Meet the Community Coaches

Lynne Sebille-White

Lynne Sebille-White

Senior Director, Career Coaching & Campus Partnerships
(Career Coach)
Alicia Joens

Alicia Joens

Senior Specialist, New Student Partnerships
(Career Coach)
  • Do you consider yourself inquisitive, analytical, or insightful? 
  • Are you interested in learning about scientific issues or applying technical concepts to solve problems? 
  • Does it sound like fun to perform lab experiments or utilize a microscope to examine cells? 
  • Could you see yourself investigating scientific principles by collecting and analyzing data?

Careers in this community focus on designing and conducting research to improve products, processes, and ways of living.

Quality Control

  • Quality Assurance, Quality Lab Technician
  • Other terms: QC Analytical Chemist/Scientist/Engineer/Manager

Research & Development

  • Research Technician, Research Assistant
  • Other terms: Research Scientist, R&D Scientist/Chemist, Cosmetic Chemist

Benchwork

  • Lab Assistant, Lab Technician, Lab Analyst, Applications/Analytical Scientist
  • Other Terms: Chemical Operator, Samples Chemist, Pharmaceutical Testing Technician, Microbiology Technician, Physical Scientist

Clinical

  • Clinical Research Assistant, Clinical Lab Technologist, Clinical Trial Assistant/Specialist
  • Other terms: Medical Technologist, Toxicology Technologist

Manufacturing

  • Process Development Scientist, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Manufacturing Scientist

Food Science

  • Food Safety Supervisor, Food Safety Inspector, Food Processing & Packaging, Product/Ingredient Development  

Other Industries: Science Education, Pharmacology, Sales, Forensics, Field Science, Regulatory Affairs

   

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Want to put your interests to good use? Join other students who share them. Discover student organizations on campus which relate to science and research. You can browse the database by letter or search by keyword or name for locating student organizations. 

Some examples of organizations that may be of interest:

  • American Chemical Society Student Chapter
  • Biochemistry Majors Club
  • Microbiology Undergraduate Student Association
  • oSTEM@Iowa
  • Society of Physics Students
  • UI Bio
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Also consider volunteering as a way to explore your interests, build your resume, and connect with the community!

In addition, you can find activities and events related to your interests via After Class

Professional organizations are a great way to explore, prepare, experience, and achieve your career interests and goals!

  • Explore - Learn what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on
  • Prepare - Learn about job titles, companies, and organizational/thought leaders
  • Experience - Check out resources, including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to locate mentors and job shadowing/informational interview opportunities
  • Achieve - Polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association. Reach your goals through networking and the professional development opportunities your association provides.

Plus, professional associations often offer discounted memberships to students!

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USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant Genetics at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/31/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application consists of:An applicationTranscript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication listTwo educational or professional recommendationsAll documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/31/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.ARS Office/Lab and Location: Two research opportunities are available within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) with the Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit located in Albany, California.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website https://orise.orau.gov/usda-arsResearch Project: The research project is focused on identification, introgression and cloning of genes for increased yield and resistance to major disease and insect pests in wheat, including tan spot, Hessian fly, greenbug, and aphids in a collection of sequenced Aegilops tauschii accessions using the k-mer based association mapping pipeline established by Gaurav et al. (Nature Biotechnology 40:422-431, 2022). The major research activities of the participants include developing mapping populations and molecular markers, sequencing the target regions to identify candidate genes, developing and screening ethyl methanesulfonate-induced mutant populations of synthetic wheat, performing Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, conducting CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing, analyzing data, and publishing research results. The participants will also develop functional DNA markers for marker-assisted selection of the genes in wheat breeding. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2022.   Start date is flexible and selected candidate can begin earlier or as soon as available.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for two years but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The participant will receive a supplement for health and medical insurance which can be obtained through ORISE.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-appointment check and a full background investigation.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g., Plant Genetics, Plant Biotechnology). Preferred Skills:Demonstrated experience in plant genetics and biotechnology research (e.g., Transcriptome, NGS data analysis, QTL mapping, alien gene introgression, plant tissue culture, fluorescent in situ hybridization, molecular marker development, doubled haploid production, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, growth of plants in chambers and greenhouses)Demonstrated skill and practical experience in molecular biology techniques (e.g., nucleic acid purification, gene amplification and cloning, bioinformatic analysis of genomic data, qRT-PCR, microbial transformation, growth and manipulation)Knowledge and experience in plant biology, genetics, plant physiology, genomics, microbiology, statistics, and/or molecular biologyDemonstrated experience in design of experiments, development of laboratory protocols and keeping a thorough and detailed laboratory notebookAbility to research independently as well as part of a team, with good oral and written communication skills to keep team members informed and disseminate results at meetings and in refereed scientific journalsEligibility RequirementsDegree: Doctoral Degree.Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-2022-0374

USDA-ARS Post-baccalaureate Internship in Molecular Plant Pathology at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/31/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application consists of:An applicationTranscript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication listTwo educational or professional recommendationsAll documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/31/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.ARS Office/Lab and Location:  A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) located in Fargo, North Dakota. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.The Edward. T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, ND is one of the largest USDA facilities in the Plains Area of the US with research ranging from animal toxicology, protecting, rearing, storing and transporting bee species for pollination of valuable crops, to developing and improving numerous agronomic crops including corn, wheat, barley, sunflower and potato. Scientists at the ETSARC conduct research in many scientific fields including, but not limited to, conventional and molecular breeding, biotechnology, molecular genetics, genomics and proteomics, plant pathology, entomology, and plant physiology. The USDA-ARS Sunflower and Plant Biology Research Unit is currently working to develop a diverse sunflower germplasm base that will improve oil quality and reduce the use of chemicals for disease and insect control. Major objectives of our research program are to improve genetic resistance of sunflower to prevalent diseases, to identify genetic loci and molecular mechanisms associated with disease resistance, and to characterize the genetic and pathogenic diversity of relevant pathogen populations.Research Project: The participant will contribute to a research project focused on molecular and physiological understanding of the interaction between cultivated sunflower and the fungal plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. This fungus causes disease and economic loss on many important crop plants and can cause several distinct diseases on cultivated sunflower. Specifically, the participant will contribute to research on the role of tolerance to the toxic metabolite oxalic acid, produced by S. sclerotiorum, in sunflower resistance to Sclerotinia basal stalk rot. This research opportunity is designed to provide an interested candidate with in-depth experience in carrying out laboratory and greenhouse research on plant diseases. The research project will make an important contribution to a broader effort to develop sunflower germplasm resources with improved resistance to Sclerotinia diseases.Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2022 or early 2023.  Start date is flexible and will dependon a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The initial stipend for this opportunity is $3,355 per month plus $563 per month towards the purchase of an individual or family health insurance plan.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email ORISE.ARS.Plains@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g., Biological Sciences, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Plant Sciences). Degree must have been received within the past five years.Preferred skills:Knowledge in the use of common laboratory equipment (PCR thermocycler, agarose gel electrophoresis, micropipettes)Experience with sterile techniques for microbiologyAccurate record keeping and data entryGeneral knowledge of laboratory safetyExcellent attention to detailAbility to work individually and as a member of a teamMotivated to learn new skillsEligibility RequirementsCitizenship: LPR or U.S. CitizenDegree: Bachelor's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-2022-0399

USDA-ARS Internship in Prion Diseases at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/31/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application consists of:An applicationTranscripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcriptsA current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication listTwo educational or professional recommendationsAll documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/31/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center, Virus and Prion Research Unit located in Ames, Iowa.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.Research Project: The lab of Dr. Eric Nicholson currently has a research opportunity for a recent graduate (within the past 60 months) focused on the detection and differentiation of prion diseases available. The participant will have the opportunity to gain practical research experience in a laboratory research environment and receive research and career mentoring. The goal of this opportunity is to help prepare for the participant's next step whether that be a Ph.D. program, DVM, MD, or direct entry into their chosen career. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Summer 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by May 31, 2023. Degree must have been received within the past five years.Preferred skills:Prior research experienceAbility to conduct research independently and as part of a teamExperience with sterile technique, western blot, ELISA, and protein purificationEligibility RequirementsCitizenship: LPR or U.S. CitizenDegree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/31/2023 11:59:00 PM.Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-MW-2023-0043

USDA-ARS Research Opportunity on Provenance Information and Plant Identification of Woody Plants of the National Arboretum at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/31/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application package consists of:An applicationTranscript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Click Here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.A current resume/CVTwo educational or professional recommendations. Applications need at least one recommendation submitted in order to be viewed by the mentor.All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/31/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), at the National Arboretum, located in Washington, D.C. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.Research Project: There are approximately 15000 accessioned plants at the National Arboretum whose records are fundamental in conservation of this mission critical germplasm.  The research involved in verifying the accuracy of these records is time consuming but essential in our providing science with accurate information for project involving plant conservation and breeding. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: March 13, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should be currently pursuing an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in one of the related fields.Preferred skills:Experience in Horticultural nomenclature, and technical writing.An interest in records management or horticulture as a career goal Eligibility RequirementsCitizenship: U.S. Citizen OnlyReference CodeUSDA-ARS-NE-2023-006

USDA-ARS Chemist Research Associate Postdoctoral Fellowship at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/31/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application consists of:An applicationTranscripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list.Two educational or professional recommendationsAll documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/31/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Food Quality Lab (FQL) located in Beltsville, Maryland.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.The Food Quality laboratory is part of the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC). BARC has fully equipped modern laboratories located on a 6,000 acre campus only 10 miles from Washington, D.C. There are hundreds of scientists conducting agricultural research at the Center. The University of Maryland at College Park, MD is located 3 miles from our research facility. In addition, the National Institutes of Health, American University, Joh Hopkins University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County are in close proximity to our laboratory. This allows access to professional advice on scientific matters, to equipment, and availability to a full array of seminars, workshops, and conferences.Research Project: This project addresses vegetable production and evaluation under controlled environment agriculture (CEA) conditions. Key objectives are to 1) investigate the effect of light and other conditions on the growth and nutritional profile of microgreens and baby greens; 2) develop and test novel biodegradable growth substrates including hydrogels for hydroponic production of vegetables; and 3) evaluate the effect of pre- and post-harvest light treatment on the quality and nutrition of fruits and vegetables. Major thrusts are integrating chemical, physiological, and engineering approaches to improve quality, nutrition, and safety of fresh produce.  Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 17, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is part-time (20 hours per week).Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email ORISE.ARS.Northeast@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science).Preferred skills include:Strong laboratory research skills, and ability and skills at equipment operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Eligibility RequirementsDegree: Doctoral Degree.Overall GPA: 3.00Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-NE-2023-0095

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Avian Herpesvirology and Vaccinology at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/27/2023 How to apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.A complete application consists of:An applicationTranscripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcriptsA current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication listTwo educational or professional recommendationsAll documents must be in English or include an official English translation.Application Deadline3/27/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneDescription*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), US National Poultry Research Center located in Athens, Georgia.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.Research Project: The mission of the Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases unit is to conduct basic and applied research on avian metapneumovirus, enteric viruses of turkeys, and Marek's disease herpesvirus. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to develop or improve vaccines and vaccine delivery methods; determine the role of immunity during infections; develop engineering systems for reducing transmission, and development of disease.The ORISE participant will be part of the research team which is developing recombinant Marek's disease virus vaccines to prevent both Marek's disease and other poultry diseases. The project involves the construction of recombinant vaccines using Marek's disease virus as a vector platform and the evaluation of the vaccine efficacy against Marek's disease and targeted poultry disease. The participant will construct the molecularly cloned Marek's disease virus genome, and recombinant Marek's disease vaccine expressing the foreign transgene. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email ORISE.ARS.Southeast@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within the past five years.Preferred Skills/Experience:DNA, RNA amplification, cloning, expression technique Avian virology and vaccine development Eligibility RequirementsDegree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-SE-2023-0036

USDA-ARS Biodefense Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Veterinary Clinical Studies at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/27/2023 Application Deadline3/27/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time ZoneHow to Apply: In order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.Description*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit in Orient Point, New York. Remote/hybrid options are a possibility for some candidates.The Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) Research Participation Program offers biodefense research opportunities to motivated students and postgraduates interested in developing novel strategies to control foreign animal diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever virus (ASFV). Research Project: The postdoctoral research opportunities in veterinary clinical studies, molecular epidemiology and modeling will involve conducting research related to viral pathogenesis, molecular evolution, modeling, and descriptive epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) and/or African swine fever virus (ASFV) within the PIADC BSL-3 containment laboratory. Distinct opportunities have different emphases including virus-host interactions, endemic FMDV ecology, the role of asymptomatic carriers as potential reservoirs, and ASFV pathogenesis. Some travel to study sites in endemic regions may be required. The research opportunities are available immediately and are funded for 1 year, with the opportunity of renewal for up to 5 years.PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. Research at PIADC is performed on animal diseases that threaten the nation's animal industries and exports. One of the missions of FADRU is to investigate foreign animal diseases (FADs) in their endemic settings to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by these pathogens in the event of accidental or deliberate introduction to the United States.Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may be involved in the following activities:Study design for pathogenesis experiments involving exotic viral diseases of livestockExecution of pathogenesis experiments involving exotic viral diseases of livestockClinical examinations of livestock (pigs and/or cattle)Sample collection from living livestockPostmortem examination, dissection, and sample collectionPolymerase chain reactionTissue culture and virus isolationData analysisDrafting manuscripts reporting experimental resultsDescriptive epidemiological analysesStudy design for modeling of infection dataSimulation modeling of infectious disease spreadViral phylogenetic and phylodynamic modelingMentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Dr. Jonathan Arzt (jonathan.arzt@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor(s).Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Pay is not correct on Handshake Post. It is an estimate which will be discussed in hiring process.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email ORISE.ARS.Plains@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a DVM or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields.Preferred skills/experience:Clinical veterinary competence (livestock preferred)Animal handling and sampling experience (livestock preferred)Postmortem examination of livestock (necropsy)Basic laboratory skillsMolecular biology techniquesAnalytical epidemiology, including strong statistical skillsDisease spread modeling and simulationAnalysis of data from clinical and field studiesEligibility RequirementsDegree: Doctoral Degree.Reference CodeUSDA-PIADC-2023-0027

County Office Farm Loan Program Technician - North Platte, NE at USDA Farm Service Agency, Nebraska

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Farm Service Agency, Nebraska Expires: 03/31/2023 About the PositionUSDA Farm Service Agency in Nebraska is seeking to fill a full-time Farm Loan Program Technician position. The farm loan program technician position is located at the Lincoln County FSA office in North Platte.The selectee for the Farm Loan Program Technician position will be responsible for carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to loan processing and servicing and other duties. Basic requirements for this position includes general office clerical work, record keeping, computer ability, organizational skills and good public relations skills. The selectee will utilize various types of computer systems to maintain producer data and process loan program forms and information. The selectee will work directly with farmers, ranchers and land owners as part of an office team approach.QualificationsThe position can be hired for at various grade levels, depending on education, experience or a combination of both. Please note the annual salary listed below is a range, with a starting salary between $37,696 and $46,696 depending on education/experience or a combination of both. To review details regarding the grades and qualification requirements for each, visit the position posting at: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/713486000. Additional Details During the online application process, you will be asked to address the following items:1.     Describe your ability to communicate orally being sure to include specific examples.2.     Describe your ability to communicate in writing being sure to include specific examples.3.     Describe your ability to identify and resolve problems. Be sure to include specific examples explaining the situation you encountered, the action you took, and the resolution you achieved.4.     Describe your knowledge of FSA programs and practices including details regarding how you obtained this knowledge.5.     Describe your skill in using computers being sure to include software you are proficient with, specific tasks performed, and how or where you obtained these skills.6.     Describe your customer service skills, and provide specific examples regarding various situations where you have utilized these skills.  How to Apply Apply via the USAJobs website online application with resume and supporting documentation (visit website for more details). Learn more by reading the entire description on the USAJobs website: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/713486000.

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Microbiologist or Molecular Biologist Fellowship at USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Expires: 03/23/2023 ARS Office/Lab and Location: Three research opportunities are currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) within the Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit located in Manhattan, Kansas.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.How to ApplyIn order to apply to any posting, you will need to make a profile account in Zintellect at https://www.zintellect.com/. Once your profile is made, you will be able to apply to postings.Research Project: The Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit uses existing and new molecular biological technologies to understand the virus-host-vector interactions, detect and control insect-transmitted viruses affecting livestock. The specific mission is to Identify and solve major endemic, emerging, and exotic/ transboundary arthropod-borne disease challenges in U.S. livestock.  This includes infecting, monitoring and determined infection and transmission rates of vector insects and/or host under various experimental conditions.  The analysis includes state-of-the art molecular analysis including next generation sequencing, transcriptomics and proteomics.  The participant will join the highly collaborative team as a member to conduct research on portions of the ongoing studies to meet the overall research goals related to foreign vector borne viral diseases of livestock, primary models being Japanese encephalitis virus and Rift Valley fever virus. Learning Objectives: These studies expand the participant's knowledge of molecular tools used to investigate virus-host and/or virus vector interactions.  The participate will also learn or gain additional experience in BSL-3 and ACL-3 containment safety protocols which are required for some of these studies.  Opportunities will be available to learn how to perform microbiological experiment with large animal experimental studies and/or manipulation of insects.The NBAF is a new facility with housing units from both Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).  During the startup of this facility several symposia are being held, which will attract international expertise in transboundary and zoonotic diseases. There are also international field projects ongoing which will allow the participant an opportunity expand their scientific network.  The participant will be expected to attend national and potentially international scientific meetings to gain experience presenting data.Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.QualificationsThe qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date.Preferred Skills:Previous experience with infectious animal disease research and/or vector biology. Previous experience with research under high biosecurity (BSL-3 and higher)Eligibility RequirementsDegree: Doctoral Degree.Reference CodeUSDA-ARS-P-2023-0026

Custodian - Library at City of Iowa City

Monday, March 20, 2023
Employer: City of Iowa City Expires: 03/31/2023 Custodian – Library Facilities ServicesApplication deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023Visit www.icgov.org/jobs to apply onlineOne permanent full-time position availableFull salary range: $39,748.80 – $50,793.60Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00pm – 4:30am, Friday, 7:00pm – 3:30am, Saturday, 2:00pm – 10:30pm Works in the holiday rotation and other shifts as assignedJob summary:Under general direction, cleans and maintains buildings and grounds at the library.Minimum qualifications:High school diploma or equivalent required. One month of experience in building maintenance required Valid driver's license with satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check.Preferred qualifications:Four months of experience in building maintenance preferred. Experience with automated building systems and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning controls preferred.Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesKnowledge of basic mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in a public building. Knowledge of custodial materials and equipment. Skills in the operation of various cleaning equipment including floor scrubbers and wet vacuums, lawn mowers, and snow blower. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to read and understand work orders and maintain written job records.More information:A full job description including a listing of essential duties and responsibilities and necessary knowledge, skills and abilities is available at www.icgov.org/jobs under Job Descriptions.It is the policy of the City of Iowa City to afford equal employment opportunities for all employees and potential City employees. 

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Environment and Sustainability Career Trek - Dubuque, IA

Friday, March 24, 2023 7:30am to 4:30pm
We are hitting the road and traveling to Dubuque, Iowa, for a full day of visits with organizations that value sustainability! Visits include the Mississippi River Museum, Sustainable Dubuque, and Eagle Point Solar. Lunch and transportation are provided! Agenda: 7:30 a.m.: Depart from Lot 9 7:30-9:15 a.m.: Travel to Dubuque 9:15-10:30 a.m.: Visit with Mississippi River Museum; Location: 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Travel time 10:45 a.m.-noon: City of Dubuque...

Pro Football Hall of Fame "Before the Snap" ft. Alex Farkas

Friday, March 24, 2023 11:00am to 12:00pm
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to offer a series for learners in high school, college and beyond! “Before the Snap” gives an insight to professional careers in and around the NFL, while giving the live viewing audience the opportunity to interact with an industry expert. Our special guest is Alex Farkas, the Lead Producer in Creative Branding for the Los Angeles Chargers. We will be streaming the program LIVE on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s YouTube page and will take questions from...

Virtual All Majors Career Fair

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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Information Session - Internships & Scholarships with CIA

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
* No RSVP needed. Contact Joanna Halsch (Joanna-halsch@uiowa.edu) with any questions. Come join CIA Representatives to learn about the mission of the Central Intelligence Agency and the variety of undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities available. The presentation will include details about application processes and suggestions for making yourself competitive for employment, including tips for writing cover letters and résumés, and preparing for an interview with CIA. All...
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Information Session - Careers with the Central Intelligence Agency

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
*No RSVP required. Please contact Joanna Halsch in career services with any questions (joanna-halsch@uiowa.edu). Explore what a career with the Central Intelligence Agency might look like for you! With over 150 different occupations, you may be surprised at the traditional and nontraditional ways you can put your degree and personal experiences to use in an exciting career in national security. CIA representatives will share an overview of the Agency's mission and explore the many roles...
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