Minority Microbiology Mentor - February 2015

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities salutes Dr. James E.K. Hildreth for his outstanding contributions to the field of microbiology.

ASM ACTIVITIES

  • Survey on Factors Which Help to Determine Success of URM’s in the Life Sciences
  • Back by Popular Demand: ASM M(icro)OOCs!
  • ASMCUE
  • ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • ASM Kadner Institute
  • Education Board asm2015 Events
  • 31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
  • asm2015: 115th General Meeting
  • ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • ASM Conferences

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

  • Phased Innovation Award for Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R21/R33)
  • Developing Technologies and Tools to Monitor HIV Brain Reservoirs and How They May be Altered by Exposure to Substances of Abuse (R21/R33)
  • Role of Exosomes in HIV Pathogenesis (R21)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

  • Medical Officer, Associate Chief for Clinical Trials Operations, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Assistant Professor in Microbiology - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research program is now accepting applications
  • MS POSITIONS IN FUNGUS-GARDENING ANT SYMBIOSIS Fall 2015 with Jon Seal, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Postdoc in Geobiology and Microbial Ecology at Arizona
  • Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • Ph.D. position - grazing, soil microbes & GHG, Edmonton, AB

 


CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities salutes James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., Dean and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Davis, CA
Dr. Hildreth, originally from Camden Arkansas, obtained his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in chemistry from Harvard University in 1979.  Subsequently, Dr. Hildreth obtained his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1982 as the first African American Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas.  He then obtained his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1987.  Dr. Hildreth joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins shortly thereafter as an assistant professor of pharmacology and rose through the ranks to become the first African American to be tenured as a full professor in basic sciences at Johns Hopkins.  During his more than twenty years at Hopkins he also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.  From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Hildreth served as Director of the Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical College and Associate Director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research, both NIH funded in Nashville, Tennessee.  He currently is Dean and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California at Davis.  Dr. Hildreth began research on HIV/AIDS in 1987 and his work focused on understanding how the virus enters into and escapes from cells.  His laboratory was the first to identify cholesterol and cholesterol-enriched membranes as essential for HIV replication.  Dr. Hildreth’s group is working to exploit this discovery in the development of a vaginal cream (microbicide) to protect women against HIV infection during heterosexual intercourse. Vaginal creams as a microbicide may be of particular use in preventing HIV infection in women in light of recent studies led by Dr. Hildreth showing that acquisition by HIV-1 of the envelope glycoproteins of other viruses, in a process denoted "natural pseudotyping," expands the cellular tropism of HIV-1 by enabling it to directly infect female genital epithelial cells and thus significantly increasing risk of infection during sexual intercourse (PLoS One. 2014 Jul 10;9[7]:e101367). Among numerous other honors, Dr. Hildreth is a member of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, a recent recipient of an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and serves on the Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.

 


ASM ACTIVITIES

Survey on Factors Which Help to Determine Success of URM’s in the Life Sciences
You are invited to participate in a survey that seeks to determine factors involved in the success of underrepresented minorities in the life sciences. This survey, which closes on February 15, is anonymous and the results will be used to help inform policy and approaches currently being used to increase minority participation in science careers. Please click on the link below to get access to the survey: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8p4kjElplmqyCxv.  Thank you for your help in facilitating this important survey.

Back by Popular Demand: ASM M(icro)OOCs!
Free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, the second installment of the ASM M(icro)OOCs program will be offered again in spring 2015. Based on the concept of “massive open online courses,” ASM M(icro)OOCs will take place as three professional development webinars on the following topics:

  • Inclusive Pedagogy in Higher Education (February 18)
  • Course Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines (March 25)
  • Lesson Plan Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines (April 22)

Each M(icro)OOC is designed for ASM members (or potential members) who are currently educators or are interested in teaching. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate of participation. To learn more or register, visit http://www.facultyprograms.org/moocs.

ASMCUE
Register today for the Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), set for May 28-31, 2015, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas. The exciting and enriching program will be kicked off by José Antonio Bowen, author of “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.” ASMCUE 2015 will feature intensive professional development sessions and inspiring talks by leaders at the forefront of science and teaching. Plenary lectures will include “Antibodies Against Ebola Virus: The Road Map,” by Erica Ollmann Saphire of the Scripps Research Institute, “Microbes and Spaceflight,” by Duane Pierson of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and “Mobility and Higher Education,” by Education and Medical Development Executives from Apple, Inc. The lectures will complement discussions of advances in STEM education and research, lab safety guidelines, teaching tools, student learning, and more. Conference registration is available online at a discounted rate until March 9. For full program details, visit http://www.asmcue.org.

ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Are You a Senior-Level Graduate Student Seeking Funds to Complete Your Doctoral Program? Apply to Watkins Graduate Fellowship! The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees and their research projects in the microbiological sciences. Applicants must be ASM members. To learn more about the fellowship, visit http://www.asm.org/watkins.   To apply, click here(Deadline: May 1, 2015)

ASM Kadner Institute
The goal of the Institute is to provide personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, the unique opportunity to enhance scientific communication skills, and a closely guided experience for choosing and succeeding in a microbiology career. To learn more, visit http://www.asmgap.org. Application Deadline: May 30, 2015

Education Board asm2015 Events
During the asm2015 General Meeting, which is being held May 30 – June 2, 2015 in New Orleans, LA, the Education Board will be holding Career Development Workshops and a special interest session.  Details about these events are below:

Career Development Workshops

WS01: The Business of Science: Leveraging Your Ph.D. to Successfully Transition from Student to Professional
Register today. In “Preparing for Professional Careers,” we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand. The session will address the 24 competencies that industry has identified as critical in being competitive and successful, and how they relate to scientists own past experiences during their graduate and post-graduate education. Topics will also include: how to build an effective network, how to leverage that network to identify and research jobs, get your resume on the hiring manager’s desk, and discuss how to prepare for interviews.Although this workshop is complimentary, registration is required. Join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (8:30am – 12:00pm).

WS05: Microbiology Career Choices: What’s Available and How to Succeed
Register today. This session, “Microbiology Career Choices: What's Available and How to Succeed” emphasizes information about alternatives to career in doctoral (and Medical) education. It is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in the microbiological sciences and especially to learn about opportunities that go beyond what they have seen or experienced in academic settings. Microbiologists from industry, clinical labs, government agencies and labs, non-profits, undergraduate teaching institutions, and other non-traditional employment settings will lead discussion groups of 8-10 participants. This highly interactive session has been successful in the previous three years with over 400 students participating each year. Although this workshop is complimentary, registration is required. Join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (1:00pm – 4:30pm).

Special Interest Session: Using an IDP to Plan a Successful Scientific Career
Whether you'll be a PI at a research university, a medical science liaison for a biotech company, or a policy advisor for a US Senator, you want to find a career path that you'll enjoy and find rewarding. There are more than FIFTY career paths available to biomedical sciences PhD's. If you'd like to see a list of these career paths, learn about how to select the best option for you, and start your own Individual Development Plan (IDP) that will help you achieve success along your path, then don't miss this thought-provoking interactive workshop! All are welcomed to attend on Monday, June 1, 2015 (4:45pm – 6:30pm).

31st Annual Clinical Virology Symposium
April 26-29, 2015 | Daytona Beach, Florida
http://www.clinicalvirologysymposium.org
Present your research to over 1,000 biomedical researchers and primary care physicians from around the world. Here is your chance to put your work at the center of this year’s discussion on rapid viral diagnosis, clinical course of viral infections, and preventive and therapeutic modalities for virus infections.

Important Date: Abstract Submission Deadline:  February 24, 2015

asm2015: 115th General Meeting
May 30 – June 2, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.asm.org/asm2015
asm2015 will host a wide range of interactive workshops, scientific sessions, and networking events specifically designed to explore each unique area of microbiology — including yours!

Important Date: Discounted Registration Rate Deadline: April 13, 2015

ICEID 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 24 - 26, 2015 | Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.iceid.org
The response to the Ebola outbreak has redirected much of our community’s work.  In order to deliver the strongest program possible the conference has been rescheduled to August.   The conference brings together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific information on global emerging infectious disease issues in the United States and abroad.  

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission and Registration Opens:  February 12, 2015
Abstract Submission Closes: March 23, 2015

ASM Conferences
http://www.asm.org/conferences

@ASM Conference on Mechanisms of Interbacterial Cooperation and Competition
March 13-16, 2015 | Washington, DC

4th ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens

May 8 - 11, 2015 | Washington, DC

Important Date: Abstract Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

5th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development
June 12 - 16, 2015 | Washington, DC

 


FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIVITIES

Phased Innovation Award for Exploratory Clinical Trials and Studies of Natural Products in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R21/R33)
The goal of this funding opportunity is to support pilot testing of natural products (i.e., botanicals, dietary supplements, and probiotics), which have sufficient early-stage data to justify further clinical testing of the product. Under this FOA, trials must be designed so that results, whether positive or negative, will provide information of high scientific utility and will support decisions about further development or testing of the natural product. The data collected should be used to fill gaps in scientific knowledge and provide the information necessary to develop a competitive full-scale clinical trial.  Support will be provided for up to two years (R21 phase) for milestone-driven bioavailability and pharmacokinetic testing and assessment of the natural product’s biological signature or mechanism of action. Based on the results of the R21 phase, this may be followed by support of up to 3 years (R33 phase) of support for further clinical studies of the natural product. This FOA is not appropriate for support of randomized clinical trials to test or determine efficacy. Ultimately, this R21/R33 funding mechanism is intended to speed the translation of emerging basic science findings about natural products into clinical pilot testing to determine whether continued clinical research is warranted.  Letters of intent are due April 22, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-16-001.html.

Developing Technologies and Tools to Monitor HIV Brain Reservoirs and How They May be Altered by Exposure to Substances of Abuse (R21/R33)
Eliminating HIV infection is one of the top challenges for HIV research, but a critical obstacle that could hinder this effort is the existence of reservoirs of latent virus in the brain despite antiretroviral therapy.  Central nervous system infection occurs very early during systemic HIV infection, and recent investigations suggest that very low levels of HIV RNA in the cerebrospinal fluid are associated with local immune activation.  Evidence of latent and/or persistent HIV infection in the brain exists; however, there are many scientific and technical challenges that must be addressed to understand how best to eradicate the brain reservoir threat.  In addition, chronic substance abuse often results in persistent brain changes that could impact the HIV reservoir, such as through epigenomic modification of integrated HIV provirus or transient activation of latently infected brain cells. Understanding the effects of drugs of abuse on HIV replication and latency within the brain is critical if we wish to induce a higher rate of remission or to eventually “cure” HIV in substance abusing populations. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support projects developing technologies and tools to detect and quantify HIV brain reservoirs and how they may be altered by exposure to substances of abuse.  Applications are due April 10, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-15-018.html.

Role of Exosomes in HIV Pathogenesis (R21)
Exosomes are small vesicles (30-100 nm) released from cells that were first described in the early 1980s. Since then, exosomes have been found to carry RNA, protein or lipid to a distant cell with the potential to change the phenotype of the recipient cell. The role of exosomes in cell-to-cell communication is an emerging area of biology that has been recognized as critical towards understanding regulation of the innate and adaptive immune response, cancer cell biology, and neurological disorders.  In the early to mid-2000’s, a large body of research focused on understanding how HIV hijacks the cellular exosome release pathway for viral egress. This avenue of research identified many virus-host interactions and identified viral egress pathways in T-cells and macrophages.  A current gap in our understanding is how exosomes carrying biologically active cargo may influence cell-to-cell communication relevant to HIV pathogenesis, the host response to HIV, and/or transmission of HIV. Studies looking at the function of exosomes in acute infection, or in chronic infection in individuals on fully suppressive antiretroviral regimens are encouraged.  The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate new research on the potential role of exosomes in cell-to-cell communication relevant to HIV transmission, innate or adaptive immune responses to HIV, or HIV pathogenesis.  Applications are due February 19, 2015, and more information is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-107.html.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral science as well as natural science and education disciplines), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach.  Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE) provides support for collaborations that will improve TCUP institutions' instructional capacity in geosciences; attract, retain, and support TCUP students in internships and research endeavors deemed to be necessary for a complete curriculum offering; and the engagement of partner universities to provide an academic grounding and a successful transition for students who wish to study or attain degrees in geosciences.  Full proposals are due March 16, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14572/nsf14572.htm.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable 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. TheTraineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.  Full proposals are due March 25, 2015, and more information is available at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15542/nsf15542.htm.

 


ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER UPDATES

Medical Officer, Associate Chief for Clinical Trials Operations, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an exceptional and motivated leader for a medical officer to serve as the associate chief for clinical trials operations in the clinical trials program (CTP) at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC). This position reports directly to the CTP chief. The associate chief for clinical trials operations will have direct responsibility for a team of approximately seven staff members and oversee protocol operations, data management, and conduct of clinical studies under external contracts, as well as other responsibilities as assigned.

An internationally recognized NIAID/NIH center, the VRC fosters collaboration and interactions among researchers across the vaccine development continuum. The associate chief will work closely with CTP clinical operations staff and with the heads of VRC translational research programs including preclinical development and vaccine process development, manufacturing, and regulatory. The position presents a unique opportunity for a physician to be directly involved in the entire vaccine research continuum, developing vaccines and monoclonal antibodies against major diseases that currently threaten public health, such as HIV, Chikungunya virus, influenza, and Ebola virus.

The CTP includes clinicians, public educators, protocol specialists, and data specialists, as well as support staff. The CTP maintains a staff of approximately 25 and initiates three to five clinical trials per year at the NIH Clinical Center. The CTP also maintains and oversees contracts and collaborations with external clinical research organizations to conduct additional clinical trials with VRC candidates.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as protocol chair or principal or associate investigator for Phase I and II investigational vaccine and monoclonal antibody trials
  • Oversee clinical research protocol development and management
  • Oversee data management strategies and conduct; analyze data from clinical and translational vaccine immunology research
  • Oversee vaccine clinical trials conducted by the VRC under contract
  • Participate on VRC vaccine clinical development teams
  • Serve as member on NIH and external committees and boards as assigned by the chief
  • Publish VRC clinical research findings
  • Present VRC research findings publicly (domestically and internationally)
  • Participate as team member, co-chair, or chair of domestic and international protocol/clinical trials teams involving VRC vaccine products conducted through collaborations with outside investigators
  • Mentor junior scientists and clinicians, including clinical fellows

A potentially qualified physician candidate must have either an M.D. or D.O. and experience and expertise in conducting or overseeing clinical trials assessing an investigational product (vaccine or monoclonal antibody clinical research is strongly preferred). Board certification in internal medicine is also strongly preferred. Fellowship training in either infectious diseases or allergy and immunology is preferred, but other subspecialty training will be considered. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.

To apply for the position, interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae and bibliography (no more than two pages) to Carmencita Artis, artisc@niaid.nih.gov. Applications will be accepted through    March 1, 2015.

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For more information go to ASM Career Connections at:  http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/jobseeker/job/21668889/.

Assistant Professor in Microbiology - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a start date of January 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants must have a PhD in Microbiology or a related field with an established publication record and postdoctoral experience in some area of molecular microbiology involving microbial genetics, genomics, and physiology. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to, gene regulation, microbiome ecology, biofilm formation, or microbial symbiosis. This position will strengthen existing research in microbial community activity and ecology and enhance the department’s objective to increase research and training in this area. This individual will participate in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute to the senior level laboratory courses. In addition, the candidate will be expected to obtain external funding and to involve both graduate (MS, PhD) and undergraduate students in research. Depending upon area of specialty, this hire will have the opportunity for collaborations within Microbiology and the College of Science (e.g., Chemistry, Plant Biology, Zoology) in addition to interdisciplinary research interactions specifically with faculty in the Center for Ecology, the College of Agriculture, and the newly formed Fermentation Institute. For more information please visit http://www.micro.siu.edu/.

Application deadline is April 15, 2015 or until filled. Applications should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and a statement of current and future research plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent on their behalf. All materials can be submitted electronically as a PDF document to the Microbiology Search Committee Chair via e-mail to microbiology@micro.siu.edu or by U.S. mail to

Department of Microbiology
Life Science II Room 131, MC 6508, SIU
Carbondale, 1125 Lincoln Dr.,
Carbondale, IL 62901.

Receipt will be confirmed.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

For more information go to:  http://www.jobtarget.com/link.cfm?c=6AVWj2ptbsWw

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research program is now accepting applications
The US Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science's is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for the 2015. The SCGSR program will support supplemental awards to graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The 2014 program solicitation resulted in awards to 65 graduate students from 50 different universities to conduct thesis research at 15 DOE national laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. Priority research areas for the 2015 SCGSR competition were identified to help address important workforce needs in support of Office of Science mission. The applicant's proposed SCGSR research project to be conducted at a DOE laboratory must address stated aims in at least one of the priority areas listed below. The priority research areas for the 2015 SCGSR competition can be viewed at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/how-to-apply/priority-sc-research-areas/. Specific details and information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at the program website: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/. If you have any questions, please contact the SCGSR program manager, Dr. Ping Ge. She can be reached at ping.ge@science.doe.gov or sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

MS POSITIONS IN FUNGUS-GARDENING ANT SYMBIOSIS Fall 2015 with Jon Seal, The University of Texas at Tyler
Research focus: We are seeking highly motivated graduate students (MS level) to conduct research on the evolutionary ecology of social insects and their symbionts (https://www.uttyler.edu/biology/research/seal/index.php). We employ a variety of methods including descriptive and experimental approaches, along with biochemical, physiological, molecular and microbial techniques. Projects could therefore range from phylogeography/population genetics to functional ecology and experimental studies. There is considerable flexibility for graduate projects within this broad theme. Preferred applicants will have earned a Bachelor’s degree and exhibit equal enthusiasm for field-based work and experimentation in the laboratory. SUPPORT: Teaching assistantships (TAs) are available on a competitive basis. Accepted students can expect TA support and tuition remission for two years. Graduate students in our program typically teach introductory biology or upper division laboratory courses (e.g., ecology or entomology). QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and qualifying GPA and GRE scores. It is useful to have prior research experience, but not necessary. Most important is identifying your own research interests that are consistent with the ongoing research in our lab. Further information regarding our graduate program and admission requirements can be found at http://www.uttyler.edu/biology/graduate/master-science-degree.php. Application deadline: March 1st, 2015; but applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Application materials: Please send a brief cover letter, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references to jseal@uttyler.edu by the deadline to be considered for this position. UT Tyler is located in northeastern Texas at the ecotone between two state and federally designated ecoregions, southeastern pine forests (the ‘Piney Woods’) and post oak savannas. As a result, the area contains a mixture of eastern, western and southern species. We have a number of field sites established nearby and many others within driving distance in central and southeastern Texas. Tyler has a regional airport, and is approximately a 90 minute drive to either Dallas, Texas or Shreveport, Louisiana. Departmental strengths include bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology, aquatic ecology, herpetology, microbial ecology, ecology, genomics and landscape ecology. Please see full departmental requirements and details at:http://www.uttyler.edu/biology/.  

Postdoc in Geobiology and Microbial Ecology at Arizona
The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 is seeking a postdoctoral scientist for a position in Geobiology: Microbial Ecology of the Landscape Evolution Observatory. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of Earth surface scientists conducting NSF-funded experiments at the Landscape Evolution Observatory (Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ). The Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) contains three, highly-instrumented, convergent hillslope models (each 30 x 12 m) with 1m depth of granular basaltic porous media that will be subjected to controlled climatic forcing. The goal of this work is to quantify the structural 'soil' and hillslope evolution that accompanies microbial colonization of the geological substrate, and the associated biogeochemical weathering and hydrologic flow path development. The research team is a collaborative group of hydrologists, geochemists, and microbiologists. Current extramural support for LEO research is for interdisciplinary efforts to unravel feedbacks among hydrologic flow, microbial colonization, and geochemical reactions in the weathering basalt by combining direct observations (collected densely in time and space) with reactive transport theory (simulations of fluid flow coupled to biogeochemical reaction). The system is unprecedented in its combination of environmental control and spatial scale (see http://b2science.org/leo). The microbial ecology postdoc will be responsible for assessing the ecological assembly, phylogenetic, and functional diversity of microbial communities colonizing the rock surfaces, and their change over the course of the experiment. The candidate will be provided space in well-equipped microbiology and biogeochemistry laboratories (associated with the research groups of Profs. Jon Chorover, Raina Maier and Rachel Gallery) and provided full access to supporting analytical core facilities. Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. in microbial ecology or a related field with a strong background in molecular microbiological tools (e.g., genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics). This is one year position with possible renewal for a 2nd year based on availability of funds and performance. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! Please direct questions to Peter Troch (patroch@email.arizona.edu) and submit a CV, letter of interest, and statement of research through: www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=215000.

Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Ecology and Evolution
Jessica Green at the University of Oregon (http://pages.uoregon.edu/green/) is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the Seagrass Microbiome Project (http://seagrassmicrobiome.org). Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a biological, computational, mathematical, or statistical field and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and applying models to understand the ecology, evolution, and/or function of complex systems. Experience in the analysis of environmental sequence data is highly desirable, but not required. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to creatively and independently tackle one or more of the science questions outlined in the Seagrass Microbiome Project grant proposal (http://seagrassmicrobiome.org/2014-grantproposal/), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The successful candidate will interact regularly with team members Jonathan Eisen (http://phylogenomics.wordpress.com), Jay Stachowicz http://wwweve.ucdavis.edu/stachowicz/stachowicz.shtml, and Jenna Lang (http://jennomics.com/) at the University of California, Davis through weekly tele-conferencing and also through regular visits to the UC Davis campus. At the University of Oregon, the candidate will benefit from ongoing microbiome research programs including the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology (http://meta.uoregon.edu/) and the Biology and Built Environment Center (http://biobe.uoregon.edu/). The position is available for 1 year with the possibility for renewal depending on performance. The start date is flexible. Please email questions regarding the position to Jessica Green (jlgreen@uoregon.edu). To apply A complete application will consist of the following materials: (1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests (2) CV (including publications) (3) names and contact information for three references Submit materials to ie2jobs@uoregon.edu. Subject: Posting 14431 To ensure consideration, please submit applications by March 10, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

Ph.D. position - grazing, soil microbes & GHG, Edmonton, AB
We are seeking a PhD student for a new project examining the relationship between grazing, soil microbes and greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta's grasslands. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Drs. Cameron Carlyle and Edward Bork (Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science) and work with a team that includes a soil scientist, microbial ecologist, rangeland managers, other graduate students and postdocs at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. A stipend (minimum $21,000/year) is available for three years and additional funds will be sought. The project is funded by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Ltd. Candidates should be highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a minimum of an MSc in biology, ecology, rangeland science, soil science, microbial ecology, environmental science, or related field. The development of new research questions with supervisors will be encouraged and supported. This is a new component of an ongoing study examining the role of grazing in affecting carbon storage in grasslands that includes detailed plant and soil information, measures of decomposition and microbial enzyme activity. Some of the study sites are on privately held land, thus the ability to communicate effectively in English with a diverse group of people is essential. Extensive field work throughout the province will be required during the summer under sometimes adverse conditions (i.e. weather, bugs) and long field days and a flexible schedule will be required. A valid driver's license and clean driving record is mandatory. Candidates must meet the university's entrance requirements: http://www.afns.ualberta.ca/en/Graduate/DoctorofPhilosophy.aspx The position can begin immediately but no later than May 2015. Interested individuals should send questions or a cover letter with research interests, a resume describing relevant education, work experience and the names of references to: Dr. Cameron Carlyle cameron.carlyle@ualberta.ca, (780) 492-2546 or Dr. Edward Bork, edward.bork@ualberta.ca, (780) 492-3843).

Summer Internships Available- 2015; U.S. Food and Drug Administration Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory Dauphin Island, AL
Three positions are currently available for 10- to 12- week internships supporting research at the FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (GCSL)/Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Dauphin Island, AL. This Division is within the Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition CFSAN).

Research will be performed in the development and application of microbiological and molecular assays to address the occurrence of hazards in seafood. Awardees of the internships will be performing research in one of the following areas of investigation:

1. Intern will be working with the decomposition team on molecular-based identification of histamine-producing bacteria through DNA sequence analysis of the histidine decarboxylase gene. In addition, the intern will assist with current project through histamine analysis using the AOAC fluorometric method and quantification of histamine-producing bacteria by MPN real-time PCR. Applicants should have a microbiology background with some chemistry experience.

2. Intern will be working with the virus team to determine infectivity of enteric viruses found in shellfish implicated in norovirus outbreaks. The intern will concentrate and extract enteric viruses from shellfish to compare RT-PCR units versus infectious units determined by plaque assay from the concentrate of the outbreak associated shellfish. Applicants should have experience in real time PCR and general microbiological aseptic techniques.

3. Intern will help support two projects. The first is a validation of a direct plating method for enumerating male-specific coliphage in wastewater for use in the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. The second is evaluating the effects of post-harvest handling practices on levels of pathogenic Vibrio spp. in oysters using real time PCR. Applicants should have a background in traditional and molecular microbiology.

The participants will assist senior scientists in planning and conducting studies and related activities in support of the FDA’s mission. The ideal applicant will have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree program. Applicants with a Doctorate’s degree will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until March 13, 2015 for the internships starting in mid- to late- May, 2015. Start and end dates are flexible. To apply, please send CV/resume and two letters of reference to Dr. William Burkhardt (William.Burkhardt@fda.hhs.gov). If you are selected for the internship, college transcripts (official or unofficial) and proof of health insurance will be required.

Stipend: $450/ week + relocation assistance (up to $250)

 


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 Dr. Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Associate Editor is Crystal N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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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