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Funding and Job Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  • A list of Vanderbilt University upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/rds/limitedsubmission/.
  • A list of Vanderbilt University Medical Center upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at https://www.vumc.org/oor/limited-and-external-funding-opportunities.
  • Visit the Edge Bulletin Board to check their current list of national research funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines, updated often. To submit national opportunities, email Edge for Scholars. Additionally, the Edge for Scholars Funded Grants Library has over 200 grants in the library including more than two dozen examples of NRSA fellowship applications (F30, F31, F32) written by Vanderbilt trainees that include original submissions, resubmissions, and summary statements. There are also a few AHA fellowship applications in the library. If a trainee is in the process of writing an application, they may review these shared grants by requesting access to the EFS Funded Grants Library. To again access to the Funded Grants Library email Adrienne Babcock. Postdocs should copy their primary mentor on the request so the mentor can confirm the need for access.
  • Visit the SPIN Database of Sponsored Funding Opportunities and search their database of over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors.

Applications due June 6, 2022

VU and VUMC may each submit two applications to the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional) supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the research workforce.

Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators are capable of launching directly into an independent research career. The Early Independence Award is intended for these select junior investigators who have already established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and have demonstrated unusual scientific vision and maturity; typical post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into independent research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award also provides an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in fresh scientific perspectives of the awardees they host.

By the end of the award period, the Early Independence Award investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program through other NIH funding activities and for a permanent research-oriented position.

Eligibility

  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund.
  • Time window for eligibility: The receipt date of the terminal doctoral degree or end of post-graduate clinical training of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2023. The degree receipt date is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The end of post-graduate clinical training includes residency and fellowship periods.
  • At the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow for more than twelve months following a previous, non-terminal doctoral degree before June 1, 2021. . To be consistent with the updated NIH definition of Early Stage Investigators, eligible clinical training includes clinical residency and clinical fellowship.
  • Research independence at time of application: Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:
    • The PD/PI’s current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors;
    • The PD/PI’s research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31 or F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility);
    • The PD/PI does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his/her research;
    • The PD/PI, according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution.
  • There is no U.S. citizenship requirement for PDs/PIs.

Level of effort: Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year (i.e., 80% effort of a 12-month appointment) to the Early Independence Award project in years 1-2 of the project period. In years 3-5, awardees may reduce effort towards the Early Independence Award project but must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year (i.e., 80% effort of a 12-month appointment) to independent research in general.

Budget Info: Awards will be for up to $250,000 direct costs per year for a period of 5 years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs.

See the RFA for more information.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered to submit a proposal must submit the following materials by 5 p.m. on June 6, 2022. **Note the different submission instructions for VU and VUMC postdocs, below.**

 

  1. Brief (2-page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
    1. Include three sections with the following headings to mirror the specific aims format: “Research Objectives,” “Institutional Support,” and “Early Independence Rationale.”
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director;
    1. The letter must address requirements for Institutional Resources & Career Development Commitment, specifically: allocated laboratory space, institutional financial commitment to investigator, and plans for mentoring and assuring scientific independence.
  3. NIH Biosketch

 

For VU-employed Postdocs:

 

For VUMC-employed Postdocs:

  • Submit all application materials in a single PDF to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by June 6, 2022. Visit the OOR site for more detail.
  • Any questions about this opportunity, eligibility, or the LSO process may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

Applications due May 30, 2022

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may submit 1 nomination to the American Diabetes Association for the Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards. The single institutional nomination may be for only one of two award types: the Initiator Award for researchers in postdoctoral training OR the Accelerator Award for early-career diabetes investigators.

The Pathway to Stop Diabetes Program intends to attract brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity to diabetes research, and to accelerate their research progress by providing the necessary resources and support for conducting transformative science.

This call for nominations is prioritizing exceptional investigators that aim to advance existing knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its eventual translation into patient and population benefit. The ideal applicant will propose innovative translational research that will be an important step towards the eventual goal of improving the lives of people at risk of diabetes or living with the disease – and the pathway to this impact is clear.

The Pathway program seeks to bring new investigators and new perspectives to diabetes research. Supporting scientists with different backgrounds and experience is critical to achieving that objective. Pathway accepts nominations for exceptional investigators with medical and scientific backgrounds who propose innovative basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, epidemiological and health services research relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication, prioritizing translational research that will ‘move the needle’ to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Nominations are welcomed from all areas of diabetes translational research and span prevention, management and cure of all diabetes types (type 1, type 2 and gestational), diabetes-related disease states (obesity, prediabetes, and other insulin resistant states) and complications. The program intends to attract a broad range of expertise to the field of diabetes from various fields of science and technology, including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. In addition, nomination of scientists from diverse backgrounds, including minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, is strongly encouraged.

While most nominees are anticipated to focus on advancing existing discoveries into pre-clinical and early-stage clinical research (‘bench-to-bedside’), ADA strongly encourages innovative later-stage translational research (bedside-to-community) where feasible. Applications focused on a single clinical trial are out of scope.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Only one repeat nomination of an individual applicant will be considered; the same individual may not be nominated a third time.

Initiator Award

The Pathway Initiator award is designed to support early career researchers who have distinguished themselves during their research training as exceptionally talented and promising research investigators with a high likelihood of establishing successful, independent research programs and making seminal contributions in diabetes research. These awards are intended to support particularly innovative and transformational ideas that have the potential to have an exceptional impact in diabetes with an emphasis on the investigator’s potential to significantly transform diabetes through translational research (‘moving the needle’) to improve the lives of people with diabetes. These awards provide salary and research support for applicants during late stages of mentored training through establishment as independent research faculty.

Eligibility:

  • Must currently be in full-time research training position (post-doctoral fellow, research fellowship)
  • Have no more than seven years of research training following terminal doctoral degree
  • Cannot concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant. (All other Career Development awards are allowable unless concurrent awards prohibited by the other granting agency)
  • Must devote at least 75% of their total time and effort to research during the funding period (with 50-100% effort to the ADA project as defined below)
  • At the end of Phase 1 (2 years into award), the investigator needs to have obtained a faculty appointment at an accredited research institution

Maximum Funding: Up to $100,000/year in Phase 1, Up to $325,000/year in Phase 2 for up to 7 years. Maximum combined support for Phase 1 and Phase 2 is $1,625,000.
Support: Project support & PI salary
Indirect Support: Up to 10% of directs in Phase 1, Up to 30% of directs in Phase 2

Project % Effort Required: 75-100% effort to the ADA project in Phase 1, 50-75% effort to the ADA project in Phase 2

 

See the program website for more details.

Internal Application Instructions

Those interested should visit https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1870797 to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is May 30, 2022.

 Any questions about these opportunities may be directed to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

 

Job Opportunities

This is a 12-month, fixed-term (non-tenure track) position with an expected start date in August 2022. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Michigan State University is seeking an innovative and engaging educator to implement the online instruction of our 200-level and 400-level comprehensive biochemistry courses for non-majors that are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. These popular courses have large enrollments of MSU students who are health- and life-science related majors, chemical engineers, and also serve continuing education students from outside the university. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to manage and maintain these two established online offerings. Specific duties include the delivery of current materials, including course lectures and learning activities, the development and administration of course exams, and evaluation of other student work. The successful candidate will also hold office hours, mentor students, and train and supervise course teaching assistants. We anticipate that, over time, the successful candidate will update the courses regularly by incorporating new scientific discoveries, taking advantage of emerging technologies in developing and presenting course material, and collaborating with other educators as the online courses evolve. We also highly encourage engagement in Discipline-Based Education Research and subject matter pedagogy.

The College and Department are committed to building and supporting an equitable and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. The department is especially interested in receiving applications from candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion and who may bring perspectives from a nontraditional educational background and/or an understanding of the experiences of persons from underrepresented groups.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or closely related field

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Masters degree required. A doctorate is preferred in biochemistry, molecular biology or closely related field. Experience in teaching science courses at the college or university level. Experience teaching diverse populations of students and/or evidence of commitment to professional development around diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

Desired Qualifications

Proficiency in biochemistry and molecular biology. Demonstrated effective teaching skills such as experience in online teaching, which may include video production and delivery, familiarity with learning management systems like Brightspace D2L or other education technologies that support online learning, knowledge of accessibility standards and use of quality assurance tools such as Quality Matters or OLC Quality Scorecard, experience with teaching in large-enrollment course, experience in curriculum development, examples of collaboration during course instruction curriculum development or in other professional contexts, evidence of professional development, participation in or familiarity with scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) or discipline based educational research (DBER).

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following documents to careers.msu.edu (posting 773205):

https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/510239/instructorfixed-term

cover letter

curriculum vitae

scientific writing sample (e.g., research manuscript, medical communication, technical report, science blog post, news article)

teaching portfolio (limited to 10 pages) describing past roles and responsibilities based on a brief narrative and supporting information such as syllabi, assessments, student evaluations, developed course curricula and course materials, including any involvement in online teaching. A representative short (5 to 10-minute) lecture video or other previously delivered online material is encouraged (if not providing public links for online material, please contact the Chair of Search Committee for alternative options).

teaching philosophy (limited to 2 pages) with documentation of philosophy implementation and contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Thoughts on the particular challenges and opportunities of online teaching are highly encouraged.

contact information for 3 references in the cover letter

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Please direct questions regarding the position to Dr. Michael Feig, Chair of the Search Committee (feig@msu.edu).

Review of applications will begin on May 16 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Department Statement

The missions of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Michigan State University are to discover and transfer new knowledge about the molecular basis of life through basic and cross-disciplinary biomolecular science research while maintaining a collegial and fertile learning environment. Additional information about the BMB Department, including descriptions of current courses, can be found at the BMB departmental website. https://bmb.natsci.msu.edu/

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

To apply, visit Careers @ MSU.

he Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (Program) will recruit one exceptional post-doctoral fellow as an independent investigator, creating a springboard for the Caspar Wistar Fellow (Fellow) to facilitate a subsequent faculty appointment and join the next generation of scientific leaders.

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and the Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center of The Wistar Institute comprise a group of 33 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years, after which they will be considered for promotion. Since 2019, three Fellows have been recruited. Interested candidates should demonstrate a research focus in cancer, immunology or infectious disease.

Program candidates must possess intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record and to be in the first few years of their postdoctoral fellowship, or just finished their graduate work.

The search committees will be guided by Wistar program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (colelli@wistar.org). Applications will be evaluated by May 31, 2022.   Interviews will be held beginning in July 2022 and you can find more information on the website to apply.

The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship has launched its Call for Applications for the 2023–24 academic year. The fellowship offers generous funding and support for 24 international postdoctoral applicants to conduct research in exact sciences, life sciences, humanities, and social sciences at eligible Israeli academic institutions. The online application will be available beginning September 1, 2022.

This year, the fellowship has opened its eligibility on a worldwide scale. The value is approximately EUR 53,000 (ILS 188,000) per year, including funds reserved for research and travel.

Please find below the full information for the application process.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is searching for a self-motivated, driven individual with a background in biological or biomedical science who is looking for an exciting and rare opportunity as a Postdoctoral Recruiter.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is a premier center for research and treatment of potentially fatal childhood diseases, including cancer and specific blood, genetic, and immunodeficiency disorders. The hospital’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude is dedicated to providing unsurpassed patient care and to improving children’s health through biomedical research.

As a Postdoc Recruiter, you will work with a team to meet the postdoctoral recruitment needs of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by developing and implementing effective recruiting strategies. This position requires significant travel to scientific conferences, meetings, and career fairs to identify promising postdoctoral candidates. It also involves online sourcing, developing advertising materials, and assisting with the planning of onsite recruitment events, such as the St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium. The postdoctoral recruiter will communicate extensively with candidates and faculty throughout the application process and schedule candidate interview visits.

This position is ideal for someone who is extremely detail-oriented, has excellent communication skills, and outstanding organizational abilities.

REQUIREMENTS:
To be a strong fit for the Postdoc Recruiter position you will need:

  • BS degree in the biological or biomedical sciences, MS or PhD preferred
  • Experience in a research or academic environment
  • Experience in presenting research at a national scientific conference preferred.
  • Experience in scientific recruitment, administration, event planning or marketing preferred.
  • Database management skills preferred.
  • Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license and be insurable by St. Jude’s insurance carrier

Interested applicants apply here.

The Research Education & Training Office at Moffitt Cancer Center located in Tampa, FL is seeking to hire a new administrator for Postdoctoral Affairs. We are looking for a candidate that has a PhD in a science field and has completed a postdoc experience. This is a great alternative career path for someone who is interested in education, mentorship and developing career development curriculum for the next generation of postdocs. If interested and would like to discuss this opportunity, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Riordan at sarah.riordan@moffitt.org.

For more information visit Moffitt Cancer Center Careers.

The Scientific Consultant will assist clients in securing grants from federal and private funding agencies to advance their research & development. The Scientific Consultant will serve as a Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of the proposal preparation process, including interfacing with clients and collaborators, writing research and commercialization plans, and submitting applications to the cognizant agency. As such, a successful candidate will exhibit strong scientific writing and communication skills and display a passion to assist scientists and entrepreneurs in advancing their innovative ideas from concept through research & development and commercialization.

Essential Job Functions:

· Provide strategic guidance to assist scientists and entrepreneurs in understanding the non-dilutive funding landscape.

· Write competitive grant applications in response to solicitations from a broad range of agencies (Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, etc.)

· Serve as a Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of the proposal preparation process, including research plan development, budget preparation, and submission

· Work cooperatively with collaborators in the start-up space, at contract research organizations, in academia, and various other organizations with a focus on scientific development

· Collaborate with team members at EGC to create solutions with measurable value for clients and in support of EGC’s central mission to advance science

For more information or to apply, visit DoreWays, Job ID: 109254.

A helpful guide to access DoreWays can be found here.

The Biomedical Research, Education, and Training (BRET) Office within the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and proactive individual to serve as the Assistant Director of Recruiting for the umbrella Biomedical Graduate Programs. These two programs, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IGP) and the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (QCB), collectively recruit ~80 students each year. In addition to recruiting, the BRET office supports many aspects of PhD student and postdoc training including a variety of educational initiatives, and career and professional
development.
The overall goal for this position is to identify candidates who match the research profile and opportunities at Vanderbilt, and then encourage and support applications from those candidates into our graduate training programs. Vanderbilt is a top tier research institution with faculty at the cutting edge of diverse biomedical and biological fields, most often with an interdisciplinary approach. Innovation, collaboration, and impact are key descriptors for the research done here. Finding trainees who are the best fit to uphold these ideals and move our programs forward is critically important for Vanderbilt and also places students into an environment that will maximize their potential for future success. Candidates being recruited to Vanderbilt should represent the diverse and vibrant research community.
The Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) provides support and resources for Vanderbilt biomedical graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty who train graduate students and postdocs. The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program within BRET are the two main umbrella graduate programs that recruit biomedical Ph.D. students to Vanderbilt. These programs are responsible for organizing the first year of the graduate students’ education and training, which is achieved via a collaborative effort between the BRET office staff and Vanderbilt faculty. Additionally, the BRET office provides career and professional development support for biomedical PhD students and postdocs through the Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program and the Office of Outcomes Research.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Report to and work in close collaboration with the directors of the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (QCB), and the Senior Associate Dean for BRET.
  • Meet with program leaders and other faculty to identify skills sought, ideal candidate profiles and any historical difficulties in recruiting candidates. This will be a continuing conversation as needs change.
  • Develop relationships and outreach initiatives to targeted institutions and conferences to solicit applications from candidates that could be ‘best fit’. Participate in graduate student recruiting events, including on campus and off campus events, diversity-focused events, and online-virtual events. Requires travel.
  • Engage one-one-one with candidates as they learn about programs at Vanderbilt and elsewhere and help demonstrate why Vanderbilt is a strong option. Encourage applications. Answer questions about the research opportunities and programs.
  • Update and maintain content for admissions-related web pages and conduct social media campaigns.
  • Facilitate applicant engagement with faculty.
  • Display flexibility with other duties that accompany the evolving nature of these programs.
  • Maintain outcomes analysis of recruiting and conduct surveys of applicants and participants as necessary to evaluate recruitment strategies to our programs.
  • Co-Direct the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA), undergraduate research program
  • Aid in the application, selection, appointment, and laboratory placement of students participating in the VSSA in collaboration with faculty advisors.
  • Aid in the development of programming of VSSA activities, including orientation, a research seminar series, professional development series, social activities, and large (150 participant) student research symposium.
  • Help manage VSSA budget and event planning.
  • Mentor and advise VSSA students for their individual career goals.

Qualifications

  • A PhD in a STEM field is required.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) are necessary.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with different stakeholders is necessary.
  • The willingness and ability to represent Vanderbilt through participation in national student research symposia in a professional and positive manner is necessary.
  • Availability and willingness to work non-standard hours, especially during recruitment activities, is necessary.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information is necessary.
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

Learn more and apply here.

SPA provides knowledge-based solutions integrating technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national security objectives.

For nearly 50 years, we have informed decisions that had strategic and lasting impacts on national security. Our clients entrust us with their critical missions. Every day our employees work to serve our Nation and we work to serve our employees. Every mission is personal to us. We foster continued growth by providing diverse experiences and encouraging employees to perfect their skills through training. This focus ensures SPA’s leaders of tomorrow can continue to renew the commitment we made to our very first client, and all our clients, adapting to support their evolving needs, while always adhering to our core values.

Opportunities for Postdoctoral researchers

  • Biochemist: proven expertise in biochemistry and analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry.

o    Description: Assist the research and development of biological weapon countermeasures. Provide research and analysis of assays and biomarkers. Development and verification of rapid, sensitive, and specific tests for the identification of biological weapons. Demonstrated research credentials in biochemistry

  • Biologist: Proven expertise in medical countermeasures (vaccines, therapeutics) and/or toxicology.

o    Description: Support research for threat agent science that provides rapid validated chemical and biological agent property and reactivity data; toxicological mechanisms to inform risk assessments, medical chemical countermeasures that deliver novel medical concepts and technologies to address current and emerging threats. Demonstrated research credentials in biological sciences

  • Chemist: Proven expertise in analytical chemistry or related analytical methods.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for deployment in theater and science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in chemistry and the use of analytic equipment and data analysis. Research in explosive chemistry is preferred.

  • Physicist: Proven expertise in high energy or nuclear physics, and research methods including detection systems, data collection, and data analytic techniques.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in detection sciences – use of detectors, operations and evaluation of detector data, and use of data analytic techniques.

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in physical science and the impact of radiation on the physical environment.

o    Description: Assist in model development, test, integration and transition of radiological and nuclear modeling tools. Examine WMD lethality and vulnerability models and integration with computational tools. Demonstrated research in the use of mathematical methods of computation, and the ability to modify existing codes in computational analysis

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in plasma physics or nucleon related research

o    Description: Experience with research and experimentation in plasma physics and/or nucleon interaction. Demonstrated understanding of plasma states of matter, nuclear fission and fusion, and ionizing radiation resulting from fission and fusion.

  • Engineer or Solid State Physicist: Proven expertise in electricity and magnetism and/or circuit and system response.

o    Description: Provide assistance to the nuclear survivability of DoD systems and components. Assess technology development to produce radiation-tolerant, high-performance, high-reliability dual-use microelectronics and photonics. Review and evaluate hardening methodologies.

Additional qualifications:

  • DoD security clearance or ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret clearance.
  • US citizens.
  • Demonstrated ability to works as part of a team to solve problems.
  • Experience conducting analysis and communicating those results clearly to a broad audience.

Interested candidates should forward CV or contact:

There are upcoming teaching opportunities with Vanderbilt Summer Academy (on campus) and Mentor Immersion (virtual) in 2022. If you would like to talk further, please sign up to meet with Mark Shivers using the Calendy link below to schedule a Zoom call. If the available times do not work, please email Mark Shivers with a few days/times that would work for you. 

There are currently no posted funding opportunities.

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