Career & Prof Development - Week of October 30

Professional Development

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 1:00-3:00pm
McKeldin 4123B

The Ins and Outs of Academic Publishing: A Graduate Student Panel

Are you a grad student trying to wrap your head around the academic publishing process? Not sure if you’re at the right stage to get started? Need to know what to expect? Interested in knowing what publishing is like for grad students in different disciplines? Come ask your questions and hear some answers from other students like you! Visit for more information and to register! Email questions to

Nov. 1  @ 12:30pm-2:30pm
McKeldin 6107

Getting Started with Poster Design

Are you interested in participating in poster sessions at conferences or other events but don’t know how to get started? Want to learn how you might easily include some graphic design into how you communicate about your scholarship? Then come join us to get started with poster design. Visit for more information and to register! Email questions to

Thursday Nov. 9 @ 11:30am-1:30pm
McKeldin 6107

Curating Your Online Presence

Have you considered establishing an online presence for your academic identity? Wondering how to leverage social media to build academic contacts and publicize your own work? Want to learn how open access publication and repositories might benefit you? Did you know there are library resources that could help with these topics and more? This workshop will help you to think about how to approach social media as a professional, how you might engage in the professional online conversations in your field, and best practices for sharing your own work or others'. Visit for more information and to register! Email questions to

Tuesday Nov. 14 @ 1 pm - 3 pm
McKeldin 6107

Organizing Your Research and Using Citation Managers

Still adapting your workflow to graduate school? Starting a new project and worried about staying organized? Need a solution for keeping track of your PDFs and other files? Learn strategies for organizing your research, hear the experiences of other graduate students, consider the benefits of cloud storage apps, and get introduced to citation managers like EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero. Visit for more information and to register! Email questions to




Post Docs

Kansas State University: Virus Pathogenesis

Ph.D. in related area required. The individual should have laboratory experience and evidence of productivity as shown in at least two published manuscripts in reputable international journals, excellent technical, organizational, verbal & written communication skills, ability to understand and critique primary literature, ability to work independently and as a team, and experience in molecular biology field. More information here



Research Associate - Michigan State University

The primary responsibility of this position will be to carry out a range-wide population genomic study of Arkansas darters, a stream fish native to the Great Plains that occurs in small, fragmented populations and is a species of conservation concern. In addition to the funded work (U.S. Fish & Wildlife; Kansas Dept. of Parks, Wildlife & Tourism), there will be opportunities to develop related experimental or theoretical projects related to genetic rescue, including the potential to take advantage of previously collected datasets from multi-generational genetic rescue experiments using Trinidadian guppies. More information here.

Ph.D. in a related field (ecology, evolution, genetics, conservation biology, organismal biology), demonstrated expertise in population and/or landscape genomics, and excellent writing ability. The candidate should have experience in the collection of NGS data (especially RADseq and/or WGS), bioinformatics pipelines to assemble Illumina reads and call SNPs, GIS, and landscape genetic analysis.

Desired Qualifications
Additional valuable qualifications include: coding skills, reference genome annotation, database management, experience working with live vertebrates in lab or field settings, and experience mentoring undergraduate students.


Structural Biologist - Medical Science & Computing (Bethesda, MD)

MSC is searching for a highly motivated Structural Biologist to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The position is part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists who provide computational biology support, training, and consultation services to researchers. This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC and is on-site in Bethesda, MD. More information here.

Career & Prof Development - Week of Oct 23

Professional Development

360 Degree Self Assessment Workshop - Nov 6

Graduate School Workshop: Participants will complete a number of career-related inventories before the session to clarify their interests, transferable skills, and values. More information and registration (required) here.

Tuesday, November 14
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mck 6107

Organizing your Research and Using Citation Managers

Still adapting your workflow to graduate school? Starting a new project and worried about staying organized? Need a solution for keeping track of your PDFs and other files?

Learn strategies for organizing your research, hear the experiences of other graduate students, consider the benefits of cloud storage apps, and get introduced to citation managers like EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero. Presented by Research Commons consultant Hang Le and GA Abbey Morgan.

If you are interested in attending but can't make these sessions, please contact us at  More information & registration here.


AAAS Mass Media Fellowship & Application Process Webinar - Nov 7

2018 application available October 16 – January 15!  The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. More info and application here.

Post Docs

University of Maryland at Baltimore (Institute for Genome Sciences)

The selected candidate will join Dr. Lynn Schriml's established biomedical ontology and bioinformatics team to develop mechanistic profiles of human disease for biomedical and clinical research. The position is open in Dr. Lynn Schriml's research group at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. IGS is an interdisciplinary, multi-departmental team of collaborative genomics and bioinformatics investigators supported by core high-throughput sequencing, data analysis and genome annotation centers. More information here.

North Carolina A & T University (NIH/NIGMS funded)

The employee’s principal research responsibilities will be conducting research using mouse models with a focus on understanding the mechanisms by which meprin metalloproteases modulate kidney injury. The employee will confer with the PI on overall research direction and strategy but will exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and original thinking in carrying out research that contributes to original knowledge and advances the University’s reputation in research. More information here.

Center for Human Disease Modeling (CHDM) - Duke University

There are immediate Postdoctoral Associate training opportunities available within the Center for Human Disease Modeling (CHDM). Dr. Nicholas Katsanis (Director) along with faculty members Erica Davis, I-Chun Tsai and Weibin Zhou are inviting applications from candidates who will be considered for a wide range of interdisciplinary projects funded by NIH. Our Center offers a unique, project-based atmosphere that is highly collaborative in a shared-resource setting. The ideal candidates will be accomplished, highly motivated, and creative scientists with interests in at least one of the three following areas: 1) understanding the architecture of human genetic disease; 2) investigating the mechanisms underlying disease processes and pathomechanism; and 3) identification of novel therapeutic paradigms for inherited disorders. Candidates will have the opportunity to work with unique patient cohorts; cell-based, zebrafish and/or mouse models; and cutting-edge molecular and imaging technologies in a state-of-the-art facility. More information here.


Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences (Univ of Hong Kong)

Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D. or M.B.B.S. degree and be highly motivated in teaching and learning.  They should have good teaching skills in gross anatomy and histology for the medical, nursing, pharmacy, and biomedical sciences programmes, and an excellent command of spoken and written English, organizational and interpersonal skills.  The appointee is expected to strengthen the teaching in anatomy when he/she assumes duty.  He/She will work closely with a team of colleagues dedicated to the development and delivery of innovative pedagogical approaches to improve student learning across several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.  For further information about the post, please contact Dr. L.K. Chan (e-mail:  Those who have responded to the previous advertisement (Ref.: 201701230) need not re-apply. More information here.

Additional positions at the University of Hong Kong:  Asst Professor in Ecology & Biodiversity (see here)  and in Molecular and Cellular Biology (see here).

Lecturer - Molecular & Cell Biology (Univ of California - Berkeley)

Applications due October 31.  We are seeking outstanding lecturers who can teach/co-teach small, medium and large size lecture, seminar and/or laboratory courses in the subject areas listed below:

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Genetics, Genomics and Development
  • Immunology and Pathogenesis
  • Neurobiology

More information here.

Assistant Professor in Entomology (University of Mary Washington)

Applications due by November 10.  The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Mary Washington invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin in the fall of 2018. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by August 16, 2018. UMW is a liberal arts university dedicated to effective teaching and the integration of undergraduate students in research. The department seeks an Entomologist to teach upper-level courses in entomology and invertebrate zoology. Additionally, the successful candidate will contribute to multi-section general education and biology major core courses including general biology, research design/biostatistics, and first-year and senior-level seminars. More information here.

Career & Prof Development - Week of October 16


Postdoctoral Fellowships at SERC- Deadline Dec. 1

The Smithsonian Institution offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists.  The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.   

Smithsonian Fellows often stay for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with a SERC scientist prior to submitting an application for this competitively-awarded fellowship.  More information here.


Post Doc Opportunities

JBEI Post Doc - Fungal Molecular Biologist & Enzymologist (PNNL, CA)

We are seeking an independent, energetic enzymologist and fungal molecular biologist to develop fungal platforms for the expression and characterization of lignin degrading enzymes: peroxidases, laccases, etc. The candidate will join our Fungal Biotechnology team that is focused on developing fungal expression systems amenable to industrial-scale production of enzymes relevant to biofuel production. The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with a large team of leading scientists and engineers in a state-of-the-art facility within the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). The principal interactions are with the Deconstruction Division that is developing advanced plant biomass deconstruction technologies for production of sugars and lignin components for downstream production of biofuels and bioproducts. The researcher will use expression systems developed in the group to engineer filamentous fungi to produce high titers of known lignin degrading metalloenzymes. This will also involve collaborating with other groups in the Deconstruction Division to characterize these enzymes and develop ligninolytic enzyme cocktails. The candidate will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of disciplines through collaborative work on the whole process from biomass to biofuels. More information here.


Job Opportunities

Bioinformatics Analyst I - Children's National Health System

The Bioinformatics Analyst will take on responsibilities for providing broad bioinformatics support for genetics projects, manipulating and representing large-scale phenotypic and genotypic data to support the analysis and presentation of results. Primary responsibilities will be to provide programming expertise to support the spectrum of Genetic Medicine research, including the development and application of bio bioinformatics algorithms to aid in the discovery activities of the Genetic Medicine team and its development activities. The position is responsible for the installation and configuration of analytical software packages; performs some programming and scripting to develop software; and assists with data management and transformations. Familiarity with biostatistics, molecular biology, human genetics, the principles of experimental design, and laboratory experience and highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as are the abilities to work both independently and collaboratively and to meet deadlines. More information here.

Scientist - Molecular Biology - Amgen (San Francisco)

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to think independently and make major contributions to Amgen’s early stage pipeline. The candidate will be an integral part of our research team, applying knowledge in molecular biology and cell biology to biological problems across a wide range of human disease areas. Experience with projects involving gene regulation at various level is highly desirable. A background in human genetics and/or technology development will also be useful. Current knowledge of the field and creative thinking skills are essential in our dynamic and collaborative environment. More information here.

Associate/Senior Editor (Molecular Biology)- Nature Communications

Do you love science but feel that a career at the bench isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world? Do you enjoy reading papers outside your chosen area of research? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you could be the person we’re looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Communications in either our Berlin, London or New York office.

Nature Communications is the world’s leading multidisciplinary Open Access journal, publishing high-quality research from across the natural sciences. To help us to build on the success of this journal, we’re seeking a molecular biologist who has a critical eye, a deep understanding of their subject and interests beyond, and who can think on their feet.

Applicants should include a CV, a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and their preferred office of employment, and a Research Highlights piece in the style of Nature Cell Biology (of around 300 words) on a recent paper from the literature. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly to guarantee consideration.  More information here.  Closing  date: 31st October 2017 (candidates will be considered as they apply)

Molecular Virologist - Battelle (Atlanta, GA)

Battelle’s Technical On-site Professional Services (TOPS) is a part of the Contract Research business within Battelle providing laboratory support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are currently seeking a Molecular Biologist to join a team focused on influenza vaccine research and development. The successful candidate will play a critical role in the development of new approaches to generate influenza candidate vaccine viruses in compliance with good laboratory practice (GLP) regulatory requirements. The incumbent will perform molecular cloning and characterization of viruses and quantification of virus yield in eggs. Required qualifications include a Master of Science or PhD degree in Biological or Biochemical Science as well as working knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology and microbiology procedures and practices. The position is located in the Influenza Division (ID) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Office of Infectious Disease (OID). More information here.

Career & Prof Development - Week of October 9


Big 10 Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship DUE December 1

The goal of the program is to identify current students from Big Ten Academic Alliance universities who have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of dissertation. These doctoral candidates find appropriate advisers at the Smithsonian to conduct research and scholarship that will further the development of their respective theses. More information can be found here.

ASM & NMNH Public Outreach Fellowship - Deadline October 23

ASM and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) are partnering to support their upcoming Outbreak! exhibit, which is focused on zoonotic viral diseases and will open in May 2018 to commemorate the 1918 flu pandemic. The core of our partnership will be an ASM Fellow who is detailed to NMNH to develop programming supporting the exhibit (film screenings, game nights, activities within the exhibit, etc.): ASM Public Outreach Fellowship. We are looking for someone with expertise in infectious diseases/virology/zoonoses, as well as experience engaging the public. This is a 12-month, paid position with benefits, and is the perfect stepping stone for someone looking to break into the world of science outreach. 

Professional Development Opportunities

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (CIRTL, online workshop)

In this workshop, you will learn how to write an effective, peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences, approaches to student learning, and examples of best practices in evidence-based instruction.  Registration available October 2. Session limited to 50 participants.  Register and learn more here (you may have to create a free account).

Picking Apart Your Job Application (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Exerpt: " an assistant professor I’ve served on search committees and read hundreds of academic job applications. So allow me to shed some light on how search committees comb through the dozens of pages in each application. Understanding that process may help you assemble a package that showcases your talents in the documents that matter most to the hiring committee."  Entire article here.

Post Doc Opportunities

HHMI STEM Post Doc - Brown University (RI)

Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support course-based research, evaluation and dissemination of STEM teaching and learning innovations.  The postdoc will work in the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. Brown has been awarded a multi-year grant from HHMI to develop and integrate new approaches in introductory-level STEM courses through course-based undergraduate research (CURE) and collaborative problem-solving. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the Sheridan Center, the Brown-HHMI Program Director, and associated faculty to develop novel course-based research opportunities, assess initiatives, and disseminate results. This one-year position has the potential for renewal for up to two additional years. More information here.

TEACRS Training Program - Tufts University (MA)

TEACRS (Training in Education and Critical Research Skills), is funded by the Institution Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA) mechanism of NIH-GMS.  TEACRS is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Trainees spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is supplemented by workshops on teaching methods, career opportunities in academia, and essential skills such as grant writing, mentoring, and scientific presentations.  The training components are sequenced to allow trainees to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. TEACRS fellows receive up to four years of salary support and a yearly travel and supply allowance. More information here and the deadline for applications is March 1.

Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor - Shenandoah University (VA)

This full-time, career contract position will include teaching lower-division Microbiology lectures and labs, as well as elective courses, to biology majors and students in related fields. The successful candidate will describe courses they would develop to complement the department’s strengths in cell biology and parasitology. Preference will be given to candidates who can expand the department's ability to provide research opportunities to undergraduates. More information here.

Research Educator - FIRE Program - UMD

Research Educators work in collaboration with stream-affiliated faculty members to design and implement the group research agenda.  Research Educators coordinate with instructional faculty to oversee research operations including student research progress, infrastructure maintenance as well as management of the fiscal budget. The position empowers the individual to develop a strong portfolio of experience in technical leadership, operational planning, curriculum development, academic instruction and mentorship and research group management.  The Research Educator will lead a new FIRE innovation and research stream focused on cell and molecular biology. More information here.

Research Assistant Professor - Michigan State University

This position is part of a research group led by Dr. Polly Hsu.  Projects to be developed will include genome-wide mRNA translation and peptide signaling in plant responses under diurnal cycles and environmental stress. A doctorate degree in a Biology related field. Must be fluent with R and Python programming and be familiar with Shiny app development. Applicants with prior experience in both wet lab and large-scale data analysis (microarray, RNA-seq and Ribo-seq) is required.  Needs to be able to communicate well with both experimental biologists and data scientists and involve in experimental design with proper statistical considerations. More information here.

Assistant Director - Career Center - Duke University (NC)

The Duke Career Center has two Assistant Director positions open. We're looking for individuals who are motivated to work with graduate students and improve the career development process at a research-focused institution. We're open to candidates with experience in teaching, counseling, professional development, international student education, or other related fields. Candidates with a Master's degree and at least a year of post-graduate experience or a doctoral degree and no experience are welcome to apply.

To see the full job description and apply, visit and search for requisition number 401336139. 

Career & Prof Development - Week of October 2

The blog was on hiatus as I was out of the office.  This week's blog features job & professional development opportunities for the week of October 2.  Check back often as opportunities are posted throughout the week.

Professional Development & Fellowships

Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Central Oregon coast offers a residency for up to 3.5 months offered to those whose work focuses on environmental, conservation or ecological concerns. Selected applicants will receive private living accommodations and working space free of charge in a tranquil setting on the Oregon coast adjacent to Cascade Head Scenic Research Area, the Salmon River Estuary, and the Cascade Head Experimental Forest. While at Sitka residents are given uninterrupted time to focus on research and writing projects; outcomes are self-directed. Applications are due April 17, 2018 for the October 2018-May 2019 residency season. More information here.

Environmental Fellows Program at Harvard University

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines.  The fellowship includes a salary of $66,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a $2,500 annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses.

The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships for the 2018 cohort. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other's work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests. More information here.


Laboratory Coordinator, Biological Sciences: Minnesota State University

The Laboratory Coordinator for the College of Science, Engineering & Technology's Biological Sciences Department is responsible for the supervision, direction, mentoring and training of graduate level Teaching Assistants assigned to teach a variety of Biological Sciences laboratory sections. The Coordinator will also recommend and assist with the creation and/or update of laboratory exercises and student requirements. Oversight, management, maintenance, and setup of the laboratory classrooms, including supplies and equipment is also required. In addition, the Coordinator will teach laboratory sections and provide advice and counsel to the respective students within those course sections. More information here.

Research Assistant Professors - Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea

Non-tenure track position.  More information can be found here. Deadline for application is October 18, employment starts March 1, 2018.

Biological Scientist II - Biology of Aging - University of Florida

This position will work on assigned Biology of Aging and Pepper Center research projects under the oversight of the Biology of Aging Division Chief and Division Manager. Perform standard and advanced methods in biochemistry for the study of the mechanisms of aging, mitochondrial oxidative stress, and apoptosis in animal and human studies.  More information here.

Microbiologist - Assistant Professor - Lander University (SC)

Teaching responsibilities include: 200-level microbiology course aimed at students in the Nursing program and related health tracks, human anatomy and human physiology, and the possibility of developing a course related to one’s specialty. The ideal candidate will share our passion for student-centered learning and innovative teaching practices. The candidate is also expected to maintain an undergraduate research program. The position will be filled as early as January 2018, or as late as August 2018. More information here.

Organismal Biology -Assistant Professor - East Tennessee State Univ

The Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. Primary responsibility is teaching introductory organismal biology for majors. Additional duties include assisting in development/implementation of student success and retention strategies for our biology program; and development of a research program that will include undergraduate and graduate students. Research emphasis in organismal biology and/or postsecondary teaching practice. Minimum requirements include Ph.D. in a relevant area of Biology, and previous teaching and research experience. More information here.

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology - Murray State University (KY)

Responsibilities: Teach introductory and upper-level courses in biology. Conduct research, pursue external funding, and advise undergraduate/graduate student research. Advise students toward careers in the ecological and evolutionary sciences and/or other fields in plant biology. Curation of the MSU Herbarium. More information here.

Evolutionary Biologist - Assistant Professor - St. Ambrose University (IA)

The Department of Biology at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position, beginning August 2018. We particularly seek a candidate with strong field biology skills.  Primary teaching responsibilities include: majors’ Introductory Biology, majors’ Evolution, and the possibility to develop a course in the area of their expertise.  The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring inquiry-based projects conducted at a local field site as part of the Introductory Biology curriculum. More information here.

Environmental Science/Studies - Instructor - University of S. Florida

The Honors College at the University of South Florida seeks a full-time instructor in the field of Environmental Science and/or Environmental Studies. The area of specialization is open, but disciplines may include geology, botany, marine science, coastal ecology, green economy, sustainability practices, zoology, or other related fields. We are particularly interested in individuals whose academic training has equipped them to creatively address from an interdisciplinary perspective ecological concerns of critical international importance as well as specific issues present in our local environment. More information here.

Post Docs

Research Scientist - University of Maryland School of Medicine

A Postdoctoral Research Scientist position is available immediately in the Department of Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. General research interest of the laboratory is to study virus-host interactions of HIV and ZIKV (Zika Virus). Current research projects are to investigate viral pathogenesis, drug resistance, and high throughput drug screening in fission yeast cell models. For additional information of the laboratory, see
The potential candidate should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Past working experiences in gene cloning, viral packaging and infection, and generation of neural progenitor stem cells or 3-D organoids are highly desired. Interested person should send CV and names of three references to Dr. Richard Y. Zhao ( or 10 South Pine Street, Department of Pathology, MSTF 7-34B, Baltimore, MD 21201-1192.

UC-San Francisco

The Chiu lab at UC San Francisco is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research on the development and validation of novel assays for the diagnosis of infectious diseases. The tools employed include metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) for pathogen detection and host transcriptomics. Research in the Chiu lab focuses on the development of mNGS wet and dry lab methods for the direct detection of pathogens from blood using Illumina and/or Oxford Nanopore technologies, the influence of the microbiome/virome on human health, and whole transcriptome host sequencing for the study of molecular pathways and biomarkers. More information here.

University of Minnesota

Plant pathology, Microbiology, Ecology, Molecular Biology or related field
Experience in generation and analysis of microbiome datasets, including amplicon sequencing or other 'omics approaches.  More information here.

Research Assistant - Bioinformatics - Northeastern University

A position for a Bioinformatics Research Assistant is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen Lotterhos at Northeastern University. The successful candidate will be responsible for writing and managing code for lab projects, ranging from simulating genomic data to bioinformatics and analysis. A smaller proportion of time will also be spent on other diverse responsibilities ranging from lab management to field work. More information here.

Career & Prof Development - Week of Sept. 11

Professional Development     |     Fellowships     |     Jobs     |      Post Docs

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.