Faculty Mentor-in-Residence Event

Ever wonder what the faculty interview is like? What kind of questions does the search committee ask? How does one prepare? How should one respond to that random question that no one prepares for?

The next Faculty Mentor-in-Residence event will help answer some of these questions. Our very own Adina Luican-Mayer, Alexei Abrikosov Fellow in NST, has just successfully gone through an intense and lengthy faculty search process. She will be on hand for a brown-bag session on Friday to share her experiences.

Please bring your lunch and join us for networking and some good take-aways to plan your interview strategy!

Date: Friday, September 25th

Time: Noon

Location: Building 201, Rooms 190A/B (orientation rooms)

Bonus Links to Faculty Interview Resources:

UCSD Academic Job Search Survival Guide

UFL Career Resource Center

MIT Office of the VP of Research

About the Speaker:

adina%20picture_smallerAdina Luican-Mayer received her undergraduate degree from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and her PhD in physics from Rutgers University in 2012. She is now the Alexei Abrikosov postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. Her current research focuses on uncovering the novel electronic properties of low-dimensional systems custom made by stacking atomically thin sheets of van der Waals materials using scanning probe microscopy and supporting spectroscopic techniques.

Postdoctoral Career Skills Event: Networking at a Social Event–the Keys to Working a Room

NPAW_2015_logoNetworking is an absolute, necessary skill for advancing one’s career. It can open many doors and lead to new opportunities.

There are many ways to network, from social media platforms such as LinkedIn to poster sessions at conferences and facilitated meetings with collaborators. The most effective (and probably the most daunting) form of networking is the old-fashioned meet-and-greet.

In this interactive session, our invited speakers will walk you through ways to prepare for meeting new people in a social setting. You will learn tips for preparing before the event, how to greet new people and deliver your “sales pitch”, and how to sustain meaningful connections afterwards.

Date: September 22nd

Time: Lunch served at 11:45; Program begins at Noon

Location: Building 446 Auditorium

Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly through the registration link.

NPAW stands for National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week. These week, organizations across the country will be celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of postdoctoral researchers. To learn more visit the National Postdoctoral Association.

About the Speakers:

Meridith Bruozas, Educational Programs and Outreach Manager, Argonne National Laboratory

 Ms. Bruozas is an educator by training and has spent the past 15 years in a combination of district, non-for-profit and academic service positions researching and promoting STEM education. She earned her M.S. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. She oversees Argonne National Laboratory’s educational programs that currently serve over 4,000 middle and high school, 231 undergraduate, and 280 graduate students appointments each year. Her publications include several national curriculum resources for the K-12 classroom and numerous professional presentations and research articles.


Perry Motsegood Head Shot - 20131003Perry Motsegood, PhD, Assistant Chemist, Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Perry Motsegood is an Assistant Chemist in the Nuclear Engineering Division where he applies electrochemical methods to minimize nuclear waste. He received his doctorate from the University of Iowa in electrochemistry in 2012 and was a postdoc at Argonne until becoming a staff member in 2015. Perry is a past president of the Postdoctoral Society at Argonne and currently serves as an officer for the Next Generation Nuclear Society within Nuclear Engineering.



PSA seeks poster judges

Poster judging to be held October 8

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne is seeking volunteers to assist in judging of postdoc research posters during the 2015 Annual Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium at the Building 240 TCS Conference Center, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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Preempting Poster Disasters–Tips for Designing Winning Posters!



Poster Presentation Slides Part 1–Content

Poster Presentation Slides Part 2–Design


Are you tired of your supervisor telling you to redo your poster?

Want to avoid text overload but don’t know where to start?

Are you caught in the color conundrum?

Don’t despair!

Larisa Blyudaya, award winning graphic designer with Communications, Education and Public Affairs and Tina Henne, Postdoctoral Program Lead will present on Communicating Science through Poster Presentations.

The pair will share tips on distilling content, designing an eye-catching layout, use of color and resources to help make your posters shine. Real posters designed for a variety of audiences and award winning posters from last year’s Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium will be used to illustrate concepts. We will also share tips from notable “poster gurus”.

NOTE–this seminar is ideal for postdocs presenting at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium. Awards will be presented to the top 3 poster presentations.

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 18th. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Location: Cafeteria Private Dining Rooms A&B (turn left as you enter building 213)

Lunch will be served at 11:45. Program will begin at Noon.

Please RSVP through this link by Friday, August 14th so we have an accurate count for food.

Faculty Mentor-in-Residence

The academic application season is upon us and many of you may have questions about the process, how and where to start, or what the faculty career path entails. To help answer these questions and help you grow your network, we are piloting the Faculty Mentor-in-Residence Program. Local faculty will be invited to Argonne to meet with postdocs individually, through small group discussions or by giving brown-bag seminars. The goal is to provide Argonne postdocs mentorship from those who have walked the walk!

henneOur first mentor is Walter Henne, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Governors State University. Walter received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University with a special focus in Bio-Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He performed research at Purdue as part of the Philip S. Low Research Laboratory. His current research centers on the design of medical diagnostic assays, devices and targeted chemotherapeutics. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed research papers and patents.

Walter will be available to meet walk-ins this Friday, August 7th, from 10:00 AM to Noon and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Building 201, Room 158.

Bonus Resource: Check out the Jobseeker Tools from the Greater Chicago-Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Please direct questions to Postdoctoral Program Lead, Tina Henne at khenne@anl.gov.