Getting TO the Interview–Crafting Your CV, Resume and Cover Letters to Get Noticed!

The Postdoctoral Program Office is hosting 2 workshops to prepare job seekers for diverse careers. Workshop 1 will address structuring your CV for an academic career. The second workshop will present strategies and guidelines for crafting highly effective job application documents. Content will include best practices for diverse job markets with a focus on evaluating your adapting your CV into a resume, evaluating position descriptions, crafting a cover letter objectively from the perspective of an employer.

In the second workshop, participants will have an opportunity to play “hiring manager” through a small group activity. Based on a job description and sample resumes, participants will decide which candidate they’d like to interview.

Participants are encouraged to bring a draft of their resume or CV.

All postdocs and students are encouraged to attend. Mentors and supervisors who are interested in resources for advising postdocs are welcome to attend as well.

Please register for one or both workshops using the RSVP Link. BlueJeans access will be available for remote viewing.

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Workshop 1–Academic CVs
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Workshop 2–Resumes for the Non-Academic Market, Cover Letters, Deconstructing Job Ads
Location: Building 203 Auditorium
Presenter: Dr. Briana Konnick, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development The University of Chicago

IMSA High School Research Mentor Information Session

 Have you been wanting an opportunity to mentor students and explore your interest in teaching? There will be a special seminar on Thursday, July 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Building 201, Room 102, to share information on a program to mentor high school students at Argonne. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

Seminar Overview:

Azucena Rodriguez, Visiting Faculty Program Coordinator with Argonne Educational Programs and Outreach will give an overview of the program and provide examples of past research projects. In this meeting, Azucena will provide examples of past Research Projects and will answer questions regarding the program.

Program Overview:

Argonne’s Educational Programs is looking for post docs to mentor High School students. Argonne’s Educational Programs has had a long standing relationship with Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). Students from IMSA, who are enrolled in their Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) program, are mentored by an Argonne staff scientist or engineer in order to further the students STEM education. IMSA students are some of the best and brightest students in the state. Students we see in this program are juniors and seniors in high school that are working at a freshman/sophomore level in college.   All interested divisions/postdocs will need to send a short project description for areas they wish to incorporate IMSA interns and estimated number of interns you will host. In turn, the students will apply specifically to the available projects at Argonne. Students will begin their appointment in early September and will terminate in late April. IMSA interns are not paid, they receive course credit through the school for their work at Argonne and will need to conduct a research project during their time at Argonne. Students will be available to Argonne staff most Wednesdays for the full day, and IMSA will provide transportation for the student. At the end of the appointment, participants are asked to present their research experience to fellow class members and IMSA staff at a colloquium.  

For more information about the program please follow this link




Negotiation and Influential Power Workshop

The Postdoctoral Program Office will offer an interactive Workshop on Negotiation and Influential Power on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Building 241, Room D172.

Facilitator: Joseph Bernstein, PhD, MBA, Senior Director, Financial and Grant Services, Division of the Humanities, The University of Chicago. Joe is an Argonne Postdoctoral Alumnus, Communicator and past PSA leader. He recently earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read more about Joe’s experience at Argonne on the Postdoc Blog.

Overview of Workshop:

Workshop participants will learn the basics of two different types of negotiation, develop their own understanding of a negotiation framework, and have an opportunity to practice negotiating via an interactive negotiation simulation. Via this workshop, participants will:

* Understand the basic features of distributive and integrative negotiation

* Learn an effective negotiation framework applicable to the real world

* Experiment with power and influence by participating in a negotiation simulation

The workshop agenda is as follows:

1:00 PM Introduction and icebreaker activity

1:30 PM Interactive negotiations seminar

2:15 PM Negotiation simulation activity

3:45 PM Simulation debrief and closing remarks

4:00 PM Workshop ends

Please register at the Postdoc Events RSVP Page.



Volunteer to Organize the Annual Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium

Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium

November 7, 2019

Organized by postdocs for postdocs

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne (PSA) holds a Postdoctoral Symposium every year. The 2019 Symposium will be held on November 7 at the 240 Conference Center/TCS. This is a great opportunity to share your research with your fellow postdocs, P.I.s, and representatives from companies, national labs, and universities. Helping the postdocs to grow their network and making new connections is one of our top priorities.

To make this event possible, we need your help. We need you to share your talent and energy as part of the symposium organizing committee.  You will enrich your leadership skills, meet like-minded people, make new connections and have an incredible amount of fun while doing it. The effort required would be a couple hours a month at most. Areas of participation are included but not limited to the following:

  1. Career panel lead:  set the theme for the career panel, identify and recruit panelists
  2. Communication and Marketing lead: advertising for the event e.g. making flyers, ads, etc.
  3. Poster lead: organizing the poster event, collecting all the abstracts for poster, recruit poster judges
  4. Program book lead: preparing the symposium book
  5. Companies outreach lead: contacting individual companies, in coordination with the Postdoctoral Program Office
  6. Survey lead: conduct post-symposium survey, summarize data to discuss with symposium committee
  7. Symposium Follow-up lead: assist Postdoctoral Program Office with post-symposium communications, including notes of appreciation to speakers and volunteers
  8. Secretary: communicate meeting notices, activity announcements, and meeting agenda via email.

All the members will work together to put the schedule of the symposium.

Please email Symposium Chairperson Ahmed ( with PSA Symposium subject if you would like to be part of this exciting event.

Annual Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium Offers Chance for Postdocs to Shine!

Symposium Chairperson Juan Garcia recaps the 2018 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium and gives a nod to the 2019 Co-chairs.

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne (PSA) held the Annual Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium on November 8, 2018 at the TCS Conference Center. The event successfully highlighted the research performed by Argonne postdoctoral researchers. It also allowed the participants to network with industry, research institutions and academia. This provides postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to understand different career path and engage in long lasting professional relationships.

Symposium Chairperson, Juan Garcia, CSE, opens the 2018 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium.

Interim Associate Laboratory Director for EGS, Suresh Sunderrajan helped start the day with welcome remarks.

The keynote speaker, Peter Fiske, is the director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Fiske has experience with research, entrepreneurship and management. He shared his thoughts on career development for scientists. He provided key insights on the evolution of academia and the challenges and advantages of PhD holders. He highlighted PhD’s transferable skills and personal qualities that make them suitable for many different career path. His speech resonated with the audience which engaged in a vibrant interchange of question and answers that went for hours after the end of the formal talk.

Peter Fiske, Director -Water Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI)- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, gives postdocs a thumbs up during his Keynote address.

This year a networking lunch provided symposium participants with an opportunity to engage with industry, academic and laboratory representatives in an informal networking environment. The companies gave a good insights in their work” said Max Gebhard from the organizing committee. “I got to understand opportunities at those companies, which definitely helps to identify potential employers in the future” he remarked.

Panelists included Ksenija Glusac, associate professor of chemistry (UIC) and scientist (Argonne); Joe Bernstein, senior director, Financial and Grant Services (UChicago); Jonathan Logan, scientist (Alcorix Co.); and Shalaka Shinde, senior scientist (Oil-Dri Corporation of America). All these panelist have Argonne in their history. Yet, their careers went to completely different directions including academia, administration, startups and industry.

Poster presentations at the symposium gave participants the opportunity to showcase their research to a wider audience and provided an opportunity to practice valuable communication skills. Two individuals were selected as symposium poster presentation winners:

Nwike Iloeje (ES) was awarded for his presentation “A scalable Gibbs energy minimization model for solvent extraction systems.”

Selin Sariydin (XSD) was awarded for her presentation “Joint ptycho-tomography reconstruction through alternating direction method of multipliers.”

Poster Award Recipient Selin Sariydin (XSD) walks through her poster with a symposium participant.

Poster Award Recipient, Nwike Iloeje (ES) discusses his research with a symposium participant.

Poster presentations were judged for overall poster appearance and quality, topic organization, clarity and significance of illustrations and knowledge of topic.

“We all have heard about career opportunities and transferable skills before, but this event put everything together in a compelling and really eye opening perspective. I think this learning experience is invaluable to complement the Postdoc experience in Argonne” said Juan Garcia, the Symposium Chairperson. The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne (PSA) is working in other efforts to help the postdoctoral community shine.

View the 2018 Symposium Program Book.

This year’s Symposium Co-chairs are Max Gebhard (AMD) and Ahmed Farghaly (CSE). Want to help make this year’s symposium something special? Contact Max and Ahmed at and