Friday, July 10, 2020

Maryland Sea Grant Graduate Assistant - College Park

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is seeking a Graduate Assistant (GA) to help support our research and administration team. The GA will have a flexible schedule in which they will be responsible for several tasks, including: 1) supporting proposal and fellowship competitions; 2) supporting recruitment and application efforts for the National Science Foundation-funded MDSG Research Experience for Undergraduates program and other fellowships; 3) supporting MDSG workshops and professional development events; and 4) collaborating on special projects developed by the research team.

This position is for 20 hours/week and follows the UMCES General Stipend Levels (GRA I $25,060.67; GRA II $26,176.88 for 12 months). It includes health benefits and tuition remission (10 credit hours each for the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as 4 credit hours for Summer session). The GA will report to Jenna Clark and Mike Allen.

See the full position posting here. To apply, please email research@mdsg.umd.edu with the subject line "Sea Grant GA Application" and attach a single PDF with a cover letter, a two-page CV, and contact information for two references. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled, with review beginning August 17, 2020.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Science Communicator job - MD

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and
Application Network in Annapolis, Maryland, seeks a Science Communicator for its regional, national, and international projects. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of science communication products that support the goals and objectives of the projects assigned to them. The Integration and Application Network is a global leader in scientific synthesis, science communication, and ecosystem health report cards, with ongoing projects in the US, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Our projects seek to engage stakeholders and scientists to create solutions to difficult environmental problems. We are seeking a dynamic individual that can help advance these types of projects through effective visual science communication.

Please apply here: https://umces.peopleadmin.com/postings/1385

Applications will be reviewed starting on July 13th.

GIS analyst job - UC Davis - July 9th Deadline

The Cadenasso Landscape and Urban Ecology Lab at UC Davis, Department of Plant Sciences, seeks a GIS Analyst to fill a Research Data Analyst position. The GIS Analyst will work on interdisciplinary projects focused on water use and vegetation in Sacramento, CA. Within this overarching goal, the GIS Analyst will be responsible for locating, curating and analyzing datasets of urban tree inventories; mapping vegetation, parcel, and socio-demographic data; maintaining all appropriate metadata; and contributing to the documentation of methods. A basic understanding of ecology and environmental science is desired so that the candidate can meaningfully engage with the research. The successful candidate should expect to work with a variety of data and data types, be comfortable with ESRI ArcGIS, and be willing to learn new tools and techniques.

The Analyst will work closely with the Principal Investigator (Cadenasso), a Post-Doctoral Researcher, and undergraduate employees and interns located at UC Davis, as well as with members of the larger collaborative team located throughout California. The successful applicant is expected to generate high quality mapping products for reports, publications, and presentations and, maintain and organize databases. They will also be expected to engage with collaborators, handle data sharing, and be able to articulate the goals of the research project to a wide range of audiences, including academic, public agency, and local community groups. The Analyst will be considered a full member of the Cadenasso Lab, and as such will be expected to be an active member of a vibrant intellectual community, preparing for and attending lab meetings and providing critical feedback to other projects occurring in the lab.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in ecology, or related field, with strong GIS skills; Certificate in Geographic Information Systems desired.
  • Experience using ESRI ArcGIS software suites, specifically the tools and functions within ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro 2.5+, ArcMap 10.7+, Survey123 (online and desktop) & Collector for ArcGIS utilizing both tabular and geographic data creatively. Experience using & maintaining these software platforms on iPad and desktop connections is highly desired.
  • Willingness to think about and use various spatial tools creatively.
  • Familiarity with spatial statistics tools within ArcGIS.
  • Strong data and file management skills.
  • Familiarity with eCognition software a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; comfortable seeking data and information from other professionals by phone.
  • Flexibility to work both as a team member and independently.
  • Excited to work with diverse undergraduate interns and graduate students in the lab.
  • Willingness to travel to Sacramento for project meetings.
Duration: This position is full time and the initial offer will be for one year with up to a 6 month extension based on performance. Start date is negotiable, but on or before 1 August 2020 is highly desirable. The position includes salary and benefits commensurate with experience and demonstrated accomplishments.

To apply: Please send a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and expertise, what interests you about the position, and career goals. Include a CV and the names and addresses of 3 professional references that can be contacted. It may be helpful to review the Cadenasso Lab website to get a better idea of the type of research we do: cadenassolab@weebly.com   Email all materials as a single pdf file to Mary Cadenasso at MLCadenasso@ucdavis.edu  , with "Research Data Analyst" in the subject line. Applications will also need to be uploaded to the UC Davis HR site at: https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers.
Apply by July 9th.

PhD Position in Environmental Microbial Ecology at UW-Madison

Summary: The Freedman Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a PhD student to join our Soil Microbiology lab as soon as September 2020. Our research explores the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence soil microbial communities and the ecosystem processes they mediate in a global change context. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil microbiology, ecology or a related field as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Some experience with assessments of soil microbiomes and biogeochemical processes as well as comfort with statistical analyses and bioinformatics using R is preferred. A wide range of research topics are possible, including but not limited to: (1) investigating the effects of soil nutrient availability on coupled biogeochemical processes in natural and/or managed ecosystems, (2) exploring the influence of biotic interactions (for example, competition and predation) on microbiome diversity and function (3) the development of novel, quick and cost-effective tools to improve predictions of microbial processes in soil. 

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of $24,816 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should send a single document with 1) a CV, 2) a one-page personal statement describing your scientific interests and career objectives and 3) contact information for two or three professional references to Dr. Zac Freedman at zfreedman@wisc.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be instructed to submit a formal application to the UW-Madison Graduate School to be enrolled in the Soil Science Graduate Program (GRE required).

University and Community: UW-Madison has a strong culture of collaboration across fields, and the selected graduate student will interact with researchers from diverse fields, including microbiology, ecology and environmental studies. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about the campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Funded grad position in ecosystem ecology - Idaho State University

The Hale lab at Idaho State University currently has an opening for a graduate student (MS or PhD) to work on NSF-funded research in organic carbon biogeochemistry of intermittent stream networks. The position is funded with an RA for two years (additional years of funding available as a GTA). We are looking for a student who can start as early as Fall 2020 and no later than May 2021.

Come collaborate with a team of ecosystem ecologists and hydrologists to research how spatial and temporal patterns of stream drying affect sources and instream processing of organic carbon. The student will lead synoptic sampling campaigns across a small watershed in southeast Idaho and develop spatial stream network models of stream chemistry and organic carbon transformations. There is also the potential for to develop your own research project within this research (opportunities would include high-frequency sensing of DOC, stream metabolism, DOC uptake, or controls on greenhouse gas fluxes from intermittent streams).

See the lab website (https://rebeccahale.weebly.com ) for more information about ongoing lab research and the ISU Biology website for information on degree programs (https://www.isu.edu/biology/degree-programs/graduate-degrees/).

If interested, please send a letter with your research interests, experiences, and career goals, and a CV to Dr. Rebecca Hale at halereb3@isu.edu  .

Soil Microbiology Technician at U. of Florida Southwest FL Research and Education Center

Position: Biological Scientist I for the Soil Microbiology Lab at the UF-IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Work type: Staff Full-time, permanent position
Description: Conducts research to support the Soil Microbiology program at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL. The incumbent will assist in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field. Duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Preparing, maintaining and monitoring experimental trials in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field; collecting, processing, storing and maintaining soil samples from field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments.
  • Conducting various standard and specialized microbiology and molecular biology laboratory procedures such as DNA/RNA extraction/purification/quantification, gel electrophoresis, PCR and quantitative PCR, cloning, culturing; maintaining specialized scientific- or other equipment in and outside the laboratory; preparing microbiological media and chemical solutions; maintaining written and digital laboratory notebooks, maintaining laboratory in a way that work can be accomplished safely and efficiently.
  • Recording, analyzing and summarizing data and preparing graphs and tables using standard or specialized software.
  • Assisting in the preparation of written reports and publications and reviewing literature pertinent to the research area as deemed appropriate by the P.I.
  • Assisting with any related duties required, including purchases of supplies and services, as determined by the P.I.
Advertised Salary: 36,000 – 40,000 annually; commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Minimum requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology or a closely related life science field.
Preferred qualifications: 
  •      Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological research.
  •      Knowledge of basic principles of microbiology and/or soil sciences.
  •      Knowledge of agricultural production systems such as citrus and vegetables.
  •      Knowledge of standard laboratory practices.
  •      Skill in various standard laboratory procedures such as pipetting, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial/fungal culturing, maintaining detailed records from experiments.
  •      Skill in various specialized laboratory practices such as quantitative PCR, next generation sequencing.
  •      Ability to process large numbers of samples in an adequate time frame.
  •      Ability to use computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical analysis software such as R.
  •      Knowledge of principles of statistics and experimental design.
  •      Ability to plan and coordinate research assignments effectively.
  •      Ability to adhere to safe laboratory and other practices.
  •      Ability to work independently.
  •      Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  •      Ability to establish an effective working relationship with others.
  •      Ability to follow rules and regulations.
Additional characteristics of the position:
  • Working under harsh conditions (such as high heat and humidity) outdoors or in a greenhouse for prolonged periods of time.
  • Standing, walking or bending for extended periods of time
  • Lifting moderately heavy objects for short periods of time.
  • Occasional travel to field sites distant from the research station. 
Special instructions to applicants:
Must apply through the UF website:

Apply soon! Applications close July 14, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Science Teacher job - VA

A successful candidate does NOT have to be certified to teach.  The candidate should be interested in teaching, have a degree in one of the content areas and be willing to take and pass the PRAXIS assessment.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Internships on a US Senate Race

Merav Ben David is a prodigious climate scientist running for the US Senate in Wyoming. Her research was used to force Exxon and BP to pay fines after their respective oil spills in 1989 and 2010. Merav would be the first scientist in the senate since 1982, as well as the first woman scientist and the first climate scientist ever elected to the senate. She’s running on a smart, cohesive, progressive platform
Our staff includes wildlife biologists and former Warren and Clinton staffers! We are looking for summer interns to strengthen our team at least till the primary (August 18) and likely
through the general (November 3). 

Specifically, we’re looking for the following:

Design intern: You know how to design a good looking poster / flyer / postcard / banner / infographic. If you’re applying for the design position, send a portfolio of at least three designs you’ve made.

News and Social Media Intern: You are a news junkie who can put together social media content that elicits instant engagement. If you’re applying for the news and social media position, include your social handles or those you’ve managed in the past.

Policy Intern: You love to research any (political) topic and turn your research into policy recommendations

Organizing intern: You know how to turn 5 postcard writers into 20 phone bankers into 200 door knockers! Ideally, you have friends/connections all around Wyoming.

Scheduler: You are the most organized person you know, and you love helping other people stay
organized and on top of their priorities.

This is a very tough race in a deep red state, so when you send your resume to yoav@bendavid2020.com,
make sure to include one or two paragraphs about why you want to work specifically on Merav’s campaign.

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP - International Research Assistant

Employing Agency Name: Comité Afro Européen, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Contact's Name: Dr. Kansango Tchandema, MD

Email Address: kanstchand@yahoo.fr, dr.constant@lumata.org

Dates Needed: flexible - within range: August 1 – December 31, 2020

Weekly Hours Needed: flexible, to a total of 135 hours

Internship Description: This is a unique opportunity to play an important role in international science, working as a team member on a research project focused on plant biodiversity and the utilization of plant material for medical use. You will be working with medical and environmental scientists at the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and with the Washington DC-based NGO, Friends of the Congo. This virtual internship will rely on close e-mail interaction and communication in French with experienced Congolese research physicians and scientists; Google Translate provides an easy to use platform for effortless translation, and is the norm for doing international science—you will surely enjoy the experience! Dr Edward Landa of UMD-ENST will serve in an on-campus, liaison role during the internship. A highly varied set of assignments, including literature review, online research, database entry, preparation of GIS maps and story maps, PowerPoint presentations, and social media outreach. Great career-building skills!

Internship Application Requirements: Resume

Submit application: info@friendsofthecongo.org

Application deadline: July 31, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

EPA Environmental Risk and Health Outcomes Fellowship

A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health, and Integrated Toxicology Division (PHITD) located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Ward-Caviness lab at the Clinical Research Branch is devoted to an intimate understanding of the link between environmental exposures and disease as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms that may mediate exposure-related effects and/or increase exposure sensitivity.

There is a research training opportunity available in this lab for a motivated postdoc with broad, cross-disciplinary interests. The research participant would primarily be involved with the analysis of electronic medical records extracted from a large electronic health record database. The research participant will have the opportunity to be involved in the analysis of vital data, hospitalizations, and disease development as reflected in the electronic medical record and the linkage of this data to environmental exposures to determine the environmental determinants of health and wellness. This research project also entails understanding various clinical and social factors which may mediate or modify any associations from including medications, the built environment, and social determinants of health.

Apply here