Welcome to the ISCB Community News Blog

This blog collects news, announcements or other information which could be of interest to our ISCB members. We are a group ISCB members who volunteer to populate this blog on a regular basis. In case you want to become an "ISCB-News Reporter" yourself, let us know: contact ISCB
Don't repost copyrighted content! The guidelines are:
- Include a link to the source page
- Include a short summary about the article. You can quote up to ONE paragraph from the original story, but not more
- Don't repost an entire articles originating from another source
- Never post content without attribution — always include the source

To post a news, please use this form.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical Research Workforce Diversity

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical

Research Workforce Diversity June 2-3, 2016 Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

Who Should Attend: The program is primarily intended for postdoctoral fellows who are near completion of their postdoctoral training appointments. Advanced graduate students may also apply to attend!

Hotel Reservation Deadline Date: May 11, 2016

Travel Awards are Available: The FASEB Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity and Grants Administration is currently accepting travel award applications to help support participation in this two-day career development program. Applications are approved on a rolling basis.

2016 PPI Registration/Travel Award Application Deadline: Registration/Travel Award Application receipt deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5PM EDT

Travel awards will be provided for all eligible applicants (those not already receiving federally-funded travel support and who also meet other criteria e.g., citizenship/residency status) who are approved and selected to participate in the Institute. The maximum amount for the travel award is $1,500. (US Citizens/Legal Permanent Resident Aliens trainees on R01, T32 grants are eligible to apply and receive travel award support for the 2016 PPI.)

NOTE: We are not allowed to provide travel awards for selected participants who reside within a 50-mile radius of the meeting venue in Bethesda, MD.

The 2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (T36-GM008637-20); therefore, travel awards are restricted to USA citizens or legal permanent residents of the USA, who also reside within the USA or USA territories.

For more information and registration/travel award application forms: twdprograms.org. Questions? Email PostdocWorkshop@faseb.org for answers!

Download mobile app/guide at https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI.

Featured Presentations:
SciPhD "Preparing for Professional Careers"
Being competitive and successful as a professional scientist, regardless of whether in an industry or academic setting requires mastery of scientific, business and social skills. Running an effective laboratory operation is like running a small business, and can benefit from applying best practices that have been developed by industry. In "Preparing for Professional Careers" we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand. The same competencies that industry requires in order to be successful are equally important in developing and co- existing in a high-performing team in academic settings.

In the first 1.5-hour session we will look at the 24 competencies that industry has identified as critical in being competitive and successful, and how they relate to scientists own past experiences during their graduate and post-graduate education. We will also look at different kinds of jobs that are available both in academia and industry.

In the second 2-hour session we will discuss how to identify business and social competencies in job ads, and how to use that information to develop targeted resumes that emphasize all three identities (scientific, business, social) in the context of what the hiring institution is seeking. We will also discuss how to build an effective network, and how to leverage that network to identify and research jobs, and get your resume on the hiring manager's desk. Finally we will discuss how to prepare for interviews and effectively apply the business and social skills discussed in the first session to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the position.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com

SciPhD "Essential Communications for Scientists – Tools for Building and Leveraging Your Network"
Establishing and maintaining professional relationships is essential in developing a successful career whether in Academia or Industry. Scientists are perceived as "experts" in both their professional and social settings in almost everything they do. Developing the ability to shift from that "expert" mode to a "learner" mode is a very powerful technique in establishing and strengthening relationships. The ability to adapt your communications mode allows you to stand out and be valued with anyone you meet; whether they are peer scientists, senior executives, the lay public, investors, human resources professionals or any others. Learn to communicate in a way that adds value and is relevant to their organizational role. In this workshop we will explore three communications techniques that specifically focus on adjusting the technical level of your communications, the perceived social context with which you communicate and how to do so in a way that makes you a value d and trusted contact.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com
Mr. Larry Petcovic, MS; Co-founder SciPhD.com, Vice President for Communications

Career Preparation and Skills Development
• Translating Your Credentials on Paper (CV=> Résumé) and in Person
• Nailing the Job Talk and Interview Prep
• Negotiating the Job Offer
• Leveraging PPI: How to Follow Up on an Interesting PPI Presentation and Initiate Informational Interviews
Dr. Andrew Green; Associate Director, Career Center, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Monte Willis; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine University of North at Carolina Chapel Hill

Preparing for Careers in Academia
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Academic Research/Higher Education Positions
• Who will do Tomorrow's Research?
• Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia*
Dr. Jabbar Bennett; Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern University
Dr. Hannah Valantine; Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH

*Variety of Panelists representing recent PhD Postdocs employed in various sectors of the biomedical research workforce

Preparing for Careers in the Federal Government
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Civil Service (Federal Government) Positions
• "Uncle Sam" Wants You! What You Can Be With a Biomedical Ph.D. as a Civil Servant for the US Government

Mr. Brian Rabin; Chief, Corporate Recruitment and Internal Operations Unit at NIH
Dr. Alison Gammie; Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIGMS/NIH
Dr. Linda Hyman; Division Director, Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, National Science Foundation

Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia: The series of panel discussions will highlight the diverse careers of postdoc peers/PhD scientists who have successfully transitioned out of their postdoctoral training appointments into independent careers in diverse areas of the biomedical research workforce.
*Science Policy/Science Writing/Communications * Industry *Nonprofit Organizations * Consulting and Entrepreneurship * Science Education/Teaching * Government Research * Government Administration * Academic Science/Research Track * Technology Transfer and Patent
URL: https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI

Contact Person: info@faseb.org (info@faseb.org)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lectureship available : Genome Medicine / Clinical Translation Bioinformatics Push in Sheffield

The UK 100 000 Genomes project is actually really making a difference to treatment and approaches to healthcare in UK. Genome Medicine is rapidly being recognised as a mainstream form of healthcare - but the NHS has a lot of catching up to do. Yorkshire is not what comes to mind when one thinks of cutting edge Genome Medicine and eHealth, but in fact, the UK Government has recently invested £20M into eHEalth in the region, and confirmed another £250M for genome medicine over the next 5 years.

The University of Sheffield Medical School is moving rapidly to embrace Genome Medicine. One of several posts it has created, is a lectureship in teaching and research into genome Medicine / Clinical Bioinformatics. Several posts are being developed and the University is actively looking for the next generation of leaders in this area that would like to become part of the transition to genome health care in UK.

Lectureship in Genome Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics
http://bit.ly/1QxRzpE


The UK is home to rapid development of the science of Genome Medicine, an emerging medical discipline that uses genomic information about an individual as part of clinical care, health outcomes and policy implications. The Genome England project is driving the sequencing of 100 000 samples, providing deep new insight into the genomes associated with disease.


The Genomic Medicine group within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, invites applications for a position as a Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomic medicine.


The post builds on our rapidly growing strengths in biomedical genomic research. We work closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and The Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust. The University plays a key academic partner role in the Yorkshire and Humber Genome Medicine Centre that is recruiting NHS patients to the Genomics England initiative. We are preferred providers of the NHS England MSc in Genomic Medicine.


We seek a highly motivated lecturer who has the ability to perform research led teaching of Bioinformatics and Genomics relevant to Genome Medicine. The applicant will have broad experience in genetics and clinical bioinformatics and next generation sequencing analysis and will be familiar with the application of these technologies to selection and interpretation of clinically relevant variants. The lecturer will be Co-Director of our flagship MSc in Genome Medicine , and will benefit from a supportive community within the University and across the NHS Genome Medicine Centre for Yorkshire and the Humber. In addition there will be opportunities to develop and deliver curriculum in bioinformatics and genomics across the University, and together with the National Genome Medicine MSc programme   sponsored by HEE, NHS and Genome England, to develop online coursework with international visibility in Genome Medicine and Clinical Bioinformatics.
We are one of nine national centres providing co-ordinated training in Genome Medicine. The Master's in Genomic Medicine has been developed to provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional course in genomics that can be applied to clinical practice and medical research. Development of independently funded research is encouraged and there are also funded opportunities to oversee MSc students in association with the GeCIP s that drive post-sequencing analyses of the subjects in the UK 100 000 Genomes Project.


For informal enquiries regarding this job please contact Professor  Winston Hide (winhide @ sheffield.ac.uk  or Dr Janine Kirby at j.kirby @ sheffield.ac.uk

URL: http://bit.ly/1QxRzpE

Contact Person: Winston Hide (winhide@sheffield.ac.uk)