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Tuesday, August 23

Stanford Biology Faculty Search in Evolution

The Department of Biology at Stanford University is conducting a search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of evolution. Details about the position is in the attached job advertisement. 
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research and teaching missions.
Thank you very much for your assistance in helping us to identify candidates for this faculty position. If you have any questions about the search, please feel free to contact me.
Tim Stearns
Chair, Department of Biology
(by way of May Chin, Faculty Affairs Administrator)
Stanford University
337 Campus Drive
Stanford, California 94305-5020

Postdoctoral Fellow - macroevolution of flower color

The Smith Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to join an NSF-funded project on the macroevolution of flower color. Research in the lab encompasses phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, biochemistry, and comparative methods. Our questions are centered on understanding phylogenetic patterns of floral trait evolution and identifying the mechanisms that underlie changes in floral traits (www.colorado.edu/smithlab). The postdoc will lead research aimed at testing the predictability of genetic changes associated with the macroevolution of flower color in Solanaceae (the tomato family). This project builds on previous research suggesting that, for a given pigment pathway, color evolution proceeds through a predictable subset of possible mutations. Testing this hypothesis at a phylogenetic scale will involve a combination of biochemical analysis of pigments, floral transcriptomics, and statistical comparative methods. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips to South America to sample new taxa, and is expected to take part in several local evolution outreach activities. Qualified candidates will have a PhD in biology or related disciplines and a strong publication record. Experience in plant biochemistry (including HPLC) and/or analysis of next-generation sequence data is a plus. To apply for the positions, please send a brief letter of interest (1-2 paragraphs), a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Stacey D. Smith, stacey.d.smith@colorado.edu. The position is available for 1 year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years depending on research progress. The position is available immediately, but the start date is flexible.

Stacey D. Smith
Office/Lab: C340/C127 Ramaley
University of Colorado-Boulder
Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO 80309-0334
Phone: (303) 492-1374
Voicemail: (402) 370-6749
website: colorado.edu/smithlab
Stacey's calendar

USA Jobs - Molecular Biologist

Molecular Biologist
(PPQ-Science & Technology, Beltsville, MD)
All Source Number: 24PQ-APHIS-MA-2016-1270
GS-0401-11/12  FPL 13
Closing Date:  Friday, August 26, 2016
Full Time- Perm
1 vacancy – Beltsville, MD

All Source Link:

Thursday, August 18

Lawrence Fellowship Program

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Lawrence Fellowship is soliciting applications from promising graduate students. This three-year fellowship is awarded to candidates with exceptional credentials, scientific track record, and potential for significant achievements.

Deadline for applications is October 1.

Wednesday, August 17

Program Lead for Peer Mentorship Program

Any chance you know of a current grad student who might be interested in helping out with a new Science Learning Center (SLC) program this fall? The SLC will be offering a Peer Mentorship Program for incoming (or second-year) students who aspire to major in a science-related discipline.We’re seeking a grad student to serve as a Program Lead for the program, with an average of 5-7 hours work per week. If you know of a potential program lead for this program, please point them our way. The position is posted here: https://studentemployment.umich.edu/JobXJobDetail.aspx?JobId=34063&s=1 

Here are a few more details from the job posting:

The Science Learning Center (SLC) will be launching a science interest Mentorship Program in Fall 2016. The Mentorship Program will offer new, aspiring undergraduate science students the opportunity to be paired in a structured mentor-mentee relationship with a junior or senior student who has already been successful at navigating the path to a science major at the UM. We are seeking a current graduate student to serve as the program lead. The program lead will work closely with SLC professional staff to recruit, train and supervise a corps of up to ten undergraduate students who will serve as peer mentors. Mentors and mentees will meet in-person weekly and mentees will have the opportunity to participate in Mentorship Program monthly events. The program lead will also help promote the Mentorship Program among potential undergraduate mentees who will be recruited from first and second-year students with an interest in the sciences, but who may be experiencing unexpected challenges as they work to transition to university life and to meet the requirements for a science-related major. Undergraduates who are not already part of a learning community or mentorship program will be especially targeted. The program lead will also help plan and facilitate programming including arranging for on-campus and off-campus events such as lectures, panels, field trips, learning strategies workshops, etc.

Thanks for helping us get the word out about the opening and also about the new program. Do let us know if you have any questions, ideas, comments. Contact us at slcmentorship@umich.edu


    Claire Sandler, Director 
    930 North University Avenue
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1055
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Tuesday, August 16

University of Michigan International Institute

Do you have international or area study interests?

The University of Michigan International Institute (II) houses 17 centers and programs focused on specific world regions and global themes. Our centers rank among the nation’s finest in their respective fields of study and bring together faculty experts from across the U-M campus.  We are looking for students who have an interest in, or wish to focus on a particular world region or country, as part of their studies or for their own enrichment.

Benefits of connecting with our Centers:
  • Graduate student email lists for information on each Center's activities, lectures, events, job news, conferences, funding opportunities, etc.
  • Course lists for the various regions or countries of interest.
  • Certificate in Graduate Studies programs focusing on some regions, open to students from any graduate program to enhance your current area of study
  • Invitations to special events where you can connect with other students and faculty from around the University who have the same regional interests.
 Please note that programs and benefits vary from Center to Center. 

If you would like to learn more about the programs available through the II centers, please click here and fill out the response form.  We would appreciate hearing from you, preferably by September 15.

 We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes for the upcoming year,
The International Institute Graduate Team

Julie Burnett, Beth Dutridge-Corp & Ann Takata
Graduate Academic Services & FLAS
University of Michigan International Institute
1080 South University, Suite 2660, Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1106
734.763.4528 | ii-gradadvising@umich.edu | www.ii.umich.edu 
Schedule an advising appointment on the II Grad & FLAS Advising Calendar

Wednesday, August 10

AIBS Announces Communications Boot Camp for Scientists

AIBS Announces Communications Boot Camp for Scientists
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Dear Colleague,

Rarely has the need for effective and influential communication about science been more important than it is today.

Politicians and political interests are redefining and reinterpreting science—with great persistence and impact. The majority of the public still respect scientists and value science, but they often find it challenging to discern who and what is legitimate.

Simply adding to the noise will not provide individuals with the understanding they need to inform their deliberations and decisions. Scientists must become more skilled at communicating in impactful ways.

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is responding to this need by offering scientists a new professional development opportunity. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on our highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The program meets the needs of everyone from graduate students to senior researchers and program administrators.

AIBS is the scientific organization that promotes the use of science to inform decision-making that advances biology for the benefit of science and society.

AIBS has a long and successful track record of engaging, informing, and influencing the public and science policy decision-makers. Our audiences include members of Congress, federal agency heads and program managers, state officials, and university administrators. In addition to working directly with these groups, we routinely engage the public through traditional and new media.

Our staff members have used their decades of science policy and communications experience to develop training materials and resources that provide scientists with the skills needed to successfully communicate about their research with decision-makers and reporters. To date, AIBS has trained more than 1,000 scientists.

AIBS Communications Boot Camp

The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on training program in Washington, DC.

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, including broadcast interviews
  • 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 policymakers want and need to know from a scientist
  • What reporters are looking for in an interview
  • How the nation’s science policy is developed and implemented
Participants will have the opportunity for formal and informal discussions with science policy and communications experts working in Washington, DC. A course outline is available here.

Dates: December 7–8, 2016

Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005

Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the program, and a reception on December 7th. Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options. 

$420/person     AIBS Individual Members. The course is not tax deductible, but a portion of an individual AIBS membership is tax deductible. A non-refundable $100 deposit is required at the time of registration. Join or renew now.
$420/personIndividuals officially nominated to participate by an AIBS Member Society or Organization (MSO) in good standing. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.
$495/personIndividuals who are not AIBS members or nominated by an AIBS MSO. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration.Join AIBS now to save $75.00.
$390/personGroup Discount: This rate is available to any organization that sponsors the registration of four or more individuals. Please contact jpalakovichcarr@aibs.org for details.

Register now: https://www.aibs.org/public-policy/communications_boot_camp.html

We look forward to seeing you this December!


Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director

Tuesday, August 9

Dissertation Writing Groups Application - Fall 2016

Dissertation Writing GroupsFall 2016

In collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School, the Sweetland Center for Writing coordinates several student-led writing groups for graduate students writing their dissertations. These interdisciplinary writing groups provide structured support in a facilitated peer-based setting to aid dissertators working through long-term projects. Dissertation Writing Groups typically consist of four – five members including a group leader. Participants must be in the writing phase of their dissertations and available to meet at least eight times per semester to workshop group members’ writing on a rotating basis. Each group will determine meeting schedules and expectations.

Group leaders will receive a stipend for their services, and those interested in becoming group leaders must provide additional information with their applications. All accepted students participate in an orientation session onTuesday, September 20, at 4 pm in North Quad Space 2435. Group leaders attend mentor meetings through the term.
Applications must be submitted online by Friday, September 9, 2016You can access the online application by clicking here.  

The application can also be found on Sweetland's website:  http://lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/graduates/writing-groups.html.

Friday, August 5

NECSI Call for Applicants Postdoctoral and Student/Predoctoral Research Positions

NECSI Call for Applicants

Postdoctoral and Student/Predoctoral Research Positions

The New England Complex Systems Institute has funding for postdoctoral and predoctoral research appointments. We are looking for outstanding applicants interested in retrieving and analyzing unstructured patterns of information from large datasets. Areas of application include:

- Human dynamics
- Socio-economic systems
- Medical records

Training in physics, mathematics or computer science is preferred but not required. We value strong writing abilities, and interest in:

- Big data analytics
- Multiscale representations
- Network science
New England Complex Systems Institute
New England Complex Systems Institute
210 Broadway Suite 101
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711

Wednesday, June 29

Notice of Job Posting with USDA, APHIS, PPQ, Science & Technology

USDA, APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science and Technology is pleased to announce the posting of the Supervisory Agriculturist (Associate Executive Director), GS-0401-15, position in Raleigh, NC.  The position is posted 6/27/16 to 7/1/16.  

All of the information regarding the position and the application process and requirements can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/442742500/

Tuesday, June 28

Upcoming PPQ Science & Technology position announcement

USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine, Science & Technology is announcing a position for a Supervisory Agriculturist (Associate Executive Director), GS-0401-15, in Raleigh, NC. This position is expected to open on Monday, June 27 and close on July 1. Please distribute this to anyone who may be interested.

The following link will take you to a copy of the announcement -->

Graduate Student Survey - Biology Education Researcher at Portland State University


I am a biology education researcher at Portland State University, and my lab is interested in hearing from graduate students in the life sciences regarding their experiences in graduate school.  We aim to gain broad representation of students from a diversity of institutions through responses to our GraduateStudentSurvey.    

If you have a graduate student listserv for your department, we would very much appreciate you considering sharing the below message with your students and anyone else who might be interested.  

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you for your time and participation!

Best Regards,


If so, we would like to hear about your experiences in grad school!

Biology education researchers at Portland State University are​ interested in understanding the experiences of life science graduate students, and we are looking for volunteers.  Your perspective as a graduate student can be heard by agreeing to participate in a short, anonymous​ survey which should take no longer than ~15 minutes of your time, and can be accessed via the GraduateStudentSurvey link.

If you agree to participate, your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential.
​  ​
If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may call the PSU Office for Research Integrity at (503) 725-2227 or 1(877) 480-4400. The ORI is the office that supports the PSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is a group of people from PSU and the community who provide independent oversight of safety and ethical issues related to research involving human participants. For more information, you may also access the IRB website at https://sites.google.com/a/pdx.edu/research/integrity.You may contact the Principal Investigator of the study, Dr. Erin Shortlidge (eshortlidge@pdx.edu) with related questions.

We appreciate your willingness to participate, without your help this study will not be possible!

Best Regards,


Erin Shortlidge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology 
HHMI Biology Education Fellow
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97201

​:  BER Lab PDX​

Office:  503-725-9305 | SB1 522b
Lab:  503-725-9304 | SB1 522

Friday, June 24

Johns Hopkins University: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Advanced Academic Programs


Location: Washington, DC

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) unit of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University seeks an academic program director to oversee its graduate level Environmental Programs. Since 1993, Johns Hopkins has provided high-quality master’s degrees to students in the Baltimore-Washington area.  With three degrees and one certificate, and with substantial parts of these curricula available online, the program enjoys a national and international reputation, with increasing numbers of online students.  The position of Academic Program Director is a full-time, twelve-month faculty and administrative position (non-tenure track) with an initial appointment of one year.

The Academic Program Director is responsible for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy (this degree includes four optional concentrations; available onsite in Washington, DC or online with a residency requirement)
  • Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate (available in DC or fully online)
  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (fully online)

A newly created Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence is in its final stages of approval and will also be a responsibility for the Academic Program Director of Environmental Programs.  In addition to teaching, responsibilities include the day-to-day operation and management of academic programming, including instruction, curriculum development, academic planning and scheduling in addition to hiring and supervising full-time, part-time, limited-time, and adjunct faculty.  Full-time and part-time faculty may include one or more Associate Program Directors and one or more Program Coordinators.  The Academic Program Director serves as the primary faculty recruiter for his or her program, and works closely with AAP’s marketing and finance teams to promote the program and to manage its budget.

Major responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching three graduate courses
  • Curriculum oversight and development
  • Academic advising and administration
  • Program promotion, including outreach to prospective students and partners
  • Hiring and supervising of program faculty
  • Budgetary management and financial planning

Academic Program Directors report to discipline-based program chairs as well as to the Dean of the Krieger School through the Associate Dean for Advanced Academic Programs.

The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., MBA, JD, etc.) in a discipline related to the Environmental Sciences or Environmental Policy (Environmental Chemistry, Ecology, Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Geography, or Environmental Policy).  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate significant academic experience and research in both environmental science and policy areas.  Candidates should possess experience managing online programs or at least to have taught in an online environment as well as have administrative and/or management experience (preferably in an academic setting). Ideally, the candidate should also understand and promote modern day computing practices in instructional technology, such as cloud computing and virtualization, which are a foundation of some of the programs. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; for best consideration please apply online before July 7, 2016.  Please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now for Free" button below and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for 3 professional references, and a recent salary history.

Tuesday, June 14

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship Application 2016

Applications are due July 18, 2016

Internship dates: September 6, 2016 – December 16, 2016

The Coral Restoration Foundation Internship is a rigorous program that allows participants to delve into the world of coral restoration, marine ecology, and non-profit management. Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in our Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns will learn a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting and engaging visitors, processing field data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to work closely with CRF staff members on a variety of projects related to conservation and non-profit administration. Diving takes place 1-4* times per week, with interns assisting CRF staff and volunteers with the management of CRF’s offshore coral nurseries, the out-planting of coral colonies, and the monitoring of reefs throughout the Florida Keys. Interns will also play a crucial role as the team leaders for the groups of recreational divers that participate in CRF’s dive programs throughout the year. On these programs, interns will be expected to lead divers of varying skill levels through basic nursery and out-planting tasks. Interns are also asked to present to the community on several occasions, assist at outreach events, and participate in important discussions within the foundation. Internship positions generally last four months and are full-time positions (40hrs/wk). Interns are given a moderate monthly stipend.

**Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.**


• Applicant must be 18+ years of age or older.
• Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program having completed at least two years of study at an accredited college or university, be in enrolled in a graduate program, or be a recent graduate from a college or university.
• Applicant should have at least 30 logged dives.
• Housing and reliable vehicular transportation must be provided by the intern. Applicants should keep in mind the cost of living in the Florida Keys can be between $800.00-$1200.00 monthly. Rent will be less expensive if intern teams share living spaces.
• All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern. This means: BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, weights, and gloves.
• Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time (8 hours a day for several days in a row).
• Preference will be given to students who have studied or are studying marine science, specifically coral reefs.
• Preference will be given to those with Advanced Open Water dive certification and higher, those with boat diving experience, and those with ocean diving experience.
• Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, proof of DAN insurance, and proof of CPR/First Aid training.

To apply: please compile and email the following documents in a single PDF to Ashley Hill, Intern Coordinator, at ashley@coralrestoration.org.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume and/or CV (including contact information for three references)
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation can be from listed references and sent separately)

Wednesday, June 8

Volunteer opportunity with Michigan Sea Grant

This year, Michigan Sea Grant has have received funding for a youth educational river snorkeling program for summer 2016. They will be partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council and the Ann Arbor/Ypsi YMCA for a day-long program that is designed to get middle-school aged kids out to the Huron River to learn about water quality and to go snorkeling and get in touch with some of the life in the river. Part of the program involves the kids being able to talk to experts in the field to learn more about watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, stream morphology, and identify some of the critters they find. We will also be dipping for benthic macroinvertebrates and seining for minnows.

Sea Grant is looking for EEB faculty, staff, or students with backgrounds in aquatic ecology or biology that may be interested in serving as volunteer experts. The first programs will be held on Wednesday June 22nd and Wednesday June 29th from 10-3, with the possibility of 4-6 more days between July and August. Volunteers can sign up for just one day or as many as they want to.

Jack Cotrone, Program Assistant
Michigan Sea Grant, University of Michigan

Monday, June 6

Postdoctoral Opportunity with the Marine
Biology Research Division at SIO

Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee

Academic Division: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Academic Department/Research Unit: Marine Biology Research Division
Disciplinary Specialty of Research: parasitology, physiology, behavior, fish, birds, ecology, estuaries

Description: The position will involve taking on a 1.5 year project in the Hechinger Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The project is part of a larger, international project. Collaborators include Dr. Øyvind Øverli (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) and Dr. Kelly Weinersmith (Rice University). The overall project weds parasitology, ecology, behavior, neurobiology, and omics. This post-doc will examine the
impacts on estuarine birds by Euhaplorchis californiensis, a trematode parasite. The parasite uses birds as final hosts, but effects there are countered to unknown extent by the parasites modifying the behavior of the birds’ prey, the California killifish, making them easier to catch.

The current plan is for the post-doc to be lead a laboratory study using controlled exposures of final hosts (birds, rodents) to document the parasite impacts on those hosts. Impacts will be measured at least by growth rates and, likely, metabolic rates (respirometry). The post-doc may also be involved with other aspects of the project, including a field experiment using fish in enclosures to quantify how fish infection changes bird predation rates and success.

Salary/Stipend Information: NIH standard & based on years of postdoc experience

Qualifications and preferred academic background: Candidates should possess some or all of these attributes (some of which, including parasitological skills, can be learned on the job):

1. Ability to handle, maintain, and dissect birds and rodents.
2. Ability to do respirometry on air breathing vertebrates.
3. Ability to dissect fish, birds, and rodents, and quantify parasite abundance and body size.
4. Have good communication, organizational, collaborative skills.
5. Have solid analytical skills. At least a working knowledge of general and generalized linear models. Dynamical modelling skills are a plus, but not required.
6. Proven writing/publication skills as indicated by published papers.
7. Experience or ability to deal with live, wild estuarine birds.

Appointment Length/Period: Appointment will start as early as 1 August 2016 and continue for 1.5 years.

Application procedure: Send an email with subject header “POST-DOC APPLICATION”, with an attachment of a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Dr. Hechinger at rhechinger@ucsd.edu.

Application Closing Date: 24 Jun 2016

Friday, June 3

June 2016 Fulbright Info Sessions

U.S. Student Program


Application DeadlineSept. 7 at noon

June Information Sessions:


“How to Design a Winning Fulbright Project”

Tuesday, June 7 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
Thursday, June 9 | 11am -12pm

“How to Craft Successful Fulbright Statements”

Tuesday, June 21 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.
Thursday, June 23 | 11am -12pm

“Getting Started with your Application”

Tuesday, June 28 | 11am -12pm
1644 School of Social Work Bldg.

*Laptops are encouraged and welcomed*
A link for each webinar will be made available closer to the event date on the U-M Fulbright Resources CTools site under the GCalendar tab. For details on how to join the CTools site, or more information on the Fulbright program, please visit our webpage.

Please contact staff at iifellowships-fulbright@umich.edu with questions.
Fulbright Program Advisors are available for advising by appointment. These appointments may be in-person, via phone or Google Chat.

Advising appointments for Academic applicants

Advising appointments for ETA or Arts applicants

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC)

Translational Research Education Certificate (TREC) is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students in basic research programs to complement their graduate studies with specialized courses in translational research.

You can find information at our website:http://www.michr.umich.edu/education/predoctoral/trec

Feel free to contact Donna Shewach (dshewach@umich.edu) or Shannon Marshall (marshsm@med.umich.edu) if you have any questions.

The deadline to apply for fall entry into the program is July 22nd.