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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - October 9


Did you miss one of the job search workshops earlier this semester? Are you starting the job search process and want an introduction? The Graduate College is offering overviews of the most popular sessions as part of the Job Search Essentials Day on November 2. More details are below.

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development
Job Search Essentials Day

Friday, November 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308 or online

Webinar link:

This semester's most popular job search workshops - all in one day! To make sure you get your job search questions answered, Graduate College Career Development will be running this semester's most popular workshops again--all on one day.

  • 9 - 10 a.m.: Faculty Job Search: CVs & Cover Letters
  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Faculty Job Search: Research & Teaching Statements
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Faculty Job Search: Interviews
  • 1 - 2 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Resumes
  • 2 - 3 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Cover Letters
  • 3 - 4 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Interviews

The workshops will be in person (Coble Hall, room 308) and broadcast live online at Attend one, some, or all of the workshops. There will be free coffee, tea, and treats available at the in person workshops all day.

Register for Career Exploration Group

The Career Exploration Group provides a collaborative discovery process for grad students and postdocs who are uncertain about their career plans. Participants will work with advisors to identify and explore career options that fit their skills, interests, and values. (Please note that this is not a job search group.) Learn more and register at

Your Research and Teaching
Publishing in an Academic Journal

Friday, October 19, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., College of Education, room 333


Establishing a publication record is an essential part of hte academic career path, but the process can be daunting. Join Students with Families and the College of Education for a family-friendly event to learn about this process. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Semester Statistics Consulting and Workshops

A partnership between the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), the Library's Scholarly Commons, and Tech Services brings free statistics consulting and training workshops on the following data software programs: Stata, SAS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, R. Consulting is open Monday - Friday in Main Library, room 306. Workshops take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. View the open hours and register for workshops online.

Opportunities and Events
The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

Submission Deadline: October 26

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the US agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the NSF. 

Human Vaccines Project: 2019 Michelson Prizes

First Deadline: October 29

The Human Vaccines Project has launched a Call for Applications for the 2019 Michelson Prizes. This year, the $150,000 Prizes have expanded to include 3 focus areas related to vaccine discovery: Human Immunology; Computational Biology and Protein Engineering; and Neglected Parasitic Diseases.

While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research outcomes in the fields of vaccine and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, protein engineering, biomedicine, computer science, engineering and nanotechnology are encouraged to apply.

Good to Know
Bike Share Program Comes to Campus

Curious about those turquoise bikes all over campus? They are part of a new dockless bike share for campus and Champaign-Urbana. More information is available on the dockless bike share fact sheet and in the frequently asked questions on the Facilities and Campus Services website. 


Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.