Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - November 2015

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
  • MicrobeLibrary
  • K-12 Classroom and Outreach Activities
  • ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute and Online Series
  • ASM-CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Biology Scholars Program
  • ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series
  • 2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
  • 32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
  • ASM Microbe 2016
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences
  • ASM Press: Just Published!
  • Certify Your Worth!

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Studies of HIV in Digestive Diseases Limited to Gastrointestinal Mucosal Immunology and Liver Diseases (R01)
  • Elucidating HIV and HIV-treatment Associated Metabolic/Endocrine Dysfunction (R01)
  • Outstanding New Environmental Scientist  (ONES) Award (R01)
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, Tenure Track Faculty Position in Immunology
  • Funded Ph.D. position in Advanced genomics for microbial risk assessment 
  • Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida 
  • Graduate Assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology at NAU Northern Arizona University
  • Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University 
  • Graduate Positions at Bowling Green State U  
  • Graduate Positions Available in Forest Biogeochemistry at WVU 
  • Graduate student opportunities in microbial ecology 
  • Graduate student position in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice 
  • Graduate studies in ecology and evolution at East Carolina University 
  • Masters Student Opportunity - Environmental Microbiology 
  • Masters student opportunity in microbial ecology at Western Michigan 
  • Microbial Nitrogen Cycling - 10 Ph.D. positions available at University of Vienna 
  • Ph.D. position in disease ecology and evolution at Nebraska 
  • Ph.D. Position, Marine Microbial Processes, East Carolina University
  • Ph.D. positions available at UN-Reno 
  • Ph.D. Studentship in Predictive Ecology in Switzerland Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies University of Zürich
  • Postdoc in infectious disease modeling at NCSU 
  • University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Postdoc position to study floral microbes, VOCs and pollinators with USDA USDA-ARS 
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Graduate Disease Ecology Training at UGA 
  • Postdoc position at USM in Microbial Ecology
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbial Ecology at Michigan
  • Postdoctoral Position on Amazon Peatlands - primary productivity and greenhouse gases
  • Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology 
  • 2016 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions 

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • CMIIM honors American Indian Heritage Month

 

ASM ACTIVITIES

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
The ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) welcomes submissions of articles that foster scholarly teaching in the biological sciences. Available in PubMed Central, JMBE features peer-reviewed, practical tips for teaching, education research and perspectives, innovations in science, and reviews. The journal is a freely available, open-access publication, and there are no page charges for authors. Manuscript submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, and editors provide hands-on guidance throughout the review process. To view the journal’s media kit, submission instructions, and learn about upcoming issues, visit http://jmbe.asm.org.

MicrobeLibrary
Students and faculty are encouraged to visit and contribute to MicrobeLibrary, a peer-reviewed, digital media center of more than 1,700 free resources developed by and for educators. Library content is available through four searchable collections: Visual Media Briefs, the Gallery, Laboratory Protocols, and the Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database (SLAMD). Library editors are now accepting submissions for the Briefs and Gallery collections. Submission deadlines are December 1 for publication in July 2016 and July 1 for publication in December 2016. Learn more at http://www.microbelibrary.org/.

K-12 Classroom and Outreach Activities
ASM Education welcomes microbiologist and educator submissions to the ASM K-12 Classroom and Outreach Activities Collection. Sponsored by the ASM Committee for K-12 Outreach, the collection contains fun exercises meant to illustrate the incorporation of the microbial world in the K-12 community through science courses or community-based events and programs. Each activity is reviewed for scientific and educational content, active learning and engagement, safety, alignment with the National Science Education Standards, and clarity of accompanying instructions. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and can be led by anyone — parents, teachers, scout troop leaders, science club members or even the students themselves. To access the list of activities or for guidelines or other information about the exercises, please visit http://www.asm.org/classroomactivities.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute and Online Series
The ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education welcomes applications to the 2016 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) and SWPI Online, efforts that support individuals in understanding the writing, publishing, and review processes for scientific journals. Led by ASM members who have published widely, reviewed manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of major journals, the program is a two-part training initiative. The first part, SWPI Online, consists of several introductory webinars that will take place in January through March 2016 (apply by December 1), and the second part, SWPI Face-to-Face, is a multiday in-person workshop planned for August 12-14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (apply by June 30). Participation in both programs is beneficial for attendees, but not required. ASM offers the SWPI with partial support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. For additional program details, such as costs and eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.asmgap.org.

ASM-CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Postdoctoral scientists are encouraged to submit applications for 2016 ASM-CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Offered through the ASM-CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology, each fellowship is a two-year research experience under the mentorship of CDC scientists. The goal of the fellowship is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies, and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. All fellows perform research at a CDC location. Available fields of study include bacterial and mycotic diseases, viral and rickettsial infections, and HIV/AIDS. The application deadline is January 15. Note: Collaboration between the applicant and a CDC principal scientist (listed on the fellowship website) is required before submitting an application. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/cdcfellowship.

ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program
Targeted to undergraduates and postbaccalaureates from underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program helps to enhance students’ professional development after their summer research experiences and boost their competitiveness for graduate or professional training by providing opportunities to present microbiological sciences research. Awardees are supported to attend the annual ASM Microbe Meeting and ASM Research Capstone Institute, with the meeting providing a national venue to practice presentation, networking, and other skills learned at the institute. The application deadline is January 20. Note: Applicants must be an ASM member to apply. Capstone awards are contingent upon abstract acceptance to the ASM Microbe Meeting; thus, applicants must also submit abstracts for participation in the meeting. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urc.

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides undergraduates interested in graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology with opportunities to conduct full-time research at their home institutions and present research results. Fellows spend at least 10 weeks in the summer conducting research under the direction of ASM member faculty mentors. In addition, dependent on abstract submission and acceptance, fellows are supported to present their research results at the following summer’s ASM Microbe Meeting and participate in the ASM Research Capstone Institute. The application deadline is February 1. Note: Applicants must be an ASM Member to apply. This program requires a joint application from the student and an ASM member willing to serve as the faculty mentor for the duration of the fellowship. Learn more at http://www.asm.org/urf.

Biology Scholars Program
To help advance and sustain science education reform at the undergraduate level, the ASM Biology Scholars Program offers biologists training via three intensive and independent, yet intertwined institutes. The Assessment Institute helps participants to measure learning outcomes and implement, integrate, and align assessment strategies with course learning outcomes. The Research Institute guides participants in conducting evidence-based research on student learning in biology and identifying interdisciplinary collaborators. The Transitions Institute helps participants learn to write up their research on teaching and learning in biology and identify appropriate science education journals for publication. Key components of all three institutes are online pre-institute assignments, a face-to-face meeting, specialized peer mentoring, and post-institute follow-up. The program is open to national and international biology educators from various types of institutions, such as community colleges, undergraduate institutions, and doctoral-granting universities. The three institutes will run concurrently from July 19-21, 2016 in North Bethesda, Md. The application deadline is February 1. Learn more at http://www.biologyscholars.org.

ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series
To address the need for more scientists prepared to communicate their research effectively, ASM offers the Kadner Grant Writing Institute and Online Series, a two-part initiative that emphasizes excellence in grantsmanship. Part one, Kadner Grant Writing Institute Online, will take place as webinars focused on didactic training in grant writing and scientific communication. Part two, the Kadner Grant Writing Institute, will offer in-person mentoring, real-time constructive feedback, and best practices for composing an effective grant proposal. The institute, set for August 12-14, 2016 (apply by June 30) in Washington, D.C., complements the online series, which will take place in March-May 2016 (apply by February 10). ASM offers the Kadner Grant Writing Institute with partial support from the ASM-NSF Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (LINK) Program and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. For additional program details, such as costs and eligibility criteria, please visit http://www.asmgap.org.

2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
February 8–10, 2016 | Arlington, Virginia
http://www.asm.org/biodefense2016
Register early and save! Attend this premier event to learn how to defend against the growing threat of bioterrorism and shape the future biodefense research agenda. Early bird registration deadline: January 14, 2016

32nd Clinical Virology Symposium
May 19–22, 2016 | Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.asm.org/cvs2016
Submit your abstract today for this esteemed event. Stay up-to-date with the latest research on viral infections. Enjoy dynamic networking opportunities.

Important Dates
Abstract submission closes: March 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Registration opens to everyone: November 12, 2015
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2016

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.asm.org/microbe2016
Join your peers from around the world at the inaugural ASM Microbe 2016 – an unmatched event that integrates ASM's General Meeting and ICAAC. Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance today.

Important Dates
Abstract submission opens: Mid-November 2015
Abstract submission closes: January 12, 2016
ASM Premium Member registration opens: December 17, 2015
Registration opens to everyone: January 7, 2016

Upcoming ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences
@ASM Conference on The Individual Microbe: Single-cell Analysis and Agent-based Modeling
March 18–20, 2016 | Washington, DC
Are you one of the 50? Submit your online application today to attend the highly interactive, exclusive @ASM conference held at the ASM headquarters in Washington, DC.  Online application closes: November 10, 2015

13th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis
April 13–17, 2016 | Seattle, Washington

Important Dates
Abstract submission, registration and hotel reservations open: November 12, 2015
Abstract submission closes: February 4, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: March 3, 2016

Save the dates for more 2016 ASM Conferences!

ASM Press: Just Published! Microbial Biofilms, Second Edition
Editors: Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, Professor, Dermatology, and Director, Center for Medical Mycology Case Western Reserve University; Matthew Parsek, Professor, Microbiology, University of Washington; Marvin Whiteley, Professor Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin; Pranab Mukherjee, Dermatology, Case Western Reserve University

Description:

An examination of the research and translational application to prevent and treat biofilm-associated diseases
In the decade since the first edition of Microbial Biofilms was published, the interest in this field has expanded, spurring breakthrough research that has advanced the treatment of biofilm-associated diseases. This second edition takes the reader on an exciting, extensive review of bacterial and fungal biofilms, ranging from basic molecular interactions to innovative therapies, with particular emphasis on the division of labor in biofilms, new approaches to combat the threat of microbial biofilms, and how biofilms evade the host defense.

Chapters written by established investigators cover recent findings, and contributions from investigators new to the field provide unique and fresh insights. Specifically, Microbial Biofilms provides state-of-the-art research in the field of bacterial and fungal biofilms; detailed descriptions of the in vitro and in vivo models available to evaluate microbial biofilms; future areas of research and their translational and clinical applications.

Microbial Biofilms is a useful reference for researchers and clinicians. It will also provide insight in the dynamic field of microbial biofilms for graduate and postgraduate students.

Here’s What People are Saying about Microbial Biofilms, Second Edition

“Biofilms influence human health and agriculture, and sustain diverse ecosystems. This second edition of Microbial Biofilms provides a masterful overview of critical topics central to fungal and bacterial biofilms by celebrated experts in the field. It is a must read for any professional seeking basic or advanced knowledge of microbial biofilms.”

David S. Perlin, Professor and Executive Director, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School-Rutgers University

ASM Member Price: $128
List Price: $160
eChapter: $15
Oct 2015. Hardcover, 440 pages. Full-color illustrations, Index.
Print ISBN: 978-1-55581-745-9
e-ISBN: 978-1-55581-746-6
To purchase this title in print format or as an eBook visit: www.asmscience.org

When you buy books directly from ASM Press, you support the society that supports the science of microbiology.

Certify Your Worth!
The National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) offers certification to those who work in the following microbiology laboratories: food safety and quality, pharmaceutical and medical device and biological safety. It is achieved by passing an online multiple-choice exam that is offered daily in the month of April at testing centers worldwide. The application deadline for the April 2016 exam is February 1.

Certification is a voluntary process in which individuals are recognized for demonstrating required skills and knowledge.  Many individuals seek certification to obtain credentials that will set them apart from others. Employers sometimes use certification to differentiate between similar candidates for a position.

Visit http://www.asm.org/nrcm to learn more!

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Studies of HIV in Digestive Diseases Limited to Gastrointestinal Mucosal Immunology and Liver Diseases (R01)
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative, basic and translational, nonexempt human subjects research in two areas, gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal immunology and liver disease.  The emphasis for GI mucosal immunology is on elucidation of mechanisms whereby innate and adaptive immunity in the GI tract interacts with HIV infection in the presence or absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and contributes to GI pathology.  The emphasis for liver disease is on pathophysiologic mechanisms of injury to the liver and the biliary system during HIV infection and epidemiological studies of liver diseases and disorders in HIV patients. Proposed projects must involve individuals with HIV infection, materials from individuals with HIV infection, or data from HIV-infected individuals.  Letters of intent are due February 9, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-16-016.html.

Elucidating HIV and HIV-treatment Associated Metabolic/Endocrine Dysfunction (R01)
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research in humans to elucidate the role of HIV infection, including relevant host conditions or antiretroviral therapy, on metabolic and endocrine dysfunction, as well as to support innovative research delineating the pathophysiology, etiology, risk or protective factors, and potential strategies to prevent, treat, or reverse endocrine and metabolic dysfunction in HIV-infected individuals. Proposed projects must involve human subjects with HIV infection or materials or data from HIV-infected individuals. Proposed projects must also be related to the mission of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases within NIDDK (DEM/NIDDK).  Letters of intent are due February 9, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-16-014.html.

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01)
The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health.  Letters of intent are due January 16, 2016, and more information is available at  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-15-020.html.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.  Letters of intent are due December 9, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16503/nsf16503.htm.


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University, Tenure Track Faculty Position in Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG) at Michigan State University (http://www.mmg.msu.edu) seeks candidates at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level in immunology. Of greatest interest are research programs focusing on immunity at the mucosal surface and/or interactions of pathogens or the microbiome with the immune system, although outstanding investigators in other areas of immunology will be considered. 

The MMG Department is highly collegial and collaborative, with diverse research interests in molecular and cellular immunology, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics, systems biology, and molecular evolution.  State-of-the-art research infrastructure is readily available to MMG investigators. The successful applicant is expected to develop (or maintain) a rigorous, externally-funded research program with national visibility.  Teaching in graduate, professional, or undergraduate programs is expected.

Applicants should have a Ph.D., D.V.M., D.O., or M.D. or equivalent advanced degree(s). Applications must include:  i) a letter of application addressing the required position qualifications; ii) a current c. v.; iii) NIH Biosketch (including current and pending research support) in the new format (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html); iv) a statement of not more than 2 pages describing future research and training plans, and including the impact the applicant seeks to have on the field over the next five years;  v) contact information for 3 references. 

Submit application materials as a single PDF to: https://jobs.msu.edu (position #2250). Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.  Questions regarding the position can be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Katheryn Meek (kmeek@msu.edu).   MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through workforce diversity in an inclusive culture.  Applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged. MSU is committed to supporting employees' work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of faculty candidates.

Funded Ph.D. Position in Advanced Genomics for Microbial Risk Assessment
Funded Ph.D. position using advanced genomic and transcriptomic applications for microbial contamination risk assessment We are looking for a motivated Ph.D. student to develop a direct, rapid and cost-effective method of testing recreational water quality (microbial community) using cutting-edge genomic and transcriptomic methods. These methods will include NextGen sequencing (NGS), qRT-pCR, gene expression and the development of a nano-fluidic qRT-PCR “chip.” The project also incorporates a microbial ecology component to examine species interactions under different environmental conditions. Please send your CV and summary of research interests along with contact information for two references to Dr. Daniel Heath (dheath@uwindsor.ca) as soon as possible.    

Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- Univ. Central Florida Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry-Univ. Central Florida
Two funded assistantships (at the RA or TA level) are anticipated for Fall 2016 to support students interested in pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in Biology, with a research focus in biogeochemistry. The Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab (ABL) at the University of Central Florida is part of a cluster initiative dedicated to improving the understanding of Sustainable Coastal Systems. Our research seeks an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the impacts of stressors and disturbances (e.g., sea level rise, storm surge, urban stormwater runoff) on the ecological functioning of wetlands and coastal ecosystems. Key interests of our group include: understanding carbon dynamics in flooded soils, utilizing natural systems to remove excess nutrients in surface water, and investigating soil microbial responses to environmental stressors. Interested applicants should visit: http://biology.cos.ucf.edu/abl/ for more information. Lisa G. Chambers, Ph.D. Aquatic Biogeochemistry Lab Department of Biology University of Central Florida Lisa.Chambers@ucf.edu http://biology.cos.ucf.edu/abl.  

Graduate Assistantships in Ecosystem Ecology at NAU Northern Arizona University
Ph.D. and MS positions in Ecosystem Ecology are available in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University. Research opportunities are available in areas linked to specific Ecoss faculty. The impact of climate change on Alaskan ecosystems, including effects of changing fire regime and permafrost thaw on vegetation dynamics, plant-soil-microbial interactions, nutrient and carbon cycling, and ecosystem services. Graduate student benefits include stipend, tuition waiver, health insurance, support for summer fieldwork in a variety of beautiful ecosystems, and winter in the peaks of sunny Flagstaff, AZ. Candidates should explore the Ecoss website (http://www.ecoss.nau.edu) and contact the professor whose interests align most closely. Please include a cover letter describing their background, research interests, and qualifications, as well as a current resume. Program applications can be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences (final applications due January 15, 2016 after communicating with faculty member).     

Graduate Position in Coastal Ecosystem Ecology at Florida International University
One Ph.D. graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) (http://biology.fiu.edu) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2016. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/) and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach. The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged. Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Kominoski (jkominos@fiu.edu) and visit his lab website (https://kominoskilab.wordpress.com) before applying. The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting peat collapse and carbon loss in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.

Graduate Positions at Bowling Green State U
The Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) invites applications for admission to our Ph.D. and MS programs for Fall 2016. A core group of collaborative faculty within the departments of Biological Sciences and Environmental Science has research strengths in a variety of fields: * Population and Community Ecology (climate change, plant-animal interactions, food web dynamics, evolutionary ecology) * Conservation Biology (invasion biology, habitat assessment and modeling, landscape ecology and restoration, molecular ecology and conservation genetics) * Aquatic Ecology (behavior, ecotoxicology, evolution, microbial ecology, limnology, and fisheries, wetland research) * Geospatial Analyses (remote sensing, GIS, in experimental contexts for landscape, community and population studies). Application deadline for Fall 2016 is Feb 1. Also see http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/biologicalsciences/graduate-programs/prospective-students.html.

Graduate Positions Available in Forest Biogeochemistry at WVU
Graduate student positions are available in the lab of Dr. Edward Brzostek (http://biology.wvu.edu/faculty/faculty-pages/edward-brzostek) in the Department of Biology at West Virginia University starting in the fall of 2016. Broadly, our lab studies how interactions between plants and soil microbes influence carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and how these interactions will impact ecosystem responses to global change.  The Department of Biology at WVU has a core of faculty members that study a variety of topics in forest ecology and also is in close proximity to world-class research sites including the WVU Research Forest and the Fernow Experimental Forest (http://www.as.wvu.edu/fernow/).  Financial support is available via research and teaching fellowships and there are additional opportunities for research and travel funds. More detailed information about the WVU Biology graduate student program is available at http://biology.wvu.edu/graduate. The deadline for applications is January 1st, 2016 (although late applications will be accepted if slots are still available). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Edward Brzostek (erbrzostek@mail.wvu.edu) prior to submitting an application to WVU. 

Graduate Student Opportunities in Microbial Ecology
The Franklin lab at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking graduate students interested in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. Applications from both M.S. and Ph.D. students are welcome. The specific research area may be somewhat flexible depending on the interest and qualifications of the student, but expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: microbial ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics, multivariate statistics, biogeochemistry, and soil or wetland ecology. More information about specific projects can be found at www.people.vcu.edu/~rbfranklin. Interested students should contact Dr. Rima Franklin (rbfranklin@vcu.edu) to discuss their interests before applying. With this initial email, provide the following: (i) a brief description of your research interests and career goals, (ii) a resume/CV highlighting any relevant coursework and experience, (iii) unofficial transcripts, and (iv) the names and contact information for three references. Potential Ph.D. students will be directed to apply to the VCU Integrative Life Sciences graduate program (http://lifesciences.vcu.edu). Their application deadline is February 1, 2016. Potential M.S. students will be directed to apply to the VCU MS Program in Biology (http://biology.vcu.edu/graduate-program/ms-program-in-biology/). Their application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Graduate student position in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice
The Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduate program at Rice University is currently accepting applications. The EEB graduate program is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in ecology and evolution.  We offer highly competitive financial support and light teaching requirements for graduate students. We are located in Houston, Texas, an exciting city that is more culturally divers and affordable than any other major city in the US, with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Rice Rice is located beside one of the country’s largest medical research cent centers, providing additional opportunities in bioinformatics and genomics. Completed applications should be received by January 10 to ensure full consideration. There is no application fee for US citizens and permanent re residents. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors before applying. Complete information about the EEB graduate program, including application instructions, may be found at: https://biosciences.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=936

Graduate Studies in Ecology and Evolution at East Carolina University
The graduate program in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University invites applications from prospective Ph.D. and MS students for fall 2016. East Carolina University is the third largest campus in the University of NC system and has an active and well-supported group of faculty working in the areas of ecology and evolution. Currently, we have >70 MS students and >20 doctoral students enrolled in our graduate programs. Students accepted into the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences will receive at least five years of support at a very competitive level. TA-ships are readily available in our two MS programs and Biology faculty members also supervise students in ECU's Coastal Resource Management Ph.D. program. Our faculty members conduct research across the globe and excellent opportunities exist to work in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland and marine systems. In addition to resources within faculty labs, students also have access to a Central Environmental lab, a core genomics facility, and a high performance computing core. Please visit http://www.ecu.edu/biology/ to find out more about our department, faculty and graduate programs.

Masters Student Opportunity - Environmental Microbiology
A position is available for a master’s student in the lab of Dr. Stephen Techtmann in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech University. Dr. Techtmann’s research is focused on understanding environmental microbial communities and their applications in environmental monitoring and remediation of contaminants. The project will investigate the microbial community composition and function in freshwater streams and lakes. The student should have interests in environmental microbiology, genomics, and microbial physiology. In addition to this, the potential candidate should have an excellent background in microbiology and molecular biology. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Techtmann (smtechtm@mtu.edu) by email and included a CV and a statement of research interests specifically addressing their experience and interest in microbial ecology, physiology, and genomics. Details on Michigan Tech, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the application procedure can be found at http://www.mtu.edu/biological/. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; the position will remain open until filled.

Masters student opportunity in microbial ecology at Western Michigan
The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan seeks one Master’s student to conduct research exploring microbial communities in the atmosphere. The main goals of this research are to examine how urban/rural land use, ecosystem type and atmospheric altitude influence airborne microbial communities. Funding for this project provides full summer support in 2016 and 2017 and full research assistant support in Spring 2017. The candidate must have a B.S. degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, microbiology, or a closely related field, and previous research experience. Start Date: May 1, 2016, preferably. About WMU: Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo, MI. Currently, 25,000+ students attend WMU across all disciplines. To Apply: Send a letter of interest, including statement of goals and research interests, a resume or curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to the email below. Electronic versions of all materials are required. Please attach all materials as a single PDF file. Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and a short-list of candidates will be encouraged to apply to WMU’s graduate program for the February 2016 deadline. For more information concerning this position, please contact Dr. Kathryn Docherty (kathryn.docherty@wmich.edu) WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Microbial Nitrogen Cycling - 10 Ph.D. positions available at University of Vienna
The Graduate Program invites applications for 10 Ph.D. positions. The graduate student program offers a unique multidisciplinary Ph.D. training on Microbial Nitrogen Cycling approached from the three complementary areas of Microbial Ecology, Functional Genomics and Ecosystem Research at the University of Vienna. For more details on this Ph.D. program, details on Ph.D. topics and the participating faculty see: http://www.Ph.D.-n-cycle.at. Ten Ph.D. positions funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for up to 4 years are available from January 1, 2016 in Vienna. The program will be open to students who hold a Master of Science degree (or an equivalent qualification) in Ecology, Biogeochemistry, (Environmental) Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics or related fields. Applications should be sent as a single pdf file to nathalia.jandl@univie.ac.at, including a motivation letter, your preferred topics, CV (including grades and - possibly - scientific publications). Additionally, two recommendation letters should be directly sent by the referees to the same address. Application deadline: November 15th 2015.

Ph.D. Position in Disease Ecology and Evolution at Nebraska
The Cressler lab at the University of Nebraska is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2016. Our lab studies the ecology and evolution of infectious disease using a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches. Students interested in joining the lab will have the opportunity to develop a research program that is aligned with their own interests and expertise, whether in experimental or mathematical biology.  The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska has a large, collaborative group of faculty and grad students working in ecology, evolution, and behavior (see the faculty listing at http://biosci.unl.edu/researchspecializations).  There are also a number of faculty in the math department that work in the area of mathematical biology (Drs. Deng, Jin, Ledder, and Rebarber). Interested students should contact ccressler@unl.edu.  More information about this position and about research in the lab can be found at http://cressler.weebly.com.  Further information about the application process, the department, the University, and life in Lincoln can be found at http://biosci.unl.edu/prospective-students

Ph.D. Position, Marine Microbial Processes, East Carolina University
A Ph.D. position is available in the newly established Field lab within the Department of Biology at East Carolina University beginning Fall 2016. Research interests in this lab encompass marine microbial processes, geomicrobiology, and microbial genomics. Additional research information can be found online (http://www.ekfieldmicrobes.com). Prospective students must have a B.S. in microbiology, biology, marine science, or related field. The qualified candidate should also have strong communication skills including scientific writing, oral presentations, and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment. Additional information about the department and graduate programs can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/biology/. Interested students should send a CV, short statement of research interests (maximum one page), and contact information for two references to Dr. Erin Field (fielde14@ecu.edu). Any questions can also be directed to this e-mail address. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015.

Ph.D. Positions Available at UN-Reno
A Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship is available to study ecological adaptation and hybridization between two species of woodrats (genus Neotoma) in California. The goal of the project is to identify how diet-based ecological adaptations may influence aspects of pre- and post-zygotic isolation. Candidates must have a B.S. (and preferably an M.S.) in biology or a closely related discipline. The goal of this project is to quantify population dynamics and dispersal/colonization capabilities of the pygmy rabbit in Nevada to develop a more complete view of the habitat and landscape characteristics that sustain local and regionally connected populations. To apply for one of the available positions, please submit the following as a single PDF email attachment: a letter stating your qualifications and career goals, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references (not letters). Send application to Dr. Marjorie Matocq, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada 89557 (775-784-4621; mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu). See the following websites for further information about the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://www.unr.edu/eecb) and (http://naes.unr.edu/matocq/).

Ph.D. Studentship in Predictive Ecology in Switzerland Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies University of Zürich
The Ph.D. student will conduct a series of experiments using microbial communities under controlled laboratory settings. The Ph.D. will be jointly supervised by Prof. Owen Petchey and Dr. Frank Pennekamp, in the Predictive Ecology Group of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. Funding is available for at least 3.5 years. We look for motivated candidates interested in combining experimental work with theoretical developments; prior laboratory experience with microbial systems is an advantage, but not obligatory. Applicants must have a Masters Level Degree in Ecology or a closely related subject, and should provide as a single pdf a CV, including the names and contact details of three academic referees, and a cover letter including relevant information (e.g., highlighting relevant previous experience and interests). Applications and enquiries should be send to Frank.Pennekamp@ieu.uzh.ch or Owen.Petchey@ieu.uzh.ch.  Applicants will be considered till the position is filled. We invite outstanding applicants to visit. For more information Owen Petchey (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/staff/professors/petchey.html) Frank Pennekamp (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/staff/postdocs/fpennekamp.html) Predictive Ecology Group (http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/ecology/extinction.html). 

Postdoc in Infectious Disease Modeling at NCSU
One postdoctoral associate position on infectious disease modeling is available in Cristina Lanzas’ group (Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University). Applicants with a background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and/or population biology are highly encouraged to apply. The postdoctoral associates shall have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant quantitative discipline (ecology, epidemiology, engineering, applied mathematics, statistics and related fields) and have a deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, strong quantitative skills and good oral and writing skills are expected. The applicants must have experience in R and/or MATLAB. Experience developing and implementing agent-based models and/or multi-scale models is desirable. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the individuals. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are identified. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references to clanzas@ncsu.edu.  

University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in collaborative, federally funded projects investigating the effects of climate and climate change on amphibian disease dynamics. The successful applicant will collaborate on projects aimed at clarifying the impacts of climate on the (1) distribution and virulence of Batrachochytrium pathogens and (2) the development of amphibian immune responses. The successful applicant will have (1) a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, or a related field, (2) the ability to organize and lead field studies at remote sites in the US, (3) strong writing skills, (4) the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and (5) a strong record of mentorship and outreach. Candidates with experience with microbiology and molecular techniques will be preferred. The position is available starting January 2016 (negotiable). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. To apply, please send (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests/experiences, and (4) names and contact information for three references to Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki (cori.zawacki@pitt.edu).

Postdoc Position to Study Floral Microbes, VOCs and Pollinators with USDA USDA-ARS
The research laboratories of John Beck, USDA-ARS Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research Unit located in Albany, CA and Rachel Vannette, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology are pleased to announce a position vacancy for a postdoctoral research associate. The selected candidate will conduct research on and develop methods to determine if pre-treatment of flowers with common floral-inhabiting microbes can 1) influence pollination and, 2) provide a biocontrol intervention of pathogenic microbe contamination of fruits in agricultural systems The Ph.D. should be in analytical chemistry, chemical ecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, plant science, or closely related field. The selected candidate will undergo a background investigation and fingerprint check. They will also be expected to identify promising areas of research within the project, define research goals, and complete the remainder of the research and reporting process. To apply, please send a CV, research interests, and the contact information of three professional references to John Beck (john.beck@ars.usda.gov) and Rachel Vannette (rlvannette@ucdavis.edu). Review of applications will take place in early November, but position will be open until filled with an approximate start date of January 2016 (flexible). 

Postdoctoral Associate in Graduate Disease Ecology Training at UGA
The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia is initiating a new track for doctoral training in Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (http://ideas.ecology.uga.edu/). A postdoctoral associate is being sought to assist with curriculum development, student evaluation, and assessment. Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in either (1) ecology, evolution, or other field related to infectious disease biology (e.g., immunology, microbiology), or (2) education (with a strong emphasis and background in biology). The deadline for applications is 30 November 2015. Applications should consist of: (1) a cover letter describing your background and interests and how they relate to the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for three references who have specific knowledge of your interests in post-secondary education research and/or instruction. Materials should be sent as a single pdf to ideas@uga.edu. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2015.  

Postdoc position at USM in Microbial Ecology
A postdoctoral associate position is available in the research laboratory of Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn at the University of Southern Mississippi. This position is part of a 3 year funded NSF project that seeks to understand the relative importance of algal photosynthetic priming vs. photolysis in facilitating microbial-mediated (bacterial and fungal) organic matter decomposition in freshwater wetland ecosystems. The successful applicant is expected to have prior research training in aquatic ecology, microbial ecology, mycology, microbiology, or biogeochemistry and have excellent communication skills. Applicants are expected to have experience in one or more of the previously mentioned fields, including a promising record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should apply via the Southern Miss website at https://jobs.usm.edu (job posting # 0003678) by submitting a cover letter describing your research experience and future goals, a curriculum vitae, pertinent publication reprints, and the contact information for 3 references. Review of applicants will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to Dr. Kevin A. Kuehn (kevin.kuehn@usm.edu).

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbial Ecology at Michigan
A Postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately to study links between composition and function in soil microbial communities and how they are modified by environmental change. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in microbial ecology, soil microbiology, biogeochemistry or closely related field at the time of appointment. Expertise with molecular techniques is required. Experience with high throughput sequencing, metagenomics, transcriptomics and associated bioinformatics is preferred. The initial appointment period will be for one year with the potential of renewal. Applicants should email a cover letter describing research experience and goals, a curriculum vitae, relevant publications, and the names and addresses of three references to Dr. Donald R. Zak School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041 E-mail address: drzak@umich.edu.  Closing date is November 15th, 2015.  

Postdoctoral Position on Amazon Peatlands - primary productivity and greenhouse gases
Postdoctoral Researcher on "Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Peatlands" at the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ A postdoctoral position on “Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Peatlands" research is available at the School of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University (ASU). This position is under primary coordination of Prof. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz (C degradation in peatlands) and based at ASU (http://cadillo.lab.asu.edu). Candidates with expertise in monitoring of forest primary productivity or connections of NPP to greenhouse gas fluxes would be preferred.. Application should include: (i) a brief cover letter, (ii) Curriculum Vitae including three professional references, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals. Send application to the following email: cadillo-lab-appl@asu.edu.  The early revision of applications starts on November 15th 2015; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. Starting date is flexible but Mid January 2016 is recommended. For additional information on this position and the School of Life Sciences, please visit https://sols.asu.edu/resources/employment

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology
The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (http://robertsresearchlab.weebly.com/) at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in wetland plant ecology to help organize and lead a series field studies and manipulative experiments studying the effects of the Macondo Oil Spill on coastal marsh ecosystems. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, biogeochemistry or a related field. Initial appointments are for 1 year, and may be renewed for a total of 2.5 years depending on satisfactory performance. Location: The position will be based at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA (visit http:///www.lumcon.edu for information on the facility). To Apply: Send 1) a letter of interest that describes your interest in the position, your career goals, and details your work and educational experience most relevant to the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) up to 3 relevant reprints, and 4) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Brian Roberts (broberts@lumcon.edu) with “Wetland plant ecology postdoc position” in the subject line. For more information, contact Dr. Brian Roberts by email or phone (985-851-2821). Deadline: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

2016 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting applications for its Summer Research Team (SRT) Program for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This program provides faculty and student research teams from MSIs with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The purpose of the program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.  Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students receive a 10-week stipend of $12,000 $6,000 and $7,000, respectively, plus limited travel expenses.  Areas of Research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website. U.S. citizenship is required.  Deadline for applications is December 20, 2015, 11:59PM EST.  For more information visit http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html or contact DHSed@orau.org.  Applications must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1503.


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

CMIIM honors American Indian Heritage Month
The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board honors American Indian Heritage Month for November 2015.  American Indians represent less than 3% of the United States population, and they are severely underrepresented in the biological sciences.  In the past, we have honored several outstanding American Indian microbiologists.  There have been numerous challenges identifying these scientists, and this year CMIIM regrettably failed to secure a single American Indian microbiologist for the spotlight piece.  Therefore, this year we turn to our readers for your help.  We ask that you send us the names of American Indian microbiologists at any stage of their careers (undergraduate to retired).  Please send names to cmiim@asmusa.org.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to spotlighting more underrepresented microbiologists in the future.


In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists.  Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists. 

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology.  Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs). 

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial.  

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members:  simply go to http://asm.org/index.php/component/content/article/31-forms/forms/238-subscribe-to-listserv, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email.  If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Associate Editor is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., ORAU postdoctoral research associate within the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM.  Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page:  http://www.asm.org/cmiim

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