C-DEBI Newsletter – June 1, 2015
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Education & Outreach

UC Berkeley: Writing/Designing Winning NSF Proposals Workshop, June 09, 2015
Greetings - We would like to remind you about this one-day workshop to be held at the University of California Berkeley. This seminar is perfect for those who want to submit research proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is taught by experienced faculty who have received various NSF grants and served as evaluators on review panels. You will participate in interactive exercises and discussions, and leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to research, write and develop your proposal.

ROV Week-long Summer Camps for Middle School Students near Monterey, CA and the University of Mississippi
Students engage in hands-on activities in the areas of robotics, sensor technology, programming, marine geology and ecology.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership: World Oceans Day Live Twitter Event, June 8, 1-5 PM ET
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Ocean Leadership will be conducting a live Twitter event to answer the public’s questions about the ocean and ocean life.

Western Washington University: Microbial Ecology Research Opportunity Summer 2015: Two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Internships Available!
Application deadline June 05, 2015.

The Data Incubator: Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
The next session will be from 09/08/15 to 10/16/15.

Meetings, Workshops and Activities

IODP: Workshop on the Argentine Passive Volcanic Continental Margin: Studying Basin Evolution, Deep Biosphere, Sediment Dynamics and Ocean Evolution through Scientific Ocean Drilling
Time: September 8-10, 2015
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Application: The workshop is open to U.S. and international participants, and the deadline to apply is June 19, 2015.  Students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply. Limited travel support is available for U.S. scientists.
Workshop Rationale and Objectives: The Argentine Continental Margin (ACM) is a large and complex feature in an important area that has not been studied using scientific ocean drilling techniques.  While some parts of the margin have an erosional character, recent seismic profiling studies show that the margin contains sediment drifts of at least Oligocene through Pleistocene age that may contain important climate records. The ACM underlies an important but undersampled portion of the global ocean conveyor belt, and new data from this area may prove critical to resolving key problems of the evolution of the Earth’s climate. This three-day workshop will explore how scientific ocean drilling can contribute to our understanding of the ACM. Topics will include the evolution of the South Western Atlantic Ocean and of the ACM, the variable nature of the sedimentary processes, facies, sediment sources and stability that have shaped the margin, the history and character of surface and deep circulation along this margin, the importance and likely nature of the climate records in these margin sediments, and opportunities for diagenetic, fluid flow and deep biosphere studies. One or more IODP drilling proposals are expected following the workshop.

IODP: Volunteer for an IODP Panel or Committee
The U.S. Science Support Program, in association with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), is seeking new U.S.-based members for the JOIDES Resolution Facility Science Evaluation Panel (SEP) and two senior scientists (one U.S.-based and one non-U.S.-based representative) to serve on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board. New members will serve three-year terms beginning in October 2015. Scientists interested in volunteering for those opportunities should send a cover letter and a two-page CV to by July 15, 2015. Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document any previous committee experience, describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs, and identify your preferred panel or committee assignment. We strongly encourage the involvement of early career scientists, as well as those with more experience, on the Science Evaluation Panel.

Report on the 2015 DCO Deep Life Community Workshop, Lisbon
The DCO Deep Life Community convened at the Pestana Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, from 6-10 May 2015. 58 Community members from around the world attended, representing the fields of microbiology, geology, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, molecular ecology, and geochemistry. A major goal of the meeting was to share progress on the various projects that have been supported as a part of the Deep Life Community. The meeting included oral and poster presentations by investigators who received DNA sequencing support through the Census of Deep Life, by teams that worked on projects supported through the Rock-Hosted Community projects, and from the newly-funded Deep Life Community projects. In addition, the Deep Life Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) used the meeting to obtain input from the Community before compiling their next Community proposal.

Gordon Research Seminar on Applied and Environmental Microbiology: Solving Important Microbiological Questions in the "Omics" Era; July 11-12, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Deadline for oral abstracts is closed. Meeting application due June 13, 2015.

Proposal Calls

NSF: Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including facilities abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows. Full proposal deadline: January 12, 2016

NSF: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation (STTR) 
Full proposal deadline: June 18, 2015.

NSF: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
See also the FAQ. Full proposal deadlines: July 21-23, 2015.

Simons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition
Application deadline: July 28, 2015.

National Academies: Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes August 01, 2015.

NSF: Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program Solicitation
Proposals accepted anytime.

IODP-USSSP: Proposals for Pre-Drilling Activities and Workshops
The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) accepts proposals on a rolling basis for pre-drilling activities and semi-annually for workshops, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).


Bigelow: Single Cell Genomics Center (SCGC): Bioinformatician
State Date: ASAP.
Purpose: Provide bioinformatics support to the Bigelow Laboratory Single Cell Genomics Center (SCGC) and research projects conducted by Stepanauskas’ group and collaborating scientists.
Duties/Responsibilities: Development, automation and application of diverse data analysis and visualization tools for microbial comparative genomics, metagenomics and population genomics; Development, maintenance and use of the SCGC de novo genome assembly and quality control pipeline; Development and maintenance of the SCGC Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); Development of the SCGC website functionality and its interaction with LIMS and financial software
Applications: for full consideration, the application should be received by June 19, 2015.

IFREMER: Life at the extremes: microbial EcoGenomics of deep-sea extremophiles
The Lab for Microbiology of Extreme Environments (LM2E) in Brest (France) has an 18-month postdoctoral position available to carry out research in the field of deep-sea microbial ecology. We are looking for candidates that would be working on one of the two following projects. Project 1: Ecology of bacterial and archaeal communities in deep-sea brine lakes and hydrothermal vents systems: Samples from these extreme environments were collected during recent cruises in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The postdoctoral fellow will seek to understand the environmental constrains on microbial community structure, with a strong emphasis on thermal, pressure, redox and salinity gradients. The successful candidate will be co-advised by A. Murat Eren at the MBL in Woods Hole to utilize state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets of 16S rRNA amplicons, and shotgun metagenomes. Project 2: Patterns of gene expressions in model hyperthermophile Archaea: The LM2E hosts a collection of extremophile archaeal isolates from a wide variety of deep-sea environments. The postdoctoral fellow will perform comparative and functional genomics on several strains of Thermococcales with the aim to elucidate mechanisms of stress response and hyperthermophile life style adaptation. He will generate and analyze transcriptomique data from HP/HT bioreactor incubations. Applications: Please send a CV and a short research statement for either one, or both of the proposed projects to Lo ̈ıs ( and A. Murat Eren ( Position will remain open until it is filled.

Montana State University: PhD Position, Astrobiology
The Priscu Research Group is seeking a motivated Ph.D. Student to work on a recently funded NASA Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (PSTAR) grant. The three year interdisciplinary project, “Wireline Analysis Tool for Subsurface Observation of Northern ice-sheets (WATSON)”, will integrate recent technological drilling advancement and instrumentation to enable spatially resolved in-situ detection and characterization of organics, microorganisms, and potential biosignatures in the subsurface ice record. In-situ characterization of subsurface ice will lead to a better understanding of life in ice and constrain our understanding of how it can survive and be preserved in icy regions of planetary bodies. The primary detection method is a deep-UV native fluorescence instrument, a repackaged version of the recent SHERLOC instrument selected for Mars ( georaman2014/pdf/5101.pdf). The proposed research will use the WATSON instrument to perform in-situ analysis of layered subsurface ice deposits in Greenland and a high elevation Rocky Mountain glacier. The graduate student will oversee ice core collection and perform geochemical and clean microbiological analysis on the cores to compare with data obtained from the in-situ deep-UV fluorescence instrument. Skillsets required: Field experience, flow cytometric and epifluorescence enumeration of bacteria, quantification and characterization of dissolved organic carbon, bacterial culturing, cell viability assays, molecular identification. Interested students should contact J. Priscu, Montana State University, Bozeman ( and include a brief statement of interest. See also:

MBARI: Principle Investigator
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) seeks a Principal Investigator (PI) to develop and direct a marine carbon cycle research team.

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: Chemical/Physical/Biological Oceanographer
Review of applications will begin April 15, 2015.

UTK: Professor and Head Department of Microbiology, The College of Arts & Sciences
Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology (“microbial dark matter” biology)
The review of materials will begin December 01, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography: Two Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Oceanography
The committee will begin to review applications on October 24, 014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Don’t forget to email me with any items you'd like to share in future newsletters! You are what makes our deep biosphere community!
Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, AHF 209, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371
Phone: 708-691-9563, Fax: 213-740-2437

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