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: 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:  http://ecoevojobs.net/


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 iBiology.org 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: bit.ly/ibioyss

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 ramamurtis@trinitydc.edu or program chair at mossp@trinitydc.edu.

More information can be found here:
http://www.trinitydc.edu/hr/2017/05/10/adjunct-faculty-for-biology/
 


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 www.dorsalomonlab.com.

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 dorsalomon@mail.tau.ac.il

Jobs and Professional Development Opportunities: Week of July 3 - Part II

Resources

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).

Jobs

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).

Jobs & 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: http://provost.vt.edu/faculty_affairs/faculty_recruitment/future_faculty.html

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.

Jobs for the 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: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000372773-01#sthash.ZQxweagQ.dpuf

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: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000372549-01#sthash.0AOWB18q.dpuf

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.

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 info@insightdatascience.com
  • 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.