The Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee is our largest committee, featuring the most diverse range of activities. It is currently chaired by Jasvinder Singh and Aravinthkumar Jayabalan. 

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Committee (JHPDA-PDC) aims to prepare postdoctoral fellows to excel in academic careers as well as develop transferable skills and identify diverse career opportunities. We identify experts from diverse fields and help postdoctoral fellows interact with and learn from them as well as other fellows from different disciplines.

Part of the PDC crew: (From left to right) Xiang Xu (Co-Chair), Jineta Banerjee, Anup Sharma (Co-Chair) , Tal Salz and Madhuparna Roy

Upcoming Events:

Academic Career Track: 
1) Research Presentation Club : Aug 12, 12noon, MRB G-03 
Expert Pearl: Presenting yourself for a job application: keep it simple! Frank Bosman Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Presentations by Emily Johnson, Ph.D. and Rajprasad Loganathan, Ph.D.

Diverse Career Track:

Past Events (Academic year 2014-2015):

Academic Career Track:
1) Research Presentation Club: Each monthly meeting involves an expert who talks briefly about a specific aspect of scientific presentations, followed by short scientific presentations by one or two postdoctoral fellows. Expert speakers included Dr. Donna Vogel, Dr. Gaelle Kolb and Dr. Kimberly Skarupski.
2) Johns Hopkins Success Stories: Each semester we invite a successful Johns Hopkins scientist or physician to talk about their career trajectory to help uncover opportunities and resources that the postdoctoral fellows and residents might be unaware of. Previous invitees include Dr. Joao Lima and Dr. Myron Weisfeldt.

Diverse Career Track:
1) A Career in Industry R&D with Dr. Joann Kamens (Executive Director, Addgene)
2) Career Talk: Opportunities with AstraZeneca Biologics Manufacturing Center, Frederick, MD (co-hosted with the PCDO)
3) A Career in Technology Transfer: We invited two professionals from the JHU Technology Ventures office to talk about a career in technology transfer.
4) Interview workshop: We invited the Co-Founder of Oystir, a start-up that helps people with PhD find non-academic jobs, to talk about the dynamics of a face-to-face interview.