CHOP Postdoctoral Alliance

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Postdoc Alliance (CPA) strives to enhance the postdoctoral experience at CHOP and to promote an environment conducive to CHOP postdocs’ happiness and success.

Our Mission

Chairs

Joseph Dybas, PhD
Daniel Blumenthal, PhD

If you are interested in working with the CPA or have ideas or programming please contact us at CHOPpostdocs [at] gmail.com (subject: Interested%20in%20Working%20with%20CPA)

Committee Head: Matt Charman, PhD
Contact us: Email CHOPpostdocs [at] gmail.com (subject: Inquiry%20for%20Professional%20Development%20Committee) .

The Professional development committee works synergistically with ATOP and other professional development programs to help postdocs achieve their full potential. They aim to facilitate the development of skills that are directly applicable to the immediate career goals of postdocs and seek to encourage knowledge sharing and a collaborative environment.

Current programs:

  • “Lunch & Learn” program: postdoc-led sessions that provide a platform for postdocs with specific expertise for sharing of that knowledge with the postdoc community
  • Special seminars: hosting internal and external speakers focusing on novel ideas and approaches that can enrich the postdoc experience and aid the achievement of professional goals

Committee Head: Sunetra Sase, PhD
Contact us: Email CHOPpostdocs [at] gmail.com (subject: Inquiry%20for%20Women%20in%20Science%20Committee) .

The Women in Science committee aims to cultivate a vibrant community among postdoc women at CHOP. Their goals are to provide supportive spaces to discuss personal and professional needs, deliver career development programming and resources, and offer opportunities to network with fellow postdocs and faculty.

Current program:

  • Peer mentoring circles: monthly sessions in which women postdocs exchange experiences, challenges, and opportunities related to career growth, work-life balance, imposter syndrome, mentoring relationships, and more. Circle sessions are organized around spotlight topics for group discussion or faculty and speaker-led sessions.

Committee Head: Emma Sartin, PhD, MPH
Contact us: Email CHOPpostdocs [at] gmail.com (subject: Inquiry%20for%20Work-Life%20Balance%20Committee) .

The Work-Life Balance committee's goal is to provide postdocs with resources and opportunities that promote healthy, balanced lives. These resources and opportunities often focus on sharing information about how postdocs can manage, prioritize, and/or balance the many demands of both their professional and personal lives, as well as activities and events that help postdocs relax and connect with each other.

Current programs:

  • Networking happy hours: provide an informal setting for CHOP postdocs to meet, share ideas, and forge new collaborations
  • Peer interest groups: promote hobbies and friendships outside of work by connecting postdocs who share mutual interests.

Committee Head: Jing Karchin, PhD
Contact us: Email CHOPpostdocs [at] gmail.com (subject: Inquiry%20for%20Communications%20Committee) .

The Communications committee develops, updates, and monitors the CPA’s social network presence. The committee shares resources, events, and important information with postdocs as well as CHOP postdocs’ accomplishments.

Current programs:

Program Director: Daniel Blumenthal, PhD
Contact us: p3.chop [at] gmail.com

P3 supports new international postdocs during their preparations for arrival to the United States and during their acclimation to CHOP and the Philadelphia area. The program pairs new postdocs with current postdoc partners that have been at CHOP for at least one year. Partners can share their experience, address questions, provide resources for their arrival, onboarding at CHOP, and introduce them to the Philadelphia area.