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Post Doctoral and Research Scientist

POSTED:

02/15/17

DESCRIPTION:

Research positions are available immediately for studies on enzymatic transformations of agricultural chemicals in soils. Experience in the following areas is desirable: analytical chemistry, isolation and characterization of bacteria from soil, enzyme assays, DNA metagenomic sequencing, and bioinformatics.

APPLICATION:

To inquire, or apply, please send a CV and contact information for references to:

Professor Larry Wackett
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
BioTechnology Institute
wacke003@umn.edu


Research Associate II

Bioinformatics

POSTED:

02/10/17

DESCRIPTION:

The University of Miami, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking a full-time bioinformatician to conduct analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic Next-Generation-Sequencing data from marine ecosystems. The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate II position in Bioinformatics to work closely with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (AOML/OCED), located at 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. (http://www.aoml.noaa.gov)

This bioinformatics research works with large-scale microbial omics datasets to study the biodiversity and interactions of microbes in marine ecosystems across organizational scales and their roles in ecosystem function and in diseases of marine organisms and communities. This bioinformatics research also works with large-scale eukaryotic omics datasets, especially of coral communities, investigating genomic aspects of coral reef health, resiliency, and adaptation to environmental changes such as sea level rise, climate change, ocean acidification, and exposure to pollutants. The primary tasks of the bioinformatician will include data analysis, such as metagenomic assembly, binning, annotation, mapping and comparisons of metatranscriptomes; development and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines; development and maintenance of databases for microbiome and coral omics data. Responsibilities will also include the training of postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in high-performance computing, programming, and bioinformatics applications. The successful candidate for this position will conduct a wide range of bioinformatic analysis of community DNA and RNA sequence data collected from corals (holobiont - tissue, zooxanthella, and microbiome) and environmental (e.g., seawater) samples. The appointee will distill and compare large sequence data sets to provide comparative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis for both microbiome and eukaryotic (coral) sequences, including assessments relative to environmental metadata.

Salary is $53,900 per year (including benefits) for two years. Position may be extended longer than 2 years depending on the availability of additional funding and demonstrated good performance of the appointee.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualified candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, data science, computer science, biology, or a related field with a required 2-3 years of relevant experience in bioinformatics analysis of environmental next-generation-sequencing data. Experience with Linux command line, scripting languages (Perl, Python, R, Bash, etc.), expertise with bioinformatics portals and software, web development languages and proper bioinformatic/software documentation is needed. Preference will be given towards candidates with a doctoral degree in relevant discipline and demonstrated relevant expertise in next-generation-sequencing bioinformatics analysis. Proficiency and prior experience with bioinformatics of environmental metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and coral holobiont community sequence datasets is highly desired.

APPLICATIONS:

Apply online at: www.miami.edu/careers, Postion #: position P100014223. A statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 2 persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.

For further information candidates should contact Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano (christopher.sinigalliano@noaa.gov)


Postdoctoral Fellowship on Plant Functional Genomics

POSTED:

01/19/17

DESCRIPTION:

The group of Prof. Georgina Hernández head of the Research Program of Functional Genomics of Eukaryotes from the Center of Genomic Sciences (CCG) - National University of Mexico (UNAM) located in Cuernavaca, Mexico (70 kms south of Mexico city) is searching for candidates for a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in functional genomics of legume plants. The postdoctoral fellow will develop a research project about the functional characterization of microRNAs from common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) as relevant regulators of the nitrogen fixing symbiosis with rhizobia.

The postdoctoral fellowship includes the equivalent to ca. $2,000 US Dlls per month, medical insurance, air tickets to/from Mexico. In addition CCG offers FREE housing for post-docs in the Visiting Professors Residence, located in campus few meters from the labs. A studio including private bath, kitchenette and utilities (gas, electricity, water, laundry free of charge) is offered to each postdoc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must be young scientists who have obtained their PhD degree maximum 5 years before starting their postdoctoral stay at UNAM (August, 2012 or after).

APPLICATIONS:

Interested candidates should e-mail their complete Curriculum vitae (including list of publications) and a statement of research interests, along with a list of 2-3 references and contact information to: Prof Georgina Hernández (gina@ccg.unam.mx), not later than February 15th, 2017. Selected applicant will be contacted by Prof. Hernandez who will inform him/her about the requirements for official Postdoctoral Fellowships applications at UNAM.

Fellowships for awarded postdocs will start on September, 2017, these are for one year with possible renewal for a second year (only).

http://www.ccg.unam.mx/en/FunctionalGenomicsOfEukaryotes

Faculty Position

The Microbiome in Animal Health and Disease

POSTED:

01/06/17

DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. We seek candidates with research expertise in the microbiome, microbial interactions, or metagenomics, and vested interest to partner with the campus’s growing cadre of microbiome researchers and the production animal industries of the region. While the candidate does not need to have expertise in veterinary medicine or animal agriculture, it is expected that their research program will have relevance to production animal health and disease.

Candidates must be able to establish and sustain an independent, extramurally-funded research program and participate in the outreach and teaching missions of the Department and College. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s research signature programs and strengthen cross-disciplinary collaborations at the university and Academic Health Center. Among the nation’s top 10 public research universities, the University of Minnesota is committed to dynamic research culture supported by state-of-the-art core research facilities, new BSL2 and BSL3 animal facilities, the Supercomputing Institute, the University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC). The UMGC is a leading facility for microbial profiling through amplicon and shotgun sequencing, and UMN is a participant in the National Microbiome Initiative and was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for its commitment to advancing microbiome research.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position is approximately 80% research and 20% outreach/teaching. The successful applicant is expected to develop (Assistant Professor) or to currently have (advanced rank) an active externally funded research program, and the desire and capacity to participate in teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional levels.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Key Requirements:

Candidates must have a Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D. or equivalent degree with training in microbiology, computer science, bioinformatics, or related fields. Postdoctoral training is expected with evidence of innovative and collaborative research that is published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should apply online at http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs, Job ID #314685. Required documents include curriculum vitae, description of research/career goals and priorities, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

CONTACT:
For inquiries, please contact Dr. Tim Johnson, joh04207@umn.edu

Yeast Molecular Biologist

Sasya

POSTED:

01/06/17

DESCRIPTION:

Sasya is a cutting-edge industrial chemicals company that delivers sustainable technology for manufacturing chemicals that are currently produced from petroleum. Sasya focuses on replacing environmentally harmful, energetically-intense processes with benign, biobased counterparts. As a technology development enterprise with a strong purpose and the commitment to deliver, the company is looking to expand its technical team in Marshall, MN.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Sasya has an immediate opening in the area of yeast molecular biology and metabolic engineering. The individual filling this position will be an integral part of the technical team and lead Sasya’s strain development efforts. The primary responsibilities include

  • Independently plan and execute yeast engineering experiments – targeted chromosomal manipulation as well as directed evolution
  • Design and execute enzyme assays
  • Independently collect, analyze and interpret the data
  • Maintain in-depth technical expertise in yeast metabolic engineering and synthetic biology fields
  • Contribute to defining the strategy and goals with other teams
  • Deliver results on tight deadlines
  • May supervise research assistants
QUALIFICATIONS:

Key Requirements:

The successful candidate will have PhD with a focus on yeast metabolic engineering or Masters with at least two years industry experience with proven success. He/She will have exhibited broad and deep understanding of yeast cellular physiology and metabolism, demonstrated the ability to implement and adapt protocols and independently troubleshoot unexpected problems. Experience with modeling metabolism and bioinformatics is a significant bonus.

CONTACT:
Candidates interested in this position should send a copy of their CV, highlighting their accomplishments in the related area to info@sasyabio.com. Screening begins on Dec-19, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Laboratory Manager

Environmental Research and Innovation Center
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

POSTED:

12/30/16

DESCRIPTION:

The Lab Manager will supervise the daily operation of the facility, and students. The ERIC is a state-of- the-art research and testing lab that offers a full range of water and biosoilds testing capabilities. The Laboratory Manager will perform environmental testing and laboratory analysis on a variety of sample matrices as part of the comprehensive testing services offered through the Environmental Research and Innovation Center. The Laboratory Manager will also offer technical support for research and development projects that the ERIC facility undertakes. This position will also mentor student interns and, depending on qualifications, teach courses within the College of Letters and Science (COLS).

QUALIFICATIONS:

Key Requirements:

The position requires a Bachelors Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or other science or Engineering-related field with at least two years of previous experience in management. Demonstrated proficiency in conducting environmental laboratory analysis of a wide-range of samples. Knowledge of environmental sampling methods. Skilled proficiency to write reports and grants, edit reports, and submit information electronically using on-line databases. Preferred qualifications include a Masters Degree in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or other science or Engineering-related field with at least one year of previous experience in laboratory operations. Experience working with a variety of environmental sampling and analysis techniques. For more details on Position Description and Requirements please see: http://www.uwosh.edu/hr/employment/lab-manager-ii-136a.1617 Review of applications will begin on 12-30-16 and will continue until the position is filled.

APPLICATIONS:

Submit a letter of application, resume/CV, and the names of three professional references to:

Dr. Greg Kleinheinz
ERIC Laboratory
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
kleinhei@uwosh.edu
920-424-1100


Information Technology Specialist

Environmental Protection Agency

SALARY RANGE:

$108,887 – $141,555 / Per Year

OPENING DATE:

11/09/16

CLOSING DATE:

11/23/16

DESCRIPTION:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Chemistry, Economics and Sustainable Strategies Division, Design for the Environment Branch in Washington, DC.

For more information on this office, visit their website.

One or more positions may be filled.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Develop, deploy, manage and support Oracle and JAVA-based databases and related systems and technologies that house Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)/chemical data and information
  • Provide project management, leadership, and oversight for the planning and execution of information technology technical support, operations and maintenance to Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics offices
  • Represent the Agency by attending meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. sponsored by EPA, other Federal agencies and private industry
  • Serve as a Work Assignment Manager

You will spend 5% of your work time on contracts

QUALIFICATIONS:

Key Requirements:

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • This is a temporary position. See Other Information on assignment limits.

You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

You must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed here:

1) Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. 2) Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. 3) Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 4) Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as managing or leading the planning and operations/maintenance of information technology systems related to regulating toxic chemicals.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Ability to develop new approaches to solving organization-wide issues affecting employees; 2) Skill in developing standards for data, databases, application development, and IT security; 3) Knowledge of project management principles; 4) Ability to research and prepare detailed project proposals and senior executive level presentations/recommendations; 5) Skill in written communication; 6) Skill in oral communication; 7) Skill in synthesizing technical information to convey results to management; 8) Knowledge of contract management functions.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

Application information provided here.

Contact Information:
Brittany Blowe
Phone: 800-433-9633
E-mail: blowe.brittany@epa.gov


Biologist/Toxicologist

Environmental Protection Agency

SALARY RANGE:

$53,435 – $100,736 / Per Year

OPENING DATE:

11/09/16

CLOSING DATE:

11/23/16

DESCRIPTION:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Chemistry, Economics and Sustainable Strategies Division, Design for the Environment Branch in Washington, DC.

For more information on this office, visit their website.

One or more positions may be filled.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Evaluate hazards and risks from exposure to industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials;
  • Prepare hazard and risk characterizations in support of assigned programs;
  • Develop briefing materials and presentations on complex issues related to hazard prioritization, screening and assessments;
  • Provide analyses on strategies and methodologies for hazard prioritization, screening and assessment to advise the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s (OCSPP) programs;
  • Collect and analyze data, and evaluate and develop hazard assessment methods, tools, databases and models.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Key Requirements:

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements (See Qualifications Section).
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply).
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Biologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

Toxicologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in toxicology, or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as analyzing human health, environmental hazard and/or risk assessments; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as conducting and/or reviewing human health, environmental hazard and/or risk assessments related to industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as developing hazard and/or risk characterizations for industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials; analyzing and evaluating data as it relates to the effects industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials have on humans and the environment.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in evaluating hazard/risks to human and/or environmental health; 2) Ability to evaluate and use hazard/risk assessment tools and models; 3) Ability to prepare hazard and risk characterizations; 4) Skill in written communication; 5) Skill in oral communication; 6) Skill in data analysis.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

Application information provided here.

Contact Information:
Brittany Blowe
Phone: 800-433-9633
E-mail: blowe.brittany@epa.gov


ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

BIOL FTNP: Computational Microbiologist; Excel Energy Grant

SALARY:

Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE:

10/07/16

CLOSING DATE:

11/07/16 11:59 PM

DESCRIPTION:

This position is a 9-month, non-probationary non-tenure position with responsibilities focused on research at St. Cloud State University. We are looking for candidates to lead the comparative metagenomics/metatranscriptomics analysis of microbial communities. Initially, the focus will be mainly on the temporal evolution of these communities in an anaerobic digester using different organic inputs.

St. Cloud State University is located on the scenic banks of the Mississippi River 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the rapidly-growing metropolitan area of St. Cloud. More than 17,000 students from Minnesota and 81 countries are part of this vibrant and richly diverse campus community. St. Cloud State understands the incredible impact college years have on students and their future. Faculty and staff collaborate to offer relevant and rigorous academic programs in a supportive environment that values active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability and global and cultural understanding.

St. Cloud State understands the incredible impact college years have on students and their future. The College of Science and Engineering has a new Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), a venue for scholarly activity and collaboration focused on student success. Faculty and staff collaborate to offer relevant and rigorous academic programs in a supportive environment that values active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability and global and cultural understanding.

Date of appointment: October 1, 2016 (negotiable)

Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful candidate will deploy innovative computational approaches to understand the ecological establishment and evolution of microbial communities. In particular, the candidate will focus on the impact of different organic inputs on the microbial community composition of an anaerobic digester. The person selected will build a extramurally-funded student-oriented research program on microbial communities dynamics. This program should enhance and complement existing programs in the department and college. Candidates will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research. Activities will include experimental execution, data collection, manuscript and grant preparation. Diversity and inclusion are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. Candidate should have a commitment to fostering an environment that is welcoming of all groups. *Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at: http://www.hr.mnscu.edu/contract_plans/documents/IFO_09_11_Contract.pdf

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Systems Biology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, or related fields.
  • Evidence of knowledge in statistical methods in the context of microbiological systems.
  • Evidence of demonstrated scholarly activity.
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Preferred:
  • Experience with programming (Python, Perl, C++, R).
  • Experience with managing research teams of graduate and undergraduate students
  • Familiarity and expertise in microbial physiology and ecology
  • Experience with building student programs
  • Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor's degrees were first offered in 1925. Master's degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.

Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu

To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/stcloudstate/default.cfm

Application Review begins immediately. For best consideration, apply by November 7, 2016; position is open until filled.

Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Copies of Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD); if advanced to finalist, official transcripts will be required.

Contact Information:
Ryan C. Fink, Search Committee Chair
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Phone: 320-308-3047
E-mail: RCFink@stcloudstate.ed

St. Cloud State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Title IX coordinator at SCSU is Dr. Ellyn Bartges. For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 102.


Science Communication Intern Job Description

Posted September 1, 2016
Summary:

The communications team at the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute is seeking students with an interest in science communication and journalism. Students will be developing content for the institute’s website, newsletter, social media and flagship Gateway Magazine. We are looking for people with strong writing skills, an interest in science communication, and ability to work in a collaborative environment. Students will receive training and support in a variety of related topics, including interview techniques, communicating science to a broad audience, visual storytelling, and story development.

Required Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the University of Minnesota for 2015-16
  • Available to work 8-12 hours/week during normal business hours (flexible/arranged)
  • Available Fall semester on Fridays from 12- 2 pm
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good problem-solving skills, ability to prioritize, and maturity in judgment
  • Strong interest in Science and Science Communication
  • Ability to work and interact with diverse populations
  • Proficiency with Google Docs & Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous writing experience
  • Working knowledge of social media
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Experience in design, photography, sound, video production or other multimedia
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite or other media production platform
  • Available for at least two semesters
Duties/Responsibilities
  • Implement communication assignments related to the BioTechnology Institute and it’s programs (i.e. social media/websites/video/newsletters/brochures)
  • Interview students and faculty and create stories profiling their research and academic activities
  • Participate in weekly group learning and work sessions
  • Provide content for publication on website and other channels
Program/Unit Description

The BioTechnology Institute (BTI) is the University of Minnesota’s home for coordinated research in the biological, chemical, and engineering aspects of biotechnology. BTI faculty conduct research over a broad range of topics including microbial physiology, metabolic pathway engineering, genetics & cell biology, functional genomics, the biodegradation of hazardous materials, molecular evolution, biological diversity, green chemistry, natural product synthesis, protein engineering, and biofuels synthesis. The Institute has been the recipient of a prestigious NIH Training Grant in BioTechnology since 1990. Through the Biotechnology Resource Center, BTI provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to support the research efforts of faculty and companies, both small and large, to nurture the development of a strong biotechnology industry in Minnesota.

To apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, fall work availability, and either a writing sample (use the questions below) or a link or physical copy of your portfolio (design, photography, video) to bticom@umn.edu August 20th.

Writing Sample Questions (please respond to both questions)
  1. Write a short bio of yourself in the 3rd person (under 200 words)
  2. What science-related story have sparked your interest and why?


Assistant Professor of Food Safety Epidemiology/Bioinformatics, University of Georgia Center for Food Safety

Posted on August 30, 2016

Date Position Available: March 1,2017 or as soon as possible thereafter; Applications received by October 10,2016 are assured of consideration

The successful candidate will develop a research program in the area of food safety epidemiology/bioinformatics and contribute to outreach programs of the Center for Food Safety. A Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Food Microbiology, or closely related field is required. At least 1 year of postdoctoral or prior academic experience with microbial genetics or bioinformatics is desired. Candidates should show the potential to obtain external funding to support their research program. Candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written competencies, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Specific responsibilities include: (1) conduct research on food safety epidemiology and/or bioinformatics (2) establish an extramurally funded research program; (3) establish a strong record of scholarly activity; (4) direct PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates; and (5) work cooperatively with other faculty and staff and with food industry personnel. The selected candidate will also be a member of the Department of Food Science and Technology. The individual in this position will be expected to achieve a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successful extramural funding and success in mentoring graduate students.

Applicants must send: (1) letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae detailing background and capability to conduct research and outreach; (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and (4) names, addresses, sent electronically to bbanist5@uga.edu or to Food Safety Epidemiology/Bioinformatics Search Committee, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Georgia 30223-1797 Tel: 770-228-7284; Fax: 770-229-3216. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Ynes Ortega at Ortega@uga.edu

Candidates will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with a wide variety of groups including those on campus and some federal agencies. Selected candidates will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

The University of Georgia (http://www.uga.edu/) a land-grant/sea-grant university, is ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university is recognized as a research intensive and community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The Department of Food Science and Technology (http://www.foodscience.caes.uga.edu/) and the Center for Food Safety (www.ugacfs.org) are units of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Microbiologist

Posted May 5, 2016

Jeneil Biotech Inc. is the largest supplier of natural dairy flavors, Enzyme Modified Cheeses (EMC), butter and cream flavors in North America. Is looking for Microbiologist Candidates for R&D that are adept in aseptic technique, transfers, and media preparation and monitoring. The R&D candidates would also have to be qualified to set up and run pilot plant scale up (10 L – 500 L fermenters).

Recent graduates with Masters or Bachelor degrees are also encouraged to apply.

Jeneil Biotech, Inc., is a leader in development and production of natural flavor chemicals, natural dairy flavors, probiotic cultures and soy-dairy product systems and ingredients. The latest testing and evaluation equipment supports a staff of expert scientists engaged in research and development related to microbial production of  bio surfactants, flavors and probiotic cultures.  The facility is equipped with the latest technology for fermentation and downstream processing of microbial derived products.

More information can be found on our web site http://www.jeneilbiotech.com.

If interested, please send your CV/Resume to me (s.duncan@jeneilbiotech.com).

Shona Duncan, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Jeneil Biotech Inc.
400 Dekora Woods Blvd  Saukville, WI 53080
Tel: +1 (262) 268-6815 Ext 212, Fax: +1 262-268-6820
Email: s.duncan@jeneilbiotech.com
Web: http://www.jeneilbiotech.com


Postdoctoral Position – Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences College of Medicine University of Central Florida

Posted April 25, 2016

Current research projects employ a broad range of biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology approaches to elucidate enzyme mechanisms, protein structure-function relationships, mechanisms of posttranslational modification of proteins, and biological electron transfer reactions. An emphasis is on characterization of enzymes with protein-derived cofactors that arise from irreversible posttranslational modifications such as oxygenation of aromatic residues, covalent cross-linking of amino acid residues, or cyclization or cleavage of internal amino acid residues. Projects for the candidate for this position may include the development of expression systems for proteins that require additional enzymes for posttranslational modifications, spectroscopic and kinetic analysis of enzymes using steady-state and transient kinetic techniques, studies of long range electron transfer reactions, and use of site-directed mutagenesis for protein structure-function studies. Experience in molecular biology, enzyme kinetics and protein chemistry is highly desirable. Start date for this position may be as early as this summer.

To obtain further information about this position contact:

Professor Victor L. Davidson
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
College of Medicine
University of Central Florida
6900 Lake Nona Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

Email: victor.davidson@ucf.edu
Alternative email: vldavidson1@gmail.com
http://med.ucf.edu/biomed/directory/profile/dr-victor-l-davidson/

 


Postdoctoral Position – Zanne lab at George Washington University

Posted March 7, 2016

A postdoctoral position is available in the Zanne lab at George Washington University with a flexible start date. The postdoctoral scientist will work on collaborative projects related to the microbial colonization of wood.

These projects include: 1. Analyzing multi-year microbial community data from an NSF-funded project in St. Louis, MO, USA, and 2. Measuring plant anatomical, morphological and chemical wood traits and characterizing fungal community composition using DNA-based and functional approaches for an Australian Research Council-funded experiment in Sydney, Australia, in collaboration with Will Cornwell (University of New South Wales) and Jeff Powell (Western Sydney University). Possibilities also exist to work on projects examining the relative roles of microbes and termites in breaking down wood in tropical Australia.

The position is one year but has the potential to be extended. The postdoc would be based at GWU located in the heart of Washington, DC, USA with easy access to numerous science-, conservation-, and policy-based institutions. However, the postdoc would spend at least 1-2 months based in Sydney and Richmond, NSW, Australia working in the Cornwell and Powell labs. Motivated applicants with skills in microbial community analyses are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field and strong writing and quantitative skills. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should include a research statement, including relevant skills for the project and future goals (max: 1-2 pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (including emails and phone numbers). Materials should be sent to Amy Zanne: aezanne@gmail.com.


Environmental Microbiologist – Natural Resource Research Institute

Posted January 26, 2016

The Geomicrobiology lab at the Natural Resources Research Institute of U of MN Duluth seeks a research scientist in the area of environmental microbiology. The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • Coordinate ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of supplies, lab ware, and instruments essential to the operation of the lab. Perform maintenance of laboratory equipment or schedule repair by appropriate person.
  • Operate routine lab equipment such as balances, pH meters, centrifuges, thermal cycler, and microscopes. Conduct molecular biological work including PCR, qPCR, DNA extraction and genomics data analysis.
  • Serve on safety committee for Geomicrobiology lab. Responsible for safety training and compliance. Write laboratory standard operating procedures for laboratory experiments.
  • Provide lab management. Supervise, train, and provide guidance to undergraduate and graduate students in designing and conducing lab experiments and field sampling. Assist lab staff with troubleshooting experiments and data analysis.
  • Support PI in grant development and submission, and preparation of manuscripts for the peer review process. Write narratives and reports as required.
  • Design, execute and troubleshoot scientific experiments. Provide expertise in environmental field sampling and analysis.
Required:
  • B.S. in environmental engineering, environmental science, microbiology or chemistry or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years.
  • Coursework in environmental sciences, e.g., ecology, microbiology, geology, chemistry.
  • Experience with chemical or microbiological analyses of environmental samples
Preferred:
  • M.S. in environmental engineering, environmental science, microbiology or chemistry
  • Experience with field sampling
  • Experience with molecular biological work (e.g. PCR, qPCR, DNA extraction, and genomics data analysis
  • Experience in lab management and safety training.

Applications will be submitted online (Job posting ID: 307004) via the University Employment System at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment with a resume, cover letter, and names of 3 references. The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. If you have any other questions, contact Dr. Chanlan Chun, chun0157@d.umn.edu.



Postdoctoral position in plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution

Posted January 25, 2016

The Vilgalys Mycology Lab at Duke University seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the area of plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution. The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing studies on ecology and evolution of forest soil fungi and their interactions with trees including Populus, Pinus and other species. We are especially interested in metagenomic approaches for studying fungal interactions with plants including mycorrhizal fungi and root endophytes.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals. The postdoc chosen for this position will also have opportunities to interact with collaborating institutions in the US and abroad. Research is facilitated by state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in plant or fungal biology, microbial genomics, or related fields. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in modern molecular ecology methods including nextgen sequencing, phylogenomics, phylogentics, and bioinformatics tools for microbiome and metagenomic studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Interested applicants should send a cv, research statement, and names of 3 references (preferably in a single pdf) to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, fungi@duke.edu. The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see: http://sites.duke.edu/vilgalyslab


Post Doctoral Research Associate — South Dakota State University

Posted January 7, 2016

A 2-year post doctoral associate position to study the role of microRNA160-directed auxin signaling during symbiotic nodule development is available in the Department of Plant Science (Sen Subramanian’s lab; http://www.sdstate.edu/ps/faculty/senthil-subramania/) at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. A precisely coordinated interaction between legumes and rhizobia bacteria leads to the development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. The Subramanian lab has discovered that microRNA160 dictates developmental stage specific sensitivities to the plant hormones auxin and cytokinin during soybean nodule development (See Turner et al., 2013a Plant Physiol.; Ma et al., 2013 Plant Sig Behav.; Bustos-Sanmamed et al., 2013 Func. Plant Biol.; Nizampatnam et al., 2015 Plant J.). The Subramanian lab seeks to discover precise mechanisms by which microRNA160 activity regulates auxin and cytokinin sensitivities during nodule development using a combination of genomic, cellular and molecular biology approaches in collaboration with Hoppe and Chakravarty labs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SDSU. Drs. Subramanian, Hoppe and Chakravarty are members of BioSNTR (www.biosntr.org), a statewide collaborative research endeavor with participants in the South Dakota Board of Regents institutions & private colleges. BioSNTR is using a ‘team science’ strategy to develop strong research foci in bio-imaging, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering and genetic engineering, with the goal of strengthening commercialization and workforce in bioscience and biotechnology.

The position offers excellent opportunities for training in plant-symbiont interactions, hormone physiology, molecular and cellular biology, and microscopy. The ideal candidate would possess a recent Ph.D. degree in plant science or related area, be self-motivated with demonstrated experience in common molecular biology techniques (including gene cloning, vector construction, plant RNA isolation, and quantitative PCR), have the ability to perform laboratory experiments in an organized manner, be efficient in proper documentation of results, generate timely reports and presentations of the research results, and be able to communicate well in English. Experience in fluorescence and confocal microscopy, site-directed mutagenesis, design and generation of fusion protein constructs, and performing protein-protein and protein-DNA interaction screens are preferred, but not required. SDSU’s research facilities include a functional genomics core, micro-imaging facility with confocal and laser micro-dissection scopes, and facilities for plant growth in a controlled environment. In addition, the post doctoral associate will be able to utilize the BioSNTR infrastructure which includes a multiphoton imaging microscope, high content screening system, flow cytometer, informatics infrastructure and expertise in quantitative imaging, analysis and interpretation of high throughput sequencing data, and genome editing. Other opportunities available for career enhancement include training in undergraduate mentoring, scientific writing, and communication of research.

Interested applicants must send (i) a cover letter stating how your qualifications fit the position, and how the position fits in your long term career goals and interests, and (ii) a detailed CV that includes list of publications, a brief description of Ph.D. and/or post-doctoral research accomplishments, and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Sen Subramanian (Senthil.Subramanian@sdstate.edu).

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Sen Subramanian (Senthil.Subramanian@sdstate,ed; Phone: 605-688-5623). Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.