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C-DEBI Newsletter – October 15, 2014
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Meetings, Workshops and Activities

C-DEBI: Networked Speaker Series Seminar: Sean Jungbluth, October 30, 2014 from 12:00-12:45pm PT, Online!
The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is a “networked” Science and Technology Center (STC), gathering expertise, ideas, and participation from institutions across the U.S. and around the world. C-DEBI runs the Networked Speaker Series as one means to enhance communication and the exchange of ideas via short (30 minute) presentations with time for questions and discussion. The series is presented live online for remote participants (login instructions will be distributed before the talk), and is recorded and available on the website for those unable to attend the live broadcasts. 

Missed the last Networked Speaker Series seminar with Julie Meyer on "Microbial life in cold, hydrologically active oceanic crustal fluids at North Pond"? Watch it now online.

C-DEBI's next Networked Seminar Speaker is Dr. Sean Jungbluth from the University of Hawaii at Manoa:

Aging mid-ocean ridge flanks support a distinct microbial ecosystem
The upper igneous ocean basement is massive and likely to be one of the most habitable subsurface environments due to the porosity and extensive hydrothermal circulation; however, uncontaminated access to this environment is a challenge that has hindered microbiological investigations. Three generations of sampling and instrumentation platforms known as Circulation Obviation Retrofit Kit (CORK) observatories affixed to Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) boreholes are providing access to chemically-reducing fluids originating from 1.2-3.5 million-years (Myr) old basaltic crust of the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Consistent and reliable access to pristine fluids from the ocean crust is due to improvements to CORK observatories, through incorporation of microbiologically-friendly materials, and fluid sampling techniques and equipment. Snapshots of basement fluid microbial diversity and community structure using ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequencing has revealed a basaltic crust microbial community that is distinct from sediments and seawater. Active work seeks to characterize the metabolic potential and genomic features of microbes residing in this region of the ocean crust. These results and a discussion of the general implications of this work will be provided. 

Sean received his BS in Bacteriology and Biology from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007 and recently completed his PhD in Oceanography from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has been a C-DEBI Graduate Research Fellow since 2012 and is currently a postdoctoral scholar working to complete ongoing projects and data analyses remaining from his dissertation work. His work focuses on microbial ecology of subseafloor basement fluids, but he is broadly interested in using molecular biology, single-cell and community genomics, microbial culturing, bioinformatics, and oceanographic tools together in an effort to understand the nature of the deep biosphere and its role in global biogeochemical cycles.

DCO Deep Life Community: Virtual Participation in November 3-4 Workshop, Potsdam, Germany
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Deep Life Community announces a workshop to be held November 3-4, 2014 at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam, Germany for the purpose of selecting and developing a deep-life-inspired drilling site/project for submission as a proposal to the International Continental Drilling Program. This workshop is intended to bring together ideas for deep life drilling, to select one or possibly more than one project, and to develop a preproposal for a January 2015 deadline. On-line participation will be available for those who can’t be present in Potsdam (contact Tom Kieft and Tullis Onstott). Funding is available to support travel expenses for a limited number of participants. 

IODP Primer: An Introduction to Ocean Drilling Programs
The course will be held the afternoon before the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco (December 14, 1-5pm).  Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please visit: http://usssp-iodp.org/workshop/iodp-primer-2014/
 

Education & Outreach
TBS's King of the Nerds Unveils 12 Competitors Vying for the Ultimate Nerd Title
TBS has announced the 12 nerds, including C-DEBI postdoctoral researcher Ben Tully (@DeepSeaSith), who will take to the field of nerd battle in the third season of King of the Nerds. Hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, who also serve as executive producers, will once again supervise the proceedings as competitors from across the nerd spectrum vie for the ultimate nerd title. King of the Nerds is set to kick off its third season on Jan. 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Looking for labs interested in hosting 1-2 REU student(s), Summer 2015
  • Eight to ten week placement for Nationally selected Native American students
  • Prefer placement of two students in the same lab or at the same university
  • Project and project funding would need to be supplied by the hosting lab
  • Travel and housing support and stipend would be paid by the STC Tribal Initiate grant through STC CMOP (Center for Coastal Margins Observation & Prediction)
Dr. Andy Fisher, UCSC, may have a project involving groundwater, to evaluate sites of possible managed recharge, used to enhance water supplies and water quality. C-DEBI is looking for any other lab that may also have placement opportunities. If interested, please contact Cynthia Joseph, Diversity Director, at cynthijr@usc.edu.

Ocean Leadership: Ocean 180 Video Challenge
Submissions for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014.

Ocean Leadership: Share Your Ocean Story with the BBC
Ocean Leadership has built a website to help BBC solicit ideas/content/contacts for their upcoming seven-part series follow-up to Blue Planet entitled Ocean: New Frontiers.


Proposal Calls

NSF: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
Fellowship Competitive Area 1: Broadening Participation in Biology: Through this program, BIO seeks to increase the diversity of scientists at the postdoctoral level in biology, and thereby contribute to the future vitality of the Nation's scientific enterprise. Groups that are significantly underrepresented in biology in the U.S. include Native Americans, including Alaskan Natives and Native Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Hispanics. Individuals with disabilities are also under represented. The goal of the program is to prepare minority biologists and others who share NSF's diversity goals for positions of scientific leadership in academia, industry, and government. The research and training plan in these applications must fall within the purview of BIO and explain how the fellowship award will broaden or effectively encourage broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in biology supported by BIO. Proposal deadline: January 08, 2015.

MBL: 2015 Visiting Research Award Program
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014.

NSF: Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (OCE-PRF)
Full proposal target date: December 8, 2014.

NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Deadlines: Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research - October 29, 2014; Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy - October 30, 2014; Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education and Learning - November 03, 2014Life Sciences, Geosciences - November 04, 2014.

National Academies Research Associateships for Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Researchers
There are four annual review cycles and the next closes November 1.

IODP: Expedition 359 Maldives Monsoon
The deadline to apply to sail on International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 359 Maldives Monsoon aboard the JOIDES Resolution had been extended to October 27, 2014.

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, next submission deadline November 15, 2014, related to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).
 

Employment

Bigelow: Postdoctoral Research Scientist
The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position to lead independent research on a variety of marine deep biosphere topics in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Orcutt. This work will entail geomicrobiological investigations of subsurface ridge flank environments. Highly successful candidates would have experience with environmental science and/or microbiology, with working knowledge of molecular biology techniques (such as DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing or bioinformatics), microscopy, or geochemical or stable isotope techniques considered as highly desirable. Applicants must have at least a Ph.D in marine sciences, oceanography, environmental microbiology or similar field with a proven publication record. Experience with project management or fieldwork also desired. Proficiency in computer programs for word processing and data entry are a must, as well as good written and oral communication skills. Review of applicants will begin on November 10, 2014, with video-conference screening interviews planned for successful candidates the week of November 24, 2014.

UCSC: C-DEBI research opportunities in Marine Hydrogeology and related fields
Andy Fisher anticipates bringing in one new PhD student and a new postdoctoral researcher for Fall 2015 (postdoc might start Winter or Spring 2016). For both PhD student and postdoctoral researcher candidates, projects will involve studies of seafloor hydrothermal circulation, emphasizing low-temperature ("ridge-flank") environments. Researchers will develop numerical models to gain understanding as to how these systems work, what factors control the geometry and rate of fluid (heat, solute) transport, relations between crustal structure and fluid flow, etc. There is a lot of observational data that can be used to generate domain geometries and properties, and provides strong constraints on acceptable output. Much of the modeling will be done in collaboration with colleagues who have expertise in biogeochemistry and/or microbiology. Developing and testing models that link hydrogeologic, thermal, chemical and microbiological characteristics is a research frontier and is important to C-DEBI. Fisher and colleagues also have pending proposals for field programs to collect new data and samples, so there may be opportunities for young researchers to gain oceanographic experience through these studies. Although experience with programming is not required, commitment in developing modeling expertise is. Successful applicants will have strengths in some combination of math, physics, chemistry, hydrogeology, geophysics, engineering or related disciplines. More information on Fisher's research group, projects, and available positions can be found here. Please contact Fisher (afisher@ucsc.edu) with questions and/or to express interest in one of these positions. Graduate student applications to UCSC must be completed by January 5, 2015.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography: Two Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Oceanography
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions in oceanography at their Savannah, GA campus.  The successful candidate will enhance existing programs within the Marine Sciences Department at SkIO and in Athens. Appointments will be made in the UGA Department of Marine Sciences at the Assistant Professor level, but consideration will be given to exceptional applicants seeking more senior appointments. Applicants working in diverse marine settings are encouraged to apply, although experience and a desire to work in estuarine, coastal and shelf environments are preferred as are researchers who focus on the roles of anthropogenic forcing on marine processes. A full job posting and directions for applying can be found at: http://www.skio.uga.edu/aboutus/jobs/skiofaculty.pdf

Michigan State University: Postdoctoral Positions in Molecular Geomicrobiology
Postdoctoral opportunities are available in molecular geomicrobiology in the lab of Dr. Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA). Microbial communities contained within subsurface environments may be important conduits for the exchange of carbon and energy between the deep Earth and the biosphere- yet surprisingly little is known of their extent, their identities, or their activities. We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate that will link biogeochemical approaches with studies of microbial physiology and –omics techniques. The research will specifically address microbial activities in subsurface environments influenced by hydrogen and methane and make important contributions to resolving their contributions to carbon fluxes through these ecosystems. Candidates with interests in microbial physiology or analytical biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: www.schrenklab.com. For consideration, please submit three items to Dr. Matt Schrenk (schrenkm@msu.edu): (i) a cover letter describing your research goals and your specific motivation to join the laboratory, (ii) a CV, and (iii) contact information for three references, including your Ph.D. supervisor. Applications should be received by December 1, 2014, but will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Michigan State University: Ph.D. Opportunities in Molecular Geomicrobiology
Ph.D. opportunities are available in the molecular geomicrobiology of the deep biosphere in the lab of Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA). The research involves the characterization of microbial ecosystems associated with hydrogen and methane-rich groundwaters and involves multi-disciplinary, international research collaborations. Projects focus on advancing our understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities in the deep biosphere using both molecular and cultivation-based approaches. Research combines bioinformatics analyses of (meta-)genomic and transcriptomic data with field work and laboratory characterization of novel extremophiles. Appropriate applicants with a background in Biology, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: www.schrenklab.com. Applications for the Ph.D. programs in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics or Geological Sciences are due December 1, 2014 (http://biomolecular.msu.edu/index.html). Please contact Matt Schrenk (schrenkm@msu.edu) for further information.

JAMSTEC: 5 Postdoctoral Fellow Positions
JAMSTEC wants to help talented young researchers who have completed a promising PhD thesis to develop their scientific excellence in the fields of ocean and earth sciences. For this purpose, JAMSTEC has created a new international postdoctoral fellowship programme. The successful applicants will receive a research grant that will enable them to work independently on a research topic of their choosing. During the contract period, they will have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC. The successful applicants to this programme are expected to conduct scientific work independently on a research topic of their own proposing or to proceed with research in collaboration with JAMSTEC staff. During the contract period, they will have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC. A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate their research activities and evaluate their research progress each year. During the fellowship period, the administration section of JAMSTEC will provide support regarding personal issues (e.g., preparing immigration documents, finding an apartment, etc). Applications due November 5, 2014.

Montana State University: Postdoctoral Researcher in Protein Bioinformatics 
For more information, contact Eric Boyd (eboyd@montana.edu) or visit the BETCy EFRC at http://eu.montana.edu/betcy-efrc/opportunities.htm. Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

WHOI,Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry: Tenure-Track and Tenured Scientific Staff
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014.

University of South Florida, College of Marine Science: Tenure-Track, Biological Oceanography – Assistant, Associate, or Professor Level
Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2014.

JAMSTEC: Scientist or Technical Scientist, Borehole Informatics Group
Application Deadline: October 20, 2014.

Georgia Tech, Biology Department: Postdoc in Marine Microbial Genomics
This position is available immediately, although there is flexibility in the start date.

LUBEM, University of Brest (UBO), France: 12-month Postdoctoral Position
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining previous experience and support letters from 2 colleagues with first-hand knowledge of their work experience as soon as possible by e-mail to Gaëtan Burgaud (gaetan.burgaud@univ-brest.fr). See the flyer for more information.

Texas A&M, College of Geosciences: 4 Faculty Positions
The search committee will commence review of applications starting 1 May and will continue until the positions are filled.



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Matt
 
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Matthew Janicak
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Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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