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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office

The University Library is a great resource for postdocs. I’m sure you are already using the amazing collection of journals and books. If you have specific research needs, reach out to the subject specialist librarian in your area. Did you know the Library also houses the Research Data Service that helps researchers manage their data? In addition to individual consultations, they offer workshops and manage a data repository that can be used by Illinois researchers. More information about some of these services are listed below.

I hope you will make full use of the University Library during your time on campus.


Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs

Career and Professional Development

Interviewing: Answering Tough Questions

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Illini Union, room 314A

What’s your biggest weakness? Tell me about a time you failed. What would you do if a colleague took credit for your ideas? Interview questions like these can be terrifying. But if you have the right strategies, you can be prepared to answer them (or any other interview question) thoroughly, effectively, and convincingly. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn approaches to answering difficult questions and have a chance to practice and receive feedback. This workshop is for graduate students or postdocs applying for any kind of job in industry, government, non-profits, or academia.

Conflict Management & Resolution

Thursday, February 23, noon - 1 p.m., Illini Union, room 407

Being a grad student or postdoc means working and interacting with lots of people, and that means that conflict of some kind is inevitable. In this workshop, co-sponsored by the Illinois Leadership Center, we will make conflict much less scary and help you understand techniques to tackle difficult conversations with colleagues and supervisors.

Immigration & Employment Options for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Illini Union, room 210

Presented by Thomas Arkell, an attorney practicing immigration and employment law: Many international graduate students and postdocs will secure full-time employment in the United States. Find out what you need to know about U.S. immigration policies to make a smooth transition. This workshop will discuss the H-1B petition process for full-time hires and options for permanent residence in the U.S. (NOTE: The Architecture Building is located south of the Main Library.)

See the full schedule of Graduate College Career Development workshops and learn more online.

Your Research and Teaching

Research Data Management Workshops in Spring 2017

Did you resolve to hone your data management skills in 2017? Data management is an essential task for faculty, but a hard one to start. Luckily, there are resources that can give you a leg up. The Research Data Service will be hosting free workshops at the Main Library, including:

  • Smart and Simple Data Management (Feb 17)
  • Preparing for Data Sharing (Feb 21)

Check out their website for times, workshop descriptions, and other information.


Interactive Workshop:  Do You Know Your Fair Use Rights?

February 21, 22, 23, and 24, 11 a.m., Main Library, room 314


You use your fair use rights every single day to tweet, DVR, forward emails and more. Come to a fun and interactive workshop on how you can legally build on the work of others to explore the arts, sciences, and beyond.


Share Your Research Data and Get Scholarly Credit for Your Work

Not all fields of research have their own repositories, but you can still share your data. The Illinois Data Bank is a self-deposit data repository designed to store and serve data produced by Illinois researchers. Depositors are given a persistent URL (DOI) for their data and the metadata will be publicly visible through search engines. Research Data Service staff are available for deposit consultations and assistance at


Friday Write-a-Thon at the Writers Workshop

February 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 251 Undergraduate Library

Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join your colleagues from across the disciplines to re-energize your writing practices at The Writers Workshop's Friday Write-A-Thons, held most Fridays. Stay for as long as you'd like or join us later in the day to work on your thesis, dissertation, article, manuscript, seminar paper, etc. We will provide coffee and light snacks; lunch is on your own. The additional dates for this event are: 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/12.


Research IT Can Help with Your Technology Needs

If you need to find technology resources, support and training to further your research endeavors, then the Research IT team can help. Campus researchers and graduate assistants can contact the Research IT team to set up a consultation to learn about existing and available IT capabilities and technology services. Find IT resources and connect with the Research IT team online. Questions? Contact:

Opportunities and Resources

ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application Deadline: May 1

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, as evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.


Apply now to use Blue Waters Supercomputer

Application Deadline: March 15

The Blue Waters supercomputer at Illinois is one of the world's most powerful computing systems. Each node has many powerful cores, providing Illinois’ postdoctoral students and postdoctoral researchers significant computing power. More than 3 million node-hours yearly are allocated exclusively to projects from our campus, so apply by March 15 to use this extraordinary resource.The next proposal cycle will be in September 2017.


Beyond Visibility: Moving Forward

Thursday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Alice Campbell Alumni Center

RSVP by February 17

Beyond Visibility luncheon is an annual event hosted by the Chancellor and Provost Committee on LGBTQ Concerns. This event brings together participants all across campus to discuss local and national issues that affect members of the LGBTQIA community at Illinois. Your presence and input is critical to inform our committee's work and to assist in making Illinois a more inclusive community. This year's theme is Moving Forward.


Illini Gadget Garage

Need help with your tech? Visit the Illini Gadget Garage for free diagnozing and repair help. Get assistance with your cell phones, laptops, or any other device with a technological component. Questions? Contact Illini Gadget Garage at


Low Cost Couple Counseling on Campus

Are you concerned about your romantic relationship? Psychological Services Center couples therapy will help you improve communication, work better together, increase intimacy and have more positive interactions. For a free screening appointment call 217-333-0041. 


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.