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Opportunities for Graduate & Professional Students

Updated 11/11/18: 

Western SARE: Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students

Farmer/Rancher Grant: These one- to three-year grants are conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production. A technical review will be held in January 2019, and proposals will be selected for funding in March 2019.

Professional + Producer Grants: These one- to three-year grants are similar in concept to the Farmer/Rancher Grants with a few key differences. Instead of a producer serving as the project coordinator, an agricultural professional coordinates the project. A farmer or rancher serves as the project advisor. Applicants can seek up to $50,000 and must have at least five producers involved. A technical review will be held in January 2019, and proposals will be selected for funding in March 2019.

Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture: The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time (as determined by the institution’s requirements) at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region. An applicant is eligible for only one grant during his or her graduate program. Proposals are due January 2019. Proposals are reviewed by a technical review panel and the Western SARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding in April. Award notifications are made in April to May.

Research to Grass Roots Grants: These grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture.  Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project’s funding is $50,000. Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel in January 2019, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2019.

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Closing Date: November 28th

Forests: 2019 Graduate Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards

Travel Award for PhD students or postdocs that we are organizing. Two awards of 800 CHF will be granted, one for a PhD student and one for a postdoc, and are intended to support travel to present research at a forestry-related conference.

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 Closing Date: December 31st

Updated 11/4/18:

ASU: Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC)Postdoctoral Researcher

The Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) at Arizona State University
(ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position in biodiversity
informatics. The position is part of a new Biodiversity Data Science Initiative launched at ASU and led by Beckett Sterner and Nico Franz. The initiative will develop a next-generation solution to overcome the performance limits of taxonomic names as fundamental categories for grouping all forms of data about living things into
scientifically meaningful units. Prevalent existing solutions bundle data by names alone,
without accounting for changes in their scientific meanings, which causes incorrect data
packaging and decision-making. Taxonomic intelligence provides the mapping between
names and concepts that is necessary to resolve names accurately into meanings
despite changing relationships across time and experts. The initiative will focus on
building an innovative web platform that leverages theoretical advancements and
prototype software for taxonomic concept alignment, with the goal to establish a
scalable taxonomic intelligence service that will carry value for scientific audiences,
science publishers, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The
platform will accelerate the growth of high-quality, reproducible biological data by driving
the adoption of taxonomic intelligence metadata in scientific datasets and journals.
This postdoctoral research scholar position will focus on developing a web-based
taxonomic intelligence platform and innovating better solutions for knowledge
representation and reasoning at scale.

Application Details: Exploratory e-mail inquiries are strongly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a one-page research statement, clearly indicating their qualifications and motivation to join the project, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to

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Updated 10/21/18:

Frank Lab at the UC Merced: Postdoctoral Position

     The Frank lab is recruiting an exceptional and highly motivated postdoc to work on diversity and function of the conifer foliage microbiome. The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing research that seeks to understand the diversity, function, and transmission routes of the microbiome associated with foliage of western high elevation conifers.
The specific research focus involves characterizing the taxa responsible for nitrogen fixation in conifer foliage. Recent findings suggest that both evergreen and deciduous trees have the potential to directly access atmospheric N via N2-fixing bacteria in the foliage. These findings are important to our understanding of how plants in N-limited ecosystems meet their N demand, and to balancing ecosystem N budgets. Illumina sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene has shown that the conifer microbiome is largely consistent across species and geographic sites, with several potential N2-fixing uncultured taxa dominating the community.
The successful candidate will use a combination of enrichment of bacterial cells and DNA; metagenomics and single cell genome (SAG) sequencing; amplification of nitrogenase (nif) genes using PNA PCR blockers to exclude conifer nif homologs; designing and using nif primers for specific groups of bacteria; and bioinformatics analysis of metagenomes and SAGs. Metagenome-and SAG sequencing is performed in collaboration with Tanya Woyke’s group at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. There are also opportunities for collaborating with Jennifer Pett-Ridge’s group at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for fluorescence in situ hybridization. The project involves sampling lodgepole pine in nearby Yosemite National Park.
Applicants should have a PhD, completed or completion imminent, in microbiology, evolution, genomics, bioinformatics, or related fields.  Programming and bioinformatics experience is desirable. This position begins in January and is funded for 12 months with the possibility of extension for a total of 2 years. Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.
Prospective applicants should contact Carolin Frank at to discuss the project.

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Updated 10/07/18: 

Department of Information and Library Science in the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering: PHD Program

The Department of Information and Library Science in the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is now accepting applicants for their PhD program in information science with special focus areas in data curation, knowledge sharing, archival studies, records management, and, especially exciting, biodiversity information and culture.

Application Details: Please contact Dr. Robert Montoya ( for more information.

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University of Arizona: Post-doctoral Position

Two-Year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Forest Ecological Forecasting, Data Assimilation
A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (University of Arizona) to work on an NSFMacrosystems Biology-funded project assimilating together tree-ring and forest inventory data to analyze patterns and drivers of forest productivity across the interior western U. S. The aim of the project is to generate ecological forecasts of future forest ecosystem functioning, especially carbon sequestration, in the face of rising temperatures and evaporative demand. The approach is to leverage an existing, continental-scale ecological observatory network (the permanent sample plot network of the U. S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program [FIA]) and assimilate into it a new data stream: annual-resolution time series of individual tree growth from ~6,000 increment cores collected in the same plot network.

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