5th Annual UCSD PhD Career Conference

5th Annual UCSD PhD Career Conference, Saturday, May 4, 2013. I am also happy to announce that our new Chancellor, Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla, is scheduled to give the Kickoff Address for the event!

And below, please take a moment to review the recap of the 2012 conference, including the complete brochure and new images from the day.


The 4th Annual PhD Career Conference attracts hundreds of graduate students and postdocs
Saturday, May 19, 2012

La Jolla, CA – PhD students, professional alumni from academia and beyond, postdocs and guests filled the UC San Diego’s Price Center East Ballroom to focus on life after graduate school at the annual PhD Career Conference, now in its fourth successful year. Students gathered to hear first-hand accounts from distinguished PhD professionals who have successfully transitioned to various careers, academic and otherwise. Attendance at this unique professional and career development event reached more than 300 for the third consecutive year.

Dr. Seth Lerer, Dean of the Division of Arts & Humanities at UCSD, kicked off the agenda with a tour de force lecture “Why Graduate School? Why Now?, directed at the continued importance of grad school in all disciplines. He stressed that traditional approaches and expectations upon graduating require innovative approaches and fresh perspectives, to meet the changing needs of today’s doctoral students both during their doctoral careers and after, when they confront a shifting, technology-based global economy…
To read the entire article and view images, please click here

Tenure-track appointment in Inorganic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University seeks candidates for a tenure-track appointment in Inorganic Chemistry. We encourage applications from creative and energetic young inorganic chemists with potential for developing a strong and independent research program. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests at the interface of the chemical and biological sciences, but all candidates will be evaluated. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses at the highest level. A copy of the advertisement that will appear in Chemical & Engineering News is enclosed; the position is expected to begin August 1, 2013.

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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY seeks to fill one or more tenure-track faculty positions in the area of Biochemistry. Exceptional candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. Candidates with interdisciplinary research programs may be considered for joint appointments with other campus units. Candidates for appointment at the assistant professor level should submit an application letter, curriculum vita and a summary of research plans, and arrange for submission of three letters of reference. Candidates for advanced levels should submit an application letter, curriculum vita, and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at:

The application deadline is September 14, 2012, with application review continuing until the positions are filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Open

Multiple postdoctoral fellow positions are immediately available in the Center for Advanced Radiotherapy Technologies (CART), Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences, University of California San Diego, for individuals interested in pursuing an academic career in Medical Physics Research.


Interdisciplinary Collaboratories: An Opportunity for Funding for Faculty and Student Collaborations

On behalf of the Chancellor’s office, Dean Barrett is pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Collaboratories: An Opportunity for Funding for Faculty and Student Collaborations.

UC San Diego has set aside support for small groups who seek to undertake cooperative/collaborative research. The Chancellor will fund small interdisciplinary groups of faculty (3 to 5 PIs) willing to form a collaboratory to supervise the research of 3 to 5 students (full-time graduate, professional or part-time undergraduates) for one year. The funding will support full or partial fellowships for the jointly supported students. The aim is to encourage faculty to form and support such groups as they develop preliminary results sufficient to support applications for extramural funding.

Faculty eligible to participate in the program will include all those who are eligible to chair doctoral committees. Departmental affiliations of faculty collaborators must include representation from at least two divisions and three departments. Supported students should be enrolled in at least two different departments, although not necessarily the same departments as the faculty members. Eligible students must have completed one academic year at UC San Diego, must carry a GPA of at least 3.00, and must be in good academic standing, as demonstrated by making expected progress towards a degree.

Application Requirements:
* List of 3 to 5 cooperating faculty, along with departmental affiliations
* List of 3 to 5 students to be supported, along with department affiliations and current GPA at the time of application
*A CV for each faculty and student participant listed (not to exceed 2 pages per person)
* A jointly written proposal with title, abstract (less than 100 words), and description of the work to be undertaken (no longer than 2 pages, including references) in 12-point typeface
* A first-year budget indicating the academic quarters for which support is requested and the proposed fellowship value (not to exceed $15,000 per student at the graduate level and $7,500 per student at the undergraduate level)
* Signed agreement that the supervising faculty jointly intend to seek outside support for the project to be undertaken by the interdisciplinary group

***No individual faculty member or student may be named on more than one proposal in any given round.***

Please note that there is $62,500 available for this round of funding. For more information and to download an application form, please visit http://ogs.ucsd.edu/financial-support/fellowship-traineeships/interdisciplinary-collaboratories.html.

Please submit proposals to Zoe Ziliak Michel in the Office of Graduate Studies by 4:30pm on September 1, 2012, for projects to begin no earlier than January 1, 2013.

August 2012 issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News

The Research Proposal Development Service in the Office of Research Affairs is pleased to send you the August 2012 issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News.

This newsletter contains material that may be of interest to UCSD faculty, researchers, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students.

Articles in this issue include:
• Writing the DOE Early Career Preapplication
• Writing the NSF AGEP proposal; Webinar report
• Interviewing Schrodinger’s Cat
• Do You Have a Narrative Integration Plan?
• Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 5
… plus these regular newsletter features:
• Research Grant Writing Web Resources
• Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
• Agency Research News
• Agency Reports & Research Roadmaps
• New Funding Opportunities
Previous issues of the monthly newsletter can be downloaded from a UCSD-only link on this page: http://rapids.ucsd.edu/. (Access from off campus requires connection via VPN.)

Those not yet subscribed to the UCSD Funding List, through which Research Affairs sends out selected research funding opportunity announcements, including those for limited submission programs, are invited to subscribe online:

We welcome your feedback at rapids@ucsd.edu.

Research Development and Grantwriting News AUGUST 2012

Congratulations Carrie Johnson for making it to Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m Semifinals at the 2012 Olympics!

Congratulations Carrie Johnson for making it to the Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m Semifinals at the 2012 Olympics! http://ow.ly/dd3kG