Job Preparation Workshop: Chalk-talk

 Chalk-talk is an essential part of academic job interview. At this interactive workshop, you will learn how to prepare your talk and what to expect from the interviewers, and will have the chance to practice your talk and receive valuable feedback from experienced faculty.
We strongly encourage postdocs who are applying for jobs to use this unique occasion to practice his/her chalk talk. Postdocs who volunteer to give a demo in this workshop will have a chance to attend one of the real chalk talks at UCSC in a near future. If you are interested in giving a mock chalk-talk, let us know:

We encourage postdocs and graduates students to attend. Register here. The registration deadline is Nov 15th.
Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Job preparation workshop: Chalk-Talk

DATE: November 30th

TIME: 9:30AM - 1:00PM






Nov Science & Social Hour: Know Your Health Benefits Plans

The open enrollment period for postdoc benefit plans has begun! Until Nov 21st 5pm, you are able to enroll or change your health, dental and vision insurance plans for 2018. To help you navigate among the choices, Steve Johnson from Garnett-Powers (UC's health plan administrator) will join us at the November social hour to answer your questions about insurance plans. Lunch will be provided!

Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plans

Nov 13th (Monday) 1-2PM

Biomed 300

Free food and beverage!

Postdoctoral Conference Travel Award: Winners Announced!

We would like to thank all the postdocs who submitted applications and their faculty advisors for sending support letter!

We reviewed all the applications carefully and were very impressed by everyone's accomplishment. However the amount of the award is limited. So after lengthy consideration, we have chosen two recipients: Dr. Justin Suraci and Dr. Katlin Bowman. Congratulations Justin and Katlin!

Dr. Justin Suraci:

I’m a postdoc in Chris Wilmers’ lab in Environmental Studies, where we investigate the impacts of human activity and development on wildlife, with a particular focus on human-puma interactions. My background is in designing and executing large scale field experiments to understand how behavioral interactions between predators (typically mammalian carnivores) and their prey cascade to effect ecological communities, demonstrating that top predators can shape entire communities by altering the behavior of their prey. My primary work with the Wilmers lab has been applying these techniques to wildlife communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains to understand how behavioral responses to human presence alter species interactions (e.g., puma interactions with smaller mesocarnivores, mesocarnivore interactions with their rodent prey).
This UCSC STEM Postdoc Association Travel Award will support my attendance at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions, where I have been invited to give a talk on what I’m calling “anthropogenic landscapes of fear”. This emerging body of work investigates how human presence creates and/or reshapes patterns of predation risk across landscapes, both by altering the abundance and composition of predator communities (e.g., by removing large carnivores like wolves and pumas), and through the fear induced by humans themselves, given that humans are a major source of mortality for many wildlife species. My recent and current research touches on both of these themes, and this conference will be a fantastic chance to connect with other predation risk researchers to move this field forward. Thanks very much to USPA for the support!

Dr. Katlin Bowman

Dr. Katlin Bowman is a postdoc at the Department of Ocean Sciences. She combines marine genomics and chemistry to study a gene cluster in microorganisms that convert mercury to the toxic methyl-mercury. She has gone on multiple oceanographic expeditions and obtained promising results, which she will present at the bi-annual Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Oct Science and Social Hour: Understanding Your Retirement Account

Did you know as an eligible UC postdoc you are automatically enrolled in retirement plans and making contributions?

Would you like to know where the "DCP Safe Harbor" deduction on your paycheck goes to?

Would you like to know how you can plan and save for retirement?

We have invited a financial expert from Fidelity to answer all your questions about your retirement accounts! Free lunch will be provided!

Science and Social Hour: Understanding and Saving for Retirement

Oct 19th (Thu) 1-2PM

Biomed 300

Free food and beverage!

It’s National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

This week is the National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

Being a postdoctoral scholar requires support from mentors and institutions, to continue to work towards the dual role of providing contributions to the research enterprise and career development training. With the start of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we are reminded of the importance of protected time for postdocs to explore opportunities, network, and connect with fellow postdocs. The National Postdoctoral Association identified six core competencies that all postdocs should develop during their training.

The UCSC STEM Postdocs Association (USPA), run by postdoc volunteers, is dedicated to provide career training and networking opportunities for our own community. Subscribe to our google group to receive emails and check our website for events!

What type of career are you planning for? What kind of career training do you wish to receive? Let us know! Join us for lunch and chat:

Special Science and Social Hour for Postdoc Appreciation Week

Sep 21st (Thu) 1-2PM

Biomed 300

Free lunch and ping pong for fun!

Grant Writing Workshop

We are hosting a grant writing workshop for postdocs on Jul 24th!

  • Proposal writing is an essential skill for a postdoc, especially if you are planning to stay in academia.
  • Successful grant proposal can open many doors for you. Receiving a K99 award greatly increases your chance in securing a faculty position.
  • These programs are also highly competitive, with success rates around 20-30%.

We hope this workshop can provide you the tools to write a successful proposal. The speakers, David States, Carrie Partch and Jordan Ward, will discuss:

What types of grants are available to postdocs/ How to structure your paragraphs and sections/ How to convey your science/ How to apply for K99… and any topics you are interested in.

Continue Reading Grant Writing Workshop

2017 Bay Area Postdoc Symposium

The 2017 Bay Area Postdoc Symposium will take place on June 10th (Saturday) at the Buck Institute!

Join us for a day of exciting research talks and networking with postdocs from the Buck Institute, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Gladstone Institutes and UCSF.

This year the symposium will also offer various workshops, with a focus on science communication. Topics include networking, elevator pitch, improving your research talk and more. Check out the program here, and the workshops here.

Click here to register. Choose “UC Santa Cruz no transport”.

2nd Annual UCSC Postdoc Symposium

The 2nd Annual UCSC Postdoc Symposium was a success. Thank you for participating!

The postdocs, as well as graduate students and faculty, gathered at the beautiful Stevenson Event Center overlooking the East Meadow and the ocean.

Professor Joanne Engel from UCSF Department of Medicine delivered first keynote on how the pathogen Chlamydia survives in the host cells. Despite the difficulty of growing the Chlamydia bacteria, her lab identified host genes and signal pathways that are involved in the infection, showing how the pathogen co-opts the host.

The second keynote was delivered by Professor Katherine Pollard from the Gladstone Institutes/UCSF, who did postdoctoral research on comparative genomics at UCSC. She presented an interesting project in her lab that discovered some transcription factor recognize DNA shape.

The symposium also featured a series of talks by postdocs from different scientific fields. Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Kielberg and Dr. Josh Parks for winning the Best Speaker prizes!

Daniela is a postdoc at the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology. Her talk was titled “Spatial and temporal shifts in bacterial biogeography and gland occupation during the development of chronic infection”.

Josh is a postdoc in Holger Schmidt’s group at the Department of Electric Engineering. He talked about his work on optofluidic chip to detect single virus particle.

The symposium concluded with a poster session. Dr. Skander Hathroubi won the best poster prize!

We thank all of the symposium sponsors to make this event possible: the departments of MCD Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biomolecular Engineering, METX, Office of Research, PBSci Division, Professor Josh Stuart and Two Pore Guys, Inc!!

Finally we thank the hard work of the three organizers: Diya, Hanh and Shankar!