Cornell University-MBG job posting

Posting this:

Dear Dr. Eisen,

We are writing to enlist your assistance in identifying talented candidates for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. We are seeking to fill this position with a creative individual in the area of Computational Genomics.

Our hope is that this individual will interact synergistically with existing department strengths as well as those in other departments at Cornell including Biological Statistics and Computational Biology (BSCB). We envision that the ideal candidate will develop innovative computational genomics methods to solve novel problems in genome biology. An advertisement, which is attached, will appear in the September 19, 2014 issue of Science and more information is available at

This is a very exciting time at Cornell as the University has specifically targeted computational biology for expansion, and is making a concerted investment in interdisciplinary studies that bridge existing strengths in the University.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics ( ) includes a highly interactive faculty with research programs in genetics, molecular biology, comparative and population genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry and structural biology. Excellent students are attracted to graduate programs in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB), Genetics, Genomics and Development (GG&D), Computational Biology (CB), and Biophysics.

Please bring this great opportunity to the attention of outstanding junior scientists in your department. It would help us enormously if you could post the attached advertisement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at barbash.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Barbash, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chair, Computational Genomics Search Committee

Computational Genomics Ad September 2014.pdf

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Received this email:

Dear Colleagues,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

- Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control.
– New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
– New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
– Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments to Create an Economic Ecosystem that Will Help Lift the Poorest Out of Poverty
– Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
– New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Please also note our Global Health Innovation Group on LinkedIn. Developed in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, this group offers a platform to connect and communicate with innovators from around the world. Anyone with a LinkedIn account can join and make use of this forum.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Single cell genomics at #UCDavis …



Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Sept 15-16, NCBI Discovery workshops at #UCDavis – Entrez, Blast, Genomes, more

Event: NCBI Discovery Workshops, four 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions emphasizing NCBI resources such as BLAST and Nucleotide.

Presented by NCBI staff at UC Davis on Monday, September 15 & Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2205 Haring Hall

Session 1: Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Through the Integrated Entrez System. 9 am – 11:30 am, 9/15
Session 2: NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbes to Human. 1 pm – 3:30 pm, 9/15
Session 3: Advanced NCBI BLAST. 9 am – 11:30 am, 9/16
Session 4: Gene Expression Resources at NCBI. 1 pm – 3:30 pm, 9/16

For more information or to register:

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Funding and Ship-time Opportunities (XPrize, JAMSTEC and Simons)

Just got this email announcement from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and thought the announcements would be of interest.

Dear colleague,

Here are some opportunities that have crossed our radar. We apologize for the spam.

XPrize’s latest innovation competition: Protect ocean pH
Summary: The organization behind Google’s $30 million sponsorship of a Lunar landing effort announced the roster of teams competing for the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize focused on staving off ocean acidification.

Call for Pre-proposals: International Workshop for Large-scale Research Cruises Summary: In order to efficiently achieve the highest possible fulfillment of the research goals of its third medium-term research plans, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is planning long-distance, long-term multidisciplinary research cruises (large-scale research cruises) using its vessels that will be open to both Japanese and overseas universities and research institutes.

Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards Launched
Summary: The awards are intended to help launch and support the careers of outstanding young investigators who use quantitative approaches to advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution. Supported projects will focus on marine microbes or fundamental problems that are highly relevant to understanding marine microbial ecosystems.

Marine Microbiology Initiative

1661 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Census of Deep Life call for proposals for sequencing metagenomes or 16S rDNA amplicons of communities from the deep subsurface.

Deep Carbon Observatory: Deep Life Community (DLC) Calls for Proposals

The DLC will accept electronic submissions until September 20, 2014 for proposals to the Census of Deep Life to support high throughput sequencing of metagenomes or 16S rDNA amplicons of communities from the deep subsurface. For more information, go to:

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

UC Riverside hiring a faculty member in Evolutionary Genomics

Letter Community Ecology-Biology to send.pdf

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

Session on microbial interactions at ASLO 2015 in Spain

Just got a conference announcement that seems of interest:

We would like to invite you to participate in our session “MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS ACROSS THE DOMAINS OF LIFE” (# 058) at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada, Spain, 22-27 February 2015. We welcome contributions on diverse types of microbial interactions, as well as evolutionary studies related to understanding microbial ecology. Please find more details in the flyer attached.
Feel free to pass this on to other colleagues who might be interested.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: October 6, 2014

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

9/10 AT #UCDAVIS – Brad Sherman on “Geographical Indications on Origin and Indigenous Knowledge”


Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments

Could be interesting: @jennomics “Biogeography of microbial communities associated with seagrasses”

Postdoc Seminar Series presents:

Jenna Morgan Lang

Eisen lab, Genome Center

Biogeography of microbial communities associated with seagrasses

1022 Life Sciences

12:10 pm on Tuesday 2nd September

Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment