AAAS and NSF looking for female US faculty researchers in STEM to attend Gender Summit 6

[Deadline is in 3 weeks, via Victoria McGovern]

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support and funding from the National Science Foundation, is currently seeking U.S. female faculty researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) who are interested in attending the Gender Summit 6 (GS6), in Seoul, South Korea, on August 24-31, 2015.

AAAS is releasing travel awards to US female faculty researchers to attend GS6, with the goal of creating new international networks and initiating plans for future collaborations with foreign counterparts in STEM research.

If you are interested in creating and sustaining an International Research Collaboration network, submit your application today at the following link:http://www.cvent.com/d/7rqc7q/1Q

NSF Poststdoc opportunity for Research using biological collections

Earlier this year the NSF released a postdoc opportunity for research to use Biological Collections. In particular these can be strain collections and stock collections. The US Culture Collection Network is a Research Coordination Network which brings together many collaborating culture collections. You can find many of the U.S. living collections there include fungal centers like the Phaff Yeast Collection and Fungal Genetics Stock Center. The Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium at U Arizona under Elizabeth Arnold‘s leadership has developed a rich collection of endophyte fungi which would be another excellent environment to work with these resources. Kyria Boundy-Mills who is the curator of the Phaff collection has also expressed interest in either hosting or helping working with a postdoc on this. There is tremendous biodiversity of the fungi available in these and other culture collections so seems like a great chance to tap into these.
This would be a great opportunity to link work in the 1000 Fungal genomes project and sampling from culture collections (not just sequencing, but growing and characterizing growth, carbon source utilization and integrating that with predictions made from genome comparisons). If this is something interesting to you – do get in touch with some of the curators at these collections, but also my lab and I expect many other labs would be interested hosting someone to work on these questions that take advantage of these living collections of fungi.
Proposals are to be submitted by potential post docs. Submitter must be a US citizen or US permanent resident. The next deadline is November 3, 2015Funding total for the program is $8 million, 40 awards anticipated, up to two years. Here’s some key text from the solicitation:

Competitive Area 2. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Using Biological Collections.

Biological research collections represent the documented scientific history of life on Earth, and the U.S. museum community alone curates over a billion specimens ranging from bacteria to plants, insects and vertebrates, as well as fossils. Across the globe, collections represent critical infrastructure and support essential research activities in biology and its related fields. Scientists, government agencies, industry and citizens utilize collections to document and understand evolution and biodiversity, study global change, formulate advice on conservation planning, educate the general public, improve interactions between sciences, and devise new practical applications from science to every day life. New technologies supported by NSF in digitization, such as the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program, are making collections and their associated data, whether they are physical specimens, text, images, sounds, or data tables, searchable in online databases. Despite this clear progress in improving access to physical specimens and their associated metadata, collections remain under-utilized for answering contemporary questions about fundamental aspects of biological processes. Thus, collections are poised to become a critical resource for developing transformative approaches to address key questions in biology and potentially develop applications that extend biology to physical, mathematical, engineering and social sciences. This postdoctoral track seeks transformative approaches that use biological collections in highly innovative ways to address grand challenges in biology. Priority may be given to applicants who integrate biological collections and associated resources with other types of data in an effort to forge new insight into areas traditionally funded by BIO. Examples of key questions in biology of interest include, but are not limited to, links between genotype and phenotype, evolutionary developmental biology, comparative approaches in functional and developmental neurobiology, and the biophysics of nanostructures. Using collections as a resource for grand challenge questions in biology is expected to present new opportunities to advance understanding of biological processes and systems, inspiring new discoveries in areas with relevance to other disciplines with overlapping interests in biological systems. Applicants must document access to the selected collection(s) in the research and training plan.

Grad Student postion: Hynson lab for Fungal Ecology, U Hawaii

Thinking about graduate school for 2016 and interested in Fungal ecology and evolution?

Graduate Student Opportunities in Fungal Ecology

The Hynson lab at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Department of Botany is currently recruiting highly motivated, enthusiastic, and well-qualified graduate students for Fall 2016 enrollment. In particular, I am seeking students interested in the ecology and evolution of terrestrial orchid mycorrhizae. However, students with strong backgrounds in fungal biology, ecology and/or evolution that are interested in systems other than orchid mycorrhizae will also be considered. I am primarily seeking graduate student applicants at the PhD level, but will consider MSc applicants as well. Interested parties should send by email me a copy of their current academic resume or CV, their unofficial transcripts and a brief statement of their research interests for grad school.

For more information on the Hynson Lab and how to apply see: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nhynson/Hynson_Lab/Welcome.html or contact Nicole Hynson at nhynson@hawaii.edu

Job: Fungal RefSeq Curator @NCBI

Fungi RefSeq curator position at NCBI

Original job post here.

Computercraft seeks a highly motivated individual who will use his or her biological expertise to support RefSeq sequence standards and to contribute functional annotation of both the sequence record and the companion resource, NCBI’s Gene database. The NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) project provides reference sequence standards that are used internationally for genome annotation. RefSeqs provide a stable reference for gene characterization, mutation analysis, expression studies, and polymorphism discovery.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the RefSeq project while using state-of-the art computational tools and databases.  Curators work on-site at the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Responsibilities:  

  • Evaluate and analyze sequence data from Fungi to provide the most complete and accurate reference sequences to define coding and non-coding transcripts, protein products, and genomic regions
  • Analyze phylogenetic trees supporting functional annotation and verifying species identification of genome data.Communicate with other scientists to ensure the highest quality data content for RefSeq records and the Gene database
  • Coordinate with model organism databases and other organism-specific interest groups to ensure timely processing of genomic sequence data and accurate display of annotation in NCBI resources
  • Collaborate with other scientists to expand the content for RefSeqs fungal genome ITS and rRNA records
  • Contribute toward NCBI initiatives to improve Fungal genome resources

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology and/or genomics of Fungi, or a related field
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Extensive experience with functional genome annotation of Fungi
  • Extensive experience with evaluating structural annotation of Fungi genomes
  • Experience in phylogenetic analysis of fungal sequences
  • Strong logic, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to adhere to established procedures
  • A detail-oriented perspective
  • A strong desire to support public scientific databases such as RefSeq and Gene

This is an intellectually challenging, detail-oriented position which will provide an excellent opportunity to use your biology expertise in a non-laboratory position. For more information about the RefSeq project and Gene, please see:

RefSeq: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/RefSeq/