. Hope you've all had a productive summer. Postdoc lunchclub is gearing back up for an exciting new year. Here's a summary of what you'll find below:
1) Welcome Back!
2) RSVP for the Next PDLC - "Giving an effective chalk talk" by Dr. Michael Rape
3) Need for Volunteers
. Unfortunately, as there is no master email list for MCB postdocs, this email likely does not reach every postdoc. Therefore, please spread the word to all of your postdoc friends.
Fred and Virginie
. As comes the fall semester, so starts a new season of postdoc lunchclub. Thanks to everyone who came out this past spring to discuss topics such as:
- writing postdoc grants (NRSA, foundation grants, K99's)
- finding resources for postdoc parents
- leveraging your postdoc experience for a job in biotech
- applying successfully for a tenure-track faculty position
. Thanks also to everyone who came out this summer for the department's first in-house "progress report" style seminar series. While the idea for this series was born out of a postdoc lunchclub brainstorming session, it has expanded to include postdocs and graduate student research alike. Hopefully you enjoyed hearing about all the work that your fellow colleagues are doing. And hopefully you've met more than a few postdocs outside of your floor at our various free food and beer events!
RSVP for the Next PDLC
. We will resume postdoc lunchclub on September 2nd at 12:00pm *SHARP* in 434 Barker Hall. Dr. Michael Rape will share with us his thoughts on how to give an effective chalk talk for that ever elusive tenure track faculty position.
. Please RSVP by Tuesday (a "maybe" is fine) so that we can order enough food. You can do so at the right hand side of our website: mcbpostdoc.weebly.com
Need for Volunteers
. We need volunteers to help organize PDLC this upcoming year. If you find any of what we've been doing useful, please consider lending a hand (great for CV building!). Below is just a small list of what people worked on last year. Please email back if you think you might be interested (no commitment required at this time).
- Lunchclub Organizer
- Peer Support Groups
- Career Development
- Social Events
- Website Update and Development
- Postdoc Database
- MCB Summer Seminar Series
Lunchclub Organizer - Lunchclub organizers are responsible for scheduling topics and speakers for each monthly postdoc lunchclub. Also organize meetings with all volunteers once a month to discuss progress on various projects.
Peer Support Group (Grant writing) - Track deadlines for NIH grants (NRSA, K99) and other postdoctoral fellowships. Two months before major upcoming deadlines, solicit rough drafts of specific aims page from all group participants (1 page per person). Set up meetings at which all peers discuss the specific aims page of each participant.
Postdoc Database - The idea behind the post-doc database is to facilitate interactions between post-docs working in the biological sciences at Berkeley. Ideally this will connect people based on technical expertise, fields of research, professional interests, family matters, etc. The two biggest jobs required to make the post-doc database more useful is (1) recruit more post-docs to create profiles for the database (2) advertise the database as a resource for connecting post-docs with one another.
MCB Summer Seminar Series - The individual(s) will be primarily responsible for organizing the summer seminars given by MCB postdocs and graduate students. Examples of responsibilities include: reserve rooms, soliciting speakers, advertising each seminar and promoting the series overall.