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Opportunities: Burroughs Wellcome Fund myDATA Program, Deadlines Extended to August 4

Modified: July 24, 2017

The myDATA: Preparing Science PhDs for Careers in a Data-Driven World Program is a year-long program that provides science PhD students and postdoctoral fellows with training in computational skills, methods, and pedagogy along with mentoring that will enhance their research and facilitate their successful transition into a wide range of careers. The program has three phases: 1) a computational skills seminar, 2) a mentored research project, and 3) a train-the-trainers workshop. This program, supported through a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees grant, is a collaboration between The Graduate School, Northwestern University Information Technology, Northwestern University Libraries, Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and the Biostatistics Collaboration Center.

Graduate Assistant Opportunity

The myDATA Program seeks a graduate student (4th-year or beyond, still on fellowship) to provide administrative support for all phases of the program. Primary activities will include creating and managing program communications; assisting with planning and coordinating quarterly professional development lectures/workshops, a poster session, and an end-of-year celebration; and assisting with program assessment. This position offers the opportunity to build skills and experience in communication, leadership, collaboration, and program management.

Time Commitment and Location

The GA will be expected to commit 4 – 5 hours/week, 8/1/17 – 8/1/18 (excluding University holidays). The GA can be based on either the Chicago or Evanston campus, but must be available to attend 1 – 2 events/quarter on the Chicago campus.

Funding and Eligibility

This GA-ship will provide a small amount of funding in addition to a student’s regular funding ($15/hour, paid quarterly). Only students who will be receiving funding through August 2018 are eligible.

Application

The successful applicant will have strong communication and organizational skills.

To apply, please send the following to Mearah Quinn-Brauner, Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, The Graduate School, by August 4. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis:

  • Resume (1 page)
  • Cover letter (1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position and how your previous experience prepares you to be effective in the role

Teaching Assistant Opportunity

The myDATA Program seeks a NUIN graduate student (4th-year or beyond) or postdoctoral fellow with at least a year of experience programming/writing code, and who is comfortable working in Python to serve as a teaching assistant for a quarter-long introductory programming workshop. The TA will help students with problems they encounter during workshop sessions and answer questions about practice assignments during open lab sessions and on discussion forums. 

Time Commitment and Location

The TA must be available on the Chicago campus for two, 2-hour sessions each week and additional times online to answer questions (this is an estimate; exact dates and times TBD).

Funding and Eligibility

This TA-ship will provide a small amount of funding to supplement a student’s regular funding (or postdoctoral pay) in the amount of $15/hour, paid quarterly. Only students who will be funded through December 2017 or postdoctoral fellows who will be appointed through December 2017 are eligible.

Application 

The successful applicant will have strong communication skills, an appreciation of the beginning coder’s perspective, and an interest in teaching.

To apply, please send the following information to Mearah Quinn-Brauner, Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, The Graduate School, by August 4. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis:

  • Your contact info, including current program and lab/advisor
  • Describe your programming experience: How did you learn? How long have you been writing code?  What experience do you have with Python?
  • Describe your experience helping someone learn to code or improve/troubleshoot their code.
  • Why do you want to be a TA for this workshop?
  • Please send a Python script that you’ve written (a couple hundred lines of code).  The code doesn’t need to run as a stand-alone file, so it’s OK if it references data files that aren’t included.
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