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September 13, 2014

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TWO ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITIONS IN PLANT BIOLOGY. The Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning August 2015. We seek candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: plant cell/molecular biology, plant physiology, and plant or fungal diversity. The positions are part of a broader initiative to build a strong program in plant sciences in the UMD Biology Department. Depending on the candidates’ particular research experience in the above areas, they may instruct lecture and laboratory courses in cell biology, physiology, or taxonomy and diversity, and will also be expected to develop at least one advanced course in their area of specialization. The area of specialization within the above areas is open. The successful candidates will establish independent, externally funded research programs involving undergraduate and graduate students. Service to the depa rtment, college and University is also expected. Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute, Large Lakes Observatory, College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine and the EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division. State-of-the-art research and instruction facilities and competitive startup funding are available. Required Qualifications (must be mentioned on application/curriculum vita) include: Ph.D. or terminal degree in the biological sciences from a regionally accredited institution, evidence of potential for achievement in teaching appropriate for appointment at the Assistant Professor level, peer-reviewed publication record, and excellent written communication skills. The University of Minnesota requires that you apply online for this position. For a complete description of the positions and information on how to apply online, visit http://bit.ly/Xbayix, and search for Job Requisition 192180. Complete applications wil l be reviewed beginning October 20, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. via Gmail

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The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information http://bit.ly/1wp2Xfi. The following job is open in the University of Oulu: Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Taxonomy A full-time post-doctoral position is open in the field of Molecular Systematics in a research group led by Ph.D. Marko Mutanen in the Biodiversity Unit of the University of Oulu, Finland. This project applies state-of-the-art high-throughput sequencing technology (next-generation sequencing) and genome-wide analyses to seek answers to poorly understood but repeatedly reported phenomena in mitochondrial DNA, particularly the DNA barcode region (COI). The research will focus on examining e.g. evolutionary causes of DNA barcode sharing between species, deep intraspecific splits in mtDNA and species-level para- and polyphyly in mtDNA gene trees using Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) as a model group. Moreover, the project also concentrates on a large-scale and difficult taxonomic challenge of delimitation of allopatric populations. The results are anticipated to provide new insights into problems related to species delimitation, DNA taxonomy and other fundamental questions of taxonomy. The project will be conducted in collaboration with a broad international team of leading experts of Lepidoptera systematics. A successful applicant must have a Ph.D. degree and should have previous research experience in the field of molecular taxonomy and/or phylogenetics. Expertize and practical skills in DNA barcoding, genetics, genomic data analyses, next-generation sequencing techniques and bioinformatics are highly appreciated, though a successful applicant does not need to be an expert in all these fields. An applicant should be highly motivated, ready to commit themselves to the project, and have good skills in English language. The position will be filled November 1, 2014, but negotiable (however, latest January 1, 2015). Duration of the position is three years with an option to additional 10 months. The salary will consist of basic work demand level (5 – 6) and personal performance level (up to 46.3 % supplement to the basic level). In practice, the salary will be about 3,200 € per month (equals to about 4,276 US Dollars, 4,659 Canadian Dollars and 2,562 British Pounds as based on currencies in 15 August, 2014) at the start. Health insurance and other benefits are included. A moderate amount of teaching in courses may be required. Application, including attachments (brief letter of motivation, CV and publication list required, contact details of two references recommended), should be submitted using the electronic application form by 6.10.2014 at the following address: in Finnish: http://bit.ly/Xb7iDz in English: http://bit.ly/1wp2Xfl For further details, please contact: Project leader Marko Mutanen (e-mail: marko.mutanen(at)oulu.fi, telephone: +358 294 481256) Head of Administration Tiina Pääkkönen (e-mail: tiina.paakkonen(at)oulu.fi, telephone +358 294 481051) Marko Mutanen via Gmail
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PhD Positions in the Wolfe lab @ Tufts University, Medford, MA (Boston Area), USA Ecology and evolution of microbes in food systems The Wolfe lab in the Department of Biology at Tufts University is seeking several Ph.D. students to join the lab in the Fall of 2015. Our lab studies the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, using tractable microbial communities isolated from food (cheese, salami, and other fermented foods) as model systems. Our work spans taxonomic boundaries (we study both prokaryotes and eukaryotes) and integrates a wide variety of techniques including experimental evolution, metagenomics, comparative genomics/transcriptomics, genome engineering, and in situ community reconstructions. Our research questions are strongly anchored in basic biology, but our work will help address emerging issues in human health and food security. Current research in the lab is aimed at linking ecological and evolutionary patterns in microbial communities with the molecular mechanisms that generate these patterns. What are the molecular mechanisms that govern species distributions or community-level traits? How do these mechanisms evolve within a community and what are the consequences of trait evolution within microbial communities? We are particularly interested in exploring these questions with a focus on bacterial-fungal interactions. The Wolfe lab is based in a brand new open lab space associated with the Tufts University Medford Campus. In addition to diverse research being conducted in the Department of Biology that spans the entire breadth of biology (http://bit.ly/1600Zpa), the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the Tufts Medical School has an outstanding group of microbiologists (http://bit.ly/WDvgqA). There are also numerous potential collaborators and resources at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and the Cummings School of Vet Medicine. A new university-wide initiative, the Tufts Institute for Innovation, is providing resources to support interdisciplinary research projects that explore how microbes can improve the environment and the human condition (http://bit.ly/1niy6Ix). The academic community in the Greater Boston Area has an unprecedented collective wealth of resources in microbiology, ecology, and evolution. Applicants should have a background in ecology, evolution, molecular biology, mycology, and/or microbiology. Ideal candidates would also have a strong interest in the biology of food systems. Our work has incredible potential for science outreach and education, and members of my lab will be encouraged to communicate their science through social media, writing, and public outreach events. Students will be provided ample training for postgraduate work in academia, but I will strongly support professional development to help graduate students become leaders in industry, agriculture, and other non-academic career paths. A formal lab website is in production. In the meantime, candidates should check out my personal website (http://bit.ly/1xWMGQz) for an overview of my past and current research and teaching activities. Interested candidates should contact Benjamin Wolfe via email (benjamin.wolfe@tufts.edu) to explain their past research experience/interests and why they might be a good fit for the lab. Information on the Tufts Department of Biology Graduate Program, including graduate admissions deadlines, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xWMH6M bewolfe@gmail.com via Gmail

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September 12, 2014

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Please note corrected date (1 week earlier) 16th YOUNG SYSTEMATISTS’ FORUM Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:30 am 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. Registration is FREE. Send applications by e-mail to (YSF.SystematicsAssociation@gmail.com), supplying your name, contact address 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-participating 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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Background: Stripes and other high contrast patterns found on animals have been hypothesised to cause ?motion dazzle?, a type of defensive coloration that operates when in motion, causing predators to misjudge the speed and direction of object movement. Several recent studies have found some support for this idea, but little is currently understood about the mechanisms underlying this effect. Using humans as model `predators? in a touch screen experiment we investigated further the effectiveness of striped targets in preventing capture, and considered how stripes compare to other types of patterning in order to understand what aspects of target patterning are important in making a target difficult to capture. Results: We find that striped targets are among the most difficult to capture, but that other patterning types are also highly effective at preventing capture in this task. Several target types, including background sampled targets and targets with a `spot? on were significantly easier to capture than striped targets. We also show differences in capture attempt rates between different target types, but we find no differences in learning rates between target types. Conclusions: We conclude that striped targets are effective in preventing capture, but are not uniquely difficult to catch, with luminance matched grey targets also showing a similar capture rate. We show that key factors in making capture easier are a lack of average background luminance matching and having trackable `features? on the target body. We also find that striped patterns are attempted relatively quickly, despite being difficult to catch. We discuss these findings in relation to the motion dazzle hypothesis and how capture rates may be affected more generally by pattern type.
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Background: Human bitter taste receptors are encoded by a gene family consisting of 25 functional TAS2R loci. In addition, humans carry 11 TAS2R pseudogenes, some of which display evidence for substantial diversification among species, showing lineage-specific loss of function. Since bitter taste is thought to help prevent the intake of toxic substances, diversity at TAS2R genes could reflect the action of natural selection on the ability to recognize some bitter compounds rather than others. Whether species-specific variation in TAS2R pseudogenes is solely the result of genetic drift or whether it may have been influenced by selection due to different feeding behaviors has been an open question. Results: In this study, we analyzed patterns of variation at human TAS2R pseudogenes in both African and non-African populations, and compared them to those observable in nonhuman primates and archaic human species. Our results showed a similar worldwide distribution of allelic variation for most of the pseudogenes, with the exception of the TAS2R6P and TAS2R18P loci, both of which presented an unexpected higher frequency of derived alleles outside Africa. At the TAS2R6P locus, two SNPs were found in strong linkage disequilibrium (r2?>?0.9) with variants in the functional TAS2R5 gene, which showed signatures of selection. The human TAS2R18P carried a species-specific stop-codon upstream of four polymorphic insertions in the reading frame. SNPs at this locus showed significant positive values in a number of neutrality statistics, and age estimates indicated that they arose after the homo-chimp divergence. Conclusions: The similar distribution of variation of many human bitter receptor pseudogenes among human populations suggests that they arose from the ancestral forms by a unidirectional loss of function. However we explain the higher frequency of TAS2R6P derived alleles outside Africa as the effect of the balancing selection acting on the closely linked TAS2R5 gene. In contrast, TAS2R18P displayed a more complex history, suggesting an acquired function followed by a recent pseudogenization that predated the divergence of human modern and archaic species, which we hypothesize was associated with adaptions to dietary changes.
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Travel Fellowship Deadline FAST approaching!! Travel Fellowships for the 12th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium The Ecological Genomics Institute (ecogen.ksu.edu) at Kansas State University has funds to support student and postdoc travel fellowships to attend the 12th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium (http://bit.ly/1ktZBTN) in Kansas City from October 31st to November 2nd 2014. International students are eligible for these fellowships. TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS. The fellowships are supported by the American Genetics Association with the goal of increasing the cultural and scientific diversity of the young scientists at the symposium. AGA-sponsored students and post-docs will receive a free 3-year student membership in the AGA. Membership provides eligibility to compete for awards and participate in Council elections, a Journal of Heredity subscription and access to the entire 100-year Journal archive. Your application packet must include each of the following: 1. A title and abstract for a poster to be presented by the applicant. 2. A short CV/resume. Please include your gender and race and ethnicity for AGA reporting. 3. A paragraph on why you are interested in attending the symposium. 4. A brief letter of recommendation from your advisor submitted under separate cover. The letter should be sent to jenniferrhodes@ksu.edu by Monday, September 15, 2014. Complete application (items 1 to 4) should be submitted as a single pdf document to jenniferrhodes@ksu.edu. The deadline for submission is Monday, September 15, 2014 For questions about the application contact Michael Herman at mherman@ksu.edu or 785-532-6741 The 12th Ecological Genomics Symposium will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers that will discuss their latest research results: Zach Cheviron, University of Illinois, Evolutionary and functional genomics of high-altitude adaptation in deer mice Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University, Using Drosophilid flies to understand how the development of reproductive capacity may be influenced by ecological niche Felicity Jones, Max Planck Institute, Tbingen, Germany, Molecular mechanisms of adaptive divergence and speciation in threespine sticklebacks. Catherine Linnen, University of Kentucky, From mice to mutations: Genetic basis of adaptive coloration in Peromyscus Michael Lynch, Indiana University, Moving population-genomics forward: 5000 Daphnia pulex genomes Sean Place, Sonoma State University, Comparative transcriptomics: An alternative approach to conservation in the Southern Ocean Jesse Poland, Kansas State University, High-throughput genotype and phenotype analysis of agriculture ecosystems John Stinchcombe, University of Toronto, Ecology and genomics of life history adaptation in introduced Arabidopsis populations Alex Wilson, University of Miami, Metabolic and developmental integration of the obligate intracellular symbionts of sap feeding insects POSTER SESSIONS: A poster sessions will be held on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Poster topics should be related to the field of Ecological Genomics. A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUBMITTED POSTER ABSTRACTS WILL BE SELECTED FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS. Jennifer Rhodes via Gmail
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is offering a field based plant survey and identification course in Belize, Central America entitled $B!H(BFieldwork skills in the tropics: vegetation surveys, monitoring, and plant identification.$B!I(B The course is part of the Advanced Short Training Courses by NERC, and 10 fully funded places are available. The course is aimed for PhD students and early career scientists. Priority will be given to UK based applicants, but all applicants with strong interest are encouraged to apply. DEADLINE for applications is 10th OCTOBER 2015. For more details on how to apply, see course website: http://bit.ly/1CZfLdT, or contact Tiina Sarkinen t.sarkinen@rbge.ac.uk and David Harris d.harris@rbge.org.uk Dr Tiina Sarkinen Biodiversity Scientist Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Tiina Sarkinen via Gmail
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), North Atlantic Area is seeking highly qualified candidate for a temporary full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Molecular Biologist/ Geneticist), for the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture Research Facility in Leetown, West Virginia. Salary range of $63,091 to $82,019. This position affords the opportunity tobe a team member in the research project entitled $B!H(BIntegrated Research Approaches for Improving Production Efficiency in Salmonids$B!I(B, located within the USDA-ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture (NCCCWA), Leetown, WV, and will conduct genome mapping and molecular genetics studies to identify DNA sequence variation in positional candidate genes and regulatory elements affecting bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) resistance in rainbow trout. The specific research assignment will utilize QTL mapping and functional genomics data from previous studies at the NCCCWA and will involve gene discovery through the implementation of next generation DNA and RNA sequencing technologies combined with Genome-Wide-Association-Studies (GWAS). The successful candidate will participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in the selection and development of appropriate methodologies and experimental procedures. Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in molecular biology, physiology, genetics, life science or a related field is required. Knowledge and experience in DNA sequencing, gene cloning, PCR, and gene expression is desirable as well as professional knowledge in Fish Biology, Fish Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Immunology and/or Aquaculture. Experience with aquaculture or animal production would be an asset. Strong computer programming and analytical skills are valuable. You must meet all requirements for the position including completion of the Ph.D. prior to entrance on duty. Citizenship Restrictions Apply. Please send resume/CV to: Dr. Yniv Palti. I can be reached by email or phone at yniv.palti@ars.usda.gov, 1-304-724-8340 ext. 2134. This position is open until filled. USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Yaniv Palti via Gmail
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The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Tropical Conservation Science position. The successful candidate must have an active research program focusing on human dimensions of tropical conservation. Candidates whose research addresses anthropogenic change in tropical ecosystems from an explicitly ecological and/or evolutionary perspective, and who take a scientific approach to finding ways to engage multiple stakeholder groups as stewards of biodiversity in the tropics will be preferred. Ph.D. in Anthropology, Ecology or related field must be completed by the first day of courses (September 24, 2015). Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a CV, a Statement of Research, a Statement of Teaching, and up to three (3) representative publications via http://bit.ly/1CZ1u0P. Apply by November 10th, 2014 to ensure full consideration by the committee. “Crofoot, Margaret” via Gmail
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Biological Oceanographer The College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month academic appointment in Biological Oceanography at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level. Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand the and a history and vision of active involvement in field research in a variety of environments are required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to communicate complex oceanographic concepts and explain an education strategy that contributes to our mission of graduate education in oceanography. Applicant Requirements: Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand the ocean ecosystem, areas such as, but not limited to, coastal and marine ecology; biodiversity; trophic structure and function; biological-physical interactions; connections between molecular biology, genetics, taxonomy and ecology; conservation biology; fisheries; aquatic animal tracking; the role of biota in biogeochemistry; and ecological and biogeochemical forecasting. A deep understanding of oceanography and the role of biota in Earth processes, and a history and vision of active involvement in field research in a variety of environments are required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to communicate complex oceanographic concepts and explain an education strategy that contributes to our mission of graduate education in oceanography. Must have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline at the time of hire with research experience in the field of Marine Science and/or Biological Oceanography. Preferred qualifications: Applicants should be capable of interacting with colleagues in multi-disciplinary oceanographic research.  For the Assistant Professor rank, candidates should have a record of scholarly products and demonstrate potential for a career of creative work and scholarly publications, demonstrate potential for acquisition of extramural research funding, exhibit a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, be compelled to engage in transformative work through the co-design and co-creation of solutions, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public. For the Associate Professor / Professor rank, candidates should have an outstanding record in research, including a substantive publication and other scholarly product record, evidence of success in attracting extramural research funding, and a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, be compelled to engage in transformative work through the co-design and co-creation of solutions, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public. Application procedures: Please submit a cover letter stating qualifications. Please append research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees. Position is open until filled.  Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2014. Appointment is expected to commence prior to August 2015. To submit your application please click on the APPLY through Website button. The College of Marine Science has 26 ranked faculty covering biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography and marine resource assessment, ~110 graduate students, ~$15 million in annual research, a total endowment of ~$18 million, ~80 full-time support personnel (including engineers, technical, and College administrative staff). The College of Marine Science is a member of the C.W. Bill Young Marine Science Complex, made up of six Federal and State environmental research and operational agencies in close proximity, including the USGS Coastal Geology division, the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, the US Coastguard, the Florida Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Institute for Oceanography (FIO), and the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Several private research groups including SRI International are co-located in this research cluster. Together with the College, these agencies and institutions employ ~800 researchers, engineers, technicians and support staff, making St. Petersburg one of the largest marine-science research complexes in the southeastern US.  The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities. At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. More than 47,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, a system of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion.
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The student award “Appreciation for the Natural History of Insect Pests” is in its third year! Selection criteria and conditions: The selection committee will award $500 to the student who in the given year publishes the most interesting and inspiring research paper on insects which are usually regarded as pests. For details, please see: http://bit.ly/1tOO6d6 The award: $500 awarded annually to one recipient. Sponsored by the Forest Entomology lab at the University of Florida and by the TREE Foundation in Sarasota, FL. Who is eligible: University students regardless of their geographic location. Due date: Each year on December 31st Jiri Hulcr, Assistant Professor University of Florida | School of Forest Resources and Conservation 352-273-0299 | http://bit.ly/1hMunCS “Hulcr,Jiri” via Gmail
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Date: September 4, 2014 To: Smithsonian Marine Science Distribution From: Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network Executive Committee Subject: Call for FY15 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014 The Smithsonian¹s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowships that will advance goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory. MarineGEO is a developing partnership among diverse organizations united by focus on global-scale, long-term study of coastal biodiversity and ecosystems using standardized approaches. MarineGEO is coordinated by TMON, which includes the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay (SERC), the Smithsonian Marine Station on the Indian River Lagoon in Florida (SMSFP), the Carrie Bow Cay Marine Field Station in Belize (CCRE Program), and sites in Caribbean and Pacific Panama administered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Additional partner sites are under development. Eligibility and Award Amount. Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with two or more Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors (see Smithsonian Marine Research Staff at http://bit.ly/X5eAc5) and must select co-Advisors from more than one SI unit (NMNH, SMSFP, SERC, STRI, NZP). Stipend is $48,000 per year with an allowance for health insurance, travel, and supplies up to a total $60,000 maximum (including stipend) per year. Awards will be made for a maximum of two years, pending first-year performance review. Proposals must focus on comparative research related to MarineGEO goals (http://bit.ly/X5eBNh) and involve at least two TMON facilities. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. before commencing the fellowship. Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian within the previous year are not eligible. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective sponsors in developing their proposals. MarineGEO goals. MarineGEO and TMON are dedicated to understanding change in and relationships among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of marine ecosystems at local through global scales. Our research aims to advance scientific capacity for forecasting change and informing policy. A cornerstone of MarineGEO is the use of standardized, repeated measurements and experiments, maintained over decades, conducted across the Smithsonian¹s facilities and an expanding global network of diverse partners. This approach is designed to achieve rigorous comparative understanding across space and time, to understand variation in coastal marine ecosystems, and to assess links between local and global environmental forcing, biodiversity, and functioning of ecosystems. We seek applications for Postdoctoral research projects that address at least one of TMON¹s overarching research themes: 1. How does marine biodiversity vary through space and time across the globe? 2. How do natural and human forces (e.g. fishing, land-use, invasions, habitat loss) drive changes in marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and resilience? 3. What are the consequences for human well-being of these changes in marine ecosystems? 4. How does anthropogenic alteration of carbon cycles affect coastal marine systems and ecosystem service provision? 5. How are marine ecosystems connected via dispersal and metapopulation dynamics, and how do these connections affect responses to change and human well-being? 6. How do nearshore food webs change through space and time? 7. How can the past‹ancient through historic‹help us understand the consequences of local human activities and global change? 8. Where are the critical tipping points that lead to rapid and unwanted shifts in marine ecosystems, and how can these best be avoided? Proposal submission. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Smithsonian staff scientists prior to proposal submission. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF by midnight EST on December 1, 2014 to toscanom@si.edu. Two non-Smithsonian referees must be identified in the proposal and submit letters of support separately to the same email by this deadline. Proposal Review and Award Notification. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a panel of Smithsonian scientists for scientific merit, project feasibility and match with MarineGEO goals. Award notification will be forwarded electronically by 1 March 2015 to the applicants and their Smithsonian sponsors. Smithsonian Scientific Diving Authorization. See www.si.edu/dive Progress Reports and Publications. A progress report is required for all projects and must be submitted electronically no later than ten months after start of fellowship appointment. A final report is due upon completion of the fellowship appointment. All publications resulting from work supported by the Smithsonian Institution must include an acknowledgment of the appropriate Smithsonian Research Unit(s) and the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network. Proposal parts. Proposals are submitted via e-mail as a single PDF to toscanom@si.edu, to whom questions can also be directed. The proposal must include the following elements: I. Curriculum Vitae II. Abstract (not to exceed 300 words) III. Proposal Body (not to exceed 8 pages): 1. Introduction: Background, rationale, and support from published scientific literature. 2. Goals and Objectives: A clear statement of the central questions, problems, and/or hypotheses to be addressed, and the major objectives that will address the goals. 3. Methods: Brief summary of approach, procedures, experimental designs, technical methods, and/or statistical treatment. Summarize the types of equipment and technology required (boats, microscopes, scuba equipment, etc.) and the frequency of their need. Information on existing facilities can be found at the Smithsonian Marine Science website (http://bit.ly/17SmnMN ). 4. Work plan and schedule: Locations and preferred dates of field travel and schedule of work. 5. Research facilities: Description of which TMON facilities will be used, including SERC, SMSFP, Carrie Bow Cay, STRI¹s Caribbean and Pacific labs. 6. Significance: Anticipated contributions and significance of the project for MarineGEO. IV. Literature Cited V. Budget and Justification (max. $12,000/year): Specify costs for 1) Research Allowance to include supplies, equipment needs, and travel for research purposes (including per diem and transportation); 2) Relocation Travel Expenses to include transportation from point of origin to Smithsonian, and return after appointment concludes (does not include moving expenses); 3) Health Insurance. Indicate source and amounts of matching funds from other sources, if available. VI. Letters of Recommendation from 2 non-Smithsonian referees. Contacts. TMON Executive committee contacts: Emmett Duffy (TMON Director, SERC), Nancy Knowlton (NMNH), Greg Ruiz (SERC), Valerie Paul (SMSFP, CBC), Andrew Altieri and Rachel Collin (STRI), Mary Hagedorn (NZP). For questions about application process and status, please contact Dr. Marguerite Toscano (toscanom@si.edu). For more info http://bit.ly/1xS0M5Gwww.si.edu/dive Progress Reports and Publications. A progress report is required for all projects and must be submitted electronically no later than ten months after start of fellowship appointment. A final report is due upon completion of the fellowship appointment. All publications resulting from work supported by the Smithsonian Institution must include an acknowledgment of the appropriate Smithsonian Research Unit(s) and the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network. Proposal parts. Proposals are submitted via e-mail as a single PDF to toscanom@si.edu, to whom questions can also be directed. The proposal must include the following elements: I. Curriculum Vitae II. Abstract (not to exceed 300 words) III. Proposal Body (not to exceed 8 pages): 1. Introduction: Background, rationale, and support from published scientific literature. 2. Goals and Objectives: A clear statement of the central questions, problems, and/or hypotheses to be addressed, and the major objectives that will address the goals. 3. Methods: Brief summary of approach, procedures, experimental designs, technical methods, and/or statistical treatment. Summarize the types of equipment and technology required (boats, microscopes, scuba equipment, etc.) and the frequency of their need. Information on existing facilities can be found at the Smithsonian Marine Science website (http://bit.ly/17SmnMN ). 4. Work plan and schedule: Locations and preferred dates of field travel and schedule of work. 5. Research facilities: Description of which TMON facilities will be used, including SERC, SMSFP, Carrie Bow Cay, STRI¹s Caribbean and Pacific labs. 6. Significance: Anticipated contributions and significance of the project for MarineGEO. IV. Literature Cited V. Budget and Justification (max. $12,000/year): Specify costs for 1) Research Allowance to include supplies, equipment needs, and travel for research purposes (including per diem and transportation); 2) Relocation Travel Expenses to include transportation from point of origin to Smithsonian, and return after appointment concludes (does not include moving expenses); 3) Health Insurance. Indicate source and amounts of matching funds from other sources, if available. VI. Letters of Recommendation from 2 non-Smithsonian referees. Contacts. TMON Executive committee contacts: Emmett Duffy (TMON Director, SERC), Nancy Knowlton (NMNH), Greg Ruiz (SERC), Valerie Paul (SMSFP, CBC), Andrew Altieri and Rachel Collin (STRI), Mary Hagedorn (NZP). For questions about application process and status, please contact Dr. Marguerite Toscano (toscanom@si.edu). For more info http://bit.ly/1xS0M5G octoral-fellowship-proposals/ Shirley “Binder, Shirley H.” via Gmail
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UHohenheim.ResarchAssistant.Genomics The newly established Department of Livestock Population Genomics at the University Hohenheim (Head Prof. Dr. Martin Hasselmann) invites applications for a *Research Assistant* position with 100% of the regular working hours (currently 39.8 hours per week), initially for the duration of 3 years with possible extension for at least 2 years after successful evaluation. We are seeking a highly motivated, team spirited and creative candidate who should have received a PhD/doctorate in the field of Genetics/Evolutionary Biology. A solid background in population genetics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics and a variety of molecular techniques (e.g. protein expression, real-time PCR) is required. Experiences in the analyses of genomes and high-throughput sequencing data are essential. Participation in moderate teaching at Bachelor/Master level (4 Semester periods per week) is expected. The successful candidate should bring a strong interest to investigate organismic interaction with their abiotic and biotic environment at the molecular level in a stimulating scientific environment and well equipped research laboratories (see also http://bit.ly/1lYYj43). The payment would be in accordance with the collective agreement for public employees (TV-L E13). The University of Hohenheim is a modern university with a long tradition in the fields of agricultural and natural sciences. Research and teaching are characterized by internationality, innovation, multidisciplinarity, and consistency subject to high scientific standards. Embedded in an attractive and green environment, the University Hohenheim combines the advantages of a small campus area with the close vicinity to Stuttgart as lively and cultural centre. The University of Hohenheim is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching. Applications of disabled persons will be given preference if appropriately qualified. Please send your applications, including CV with list of publications, copies of degree certificates, detailed statement of research interest (1-2 pages) and names of two referees as */one single pdf /*by email to Prof. Dr. M. Hasselmann, martin.hasselmann@uni-hohenheim.de. For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. M. Hasselmann by email or Telephone (+49 711 459 22481) The review of applications will begin by 01.10.2014 and late applications are considered until the position is filled. via Gmail
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A TWO-YEAR POSITION AS AN POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW (SKO 1352) IN ANCIENT DNA AND EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS OF VIKING AGE PLANTS AND ANIMALS is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. Applications are invited for a two-year position as a postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) in the field of ancient DNA and evolutionary genomics at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES; www.cees.uio.no), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of the team working on the project “Tracking Viking-assisted dispersal of biodiversity using ancient DNA” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Application Deadline: 17th of October 2014. Starting date: Tentatively 01.04.2015 For full announcement, see http://bit.ly/1lYYgFt Project description The primary objective of this project is to investigate how Viking trade and agriculture have shaped the genomic composition of plants and animals, and increase our understanding of the evolutionary heritage left in contemporary varieties. We focus on species of profound agricultural, cultural and industrial importance (horse, flax and barley) for which excellent genomic tools have recently been developed. In this project we have access to unique samples from different countries that will be analyzed using whole genome, high-throughput sequencing approaches. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary, international team that brings together experts from the fields of biology, archaeology and palaeontology. Furthermore, this project forms a close collaboration between the CEES, the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Museum of Cultural History (KHM) at the University of Oslo. Requirements Applicants must hold a PhD-degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) with a background within population genomics, evolutionary genomics and/or ancient DNA research. The candidate should be able to document strong analytical skills and experience in the laboratory. Experience with ancient DNA, analytical or experimental, will be an advantage. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the rest of the team at CEES, NHM and KHM, as well as our national and international partners (Denmark and Great Britain) within this project. Some time will be spent visiting the collaborating partners overseas. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain insight and publish papers in leading, international journals, and in possession of good interpersonal skills and willing to work in close collaboration with others. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions: http://bit.ly/1pVJqud The Department The Department of Biosciences is the largest unit of biological research in Norway, working on a broad range of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology and evolution at all scales from genomes to ecosystems. Information about the department can be found at: http://bit.ly/1lYYj3T The CEES The project will be based at the CEES (www.cees.uio.no), a center for integrative biological research that has been awarded the status of a National Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway. The CEES is based at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo and is chaired by Prof Nils Chr. Stenseth. The CEES is also one of the partners in the Norwegian High-Throughput Sequencing Centre (NSC). Furthermore, a brand-new state-of-the-art ancient DNA facility will be opened at the end of 2014. The CEES provides a stimulating research environment, with many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, palaeogenetics, and statistical methodology. Language A good command of English is required: http://bit.ly/1pVJquh The application must include: * Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal assessment focusing on how you fit the description of the person we seek * A brief (1 A4) project plan for the research to be undertaken * CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities) * Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records * A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 5 academic work that applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee * Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number) Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Salary (applicable for the University of Oslo) Pay Grade: 57-65 (NOK 482 800 -559 600 per year, depending on qualifications) The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.: http://bit.ly/1lYYgVIwww.cees.uio.no), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of the team working on the project “Tracking Viking-assisted dispersal of biodiversity using ancient DNA” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Application Deadline: 17th of October 2014. Starting date: Tentatively 01.04.2015 For full announcement, see http://bit.ly/1lYYgFt Project description The primary objective of this project is to investigate how Viking trade and agriculture have shaped the genomic composition of plants and animals, and increase our understanding of the evolutionary heritage left in contemporary varieties. We focus on species of profound agricultural, cultural and industrial importance (horse, flax and barley) for which excellent genomic tools have recently been developed. In this project we have access to unique samples from different countries that will be analyzed using whole genome, high-throughput sequencing approaches. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary, international team that brings together experts from the fields of biology, archaeology and palaeontology. Furthermore, this project forms a close collaboration between the CEES, the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Museum of Cultural History (KHM) at the University of Oslo. Requirements Applicants must hold a PhD-degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) with a background within population genomics, evolutionary genomics and/or ancient DNA research. The candidate should be able to document strong analytical skills and experience in the laboratory. Experience with ancient DNA, analytical or experimental, will be an advantage. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the rest of the team at CEES, NHM and KHM, as well as our national and international partners (Denmark and Great Britain) within this project. Some time will be spent visiting the collaborating partners overseas. We seek a highly motivated, enthusiastic person with the ambition to gain insight and publish papers in leading, international journals, and in possession of good interpersonal skills and willing to work in close collaboration with others. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions: http://bit.ly/1pVJqud The Department The Department of Biosciences is the largest unit of biological research in Norway, working on a broad range of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology and evolution at all scales from genomes to ecosystems. Information about the department can be found at: http://bit.ly/1lYYj3T The CEES The project will be based at the CEES (www.cees.uio.no), a center for integrative biological research that has been awarded the status of a National Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway. The CEES is based at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo and is chaired by Prof Nils Chr. Stenseth. The CEES is also one of the partners in the Norwegian High-Throughput Sequencing Centre (NSC). Furthermore, a brand-new state-of-the-art ancient DNA facility will be opened at the end of 2014. The CEES provides a stimulating research environment, with many young international and Norwegian scientists working on a variety of theoretical and empirical topics within ecology, evolution, population genetics, genomics, phylogenetics, molecular biology, palaeogenetics, and statistical methodology. Language A good command of English is required: http://bit.ly/1pVJquh The application must include: * Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal assessment focusing on how you fit the description of the person we seek * A brief (1 A4) project plan for the research to be undertaken * CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities) * Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records * A complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 5 academic work that applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee * Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number) Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Salary (applicable for the University of Oslo) Pay Grade: 57-65 (NOK 482 800 -559 600 per year, depending on qualifications) The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.: http://bit.ly/1lYYgVI In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. If you have any questions regarding the application procedure or would like to know more about the project, please do not hesitate to contact: Dr Sanne Boessenkool: sanne.boessenkool@ibv.uio.no or Dr Anneleen Kool: anneleen.kool@nhm.uio.no Application Deadline: 17th of October 2014. Starting date: Tentatively 01.04.2015 Regards, Olaf K. Sund HR Officer Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences University of Oslo Olaf Kristian Sund via Gmail
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Postdoc position in phylogeny and macroevolution of venomous organisms Speciation and diversification in venomous organisms are often associated with prey and toxin diversification. In the conoideans, a group of marine gastropods predators of worms, molluscs and fish, studied since 40 years for the potential therapeutic applications of the toxins they produce, it is generally accepted that the apparition of the venom apparatus explain the high species diversity in this group. However, the number of species and the distribution area varies among lineages, and the apparition of the venom apparatus in itself cannot explain these differences. Recent studies showed that the structure of the venom apparatus, including the morphology of the radula and the presence of accessory anatomical structures, together with the toxin composition of the venom, can also vary among lineages. The goal of the project is thus to (i) estimate the rates of diversification in the Conoidea to eventually detect variations in time and among lineages, and (ii) correlate these variations with various characters linked to the venom apparatus (morpho-anatomy, toxin composition). This project is part of the ANR program CONOTAX (ANR-13-JSV7-0013-01) whose objective is to understand the process of diversification in the Conoidea, both at the phylogenetic and species level, combining the analysis of the species diversity, the prey diversity and the toxin diversity. More info can be found on the CONOTAX website (http://bit.ly/WRd6le The post-doc will be in charge of the constitution of the dataset and the analyses: phylogenetic reconstruction, datation and estimation of diversification rates and correlation with character evolution. The first step of the work will thus be to complete the available molecular phylogeny of the groups. All the known families are represented in the collections of the MNHN (National Museum of Natural History), but expeditions on the field are already planned for 2015, at which the post-doc could participate. The methodology used until now (Sanger sequencing of traditional genes for gastropods COI, 12S, 16S, 28S, H3, 18S) does not resolve the deeper nodes, and the postdoc will thus have to set up a new methodology for the group using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). Three approaches will be explored: sequencing of complete mitochondrial genomes, sequencing of transcriptomes, and exon-capture. Available fossils for the group will then be used to date the tree and rates of diversification will be estimated. The successful candidate will be funded by the CONOTAX program (Net salary: 2,200 per month) and hosted in the Service de Systmatique Molculaire and the UMR7205 / ISYEB, in the MNHN of Paris. It is a one-year position that can be extended for another year, and it will start on January 1st, 2015. Applicants should have: - a PhD degree in a relevant field - experience with molecular laboratory techniques, and in particular NGS - a good knowledge in molecular phylogeny and in phylogenetic approaches for studying diversification - a good scientific publication record - a good capacity to handle a scientific project, interact with other members of the lab and a willingness to train students. How to apply: send a full CV (including a list of your skills relevant for the position and a list of publications) and a 2-3 pages document to explain how you would handle the project, and in particular what strategy you would apply to resolve the phylogeny of the Conoidea. Provide also the name and coordinates of 2 referees. Send you application before October 31st, 2014. Contact (questions, applications): Dr. Nicolas Puillandre, puillandre@mnhn.fr nicolaspuillandre@gmail.com via Gmail

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION IN PALEOGENOMICS The Paleogenomics Lab at the University of California Santa Cruz seeks a postdoctoral scholar to participate in an international collaboration whose goal is to improve the efficiency of DNA isolation and genomic library preparation protocols that are used when working with ancient and historic remains. The Postdoctoral Scholar will use these new techniques to develop a research project within one of the major research themes of the laboratory, for example how environmental change and/or inter-species hybridization affects the distribution of genomic diversity within a population or species. Full details of the position can be found on our website: http://bit.ly/1fHXedr The Paleogenomics lab uses genomic data isolated from the preserved remains of plants and animals that lived during the last ~1 million years to better understand how genetic diversity is generated and maintained within populations through time. The Lab is jointly run by Professors Beth Shapiro and Ed Green and combines experimental and computational approaches to address a variety of paleogenomics topics. The successful candidate will work cooperatively with a team of scientists including molecular biologists, geologist, paleontologists and biostatisticians to: (1) Refine laboratory protocols for the extraction, amplification, and characterization of ancient DNA; (2) Develop new protocols to enrich ancient samples for genomic targets of interest, for example specific loci or complete genomes; (3) Develop a focal project that will add to the growing body of data describing global changes in biodiversity within the last 100,000 years. Please send a CV, Statement of Interest, and contact information for three references to Beth Shapiro at bashapir@ucsc.edu. Consideration of applications will begin 15 Sep 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. *** The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the Universitys equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office atapo@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4300. beth.shapiro@gmail.com via Gmail

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A post-doctoral position is available for two years, on the following project, ‘Dynamics of yeasts and lactic acid bacteria interactions in sourdoughs ecosystems’. The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with two research groups, one located in Montpellier, the other in Gif-sur-Yvette, France. Project The community dynamics of an ecological niche is driven partly by selection and by complementation interaction between organisms. These interactions have been studied extensively for social organisms, or host-parasites interactions. Microbial species interactions in food-processing systems have drawn less attention. Sourdough, which includes less than ten species according to published studies, appears as a relatively simple model for studying positive and negative interactions. In sourdoughs, Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and yeasts are always found together suggesting ecological facilitation between these prokayotes and eukaryotes. By contrast, within LAB and within yeasts, we observe a dominant species suggesting that competition drives the dynamics of the species diversity. The post-doctoral fellow will conduct experimental and mathematical modeling studies to understand: i) how yeast species and LAB species interact during the fermentation process; and ii) whether yeasts and LAB associations enhance the resilience of the sourdough community to the colonization by the commercial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The dynamics of sourdough ecosystems and its resilience to commercial yeast will be analysed both experimentally by microbial community monitoring and mathematically by modelling population dynamics in sourdough microbial community. Requirements The successful candidate will have a PhD in ecology or microbiology and will demonstrate interest and abilities for both experimental and theoretical work. Ideally, the candidate will have skills in microbiology, ecology, mathematical modeling of systems dynamics, statistical analysis and R programming. He/she will also show enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and ability to communicate effectively with other scientists at the interface of empirical and theoretical studies. Research environment The position is funded by a French interdisciplinary project untitled ‘Diversity and interactions in a low-input ’ Wheat/Human/Sourdough’ agro-food ecosystem: toward a better understanding of bakery sustainability’ (Project ANR BAKERY, 2014-2018). This project includes eight academic partners with complementary skills (bio-mathematics, plant genetics, microbiology, sociology, centre for genetic resources managements) as well as bakers and farmers/bakers. The experimental part of the post-doctoral project will be carried out in the research group ‘Yeasts diversity and adaptation to anthropic environment’ on the Supagro campus in Montpellier (http://bit.ly/1AF1SxJ) and the modeling part will be done in the research group ‘Fundamental Quantitative Genetics’ in Gif-sur-Yvette (http://bit.ly/1sxVYOc). The candidate will share his/her time between both locations according to personal convenience and scientific queries. Terms Full time contract for 24 months. The salary varies depending on the candidate experience. Starting date: from October 2014 Application and Contacts For application, please send a short CV including a description of past and present research activities, a motivation letter and the contact details of at least two referees. Application and informal enquiries should be sent to Delphine Sicard (sicard@supagro.inra.fr) and Judith Legrand (judith.legrand@moulon.inra.fr). delphine.sicard@supagro.inra.fr via Gmail

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The Faculty of Sciences, Department Biology-Ethology of the University of Antwerp and the Terrestrial Ecology Unit of the University of Ghent are seeking to fill the following vacancy (m/f): Ph.D. student in Behavioural Ecology Job description: Raising offspring requires a substantial amount of parental care and it may be necessary that both parents contribute. While parents both benefit from the overall level of parental care, they only pay a cost for their own contribution. As such, sexual conflict arises because of different fitness optima for a given behaviour. Consequently, parents will negotiate how much to invest, which will depend on how well they are informed about offspring need and about the contribution of their partner. In the proposed project we will make use novel GPS tracking devices to investigate parental decision rules, along with their consequences for offspring development in great detail. We will apply sophisticated cross-fostering experiments in a wild population of individually marked Lesser black-backed gulls, a long-lived migratory species breeding in a heterogeneous environment. We combine large scale behavioral observations, physiological measures and state-of-the-art tracking approaches. The latter will also enable us to track carry-over effects of the rate of parental care throughout the annual cycle. Profile and requirements: * you have a Master degree in Biology or an equivalent degree in life sciences. * you are an enthusiastic and motivated student with a strong interest in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology, who likes working in the field under at times harsh conditions. Preferentially you have already experience in fieldwork, but this is not essential. * you have good organizational, writing and presentation skills and should be able to work well both independently and in a team environment. We offer: * a Ph.D. scholarship for one year, and extension for another three years after positive evaluation. * the project will be carried out in close collaboration with Ghent University (joint FWO funded project). * during fieldwork, you will form part of a small research team (1-2 PhD students, 2 field assistants) studying different aspects of gull ecology. * based at the University of Antwerp, the successful applicant will join a young, dynamic and stimulating group of researchers working on all 4 major aspects of animal behaviour (causation, development, function, evolution), with particular emphasis on bird family life (maternal effects, phenotypic plasticity, parent-offspring conflict & co- adaptation) (see http://bit.ly/JzPMCb and http://bit.ly/1jgRMzy) * the preferred starting date is 1 January 2015 Interested? * Please send all application material including 1) your curriculum vitae 2) a brief (250 words) summary of your reasons for applying and 3) contact information of max. 2 referees) as single PDF-file to: Wendt.Mueller@uantwerpen.be. Review of the applications will start on 31 October 2014 and continue until the position is filled, interviews of short-listed candidates will be held early November. * For more information, contact Prof. Wendt Müller (Wendt.Mueller@uantwerpen.be) or Prof. Luc Lens (Luc.Lens@ugent.be) Wendt Müller University of Antwerp Department of Biology-Ethology NEW: Campus Drie Eiken C 1.11 Universiteitsplein 1 2610 Antwerp (Wilrijk), Belgium NEW: e-mail: Wendt.Muller@uantwerpen.be NEW: web: http://bit.ly/JzPMCb NEW: tel +32 32652288 fax +32 32652271 mobile:+32 473567276 Müller Wendt via Gmail
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