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March 20, 2015
Dear Colleagues, *** NOTE: Registration closes April 6 *** Registration and Abstract submission are now open for the 28th PopBio Conference on plant ecology and evolution, which will take place on 14-16 May 2015 in Tübingen, Germany. http://bit.ly/1H6NKBx Keynote Speakers: »Eric Allan>Spencer Barrett>Yvonne Buckley>Sinead Collins>Detlef Weigel via Gmail
March 19, 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow - Parasite Genomics Salary range: 30202 to 37860 per annum plus excellent benefits. We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and ambitious Postdoctoral Fellow to play a leading role in a large, collaborative project using genomic approaches to understand the genetics of anthelminthic drug resistance in Haemonchus contortus and Teladorsagia circumcincta, the most important gastrointestinal nematode parasites of small ruminants. The post is funded by BBSRC, and will be for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for an additional 2 years. Key aspects of the role are the analysis and interpretation of whole genome resequencing data from a genetic cross, of populations of worms from UK farms, and of individual worms from the same populations. The role will also include working with colleagues to produce a reference genome for T. circumcincta. The project aims to leverage the understanding of anthelminthic resistance we gain to develop practical guidance for on-farm management, and so will involve collaboration with vets, parasitologists, modelers and economists (http://bit.ly/1MSExyG). Strong candidates will need excellent communication and organizational skills, as explaining the results of genomic analyses to these professionals in an accurate but accessible way will be critical. The post will be based with the parasite genomics group, a diverse and collaborative research environment, and the institute has unparalleled resources and expertise available to support genomic research. This post is fixed-term for 3 years in the first instance, possible extension to 5 years. Closing date for applications is: 29th March 2015. Please see http://bit.ly/19EHgj9 for further details and to apply ___________________ James Cotton Senior Scientist Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge. CB10 1SA UK firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 494864 via Gmail
—Apple-Mail=_EC1F61F5-83FE-48BD-93A8-0D30BA5CBB20 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 The Department of Biology at Willamette University welcomes applications for a non-tenure-track, visiting assistant professor position to begin August 2015. The appointment will be for one year, with potential for renewal up to three years depending on successful teaching. We are seeking a broadly trained biologist who is strongly committed to excellence in both teaching and research in a liberal arts college environment. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 6 course units a year (1.0 unit/lecture, 0.5 unit/lab). The teaching assignments will include an introductory non-majors biology course (BIOL 110 Principles of Biology) and an introductory course for biology majors in (Biology 125 Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity). The candidate will also be asked to teach intermediate and advanced courses in his or her area of expertise. These might include: General Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Ecology, or Behavioral Ecology. Course sizes range from 12 to 48 students. Teaching in our department is inspired by Vision and Change (NSF, AAC&U, 2011) and research training is deeply imbedded in the curriculum at all levels. The Departmental culture encourages visiting faculty to seek extramural funding for research and pedagogical projects. Visiting faculty are also eligible to apply for department funding to support their teaching and scholarship. About Biology at Willamette: Through a research-rich curriculum that affords high-impact student engagement, our students learn how to discover knowledge for themselves, becoming life-long learners and creators. 60% of our graduates enter careers in science and technology, including MD and PhD programs at the nation’s leading research institutes. Our faculty aspire to be outstanding teacher-scholars, committed to excellence in teaching and research. Since 2005, the eight faculty members in Biology have received 41 research and education grants totaling $3.7 million, including two NSF CAREER awards. These awards have provided research experiences for 103 undergraduates. For more information about the Department of Biology, please visit http://bit.ly/1lADqKx. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field; prior teaching experience is preferred but not required. A.B.D candidates will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed before beginning the appointment. Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required. To apply go to: http://bit.ly/1H1NKT7 The following materials will need to be uploaded as part of your online application: 1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position. 2. A copy of your CV 3. A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy and practice, and identifying advanced courses that you would be interested in teaching. 4. A research statement describing your current and future research goals, and how you might involve undergraduates in your work. 5. A diversity statement describing your experience with diverse populations and importance of diversity in teaching and research communities. 6. Copies of your graduate transcripts. 7. Three reference letters that address both research and teaching potential.* *As part of the online application, please include three references and notify them that they will be contacted electronically. The email from Human Resources will include a link where they will be able to submit a letter of recommendation/reference on your behalf. Please note letters will only be accessible to the search committee. Inquiries may be addressed to: David Craig, Search Chair Biology Department email@example.com. Open until finalists are selected. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 30, 2014. If you need assistance applying for this position please contact Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.370.6210 Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Willamette University is a selective residential liberal arts college in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Situated in Oregon’s capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2000 students), and graduate programs in Law and Management. The academic year is divided into two semesters, beginning in late August and ending in May. The academic undergraduate profile is competitive, with a GPA of 3.75 and average composite SAT scores of 1850. Recent students have received prestigious NSF, Watson, Truman, Fulbright, and Goldwater fellowships. Salem is located in the center of the Willamette Valley, approximately an hour’s drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. To learn more about Willamette University, please visit http://bit.ly/1lADp9C. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Christopher Irwin Smith Associate Professor and Chair Department of Biology Willamette University Salem, OR 97301 ph: 503-370-6181 fax: 503-375-5425 Google Calendar Lab Website: http://bit.ly/1bAQF68 —Apple-Mail=_EC1F61F5-83FE-48BD-93A8-0D30BA5CBB20 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=windows-1252The Department of Biology at Willamette University welcomes applications for a non-tenure-track, visiting assistant professor position to begin August 2015. The appointment will be for one year, with potential for renewal up to three years depending on successful teaching.
We are seeking a broadly trained biologist who is strongly committed to excellence in both teaching and research in a liberal arts college environment. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 6 course units a year (1.0 unit/lecture, 0.5 unit/lab). The teaching assignments will include an introductory non-majors biology course (BIOL 110 Principles of Biology) and an introductory course for biology majors in (Biol ogy 125 Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity). The candidate will also be asked to teach intermediate and advanced courses in his or her area of expertise. These might include: General Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Ecology, or Behavioral Ecology. Course sizes range from 12 to 48 students.Teaching in our department is inspired by Vision and Change (NSF, AAC&U, 2011) and research training is deeply imbedded in the curriculum at all levels. The Departmental culture encourages visiting faculty to seek extramural funding for research and pedagogical projects. Visiting faculty are also eligible to apply for department funding to support their teaching and scholarship.
About Biology at Willamette: Through a research-rich curriculum that affords high-impact student engagement, our students learn how to discover knowledge for themselves, becoming life-long learners and creators. 60% of our graduates enter careers in science and technology, including MD and PhD programs at the nation’s leading research institutes. Our faculty aspire to be outstanding teacher-scholars, committed to excellence in teaching and research. Since 2005, the eight faculty members in Biology have received 41 research and education grants totaling $3.7 million, including two NSF CAREER awards. These awards have provided research experiences for 103 undergraduates.
For more information about the Department of Biology, please visit http://bit.ly/1lADqKx. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field; prior teaching expe rience is preferred but not required. A.B.D candidates will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed before beginning the appointment.Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.To apply go to: http://bit.ly/1H1NKT7
The following materials will need to be uploaded as part of your online application:1. A cover letter describing your interest in the position.2. A copy of your CV3. A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy and practice, and identifying advanced courses that you would be interested in teaching.4. A research statement describing your current and future research goals, and how you might involve undergraduates in your work.5. A diversity statement describing your experience with diverse populations and importance of diversity in teaching and research communities.6. Copies of your graduate transcripts.7. Three reference letters that address both research and teaching potential.**As part of the online application, please include three references and notify them that they will be contacted electronically. The email from Human Resources will include a link where they will be able to submit a letter of recommenda tion/reference on your behalf. Please note letters will only be accessible to the search committee.Inquiries may be addressed to:
David Craig, Search ChairBiology Departmentdpcraig@willamette.edu.Open until finalists are selected. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 30, 2014. If you need assistance applying for this position please contact Human Resources, email@example.com or 503.370.6210Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Willamette University is a selective residential liberal arts college in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Situated in Oregon’s capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2000 students), and graduate programs in Law and Management. The academic year is divided into two semesters, beginning in late August and ending in May. The academic undergraduate profile is competitive, with a GPA of 3.75 and average composite SAT scores of 1850. Recent students have received prestigious NSF, Watson, Truman, Fulbright, and Goldwater fellowships.
Salem is located in the center of the Willamette Valley, approximately an hour’s drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. To learn more about Willamette University, please visit http://bit.ly/1lADp9C.
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Christopher Irwin SmithAssociate Professor and ChairDepartment of BiologyWillamette UniversitySalem, OR 97301ph: 503-370-6181fax: 503-375-5425Google CalendarLab Website:http://bit.ly/1bAQF68
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Bonjour, Rappel: les inscriptions pour l’école thématique Eco-Evo-Epigen le 18-22 Mai 2015 à St.Pierre d’Oléron sont ouverts sur le site http://bit.ly/1H1JL9f L’école est organisé par le Réseau thématique pluridisciplinaire (RTP) 3E Epigénétique en Ecologie et Evolution. La participation à l’école thématique est gratuit pour les membres CNRS. Pour les membres externes: thesards 150, PostDoc/IE/IR/ 300. Le nombre de participants est limité à 40. Date limite est le 20 mars 2015. A très bientôt - Christoph Grunau — Dear Colleagues, Reminder: I am happy to announce that the enrollements for the CNRS “summer” school Eco-Evo-Epigen the 18-22 Mai 2015 in St.Pierre d’Oléron (France) are now open on our website http://bit.ly/1H1JL9f This event is organised by the research network 3E (Epigenetics in Ecology and Evolution). Inscription is free for CNRS members. Non-CNRS are asked to contribute 150 for PhD students and 300 for PostDocs etc. The number of participants is limited to 40. Official languages are French and English. Deadline for inscription is March 20, 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information. Very best regards - Christoph Grunau — Programme: • Aspects historiques et épistémologiques de l’épigénétique Francesca Merlin (CR2, CNRS-IHPST), Antonine Nicoglou (PostDoc Labex “Who Am I?”, CRPMS & Institut Jacques Monod, IHPST) Conférence/débat • Bases épigénétiques de la plasticité et variabilité phénotypiques Stéphane Maury (Pr. Univ Orléans), Marie Mirouze (CR2, IRD) Cours interactif • Rôle de l’épigénétique dans la structuration et l’évolution des génomes Marie Mirouze (CR2, IRD), Clémentine Vitte (CR1, CNRS) Cours interactif • Concepts et modèles de l’héritabilité Frank Johannes (Pr. Univ of Groningen), Etienne Danchin (DR CNRS) Cours interactif • Techniques d’épigénétique moléculaire: quels outils pour quelles questions Stéphane Maury (Pr. Univ), Marie Mirouze (CR2, IRD), Clementine Vitte TD/TP • Analyse et traitement des données (BS-Seq, Me-DIP, ChIP-Seq) Christoph Grunau (Pr. Univ), Clémentine Vitte (CR1, CNRS) TD/TPbioinfo • Techniques spécifiques à l’analyse ADN répétées et ARNs « non-codants » Cristina Vieira (Pr. Univ), Emmanuelle Lerat (CR1, CNRS) TD/TPbioinfo • Définition de l’épigénétique Frank Johannes (Pr. Univ of Groningen), Antonine Nicoglou (PostDoc Labex “Who Am I?”, CRPMS & Institut Jacques Monod, IHPST) table ronde • Vers une nouvelle conception de l’hérédité, implications évolutives Francesca Merlin (CR2, CNRS-IHPST), Etienne Danchin (DR CNRS) table ronde Christoph Grunau Prof. des Universités/Professor (HDR) IHPE UMR 5244 Université de Perpignan Via Domitia 58 Avenue Paul Alduy Bât R F-66860 Perpignan Cedex, France Tel 33 (0)18.104.22.168.80 Fax 33 (0)22.214.171.124.81 http://bit.ly/1DC2FWF http://bit.ly/1781fhu Christoph Grunau via Gmail
Registration for the inaugural meeting of the Pan American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology is open! Mark your calendars for the meeting dates, 5-9 August, 2015. Only a few spots left!!! *The registration deadline is April 1, 2015. Click **here* * to register.* Follow us: @EvoDevoPanAm Join Us: #EvoDevo15 A few meeting highlights: - *Confirmed speakers: *Chris Amemiya, Alexa Bely, Sean Carroll, Rachel Collin, Kim Cooper, Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Matt Gibson, Angela Hay, Vivian Irish, Catherine Linnen, Mark Martindale, Jose Xavier Neto, Natalia Pabn-Mora (Early Career Award Recipient), Richard Palmer, Rudy Raff (Pioneers Award recipient), Bob Reed, Matt Rockman, Neelima Sinha, Stacey D. Smith, Ralf Sommer, Mansi Srivastava, James Umen - Published abstracts - Posters on display throughout the entire meeting - Poster prizes for PhD students and postdocs - Child Care reimbursement available!! Bring the whole family. All details about registration, accommodation options, child care services, and the conference program are available at the following website: http://bit.ly/1D23EcV Support the Society and Become a Member!! To learn more about PASEDB, visit the following website: http://bit.ly/1ElPbx4 The Organizing Committee and the PanAm SEDB Executive Council look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley in August! Chelsea Specht via Gmail
SSB Graduate Student Research Award The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) announces the 2015 annual Graduate Student Research Award competition. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 24, 2015. The purpose of these awards is to assist students in the initiation (FIRST TWO YEARS ONLY) of their systematics projects and in the collection of preliminary data to pursue additional sources of support (e.g., Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation) or to enhance dissertation research (e.g., by visiting additional field collection sites or museums). Applicants may be from any country, but MUST be members of SSB, and are advised to join the Society as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: http://bit.ly/1dNmBDj). Previous awardees may not re-apply, but previous applicants who were not selected for funding are encouraged to re-apply. Only students in their first two years of a degree program are eligible. Awards range between $1200 - $2000 and approximately 10-15 awards will be made. How to Apply: applicants must submit 1. a curriculum vitae (maximum one page); 2. brief research proposal including objectives, methods, significance, and schedule (maximum of three single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables); 3. budget and budget justification (maximum one page); 4. and arrange for two reference letters; one letter must be from the student’s current graduate advisor. All application materials must be in electronic format. Applicants and those writing reference letters are required to use pdf format to minimize difficulties in file transfer. Applicants should send all materials (except reference letters) in a SINGLE pdf file. Letters of reference should be sent separately by the referees in pdf format or in the text of an e-mail; please include the FULL NAME OF APPLICANT in reference letters. Please email all application materials and queries to Sean Brady, Chair of the SSB Awards Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE E-MAIL, PLEASE INDICATE “Student Research” FOLLOWED BY FIRST INITIAL AND LAST NAME. To be considered for this year’s award, ALL application materials, INCLUDING letters of recommendation, must be received electronically no later than April 24, 2015. Please see the SSB website (http://bit.ly/1dNmDv7) for additional submission instructions. Questions via email may be addressed to Sean Brady (email@example.com). Sean Brady Awards Director Society of Systematic Biologists firstname.lastname@example.org 202-633-0997 “Brady, Sean” via Gmail
Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that the registration and the abstract submission for the 13th International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions that will take place in Irakleio (Crete, Greece) between the 7th and the 11th of October, 2015 will open on April 1st. The deadline for abstract submission and early registration will be July 30, 2015. Visit our congress website (http://bit.ly/1FDFTNm) for the most current information. The congress’ scope includes all issues related to systematic, phylogeny, biogeography, ecology, evolution, and conservation on animal species in the eastern Mediterranean region. Research concerning all aspects of animal biodiversity (terrestrial, subterranean, freshwater and marine) within a geographical region that includes the Balkan and Italian peninsulas, Asia Minor and Anatolia, as well as the Near East and the Mediterranean coasts of north-eastern Africa are welcome. The official language of the 13th ICZEGAR will be English. Sessions will convene in the mornings and afternoons and will include lectures by invited speakers, as well as talks and poster presentations selected from submitted abstracts. The invited key speakers are: • Dr Adalgisa Caccone, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven (CT), USA • Dr Neil Davies, University of California, Berkeley, USA • Dr Bella S. Galil, National Institute of Oceanography, Israel • Dr Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie, Tübingen, Germany. We will appreciate very much if you disseminate this information among your colleagues and encourage them to participate. We hope that you or some of your colleagues will be interested to attend the Congress. I look forward to welcoming you in Irakleio (Crete) for a scientifically stimulating and socially enjoyable meeting. With best regards, On behalf of the Organizing Committee Dr Nikos Poulakakis Communication via e-mail is strongly encouraged (email@example.com). Assist. Prof. Nikos Poulakakis Department of Biology and Natural History Museum of Crete University of Crete Knossos Av., P.O.BOX 2208 Irakleio, Crete, GR-71409 Greece Phone: +302810393619, +302810393282- Fax: +302810324366 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://bit.ly/1FDFTNo Poulakakis Nikos via Gmail
DEADLINE EXTENDED: The School of Biology has an exciting opportunity for a PhD studentship, starting Oct 2015. The strongest student applying to any of the eight proposed plant-based projects will be given the RB Cook studentship. The studentship covers fees and maintenance for UK/EU students. Two of the proposed projects are in the area of evolution and ecology, complementing ongoing research in the research group of Kirsten Wolff. Living on the edge: can adaptation at the edge of a species range accommodate rapid climatic change in a long-lived species? http://bit.ly/1AE6p7f Genetic diversity and evolution of nuclear restorer genes in gynodioecious Plantago species http://bit.ly/1wvBo08 For how to apply: http://bit.ly/1AE6nMM EXTENDED DEADLINE: 27 March 2015. Further enquiries about these two projects: please email with email@example.com Dr Kirsten Wolff Reader in Evolutionary Genetics Newcastle University, School of Biology Devonshire Building 5th floor Newcastle NE1 7RU, UK Phone: 0191 2084852 (internally 84852) email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://bit.ly/1bUMlfX http://bit.ly/1wvBo0d Kirsten Wolff via Gmail
Lab Tech position in EcoEvoDevo at Lake Forest College, Chicago. We are looking to appoint a research technician and lab manager to work on an NSF-funded project for at least one year. The major duties of the position are to assist and support undergraduate research in integrative developmental biology in the Shingleton Laboratory at Lake Forest College. The specific focus of the project is to explore the developmental mechanisms by which oxygen influences body size, using Drosophila as a model organism. This is an ideal position for individuals wanting to gain additional research experience before applying to graduate school, although more experienced researchers are encourage to apply. The Shingleton laboratory explores the developmental mechanisms that regulate body and organ size, and how these mechanisms evolve to generate morphological diversity. We are particularly interested in environmental regulators of body and organ size, including oxygen level, nutrition and temperature. The Shingleton laboratory works closely with collaborators in Arizona, Texas and Australia, and there is the potential to travel to partner institutions to gain additional research experience. More information about the Shingleton laboratory can be obtained here: http://bit.ly/1B3Ct0c Lake Forest College is a small liberal arts college located 30 miles north of Chicago, with a heavy emphasis on research. Faculty in the biology department maintain active research programs and the college has strong connections with other Chicago-based research institutions. The college is easily accessible from the city by train, and many faculty and staff commute daily to campus from Chicago. Candidates must have a bachelors degree in a biology-related field, excellent organizational and time management skills, and basic computer skills (excel, word processing, etc.). Candidates must also have experience with Drosophila genetics and fly pushing. Familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques is preferred but not essential. Principal Responsibilities: Conduct experiments in support of critical developmental physiology projects in the laboratory. Maintain Drosophila stocks and conduct crosses to generate flies with specific genotypes. Assist in supervising undergraduate researchers in various laboratory projects. Provide laboratory-specific training for researchers. Order laboratory supplies and manage laboratory resources. To apply: Applicants should send a CV, a covering letter explaining their suitability for the post, and contact details (including email addresses) of 2-3 referees who would be available to provide references before interview. Interviews will be conducted in person for candidates living locally, or via skype. Complete application packages, as well as informal inquiries, should be sent to: email@example.com Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Ideal start data is 5/1/15. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women and members of other historically underrepresented groups. Alexander W. Shingleton Associate Professor Department of Biology Lake Forest College 555 North Sheridan Road Lake Forest, IL 60045 Ph: 847-735-6049 web: http://bit.ly/1BYHNXB “Shingleton, Alexander” via Gmail
Postdoctoral Positions in Population and Medical Genomics Postdoctoral positions are available in the population and medical genomics laboratories of Philip Awadalla in Toronto at U. of Toronto and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Researchers will be involved in analysis, development of methods and next-gen sequencing experiments. The successful candidate will be nearing the completion/having a PhD or equivalent postdoctoral training in genomics or population/ statistical genetics. Postdoctoral research scientists can work on projects of their choosing related to the labs current projects. Some recent publications from the lab are listed below: http://bit.ly/1xAq6bB http://bit.ly/1xhmrom http://bit.ly/1xAq43r Possible projects include: 1) Capturing germ-line, somatic, tissue specific and cell-specific mutation and recombination events. Fitness consequences of mutations from genome-wide collections of empirical population and comparative data. 2) Next-generation approaches (whole genome, exome, RNA-seq, methylation and CHiP-seq data) for genomic epidemiology studies of large population cohorts. Our lab is directing the longitudinal collection of genomic material for the CARTaGENE population program (www.cartagene.qc.ca), investigating the genetics of endophenotypes from among over 40,000 French-Canadian participants, and the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, which has enlisted 300,000 participants across Canada. 3) Developing methods for large scale cohort data integration of phenotypes and genotypes through a new Genome Canada Innovation Centre for bioinformatics and genomics. 4) Identify genetic and molecular control points associated with simple and complex disorders oncological/hematological phenotypes or diseases including immunodeficiencies, child-hood cancer, and sickle cell anemia. Our lab also works in close collaboration with a number of research laboratories throughout Montreal, and internationally, including new programs in cancer with the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (U. of Toronto), projects on neurological disorders with the Montreal Neurologic Institute, and malaria with programs in west and central Africa. Projects are well supported by institutional resources for next generation sequencing and bioninformatics. Interested individuals should please write to Philip Awadalla (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Sincerely, Philip Awadalla, PhD Philip.Awadalla@oicr.on.ca via Gmail
One year postdoc stipend on Solanum - Phytophthora interaction We are seeking a postdoc for one year that will be based at the Department of Plant Protection Biology, unit of Resistance Biology at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp, Sweden (hosted by Åsa Lankinen, Laura Grenville-Briggs and Erik Andreasson). The postdoc will work on plant pathogen interactions between wild and cultivated Solanum and the oomycete Phytophthora infestans. Late blight in potato, caused by infection with the oomycete Phytophthora infestans, leads to large economic losses. Introduction of new resistant potato varieties is countered by rapid evolution of new pathogenicity factors in P. infestans. However, increased insights into plant-pathogen interactions in natural systems can aid the development of sustainable crop management practices. The postdoc will work within a project that studies interactions between P. infestans and its hosts - potato and three wild Solanum species found in Sweden - and combines ecology and evolutionary biology with genetics and molecular mechanisms to answer questions related to pathogen virulence and plant defence to late blight disease. The work will involve both screening of resistance and tolerance to P. infestans in the lab and field work to explore potential overwintering of P. infestans in wild Solanum populations. Requirements: A PhD degree in biology or biology-related fields, not older than 3 years (as the main aim is training of the candidate, and living costs will be covered by a stipend, 20,000 SEK, approx. 2,200 euro, per month). Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English. Previous experiences from work on plant-pathogen interactions in the lab or field, ecology and evolutionary biology are merits. The candidate must also be capable of independent planning, execution and evaluation of experiments, and be able to function well in a group. Applicants that hold a driving license will be evaluated favourably. Starting date: By agreement during late spring/early summer 2015, preferably in May or as soon as possible. Please send your cv, a motivation for why you are well suited for this work and contact details of at least two references to Åsa Lankinen, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 7th of April. Stefan Andersson via Gmail
The impact of anchored phylogenomics and taxon sampling on phylogenetic inference in narrow-mouthed frogs (Anura, Microhylidae)
Despite considerable progress in unravelling the phylogenetic relationships of microhylid frogs, relationships among subfamilies remain largely unstable and many genera are not demonstrably monophyletic. Here, we used five alternative combinations of DNA sequence data (ranging from seven loci for 48 taxa to up to 73 loci for as many as 142 taxa) generated using the anchored phylogenomics sequencing method (66 loci, derived from conserved genome regions, for 48 taxa) and Sanger sequencing (seven loci for up to 142 taxa) to tackle this problem. We assess the effects of character sampling, taxon sampling, analytical methods and assumptions in phylogenetic inference of microhylid frogs. The phylogeny of microhylids shows high susceptibility to different analytical methods and datasets used for the analyses. Clades inferred from maximum-likelihood are generally more stable across datasets than those inferred from parsimony. Parsimony trees inferred within a tree-alignment framework are generally better resolved and better supported than those inferred within a similarity-alignment framework, even under the same cost matrix (equally weighted) and same treatment of gaps (as a fifth nucleotide state). We discuss potential causes for these differences in resolution and clade stability among discovery operations. We also highlight the problem that commonly used algorithms for model-based analyses do not explicitly model insertion and deletion events (i.e. gaps are treated as missing data). Our results corroborate the monophyly of Microhylidae and most currently recognized subfamilies but fail to provide support for relationships among subfamilies. Several taxonomic updates are provided, including naming of two new subfamilies, both monotypic.
The Genomic Microbiology Group at the Institute of Microbiology in Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany, invites applications for: Postdoc Position in Microbial Evolutionary Genomics The Genomic Microbiology Group research interests are focused on microbial genome evolution with an emphasis on the study of DNA acquisition dynamics in natural environments. In our research we use both computational and experimental approaches (see http://bit.ly/1dBvvrR). The working language of the group is English. The position offers the opportunity to develop an independent research profile within the group research focus. In addition, the successful applicant is expected to consult MSc and PhD biology students in the analysis of genomic data and participate in teaching of genomics and programming (PERL/Python). Candidate qualifications: (1) Doctoral or PhD degree in Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics or related fields; Post-Doctoral work is an advantage. (2) Knowledge and experience in the analysis of genomic data. Any of following expertise is an advantage: phylogenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, programming, biostatistics. (3) Good oral and written communication skills (English is required, German a plus). (4) Skills and motivation to communicate and interact with other scientists. Applicants should upload curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a motivation statement and contact addresses of two referees to http://bit.ly/1EtCsEJ. For enquiries regarding the position please contact Prof. Tal Dagan, email: email@example.com The position is initially offered for two years at the German TV-L E13 pay scale and may be extended up to four years. Application deadline: 15.04.2015 or until the position is filled. Interviews will take place during April-May 2015. The planned starting date for the position is July 2015. via Gmail
Subject line: *Workshop @ Evolution meeting in meta-analysis* *Short Workshop: Introduction to Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews* *June 25 ” June 26, 2015* Instructors: *Jessica Gurevitch* (Stony Brook University, State University of New York) *Marc Lajeunesse *(University of South Florida) A 1.5 day workshop will be held before the Evolution meeting in Guaruj, Brazil, starting on the afternoon of June 25. The cost is $60 U.S. per participant. Some scholarships may be available. Applications and registration details are available at: http://bit.ly/1EtCr3z Participation is limited to 24 people. Sponsored by the *American Society of Naturalists*. *Introduction/Objectives* *Synopsis:* Participants will become familiar with what meta-analysis is, where it comes from, some examples of how it has been used in ecology and evolution, and its major strengths, weaknesses, advantages and limitations as a tool for the quantitative summary of research results. They will be introduced to the formal methods for carrying out a systematic review, which may (or may not) be combined with a meta-analysis, and to the problems and issues involved in carrying out systematic reviews. They will become familiar with carrying out the calculations involved in typical ecological meta-analyses, and learn how to interpret the results. We will look very briefly at some of the areas of current development in meta-analysis in ecology, evolution, and conservation, including integrating phylogenetic information in analyses and imputation methods. We also introduce criteria for evaluating and critiquing the results of meta-analyses in the literature. Workshop participants should have a general background in statistics (anova, regression, etc.) and graduate-level understanding of experimental design, ecology, evolution and/or conservation research. No real familiarity with meta-analysis is necessary. *Format of the course:* Lectures, demonstrations of methods, hands-on computational experience with ample opportunities for questions and feedback, group discussions and presentations, and peer critiques. *Prerequisites*: An introductory statistics course covering up to regression and ANOVA. Background in ecology and evolutionary biology. Familiarity with experimental design and more advanced statistics and probability desirable but not necessary. *Software:* OpenMEE (open meta-analysis software for ecology and evolution). Freely available at: http://bit.ly/1O8bzyc. Familiarity and experience with *R* is not necessary but will prove useful. firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
March 18, 2015
Five major shifts of diversification through the long evolutionary history of Magnoliidae (angiosperms)
Background: With 10,000 species, Magnoliidae are the largest clade of flowering plants outside monocots and eudicots. Despite an ancient and rich fossil history, the tempo and mode of diversification of Magnoliidae remain poorly known. Using a molecular data set of 12 markers and 220 species (representing >75% of genera in Magnoliidae) and six robust, internal fossil age constraints, we estimate divergence times and significant shifts of diversification across the clade. In addition, we test the sensitivity of magnoliid divergence times to the choice of relaxed clock model and various maximum age constraints for the angiosperms. Results: Compared with previous work, our study tends to push back in time the age of the crown node of Magnoliidae (178.78-126.82 million years, Myr), and of the four orders, Canellales (143.18-125.90 Myr), Piperales (158.11-88.15 Myr), Laurales (165.62-112.05 Myr), and Magnoliales (164.09-114.75 Myr). Although families vary in crown ages, Magnoliidae appear to have diversified into most extant families by the end of the Cretaceous. The strongly imbalanced distribution of extant diversity within Magnoliidae appears to be best explained by models of diversification with 6 to 13 shifts in net diversification rates. Significant increases are inferred within Piperaceae and Annonaceae, while the low species richness of Calycanthaceae, Degeneriaceae, and Himantandraceae appears to be the result of decreases in both speciation and extinction rates. Conclusions: This study provides a new time scale for the evolutionary history of an important, but underexplored, part of the tree of angiosperms. The ages of the main clades of Magnoliidae (above the family level) are older than previously thought, and in several lineages, there were significant increases and decreases in net diversification rates. This study is a new robust framework for future investigations of trait evolution and of factors influencing diversification in this group as well as angiosperms as a whole.
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Dear Colleagues, I wanted to bring your attention to the following summer workshop opportunity for undergraduate students - *accepted students will be fully funded to attend the workshop*, courtesy of an NSF Research Coordination Network award. Application deadline is April 13th, and full details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1AXPngj *$B!H(BBioinformatics & Biodiversity$B!I(B Undergraduate Workshop* *July 27-30, 2015* *University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH* Microscopic eukaryotes (meiofauna e.g. nematode worms, copepods, protists, fungi, etc.) are some of the most abundant animals on Earth, but species within these groups are often overlooked by the general public and even many biologists. This NSF-sponsored workshop will explore the field of environmental DNA sequencing, including collection and analysis of data. Students will learn how high-throughput approaches (rRNA gene surveys, metagenomics) are being used to investigate the biodiversity of microbial eukaryotes and deepen our knowledge of ecosystem function. The workshop program will be a combination of lectures and practical exercises, where students will learn about traditional taxonomic approaches and also gain experience using the command line and bioinformatics tools to analyze environmental DNA datasets. For more information please contact Holly Bik (email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org via Gmail
Job Title: Sr. Research Associate 1 Pay Grade: 8 Pay Band Min / Max: $42,697.00 - $77,135.00 Position Number: 051168 Department / Hospital: COOP INST FOR MARINE AND ATMOS STUDIES A web-based version of this job advertisement can be found at http://bit.ly/1AXEZ8e The University of Miami is committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. We are leaders in the area of education, scholarship, intercollegiate athletics and service. Come join our team! The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applicants for a Sr. Research Associate I position in Marine Biology and Fisheries. We seek a research associate to join our group and work as a laboratory technician in the Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics laboratory. The incumbents primary focus will be collecting and analyzing DNA sequence and microsatellite data from a variety of marine mammal populations and species. Candidates for this position should have (1) a Masters degree in Molecular Biology, Biology or related field (2) demonstrated experience with molecular biological techniques, particularly DNA extractions and DNA sequencing or microsatellite genotyping methodologies, (3) some experience with analyses of population structure and diversity from genetic data, and (4) the ability and desire to work as part of a collaborative team, (5) excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills, good organizational skills and the ability to plan daily duties. The position will be located at the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division located in Lafayette, LA. Start date is flexible, but ideally around 11 May 2015. APPLY ONLINE FOR POSITION #051168 at: http://bit.ly/1AXEZ8g. Curriculum Vitae and the contact information for 3 people who can provide letters of recommendation are required. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Patricia Rosel - NOAA Federal via Gmail
American Museum of Natural History Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology The American Museum of Natural History seeks highly qualified applicants for its Gerstner Postdoctoral Fellows program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Successful applicants must be able to work effectively in applying innovative techniques to pursue independent and collaborative bioinformatics and computational research in integrative studies of genomics or spatial bioinformatics or biodiversity informatics, alongside faculty and other researchers interested in phylogenetics, phylogeography, evolutionary studies, and phenomics (the use of high-throughput computational methods to analyze morphological, physiological, and other phenotypic form and function). Fellows also will participate in the design, development and implementation of new algorithms, bioinformatics tools and infrastructure and computational methods to facilitate genomic assemblies and analyses, as well as developing methods to catalyze ongoing synthesis of phylogenetic information and address ‘big data’ issues from a computational perspective. A portion of each Fellows’ efforts also will include: 1) teaching, training and workshops, 2) research collaboration with and assistance to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and other Museum colleagues in accessing including data storage, retrieval, and assembly; and 3) maintaining software and related resources. The initial appointment will be for one year, potentially renewable for one to two additional years based on performance. Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics, or a related discipline, with experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, creating databases and computational pipelines, and analysis of large biological data sets. Proficiency in programming and scripting required (ideally Python, Perl, and R), and familiarity with other languages, such as mysql, C++/C, or Java, is desirable. For bioinformatics and computational biology tool development, candidates should have documented skills in various areas of expertise, such as next-generation sequence processing (quality screening and error correction), de novo and reference guided assembly for non-model eukaryotic whole genomes and transcriptomes, read mapping, gene annotation and discovery, and/or processing phenomic, transcriptomic, and phylogenomic datasets. Experience in a bioinformatics setting and in operating and maintaining high performance linux/unix servers preferred. Candidates should have extensive research experience with a solid publication record, ideally with some experience in phylogenetic methods, and excellent interpersonal, writing and problem-solving skills. Application: Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to Gerstnerbioinfopostdoc@amnh.org (Subject line: 2015 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc: your name): 1) a cover letter in which you indicate your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position; 2) a short (2-4 page) prospectus of the type of research project(s) and bioinformatics-computational biology tools you propose to develop during the postdoctoral appointment, 3) a curriculum vitae, with names of at least 2 references; and 4) PDF files of up to five recent publications, or other documentation of relevant accomplishments in bioinformatics/computational biology. Applicants also must arrange for 2 academic reference letters to be sent by the due date to Gerstnerbioinfopostdoc@amnh.org (Subject line: 2015 Gerstner Bioinformatics-Computation Postdoc Reference Letter: applicant name). DUE DATE: April 27, 2015. The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Anna Manuel via Gmail
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology