DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program: Now Accepting Applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Solicitation 2.  

Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr/.   

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories/facilities. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 70 awards in 2019 Solicitation 2 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between June 15, 2020 and October 5, 2020.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 480 graduate awardees from 135 different U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at 18 DOE national laboratories/facilities across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities, and program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science



Two Open Tenure-Track Faculty Positions: Biological and Physical Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State University invites applications for up to two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level to start in the fall of 2020. Candidates with research interests in the areas of biological and/or physical chemistry are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded research program, and successful applicants will have a record of excellence in research and a commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Available departmental and institutional resources include an NMR facility, an X-ray crystallography facility, a high-resolution mass spectrometry lab, the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, and the High Performance Computing Collaboratory. Application review will begin October 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled. Applicants must apply online and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research plans, and a statement of teaching interests. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to search@chemistry.msstate.edu.

To apply online, see:  https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/en-us/job/498887/assistant-professor

MSU is an equal opportunity institution. Discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a US veteran, or any other status protected by law is prohibited. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

See also, the C&EN Jobs Ad:  https://chemistryjobs.acs.org/job/27792/assistant-professor/?LinkSource=PromotedJob

SASE: Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers

ATTN: Undergraduate Engineering, Chemistry, and Oceanography students

A lab-based course will be offered this Fall 2019 quarter on the SIO campus! Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to work as a team to develop instruments with oceanography applications. Specifically, students will have the experience of engaging in the overhaul and calibration of an autonomous sensor package that is used to measure and report real-time data (pH, oxygen, temperature, salinity, pressure) from the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.  

Students will be split into teams of 2-3, each with a specific area of focus (e.g. CAD, microcontroller, chemical method) and provided the choice to either work in their area of expertise or collaborate with others in an area of improvement.

SIO 179 – Marine Instrumental Methods

Fall qtr. 2019

Instructor:       Todd Martz, MESOM 337, x47466, trmartz@ucsd.edu

Location:         Scripps Makerspace

Time:               Mon, 11-12 (Lecture); Tue/Thurs 9am – 1pm (Lab)

Theme

Apply modern and classic techniques for analysis of seawater, introducing concepts of signal transduction, calibration, and measurement quality control.  Emphasis will be placed on computer automation to perform basic functions including instrument control, data storage, and on-the-fly calculations.  Students will apply techniques from several branches of engineering to the marine sciences.

Requirements

This is a hands-on laboratory course.  Students will complete a single term or several multi-week projects, working in groups of 2-3, and prepare one PowerPoint report per group per exercise.  Class meets once per week for up to 2 hours to cover theoretical overview and open discussion of the experiment or data analysis.  Homework will be in the form of laboratory preparation and completion of reports.

Laboratory time will be scheduled by the instructor based on availability of equipment and individual teams’ schedules and is expected to require ~6-8 hours per week.  Grades will be based on participation in lab, quality of the reports. Grading considerations will include comprehension of the material, presentation of data (i.e. quality of graphs, figures, and tables), data interpretation, report organization & overall clarity.  All lab reports undergo a single revision cycle and the grade is based on the revised report.

Prerequisite Knowledge

No prerequisite courses are required, but the advanced nature of projects is intended for those with some background knowledge in at least one area of engineering, physics, or chemistry.  Advanced concepts related to marine chemistry and engineering will be introduced and reviewed as needed. 

Course Materials

·         Computers and a variety of development tools will be available in the makerspace.

·         A variety of research quality instruments and sensors will be available through the instructor’s laboratory.

·         Any additional materials will be discussed during the first class period.

NANO 102 – Foundations in Nanoengineering: Chemical Principles

Professor Andrea Tao is offering a four-unit course on chemical principles involved in synthesis, assembly, and performance of nanostructured materials and devices. Chemical interactions, classical and statistical thermodynamics of small systems, diffusion, carbon–based nanomaterials, supramolecular chemistry, liquid crystals, colloid and polymer chemistry, lipid vesicles, surface modification, surface functionalization, catalysis. 

Prerequisites for the course include: Chem. 6C, Math. 20D, PHYS 2D, NANO 101, NANO 106

Students can petition to take the course concurrently with PHYS 2D. Students with majors in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department can use this class to fulfill an open elective by submitting a pre-approval petition. See petition details here.

University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium

The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce its 43rd Annual Symposium, Polymer Design Interfaces taking place on October 23rd and 24th, 2019. Registration is now open and student poster submissions are being accepted.

Registration and more information for the symposium can be found at https://macro.engin.umich.edu/symposium/

October 23rd: Professional Development Short Courses

This half-day series of talks is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. Speakers will present on a variety of topics including research engagement, non-traditional career pathways, mental health, and science & education outreach. An evening networking dinner will be held following the talks to which all symposium registrants are invited. 

October 24th: Polymer Design Interfaces

The symposium features invited talks by faculty and students. The poster session is open to all students as well as post-doctoral researchers, and covers research in all areas of polymer science and engineering. Industry sponsors will have booth space during the poster sessions to connect with students.

There is no registration fee. Two poster submissions will be elevated to invited talks, providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase research to leaders in the field. Please let us know if you have any questions about the event. We look forward to seeing you in October!

University of California: PRESIDENT’S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – Call for Applications!

THE PROGRAM. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. The contributions to diversity may include public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented. In some fields, the contributions may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. The program is seeking applicants with the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded for research conducted at any one of the University of California’s ten campuses. The award includes a salary starting at approximately $50,760 depending on field and experience, benefits including health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity.

ELIGIBILITY. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION. Apply online at: ppfp.ucop.edu

DEADLINE: November 1, 2019

2020–2021

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz,

More information: President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
University of California

visit online: ppfp.ucop.edu/info/ 

email: ppfpinfo@berkeley.edu

University Partnerships for Faculty Diversity Partner Programs with Carnegie Mellon University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, New York University, UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs, and the UC-affiliated National Labs. Please visit:  https://ppfp.ucop.edu/info/about-ppfp/partnerships.html

Call for Mentors for 5th Annual Girls in STEAM Conference!

The Preuss School UCSD High School Robotics Team is hosting their 5th Annual Girls in STEAM Conference on Saturday September 28th and are looking for female STEAM professionals/graduate students to volunteer for a few hours.  If interested, please refer to the link below:

https://forms.gle/9CmYnvgbPNCKGAzn8

Recruitment of Postdoctoral Scientist or Research Staff: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

The Diaz lab in marine microbial biogeochemistry is looking for a postdoctoral scientist or research staff to join our team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.  The ideal candidate will have experience in protein purification and recombinant protein expression.  Research topics will include the discovery of novel enzymes related to nutritional acquisition of phosphorus by phytoplankton, as well as microbial production of extracellular reactive oxygen species.  Results from these projects are expected to reveal how ocean life responds and adapts to a range of environmental stress.  There is a potential for participation in oceanographic fieldwork, but this is not required.  If interested, please contact Dr. Julia Diaz (j2diaz@ucsd.edu).

Diaz lab websites:

 www.juliamdiaz.wordpress.comhttp://scrippsscholars.ucsd.edu/j2diaz