leadership and Service Presentation (.pdf)


Postdoc Development Workshop: June 20, 2013

Taking Leadership

Have you noticed how many employers are looking for leadership and communication skills in their applicants in addition to a proven research and publication record?  Give yourself an edge over the competition - learn how to become a leader at our next Postdoc Workshop. 

4-6pm, McKnight Brain Institute, Room LG110 A&B

Learn how to:

  • Be a role model
  • Be an advocate to effect positive change
  • Think strategically to solve problems and increase productivity

Video Recording of Workshop

Postdoc Social at The Top Following Workshop


GatorCare Q&A Session: June 5, 2013

5pm, McKnight Brain Institute DeWeese Auditorium.

Question and Answer session for postdocs with GatorCare experts from Florida Blue.

GatorCare Presentation (.pptx)

Postdoc Social following the session at Stubbies and Steins, starting at 6:30pm.


Postdoc Development Workshop: May 21, 2013

Power of Feedback: Mentoring Skills

4:00-6:00pm, McKnight Brain Institute LG110

Workshop led by Courtney Moon, professional skills trainer for the Training and Organizational Development team in UF's Human Resource Services.

Topics covered:

  • How to give constructive feedback
  • How to coach and mentor
  • Influence on learning and achievement

Workshop Flyer‌ (.pdf)

Video Recording of Workshop

Postdoc Social at the Swamp starting at 6:30 pm. 


Postdoc Development Workshop: April 18, 2013

Management and Supervisory Skills Workshop for Postdocs

4:00-6:00pm, 282 Reitz Union

Learn key techniques for being an effective manager of laboratory staff and students. 

Workshop led by Courtney Moon, professional skills trainer for the Training and Organizational Development team in UF's Human Resource Services.

Workshop will cover:

  • Transitioning into a supervisory role
  • Managing expectations, yours and your colleagues'
  • Establishing credibility and trust
  • Defining performance and building commitment

Video Recording of Workshop


Postdoc Development Workshop: March 27, 2013

Immigration Questions for Postdocs

The next postdoc development workshop will focus on immigration questions for postdocs.

The workshop will take place on March 27, 3:30-5:30pm, LG-101A (DeWeese Auditorium) in the McKnight Brain Institute.  Mr. Aaron Blumberg from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP immigraton law firm, will cover such topics as visas, labor certifications, and national interest waivers.

  • For F1-OPT visa questions please contact directly Debra Anderson, DAnderson@ufic.ufl.edu
  • For J1 visa questions please contact directly Lyn Straka, lstraka@ufic.ufl.edu
  • For other visas (H1B, E3, TN,...) please go through your department (payroll or administrative personnel). They will refer your questions to the HR-Office of Compliance.
  • For green card questions (EB1, EB2-NIW, Family based...) contact our speaker Aaron Blumberg, ABlumberg@fragomen.com

‌ (.pptx)

Video Recording of Workshop


Postdoc Development Workshop: February 4, 2013

Everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a faculty member

In this workshop, our panel, composed of professors and a dean will discuss the four different stages of the hiring process for a faculty position.

1) Where to find a faculty position 2) Perfecting the application package 3) All about the interview process 4) Negotiating the offer

Panelists: 

  • Teri Balser, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Amir Erez, Huber Hurst Faculty Fellow Professor, Warrington College of Business Administration
  • Erica Goss, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology, IFAS
  • Ashley Seifert, Postdoc, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Workshop Flyer‌(.pdf)

Workshop Presentation‌ (.pptx)

Video Recording of Workshop


Tour of the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator:  January 29, 2013

Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator Tour, 12085 Research Drive, Alachua, FL

Finding Bioscience Company Job Openings in the Gainesville/Alachua Area:  http://www.sidmartinbio.org/wp-content/uploads/Finding_Bioscience-Jobs_Gville-Alachua.pdf


Postdoc Development Workshop:  January 10, 2013

Stress Management and Mindfulness Workshop and Wellness Expo

4:00-6:00pm, 283 and 284 J. Wayne Reitz Union

  • Stress Management and Mindfulness, Dr. Tina Tannen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

  • Wellness Expo, visit with vendors from UF and the Gainesville community who provide services in health and wellness.
      Resources Flyer(.pdf)

Vendors at the Wellness Expo included:

  • UF Psychology Clinic
  • UF Police Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training and Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP)
  • Living Well
  • RecSports
  • Shands Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Butterfly Pilates
  • Ashtanga Yoga of Gainesville
  • Angie Blakemore Massage
  • The Postdoc Social Committee

Postdoc Development Workshop:  December 13, 2012

Career Success for Postdocs

6:00-8:00pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG-110 A & B

Panel discussion by the following will discuss postdoc career success stories:

  • Alvina Mehinto, Postdoctoral Associate, transitioning to Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
  • Joe Reddy, Project Manager at institute for commercialization of public research

Postdoc Development Workshop:  November 14, 2012

Funding Opportunities for Postdocs

6:00-8:00pm, McKnight Brain Institute Conference Room, LG-110 A & B

Workshop Flyer (.pdf)

Presentation (.pptx)

Video Recording of Workshop


Postdoc Development Workshop:  September 26, 2012

How to Get Published in a Highly Rated Journal

5:00-6:30pm, 210 Pugh Hall

  • Dr. Simon Phillpot, chair of the Materials Science and Engineering department at UF and editor of Science, will be presenting the inner mechanics on how to publish in Science.
  • Dr. Ashley Seifert, UF postdoc in the Biology department, will be presenting his experience in being published in the journal Nature.

Workshop Flyer (.pdf)     

Video Recording of Workshop

Postdoc Social at Mother's following the workshop.


Postdoc Development Workshop:  August 22, 2012

Professional Networking

5:00-7:00pm, 125 Rhines Hall

Heather White, Director, UF Career Resource Center  Presentation (.pptx)
Teri Balser, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences  Presentation (.pdf)

  5:00-6:00pm:  About Professional Networking and Why it is Important
  6:00-7:00pm:  Speed Networking and Networking Practice Session

Postdoc Social Hour at The Swamp following the workshop.


Postdoc Development Workshop:  July 25, 2012

Developing a Teaching and Research Statement

6:00-7:00pm, 125 Rhines Hall


Jon Schlesinger, Assistant Director for Career Development, UF Career Resource Center

Workshop flyer (.pdf)

Presentation (.pdf) 

Video Recording of Workshop


Postdoc Development Workshop:  June 6, 2012

Branding Workshop for UF Postdocs

6:00-7:00pm, 125 Rhines Hall