Jefferson Postdoctoral Association

National Postdoc Association Week

Past Events

September 18 - September 22, 2023

Thomas Jefferson University celebrates the contributions of postdoctoral scholars to research and discovery.

Events of the Week

Monday, Sept. 18, 9:00-11:00am: Coffee & Donuts

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12pm-1:15pm: Introduction & Training Session: The Postdoctoral Editing and Reviewing Team (PSERT)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12-1pm: Virtual Career Panel

Thursday, Sept. 21, 11am-6pm

Friday, Sept. 22, 5:00-7:00pm – Postdoc Social: Dinner and Games

September 19 - September 23, 2022

Thomas Jefferson University celebrates the contributions of postdoctoral scholars to research and discovery.

Events of the Week

Monday, Sept. 19, 9:00-11:00am - Coffee & Donuts

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:30-2:00pm - Introduction & Training Session: The Postdoctoral Editing and Reviewing Team (PSERT)

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12:00-1:15pm – Virtual Career Panel

Thursday, Sept. 22, 10:00am-4:00pm

Friday, Sept. 23, 5:00-7:00pm – Trivia Night and Postdoc Mentor Award presentation

Monday, September 16

NPAW Kick-off Day - Gifts and coffee for Postdocs 9:00 am - 10:00 am, JAH/BLSB lobbies.

Stop by either location anytime between 9 and 10 am to get your appreciation gift with a side of donuts and coffee on us.

Yoga Class - 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm, BLSB 105/107.

This is a free event.  A limited amount of yoga mats and blocks will be provided; please bring your own mat if you have it.

Tuesday, September 17

Career Panel, Work-life Balance -  9:00 am - 10:30 am, JAH Eakins Lounge.

Breakfast will be served. Panelists: Dr. Heather Montie, Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Fred Kaplan: Senior Research Scientist, Janssen; Dr. Erin Heine, Assistant Director, TJU Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program; Dr. Gabor Kari, Associate Director, Novartis.

Philly's Postdoc Community Social Hour - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Post, 129 South 30th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Participating Institutions: Thomas Jefferson University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Wistar Institute, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, September 18

AACR Cancer Careers Clinic -  10:30 am - 12:30 pm. JAH 168, 171, 173.

The clinic is a special in-person opportunity for postdocs to meet with successfully transitioned PhDs, as well as HR representatives, from the AACR staff for small-group or one-on-one conversations. Conversations can range from how to review and critique one’s personal CV/resume, how to apply/interview/negotiate for one’s first full-time position in cancer research, how to get published in a scientific journal, how to provide an effective elevator pitch, how to get funded for a grant, etc.

Salsa Dance Class  - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, BLSB 105/107.

This is a free event. Snacks will be served.

Thursday, September 19

Keynote Seminar + Lunch with an Expert
Both events are led by Dr. Paul-André Genest, Senior Editor, Wiley.

  • Keynote: “Insight into scientific publishing: Career options offered in the industry and how scientific journals operate and evolve” - 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, Hamilton 505.
  • Lunch with an Expert - Informal Q&A (for students and postdocs only) - 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, Hamilton 504.

You can register for one or both of the events. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, September 20

Volleyball Game -  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Lubert Plaza. (Postdocs and PIs welcome)
Social Hour a
t Strangelove’s will start at 5:30 pm, following the volleyball match.

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) held its ninth annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week September 17 – 21, 2018. Thomas Jefferson University joined the celebration by organizing and hosting various events (listed below) from September 17th to September 21st, 2018.  

Monday, September 17

Keynote: Dr. Shakira Nelson (AACR and Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association)

 Title: "The Good, The Bad and the Empowered"
Venue: BLSB 101

Tuesday, September 18

“Story matters in science: What’s yours?”

Speaker: Pamela Walter, MFA
Jefferson Office of Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication

In this lunch and learn session, we’ll look at the science of scientific storytelling. By the end of this session, you will possess magical knowledge of how to tell a better story, explain your science more clearly, and amaze your co-workers with your ability to mesmerize your PI in meetings. Our journey will also look evidence revealing what elements of your storytelling make a difference in citation frequency. Refine your story. Free food.

Venue: 901 Walnut Street, Lobby
Open to Graduate Students

Wednesday September 19

Carnival Games and Foods
Venue: Lubert Plaza and Hamilton Building 1st floor

Thursday September 20

Bring Your Own PI (BYOPI)
Learn Better Communication Skills
Breakfast with PIs
Venue: Eakins Lounge, JAH

Friday September 21

Soccer Game
Venue: Lubert Plaza
Social Hour (immediately following)