Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - December 2015

 

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • CMIIM on Capitol Hill
  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
  • ASM-CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program
  • ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Biology Scholars Program
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
  • 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

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Request for Information (RFI): Strategies to Enhance Diversity in the Physician-Scientist Workforce
  • Systems Biology Approaches in HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (R01)
  • U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01)
  • Planning Grant for Emerging Epidemic Virus Research Training for West African Countries with Widespread Transmission of Ebola- Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (D71)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Aquatic Sciences Postdoc Fellowship in Lunz am See, Austria
  • Funded PhD position in Advanced genomics for microbial risk assessment
  • Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- University of Central Florida
  • Graduate Position in Urban Resilience to Climate Change at Florida International University Florida International University, Miami, Florida
  • Graduate positions at Colorado State University
  • Graduate Research in Plant-Microbe Interactions Graduate Studentship (MSc and PhD)
  • Graduate student opportunities in community ecology at UH
  • Graduate student opportunities in microbial ecology
  • Graduate student opportunity at Marquette Graduate Students Wanted
  • Graduate student opportunity in PhD studying fungal foliar endophytes of Vanuatu at the University of Hawaii
  • Graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta            
  • Masters Student opportunity - airborne microbial ecology
  • Masters Student Opportunity - Environmental Microbiology
  • Metagenomics postdoc with Wine, Biodiversity & Climate Change program in Chile       
  • MS-PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. position in ecology-entomology-plant pathology at the University of Idaho
  • PhD Position, Marine Microbial Processes, East Carolina University
  • Postdoc in ecological and evolutionary effects of climate in lake ecosystems University of California San Diego
  • Postdoc position in Amphibian disease ecology at Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoc position to study floral microbes, VOCs and pollinators with USDA
  • Postdoc Position in Plant-Fungal Ecology at Oregon State University
  • Postdoc Position on "Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Peatlands"
  • Postdoc Research Fellowship in South Texas grassland community ecology
  • Postdoc Research Opportunity in Wetland Plant Ecology
  • Society for Freshwater Science Special Session - Algal Data as a Critical Component of Bioassessment
  • PhD positions available at University of Pretoria, South Africa

SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

  • Everett Cosio Salas, Ph.D.

ASM ACTIVITIES

CMIIM on Capitol Hill
On November 3 members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities participated in a Hill Day to visit their congressional representatives.  Dr. Dwayne Boucaud, chair of the committee shares a recap of the event on-line at:  http://www.asm.org/index.php/public-policy/93-policy/93860-capitol-11-15.

Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
The December 2015 issue of the ASM Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is now available. The issue is introduced by an editorial from editor-in-chief Samantha L. Elliott (St. Mary’s College of Maryland), highlighting recent JMBE endeavors. These include the creation of a laboratory safety review committee charged with ensuring that all lab activities published in the journal (i) conform to the safety recommendations in the ASM laboratory safety guidelines and (ii) include a biosafety level that will help both experienced and novice faculty adopt the activities appropriately and safely for their classrooms. Another initiative is a new themed issue to be published as a standalone, online-only issue in March 2016. Led by guest editor Jack Gilbert (Argonne National Laboratory), the issue will include essays, research, activities, and reviews related to citizen science projects.

Now available via ASMscience.org – the one-stop shop for ASM books, journals, and reports – 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. JMBE welcomes submissions of articles that foster scholarly teaching in the biological sciences. 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, author guidelines, and sign up for eTOC alerts, visit http://jmbe.asm.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 — just before the start of the annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) taking place at the same location.” The application deadline is February 1. Learn more at http://www.biologyscholars.org.

Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship
Early-career (and future) undergraduate STEM educators are encouraged to apply for a 2016 ASM LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellowship. This new professional development resource trains STEM faculty to develop undergraduate research programs by initiating successful research partnerships. As part of the fellowship, ASM LINK will provide travel subsidies of up to $2,000 to (i) increase participation of undergraduate STEM educators at eight eligible ASM-sponsored research conferences, (ii) encourage networking and collaborations with potential research partners, and (iii) access resources and mentoring to advance undergraduate research programs. Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of the eight conferences. The deadline is February 8 to be considered for a UFRI fellowship for the ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis (Seattle, WA). To learn more, visit http://www.asmlink.org/ufri.

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, DC, 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
Time is running out to save on registration! 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.
Important Dates

Abstract submission closes: March 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2016

ASM Microbe 2016
June 16–20, 2016 | Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.asm.org/microbe2016
Now accepting abstracts! The all-new ASM Microbe brings together the exceptional education from ASM's General Meeting and ICAAC into one creative learning environment. Don’t miss the chance to present your latest researching findings at this unprecedented event.
Important Dates
Abstract submission closes: January 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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
A highly interactive, exclusive conference held at the ASM headquarters in Washington, DC.  .

13th ASM Conference on Candida and Candidiasis
April 13–17, 2016 | Seattle, Washington
Important Dates
Abstract submission closes: February 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT
Early bird registration deadline: March 3, 2016

ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics
July 31–August 3, 2016 | Washington, DC
Important Dates
Abstract submission opens: February 29, 2016
Abstract submission closes: May 23, 2016
Early bird registration deadline: June 23, 2016

Save the dates for more 2016 ASM Conferences!

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Request for Information (RFI): Strategies to Enhance Diversity in the Physician-Scientist Workforce
The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) charged a Working Group with analyzing the composition and size of the physician-scientist biomedical workforce (defined as individuals with MD, DO, DDS/DMD, DVM/VMD degrees and nurses with research doctoral degrees who devote the majority of their time to biomedical research), and with making recommendations for actions that should be taken to sustain and strengthen it. The Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group (PSW-WG) had several meetings and produced a report in June 2014 that contained nine recommendations for action (http://acd.od.nih.gov/reports/PSW_Report_ACD_06042014.pdf). Recommendation 8, which is the focus of the RFI, stated: NIH should intensify its efforts to increase diversity in the physician-scientist workforce. This Working Group recognized major deficiencies of the physician-scientist workforce with regard to diversity. The PSW-WG strongly endorses the previous recommendations of the preceding biomedical workforce Working Group and the Working Group on diversity, all of which should be extended to the physician-scientist workforce. In response, an internal implementation group has determined that the most efficient way to address this recommendation is to identify unique trajectories, potential systematic or structural barriers, and successful strategies to enhance the diversity of the PSW. Additionally, NIH is seeking comments on whether programs exist that provide clinicians with the necessary skill sets to perform high quality, high impact independent biomedical research, whether it is obtaining a dual degree or by an alternative pathway. Comments may be provided in the Information Requested section.  Responses are due December 28, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-027.html.

Systems Biology Approaches in HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (R01)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support systems biology research projects that address critical questions in HIV/AIDS research in the context of drugs of abuse.  Substance use and abuse present unique challenges for HIV prevention, treatment, disease progression, medical consequences, potential cure, and responses to vaccines or therapeutics.  Understanding the complex biological intersection of HIV/AIDS and substance use and abuse is the central theme of this FOA.   Letters of intent are due March 4, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-16-013.html.

U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01)
The purpose of the U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research is to stimulate collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research between United States (U.S.)-based researchers and Chinese researchers in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and its co-morbidities and co-infections, mental health, and selected neurological disorders.  Full proposals are due March 17, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-006.html.

Planning Grant for Emerging Epidemic Virus Research Training for West African Countries with Widespread Transmission of Ebola- Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (D71)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications from U.S. or African research institutions to plan research training and capacity building programs focused on emerging viral epidemics in collaboration with institutions in Guinea, Liberia, and/or Sierra Leone.  The application should propose a collaborative planning process to develop training approaches that will create sustainable research capacity for the early identification, transmission prediction, testing of public health responses, and assessing and addressing long term health sequelae related to emerging viral diseases that have the potential for regional and global pandemics.  Full proposals are due February 21, 2016, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-045.html.


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Aquatic Sciences Postdoc Fellowship in Lunz am See, Austria
The Aquatic Sciences Postdoc Fellowship in Lunz am See, Austria announces the opening of a Postdoc Fellowship at the WasserCluster Lunz Research Center in Lunz, Austria. The position is offered for 2 years and will be based in Lunz am See, Austria at one of the oldest limnological stations in Europe. Work can comprise different fields of aquatic research, from microbial ecology to biogeochemistry, from restoration ecology to aquatic ecosystem management, and from ecotoxicology to aquatic food webs and biodiversity research. Please follow the link below to get more information: http://www.wcl.ac.at/index.php?id=51.

Funded PhD position in Advanced genomics for microbial risk assessment
A funded Ph.D. position is available using advanced genomic and transcriptomic applications for microbial contamination risk assessment. Group seeks 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. The student will be advised by Dr. Daniel Heath at GLIER (University of Windsor) and will take advantage of GLIER’s well-funded Environmental Genomics Facility (EGF). Please send 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- University of Central Florida
Graduate Assistantships in Biogeochemistry- University of 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. 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.    

Graduate Position in Urban Resilience to Climate Change at Florida International University Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Two PhD graduate fellowships are available in the Department of Biological Sciences (http://biology.fiu.edu/) at Florida International University (FIU) to conduct research on urban resilience to extreme events in South Florida, beginning fall 2016. The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged. The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, socio-ecological science, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Students should select one or more of the mentors among the three principal investigators of the project: Dr. John Kominoski (jkominos@fiu.edu; https://kominoskilab.wordpress.com/),  Dr. Tiffany Troxler (troxlert@fiu.edu, http://wetland.fiu.edu/tiffany-troxler) and Dr. Evelyn Gaiser (gaisere@fiu.edu; http://algae.fiu.edu/), and send an email providing a CV and message of interest in the program and fellowship.

Graduate positions at Colorado State University
The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (BSPM) at Colorado State University invites applications from outstanding, well-qualified prospective graduate students for Fall 2016. For full consideration (including financial support), completed applications are due January 1, 2016 (GDPE and CMB) or January 15, 2016 (BSPM). Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective advisors well in advance of this deadline and to send a brief statement of interest, un-official transcripts and a short CV directly to the prospective advisor(s).

Graduate Research in Plant-Microbe Interactions Graduate Studentship (MSc and PhD)
Antunes Lab (Algoma University) is looking for a motivated PhD or MSc student to work on a project that combines next-generation sequencing with field and laboratory experiments to examine eco-evolutionary dynamics involving soil microbial communities and exotic plant populations. The Antunes lab (http://people.auc.ca/antunes/) is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Please contact Dr. Robert Colautti (robert.colautti@queensu.ca) or Dr. Pedro Antunes (antunes@algomau.ca) for additional information about the position or to send us your C.V., a cover letter with a statement of research interests and the names of three individuals able to provide a recommendation letter.    

Graduate student opportunities in community ecology at UH
The Crawford Lab at the University of Houston is seeking graduate students interested in community ecology to begin in Fall 2016. Research in the lab is focused on the causes and consequences of plant diversity and covers a range of topics, including how genetic diversity influences community structure and ecosystem function, how interactions between plants and soil microbes influence plant community structure, and the role of soil microbes in ecosystem succession. Interested applicants should email Dr. Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu, http://thecrawfordlab.com) with a CV or resume with GPA and GRE scores, a brief statement of research experience, research interests, and career goals. Applications are due February 1, 2016.    

Graduate student opportunities in microbial ecology
The Franklin lab at Virginia Commonwealth University (http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rbfranklin) is seeking graduate students interested in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. Applications from both M.S. and Ph.D. students are welcome. 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. Application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Graduate student opportunity at Marquette Graduate Students Wanted
The Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University is expanding its strength in the area of Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Biology and we are seeking committed and highly motivated graduate students. Current faculty research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is centered on determining the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain species diversity. Marquette faculty are currently studying plant, animal, and microbial diversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems, and we are currently hiring additional ecology faculty. We are seeking graduate students who are interested in pursuing large-scale conceptual questions in ecology and evolutionary biology. Check us out at: http://www.marquette.edu/biology/faculty.shtml.   

Graduate student opportunity in PhD studying fungal foliar endophytes of Vanuatu at the University of Hawaii
The Amend lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (http://amendlab.com) is recruiting a PhD student to research plant fungal interactions as part of a NSF-funded collaboration. The student will collaborate with a broad consortium of researchers to examine the fungal, botanical and linguistic diversity of Tafea province, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. The student will have the opportunity to develop research questions consistent with lab interests in microbial community ecology, biogeography and evolution. The student will enroll in the Department of Botany (http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/).  Full stipend and tuition as a research assistant is guaranteed for 3 years. The student will enroll Fall 2016. If you think you're a good fit, please send your CV and unofficial transcripts to Anthony (amend@hawaii.edu). In a cover letter please describe 1) why you're interested in this opportunity 2) a research question or questions you'd be interested in exploring and 3) what approach you'd use to do so. Full applications are due January 15, please make contact sooner.    

Graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta
The research programs of Nadir Erbilgin, Justine Karst, James Cahill (University of Alberta), Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia), and Jonathan Cale are seeking motivated and collaborative students (3 PhD, 1 MSc) to work on a project investigating questions focused on the roles of soil fungal communities in modulating boreal forest resistance and resilience to biotic and abiotic disturbances. All positions are available to start in Spring (May/June, 2016) term. Interested candidates are encouraged to email (1) an unofficial transcript (undergraduate and/or MSc, as appropriate), (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief personal statement describing research and career goals, and how this degree would help the student achieve those goals, and (4) names and contact information for three references to Dr. Jonathan Cale, Department of Renewable Resources, 4-42 Earth Science Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2E3, Canada. Please submit application materials or information inquires to Jacale@ualberta.ca.    

Masters Student opportunity - airborne microbial ecology
Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, Department of Biological Sciences in Kalamazoo, Michigan is seeking 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. Start Date: Preferably May 15, 2016. To Apply: Send a 1) letter of interest, including statement of goals and research interests, 2) a resume or curriculum vitae and 3) 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 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. Information on the graduate program is available at http://www.wmich.edu/biology/academics/master-sciences.

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. 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. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview and reference letters will be requested. Invited students will need to submit a formal application to the graduate school at Michigan Tech University. 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. 

Metagenomics postdoc with Wine, Biodiversity & Climate Change program in Chile
A postdoc position is available in the Wine, Biodiversity & Climate Change Program - Chile (http://www.vccb.cl).  Application Deadline: December 31, 2015. The Wine, Biodiversity & Climate Change Program is a scientific initiative of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, developing strategies for biodiversity conservation along with Chilean wine industry. The project’s objective is to develop and promote conservation planning in human dominated ecosystems We are looking for a postdoc with strong expertise in metagenomics and bioinformatics, preferably with additional knowledge on community & ecosystems ecology, to join our research team aiming at linking microbial diversity and ecosystem services provision. The position will be initially for two years, starting at the latest in March 2015. Applications and other queries should be sent directly to Dr. Olga Barbosa (olga.barbosa@uach.cl) Applications should include: CV Certificate of Doctoral Degree;Cover Letter describing professional motivation for this position. Two letters of recommendation. Only letters from researchers that demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the applicant will be considered. Dr. Olga Barbosa olga.barbosa@uach.cl.

MS-PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at Kansas State University
A graduate research position at the MS or PhD level is available in the Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab at Kansas State University, to begin in Summer or Fall 2016. Projects are available in the following research areas: (1) Impact of aboveground disturbance and drought on microbial growth, community turnover and carbon cycling in soils with contrasting precipitation and management history. (2) Understanding feedbacks between nitrogen availability and soil microbial structure and function in native tallgrass prairie soils. To apply, first send a short statement of research interests and a CV to Dr. Lydia Zeglin (lzeglin@ksu.edu); we will discuss the full Graduate School application, which is due on December 15, 2015.

Ph.D. position in ecology-entomology-plant pathology at the University of Idaho
We are seeking an outstanding Ph.D. student to study complex interactions between eriophyid mites (Schizoempodium mesophyllincola) and fungi in Populus using both observational studies and manipulative experiments. This position will involve collaboration with the Busby lab at Oregon State University and the Plant Microbe Interfaces group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is funded by a three-year, DOE Feedstock Genomics award: http://doegenomestolife.org/research/DOEUSDA/abstracts/2015newcombe_abstract.shtml.  Our research group has interests in plant symbiosis, fungal ecology, plant pathology, and plant microbiome ecology. Interested candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV, GPA, GRE scores, and three references to Professor George Newcombe at the University of Idaho (georgen@uidaho.edu).     

PhD 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. Research projects include groundwater-surface water interactions in coastal environments, the role of marine iron-oxidizing bacteria in biogeochemical cycling, and the use of -omics data to cultivate novel environmental microbes. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research by combining next generation - omics techniques (with particular emphasis on single cell genomics and metagenomics), bacterial enrichment and cultivation studies, geochemical analyses, and field work. Previous research experience in any of these areas, especially with analysis of next-generation sequence data, is preferable. 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.    

Postdoc in ecological and evolutionary effects of climate in lake ecosystems University of California San Diego
A postdoc position is available in Jonathan Shurin’s lab in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at the University of California San Diego. The candidate will examine changes in the structure of lake food webs and traits of species among lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The position requires a demonstrated capacity for performing field techniques for sampling aquatic ecosystems, identification and enumeration of invertebrates and microbes, and laboratory analysis of water chemistry. Experience with molecular techniques for characterizing microbial communities are also desirable but not essential. Position is for two years, renewable on an annual basis, and is supported by a grant from NSF. Application should include a CV, cover letter describing your interests and names and contact information of two references. Salary is commensurate with experience based on the NIH Postdoctoral Salary Scale. Applications will be reviewed after January 4, and the successful candidate is expected to begin by March of 2016. Applicants should send application materials to Jonathan Shurin at jshurin@ucsd.edu     

Postdoc position in Amphibian disease ecology at Univ. of Pittsburgh
The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a postdoc 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 position will involve field work in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as laboratory-based experiments and analyses. 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). The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.    

Postdoc position to study floral microbes, VOCs and pollinators with USDA
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 postdoc. The position is funded for two years through the ARS Postdoctoral Research Associate Program – Class of 2016. The Ph.D. should be in analytical chemistry, chemical ecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, plant science, or closely related field. 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).   

Postdoc Position in Plant-Fungal Ecology at Oregon State University
The Busby lab in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University is seeking a postdoc to contribute to a three-year DOE-funded project that examines how ecological interactions in the leaf microbiome contribute to Populus defense. This position will involve collaboration with the Newcombe lab at the University of Idaho and the Plant Microbe Interfaces group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Our research group has broad interests in plant microbiome ecology and evolution, fungal community ecology and plant pathology. We use a mix of laboratory and greenhouse experiments, fieldwork, and bioinformatics to answer questions (next-gen amplicon sequencing, GWAS, RNA-Seq). Research related to the DOE-funded project will investigate how plant genetic resistance, fungal endophytes and eriophyid mites influence plant disease. Candidates should send an email describing their interest in the position along with a CV and two representative publications to Posy Busby (peb15@duke.edu). The position has an approximate start date of September 2016.   

Postdoc Position on "Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Peatlands"
A postdoc position on “Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Peatlands" research is available at the School of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University (ASU). Postdoc will develop a research program within this context and interface with ecosystem modeling efforts at local and regional levels. Opportunities to interact with tests on microbial activity and molecular approaches will also be available. This position is under primary coordination of Prof. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz (C degradation in peatlands) and based at ASU (http://cadillo.lab.asu.edu). 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.  

Postdoc Research Fellowship in South Texas grassland community ecology
The Invasive Species Research Program Brackenridge Field Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoc to research South Texas grassland ecology in systems that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses (e.g. buffel grass and guinea grass). Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in ecology of plant communities and should have a strong publication record. The position requires a demonstrated capacity for conducting field techniques for sampling plant communities (especially grasslands) and design of field experiments to elucidate community processes, plant demography and productivity, with experience of GIS and multivariate analyses of plant community dynamics on landscapes. The position is supported by grant funding, and is renewable on an annual basis for up to three years, depending on progress and performance. All standard UT Austin conditions of hiring and employment apply to this position. Application packages should include your detailed resume, a cover letter describing your interests, and names and contact details of 3 references. Application reviews will begin after January 10, 2016 and the successful candidate is expected to begin by March 2016. If interested, please send your application materials or queries to Dr Larry Gilbert lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu and/or Dr Rob Plowes rob.plowes@austin.utexas.edu.   

Postdoc 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 postdoc 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 postdoc will join a large, multi-institution team of researchers on the Coastal Waters Consortium (CWC) project (http://cwc.lumcon.edu/) funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the impacts of the oil spill and future spills on marshes and coastal environments. Specifically, they will be collaborating with the wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology group led by Drs. Brian Roberts (LUMCON), Anne Giblin (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Anne Bernhard (Connecticut College) and including biogeochemistry postdoc Ariella Chelsky (LUMCON) and several graduate students, research assistants / technicians, and undergraduate interns. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, wetland science, plant ecology, biogeochemistry or a related field. 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). The field sites are located along the Louisiana coast between LUMCON and the Mississippi River. 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.

Society for Freshwater Science Special Session - Algal Data as a Critical Component of Bioassessment
You are invited to submit an abstract for a talk at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting May 21-26, 2016 in Sacramento, California. We are organizing a special session entitled “Algal data as a critical component of bioassessment: Obtaining useful results in the face of continued taxonomic fluidity.” When you submit an abstract, please select “Special Session S16: Algal Data as a Component of Bioassessment” as your first choice. The abstract submission system is open and the abstract submission deadline is Thursday, January 29, 2016. If you have any questions about the special session, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento. Gina LaLiberte Dr. Julianne Heinlein Gina.LaLiberte@wisconsin.gov, jheinlein@glec.com  Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources Great Lakes Environmental Center 

PhD positions available at University of Pretoria, South Africa
Three PhD positions are available to study the molecular, chemical and behavioral ecology of Sirex woodwasp – Amylostereum fungus – Deladenus nematode symbioses. These positions will be based at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, South Africa as the home institution, but will involve extensive collaborative work with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. The projects Invasive pests are one of the most significant threats facing plant ecosystems and production systems globally; from agriculture to forests and forestry. For more information please visit www.fabinet.up.ac.za. The group is hoping hoping to fill these positions as soon as possible, but no later than March 2016. Please provide an updated CV, a full academic record and two letters of reference, ideally from academic mentors or supervisors that can comment on your potential as a future research leader. If you are interested in any of these positions or require additional information please contact Smeetha Singh (smeetha.singh@up.ac.za) with "Sirex PhD position" in the subject line.           


SPOTLIGHT ON MINORITY MICROBIOLOGISTS

Everett Cosio Salas, Ph.D.
The microbiology of the deep subsurface remains one of the least understood areas in environmental microbiology. Although it is known that microbial communities are present and metabolically active in deep ocean sediments, we know very little about the microbiology in the oceanic crust underlying these sediments. Without a better understanding of these communities, it is difficult to assess their abundance, metabolic activity and importance to global elemental cycling. However, making even the most basic enumerations of microbial abundance in the ocean crust is extremely challenging, as samples must be collected from rocks 4-5 kilometers below sea-level and hundreds of meters below the seafloor, while also minimizing the opportunity for contamination of these samples. A recent article published in Frontiers in Microbiology (EC Salas, R Bhartia, L Anderson, W Hug, RD Reid, G Iturrino, KJ Edwards; “In-situ Detection of microbial life in the deep biosphere in igneous ocean crust;” Front. Microbiol. 6:1260; doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01260) describes the development and deployment of an instrument designed to detect organics and classify them as “biologic” or “non-biologic,” in-situ, using a technique known as laser-induced native fluorescence. This instrument, known as DEBI-t, takes advantage of the inherent fluorescence of aromatic carbon molecules, including amino acids such as tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine. Exciting these molecules with what is called Deep UV induces spectral signatures that can be used to detect organics. Multivariate analysis, including principle components analysis (PCA) and support vector machines (SVM), can then be used to detect the presence of both vegetative bacteria and bacterial spores. DEBI-t operates similarly to other instruments used in marine oil and gas exploration: it is lowered, using a wire-line, into a borehole that has been drilled into the crust. DEBI-t then scans the sidewall of the borehole and transmits data up to the scientists on the ship. Results from this deployment indicate the presence of microbial-like signatures within the deep ocean crust near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Additionally, the biomass estimates derived from these signatures are too high to be accounted for by subsurface transport of bacteria through the crust, suggesting the presence of actively growing communities.          

Everett Cosio Salas is a Decision and Economic Analyst with Chevron Corporation, where he uses statistical and probability theory to quantify uncertainty and risk in asset development projects as well as issues related to Health, Environment and Safety. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona. He completed a M.S. in Molecular Pathology and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, with a focus in Geomicrobiology, at the University of Southern California. Following his Ph.D., he began postdoctoral studies at Rice University, where his research centered on the interaction between bacteria and graphitic substrates. He then accepted a second postdoctoral appointment at Caltech-JPL, where he managed development of an instrument designed to detect and classify organics in the deep subsurface, in situ, using laser-induced native fluorescence. He conducted R&D at a small company developing environmental sensors for water quality monitoring prior to joining Chevron. Dr. Salas continues to engage in mentoring activities and focuses his efforts on encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue education and careers in STEM fields, as well as working with graduate students to raise their awareness on the wide range of non-academic careers available to STEM Ph.Ds.

 


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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