Category: Fellowship


                                                  OPPORTUNITY FOR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
Dr. Andrea Grottoli (Ohio State University) and Dr. Christine Ferrier-Pages (Centre Scientifique de Monaco) seek a recent PhD or soon-to-be PhD interested in applying for an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to work jointly with them on topics related to coral responses to climate change.  Both Drs. Grottoli and Ferrier-Pages would be the mentors and the experimental aspect of the research would take place in Monaco.   Laboratory work could be done in either location.  The proposal deadline is December 2015 and the fellowship, if funded, would begin in summer 2016.  If interested, please contact Dr. Grottoli (grottoli.1@osu.edu) or Dr. Ferrier-Pages (ferrier@centrescientifique.mc).

                                      Research Fellow (PhD student) in Ecosystem responses to Climate Change

The Department of Biology at the University of Bergen, Norway (www.uib.no/en/bio) has a vacancy for a research fellow in Ecosystem responses to Climate Change affiliated with the project, “The role of Functional group interactions in mediating climate change impacts on the Carbon dynamics and Biodiversity of alpine ecosystems (FunCaB  www.uib.no/en/rg/EECRG/85396/funcab)” funded by the Research Council of Norway KLIMAFORSK programme.

The fellowship position is for a fixed term of 3 years. The fellowship period may be reduced if you have been previously employed as a research fellow/research assistant or the like.

Project/work tasks:
Alpine regions contribute important ecosystem functions and services, and are at the same time particularly vulnerable to the ongoing climate change. FunCaB aims at understanding alpine biodiversity and carbon (C) dynamics under climate change. Specifically, we will disentangle the roles of and interactions between characteristic and important alpine primary producer (graminoids, forbs, woody, and non-vascular) and decomposer (e.g., bacteria, fungi) communities in climate change.
FunCaB will use an effective combination of gradient studies, field
experiments and model simulations. The experiments are targeted
specifically at quantifying and disentangling key climatic and biotic
controls of alpine biodiversity and C dynamics, whereas the simulations
will enable process-level understanding and assessment of larger-scale
and longer-term consequences including feedbacks to the climate system.

The PhD will focus on ecosystem C cycling and stocks. The successful
candidate will
– Initiate and maintain field experiments for the FunCaB project, in
collaboration with other team members
– Establish CO2 flux measurements using portable chambers, measure C
stocks, and litter decomposition in the experiment
– Develop his/her own research questions and hypotheses related to these
experiments and measurements
– Analyse data and write and publish research papers

Qualifications and personal qualities:
– You must have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in biology,
geology, geography, or a related field, or have submitted your master’s
thesis for evaluation before expiry of the application deadline. It is a
requirement that the master’s degree has been completed before the
decision to appoint can be made.
– You must have experience in ecological field studies, a relevant
statistical and/or programming background, and critical thinking and
writing skills. Experience in operation of LiCOR CO2 analyzer, C stock
or decomposition is an advantage.
– The successful candidate should have a  background that gives a good
understanding of ecosystem structure and function as well as global
climate and C cycling.
– You must be able to work independently, but also have good
collaborative skills as the PhD will be part of a highly integrated
project.
– You must be proficient in both written and oral English

The research training programme:
As a research fellow you must take part in an approved study programme
leading to a PhD degree to be completed within a time period of 3 years.
It is therefore a requirement that you meet the criteria for admission
to the PhD study programme at the University of Bergen.

A final plan for completion of the research programme must be approved
by the faculty within three months after you have begun working in the
position.

We can offer:
– A good and professionally challenging working environment
– Starting salary at pay grade 50 in the Civil Service pay grade table
(code 1017). Further increases will be made according to length of
service in the position.
– A good pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
– Good welfare benefits
– Inclusive workplace (IW)

Further information about the position can be obtained from: Research
Scientist Hanna Lee, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
(Hanna.Lee@uni.no, +47 55589869) or Professor Vigdis Vandvik, Ecological
and Environmental Change Research Group, Department of Biology
(Vigdis.Vandvik@bio.uib.no / +4747301794)

The application must include:
– A brief account of your motivation for applying for this job
– A research statement (maximum 2 pg) that describes your research
interests and direction focused around ecosystem function and C dynamics
under changing climate
– The names and contact details of at least two referees. One of these
may be the main supervisor for your master’s thesis or equivalent
thesis.
– CV
– Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of your bachelor’s and
master’s degrees, or official confirmation that your master’s thesis has
been submitted
– Relevant certificates/written references
– A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
– Publications (if any) including submitted manuscripts

If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a
language other than a Scandinavian language or English, you must upload
certified translations of these.

Applications sent by e-mail to individuals at the department will not be
considered.

Closing date of applications: 2 March 2015

General information:
The teaching language will normally be Norwegian, but may also be
English.

State employment shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the
greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is
therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit employees of various
immigrant backgrounds as well as persons with disabilities. We encourage
persons with an immigrant background and persons with disabilities to
apply for the position.

The University of Bergen adheres to the principle of public access to
information when recruiting academic staff.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant
has requested to remain anonymous. The applicant will be notified if the
request must be refused.

The successful candidate must comply with the guidelines and regulations
that apply to the position.

Please visit the following webpage to apply
(http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/110310/research-fellow-phd-candidate-in-ecosystem-responses-to-climate-change).

ORISE Fellowship in Soil Microbiology and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH

A fellowship position is available for one year with the possibility of extension, contingent on sufficient funding.  We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to join the soil microbiology team investigating the role of soil microorganisms in changing landscapes, contaminated remote biomes, and ancient ice samples.  The position includes laboratory and potentially some field assignments.  Field assignments may include remote locations.

All applicants must have a BSc or a MSc in a relevant field.

Research experience in next-generation sequencing and associated bioinformatics (e.g. QIIME) to sort through large data sets and expertise in statistical analysis of microbial processes are essential.  A strong interest in modeling biology is desirable.  An understanding of soil water potential and familiarity with soil chemistry and fertility concepts and techniques are also desirable.

Duties include developing experiments, conducting field work, and optimizing molecular methodologies, reagents and protocols, and enzyme and protein analyses.  Strong organizational as well as oral and written communication skills should be demonstrated.  The candidate will assist in generating data and subsequent analyses needed for model development in various soils and climates.

The position includes a competitive salary.

Please send your application (CV, three references, and cover letter highlighting your research interests and goals) by email toRobyn.A.Barbato@erdc.dren.mil.

Review of the applications will begin on February 27, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

                                         POPULATION BIOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence.

The goal of the Population Biology-POE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral scholars interested in the broad area of Population Biology. Qualified candidates are required to develop a single, coherent 2-year research project under the guidance of two or more faculty advisors, one of whom must be in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences (http://biosci.unl.edu/research-specializations). The second advisor may be in the School of Biological Sciences (including EEB), the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ianrhome.unl.edu/colleges), Mathematics (http://www.math.unl.edu) or in another UNL department.  While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to teach a graduate seminar on a topic of his/her choice (Year
1), and to help organize a local symposium (Year 2). Applications must include a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and a 2-3 page description of proposed research as well as a brief description of possible seminar and symposium topics. In addition, the applicant must arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty, and one from each of the proposed UNL faculty sponsors (a total of 4 letters) to be  emailed to the address below.  The expected salary will be $45,000. The position does not include research funds so it is anticipated that these needs, if modest, can be met through contributions from the faculty sponsors and should be addressed in the proposal.

Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Gwen Bachman at: gbachman1@unl.edu.  The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”.  Applications should be received by 15 April 2015 in order to ensure full consideration. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. We assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Here are several outstanding opportunities at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, including a postdoctoral fellowship and a research/teaching position for a recent college graduate:

http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/adults/bridgeup-stem/helen-fellowship

Applications are due March 1st.
Please share widely!
The Helen Fellowship (at the American Natural History Museum, New York City) offers three tracks:
  • Track 1: This full-time fellowship offers a research and teaching position for one year at AMNH. This track is intended for recent college graduates and is a full-time commitment. This fellowship is non-renewable.
  • Track 2: This part-time fellowship is for masters or doctoral students and may be renewed for a second year. This fellowship is intended to support graduate students while enrolled in a full-time program in the greater New York City region and would take the place of a teaching assistantship for similar university support.
  • Track 3: This full-time fellowship offers a research and teaching position for one year at AMNH. This track is intended as a post-doc position and is renewable twice for a total of three years.

Calling All Innovators!

Apply to Serve the Nation as a Presidential Innovation Fellow
by Ryan Panchadsaram, Garren Givens on February 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM EST

Today, we are very excited to announce that we are on the lookout for more innovators and technologists to serve the nation as Presidential Innovation Fellows.

The Fellowship brings talented, diverse individuals from outside government to team up with top federal innovators to tackle some of our country’s most pressing challenges. Acting as a small team alongside federal agency “co-founders,” Fellows will work quickly and iteratively to turn promising ideas into game-changing solutions.

As always, the Fellows will focus on national priorities, leveraging the best principles and practices of the innovation economy to help create positive impact in the span of months, not years. This is an opportunity to truly transform how government works for the people it serves.

Projects will focus on topics such as:

Education:
Fellows will work with myriad agencies to help make education more accessible to more Americans.
Jobs and the economy: Fellows will work on fueling the economy and stimulating job growth through innovation and improved opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.
Climate Change:
Fellows will help our country and its communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Health and Patient Care:
Fellows will leverage innovation to save lives, provide better access to benefits and programs promoting quality of life.
Fellows selected for this highly competitive program will serve for 12 months as entrepreneurs-in-residence to our federal agencies. Over the course of the Fellowship, individuals work as part of a small team of three to four. These teams of designers, developers, and product managers will participate in two to three “deep dives,” with the goal of “accelerating” initiatives chosen by the Program for their potential impact.

The first step is to apply online. Candidates can apply anytime, throughout the year, and applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

We look forward to kicking off another exciting year of projects.

Ryan Panchadsaram is the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Garren Givens is Director of the Presidential Innovation Fellows and Deputy Executive Director of 18F.

Vice President, Environment and Energy 
General Summary
This position is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational management of the Environment and Energy Division of the Institute by providing the leadership and organizational structure necessary for the attainment of strategic goals.
Key Responsibilities
  • Manage multiple functions and employees from multiple disciplines (both indirect and direct) at multiple facilities in multiple states.
  • Maintain contact with government and commercial clients at the highest levels regarding the status and progress of activities; meet customer commitments.
  • Maintain external awareness of industry changes which affect the operation of the division.
  • Serve as an Officer of the enterprise.
Position Specifications
  • Develop and execute the growth strategy for all locations of the Energy and Environment Division
  • Develop and implement the research, marketing, project development and operational goals; provide integration and coordination of research and business development activities for the Energy and Environment Division.
  • Provide management oversight to the total division research program consisting of multiple technologies and capabilities that may be only broadly related
  • Provide administrative management for the division by planning and approving capital and major operating expenditures consistent with operating plans; approve major proposals submitted by the division; allocate funding to business development, internal research and development, and other special purposes.
  • Identify interdivisional collaborative opportunities within Southern Research that maximize the generation of revenue and IP.
  • Provide management oversight to the implementation and operation of the Institute Quality Policy within the division.
  • Provide management oversight within the division to the implementation and operation of procedures and practices defined in the Institute Health and Safety Manual.
  • Propose, develop, and implement changes in practices and procedures in order to deliver the highest quality research, products, and services to customers.
  • Manage staff assigned to the division by hiring, developing, appraising, and motivating division senior management and technical staff.  Approve or delegate the approval of hires, terminations, disciplinary actions, promotions, and salary adjustments.
  • Perform public relations and civic activities.
  • Perform other duties as may be required by President and CEO.
Requirements/Minimum Qualifications
  • BS, in engineering or applied sciences
  • Experience with the utility industry, oil and gas, alternative fuels, renewable energy, environmental technologies, water and wastewater, and pollution control technologies
  • Fifteen years of directly related technical experience  with a successful record of professional achievement and leadership
  • Highly networked individual in the government and commercial sectors in the energy and environmental research fields
  • Minimum of ten years experience effectively leading and managing a group of highly professional individuals.
  • Possesses sufficient experience in financial management to ensure that budgets are realistically established and attained.
  • Eligibility for Top Secret Clearance Required
Preferred Requirements
  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in engineering or applied sciences
  • MBA or significant experience in business management, including at least 10 years of full P&L responsibility experience
  • Demonstrated track record of growing a highly technical organization
  • Demonstrated success record of winning complex, multi-disciplinary, technical proposals in the commercial and government sectors
  • Interpersonal skills to enable successful relationships in a non-authoritative culture

Research Fellowship Coral Reefs

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, headquartered at James Cook University, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are global leaders in coral reef research and have common interests in research that promotes the future sustainability of coral reefs. As part of this collaboration, we are seeking to fill one joint postdoctoral position working with leading researchers at both the ARC Centre and AIMS.

The position provides the opportunity for an exceptional candidate to pursue research in one of two prioritised areas; the transgenerational acclimatisation and adaptation of coral reef organisms to climate warming and ocean acidification, or, calcification of keystone coral reef species in a changing ocean. The joint appointment will provide the candidate with the freedom to develop a research program linked to the broad objectives of the position that suits their interests and expertise. The successful candidate will work with either Dr Madeleine van Oppen and Prof Philip Munday or Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Janice Lough in Townsville.

Applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant area, and have a strong publication record. The successful applicant must have demonstrated the ability to conduct and publish research independently and as part of a team.

Employment Type: Appointment will be full-time for a fixed term of three years.

Salary: Academic Level A – $A75,353 – $A80,635 per annum; Academic Level B – $A84,700 – $A99,942 per annum.
Level of appointment and commencing salary will be in accordance with qualifications and experience.

Applications close on 23 February 2015.

Additional information is available from http://www.coralcoe.org.au/about-us/employment-opportunities

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in collaboration with NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships that will begin August 5, 2015. SESYNC and LTER also invite applications for Collaborating Mentors, who will co-develop postdoctoral projects and provide substantive intellectual and methodological mentoring during the fellowship.

Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Synthesis often involves merging large or heterogeneous data sets from multiple sources, researchers, or fields of inquiry, and it can employ a diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches.

SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships will engage and assist early-career investigators in the use and analysis of existing long-term data and in advanced computational methods to ask new questions and initiate new research collaborations. Each Fellow will work with a SESYNC facilitator and cyberinfrastructure specialists to identify the data and
tools needed to address the proposed synthesis questions. These must involve LTER data, but applicants are encouraged to include additional long-term data collected for projects outside of the LTER network as well. All types of projects may be proposed, including those that synthesize data across LTER sites and those that synthesize natural and social science data.

In addition to their own research projects, SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with other SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and early career scholars and to participate with teams of researchers at SESYNC. Examples of current SESYNC projects include non-native pest risk and globalization, adaptive water governance, macroevolution of ecosystem services, and differing ecological vs. political time scales.

SUPPORT
Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years. Appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and Fellows must be based at SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, Maryland, where they will have access to a full range of sophisticated analytical, modeling, and visualization tools. The SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowship will provide an annual
stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.

Collaborating Mentors will receive support to travel to SESYNC to work with the Fellow. SESYNC will  also provide a month of summer salary each year for the Mentor via a sub-award to the Mentor’s home institution.

MORE INFORMATION
For complete program details:
Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships:
http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/sesync-lter-synthesis-postdoctoral-fellowships
Interested applicants must first submit a pre-screening application, accepted on a rolling basis but no later than February 2, 2015. Final fellowship applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015.

Collaborating Mentors:
http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/sesync-lter-collaborating-mentors
Applications for Collaborating Mentors are accepted on a rolling basis but no later than February 2, 2015.
All deadlines are by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

                         Nanotechnology Fellowship – FDA ORA 2014-0065 Posting

Nanotechnology Fellowship

                                                                             Office of Regulatory Affairs

                                                                          Arkansas Regional Laboratory

                                                                       U.S. Food and Drug Administration

                                                                                    Jefferson, AR

A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at the Arkansas Regional Laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The selected participant will be located at the Nanotechnology Core Facility, which was developed to support the technical needs of scientists involved in determining the toxicity, safety, and characterization of nanomaterials.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will collaborate with multi-disciplinary research efforts within the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)/ORA Nanotechnology Core Facility.

Additional information may be found here.