Postdoc career lunch

A two-part workshop, “Job Seeker Skills for the Private Sector” and “Career Path to RA Capital Management,” will be held on Tuesday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. 402 Lower Level Gallery. Lunch is included.

Presented by RA Capital Management and hosted by Argonne’s Leadership Institute, the workshop will cover job seeker strategies in the private sector and provide an introduction to RA Capital’s career paths and how scientists fit into their business model.

Postdoctoral researchers, fellows and graduate students are welcome to attend. In addition, mentors and supervisors who seek to improve their skills in advising mentees on job search and career exploration are invited to attend.

Workshop schedule

  • 11 a.m. – noon, Job Seeker Skills for the Private Sector
  • noon – 12:30 p.m., lunch and informal networking
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Career Path to RA Capital Management and Overview of our Scientific Approach to Investing

Register here.

For more information, contact Tina Henne,


Project management topic of interactive workshop

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne will host the workshop Interactive Project Management Fundamentals on Monday, April 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in Bldg. 240/TCS Conference Center, rooms 1404-1407. Light refreshments will be served. If needed, a second session will be added from 1p.m. – 4 p.m.

Project management has broad applicability across several different industries, everything from building houses to software. If you’ve ever had a need to figure out how to get from here to there, and haven’t felt confident on how to do it, then project management fundamentals can help.  Learn the essentials of the discipline in this interactive workshop, and come away with the basic guidance you need to get it done efficiently, effectively, and at minimal cost.

The course will be facilitated by Arin Komins, a seasoned IT manager with over 21 years in IT, with experience in managing IT applications and infrastructure, from on-premises to the cloud. She has worked in healthcare and higher education, as well as consulted for the financial and energy sectors.  Over her time in IT, she has managed everything from machines to people, and recently has been specializing in moving on premises solutions to the cloud.  She has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), has done project management methodology development, built PM systems, and has certificates in project management strategy and advanced project management.

This workshop is aligned with the National Postdoctoral Association recommended Core Competency V, Leadership and Management Skills.

This event is interactive and requires group participation. Please be cognizant of this when registering. The instructor will need an accurate count of those with strong intent to attend to plan workshop materials accordingly.

Click here to register.

Space is limited. Seats will be filled in order of registration.

Getting TO the Interview!


Date & Time: September 1, 2016, 11:45 – 1:30 PM
Location: Building 240, Room 1416 (TCS Conference Center)

NOTE–This is prep for the upcoming Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium. Register today and submit your resume asap! See more on the symposium website.

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and the Postdoctoral Program Office present a Career Workshop, Thursday, in the TCS Conference Center (Building 240, Room 1416).

Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM, with workshop from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

How do you make your CV and Resume rise to the top of the pile? What will make hiring managers and search committees give you a second look?

This workshop will present strategies and guidelines for crafting highly effective job application documents.   Content will include best practices for both academic and industrial job markets with a focus on evaluating your own CV, resume or cover letter objectively from the perspective of an employer.  Participants are encouraged to bring a working draft of a CV and/or resume.

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

Please register by August 30th through the RSVP link.

Bonus Advanced Reading: Cheeky Scientist guide to industry resumes; Sample annotated CVs and Resumes from UCSF

About the Speaker:

Mike TesselMichael Tessel is Director of Graduate Career Development & Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD, an office dedicated to helping scholars navigate their graduate and postdoctoral careers. He leads a team of seven career advisors and oversees employer outreach efforts. Prior to his current role, Michael served as the primary advisor to graduate students and postdocs in the physical and biological sciences at UChicago and has led dozens of workshops on topics including resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing and negotiation. He also serves as the Navigator for the NIH-sponsored career development, myCHOICE, to enhance career preparation for graduate and postdoctoral scientists.  Michael received his PhD in cancer biology from Northwestern University and worked as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Illinois at Chicago before starting his current role in January of 2014.



Preparing for an Academic Career Short Course

Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Office is pleased to host Dr. John Sowa, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Governors State University, to teach a three-part short course on Preparing for an Academic Career. Dr. Sowa was here previously to deliver a workshop on Best Practices for an Academic Job Search and will go further in depth in this upcoming series.

This course will consist of three 2-hour sessions and will cover:

  • July 13th:        The job search –> where to look, types of institutions, the application process, phone interviews
  • August 10th:   From interview to faculty –> Interviewing, getting the job, getting started as a new professor
  • August 17th:   Succeeding in academics –> getting tenure, teaching well, service, grantsmanship

Each class will run from 11:00 AM  – 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Locations are:
July 13th:       Building 241, Room D172
August 10th:  Building 446 Auditorium
August 17th:  Building 241, Room D172

Please indicate the sessions you will be attending through the registration page.

About the speaker:

John%20SowaJohn Sowa is Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Governors State University. His research interests are in the areas of organic and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, stereochemistry, sustainability and environmental chemistry. He edited the 20th volume of Catalysis of Organic Reactions, has published 35 peer-reviewed articles, and is co-inventor on 3 U.S. Patents. He is a member of the ACS, AAAS and Sigma Xi.

Prof. Sowa obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. was obtained from Iowa State University with Prof. Robert J. Angelici and he was a postdoctoral associate with Profs. Paul G. Gassman and Kent R. Mann at the University of Minnesota. His previous appointments include: Professor of Chemistry at Seton Hall University, Associate Scientific Director at Gibraltar Laboratories, and Visiting Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute. Prof. Sowa was a participant in the original Academic Career Workshop developed by Prof. Pete Carr at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as panelist and a planning committee member for approximately a dozen Academic Career Workshops based on Carr’s original program.

Science Policy Trek to Washington DC

Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Office is partnering with the University of Chicago Graduate Office and myCHOICE program to offer 2 postdocs an opportunity to visit Washington, DC from September 7-10th. Travel expenses will be supported by the Postdoctoral Program and the Argonne Leadership Institute. The objective of this trip is for postdocs and grad students to learn about careers in science policy and network with professionals in various governmental and non-governmental agencies.

A description of the trek and tentative agenda may be found at the MyCHOICE site.

In addition to the scheduled visits, there may be opportunities to meet with advisors and professionals in your area of interest. This opportunity was initiated and proposed by the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne. Please thank your officers!


1. Complete all fields in the application form
2. Email your CV and cover letter to with the subject line “DC Trek Application”
3. Address the following in your cover letter:
a. Your career goals related to science policy
b.  How the trek will further your career goals
c.  Any science policy experience


Tentative schedule of site visits

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
4:30 pm   — UChicago Office of Federal Relations, Pre-reception networking with State Department staff/alumni
5:00 pm   — UChicago Office of Federal Relations, Alumni reception

Thursday, September 8, 2016
9:00 am   — UChicago Federal Relations Staff
10:30 am — Association for Psychological Science
12:00 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm   — Environmental Protection Agency
3:30 pm   — Food and Drug Administration
5:00 pm   — Happy Hour with former and current Hill staffers

Friday, September 9, 2016
10:00 am — National Institutes of Health
11:30 am — American Association for the Advancement of Science
12:30 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm   — National Academies
3:00 pm   — National Science Foundation
5:00 pm   — Informal alumni gathering

Saturday, September 10, 2016
3:30 pm — Return flight to Chicago