Women postdocs interested in launching an independent research program, read this!

AMOLF is looking for outstanding young researchers, ideally at the postdoc level, who are eager to start their own research line. AMOLF is keen to attract applicants in any of its research themes. The research program revolves around the Physics of Functional Complex Matter and is divided in 4 main research themes:
1)      Physics of Living Matter (biophysics, systems biology)
2)      Nanophotonics (classical and quantum optics on the nanoscale)
3)      Nanophotovoltaics (PV materials and light management)\
4)      Designer Matter,  which spans metamaterials, mechanics and soft matter. 
AMOLF offers a scientifically inspiring collaborative environment, state-of-the-art infrastructure and an interdisciplinary research program with a generous start up package (investment and personnel).
About AMOLF: AMOLF is a world-leading interdisciplinary research institute working on the Physics of Functional Matter, noteably working on Physics of Living Matter (biophysics, systems biology), Nanophotonics (classical and quantum optics on the nanoscale), Nanophotovoltaics (PV materials and light management), and Designer Matter,  which spans metamaterials, mechanics and soft matter.  AMOLF is a dynamic environment in which 120 scientist work in 17 groups that are based in different disciplines, yet strongly collaborate to jointly unravel how complex functionality can be programmed into, or emerges from, complex matter. The non-hierarchical division in small groups, mean that AMOLF presents a collaborative and supportive environment for starting a new group, with many opportunities for joint training and joint project initiatives. AMOLF has a state-of-the-art infrastructure for nanofabrication, ultrafast spectroscopy, microscopy, and molecular biophysics.  AMOLF offers tenure trackers full independence as PI to build a group, with a supportive and transparent system of mentoring and monitoring towards a permanent staff position. Thus, AMOLF is an excellent environment for researchers to start a tenure-track. 
About the WISE program:  AMOLF is keen to attract applicants in any of its research themes, and will provide a generous start up package in terms of investment and personnel to kickstart the new research line.  Successful candidates will be able to start a group as independent principal investigator, with a clear path to a permanent position after 5 years.  As the tenure track fellowship is facilitated by the  NWO WISE program, applications for the position need to be made through the NWO  “Women in Science Excel” program website. This process works via an open, competitive call for applications administered by the dutch science foundation NWO, with selected candidates invited to visit the institute for interview. Further information about the program, the application requirements and deadline are listed on here.  AMOLF will supply a startup package well beyond the WISE guidelines.
Candidates who are interested to explore the opportunity of this WISE call, are invited to contact the AMOLF director (h.bakker@amolf.nl) or any of the pertinent research theme leaders (biophysics – G.Koenderink@amolf.nl, designer matter – m.v.hecke@amolf.nl, photovoltaics – a.polman@amolf.nl, nanphotonics – f.koenderink@amolf.nl ) before applying, to discuss the research plan, the tenure-track start up package we can provide (in addition to the provisions of the WISE call itself), and to explain further the type of research environment that one can find at AMOLF.

Opportunities from the Cancer Disparities Research Network

Scientific Director of the Division of Intramural Research
| National Institute on Minority Health (NIMHD)

Community Engagement Postdoctoral Associate | Boston University School of Public Health (BU SPH)
The Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has a long history and national reputation of interdisciplinary community-based participatory research to address environmental health inequalities. The Community Engagement (CE) Postdoctoral Associate will work with two research centers and affiliated partners on community engagement and research translation activities in Massachusetts and nationally. The position will involve leading several projects while developing engagement expertise through scholarship, preparing manuscripts, and the opportunity to co-teach a course.
The BU Superfund Research Center includes five studies conducted by investigators at BUSPH and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The focus of the Center is “Long-term impacts of early life exposure to Superfund chemicals in humans and wildlife,” with a special emphasis on developmental and behavioral health outcomes (www.busrp.org).
The Center for Research on Social and Environmental Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course
(CRESSH) is a partnership between BUSPH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It consists of three studies that address chemical and non-chemical stressors from different disciplinary perspectives (epidemiology, exposure assessment, and quantitative techniques for analyzing cumulative risk) with a specific focus on indoor and outdoor air pollutants and exposures unique to housing and the neighborhood environment (click here). Primary responsibilities of the CE Postdoctoral Associate will be to work with Superfund and CRESSH
investigators, Core leaders, and community partners to facilitate, evaluate, and document community engagement activities. Specific activities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Evaluate and document the reporting of research results to participants in a home-based indoor air monitoring study.
• Develop a process for enabling CRESSH investigators to compare their social and environmental health stressor constructs with the perceptions of community stakeholders, including key stakeholder focus groups, to obtain information on participants’ understanding of local environmental health concerns, exposure issues, and the nature of the stressor combinations;
prepare a manuscript analyzing the value of the focus groups for honing research constructs to be used in CRESSH research.
• Work with members of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE) – composed of children’s environmental health professionals, including epidemiologists, chemists, toxicologists, clinicians, environmentalists, community leaders, students, and public
health practitioners – to develop mechanisms to support increased access to science for affected communities and, conversely, more exposure to community concerns for framers of evidence-based policy solutions.
• Co-teaching a graduate-level course on Community Engaged Research: Theory, Methods, and Applications (if desired, not required).
Primary collaborators of the two centers include NorthStar Learning Centers in New Bedford, Massachusetts, GreenRoots in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Health Resources in Action, Toxics Action Center New England, and the Science & Environmental Health Network.
The CE Postdoctoral Associate will participate in regular Center meetings and join a team of faculty, doctoral students, and research assistants. The primary postdoctoral supervisor will be Prof. Madeleine Scammell. This is a two-year position.
• Ph.D./doctorate in social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology) or Ph.D./doctorate in public
health field, environmental health.
• Expertise in qualitative research.
• Knowledge of environmental health / environmental epidemiology.
• Community engagement experience.
To Apply: Send CV and a letter describing your interests to Madeleine Scammell, D.Sc. (MLS@bu.edu). Please indicate “Community Engagement Postdoctoral Associate” in subject line.

Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Investigators in Behavioral/Social Science Research and Cancer Prevention and Control 

August 10 – 11 2017 | Rockville, MD
The NCI will host this workshop to enhance professional development of the next generation of behavioral and social scientists in cancer prevention and control. This workshop is intended for early-career faculty members with no prior NIH grant funding (with the exception of training awards or limited R03/R21 grant history).


Opening for a postdoctoral fellow in the Rempe lab at Sandia National Labs

POSITION: Postdoctoral Appointee – Computational Biophysics & Nanoscale Materials

Manager: E. Ackerman

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, postdocs, and visiting researchers—all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, visit www.sandia.gov/.

The Nanobiology Department, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is part of Sandia’s Biological and Material Sciences Center. The group develops and applies new experimental and computational capabilities to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular and biomolecular processes and phenomena. These capabilities are also used to integrate biomolecular processes, biological principles, biomimetic materials, and biomolecular functions into nano- and microscale systems, thereby deriving innovative solutions to national-security problems involving biodefense, public health, and energy. Current capabilities include state-of-the-art imaging of whole cells and single proteins; protein engineering; spectroscopic techniques to characterize cellular and molecular modifications; electrophysiology coupled with imaging; materials synthesis;
and computational expertise in state-of-the-art density-functional and molecular-dynamics simulation techniques for investigating complex biological and synthetic systems. To learn more, visit http://bio.sandia.gov.

The Nanobiology Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will conduct research on topics of interest including, but not limited to, biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function. The chosen candidate will join a multidisciplinary team that includes staff members, postdoctoral associates, and students. The candidate will primarily apply a variety of computational techniques, such as classical Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics (MC/MD), ab initio molecular dynamics, and quantum chemistry simulations, to probe how molecular structure and interfacial behavior relate to function. The postdoctoral appointee will be expected to work closely with Sandia scientists, including staff member Susan Rempe, to conduct a forefront program in biophysics and nanoscale materials research. In addition, the postdoctoral appointee will be expected to publish research, assist in writing grant proposals, and present research at national society conferences.

The annual salary for this position is ~$85K.

This position requires a recent PhD (conferred within the past five years) in physics, chemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering or a closely related field. Published evidence of outstanding scientific contributions from theoretical/computational research is also expected, as is the ability to work in teams and establish strong collaborations. U.S. citizenship is required.