Two positions at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History is advertising two full time academic positions:

ASSISTANT CURATOR OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES Responsibilities include original scientific research involving the biology of amphibians and reptiles in such areas as systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, conservation biology, especially but not limited to work involving consequences of anthropogenic change. 1311-ft-assistant-curator-of-amphibians-and-reptiles

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW, INTERIM CURATOR, ANTHROPOCENE (2-year fixed term, renewable) The position’s primary responsibility is to work with the Director and the Director’s senior leadership, the museum’s science staff, as well as Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh central staff to develop an intellectual and infrastructural framework for the new Center for Anthropocene Studies. 1312-ft-post-doctoral-fellow-interim-curator-anthropocene

cmnh-dinosAbout Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The museum consists of 115,000 square feet organized into 30 galleries as well as space for research, library, and administration. It over 22 million specimens, of which about 10,000 are on view at any given time and about 1 million…

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OpenCon -12 to 14 Nov 2016, Washington, DC

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OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. OpenCon 2016 will be held on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only.


The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington, DC meeting. It’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. To find out more about OpenCon before applying, click here. To learn more about these issues, click here.

Applications are due by Monday July 11 at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.


14th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 1 to 4 Aug 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana

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The meeting, sponsored by Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc., is co-hosted by the Turtle Survival Alliance and the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG). Hosting an average of more than 250 attendees over the past several years, the symposium represents the largest gathering of non-marine turtle biologists in the world and provides an unmatched opportunity for networking and strategizing turtle conservation. By bringing such a diversity of “turtle minds” together, the meeting is a catalyst for the creation of new programs, initiatives and partnerships.

Early Registration fee ends July 5! Abstract submission deadline is June 13.


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Kittybiomes, Koala Microbiomes and Beer Genomes

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Community genome projects have popped up pretty recently and now moving into the microbiome arena with crowdfunding projects like The Koala Project (studying the effects of antibiotics on koala health) and the Kittybiome, a project to study the gut bacteria of cats. For cat lovers, an interview by Scott Edmunds in Gigablog with Holly Ganz from Kittybiome:

Then there is the latest Kickstarter genome project : Beer DeCoded – a joint citizen science project run by Hackuarium and SwissDeCode. If you pledge  €3,000 or more, they offer to go beyond beer and:

Sequence your World!

We are at your disposition.
+We will develop a custom project to sequence your beers, wines, cheeses, foods.
+We will develop personalised solutions.
+We will host an events on our 1000 sqm space for you.

Jessup and McHenry Awards, USA – 1 March & 1 Oct Deadlines

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Jessup funds are awarded competitively to students wishing to conduct studies at the postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral levels under the supervision or sponsorship of a member of the curatorial staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University. The Awards are not available for undergraduate study. Such studies may be in any specialty in which these curators have expertise. The McHenry Fund is similarly intended, but is restricted to botanists.

Please note that awards are restricted to those who wish to conduct their study here at the Academy. Requests for further information about the Fellowships should include whenever possible a return email address. Further, such requests will only be considered when submitted with a letter of support from your thesis supervisor.

These awards are intended to assist predoctoral and postdoctoral students within several years of receiving their Ph.D’s. Students commuting within the Philadelphia area are ineligible.

Round-trip travel costs up to a total of $500.00 for North American (including Mexico and the Caribbean) applicants, and $1000.00 for applicants from other parts of the world, may be available but cannot be guaranteed. The minimum duration of an award is two (2) weeks; the maximum is sixteen (16) weeks. The stipend for subsistence is $375.00 per week. The provision of scientific supplies and equipment is the responsibility of the student and the sponsoring curator.

Applicants wishing to conduct research between April 1 and October 31 should apply by March 1;
Applicants wishing to conduct research between November 1 and March 31 should apply by October 1.

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John J. & Anna H. Gallagher Postdoc Fellowship on Rotifers, USA – 30 June 2015

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The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is offering a unique opportunity for original postdoctoral or sabbatical research on the systematics of microscopic invertebrates with priority for the study of rotifers. The project must be based at the Academy, although fieldwork and visits to other museum collections are encouraged, and the scope should be narrow enough to permit completion during a period of up to twelve months.

The rotifer collection of the Academy is now the largest and most important of its kind in the western hemisphere, and has international significance ( This collection was started during the 1930s and early 1940s by F. J. Myers, probably the most productive American rotifer taxonomist.

To Apply

 The following materials are required:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • statement of research interests,
  • a 3-5 page description of the project (including salary request, research project costs, and a timeline);
  • the names and contact information of three references.

Email any questions to:

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