Employment Opportunity – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in global nuclear security. During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits term, Fellows work in policy or technical areas alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.  Fellows receive specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.  Fellows will interact with leading researchers in the field while helping shape the vision for future technologies related to detection of nuclear materials and the security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Applicants must be U.S. citizens eligible for a high-level security clearance, and are accepted to, enrolled in, or will be graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program during the year of application. Desirable academic specializations for the policy track include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, economics and related fields.  For the technical track, desirable academic specializations include nuclear physics/ engineering, chemical engineering, radiation health physics, radiochemistry, chemical sciences, applied physics, and related fields. Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.   A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus.  Applications typically are accepted beginning in early August through October 21st. Fellowship terms begin the following summer. Visit http://ngfp.pnnl.gov to learn more and apply.


Rady School Fall MBA Course in Social Venturing Open to All Grad Students

MGT 459 Topics in Innovation: Social Venturing
Rady School of Management
Professor AYELET GNEEZY (Click for bio and contact information)
Fall 2014
Tuesdays, 2-5 PM
4 credit units
TritonLink Section ID: 822684

Brief Course Overview

Social Venturing is about combining business and management skills, imagination, passion, and the courage of individuals to effectively tackle our most challenging issues. The purpose of this course is to learn what is possible and how it can be achieved, by examining a myriad of diverse experiences that are making a difference all over the world. Some social entrepreneurs might create new organizations, while others may develop innovative social initiatives within established ones. Through readings, case analyses, guest speakers, and experiential exercises students will gain an understanding of the processes for translating good ideas and intentions into high‐impact ventures. Students will acquire knowledge, tools and skills that will enhance their ability to identify needs and develop appropriate programs.

However, learning about social venturing is not merely about reading case studies, learning about problems and coming up with great ideas. By committing to take this class, you will participate in a process of deep reflection about where you come from, your current interests and your vision for the future. This is an invitation to develop your own roadmap for becoming an agent of change through entrepreneurship and business. This class requires intellectual thinking, critical analysis, enthusiasm, passion, motivation and wholehearted participation from each and every participant.

Note: The first class will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 30, since the university will be on holiday Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Draft of syllabus:MGT459_Social Venturing_Syllabus_Draft

PhD Positions at Merck

Merck & Co currently has several entry level PhD positions open in Chemistry across the Merck New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Boston facilities. They have positions open in Analytical chemistry, Process Chemistry and Discovery Chemistry. They are looking for candidates who would complete a PhD in chemistry in 2015 or will be finishing a Postdoc within a year.

Please send CV’s to Dr. Helen Mitchell (helen_mitchell2@merck.com) and also apply online at: http://www.merck.com/careers/us_home.html   

Good luck!

“Breaking into Biotech” Workshops

In partnership with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs, the Division of Biological Sciences, and Alumni Relations, the Career Services Center is pleased to offer a 2 part series of “Breaking into Biotech” workshops for Masters, PhD students and Postdocs interested in Biotech Industry positions. UC San Diego alum Jon Miyake, Technical Support Manager at Illumina, will present these workshops. Also, Jon is interested in hiring UC San Diego people and has multiple positions available.

Working in Biotech: Types of job opportunities
Date: Wednesday August 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Career Services Center – Horizon Room

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in Biotech? Or questioned what types of jobs even exist in Biotech? Are you interested in learning more about Illumina, ranked as the #1 “world’s smartest company?”  Do you like free food? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to the first in the “Breaking into Biotech” series with UC San Diego PhD alum Jon Miyake, technical support manager at Illumina. Jon will provide an overview of the various careers in the industry, what to expect, and how to excel in that professional environment.  Registration for this event is required as seating is limited!

If you are a Masters or PhD student, RSVP at Port Triton under Workshops/Seminars:
If you are a Postdoc, RSVP here:


Writing and talking your way into getting a Biotech job
Date: Wednesday August 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Career Services Center – Horizon Room

What skills and background do you need to get a job in Biotech? What should you include on your resume? What can you expect if you land an interview? These answers on how to be a competitive applicant and more will be addressed the second session in the “Breaking into Biotech” series run by an Illumina insider, Jon Miyake, a UC San Diego PhD alum, who is currently technical Support Manager at Illumina. And by the way, he’s hiring! Registration for this event is required as seating is limited!

If you are a Masters or PhD student, RSVP at Port Triton under Workshops/Seminars:
If you are a Postdoc, RSVP here:

Ways to Find Out About Graduate Funding Opportunities

Are you interested in hearing about fellowship opportunities?  Here are three ways to learn about fellowships!

  •  The graduate funding blogucsd.edu.  I post not only fellowship ads, but also info on UCSD internal application deadlines, workshops and panels, etc.  I encourage you to subscribe via RSS.  If this is your first time reading the blog, I strongly encourage you to go back and read all the posts from August and September so that you don’t miss out on some major fellowships!
  • Twitter – @UCSDGradFunding. This is a locked account, so you’ll need to send me a request to follow me.  If your Twitter info doesn’t make it clear what your real name is and how you’re affiliated with UCSD, you’ll need to email me at gradadvisor@ucsd.edu to let me know what your Twitter handle is, what your real name is, and how you’re affiliated with UCSD.  (That is, if your Twitter handle is @ZoeZiliakMichel, and your description says, “I’m a PhD student in history at UC San Diego,” then you probably don’t need to send me an email since I can figure out who you are and that you’re affiliated with UCSD.  But if your Twitter handle is @ThisEmailisGreat, and your description doesn’t indicate who you are, you’ll need to email me.)
  • Google calendar – associated with email gradadvisor@ucsd.edu. I post application deadlines for fellowships; you’ll need to get in the habit of checking the calendar a couple months ahead so that you can prepare applications on time.


Zoe Ziliak Michel
Graduate Fellowship Advisor
UCSD Office of Graduate Studies , Student Services Center Rm. 413
(858) 822-2938
Funding opportunities posted to graduatefunding.ucsd.edu

Surf legends from around the world will

Surf legends from around the world will join local scientists, businesses and community members in the fight against cancer at the 21st annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational on Sunday, Aug. 17. The beach side fundraiser includes a surfing competition, traditional Polynesian dancing, music, auctions and a tropical buffet. All proceeds will support research and patient care at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

Reminder: Journal Publications and Ethics: Discussion and Q&A – August 20

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) will be hosting a discussion on publication ethics, publishing with RSC and the benefits of RSC membership.

Journal Publication and Ethics – Discussion and Q&A, August 20

 Date: August 20, 2pm-4pm
Location: Price Center West Ballroom
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to info@rsc.org

 Robert Eagling, Editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemical Communications and Chemical Society Reviews, will be here on August 20 for a discussion/Q&A about publishing and ethics. Whether you have multiple articles to your name or you’re still working toward your first article, this is a good opportunity to hear an editor’s perspective on the process, discuss real examples of publication ethical situations, and to ask questions you have about getting published.

The talk is free and open to all. The largest number of RSC articles with UCSD authors have come from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, with faculty, postdocs and graduate students publishing in Chemical Communications, Chemical Society Reviews, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Nanoscale, Dalton Transactions, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and other RSC journals.

Please contact tmvogel@ucsd.edu if you have questions.