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Thursday, September 21

Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow Search - UC Davis

I am very excited to announce the 2017 CPB Postdoctoral Fellow search at UC Davis.  We are starting this search much earlier than in the past.  The application deadline is October 30.  

Please forward this ad to students who would be interested.  The search committee will meet during the first week of December, and the interview list will be finalized by the end of the fall quarter.  The interviews will take place between early January and early February.

Here is the link to the recruitment website:  https://cpb.ucdavis.edu/cpb-postdoc-fellowship

The direct application link is:  https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01868and the application is set to open around 9/22/17 or shortly thereafter.

Thank you very much,

Sharon Y. Strauss
Professor, Evolution and Ecology
2320 Storer Hall, One Shields Ave.,
Davis, CA 95616

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - University of Minnesote

The new University of Minnesota President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) has now launched in association with the University of California Partnership for Faculty Diversity. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase faculty diversity  by initially offering a mentored postdoctoral fellowship that includes professional development focused on skills required for becoming successful tenure-track faculty at a research-intensive institute, such as the University of Minnesota. It is hoped that we can attract to Minnesota "rising stars" from diverse backgrounds who are early in their careers. This increases the potential for PPFP high fliers to be subsequently recruited to faculty positions at the U following fellowship completion.

If you know of any postdoc candidates who would be interested, please point them to the following link:


The submission date is November 1st.

Monday, September 18

Open-rank position Computational biology / Genomics

Dear Colleague,

Wash U in St. Louis has an open-rank position available in computational biology / genomics, broadly defined. For details please see the letter and ad or https://wubio.wustl.edu/job-openings/articles/2707.  For those with appropriate followers please Tweet or Facebook the link!  Thanks.

David Queller

Chair Search Committee

NatureNet Science Fellows Program

NatureNet Science Fellows Program

Seeking Innovators for Nature and Development

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Advancing science and engineering to solve big climate challenges for nature and human well-being.

The Call for Applications for 2018 NatureNet Science Fellows went out on September 1, 2017. Applications are due by November 6, 2017.
Our world faces unprecedented challenges with climate change: how do we stop it and continue to meet demands for food, water and energy without degrading natural systems? The Nature Conservancy is confronting these challenges head-on — through a new set of priorities that focus on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable agriculture and fisheries, natural defenses against extreme weather to encouraging sustainable energy forms and corporate practices. We firmly believe that conservation can be a solution to the climate challenges mounting against both nature and people.
That’s why the Conservancy has established the NatureNet Science Fellows Program in partnership with a rotating set of the world’s leading universities to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation.
The Nature Conservancy recognizes climate change as the single greatest threat to our mission, and to humanity. Never has there been an issue that so tightly integrates the health of the planet with the economy, food production, clean, reliable water, health, and equality. To tackle these challenges, the Nature Conservancy now needs new brands of science —
  1. Science that blends climatology, physics, economics, business, chemistry, engineering, technology and communications with conservation and ecology AND;
  2. Science that marries the best academic analysis with opportunities to rapidly test and deploy those analyses in the real world to address human well-being.
Ideal candidates for NatureNet Science Fellowships and Research Grants are outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people. Recognizing that our conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures—  we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
The NatureNet Science Fellows and Research Grant program aims to bridge academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change, and to create a new generation of conservation leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. Within this framework, the program goals are to:
  • Support innovative and impact-oriented research that help deliver TNC outcomes;
  • Invest in the talent potential of a new generation of climate change leaders;
  • Recruit scientists who bring a diversity of culture, experience, and ideas into conservation; and
  • Provide partner universities and fellows with access to real-world conservation issues.
Within these goals are two overarching themes:
The majority of projected climate change impacts can be avoided, if we act quickly and aggressively towards a low-carbon energy system. Getting there will require major new advances in the science and engineering behind energy technology — from storage, improved efficiency, and transmission, to new source development — and in how we deploy all energy sources--from encouraging major energy source shifts to siting and operating new infrastructure with minimal environmental impact. Applicants may tackle these challenges from the fields of physics, chemistry, landscape planning, electrical engineering, biology, nanotechnology, political science, meteorology, waste management, computer science, energy technology, geography, or transport engineering.
Climate change is already happening, and current levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere have already locked the planet into significant climate disruption. The NatureNet program supports research that will identify new means for reducing these impacts and improving the ability of both nature and people to adapt. Relevant challenges will be addressed from fields as wide ranging as coral biology, agricultural technology, political economics, coastal geomorphology, ecology, spatial planning, forestry, water and sanitation health, climatology, environmental toxicology, agronomy, irrigation engineering, animal husbandry, fisheries, or coastal engineering.
For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellows program, please contact NatureNetScience@tnc.org.

Thursday, September 14

GradTONES a cappella is recruiting!

The GradTONES (Graduate Troupe Of Needlessly Educated Singers) is Rackham's only cross-departmental, grad student a cappella singing group on campus, and we are recruiting new singers.

We will be holding auditions this coming Thursday, 9/14 and Saturday, 9/16. No prior experience is necessary! Our current members have found this group to be a really wonderful way to connect with graduate students from across campus, and take time to de-stress through music. 

If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information, you can visit our website at gradtones.com, or feel free to email our officers at gradtones@umich.edu. We can't wait to hear you sing!

Wednesday, September 13

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is accepting applications through September 31, 2017.  The Program will provide hands-on-experience in applying and managing bigdata, bioinformatics strategies and computational platforms

Recent graduates or current students who will soon complete their degrees are encouraged to apply.  The fellowships offer a very competitive annual stipend, insurance and an annual travel allowance.

We appreciate any assistance in helping us identify competitive candidates for these prestigious fellowships.

Please visit our website (https://orise.orau.gov/nih/current-opportunities/index.html) for details.  

Best regards,

Helena Liuag
Project Manager

Oak Ridge Participant Programs:  NIH IC  CDC | FDA | EPA ARS USFS
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Tuesday, September 12

Graduate studies in computational and data sciences — INFO SESSIONS September 19 and 25

Info Sessions about Graduate Studies in Computational and Data Sciences at U-M

Students interested in computational and data sciences are invited to learn about graduate programs that will prepare them for success in computationally intensive fields. Pizza and pop will be provided.

Two sessions are scheduled:
Thursday, Sept. 21, 5 – 6 p.m., Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center (North Campus)
Monday, Sept. 25, 5 – 6 p.m., 2001 LSA Building (Central Campus)

The sessions will address:
  • The Ph.D. in Scientific Computing, which is open to all Ph.D. students who will make extensive use of large-scale computation, computational methods, or algorithms for advanced computer architectures in their studies. It is a joint degree program, with students earning a Ph.D. from their current departments, “… and Scientific Computing” — for example, “Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing.”
  • The Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, which trains graduate students in computationally intensive research so they can excel in interdisciplinary HPC-focused research and product development environments. The certificate is open to all students currently pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan. The practicum option for Master's students through the Multidisciplinary Design Program will be explained.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Data Science, which is focused on developing core proficiencies in data analytics:
  • 1) Modeling — Understanding of core data science principles, assumptions and applications;
  • 2) Technology — Knowledge of basic protocols for data management, processing, computation, information extraction, and visualization;
  • 3) Practice — Hands-on experience with real data, modeling tools, and technology resources.

Asst. Prof - Integrative Organismal Ecology @UGA

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Integrative Organismal Ecology 

The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia (http://www.ecology.uga.edu/) invites applications for a tenure-track, academic year (9-month) position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek candidates whose research is at the organismal scale of organization, and that integrates ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology or functional morphology. The ideal candidate will use innovative approaches to address fundamental questions in their field, and be able to collaborate effectively with other members of the school. We are interested in candidates whose research program has a strong empirical focus, and applicants can focus on any taxonomic group or study system (terrestrial, marine or freshwater). The successful candidate will be expected to have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research, to maintain a rigorous, externally funded research program, and to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Primary teaching responsibilities will include contributing to a large-enrollment introductory course in ecology, and upper-level courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. Applicants with an interest in utilizing one or more of our field stations and facilities (http://www.ecology.uga.edu/facilitiesList.php) are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate would establish bridges with other units at UGA such as Genetics, Forestry and Natural Resources, Veterinary Medicine, Plant Biology, Marine Sciences, Microbiology or Entomology.

To apply, candidates must have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in ecology, biology, or a related field. Candidates should submit applications electronically at http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/2765. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following items in PDF format: (a) a cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) a statement of research goals (2 pages max.), (d) a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max.), (e) 3 representative peer-reviewed journal articles, and (f) names and contact information (email, address and phone) for three referees. Applications should be received by 23 October 2017 to ensure full consideration. The anticipated start date for the position is August 2018.

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. Georgia is well known for its quality of life with both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution located approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is within an hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast. Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet still sees the benefits of the changing seasons, and is well known for its vibrant music scene.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Tuesday, August 29

Science Communication Fellows Program - Application deadline September 15

The U-M Museum of Natural History invites faculty, grad students, and post docs to join its Science Communication Fellows program, featuring training and practice in effectively communicating science research to public audiences.

More information and a link to the application are available on the Museum's website.  

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.  Space is limited.

Friday, August 18

Postdoc position @ iDiv (Leipzig, Germany): Community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems

Postdoctoral Associate (Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems; CAFE)-German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

As part of an ongoing initiative within iDiv, we are searching for a postdoctoral associate to participate in a cutting-edge research program at the interface between processes that maintain biodiversity and influence its variation (e.g., community assembly, environmental gradients) and the influence of biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems (e.g., biomass, multifunctionality).  Rather than treating biodiversity as either a dependent variable (as in environment-diversity relationships), or an independent variable (as in biodiversity-ecosystem function experiments), we are interested in developing a more realistic, but necessarily more complex, framework for studying the interplay between community assembly and the functioning of ecosystems across scales (which we call the CAFE perspective; see e.g., Leibold, Chase and Ernest. 2017. Ecology 98: 909-919).

The postdoctoral associate will build upon tools and techniques being used at iDiv and within sDiv, the synthesis center of iDiv, including, but not limited to, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and novel applications of the Price Equation.  Data to address these questions will come from a number of platforms affiliated with iDiv, including the Jena Experiment, the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF), NutNet, and others; the successful candidate is also welcome to bring any other data sources to bear that could be used to address these questions.

The position will be directly supervised by Jonathan Chase (iDiv/MLU), but will work closely with Stan Harpole (iDiv/UFZ), Harald Auge (UFZ), and Christiane Roscher (iDiv/UFZ), and several others.  The incumbent will be encouraged to develop further collaborations both within and outside of the iDiv consortium and to participate in working groups related to the overall research program as part of sDiv.  Participation in teaching at the PhD level and other career advancing opportunities are also available.

The position will be coordinated through Martin Luther University (Halle- Wittenberg), but based at the iDiv center in Leipzig.  Compensation is per the German 13 TV-L pay grade, which is more than enough to have a comfortable living arrangement in Leipzig.  The working language at iDiv is English, and knowledge of the German language is not necessary (assistance is available for moving, setting up bank accounts, etc). However, German lessons are available at the center, which can be useful for navigating day-to-day life.

For any questions, or to indicate an interest in applying, please contact Jon Chase (jonathan.chase@idiv.de).  Official applications should be sent until September 15, 2017 to bettina.zschille@idiv.de and addressed to Prof. Jonathan Chase, Professor of Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv with reference file number 4-7645/17-D. Applications should be in single pdf file consisting of (1) a 2-3 page motivation letter including background experiences, interest in this position, and any idea for moving the field forward; (2) a CV; (3) the names and contact information of 2-3 individuals who could serve as a reference.  The successful candidate will also be required to provide original certificates before official employment can commence.

The official job ad can be seen here:

Jonathan Chase
Professor and Head of Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Email: jonathan.chase@idiv.de

Department of Computer Science
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

iDiv is a research centre of the DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Monday, August 14

Science Writing Opportunity for Graduate Students

Looking to practice scientific or technical writing? Want to talk about your research with the public? MiSciWriters, a graduate student run organization, is looking for writers! This is a great opportunity for outreach and to increase science communication skills.

Whether you want to write about your research (which is a good chance to work on a presentation or to get the creative juices flowing for a grant application) or about any other scientific interest, please find your way to our website! In the 'For Members' tab, you can find a form to pitch an idea for an article - if it's about science, we'll take it! You'll get to work with a team of editors in a constructive environment to get your work out around the busy grad-life schedule. 

If you have any questions, please email MiSciWriters (misciwriters.leaders@umich.edu) or contact the communications director, Sarah (skearns@umich.edu).

Call for Applicants: J.F. Crow Institute Early-Career Scientist Seminars

The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution at UW-Madison is looking for evolutionary biology graduate students and postdocs to visit Madison and present in our Evolution Seminar Series. I am attaching an announcement with more information. Would you please share this opportunity with members of your department who may be interested? 

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have. There is more information on the Crow Institute website (http://www.evolution.wisc.edu/node/30).

Thank you,
Megan Frayer

Megan Frayer
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Genetics Department
Payseur Lab

Monday, August 7

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current research opportunities can be viewed on-line: https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar, may apply.

Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation as well as subsidized health insurance, and $8,000 per year is provided for professional and programmatic travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year:

·         March 1
·         July 1
·         November 1

For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/

Send questions to npphelp@usra.edu.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.