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.