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.

Open: Fall 2014 Applications for The College Classroom at the CTD

Dear graduate students,

The Center for Teaching Development is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 session of our teaching and learning course, The College Classroom.

This series of weekly, 90-minute seminars throughout the quarter is part of the Center for Teaching Development’s Preparing Future Practitioners program. The course is aimed at graduate students and postdocs who already have experience as teaching assistants and are interested in making the leap from grading, running discussion sessions, or leading labs to being the instructor-of-record at UCSD and beyond.

For those of you interested in participating in the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program, you must successfully complete The College Classroom before teaching in the Summer Session. We will run The College Classroom again the Winter 2015 Quarter but we recommend taking The College Classroom in the Fall Quarter to avoid any schedule conflicts.

For more information about the course and to apply, please visit https://ctd.ucsd.edu/2014/08/the-college-classroom-fall-2014/  Application deadline is September 5.


Peter Newbury, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Teaching Development

University of California, San Diego

email: pnewbury@ucsd.edu

phone: 858-534-6767

web: ctd.ucsd.edu

twitter: @polarisdotca

Graduate Climate Internship – for MS students

The Office of Graduate Studies is seeking a Graduate Climate Intern for the 2014-2015 academic year.  This position will work with the Office of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs unit to support and develop inclusive, community –building involvement and activities for the diverse graduate student population.  The position will work to ensure graduate student representation and participation in campus climate initiatives and increase visibility of the Campus Community Centers as a resource for graduate students.  The appointment is funded by OGS and provides tuition/fee remission.  The intern position will be supported at home academic department GSR step level.



  • The Climate Intern will be located at a different community center each quarter and attends weekly intern meetings at that center.
  • Conduct outreach to encourage graduate student participation in a full-range of community activities across campus
  • Play a central role in each Community Centers’ ongoing efforts to engage and involve graduate students.
  • Responsible for research, development and coordination of graduate student programming for the Campus Community Centers
  • Organize a minimum of nine (9) events per year related to community building, campus climate, and diversity.
  • Maintain campus-wide contact with student service units, departments and student groups to promote collaboration serving graduate students
  • Participate as needed in the Diversity Council, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues (GISOI), and the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion.



  • The ideal candidate will be a continuing graduate student enrolled full time in a UCSD graduate program. While continuing graduate students are preferred, incoming graduate may be considered based on prior experience.”
  • Maintain full-time status and good academic standing throughout the appointment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to campus diversity
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management and organizational skills
  • Be Self- motivated
  • Demonstrate proven experience organizing activities
  • Working knowledge of graduate campus services


For a complete description of the position please see the attached document.


Application Process: Send a written statement of interest and a copy of your resume/CV to: Chris Murphy, cpmurphy@ucsd.edu.

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

For more information, please see this flyer: 2014CampusClimateIntern

USC’s Graduate Regulatory Science Programs

Interested in Regulatory Science?


Graduates from USC’s Graduate Regulatory Science Programs are employed in industry, government, consulting and academia. Their alumni are leaders in a profession designed to meet industry and governmental challenges in speeding up the delivery of medical advances to the people who need them, while ensuring that safety standards are met. The biomedical industry has grown rapidly, and this has fueled a large—and largely unmet—demand for regulatory professionals, both nationally and internationally.


UCS offers two Masters degrees and five graduate certificates. Their students includes recent college graduates as well as people who have worked in the industry for some time. The opportunity to get to know people who have experience in this field provides students with a unique chance for networking. Similarly, each class has a lead instructor and guest speakers from the industry. These speakers also share their expertise in regulatory science and can also serve as a resource for  students.


Companies have learned that the students in these programs are well-prepared to work for them and there is great need for professionals who are trained in regulatory science. We focus quite a bit on preparing students for a professional career by offering workshops on professionalism skills and interviewing techniques, by hosting recruitment events and career fairs, and by distributing internship and job announcements regularly.


USC Regulatory Science Program__Fall 2014


If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Laura Sturza:

Laura Sturza, MA

Program Administrator

University of Southern California

Regulatory Science Program

1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-140

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone 323-442-3102