Career & Prof Development - Week of Sept. 11

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Professional Development

September 13
4:00 - 6:00 pm
3101 BRB

Writing a Personal Statement for the NSF GRFP (Workshop)

This workshop will provide guidance on writing a personal statement for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  RSVP here.

Writing Guide: Scientific Writing

These basic articles review the importance of developing the "scientific voice" in your writing and break down scientific papers into such components as the methods and results sections.  (Colorado State University Writing Studio)

Workshop- Sept. 15
 12:00 to 13:30
ESJ 0201

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

If you are applying for an academic position, or going up for promotion here at the University of Maryland, you will need a teaching philosophy statement as part of your portfolio. Whether you would like to refine your existing statement or you are starting from scratch, joins us for a hands-on workshop to help you craft a statement that defines your philosophy and guides your teaching. Register here.


SESYNC Invites Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals!

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ four years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2018. Each fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor (scholar) of their choosing that extends the fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution. Fellows are in residence at SESYNC full time but are provided travel funds to interact with their mentor and attend conferences. More info here.

SCGSR Fellowship Program

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2017 Solicitation 2). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found at

Deadline October 2

American Society for Microbiology: Public Outreach Fellowship

The fellow will have the opportunity to explore a non-academic and non-research career that allows him/her to acquire knowledge and skills needed to successfully develop and execute public outreach programs. ASM has established a relationship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to support Outbreak, Epidemics in a Connected World, an exhibit on viral zoonoses, which will open in May 2018. As part of that relationship, the fellow will work closely with the Education and Outreach team at NMNH to develop on-site and online public programming and resources, and volunteer coordination related to the exhibit. He/she will be physically located at the NMNH on the National Mall in Washington, DC, but will be expected to attend meetings at ASM headquarters on a weekly basis. The fellow will report to the National Outreach Program Manager at NMNH and the Public Outreach Manager at ASM. More information here. 


University of Nevada, Reno
Applications due by 10-16

Assistant Professor - Quantitative Population Ecology

Candidates should have expertise in state-of-the-art methods for quantifying and modeling the demographics and dynamics of vertebrate populations. The ideal candidate will have a strong and demonstrated commitment to research on avian systems, but will be able and willing to apply their expertise to other vertebrate groups. The successful candidate will establish a rigorous, innovative, and extramurally funded research program in the area of quantitative population ecology that is nationally recognized while also demonstrating a commitment to seek inter-disciplinary solutions to applied problems pertinent to Great Basin and Sierra Nevada ecosystems. More info here.

Bioinformatics Scientist - MedImmune

The candidate will conduct correlative clinical studies and interpret complex biological results for data generated from qRT-PCR, microarray and DNA/RNA sequencing in support of immuno-oncology programs. The candidate must have experience working with cancer databases (e.g. TCGA, ICGC), patient clinical data, and conventional NGS tools. More info here.

University of California - Berkeley
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Apps due Dec. 1

Asst Professor/Curator, Vertebrate Evolutionary biology

We seek exceptional candidates working in any area of vertebrate biology, and on any vertebrate group, whose work emphasizes collection or field based studies within a comparative context. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) phylogenetics, biogeography, adaptation, speciation, ecological and evolutionary genetics, genomics, behavior, population dynamics, physiology, comparative morphology, and developmental biology. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active field program and to contribute to building and utilizing museum collections, facilitating ongoing MVZ programs of research and education. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department of Integrative Biology. More info here.

Post Docs

Oberlin College & Conservatory
Dr. Aaron Goldman Lab
Deadline: Sept 30

Post Doc in Computational Biology

The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Aaron Goldman on a NASA-funded research project investigating the early evolution of metabolic pathways. The research, which will be entirely computational in nature, seeks to identify the earliest metabolic pathways and is part of a larger research collaborative involving origin of life laboratories at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Southern California. More info here.

Multiple Openings for Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Idaho

Our current openings are for modelers who have expertise in mathematical and statistical methodology and are skilled computer programmers. Expertise in more than one modeling approach and more than one programming language is desired. The specialty is open, but we are particularly interested in systems biology, statistical, and agent-based modeling. The specialties of current CMCI fellows include bioinformatics, protein modeling, and ecological modeling.

CMCI interfaces with several strong research programs at the University of Idaho including bioinformatics, computational biology, evolutionary biology, microbiome ecology, infectious disease, and movement science. Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate across campus on these and other areas of biomedical research. More information here.

Post-doctoral position in disease ecology at LSU

A postdoctoral position in Disease Ecology is available to work in the Elderd lab at Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Biological Sciences. More information here.

Postdoc in plant induced defenses- University of Wisconsin

Funding is available for a postdoctoral position in the Orrock Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The successful candidate will contribute to a project to evaluate how plant induced defenses alter cannibalism among herbivores. More information here.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Post Doc in the Fraser Lab at the Institute for Genome Sciences

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a project to study the impact of e-cigarettes on the oral microbiota. The post-doctoral fellow on this project will characterize the longitudinal structure and function of the gut microbiota in e-cigarette users compared to control subjects and identify associations between clinical outcomes and changes in the microbiota. The post-doctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in other laboratory projects on the microbiota as time permits. More info here.