Simons Foundation: Simons Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology Awards Program

he Simons Foundation invites applications for its Simons Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology Awards program.

According to the foundation, microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In both marine and freshwater systems, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web.

These awards aim to support recently tenured, outstanding investigators in microbial ecology in marine or natural freshwater systems, who will advance our understanding through field studies, laboratory experiments, modeling, or theory. The program will provide support of up to $1.75 million over five years, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for establishing a new research direction or an innovative expansion of current work.

Investigators must be currently active in basic research addressing fundamental questions in microbial ecology or microbial biogeochemistry in natural aquatic systems, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals, problems related to pollution, paleoceanography or geobiology. Scientists who intend to transition into aquatic systems from other fields may also be considered if they satisfy the eligibility requirements. Investigators, accompanied by a student or postdoc, will attend an annual meeting at the Simons Foundation.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. They must have been awarded tenure or, for institutions with no tenure track, promoted to an equivalent independent position at an institution in the U.S. or Canada (in a campus within those countries) within the last five years (after December 1, 2017).

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.