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March 6, 2015

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Three PhD student or postdoc position are available at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (formerly the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies), at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. The positions are part of the VICI project ‘On the origin of species assemblages’ awarded to prof. Rampal S. Etienne (r.s.etienne@rug.nl). The aim of this program is twofold: 1. developing a fully stochastic, dynamical, eco-evolutionary and data-friendly theory of community assembly, and 2. testing and informing this theory with model-oriented evolutionary experiments and field studies of both macro-organisms and micro-organisms. The details of the positions can be found here: PhD position Theoretical eco-evolutionary assembly of ecological communities Postdoc position Theoretical eco-evolutionary assembly of ecological communities PhD or Postdoc position Simultaneous Estimation and Selection of Species Diversification Models “Rampal S. Etienne” via Gmail
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This is a reciprocal transplant experiment examining if populations and seed zones (regional groups of populations with similar phenotypes and occur in similar climates) are locally adapted. - via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Bioinformatics/Microbial Ecology Institute of Ecology and Evolution Posting: 15074 Jessica Green (http://bit.ly/1A3caYw) is currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral research scholar to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological systems, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with statistical analysis, next-gen sequence data analysis,software development, and/or experience with combining and analyzing complex datasets from multiple sources and technologies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to creatively and independently engage in research at the Biology and Built Environment (BioBE) Center (http://bit.ly/1jC1tsQ), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The BioBE Center is training a new generation of innovators to study the built environment microbiome - the diversity of microorganisms interacting with each other and with the indoor environment. The vision of this national research center is to understand buildings as complex ecosystems and to explore how architectural design mediates urban microbial ecology and evolution. For a description of partner projects see http://bit.ly/1hBUxF8. The position is available for 1 year with the possibility for renewal depending on performance. The start date is flexible. Please email questions regarding the position to Jessica Green (jlgreen@uoregon.edu). To apply A complete application will consist of the following materials in a single attachment: (1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests (2) CV (including publications), (3) names and contact information for three references. Submit materials to ie2jobs@uoregon.edu. Subject: BioBE Posting 15074 To ensure consideration, please submit applications by April 2, 2015. This position will remain open until filled. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Microbial Ecology and Evolution Posting 15060 Institute of Ecology and Evolution Brendan Bohannan at the University of Oregon (http://bit.ly/1jC1tsU) is currently seeking a postdoctoral research scholar to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a biological, computational, or mathematical field and strong writing skills. Experience developing and applying theory and and/or modeling to microbial systems is highly desirable. The successful candidate will support and enhance the university’s and the institute’s commitment to diversity and be a key member of the META Center for Systems Biology (http://bit.ly/1pzwQlx). The Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Systems Biology is devoted to understanding how host-microbe systems function and how this knowledge can be used to advance human health. The successful candidate will interact closely with other META Center members, as well as take a leadership role in the Bohannan Research Group. We are especially interested in candidates who have a strong desire to ask fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions of host-associated microbial communities. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. The position is available for 1 year with the possibility of renewal conditional on performance and funding. The start date is flexible. Please email questions regarding the position to Brendan Bohannan (bohannan@uoregon.edu). To apply A complete application will consist of the following materials in a single attachment: (1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests (2) CV (including publications) (3) names and contact information for three references Submit materials to ie2jobs@uoregon.edu. Subject: Posting 15060 To ensure consideration, please submit applications by April 2, 2015. This position will remain open until filled. Position subject to criminal background check. EO/AA/Veterans/Disability institution committed to cultural diversity. http://bit.ly/1CFLClV via Gmail

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Research Scientist Position in Genomics A research scientist position in bioinformatics and computational biology is available in the Malone Laboratory of Gene Dosage and Evolution. The laboratory addresses questions of gene dosage, aneuploidy, sex chromosome evolution, and sex determination to ultimately understand the relationship between gene dose, genome balance, and phenotype. The research scientist will take part in de novo assembly analyses of several frog species and analyze a variety of high-throughput sequencing datasets to address questions of dose, dosage compensation, and genome evolution. Proficiency with multiple scripting languages, high-throughput sequencing analysis, and tools for computational, comparative, and evolutionary genomic analysis are required. The environment for genomic research at the University of Connecticut is vibrant, including the Institute of Systems Genomics, University of Connecticut Health Center, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and Center for Genome Innovation. The Malone laboratory interacts closely with these centers and resources, creating exciting new avenues for answering questions in genome biology. Candidates should expect to engage with the local genome analysis community. Applicants should send a single PDF file that contains a cover letter describing your research interests and experience (maximum 2 pages), C.V., and contact information for three references to john.malone@uconn.edu. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the position is filled. Candidates interested in a postdoctoral position are also encouraged to apply and informal inquires from candidates with other backgrounds in genomics and evolutionary biology are welcome. John H. Malone Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomics Institute of Systems Genomics Department of Molecular and Cell Biology University of Connecticut http://bit.ly/1DRIq1Q john.malone@uconn.edu via Gmail

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PhD position: Evolutionary ecology of genome size Despite an explosive increase of genomic information during the last decade the ultimate causes of genome size variation in eukaryotes are still controversial. At the core of this controversy is the puzzling genome size variation across eukaryotic taxa, which spans approximately five orders of magnitude. The goal of this project is to investigate the mechanisms and significance of genome size variation at short evolutionary timescales, such as variation among closely related species, among populations, and among individuals within a population. Our model system is the facultative asexual rotifer Brachionus plicatilis, a cryptic species complex consisting of at least 14 closely related species. Within this complex we focus on a lineage that has undergone a 1.9-3.5 fold increase in genome size relative to its sister-species (e.g., http://bit.ly/1FiyT6l). Within this lineage we also study a population that exhibits a remarkable 25% continuous variation in genome size. The project aims are: (1) to elucidate the mechanisms of genome size variation by comparative genome sequencing (2) to experimentally determine how variation in genome size is maintained within populations and inherited during sexual reproduction, and (3) to test assumptions and predictions of general hypotheses on genome size evolution using intra-population genome size variation, e.g., that clones with small genome size are favored by selection for maximum population growth rates under nutrient limitation, that clones with large genome size accumulate deleterious mutations faster than clones with small genome size, or that genome size variation at the population level significantly co-varies with cell size, body size and egg development time. The PhD candidate will be involved in all three project aims, in particular aims (1) and (3). On the methodological level, the PhD project will include experimental work with rotifer cultures, genome size measurements using flow cytometry, basic molecular genetic techniques (e.g., PCR), genome sequencing and bioinformatics. The latter will be done in close collaboration with Dr. David Mark Welch at the Josephine Bay Paul Center (MBL, Woods Hole, USA). This will involve a stay at the MBL for a training in genomic analysis of approximately two weeks duration. The main work will be done at the research institute for limnology in Mondsee (http://bit.ly/1Noq0h4), which is part of the University of Innsbruck. The PhD candidate will be expected to enroll at University of Innsbruck. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Funds (FWF) and salary is according to their regulations (http://bit.ly/1FiyT6m). The Institute for Limnology is located in Mondsee, a small town in the Salzkammergut lake district, which lies approximately 30 km east of the City of Salzburg and 200 km east of the City of Innsbruck. The Salzkammergut area is among the most popular regions in Austria. It offers a high quality of life and exceptional opportunities for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Institute has a staff complement of approximately 30, including 8 research scientists, who work on various areas in evolutionary ecology of aquatic organisms. Applicants should have a M.Sc. degree and a good background in evolutionary biology. Previous experience in experimental work is also advantageous. To apply for this position, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation (in English) including a statement of your research interests, relevant skills and experience; (ii) a short CV including publications (if applicable); (iii) the names of at least two independent referees. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF to claus-peter.stelzer@uibk.ac.at with the subject heading EVOL_GS_PHD. Application deadline is the 04 Apr 2015. The University of Innsbruck is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women. For more details, please contact: Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer (claus-peter.stelzer@uibk.ac.at) “Ri, Simone” via Gmail
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PhD positions in animal palaeogenomics and epigenomics at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), Adelaide, Australia We are currently conducting a number of projects investigating the genomic evolution of large mammals during periods of rapid environmental change occurring during the late Pleistocene and the Holocene (supported by Australian Research Council grants DP140104233, LP130100646, and FL140100260). Key aims of these projects are to: - Resolve the evolutionary history of living and extinct megafaunal species - Characterise demographic responses of animal populations to past environmental change - Explore hybridisation, extinction and speciation events to better understand how ancestral genetic diversity is distributed among surviving populations - Study the process of selection through time at the genomic scale, and investigate relationships between the strength and direction of selection and environmental variables - Examine the role that epigenetic modifications play in facilitating rapid adaptation to environmental changes Study species include a range of mammals, predominantly ungulates and carnivorans, for which ACAD already possesses a large collection of sub-fossil material. In addition, there is scope within these projects for collecting new specimens from museums and directly from the field. For example, we recently collected deep-frozen bison bones from Canadian gold mines to complement our existing collection of bovid specimens. See blog posts at: - http://bit.ly/1FinmnD - http://bit.ly/1Nog1sd Multiple positions are available and are open to both international and domestic students. Applicants should have interest and a record of exceptional academic achievement in at least one of the following areas: ancient DNA, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or molecular biology. The projects will suit hard-working and motivated candidates who can demonstrate independent thinking and good communication skills. Training will focus on the generation and analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data, with potential for fieldwork and opportunities to gain skills in both molecular biology laboratory techniques and bioinformatics. ACAD collaborates with a team of high-profile international researchers from Europe and the USA, and successful applicants will be co-supervised by Prof. Alan Cooper, Dr Bastien Llamas and Dr Julien Soubrier at ACAD, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide. For more information about ACAD, check out http://bit.ly/1wjI463 for links to Twitter, Facebook, our blog, recent publications and the official website. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a resume, a cover letter, and the contact details of three referees to Dr Bastien Llamas ( bastien.llamas@adelaide.edu.au) and Dr Julien Soubrier ( julien.soubrier@adelaide.edu.au). The next application round is in April 2015. Both the Australian Department of Immigration and University of Adelaide expect international applicants to meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. The ELP is based on high scores in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For further information please refer to http://bit.ly/1ktxIY8. Competitive scholarships are available via the University of Adelaide Graduate Centre for domestic ( http://bit.ly/1ktxIHU) and international students ( http://bit.ly/1iMxKwV). via Gmail

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We are excited to be recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on a project focused on understanding the evolutionary processes shaping natural variation in a social amoeba. The project combines large scale genome sequencing with high throughput phenotyping to dissect the molecular basis of natural variation in social and non-social traits, with a goal of identifying the patterns of selection shaping underlying sequence variation. The PDRA will contribute primarily to genome reconstruction, association analyses (including both GWAS and candidate gene based approaches) and application of molecular evolution models to sequence data, but will also contribute to the generation of data in the initial phase of the project. The project also offers the successful candidate flexibility to pursue other questions using the data, including those related to social evolution, the genotype-phenotype relationship, biogeography, and speciation. The successful candidate will have a background in evolutionary or statistical genetics (including bioinformatics). Skills related to the handling of large scale sequence data are essential as is the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a research team. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to publish high impact science as well as good interpersonal and communication skills. Some skills in molecular quantitative genetics and the analysis of molecular evolution are preferred but not required. The successful candidate will be based in Prof Jason Wolf’s Lab at the University of Bath, working in close collaboration with Prof Laurence Hurst. The candidate will also work with collaborators at the University of Manchester and the Federal University of So Carlos (Brazil). The position is fixed-term of 36 months at pounds 31,342 and is set to start in May 2015, with later start dates subject to approval by the funding agency. Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Jason Wolf via email: j.b.wolf@bath.ac.uk (telephone or Skype consultations can be arranged) For further information and to apply please see http://bit.ly/1Nog1sl Jason Wolf via Gmail
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March 5, 2015

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I am looking for a MSc student to join my research team at The University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus) to take part in a conservation genetic study of a mammalian species at-risk. This opportunity recently emerged and I am hoping to find a highly motivated graduate student to join the project in May/June 2015, although I will consider applicants that require a September 2015 start date. The project offers opportunities for both laboratory and field-based research, and direct collaboration with researchers and managers from government and participating universities. Individuals with a population genetics background and strong analytical skills are especially encouraged to apply. Prior experience with molecular laboratory techniques and working in a field setting are desirable. Visit the Ecological and Conservation Genomics laboratory website (http://bit.ly/1hmzk2j) for more information on our current research directions. Additional information about our Biology graduate program at UBC can be found at the following website: http://bit.ly/1uayQYg. To apply, send me via e-mail (michael.russello@ubc.ca) a CV, unofficial transcript, and contact information for at least two references. Dr. Michael Russello, Associate Professor Department of Biology The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus 3247 University Way, FIP346 Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7 michael.russello@ubc.ca via Gmail

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Background: MHC class I (MHCI) molecules are the key presenters of peptides generated through the intracellular pathway to CD8-positive T-cells. In fish, MHCI genes were first identified in the early 1990′s, but we still know little about their functional relevance. The expansion and presumed sub-functionalization of cod MHCI and access to many published fish genome sequences provide us with the incentive to undertake a comprehensive study of deduced teleost fish MHCI molecules. Results: We expand the known MHCI lineages in teleosts to five with identification of a new lineage defined as P. The two lineages U and Z, which both include presumed peptide binding classical/typical molecules besides more derived molecules, are present in all teleosts analyzed. The U lineage displays two modes of evolution, most pronouncedly observed in classical-type alpha 1 domains; cod and stickleback have expanded on one of at least eight ancient alpha 1 domain lineages as opposed to many other teleosts that preserved a number of these ancient lineages. The Z lineage comes in a typical format present in all analyzed ray-finned fish species as well as lungfish. The typical Z format displays an unprecedented conservation of almost all 37 residues predicted to make up the peptide binding groove. However, also co-existing atypical Z sub-lineage molecules, which lost the presumed peptide binding motif, are found in some fish like carps and cavefish. The remaining three lineages, L, S and P, are not predicted to bind peptides and are lost in some species. Conclusions: Much like tetrapods, teleosts have polymorphic classical peptide binding MHCI molecules, a number of classical-similar non-classical MHCI molecules, and some members of more diverged MHCI lineages. Different from tetrapods, however, is that in some teleosts the classical MHCI polymorphism incorporates multiple ancient MHCI domain lineages. Also different from tetrapods is that teleosts have typical Z molecules, in which the residues that presumably form the peptide binding groove have been almost completely conserved for over 400 million years. The reasons for the uniquely teleost evolution modes of peptide binding MHCI molecules remain an enigma.
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Lab/Field Assistant Job I am a plant biologist at UC Merced looking for at least one full-time summer lab & field assistant. Research in our lab centers on forest ecology & genetics, particularly responses to climate change. The technician appointment would be for four months, with potential for renewal. Starting pay $14.57/hour. Available start dates: April 25-May 30, 2015. Candidates must have a bachelors degree in a biology-related field, good organizational and time management skills, basic computer skills (excel, word processing, etc.), and a drivers license. Candidates must have either: A) Experience with plant genetics, including sequencing, DNA extraction, PCR. Experience developing or working with SNPs would be desirable. B) Forest ecology field experience, including measuring and identifying trees, collecting seed, etc. or C) A mixture of these skills. Additional skills that would be desirable (but not necessarily required) include experience with plant propagation, a working knowledge of statistics, and/or R programming. Please not if you have a drivers license and access to a vehicle. Under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Duties may include: - - Developing SNP markers for Ponderosa pine alongside collaborators at Davis - - Locating and setting up field sites in the Sierra Nevada - - Assisting with equipment ordering and testing of protocols in the lab - - Literature searches to find data to parameterize forest models - - Cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment - - Data entry and analysis The laboratory assistant will also be expected to participate in lab meetings and update his/her skills by reading and participating classes/workshops as necessary. To apply, upload your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to the UCM AP recruit system (http://bit.ly/ZEghPu, position #5886) or follow this link: http://bit.ly/1B6a7GU. For full consideration, please apply before March 30. For more information, please contact me at emoran5@ucmerced.edu UC Merced is the newest school of the University of California system (http://bit.ly/ZEghPw). The campus is small but diverse. Merced is a town of 80 thousand people located in the central valley, and cost of living is low. It is conveniently located 1 hour north of Fresno (the closest airport), 2 hours east of Berkeley and San Francisco, 2 hours south of Davis and Sacramento, and 2 hours west of Yosemite National Park. Emily Moran, Assistant Professor, UC Merced Emily Moran via Gmail
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We seek a Research Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology to join the research group of Professor Jane Reid at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. The post is central to a European Research Council-funded project that aims to firstly, build new theory explaining the evolution and persistence of mating systems and reproductive strategies, and secondly, test this theory using more than 20 years of complete life-history and pedigree data from free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). The successful applicant will undertake extensive statistical analyses of the long-term song sparrow dataset in order to elucidate patterns of variation in extra-pair reproduction in relation to temporal and spatial variation in population social structure and relatedness. The post-holder will work in close collaboration with Professor Reid, other members of the ERC project team and key international collaborators to undertake appropriate analyses and thereby test key components of evolutionary theory. The post-holder will also have substantial flexibility to develop their own ideas and approaches to the overall problem, potentially including opportunities for fieldwork as well as data analysis. The post provides an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated researcher with expertise in statistical analysis, mating system variation, evolutionary ecology and/or behavioural ecology, and interest in confronting evolutionary theory with data from wild populations. It provides an opportunity to work within a dynamic and successful international research team, with ample opportunities for further international collaboration, high-profile publication and career development (see http://bit.ly/1tNssDf). The post is funded by the European Research Council and will be offered for a period of 2 years. Full details are available at http://bit.ly/1wjiVG1, click on ‘External applicants’ and search under School of Biological Sciences. Closing date is April 1st 2015. The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683. Tha Oilthigh Obar Dheathain na charthannas cl?raichte ann an Alba, ?ir. SC013683. “Reid, Dr Jane M.” via Gmail
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The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Blackman. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and complement the Blackman Lab’s broad interests in the genetic basis of adaptation and domestication, the ecology and evolution of plant development, and mechanisms of organism-environment interaction. Applying tools from evolutionary genomics, molecular genetics, and field ecology in sunflowers (Helianthus) and monkeyflowers (Mimulus), our research addresses the following questions: How do plants cope with daily and seasonal environmental fluctuations? How and why do these responses evolve along environmental gradients? How are multi-trait adaptations assembled over evolutionary time? Current NSF-funded work is focused on following the history and function of sunflower domestication alleles with ancient DNA and gene expression studies as well as the genetics of natural variation in solar tracking. Additional lab and field work in wild sunflowers and monkeyflowers centers on the genetic changes and ecological pressures contributing to clinal variation in developmental plasticity, with an emphasis on responses to seasonal cues. The Research Associate will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines, identify and troubleshoot promising new methodologies independently, and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions. Demonstrated expertise in evolutionary genetics, including experience with analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets and programming for bioinformatics, is essential. Expertise in selection analysis, QTL mapping, transgene construction and plant transformation, or gene expression studies is desirable. The completion of a PhD degree in Biology or related field by appointment start date is required. Preferred appointment start date is June 2015. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVA (http://bit.ly/1ccxWRu) and electronically attach: curriculum vitae with list of publications, a cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, and contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number 0615936. Review of applications will begin March 12, 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Benjamin Blackman (bkb2f@virginia.edu) Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom (rkh6j@virginia.edu) The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Benjamin Blackman Department of Biology University of Virginia PO Box 400328 Charlottesville, VA 22904 Tel: 434.924.1930 E-mail: bkb2f@virginia.edu Web: http://bit.ly/1aYcQ6g bkb2f@virginia.edu via Gmail

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On May 4-6, 2015, the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Duke Tropical Conservation Initiative (DTCI) will be hosting a Catalysis Meeting on “Biodiversity, Conservation and Infectious Disease.” The goal of the meeting is to understand how conservation and changes in biodiversity impact infectious disease risk in humans and wildlife. The meeting will be composed of approximately 10 researchers from Research Triangle universities (Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and NC Central), with another 25 participants from outside the Triangle. All travel expenses will be covered for non-Triangle participants. In building the participant list, we seek a wide range of interests, approaches, and experience levels. Thus, we welcome modeling approaches, field biologists, and those with expertise in meta-analysis, and graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. At the meeting, we will work toward specific outputs, which will include a special “theme” issue in a high-impact journal that synthesizes diverse views on this important topic, and development of future working groups to investigate specific questions in greater depth. For those wishing to participate in the Catalysis Meeting - including scientists from the Research Triangle Universities - we ask that you fill out a brief application at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/LuCWB5Vhgm via Gmail

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Job advertisement: The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute, one of eight research institutes in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., a member of the Leibniz Association and jointly funded by the German federal and state governments. The IZW focuses on the life histories and mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations of mammals, their limits and their conservation in natural and anthropogenically influenced environments. The institute operates within the fields of wildlife health and diseases, reproductive biology and medicine, and evolutionary ecology and genetics. The Department of Wildlife Diseases offers (beginning June 1, 2015) a PhD-Position on “Measuring immunogenetic diversity during the Pleistocene” This project will utilize novel next generation sequencing approaches to characterize the evolution of immunogenetic loci over a ca. 50,000 year time span in species with contrasting demographic histories (extinct woolly mammoths and muskoxen).We expect to determine the rate of evolution, persistence and replacement of Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) and Major Histocompatibility locus (MHC) alleles for both species which will provide a better understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of the loci that cannot be obtained from examination of modern DNA. Specific tasks include - Development of hybridization capture assays coupled with next generation sequencing for the MHC and TLRs - Bioinformatic and evolutionary genetic analysis of generated data - Logistical coordination of work between Canada, Denmark and Germany Requirements - Diploma or Master of Science in Biology or related fields; - Strong background in evolutionary biology and phylogenetics; - Preference will be given to candidates with ancient DNA or forensic DNA experience; - Preference will also be given to candidates with next generation sequencing experience; - A background in statistics and bioinformatics would be advantageous; - Organizational skills and ability to work in a team; - Part of the project will take place in Canada. Thus, proficiency in English (speaking and writing) is required The position is initially limited to two years, June 1, 2015, with the possibility for extension to a maximum of three years. The reimbursement occurs according to TVöD (65%). The IZW is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. For further information please contact Prof. Alex Greenwood (e-mail greenwood@izw-berlin.de). Applicants should submit a letter explaining their interests in and particular skills for this position, a CV, copies of relevant degrees and contact details of two people who can provide a reference before April 7th, 2015 via the IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply online”). Von: personal Gesendet: Mittwoch, 4. März 2015 20:59 An: Vollberg, Stephanie Betreff: evoldir “Vollberg, Stephanie” via Gmail
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Advertisement of vacancy The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. (www.izw-berlin.de) together with the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (http://bit.ly/1GmIHjw), the Weierstraß Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS, www.wias-berlin.de), the Institut for Virology of the Freie Unversität Berlin (FU, http://bit.ly/17TQXsy) and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB, www.igb-berlin.de) have formed a consortium to implement the AQUAVIR project funded by the Leibniz Association. Water is required for life. We have accumulated evidence suggesting it may be an overlooked viral vector. In climatic zones with seasonally limited precipitation such as east Africa and central Asia, animals congregate at high densities at scarce water sources. We hypothesize that viruses shed in water in this ecological setting would gain a fitness advantage if they evolved traits permitting the retention of their infectivity in water and a reduction in host specificity. The AQUAVIR project will determine whether water is a significant viral vector and how viruses behave mechanistically in such settings, and develop mathematical models to understand the epidemiology and evolution of this phenomenon. We therefore seek to fill the following positions: - 2 doctoral positions in evolutionary disease ecology - 1 postdoc in molecular virology - 1 postdoc in mathematical modeling in epidemiology Specifically: 1 doctoral student in evolutionary disease ecology: African waterholes (05/15) – IZW 1 doctoral student in evolutionary disease ecology: Asian waterholes (06/15) – IZW/FIWI Specific tasks: Determine the distribution, persistence and species usage of water sources; determine the effect of water source characteristics on virus presence; non-invasively determine if physiological stress is correlated with virus excretion in potential host species; analyse environmental DNA of water samples to compare genetic diversity of potential viral host sequence diversity obtained directly from animals compared to their drinking sources. Requirements: Veterinary degree or completed master’s / diploma degree in biological sciences; clean driver’s licence; competence in statistical methods; ability to work independently in challenging environments and to interact with scientists from a wide variety of fields; strong interest in wildlife, conservation and evolutionary biology; a background in ecology, previous experience with wildlife, experience in field research and off-road driving experience would be highly advantageous. Position 05/15 will be supervised by Prof Alex Greenwood (IZW Dept of Wildlife Diseases) and Dr Marion L East (IZW Dept of Evolutionary Ecology), position 06/15 by Prof. Alex Greenwood and Prof. Christian Walzer (FIWI). 1 Postdoc in molecular virology (07/15) – IZW/ FU Specific tasks: Serological analysis of mammalian samples using species-specific viral peptide-based ELISA; next generation sequence characterization of equine herpesviruses from water and animal samples; evolutionary analysis of viral sequences obtained to determine phylogenetic affiliations and estimate evolutionary dynamics of viral populations, including evaluation for positive selection on sequences relevant to virulence or stability in water and/or novel recombination events that might influence viral phenotype; viral mutagenesis to determine whether positively selected sites or recombination events identified in field samples alter viral phenotype, e.g. virulence or stability; coordinate with two field doctoral students and a postdoc mathematical modeller. Requirements: The successful candidate will have a completed doctoral degree, extensive experience in molecular virology, a strong interest in wildlife, conservation and evolutionary biology and interact with scientists from a wide variety of fields. Previous experience in evolutionary biology and next generation sequencing analysis will be considered a major advantage. The postdoc will be supervised by Prof. Alex Greenwood (IZW) and Prof. Nikolaus Osterrieder (FU). 1 Postdoc in mathematical modeling in epidemiology (08/15) – IZW/WIAS Specific tasks: Develop and analyze epidemiological models incorporating water as a viral vector, temporal changes of water sources and interactions between different species; simulate individual-based models in the ecological setting of the project. Requirements: The successful candidate should have a completed doctoral degree and be experienced in epidemiological modeling using probabilistic concepts. Candidates with a strong background in mathematical modeling within other contexts may also apply. The successful applicant will combine probabilistic, analytical and numerical approaches to study the effect of the spatio-temporal variability in the abundance of host and water sources upon the evolution of virulence and other epidemiological outcomes. Good communication skills and a strong interest in evolutionary biology are required as theory will be developed in close collaboration with biologists from IZW and mathematicians from WIAS. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Drs Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW Department of Evolutionary Ecology), Alex Courtiol (IZW Dept of Evolutionary Genetics) and Prof. W. König (WIAS Research Group 5: Interacting Random Systems). The working location of the candidate could be situated at either IZW, WIAS, or in both institutes. Applications and working environment In our consortium we offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating international research environment within an interdisciplinary, collaborative context. The doctoral positions are initially limited to two years, with the possibility for extension to a maximum of three years. The postdoctoral positions are limited to three years. All positions start on June 1, 2015 at the earliest. Salary is according to TVöD (65% for doctoral students, 100% for postdocs). As a member of the Leibniz Association, and lead institution of the AQUAVIR consortium, the IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. Enquiries or questions should be directed to Prof. Alex Greenwood, email: greenwood@izw-berlin.de (05-08/15), Dr. Marion East, email: east@izw-berlin.de (05/15), Prof. Chris Walzer, email: Chris.Walzer@vetmeduni.ac.at (06/15), Prof. Nikolaus Osterrieder, email: no.34@fu-berlin.de (07/15), Prof. Wolfgang König, email: koenig@wias-berlin.de (08/15), Dr Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, email: kramer@izw-berlin.de (08/15), or Dr Alexandre Courtiol, email: courtiol@izw-berlin.de (08/15). Please email complete application documents as a single pdf-file including the position reference number, a letter of motivation, CV, copies of relevant degrees, and names and contact details of two referees as soon as possible but no later than March 20, 2015 via the IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply owww.izw-berlin.de) together with the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (http://bit.ly/1GmIHjw), the Weierstraß Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS, www.wias-berlin.de), the Institut for Virology of the Freie Unversität Berlin (FU, http://bit.ly/17TQXsy) and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB, www.igb-berlin.de) have formed a consortium to implement the AQUAVIR project funded by the Leibniz Association. Water is required for life. We have accumulated evidence suggesting it may be an overlooked viral vector. In climatic zones with seasonally limited precipitation such as east Africa and central Asia, animals congregate at high densities at scarce water sources. We hypothesize that viruses shed in water in this ecological setting would gain a fitness advantage if they evolved traits permitting the retention of their infectivity in water and a reduction in host specificity. The AQUAVIR project will determine whether water is a significant viral vector and how viruses behave mechanistically in such settings, and develop mathematical models to understand the epidemiology and evolution of this phenomenon. We therefore seek to fill the following positions: - 2 doctoral positions in evolutionary disease ecology - 1 postdoc in molecular virology - 1 postdoc in mathematical modeling in epidemiology Specifically: 1 doctoral student in evolutionary disease ecology: African waterholes (05/15) – IZW 1 doctoral student in evolutionary disease ecology: Asian waterholes (06/15) – IZW/FIWI Specific tasks: Determine the distribution, persistence and species usage of water sources; determine the effect of water source characteristics on virus presence; non-invasively determine if physiological stress is correlated with virus excretion in potential host species; analyse environmental DNA of water samples to compare genetic diversity of potential viral host sequence diversity obtained directly from animals compared to their drinking sources. Requirements: Veterinary degree or completed master’s / diploma degree in biological sciences; clean driver’s licence; competence in statistical methods; ability to work independently in challenging environments and to interact with scientists from a wide variety of fields; strong interest in wildlife, conservation and evolutionary biology; a background in ecology, previous experience with wildlife, experience in field research and off-road driving experience would be highly advantageous. Position 05/15 will be supervised by Prof Alex Greenwood (IZW Dept of Wildlife Diseases) and Dr Marion L East (IZW Dept of Evolutionary Ecology), position 06/15 by Prof. Alex Greenwood and Prof. Christian Walzer (FIWI). 1 Postdoc in molecular virology (07/15) – IZW/ FU Specific tasks: Serological analysis of mammalian samples using species-specific viral peptide-based ELISA; next generation sequence characterization of equine herpesviruses from water and animal samples; evolutionary analysis of viral sequences obtained to determine phylogenetic affiliations and estimate evolutionary dynamics of viral populations, including evaluation for positive selection on sequences relevant to virulence or stability in water and/or novel recombination events that might influence viral phenotype; viral mutagenesis to determine whether positively selected sites or recombination events identified in field samples alter viral phenotype, e.g. virulence or stability; coordinate with two field doctoral students and a postdoc mathematical modeller. Requirements: The successful candidate will have a completed doctoral degree, extensive experience in molecular virology, a strong interest in wildlife, conservation and evolutionary biology and interact with scientists from a wide variety of fields. Previous experience in evolutionary biology and next generation sequencing analysis will be considered a major advantage. The postdoc will be supervised by Prof. Alex Greenwood (IZW) and Prof. Nikolaus Osterrieder (FU). 1 Postdoc in mathematical modeling in epidemiology (08/15) – IZW/WIAS Specific tasks: Develop and analyze epidemiological models incorporating water as a viral vector, temporal changes of water sources and interactions between different species; simulate individual-based models in the ecological setting of the project. Requirements: The successful candidate should have a completed doctoral degree and be experienced in epidemiological modeling using probabilistic concepts. Candidates with a strong background in mathematical modeling within other contexts may also apply. The successful applicant will combine probabilistic, analytical and numerical approaches to study the effect of the spatio-temporal variability in the abundance of host and water sources upon the evolution of virulence and other epidemiological outcomes. Good communication skills and a strong interest in evolutionary biology are required as theory will be developed in close collaboration with biologists from IZW and mathematicians from WIAS. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Drs Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW Department of Evolutionary Ecology), Alex Courtiol (IZW Dept of Evolutionary Genetics) and Prof. W. König (WIAS Research Group 5: Interacting Random Systems). The working location of the candidate could be situated at either IZW, WIAS, or in both institutes. Applications and working environment In our consortium we offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating international research environment within an interdisciplinary, collaborative context. The doctoral positions are initially limited to two years, with the possibility for extension to a maximum of three years. The postdoctoral positions are limited to three years. All positions start on June 1, 2015 at the earliest. Salary is according to TVöD (65% for doctoral students, 100% for postdocs). As a member of the Leibniz Association, and lead institution of the AQUAVIR consortium, the IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. Enquiries or questions should be directed to Prof. Alex Greenwood, email: greenwood@izw-berlin.de (05-08/15), Dr. Marion East, email: east@izw-berlin.de (05/15), Prof. Chris Walzer, email: Chris.Walzer@vetmeduni.ac.at (06/15), Prof. Nikolaus Osterrieder, email: no.34@fu-berlin.de (07/15), Prof. Wolfgang König, email: koenig@wias-berlin.de (08/15), Dr Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, email: kramer@izw-berlin.de (08/15), or Dr Alexandre Courtiol, email: courtiol@izw-berlin.de (08/15). Please email complete application documents as a single pdf-file including the position reference number, a letter of motivation, CV, copies of relevant degrees, and names and contact details of two referees as soon as possible but no later than March 20, 2015 via the IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply online”). Stephanie Vollberg Personalsachbearbeiterin Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW) Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17 10315 Berlin (Friedrichsfelde) Tel. 030- 5168 107 Fax. 030-5126 104 vollberg@izw-berlin.de www.izw-berlin.de P Please consider the environment before printing this email! “Vollberg, Stephanie” via Gmail
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*Post Doctoral position in epigenetics and genome stability, Lyon* We are welcoming applications from enthusiastic and independent post-doctoral candidates to participate in our FRM grant-funded project related to epigenetics and genome stability. The fellowship is for 2 years and should start before June 2015. Applications are accepted until the end of March. *Background* Genomic stability can be disturbed by the activity of repeated sequences such as transposable elements (TEs). Epigenetic mechanisms allow the silencing of these sequences. As a consequence, the presence of TEs in a genome may affect the chromatin structure of the regions in which they are inserted. Environmental factors have also been described as affecting genome stability, namely by affecting the rate of transposition„ and could be associated with environment related diseases such as cancer. ** *Project* The purpose of the project is to establish the link between TEs, environment and epigenetics. Drosophila is one of the best-fitted model for this project since we have an easy access to Drosophila natural variability, the species genome is small and harbors low amounts of TEs, and it is easily manipulated in the lab. The project consists in the analysis of Drosophila responses to stress by analyzing chromatin structure, piRNA abundances and mRNA levels, with an emphasis on TEs. *Candidates* The applicants are expected to have a strong background in epigenetics with a confirmed interest in genomics and evolutionary biology. Skills in data analysis and/or bioinformatics are necessary, but the candidate will benefit from the LBBE bioinformatics and statistical environment. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, curious and enthusiastic to work in a collaborative team. Proven ability to identify research objectives and meet agreed deadlines, self-motivation and flexibility are essential. Excellent written and oral skills in English are required. *Environment* The host laboratory (LBBE, http://bit.ly/1f4ek5e) is a stimulating, cosmopolitan and pleasant place to work, where one can meet biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians working on problems that range from ecology to medicine, through genomics and evolution. Lyon is the second largest city in France, is famous for its food, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoys a very convenient central location in Europe. Please send one PDF file to Cristina Vieira cristina.vieira@univ-lyon1.fr including: - a cover letter - a concise summary of previous research activities (2 pages max) - a curriculum vitae including publication list - contact details for 2-3 referees via Gmail
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NOTE: Updated job description and start dates below. Two postdoctoral research positions funded by the United States Department of Agriculture are available to work with Dr. Katrina Dlugosch ( http://bit.ly/LzSdpW) and Dr. David Baltrus ( http://bit.ly/1CrC9t6) at the University of Arizona on the ecological genomics of adaptation of resource allocation and microbial interactions in the invasive plant yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis). We are investigating the evolution of resource allocation and species interactions during range expansion and the impact of evolution on the spread of invading populations, and we are seeking postdoctoral researchers with interests and experience in these areas. One successful candidate will be responsible for next-generation genomic sequence generation and bioinformatic analyses, particularly by 1) analyzing metagenomic surveys of plant-associated microbial communities and 2) quantifying rates of gene flow across the genome in invading plant populations using a high-throughput RADseq next-generation approach. Additional opportunities will be available for the pursuit of related projects of interest to the candidate. Preferred start date in late 2015. To apply, submit a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to job #57623 at http://bit.ly/1mVZX4x A second successful candidate will be responsible for 1) mapping QTL associated with the genetic basis of variation in resistance to bacterial pathogens using large-scale greenhouse experiments and genome-wide RADseq markers, and 2) quantifying population-level impacts of infection using phenotypic data collection in combination with existing demographic models in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Swope (Mills College). Additional opportunities will be available for the pursuit of related projects of interest to the candidate. Preferred start date in late 2015 or early 2016. To apply, submit a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to job #57624 at http://bit.ly/1mVZX4x Positions are for one year, with reappointment for up to two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. Positions are open until filled. Minimum qualifications *PhD in Biology or a related field *Authorship of peer-reviewed publications of research in a field related to the position *Strong communication skills *Ability to work independently and in a team Preferred Qualifications (Applicants without these skills will be considered): *Experience producing and analyzing molecular genetic data, particularly next-generation genomic data *Experience culturing bacterial colonies *Experience rearing plants under standard greenhouse conditions *Experience collecting and documenting field specimens Inquiries about the positions may be directed to Dr. Katrina Dlugosch ( kdlugosch@email.arizona.edu). via Gmail

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HUXLEY FELLOW in ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION: The BioSciences department of Rice University (*http://bit.ly/1G0totc) seeks to fill a Huxley Fellow position in ECOLOGY or EVOLUTION. The position is a two-year appointment with a third year extension possible, with a tentative start date of July 1, 2015. Our prestigious Huxley Fellow Program aims to recruit outstanding researchers with a PhD and postdoctoral experience, who merge excellence in teaching (25%) and research (75%). The Huxley Fellows receive faculty status, employee benefits, competitive salary, and research funds for independent or collaborative research. Collaborative interests with the existing faculty in the EEB research area are a plus. An application (curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and statement of teaching) and three letters of recommendation should be submitted via e-mail to Diane Hatton, *rdh@rice.edu*. Please write “Huxley Fellow Application” in the subject line. Application review will begin March 27, 2015. For further questions and informal inquiries please contact Dr. Julia Saltz (*julia.b.saltz@rice.edu*), Huxley Fellow Search Committee Chair. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values a diverse faculty. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Julia B. Saltz Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department of Biosciences Rice University 6100 Main Street, MS-170 Houston, TX 77005 julia.b.saltz@rice.edu Saltzlab.wordpress.com jbsaltz@gmail.com via Gmail

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Applications should be sent before 01-APRIL-2015 We have a PhD position available to study the ecogenomics of host race formation in spider mites. Spider mites are important crop pests with a remarkable evolutionary potential to adapt to a vast array of different host plants, including more than 1000 different plant species. However, the factors that determine such an enormous host plant range have not yet been uncovered. The project aims to uncover the genetic determinants of plant adaptation in a generalist mite species by several complementary approaches. Specific detoxification enzyme families recently uncovered in the genome sequences will be studied in silico and in vitro. Using an experimental evolution set-up, mites are allowed to adapt to several novel host plant species and phenotypically characterized. Population-level bulk segregant mapping will be used to uncover genomic regions (genes) associated with adaptation. Adaptation and speciation in a natural habitat will be studied to determine the effects of adaptation in the context of speciation and gene flow in nature. The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The institute covers a wide range of subjects in both fundamental and applied research. Our scientific studies aim at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to climate change, using a truly multidisciplinary approach. Requirements MSc in biology, biotechnology or agricultural sciences. Experience with experimental approaches relevant to the project, such as current techniques in molecular biology is recommended. Ability to work on a multidisciplinary topic in a multidisciplinary research team. For additional information, please contact: Dr. Thomas Van Leeuwen (T.B.S.VanLeeuwen@uva.nl) Dr. Hans Breeuwer ( J.A.J.Breeuwer@uva.nl) Appointment The position will start preferably 01-MAY-2015, but is flexible. The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 4 years. Initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The full-time gross monthly salary will range from euro 2,125 in the first year to euro 2,717 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD candidates. The Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities is applicable. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus. Job application Applications should include a detailed CV, a motivation letter, and the names and contact addresses of two references from which information about the candidate can be obtained. Applications should be sent before 01-APRIL-2015 to application-science@uva.nl. Please quote vacancy number in the subject field. Interviews will be held 17 and 18 April 2015. “Breeuwer, Hans” via Gmail
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