EPA GRIP Opportunity in Chemistry – Chemistry of Life Processes

EPA has an exciting GRIP opportunity in the Research Triangle Park, N.C. Students will be involved in exciting projects that involve interpretation of large gene expression datasets encompassing profiles from thousands of chemicals using novel approaches that allow establishing linkages between chemical exposure, modulation of transcription factors, and adverse outcomes.

Students will gain experience in a government lab solving problems in environmental health, learn to utilize the data in the world’s largest database of genomic data (Illumina’s BaseSpace Correlation Engine), and gain experience in carrying out and validating Crispr-Cas9 knockouts in human cell lines. Students will co-author papers with Dr. Corton and his team.

A link to a more complete project description is found here: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/using-gene-expression-predict-toxicity-caused-environmental-chemicals. A link to Dr. Corton’s publications may be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=corton+jc.

Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Chris Corton directly to discuss this opportunity. His contact information is:

Chris Corton, Ph.D., Senior Research Biologist
Systems Biology Branch
Integrated Systems Toxicology Division (ISTD)
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab
US Environmental Protection Agency
109 T.W. Alexander Dr.
MD B105-03
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
919-541-0092 (office)
919-541-0694 (fax)

Postdoctoral Scientist Fellowships Available: Help NASA Get to Mars

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine funds transformative research and technologies to enhance astronaut physical and mental wellness during deep space exploration missions.

TRISH is requesting proposals from the nation’s promising postdoctoral fellows performing research related to human spaceflight. Selected fellows will receive a stipend for salary support as well as an allowance for health insurance and travel for two years. An optional, competitive third year of funding may be available.

Applicants must submit research proposals together with an identified mentor and institution. Funds to support the research must be supplied by the mentor. Independent investigators with existing research grant support may request to be listed as possible mentors for this program by contacting TRISH@nasaprs.com no later than December 14, 2018. Being listed publicly as seeking a candidate for this opportunity is a courtesy offered by TRISH and is not a prerequisite to proposing.

All categories of United States institutions are eligible to submit proposals (universities, federal government laboratories, the private sector, and state and local government laboratories).

The solicitation can be found here (https://tinyurl.com/TRISH-2019-PD-Fellowship). Full proposals submitted through nspires.nasaprs.com will be due on January 31, 2019. Technical questions should be directed to the NSPIRES help desk at NSPIRES-help@nasaprs.com or TRISH@nasaprs.com. Programmatic or scientific questions may be directed to spacehealth-info@bcm.edu.

The mission of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health is to lead a national effort in translating cutting-edge terrestrial research into applied risk mitigation strategies for the human exploration of deep space. TRISH was founded in 2016 and works in partnership with NASA’s Human Research Program through a cooperative agreement. The institute is a consortium led by Baylor College of Medicine and includes the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learn more about the Translational Research Institute for Space Health.

Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry position available at UCLA

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at California State University, Los Angeles is currently recruiting for a faculty position in Analytical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor.  We would appreciate if you would inform doctoral students and/or post-docs in your group and throughout your department who are looking for faculty positions of this opening.  The position will begin in August, 2019 with the Fall academic term.  The full position announcement can be found on the University’s website at: 


CSULA is a comprehensive urban university located east of Downtown Los Angeles with an enrollment of approximately 28,000 students representing one of the most diverse student populations in the country.  The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an M.S. degree in Chemistry with the optional emphasis in Biochemistry.  The Department hosts approximately 800 undergraduate majors and 50 Master’s students.  The Department has a strong tradition and commitment to research success involving undergraduate and Master’s students, and its 17 full-time faculty are active in teaching and research with an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student population.  We invite interested candidates to apply for this position in Analytical Chemistry by the Nov. 16, 2018 deadline.

Assistant Professor Position available in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

We seek outstanding candidates with expertise in chemoproteomics applied to drug discovery research. Applicants employing chemoproteomics specifically to profile activities in living cells, to identify targets for drug development, or to optimize the actions of existing drugs are preferred. Additional consideration will be given to applicants developing small-molecule probes to interrogate and control cancer metabolism.

Job Posting Link: 


 Science Magazine Posting:



Please submit by November 15th, 2018, curriculum vitae, a description of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of three potential referees.

Link to Apply:

Assistant Professor in “Drug Discovery & Action”: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04906

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Research Chemist position at the FDA Moffett Research Center

Vacancy Job Title: Research Chemist
Bedford Park, Illinois

The FDA Moffett Research Center of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in Bedford Park, Illinois seeks a full-time PhD level scientist (MS degree holders with sufficient experience will be considered) that is a highly motivated individual with considerable experience in polymer processing (especially nanocomposites) and/or nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. The individual will be responsible for leading research projects related to nanotechnology-adapted food packaging. This person will be appointed to an ORISE fellowship position. The fellowship program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/default.aspx). The fellowship does not include federal benefits.

Position Location: Bedford Park, Illinois
Salary Range: $70K to $85K, depending on degree level and experience
Vacancy Job Title: Research Chemist
Desired start date: November 2018

Position Summary: Contribute significantly to defined science platforms by performing lab tests and analyses in accordance with required specifications and established procedures. Will work in a chemistry laboratory leading a research project associated with safety of novel nanotechnology-enabled polymer composites. Will be expected to plan and execute laboratory activities independently to achieve project goals, including data management and report writing.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provides technical assistance to FDA by providing data and procedures to support FDA/IFSH partnership initiatives, safety, and quality control
• Manages lab processes, supplies, instruments, and equipment
• Writes reports and manuscripts
• Presents research results to stakeholders and at scientific meetings

Required Education and Experience:
• Ph.D. in chemistry, polymer science, materials science, nanoscience, or related field, preferred. M.S. holders with equivalent experience will be considered

Required Skills:
• Demonstrated independent research ability with capability to perform accurately and efficiently with a minimal level of supervision
• Proficient knowledge of materials science, analytical chemistry, polymer science, and/or nanoscience
• Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to produce clear, accurate reports and scientific manuscripts
• Good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
• Experience with polymer processing techniques, trace metal analysis, or nanomaterial synthesis/characterization is desirable

To apply for this position: Please send email with cover letter and resume or CV to: timothy.duncan@fda.hhs.gov. In your cover letter please include an anticipated availability date and the names and contact information of three potential references.


The technology commercialization team is the first resource for disclosing innovations at the university. We engage with faculty and staff to build a pipeline of innovation to help evaluate, protect and ultimately find the right market for intellectual property. Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office facilitates strategic, mutually-beneficial relationships between the university, our faculty and outside businesses and organizations.

For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer.

Required Training for All Graduate Students-How to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Misconduct-Due 10/31/18

The University has begun implementation of a new annual requirement for training in how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.  You should have received an email Thursday, 9/27/18, informing you of this requirement.  The course, “U Got This: Your Online Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All,” is taken through Buckeye Learn and should automatically be added to your online transcript.  Please note that there is a separate required annual training for employees, and consequently any GAs (GTA, GRA, GAA) must also complete that training as well.  The University asks for you to complete the student training first.

From https://titleix.osu.edu/navigation/prevention/training.html:

Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is Ohio State’s top priority and a responsibility we all share. At Ohio State, there is no place for sexual misconduct or discrimination of any kind. The university launched Buckeyes ACT – a comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct – in 2015, and education is an integral part of this effort…

Student employees/graduate assistants: Student employees are required to complete obligations for both their student roles and employee roles.

  1. Student employees need to meet the new employee requirements of completing “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” and “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” when starting a new role as a student employee, which builds on the knowledge laid out in the student education.
  2. Students are encouraged to first complete “U Got This,” the sexual misconduct prevention education online course that is required for all students.
  3. Student employees need to complete “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” annually for each year they are employed by the university.

Please complete this training by Oct. 31.

Buckeye Learnhttps://buckeyelearn.osu.edu/

Buckeyes ACT:  https://www.osu.edu/buckeyesact

The Public Narrative Collaborative Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme 

The Public Narrative Collaborative Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme is offering small grants up to $500 for work dealing with public narrative for undergraduate and graduate students graduating in spring and summer of 2019.

The Public Narrative Collaborative supports broad definitions of public and of narrative. Its work is grounded in the cultural pervasiveness and widely-acknowledged power of stories and storytelling. Once thought to reside safely in the domains of literature, history, and folklore, narrative is now recognized as significant in just about every sphere of human activity: in politics, medicine, religion, education, law, business, sports, the art world, and on and on.  In addition, narratives appear in a range of media: print, radio, film, television, comics, theater, the digital, painting, sculpture, and curated art exhibitions.  Furthermore, narratives have countless purposes, some of which frequently overlap: reporting, explaining, interpreting, evaluating, entertaining, socializing, persuading, and more.  Narrative, in short, is a way of knowing and of doing.
PNC would like to make clear that “telling” in this context is not limited to verbal or written language, in fact proposals working in media including but not limited to visual art, sound, performance, moving image will be welcomed.

Please submit the following as a single pdf document by December 1st, 2018, by sending the following to

  • A brief general description (250 words maximum) of your project.
  • A brief description of how the interests of PNC align with the form, theme, or subject of your project.
  • Amount requested up to $500.
  • General budget (how the money will be spent).
  • CV or short narrative bio of academic and professional accomplishments.
  • Anticipated  graduation date and degree. Applicant must be anticipating gardauating in Spring or Summer 2019.

Please be sure to include your last name in the file name (example: yourlastname_pncsmallgrant)


Two Upcoming Events: GIS Day and Communicating Your Research

Please see the information below on upcoming events open to researchers from all disciplines.

Consider attending GIS Day if you have any interest in representing or analyzing your data spatially. If you are interested in learning how to communicate your research (from any discipline) in a clear and concise manner to best fit your audience, attend the “Making Your Science Accessible” workshop to learn valuable skills and strategies.

Learn more and Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/gis-day-2018

GIS Day at Ohio State is an annual event for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to learn more about geographic information systems (GIS) and celebrate the power of geospatial analysis and visualization in answering research questions and solving real-world problems. GIS Day 2018 will include:

Two Humanitarian Map-a-Thons
Join us for a short training session on OpenStreetMap and the HOT Tasking Manager, and then dive into mapping features to assist communities, organizations, and governments across the world in addressing local development challenges and aiding in disaster response. Bring your own device (i.e., laptop) to fully participate in the map-a-thon. No prior experience with OpenStreetMap is necessary, and all new mappers are welcome!

Lightning Talks
Learn about the application of geospatial technologies across a wide variety of disciplines from OSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as local GIS professionals. Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibits and Resource Fair
Explore map collections housed in the OSU Libraries along with GIS resources available across campus and beyond. GIS professionals will be happy to talk with students about careers in GIS and the applications of geospatial technologies in real-world scenarios.

GIS Day is made possible through a partnership of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the University Libraries, and OSU’s Enterprise GIS.

Making Your Science Accessible (Workshop)

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/accessible-science-1106

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

  • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
  • Building context.
  • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
  • Showcasing what is possible.

This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Tuesday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library