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  • Stanford, California, Michele Gelfand seeks to fill a position for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The postdoc will collaborate with Dr. Gelfand on projects related to culture, conflict, negotiation, and forgiveness. This is a one-year position, renewable for a second year, assuming performance at or above expectations.   The ideal candidate will have a PhD in social or organizational psychology or organizational behavior, be proficient with experimental and field methodologies, and have strong knowledge of statistics, including multilevel modeling and experience analyzing big datasets (e.g., longitudinal surveys, cross-cultural analyses, analyses of twitter, among others).The position will involve substantial input on the development of projects and co-authored work with the PI. It will also involve some work coordinating existing research projects, including working with doctoral students and research assistants.   The desired start date of the position is September 1, 2021, and completion of the PhD degree is required before the appointment starts. If hired, the applicant will be a member of the Organizational Behavior group at Stanford GSB and will be able to participate in group seminars, workshops and informal knowledge sharing. The position comes with health benefits and access to Stanford resources.   Required Qualifications:  PhD in a social or organizational psychology or relevant field Strong written and oral communication skills Conscientious, self-motivated, and organized Ability to work with others   Required Application Materials:  A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position Up to three writing samples that demonstrate your expertise and fit for the position The names and contact information of up to three letter writers   Applications should be sent to  mjgelfand@gmail.com   Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.  
  • Yorba Linda, California, This is a part-time position, with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.  There will be some flexibility with working hours and efforts will be made to accommodate class schedules, if applicable. The position will serve to assist the Public Works Department and Engineering Division with various functions including administrative processing, permit issuance, plan processing, document management, field assignments, and as needed support. It is anticipated that there will be exposure to AutoCAD and capital projects, in addition to the design and construction processes where possible. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :    Current enrollment   in upper division or graduate level classes in a college or university degree program, in engineering, public administration, or related field.   LICENSE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS : Valid State of California Class C Operator's License.
  • San Francisco, California, The Financial Planning Intern position is designed for students in their junior or senior year in an undergraduate program or master’s program who desire to gain supervised practical experience in Financial Planning. Our 3 month training period will help you to understand the complexities and challenges of becoming an advisor and establishes a trajectory to embark on a career path to a Financial Advisor. You will have daily interaction with a team of Financial Advisors who run independent practices and will have opportunities to learn from them as you assist them with growing their practices. We accommodate flexible schedules, but require at least 16-20 hours per week. You will be required to attend training, complete weekly reports, and be held accountable for your progress in the program. A potential full-time advisor career opportunity is possible (but not guaranteed) for associates who exceed expectations and exhibit the traits of successful advisors. Principal Accountabilities: * Evaluating process efficiencies and offering suggestions to make interactions easier for the client. * Providing general administrative support to the financial planning team. * Assisting in the development of presentations to clients and potential clients. * Contacting associated advisors (CPA, attorney, TPA, etc.) and/or client-related entities (insurance companies, plan sponsors, etc.) to gather information. * Observing operational and business meetings and client interactions with various team members. * Working on administrative tasks and projects as assigned. * Training in company’s financial planning software and systems.   * Performing related calculations and analysis, when requested. * Actively working to increase knowledge of biblical financial principles and scripture memory verses to understand the Ronald Blue Trust approach to serving clients. Qualifications: * A strong interest in personal financial planning and wealth management Basic knowledge of investment concepts (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.) * Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. * Aptitude and passion for learning new things quickly with a strong work ethic. * Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. * Proven technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. * Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism and maturity. * Desire to serve others with excellence. * Capability to excel in a team environment. * Good organizational skills, systems acumen and attention to detail. * Ability to prioritize and complete multiple time-sensitive tasks. * Proactive planning and responsiveness to urgent need. * Demonstrated maturity in interpersonal interactions as well as flexibility and adaptability to changing needs.
  • Los Angeles, California, As a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, McDermott Will & Emery has established a first-year fellowship through the LCLD Scholars Program. The 1L LCLD Scholar will spend 5 weeks participating in all aspects of McDermott’s 2021 Summer Associate Program in our Los Angeles office, including extensive training, networking, integration and social opportunities, as well as 5 weeks working directly with Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. In addition, the LCLD Scholar will be paired with both a Partner and Associate mentor from McDermott to provide guidance during the summer and throughout the school year. The scholar will also attend the 2021 1L LCLD virtual Scholars Summit. Our 1L LCLD Scholar will receive a $15,000 scholarship toward their law school education at the completion of this 10 week program. LCLD Scholars are also eligible to earn an offer from McDermott to return as a 2022 Summer Associate at the firm. ELIGIBILITY: We welcome applications from first year students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools who have: • A commitment to promoting and advancing diversity • A strong record of academic and professional achievement • A genuine interest in pursuing a career at McDermott upon graduation • The intent to live and practice in the city or region in which the office is located • An anticipated JD graduation date of Spring 2023 at the time of application • An interest in pursuing litigation and/or employment law
  • Woodland & Glenn, California, About Syngenta  Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.  About this Job:  As an intern at Syngenta, you have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, and work on real projects finding real solutions. Work with us and you’ll get:  Competitive wages  Ongoing career development resources   The opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects  Meaningful projects that solve problems  Duration:  May 2021-August 2021  Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  Provide the intern the opportunity of being exposed to the Seed Parent Characterization activities, allowing him/her to apply academic background and assist in the department activities from trial design, preparation, maintenance, harvesting, lab tasks, and data analysis  Allow the intern to develop a good understanding about new sunflower hybrid development, and parent characterization activities, by taking a lead role for one of the Seed Parent Characterization’s projects  Strengthen new product advancements through the assessment of important traits for seeds production at early breeding stages  Take the lead on the project management and execution according to the assigned project. Assure that field activities (planting, plot maintenance, bird netting, and harvest) for research plots are executed. This includes routine site/farm maintenance activities such as planting plots, applying treatments, collecting observations and in-season data, and maintaining the plots throughout the growing season. Fall activities include harvest stand counts and actual plot harvest  Support other Seed Parent Characterization, as well as agronomic trial activities at the home site  Develop and maintain two-way communication with project managers, Seed Production Research (SPR) Scientists, Agronomists and Parent Seed colleagues at the home site. Additionally, look for communicating with people from different areas, from breeding all the way to commercial seeds production, aiming to gain a good understanding of the whole chain  Assist with managing and developing part time workers  Analyze data and prepare a research report and presentation for the assigned project  Lead daily routine equipment maintenance and preparation to ensure maximum precision in all treatment applications  Make sure all activities are developed according to the Company safety procedures and recommendations, and promote environmentally sustainable solutions     Qualifications:  Requires a High School diploma or equivalent  Must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, Biology, Ag Business, Entomology, Crop Protection, or another closely related field of study  Must have a valid Driver's License  All applicants must be eligible to work in the US  Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:  Communication-The ability to communicate information well (both written and spoken) is highly desired  Detail Oriented-All procedures and policies must be understood and followed  Autonomous-An independent individual who is self-motivating and needs little supervision  Previous internship and/or co-op experience related to Agriculture is preferred but not required  Familiarity with working on a farm, working with crops, irrigated crops, sunflowers or working outdoors is preferred but not required.  The intern will be working in sunflower research plots and willingness to work in areas where beehives are present for pollination purpose.  Confidence- Not afraid to ask bold questions and be curious  Eagerness to learn and grow in the role  Work Level: XZ  ________________________________________ Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)   ( http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/fmla.htm )  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC)  ( http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/firststep/poster_direct.htm )  Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  ( http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/eppa.htm ) 

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