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October 18, 2014

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MS position in the Gross Lab: I am seeking a Master’s student who is interested in plant evolutionary genetics. My lab is located in the University of Minnesota-Duluth Biology Department, and potential students are eligible for TA funding. Research in my lab focuses on the evolution of wild, weedy, and especially domesticated plants (both annual and perennial) using a variety of genetic and genomic techniques. A graduate student would be expected to develop a research project focused on the genetics of apple, rice, or lingonberry, but other systems will be considered. Strong training in evolutionary biology is preferred, and molecular and/or bioinformatics skills are also useful. Note that the UMD Biology Department (http://bit.ly/1065pKC) has a group of evolutionary biologists with diverse interests and skills, including Dr. Julie Etterson, Dr. Tim Craig, and Dr. Jared Strasburg. This position is administered through the Integrated BioSciences (IBS) graduate program of the University of Minnesota (http://bit.ly/1wffOgT). Applications are due by January 15 for priority consideration (or January 1 for potential DOVE fellowship applicants; see IBS page for details). Before applying, please send an email describing your interest and you CV to Briana (blgross@d.umn.edu). Briana Gross via Gmail
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A *PhD position*in Human Molecular Population Genetics is open at the Laboratory of Anthropology, Genetics and Peopling history (AGP Lab) of the University of Geneva (Professor Alicia Sanchez-Mazas). We are seeking a highly motivated student to analyse /in silico/multiple sets of DNA sequences for human MHC genes (HLA) in different populations worldwide. This research is integrated to a wider research project aiming at analysing the relationships between HLA molecular variation and both human populations’ expansions and their immune adaptation to different environments (_http://ua.unige.ch/en/agp/recherche/fns/31003A-144180/_). *Requirements* Master degree in biology or equivalent; Deep interest for human evolution, population genetics, evolutionary genetics and anthropology as a whole; Strong skills in biostatistics; Strong skills in bioinformatics, previous experience in this domain being an advantage. *Terms of employment* The position starts with a 2-year appointment given that the 1rst year (trial period) is successful, and is extendable 2 years. The position is available from 1 January 2015 or to be agreed. Salary: corresponds to a position of assistant DIP (class 8/4, 70%). *Other conditions:* The PhD student is hired as an assistant, he/she will thus participate to the teaching and other activities of the AGP Lab. *About the AGP lab* The Lab is hosted by the Department of Genetics and Evolution - Anthropology Unit at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. It offers a very stimulating environment with excellent computer resources and several independent researchers. The Anthropology Unit is located in the heart of Geneva (Acacias) at walking distance from the other buildings of the Faculty of science. Both English and French are the working languages in the Lab. More details about the Lab can be found at http://bit.ly/11IHWzA *How to apply* Applications should be sent as _*a single pdf file*_by email to Professor Alicia Sanchez-Mazas (alicia.sanchez-mazas@unige.ch) _*by 31 October 2014*_. These should include a motivation letter, a detailed CV, and statements of past (Master Thesis and others) research in the domain. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas Full Professor Alicia Sanchez-Mazas via Gmail
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Deadline reminder - Friday 24th. Its a great event, but filling up fast! 16th YOUNG SYSTEMATISTS’ FORUM Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:30 am Please note date change from earlier announcement Venue: Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London, UK The annual Young Systematists’ Forum represents an exciting setting for Masters, PhD and young postdoctoral researchers to present their data, often for the first time, to a scientific audience interested in taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics. This well-established event provides an important opportunity for budding systematists to discuss their research in front of their peers within a supportive environment. Supervisors and other established systematists are also encouraged to attend. Prizes will be awarded for the most promising oral and poster presentation as judged by a small panel on the day. Again the YSF will be held the day after the Molluscan Forum (http://bit.ly/1yM3Fo7 ) also at the NHM, so that you can attned both meetings. If you are attending both you will need to register for each meeting separately. Since talk slots are limited, we ask that you register for a talk in one meeting and poster in the other, so everyone gets time in the limelight! Registration is FREE. Send applications by e-mail to (YSF.SystematicsAssociation@gmail.com), supplying your name, contact and academic address, academic level (MSc student, PhD student or postdoc), and stating whether or not you wish to give an oral or poster presentation. Space will be allocated subject to availability and for a balanced programme of animal, plant, algal, microbial, molecular and other research. Non-presenting attendees are also very welcome - please register as above. Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail in English no later than Friday 24 October 2014. The body text should not exceed 150 words in length. If the presentation is co-authored, the actual speaker (oral) or presenter (poster) must be clearly indicated in BOLD text. All registered attendants will receive further information about the meeting, including abstracts, by e-mail one week in advance. This information will also be displayed on the Systematics Association website (www.systass.org). *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Dr Ellinor MICHEL Department of Life Sciences The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road SW7 5BD London UK tel: +44-207-942-5516 -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* http://bit.ly/YjDjuAwww.systass.org). *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Dr Ellinor MICHEL Department of Life Sciences The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road SW7 5BD London UK tel: +44-207-942-5516 -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* http://bit.ly/YjDjuA -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* via Gmail

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—_000_FBE5B4773C60E147B791856BB8B128C9FF81DABELLATRIXuniversi_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Hello EvolDirers, I want to let you all know about a short (5 minute) survey about the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE). We hope you would like to take the survey if you would like to be involved with the INNGE open network or already are (e.g. via the INNGE mailing list, Twitter account: @INNGEcologist, or Facebook group). Take the survey via this link: http://bit.ly/1qMQ4or The survey is aimed to give a better characterization of the international network in terms of interests and demographics. It is also your chance to point out what you would like to see INNGE do in the future. The survey collects anonymous information (no personal ID or contact is requested). The collected data will be used to inform INNGE’s governing board and working group, and in turn ensure that INNGE is reaching and representing the needs of early-career ecologists worldwide. The survey contains 22 short questions, and it will take you approximately 5 minutes, should you decide to take it. Help with spreading the word about this survey would also be greatly appreciated. Many thanks! Rachel White Membership coordinator and governing board member of INNGE via Gmail

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October 17, 2014

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Postdoc position in Switzerland on phenology of alpine plants The ?Mountain Ecosystems? and ?Climate Research? teams at the Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the project: ?Warmer temperatures, less snow, earlier plant development? Using a long-term meteorological network to unravel temperature and snow effects on mountain vegetation?. We take advantage of a unique and extensive set of climate monitoring stations in the Swiss Alps that provides c. 20 years of climate, snow and plant growth data. We plan to extend the approach to other regions of the Alps or world. You will investigate how temperatures and snow cover influence plant phenology along geographical gradients within the network of climate stations to determine how changed climate conditions such as accelerated snowmelt control phenology and the distribution of plants. You will publish your results in international journals. The position is funded for the duration of 2 years and should start in January 2015. The work location is Davos, Switzerland. A PhD in the field of biology, ecology or botany is required and you must have experience in field work and statistical analyses particularly in R. You are able to handle and analyze large and long-term data sets and you are fluent in English. You are a team player, possess good oral and written communication skills, good organizational ability and can work efficiently. The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus part of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of landscapes and habitats, and a responsible approach to natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 500 people, of whom 130 work at SLF in Davos. Please apply online (see link below) by sending your complete application to Jasmine Zimmermann, Human Resources WSL/SLF. Christian Rixen, phone +41 (0)81 417 02 14, e-mail rixen@slf.ch, and Martine Rebetez, phone Tel. +41 (0)32 718 18 12, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. To be assured of full consideration, please apply by November 5, 2014. To apply online, press the ?apply now? button at the end of the job ad at http://bit.ly/1y1suJk Dr. Christian Rixen Community Ecology WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF Flelastrasse 11 CH- 7260 Davos tel ++41 81 417 02 14 fax ++41 81 417 01 10 e-mail: rixen@slf.ch http://bit.ly/14Eh3gD http://www.slf.ch rixen@slf.ch via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Evolutionary Genomics of Animal Domestication and Migration University of Oxford Salary: 30,434 to 37,394 Closing date: 12.00 midday on Monday, 24 November, 2014 This PDRA position will work on the Unifying Evolution and Domestication using Ancient DNA (UnDEAD) project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the leadership of Dr Greger Larson. You will join a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists and geneticists to explore the origins of animal domestication, and the use of domestic animals as a proxy to understand human migration. For more information see this website: http://bit.ly/1ujEDpg You will focus primarily on the amplification and analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences from ancient domestic animal bones and teeth using shotgun and capture techniques. The two major research questions you will explore will be: 1) the admixture between Near Eastern pigs and European wild boar during the Neolithic, and 2) the use of domestic animals to assess the resilience and survival of early North Atlantic settlements. though there is scope to persue your own research interests within the theme of the larger project. You will have a PhD in bioinformatics, population genomics, evolutionary genetics, animal genomics, or a related discipline. You will have research experience with ancient or degraded DNA and familiarity with library preparation and handling next generation sequencing results. This post is full-time and fixed-term for 3 years. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Greger Larson, email:greger.larson@arch.ox.ac.uk. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online using this link: http://bit.ly/1yLVl7L via Gmail

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Arecaceae tribe Cocoseae is the most economically important tribe of palms, including both coconut and African oil palm. It is mostly represented in the Neotropics, with one and two genera endemic to South Africa and Madagascar, respectively. Using primers for six single copy WRKY gene family loci, we amplified DNA from 96 samples representing all genera of the palm tribe Cocoseae as well as outgroup tribes Reinhardtieae and Roystoneae. We compared parsimony (MP), maximum likelihood (ML), and Bayesian (B) analysis of the supermatrix with three species-tree estimation approaches. Subtribe Elaeidinae is sister to the Bactridinae in all analyses. Within subtribe Attaleinae, Lytocaryum, previously nested in Syagrus, is now positioned by MP and ML as sister to the former, with high support; B maintains Lytocaryum embedded within Syagrus. Both MP and ML resolve Cocos as sister to Syagrus; B positions Cocos as sister to Attalea. Bactridineae is composed of two sister clades, Bactris and Desmoncus in one, for which there is morphological support, and a second comprising Acrocomia, Astrocaryum, and Aiphanes. Two B and one ML gene tree-species estimation approaches are incongruent with the supermatrix in a few critical intergeneric clades, but resolve the same infrageneric relationships. The biogeographic history of the Cocoseae is dominated by dispersal events. The tribe originated in the late Cretaceous in South America. Evaluated together, the supermatrix and species tree analyses presented in this paper provide the most accurate picture of the evolutionary history of the tribe to date, with more congruence than incongruence among the various methodologies.
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Calling all early-stage career scientists! The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in plant science by an individual in the early stages of their career (student and post-doctoral researchers with up to five years’ experience since gaining/defending their PhD are eligible). The winner will receive a prize of 2000 (GBP) and will author a short review that will be published in New Phytologist accompanied by a comment from the Editor-in-Chief and Tansley reviews Editor. The application deadline for this year’s Medal is *1 December 2014*. New Phytologist highlights the importance of plant evolution by dedicating one of its four key sections to this research area, covering studies from the molecular to ecological level. One of last year’s co-winners, Dr Jing-Ke Weng, is a plant evolutionary biologist from the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA whose research focuses on plant metabolic evolution. Read Jing-Ke’s winning Minireview ‘The evolutionary paths towards complexity: a metabolic perspective’ here: http://bit.ly/1F9NzGp. (The other co-winner of the 2013 Tansley Medal was Dr Li-Qing Chen of the Carnegie Institution for Science, USA whose winning Minireview is entitled ‘SWEET sugar carriers for phloem transport and pathogen nutrition’.) The Tansley Medal is an opportunity to award recognition to an outstanding scientist in the early stages of his or her career and supporting and nurturing the next generation of plant scientists is a core aspect of the activities of the New Phytologist Trust. I would be very grateful if you would support us in this endeavour by spreading the word to anyone you know who might be eligible to apply for the 2015 Tansley Medal. If you have any queries regarding the medal or the submission process please do not hesitate to get in touch. More details on the Medal can be found at: http://bit.ly/1c0TZah. Many thanks, Michael Dr MICHAEL PANAGOPULOS Development Coordinator, New Phytologist New Phytologist Central Office, Bailrigg House, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YE, UK Tel: + 44 1524 592839 Fax: + 44 1524 594696 Email: m.panagopulos@lancaster.ac.uk Website: http://bit.ly/1fol1vD Twitter: @NewPhyt Facebook: http://bit.ly/LvfmcO The New Phytologist Trust, registered charity number 1154867 New! 2013 Impact factor 6.545 Special Issue: Plants interacting with other organisms http://bit.ly/1ueU95U 2015 Tansley Medal application deadline 1st Dec 2014 http://bit.ly/1c0TZah New Phytologist Symposia 2015 Genomes of forest trees (Boston, USA) // Plant-microbe interactions (Munich, Germany) http://bit.ly/1fDLmnd m.panagopulos@lancaster.ac.uk via Gmail
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A funded, full-time postdoctoral position is currently available in the Extavour lab at Harvard University (Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology/Molecular and Cellular Biology). The project aims to understand how growth and patterning of distinct cell types are coordinated during organ development, using the Drosophila melanogaster ovary as a model. The successful candidate will participate in and extend ongoing work on this problem using genetic, molecular genetic, and next-generation sequencing approaches. If interested, the candidate may have the opportunity to perform comparative analysis of analogous processes in additional species, including the possibility of fieldwork in Hawaii. Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be highly motivated with a PhD or equivalent, with demonstrated expertise in Drosophila developmental genetics and a strong track record. Expertise in at least one of molecular biology, cell biology or confocal imaging is essential. Previous experience in signalling pathways, hormonal signaling pathways, reproductive biology, ovarian development, molecular mechanisms of proliferation, ecology, niche construction or morphogenesis is also highly desirable. Application Procedure: Submit your updated CV, brief description of scientific accomplishments and research interests, and have three references on your behalf sent to Cassandra Extavour at extavour@oeb.harvard.edu. Please see the attached advertisement for additional details. Dr. Cassandra Extavour extavour@oeb.harvard.edu Associate Professor Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Harvard University 16 Divinity Avenue, BioLabs 4103 Cambridge, MA 02138, USA http://bit.ly/1f5zYlG Office Tel. 1 617 496 1935 Lab Tel. 1 617 496 1949/1200 Fax. 1 617 496 9507 Extavour Lab Administration: Mimi Velazquez Tel. 1 617 496 2132 nvelazquez@oeb.harvard.edu EDEN: Evo-Devo-Eco Network http://bit.ly/1aqhQ7f edenrcn@fas.harvard.edu EDEN Administration: Barbara Perlo perlo@fas.harvard.edu “Extavour, Cassandra” via Gmail
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Dear all, We are happy to announce a Theo Murphy discussion meeting entitled, “Elements, genomes and ecosystems: cascading nitrogen and phosphorus impacts across levels of biological organization” funded by the Royal Society of London to be held in Buckinghamshire, U.K. June 1-2 2015. The meeting is open to everyone, but space is limited. Please visit the following website to request an invitation to register:http://bit.ly/11AB7jJ. This meeting will explore how environmental nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) impact the evolution and use of nucleic acids and how these effects, in turn, cascade through natural and agricultural ecosystems. It unites expertise in N and P metabolism, plant and animal genome evolution, ecology (including those interested in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning), and agriculture. The reason for this early message is to advertise funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation to help support the travel expenses of U.S. graduate students and postdocs. Applicants from underrepresented groups are specifically encouraged to apply. We will begin review of applications on December 15th 2014 to identify suitable candidates for receiving these limited awards. Please go here for information on applying: http://bit.ly/1rhPjTC Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, and kindly forward to suitable candidates. Best wishes, Puni Jeyasingh - puni.jeyasingh@okstate.edu Maurine Neiman - maurine-neiman@uiowa.edu Lawrence J. Weider - ljweider@ou.edu Dag Hessen Ilia Letich Andrew Leitch Puni Jeyasingh 501 Life Sciences West, Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-3052. Phone: (405) 744-9634. Fax: (405) 744-7824. http://bit.ly/11AB7A3 Twitter: @elementalbio Puni Jeyasingh via Gmail
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2nd Young Natural History scientists’ Meeting First Circular 4th – 6th February 2015 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris, France) The Bureau des Doctorants et Étudiants du Muséum (association for students and young researchers working at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris), Doc’up (association for PhD students working at Université Pierre et Marie Curie) and Timarcha (association for young naturalists) are pleased to announce the opening of the registration and abstract submissions for the 2nd Young Natural History scientists’ Meeting hosted at the MNHN (Paris, France) on February 4th and 5th, 2014. The meeting will be followed by excursions on the 6th during the morning to visit some of the numerous exhibitions of the Muséum and in the afternoon we will host scientific debates. We invite contributions from non permanent researchers (PhD students, postdoctorants, master students) in English (either oral or poster communications) on all aspects of natural history represented in these four sessions: - *Biodiversity Dynamics and Conservation*: any subject linked to ecology and conservation of the Earth’s biological diversity, including studies of Earth’s ecosystems, molecular diversity, the distribution, abundance and dynamics of micro- to macroscopic organisms, their interactions with both other lifeforms and/or physical environment, and conservation biology. - *Earth and Planetary Sciences*: any topic related to atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, cosmochemistry and cosmology, climate science, geochemistry, geology, geomorphology, glaciology, hydrology and limnology, mineralogy, oceanography, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, paleobiogeography, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, taphonomy, petrology, tectonics, volcanology. - *Mankind, Prehistory, Nature and Societies*: any work on biological anthropology, genetics, prehistory, social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, geography, and history and philosophy of sciences and techniques. - *Systematics, Evolution and Comparative Anatomy*: any aspects of comparative anatomy and morphology, evodevo, evolutionary ecology and behavior, experimental evolution, palaeobiology, taxonomy, phylogenetics and phylogeography, theories and models. A keynote speaker will open each of these multidisciplinary themes with a lecture on a relevant topic. *Registration and abstract submission* We propose free registration fees, including full package and tea/coffee breaks. *Deadline for abstract submission and registration is November 30th 2014 (23:59 GMT+1).* The submission process takes place on the following website: http://bit.ly/1vD5t1g A scientific committee has been appointed and will review all the abstracts. If we receive too many abstracts for oral communications only the successful abstracts will be given as talks, the other abstracts will be accepted for poster presentations. Guidelines on presentation formats will be given in the Second Circular, which will be available in early november. *Venue and travel* The conference will take place at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, in the Grand Amphithéatre du Muséum 4th and 5th February 2014. We have some travel grants available for young researchers coming from far away who can not afford to pay for the trip to Paris. Information about the application to the grants will be available in the next circular. GETTING THERE: Address: Jardin des Plantes 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire 75005 Paris - Bus: Lines 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 et 91 - Metro, RER: M5: Austerlitz, M7: Censier Daubenton, M10: Jussieu or Austerlitz, RER C: Austerlitz. - SNCF Railway Stations: Austerlitz or Gare de Lyon (but all the railway stations are connected to metro and bus lines) - Getting to Paris by plane: Paris has two major international airports: RoissyCharles de Gaulle (north of Paris) and Orly (south of Paris). There is frequent connecting city trains (RER) or buses leading to the center of Paris (and therefore connection to the metro). The transfer takes between 30 and 45 minutes. *For those interested in taking advantage of their stay in Paris to access the collections* The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle stands as a fantastic memory of life forms and minerals, holding one of the most important international reference collections. Inert objects displaying palaeontology, geology, mineralogy, meteorites, botany, zoology, prehistory, anthropology, ethnobiology and chemistry are estimated to total over 60 million specimens. Visits to our collections are welcomed, but access is dependent on the availability of curatorial staff. Delegates are strongly encouraged to contact the curators well in advance of the meeting through the colhelper interface (http://bit.ly/1dWjA5S). All the details about the Meeting can be found at: http://bit.ly/1vD5uT8 Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues who may be interested in attending, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the meeting (assobdem@mnhn.fr). We look forward to seeing you in Paris! The BDEM, Doc’up and Timarcha Christie Le Coeur via Gmail
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PhD position: The evolution of the supercolony and the role of parasites Investigating the evolution of cooperation is essential to explaining the ecological dominance of many social species. The highly successful social insects are often thought of as colonies residing in single internally-cooperative nests. In reality, many ant species form nests that connect cooperatively with neighbouring nests, becoming ‘unicolonial’. Explaining the evolution of unicolonial cooperation is challenging because although conspecifics in these extended colonies are behaving co-operatively, they also compete for resources. Resource competition means that a unicolonial strategy should be vulnerable to cheats who recognise closer kin and cooperate selectively, securing resources for their own near relatives, at the expense of the whole colony. In the light of this potential instability, how does unicoloniality arise and persist? One possibility is that parasitism drives co-occurrence of multiple queens for increased genetic diversity, allowing colonies to split between connected nests. This studentship addresses the current lack of theoretical models of the evolutionary of unicoloniality and the absence of empirical data on the effects of parasitism on unicoloniality. How to apply This project will be co-supervised by Elva Robinson (Biology, University of York) and James Marshall (Computer Science, University of Sheffield). The project will start Oct 2015 and is competitively funded. UK/EU students only. If you would like to apply, please send a CV and covering letter to: Elva.Robinson@york.ac.uk Elva Robinson via Gmail
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Department of Biology — Tenure Track Position, Conservation Genomics The Department of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is seeking a broadly trained Conversation Genomicist for a full-time tenure track position beginning in August 2015. The successful applicant will have three areas of focus: building an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and master students, teaching introductory as well as specialty-area courses to majors and non-majors, and contributing to shared university governance through participation in departmental, college or university committees, programs, and work groups as appropriate. The active, externally-funded research program will be focused on organismal conservation using analytical and model-based methods with genetic data in wild and captive populations, and will actively involve undergraduate and master students in research. Applicants specialized on a single taxonomic group will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants with broad interests and the ability to work with multiple taxonomic groups on different scales and scopes of research questions. Candidates should have experience with the collection and analysis of genetic data, including, but not limited to, using next-generation sequencing to identify target markers at individual, population, species, and community scales. Candidates should have the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting to address research questions related to molecular ecology, endangered species, phylogeography, habitat fragmentation, bio-monitoring, disease ecology, and/or energy development. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the development of a new departmental core laboratory, including the pursuit of external funding. Our department is committed to innovative teaching and research in a student-centered setting based on the Teacher—Scholar Model /(http://bit.ly/1uenlda; http://bit.ly/1uenjly)./ The successful candidate may be assigned to perform work at off-campus sites and/or provide instruction through distance education. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Biology or a related discipline by time of employment, relevant teaching experience, and active research in conservation genetics as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or external grants. Postdoctoral research experience in genomic applications to the conservation of wildlife, fishes, or plants at population, community, and/or landscape scales, a track record of successful publishing and grantsmanship, and evidence of teaching excellence is preferred. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during interview(s) which will include providing a research seminar. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 7, 2014. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system (http://bit.ly/11A492M). Please do not fax, mail or email any documentation. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will consist of a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research goals and names and email addresses of three references. Three (3) letters of reference must be on file with IUP before consideration is given for an on campus interview. At least one letter of reference should addressing teaching potential. Official transcripts will be needed for hire. Committed to excellence through diversity, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V. Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “Ms. Melanie Jean Muscatello” via Gmail
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October 16, 2014

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The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2015! Please apply online at http://bit.ly/1wfN7Cl Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply! Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,200 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume. Applications are due January 15th but we review applications on a rolling basis - the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions! Spring semester 2015 graduates are encouraged to apply! For more information and to apply online, please visit:http://bit.ly/1wfN7Cl nzerega@chicagobotanic.org via Gmail

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POST DOC POSITION IN PATHOGEN EVOLUTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGY Applications are invited for 18 month post doc (with a possibility of continuation) in the research group of Anna-Liisa Laine as part of the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the University of Helsinki. The project is centered on the interaction between host plant Plantago lanceolata and its fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis in the land Islands. With 14 years of epidemiological data complemented with intensive disease sampling since year 2010, sequenced pathogen transcriptome and solid experimental protocols, this system offers unique opportunities for testing classic hypotheses regarding pathogen evolution with direct links to epidemiological dynamics. One of the main aims of this position is to study virulence effectors of P. plantaginis using recently generated pathogen transcriptome data, and link effector variation to pathogen phenotype data and large scale epidemiological dynamics. Recent relevant publications include: Jousimo, J, Tack, AJM, Ovaskainen, O., Mononen, T., Susi, H., Tollenaere, C. & Laine, A.-L. 2014. Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics. Science, 344: 1289-1293. Tollenaere, C. Susi, H., Nokso-Koivisto, J., Koskinen, P. Tack, A. J. M., Auvinen, P. Paulin, L., Frilander, M. J., Lehtonen, R. & Laine, A.-L. 2012. SNP Design from 454 Sequencing of Podosphaera plantaginis Transcriptome Reveals a Genetically Diverse Pathogen Metapopulation with High Levels of Mixed-Genotype Infection. PLoS ONE 7: e52492. The successful candidate should have PhD / post doctoral experience with host-parasite interactions, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, plant pathology, evolutionary biology or similar, and a strong interest in studying disease in natural populations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think independently and creatively are required. You must demonstrate ability to work as part of a team, and participate in supervision of more junior group members. More information: http://bit.ly/1ry3RhK ; http://bit.ly/1F2hMqM Starting date: Early 2015 Application deadline: 16 November 2014 Mail your application (CV with publications included, contact details of two references, and a letter (MAX 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project) as a single pdf file to biotiede-mrg@helsinki.fi. Informal inquires to anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi Dr Anna-Liisa Laine Academy Research Fellow Center-of-Excellence in Metapopulation Biology Department of Biosciences PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1) FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland tel. +358 2 941 57750 allaine.it.helsinki.fi http://bit.ly/1ry3PGH http://bit.ly/1F2hMqN Anna-Liisa Laine via Gmail
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Invitation to test Sequence Bundles - a new method for visualising motifs and MSAs Dear Evoldir members, Over the past year, Science Practice together with the Goldman research group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) have been working together to design a new free open source interactive tool for visualising, exploring and discovering sequence motifs using a new visualisation method called Sequence Bundles. We’re launching the alpha version of the tool within the next couple of days and are looking for researchers in the field interested in testing it. As well as making sure that the software we are creating is functional and accessible, we are interested in its ability to support research by enabling exploration and the discovery of otherwise hidden motifs and features. If you are interested in trying the Sequence Bundles visualisation tool and willing to help us design and develop a valuable tool for researchers, please get in touch (by emailing ana@science-practice.com). We will send you the alpha version of the Sequence Bundles software and a brief overview of its key features and how to use them. We would be very grateful if after trying out the tool you would be available for a short call to give us your feedback. We’re interested not only in the functionality of the tool, but also on the added value of the visualisation - does it enable the discovery of interesting motifs, does it help generate new insights into your data and research? You can read more about the design process that led to the development of Sequence Bundles as well as the discoveries we made using the visualisation in the paper we wrote for BMC Proceedings at http://bit.ly/1vyC3kS or on our project page at http://bit.ly/1xUOKVh If you know of anyone else who would be interested in trying out Sequence Bundles please let us know or feel free to forward them this invitation. Thank you very much for your time and looking forward to learning how Sequence Bundles can help inform your research! Sequence Bundles Team (including Nick Goldman) via Gmail

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The Kelleher and Meisel labs in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston are jointly hiring a full-time laboratory technician to begin in January of 2015. A slightly earlier start date may be possible (please inquire if interested). Preferred candidates will have experience with molecular biology techniques, including PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, molecular cloning, and western blotting. Experience with immunoprecipitation, immunocytology, Illumina sequencing library prep, and Drosophila husbandry is desired, but not necessary. Proficiency in English is required. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will perform molecular biology experiments and carry out some data analysis for evolutionary genetics and genomics experiments; participate in the design of these experiments and the preparation of the resulting data for publication; provide support and training to undergraduates and graduates students who are learning molecular biology techniques; maintain the molecular biology laboratory space, including ordering reagents and maintaining equipment. Please visit the websites of the Kelleher lab (http://bit.ly/1c3Gcm6) and Meisel lab (http://bit.ly/18TDaMJ) for additional information about current research projects. You may email Erin Kelleher (eskelleher@uh.edu) or Rich Meisel (rpmeisel@uh.edu) with questions about the job, but you must submit your application via the following website to be considered: http://bit.ly/1vyC34C The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Richard P. Meisel Assistant Professor Department of Biology and Biochemistry University of Houston 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204-5001 Office: 421C Science and Research Bldg 2 Lab: 428/433 Science and Research Bldg 2 1-713-743-3607 rpmeisel@uh.edu http://bit.ly/1c3GcCk “Meisel, Richard P” via Gmail
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8th International Macrostomum Meeting: Evolution and Development in the free-living flatworm genus Macrostomum We are happy to announce that we will hold the “8th International Macrostomum Meeting” (8th IMM) here in Basel. The meeting will last from the evening of Friday, 28.11.2014 at 18:00 to the evening of Sunday, 30.11.2014 at around 16:00. With the “First International Macrostomum Meeting”, which took place in 2007, also in Basel, we have started a tradition of bringing together annually the growing community of researchers that are either using flatworms of the genus Macrostomum in their research or who are otherwise interested in research on this interesting model organism. The topics of contributed talks and posters will likely span Aging, Development, Genomics, Genome Editing, Transcriptomics, Transgenesis, Regeneration, Neurobiology, Ecotoxicology, Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Sexual Selection. It is a great opportunity to get an update on what is happening in the Macrostomum Community, and to establish personal contacts if you consider to start working on these lovely worms. As before, we want to keep things very simple and we expect everyone to be prepared to cover their own costs. In addition, we will, during the meeting, collect a small fee to cover sandwich lunches, refreshments and a joint dinner on Saturday evening (60 Euros in total). For students we will try to find floor space accommodation in the apartments of people in our group (just bring along a mat and a sleeping bag). Please let us know if you would like to be accommodated in this way (see the form below). We’ll do what we can. The other people should make a hotel reservation soon, because there are many fairs in Basel, and hotels can fill up quickly. We suggest that you book your room in the Hotel Rochat, where we routinely host guests that visit our department (http://bit.ly/1pfO9Zc), and where we therefore have special rates. These rates are 125.- CHF for single rooms and 180.- CHF for double rooms. They also have 3- and 4-bed rooms for 210.-, and 240.- CHF, respectively, if you want to share costs. The Hotel Rochat is just five minutes by foot from the Institute. Please contact them directly to make your arrangements/payments, and mention the Zoological Institute when you book to get the special rates. For people coming by plane, please note that Easyjet (http://bit.ly/1txeZ5Y), Swiss (http://www.swiss.com), and AirBerlin (http://bit.ly/1txeWXY) are flying to Basel from many European destinations. If you would like to attend the meeting (and present a poster or talk) please fill out and return the form below to lukas.scharer@unibas.ch until 5. November at the latest. Hopefully see you soon in Basel, Lukas Schrer Dita Vizoso Lucas Marie-Orlach First Name: xx Last Name: xx Institution (incl. address and Country): xx Tel: xx Email: xx Presentation (delete as appropriate): Oral/Poster/None Title: xx Authors: xx Institutions: xx Abstract (max. 300 words): xx I am a student (delete as appropriate): Yes/No I want floor accommodation (delete as appropriate): Yes/No I am looking at these kinds of worms http://bit.ly/1pfOcEd and studying these questions http://bit.ly/1txeWXZ PD Dr. Lukas Scharer University of Basel Zoological Institute Evolutionary Biology Vesalgasse 1 4051 Basel Switzerland Tel: ++41 61 267 03 66 Fax: ++41 61 267 03 62 Email: lukas.scharer@unibas.ch Homepage: http://bit.ly/1pfOcEf Lukas Schrer via Gmail
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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY The Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston (UH) welcomes applications for its graduate program in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology for Fall 2015. The following faculty in the area of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology have opportunities available for their labs: Blaine Cole (bcole@uh.edu) - Evolution and social behavior Dan Graur (dgraur@uh.edu) - Molecular evolutionary bioinformatics Dan Wells (dwells@uh.edu) - Evolution of development and behavior Diane Wiernasz (dwiernasz@uh.edu) - Sexual selection Elizabeth Ostrowski (eaostrowski@uh.edu) - Experimental evolution and social evolution Erin Kelleher (eskelleher@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics and genomics George Fox (fox@uh.edu) - Experimental evolution and origin of life Gregg Roman (gwroman@uh.edu) - Evolution of behavior Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu) - Community ecology Rebecca Zufall (rzufall@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics Ricardo Azevedo (razevedo@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics Rich Meisel (rpmeisel@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics and genomics Steve Pennings (spennings@uh.edu) - Community ecology Tim Cooper (tcooper@central.uh.edu) - Experimental evolution Tony Frankino (frankino@uh.edu) - Evolution of complex traits For more information regarding the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology graduate program at UH see: http://bit.ly/1pfOcE4 http://bit.ly/1txeZ5W The deadline for application of prospective students is February 1st, 2015, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. ___________________________ Ricardo B. R. Azevedo, PhD Associate Professor Dept. Biology & Biochemistry University of Houston 369 Science & Research 2 Houston, TX 77204-5001 Tel: 713-743 4149 Fax: 713-743 2636 Email: razevedo@uh.edu Website: wwworm.biology.uh.edu ___________________________ via Gmail

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MS ASSISTANTSHIP in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The Johnson Lab in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky University is seeking a motivated, qualified individual with prior experience in the fields of genetics and/or population biology to conduct independent research towards the completion of a Master’s of Science Degree while acting as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Biology course. Appropriate prior experience could include independent undergraduate research in any of a variety of disciplines or undergraduate coursework that utilized molecular genetic lab techniques. Specific areas of research include (but are not limited to) 1) landscape genetics of amphibians using microsatellite loci to evaluate the distribution of genetic variation and identify the interaction between geographic features and gene flow; and 2) analysis of hybrid zones using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to describe genomic patterns of admixture and identify genes of ecological interest. Desirable skills include a familiarity with standard population genetic software (Structure, Fstat, Migrate, etc.) and experience with basic laboratory techniques (PCR, sequencing, etc.). Other areas of research that fall under the broad umbrella of amphibian evolutionary ecology and conservation will also be considered. While enrolled in the Master of Sciences in Biology program at WKU, students are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present research at regional and/or national meetings. Additionally, the opportunity exists for qualified applicants to apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship that offers an enhanced financial package relative to the standard Department of Biology teaching assistantship (see below for necessary qualifications). Teaching Assistant responsibilities include: instruction of two or three 18-student laboratories once a week, preparation of laboratory materials, grading and evaluation of student performance, and weekly TA meetings with the course instructor. Instruction responsibilities include a brief pre-lab lecture describing concepts and protocols followed by hands-on demonstration of appropriate techniques. Prior teaching experience is not required, but effective communication skills are a must. A B.S. degree in biology, or closely related discipline is required. Additional requirements include: competitive GRE scores and undergraduate GPA, prior independent research experience, demonstrated excellence in course work, excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work independently and as a team member. The successful applicant minimally receives two years of TA stipend, a partial tuition waiver, and contributions towards health insurance benefits. Pertinent requirements for Graduate Research Fellowship consideration are as follows: Students must be accepted in a graduate program at WKU. Students must demonstrate outstanding scholarly promise in their selected field (e.g., GPA >3.5, GRE >315, publications, presentations, research awards, etc.). Students must have a clearly identified research topic and proposed research plan that can be completed within the framework of a masters degree program. For further details about this position please contact Dr. Jarrett Johnson: jarrett.johnson@wku.edu. To apply please submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to jarrett.johnson@wku.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately (10/15/14) and will continue until a suitable applicant is selected, with a target deadline for selection being February 1, 2015. “Johnson, Jarrett” via Gmail
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