NSF Advanced Training Program for Early-Career Scientists McMurdo Station, Antarctica (April 17)
The U.S. National Science Foundation announce a call for application for early-career scientists interested in an advanced training program in Antarctica. An Antarctic biology course will be held during January 2018 at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
This training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. The emphasis of the Antarctic biology course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations to extreme polar environments. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse instructional faculty will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), using different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution).
For participants in the 2018 program, the major impacts will be to:
– Introduce new researchers to the unique features of biological processes in an extreme-cold environment,
– Place the understanding of Antarctic biology in the context of evolutionary and environmental change in polar regions,
– Train participants in field and research methods that are unique to the study of biology in Antarctica,
– Foster an appreciation for the importance of the Antarctic ecosystem on global processes, and
– Prepare early-career scientists for success in developing their own independent research programs in polar regions.
Partial support is available to cover the cost of travel from each participant’s home institution. While in Antarctica, full support is provided for room, board, and science activities.
Anticipated travel dates to and from Antarctica will be in late December 2017 until late January 2018, with exact dates to be set in 2017.
This is an international training program, open to all nationalities.
Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program and researchers who have completed a PhD within the past five years.
For information about the program: https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/antarctic-biology-training-program
To apply: https://goo.gl/forms/7zAH4pzRf85x5Tt62