Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oceans Research Internship in South Africa

The Oceans Research Internship Program enables aspiring scientists and conservationists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna of Southern Africa, including great white sharks.

This is a unique internship experience where students gain exposure to a wide variety of projects and in depth aspects of practical field research on species such white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, Southern right whales and smaller benthic shark species. Research will be done both at sea and on land. During your stay you play a vital role, from data collection to data management. We use your collected data to advise various industries, including the government, on real-time issues in marine conservation.

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilization in Southern Africa’s coastal society.

Oceans Research specializes in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals and terrestrial carnivores; we advise governmental and non-governmental bodies on relevant conservation issues.

Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities.

Oceans Research Internship costs

  • $2, 300 USD - 1 month Sept 2017 to May 2018
  • $2,700 USD - 1 Month June to August 2018
  • $2, 300 USD - 1 Month Sept to Dec 2018


The price includes:

  • Dorm accommodation
  • Traditional meals
  • Program expeditions
  • Tuition and mentoring
  • Program instructors
  • Adventure of a lifetime
For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.oceans-campus.com/programs/oceans-research-internship/

MS- or BS- level Bacteriophage Microbiologist Position at Adaptive Phage Therapeutics

New opportunity for an MS- or BS- level Bacteriophage Microbiologist to join the current team at Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, a startup located in Gaithersburg, MD.

Our group is seeking an enthusiastic microbiologist to screen, amplify and purify bacteriophages from the environment with clinically sourced bacterial strains. The final purified phage products will have direct therapeutic applications.

Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT) is a startup founded by an award-winning and highly respected emeritus NIH scientist. APT’s technology has already been shown to be effective in animals and in humans. APT aims to rapidly expand its therapeutic relevance and expects to be treating large numbers of patients in the near future. As such, this is an opportunity for the right person to join the team of what will become a large and significant biotech company.

Major responsibilities: 

  • Screen environmental samples for reactive bacteriophage, to isolate and purify single-plaqued phage
  • Screen clinical bacterial strains against amplified libraries of purified phage
  • Amplify and purify large amounts of reactive phage for therapeutic usage
  • On-call availability to produce patient-ready phage products on demand
  • Maintain procedural documentation to meet FDA guidelines, recommend improvements in the process 

Job requirements:

  • The candidate should hold an MS and/or BS degree, plus a minimum of two years of experience in bacteriophage work. GMP laboratory production experience a plus.
  • The candidate should be familiar with all relevant microbiological and bacteriophage techniques, including: screening of phage, harvesting of bacteriophage plaques, inoculating bacterial cultures, amplification of phage, purification of phage, titration of phage. BSL-2 laboratory experience a plus.
  • The candidate should have flexible availability to produce amplified phage for critically-ill clients at desired times.
  • The candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • The candidate should have outstanding references. Prior government or military experience a plus. 

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience; benefits are industry-standard.

To apply: Please email cover letter and resume to HR@aphage.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale

The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University hosts an intensive Summer Institute in Bioethics for U.S. and international participants.

The “Foundations” component runs from June 1st - 9th and consists of an introduction to ethical theory along with a review of bioethical principles, theories, terms, and history, and concludes with a site visit to The Hastings Center in NY.  The remainder of the program covers ethical issues pertaining to a broad range of topics including medicine, law, religion, public health, disability ethics, animal ethics, and the environment. Lectures in the morning are followed by small-group mini-courses in the afternoons.  Participants can choose from over 20 mini-courses.

Participants include graduate students and professionals along with a few select undergraduates. Participants receive mentoring from experts in the field and have ample opportunity to tailor the program to meet their career & research goals.

A small percentage of top participants will be invited to participate in “Fast Track” which provides weekly 1:1 tutoring to help participants complete a paper - to be submitted to a journal by the end of the program.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis.  Just a few slots remain!
* Two Partial Scholarships Remain *

Tuition: $1,800 (undergraduates); $2,200 (graduate students); $3,200 (professionals)
Rates for this 2-month program are comparable to 1-week summer programs at similar institutions.

Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost.

Program dates: June 1 - July 22, 2017
For further information, including a full list of seminars, see: 
bioethics.yale.edu/sherwin-b-nuland-summer-institute-bioethics or contact
Lori Bruce, Program Director, at Lori.Bruce@Yale.edu

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Temporary Entomology Research Internship

A temporary research assistant position is available with the Entomology program at Virginia Tech’s tree fruit and wine grape research center in Winchester, VA, beginning mid-May. Our work with the brown marmorated stink bug requires assistance until the end of October, so a graduating senior who can be available through this period is sought.

Those having experience and interest in entomology, ecology, and/or horticulture are preferred.  Duties will involve assisting senior scientist, technician, and PhD students with applied insect ecology and behavior research in laboratory, orchard, and vineyard settings, including implementing experiments, data collection and entry, maintenance of plant material and insect colonies, record keeping and other related tasks. Familiarity with the use of dissecting microscopes is advantageous. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license. By Virginia Tech policy, a background check of successful applicants will be required, following the start of employment.

The wage offered is $11.00/hour for 40 hours/week.

To apply and for further information, please submit a current resume with the name, e-mail, and phone number of 3 references to:

Dr. Chris Bergh
Telephone: (540) 869-2560 ext.32
E-mail: cbergh@vt.edu

For information about the Winchester Entomology program, see:

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fire Effects Summer Job in National Park


Hiring 1-2 more fire effects monitors (GS-05-0404) that will be based out of Luray, Virginia (Shenandoah National Park) for the 2017 Summer season. See hyperlink for job announcement below.

 
Primary responsibilities will include fire effects plot sampling requiring extensive travel through the Northeast Region (Virginia to Maine) and data entry/management. Opportunities also exist for participation in prescribed and wildland fire activities.

Please note the First Consideration Date of March 28, 2017 on the announcement.

The DOI Fire Hires Contact page is not updated as of today but if you have questions regarding the position, please  contact Lane Gibbons (NER Lead Fire Effects Monitor) at 540-999-3500 ext. 3393 or lane_gibbons@nps.gov.