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Post-Doc – Bell-Pedersen lab

Two postdoctoral positions are available for recent Ph.D’s to work on collaborative, interdisciplinary, and translational projects, in the lab of Deborah Bell-Pedersen in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University.

The research projects focus on determining the mechanisms by which the circadian clock controls mRNA translation, and the phase of rhythmic gene expression, in model organisms. Our long-term goals are to develop targeted treatments for shift work disorders, and novel time-of-day-dependent chemotherapeutic strategies.

The ideal postdoctoral candidates will have experience in fungal and/or mammalian molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and/or biochemistry. Highly motivated candidates with a strong record of productivity are encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected work independently and as part of a team, have excellent communication skills, and have a strong work ethic. The candidates should also have the potential to be trained as an independent investigator, and apply for independent funding when possible.

To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references to
Additional information about the lab and department can be found at

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Microbiological Analyst
Responsible for applying microbiological concepts to actual plant and product situations within the meat / food industry.  Utilize microbiological and related data to not only identify and troubleshoot but to also predict opportunities that will allow for actions to be taken to mitigate the potential risk identified.

40%  Utilize multiple sources of complex microbiological and process data to identify trends, associations, direct and indirect correlations, and / or independent variables that can be converted from lagging indicators to predictive indicators such that actions can be taken to minimize the potential for issues occurring, or to mitigate the impact when issues do occur.

15%  Assist facilities with troubleshooting of microbiological process and / or product issues.

15%  To enable better analysis, identify gaps in the data being collected and / or the structure of the data being collected.  Assist in the design and implementation of new / improved templates, audits, inspections etc, that will close the gaps and / or improve the structure.

15%  Prepare reports, summaries and / or presentations to communicate findings to various levels of stakeholders

15%   Identify and communicate potential actions to the findings that may help mitigate issues that are identified

Required Qualifications
·         BS in Microbiology or similar biological degree
·         Two years of experience within the food industry within a technical capacity
·         Analytical, curious, ability to learn beyond expertise, uses step by step logic

Preferred Qualifications
·         MS in Microbiology or similar biological degree
·         Two years of experience within the meat industry within a plant level technical capacity
·         Basic understanding of biostatistics
·         Experience with Minitab, SPSS, or SAS Statistical Software
·         Strong conceptual thinker, can see beyond just the obvious, ability to understand the various functions of the industry, good technical writer / communicator, process oriented, strategic understanding

Interested parties may visit the Cargill website at

Instructor Search In BioSciences at Rice
BioSciences at Rice University ( has an open position for a full–‐time non–‐tenure track faculty/instructor position starting in the 2015–‐2016 academic year. The responsibilities of this position include teaching Experimental Biosciences, an authentic research intermediate lab course. A Ph.D. in a biosciences field and teaching experience are required.

An application (curriculum vitae with a statement of teaching interests and experience) and three letters of recommendation should  be submitted via e–‐mail Please write “BioSciences instructor position” in the subject line.

Application review will begin July 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of under represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Temple University
The Department of Biology at Temple University seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level commencing in the Fall semester of 2015. The position will involve teaching in the departmental undergraduate curriculum, with a particular focus in upper division mammalian physiology and anatomy courses with their respective laboratory components. Qualifications of competitive candidates would include a PhD degree in the biological sciences along with demonstrated teaching experience. Recent research experience is also highly desirable. Applicants should submit to a single pdf file that contains (i) a cover letter that includes a personal statement of qualification for the position, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief proposed course syllabus for the above mentioned courses, and (iv) the names and contact information of three references. Review of application files will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community (AA,EOE,m/f/d/v).

Molecular Biology of Social Insects
Specialization: Social insect development, evolution, behavior and its application.

Level: Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist, 9-month appointment, 75% Organized Research (OR)/25% Instruction and Research (I&R)

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Entomology, Molecular Biology, or a related discipline; post-doctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have strong training and experience in the functional connection between social behaviors and genetic, epigenetic, neurophysiological and chemical pathways.

Available: This is a career position available July 1, 2015 in the Department of Entomology and the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of California, Riverside (see and ).

Research: The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized and extramurally supported research program investigating the basic molecular principles in areas such as, but not limited to, pheromone perception, responses to semiochemicals, regulation of social interactions, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying caste determination, and evolution of sociality. The availability of numerous insect genomes and advances in physiological and behavioral techniques offers unprecedented opportunities to understand the functional connection between social behaviors and genetic, epigenetic, neurophysiological and chemical pathways. Research and development of applications for insect management, in support of the experiment station mission, will be expected.

Teaching: Teaching responsibilities include supervision of graduate students, participation in undergraduate biological science instruction in introductory biology, entomology, behavior, genetics, evolution, neurophysiology and molecular biology. Participation in the Entomology graduate core curriculum is likely. The development of new undergraduate courses in behavioral genetics would be encouraged as well as a graduate level course within the candidates’ field of interest. Participation in graduate training within Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; and Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology interdepartmental programs would be encouraged.

Application: Applications should include a curriculum vitae (6 pages maximum), statements of research interests (3 pages maximum), teaching interests and philosophy (2 pages maximum), pdf files for up to three papers, and four letters of references. All application materials should be sent to:
Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Timothy Paine, Chair of the Molecular Biology of Social Insects Search Committee at
Evaluation of applications will begin December 1, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status,


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