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.