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August 13, 2014

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PhD / PostDoc Position in Invasion Ecology -         open until filled The GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel offers a position for an early stage researcher (PhD/PostDoc) interested in studying adaptation of non-indigenous species to different salinities. The position will be within the project “Do Ponto-Caspian species have inherent advantages over Northern European or Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River species in colonizing new areas?” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. The overarching goal of the project is to determine if species evolved in particular regions have inherent advantages over other species in colonizing new areas, and are those species capable to adapt to and invade habitats with different salinities than their populations are coming from. The successful candidate will conduct molecular genetic study on phylogenetically close species with and without invasion record native to Northern Europe, Great Lakes and Ponto-Caspian region whose populations naturally occur in different salinities to determine historical transitions from marine to brackish and freshwater habitats and vice versa. He/she will deduce if evolutionary transition of species to different salinities went in both directions (i.e., from marine to freshwater and from freshwater to marine habitats). Finally, he/she will determine if salinity transitions are more common for species with invasion record than for species without invasion record, and if they are more common for Ponto-Caspian than for Northern Europe or Great Lakes’ species. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual ideally with experience in molecular ecology, molecular genetic techniques and/or invasion ecology. Any experience with next generation sequencing is advantageous. Funding is available for 3 years. The anticipated starting date is 01. October 2014, however, the position remains open until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants must hold an MSc/PhD related to biological sciences, preferentially with a focus on molecular, quantitative and/or population genetics. Candidates should be willing to participate in extensive sampling in the Northern Europe, Great Lakes and Ponto-Caspian regions, have good organization skills, and be able to work independently and develop own scientific concepts. Excellent English communication skills are a prerequisite. The salary is according to the class 13 TVöD of the German tariffs for public employees (65% PhD student; 100% postdoc). The GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel also supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes will be employed preferentially. Applications including research interests, a current CV, and contact details of 3 referees should be sent to the following address using the keyword “Sofja Kovalevskaja Two”: GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Personalabteilung/ Frau Frauke Lafrenz Kennwort “Sofja Kovalevskaja Two” Wischhofstraße 1-3 D-24148 Kiel Germany For further information, please contact Dr. Elizabeta Briski (ebriski(a)geomar.de). For general information on research at the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, see http://www.geomar.de.   http://bit.ly/1l234tl Elizabeta Briski via Gmail
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—_000_D00FD1841F04Cjuliabowsherndsuedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - PLANT ECOLOGICAL OR EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS Department of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin fall 2015. We seek applicants whose primary research interests are plant or plant-microbial biology using ecological genomics, evolutionary genomics or bioinformatics. We welcome applicants studying at all levels of inquiry from genetic, molecular or cellular mechanisms to community, landscape or ecosystem-level functions. Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to the biological sciences and relevant post-doctoral experience. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program, supervise graduate students, and teach one course per semester at the undergraduate or graduate levels. All application materials must be submitted electronically at http://bit.ly/1sRaezF. Application materials include: a curriculum vitae; a maximum two-page description of research interests; a maximum two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Visit http://bit.ly/1sRaezJ for additional details. NDSU is an EO/AA Employer and an ADVANCE institution; Women & traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. —_000_D00FD1841F04Cjuliabowsherndsuedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia, 30307 Bruce R. Levin, PI Experimental studies of the population and evolutionary biology of bacteria, antibiotic treatment and antibiotic resistance Approximately half the time of the successful candidate for this position will be devoted to ongoing experimental studies of the pharmacodynamics of antibiotics and bacteria and the population and evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic treatment and resistance. These experiments will be performed in vitro (in plastico) with both planktonic and physically structured populations of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pneumonia, and E. coli with single and pairs of antibiotics of different classes. The general goal of these experimental and the associated mathematical modeling studies is to improve the efficacy of antibiotic treatment protocols to clear bacterial infections whilst minimizing the likelihood of resistance emerging during the course of therapy. Of particular interest is to develop single and two-drug dosing regimes to treat infections with bacteria that are moderately non-susceptible (politically correct for resistant) to the treating antibiotic(s). The other half of the time of the successful candidate will be devoted to independent studies of their own design on related projects of the population and evolutionary biology of bacteria and their viruses, plasmids and other accessory genetic elements. Preference will be given to candidates that are passionate (fanatical) about research and of one of two ilks and experience: (1) Microbiologists and microbial molecular geneticists with an interest in and aptitude for quantitative studies of the population and evolutionary dynamics of bacteria. (2) Population and evolutionary biologists and geneticists with the extreme wisdom and good taste to work with (or want to work with) bacteria. In addition to the usual CV and statement of research interest and accomplishments, CANDIDATES WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF THEY INCLUDE, (i) a cover letter indicating why and how this laboratory and these project fits into their career goals and aspirations, and (ii) an ~2 page proposal for the independent research elements of this position. These proposals should clearly specific the questions being addressed and include an outline of how they will be addressed and answered. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access / Affirmative Action Employer, fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Minorities that are under-represented in Population and Evolutionary Biology are encouraged to apply. For Information about our Laboratory, our ongoing research and recent publications, click on www.eclf.net. Applications should be submitted to blevin@emory.edu. Bruce R. Levin Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor Department of Biology Emory University 1510 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30322 USA (404) 727 2826 Office (404) 727 2880 Fax blevin@emory.edu www.eclf.net “Levin, Bruce” via Gmail
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The Natural History Museum, London (UK; Diana Percy) is offering a fully-funded 3 year PhD studentship jointly supervised with the University of Southampton (UK; Mark Chapman), and the University of British Columbia (Canada; Quentin Cronk), starting on 1 November 2014 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Deadline for applications: 19 September 2014 The studentship is only open to those who qualify for Home tuition fees (generally UK/EU residence). We are looking to recruit a student interested in studying the evolution and genomics of a Hawaiian plant gall radiation. Despite the economic importance of galling (many plant pests are gallers) very little is known about the molecular developmental processes underlying galling. This project will use the recently proposed and innovative approach of “evolutionary developmental transcriptomics”. Further, the project will use a novel application of “dual-RNAseq” to co-generate plant and insect transcriptomes under gall interaction. The project is in two parts: (i) the ecological and developmental characterization of gall biology in a insect-plant island radiation. This will involve fieldwork in the Hawaiian Islands. (ii) Genomic approaches to identify the genes, regulatory networks, and expression patterns involved in shifts to different gall phenotypes among closely related insect species. The project will use whole genome sequencing and de novo assembly of the plant and insect genomes (guided by reference genomes of Eucalyptus and Diaphorina/Trioza), together with leaf (infected and uninfected) and nymph transcriptomics to identify candidate genes associated with the perturbation of plant tissue during gall formation. Bioinformatics will include construction of gene coexpression networks to predict plant and insect gene regulatory networks (GRNs) and gene network modules (GNMs) using galled and ungalled leaves. Our approach will draw on recent developmental work on leaf shape using the generation of self-organizing maps (SOMs) and gene coexpression network analysis to describe GNM rewiring between evolutionary-developmental states. The PhD student will gain knowledge across a broad range of areas from fieldwork, lab work, systematics, genomics and evolution of development. Training will be in plant and insect genomics and development, candidate gene identification and Bayesian modelling methods, RNA and DNA collection and extraction, next generation sequencing methods, genomic assemblies and bioinformatics methods, and insect and plant biology. For further details contact Dr Diana Percy (d.percy@nhm.ac.uk) Interested parties will need to provide: - Curriculum vitae. - Covering letter outlining your interest in the particular PhD project, relevant skills training, experience and qualifications for research, and a statement of how this PhD project fits your career development plans. - Transcripts of undergraduate and Masters’ degree results. - Names and email addresses of two academic references including (if applicable) Masters’ project supervisor. “Percy, Diana” via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail-127-53959669 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii The Singh lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in population genomics. This project focuses on the causes and consequences of natural variation in recombination frequency in Drosophila melanogaster. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent in Biological Sciences or a related field. A strong background in population genetics, evolutionary genetics, experimental evolution, or meiosis is essential. Experience in genomics including the preparation of DNA and RNA samples for Next Generation Sequencing (Illumina Platform) is required. Working knowledge of tools and methods for the analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data, and familiarity with scientific computing languages such as R, MATLAB, Python, or Perl is also required. Experience with Drosophila is preferred. The successful candidate will interact with a diverse group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students working in the areas of natural genetic variation at NC State. More information about the Singh lab can be found at http://bit.ly/VicLYi, and more information about the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at http://bit.ly/VicKDN. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1vGbY4g. —Apple-Mail-127-53959669 Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:10:49 -0400”; length!486 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii —Apple-Mail-127-5395966 via Gmail

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PhD position in bioinformatics/statistical genetics at the University of Grenoble (France) Title: Large-scale statistical methods to study biological adaptation with genome wide dataset The candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary research project that concerns a team a mathematical and computational biology in Grenoble and a team of human evolutionary genetics at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The PhD candidate will work in Grenoble, which is a French university town located in a beautiful alpine environment. Subject: Because of the explosion of large-scale biological data, statistical research efforts are increasingly needed in modern biology. The project concerns the development of statistical methods to study human genetic adaptation. Humans experienced several changes of their environment, which triggered rapid biological adaptation. The shift to agriculture was a prominent modification of their environment. They adopt sedentary lifestyles, resulting in increased population densities and modifications of their pathogenic environment that lead to novel selective pressures. However, the extent and rapidity of the genetic adaptation to such novel environments remain largely unknown. Based on genome wide data (exome sequencing) generated by the Institut Pasteur in Paris, we will investigate the occurrence of rapid adaptation through various evolutionary mechanisms. The candidate will develop original statistical approaches to detect the regions of the genomes that have been involved in genetic adaptation. Statistical models will be based on machine learning approaches that are particularly well suited to handle large-scale genomic data. Numerical implementations of the proposed approaches will be compared based on simulations that mimic evolutionary processes of biological adaptation. Profile: The background of the candidate can be in statistics or bioinformatics. Students from related disciplines, such as physics, computer science, mathematics or computational biology are also welcome to apply. Applicants with a genuine interest for interdisciplinary PhD education will be preferred. Applicants should send by email a CV and a recommendation letter from an academic reference. Contacts: Michael Blum http://bit.ly/1kAuMNf Michael.blum@imag.fr mblum via Gmail
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Postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Systems Biology in the laboratory of Andreas Wagner at the University of Zurich. The projects focus is to understand the robustness of developmental pattern formation in growing epithelia through spatially explicit computational models. The postdoctoral fellow will refine existing computational models of geometric and mechanical influences on the formation of vertebrate skin appendages such as hairs, spines, scales, and feathers. He or she will study the robustness of pattern formation to stochastic variation in tissue properties, as well as to genetic changes that influence these properties. We are looking for an outstanding, creative, and self-motivated individual who has received his or her PhD within the last five years in fields such as biology, physics, or computer science. He or she is has a research record in numerical simulations of physical phenomena in biological systems, extensive experience in scientific programming, and excellent mathematical modeling skills. A strong publication record in the mathematical or computational modeling of spatially extended systems of developmental biology is required. Familiarity with the molecular biology of organismal development will be a plus. The project is part of EpiPhysX, a research consortium at the University of Geneva and the University of Zurich, funded by the SystemsX initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation. It will be conducted in close collaboration with the laboratory of Bastien Chopard and Michel Milinkovitch (University of Geneva), and other researchers of the consortium. Because the successful candidate will be embedded in an interdisciplinary team of researchers (Biology, Physics, Computer Science), a willingness to work at the interface of several research groups and areas of expertise is required. The Wagner lab at the University of Zurich (http://bit.ly/19D8iPT) studies biological systems on all levels of organization, from genes, genomes, and genetic networks to whole organisms. Several ongoing projects aim to understand the robustness of biological systems to environmental and genetic change, and its implications for evolution. Lab members are a group with very diverse backgrounds and research projects, unified by their interests in fundamental organizational principles of life. The working language in the laboratory is English. German skills, although helpful, are not essential. Zurich is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings, with a multinational population, and many educational and recreational opportunities. To be considered, please send a single (!) PDF file merged from the following parts to annette.schmid@uzh.ch: CV including publication list, a statement of research interests not exceeding three pages, as well as the contact information of three academic references. Please include the word EPI in the subject line. The application deadline is September 15, 2014. The position is available as of January 2015, with funding through the end of 2016. Annette Schmid Administrative Assistant of Prof. A. Wagner University of Zurich Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies Wagner lab, Y27-J52 Winterthurerstrasse 190 CH-8057 Zrich Switzerland Mail to: annette.schmid@ieu.uzh.ch Phone +41 (0)44 635 61 42 Fax +41 (0)44 635 61 44 at the office on Tuesday and Thursday annette.schmid@ieu.uzh.ch via Gmail

Source: EVOLDIR

August 12, 2014

22:30

Sampling bias refers to a statistical sample that has been collected in such a way that some members of the intended statistical population are less likely to be included than are others. The resulting biased sample does not necessarily represent the population (which it should), because the population members were not all equally likely to have been selected for the sample.

This affects scientific work because all scientific questions are about the population not the sample (ie. we infer from the sample to the population), and we can only answer these questions if the samples we have collected truly represent the populations we are interested in. That is, our results could be due to to the method of sampling but erroneously be attributed to the phenomenon under study instead. Bias needs to be accounted for, but it cannot be assessed by looking at the sampled data alone. Bias can only be addressed via the sampling protocol itself.

In genome sequencing, sampling bias is often referred to as ascertainment bias, but clearly it is simply an example of the more general phenomenon. This is potentially a big problem for next generation sequencing (NGS) because there are multiple steps at which sampling is performed during genome sequencing and assembly. These include the initial collection of sequence reads, assembling sequence reads into contigs, and the assembly of these into orthologous loci across genomes. (NB: For NGS technologies, sequence reads are of short lengths, generally
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The need for taxonomists to take full advantage of biodiversity informatics has been clear for at least 10 years. Significant progress has been made in providing access to taxonomic resources online, including images of specimens (especially types), original species descriptions, and georeferenced collection data. However, in spite of persuasive calls for e-monography, there are few, if any, completed project, even though monographic research is the only mechanism for reducing synonymous names, which are estimated to comprise 50% of all published names. Caricaceae is an economically important family of flowering plants from Africa and the Neotropics, best known for the fruit crop papaya. There is a large amount of information on the family, especially on chemistry, crop improvement, genomics, and the sex chromosomes of papaya, but up-to-date information on the 230 names and which species they might belong to was not available. A dynamically updated e-monograph of the Caricaceae now brings together all information on this family, including keys, species descriptions, and specimen data relating the 230 names to 34 species and one hybrid. This may be the first taxonomic monograph of a plant family completely published online. The curated information will be continuously updated to improve the monograph's comprehensiveness and utility.
Source: Cladistics
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Background: Pigmentation has a long history of investigation in evolutionary biology. In Drosophila melanogaster, latitudinal and altitudinal clines have been found but their underlying causes remain unclear. Moreover, most studies were conducted on cosmopolitan populations which have a relatively low level of genetic structure and diversity compared to sub-Saharan African populations. We investigated: 1) the correlation between pigmentation traits within and between the thorax and the fourth abdominal segment, and 2) their associations with different geographical and ecological variables, using 710 lines belonging to 30 sub-Saharan and cosmopolitan populations. Results: Pigmentation clines substantially differed between sub-Saharan and cosmopolitan populations. While positive correlations with latitude have previously been described in Europe, India and Australia, in agreement with Bogert's rule or the thermal melanism hypothesis, we found a significant negative correlation in Africa. This correlation persisted even after correction for altitude, which in its turn showed a positive correlation with pigmentation independently from latitude. More importantly, we found that thoracic pigmentation reaches its maximal values in this species in high-altitude populations of Ethiopia (1,600-3,100 m). Ethiopian flies have a diffuse wide thoracic trident making the mesonotum and the head almost black, a phenotype that is absent from all other sub-Saharan or cosmopolitan populations including high-altitude flies from Peru (~3,400 m). Ecological analyses indicated that the variable most predictive of pigmentation in Africa, especially for the thorax, was ultra-violet (UV) intensity, consistent with the so-called Gloger's rule invoking a role of melanin in UV protection. Conclusion: Our data suggest that different environmental factors may shape clinal variation in tropical and temperate regions, and may lead to the evolution of different degrees of melanism in different high altitude populations in the tropics.
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Background: Aquaporins (AQPs) and aquaglyceroporins (AQGPs) belong to the superfamily of Major Intrinsic Proteins (MIPs) and are involved in the transport of water and neutral solutes across the membranes. MIP channels play significant role in plant-fungi symbiotic relationship and are believed to be important in host-pathogen interactions in human fungal diseases. In plants, at least five major MIP subfamilies have been identified. Fungal MIP subfamilies include orthodox aquaporins and five subgroups within aquaglyceroporins. XIP subfamily is common to both plants and fungi. In this study, we have investigated the extent of diversity in fungal MIPs and explored further evolutionary relationships with the plant MIP counterparts. Results: We have extensively analyzed the available fungal genomes and examined nearly 400 fungal MIPs. Phylogenetic analysis and homology modeling exhibit the existence of a new MIP cluster distinct from any of the known fungal MIP subfamilies. All members of this cluster are found in microsporidia which are unicellular fungal parasites. Members of this family are small in size, charged and have hydrophobic residues in the aromatic/arginine selectivity filter and these features are shared by small and basic intrinsic proteins (SIPs), one of the plant MIP subfamilies. We have also found two new subfamilies (δ and γ2) within the AQGP group. Fungal AQGPs are the most diverse and possess the largest number of subgroups. We have also identified distinguishing features in loops E and D in the newly identified subfamilies indicating their possible role in channel transport and gating. Conclusions: Fungal SIP-like MIP family is distinct from any of the known fungal MIP families including orthodox aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins. After XIPs, this is the second MIP subfamily from fungi that may have possible evolutionary link with a plant MIP subfamily. AQGPs in fungi are more diverse and possess the largest number of subgroups. The aromatic/arginine selectivity filter of SIP-like fungal MIPs and the δ AQGPs are unique, hydrophobic in nature and are likely to transport novel hydrophobic solutes. They can be attractive targets for developing anti-fungal drugs. The evolutionary pattern shared with their plant counterparts indicates possible involvement of new fungal MIPs in plant-fungi symbiosis and host-pathogen interactions.
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Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute offers you: - transdisciplinary collaboration with leading researchers worldwide - up to three years in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico - discretionary research and collaboration funds - competitive salary and generous benefits - a structured leadership training program - unparalleled intellectual freedom Apply online http://bit.ly/1oG9MoH We will accept applications for the 2015 Cohort beginning 11 August and ending 24 October 2014. We will conduct candidate interviews in late January 2015 in Santa Fe, NM. The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is unique among postdoctoral appointments. The Institute has no formal programs or departments. Research is collaborative and spans the physical, natural, and social sciences. Most research is theoretical and/or computational in nature, although some research includes an empirical component. SFI averages 10 resident faculty, 100 external faculty, and 250 visitors per year. SFI’s research themes and interests of its faculty and current fellows can be found at http://bit.ly/16ag8lc. As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Omidyar Fellows participate in a provocative training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond. The program focuses on sustained mentoring relationships with SFI resident and external faculty, skill development workshops, off-campus research and teaching experiences, and the variety of scholarly leadership and science management opportunities at SFI. Requirements: - a Ph.D. in any discipline (or expected Ph.D. by September 2015) - strong computational and quantitative skills - an exemplary academic record - a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively - a demonstrated interest in multidisciplinary research - evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms Applications are welcome from: - candidates from any country - candidates from any discipline - women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply SFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Application Materials: Interested candidates must submit the following: Curriculum vitae (including publications list). Statement of research interests (max. 2 pages) including a short description of the research you would like to pursue and why. Description of interest in SFI (max. 1 page) that describes your potential contribution to the SFI community and also explains the potential impact of SFI on your research. Consider addressing one or more of the following: What kind of input from other fields would most improve your future research? What type of multidisciplinary workshop might you want to organize during your Fellowship? What aspects of your present or future research are difficult to pursue in a traditional academic environment? Three letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work. (The letters should be sent independent of the application. When you complete the online application, please be prepared to provide e-mail addresses of the three individuals who will recommend you. SFI will contact them directly with instructions for submitting letters.) (Optional) A copy of one paper you have written in English, either published or unpublished. Inquiries: email to ofellowshipinfo@santafe.edu Hilary Skolnik via Gmail
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The Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University (http://bit.ly/19zlWWj) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level in BIOLOGY EDUCATION with research experience in teaching or learning at the college level, and teaching interests in anatomy and physiology. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, post-doctoral or equivalent research experience, teaching experience, and success in obtaining extramural funding. Responsibilities will include establishing vibrant, extramurally funded research programs, successfully mentoring graduate students, and effectively teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidates should e-mail a single pdf document containing: cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement, to biologyedsearch2014@okstate.edu. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed to the appropriate addresses above. Application review will begin September 12, 2014 with employment slated for August 2015; hiring is subject to available funding. OSU is an AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU-Stillwater is a smoke free campus. Polly Campbell Assistant Professor Department of Zoology 508 Life Sciences West Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405.744.1715 Fax: 405.744.7824 http://bit.ly/VhtyKV “Campbell, Polly” via Gmail
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Michigan State University Lab Tech: Plant Biology The Schemske lab (Department of Plant Biology) is seeking a full time lab technician for a research project investigating the genetic basis of adaptation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Primary duties include 1) implementation of experiments in growth chambers and greenhouses 2) supervision of undergraduate assistants 2) plant care, breeding, and seed harvesting, and 3) DNA extraction and genotyping. Experience with molecular methods is preferred but is not required. This is initially a 9-month, full time professional aid position (no benefits) with the possibility of extension. Preferred start date is October 1 2014. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A bachelor’s degree is required and a background in biology is preferred. Applicants should include a cover letter describing previous experience, a resume, and the names and contact information of two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to Chris Oakley: coakley@msu.edu Christopher G Oakley via Gmail
Source: EVOLDIR

August 11, 2014

23:53
The Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University (http://bit.ly/19zlWWj) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level in EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY with research experience in bioinformatics, genomics, or physiology, preferably with teaching and curatorial interests in ichthyology or herpetology. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, post-doctoral or equivalent research experience, teaching experience, and success in obtaining extramural funding. Responsibilities will include establishing vibrant, extramurally funded research programs, successfully mentoring graduate students, and effectively teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidates should e-mail a single pdf document containing: cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement, to evolutionarybiolsearch2014@okstate.edu. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed to the appropriate addresses above. Application review will begin September 12, 2014 with employment slated for August 2015; hiring is subject to available funding. OSU is an AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU-Stillwater is a smoke free campus. Polly Campbell Assistant Professor Department of Zoology 508 Life Sciences West Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405.744.1715 Fax: 405.744.7824 http://bit.ly/VhtyKV “Campbell, Polly” via Gmail
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Macquarie University is hosting a class on model selection and multimodel inference, to be held at Macquarie University on October 29th and 30th. The class will be taught by Prof. David Anderson, who has been instrumental in developing these methods and advancing them in biology. He literally wrote the book on model selection and multimodel inference (>23K citations and counting), and his workshops are very highly rated, so this is an opportunity to get straight to the cutting edge of these methods. The purpose of the course is to walk through the reasoning behind information criterion-based model selection and many of the pitfalls that arise in the application of those methods. The goal is to give users a deeper understanding of these methods, rather than to focus on any particular statistical software package. Course attendance includes a free copy of Prof. Anderson$B!G(Bs excellent book on model selection. The cost of attendance will be $300 AUD. We are taking bookings through Eventbrite, just search for $B!H(Bmodel selection$B!I(B at eventbrite.com.au or visit http://bit.ly/1nKuI8A. For more information contact Dan Warren, dan.l.warren@gmail.com. Dan Warren, Ph.D. Department of Biology Macquarie University Email: dan.warren@mq.edu.au Phone (US): 530-848-3809 Phone (Australia) 0468 696 897 Skype: dan.l.warren dan.l.warren@gmail.com via Gmail

Source: EVOLDIR
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Humans are vulnerable to a number of unique musculoskeletal maladies as a consequence of our evolutionary history. Although walking on our extended hind limbs is the hallmark adaptation characterizing our species it nevertheless makes us vulnerable to a wide range of serious joint and soft tissue problems. When viewed from an evolutionary perspective many of these medical issues become understandable and, indeed, novel methods of diagnosis and treatment can emerge. The proposed collaborative, a working group of paleoanthropologists, comparative anatomists, biomechanical engineers, and physicians will create new analytical approaches and new ways of viewing the disorders that uniquely plague our species. The results of this work include the development and implementation of a model curriculum, the creation of a website, and the publication of an edited volume. The disorders directly related to our way of walking include chronically sprained ankles, hernias, osteoporotic fractures of the hip, spine, and forearm, obstetric problems, knee problems, foot disorders, fatigue fractures, and many others. By understanding how our anatomy changed in order to walk upright, and why these changes occurred, we gain a better understanding of why these adaptations sometimes go awry resulting in disorders and pain.
Source: NESCent
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The Hodgins lab at Monash University, Melbourne, is looking for a volunteer for a three-week field trip around Europe, from September 15 to October 6, 2014 Our lab is conducting research on the invasive plant common ragweed (*Ambrosia artemisiifolia*). The main focus is to understand the nature of rapid adaptation through genomic and ecological studies. The advertised fieldwork consists of the collection of *A. artemisiifolia* samples throughout its introduced European range (most of Europe). This volunteer placement will allow you get engaged in field work while visiting the many diverse parts of Europe. Accommodation and travel costs within Europe will be covered. Airfare between country of residence and Europe can be negotiated. The candidate must be able to travel around Europe (including central and eastern Europe, excluding Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) without needing visas, should not have strong hay fever, be motivated, sociable and not shy of long working days. Candidates with a full drivers license, field work experience and ecological/genomic interests are preferred. Applications are open now and closes 25th of August! Please send a short motivation (max 500 words), CV (max 2 pages) and nationality (for visa requirements) to: lotte.van.boheemen@monash.edu www.hodginslab.com Lotte Anna van Boheemen PhD Research Candidate, Hodgins Lab School of Biological Sciences Monash University, Clayton Campus Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia Mob: +61 4 8156 8875+61 4 8156 8875 Ph: +61 3 9902 0142+61 3 9902 0142 lotte.van.boheemen@monash.edu - http://linkd.in/VbpDQ7www.hodginslab.com Lotte Anna van Boheemen PhD Research Candidate, Hodgins Lab School of Biological Sciences Monash University, Clayton Campus Wellington Rd, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia Mob: +61 4 8156 8875+61 4 8156 8875 Ph: +61 3 9902 0142+61 3 9902 0142 lotte.van.boheemen@monash.edu - http://linkd.in/VbpDQ7 Lotte van Boheemen via Gmail
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August 10, 2014

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Workshop on Marine Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics (MEEG 2014), Vigo, Spain, 14-16 October 2014 Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce the MEEG 2014 workshop which will be held at ECIMAT marine station and at the University of Vigo, both in Vigo (Spain). This workshop aims to introduce ecologists, marine biologists, geneticists and evolutionary biologists into the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data for population genetics analyses commonly used in the field of ecology and evolution, and also give the attendants a hands-on experience of such analyses. The workshop will include 6 talks from the invited speakers and organisers and 6 practical sessions where the attendants will be assisted by the invited speakers in the analysis of different datasets. The practical sessions are of general interest for ecologist and evolutionary biologists and therefore not only marine biologists. Speakers: Nicolas Bierne, University of Montpellier (France) Juan Galindo, University of Vigo (Spain) Patrik Nosil, University of Sheffield (UK) Angel Perez-Diz, University of Vigo (Spain) Victor Soria-Carrasco, University of Sheffield (UK) Stevan Springer, University of California San Diego (USA) Anamaria Stambuk, University of Zagreb (Croatia) Organisers: Armando Caballero, University of Vigo (Spain) (armando@uvigo.es) Angel Perez-Diz, University of Vigo (Spain) (angel.p.diz@uvigo.es) Juan Galindo, University of Vigo (Spain) (galindo@uvigo.es) For more information about the workshop, programme and registration please visit: http://bit.ly/1lNXANy or contact us at meeg2014@uvigo.es APPLICATION DEADLINE 15 September 2014 armando.caballero.rua@gmail.com via Gmail

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