GTA Teaching Statement Generative Knowledge Interview: March 4th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

UITL will be hosting an event Wednesday, March 4th geared toward the Graduate Students here at OSU. Below are the event’s details:

GTA Teaching Statement Generative Knowledge Interview: March 4th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Barbie Tootle Ohio Union

Description: In this session, participants will review the genre of the teaching statement for the academic job market and spend time in structured narrative interviews generating a thesis statement for their own teaching statement. That thesis can guide the creation of a draft for the follow-up session on March 18th. This workshop is eligible for the “Documenting Teaching Endorsement.”

There’s still time to register but spots are limited: here. We hope to see you there!


UITL Staff

FREE Spring Break Opportunity : Merck Career Trek!

Looking for a Spring Break adventure? Interested in a career at a dynamic global healthcare company? Join ASC’s Career Trek to Merck over Spring Break!

Merck is inviting Life Sciences students to join them in their labs in Kenilworth, New Jersey, on Tuesday, March 10th from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm. career opportunities. Labs included in the tour will be the Bio NMR lab, the HTE lab (chemistry), and the Cell culture labs. You will also have a chance to shadow a Merck scientist in their high throughput screening labs, analytical method development labs, & mass spectrometry labs.

Transportation to and from the event is the students’ responsibility, so if you don’t have a car then get a friend with one to join you on this road trip! NOTE: You must provide your own transportation to and from New Jersey for this trek (see below for an ASC financial assistance opportunity). You can learn more about Merck here: .

There are only 2 more openings for this amazing opportunity, so RSVP NOW:

If you are a post-doc or graduate student having trouble RSVPing through Handshake, please email Molly Wannamaker ( to RSVP.

For those who may need financial assistance to cover gas, there is a travel grant available to undergraduates and graduate students (masters and Ph.D only; sorry Post-Docs). The grant varies from $25 to $100, depending on the distance you trek from campus. Travel grants are awarded after you attend the trek and complete the required online form. Undergraduates are also required to meet with a Career Coach within 5 weeks after the trek to receive your travel grant.

Please RSVP today so you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! We will send further details once the Treks are closer.

Molly Wannamaker
Industry Connections Assistant
Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success

Lead Biophysicist Position at ARA

Position Overview

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking a biophysicist to lead a dynamic team of scientists, engineers, and modelers in the Health Effects and Risk Assessment (HERA) group. As the lead biophysicist, you will serve as the Principal Investigator on an existing contract, and lead development of computational models to predict the risk of combined injury from concurrent exposure to blast, thermal, and radiation environments. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in physiology and systems biology, and experience with computational methods relevant to the prediction of health outcomes associated with radiation exposure. The individual should have a proven ability to collaborate with transdisciplinary teams, and the desire to develop a vision for a research program that supports the practical application of state-of-the-science models/methods. In this role, you can expect to play a significant part in ARA’s evolving programs designed to characterize biological effects from exposure to different types of energy sources.


As the lead biophysicist in HERA, you will …

  • Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) and primary point of contact on our human survivability contract with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Lead a dynamic team of researchers in creating a vision for the human survivability program that supports the medical planning mission
  • Contribute to research on predictive models of injury, working with transdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Prepare technical reports, presentations, and other finished products, and collaborate with your team to ensure the quality and timeliness of deliverables
  • Assist in business development, cultivate new opportunities, contribute to the development of proposals, and build strong relationships with current and potential customers
  • Serve as a mentor to junior staff, helping them to develop the skills and expertise to further their own professional growth.


Requirements for the lead biophysicist position include …

  • Doctorate in biophysics or closely related field with 1-3 years of related experience
  • Solid background in applied mathematics, including familiarity with computational modeling approaches relevant to the prediction of biological effects at different scales of biological organization
  • Demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Developing/applying dose-response functions to predict potential damage at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, or system level
    • Researching mathematical models that estimate the risk of adverse effects on human tissues following exposure, and
    • Providing “fit-for-purpose” solutions to complex risk problems that reflect the goals of the analysis.
  • Working knowledge of
    • human physiology and systems biology, and
    • energy transfer fundamentals
  • An active DoD security clearance, or the ability to earn a security clearance based on an evaluation of various factors (e.g., credit, felony convictions, and US Citizenship [not including green cards]).


For more information, please contact:


Stephen M. Beaulieu

Principal Scientist | HERA Group Leader

Office: 919.582.3487

Visiting Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry & Physics at Franklin College invites applications for a Visiting
Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry position beginning in August 2020. The position
is a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. We provide a strong,
active, and tailored liberal arts education through small class sizes and intentional
relationships between students and their faculty mentors. Located about 20 miles from
downtown Indianapolis, we support purposeful and practical academic experiences in and out
of the classroom that leverage this location as students pursue personal, intellectual and
professional growth. Please see for more details.

The ideal candidate for this position will offer an engaging General Chemistry course, as well
as courses in Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis for science majors. The
opportunity exists for the new hire to develop an elective course of their choosing in their
second year. Candidates who can demonstrate a dedication to teaching, a commitment to
engaging students by creatively utilizing our existing analytical instruments (GC-MS, AA,
HPLC etc.) either through course deliveries or special projects, the ability to contribute in
meaningful ways to the College’s continuing commitment to diversity, and a genuine interest
in working with undergraduates in a small-college liberal arts setting will be given preference.
Applicants with Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and college-level teaching experience are highly
preferred. However, those with Ph.D. in a closely-related will also be considered. ABD
candidates will be required to have completed their Ph.D. by August 10, 2020.

The hire will join the department and the college at a time of exciting curricular change, and a
renovated and expanded science building that highlights student research and collaboration.
The historically strong Chemistry program is committed to delivering fundamentals needed in
the market today through increasingly immersive and hands-on methods of teaching and
learning. The college is embarking on a similar initiative campus-wide.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position has been filled. Applicants should submit a complete application (electronic
submissions preferred) including letter of application, teaching statement, Curriculum Vita,
transcripts, and student course evaluations via the application link – Franklin College Faculty
Application. Three letters of recommendation should be submitted independently to

Franklin College
Office of Human Resources
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN 46131

Project Nature Newsletter and Lecture Series – February Issue

The Project Nature Lecture Series, affiliated with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association, is dedicated to informing of the many ways in which one could get involved in making a significant and meaningful contribution towards fighting climate change. More information about the lecture series is here and the February 2020 newsletter is attached. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here. You can also learn about ways to get involved with Project Nature here: 

This month’s newsletter talks about IPCC – the United Nations body dedicated to studying climate change – and the key takeaways from its 2018 special report that was in the news.

The first Project Nature Lecture Series event of the new year will be held on Friday, February 21st at 12:15 PM in E100, Scott Lab, OSU. Join the curator of Orton Geological Museum at OSU, Mr. Dale Gnidovec, to learn about the geological history of Ohio. We will be webcasting the talk through OSU Zoom, so that if you can’t make it to the talk, you can still join us via the internet! You do not need an OSU account or a Zoom account to join the webinar. Follow the link below to join

Project Nature_Newsletter-February_2020

Project Nature Lecture Series-February 21 2020

Science Day Volunteers Needed

Scientific Thinkers is hosting a Science Day at Parkmoor elementary school and we are in need of volunteers. We are a STEM outreach group and we will be going out to the elementary school to have a science field day where we will teach science lessons. All volunteers who sign up will receive training and a have the option to carpool to the school from campus.


Science Day will be Thursday, February 20th. We plan to leave campus around 12pm and will return around 3:30.  Students will be teaching from 1 to 3pm.

Parkmoor Science Day Sign Up

Scientific Thinkers Contact us at or

#RSCPoster Twitter Conference

I wanted to make you all aware of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Twitter poster conference and competition on March 3.  This is an entirely online 24 hour poster presentation in which chemistry researchers from around the world Tweet posters about their research and anyone can ask questions or provide feedback using the Twitter platform.  This might sound a little silly at first, but it’s actually become a pretty big event, and it’s like attending a traditional conference but without the financial costs, travel hassle, and environmental impacts.  Complete information can be found HERE.  You have to register ahead of time to be eligible to win prizes.

I will mention that you don’t necessarily have to present a poster to take part.  You can just browse through the posters by searching through #RSCPoster on Twitter.  And, on that note, Twitter is an entirely public platform, so be sure to check with your advisor about whether it’s OK to broadcast your research to the world before Tweeting your latest hot results.

If you do end up Tweeting your poster, I would ask that you please tag @OSU_CBC so that we drum up some publicity for the amazing science going on in our department!

Chris (@CThomas_group)

Dr. Christine M. Thomas, FRSC
Fox Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
Research Office: Newman & Wolfrom 3109
Grad Studies Office: Newman & Wolfrom 1110
100 W 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
(614)688-4723 (Research Office)
(614)292-8688 (Grad Studies Office)
Associate Editor, Dalton Transactions
Chair-Elect, Organometallic Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry

BASF Bioscience Research Forum

The BASF Research Forum is for seasoned graduate student and first year post-docs considering a career in industry. Selected participants learn more about BASF R&D, share their work in a poster presentation and engage in some fun activities while interacting with BASF leadership and upper management. Entry is quite competitive.

Please spread the word amongst relevant faculty and students.

Talented students or post-doc that would be interested in participating should apply before February 24th using the link here.