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Summer REU Coordinator (Temporary)

Date Posted: Apr 01, 2015
Number: GRNTMT
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The Coordinator with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program will be responsible for on-site supervision and coordination of program activities. The position is based at Samford University and Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, Alabama, from May 19 to August 15, 2015.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program provides research opportunities for 12-14 highly competitive students from the United States. Each student works under the close supervision of an experienced research mentor.  The Coordinator will work closely with the other mentors and with the Primary Investigator (PI) and Co-PI in all aspects of the design and implementation of the 2015 REU program.
Required Qualifications

*   Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Biology, Ecology, Organismal Biology, Conservation Biology, or a related field
*   Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy and are approaching the completion of their degree are also encouraged to apply.
*   Professional research experience in biology
*   A strong interest in and disposition for working with undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds
*   Professional experience in supervision of undergraduate research
*   Patient, dedicated, and enthusiastic personality
*   Strong organizational skills
*   Excellent communication skills
*   Comfort with statistical packages like R, SPSS, or other databases
*   Ability to lift and carry at least 25 lbs
*   Ability to walk distance of 2 miles over varied terrain in the heat
*   Driver’s License and ability to comfortably drive a 15-passenger van

Preferred Qualification

*   None

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Submit resume and cover letter with current salary/salary requirements to:

Office of Human Resources
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
FAX: (205) 726-4027

Resumes received after the posting is removed will not be considered.

$100, 000 Grant Opportunity

Win $100,000 grant and residency at Frost Science in Miami, FL!  CappSci and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science have announced an annual prize contest for the development of innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors. The 2015 prize seeks technologies in coral restoration.

Two winners will each be awarded a $100,000 grant to support a 12-18 month residency at Frost Science. During their residencies, inventors will interact with museum visitors while building out and testing their technologies. CappSci and Frost Science will also support Inventors with mentorship and growth opportunities.
Entry forms and additional details of the prizes are available at<>.

Submitted by Chris Langdon on behalf of CappSci.

Job Description
Job Title:
Student Intern – Atmospheric Science Support Technical Grad Summer 2015
Job ID:
Albuquerque, NM
Full/Part Time:

About Sandia
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

To learn more, visit

Department Description
Geophysics and Atmospheric Science Department staff investigate R&D problems in all areas of Sandia programs: Defense, security, energy, climate, and infrastructure. Areas of expertise include seismic and electromagnetic signal processing, development of borehole tools for subsurface exploration and monitoring, atmospheric monitoring, and geological investigations. Technical activities cover the spectrum from theory to application, including algorithm development, computer modeling, data inversion, instrumentation development, and field demonstration. The department serves as a laboratories resource for geophysical and atmospheric sensing expertise.
How to Apply
Click on the “Apply” button at the top or bottom of this screen, follow the instructions to upload a resume, and complete the submission process to indicate your interest in this position.
Job Summary
Performs work as an entry- to mid-level member of the workforce within a science and engineering environment involving graduate-level assignments, which may include research, application of project design and diagnostics, testing and documentation, development and analysis of technology options, and assembly and troubleshooting.
Primary Job Duties
Job assignments vary upon organization, discipline preference, and specific job requirements as defined in the job specification.
Duties may include working collaboratively with technical staff on developmental research, analysis of technology and engineering options, project design, testing, formulating conclusions, data collection, and analyzing experimental data.

Job specifications:

This internship is to support Sandia’s atmospheric science team.  This includes the team developing new climate models for the Department of Energy.  The intern will perform entry-level work involving assignments that may include assisting with research, computer-based modeling, atmospheric data analysis, application of computer model design and diagnostics, testing and documentation, development and analysis of model output.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of technical principles and processes.
Understanding of and demonstrated ability to use a variety of research tools.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to contribute in a team environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of project management.
Extensive knowledge of a suite of software, including Microsoft Office.
The successful candidate must meet the following Sandia Student Intern Requirements: Official acceptance into an accredited university’s graduate program, full-time enrollment during the spring term immediately preceding the internship (typically 9 credit hours), a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0, and the ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer. U.S. citizenship.

Must be able to work both independently and in teams.  Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office  and very good oral and written communication skills.  Must have a background in atmospheric science through coursework or work experience.

Strong technical research and writing skills and the ability to interact with and support a diverse group of technically skilled staff members are desired. Experience with atmospheric models, Fortran, and/or other programming languages would be preferred.
Security Clearance
No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.
Sandia National Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer of qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the modeling component of an ambitious new observational program called ORCAS: The O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean Study.
ORCAS seeks to quantify air-sea fluxes of oxygen and carbon dioxide over the Southern Ocean by measuring the seasonal evolution of atmospheric composition from aircraft.  ORCAS will involve a 6-week field campaign in Jan-Feb 2016, based in Punta Arenas, Chile, and nearly 100 flight hours aboard the NSF/NCAR HIAPER Gulfstream V research aircraft.  The project is a collaborative effort, with a core-science team including groups from NCAR, Scripps, Univ. Michigan, Univ. Colorado, Boulder, and Harvard.
The NCAR postdoctoral researcher will use a combination of numerical models and observational data to evaluate mission concepts prior to deployment and assist in analysis and interpretation of the ORCAS dataset.  The fundamental research questions are: (1) What are the magnitudes and interrelationships of summertime air-sea O2 and CO2 fluxes over the Southern Ocean at regional to zonal scales?  (2) What are the dominant physical and biological processes driving the seasonal evolution and spatial variability in these fluxes?  The Community Earth System Model will be a primary numerical tool, and a range of configurations will be used, included fully coupled ocean-atmosphere configurations, and stand-alone, eddy-resolving ocean models.   The postdoc with interact extensively with the ORCAS science team, both in developing optimal sampling strategies and linking to regional transport modeling efforts.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in oceanography, physical, biological or chemical sciences, engineering or applied math.  Oceanographic, biogeochemical, and/or atmospheric modeling experience is highly desirable.  Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
For further information please contact:
To apply:

PostDoc Opportunity

PostDoc: Modeling Population Genetics for Suppression of Mosquito-Vectored Diseases

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Dengue is a mosquito-vectored disease that affects over 100 million people each year. With funding from the NIH, FNIH, and W. M. Keck Foundation, we have developed a set of mathematical models ranging from simple to complex, aimed at assisting the design and deployment of novel approaches for suppressing transmission of dengue by its major mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti.  We are especially interested in evaluating the potential utility and risks
associated with using genetically engineered, selfish genetic elements to drive genes into mosquito populations that render them incapable of transmitting dengue fever or decrease mosquito density. Our new work also extends to models relevant to suppressing malaria.
New developments in molecular genetics promise to increase the efficiency of building gene drive systems with novel properties. The postdoc in this position will build a set of simple to complex models to examine the expected dynamics of these gene drive systems in mosquitoes and other taxa.
The most detailed model that we have developed simulates the population dynamics and population genetics of Ae. aegypti in a city on the Amazon river, Iquitos, for which there are rich data sets on both mosquito dynamics and dengue epidemiology. An accompanying epidemiological model is currently under development. The goals of two other postdocs in our group are to expand the mosquito model and the human epidemiology model to encompass the entire city of about 400,000 people. The postdoc in this new position will also collaborate with the other postdocs to use these detailed models to test gene drive systems.
In addition to working on model development and analysis, the person in this position will collaborate in an interdisciplinary research group composed of mosquito ecologists, disease epidemiologists, molecular biologists, biomathematicians, ethicists, and scientists from disease-endemic countries. The person in this position will have the opportunity to visit Iquitos to better understand one of the systems being modeled. Desirable skills include the ability to program in C++ or knowledge of a related programming language, and training in evaluation of mechanistic models.

To apply: email a cover letter and CV to
For more details on the project see the following publications:

Esvelt,  K. M.,  A. L. Smidler, F. Catteruccia, G. M. Church. 2014. Concerning RNA-guided gene
drives for the alteration of wild populations. eLife. 10.7554/eLife.03401.

Oye, K. A. et al. 2014. Regulating gene drives. Science. 345:626-628 Published online 17 July 2014

Huang, Y., Lloyd, A.L., Legros, M., Gould, F. 2010. Gene-drive into insect populations with age and
spatial structure: a theoretical assessment. Evol. Appl. ISSN 1752-4571.

Gould, F., Huang, Y., Legros, M., Lloyd, A. L. 2008. A killer-rescue system for self-limiting gene
drive of anti-pathogen constructs.  Proc. Royal. Soc. Lond. B. 275:2823-2829.

Magori, K., M. Legros, M. Puente, D. A. Focks, T. W. Scott, A. Lloyd, F, Gould. 2009. Skeeter Buster:
a stochastic, spatially-explicit modeling tool for studying Aedes aegypti population replacement
and population suppression strategies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3(9): e508.

Okamoto KW, Robert MA, Gould F, Lloyd AL (2014) Feasible Introgression of an Anti-pathogen
Transgene into an Urban Mosquito Population without Using Gene-Drive. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(7):
e2827. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002827

                              Postdoc: Mathematical Modeling of Dengue Virus Epidemiology

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are searching for a postdoc interested in working on two NIH-funded projects that will build, test and refine stochastic, spatially explicit, simulation models that link insect population dynamics and genetics with human disease epidemiology. We are developing a city-scale model for the transmission of dengue virus, utilizing rich entomological, epidemiological and human movement data sets from a research collaboration focused in Iquitos, Peru. A major goal of the work is to predict the impacts of various interventions (such as conventional mosquito control, vaccines, and evolution-based novel transgenic mosquito management methods) on dengue.

The incumbent will lead modeling efforts to further develop and test the epidemiological component of our model and integrate that model with the entomological model. We are also interested in building simple spatial and non-spatial, deterministic models as heuristic tools for better understanding basic principles, but we are not looking for applicants who are only interested in working with simple, generic models.

An important part of these projects involves field experiments and epidemiological studies by our collaborators in Peru to acquire data that will inform the structure and parameterization of the models, and a large-scale mosquito control study to provide data against which model predictions will be tested. The person in this position will have the opportunity to travel to Peru to become more familiar with the epidemiological and entomological work at the field site.

The funding for this postdoctoral position is through two NIH research grants. There will also be opportunities to work with students and faculty involved in NC State’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Society ( ) and in the Research Training Group on Mathematical Biology ( ) which focuses on questions relating to
parameter estimation for biological models. Much of the work is part of a collaboration with researchers at Emory, UC Davis and Notre Dame.

Qualifications: Training in ecological or epidemiological modeling and experience with development of computer simulation models. Experience in C++ would be highly desirable, as would be statistical skills.

To apply: email a cover letter and CV to

For more details on the project see the following publications:

Magori, K., M. Legros, M. Puente, D. A. Focks, T. W. Scott, A. Lloyd, F, Gould. 2009. Skeeter Buster:
a stochastic, spatially-explicit modeling tool for studying Aedes aegypti population replacement
and population suppression strategies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3(9): e508.

Xu, C., Legros, M., Gould, F, Lloyd, A. L. 2010.Understanding Uncertainties in Model-Based
Predictions of Aedes aegypti Population Dynamics. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 4(9): e830.

Legros, M., Magori, K., Morrison, A.C., Xu, C., Scott, T.W., Lloyd, A.L., Gould, F. 2011. Evaluation of
location-specific predictions by a detailed simulation model of Aedes aegypti populations. PLoS
ONE 6(7), e22701. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022701

Okamoto KW, Robert MA, Gould F, Lloyd AL (2014) Feasible Introgression of an Anti-pathogen
Transgene into an Urban Mosquito Population without Using Gene-Drive. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(7):
e2827. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002827

Smith, D.L., et al.  (2014). Recasting the Theory of Mosquito-Borne Pathogen Transmission
Dynamics and Control. Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg. 108, 185-197. DOI:10.1093/trstmh/tru026

CenUSA Bioenergy – hosted by Iowa State University 2015 Research Internship for Undergraduates
Internship Dates:  May 28 – August 1 Application Due:  March 16

The summer 2015 CenUSA Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates will provide rich interdisciplinary training and engagement opportunities for undergraduate students in all areas of the bioenergy value chain to meet the workforce challenges of the emerging bioeconomy.
The research internship program will enroll a class of 20 students, with all students spending the first 5 days of the program at the Iowa State University host site. While a portion of the students will remain at Iowa State University, several students will then travel to one of CenUSA’s partner institutions (depending on their research interests) to complete their summer program at a partner lab.  This summer, our students will be working on research projects at Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois, and at our industry partner, Archer Daniels Midland.  All students will maintain in contact with the program through distance technologies for weekly meetings, seminars, and final presentations.  Our research undergraduate interns will select from projects in the following areas (
– Feedstock Development
– Field-Level Sustainability
– Logistics
– Policy-Level Sustainability
– Feedstock Conversion Economics
– Markets and Distribution
– Health and Safety
Selected undergraduate interns will gain practical research skills in computer modeling, field methods, and/or experimental design by conducting independent projects under the guidance of experienced faculty and research scientists.  Other activities of our CenUSA Bioenergy Internship Program are designed for social, leadership, and professional development of the undergraduate participants.  Students selected for the program will work on interdisciplinary teams with faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and in some cases industry partners.

– Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
– Seminars, workshops, and field trips
– Group social activities and closing poster session
– Program dates:  May 28 – August 1

– Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
– U.S. citizen or permanent resident
– Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

– $4,500 stipend
– Travel allowance
– Room and Board

The final application deadline is March 16.  To apply, please visit:

Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations.  Faculty recommendations must be received by March 20.  All admission decisions will be made by late April.

If you have any specific questions about the program, please contact MaryAnn Moore, or 515.294.4249.

The Biomarkers for Environmental and Climate Science (BECS) Laboratory, at the University of Glasgow, UK is currently advertising for a full-time, 3-year Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on the European Research Council-funded ALKENoNE project. The project focuses on developing and applying the alkenone paleotemperature proxy in a suite of >100 North American lakes that are spread across a 5-degree latitudinal range. BECS will hire a researcher, who is capable of working independently and as part of a research team. Candidates who can bring either Organic Geochemical expertise or Algal Culturing and Genomics expertise are especially encouraged to apply.

Details for the post can be found on the University of Glasgow website:,1225714734&key=168902207&c=23026535867621&pagestamp=semeuexehueejmkxws

Please contact Dr. Jaime L. Toney ( with any questions or interest.

Ph.D. Opportunities in the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

1.   Palaeoecology/Palaeoclimatology: Reconstructing pre-industrial land cover and climate
2.   Applied computing: environmental science

We are looking for a motivated student with a background in palaeo-environmental science or applied computing to join the ARVE interdisciplinary research team at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. We are offering a fully funded Ph.D. research studentship for up to four years with an attractive living-wage salary (around 50,000 USD per annum). The general research focus of the team is on the role of humans in modifying the Earth’s land surface and biogeochemistry. Our research encompasses soil science, environmental physics, biogeochemistry, hydrology, land cover and climate reconstruction, climate modelling and remote sensing.

The doctoral project will be defined in collaboration with the student, but will be aimed at reconstructing land-cover changes and climate at continental scales during the pre-industrial period.

1. The first studentship will mainly involve the compilation and computer-based analysis of large spatial datasets, including palaeoecological and archaeological data. Research aims include the role of early human societies in determining land-cover change during the Holocene particularly in Africa. A background in paleoecology, palaeoclimatology and archaeology would be desirable, together with a working knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis. Much of the work will be computer-based, and the applicant will need a general competency and willingness to work with computers.

2. The second studentship is in applied scientific computing. The student will develop codes for the efficient solution of complex numerical problems in reconstructing land-cover and palaeoclimate change, and in modelling human-environment interactions. This will include developing model simulations, collating results and preparation of maps and animations of complex multi-dimensional spatial data. Applicants should have experience in modern Fortran (90/95/2003) programming, or in scientific/mathematical applications of C/C++ and a willingness to learn Fortran, as well as educational exposure to linear algebra and differential equations. Experience in R, GIS and PostgreSQL programming would be a bonus.

The working language in the group is English, the doctoral dissertation will be written in English, and a high degree of fluency in both written and spoken English is essential. French is the language of the University and of the local region. Students of all nationalities will be considered and residence permits for non-Swiss students can be arranged.

For more information please contact Prof Jed Kaplan ( or Dr Basil Davis (

Review of applications will begin after Friday 27th March 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. We are looking to start the position as soon as possible after this date. To apply please email as a single pdf file a covering letter detailing your skills and motivation for the post, together with your CV to