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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity has a wealth of resources at all stages of your academic career including writing resources, time management and networking. Learn more below about how to join free through Illinois’s institutional membership.


Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs

Career and Professional Development

Announcing Handshake @ Illinois 

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Handshake @ Illinois is the new career services platform for University of Illinois students and postdocs. Handshake is used by over 230,000 employers around the world, giving you access to more employers and job postings than ever before. Starting in August, you will need a Handshake account to request an appointment with the Graduate College Career Development Office. So create one now to avoid a delay later. Your account will be made for you within 3 business days.


Nonacademic Interview Strategies for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Wednesday, July 26, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1000

What are interviews like for jobs in industry and nonprofits? What are interviewers looking for? What kinds of questions will they ask? What’s the difference between a behavioral interview and a case interview? What do I wear? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the non-academic interview process and get answers to these questions. You’ll also have a chance to practice answering interview questions and get feedback to help you improve. This workshop is sponsored by Graduate College Career and Professional Development.


Staying Organized on the Job Market 

Tuesday, August 8, noon - 1 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1000

Deadlines, documents, contacts, references, institution research—there’s so much to keep track of when you’re job-hunting, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies for managing information and staying organized on the job market. We’ll look at different approaches to staying organized, and you’ll leave with a plan that best suits your needs. This workshop is for those pursuing faculty careers, non-academic careers, or both. This workshop is sponsored by Graduate College Career Development.

Your Research and Teaching

Writers Workshop Friday Write-a-Thon

Friday, July 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251


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. Stay for as long as you'd like or join later in the day to work on your thesis, dissertation, article, manuscript, seminar paper, etc. This is a productivity writing group, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. Coffee and light snacks are provided, lunch is on your own. The final summer date for this event is 8/4.


LabVIEW Training and CLAD Certification

Registration is limited and closes August 1.

WebStore and National Instruments (NI) invites you to attend the upcoming NI LabVIEW Boot Camp. Whether you’re new to programming with LabVIEW or looking to improve your existing skills, this hands-on course introduces you to graphical programming with LabVIEW system design software. You’ll learn fundamental skills as well as take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam, a globally recognized entry-level certification exam. The course takes place August 14-18 in the Digital Computing Laboratory. The $30 registration fee includes attendance, a PDF manual, software, and exam. Learn more or register online.

Opportunities and Resources

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Did you know that the University of Illinois has a campus membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which is also accessible to postdocs? The organization has tons of resources and tools to help you succeed, including a weekly newsletter called "The Monday Motivator" that delivers wellness and productivity advice straight to your inbox. You can sign up for a free membership using your Illinois e-mail address.


Volunteers Sought for Intensive English Institute

The Intensive English Institute is looking for volunteers who would be interested in being conversation partners for international civil and environmental engineering students in the month of August. The time commitment is one hour a week for five weeks. If interested, please sign up online. Questions? Contact Kristin Bouton at


Back to School Supply Drive

Monday - Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop off Location: Native American House, 1206 West Nevada Street, Urbana

Join the Native American House for their annual community service project which will help American Indian students in Chicago start school the right way by being prepared with school supplies! Donations of pen cases, rules, wide-ruled notebooks, glue sticks, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, 3-ring folders, pens, and backpacks are particularly needed.


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.