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.