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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - January 8, 2019


Happy new year! I hope you had an opportunity to relax with family and friends over the break and are ready to start 2019. With the start of the spring semester next week, campus events and programs will be beginning again. Now is a great time to check out upcoming events and add them to your calendar.

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development
Coffee & Careers: Working with Data Series

Want to know more about career paths that involve working with data?

This spring the Graduate College Career Development office is hosting a special series of informal conversations with data professionals from industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Our featured guests hold advanced degrees in a variety of disciplines, engage with data in different ways, and are eager to share their experiences and advice. Come to some or all of the sessions: 

  • Thursday, January 31: Beth Ladd, Site Director for the Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab at Research Park
  • Wednesday, February 27:  Jen-chien Yu, Director of Library Assessment at the University of Illinois Library
  • Thursday, March 28: Dr. Carolyn Randolph, Project Manager (Training in Digital Methods for Humanists) at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
  • Wednesday, April 24: Cynthia Yuen, Director of Research & Data Analysis at the Physician Assistant Education Association

Coffee and snacks provided. Registration is required (use the links above).


Thursday, January 24, 4 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308

What is an academic job interview actually like? What’s the difference between a phone interview and a campus interview? What sorts of questions will I be asked? What kind of things do you include in a job talk? In this interactive workshop, you’ll get answers to these questions as you learn the basics of the academic interview process. Can't make it in person? This workshop will be simultaneously broadcast online at

Your Research and Teaching

The federal regulations that govern human subjects research are changing. Learn more by visiting the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects' website or attending one of their many in-person training sessions. The changes are designed to decrease investigator burden and address growth in new research areas.

Good to Know

Thursday, January 17, 5 p.m., Krannert Art Museum

Join GradSS on January 17 as we use art as an ice-breaker to meet new people (and make new friends as we exclaim over the same art pieces). The Krannert Art Museum is graciously providing an exciting interactive tour, which will include mini-activities, trivia, and prizes within the tour. Tour begins at 5 p.m. with an optional meet up in the cafe before at 4 p.m. and after at 6 p.m.


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.