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October 10, 2014
Reminder: Call for Symposia closing on October 19, 2014 Dear Colleague, The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is now accepting proposals for symposium topics for the 2015 annual meeting, taking place in Vienna July 12th-16th 2015. For each accepted symposium the society provides substantial financial support to facilitate symposia organizers to attract outstanding invited speakers (up two invited speakers per symposium): - free registration for invited speakers - free accommodation for invited speakers - up to 1900€ travel support To submit your proposal please follow the instructions in the guide to applicants available at: http://bit.ly/1pnLk6L Return your completed submission to email@example.com by Sunday October 19, 2014. The subject line should read: Symposium submission Successful applications will be confirmed by December 5, 2014 and a call for abstracts will follow. We hope to see you all in Vienna! Kind regards, Julia Hosp On behalf of the local organizing committee Website: http://smbe2015.at via Gmail
The Hernandez Lab at UCSF has an open position available for a computational specialist/programmer. In our computational lab, we use detailed simulations, modeling, and analysis of high throughput genome sequencing data in humans and other mammals. Research projects in the group focus on developing novel techniques for applying principals of population and evolutionary genomics to medical resequencing studies, analysis of the patterns of global genetic diversity across several whole genome sequencing data sets, quantifying the genetic basis of asthma in admixed populations, and the genomics of host-pathogen interactions. The successful candidate will be expected to work with members of the group to implement and optimize algorithms for various projects, as well as maintain a Linux server. Basic Qualifications: - BA/BS/MS in computer science or related computational field. - Experience implementing efficient algorithms in a research setting. - Proficiency in C/C++ and perl/python. - The ideal candidate will also be proficient in managing Linux workstations, familiarity with the Sun Grid Engine queuing system, and ability to write parallelized code (MPI, pthreads, and/or openCL). UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and the Hernandez Lab is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged. Applicants should email a short statement on education/experience/career goals, CV, and the names and email addresses of one-three references as a single pdf file to Ryan Hernandez . Informal inquiries are also welcome. via Gmail
BIODIVERSITY LABORATORY SPECIALIST (PHILADELPHIA) The Center for Biodiversity at Temple University (Philadelphia) is interested in hiring a Biodiversity Laboratory Specialist. The successful applicant will be responsible for organizing and carrying out research in biodiversity, specifically to maintain a molecular biology laboratory including a frozen tissue collection, collect and analyze DNA sequence data from a diversity of vertebrate species (mostly amphibians and reptiles), and to assist the center and work with students and other users of the laboratory. The successful candidate will also work with whole organisms, the databasing of collections, and organization of project data. A bachelor’s or master’s degree is preferred. The Center for Biodiversity is located in the new Science, Education, and Research Center (SERC building) on Temple’s main campus (http://bit.ly/10Z0cVa). Interested persons should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating their interest in this position, and attach a curriculum vitae that also contains contact information for three references. The e-mail may be addressed to the director, S. Blair Hedges (http://bit.ly/1vT6hvF). Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Temple University is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia and is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the USA. Situated in close proximity to New York City and Washington DC, Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and home to many academic and research institutions as well as numerous cultural attractions. via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail-5-777428471 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Graduate Opportunities at the University of Kansas in Medusozoan Evolution. The Cartwright Lab at the University of Kansas seeks PhD applicants for fall 2015. The lab investigates medusozoan evolution using developmental, genomic and phylogenetic approaches. More recently, the lab has been focusing on investigating the evolution of the the parasitic group, Myxozoa. Students must be highly motivated, have a demonstrated ability to work independently and show a keen interest medusozoan evolution. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Kansas offers five years of guaranteed support through a combination of graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and university fellowships. For more information, please go to: http://bit.ly/10Z0ewd and http://eeb.ku.edu/. Interested students should contact Dr. Cartwright (email@example.com) describing your background and research interests. Paulyn Cartwright Associate Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 66045 —Apple-Mail-5-777428471 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii”
Graduate Opportunities at the University of Kansas in Medusozoan Evolution.
The Cartwright Lab at the University of Kansas seeks PhD applicants for fall 2015. The lab investigates medusozoan evolution using developmental, genomic and phylogenetic approaches. More recently, the lab has been focusing on investigating the evolution of the the parasitic group, Myxozoa. Students must be highly motivated, have a demonstrated ability to work independently and show a keen interest medusozoan evolution.
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Kansas offers five years of guaranteed support through a combination of graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and university fellowships. For more information, please go to: http://bit.ly/10Z0ewd and http://eeb.ku.edu/. Interested students should contact Dr. Cartwright (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing your background and research interests.Paulyn CartwrightAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of KansasLawrence, KS 66045
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Postdoctoral Positions in Computational/Evolutionary Genomics at UCSF The Hernandez Lab at UCSF has two postdoctoral positions available. The research projects are flexible, and will focus on the particular interests of the candidates. Research projects will likely focus on developing novel techniques for applying principals of population and evolutionary genomics to medical resequencing studies. Ongoing collaborations involve comprehensive studies of patterns of global genetic diversity as part of several whole genome sequencing projects, the genetic basis of asthma in admixed populations, and the genomics of host-pathogen interactions. Successful candidates will be expected to develop novel computational/statistical methods for addressing specific biological hypotheses, and to perform analyses of large-scale genomics data. Ideal candidates will have a background in a quantitative field (such as computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, bioinformatics, or related), experience in performing genet ics/genomics research, and a strong track-record of accomplishment in research. Basic Qualifications: - Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, genetics, molecular biology, applied mathematics, or a related field. - Research experience (with first-author publications) in population genetics or a related field. - Proficiency in programming, ideally in C or C++, scripting languages such as perl/python, and familiarity with R. - Comfortable with large data sets, computer clusters, and databases. UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and the Hernandez Lab is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged. Applicants should send a short research statement (including past, present, and future goals), CV, and the names and email addresses of at least two references as a single pdf file to Ryan Hernandez . Informal inquiries are also welcome. via Gmail
Reminder Population and Conservation Genomics Workshop Plant and Animal Genome XXIII International Conference http://bit.ly/14sBoDh January 10-14, 2015 Town and Country Convention Centre, San Diego, California The annual Population and Conservation Genomics workshop will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome XXIII International conference. The workshop is scheduled on Saturday, January 10, 2015. You are invited to attend this Workshop and submit abstracts for oral presentations on any population and conservation genomics aspect of both plants and animals. The topics may include: population genomic diversity and structure; molecular evolution; adaptive molecular genetic variation; natural selection and local adaptation; candidate-gene and genome-wide population studies; application of genomics in conservation and management of genetic resources; genomic effects of domestication, management practices, fragmentation, bottlenecks, climate and environment change, and transgenic deployment; and gene conservation; etc. The workshop has a slot for six invited speakers. A number of invited presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Please send your abstract of no more than 250 words by e-mail to Om Rajora (Om.Rajora@unb.ca) as an attached Word file no later than October 17, 2014. You will be notified by October 24th whether your abstract has been selected for an oral presentation. Thereafter, the selected presenters will need to submit their abstract to the PAG website. Authors whose abstracts are not selected for oral presentations are highly encouraged to present a poster at the conference. Inquiries and Abstract Submission For information and questions regarding the Population and Conservation Genomics workshop, please contact Om Rajora at the following coordinates. Dr. Om P. Rajora, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada. E-mail: Om.Rajora@unb.ca Tel: (506) 458-7477 Fax: (506) 453-3538 Om Rajora via Gmail
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN CROP FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS DEPARTMENT OF SOIL AND CROP SCIENCES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY FT. COLLINS, COLORADO 80523 The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (SCS) at Colorado State University is recruiting for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in the field of Crop Functional Genomics. We seek a dynamic, motivated scientist to lead an innovative research program that employs functional genomics approaches to discover and characterize genes controlling traits that are important for crop production and utilization. The intended focus of the position is in wheat, though opportunities exist for research in other areas and crops. Candidates are sought with demonstrated capacity to integrate modern whole-genome approaches and techniques to further gene discovery and characterization for agronomic, pest resistance, and crop utilization objectives. The successful candidate will advance Colorado State University’s and SCS’s land-grant mission and will contribute to programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) by conducting research and teaching that is responsive to local or regional production constraints, global food security, and the rapidly expanding technological capacity in crop genomics. This tenure track position is a 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% outreach appointment on a 9-month contract. Information regarding the department, its programs, and degrees offered can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1m69sPU. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program using cutting-edge technologies in the arena of crop functional genomics, specifically to identify genes and characterize the mechanisms by which genes affect important agronomic, pest resistance, or end-use quality traits. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, gene discovery and characterization via TILLING or genome editing methods, comparative genomics, integration of functional genomics techniques with other genotype to phenotype approaches (such as QTL analysis and genome-wide association studies), fine mapping and gene cloning, and plant transformation for validation of gene function. The successful candidate will teach an alternate-year undergraduate level course in applications of plant biotechnology and an alternate-year graduate level course in the candidate’s primary area of expertise. Required Qualifications: - Completion of PhD or equivalent degree by date of hire. Degree emphasis in a relevant field such as (but not limited to) plant breeding, plant genetics, genomics, or biotechnology. - Demonstrated ability and experience in the conduct of innovative field- and/or laboratory-based studies that incorporate functional genomics approaches relevant in agronomic or horticultural crops. Preferred Qualifications: - Demonstrated success in publication of research findings. - Demonstrated success in preparation of competitive grant proposals. - Post-doctoral (or equivalent) research experience, preferably with wheat or other grass species. - Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information. - Demonstrated excellence in teaching. - Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by December 31, 2014. The anticipated starting date for the position is August 15, 2015, but is negotiable. Interested individuals should submit the following application materials on-line at http://bit.ly/1w8Qh8F: (1) a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research background and interests; (4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy; (5) PDF copies of up to three relevant publications; and (6) a list of three professional references whom we may contact at a future date for a letter of recommendation. References will not be contacted without prior notification to a candidate. Interested candidates may contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Scott Haley (email@example.com) for questions about the position or SCS Office Manager Jeannie Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the search process Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, the Agricultural Research Development & Education Center (ARDEC), and a mountain campus (Pingree Park). Colorado State University research and Cooperative Extension faculty also conduct programs at several off-campus research centers throughout the state. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. Read more about the university and community at http://bit.ly/1va19q5. Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. 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Dear colleagues, Transmitting Science offers a new course which migth could be of interest for some members of this list: “GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS IN R “. January 26-30, 2015; 35 hourse on-site. Dr. JULIEN CLAUDE (Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution de Montpellier, France). WEBPAGE: http://bit.ly/1w8Qfxx PROGRAM: 1. An Introduction to R / Image Processing / Organizing Morphometric Data. - Some Basics in R: The R Environment. R objects, Assigning, Indexing. Generating Data in R. 2D and 3D Plots in R; Interacting with the Graphs. - Organizing Data for Morphometrics: Data-frame, Array and List. Converting and Coercing Objects. Read and Write Morphometric Data in R. - Image Processing in R: Reading Various Image Files. Obtaining Image Properties. Modifying Image Properties: Contrast, Channels, Saturation Directly from R or by Interfacing R with Imagemagick. - Simple Tests, Simple Linear Modelling, Alternatives to Linear Modeling, an example using traditional morphometrics. Defining size and shape using PCA and log-shape ratio approaches. Getting stats and test outputs. Testing assumptions of linear modeling. Testing for allometry and isometry. Solutions when assumptions of linear modeling are not met. 2. Landmark data. - Acquiring Landmark Data in R. - Plotting Landmark Configurations in 2 and in 3D: Using Different Symbols and Setting the Graphical Parameters. Labeling Landmarks. - Geometric Transformation with Landmark Configurations: Translation. Scaling using Baseline or Centroid Size. Rotation. - Superimposing and Comparing Two Shapes: 2.4.1. Baseline Superimposition. Ordinary Least Squares Superimposition. Resistant Fit. - Representing Shape Differences: Plotting Superimposed Shape with Wireframe. Lollipop Diagrams and Vector Fields. Thin Plate Splines and Warped Shapes. - Superimposing More Than Two Shapes. Baseline Registration. Full Generalized Procrustes Analysis. Partial Generalized Procrustes Analysis. Dimensionality of Superimposed Coordinates. - Exploring Shape Variation and Testing Hypotheses: PCA. Multivariate Linear Modeling (Multivariate Regression and MANOVA). Allometry free approaches (Burnaby correction). Linear discriminant and Canonical Analysis. 3. Outlines. - Acquiring outline Data in R: Fourier Analysis. Principles. Fourier Analysis of the Tangent Angle. Radius Fourier Analysis. Elliptic Fourier Analysis. Reduction of Shape Variables. Statistical Analysis of Shape Variation with Fourier Analysis. Exploring Shape Variation and Testing Hypotheses. PCA. Multivariate Linear Modeling (Multivariate Regression and MANOVA). Canonical Analysis. - Combining Landmarks and Curves: Hybrid Methods between Fourier and Procrustes Analysis. Sliding Semi Landmarks. - Solutions for Open Curves 4. Specific Applications. - Testing Measurement Error. - Partitional Clustering: K-means, Partition Around Medoids. Mclust. Combining Genetic, Geographic and Morphometric Data. - Modularity / Integration Studies: Two-block Partial Least Squares. Testing Among Various Sets of Modules. Fluctuating Asymmetry and Directional Asymmetry. Inter-Individual and Intra-Individual Variation. Object and Matching Symmetry. - Phylogenetic Data: The Problem of Phylogenetic Non-independence. Plotting the Tree in the Shape Space, Testing Evolutionary Models, Estimating Ancestral Character States. Morphological Disparity Through Time Diagram. - Bending Energy, Uniform and Non-uniform Shape Variation. PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica. With best regards Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD. Course Director Transmitting Science Soledad De Esteban Trivigno via Gmail
October 9, 2014
Phylodynamic methods are widely used to estimate demographic parameters and historical population dynamics from genealogies of individuals sampled from a population. In this phyloseminar, I will describe how we can understand genealogies in terms of basic demographic or ecological processes, and how these concepts can be used to develop statistical models for inference. In particular, I will discuss some similarities and differences between the two main modeling frameworks in phylodynamics: the coalescent and birth-death models. I will also briefly introduce some of the latest statistical methods currently used to fit these models to genealogies. I will end by discussing one of the main challenges facing the field---adequately representing the structure of complex, heterogenous populations in phylodynamic models.
Ecological niche and phylogeography elucidate complex biogeographic patterns in Loxosceles rufescens (Araneae, Sicariidae) in the Mediterranean Basin
Background: Understanding the evolutionary history of morphologically cryptic species complexes is difficult, and made even more challenging when geographic distributions have been modified by human-mediated dispersal. This situation is common in the Mediterranean Basin where, aside from the environmental heterogeneity of the region, protracted human presence has obscured the biogeographic processes that shaped current diversity. Loxosceles rufescens (Araneae, Sicariidae) is an ideal example: native to the Mediterranean, the species has dispersed worldwide via cohabitation with humans. A previous study revealed considerable molecular diversity, suggesting cryptic species, but relationships among lineages did not correspond to geographic location. Results: Delimitation analyses on cytochrome c oxidase subunit I identified 11 different evolutionary lineages, presenting two contrasting phylogeographic patterns: (1) lineages with well-structured populations in Morocco and Iberia, and (2) lineages lacking geographic structure across the Mediterranean Basin. Dating analyses placed main diversification events in the Pleistocene, and multiple Pleistocene refugia, identified using ecological niche modeling (ENM), are compatible with allopatric differentiation of lineages. Human-mediated transportation appears to have complicated the current biogeography of this medically important and synanthropic spider. Conclusions: We integrated ecological niche models with phylogeographic analyses to elucidate the evolutionary history of L. rufescens in the Mediterranean Basin, with emphasis on the origins of mtDNA diversity. We found support for the hypothesis that northern Africa was the center of origin for L. rufescens, and that current genetic diversity originated in allopatry, likely promoted by successive glaciations during the Pleistocene. We corroborated the scenario of multiple refugia within the Mediterranean, principally in northern Africa, combining results from eight atmosphere?ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) with two different refugium-delimitation methodologies. ENM results were useful for providing general views of putative refugia, with fine-scale details depending on the level of stringency applied for agreement among models.
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Researcher position in evolutionary biology and genomics A one year position as researcher is available at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), Department of Biology, NTNU. CBD is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence. The aim of the project is to examine ecological adaptation on the molecular genetic level by using an association mapping approach to identify the genomic regions, and, ultimately, the causative mutations, that code for important ecological traits. This will be achieved using state-of-the-art high density Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genotype data. Such data is already available for 2300 individuals genotyped on a 10k SNP array, and additional data on >3000 individuals genotyped on a 200k SNP array will be available early 2015. The genotyped individuals are from a long-term study of insular house sparrow populations at the coast of Norway with extensive pedigrees and long-term individual-level data on phenotypic trait values and fitness. Hence, this project will provide insights into the molecular genetic basis of trait variation in natural populations. Furthermore, the goal is to understand how population size affects short-term rates of evolutionary change, by examining how population size affects strength and direction of selection, levels of additive genetic variance, and observed rates of change at the molecular genetic level. The successful candidate will have the possibility to develop his/her own ideas to approach the above issues, including opportunities for fieldwork and laboratory work. The work of the successful candidate will be carried out within the research group of Associate Professor Henrik Jensen at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU. The candidate will be based at CBD. The working language is English. Information about the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics can be found here: www.ntnu.edu/cbd. For further information about the position please contact Associate Professor Henrik Jensen (Henrik.Jensen@ntnu.no) or Professor Bernt-Erik Sther (Bernt.Erik.Sather@ntnu.no). Required qualifications and personal qualities Candidates must hold a PhD in biology and be able to document expertise in evolutionary biology, quantitative genetics, population genetics and/or genomics. Experience with handling data from next-generation sequencing and/or high-density SNP genotyping techniques and statistical analyses of such data are desired. Strong computational and quantitative skills are advantageous. The successful candidate must be able to work efficiently and goal-oriented both when working independently and when collaborating with others. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate. What we offer We can offer an exciting research project with focus on fundamental questions in evolutionary biology using state-of-the-art molecular genetic analyses. The researcher will carry out scientifically challenging research with good opportunities for development of his/her expertise. The successful candidate will benefit from a good working environment and the expertise of members in our research group, which currently consists of an Associate professor, two postdoctoral researchers, one PhD-student, three MSc-students and a laboratory technician. We collaborate with leading research groups both in Norway and abroad, and visits at these will be possible. The successful candidate should start no later than 1st January 2015. The appointment of the researcher will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. NTNU has a personnel policy objective that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale, and you will have the benefits of being included in the pension scheme of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Application The application with CV, pdfs of publications, reference letters, academic records and relevant certificates must be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no/en (Jobbnorge-ID: 106334). Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The reference number of the position is: NT 73/14 Deadline for applying: October 20th 2014 email@example.com via Gmail
INTERDISCIPLINARY FACULTY POSITIONS IN NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOLOGY, PHYSICS, OR CHEMISTRY Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, together with four Departments - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) - invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions to begin July 1, 2015. Appointments would be at the assistant professor level in one of the four departments. In special cases, a senior faculty appointment may be possible. The Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is a new comprehensive institute at Columbia for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science. We are interested in individuals with research programs in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics that interface with neuroscience and whose work involves the development of techniques, applications, and methods for neuroscience. In addition, we encourage applications from scientists with an affinity for multidisciplinary research, and who have a demonstrated commitment to tackling the challenges of studying mind, brain, and behavior. Individuals conducting research in the following areas are highly desirable: - Development of imaging methods to probe neural circuit function in vivo - Development of tools to visualize or manipulate neuronal activity in vivo - Use of genetic or chemical genomic approaches to studying the function of neural circuits in behaving animal models - Comparative or evolutionary approaches to studying the neural circuits underlying specific behaviors - Precision instrumentation, optics, lasers and imaging - Computational and statistical approaches for the analysis of large datasets - Machine vision, automation, and precision electronics Applicants are expected to have a strong record of achievement and to demonstrate the ability to engage in innovative and interdisciplinary research and teaching. The successful candidates will contribute equally to the intellectual vitality and teaching of their Department and the Zuckerman Mind and Brain Behavior Institute. A Ph.D. is required at the time of the appointment. Applicants are encouraged in their cover letters to discuss the Department(s) in which they would like to be based. For more information about the Zuckerman Mind and Brain Behavior Institute and the corresponding Departments, please visit: http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6F http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6G http://bit.ly/1w0h0Ej http://bit.ly/1ExQGHW http://bit.ly/1w0h3Aa For more information and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/1ExQGHZ Review of applications will start November 1, 2014. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Lourdes A. Gautier Academic Department Administrator Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B Columbia University 1200 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027 212-854-9987 Lourdes Gautier via Gmail
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TENURE-TRACK) (Developmental Biologist) Biological Sciences College of Science Louisiana State University Responsibilities: This is a tenure-track faculty position and the successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program in the areas of eukaryotic developmental biology at LSU. Biological Sciences is a large and dynamic department, with research ranging across all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems. The successful candidate will complement these strengths and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related field; successful track record of independent research. Additional Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience preferred. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is November 30, 2014, or until a candidate is selected. Apply online and view a more detailed ad at: http://bit.ly/1w0h0Eo Position #001309 LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER Quick link at ad URL: http://bit.ly/1ExQJn3 Jake Esselstyn Museum of Natural Science Louisiana State University 119 Foster Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 phone: (225) 578-3083 fax: (225) 578-3075 http://bit.ly/1w0h0Ep Jacob A Esselstyn via Gmail
Plant and Animal Genome XXIII (PAGXXIII) January 10-14, 2015 San Diego, California, United States http://intlpag.org/ PAGXXIII will bring together over 2,800 leading researchers in plant and animal research, and over 130 exhibits, 150+ workshops, 1000+ posters, *and a computer demo track specifically for highlighting relevant software and online resources.* PAG is the largest Ag-Genomics meeting in the world. If you work on digital resources that enable life science research, then please consider submitting an abstract to the PAG computer demonstration track. Computer demos are 15-20 minutes long, and are an excellent way to get resources in front of the people who will benefit the most from it. The Computer Demo abstract submission deadline is October 31, 2014. All computer demo presenters must be registered for the conference prior to submitting. Any software which is demonstrated at the PAG Conference must also be available to the scientific community and non-commercial. See http://bit.ly/1w0h0nZ for additional information and a link to the submission form. Hope to see you in San Diego! Dave Clements and Brian Smith-White PAGXXIII Computer Demo Track Co-Chairs firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
The Department of Biology at Ghent University is seeking to fill a full-time PhD position vacancy (m/f) on Avian Foodweb Ecology in Fragmented Landscapes Background While habitat fragmentation is increasingly recognized as one of the prime drivers underlying the current global biodiversity crisis, changes in foodweb dynamics resulting from habitat fragmentation have so far received scant attention in functional biodiversity studies. By applying state-of-the-art tools from ecological, forestry and epidemiological research disciplines within a unique plot design, biologists, bio-engineers and wildlife vets of Ghent University aim to fill this gap by scaling up functional biodiversity research from a classical plot to a landscape level, and from producer dynamics to predator fitness. The research consortium that conducts this ambitious, 6 year research program will host 6 PhD students, each focusing on particular components of the terrestrial food web. Project This PhD project focuses on how tree diversity and the spatial configuration of broad-leaved forest fragments affect the ecology, health and performance of a secondary avian predator (great tit, Parus major), and how this shapes its predatory impact on arthropod populations (herbivore control). Higher nutritional quality in more diverse forests is thereby predicted to improve health by facilitating a better development of avian immunity and thereby reducing disease susceptibility. A highly fragmented habitat, in turn, is predicted to reduce health through an increase in the use of anthropogenic (lower quality) food and pathogen exposure at forest boundaries, owing to increased contact with human habitation. The successful applicant will implement a variety of field-, aviary- and lab-tools, and will work closely together with other PhD students, field assistants and postdocs. Profile You hold a Master degree in Biology or an equivalent Life Sciences degree, with a strong background in population and community ecology. You are an enthusiastic and motivated student who can deal with long hours in the field, aviary and lab. You have excellent organizational, writing and presentation skills and are capable of working both independently and within a multidisciplinary team. Prior experience with ornithology and/or foodweb ecology is highly recommended but not restrictive. Offer A Ph.D. scholarship for one year (starting between 1 Jan and 1 Feb 2015) with a three-year extension after positive evaluation. Enrolment in the Ghent Doctoral School training program that offers various courses, training programs and conferences within and outside the university. Membership of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit, a dynamic research group that combines field, lab and modelling approaches to study various questions in ecological and evolutionary research ( http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6v). Interested? Please send (i) a detailed curriculum vitae, (ii) a brief statement of your research interests and motivation for this project (max 250 words), and (iii) contact information of two referees who can supply letters of recommendation upon request, as a single PDF file to email@example.com. The deadline for application is Friday 14 November 2014, 17 pm; interviews of short-listed candidates will start soon afterwards. For more information, contact Luc Lens ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liesbeth De Neve ( email@example.com). Luc Lens via Gmail
The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in microbiology, with particular focus in environmental microbiology or microbial ecology. Areas of research interest may include: microbial genomics or evolution, community dynamics, nutrient cycling, environmental toxicology, remediation and restoration, and host-microbe interactions. Job expectations include establishing an externally funded research program complementary to the interests of the department and university and successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in area of expertise. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field and post-doctoral experience is strongly preferred. Additional information about this position, the Biological Sciences Department and its programs can be found at website: http://bit.ly/1sUW2I7 Applications should be submitted electronically to http://bit.ly/1tUho6p. For consideration, the application should include: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) research statement (maximum 2 pages); 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum 2 pages), 4) complete contact information for 4 references. Applications are due at 5 pm EST October 13, 2014. Direct inquires to Microbiology Search Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Tech. acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Visit:www.dual.mtu.edu . Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Erika Hersch-Green via Gmail
Research Technician (Full-time, 2 years) Ref 847 School of Life Sciences University of Sussex Salary range: starting at 31,342 and rising to 37,394 per annum. Closing date for applications: 6 November 2014 Expected start date: 1 January 2015 A position as a research technician is available in my lab (Lab website: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCf) as part of an ERC funded project investigating the genetics of sexual antagonism in the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogaster. It will mainly be laboratory based but may also involve some fieldwork. The main duties will involve maintaining fly stocks, performing behavioural assays, as well as developing genetic tools specific to the project requirements. Other duties include maintaining supplies and equipment, and assisting in training staff. The post-holder is expected to work closely with the PI and other members of the group. The position would be ideal for a highly motivated individual with an interest in evolutionary biology or genetics/genomics. The candidate should have experience with Drosophila (lab or field based) or other laboratory model organisms, and should be familiar with a range of molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid extractions and quality control, quantitative rt-PCR, cloning and genetic tools for driving gene expression or gene editing. The candidate should have excellent organizational and communication skills. The post-holder must have a degree in a biological or related subject. Ref 847 Further particulars including person specification PDF: http://bit.ly/1BVkQAO FULL DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/1uEJUvH Informal enquiries with CV to email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ted_morrow Webpage: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCj ResearcherID: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc7 ResearchGate: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0W Edward H. Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group (@SussexBiology) School of Life Sciences University of Sussex John Maynard Smith Building Falmer Brighton, BN1 9QG UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0)1273 87 2862 Mobile: +44 (0)783 772 7714 Edward Morrow via Gmail
Postdoctoral Researcher (Full-time, 2 years) Ref 846 School of Life Sciences University of Sussex Salary range: starting at 31,342 and rising to 37,394 per annum Closing date for applications is: 9 November 2014 A postdoc is available in my lab (Lab website: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCf) as part of a project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant (2Sexes_1Genome http://bit.ly/1qmWCc4) that aims to investigate the genetic basis of sexually antagonistic fitness variation. The postdoc position will primarily be responsible for undertaking a large-scale field-based experiment using the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogaster, to learn more about the genetics of fitness variation under natural conditions. The project will take advantage of already existing whole-genome sequences and phenotypic data collected under laboratory conditions. The position would suit an ambitious and highly motivated individual with an interest in evolutionary genetics of fitness variation and sexual antagonism. The position would require a high level of independence in order to establish field sites and work for extended periods in the field. The candidate should have experience of insect or invertebrate model systems under lab or field conditions, as well as good analytical and or statistical skills ideally within a quantitative genetic framework, and have experience of using molecular markers. Good communication and organizational skills are essential. The post-holder must have a PhD in a biological or related subject. Ref 846 Further particulars including person specification PDF: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0U FULL DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc6 Informal enquiries with CV to email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ted_morrow Webpage: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCj ResearcherID: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc7 ResearchGate: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0W Edward H. Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group (@SussexBiology) School of Life Sciences University of Sussex John Maynard Smith Building Falmer Brighton, BN1 9QG UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0)1273 87 2862 Mobile: +44 (0)783 772 7714 Edward Morrow via Gmail
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