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.