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.