C-DEBI Newsletter – September 15, 2021
A biweekly digest of deep biosphere news and opportunities
from the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

Message from the C-DEBI Virtual Meeting Series Committee: Future Topics Survey

As the Virtual Meeting Series continues, we are asking your opinion on what future topics you are most excited to get together for.  You may have suggestions for new topics or want to hear more about one of the topics we've already covered (e.g., from a different perspective).

Please let us know in this short survey by September 17, 2021.

And again, if you are an early career researcher (student, postdoc, junior faculty, etc.) who would like to help co-organize these events, please contact us!

Joy Buongiorno, Maryville College
James Bradley, Queen Mary University of London
Beth Orcutt, C-DEBI Senior Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Rosalynn Sylvan, C-DEBI Managing Director, University of Southern California



NSF Announcement
New Science and Technology Centers to Address Vexing Societal Problems - NEW!

The U.S. National Science Foundation announces six new science and technology centers to advance ambitious, complex research in fields ranging from mechanobiology to particle physics to climate change. For decades, NSF science and technology centers have transformed cellular biology, combined scientific disciplines to enhance accelerator capabilities, and revolutionized real-time functional imaging by providing the ability to observe the activity of a single atom. The centers will focus on establishing new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies that have the potential for broad impacts on science and society. The six new science and technology centers include: NSF Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet, NSF Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand, NSF Center for Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics, NSF Center for Oldest Ice Exploration, NSF Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability Center, and NSF Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems.


Meetings & Activities

C-DEBI Virtual Meeting Series: Resources available from the The Future of MBIO in IODP, September 3, 2021 - NEW!
Missed the presentations from last week's meeting? Get the slide deck from panelists Jennifer Biddle (University of Delaware), Stephanie Carr (Hartwick College), Steven D’Hondt (University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography), Jessica Labonté (Texas A&M University Galveston), Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences), and Jason Sylvan (Texas A&M University).

DOOS: Deep Ocean Observing Strategies for a Predicted Ocean, September 16, 2021 - NEW!
The Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) seeks to bring together deep ocean networks and Decade programs that span ocean observing, exploration, modeling, and management communities, particularly early career researchers. Explore current gaps/challenges and future opportunities in deep ocean observing in four interactive panels that will foster discussions across disciplines within and outside the research community. Panels include both current and future leaders of the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) who will explore future directions in deep ocean observing – societal needs and scientific gaps, coordination between deep sea biologists and modelers, and the future of tech in the deep. Register in advance of the meeting September 16, 2021 (5pm-8pm CEST).

Joint Genome Institute: 2021 New Lineages of Life (NeLLi) Symposium, September 16 - October 21, 2021
Registration is free and open now for the symposium September 16 - October 21, 2021.

USSSP: Call for Professional Educator to Serve on USAC
Applications to volunteer are due September 17, 2021.

NSF: Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations
Nominations due September 20, 2021.

National Academies: Webinar Conversation Series - Promotion, Tenure, and Advancement through the Lens of 2020: The Next Normal, September 20, 23, 27, 30
Registration is now open for the four webinars September 20, 23, 27, and 30, 2021 examining the “Next Normal” as it relates to: Leadership and Culture; Recruitment, Retention, and Support; Advancement of Tenure and Non-Tenure Track Faculty; and Discussion Session.

NSF: Proposal and Award Policy Update Webinar, September 21, 2021
Register in advance of the free webinar Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST.

IODP-USSSP: Apply to Host the "In Search of Earth's Secrets" Exhibit in 2022 - NEW!
The In Search of Earth's Secrets Project uses the JOIDES Resolution research vessel and her science to intrigue, engage, and inspire informal science audiences across the nation. These well-designed and facilitated opportunities at museums and libraries in carefully selected locations aim to provide an effective mechanism for increasing STEM learning access among underserved minorities, rural populations and girls, and create a broadly applicable model for doing so in other science fields. Apply to be a new Community Site Partner and host this traveling exhibit in 2022. Community teams consist of three local representatives from these organizations: a Girl Scout council or similar youth-focused organization, the public library system and/or a museum or science center and a project manager, who may be a part of one of those organizations or a related one. Teams will work together to plan, facilitate, and evaluate the project locally but will also be contributing to a multi-year, national project. Deadline for applications: September 24, 2021.

Goldschmidt2022: Call for Sessions and Workshops
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2021.

C-DEBI Virtual Meeting Series: Towards a More Holistic Understanding of Mentoring Best Practices, October 1, 2021 - NEW!
Our next virtual meeting features  Marisela Martinez-Cola (Morehouse College) who will present "Collectors, Nightlights, & Allies, Oh My! : Advice for Strengthening Cross-racial Mentoring Relationships" on Friday, October 1, 2021 (10:30AM - 12:00PM Pacific Time). The virtual meeting series is held monthly during the first week of each month, with a regular rotation of science workshops and professional development workshops. Each workshop will contain about 90 minutes of programming, including invited speakers to give plenary tutorials and presentations, breakout icebreaker and discussion sessions, and plenary Q&A sessions. Register in advance for the meeting on October 1, 2021.

NSF: Virtual Grants Conference, October 4-8, 2021
Register in advance for the free sessions October 4-8, 2021.

AGU: Apply to be an AGU Bridge Partner Institution
Proposals are due October 15, 2021.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Course in Bioinformatics of Microbial Single Cells, April 3-9, 2022
Further details will be available and the registration will begin in October 2021.

USSSP-IODP: Apply to Sail on Two New IODP Expeditions
The deadline to apply to sail for both expeditions is November 1, 2021.

Ongoing Activities:


Proposal Calls

NSF: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Various deadlines.

NSF HRD: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
Various deadlines.

NSF OISE: International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Track I: IRES Sites (IS) due date: September 21, 2021. Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) due date: September 28, 2021.

IODP: Call for Proposals
The deadline is October 1, 2021.

NSF: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Letter of intent deadline date: October 4, 2021.

AGU: Sharing Science Grants for Science Communication and Outreach
The deadline is October 11, 2021.

NSF: Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)
Full proposal deadline: October 11, 2021.

IODP-USSSP: Novel Projects in Support of Scientific Ocean Drilling
Proposal deadline: October 15, 2021.

NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Full proposal deadlines vary by discipline: October 18-22, 2021.

Carnegie: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Earth and Planets Laboratory - NEW!
The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will upload letters of support, is November 1, 2021.

NASA: Postdoctoral Program
Current cycle deadline: November 1, 2021.

NSF GEO: Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (EAR-PRF)
Full proposal deadline: November 3, 2021.

NSF GEO: Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)
Full proposal deadline: November 12, 2021.

NSF BIO: Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO)
Full proposal deadline date: January 25, 2022.

NSF: Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)
Full proposal target date: February 7, 2022.

NSF OCE: Chemical Oceanography
Full proposal target dates: February 15, 2022 and August 16, 2022.

NSF OCE: Physical Oceanography
Full proposal target dates: February 15, 2022 and August 16, 2022.

NSF BIO / NIH: Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE)
Full proposal deadline: February 17, 2022.

NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Full proposal deadline date: August 24, 2022.

NSF: Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Full proposal deadline date: September 6, 2022.

Rolling Calls:


University of Lausanne: PhD Position in Microbial Geochemistry (17822)
The deadline for applications is September 15, 2021.

NOAA: Director of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
The deadline for applications is September 16, 2021.

LUMCON: Assistant Professors in Coastal or Marine Science
Review of applicants will begin September 20, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled.

University of Wyoming: Assistant Professor in Organic Geochemistry - NEW!
The University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and the interdepartmental Program in Ecology and Evolution. The successful candidate is expected to build a strong extramurally funded research program using organic geochemistry approaches to investigate Earth systems. This search is partially supported by a 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant to the University. The project focuses on examining microbial life and its ecological consequences and has enabled the university to hire other faculty with related interests. The successful candidate will benefit from the project's scientific outcomes and infrastructure, such as new ICP-MS and Orbitrap LC-MS instruments, and will contribute to the project's institutional capacity building in the candidate's area of expertise. This position will remain open until filled.  Complete applications received by September 24, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Stonybrook University: IDEA Fellows in Geosciences
Review of applicant files will begin on September 30, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

UCSD Scripps: Assistant, Associate, or Full Researcher in Oceans and Atmosphere
The deadline for applications is September 30, 2021.

St. Mary's College of Maryland: Open Rank Faculty Position in Marine Science
Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

MBARI: Principal Investigator (Focus on Seafloor Processes)
Initial review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Lehigh University: Assistant Professor in Prokaryotic Molecular Biology - NEW!
The Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. For this position, we seek outstanding applicants studying fundamental processes related to the molecular and cellular biology of bacteria or archaea, or their viruses, including but not restricted to host/viral interactions, microbial interactions, biofilms, toxin/antitoxin systems, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, or microbial communities/ecosystems. Within a multidisciplinary, collaborative research environment in the department and across the university, the successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, participate in the department’s Ph.D. program in biology, and contribute to the department’s excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Initial review of applications will begin on October 11, 2021.

UC Berkeley: Assistant Professor in Earth & Planetary Sciences
The deadline for applications is October 14, 2021.

Duke Kunshan University: Faculty in Environmental Science
Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2021.

Boston College: Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Processes
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021.

West Texas A&M University: Assistant Professor in Geology
Apply by October 15, 2021 to guarantee full consideration.

Rice University: Assistant Professor in Planetary and Environmental Sciences
The deadline for applications is October 31, 2021.

Babson College: Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences - NEW!
The Mathematics and Science Division of Babson College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the natural sciences beginning August 2022. The ideal candidate is an innovative educator who integrates multiple scientific disciplines into courses that explore complex problems and solutions related to environmental systems. The successful candidate must have a particular interest in teaching these topics to undergraduate business students.  The candidate’s field of research should complement the expertise of our science faculty group, which currently includes: plant ecology, physics education, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, and biophysics. Lecturer position also available. For full consideration materials should be submitted by November 1, 2021.

University of New Hampshire: Postdoc Position in Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry - NEW!
The Ziervogel lab at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is seeking a highly motivated postdoc to conduct research in the field of marine microbial biogeochemistry related to a multi-institutional project funded by NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). This ongoing project aims to further our understanding in microbially-mediated cycling of organic matter in the ocean, combining biogeochemical tools with single cell genomics. The work is a collaboration with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, ME, the Desert Research Institute, NV, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This 2-year postdoc fellowship targets recent PhDs or current postdocs from MSIs in the United States or its territories. Application deadline: December 8, 2021.

University of Miami: Open Rank Faculty Search Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - NEW!
The Rosenstiel School in Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami (UM) seeks to expand its vibrant intellectual community through inviting applications within a cluster hiring initiative to appoint up to five tenured or tenure-track faculty members, one per Department, who meet the following qualifications: Faculty who would bring visibility, renown, and additional impact to any of the five individual RSMAS Departments in Atmospheric Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Marine Geosciences, Marine Biology and Ecology, or Environmental Science and Policy; Faculty who would add to the long-standing goal of increasing diversity across our departments. Applications will be considered at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor ranks.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL): Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Processes in Bentonite - NEW!
The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (EML) in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EPFL (Switzerland) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to investigate microbial processes in bentonite. The project deals with investigating the role of growth and activity of microorganisms in clay (bentonite). The work includes in situ experiments, sampling and analysis of natural analogues, and laboratory experiments. For further information, please contact Professor Rizlan Bernier-Latmani.

University of Toronto: Postdoctoral Position(s) in Fluid-Rock Interactions & Investigation of Deep Subsurface Life

Carnegie Institution (Stanford): Postdoctoral in Microbial Ecological Modeling of the Marine Nitrogen Cycle

Carnegie Institution (Stanford): Postdoctoral in Ecological Modeling of Marine Microheterotrophic Communities

Pennsylvania State University: Postdoctoral Researcher on Microbial Metabolic Networks

2021-2022 Earth and Environmental Science Jobs List

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Rosalynn Sylvan
C-DEBI Managing Director
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371

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