Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards at the NRC

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards provide generous stipends ($42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients and higher for additional experience; Master's level stipends are $38,000 per annum), and the opportunity to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at:

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four review cycles annually. Deadline dates for 2010 are:

February 1, 2010
May 1, 2010
August 1, 2010
November 1, 2010

Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective Advisers at the lab as early as possible, before their anticipated application deadline.

H. Ray Gamble
Director of the Fellowship Programs
National Research Council
The National Academies
5000 5th Street NW, Keck 568
Washington, DC 20001

Chemistry Graduate Program at NC State University

The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University is making an aggressive push to nearly double our graduate enrollment to 50 students annually. This is due to both an increase in the number of faculty as well as unprecedented levels of research funding from extramural sources (e.g. NSF, NIH, As a graduate student you will be working closely with one of 25 faculty who are dedicated to the success of their students. Our research is on the cutting edge of science and published in the leading scientific journals. Our research facilities include some of the most advanced instrumentation in the country. From our newly created NSF Center for Molecular Spintronics, to our W.M. Keck FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, to research programs in catalysis, protein engineering, drug discovery, and neurochemistry, we believe our department offers research in your area of interest. Everything you would need to have a highly successful and productive graduate career in the chemical sciences is available at NC State.

Our excellent support of our graduate students complements these strengths of our department. Tuition and health insurance are paid entirely by the department, and graduate students are provided a stipend ($21,000 per year) for living expenses. This graduate student support plan is guaranteed for the duration of your graduate career. Additionally, a number of prestigious research training programs are available, including the Jimmy V-NC State University Cancer Therapeutics Training Program, the NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Program, as well as the Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program in Nanoscale Electronic and Energy Materials (NEEM).

Additionally, the Research Triangle area, which includes Raleigh and NC State, is a wonderful place to live, providing not just a high quality of life, but many important academic and industrial contacts for future employment. The Raleigh-Cary area is consistently ranked among the best places to live in America according to CNN Money.

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to apply to our program - the application is online (due Jan 15th), only takes a few minutes to fill out, and is entirely free for domestic students. If you have any further questions regarding the Department of Chemistry at NCSU, or would like to know more about our program and the application process, please visit, or feel free to directly contact the members of the Graduate Recruiting Committee listed below.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Graduate Recruiting Committee
Prof. Maria Oliver-Hoyo, Chair (
Prof. Reza Ghiladi (
Prof. Elon Ison (
Prof. Alex Nevzorov (
Prof. Leslie Sombers (
Prof. Gavin Williams (

C2B2-REU - Bioenergy Summer Program in Colorado

ATTENTION Undergraduates!

The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) is now seeking applications for the 2010 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (C2B2-REU)!

Please visit for the online application and additional submission requirements.

  • Students from all academic fields, interested in researching bioenergy.
  • Applications from underrepresented students are strongly encouraged.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international citizens are eligible to receive funding.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Completed applications must be received as of February 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM.

Questions? E-mail or call 303.492.7736.

Merck Summer Internship

Summer Internship 2010 – Medicinal Chemistry – West Point, PA

Meet the new Merck. A stronger pipeline. More products to help people in more ways. More passionate than ever about what matters to our customers.

Merck and Schering-Plough are now one company. We recently merged to create a stronger, more diverse and more truly global company. This not only benefits our company and our shareholders, but it also benefits the millions of people around the world who rely on our products and expect us to continue to deliver exceptional value. Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you.

To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. The Intern for the Medicinal Chemistry Department will function as a fully-integrated member of a drug discovery team. Day-to-day research will focus on using organic synthesis to solve key challenges in the progression toward a clinical candidate for a therapeutic target. The intern will also attend departmental and team meetings to provide a wider perspective on the drug discovery process in the pharmaceutical industry. The intern is responsible for accurate notebook recording, reaction set-up techniques, use of vacuum evaporation devices, thin-layer chromatography, flash chromatography, basic workup procedures, basic NMR interpretation, basic MS interpretation, safe lab practices. Intern will have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and skill set in refinement of organic chemistry skills, introduction to new spectroscopic and purification techniques, methods for parallel synthesis, exposure to problems in medicinal chemistry, perspective on the practical aspects of drug discovery.

We are seeking candidates with strong academic performance, communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to work in a multi- functional environment. If selected for interview, applicant must be prepared to submit letters of recommendation, a brief research statement and a copy of transcript.

This is a paid internship targeted to start in June 2010 for 10 - 12 weeks, whereby a weekly stipend will be provided. Housing and transportation to and from work are available for those interns meeting the housing distance guideline.


  • Pursuing Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related field.
  • Applicants who have completed 3 years of college studies preferred
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 or higher preferred.
  • Basic laboratory skills and research experience preferred, such as: reaction set-up, monitoring and work up, flash chromatography, basic NMR and MS interpretation.
  • Applicant must provide a cover letter.
  • Applicants must be available for full-time employment for 10 - 12 weeks during the months of June - August 2009.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Merck’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.

To be considered for this position, please visit our career site at to create a profile and submit your resume for requisition #ADM004047. Merck is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Thomas Jefferson University College of Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Thomas Jefferson University is an internationally recognized academic health center with over $140,000,000 in sponsored biomedical research programs that provide a wide variety of opportunities for student research training. Jefferson College of Graduate Studies offers academic programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of biomedical areas. Additional information about graduate training opportunities at Jefferson can be accessed from their website.

In an effort to acquaint you with our academic programs and areas of ongoing research, Jefferson College of Graduate Studies sponsors summer research positions that provide opportunities for upper-level undergraduate students (those who have completed their junior year), to work in the laboratories of active faculty researchers. The program is designed to provide a rich experience for those students interested in pursuing their graduate studies in the biomedical sciences.


  • A stipend of $3,500 plus on-campus housing accommodation
  • A ten-week research experience from June 1 through August 7, 2010

Research Program Options Include:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology & Structural Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Application filing deadline: February 1, 2010. You can apply through the website. Follow the instructions on the first page of the application to submit your application by e-mail.

Alternatively, you may contact:

Marc Stearns, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, or
Kara Snyder, Admissions Assistant
Jefferson College of Graduate Studies
Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Locust Street, Suite M60
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-503-4400

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program 2010

The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution.

At present these fields include:

  • Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
  • Anthropology, including archaeology,
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Earth sciences and paleobiology
  • Evolutionary and systematic biology
  • History of science and technology
  • History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
  • Social and cultural history of the United States Folklife

POSTDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. SENIOR Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting research in residence at the Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $42,000* per year plus allowances. * Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral stipends are $47,000 per year.

PREDOCTORAL Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. The applicant must submit a detailed proposal including a justification for conducting the research in-residence at the Institution. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $27,000 per year plus allowances.

GRADUATE STUDENT Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $6,000.

Postmark Deadline for submission is January 15, 2010.

Additional information and application forms are available at

Other 2010 Fellowships and Internships

In addition, applications for the following program can also be access at the above website as well as information on other Smithsonian fellowship and internship opportunities.

OR Contact:

Office of Fellowships
Smithsonian Institution
470 L’Enfant Plaza Suite 7102
MRC 902 PO Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Additional information and application forms are available at

Pamela Hudson Veenbaas | Program Manager Office of Fellowships | Smithsonian Institution T 202-633-7070 | F 202-633-7069 | Email |