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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award 2008 for Underrepresented Minority Scientists

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Postdoctoral Professional Development and

Enrichment Award 2008 for Underrepresented Minority Scientists

(6 Individual Awards Available)


July 18, 2008 – August 8, 2008

****** Electronic Submissions Only ******

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2008 FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award. A total of six (6) individual awards are available to provide resources to support the development and enrichment of leadership skills and training of postdoctorates or new (within one-year) assistant professors.

The FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development and Enrichment Award (sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health) was established to recognize outstanding achievement by six early stage life scientists from underrepresented minority groups. Individuals eligible for nomination are U.S.A. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S.A. from an ethnic minority group recognized as being underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, are members of one or more of the societies of FASEB, and are at a relatively early career stage, defined as a minimum of two-to-five years of postdoctoral research training, or a new (within one-year) assistant professor.

Applications are requested from highly promising postdoctoral scientists or new assistant professors who have demonstrated research productivity including having published first-author papers in scientific publications, mentoring of URM undergraduate and graduate students, and service leading to improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia.

These awards are primarily intended for advanced URM postdoctorates or new assistant professors who can utilize this resource to gain knowledge, skills and training to assist them in becoming competitive for funding that will help them with publication in top tier journals and be competitive for faculty positions in prestigious research intensive settings.

Award Presentation: The six awardees will be publicized and announced on the FASEB and FASEB MARC Program websites, and will also be included on the awardees’ member society’s website. Each of the six awards will include a $3,000 unrestricted career development award and a certificate in recognition of the award.

Recipients of the award may use the career development and enrichment award to support short-term work or training in the laboratory of a sponsor (research-intensive university, industry, NIH/CDC) for the purpose of obtaining training in new technologies, disciplinary area or translational research component.

The purpose/benefits to be received includes: 1) helping the awardees gain knowledge and understanding of what is expected to develop a productive collaborative relationship; 2) allowing generation of new data or focus or 3) essential methodology that are critical in order for the investigator to be competitive in obtaining NIH funding. (Examples might be proteomics, bioinformatics or laser capture micro dissection training and data collection that provides the preliminary data essential for a competitive grant.) Intent would be a focused short-term experience with duration of one week or two to three shorter trips over a period of time (depending on what best supports the project’s and investigator’s goals.)

Other valid uses of the career development and enrichment awards may be to attend short-term professional development conferences such as ELAM (Executive Leadership And Mentoring) or AAMC with the goal of developing more leaders among URM scientists.

Application and Submission Procedures:

Applicants must be members of a FASEB Society. Membership status will be subject to verification by the member society identified in the application.

Please use this form as a checklist and post PDFs of all required information on the FASEB Diversity Award website. Access to the site is located at: http://www.faseb.org/PostdocProfDevAward/. Documents must be uploaded individually in PDF format. Submissions must include all of the following documents:

1. Completed cover application form with all requested information.

2. One application letter, setting forth in detail the description and term of training to be obtained and its importance with regard to research focus of investigator and preliminary data needed for grant application (this must explicitly indicate how the training is consistent with new interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or translational approach consistent with NIH Roadmap.)

3. Curriculum vitae (CV) of applicant

4. Letter of support and CV of mentor in sponsoring institution

5. Letter from Chair of Department of Dean of applicant, supporting their application and granting applicant release time for the activity described in the application packet.

6. Proposed budget (not to exceed $3,000) for travel, living expenses, supplies and other appropriate costs.

For complete details, go to:


~ NOMINATION DEADLINE: August 8, 2008 ~

For questions, please contact:

Carol Bieschke

Program Associate

FASEB Postdoctoral Professional Development & Enrichment Awards

FASEB Career Resources & MARC Program

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3998

Tel. (301) 634-7021

Email: postdocaward@faseb.org

Cancer Scientist (SAIC)

SAIC Health Solutions Business Unit
Frederick, MD


Requirements: The Biological Life Sciences Operation of the Health Solutions Business Unit of SAIC is seeking a Biomedical Life Scientist who will perform as a productive member of a team that supports program management and research proposal funding processes for the Army. This is NOT a laboratory research position. This position requires a US citizen in order to obtain US DOD security clearance.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Candidate will apply scientific expertise to several Congressionally-directed, medical (predominately cancer-related) research programs. The job entails, but is not limited to, the detailed analysis, integration, categorization, summarization, and application of a broad spectrum of biomedical and health-related information and data in response to a diversity of customer-generated requirements (e.g., response to inquiries from the Army, other government agencies and Congress, and private sector). Responsiveness, as well as open and frequent coordination and discussion with a multidisciplinary and goal-oriented group, are inherent elements of the day-to-day operations. Candidate must be capable of independent action and initiative. Candidate will use expertise in one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, clinical and experimental therapeutics, pharmacology, military operational medicine, etc. This position is located at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland. Some travel required.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/SKILLS: A Master's degree from an accredited college or university appropriate to research is required, with experience equivalent to a doctorate degree. A doctorate or equivalent degree in biomedical or life sciences with a minimum of two years of related experience is preferred. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required; technical writing experience is preferred. Training and experience in biological sciences, particularly cancer research, is essential. Candidate must be able to interact in a positive and competent manner with individuals at all levels of responsibility, and willing to address a wide range of rapidly changing and divergent issues. Candidate must be capable of applying and integrating knowledge from multiple sources toward solving problems of a research nature. Candidate must be capable of working alone or with a technical team of researchers. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to set and meet goals are necessary. Experience in MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) in a PC environment is essential.

DESIRED SKILLS: (1) Organizing and implementing scientific meetings; (2) review, analysis, and evaluation of interdisciplinary scientific research programs; and (3) experience with database programs (e.g. Access).

Postdoctoral Position

The Laboratory of Parasitic Nematode Development at The George Washington University is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to investigate signaling pathways and gene expression in hookworm larvae during infection. Hookworms are a widespread and important global problem, infecting almost 1 billion people. We are using the free-living nematode C. elegans as a paradigm for investigations of insulin-like signaling and its role in the infective process of hookworms. A Ph.D. in Biology or related areas with a strong background in molecular biology, and excellent organizational and communication skills are required. Applicants with previous experience with C. elegans or parasitic helminths will be given highest priority. Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references to:

John M. Hawdon, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine
The George Washington University Medical Center
Ross Hall, Room 705
2300 Eye St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel. 202-994-2652
Fax. 202-994-2913
email: mtmjmh@gwumc.edu

Senior Program Officer, Ecosystem Services

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC


Job Description: World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer to lead efforts to quantify and value ecosystem services within our priority ecoregions. The position is part of the Natural Capital Project, a collaboration among WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and Stanford University, focused on integrating ecosystem services into conservation and development efforts worldwide (www.naturalcapitalproject.org). The Project has been developing a set of software tools to map ecosystem services and their economic values, and we are now beginning to apply them more widely in the field.

This individual will coordinate a team of scientists to apply these tools within WWF programs to achieve conservation goals. This involves training and collaborating with WWF field staff to use the software tools, working with the Project’s core modeling team to revise tools based on experience in the field, collaborating with WWF’s policy and finance staff to link scientific results to policy outcomes, and communicating findings via scientific publications, oral presentations, and the Project’s learning network. The position is within WWF’s Conservation Science Program, and reports to the Director of Conservation Science.

Basic Requirements: Significant (ideally 3-5 years) experience in ecosystem services with strong grasp of technical and non-technical issues. Successful record of applying science to practical conservation problems. Masters or PhD degree in conservation biology, ecology, eco-hydrology, environmental economics, or related field. Strong analytical skills and scientific creativity. Excellent abilities in project organization, team leadership, and written and oral communications. Willingness to travel extensively. Experience with GIS, training others in science-related tools, and fundraising is preferred.

Please submit cover letter & resume.

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