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March 26, 2015

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International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry has been organized every four years since 1983. ICCPB 2015 in Krakow, Poland puts emphasis on the integrated view of organisms “From Molecules to Macrophysiology”. The meeting will be held in 23-28 August 2015 at the Jagiellonian University, where Nicolaus Copernicus started academic education that led him to revolutionizing ideas about the Universe. The deadline for early registration is 14^th April. Go to: http://bit.ly/1c2HzR3 Thirty thematic Symposia, including an Open Session will cover a wide range of topics: Molecular and integrative physiology: homeostasis, hormones, genomes, trade-offs, telomeres, longevity Neurophysiology: olfaction, chemical ecology, photoreception, enteric nervous system, monoamines Physiology of biological rhythms: circadian clocks, photoperiodism Energetics and temperature: avian flight, cardiorespiratory functions, endothermy, performance, metabolic scaling, body size, cell size, oxygen limitation, phenotypic plasticity, seasonality Stress physiology: cellular stress, oxidative stress, life history, innate and acquired immunity Miscellaneous: fatty acids, actin and actin-binding proteins, statistical analysis of physiological data, biosensors** Dr. Marcin Czarnoleski Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Sciences Gronostajowa 7, Krakow 30-387 Poland phone: (+48)126645203 email: marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski Instytut Nauk o Środowisku Uniwersytet Jagielloński ul. Gronostajowa 7, Kraków 30-387 tel: 126645203 email: marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl “Urodziłem się z rodziców ubogich, od dziecka pociąg czując do myślenia byt penetrującego” Stanisław Lem, Cyberiada marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl via Gmail
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—001a113c1710fc00ca0512261406 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A postdoctoral position is available at the Santana and Riffell laboratories at the University of Washington in Seattle ( http://bit.ly/18ZqcDs). The postdoc will be part of the NSF-funded collaborative project “Chance or necessity? Adaptive vs. non adaptive evolution in plant-frugivore interactions”. The project will focus on the mutualism between bats of the genus *Carollia* and their primary food source, Neotropical *Piper*. The project will integrate tools from analytical chemistry, genomics and behavioral ecology to measure the coevolution between diversity in scent composition of *Piper* fruits and the olfactory ability and behavioral preferences of *Carollia*. Fieldwork will be based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The postdoc will be involved in: (a) planning, conducting and/or supervising chemical assays of fruit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the field and the lab, (b) designing and conducting behavioral experiments on frugivorous bats in Costa Rica, and (c) conducting phylogenetic and other statistical analyses on VOC and behavioral data. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory and field methods. Proficiency with R, phylogenetic comparative methods and multivariate statistics will be highly regarded. Fieldwork will play a central role in this project, and familiarity with bat research tools will also be viewed favorably. We seek a highly motivated candidate who is able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with October being the latest desired start date. Applicants must have a Ph.D. Exceptional candidates completing their Ph.D. within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit: 1. A cover letter describing research experience, interests and goals, and their relevance to the project. 2. A full CV, including publications, and 3. The names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to ssantana@uw.edu with “Postdoctoral application” as the subject line. Funding is available for three years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled. The postdoc will join a center of excellence in ecology, evolutionary and organismal biology at UW (http://bit.ly/18Zqb2c), s/he will have constant interaction with the rest of the project’s collaborative team (Dávalos lab at SUNY Stony Brook), and will have ample opportunities for further development in research, teaching and outreach at the Department of Biology and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. —001a113c1710fc00ca0512261406 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

A postdoctoral position is available at the Santana and Riffell laboratories at the University of Washington in Seattle (http://bit.ly/18ZqcDs). The postdoc will be part of the NSF-funded collaborative project “Chance or necessity? Adaptive vs. non adaptive evolution in plant-frugivore interactions”. The project will focus on the mutualism between bats of the genus Carollia and their primary food source, Neotropical Piper. The project will integrate tools from analytical chemistry, genomics and behavioral ecology to measure the coevolution between diversity in scent composition of Piper fruits and the olfactory ability and behavioral preferences of Carollia. Fieldwork will be based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.

 

The postdoc will be involved in: (a) planning, conducting and/or supervising chemical assays of fruit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the field and the lab, (b) designing and conducting behavioral experiments on frugivorous bats in Costa Rica, and (c) conducting phylogenetic and other statistical analyses on VOC and behavioral data. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory and field methods. Proficiency with R, phylogenetic comparative methods and multivariate statistics will be highly regarded. Fieldwork will play a central role in this project, and familiarity with bat research tools will also be viewed favorably. We seek a highly motivated candidate who is able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with October being the latest desired start date. 

 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. Exceptional candidates completing their Ph.D. within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit:

1. A cover letter describing research experience, interests and goals, and their relevance to the project.

2. A full CV, including publications, and

3. The names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references.

 

Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to ssantana@uw.edu with “Postdoctoral application” as the subject line. Funding is available for three years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled. 

 

The postdoc will join a center of excellence in ecology, evolutionary and organismal biology at UW (http://bit.ly/18Zqb2c), s/he will have constant interaction with the rest of the project’s collaborative team (Dávalos lab at SUNY Stony Brook), and will have ample opportunities for further development in research, teaching and outreach at the Department of Biology and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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PHD Position in insect systematics and evolution- University of Florida ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABLE in the Lucky Lab at the University of Florida. Research Focus: Insect systematics and biodiversity, ecology, population genetics, evolution. Focus on ants is preferred, but not required. Experience with the following is an asset: insect classification, collections management, morphological and molecular systematics, bioinformatics, fieldwork. Qualifications: *Demonstrated ability to complete projects and publish results. *Master’s degree in entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology or relevant biological science. Applicants with intellectual interest in ants and evolutionary processes are encouraged to apply. *Minimum GPA of 3.5 and competitive GRE scores required. *Demonstrated ability to complete projects and publish results. *Excellent written and oral communication abilities. Interested candidates should send CV, statement of interest and names and contact information of three references to alucky@ufl.edu with the subject header PHD POSITION. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled; suggested submission deadline is April 1. Start date in Fall 2015 or Jan 2016. Dr. Andrea Lucky. University of Florida Entomology/Nematology. Gainesville, FL 32611-0620, USA. Email: alucky@ufl.edu. Website: www.andrealucky.com Andrea Lucky, PhD Entomology/Nematology University of Florida Steinmetz Hall, Rm. 2108 970 Natural Area Drive, PO Box 110620 Gainesville, FL 32611-0620 Phone: (352) 273-3952 Email: alucky@ufl.edu via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, LE STUDIUM, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, is extremely excited to announce the *Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference*, the premiere event of the year for researchers to meet, discuss and share ideas on genic repeats and genomes classification! International leaders in the genomic research will gather in Tours, France, for the first time during a two-day conference over 3 days (*8-10 July 2015*) to discuss, learn and share ideas on a number of areas (click here to visit the conference page and announcement ). The *Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference *aims to shine light on current and emerging research trends for genomes classification by providing a platform for discussion with a peloton of internationally acknowledged leaders. Please note there are opportunities for poster sessions. For more information, please visit the conference page This one-off conference organised with *Dr Yves Bigot, Research Director (CNRS - INRA Centre Val de Loire, France) and Dr Peter Arensburger (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - USA)* offers a unique opportunity to meet like-minded researchers, build new collaborations, visit the INRA Centre Val de Loire site in Nouzilly near Tours and enjoy the famous local gastronomy and scenery of the Loire Valley region! We look forward to welcoming you to Tours, Loire Valley, France in next July 2015 and invite you not to miss the 15th May 2015 early bird registration deadline. The conference is open to a hundred participants (academics, post-doctorants, students and R&D scientists, enterprises). Sincerely, On behalf of the scientific committee, Nicola Fazzalari Scientific Director *LE* *STUDIUM* *®* Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies Tél. 33 (0)2 38 21 14 85 – e-mail : nicola.fazzalari@lestudium-ias.fr _http://http://bit.ly/1GY4dIg Sophie Gabillet General Secretary LE STUDIUM® Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies 1 Rue Dupanloup - 45000 Orléans - FRANCE http://bit.ly/1bwpSh1 Tel: + 33 (0)2 38 21 14 81 - Portable: + 33 (0)6 67 00 32 22 Sophie Gabillet via Gmail
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Data Analyst Position Temple University’s Institute for Genomics & Evolutionary Medicine (iGEM; igem.temple.edu) seeks a Technical Support Specialist Assistant focused on the analysis of large sequence datasets. Responsibilities include data management and archiving, development and implementation of standard workflows and pipelines, and analysis of high throughput data for empirical research conducted by iGEM scientists and collaborators. Required Education and Experience: Associate’s (or higher) degree with at least one year of experience in data analysis and/or computer programming. Demonstrated experience programming with standard languages and tools. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience working in an academic research environment is preferred. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and record keeping skills, clear understanding of DNA and expression data, experience and comfort with file manipulation in a Windows/LINUX environment as well as designing and troubleshooting analysis pipelines using published sequence analysis tools. Temple University’s Main Campus is located in the heart of Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is known as a center of history, arts, and culture with a relatively affordable cost of living. Temple University serves a diverse student population with an enrollment of ~38000 students in 2014, and is part of a vibrant educational community of 34 colleges located within the city limits. Job Posting at Temple Human Resources: http://bit.ly/1bwpSO9 Apply for this position online at: http://bit.ly/1GY4ds1 (USE job# TU-18850). For additional information or enquiries, contact Sudhir Kumar (s.kumar@temple.edu) Sudhir Kumar via Gmail
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Omics for evolutionary/behavioral ecologists Reply-To: DJ Hosken X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.1510) The University of Exeter’s Cornwall Summer Science Institute is open for this years registration. This years Summer School will be held from July 6th to 9th 2015. It is primarily directed at students of behavioural and evolutionary ecology and will provide guidance and training in the implementation of: multivariate phenotypes (phenomics); transcriptomics; and genomics) into their work. World-leading researchers from within and outside the Centre will attend; sharing their expertise to provide training and networking opportunities. Talks covering cutting-edge techniques and innovative science are intended to be pedagogical, and will be interspersed with workshop style sessions on problem solving, publishing and grant writing. See: http://bit.ly/1HJ7H4W CSSI events are held at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. The Centre hosts unrivalled strength in depth of organismal biologists working in a friendly and collegiate environment. Delegates interested in discussing their research with particular CEC members while visiting are strongly encouraged to make contact prior to the workshop. The Summer School is hosted by the University of Exeter, Cornwall (UK). Prof DJ Hosken University of Exeter, Cornwall Tremough, Penryn TR10 9FE UK 01326 371843 D.J.Hosken@exeter.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1bMLIqH DJ Hosken via Gmail
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Within the project “Ecological constraints of fish breeding systems” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) a three-year PhD student position is available at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (KLIVV) at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. The PhD candidate will work on the hormonal basis of parental care behavior, induced polygyny or egg cannibalism. The definite subject of the PhD project will depend on the candidate´s qualifications and interests. We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding student with a background in behavioral ecology: experimental design, hands-on work with live animals and good statistical skills (if possible including R) are a prerequisite. Experience in hormone analyses is a plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work in a team are a must, a MSc degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (e.g., zoology, evolution, ecology, biology) is expected. The PhD candidate will be mainly supervised by Dr. Franziska C. Schädelin and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Richard H. Wagner, but the student is also expected to interact with Prof. Sigal Balshine and her group in Hamilton/Canada, including short visits at the collaborating laboratory abroad. As a part of the Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the KLIVV offers an international and stimulating research environment. The successful PhD candidate will join the University´s PhD-program. Vienna is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings, with a multicultural population and many educational and recreational opportunities. The gross salary is at around 28.000 Euro per year before tax (“Bruttogehalt”), including social and health security according to the personal costs provided by the Austrian Science Fund. Please send your application including motivation for the position, CV, and two reference letters including the contact information of referees to franziska.schaedelin@vetmeduni.ac.at. The PhD project will start in autumn 2015. Applications received until 20^th April will be given full consideration. See http://bit.ly/1IxvzX5 and http://bit.ly/1HJ7DSO; for more detailed information. Please contact franziska.schaedelin@vetmeduni.ac.at for any further information and questions. Franziska Lemmel-Schädelin via Gmail
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Dear all, I would very much appreciate some pointers for how to transport blood samples stored in ethanol internationally (from UK to New Zealand). I had been intending to bring a chilly bin full of samples on dry ice* / ice packs on a flight from the UK to New Zealand with me, however I have recently become aware that many (all?) airlines classify ethanol as a dangerous good** and restrict the total volume that can be checked in. According to FAA guidelines (which I’m not sure apply globally, but Air New Zealand’s guidelines seem very similar) I think you are not allowed more than 1L of total ethanol. >From what I have read, the alternative is to send as a dangerous good with one of the international carriers e.g. Fedex, however this is likely to be prohibitively expensive. An online quote suggests the chilly bin we have in mind would cost around NZD $2,500 to transport, and this is before I’ve even mentioned the ‘hazardous’ contents. Any help would be very much appreciated! With many thanks, Anna Santure University of Auckland, New Zealand *also a dangerous good… **apparently litres of duty free gin, vodka, wine and rum are not dangerous goods though! asanture@gmail.com via Gmail

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March 25, 2015

18:00
Background: On rugged fitness landscapes where sign epistasis is common, adaptation can often involve either individually beneficial “uphill” mutations or more complex mutational trajectories involving fitness valleys or plateaus. The dynamics of the evolutionary process determine the probability that evolution will take any specific path among a variety of competing possible trajectories. Understanding this evolutionary choice is essential if we are to understand the outcomes and predictability of adaptation on rugged landscapes. Results: We present a simple model to analyze the probability that evolution will eschew immediately uphill paths in favor of crossing fitness valleys or plateaus that lead to higher fitness but less accessible genotypes. We calculate how this probability depends on the population size, mutation rates, and relevant selection pressures, and compare our analytical results to Wright-Fisher simulations. Conclusion: We find that the probability of valley crossing depends nonmonotonically on population size: intermediate size populations are most likely to follow a “greedy” strategy of acquiring immediately beneficial mutations even if they lead to evolutionary dead ends, while larger and smaller populations are more likely to cross fitness valleys to reach distant advantageous genotypes. We explicitly identify the boundaries between these different regimes in terms of the relevant evolutionary parameters. Above a certain threshold population size, we show that the probability that the population finds the more distant peak depends only on a single simple combination of the relevant parameters.
07:09

@rdmpage wrote:

Interesting blog post on single precision arithmetic, compiler flags, and FastTree via Jonathan Eisen on Facebook (no, really) http://darlinglab.org/blog/2015/03/23/not-so-fast-fasttree.html

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March 24, 2015

23:30

In the literature, phylogenetic trees often appear even when the paper is discussing non-tree evolutionary histories.

A case in point is the paper by: Susanne Gallus, Axel Janke, Vikas Kumar, Maria A. Nilsson (2015) Disentangling the relationship of the Australian marsupial orders using retrotransposon and evolutionary network analyses. Genome Biology and Evolution, in press.

The authors discuss the relationship between the four Australian marsupial orders, and use data from transposable element (retrotransposon) insertions for resolving the inter- and intra-ordinal relationships of the Australian and South American orders. They plot the retrotransposon presence/absence onto a tree derived from alignments of 28 nuclear gene fragments. This is shown in the first figure, with the retrotransposons indicated as dots on the internal branches.


For comparison, the next figure is a Median-Joining network based on the presence/absence of the retrotransposons.


With the exception of the Monito del monte, Shrew opossum and Western quoll, the network matches the basic tree structure. However, it emphasizes more strongly the fact that the retrotransposons do not resolve the relationships among the Marsupial orders. As the authors note:
The retrotransposon insertions support three conflicting topologies regarding Peramelemorphia, Dasyuromorphia and Notoryctemorphia, indicating that the split between the three orders may be best understood as a network ...The rapid divergences left conflicting phylogenetic information in the genome possibly generated by incomplete lineage sorting or introgressive hybridisation, leaving the relationship among Australian marsupial orders unresolvable as a bifurcating process million years later.
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Background: Mutualistic obligate endosymbioses shape the evolution of endosymbiont genomes, but their impact on host genomes remains unclear. Insects of the sub-order Sternorrhyncha (Hemiptera) depend on bacterial endosymbionts for essential amino acids present at low abundances in their phloem-based diet. This obligate dependency has been proposed to explain why multiple amino acid transporter genes are maintained in the genomes of the insect hosts. We implemented phylogenetic comparative methods to test whether amino acid transporters have proliferated in sternorrhynchan genomes at rates grater than expected by chance. Results: By applying a series of methods to reconcile gene and species trees, inferring the size of gene families in ancestral lineages, and simulating the null process of birth and death in multi-gene families, we uncovered a 10-fold increase in duplication rate in the AAAP family of amino acid transporters within Sternorrhyncha. This gene family expansion was unmatched in other closely related clades lacking endosymbionts that provide essential amino acids. Conclusions: Our findings support the influence of obligate endosymbioses on host genome evolution by both inferring significant expansions of gene families involved in symbiotic interactions, and discovering increases in the rate of duplication associated with multiple emergences of obligate symbiosis in Sternorrhyncha.
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Background: Male salamanders (Urodela) often make use of pheromones that are produced in sexually dimorphic glands to persuade the female into courtship and mating. The mental gland of lungless salamanders (Plethodontidae) and dorsal cloacal glands (or abdominal glands) of newts (Salamandridae) have been particularly well studied in that respect. In both families, sodefrin precursor-like factor (SPF) proteins have been identified as major components of the courtship pheromone system. However, similar to plethodontids, some newts also make use of subtle head glands during courtship, but few pheromones have been characterized from such structures. Males of red-spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens, Salamandridae) have both cloacal and cheek (genial) glands, and are known to apply secretions to the female’s nose by both tail-fanning and cheek-rubbing. Here we combined transcriptomic and phylogenetic analyses to investigate the presence, diversity and evolution of SPF proteins in the cloacal and cheek glands of this species. Results: Our analyses indicate that the cheek glands of male N. viridescens produce a similar amount and diversity of SPF isoforms as the cloacal glands in this species. Expression in other tissues was much lower, suggesting that both male-specific courtship glands secrete SPF pheromones during courtship. Our phylogenetic analyses show that N. viridescens expresses a combination of isoforms that stem from four highly diverged evolutionary lineages of SPF variants, that together form a basis for the broad diversity of SPF precursors in the breeding glands. Conclusions: The similar SPF expression of cheek and cloacal glands suggests that this protein family is used for pheromone signalling through cheek rubbing in the red-spotted newt. Since several male salamandrids in other genera have comparable head glands, SPF application via other glands than the cloacal glands may be more widespread than currently appreciated in salamandrids.
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Computational Genomics Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Clemson University The Lawton-Rauh Lab is recruiting a computational genomics postdoctoral research associate to join the RosBREED team on the newly-funded RosBREED2 project (www.rosbreed.org; USDA-Specialty Crops Research Initiative, 5 years). The RosBREED team is an extensive collaboration amongst computational scientists, breeders, geneticists, physiologists, pathologists, and socio-economists. A major goal of this project is to translate genome evolution and diversity/divergence amongst cultivars and wild relatives into modern DNA-based diagnostic tools to help deliver new cultivars with combined superior horticultural quality and disease resistance. This computational genomics scientist will be based at Clemson University to work with Amy Lawton-Rauh as postdoctoral advisor. Resources will include the Institute for Translational Genomics (Stephen Kresovich), the CU-Genomics and Computational Biology Lab (Chris Saski), and research computing training opportunities (http://bit.ly/1bpGNSr). This position is targeted to begin late spring/early summer 2015 and is currently funded for two years. Activities: The major research focus for this postdoc will be on comparative genomics analysis of domestication-related genome regions plus locus-specific and genome-wide haploblock discovery and diagnostic tool implementation and optimization. This post has several specific, cutting-edge objectives for basic research-enabled tool development to successfully achieve goals of this grant coupled with excellent opportunities for other related exploratory projects. Scientific publications, extension articles, participation in conferences and project meetings, and networking across breeding programs and allied science programs both U.S-wide and internationally are expected. Job functions: * Work with the CU-GCBL web portal computational genomics group to collate and curate relevant genome sequence data from multiple platforms * Employ and optimize comparative analytical methods to discover haplotype blocks (haploblocks) in cultivars, diverse germplasm, and wild relatives * Actively participate in networking and project team activities (including extensively with the international RosBREED group) * Communicate results in multiple formats (journals, conferences, project reports, plus miscellaneous relevant media) Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Computational Biology, Biological Sciences, Crop Sciences, or a closely related field. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated team player with excellent communication skills and computational genomics experience. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of successful management and documentation of large datasets and a strong publication record. Experiences with complex genomes, diverse sequencing platforms, workflow implementation and optimization, creative problem-solving, and a commitment to translation of genome dynamics models to practical applications are highly desired. Familiarity with the following is advantageous but not required: statistical genetics, population and quantitative genetics, and domestication processes. Pay & work schedule: Standard hours: 37.5. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. This position is funded for two years. Applying: If you are interested in this position, please send inquiries to Amy Lawton-Rauh (amylr@clemson.edu). To apply, email the following: a cover letter, current CV, and the contact information (phone number and email address) of three referees. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by April 3, 2015. Applications will be reviewed as received and qualified applicants will be invited to interview on or after April 3, 2015 or until the position is filled. JOB LOCATION: Biosystems Research Complex (BRC) - Clemson Main Campus The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. As a current or prospective Clemson University employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. For more information regarding our Employment, Campus Safety and Benefits, please visit the Human Resources-Prospective Employees web page below: http://bit.ly/15y5uDr Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Amy Lawton-Rauh, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry Clemson University 316 Biosystems Research Complex, 105 Collings Drive, Clemson SC 29634-0318 Office +1.864.656.1507 | Skype amy.lawton.rauh | amylr@clemson.edu | http://bit.ly/1IoBGN4www.rosbreed.org; USDA-Specialty Crops Research Initiative, 5 years). The RosBREED team is an extensive collaboration amongst computational scientists, breeders, geneticists, physiologists, pathologists, and socio-economists. A major goal of this project is to translate genome evolution and diversity/divergence amongst cultivars and wild relatives into modern DNA-based diagnostic tools to help deliver new cultivars with combined superior horticultural quality and disease resistance. This computational genomics scientist will be based at Clemson University to work with Amy Lawton-Rauh as postdoctoral advisor. Resources will include the Institute for Translational Genomics (Stephen Kresovich), the CU-Genomics and Computational Biology Lab (Chris Saski), and research computing training opportunities (http://bit.ly/1bpGNSr). This position is targeted to begin late spring/early summer 2015 and is currently funded for two years. Activities: The major research focus for this postdoc will be on comparative genomics analysis of domestication-related genome regions plus locus-specific and genome-wide haploblock discovery and diagnostic tool implementation and optimization. This post has several specific, cutting-edge objectives for basic research-enabled tool development to successfully achieve goals of this grant coupled with excellent opportunities for other related exploratory projects. Scientific publications, extension articles, participation in conferences and project meetings, and networking across breeding programs and allied science programs both U.S-wide and internationally are expected. Job functions: * Work with the CU-GCBL web portal computational genomics group to collate and curate relevant genome sequence data from multiple platforms * Employ and optimize comparative analytical methods to discover haplotype blocks (haploblocks) in cultivars, diverse germplasm, and wild relatives * Actively participate in networking and project team activities (including extensively with the international RosBREED group) * Communicate results in multiple formats (journals, conferences, project reports, plus miscellaneous relevant media) Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Computational Biology, Biological Sciences, Crop Sciences, or a closely related field. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated team player with excellent communication skills and computational genomics experience. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of successful management and documentation of large datasets and a strong publication record. Experiences with complex genomes, diverse sequencing platforms, workflow implementation and optimization, creative problem-solving, and a commitment to translation of genome dynamics models to practical applications are highly desired. Familiarity with the following is advantageous but not required: statistical genetics, population and quantitative genetics, and domestication processes. Pay & work schedule: Standard hours: 37.5. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience. This position is funded for two years. Applying: If you are interested in this position, please send inquiries to Amy Lawton-Rauh (amylr@clemson.edu). To apply, email the following: a cover letter, current CV, and the contact information (phone number and email address) of three referees. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by April 3, 2015. Applications will be reviewed as received and qualified applicants will be invited to interview on or after April 3, 2015 or until the position is filled. JOB LOCATION: Biosystems Research Complex (BRC) - Clemson Main Campus The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas. As a current or prospective Clemson University employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. For more information regarding our Employment, Campus Safety and Benefits, please visit the Human Resources-Prospective Employees web page below: http://bit.ly/15y5uDr Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Amy Lawton-Rauh, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry Clemson University 316 Biosystems Research Complex, 105 Collings Drive, Clemson SC 29634-0318 Office +1.864.656.1507 | Skype amy.lawton.rauh | amylr@clemson.edu | http://bit.ly/1IoBGN4  | http://bit.ly/1IoBEoq | http://bit.ly/1IoBGN6 | http://bit.ly/1bpGNSu Amy Lawton-Rauh via Gmail
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Laboratory Technician, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ The Adams Lab in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences is searching for an organized, enthusiastic, and skilled individual to work as a full time laboratory technician. We use developmental and molecular biology techniques coupled with field observations to study the role of the larval stage in the acclimatization and adaptation of marine species around the world. The technician will assist the PI in managing the molecular lab and conducting research. Specific duties will include ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies, care of invertebrate animals (e.g. sea urchins, corals), preparing DNA and RNA libraries, characterizing gene expression, performing basic data analysis, training students, and maintaining an organized, safe, and productive laboratory environment. Up to 20% travel may be required. We offer an exciting and interdisciplinary work environment, opportunities to be involved in a wide range of ecological, developmental and evolutionary projects, and the potential for co-authorship on scientific manuscripts. Minimum Qualifications - A bachelors degree in a related scientific field or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience in molecular ecology, molecular biology, or developmental biology - Demonstrated understanding and experience in molecular biology procedures (e.g. preparing reagents/buffers, gel electrophoresis, PCR, and cloning) - Demonstrated ability to execute tasks efficiently and with rigor - Exceptional organizational skills and strong ability to accomplish tasks independently - Ability to master detailed laboratory procedures - Excellent communication in English and proficiency using Microsoft office - The ability to lift at least thirty pounds Preferred Qualifications - Previous experience working in a lab characterizing gene expression and/or organismal responses to environmental changes - Previous experience working with invertebrate larvae, marine or aquatic - Knowledge of marine biology or ecology - Familiarity with immunostaining and/or gene perturbation techniques - A Master’s degree or equivalent research experience in a related scientific field will be viewed positively This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 12 months at a yearly salary of $36,000 - $45,000 (depending on qualifications), plus benefits. The position can be extended depending on performance and funding. To apply, please submit a PDF-format application including (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae detailing past research experience and educational training; and (3) contact information for three professional references via e-mail to diane.adams(at)rutgers.edu. Please write “Laboratory technician position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position is available to begin as early as May 1^st and as late as July 1^st. More information about the Adams lab can be found at http://bit.ly/1BeuE8Y. Please contact Dr. Diane Adams, diane.adams(at)rutgers.edu, if you have any questions. Rutgers is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. Diane K Adams, PhD Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Dept of Marine and Coastal Sciences 71 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick NJ 08901 USA (w) 848-932-3279 (c) 617-312-8076 dadams@marine.rutgers.edu Diane K Adams via Gmail
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Hi Everyone- We have 5 spots left! http://bit.ly/16yKIJG I am writing to provide and update on our workshop: We have booked into a conference space at HQ Raleigh (http://bit.ly/1OuylR5) and believe it will provide us with the space and resources we need for a terrific workshop. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional info. Hope to see you in Raleigh. Nic and Ian _____ Spring workshop in Bioinformatics Raleigh, North Carolina May 18 - 22, 2015 The handling of large datasets has become intractable without some level of bioinformatic literacy. Many biologists find that there is a steep learning curve to develop the confidence required to explore their genomics datasets effectively. This bioinformatics short course includes a rich collection of hands-on instruction and lectures specifically intended to help novice users become comfortable with a range of tools currently used to analyze next-generation data. There is no prerequisite for this course other than a willingness to learn and to work hard throughout the week. All workshop exercises will be implemented via VirtualBox and focus on Illumina data. Course participation is limited to to 25 students to ensure an intimate learning environment. Course instuctors: Nic Blouin, PhD & Ian Misner PhD Full course information/topics, contact, instructor info, and application instructions at http://bit.ly/16yKIJG nic blouin via Gmail
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Registrations are now open for CARTaGENEs Workshop and Symposium on Cohorts, Big Data and Genomics and Medicine. Population cohorts are created with significant public or private investment and, in some countries, are the primary resource for research and health. Studies with increasingly larger numbers of individuals reflecting the changing population demographic and environment are deemed necessary to draw meaningful and actionable conclusions about the underlying genetic and environmental determinants of phenotypes and chronic diseases. Issues around genomic, phenotypic and clinical data acquisition, data storage, and managing access from population cohorts have been, in part, addressed by many of the existing large regional and national population research programs. Currently, data integration, interoperability, harmonization and data sharing are recognized as important goals. To highlight these programs, the research opportunities and address challenges, CARTaGENE will host a symposium dedicated to Population Cohorts, Big Data and Personalized Genomics. Leaders and representatives of large regional, national and international cohorts from Europe, the US and Canada will present and discuss findings, analyses, and challenges associated with discovery, data integration, analysis, management and implementation. The Symposium will take place at the historic Windsor Hotel in downtown Montreal, the 16-17 April, 2015. Speakers include: Sonia Anand, Director, The Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds, McMaster University Philip Awadalla, Director CARTaGENE and the Canadian Data Integration Centre, OICR, Montreal Rex Chisholm, Vice-Dean Northwestern University and eMERGE Christine desRosiers, Director of the Metabolomics Laboratory, The Montreal Heart Institute, University of Montreal Emily Drabant-Conley, Director Business Development 23&Me Alan Evans, Director Ludmer Institute, McGill University Tom Hudson, President Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, University of Toronto Eimear Kenny, Asst. Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Mt. Sinai NY Daniel Levy, Director of the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University Gil McVean, Director, Big Data Institute, WTCHG, Oxford University Jonathan Marchini, Professor Statistical Genomics, WTCHG, Oxford University Stephen Montgomery, Professor The SardINIA Project, Stanford University Charles Rotimi, Chief and Director, Metabolic Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch, Centre for Research on Genomics of Global Health, NIH Michael Schull, CEO, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, University Hospital Network Toronto John Spinelli, Director BC Cancer Agency, BC Generations and Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project This is an excellent opportunity to hear and discuss novel research from large population programs and establish collaborations in an interactive and engaging environment. Please register at http://bit.ly/1IojxyV “Philip Awadalla, Prof” via Gmail
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—047d7b339b736fce3d0511fb191e Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Mark Christie at Purdue University (http://bit.ly/18U8q4q) to examine the rapid evolution of steelhead trout (*Oncorhynchus mykiss*) to the Great Lakes. Steelhead were introduced to the Great Lakes around 1890 and have self-sustaining populations where the fish continue to swim up rivers to spawn, but now forage and grow in the Great Lakes rather than the ocean environment. Whole genome resequencing will play a central role in this project, thus the ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory work and bioinformatics. Proficiency with Unix/Linux (bash shell) command line and one or more scripting languages (Perl/Python etc.) will be highly regarded. Familiarity with R and analytical methods in population genetics will also be viewed favorably. The candidate is expected to be highly motivated and able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position is to be filled as soon as possible with August being the latest possible start date. Applicants must have a PhD. Exceptional candidates that will complete their PhD within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit 1. a cover letter that describes your research interests and goals, 2. a full CV (including publications), and 3. the names and contact information for three individuals that are willing to serve as references. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to markchristie@purdue.edu. Funding is available for two years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled. Purdue has substantial bioinformatics resources and state-of-the-art computational facilities ideal for working with high-throughput sequencing data. West Lafayette is a typical college town located about 1 hour away from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Farmers markets, local parks, and performing arts (http://bit.ly/1CTKonZ) all make for enjoyable living conditions. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. —047d7b339b736fce3d0511fb191e Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Mark Christie at Purdue University (http://bit.ly/18U8q4q) to examine the rapid evolution of steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to the Great Lakes. Steelhead were introduced to the Great Lakes around 1890 and have self-sustaining populations where the fish continue to swim up rivers to spawn, but now forage and grow in the Great Lakes rather than the ocean environment. Whole genome resequencing will play a central role in this project, thus the ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory work and bioinformatics. Proficiency with Unix/Linux (bash shell) command line and one or more scripting languages (Perl/Python etc.) will be highly regarded. Familiarity with R and analytical methods in population genetics will also be viewed favorably. The candidate is expected to be highly motivated and able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position is to be filled as soon as possible with August being the latest possible start date.

Applicants must have a PhD. Exceptional candidates that will complete their PhD within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit 1. a cover letter that describes your research interests and goals, 2. a full CV (including publications), and 3. the names and contact information for three individuals that are willing to serve as references. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to markchristie@purdue.edu. Funding is available for two years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled.

Purdue has substantial bioinformatics resources and state-of-the-art computational facilities ideal for working with high-throughput sequencing data. West Lafayette is a typical college town located about 1 hour away from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Farmers markets, local parks, and performing arts (http://bit.ly/1CTKonZ) all make for enjoyable living conditions. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.

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The 1st Course on Amphibian Conservation and Husbandry (ACH) is an interesting and intensive course to researchers or technical staff working with amphibians and looking for more complete basis on Amphibian Conservation and Husbandry. The course will be held from 18th to 22nd May. Registrations for this edition already available (http://bit.ly/1OulsX8). The course explores the principles of amphibians husbandry, nutrition and dietary needs, captive reproduction, population management, veterinary aspects (diseases, pathology, and necropsy), biosecurity and quarantine, conservation, threats and global action. Hands on demonstrations, practical and group exercises are also included (enclosure demonstrations: tank drilling, false bottoms and plumbing, filters). Speakers: Luis Carrillo, University of Mexico City, AArk Isabel Lopes, University of Aveiro, CESAM To be confirmed. To be confirmed. Important note: the course will not start if a minimum of 10 participants will not be reached; similarly the maximum number of participants is 15. Inscription fees include: attending at the course and the use of all the materials provided by University of Aveiro and the AArk. The course will be held in partnership with the organization of the Advanced Course Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles: from theory to practice (http://bit.ly/1xZ6GgA). Registration in both courses have reduced fees (through Ecotox course payment proof). Fees: ACH Course only General: 350 euros Student: 250 euros UA Student: 250 euros ACH Course (with Ecotox Registration) General: 230 euros Student: 170 euros UA Student: 250 euros Applications should be sent to: emanuele.fasola@ua.pt till the 10th of April 2015. Applications results and the instructions for payment will be notified to participants no later than 48h after. The payment proof must be sent to us for the registration to be valid. Sara Sara Costa via Gmail
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