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February 23, 2014
2014 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2014) http://bit.ly/1hJrJkj June 30 - July 2, 2014 Homewood Campus Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, United States The 2014 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2014, http://bit.ly/1hJrJkj) features two full days of presentations, discussions, poster sessions, lightning talks and birds-of-a-feather, all about data-intensive biology and the tools that support it. GCC2014 also includes a Training Day with five concurrent tracks and in-depth coverage of thirteen different topics. GCC2014 will be held at the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, from June 30 through July 2, 2014. Galaxy is an easily extensible data integration and analysis platform for life sciences research that supports hundreds of bioinformatics analysis tools. Galaxy is open-source and can be locally installed or run on the cloud. There are hundreds of local installs, and over 50 publicly accessible servers around the world. Early registration is now open. Early combined registration (Training Day + main meeting) starts at $140 for post-docs and students. Registration is capped this year at 250 participants, and we expect to hit that limit. Registering early assures you a place at the conference and also a spot in the Training Day workshops you want to attend. You can also book affordable conference housing at the same time you register. See the conference Logistics page for details on this and other housing options. Abstract submission for both oral presentations and posters is also open. Abstract submission for oral presentations closes April 4, and poster submission closes April 25. The GigaScience “Galaxy: Data Intensive and Reproducible Research” series (announced for GCC2013) is continuing to take submissions for this year’s meeting and beyond. BGI is also continuing to cover the article processing charges until the end of the year, and for more information see their latest update. Thanks, and hope to see you in Baltimore! The GCC2014 Organizing Committee http://bit.ly/1fg9tao http://bit.ly/1hJrJAx http://bit.ly/1fg9tap http://bit.ly/1hJrJAz firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
The Ecology and Evolution Unit (internal: http://bit.ly/OsknVz external: http://bit.ly/OskpNd) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (http://www.oist.jp/) is seeking applicants with skills in molecular biology for a Research Technician position. In our work we employ next-generation sequencing to study the interaction between genomes and the environment, working with a wide range of study species, from yeast, to snakes, to social insects. RESEARCH TECHNICIAN Duties: The chosen candidate will principally carry out a high-throughput genotyping pipeline, starting by extracting DNA from field-collected specimens, and then prepare them for sequencing. Much of the work will be automated using liquid handling robots, and will require the processing of tens of thousands of samples. In addition to these tasks, the research technician will assist with laboratory management/ordering supplies, writing up relevant sections of methods and results for manuscripts, as well as participating with ongoing research and development activities. Over time, there may be possibilities to participate in fieldwork, to learn bioinformatic skills, and to engage in outreach activities. Qualifications: A BS/MS in Biology or a related field, scientific research experience, and a proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques are essential. In addition, a familiarity with the handling of scientific data, and basic computer skills are also required. Experience working with next-generation sequencing, and with liquid-handling automation is desirable, but not required. The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to focus, good organizational skills, an ability to both carefully follow directions, and to independently solve common problems. The candidate should also be proficient at multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, and have an ability to interact with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment. Job Data: OIST is a newly established international graduate university located in the resort area of Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan, and offers a high quality of life and good working conditions in an international environment. Logistical and financial assistance with relocation will be provided, along with a competitive salary and benefits package. OIST is an English-language working environment and knowledge of English is required, knowledge of Japanese is helpful but not necessary. The OIST campus is notable for its scenic layout, including a view of the ocean from the lab itself. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references with contact information to . Informal inquiries are also welcome at the same address. Application review will begin immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. We are aiming to conduct video chat interviews in March, on-site interviews in April, and a start date in May/June 2014. email@example.com via Gmail
Background: The GTPase eEF1A is the eukaryotic factor responsible for the essential, universal function of aminoacyl-tRNA delivery to the ribosome. Surprisingly, eEF1A is not universally present in eukaryotes, being replaced by the paralog EFL independently in multiple lineages. The driving force behind this unusually frequent replacement is poorly understood. Results: Through sequence searching of genomic and EST databases, we find a striking association of eEF1A replacement by EFL and loss of eEF1A’s guanine exchange factor, eEF1Bα, suggesting that EFL is able to spontaneously recharge with GTP. Sequence conservation and homology modeling analyses indicate several sequence regions that may be responsible for EFL’s lack of requirement for eEF1Bα. Conclusions: We propose that the unusual pattern of eEF1A, eEF1Bα and EFL presence and absence can be explained by a ratchet-like process: if either eEF1A or eEF1Bα diverges beyond functionality in the presence of EFL, the system is unable to return to the ancestral, eEF1A:eEFBα-driven state.
Job: Postdoctoral Research Assistant Salary: Grade 7: 29,837 - 36,661 p.a. An enthusiastic, dedicated individual is sought for an 18-month John Fell-funded project that will explore the evolutionary processes underlying microbiome-mediated protection against parasites. The Postdoc will join the research group of Dr Kayla King in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. The microbiome is an important determinant of host susceptibility to parasites. Microbial ‘protection’ against infection has been observed widely across animal species and at the plant root/soil interface. Using C. elegans and bacteria in the lab, this project will explore the potential for coevolutionary interactions between hosts and bacteria to drive the evolution of bacteria-mediated defence against parasites. This project will also elucidate the host- and bacteria-related mechanisms underlying protection, and explore the spectrum of protection against different parasite genotypes and species. The post combines laboratory work (experimental coevolution and bacteria performance assays) with genomic approaches to adaptation. We will require someone with an intense interest in evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions and a track record of work with laboratory components. Some essential characteristics are: - PhD/DPhil in evolutionary biology, microbiology, ecology or related field. - Having driven a leading-edge research project in evolutionary ecology as evidenced by primary-authored publication. - The ability to work with species interactions (host-parasite, host- mutualist) in lab settings. - Considerable experience in maintaining bacteria and/or C. elegans, in terms of daily culturing of organisms and managing a medium term experiment. Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 24 March 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload your CV and supporting statement. See http://bit.ly/1cDeTPW Please send enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Kayla King University of Oxford Department of Zoology Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PS Tel: +44 (0)1865 2 81988 http://bit.ly/1einAvq http://bit.ly/1cDeTPY Kayla King via Gmail
February 22, 2014
The SSE Education Committee is pleased to announce the T. H. Huxley award, named in honor of Darwin’s very public supporter, which provides funding for an SSE member to present at the National Association of Biology Teachers (http://www.nabt.org/) annual conference. If you have an interesting project or educational activity to share with high school, community college or undergraduate faculty, consider applying for this award. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. This year’s conference will be held Nov 12-15 in Cleveland, OH. The deadline for applying for the Huxley award is March 7. Apply here: http://tinyurl.com/kzy8uvw Sincerely, Louise Mead and Kristin Jenkins on behalf of the SSE Education Committee email@example.com via Gmail
Dear Colleagues, we still have a few slots left for the symposium “Size and Shape - Integration of morphometrics, mathematical modelling, developmental and evolutionary biology”. If you still want to save a slot, please note that the registration will be open until Sunday, March 9th. For more information, please refer to: http://bit.ly/1fYTxjw *Dates: Wednesday, April 2nd - Friday, April 4th, 2014 *Venue: Georg-August-University Gttingen Ernst Caspari-Haus (GZMB) Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 37077 Gttingen Germany *Scope of the Symposium: This symposium attempts to bring researchers from various research fields together to foster interaction and fruitful discussions about the status and the future of research on size and shape related topics. If you work on a project aiming to understand how size and/or shape of complex organisms or organs is regulated, your input is highly appreciated! *Topics covered: Geometric morphometrics Body size regulation Mathematical modelling Developmental Biology Evolutionary Biology *Confirmed speakers: Arkhat Abzhanov (Harvard University, USA) Fernando Casares (CABD, Sevilla, Spain) Dagmar Iber (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Jukka Jernvall (University Helsinki, Finland) Christian Peter Klingenberg (University Manchester, UK) Alistair P. McGregor (Oxford Brookes University, UK) Christen Mirth (IGC Oeiras, Portugal) Philipp Mittercker (University Vienna, Austria) Armin Moczek (Indiana University, USA) Alex Shingleton (Michigan State University, USA) Richard S. Smith (MPI Plant Breeding Research, GER) Diethard Tautz (MPI Evolutionary Biology, GER) *Registration and Abstract submission: http://bit.ly/1evlTy4 *Registration fee: payment via bank transfer: 195 EUR payment via credit card: 201,44 EUR *For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/1fYTxjw In case of questions, feel free to contact: nposnie[at]gwdg.de We are looking forward meeting you in April! Nico Posnien Georg-August-University Gttingen Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology Department of Developmental Biology Ernst-Caspari-Hause (GZMB) Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 37077 Gttingen Germany Phone: +49 (0) 55139 20817 E-mail: nposnie[at]gwdg.de firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
Diversification of the Alpine Chipmunk, Tamias alpinus, an alpine endemic of the Sierra Nevada, California
Background: The glaciation cycles that occurred throughout the Pleistocene in western North America caused frequent shifts in species’ ranges with important implications for models of species divergence. For example, long periods of allopatry during species’ range contractions allowed for the accumulation of differences between separated populations promoting lineage divergence. In contrast, range expansions during interglacial periods may have had homogenizing effects via increased gene flow following secondary contact. These range dynamics are particularly pronounced in the Sierra Nevada, California, given the complex topography and climatic history of the area, thus providing a natural laboratory to examine evolutionary processes that have led to the diversity patterns observed today. Results: Here we examined the role of late Pleistocene climate fluctuations on the divergence of the Sierra Nevada endemic Alpine Chipmunk (Tamias alpinus) from its sister taxon, western populations of the Least Chipmunk (T. minimus) from the Great Basin. We used one mitochondrial gene (cytochrome b) and 14 microsatellite loci to examine the evolutionary relationship between these species. Mitochondrial sequence data revealed that T. alpinus and T. minimus populations share mitochondrial haplotypes with no overall geneaological separation, and that diversity at this locus is better explained by geography than by species’ boundaries. In contrast, the microsatellite analysis showed that populations of the same species are more similar to each other than they are to members of the other species. Similarly, a morphological analysis of voucher specimens confirmed known differences in morphological characters between species providing no evidence of recent hybridization. Coalescent analysis of the divergence history indicated a late Pleistocene splitting time (~450 ka) and subsequent, though limited, gene flow between the two lineages. Conclusions: Our results suggest that the two species are distinct and there is no contemporary introgression along their geographic boundary. The divergence of T. alpinus during this time period provides additional evidence that Pleistocene glacial cycles played an important role in diversification of species in Sierra Nevada and North America in general.
Background: Phytomyxids (plasmodiophorids and phagomyxids) are cosmopolitan, obligate biotrophic protist parasites of plants, diatoms, oomycetes and brown algae. Plasmodiophorids are best known as pathogens or vectors for viruses of arable crops (e.g. clubroot in brassicas, powdery potato scab, and rhizomania in sugar beet). Some phytomyxid parasites are of considerable economic and ecologic importance globally, and their hosts include important species in marine and terrestrial environments. However most phytomyxid diversity remains uncharacterised and knowledge of their relationships with host taxa is very fragmentary. Results: Our molecular and morphological analyses of phytomyxid isolates-including for the first time oomycete and sea-grass parasites-demonstrate two cross-kingdom host shifts between closely related parasite species: between angiosperms and oomycetes, and from diatoms/brown algae to angiosperms. Switching between such phylogenetically distant hosts is generally unknown in host-dependent eukaryote parasites. We reveal novel plasmodiophorid lineages in soils, suggesting a much higher diversity than previously known, and also present the most comprehensive phytomyxid phylogeny to date. Conclusion: Such large-scale host shifts between closely related obligate biotrophic eukaryote parasites is to our knowledge unique to phytomyxids. Phytomyxids may readily adapt to a wide diversity of new hosts because they have retained the ability to covertly infect alternative hosts. A high cryptic diversity and ubiquitous distribution in agricultural and natural habitats implies that in a changing environment phytomyxids could threaten the productivity of key species in marine and terrestrial environments alike via host shift speciation.
PhD studentship: Effects of urbanisation in a damselfly GENERAL THEME: Evolutionary ecology of population differentiation along an urbanisation gradient in damselflies. The PhD project will be part of a larger research program on urbanisation where we address following questions in the damselfly Coenagrion puella: (1) how do larvae and adults differentiate phenotypically along an urbanisation gradient; (2) how does this affect ecological interactions with conspecifics (sexual selection) and natural enemies (predators and parasites); (3) how does this affect interactions with stressors such as pollutants and heat waves? Candidates are encouraged to develop and pursue their own ideas within this project. There is the possibility to extend this project with a latitudinal component thereby linking to ongoing projects on latitudinal differentiation in damselflies in our research team. PRACTICAL WORK will be a combination of monitoring natural field populations and common garden experiments in the laboratory. We have excellent research facilities with an outdoor research area, temperature-controlled rooms, incubators, and a well-equipped laboratory for quantification of behavioural and physiological traits. The candidate will analyze and publish existing datasets and is expected to also collect new data. PROFILE: Master in Biology or related field with an excellent academic record, and a strong proven interest in experimental evolutionary ecology. Good knowledge of English and a car driving license are required. OFFER: A full time job initially for a period of one year, but extendable to a total of ca. 3.5 years pending good evaluation. Leuven (http://www.leuven.be) is a pretty historical university city with a very high and pleasant standard of living. The historic university, founded in 1425, has a top research and teaching standard (http://bit.ly/1ddAXxm). You will be embedded in an international, enthusiastic and dynamic team with ample expertise in evolutionary ecology using damselflies as model system (http://bit.ly/OlKUUv). INTERESTED? Please send your CV, a letter of motivation including relevant experience in evolutionary ecology (!), and two reference letters as a single PDF to Prof dr. Robby Stoks (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The position starts spring 2014, preferentially as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
Job: Laboratory/Field Technician Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania A laboratory/field technician position is available in the ecology and evolution of infectious microbes lab led by Dustin Brisson at the University of Pennsylvania. The main focus of the projects involves the bacterial cause of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi. The position entails both molecular laboratory activities as well as wildlife (Peromyscus mice) handling activities. Most importantly are intellectual skills to integrate ideas across multiple scales of biological complexity (i.e. molecular-level, organism-level, and population-level). We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and enquiring individual with a background in evolutionary biology or ecology. Strong molecular genetic skills and wildlife handling experiences are highly advantageous. The successful candidate will conduct both molecular biology and animal handling and will contribute to formulation of experiments, data collection, and data analysis. A Bachelor’s degree in biology (or a related science) OR 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The University of Pennsylvania has a strong group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists in the biology department that frequently interact with each other and with an accomplished group of microbiologists in the Medical and Veterinary schools. Salary is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send (1) a cover letter outlining your previous experiences that make you suited for this position as well as the your research, training, and career goals, (2) CV, and (3) Contact information for 3 references via email to email@example.com. Official applications must be submitted through the human resources department at the University of Pennsylvania (http://bit.ly/OlIC7J - or search ref# 02-16967). Please include relevant documents including reference contacts and a CV. Please send enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Dustin Dustin Brisson Department of Biology University of Pennsylvania Leidy Laboratories, 209 433 South University Avenue Philadelphia PA 19104-6018 http://bit.ly/1f6V3co http://bit.ly/OlIC7L email@example.com V:(215) 746-1731 F:(215) 898-8780 firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
February 21, 2014
FACULTY POSITION IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (TAIWAN). The Department of Life Science, Tunghai University in Taiwan (website: http://bit.ly/1gUEp4K) seeks for applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position or higher. We invite applicants with Ph.D. in any area of ecology and evolutionary biology. We are especially interested in applicants in the area of Invertebrate Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Ichthyology. Applicants with strong record of research, postdoctoral experience, and fluent Mandarin as the first or second language will be highly favored. We welcome applicants who employ theory, modeling, experiments, or some combinations. Tunghai University is a private university with high standard on undergraduate and graduate education (website: http://bit.ly/1jmYTn0). The initial review will begin on March 31st, 2014 until the position is filled. The start date for the position will be on August 1st, 2014. Applicants must submit the following documents via either regular mail to Human Resource (Subject: Faculty Application Materials; Address: Human Resource, Tunghai University, No. 1727, Sec. 4, Taiwan Boulevard, Xitun District, Taichung 40704, Taiwan; website: http://bit.ly/1jmYTn1) or e-mail to Mrs. Shu-Wen Hsiao (Subject: Faculty Application Materials; e-mail: email@example.com; Phone: +886-423590121 ext. 32402). *A cover letter. *Curriculum Vitae. *Transcript for the highest education degree. *Diploma certificate for the highest education degree. *A copy of publications in the last five years. *A statement of future research direction. *A statement of teaching interests (list at least three putative courses). *Three reference letters (confidential arrangement). Thank you so much for your time and patients in advance. Please feel free to let me know if you have other questions about this request. Sincerely yours, Shao-Lun (Allen) Liu Assistant Professor Department of Life Science, Tunghai University Taichung 40704, Taiwan Web: http://bit.ly/1gUEp4O Shao-Lun Liu via Gmail
POSTDOC POSITION IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY / COMPARATIVE GENOMICS (Lyon, France) A 18 months post-doc position is available in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics of the Biometry and Evolutionary Biology laboratory (LBBE, CNRS/University Lyon I), France. Research themes in the lab are focused on multiscale evolutionary questions (from molecules to communities), with strong emphasis on modeling and computer science (http://bit.ly/1p55kOZ). This double angle results in a synergy between methodological developments and biological questions. The post-doc will work with Pr Cline Brochier-Armanet (http://bit.ly/1p55lCH) in the Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics team. The proposed project is part of a large study combining in silico and wet experimental work focused on the biosynthesis of atypical lipids in Bacteria. The candidate will play a key role in this project in conducting comparative genomics and molecular phylogenetic investigations aiming at deciphering the biosynthesis pathways of these atypical lipids, as well as their origin and evolution in Bacteria. The postdoctoral position will start on November 1st, 2014, for a 18 months period. The position is funded by the French Research National Agency. The salary will depend on professional experience. Candidates should have: - a PhD in biology/biochemistry or in bioinformatics - a good knowledge in bioinformatics, and especially in comparative genomics and molecular phylogeny - programming skills - a good knowledge of current molecular phylogeny tools - a real interest/knowledge in evolutionary biology To apply, please send to Pr Cline Brochier-Armanet (firstname.lastname@example.org): 1. An application letter including research interests and goals, and suitability for the proposed research topic. 2. A full CV. 3. Names and contact information of two potential academic references. via Gmail
Summer Course at the Marine Biology Lab, Woods Hole, MA on the Molecular BIology of Aging Course Directors: Daniel Promislow and Matt Kaeberlein Dates: Aug 3rd to August 23rd, 2014 Topics covered: Molecular biology, evolution, demography and systems biology of aging Webpage: http://bit.ly/1cwEJVH Application Deadline: March 11, 2014 Details The Ellison Medical Foundation sponsors the Molecular Biology of Aging Summer Course to be held Aug 3 - August 23, 2014 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This three-week lecture and laboratory course features the newest and most exciting ideas in aging research. The course is under the directorship of Matt Kaeberlein and Daniel Promislow. While the focus will be primarily on the molecular biology of aging, both lecture and lab will include evolutionary, statistical demography and systems biology aspects of aging research. Costs of attending the course, including travel, housing, and meals at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, are fully covered by The Ellison Medical Foundation. A distinguished faculty will interact with approximately 20 students via lecture, discussion, hands-on experiments, and analysis of data. 2013 Faculty and Lecturers: Rozalyn Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Shelley Berger, University of Pennsylvania Anne Brunet, Stanford University Judith Campisi, Buck Institute for Research on Aging Lenny Guarente, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leanne Jones, University of California, Los Angeles Matt Meselson, MBL Patrick Phillips, University of Oregon Scott Pletcher, University of Michigan Gary Ruvkun, Massachusetts General Hospital Yousin Suh, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Marc Tatar, Brown University Douglas Wallace, Children’s Hospital Research Institute For additional information, contact: Daniel Promislow Department of Pathology and Department of Biology University of Washington email@example.com Daniel Promislow via Gmail
—_000_5DA4BCA92DEF4106A5DF3D63CABFA5C4uconnedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 1, 2014 Dear Colleagues, Back by popular demand! Plant Morphology: Linking Phenotype to Development will be taught by Peter Endress (University of Zurich) and Pamela Diggle (University of Connecticut) June 9-20, 2014, at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Registration is now open. This is an intensive two-week laboratory and lecture course for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows that will cover the fundamental principles of plant form, focusing on developmental dynamics, evolutionary diversification, and ecological and physiological function. The course will provide a critical foundation for research in developmental genetics, systematics, physiology, and more. Detailed information is below. Please bring this course to the attention of your students and post docs!! Best wishes, Pamela Diggle, Peter Endress and William (Ned) Friedman via Gmail
PhD Scholarship in Computational Biology I am looking for a motivated and productive PhD student to join my computational biology research group. My team conducts research in several related areas, particularly evolutionary genomics, simulation modeling and complex systems. Potential study topics include i) using genome-level data to reconstruct human prehistory in the Pacific region, ii) using approaches from complexity science to infer how genetic diversity interacts with social behaviors in small communities, and iii) using high throughput RNA-sequencing to determine universal rules behind gene expression in allopolyploid species. Candidates’ proposed research must fit with my group’s existing research interests, and must be computational (i.e., not primarily field- or lab-based). Candidates with an interest in population genetics are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have solid quantitative skills, preferably including expertise in statistics and programming. Some background knowledge of biology is preferred, but training in other subject areas (such as next gen sequencing or anthropology) can be provided as required. Candidates with non-standard backgrounds (e.g., statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics) are encouraged to apply. A generous tax-free stipend and payment of all tuition fees are guaranteed for three years, with a probation period of one year prior to full confirmation. The PhD position will be based in the Computational Biology Research Group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Indonesia, Europe and the United States. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural environment. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports. If you have any questions, please contact Assoc Prof Murray Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information about the Computational Biology Research Group (http://bit.ly/1jPaJpA) and the Institute of Fundamental Sciences (http://tinyurl.com/ifsmassey) is available online. To apply, please send by email (preferably in PDF format): 1. A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience. 2. A curriculum vitae. 3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request. Informal enquiries are welcome. We will begin reviewing applications starting 9 March 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. Assoc Prof Murray P. Cox Institute of Fundamental Sciences Massey University Private Bag 11 222 Palmerston North 4442 NEW ZEALAND http://bit.ly/1jPaJpA email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
Overview: The 5th International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP5) will showcase the latest research on parasitic lice and louse-borne pathogens and endosymbionts. All aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice will be addressed. The conference will be held August 2-7th at Canyons Resort in Park City Utah, USA. For more info visit the ICP5 conference website at: http://bit.ly/1h42aqu or contact us at: ICP5.UT@gmail.com The deadline for abstracts and early registration is May 1st, 2014. Students and postdocs are invited to apply for financial assistance. For more info visit the “Student/Postdoc” tab on the conference website. Application deadline for financial assistance: May 1st, 2014. Sarah E. Bush, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Biology University of Utah 257 S. 1400 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (801) 633-8629 Sarah Bush via Gmail
2014 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION June 8-12, Puerto Rico The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) is pleased to make available 10 awards for undergraduate students to participate in a Mentoring and Diversity Program at the SMBE meeting (June 8-12, Puerto Rico). Five of these positions will be reserved for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in our scientific discipline. The goals of this program are: (1) to provide students with the opportunity to experience the excitement of attending and presenting at an international scientific conference, (2) to foster enthusiasm for molecular biology and evolution as well as a possible career in this field, and (3) to promote diversity at the SMBE annual meeting. Eligibility: You must be an undergraduate student at the time of the application. It is not necessary to be registered for the meeting to apply for the Undergraduate Travel award. Process: Selected undergraduates (10) will receive a travel award ($1500 domestic and $2000 international). Undergraduate students will present their work in the Poster Session. All details about this program can be found on this web site : http://bit.ly/1hWjiRO Please do not hesitate to forward this announcement to your students. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: March 18 2014 Laurent Duret Laboratoire Biomtrie et Biologie Evolutive UMR CNRS 5558, Universit Lyon 1 43 Bld du 11 Novembre 1918 69622 Villeurbanne cedex France Phone : +33 (0) 4 72 44 62 97 FAX : +33 (0) 4 72 43 13 88 e-mail : Laurent.Duret@univ-lyon1.fr Web page: http://bit.ly/1cwv41n Laurent Duret via Gmail
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology (A020-14SF) I am looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow to join my computational biology research group. My team conducts research in several related areas, particularly evolutionary genomics, simulation modeling and complex systems. Potential study topics include i) using genome-level data to reconstruct human prehistory in the Pacific region, ii) using approaches from complexity science to infer how genetic diversity interacts with social behaviors in small communities, and iii) using high throughput RNA-sequencing to determine universal rules behind gene expression in allopolyploid species. Candidates’ proposed research must fit with my group’s existing research interests, and must be computational (i.e., not primarily field- or lab-based). Candidates with an interest in population genetics are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have solid quantitative skills, preferably including expertise in statistics and programming. Some background knowledge of biology is preferred, but training in other subject areas (such as next gen sequencing or anthropology) can be provided as required. Candidates with non-standard backgrounds (e.g., statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics) are encouraged to apply. Funding is guaranteed for 2.5 years. Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ$65,000 (US$53,000) per year. The postdoc will be based in the Computational Biology Research Group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Indonesia, Europe and the United States. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural environment. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports. If you have any questions, please contact Assoc Prof Murray Cox (email@example.com). Information about the Computational Biology Research Group (http://bit.ly/1jPaJpA) and the Institute of Fundamental Sciences (http://tinyurl.com/ifsmassey) is available online. To apply for this position, upload the following documents (preferably in PDF format) by 9 March 2014 at the official university job site: http://bit.ly/MGIA9c 1. A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience. 2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications. 3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request. Assoc Prof Murray P. Cox Institute of Fundamental Sciences Massey University Private Bag 11 222 Palmerston North 4442 NEW ZEALAND http://bit.ly/1jPaJpA firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com via Gmail
February 20, 2014
Dear EvolDir members I am looking for outbred wild type lab-adapted Drosophila melanogaster stocks. They should preferably have been collected in South America or Asia. I need stocks that haven’t been started from isofemale lines, but from a minimum of 100 females and kept as a large population. Hope some of you can help me. Kind regards Katrine Lund-Hansen firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @KLundHansen Katrine Lund-Hansen via Gmail
Workshop in Social Evolution Guangdong, China, 29 June ?C 3 July 2014 We are pleased to announce the *Postgraduate Training Workshop in Breeding System Evolution* in Guangdong, China, June 29 - July 3, 2014. The principal goal of this workshop is to understand how conflict and cooperation drive breeding system evolution in various animals. This goal will be achieved by discussing functions and mechanisms of breeding systems, incorporating approaches from behavioural ecology, genetics, and evolutionary biology as well as evaluating state-of-the-art research tools such as comparative phylogenetic analyses and genomics. *Please see further details below, or contact one of the organisers* Dr Yang Liu, email: email@example.com Professor Tamas Szekely, email: T.Szekely@bath.ac.uk — via Gmail
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