Career & Prof Development - Week of Sept. 11

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Professional Development

September 13
4:00 - 6:00 pm
3101 BRB

Writing a Personal Statement for the NSF GRFP (Workshop)

This workshop will provide guidance on writing a personal statement for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  RSVP here.

Writing Guide: Scientific Writing

These basic articles review the importance of developing the "scientific voice" in your writing and break down scientific papers into such components as the methods and results sections.  (Colorado State University Writing Studio)

Workshop- Sept. 15
 12:00 to 13:30
ESJ 0201

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio. Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, joins us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching. Register here.


SESYNC Invites Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals!

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ four years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2018. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing that extends the fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution. Fellows are in residence at SESYNC full time but are provided travel funds to interact with their mentor and attend conferences. More info here.

SCGSR Fellowship Program

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 2). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found at

Deadline October 2

American Society for Microbiology: Public Outreach Fellowship

The fellow will have the opportunity to explore a non-academic and non-research career that allows him/her to acquire knowledge and skills needed to successfully develop and execute public outreach programs. ASM has established a relationship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to support Outbreak, Epidemics in a Connected World, an exhibit on viral zoonoses, which will open in May 2018. As part of that relationship, the fellow will work closely with the Education and Outreach team at NMNH to develop on-site and online public programming and resources, and volunteer coordination related to the exhibit. He/she will be physically located at the NMNH on the National Mall in Washington, DC, but will be expected to attend meetings at ASM headquarters on a weekly basis. The fellow will report to the National Outreach Program Manager at NMNH and the Public Outreach Manager at ASM. More information here. 


University of Nevada, Reno
Applications due by 10-16

Assistant Professor - Quantitative Population Ecology

Candidates should have expertise in state-of-the-art methods for quantifying and modeling the demographics and dynamics of vertebrate populations. The ideal candidate will have a strong and demonstrated commitment to research on avian systems, but will be able and willing to apply their expertise to other vertebrate groups. The successful candidate will establish a rigorous, innovative, and extramurally funded research program in the area of quantitative population ecology that is nationally recognized while also demonstrating a commitment to seek inter-disciplinary solutions to applied problems pertinent to Great Basin and Sierra Nevada ecosystems. More info here.

Bioinformatics Scientist - MedImmune

The candidate will conduct correlative clinical studies and interpret complex biological results for data generated from qRT-PCR, microarray and DNA/RNA sequencing in support of immuno-oncology programs. The candidate must have experience working with cancer databases (e.g. TCGA, ICGC), patient clinical data, and conventional NGS tools. More info here.

University of California - Berkeley
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Apps due Dec. 1

Asst Professor/Curator, Vertebrate Evolutionary biology

We seek exceptional candidates working in any area of vertebrate biology, and on any vertebrate group, whose work emphasizes collection or field based studies within a comparative context. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) phylogenetics, biogeography, adaptation, speciation, ecological and evolutionary genetics, genomics, behavior, population dynamics, physiology, comparative morphology, and developmental biology. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active field program and to contribute to building and utilizing museum collections, facilitating ongoing MVZ programs of research and education. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department of Integrative Biology. More info here.

Post Docs

Oberlin College & Conservatory
Dr. Aaron Goldman Lab
Deadline: Sept 30

Post Doc in Computational Biology

The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Aaron Goldman on a NASA-funded research project investigating the early evolution of metabolic pathways. The research, which will be entirely computational in nature, seeks to identify the earliest metabolic pathways and is part of a larger research collaborative involving origin of life laboratories at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Southern California. More info here.

Multiple Openings for Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Idaho

Our current openings are for modelers who have expertise in mathematical and statistical methodology and are skilled computer programmers. Expertise in more than one modeling approach and more than one programming language is desired. The specialty is open, but we are particularly interested in systems biology, statistical, and agent-based modeling. The specialties of current CMCI fellows include bioinformatics, protein modeling, and ecological modeling.

CMCI interfaces with several strong research programs at the University of Idaho including bioinformatics, computational biology, evolutionary biology, microbiome ecology, infectious disease, and movement science. Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate across campus on these and other areas of biomedical research. More information here.

Post-doctoral position in disease ecology at LSU

A postdoctoral position in Disease Ecology is available to work in the Elderd lab at Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Biological Sciences. More information here.

Postdoc in plant induced defenses- University of Wisconsin

Funding is available for a postdoctoral position in the Orrock Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The successful candidate will contribute to a project to evaluate how plant induced defenses alter cannibalism among herbivores. More information here.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Post Doc in the Fraser Lab at the Institute for Genome Sciences

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a project to study the impact of e-cigarettes on the oral microbiota. The post-doctoral fellow on this project will characterize the longitudinal structure and function of the gut microbiota in e-cigarette users compared to control subjects and identify associations between clinical outcomes and changes in the microbiota. The post-doctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in other laboratory projects on the microbiota as time permits. More info here.


Career & Prof Development Opportunities - Week of Sept 4

Professional Development

Fall Semester Graduate School Career Skills Workshops

For more information, click here.

  • Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters (Sept 8)
  • Academic Job Search Basics (Sept. 15)
  • Managing Your Career (Sept. 22)
  • Career Exploration for STEM PhDs (Oct 4)
  • Industry Job Search (Oct 16)
  • 360 Degree Self Assessment (Nov 6)

Friday, Sept. 15
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.  
Lunch Provided

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement (Workshop)

If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio. Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, joins us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching.

Registration required by Sept. 12.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Writing a Personal Statement for the NSF GRFP (Workshop)

This workshop will provide guidance on writing a personal statement for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  RSVP here.

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4-5 all day
Reckord Armory

Technica, UMD’S All-Women Hackathon

Sign up to participate in Technica, where women are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imaginations to create interesting and innovative hacks.


Lecturer - Dept. of Microbiology - University of Washington

Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time Lecturer position in the Department of Microbiology.  This is a non-tenure track appointment with the expectation of renewable 3-5 year terms.  An M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences is required, and preference will be given to applicants with teaching experience in microbiology lecture and laboratory courses. More information here.

Adjunct Faculty Positions in Environmental & Biological Sciences

Position available in the Undergraduate School at UMUC.  More information here.

Assistant Professor of Ecology - Southwest Minnesota State University

Review of applications starts November 1.  More information here.

Instructional Consultant at CRLT-University of Michigan

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) seeks to welcome a new colleague to work with instructors at the University of Michigan, particularly in the biological, physical, and health sciences.  Familiarity with clinical teaching is highly desirable.  This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the work of a well-supported center and to collaborate on health science initiatives underway at the University of Michigan, including a major effort around interprofessional education.  Applicants with extensive experience will be considered for an Assistant Director title.  Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in faculty development are encouraged to apply. More information here.

Post Docs

Fungal Pathogenesis-University of Cincinnati

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the lab of David S. Askew at the University of Cincinnati to work on mechanisms of virulence in the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.  The successful candidate will work on in vitro and in vivo models to understand how fungal endoplasmic stress responses impact the host-fungus interaction. More information here.

Invitation to Apply for HHMI Inclusive Excellence
Biology Education Postdoctoral Fellowship
at San Francisco State University

The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory – at San Francisco State University (SFSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology Education and Research with a strong focus on understanding and promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity in science. The position is renewable for up to 2 years and may begin as early as January 1, 2018. More information here.

University of Florida - Bhaduri-McIntosh Lab

The University of Florida, Department of Pediatrics, Bhaduri-McIntsoh Research Laboratory seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a team studying DNA replication, damage and repair in the context of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection and tumorigenesis in human B cells. More information here.

University of Florida - Forest Ecosystem Science Lab

The Forest Ecosystem Science laboratory at the University of Florida seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work on an NSF-funded project examining how increased fire frequency in Alaskan boreal forests affects vegetation dynamics and ecosystem carbon cycling. The postdoctoral researcher will lead efforts to estimate soil CO2efflux, linking these estimates to changes in vegetation and soil thaw created by shorter periods between burns. The researcher will join a multidisciplinary team (remote sensing, modeling of ecosystem process and permafrost dynamics) with collaborators at multiple institutions (Portland State, Universities of Alaska and Idaho). The postdoctoral research associate will assist in connecting field observations of soil and vegetation C dynamics to the ecosystem process model LANDIS-II. More information here.

Career & Prof Development Opportunities: Week of Aug. 28

Professional Development Opportunities

Preparing for and Navigating the Job Market - Oct 11

A CIRTL online event.  In the second of four events on women in STEM, we will introduce key skills and strategies to prepare for and navigate the job market. Efforts will be taken to address to barriers to advancement that differentially impact women (e.g. limited maternity leave policies) and what can be done by institutions, departments, and hiring/recruitment committees. More information here (registration is capped, so register early).

Medical Writer Interview

Read more about the career of science/medical writing on the Club SciWri website here.  There is an informative interview with Dr. Michael Fiedler, who is a writer for Infusion Medical Communications.

Job Opportunities

Harvard University-Preceptor in Molecular and Cellular Biology

The preceptor will primarily have responsibility for Life Sciences 1b (LS1b), “An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution,” a large introductory course for undergraduates that integrates genetics, genomics, and evolution. The preceptor will be responsible for designing and supervising the laboratory and discussion section components of the course; working with faculty to prepare assessments of student learning; supervising and training a staff of approximately 30 teaching fellows, as well as a team of undergraduates who run weekly help sessions; acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support group; maintaining grade books; and overseeing teaching fellow grading policies. Additionally, the Preceptor will be expected to contribute to other curricular activities in the life sciences, and coordinate with faculty to develop other innovative teaching materials. More information here.

Human Ecology Lecturer - UC-Davis

The Department of Human Ecology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is seeking applicants for a full-time Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) for an academic year (9-month), comparable to a tenure-track assistant professor appointment. More information here (deadline for materials is October 16)

Lecturer in Microbiology - University of Portland

The Department of Biology at the University of Portland invites applications for a full-time lecturer position (non-tenure track) in Microbiology beginning August 2018. The candidate will be expected to teach Microbiology (lab and/or lecture) for nursing majors, with a teaching load of approximately 4 courses (12 contact hours/week) per semester. Deadline for application materials is October 1, 2017.  More information here.

Post Doc Opportunities

Biology Education Research at the University of Washington  

The UW Biology Education Research Group (BERG) seeks candidates with strong quantitative analysis skills for a full-time postdoctoral position to evaluate the effectiveness of an institution-wide faculty development project: CAUSE for transformation: The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Student Education project. More information here (you may need to create a login via CIRTL).

STEM Education - Rochester Institute of Technology (2 positions)

The Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation (CASTLE) at the Rochester Institute of Technology seeks two post-docs in the areas of physics, biology or chemistry education to join an HHMI-funded project focusing on fostering a culture of inclusivity and equity in the natural sciences. Additional teaching and/or research activities may be negotiated, with particular flexibility to pursue research questions related to inclusivity and equity. More information here (you may need to create a login via CIRTL).

Career & Professional Development Blog: Week of August 14

Professional Development

CIRTL Courses

UMD is part of the CIRTL network (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning), which offers courses that may be of interest to BISI Graduate students and post docs.  Here are a few of the courses that are available this fall and links to enroll:

  • Gender Bias Intervention in STEM for Women and Men: Online course, meets weekly.  Starts October 5.  Enrollment available starting August 28.  More info here (you'll have to create a login)
  • Teaching as Research: Online course, meets weekly.  Start date: October 2.  Open for registration on August 28.  More info here.
  • Creating and Owning your Individual Development Plan:  Workshop.  One day only, Wednesday, November 1 (online).  Registration is open October 9.  More info here.
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching:  MOOC, complete course at your own pace.  Available now.  More info here.
  • Topics in STEMinism:  Women Preparing for Post-PhD Careers in STEM:  A series of online workshops, events are Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25.  No registration required.  More information here.

Post Doc Positions

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Kirby Lab

Postdoctoral fellow position available to identify and develop novel treatments for multidrug-resistant Gram negative pathogens (e.g., carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). A specific focus of the work would be on development of anti-plasmid agents to restore antimicrobial susceptibility. Work would involve use of high throughput screening approaches; and experiments to optimize antimicrobial properties; define activity spectrum; and delineate mechanism of action. Our goal is to achieve proof of principle for these novel therapeutics and identify candidates for further intensive development. More info here.

Fellowship Opportunities

ASM Journals Fellowship-Deadline September 1,

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has an opening for an ASM Journals Fellow.  The purpose of the fellowship is to conduct research and analysis in peer-reviewed scientific publishing.  Specific research areas that have been initially identified include:

  • Basic research projects, e.g., gender balance
  • Service component, e.g., developing automated reporting tools for individual title stats
  • Bibliometric research using HW Vizor tools, Web of Science, Scopus
  • Best practices for big datasets referenced in journal articles, e.g., required deposits in repositories, annotation, open data policies, data sharing
  • Calculate “sub-IFs” for microbial science papers

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in understanding and advancing rigorous scholarly publication in microbial sciences. The candidate will work closely with ASM’s incoming Journals Board Chair, Pat Schloss, PhD, and ASM Journals Director, Barbara Goldman, PhD. More information here.

Career & Professional Development Opportunities: Week of August 7

Professional Development

Post Docs

JCVI is looking for post doctoral associates

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is seeking two Post-Doctoral Fellows to join Dr. Sanjay Vashee’s team in the Synthetic Biology Group at our Rockville, MD location.  The Fellows will help develop broad range applications of synthetic microbiomes.  The project encompasses the cross-section of synthetic biology and metagenomics. The Fellows also are expected to help develop scientific projects by assisting with the preparation of proposals and to publish the results of their work in peer-reviewed journals. More information here

HJF- Post Doc in Virology & Immunology

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Silver Spring  is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The research areas will be a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts in genetic diversity of HIV research to monitor HIV strains circulating in pandemic, characterize HIV variants in different biological compartments, generate and characterize molecular reagents for immunological assays needed for vaccine researches. More information here.


Job Opportunities


Career & Professional Development Opportunities: Week of July 31

Professional Development

The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering

will be hosting a Young Researchers Conference on September 16, 2017 on campus a UMD.  Both grad students and undergrad students should plan on attending this conference. You can learn more about the conference here and you can register for the event here.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences

will sponsor a Communication Boot Camp for Scientists on October 9-10, 2017.  The registration fee is $440/person (apply for BISI funds to pay for your registration) and participants will learn:

  • How to translate scientific findings for non-technical audiences
  • How to tell a resonant story that informs decision-makers
  • How to prepare for and participate in a news interview
  • How to prepare for and engage in a meeting with a decision-maker
  • How to protect your scientific reputation
  • How to identify and define the audience you need to reach
  • What decision-makers want to hear from a scientist
  • What reporters are looking for in an interview
  • How to leverage social media
  • How the nation's science policy is developed and implemented

More information here.

Academic and Alt-Ac Positions

Assistant Clinical Professor of Biology: 

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a major initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park. FIRE provides first-year students authentic research experience, broad mentorship and institutional connections that impact academic success, personal resilience and professional development.  The FIRE program is seeking an individual to serve as the Research Educator (formal title: Assistant Clinical Professor) for an innovation and research stream to begin in January 2018.  For more information on this position see this website.

Assistant Professor - Fixed Term

Michigan State University is looking for a full-time, 9 month, fixed-term (i.e. non-TT) faculty member to work with faculty to develop and teach capstone writing courses for life-science majors.  This is an ideal opportunity to combine scientific writing with undergraduate teaching.  More information can be found here.  Review of applications begins on Sept. 5.

Post Doc Positions

National Institute of General Medical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Program (NIGMS-PRAT) 

Applications due October 3.  
PRAT is a 3 year program providing outstanding laboratory experiences, access to NIH's extensive resources, mentorship, career development activities and networking. The program places special emphasis on training fellows in all areas supported by NIGMS, including cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience, technology development and bioinformatics. Studies employing model organisms are encouraged. The PRAT fellowship includes professional development activities tailored to the PRAT fellows, such as a monthly seminar series featuring presentations by current PRAT fellows and outside speakers whom the fellows have invited.  Additional training sessions focus on grant-writing, career planning, oral presentations, and leadership skills. More information can be found here.

Quantitative Movement Ecology on Seabird Navigation:

University of Florida.We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher highly trained in quantitative movement ecology (statistical and mechanistic models) to fulfill a position of Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Fl. The candidate will work in a
large international project funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, investigating the use of infrasound by seabird. Deadline for applications is August 31.  More information here.

Post doc at the FDA

Stanford University-Fukami Lab

There are two post doc positions available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford; start date is October 2017.  To learn more see the advertisement here.  Appointment is initially for 1 year, but is renewable for up to three additional years.  The Fukami Lab studies nectar inhibiting bacteria and yeasts to learn more about ecological and evolutionary community assembly.

Post Doc in Microbial Biocatalysis at University of Minnesota

An immediate opening in the Baumler Lab at the University of Minnesota.  The Baumler lab uses genomics data and computational systems biology methods to elucidate differentiating metabolic capabilities of pathogenic microbes and to engineer microbes for production of food from non-edible biomass. The expected start date is AUGUST 28, base salary is $47,476.  Read more here.

Post doc in Conservation Biology and Population Genomics (Michigan State University)

The Meek Lab at Michigan State University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to study population and conservation genomics in fish and other species. The lab uses field studies and next-generation sequencing to address fundamental ecological questions that are directly relevant to the conservation and management of threatened species. We study biodiversity at the level of the genome, transcriptome, and epigenome. 

 The initial hire is for one year with an additional year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. The position will be based in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. Start date is negotiable and position is open until filled.  More information here.

Careers & Professional Development Opportunities: Week of July 24

Jobs in Ecology, Evolution, Behavior

The BEES/EcoEvo community keeps a blog/Google doc that lists current jobs in EEB, including post doc opportunities.  If you're a BEES student, keep an eye on this document as you begin making your post grad school plans.  It can be found here:

Professional Development

Enroll in TLTC798: University Teaching & Learning.  

This course will introduce you to core theoretical frameworks of learning and scientific evidence that can inform your scholarly teaching.  More information here.

iBiology Video Competition

 TheYoung Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. It is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs interested in science communication and in sharing their work with an international audience of students, scientists, and educators. The YSS is a collaboration between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology.

Participants in the YSS must apply to be selected. PhD candidates or postdocs with an interesting research story and good presentation skills are eligible to apply. Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop in San Francisco led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks, in collaboration with iBiology. After this training, the selected scientists will record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio, which will be posted on as part of a the Young Scientist Seminars. The winners will also receive a $500 honorarium.

More information about the YSS and application details can be found at:

Grad School is Hard on Mental Health: Here's an Antidote

Excellent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that focuses on using science communication & policy.  A good read if you're interested in pursuing either of those careers.

Teaching Positions (tenure track, temporary, adjunct)

Trinity Washington University is seeking graduate students with master’s degrees or ABD in biological sciences for (low-capped) sections of introductory biology and anatomy & physiology – a great way for students to acquire teaching experience.  If you're interested, contact the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at or program chair at

More information can be found here:

Post Doc Positions

A postdoctoral fellow position (ERC-funded) available immediately for highly motivated candidates to join the lab of Dr. Dor Salomon at the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University School of Medicine. The focus of the research project is to investigate mechanisms of toxin delivery via the bacterial type VI secretion system (T6SS). For more details on research done in the lab visit

Candidate must possess excellent writing and communication skills (English), a solid record of peer-reviewed publications (at least one first author publication), commitment to drive scientific projects, motivation for high impact research, ability to work closely with an interdisciplinary research team. Experience in microbiology and molecular biology is required. Experience in biochemistry and microscopy is preferred.

Please send your CV, a cover letter including synopsis of previous research experience, and contact information for three references to Dr. Dor Salomon at

Careers & Professional Development Opportunities: Week of July 3 - Part II


Inside Higher Ed: Carpe Careers

This weekly column explores all aspects of career planning.  Here's a taste of the offerings here: Internships: Not Just for Undergrads

Bio Careers: A Career Hub for Postgraduate Life Scientists

A resource for job seekers in the life sciences.  This site has job listings PLUS career tools and advice for job seekers (including helpful webinars). Note: You do have to register, but it is free to do so.  The website does take some time to get used to the job search tool and there are some jobs only available with a paid subscription.  Here are a few positions that I found that would fit students in BISI:

American Society for Microbiology

Job postings from the ASM Career Connections (you can configure this to get a weekly email from them with job postings).


Post Doc Opportunities

  • Integrative organismal biologist: post doc in Dr. Wes Dowd's lab at Washington State University.  More information here and here.
  • Post doctoral scientist in Dr. Adam Smith's lab at George Washington University to study the ecology and behavior of local bees. Apply and more info here.
  • Post doc at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Branch within the Health Effects Lab Division.  Looking for a 3 year funded post doc to study immunotoxicity of subchronic fungal exposures.  This is in the lab of Dr. Brett J. Green.  More info here.
  • The Henry Jackson Foundation is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to support the WILLIAMSON Lab at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) located in Bethesda, MD. This position will evaluate the development of protection against human malaria using a systems biology approach in a collaborative project between the Williamson Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Center for Human Immunology at the National Institutes of Health. More info
  • A POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW position is currently open in Dr. Claire Fraser’s laboratory at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine (UMSOM). They are looking for highly motivated candidates with a PhD in the life sciences, demonstrated experience in genomics or bioinformatics, excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and enthusiasm for scientific collaborations. More info here.

Alt-Ac and Positions Outside of the Academy

  • The SFS program on Biodiversity Conservation and Development, located in the Amazon region of Peru seeks resident lecturer (Tropical Ecology) to serve as part of a residential team of faculty and staff that delivers an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience to students spending a semester abroad. More information here.
  • R&D Scientist in Molecular Biology at Arraystar Inc (Rockville).  More here.
  • IDbyDNA Inc is searching for a Research Scientist to be part of an R & D team responsible for developing, improving and implementing laboratory protocols for next generation sequencing (NGS) based diagnostic tests.  More info here.

Faculty Positions (TT and Professional Track)

  • University of Florida is looking for a full time 12-month, renewable LECTURER. The lecturer will serve as both an instructor for the UF Online Biology Major, including development of two courses in the first year and delivery of two courses per semester in all three years; and as a coordinator between UF Online, the Department of Biology, and the trans-college Biology Majors Executive Committee to ensure the excellence of the UF Online Biology major. More information here.
  • Gordon State College (Barnesville, GA) is looking for a full time tenure track faculty member to teach microbiology and, or, Cellular and Molecular Biology. This appears to be a teaching only position. More information here.

Visiting/Adjunct Faculty Positions

  • College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) is looking for a part-time visiting faculty member to teach microbiology & its associated lab for F2017 and Sp2018.  More information here.
  • Notre Dame of Maryland is hiring adjunct faculty to teach courses in Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice. More information here (instructions for applying here as well).

Career & Professional Development Opportunities: Week of July 3- Part I

Professional Development

Future Faculty Development Program

Virginia Tech is now accepting applications for the annual Future Faculty Development Program, an intensive two-day program for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields who are interested in entering academic careers in the next year.

The January 2018 all expense paid workshop includes interaction with host departments, workshops such as negotiating job offers and adjusting to life as a new faculty member, and plenty of opportunities to network with faculty in research areas of interest to our participants.

More information at:

The deadline for applications for the January 2018 program is October 1, 2017

Lecturer in Biology - University of Rochester.

Teaching responsibilities:  Principles of Human Physiology (BIO 204) and the associated Human Physiology Lab (BIO 204P);  Principles of Human Anatomy w/Lab  (BIO 217).  Conducting the optional upper-level writing courses for BIO 204 and BIO 217 (enrollment ~8).  Full time 9-month position starting Fall 2017.  More information here.

Post Doc Opportunities

ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST, Step I to IV - Ecosystem & Sciences Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley is looking for a highly motivated Associate Specialist to conduct research under the supervision of Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Arthur Middleton. This position will support an ecological research program including active, intensive field projects in the Rocky and Andes Mountains. Research topics in the lab span behavioral, population, and community ecology of large mammals, with applications to public understanding and policy. Under PI supervision, this position will provide research and administrative support for a large research/outreach grant for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The position will also support similar work on a growing wildlife ecology research program in Argentina.  More information can be found here or here.

Scientific Program Management Scholar (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Knight Cancer Institute, Center for Early Detection and Research (Portland, OR)
Are you a highly motivated, experienced researcher looking for non-traditional post-doc opportunities? Are you interested in a career in scientific program administration but not sure how to make the transition from the bench? Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute has newly created unique Postdoctoral Fellowship positions available in its Center for Cancer Early Detection And Research (CEDAR), working alongside Drs. Bree Mitchell, Sadik Esener and other Knight Cancer Institute scientists to develop and execute major scientific project initiatives.  More information here.

Career & Professional Development Opportunities - week of June 25

Academic Jobs

Lecturer: University of Florida
This is a 12-month, time-limited, renewable, non-tenure-track position.   The lecturer will serve as both an instructor for the UF Online Biology Major, including development of two courses in the first year and delivery of two courses per semester in all three years; and as a coordinator between UF Online, the Department of Biology, and the trans-college Biology Majors Executive Committee to ensure the excellence of the UF Online Biology major.  More information can be found here

Assistant Professor in Microbiology - California State University, Fresno (post doc experience preferred)
The successful candidate will be broadly trained with expertise in microbiology. All candidates whose research program addresses fundamental questions in microorganisms (archaea, bacteria, fungi or protists) will be considered. Specific teaching assignments will depend on the candidate's expertise and departmental needs, which may include general microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics/genomics, microbial physiology and/or graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research program that involves both undergraduate and Master's students and pursue external funding. - More information here.

Assistant Professor in Microbiology - The College of New Jersey
We seek a broadly trained biologist who has the potential to establish a highly visible research program involving undergraduate students and who will be passionate about teaching at every level of the curriculum in a primarily undergraduate, residential, liberal arts-centered institution - More information here.

Instructor: Fixed Term at Michigan State University
The Biological Sciences (BioSci) Program is seeking a fixed term instructor to teach in introductory cell and molecular biology lecture and lab courses. The successful candidate will join a diverse group of educators and discipline-based education researchers dedicated to providing high-quality undergraduate biology education. - See more at:

Jobs Outside of Academia

Research Scientist, Plant Ecology - Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Phipps is seeking applications for a Research Scientist in Plant Ecology to join the growing Research Institute at Phipps, which is focused on interdisciplinary research in the fields of ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education, science communication and outreach, and social justice. The plant ecologist will be responsible for developing and conducting innovative plant-based research related to Phipps Research Institute’s priority areas, including biodiversity, conservation, restoration ecology, sustainability, and ethnobotany. The plant ecologist will study the interactions of plant populations with each other, as well as the impacts of environmental factors and how changes in plant species impact the economic health of the surrounding region. This position includes working collaboratively with several departments, including Research, Horticulture, and Studio Phipps, as well as developing collaborations with local universities and organizations. - More information here.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Population Biology-Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, computational biology, systems biology, human ecology, public health, health policy or closely-related disciplines. Focal areas of expertise might include using multi-disciplinary approaches to address human population-oriented questions. The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team, as well as working with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner. The candidate must be proficient with computer software and data management (use of R, Python, Matlab, STATA, etc., preferred), a publication and presentation record that is commensurate with the candidate's experience, and success obtaining extramural grants and research contracts. Teaching experience in formal and informal education is preferred. - See more at:

Post Docs/Research Associate Positions

Research Scientist, Bioinformatics:  George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
The Liu Lab is seeking understand the role of the microbiome in modifying host susceptibility to important human pathogens ranging from HIV to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) through large longitudinal observational studies.  We are seeking a highly motivated, skilled, and collaborative computational biologist to contribute to multiple NIH-funded microbiome research projects. More information here.

Careers & Professional Development Opportunities-Week of June 18, 2017

The following opportunities are available for BISI graduate students and post docs:

  • Insight Fellows Program (for Data Scientists): This is an intensive 7 week post doctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and data science.  Graduates of this program are then placed into jobs. Data Science Fellows Program applications & information can be found here. If you have questions about this program, please email them at
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia State University to study molecular mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. haemophilum and M. leprae growth and pathogenesis. More information available here.
  • Molecular Biologist: Tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  Position available August 2018.  More information and an application can be found here.
  • Associate Editor, Science Translational Medicine.  The Associate Editor position is a full-time position designed for a PhD scientist, MD/PhD physician scientist or MD with research experience. Candidates should have a lively curiosity, excellent communication skills and experience with cutting-edge translational research in one or more of the following fields: genetics/genomics, big data/precision medicine, modeling/statistics, pharmacology and drug discovery, obesity/diabetes/metabolism. Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter by July 2, 2017.  More information can be found here.
  • Post doc opportunity at the FDA.  US citizens only. More information here.