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The NC Coastal Reserve Stewardship and Research Assistant Position


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

Now accepting applications for

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

Summer Internship Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/824
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us atdhsed@orau.org

Undergraduate Research – Southern Appalachians

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills.


With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates.  In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians.  Potential research topics include plant and animal ecology, water quality, biochemistry, plant natural products chemistry and bioactivity, plant taxonomy, and aquatic community ecology.

Quick Facts
Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
Program Timeline: May 31-July 30, 2015
* $525 per week stipend
* Travel, room, board and research expenses covered
* 12 students will be accepted into the program

Reasons to Apply
* Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research
* Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist
* Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project

*   Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice
* Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park

Application Process
All application materials should be submitted electronically to reu@samford.edu<mailto:reu@samford.edu>.
Deadline: March 16, 2015
Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, including one year of college-level biology.  Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held.  Please submit:
* Application Form
* Transcripts
* Letters of Recommendation
* Personal Statement

For more information, go to www.samford.edu/reu<http://www.samford.edu/reu> or email reu@samford.edu<mailto:reu@samford.edu>.

R. Malia Fincher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Samford University
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama35229
Fax 205-726-2479
Office 133 Propst Hall

Undergraduate Research – New Hampshire, Forest Ecology

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week
expense-paid internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests in
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the Project:  Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is
an NSF funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY
ESF), Cornell University, Miami University, the University of Michigan, and the Marine Biological
Laboratory.  The MELNHE project seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity through the
lens of resource optimization theory.  This is being studied through replicated, large-scale
nutrient additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in stands of different ages at three sites.
Treatment results will be used to help develop the Multi-Element Limitation (MEL) model and
assess nutrient limitation in northern hardwood forests.  More information on the project is
available at http://www.esf.edu/melnhe, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description:  Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will
interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists.  Research projects
include tree and understory growth response to nutrient addition, soil respiration, soil parent
material identification, leaf litter production, fine and woody litter production, water use (sap flow
and soil moisture), and nutrient uptake and mycorrhizal root colonization. Interns will gain a wide
variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects.  Interns have the opportunity to present their
results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional.
Work days typically begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending
upon the day’s activities.  Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student
researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $100 per week is
provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications:  Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or
biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered.  A positive
attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal
setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in
a field setting under adverse conditions.  Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but
an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data
management, 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references
to Jerome Barner <jcbarner@syr.edu>.  Applications will be reviewed in the order by which they
are received.  The field season will begin on June 1 and ends on August 7; let us know if your
availability differs from the given dates. Interviews will be conducted after March 6th.

Undergraduate Research program – Maine, Sea level Climate change

Position: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – PIE-LTER

Date: March 4, 2015

Position Summary:

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (http://pie-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu).

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

Additional Information:

For 2015, the primary focus of the 10-week REU program at PIE-LTER will be on fish population and fish community ecology, and the student will work closely with a mentor to develop and conduct an independent project within this research area. However, the student will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. The student is expected to present his/her findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole. Housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required. Previous experience with boats and fishing is useful but not required.

Special Instructions

to Applicants:

The following are required documents:
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume/CV
3) References: List of 3 with contact information
4) Unofficial transcripts

APPLY ONLINE: https://mbl.simplehire.com

NEW Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholars Program serves to develop the next generation of leaders in microbiome science by providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects with RAMS Registry investigators. The award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected for the 2015 program. The 2015 program will take place from June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Applications for the 2015 RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program are due by March 24, 2015.


Direct Link to Application Form:

Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D.
Project Director, Vaginal Microbiome Consortium
Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Virginia Commonwealth University


Undergraduate Opportunity for Field Research working on plants or insects

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) is now taking applications
for its summer independent research program.  We are especially interested
in attracting students interested in conducting independent research with
plants, soils, fungi, and insects.  Interested undergrads and recent
graduates can find more information at rmbl.org   Follow the link for
‘students’.  REU application deadline is Feb.15.  Rolling deadline for all
other applicants.  Questions should be directed to the RMBL Science
Director at sd@rmbl.org

Dr. Jennie Reithel
Science Director
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
PO Box 519
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Summer Students needed to assist with North American Breeding Bird Survey program

*Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions – BBS Biological Technicians *

*Summary: *

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking
to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the
North American Breeding Bird Survey program (*www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS
<http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS>)*, a long-term, continental avian monitoring
program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance
of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data,
data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing,
preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative

*Application deadline: *

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by *February
18, 2015. *

*Statement of Work *

1. *Types of services required: *During the summer field season,
approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian
identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to
inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will
include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and
quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies,
tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying,
scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with

2. *Required expertise/skills: *

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate
course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have
substantial experience with the North American birding community.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both
verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize
and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. *Eligibility requirements: *To be eligible for a student contract
position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a
recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at
least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or
university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who
left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these
contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student
status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children
are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are
eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on
their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and
Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are
usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions
against off-campus work.

4. *Description of working conditions: *Work will be performed in an office
environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in
Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This
is not a field or laboratory position.

5. *Compensation: *The student contractor will be paid $14.89 per hour.
Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave
benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and
from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide
housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty
station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. *Principal Duty Station: *USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100
Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may
enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is

7. *Additional information: *Number of students required is three.
Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer).
There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the
fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate
end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to
accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. *How to apply: *Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via
email (*dziolkowski@usgs.gov <dziolkowski@usgs.gov>*). Applications must be
received on or before *February 18, 2015*. In your cover letter include an
explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected
graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2

stream salamander field assistant

Wildlife Technician position(s) are available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe at the University
of Montana.  Fieldwork will be conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New

The positions will last approximately 2.5 months, starting early/mid-June and ending in mid-
August.  Housing is provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire.  Travel to local field sites is

The technician’s primary duties will involve surveys of stream salamanders in headwater streams of
central New Hampshire.  The technician will also assist in conducting swimming performance trials
with stream salamanders.  Work will be in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and technicians
should expect to hike to field sites in rough terrain, get wet from working in headwater streams,
handle salamanders, use a handheld GPS unit, and experience East Coast humidity and heat. The
technician will be a part of a three-person field crew, thus the successful applicant should work
well with others.  Prior fieldwork experience is preferred, but not required.

PAY:  $10.00/hour, 40-hour work week.
LAST DATE TO APPLY:  February 28, 2014
CONTACT:  Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Brett Addis,

Job opportunity: Research technician in aquatic disease ecology

A lab technician position is available in the Searle lab
(http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~searlec) at Purdue University. The main focus of
the lab is the ecology of infectious diseases in freshwater systems. The job
will involve assisting with laboratory experiments, maintaining lab
cultures, field sampling, ordering supplies, and supervising undergraduate
research students.

The minimum requirements are a 4 year college degree and prior research
experience in ecology, biology, or equivalent field. The successful
candidate will be familiar with word processing and data management,
independently motivated, and have strong organizational skills. Experience
working with freshwater systems or infectious diseases is preferred, but not

Start date is flexible, but preference will be given to candidates who can
start by March 31, 2015. Questions can be addressed to searlec@purdue.edu.
Applications must be submitted via the Purdue University employment page
(http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/employment, job number 1500296). Review of
candidates will begin Feb 16 and continue until the position is filled.