Category Archives: Professional Development

Invitation to the “Summer School on Intellectual Property” 2017 in Bonn, Germany

The University of Bonn would like to invite graduate and postgraduate students from your university to a Summer School on Intellectual Property in Bonn.

The Summer School addresses graduate and postgraduate students from any field of study. It will take place from July 31 to August 11, 2017. The program is conducted in English.

We would appreciate it if you could provide your students with information about the Summer School.

We also took the liberty of attaching a flyer with basic information about the Summer School as well as a Summer School poster.

If you should be interested in printed information material, we will gladly send you flyers and/or posters via mail. Please contact us in case you would like to obtain printed material.

Please feel free to visit the website of the Summer School on Intellectual Property: . The website will provide detailed information about the program.

For questions, contact Lisa Hennes (( or Kim Dubenkropp ((

Flyer Summer School on Intellectual Property 2017.pdf

Poster Summer School on Intellectual Property 2017.pdf


The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Postgraduate Research Program (PGRP), managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, is a high-intensity program designed to not only identify recent master’s and doctoral graduates of high promise, but to continue developing advanced research skills within those graduates. It allows the postgraduate researcher to systematically outline career goals and helps provide the means of achieving these goals. One way the program helps to achieve these goals is the critical interaction with NETL principal investigators, who become the postgraduate’s mentor. This interaction affords the postgraduate researcher a unique opportunity to define and structure his or her investigations, to establish a research paradigm, and to publish results– all critical skills needed to become an independent scientist or engineer. See the NETL On-Site Research Core Competencies.


  • Carbon Management
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Combustion Science
  • Computational Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Fuel Cell Research
  • Geosciences
  • High Temperature/High Pressure Science 
  • Materials Performance
  • Methane Hydrates Research
  • Process Development
  • Reciprocating Engines Research
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sensors and Controls
  • Separations Science
  • Surface Science


Post-Doctoral: Ten weeks to two year initial appointments renewable up to five years


Graduates who received their master’s degree within the last three years, or doctorate within the last five years.


  • Stipend – All postgraduate appointments provide a monthly stipend based upon academic classification and experience.
  • Insurance – Stipend supplement for single or family medical insurance is provided for most appointments (restrictions apply).
  • Household Relocation – Awarded on a case-by-case basis, relocation supplements assist with moving your household goods from your current residence to the research center (restrictions may apply).
  • On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your learning experience by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awarded on a case-by-case basis.


Application is always open.

Search for available positions at

For more information, contact Terry Howard at (865) 574-6912


NELT Opportunity for Postdoc in Computational Electromagnetics and Converter Design for Solid State Transformers

Post-Doctoral Researcher Associate or Graduate Student- Computational Electromagnetics and Converter Design for Solid State Transformers

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks motivated post-doc or graduate student to develop and apply advanced computational approaches for simulations of solid state transformer technology at NETL who would be capable of working collaboratively in a geographically distributed team environment to leverage analytical models, finite element modeling, Matlab-based converter simulations, and other simulation tools to develop and assess new computational methodologies for solid state transformer design.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Direct link to Opportunity Details: 

For more information about the NETL Program, please visit

Last Call to submit feedback on GradStarter Proposals!


GradStarter proposals have been submitted by the Rice community. Take a minute to read the proposals, provide feedback, and ask questions. Let us know what you think!

Your comments are very valuable and give the deepest insight into the needs and values of the community. Please, submit your comments by December 5th.

Read them at

Contact: Kiri Kilpatrick,

Presidential Management Fellows Program – Due December 1st


The PMF Class of 2017 application period opened on Friday, November 18th. We have over 1,900 applicants to date as of Friday, very encouraging news for the future leadership of our country. Please encourage your graduate students to apply for this prestigious program. The PMF Program is perfect for talented professionals who want to make a difference by strengthening our government institutions. This class of Fellows will work on policies and programs that directly impact the welfare of our Nation’s citizens. From national security to environmental protection to housing programs, Fellows are placed into jobs that challenge them to find new solutions to the complex challenges of government and learn the leadership skills they need to build a successful career.

This year, the PMF Program Office is working very closely with agencies to place Finalists into positions as soon as the selections are made. We are on target to announce 2017 Finalists in early January and soon after that, we will host our virtual hiring event.

This year through our workforce planning efforts, we reached out to agencies and also worked with our Pathways Program Office to identify the occupations that agencies are looking to hire this year, which are listed below:

  • Architects
  • Auditors
  • Biologists
  • Contract Specialists
  • Cyber Security Experts
  • Economists
  • Emergency Management Specialists
  • Engineers
  • Financial Professionals
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • IT Specialists
  • Management & Program Analysts
  • Medical Professionals
  • Privacy Specialists
  • Scientists
  • Statisticians

Please encourage your graduates that this is a great time to be a part of the change that they want to see!

Your graduate students can view the 2017 PMF application announcement here:

The 2017 PMF application closes on December 1st and we highly encourage graduate students to apply early.

Call for GradStarter Projects again! Submit your idea by November 15

Do you have a great idea for a new graduate student or postdoc initiative? Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies wants to hear it!

Submit your ideas to GradStarter!

GradStarter is designed to help fund pilot projects that are innovative, promote academic achievement, and intellectually engage Rice graduate students and postdocs in your program and beyond.

GradStarter has funded several student-driven projects, such as the BRC Innovation Symposium, the Vagantes Conference, and the Ethnography Salon, to name a few. These projects creatively brought together students, postdocs, and scholars from diverse backgrounds to forge new connections while promoting academic and professional development.

Why should you submit a project?
GradStarter is a great opportunity for you to test your idea: gauge interest, obtain feedback, and connect with people and resources on campus to make your idea a reality.

Proposals are due November 15th.

Submit your proposal at
Proposal Guidelines:

Sallyportal Launches Tomorrow

Sallyportal is the new online professional development hub dedicated exclusively to the Rice community – connecting students, alumni, and parents in one virtual location. Launching October 12th, you can help us build the new Rice network at With Sallyportal, you can find mentorship connections, search professional development events, find volunteer opportunities, stay engaged with campus groups and more! The idea for Sallyportal came from the Board of Trustees and the student-led Rice Education of the Future Initiative. It was championed by the Association of Rice Alumni Board and the Center for Career Development, partnering with organizations all over campus.