Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Positions at EPA

Thanks to ETOX alumna Heidi Bethel who forwarded the information below:

Please circulate the following information to individuals in your
organization and anyone who may be interested in applying for this

The Ecosystem Assessment Branch (EAB), of the Gulf Ecology Division
(GED), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
(NHEERL), Office of Research and Development (ORD) located in Gulf
Breeze, Florida, is currently advertising for the position of Research
Ecologist (GS-0408 12/13). Two vacancy announcements have been posted on
the Office of Personnel Management website, USA JOBS at under the following numbers:

Research Ecologist, GS-0408-12/13

RTP-MP-2008-0394 (open to Federal competitive status eligibles and
other special groups as listed in the announcement)

RTP-DE-2008-0182. (open to all U.S. citizens)

The vacancy announcements close November 12, 2008.

Duties and Responsibilities: At the full performance level, the
incumbent conducts estuarine and coastal research to improve
understanding of ecosystem condition and production of ecological
services associated with anthropogenic stressors. Stressors of interest
include, but are not limited to, changes in nutrient loading, habitat
alterations, contaminants, and changing watershed attributes. Projects
may include mathematical modeling of coastal ecosystems, using both
established and innovative methods in systems ecology, demographic
analysis, geo-spatial analysis, and multivariate statistical analysis to
improve understanding of complex coastal ecosystems and their links to
the terrestrial landscape for use in making predictions for the outcomes
of management alternatives. The incumbent will develop ecosystem
services models at multiple spatial and temporal scales and provide
leadership to the Coastal Assessment and Services research team at the
Gulf Ecology Division which is currently focused on quantifying and
valuating ecological services in wetlands and other ecosystems in
coastal landscapes such as the Tampa Bay region. Coordination with a
larger group of Ecological Research Program scientists is necessary to
facilitate integration across multiple ecological service projects.
Research findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed
publications, reports and presentations, and the incumbent will assist
in outreach and technology transfer to EPA program and regional offices.
The incumbent will help in setting research directions and
implementation of field and laboratory research to support EPA's
strategic goals for quantifying ecological services, assessing water
quality, and healthy ecosystems. The development and participation in
scientific partnerships with state agencies, federal agencies, and
academic institutions will be needed to achieve research goals.

The US EPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Monday, October 6, 2008

Toxicology position at Alcon in Irvine

Our thanks to Karen Riveles (Ph.D. 2004) who forwarded the following information about a toxicology position in Irvine, CA.


Alcon, Inc. is the world's leading eye care company with sales of $5.6 billion in 2007. The company’s nearly 15,000 employees worldwide, work in 75 facilities around the world to research, develop, manufacture and sell eye care products in more than 180 countries. Alcon is the largest specialty eye care company in the world and leads the growing $14.5 billion market for eye care products. Alcon has delivered strong and stable growth for over 60 years, and it is positioned to build on this record in the years to come. For ten consecutive years, Fortune magazine has selected Alcon as "One of the 100 Best Companies to Work For". Alcon's U.S. Operations is headquartered at its 300-acre campus located in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on Alcon, Inc., visit the Company’s web site at

This position is located in Irvine, CA.

This individual will direct Toxicology department activities associated with the Instrumentation product line (medical devices) reporting to the Functional Manager of Surgical Toxicology (R&D) located at Corporate in Fort Worth, TX with a matrix reporting to Irvine Technology Center (ITC) in Irvine, CA.

Key accountabilities include:
• Ensuring all product safety testing plans, registration activities, government submissions, and design control activities are addressed in accordance with R&D requirements and timelines for instrumentation products at the Irvine and Grieshaber facilities.
• Ensuring all product safety testing plans, registration activities, government submissions, and design control activities are addressed for marketed product process changes for instrumentation products in accordance with R&D requirements. This responsibility requires routine interaction with multiple manufacturing facilities.
• Conducting and reporting GLP-regulated toxicity studies; Preparing toxicology sections of regulatory submissions.
• Acting as the liaison between Corporate Toxicology and ITC facility management
• Ensuring overall compliance of assigned projects with appropriate regulations (i.e. GLP, FDA, ISO).
• Provide expert scientific opinion on government regulations and guidelines that affect the instrumentation product line.

• PhD in Toxicology, Pharmocology, or equivalent.
• 7-10 Years of experience.
• Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills.
• Team Player.
• Must be available for up to 10 % travel.

Our generous benefits package includes the Alcon 401(k) Plan which matches employee contributions up to 5% of eligible pay at the rate of $1.00 for each dollar contributed, and the Alcon Retirement Plan (ARP), a qualified plan in which Alcon contributes 7% of eligible pay to the accounts of all eligible employees. By combining the Company's contributions to the 401(k) and ARP, employees can receive up to 12% of eligible pay from Alcon towards retirement. Alcon also offers medical, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, an on-site fitness center and much more. Consider having all this in a fast paced environment within a stable world-class organization.

If interested, contact:
Amy G. Morita - HR Recruiter
Alcon Labs
15800 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92618
949) 753-6766 - Direct 949) 753- 6584 - Fax

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dr. Jeff Wong Presents Seminar and Meets with Students

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Dr. Jeffrey Wong, chief scientist with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, California EPA visited campus to present a seminar and meet with students and faculty. His seminar was entitled, " Nanotechnology: Promise and Peril". We appreciate Jeff's willingness to come and share his insights into this emerging area and meet with our students. Above is a photo of Dr. Wong meeting with ETOX graduate students in an open forum before his seminar.