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USDA Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance

A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit (FSEPRU) at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa.

We are looking for an outstanding scientist who is proactive, independent and motivated to use computational and microbiological methods to solve complex biological problems. 

A team of microbiologists and immunologists is conducting research to monitor the activities of bacteria along mucosal surfaces in the avian intestinal tract. The appointee will be responsible for conducting analyses of data as part of the project goals. Methods include but are not limited to: host and bacterial transcriptomics, genomics, and microbial community analyses.  Current research focuses on: understanding the movement of antibiotic resistance genes between bacteria in the gut; reducing colonization of foodborne pathogens (notably Salmonella and Campylobacter); exploiting interactions among the host, its commensal bacteria, and foodborne pathogens; and establishing links between microbial membership and metabolic function in the gut.

The participant will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge computational and molecular techniques, as well as gain experience in designing and executing animal experiments to test hypotheses. Additional opportunities exist to attend technical workshops and to participate in grant writing.

This is a one-year, full-time position that may be renewed annually for an additional 2 years. The annual stipend is $61,218, with an additional stipend supplement toward individual or family insurance. Relocation expenses up to $500 may be reimbursed, and an annual allowance of $3,000 is available for travel-related expenses to scientific meetings.

NADC is the premier research institute within the USDA for studying diseases of large animals, and is located in Ames, Iowa.  At the NADC, scientists are able to investigate microbe-host interactions from every perspective — molecular, microbe, and natural host.


  • To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctoral degree in Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, or a related field within five years prior to the desired starting date.
  • The ideal candidate will be skilled in: use of Linux operating systems; analyses of large datasets, particularly of nucleic acid sequences; use of biological databases and various bioinformatics tools; microbiological techniques; and technical writing for peer-reviewed publications.
  • Additional knowledge of statistical inference methods, scripting language(s) such as R or Python, microbial ecology, molecular biology, and/or genetics, and good interpersonal and public speaking skills is preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills and research ability including computational analysis of antibiotic resistant gene sequences or transcriptomic and population-scale metagenomic data. Additional experience with microbiological culturing and molecular methods is ideal.

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.

For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the program website.

Full a full description of this opportunity and to submit your application, visit

If you have any questions, please send an email to  

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) appointment available in the College of Nursing for Non-Nursing Student

Time commitment: 20 hours per week. Position begins spring 2019 (January; may start earlier if desired) and is funded through fall 2020 (December). 

Duties:  Develop RedCap database for faculty scholarly activity and maintain database in collaboration with the faculty member.  Enter data into database as data are collected.  Other duties may include research participant recruitment, enrollment, and/or informed consent; literature searches; or other administrative duties.

Required Training:  Proficiency using Research Electronic Data Capture (RedCap) software, SPSS statistical package (or other statistical software), and CITI training.

Interested graduate students should send a copy of their CV to:

Dr. Karen Wickersham at

Journal of Literacy Research Graduate Editorial Assistantships: Call for Applications

The USC editorial team for Journal of Literacy Research is seeking applications for doctoral student editorial assistants for (3) different positions. Journal of Literacy is a blind peer-reviewed journal that reports contemporary research and theory in literacy and literacy education in a quarterly volume. (You can learn more about the journal through this link:

All hired Editorial Assistantships are eligible for partial funding to attend the Literacy Research Association annual conference. (You can learn more about the organization and conference via Assistants are also strongly encouraged to submit research presentation proposals for the annual conference to be eligible for additional department travel funds. The proposal deadline typically occurs at the beginning of March. 


Lead Editorial Assistant (one position available):

  • Spring 2019 - .50 appointment (20 hours/week, $9,000 per semester)
  • This position can be renewed for summer 2019 and the next academic year (2019-2020)

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating with the editors, setting up meetings, taking minutes, and performing other administrative tasks
  • Coordinating with the other editorial assistants
  • Learning the online manuscript submission system and process
  • Corresponding with the publishing company
  • Setting up and maintaining a system for manuscripts to be assigned and tracked
    • Updating reviewer database
    • Attending the annual conference  
    • Tracking manuscripts from initial submission to publication
    • Contacting authors throughout publication process
    • Tracking manuscript acceptances and rejections as well as revisions of accepted manuscripts
    • Sending acceptance/rejection notifications and reviews
    • Assisting with final organization of publication

Editorial Assistant (2 positions)

  • Spring 2019 -- .50 appointment (20 hours/week $9,000 per semester)
  • One of the two positions can be renewed for summer 2019
  • Both positions can be renewed the next academic year (2019-2020)

Responsibilities include:

                    ●  Working with assigned editor  

                    ●  Reviewing manuscripts for revisions and edits

                   ●  Completing copy-editing for manuscripts

                    ●  Tracking revisions

                    ●  Assist in corresponding with authors

                    ●  Creating final electronic copies of manuscripts and submitting to lead assistant

Summer Editorial Assistants (Two positions available for 3 months (May, June, July); 20 hrs a week)

      ●  Working with assigned editor  

      ●  Reviewing manuscripts for revisions and edits

      ●  Completing copy-editing for manuscripts

      ●  Tracking revisions

      ●  Assist in corresponding with authors

      ●  Creating final electronic copies of manuscripts and submitting to lead assistant

Desired Skills Across all positions:

  • Experience in and general knowledge of literacy research
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to function in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently to implement journal tasks accurately
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to work within regular office hours


To apply for one or both assistantships, please submit a letter of interest and your CV to Dr. Eurydice Bauer at by December 1, 2018. Please indicate in the letter: a) the position(s) for which you are applying, b) previous experiences relevant to the position(s), and c) the reasons for your interest. In your email, please include the following in the subject heading: JLR Assistantship Application.

Once applications have been reviewed, you will be notified of the final decision.

These positions are 50% assistantship (so hours a week) for the academic year and possibly summer and may be renewed for the next academic year based on annual reviews.

Currently, the editorial team includes:

University of South Carolina

Dr. Eurydice Bouchereau Bauer

Dr. Catherine Compton-Lilly

University of British Columbia

Guofang Li

University of Arizona

 Iliana Reyes

Two Hourly Graduate Student Positions Available in the Children’s Law Center, University of South Carolina School of Law

Two Hourly Graduate Student Positions Available in the Children’s Law Center, University of South Carolina School of Law

Time commitment: Positions begin January 7, 2019 and is funded through September 30, 2019.

Rate per hour: $12 * 10 hours per week

Duties: We are looking for two graduate students to help us with a federal grant project that aims to reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) of juvenile victims and high risk juveniles of sex trafficking with the juvenile justice system. Duties of the positions include data management (e.g., data coding, cleaning, transcribing, organizing), data analysis, literature review, report writing, as well as assisting in grant-related meetings and training under the guidance and supervision of the Center staff.

Preferred qualifications: We prefer graduate students who have a growth mindset and are responsible, motivated and passionate to work for the safety and well-being of children; graduate students who have knowledge and experience on data management and research, ability to work both independently and corporately with keen attention to detail and quality.

Contact: Interested graduate students should send a copy of their CV to: Dr. Liyun Zhang at

The Data Incubator: Call for Applications

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

 *   New York City
 *   San Francisco Bay Area
 *   Boston
 *   Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-01-07 to 2019-03-01.

Application Link:

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Off-campus housing services for USC students

New and current students (as well as USC faculty and staff) looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. Contact Off-Campus Student Services for details: Russell House Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-3366; email:

USC Postdoctoral Association

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which supports postdocs at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research, and teaching. Learn more

OFSP's database for national fellowships and awards

With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, the Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs online searchable database for national fellowships and awards allows students to use broad or specific search criteria to locate national fellowships based on interests or academic and career goals. The database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad, and postdocs. 

On-Campus Produce Delivery

Healthy Carolina offers healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff, and students with On-Campus Produce Delivery. Partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH!, On-campus Produce Delivery will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier!