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

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