Jobs at Hispanic-serving institutions

10/12/2018 4:52:53 PM

The ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee is committed to enhancing cultural diversity in the sciences by raising the status and visibility of underrepresented minorities. That’s why the ASBMB is proud to have exhibited this week at the 2018 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

In honor of SACNAS and its work promoting STEM diversity, the careers blog features a collection of resources for scientists interested in pursuing academic careers at colleges and universities officially certified as Hispanic-serving institutions. Be sure to check out the related posts (see below) for more resources related to careers that support diversity in STEM efforts.   

Resources for undocumented students  

If you work with Hispanic students, it’s important to be aware of the many challenges they face in accessing higher-education opportunities. Those students who are undocumented immigrants have even more barriers. As Arianna Celis Luna pointed out in a personal essay in the ASBMB Today about the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program*, undocumented students are ineligible for financial aid and federal funding and may not be able to apply for admission to specific universities or programs. But, as Luna concludes, these are just hurdles that need to be overcome. And, personally, I think it is the science community’s responsibility to help connect these students with the resources to do so. Here are just a few resources for undocumented and DACA-status students that we have run across recently.  

•     The Golden Door Scholars program is providing up to 50 college scholarships for DACA students to pursue undergraduate studies in STEM fields. High school students, current undergraduates and transfer students are welcome to apply. Scholarships will preferentially be used at partner institutions. Recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in internships, receive mentoring and other career-development opportunities. The application deadline is Oct. 25. (H/t to the Twitter account 500womenscientists for sharing this information.)  

•     Matthew Cover, professor at California State University Stanislaus, has crowdsourced a list of summer research and professional-development programs for undocumented college students in STEM fields that is published on his website. Contact him to add any additional resources to the list.  

•     ASBMB MAC chair Sonia Flores previously wrote in the AToday about the many benefits of the proposed Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act for science students. While, unfortunately, the DREAM Act has not become reality yet, Flores provides a useful list of funding support and resources for DACA students in this article.  

•     The Ford Foundation Fellowship program provides predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships with the specific intent of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity of faculties at academic institutions in the U.S. and to promote the use of diversity to enhance the educational experiences received by students. Individuals with DACA status are eligible to apply. The application deadlines are in December. See the program website for more details.  

*Note: It seems the current status of the DACA program is that renewal applications can still be submitted.


Academic jobs at HSIs  

One avenue to reach a broad base of Hispanic students to mentor and encourage their pursuits of STEM careers is to work as a faculty member at a Hispanic-serving institution. HSI is a U.S. Department of Education designation for any institution of higher education with an enrollment of full-time undergraduate students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. Many of these schools also belong to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. A listing of HSI members and affiliated/partner institutions are included in the HACU member directory. The HACU also provides an academic job board and an option for Hispanic professionals to submit a resume to the ProTalento database. SACNAS also hosts a career center with a job board. Here is a quick roundup of open faculty jobs at HSIs.  

•     The Department of Biology at Mills College (Oakland, Calif.) is in search of a part-time visiting professor in developmental genetics to teach undergraduate courses and organize a STEM professionals lecture series. The goal of the professorship program is to promote teaching excellence and expose students to careers and networks outside the college. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biological sciences, experience with innovative teaching methodologies and commitment to working with multicultural students. Review of applications begins Oct. 15.   

•     The Department of Biology at Sonoma State University is hiring a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant-professor level in the area of molecular biology. The incumbent will be expected to teach undergraduate/graduate courses and establish an externally funded research program in areas that may include but are not limited to cell signaling, neurobiology, microbiomes, host‐parasite interactions or synthetic biology. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and experience in postdoctoral research and working with undergraduate students. The application deadline is Nov. 16.  

•     The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California–Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant-professor level in the area of environmental health science. In particular, research should focus on the mechanistic understanding of how organisms are affected by environmentally-derived stressors. The faculty member will advise both Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students and teach undergraduate courses in environmental and organismal health. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, one year of postdoctoral experience and a strong research track record. The application deadline is Nov. 30.  

•     Morton College (Cicero, Ill.) is recruiting for a tenure-track instructor with experience in teaching microbiology and general biology. The instructor also may teach botany and environmental science labs. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in biology. No application deadline is provided.  

•     Santa Monica Community College is seeking a tenure-track instructor to teach lecture and laboratory courses in cellular and molecular biology, genetics and evolution for biology majors and general biology courses for non-majors. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in the biological sciences. The application deadline is Nov. 19.


HSI STEM grants  

HSIs are eligible to apply for specific funding from the DoE for HSI STEM program grants. The goal is to increase the number of Hispanic students graduating (or transferring to four-year degree programs) in STEM fields. The funded programs often need program coordinators to manage these efforts. Here is a sampling of programs currently hiring. You also can check out the list of recent HSI STEM grant awardees to find institutions that may be hiring in the future. (Note: I am unsure about the current status of funding for the program as it seems the last round of awards was in 2017.)  

•     Reedley College (part of the State Center Community College District in California) is looking for a STEM-4-STEM program counselor and coordinator to manage its Student Transfer, Engagement and Mentoring for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program. Duties include recruiting participants, developing related programming and curriculum, providing career counseling services and evaluating program outcomes. Note: The minimum qualifications state a master’s degree in a counseling or related field. However, the desired qualifications include familiarity with a STEM discipline, so I suggest reaching out to check further on qualifications. The application deadline is Oct. 27.  

•     Contra Costa College (part of the Contra Costa Community College District in California) is hiring a program assistant to provide logistical support for events, activities and support services related to its HSI STEM student retention programs. There are no minimum qualifications included in the job posting. No application deadline is provided.  

•     Amarillo College is seeking a curriculum specialist to integrate undergraduate research-based curriculum into biology courses and programs. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in the biological sciences and three years of teaching experience in higher education. No application deadline is provided.


Bonus job posting  

Arizona State University is hiring three postdoctoral research scholars in biology education to work within the Research for Inclusive Science Education center. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology, science education or a related field. The application deadline is Oct. 30.


Related posts  

•     Faculty-hiring season commences

•     Diversity support programs for academic careers

•     Science careers at HBCUs

•     Careers to support diversity in science efforts

•     Community college jobs

•     Academic administration positions

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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Women’s cancer research jobs and resources

10/5/2018 2:05:27 PM

During October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people all across the country are donning their finest pink attire and lacing up their sneakers to participate in races for the cure. These events spread awareness of the importance of early-cancer screenings, build community support and raise needed funds for research. At the ASBMB, we join these efforts by sharing a collection of our members’ personal stories and research advances in breast cancer. (And, ICYMI, last month we observed another important health observance related to women’s cancer. See the health observances webpage for information related to National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.) We are proud to support our members who are leading the way in women’s cancer research. This week on the careers blog, we looked more into research funding and job opportunities related to women’s cancer research for those of you also considering such a career path.   

Research grants and fellowships  

To identify research grant and fellowship opportunities, we searched through the websites of top funders of women’s cancer research. Additionally, we reviewed recent press releases for other foundations working in this funding landscape. This list definitely is not all inclusive. You can further find opportunities by doing a little more research to identify which organizations are most active in cancer-research initiatives (e.g., review the websites of the organizations below for sponsors and collaborating partners).  

  • The American Cancer Society awards postdoctoral fellowships to recent Ph.D. graduates who are starting to train for independent careers in any area of cancer research. Funding is provided for three years with a progressive stipend. The next application deadline is Oct. 15.

  • The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer is accepting applications for its scientific scholar award program that provides two years of funding for postdoctoral or early-career scientists (both U.S. and international applicants). The application deadline is Dec. 3.

  • The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation provides a number of small grants in areas that include research and community outreach. The application deadline is Dec. 14.

  • Friends For An Earlier Breast Cancer Test invites applications on a rolling basis for pilot projects focused on improving the early detection of breast cancer, especially biologically or immunologically based tests. The next round of proposals is due Dec. 15.

  • The Susan G. Komen charity offers a number of research grants, including graduate training in disparities research, postdoctoral fellowships and career-catalyst research awards. Review the website for more details and to stay updated on when funding announcements are posted.

  • The Foundation for Women’s Cancer awards a number of women’s cancer research grants and postdoctoral fellowships. Most application due dates have passed for this year, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year and create a grant-planning calendar. Additionally, check out the award sponsors for ideas on potential employers who are active in this research area.

  • The DoD’s office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program funds research in many disease areas that include breast and ovarian cancers. Funding opportunities include early-career investigator and fellowship awards. Review the archived funding opportunities page to see what they fund. FYI, there is a current funding call in the breast cancer research program for breakthrough awards. Senior postdocs who are not eligible for the fellowship award are eligible to apply for level I and II awards. See the funding announcement for more details. The letter of intent is due Nov. 1 with an application deadline of Nov. 15. 

  • Previously, we covered career resources related to the National Cancer Institute in a post on shooting for a career in cancer research. Be sure to check that out for more information about NCI-funded research programs and other useful resources.

Weekly jobs roundup

Jobs were found for this week’s roundup by searching generic and cancer-research related job boards with combinations of keywords that included “cancer research” and women’s, gynecologic, breast or ovarian. There were lots of positions found. Here is just a small sampling.
  • The Indiana University School of Medicine is recruiting faculty to develop a breast cancer-focused research program in the areas of genomic medicine and precision health. Minimum qualifications include an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and demonstrated research excellence in the field of breast cancer research. The priority application deadline is Nov. 23.

  • The laboratory of Michael Birrer within the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center is hiring a postdoctoral researcher focused on the genomics of ovarian cancer. Projects range from biomarker identification for early-disease detection to the testing of novel therapeutics. No application deadline is provided. (Note: Contact information for the PI is provided in the post, and I recommend reaching out to see if this position is still open.)

  • The Functional and Chemical Genomics Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (Oklahoma City) has openings for several postdoctoral fellows. One position may be available in the lab of Magdalena Bieniasz to study the role of oncogenic drives in ovarian cancer progression and drug resistance. No application deadline is provided.

  • The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) is searching for a research technician to perform research related to studying DNA damage response and differentiation control in mammary epithelial cells, with implications for understanding the molecular basis of breast cancer. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry. No application deadline is provided.

  • The Gayther Lab within the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) is hiring both a laboratory manager and research associate. The lab is focused on identifying genetic risk loci related to the development of ovarian, breast and prostate cancers. Both positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of relevant lab experience. No application deadlines are provided.

  • The Susan G. Komen charity has several openings for positions that require a scientific background. Current jobs listed include a scientific programs manager and research grants manager. See the website for more details and qualifications. No application deadlines are provided.    

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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Fall 2018: Career resources and blog recap

9/26/2018 5:05:46 PM

It’s time, yet again, for another blog recap, to help you catch up on the latest career advice and resources that the ASBMB has to offer. This post also happens to mark my one-year anniversary writing for the ASBMB Careers Blog (and I feel like breaking open a bottle of champagne as I write this post, but I’ll stick to my usual overly caffeinated writer buzz instead). IMO, the No. 1 benefit of being a freelancer is the option to work with clients who reflect your values as well. Therefore, it has been a pleasure to work with an organization that is truly dedicated to supporting early-career scientists. OK, sentiments aside, here is a collection of useful career resources and upcoming reminders, along with that blog recap I promised. 

Career advice and resources  

  • Last week, the ASBMB celebrated National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week with a series of live #PostdocLife Twitter chats covering topics related to staying in the academic career track, jobs outside academia and other useful career advice. Look up #ASBMBLovesPostdocs or these daily roundups of tweets to catch up on the conversations.  
  • Faculty hiring season is in full swing, and, recently, the ASBMB hosted a professional-development webinar with an insider’s take on what faculty search committees are looking for. You can watch the archived webinar online or see this AToday article for a synopsis. (Also, don’t forget to check out the ASBMB Job Board if you are on the faculty job hunt. There are lots of positions at the assistant-professor level listed right now.)  

Scicomm skills and training  

  • The ASBMB’s Art of Science Communication course begins Oct. 1 and registration is open until that date. During the eight-week course, participants will learn the fundamentals of communicating complex scientific information to a nontechnical audience with an emphasis on presentations. The course is $25 for ASBMB members. (FYI, if you have previously taken the course, it is possible to serve as a course mentor in the future, which provides valuable training in how to teach science-communication skills as well.)  
  • If you’re interested in further building your science-communications portfolio or just adding your voice to the discussion to help other scientists, you can write for the AToday as a guest contributor. There are open calls for submissions for several series right now. This includes submissions for the January issue focused on wellness. The editorial staff is looking for your thoughts on how scientists can stay well (both physically and mentally) and expressed as written works, photography or other visual media. The deadline for submitting topic ideas is Oct. 15.     

Annual meeting planning  

  • It’s not too early to be thinking about the ASBMB annual meeting to be held April 6–9, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Abstract submissions are due by Nov. 14. In addition to traditional posters and presentations, the meeting will once again feature spotlight talks, which is a great way to practice your scicomm skills and get your name out in front of a large audience. (And, if you need some guidance on writing an abstract, check out these tips from the Journal of Biological Chemistry’s technical editor Martin Spiering.)  
  • There are a number of travel awards available for the ASBMB annual meeting with an application due date of Nov. 27. The application system will open soon. Note: In order to apply for travel awards, applicants must also have submitted a first-author conference abstract by the due date.  
  • Additionally, nominations are open for the JBC’s Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award* until Oct. 31. A scientist at any career stage who is the first author on an exceptional paper published in JBC can be nominated. The awardees will be recognized for their accomplishments in ASBMB publications and invited to present at the ASBMB annual meeting.  

* This year also marks a major milestone for Herbert Tabor, former JBC editor-in-chief and scientist extraordinaire, who will be turning 100 years young! Help the ASBMB celebrate by submitting your personal stories or other reflections on how his scientific legacy has affected your career.  

Careers blog recap  

Last, but not least, here is a recap of recent posts on the ASBMB Careers Blog. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing this blog, it’s that the number of possible science career paths is limitless. There are so many topics to cover and so little time! If you have a specific career path you’d like me to research further, feel free to comment below or reach out to the ASBMB on Twitter and tag your post with #ASBMBCareers.  

July 2018  

August 2018  


September 2018  

Past blog recaps  

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

Stay updated on new posts by following the ASBMB on social media  or click “follow” on this blog (must be a member and signed in). Also, be sure to check out the   ASBMB Job Board  for even more job listings