Diedre Ribbens

Diedre Ribbens is a science writer, editor and communicator based in Minneapolis. She earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Connect with her on LinkedIn or by Email.).


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In bloom: plant science jobs

2/23/2017 12:53:47 PM

Winter dreariness is on its way out, and spring blooms are just around the corner. It seems like an opportune time to take a look at jobs in the realm of plant science!

The University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (Stevens Point, Wisc.) seeks an assistant professor of plant physiology. This tenure-track professor will teach courses in plant physiology and introductory biology and will lead a senior seminar. Plan for undergraduate research involvement and student advising duties. Requires a Ph.D. in plant physiology or a related field as well as teaching experience.

The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences (La Jolla, Calif.) seeks a research assistant in plant molecular and cellular biology. The laboratory hosting the position uses a systems genetics approach to elucidate mechanisms of root growth and the relationship to a plant’s genes. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a biological science or a related field.

Syngenta (various Midwest locations) seeks a plant scientist whose role will “drive genetic gain by improving experimental designs, data analysis and statistics.” The scientist will use computational breeding tools, trait development and product selection, and he/she will develop new tools. Requires a Ph.D. in statistics, data science or computational biology.

North Carolina State University (note that this job is in Beltsville, Md.) seeks a research scholar to work in the department of entomology and plant pathology. The scholar will assist in research aimed at detecting and identifying plant quarantine pathogens. Require a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree in plant pathology, bioinformatics or a related field.

Betaseed (Shakopee, Minn.) seeks an agricultural research technician in plant breeding to improve plant and crop growth of sugar beets. The technician will conduct tasks associated with growing and breeding plants, collect plant tissue samples for DNA marker tests and conduct other research activities. Requires an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in plant science. Tractor driving experience is preferred!

The Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, Ill.) seeks a Science First assistant to help the manager of secondary education and career programs with Science First. This includes class and field activities, preparing for laboratory and field projects, and working with the students in the Science First program. Requires demonstrated leadership skills. Experience working with Chicago Public Schools students preferred.

VoloAgri (Woodland, Calif.) seeks a plant pathology assistant who can “support the ongoing plant pathology research projects aimed to the development of varieties with disease resistance.” The assistant will screen for disease resistance, identify plant pathogens, inoculate seedlings, and monitor plant disease progression, among other duties. Requires a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant science, biology or a related field.

The University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, Mo.) seeks an assistant extension professor of plant pathology who can develop and implement an education and outreach program focused on field crop and forages diseases. This position will also involve innovative research on plant diseases and field crops. Requires a Ph.D. in plant pathology or related discipline, postdoctoral training and evidence of success in obtaining extramural grant support.

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Neurobiology research jobs

2/10/2017 11:05:59 AM

You might be reading the title of this post and wondering, “Hmm, what is the difference between neurobiology and neuroscience? Are they the same thing?” Neurobiology focuses more on the anatomy and physiology of the brain, rather than on the mechanisms of action of how the brain works. In addition, neurobiology more broadly extends to other animal species, whereas neuroscience focuses primarily on the human brain. The two disciplines can work together and can require similar skill sets, but, if you’re looking to expand your horizons or dig into more the cell biology, anatomy or physiology aspects of the brain, check out some of the awesome neurobiology jobs highlighted below.

SRI International (Menlo Park, Calif.) seeks a neurobiology research associate to work in its Center for Neuroscience. This research associate will be involved in “meticulous record keeping,” including EEG records, assisting with surgery, facilitating behavioral assays, and other lab tasks. Requires “knowledge of scientific theory” and a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences or a related field.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville) seeks a research assistant for its neurobiology lab to “support ongoing (National Institutes of Health)-funded research in a diverse and energetic lab environment.” The assistant will follow research protocols, record results, and report them to the supervisor. Require a bachelor’s degree with no additional experience, but skills in mouse handling and genotyping (or an interest in learning these skills) are preferred.

Boston University (Boston) seeks a participant coordinator in the School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology. This employee will recruit second- and third-generation participants for studies at the Framingham Heart Study on brain MRI and neuropsychology. The participant coordinator will help organize and record appointments, confirm patients and other clerical tasks. Requires one to three years of experience and an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s degree is preferred.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) seeks a postdoctoral scientist for the Rosenthal lab. The lab focuses on cephalopods – squid, octopus and cuttlefish – and their ability to recode genetic information through RNA editing at extremely fast rates. The postdoc will carry out experiments to explore this RNA-editing mechanism’s potential applications to neurodegenerative disorders. The postdoc will interact closely with the principal investigator, the research group and the summer neurobiology community at the Marine Biological Laboratory for a minimum of three years. Requires a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or a related field with previous experience in molecular and cellular biology.

The University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh) radiology department seeks a research specialist to coordinate research studies aimed at understanding the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. The research group will used brain imaging to explore addiction, schizophrenia, ADHD and other afflictions. The research specialist will recruit, screen and schedule participants, as well as administer neurocognitive tests and clinical assessments per the study protocol. Requires a bachelor’s degree and two to three years of experience.

The University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.) seeks a molecular biologist/lab manager with an interest in molecular neurobiology. This lab manager will use lab techniques standard to molecular biology to generate transgenic zebrafish and mice, as well as manage activities in the Kramer lab. Requires hands-on lab experience and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience or a related discipline.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) seeks an assistant or associate professor of instruction for its department of neurobiology. This nontenure-track professor will teach six, quarter-long undergraduate courses and advise students, providing administrative support for the neuroscience major. Requires a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field.

The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.) seeks a postdoctoral fellow for the Westerman lab. This postdoc will research “the genetics and neurobiology of mate preference plasticity in butterflies…[and] the mechanisms underlying behavioral diversity and plasticity, with a focus on sensory system development and visual learning.” Requires a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related field, with a background in neurobiology, genomics and/or development.

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Microbiome research jobs

2/3/2017 11:29:42 AM

A community of microbes living inside an organism is called a microbiome, just as a collection of all the genes in an organism is a genome and a collection of proteins in an organism is a proteome. The microbiome is a hot area of research full of possibilities for scientists at all levels of experience. From immunology to bioenergy, there’s a wide variety of research positions available. Here’s a sampling.

Siolta Therapeutics (San Francisco) at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences seeks a scientist in microbiome analysis to support its “therapeutic development program focused on prevention/treatment of airway inflammation through manipulation of the gut microbiome.” The scientist will help collect and analyze microbiome datasets, as well as maintain knowledge of microbiome literature. Requires a Ph.D. in microbiology, microbial genomics, microbial ecology, microbial bioinformatics, or a related field, as well as experience with next-generation sequencing and analysis.

Second Genome (San Francisco) seeks a microbiome assay development scientist with experience in analytical and experimental techniques to investigate the composition and function of microbial communities. This position requires an M.S. or higher degree in microbiology, molecular biology, genomics or a related field, as well as experience with next-generation sequencing and library preparation techniques.

uBiome (San Francisco) at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences seeks an R&D scientist to be part of its international microbiome research team. Join the team in designing projects and programs while maintaining knowledge of the field. Requires a Ph.D. in molecular biology or a related field, as well as experience in molecular biology techniques and microbiome biology.

Human Longevity Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) seeks a bioinformatics scientist to aid in its goal of compiling “the most comprehensive and complete human genotype, microbiome, metabolome, proteome, and phenotype database available.” This scientist will develop and apply novel algorithms to identify patterns and will carry out analyses with the information from -omic analyses. Requires a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, computer science or a closely related field with a focus on next-generation sequencing applications.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.) seeks a bioscience scientist to work on “multi-disciplinary projects involving topics such as genomics and bioinformatics, biosecurity, biosurveillance, bioenergy, environmental microbiology, biophysical chemistry, and structural biology.” Specifically, the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group works on characterizing microbiomes and elucidating biochemical pathways. Requires a Ph.D. in a biological science.

Bennett Aerospace (Vicksburg, Miss.) Engineer Research and Development Center seeks a research scientist to help “provide a fundamental understanding of microbial processes involved in contaminant biodegradation, microbial ecology, and host-microbiome interactions.” Requires a master’s degree in microbiology and an ability to use both traditional and analytical biochemical approaches to understand microbial processes.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) seeks a research scientist to work in the microbiome program. The scientist should have experience writing grants and representing their research at meetings. Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of six years of postdoctoral research training.


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