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November 5, 2014

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Graduate student positions are available in the lab of Mansi Srivastava at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (http://bit.ly/1x6WqVB). Prospective graduate students interested in studying regenerative and evolutionary developmental biology should contact Mansi via email (mansi@oeb.harvard.edu) to learn more about the application process. The deadline for applications to Harvard University’s graduate program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology is December 1, 2014 (http://bit.ly/1x6WqVD). Research Summary: Most animals are able to repair wounds and many can regenerate extensively, re-growing organs or even entire body plans from small fragments. Very little is known about how wounding results in repair and/or regeneration, or whether these mechanisms are similar across diverse animal species. The lab will take an integrative approach for studying wound response and stem cell biology during regeneration in an evolutionary framework by using a broad range of techniques including transcriptional profiling and lineage tracing. A major focus of the lab will be the three-banded panther worm, Hofstenia miamia, an acoel species that is a new model system for studies of regeneration and development. Acoels are likely to be the earliest lineage of animals with bilateral symmetry (bilaterians), and are therefore in a phylogenetically informative position for understanding the evolution of regenerative mechanisms. Hofstenia has many advantages as a model regenerative species, for example: RNAi that can be administered by soaking; tools for studying gene function; and the ability to isolate stem cells. Hofstenia also produces accessible embryos that enable comparisons of regeneration and development, and provide a unique opportunity to use gene-delivery and genome-editing tools to study regeneration. Various projects are available for studying genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying the wound response and regulation of stem cells in Hofstenia as well as for comparing regeneration between different regenerative animal species including cnidarians and planarians. In addition to uncovering new mechanisms, these studies will aim to learn which aspects of animal regeneration are conserved, and which evolved independently along different animal lineages. via Gmail

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Postdoc Position in Genomics of Adaptation and Speciation (Taipei, Taiwan) A three-year postdoc is available immediately for an innovative and motivated person to work on the genomics of adaptation and speciation in endemic Psolodesmus damselflies of Taiwan and Yaeyama islands. This is a re-announcement of a previous advertisement. Project: The position is funded by a MOST (Ministry of Science & Technology, Taiwan) grant focused on testing hypotheses about how genomes evolve during the process of population adaptation and species formation. One of main objectives is to identify the role of natural and sexual selection in generating the patterns of phenotypic and genomic divergence between habitat-associated populations and species of damselflies. The project is to combine field translocation experiments and whole genome sequencing to measure selection at the population and genomic level. Requirement: 1. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for leading hypothesis- driven field experiment, laboratory preparation, and analyses of genomic- scale DNA sequence data sets. 2. The successful applicant must have demonstrated expertise in population genetics, phylogenetics, genomics, and/or computational statistics. 3. Preference will be given to candidates with: (1) Experience of high performance computing, (2) The ability to develop and apply statistical or computational methods to solve problems, (3) Expertise in research on speciation, theoretical models of evolution, or trait divergence. Application: To apply, please contact Chung-Ping Lin by email (treehopper@ntnu.edu.tw), and attach a single PDF file containing: 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a brief 2-page statement of research interests, and how your skills can contribute to project objectives, and 4) contact information for three references. Salary & Deadline: The position will be available immediately, and the start date is flexible . Funding is available for at least 1 year and up to 3 years, pending performance. A monthly post-doc salary of about $55,000 NTD ($1,900 USD) will be offered, including retirement plan, health benefits, and a year-ending bonus of 1.5- month salary. The average living cost in Taiwan is about 1/2 of that in the USA. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. More information: The lab: http://bit.ly/1xWml1r Department of Life Science: http://bit.ly/1xWml1v National Taiwan Normal University: http://bit.ly/1mM0dEq Chung-Ping Lin Department of Life Science National Taiwan Normal University http://bit.ly/1utLceU treehopper via Gmail
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Postdoctoral position in Microbiology or Microbial Ecology The Tulane / Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (cbr.tulane.edu) at Tulane University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Microbiology or Microbial Ecology. The CBR aims to recruit an outstanding researcher with a Ph.D. and prior postdoctoral experience. We are particularly seeking applicants with strong research and publication records. We are seeking an applicant with expertise in plant-bacteria symbioses and/or remediation with bacteria. The incumbent will work closely with the Director of the CBR, Dr. Michael Blum and Dr. Sunshine Van Bael from Tulane’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to engage in independent and collaborative research exploring aspects plant-bacterial symbioses as they pertain to phytoremediation and coastal restoration in the Mississippi River Delta and elsewhere in the northern Gulf Coast. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the following objectives (1) laboratory work screening bacteria for use in remediation efforts, (2) staining and microscopy of bacterial endophytes in planta, (3) use of next-generation sequencing and analyses to describe microbial communities in plants and soil (4) Training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent will be encouraged to pursue other research areas that complement these topics. Preference will be given to candidates possessing in-depth topical knowledge in plant-bacterial symbioses and phytoremediation. The potential to obtain competitive extramural funding is also an important consideration. An initial appointment will be for one year, with continuation dependent upon performance and funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please apply online - http://bit.ly/1sfI000 - include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Questions for Dr. Blum and Dr. Van Bael can be directed to cbr@tulane.edu. Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. “Van Bael, Sunshine A” via Gmail
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Dear all, The Department of Remote Sensing at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, seeks to appoint a PhD student with strong interest or background knowledge of remote sensing, spatial modeling and biodiversity. The context for this position is the on going modification and variation of our environment and its impact on animal movement. We are seeking a person capable of developing spatially explicit models to predict the effects of environmental variation and urban growth on animal movement patterns in Central Europe. Significant data for calibration will be available. The successful candidate will conduct her/his PhD in the project $B!H(BOpt4Environment$B!I(B funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). more at: http://bit.ly/1pkblef regards, Martin Dr. Martin Wegmann Department of Remote Sensing Remote Sensing and Biodiversity Research University of Wuerzburg, Germany German Aerospace Center (DLR) German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) Phone: +49-(0)931-31-83446 url: http://bit.ly/1sfHZJD url: http://bit.ly/1pkblej url: http://bit.ly/1sfHZJH url: http://bit.ly/1pkblem url: http://bit.ly/1sfHY8B Martin Wegmann via Gmail
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1 Ph.D. and 1 Postdoctorate position in lobster population genomics I am currently searching to fill 2 positions 1 for a Ph.D. candidate and 1 for a postdoctorate candidate for conducting a research project on the population genomics in the American lobster. The recruited candidates would join the Canadian Research Chair in Genomics and Conservation of Aquatic Resources (Quebec City, Canada) directed by Louis Bernatchez, as well as a multidisciplinary team combining expertise in genomics, ecology and modelling. The main objective of this project is to generate new knowledge that will contribute to maintaining the long-term sustainability of lobster stocks (Homarus americanus), as well as the major fishery it supports throughout Eastern Canada. This study aims at providing by means of the most recent genomics tools combined with ecological data and modelling, concrete results that can be applied towards new management and conservation policies for this species. More specifically, the candidates will be involved in the following research objectives: i) Document neutral and potentially adaptive genomic variation at large scale in order to test the concordance between the natural population genetic structure and administrative regions currently used to manage the species; ii) Investigate the mechanisms responsible for genetic differentiation at small spatial scales by comparing the genetic structure of different life stages of the species. This will involve the use of Genotype-By-Sequencing (GBS) methods, as well as bioinformatic treatment and statistical analysis of large data base. The ideal candidates should thus possess strong skills in any of those applications, as well as a solid background in evolutionary and marine biology, and interest for conservation genomics. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests, a complete CV and names of three references by e-mail to Louis.Bernatchez@bio.ulaval.ca To know more about; Quebec City: http://bit.ly/1x6MJGR Laval University: http://bit.ly/1yXs8UC Our laboratory : http://bit.ly/1x6MHOY Louis Bernatchez, MSRC, FRSC Chaire de recherche du Canada en Gnomique et Conservation des Ressources Aquatiques Dpartement de biologie, Institut de Biologie Intgrative et des Systmes (IBIS) Pavillon Charles-Eugne-Marchand 1030, Avenue de la Mdecine Local 1145 Universit Laval Qubec (Qubec) G1V 0A6 Canada Tl.: 1 418 656-3402 Tlc.: 1 418 656-7176 Courriel:Louis.Bernatchez@bio.ulaval.ca Web: http://bit.ly/1w817Qa Louis Bernatchez via Gmail
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DIRECTOR, WILDLIFE BIOLOGY PROGRAM UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA Announcing the search for an innovative and visionary leader to direct Montanas world-class Wildlife Biology Program. The successful applicant will live and work in the Rocky Mountain setting that attracts our vibrant and competitive student body. Immediate benefits to the Directorship include healthy student enrollment, newly staffed Undergraduate Advisor position, and additions to programmatic base funding as 2013 recipient of the Universitys Programs of National Distinction. Required knowledge, skills and abilities: We seek a leader who derives job satisfaction from helping others to succeed. As such, we seek a Director with demonstrated success in Wildlife Biology or a related field to help guide the success of faculty and students, to build and maintain strong relationships with partners within and outside the University, and to help shape the future of our program. Experience raising external funding is required, and a track record raising private donations is preferred. The new Director will be expected to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, students, university administrators and private donors. The Director will be evaluated based on administrative performance; however, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to maintain a research program. Experience interacting with State and other natural resource agencies, national and international conservation organizations, and professional societies is preferred. The Wildlife Biology Program is an interdisciplinary program that integrates faculty across the Division of Biological Sciences, the College of Forestry & Conservation (CFC), and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. Our Programs core strength and depth lies in this broad faculty membership. The Program is further enriched by a strong science community including USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Geological Survey, scientists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and conservation groups such as the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera. The Director of the Wildlife Program is a tenure-track position housed in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS) in the CFC. Required education: Requirements include a PhD in the field and professional accomplishments commensurate with academic rank of Associate Professor or higher. Position responsibilities and duties: - Foster local, national and international collaborations in support of teaching and research mission - Develop and maintain relationships with resource management agencies to maintain programmatic integration of basic and applied science - Guide development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum to ensure we are training the next generation of leaders in the field of Wildlife Biology - Interact with wildlife students through graduate and senior seminars - Work to raise external funds to meet programmatic goals and enhance student opportunities - Supervise 2-3 administrative staff - Participate in Wildlife Biology, DECS, CFC, and University committees To apply go to: http://bit.ly/1056cfcwb and upload a letter of interest, statement of Wildlife Biology Program vision, statement of research vision in wildlife biology, three representative publications, curriculum vitae and names of three references. Direct questions to the chairs of the search committee: Creagh Breuner (406-243-5585; creagh.breuner@umontana.edu) or Paul Lukacs (406 243-5675; paul.lukacs@umontana.edu). Screening of applicants begins 15 January 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. Employment may begin 1 July 2015. The University of Montana is an AA/EOE/ADA/Veterans preference employer. Minorities and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Position announcements can be made available in alternative formats upon request. Finalists will be subjected to a background check. “Breuner, Creagh” via Gmail
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*First Announcement* Dear colleagues and friends, We are happy to announce that the X Portuguese Evolutionary Biology Meeting (ENBE) will be held on December 22, 2014, at the Museu Nacional de Histria Natural e da Cincia in Lisbon, Portugal. Registration is now open, and can be made through the following link: http://bit.ly/1x2SWFa . The deadline for registration and abstract submission is December 2, 2014. Please forward this email to anyone you know that might be interested in participating. Looking forward to meet you all! The X ENBE organizing committee. Caros colegas, com muito gosto que anunciamos que se encontram abertas as inscries para o X Encontro Nacional de Biologia Evolutiva, a realizar a 22 de Dezembro, 2014, no Museu Nacional de Histria Natural e da Cincia, em Lisboa. O registo pode ser feito atravs do site http://bit.ly/1x2SWFa. A data lmite para registro no dia 2 de Dezembro de 2014. Saudaes evolutivas! Comit organizador do X ENBE. roberto.kellerperez@gmail.com via Gmail

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Faculty Position in Biostatistics University of Oregon The Departments of Biology (http://bit.ly/19ZqcQS) and Mathematics (http://bit.ly/1bxD8Mo) at the University of Oregon announce a search for a senior faculty member in Fall 2015. This position is to be at the level of Associate or Full Professor with indefinite tenure. This hire is part of an integrated effort to strengthen research and scholarship at the nexus of statistics/mathematics and biology at the University of Oregon. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead searches for two more positions in biostatistics in the immediate future. We are interested in recruiting candidates developing statistical methodology related to the life sciences. Example research areas include, but are not limited to, statistical analysis of large data sets, algorithms for analyzing sequence data, systems biology, population genomics and molecular evolution. Successful candidates will bolster our emerging strengths in biomathematics, maintain an outstanding research program that focuses on solving core problems in their research area, and have a commitment to excellence in teaching. Ph.D. required. Position responsibilities include undergraduate teaching. Interested persons should apply online to the BIOSTATISTICS SEARCH, University of Oregon at http://bit.ly/1x2SZkd. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience, and three letters of recommendation. The research description and letters should together address both the statistical tools/models used in the applicants research and the scientific accomplishments. To ensure consideration, application materials should be uploaded by December 1, 2014, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. We are supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. Hal Sadofsky Associate Dean, Natural Sciences University of Oregon Hal Sadofsky via Gmail
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The Assis lab (http://bit.ly/1taDu27) at Penn State is recruiting several highly motivated Ph.D. students to start in Fall 2015. Our lab uses computational approaches to study the origin of genotypic and phenotypic innovation. We are broadly interested in a number of problems in evolutionary genomics. One current focus of our research is on gene duplication, which is a major contributor of new gene functions. Potential projects related to gene duplication include examining the role of natural selection in the origin of new functions, elucidating the genic and functional targets of natural selection, comparing functions that arise under different evolutionary scenarios, and applying mathematical models to study gene expression evolution. There are also opportunities to study the origin and evolution of small RNAs, enhancers, and other noncoding functional elements in the genome. The above lists only serve as examples, and candidates interested in alternative research projects in evolutionary genomics are encouraged to apply. Also, note that our lab is solely computational. While prior knowledge of a programming language is not necessary, candidates should have strong quantitative skills and the drive to learn how to program. If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Raquel Assis ( rassis@psu.edu) a current CV and description of your research interests. In addition, candidates must submit a formal application to one of the following three Ph.D. programs: Biology (http://bit.ly/1taDr6v), Bioinformatics and Genomics (http://bit.ly/1AfN2CU), or Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences (http://bit.ly/1taDu2e). Application deadlines for Fall 2015 admission to these programs are in December and January, with earlier applications encouraged. Graduate appointments at Penn State require successful completion of a background check in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. rassis7@gmail.com via Gmail

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The Assis lab (*http://bit.ly/1zvtQQ7) at Penn State is recruiting a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar. Our lab uses computational approaches to study the origin of genotypic and phenotypic innovation. We are broadly interested in a number of problems in evolutionary genomics. One current focus of our research is on gene duplication, which is a major contributor of new gene functions. Potential projects related to gene duplication include examining the role of natural selection in the origin of new functions, elucidating the genic and functional targets of natural selection, comparing functions that arise under different evolutionary scenarios, and applying mathematical models to study gene expression evolution. There are also opportunities to study the origin and evolution of small RNAs, enhancers, and other noncoding functional elements in the genome. The above lists only serve as examples, and candidates interested in alternative research projects in evolutionary genomics are encouraged to apply. Because our lab is solely computational, candidates should have knowledge of at least one programming language and experience using a Unix or Linux environment. If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Raquel Assis (*rassis@psu.edu*) a current CV, copies of three representative publications, and a description of your research interests. In addition, Penn State requires all applicants to register and complete an application on the Penn State employment website: *http://bit.ly/1zvtTeP. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. rassis7@gmail.com via Gmail

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November 4, 2014

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Wednesday, 12:00 PM at NESCent, Ninth Street and Main Street, Erwin Mill Building, 2024 W. Main Street. Room A103 (1st Floor) For more information, call 919-668-4551
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—_000_985F0D2FFFEE2440AC5591232A92130E2F953B93turexchnode2mas_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Hi Brian, Could you please post the following conference notice? Many thanks, Jen Australasian Systematic Botany Society (ASBS) conference 24-28 November 2014 Massey University Palmerston North New Zealand We look forward to welcoming you to the 2014 ASBS meeting at the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Our theme for the meeting will be ‘Next-generation Systematics’ which includes approaching systematics from different perspectives, the use of new technologies, and even training the next generation of practicing plant systematists. We look forward to diverse presentations of projects from Australasia and around the world. Draft program is now available: http://bit.ly/1GjfzrI Registration deadline is 20 November. Oral sessions include Paleobotany, Taxonomy, Species Limits, Biogeography and Phylogeny, E-floras, Hybridization and Polyploidy. Plenary speakers: Dr. Heidi Meudt (Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa): “Next-generation, integrative, collaborative systematics” Dr. Peter Weston (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Nancy Burbidge Medal recipient): “Problems and progress in plant systematics since Nancy Burbidge” Dr. Phil Novis (Landcare Research), “Next-generation systematics and the algae: the importance of character evolution” Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until 7 November. Please email Jennifer Tate (j.tate@massey.ac.nz) if you would like to submit an abstract for consideration. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jennifer A. Tate, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer in Plant Systematics and Evolution Curator, Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN) Massey University Institute of Fundamental Sciences Private Bag 11222 Palmerston North New Zealand Phone: 64-6-350-5515 ext. 84718 FAX: 64-6-350-5682 Homepage ASBS2014 conference website j.tate@massey.ac.nz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ —_000_985F0D2FFFEE2440AC5591232A92130E2F953B93turexchnode2mas_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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—_000_970A2AA374315748801C8313BAB637B10135111EE0itlightningso_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Cluster Hire in Geographic Ecology: three positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor http://GE.ou.edu The Department of Biology at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for three tenured/tenure-track faculty positions at any rank, beginning in fall 2015. We are searching for creative, collaborative thinkers who use integrative approaches to address fundamental ecological questions at regional to global scales. Our ultimate goal is to enhance our expertise in geographical and aquatic ecology toward predicting ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. The search is open to theoretical, lab, and field biologists working on any taxa. In this cluster hire, we seek: * A Geographical Ecologist who studies phenomena at multiple spatial scales toward understanding large-scale patterns and processes. Innovators in biogeography, macroecology, bioinformatics, and global ecology are especially encouraged to apply. * An Aquatic Ecologist who studies freshwater ecosystems toward predicting the role of changing water supplies on ecosystem services. Innovators in biogeochemistry, ecological networks, ecological genomics, river-reservoir systems and land-water interactions are especially encouraged to apply. * A Physiological Ecologist who studies the origin and maintenance of ecological traits and their ultimate role in the dynamics of population and ecosystem responses to a changing environment. Innovators studying traits involved in metabolic, stoichiometric, thermal and water-related variation and adaptation are especially encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who use or combine some of the following three approaches in their work. The first is development and/or testing of models and theory that connect phenomena at scales from local to global. The second is an integrative use of data-from gene frequencies to biogeochemistry, species distributions to climate past and future, functional traits to landscapes-to advance theory and identify novel patterns and processes. The third is a desire to apply this research to ameliorating outstanding ecological problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, dwindling water supplies, and the degradation of ecosystem services. The University of Oklahoma is committed to building an international center of excellence exploring the geographical ecology of our evolving biosphere. Successful candidates will join colleagues across campus, including cluster hires in the EPSCoR initiative Adapting socio-ecological systems to increased climate variability. Our shared goal is to build theoretical and empirical bridges across the sciences, to predict the interplay between biotic and climatic changes, and to better steward our natural resources and services. Join us. How to Apply Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. degree and a record of outstanding achievement as evidenced by publications. Preferred candidates will have a promising (assistant) or externally funded (associate/full) research program and the ability to lead interdisciplinary, multi-investigator projects across a range of geographic scales. Each individual will be expected to provide excellent training for graduate students and postdocs, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching (one course per semester) in the department. Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and selected reprints/preprints as PDF files to Chair, Geographical Ecology Search Committee, at biologyjobs@ou.edu. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to biologyjobs@ou.edu or Department of Biology, 730 Van Vleet Oval, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may submit names and contact information for three references in lieu of letters. Visit us at http://bit.ly/1sVS5Ut. Screening of candidates will begin 3 December 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Rosemary Knapp Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Biology 730 Van Vleet Oval University of Oklahoma Norman, OK 73019 —_000_970A2AA374315748801C8313BAB637B10135111EE0itlightningso_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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Assistant Research Scientist of marine facility Location: New York, NY Institute: New York University The candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the marine facility of ascidian, as well as long-term maintenance under the general supervision of the facility users. Mission include daily operation and upkeep of the facility including phytoplankton culture, monitoring water conditions and ascidian health, stock maintenance and breeding, and staff training. This opening is an ideal opportunity for recent graduates interested in a career in experimental research, husbandry and/or genomic research. Qualifications: - BSc of Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources or Marine Biology - 2 years of experience of aquatic technician or senior aquaculture technician experience, in breeding facility of invertebrates (or other species used as laboratory models). - Experience with microalgae culture and recirculating Systems - The ability to function with minimal supervision and strong analytical skills to resolve problems requiring the use of scientific or technical principles are required. In addition, knowledge of general engineering principals of the aquatic life support systems, basic plumbing skills and an understanding of genetic principles, population biology and biosecurity are desirable. - Effectively manage all accidents/incidents occurring in the Aquatic Facility - Collect and evaluate data on facility/ maintenance operations Description: You will be in charge for all aspects of the marine facility of ascidian model for research production, from artificial seawater production, phytoplankton culture operations to the animal breeding. Responsibilities include: • Leading the day to day operations including maintenance, husbandry, quality control • Monthly reports about experiment, ascidian health records and water quality • Feeding forecasting, inventory and ordering • Water Quality Monitoring • Can require weekend monitoring More information: http://bit.ly/1tVR6n1 Contact Name: Régis Lasbleiz and Lionel Christiaen Email: rl118@nyu.edu lc121@nyu.edu Please submit a résumé and cover letter to email Best Régis Regis LASBLEIZ Christiaen Lab New York University 100 Washington Square East New York, NY 10003 email: rl118@nyu.edu Regis Lasbleiz via Gmail
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The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fr Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hessen through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level. The Data and Modelling Centre of BiK-F invites applications for a Postdoctoral position as geobio databases and modelling expert (Ref. #E43) (Fulltime) The candidate is expected to contribute to knowledge transfer and an effective distribution of labour between geo- and bio-scientists at BiK-F. She or he should provide expertise on data describing potential drivers of biodiversity dynamics (e.g. climate scenarios and remote sensing products concerning, e.g., land cover), as well as climate and ecological modelling, for the latter in particular concerning species distribution modelling. The candidate is expected to devote some of her or his time to service for a wide range of scientists, which in many cases is expected to develop into a collaboration with shared authorship. If time allows, own research is also very much appreciated. Your tasks: Provide expertise on climate scenarios and remote sensing products Collaborate with a variety of researchers across the institute Help with processing input data for ecological models Run species distribution models Lead the further development of the portal of the Data and Modelling Centre (http://bit.ly/1GiYq1h) as an important tool for communication within the institute Maintain an existing Metacat database for data storage and archiving Your profile: PhD degree in geography, biology, ecology, meteorology, Earth system science, physics, mathematics, or related fields Advanced skills in analysis of large datasets and/or ecological modeling Good written and oral communication skills are required Interest to work in interdisciplinary teams Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 100%). The contract shall start January, 1st 2015 and will initially be limited to a 3-year term. The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The type of handicap should not prevent work needed to conduct the research. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fr Naturforschung. Please send your application before November, 17th 2014 preferably by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #E43) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, contact details of two potential references and, if available, publications to the address below. Dr. Johannes Heilmann c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft fr Naturforschung Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main recruiting@senckenberg.de For scientific enquiries please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler, Tel. 069 / 7542-1861. In addition please indicate in your application how our job advertisement came to your attention. Please visit: http://bit.ly/1x5eihN Mit freundlichen Gren /Best Regards Stefanie Ulrich Team Recruiting SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft fr Naturforschung Service & Administration - Personal und Soziales/Personnel and Social Affairs Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt/Main Telefon/Phone: 0049 (0)69 / 7542 - Leiterin Personal/Head of Personnel - 1319 Elsen, Carina Team Personalbeschaffung/Team Recruiting - 1313 Ulrich, Stefanie - 1205 di-Biase, Maria - 1478 Kurt, Sibel - 1310 Treuberg, Sascha Fax: 0049 (0)69 / 7542-1467 Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de Homepage: www.senckenberg.de SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft fr Naturforschung Rechtsfhiger Verein gem 22 BGB Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main Direktorium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, Dr. Johannes Heilmann, Prof. Dr. Katrin Bhning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, PD Dr. Ingrid Krncke Prsidentin: Dr. h. c. Beate Heraeus Aufsichtsbehrde: Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main (Ordnungsamt) P Before printing, think about the environment recruiting@senckenberg.de via Gmail

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—_000_0989FF87073EC04780811BF7A1CED4EFA6A937EFUMMAIL04gsumted_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Division of Biological Sciences and Graduate Program in Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) at The University of Montana invite applications for a faculty position in Integrative Vertebrate Biology beginning fall 2015. The search is open at the rank of both Assistant and Associate Professor. We seek outstanding applicants doing integrative research on vertebrate ecology and evolution with emphasis in natural populations. OBE is an internationally recognized Ecology and Evolution program comprised of highly interactive faculty with outstanding records of scholarship and teaching. We are particularly interested in colleagues whose research will complement and enhance existing programmatic strengths in evolutionary genetics, organismal function and behavior, and population and community ecology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, participate in the interdisciplinary Wildlife Biology Program, and contribute to the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. A doctoral degree and demonstrated research excellence are required. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and a record of excellence in teaching and mentoring student research. The University of Montana is an outstanding public university committed to liberal arts education, research, and strong professional programs. UM is located in Missoula, a charming city in the northern Rocky Mountains that offers an outstanding quality of life. The University of Montana embraces diversity as a core value. We are interested in hiring a candidate who will contribute to the diversity of our faculty. The University of Montana is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA/Veterans Preference employer, and recipient of a recent NSF ADVANCE award. Applications must be submitted through the University of Montana website (http://bit.ly/UM1074DBS) and include a current CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, three representative publications, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will begin Dec. 1, 2014 and continue until position is filled. Inquiries pertaining to the announcement can be directed Art Woods, Search Committee Chair, Ph: 406-243-5234 or E-mail: art.woods@mso.umt.edu. This position announcement can be made available in alternative formats upon request. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer. Finalists must submit to a criminal background check. —_000_0989FF87073EC04780811BF7A1CED4EFA6A937EFUMMAIL04gsumted_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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—089e013a0bc6168d680506f0861f Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Dear Evoldir member, We have released a new software called “MafFilter” available at http://bit.ly/13CfMXS . MafFilter can parse genome alignments as MAF (Multiple Alignment Format) files. The program is command-line driven and proposes several data processing and analyzing tools named “filters” which can be combined into fully customizable pipelines. Methods include: - Sequence-based and alignment-based quality filtering - Synteny filtering - Sequence selection - Extraction of annotated features - Window-based statistics - Phylogeny reconstruction - Population genetics method (nucleotide diversity, SNP calling…). - etc. MafFilter is describe in the following article: Dutheil JY, Gaillard S, Stukenbrock EH. MafFilter: a highly flexible and extensible multiple genome alignment files processor. BMC Genomics. 2014 Jan 22;15:53. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-53. MafFilter is based on the Bio++ libraries and is available as pre-compiled packages for various linux distributions. Source code can be compiled on other systems with GCC or CLANG. Best regards, Julien Dutheil. —089e013a0bc6168d680506f0861f Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Dear Evoldir member,We have released a new software called “MafFilter” available at http://bit.ly/13CfMXS .MafFilter can parse genome alignments as MAF (Multiple Alignment Format) files. The program is command-line driven and proposes several data processing and analyzing tools named “filters” which can be combined into fully customizable pipelines.Methods include:- Sequence-based and alignment-based quality filtering- Synteny filtering- Sequence selection- Extraction of annotated features- Window-based statistics- Phylogeny reconstruction- Population genetics method (nucleotide diversity, SNP calling…).- etc.MafFilter is describe in the following article:Dutheil JY, Gaillard S, Stukenbrock EH.MafFilter: a highly flexible and extensible multiple genome alignment files processor .BMC Genomics. 2014 Jan 22;15:53. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-53.MafFilter is based on the Bio++ libraries and is available as pre-compiled packages for various linux distributions. Source code can be compiled on other systems with GCC or CLANG.Best regards,Julien Dutheil. —089e013a0bc6168d680506f0861 via Gmail
Source: EVOLDIR

November 3, 2014

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Full Professorship of Evolutionary Biology: Munich, Germany As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social studies, to medicine and the natural sciences. The LMU Faculty of Biology http://bio.lmu.de/ invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) of Evolutionary Biology (Chair) commencing on October 01, 2015. The successful applicant is expected to carry out internationally recognized research that uses state-of-the-art approaches and techniques (e.g. genomics/transcriptomics) to study evolutionary processes, such as speciation, evolutionary adaptation, or ecological interactions, at the population level. The research program should allow close collaborations with established research groups in the LMU Faculty of Biology and the HighTech-Campus Grosshadern-Martinsried. The LMU Faculty of Biology provides a scientifically strong environment and excellent facilities for experiments. The professor is expected to contribute to the teaching of existing courses, as well as develop new modules in evolutionary biology for our bachelor and master programs. Prerequisites for this position are a university and a doctoral degree, teaching skills at university level, excellent academic achievements and a productive and promising research program. LMU Munich makes a point of providing newly appointed professors with various types of support, such as welcoming services and assistance for dual career couples. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. The University continues to be very successful in increasing the number of female faculty members and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. LMU Munich intends to enhance the diversity of its faculty members. Furthermore, disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. Further information concerning the LMU’s equal opportunity policy can be obtained from Prof. B. Neuhaus (birgit.neuhaus@lrz.uni-muenchen.de), concerning teaching from Prof. H. Jung (hjung@lmu.de), concerning the structure of the Faculty from Prof. Leonhardt (dekanat19@lmu.de). Please submit your application comprising a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a brief summary of present and future research interests, proof of teaching experience, five selected reprints and copies of relevant documents as an electronic file, together with the completed submission form (Vorlage fur Bewerber) available on the website: http://bit.ly/1unvBNp before Dec. 12, 2014 to the email-address: dekanat19@lmu.de (addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Leonhardt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Großhaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Germany. A German version of the job ad can be found at: http://bit.ly/1sbdQLp via Gmail

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Odonates are model organisms for testing fundamental evolutionary questions because (1) they are one of the first winged insects); (2) have the most advanced vision and flight among insects; (3) their ecology and behavior is among the best studied for insects; and (4) they are easy to manipulate for field studies. However, a major obstacle to many odonate studies is the lack of odonate genomics resources. This gap in odonate genomics limits research progress but can be overcome by a focused effort that combines, analyzes and synthesizes existing and emerging datasets and knowledge in the field. This is now possible, as several research groups have started odonate genomics projects in the last 5 years, but formal communication between laboratories has yet to begin. The odonate community is geographically dispersed and many researchers are working in disparate fields (such as paleo-entomology, conservation/climate change, single gene evolution and/or comparative genomics), and therefore a Catalysis meeting would provide an ideal opportunity that will (1) foster international collaboration to create an effective network that will (2) focus community efforts towards a cohesive program to (3) generate new knowledge and a legacy of useful resources and novel research directions.
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In a recent article (by myself, Leo van Iersel, Nela Lekić and Simone Linz) we stumbled upon the following problem which appears to touch upon some interesting biological issues.

A rooted triplet xy|z is a rooted binary tree in which x and y have a common parent p, p is a child of the root, and z is the other child of the root. A rooted phylogenetic tree T displays (informally: agrees with) xy|z if the common ancestor of x and y is a strict descendant of the common ancestor of x and z (or y and z). See the figure below: the tree on the right displays triplet xy|z.


Suppose we are given a set of rooted triplets S on a set X of taxa. Suppose we have reason to believe that the set of triplets S have been obtained from different sources (e.g. genes), where the genes have different evolutionary histories due to reticulate phenomena. This means that, for a given subset of 3 taxa {x,y,z} from X, S will contain zero, one, two or three of the possible triplets {xy|z, xz|y, yz|x}.

Crucially, suppose we do not know which gene generated each triplet in S. This might sound artificial, but if some of the rooted triplets have been generated from phenotypic data, or have been obtained from inherently complex data (such as metagenomic data), then the genomic origins of the triplets might not be readily available.

Under such circumstances it is tempting to obtain a lower bound on the number of incongruent gene topologies by answering the following question. What is the minimum number of blocks that we can partition the triplets into, such that the triplets in each block are compatible with a tree (i.e. can all be displayed by the same tree)? It's easy to see that the worst case is when all 3(n 3) possible triplet topologies are present in S, where n is the number of elements in X. Let tau(n) denote this worst case.

We computed tau(n) exactly for small n. For n equal to 3 or 4, tau(n) is 3. For 5