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October 23, 2014

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Graduate Research Assistantship Evolutionary Ecology of Herbivore Defense in Aspen University of Wisconsin, Madison Funding will be available (2015) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support graduate research, at the Ph.D. (or Masters-Ph.D.) level, on the ecology and evolution of defense in aspen (Populus tremuloides). Aspen is a foundation species in boreal and montane forests of North America and secondary chemistry plays a key role in its interactions with diverse insect and mammalian herbivores. The graduate research assistant will assume primary responsibility for a collaborative project involving the labs of Rick Lindroth (UW Entomology & Zoology) and Eric Kruger (UW Forest & Wildlife Ecology). The research will evaluate the interplay of intraspecific plant competition and growth-defense tradeoffs with respect to the evolutionary trajectories of mixed-genotype aspen stands. Applicants may pursue admission to UW graduate programs in Entomology, Zoology or Forestry. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a premier institution for research in ecology and evolution, and has ranked among the top five research universities in the United States for each of the past 20 years. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the thriving Ecology (http://bit.ly/GOErNP) and Evolutionary Biology (http://bit.ly/15cJtwk) communities at UW-Madison. Qualifications: Highly motivated individuals with a strong academic background in plant biology and/or ecology, as well as excellent quantitative and communication skills, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative research team. Stipend/benefits: A 50% Graduate Research Assistantship is available beginning in spring, summer or fall semesters of 2014. A 50% RA currently provides a stipend of $20,808 (12 mo.), tuition waiver, and excellent medical/dental health plans at low cost. Applications: Questions about the position may be directed to Rick Lindroth (lindroth@wisc.edu). Interested candidates should e-mail Graduate Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock (rodock@wisc.edu) a single PDF file containing the following information: - Cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds - Resume - Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable) - GRE scores (if not available, indicate when exam will be taken) - Names and contact information for three references Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Promising candidates will be requested to submit a formal application to a UW-Madison graduate program in Entomology, Zoology (Ecology), or Forestry. Note that the application deadline for Zoology is Dec. 31, 2014. Richard L. Lindroth, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology, Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station 608-262-6792 (Deans office) 608-263-6277 (Lab office) 146 Agriculture Hall 1450 Linden Drive University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 U.S.A. http://bit.ly/GOEp8N lindroth@wisc.edu via Gmail

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Job in Education and Public engagement with Science at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science This is a fantastic job opportunity to work at the dynamic, globally operating natural history museum in Germany’s capital Berlin and to develop nationally and internationally recognized education and public engagement with science programs. Salary TVL-13 (annual salary between c. €39,000 – 50,000, depending on qualifications). This is initially a two-year position that can be tenured. Job description: · Design and coordinate projects and programs around science, natural history education and science communication · Develop standards and guidelines for educational work for the natural history / science sector · Develop and lead national and international networks · Develop an externally funded scientific programs on education and scientific literacy · Publish scientific papers · Develop educational courses for teachers, museum guides and others · Operational work at the museum Your qualifications: · Science degree /PhD in Science Education, cultural history, museum studies, science · Several years of experience in (leadership in) science education, science communication · Good knowledge of (national and) international education policy and the museum sector · Demonstrable experience and skills in program, project planning and management · Knowledge and experience in Geo-/ Bio - Sciences · Excellent communication skills and team player · Appropriate English and German language skills to deliver tasks Desirable: · Citizenship of the European Union The usual documentation should be send to recruiting@mfn-berlin.de by 05.11. 2014 The Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth – with people, through dialog. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is an integrated research museum with strong national and international partnerships and networks. The research is collections based, the collections are developed through the research and the public engagement is science driven. Research areas: Evolutionary biology; evolutionary morphology, biodiversity in time and space; biodiversity dynamics; biodiversity and climate change; meteorites, impact geology & global disasters; collections development; history of science & natural history collections as cultural heritage; biodiversity informatics; public engagement with science: exhibitions; citizen science; education; science policy advice. We are currently undergoing a major renewal / building program (2007-2027). We are a member of the German Science Organisation Leibniz Gemeinschaft (89 organsiations, annual budget €1.3B) and have recently been internationally evaluated as Excellent to very good. To find out more, visit us on: http://bit.ly/1wqGLOL Professor Johannes Vogel, Ph.D. Director General Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity “Vogel, Johannes” via Gmail
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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University is seeking outstanding candidates for at least one and, subject to budgetary approval, up to three Tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a starting date of July 1, 2015. Candidates from all areas of mathematics and statistics are invited to apply. Candidates must have a PhD or an equivalent degree at the start date of the appointment. The successful candidate(s) will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to work in areas of study that complement areas already represented in the department (see http://bit.ly/1zlCulb), and to demonstrate evidence of an ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. They will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the Department, to the Faculty of Arts & Science, to the University, and/or the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete. A complete application consists of: a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph), a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available), and at least four letters of reference (one of which addresses teaching abilities and/or potential). Application materials, with the possible exception of recommendation letters, should be submitted through http://bit.ly/ZIMhBj. Recommendation letters may be uploaded directly on http://bit.ly/ZIMhBj, or sent by e-mail to position@mast.queensu.ca, or mailed to: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Jeffery Hall, University Ave., Kingston, ON Canada, K7L 3N6. In order to ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 17, 2014. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Marge Lambert, at lambertm@mast.queensu.ca, phone number 613- 533-2440.  Additional information about Queen’s University, which may be of interest to prospective faculty members, can be found at http://bit.ly/1zlCsd8. Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University which is posted at http://bit.ly/1hj4FbB.  troy.day@icloud.com via Gmail

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*TwoDoctoral Positions in **Plant Evolutionary Ecology *are available at the Plant Ecology Group of the University of Tbingen. Applicants for the Ph.D. position must hold an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, plant sciences or environmental sciences with a sound knowledge in plant ecology and /or evolutionary ecology of plants and /or molecular ecology. Ideally, the applicants have experience in designing and conducting large ecological experiments in the field and greenhouse and a sound knowledge of statistics and experimental design. Experience in basic lab work can also be advantageous. The projects are part of a DFG priority programme entitled Adaptomics (http://bit.ly/ZIMgNG) which aims at bridging the gap between ecological and molecular approaches to studying phenotypic and genotypic variation in plants. Position #1 (“Biscutella”) is within a cooperative project between the Universities of Tbingen, Vienna and the Max Planck Institute at Tbingen. We aim at studying whether plants can adapt to climate change by utilizing annual plants of the Brassicaceae family in an extensive experimental system in Israel. We use a combined molecular-population genetic-ecological approach to tackling this question. The work includes a several-month field stay in Israel, but the main working place will be Tbingen, a buzzing university town in Southwest Germany. Position #2 (“metals”) will be dedicated to studying plants that are able to hyperaccumulate and — tolerate heavy metals. We use two species from the Brassicaceae family to study heritability of these traits, and the role that plant-plant interactions play in determining variability in this trait within and between species. We use a combination of field and greenhouse experiments and basic lab work to study the positive and negative effects these plants may have on their neighbours. The main working place will be Tbingen, a buzzing university town in Southwest Germany. Both positions are scheduled for 3 years with an anticipated starting date of January 2015, or until the position is filled. Payment is according to the German public tariff (65% TV-L E13). Applications are to be submitted via email and as *a single pdf file* to Katja Tielbrger, University of Tbingen, Plant Ecology Group: katja.tielboerger@uni-tuebingen.de. Deadline is November 15, 2014, or until position is filled. Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV, transcripts, proof of special qualifications, and prints of publications if applicable. The applicants are also requested to have two letters of reference sent independently to the above Email address. The participating universities want to increase the number of female researchers, and specifically encourage female candidates to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification. “"Tielbrger, Katja"” via Gmail
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Do Ravens Modify Their Signals According to Their Audience’s Comprehension? We are looking for a motivated student for a master project at the Humboldt Research Group Comparative Gestural Signalling at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany When people are not fully understood, they persist with attempts to communicate, in order to better convey their meaning. We want to investigate whether captive ravens (Corvus Corax) would use analogous communicative strategies in signaling, and whether they could distinguish different degrees of misunderstanding. Terms of appointment and qualifications: - The project should start in March 2015 and will last for 4-5 months - Experience in behavioural biology would be beneficial - Because of the rather remote location of our institute, a private car would be recommended We seek a highly motivated person with organizational skills, able and willing to work independently. You will learn to interact with eight hand-raised ravens, to set up the observation schedule, film the behaviour and experiments, design and develop a coding scheme and analyze the behavioural interactions. We offer the opportunity to work at one of the leading institutes for bird research in Germany and Europe and to learn methods in comparative research and behavioural biology. Applications should include a CV, a letter of motivation and contact details of one referee. Application deadline: 31.12.2014 For further information please contact: Miriam Sima (Primary contact) msima@orn.mpg.de Group Leader: Dr. Simone Pika spika@orn.mpg.de Webpage: www.orn.mpg.de/cgs “Sima, Miriam” via Gmail
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Assistant Professor of Population Genetics and Computational Biology The Biology program within the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay seeks a population geneticist with strong computational biology skills to fill a tenure track assistant professor position. The applicant should be a dedicated teacher capable of successfully involving undergraduates in research. The successful candidate will work with other faculty to develop undergraduate curricula, professional outreach programs, and extramural research or programmatic funding. Additional information on the Division and the Biology program can be found at sep.csumb.edu, the university and its vision at http://bit.ly/1yozMae, and our exceptional undergraduate research program at uroc.csumb.edu. Responsibilities The successful candidate will: (1) teach upper division evolutionary biology & population genetics, (2) develop and teach upper division bioinformatics & systems biology or a new upper division course in genomics or other computationally intensive branch of biology, (3) develop and maintain a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduates, (4) occasionally teach genetics or help with lower division instruction, and (5) contribute to the development of this new university. Qualifications (minimum) Ph.D. in biology or related field at time of hire. Demonstrated excellence in teaching. Expertise in Population Genetics. Expertise in Computational Biology. Qualifications (desired) Research interests that leverage CSU Monterey Bays unique location at the interface between land and sea on the Central California coast. Expertise in a computationally intensive field of study such as transcriptomics that can be applied to projects suitable for the undergraduate research environment. A strong background in evolutionary or conservation biology. Experience mentoring student research and/or internships. Desire and ability to teach and mentor students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds. A record of writing successful proposals for extramural funding. Experience with course and curriculum development. How to Apply All prospective applicants must apply on-line at http://bit.ly/1yozMah Applicants must submit: 1) Letter of Interest 2) CV 3) Teaching Statement (2 page max) 4) Research Statement (2 page max) 5) Contact information for 3 professional references Please combine your teaching and research statement into a single document for upload. SCREENING BEGINS NOVEMBER 1, 2014 “Cheryl A. Logan” via Gmail
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Two Ph.D. student positions in computational science and phylogenetics Two three-year Ph.D. studentships in computational science and phylogenetics are available jointly at the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). The research project will focus on computational and statistical aspects of the alignment and phylogenetic tree estimation. The project is collaboration between the Applied Computational Genomics group of Maria Anisimova (Institute of Applied Simulations, ZHAW) and Manuel Gil in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology group of Christian von Mering (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, UZH). Both groups have wide ranging expertise in computational biology. In addition, the candidates will benefit from the group membership in the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, providing further training and networking opportunities. The successful candidate will have a strong background in computational science, including computational statistics, algorithmics, statistical estimation procedures, and numerical analysis. Fluency in a multi-paradigm programming language like C++ is required. Previous knowledge in phylogenetics is a plus but is not required. The candidate is expected to develop a background in phylogenetics and molecular evolution. We are looking for an individual with a masters degree or equivalent, who is highly self-motivated and can work independently. The working language in the team is English. German skills, although helpful for day-to-day life, are not essential. Ideally, the candidate would be able to start on the 1st of February 2015. To be considered, please send a single (!) PDF file merged from the following parts to maria.anisimova@zhaw.ch: CV including publication list (if available), a scanned academic transcript (list of grades in university courses), a motivation statement not exceeding two pages, and three references. Please include “JATI2014” in the subject line of your email. The application deadline is the 1st of November 2014, but the candidates will be considered until the positions are filled. manisimova@hotmail.com via Gmail

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1. Evolution of Ageing: Bioinformatican- Research Fellow University College Dublin, Ireland and PRBB, Barcelona, Spain Ageing is the gradual and irreversible breakdown of living systems associated with the advancement of time, which leads to an increase in vulnerability and eventual mortality. Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. As part of two European Research Council funded research teams, the bioinformatician will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. This individual will be based at University College Dublin, Ireland in Prof. Emma Teelings Batlab but will spend up to 3 months a year in the world leading comparative genomics laboratory of Dr. Tomas Marques-Bonet, Barcelona, Spain (http://bit.ly/1nA0Dza) in the highly active environment of the PRBB (http://www.prbb.org/). The bioinformatician will oversee and help collate, analyse and process vast quantities of novel molecular data generated by the Irish team in an evolutionary framework and will lead the computational analyses of these data. Together the research teams will couple state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this ageing challenge. Salary: euro 33,970V euro 51,710 per annum Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by job reference number: 006937 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling 2. Evolution of Ageing: Bioinformatics Postdoc- Level 1 School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland Ageing is the gradual and irreversible breakdown of living systems associated with the advancement of time, which leads to an increase in vulnerability and eventual mortality. Due to a significant increase in human life-expectancy, it has never been more urgent to understand and ultimately alleviate the ill-effects of ageing. Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. As part of the European Research Council funded research team in the Teeling laboratory , the PD1 will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. The team couples state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this challenge. The PD1 will be actively involved in driving the computational analyses of these ageing related genomic and transcriptomic studies to explore the evolution of ageing in these unique species. Salary: euro 33,975 - euro 37,063 per annum depending on experience. Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by Job reference number: 006938 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling 3.Evolution of Ageing: Molecular Laboratory Research Scientist School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. The European Research Council funded research team lead by Prof. Emma Teeling , of which the Research Scientist (RS) will be part of, will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. The team will couple state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this challenge. The RS will be actively involved in managing each aspect of this project, specifically in generating the molecular data required for the project and maintaining the large tissue banks associated with this project. The RS will ensure the smooth running of the laboratory, aid in the development of molecular protocols and aid team members in the generation of molecular data. This position may be appointed at either full time or part time (60%). Salary: euro 25,000 - euro 49,392 per annum pro rata* (euro 15,000 V euro 29,639 per annum part time). Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015 or earlier. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by job reference number: 006939 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling Prof. Emma Teeling Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research Science Centre West University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4 Ireland Tel: +353 1 716 2263 email: emma.teeling@ucd.ie http://bit.ly/1sSrVA9 Emma Teeling via Gmail
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*Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolution Education, Michigan State University * Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Associate in Evolution Education in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan State University (MSU). This NSF-funded position involves working as a member of an interdisciplinary team of educators and researchers, led by Dr. Robert Pennock, to disseminate, extend, and test classroom implementation of the digital evolution education platform Avida-ED .The successful applicant will play a major role in overall project research and management, working closely with the curricular development group, including co-PI’s Dr. Louise Mead and Dr. Jim Smith, to tailor and assess the effectiveness of Avida-ED implementation at institutions across the US.The postdoc will help lead train-the-trainer professional development workshops for undergraduate and high school faculty to be held at MSU and other sister BEACON institutions (North Carolina A&T, Univ. Texas, and Univ. Wash.).The postdoc will work with the Avida-ED team on a national study that examines cognitive and affective aspects of digital evolution technology for learning not only evolutionary concepts but also the nature of science, including scientific practices and values. MSU offers many opportunities to develop professionally via independent disciplinary research activities and/or teaching at the undergraduate level. Besides being part of the vibrant interdisciplinary community of biologists, computer scientists and education researchers at BEACON, the postdoc will also benefit from interaction with MSU’s CREATE for STEM Institute . Candidates should have an earned doctorate in a biological discipline or in biology education. Experience in evolutionary biology and/or the use of computer programs as pedagogical tools is desirable, but not required. This position is for 2 years beginning as early as December 15, 2014.Starting salary will be in the range of $42 — 44K, depending on experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page summary of research background and interests, and a list of names, titles and contact information of at least two references by email to: pennock5@msu.edu.Application review will begin Nov. 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Dr. Robert Pennock (pennock5@msu.edu). MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide a document of employment authorization for the U.S. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Louise S. Mead, PhD Education Director BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action 567 Wilson Ave, BPS 1441 East Lansing, MI 517-884-2560 Louise Mead via Gmail
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION VACANCY Assistant Professor of Biology”Mammal Biologist RESPONSIBILITIES: The Biological Sciences Department at Colorado Mesa University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in mammalian biology. The successful applicant will join a dynamic department, including field, organismal, cellular, and molecular biologists, focused on excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentorship of undergraduate researchers. Responsibilities include teaching 12 credits/semester, advising students, offering research opportunities, and participating in service to the department and university. Teaching responsibilities will include lower-division majors and non-majors courses, developing upper-division courses in mammalogy and within the candidate’s specialty, and curating the mammal teaching collection. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching and postdoctoral experience. Individuals with expertise as mammal biologists employing ecological, evolutionary, and/or management approaches are preferred. Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education. TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning August 2015. SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. To ensure consideration, completed application packets must be received by January 16, 2015. APPLICATION: Submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and experience as they relate to the specific responsibilities, requirements, and preferences of this position, CV, unofficial transcripts for all degrees completed (official transcripts will be required upon hire), statement of teaching philosophy, statement of teaching interests and experience (including a list of courses you are qualified to teach), statement of research interests, three letters of recommendation, and the following completed forms: Applicant Authorization and Release to Conduct Reference and Background Check Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Voluntary Affirmative Action Form Send to: Biology Search Committee”Mammal Biologist Human Resources, LHH 237 Colorado Mesa University 1100 North Avenue Grand Junction, Colorado 81501-3122 Phone: 970 248-1820 *Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. *Pos #1624 Susan M. Longest, PhD Assistant Professor of Biology Colorado Mesa University 1100 North Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81501 Phone: (970) 248-1554 susan.m.longest@gmail.com via Gmail
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PhD positions Landscape and Conservation Genomics of Fish Dalhousie University Support is available for two PhD positions in the laboratory of Daniel Ruzzante at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for research in landscape and conservation genomics of fish in Labrador and Patagonia. A Masters (MSc) degree with a background in population genetics and molecular laboratory or bioinformatics experience is required. One project will involve fieldwork in Labrador and the other in Patagonia. Both positions expected to start in the 2015/2016 academic year. Applicants please send a statement of research interests, CV and the names and e-mail addresses of two people willing to act as academic references to: Dr Daniel Ruzzante, Killam Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H4J1 email: daniel.ruzzante@dal.ca, http://bit.ly/1wdmVtC Daniel.Ruzzante@Dal.Ca via Gmail

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October 22, 2014

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Why are some genes imprinted, where the maternally or paternally inherited copies are preferentially expressed? Ever since the paradoxical pattern of imprinted gene expression was discovered evolutionary theories have strived to answer this question. Consequently, theories built on different fundamental assumptions have proliferated. Although these theories should make distinct and testable predictions, there have been few tests aimed at formally differentiating between these competing ideas. However, despite the general lack of such tests, the ‘kinship theory’, and especially its most prominent component, the ‘conflict hypothesis’, has emerged as the favored theory. This predominance is most notably reflected in the literature outside of evolutionary biology, where the conflict hypothesis is regularly used to interpret the functions and effects of imprinted genes. The conflict hypothesis rose to dominance because it appears to explain the effects of the first imprinted genes discovered. However, data from a broader array of genes in model species and emerging insights from non-model species appear to challenge whether one hypothesis adequately explains all occurrences of imprinting. We propose a working group composed of theoretical, computational and empirical biologists that will develop a set of formal predictions and devise tests to differentiate between competing models for the evolution of genomic imprinting. In doing so, we also expect to identify unexplored problems in evolutionary theory. Understanding why genes are imprinted also has important implications for evolutionary medicine since imprinted genes play a crucial role during pregnancy, in the manifestation of several behavioral disorders, and in some cancers.
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Why are some genes imprinted, where the maternally or paternally inherited copies are preferentially expressed? Ever since the paradoxical pattern of imprinted gene expression was discovered evolutionary theories have strived to answer this question. Consequently, theories built on different fundamental assumptions have proliferated. Although these theories should make distinct and testable predictions, there have been few tests aimed at formally differentiating between these competing ideas. However, despite the general lack of such tests, the ‘kinship theory’, and especially its most prominent component, the ‘conflict hypothesis’, has emerged as the favored theory. This predominance is most notably reflected in the literature outside of evolutionary biology, where the conflict hypothesis is regularly used to interpret the functions and effects of imprinted genes. The conflict hypothesis rose to dominance because it appears to explain the effects of the first imprinted genes discovered. However, data from a broader array of genes in model species and emerging insights from non-model species appear to challenge whether one hypothesis adequately explains all occurrences of imprinting. We propose a working group composed of theoretical, computational and empirical biologists that will develop a set of formal predictions and devise tests to differentiate between competing models for the evolution of genomic imprinting. In doing so, we also expect to identify unexplored problems in evolutionary theory. Understanding why genes are imprinted also has important implications for evolutionary medicine since imprinted genes play a crucial role during pregnancy, in the manifestation of several behavioral disorders, and in some cancers.
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Background: The current taxonomy of the African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is primarily based on pelage pattern and geographic distribution, and nine subspecies are currently recognized. Although genetic studies have been conducted, their resolution is low, mainly due to limited sampling. Detailed knowledge about the genetic variation and phylogeography of the South African giraffe (G. c. giraffa) and the Angolan giraffe (G. c. angolensis) is lacking. We investigate genetic variation among giraffe matrilines by increased sampling, with a focus on giraffe key areas in southern Africa. Results: The 1,562 nucleotides long mitochondrial DNA dataset (cytochrome b and partial control region) comprises 138 parsimony informative sites among 161 giraffe individuals from eight populations. We additionally included two okapis as an outgroup. The analyses of the maternally inherited sequences reveal a deep divergence between northern and southern giraffe populations in Africa, and a general pattern of distinct matrilineal clades corresponding to their geographic distribution. Divergence time estimates among giraffe populations place the deepest splits at several hundred thousand years ago. Conclusions: Our increased sampling in southern Africa suggests that the distribution ranges of the Angolan and South African giraffe need to be redefined. Knowledge about the phylogeography and genetic variation of these two maternal lineages is crucial for the development of appropriate management strategies.
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The Dpartement de biologie of Universit Laval invites applications at the level of assistant (tenure-track), associate or full professor in systematics of vascular plants, bryophytes or lichens. The selected candidate will be appointed curator of the Louis-Marie Herbarium. The candidate will teach botany and plant systematics and develop an active research program in plant phylogeny, which may include a biogeographic approach and the use of genomic tools. He or she is expected to recruit and supervise graduate students. The candidate will ensure the development and promotion of the Herbarium and oversee the work of the Herbarium staff. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or exceptionally, in the process of being completed. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Established researchers are welcome to apply. The appointee is expected to teach in French after a year, to possess an excellent publication record, and to demonstrate strong teaching abilities at all levels (e.g. introductory plant diversity and graduate course in plant taxonomy/systematics). Universit Laval has an affirmative action policy committed to reducing gender imbalance; qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Closing date: December 15, 2014. Starting date: September 1, 2015. Eligible candidates should submit a letter describing their qualifications and motivation for the position, a CV, and relevant publications to Line Lapointe, Chair, Dpartement de biologie, Universit Laval, Qubec, QC G1V 0A6. FAX: 418-656-2043, directeur@bio.ulaval.ca. The letter of intent should describe the research interests and teaching philosophy of the candidate as well as propose a development plan for the Herbarium over the next ten years. The name and address of three potential referees should be included in the CV. Le Dpartement de biologie de l’Universit Laval sollicite des candidatures pour un poste rgulier de professeure ou de professeur (adjoint, agrg ou titulaire) en systmatique des plantes vasculaires, des bryophytes ou des lichens, auquel est assorti le poste de conservateur de l’Herbier Louis-Marie. Le candidat ou la candidate devra enseigner la botanique et la systmatique vgtale, dvelopper un programme de recherche indpendant et subventionn dans le domaine de la phylognie, pouvant inclure une approche biogographique et les outils de la gnomique. Il ou elle devra contribuer significativement au recrutement et la formation d’tudiants aux 2e et 3e cycles. Il ou elle devra de plus assumer la gestion de l’Herbier Louis-Marie et de son personnel, poursuivre son dveloppement et en faire activement la promotion. Formation et comptence requises : doctorat en sciences biologiques (ou de manire exceptionnelle, en voie d’obtention); exprience postdoctorale souhaitable. Les candidatures de chercheurs tablis sont les bienvenues. Exigences : - Enseigner en franais dans un dlai d’un an. - Possder un excellent dossier de publications et de recherche. - Dmontrer une capacit offrir un enseignement dynamique aux trois cycles (dont un cours d’introduction la diversit vgtale et un cours de taxinomie/systmatique vgtale) L’Universit a une politique d’quit en matire d’emploi. Les femmes sont donc fortement encourages poser leur candidature. Date de clture : 15 dcembre 2014. Le candidat ou la candidate doit entrer en poste au plus tard le 1er septembre 2015. Les personnes intresses doivent faire parvenir un dossier de candidature  : Line Lapointe, directrice, Dpartement de biologie, Universit Laval, Qubec, QC G1V 0A6. Tlcopieur: 418-656-2043, directeur@bio.ulaval.ca. Ce dossier doit comprendre une lettre de motivation et d’intention, un curriculum vitae dtaill et un exemplaire des publications les plus pertinentes. La lettre d’intention doit prsenter les avenues d’enseignement et de recherche, ainsi qu’un plan de dveloppement de l’Herbier Louis-Marie pour la prochaine dcennie. Les noms et coordonnes de trois personnes pouvant fournir une lettre d’appui doivent galement tre inclus dans le curriculum vitae. Louis Bernatchez, MSRC, FRSC Chaire de recherche du Canada en Gnomique et Conservation des Ressources Aquatiques Dpartement de biologie, Institut de Biologie Intgrative et des Systmes (IBIS) Pavillon Charles-Eugne-Marchand 1030, Avenue de la Mdecine Local 1145 Universit Laval Qubec (Qubec) G1V 0A6 Canada Tl.: 1 418 656-3402 Tlc.: 1 418 656-7176 Courriel:Louis.Bernatchez@bio.ulaval.ca Web: http://bit.ly/1w817Qa Louis Bernatchez via Gmail
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FACULTY POSITIONS IN LIFE SCIENCES Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale University, is seeking to hire one or more open rank, tenure-track, or tenured faculty members to complement our existing biology faculty. Preference will be given to those with an ability to teach across disciplinary boundaries and whose research is suitable to the involvement of undergraduates. Examples might include computational biology, microbial physiology, and developmental genetics of model organisms, but these examples are not meant to preclude any other area of research. Successful candidates will teach both within their specialties and in the Yale-NUS Common Curriculum, an innovative set of required courses that include Scientific Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning, and Foundations of Science (or Integrated Science for those likely to major in science). For information about the Common Curriculum, please refer to http://bit.ly/1w817PY. Salary, benefits, and leave policies will be competitive at an international level. Yale-NUS College is committed to supporting faculty research through various grants, research, and travel allowances; institutional assistance with proposal preparation; and administration of external grant funding. Full-time appointments are preferred, but joint appointments with other units of NUS may be negotiated. Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed, and review will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. For general inquiries, please refer to http://bit.ly/1wjPmDT, or email Jon Berrick, Search Committee Chair and Professor of Science, at: yale-nus.college@yale.edu. Yale-NUS College values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. For additional information about the College and the faculty hiring process, including submission guidelines, and to apply, please visit our website at: http://bit.ly/1sjhreO. To directly access the application portal, please visit: http://bit.ly/1wjPmDU. Emily Marie Smith Assistant Director, Yale-NUS College New Haven Office for Planning and Development Yale Office of the Vice President for Global Initiatives 282 York Street, 2nd Floor New Haven, CT 06511 203-432-1317 (office) emily.m.smith@yale.edu http://bit.ly/1wjPmDT “Smith, Emily” via Gmail
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Title: MS Research- Hellbender Ecology and Conservation Agency: Purdue University Location: West Lafayette, IN Job Description: Seeking a highly motivated student for a MS position focusing on hellbender ecology and conservation. The selected candidate will assess post-release juvenile movements and survival, characterize juvenile habitat use, and conduct habitat modifications. This project will consist of intensive field work, up to nine months, at field sites located in southern Indiana. Transportation and off-campus housing will be provided. Graduate position begins in August 2015, but opportunities for field work can begin in May 2015. Qualifications: A student with a background in herpetology or related field is preferred. Experience using radio-telemetry is desired. Applicants must have a strong work ethic and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team of graduate students working on hellbender ecology and conservation (e.g., students evaluating larval hellbender captive rearing techniques, developing ecological niche models, and hellbender genetics). Applicants also will work closely with a diverse group of scientists, state wildlife biologists, private landowners, and zoo personnel. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills are essential. Funding for research will be provided, but the successful student will need to secure a departmental assistantship through the application process from Purdues Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Competitive students will have stellar GRE scores, grades/GPA, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/MjkaSR to ensure they meet the minimum departmental requirements for admission. Students that do not meet minimum requirements will not be considered. To apply, electronically submit a single PDF that consists of a cover letter stating research and career interests, CV (including cumulative GPA and GRE scores & percentages), and contact information for three references to Dr. Rod Williams (rodw@purdue.edu). Only those applicants deemed competitive for a departmental assistantship will be asked to formally apply to the Purdue Graduate School and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Stipend: ~$18,000/yr Last Date to Apply: November 14, 2014 Contact: Rod Williams E-mail: rodw@purdue.edu Web: http://bit.ly/MxYK56 Steven J.A. Kimble, PhD Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Vertebrate Collection Curator, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University skimble@purdue.edu sjkimble@gmail.com http://bit.ly/MjkaSV Steve Kimble via Gmail
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The Department of BioSciences at Rice University invites applications for admission into our *Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program*. BioSciences is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in Ecology and Evolution, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience. Our EEB program has particular strengths in animal behavior, population and community ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary genetics and genomics. The following faculty members are potentially accepting graduate students for Fall 2015: *Scott Egan* (scott.p.egan@rice.edu): evolution, speciation, population genetics and genomics, species interactions, conservation and invasions. http://bit.ly/1tdupdQ *Volker Rudolf* (volker.rudolf@rice.edu): Community ecology, ecological networks, climate change, intraspecific variation, predator-prey interactions, cannibalism, host-pathogen dynamics. http://bit.ly/1tdupu4 *Julia Saltz* (julia.b.saltz@rice.edu): Development and evolution of individual differences in behavior, behavioral genetics, evolutionary feedbacks, phenotypic plasticity, learning. http://bit.ly/1yjmvzH *Evan Siemann* (siemann@rice.edu): Population and community ecology, forests, grasslands, plant ecology, insect ecology, plant/herbivore interactions, biodiversity, conservation. http://bit.ly/1tdupua We offer highly competitive financial support and light teaching requirements for graduate students. We are located in Houston, Texas, an exciting, diverse, and affordable city with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Rice is located beside one of the countrys largest medical research centers, providing additional opportunities in bioinformatics and genomics. Completed applications should be received by January 10 to ensure full consideration. There is no application fee for US citizens and permanent residents. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors before applying. Complete information about the graduate program, including application instructions, may be found at http://bit.ly/1tdupue. 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 Julia Saltz via Gmail
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