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—_000_34B6042C690E442DBCA61E5160F441F1wustledu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Microbial sociality postdocs in the Queller-Strassmann lab at Washington University in St. Louis. One or more postdoctoral positions for 2-3 years are available for work on either of two projects involving evolutionary aspects of microbial sociality. 1. Experimental evolution of cooperation in microbes, especially in population structures relevant to “higher” organisms (Queller et al. 2013 Biology Letters 9:20130636; Kuzdzal-Fick et al. 2011. Science 334: 1548-1551) 2. The farming and defensive symbioses of Dictyostelium discoideum amoebas and bacteria (Brock et al. 2011 Nature 469:393-396; Brock et al 2013 Nature Communications 4:2385; Stallforth et al. 2013PNAS 110:14528-14533) David Queller and Joan Strassmann lead a friendly and interactive team of highly motivated, creative, and smart investigators. We are seeking energetic postdocs with strong backgrounds in areas such as evolutionary biology, social behavior, mutualism, microbial evolution, genomics, and molecular biology. Check out our website, (http://bit.ly/14aHGcx) for more information on our lab, or Strassmann’s blog (http://bit.ly/17dDCTx). To apply, please email Patrick Clark (pclark@wustl.edu), specifying either “experimental evolution postdoc” or “farming postdoc” in the subject line. Please attach a single file including CV, statement of research interests, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding is from the John Templeton Foundation. We will begin reviewing applications by 15 May 2014 and will continue to accept them until the positions are filled. Postdocs may start immediately but date is negotiable. —_000_34B6042C690E442DBCA61E5160F441F1wustledu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Microbial sociality postdocs in the Queller-Strassmann lab at Washington University in St. Louis. 

One or more postdoctoral positions for 2-3 years are available for work on either of two projects involving evolutionary aspects of microbial sociality.

1.     Experimental evolution of cooperation in microbes, especially in population structures relevant to “higher” organisms (Queller et al. 2013 Biology Letters 9:20130636; Kuzdzal-Fick et al.  2011. Science 334: 1548-1551)

2.     The farming and defensive symbioses of Dictyostelium discoideum amoebas and bacteria (Brock et al. 2011 Nature 469:393-396; Brock et al 2013 Nature Communications 4:2385; Stallforth et al. 2013PNAS 110:14528-14533)

David Queller and Joan Strassmann lead a friendly and interactive team of highly motivated, creative, and smart investigators. We are seeking energetic postdocs with strong backgrounds in areas such as evolutionary biology, social behavior, mutualism, microbial evolution, genomics, and molecular biology.   Check out our website, (http://bit.ly/14aHGcx) for more information on our lab, or Strassmann’s blog (http://bit.ly/17dDCTx). To apply, please email Patrick Clark (pclark@wustl.edu), specifying either “experimental evolution postdoc” or “farming postdoc” in the subject line.  Please attach a single file including CV, statement of research interests, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.  Funding is from the John Templeton Foundation.  We will begin reviewing applications by 15 May 2014 and will continue to accept them until the positions are filled.  Postdocs may start immediately but date is negotiable.

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—_000_400FE53178244FDCBCA413666A3A0913wustledu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Evolution of genomic imprinting postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis. Social insects provide an outstanding opportunity to test novel predictions of the kinship theory of genomic imprinting in social insects (Queller 2003 BMC Evolutionary Biology 3:15). This project involve testing for such imprinting using genomic techniques. Experience with RNA-seq methods and analysis is desirable. David Queller and Joan Strassmann lead a friendly and interactive team of highly motivated, creative, and smart investigators. We are seeking energetic postdocs with strong backgrounds in areas such as evolutionary biology, social behavior, mutualism, microbial evolution, genomics, and molecular biology. Check out our website, (http://bit.ly/14aHGcx) for more information on our lab, or Strassmann’s blog (http://bit.ly/17dDCTx). To apply, please email Patrick Clark (pclark@wustl.edu), specifying “imprinting postdoc” in the subject line. Please attach a single file including CV, statement of research interests, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding is from the John Templeton Foundation. We will begin reviewing applications by 15 May 2014 and will continue to accept them until the positions are fill ed. Postdocs may start immediately but date is negotiable. —_000_400FE53178244FDCBCA413666A3A0913wustledu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Evolution of genomic imprinting postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis.   Social insects provide an outstanding opportunity to test novel predictions of the kinship theory of genomic imprinting in social insects (Queller 2003 BMC Evolutionary Biology 3:15).  This project involve testing for such imprinting using genomic techniques.  Experience with RNA-seq methods and analysis is desirable.

David Queller and Joan Strassmann lead a friendly and interactive team of highly motivated, creative, and smart investigators. We are seeking energetic postdocs with strong backgrounds in areas such as evolutionary biology, social behavior, mutualism, microbial evolution, genomics, and molecular biology.   Check out our website, (http://bit.ly/14aHGcx) for more information on our lab, or Strassmann’s blog (http://bit.ly/17dDCTx). To apply, please email Patrick Clark (pclark@wustl.edu), specifying “imprinting postdoc” in the subject line.  Please attach a single file including CV, statement of research interests, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.  Funding is from the John Templeton Foundation.  We will begin reviewing applications by 15 May 2014 and will continue to accept them until the positions are filled.  Postdocs may start immediately but date is negotiable.

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The early registration and abstract submission deadline for the 2014 Informatics for Evolutionary Biology conference is Wednesday, April 16. Registration and abstract submission is being done jointly with Evolution: http://bit.ly/1jHfAtr iEvoBio is a forum bringing together biologists working in evolution, systematics, and biodiversity, with software developers, and mathematicians. The goal of iEvoBio is both to catalyse the development of new tools, and to increase awareness of the possibilities offered by existing technologies. April 16 is the deadline for lightning talks and for software bazaar submissions. Submitted talks and software demos should be in the area of informatics aimed at advancing research in phylogenetics, evolution, and biodiversity, including new tools, cyberinfrastructure development, large-scale data analysis, and visualization. If a submission concerns a specific software system, that software must be licensed with a recognized Open Source License. For more information, including details of the open source requirement, see http://ievobio.org. Karen Cranston, PhD Training Coordinator and Informatics Project Manager nescent.org @kcranstn http://bit.ly/1iXV30Q Karen Cranston via Gmail
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****NOTE that the early application deadline is next week: April 22nd. *Workshop / Summer school “Quantitative Evolutionary Biology — understanding evolution with models and genomes.” *Time and Place September 14-21, 2014, Mathematics Village, Sirince, near Izmir (western Turkey). *Keynote lecturers Aida Andres (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig) Nick Barton (IST-Austria, Klosterneuburg) Thomas Lenormand (CEFE/CNRS, Montpellier) Pleuni Pennings (Stanford University, California) *Description The workshop is mainly targeted towards advanced graduate students and early post-docs studying evolutionary theory, evolutionary genetics or evolutionary genomics. However, we also accept a limited number of more experienced researchers in these fields that can share their knowledge with the students and that are open to collaboration with the scientists in the workshop. The main body of the workshop will consist of keynote lectures (see above), and group projects developed by students under the supervision of young scientists. There will also be various short lectures and seminars during the workshop. *For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1ktrg3p *Application deadlines Early: April 22, 2014 (recommended as the number of attendees and fellowships are limited) Late: June 15, 2014 *Other Participating Scientists Melis Akman (UC, Davis), Tugce Bilgin (UZH, Zurich), Emily Jane McTavish (University of Kansas), Tiago Paixao (IST Austria), Lilia Perfeito (Gulbenkian Inst, Oeiras) *Organizers Mehmet Somel (METU, Ankara), Hannes Svardal (GMI, Vienna), Murat Tugrul (IST Austria) *Co-sponsor: ESEB Global Training Initiative & NESCent Murat Turul PhD Student @ Barton Group Evolutionary Genetics, IST-Austria via Gmail

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[Imperial College London] Research Technician Imperial College London -Department of Life Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences Salary scale: £25,370 - £28,040 per annum (maximum starting salary £25,370) A Research Technician position is available in the research group of Dr Richard Gill to support research looking into the effects of environmental stressors on insect pollinators. The post holder will be based in the Department of Life Sciences at the Silwood Park Campus (near Ascot in Berkshire) of Imperial College London and will become an active member of the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and Environment initiative (http://bit.ly/1nQwXKf). A substantial part of the Research Technician’s role will be to support a recently funded NERC project looking at the behavioural and molecular responses to pesticide exposure in bees. You will also be expected to assist in the running of the Gill Research Laboratory. The postholder will take part in leading edge research which will include novel, interesting and important axes of research. The main duties of the role will include the collection, preparation, processing and storage of bees, plants and chemicals. You will also be expected to assist with the running of manipulation experiments and data collection and be involved with bee and plant husbandry. You will provide assistance in the laboratory to the research group and assist with presentation of results to the group, collaborators, and to the research community in general. You may also be expected to prepare molecular samples such as DNA and RNA extractions and associated optimisation methods. You must have 2 A-levels in relevant subjects, or equivalent vocational qualifications, plus work experience, preferably in a relevant technical/scientific role. Proven experience in assisting to carry out scientific research in a laboratory and/or field setting, aided with observations of animal behaviour, and experience in providing support for analyses of large data are essential. You must also have experience in collection, preparation, processing and/or storage of animal and plant specimens and a background in a similar work environment. You should have a methodical approach to your work, good interpersonal and organisational skills, and be able to communicate well within a research group. You will be expected to organise and prioritise your work in response to deadlines, while paying close attention to detail. This is a fixed-term appointment available for up to 24 months on a full-time basis or up to 36 months on a part-time basis. Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Gill at r.gill@imperial.ac.uk. The preferred method of application is online via our website http://bit.ly/1c1zTPb (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2014 049 JT - into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed. Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Christine Short by email c.j.short@imperial.ac.uk, to request an application form. Closing date: 30 April 2014 (midnight BST) “Gill, Richard J” via Gmail

April 15, 2014

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WORKSHOP SOCIAL EVOLUTION: MERITS AND LIMITATIONS OF INCLUSIVE FITNESS THEORY WHEN: 13-15 July 2014 WHERE: Arolla (Swiss Alps) DESCRIPTION: Inclusive fitness theory is generally assumed to sufficiently explain the evolution of social behaviour. However, empirical evidence is accumulating that other evolutionary concepts need to be involved to explain cooperation and social structure in a wide range of taxa. This includes the archetypical examples of altruism, like the reproductive division of labour in eusocial hymenoptera and the cooperative breeding groups observed in many vertebrates. Recent evidence from insects and vertebrates reveals that high levels of relatedness can even reduce rather than further cooperation and altruism. The aim of this workshop is to combine pertinent evolutionary theoreticians and empiricists to discuss complementary evolutionary mechanisms to inclusive fitness theory. This is a topic of great interest to students and biologists in general, because there is a growing awareness that explanations based on inclusive fitness, which have dominated the theoretical and empirical literature for the past half century, cannot account for many examples of apparently altruistic behaviour observed in nature. INFO & REGISTARTION: http://bit.ly/1gzvdmO SPEAKERS: Prof. Rufus Johnstone, University of Cambridge (UK) Prof. Laurent Lehmann, University of Lausanne (CH) Dr Christina Riehl, Harvard University (US) Prof. Hanna Kokko, Australian National University (AU) Dr Erol Akcay, University of Pennsylvania (US) Dr Elli Leadbeater, University of London (UK) via Gmail

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Hi, Next semester, I will be teaching an undergraduate course on Vertebrate form and function, which will have a large component of functional morphology. The course will include a weekly 2h 30 min lab, which should complement the lecture part. I would like to make the lab more interesting and practical than just focusing it on a comparative study of bones/skeletons and anatomies. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on how I could make the lab more interesting and possibly include some research - based experience for the students. Thanks in advance, Ylenia via Gmail

April 14, 2014

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Submit your best evolution-themed video for screening at this year’s Evolution meeting Deadline: May 31 Scientists and science communicators of all stripes are invited to enter the fourth annual NESCent Evolution Video Competition. To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in three minutes or less. Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate…your choice). Animations, music videos, and mini documentaries are all fair game. The finalists will be screened at the Evolution 2014 conference in Raleigh, NC . You don’t need to attend the conference to enter. The first- and second-place winners will receive travel awards to attend the scientific meeting of their choice. All videos submitted by May 31 are eligible to win. For more information visit filmfestival.nescent.org/ Robin Ann Smith, Ph.D. Science Writing and Communications National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200 Durham, NC 27705 Tel: 919-668-4544 rsmith@nescent.org http://bit.ly/1gzn6qv http://bit.ly/1gzn41V www.nescent.org/ ras10@duke.edu via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, A permanent position as Bioinformatics specialist/Scientific programmer is available in Thijs Ettema’s lab, Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Applications here: http://bit.ly/1iQYlmM We are looking for: A Bioinformatics specialist or Scientific programmer that will work at the lab of Thijs Ettema at the Department for Cell- and Molecular biology, Uppsala University. The position is permanent with a 6-month probationary period beginning June 1st or by appointment. The Ettema-lab: cutting edge research in microbial and evolutionary genomics Prof. Ettema’s lab is applying emerging genomics technologies to analyze microorganisms that defy cultivation under laboratory conditions. These organisms are predicted to comprise up to 99% of all microbes on our planet. By combining such cultivation-independent methods, such as single cell genomics and metagenomics, with next-generation sequencing-based analyses, the Ettema lab aims to study uncultured microorganisms (‘microbial dark matter’) at the genomic level. Such studies will paint a detailed picture of the overall diversity and origin of life on our planet, and will eventually also reveal important clues about how complex life emerged. For more information, please see: http://bit.ly/1eCN4ec The Ettema-lab is located at the Biomedical Center (BMC) and will enter brand-new office spaces and a fully equipped genomics lab during the autumn of 2014. Moreover, the lab is well connected to several technology platforms of the SciLifeLab, including platform-based services for next-generation-sequencing, computational support and bioinformatics. We are also actively engaged in a new SciLifeLab platform for single cell genomics (http://bit.ly/1eCN4ed). The research activities in the Ettema-lab are supported by a number of prestigious grants, such as the European Research Council, the Foundation for Strategic Research and the Swedish Research Council. Job assignment: We are now looking for an experienced bioinformatician that will provide computational support to ongoing research projects within the Ettema lab. The successful candidate will have the following tasks: - In collaboration with the researchers of the lab, design and perform bioinformatics analysis in molecular evolution, phylogenomics, sequence analysis and metagenomics, among others. - Set up and maintain pipelines for the assembly, annotation and analysis of large-scale genome and metagenome sequencing datasets; set up and maintain databases for comparative and evolutionary studies of uncultivated microorganisms. - System administration of the existing local computational infrastructure (server, workstations) and accounts (about 5% of the time). Potentially, the successful candidate might be asked to develop novel bioinformatics applications. Qualifications: Requirements: - A PhD or similar research experience in bioinformatics and genomics (within academia or industry). - Extensive experience with the analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets. - Demonstrated experience working in a Linux environment and fluency in at least one programming or scripting language (bash, Perl, python, R, etc.). - Fluent oral and written communication in English. Personal qualities: - Strong sense of organization - Ability to work in cooperation with academic researchers - Excellent communication skills - Pedagogic skills to teach researchers with limited bioinformatics experience - Ability to work independently Merits: - Postdoctoral studies in a related field. - Experience of development and applications of bioinformatics and/or biostatistics methodologies or pipelines for design and analysis of large-scale sequencing datasets (e.g. Galaxy) - Experience of system administration The positions are permanent with a 6-months trial period. The positions will be placed in the Ettema lab at the Department for Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University. For further details about the position, please contact Thijs Ettema: thijs.ettema@icm.uu.se, +46 18 471 45 21. For more information about the activities in the Ettema-lab, please see http://bit.ly/1eCN4ec Application: Please send your application marked with ref.nr UFV-PA 2014/1062 as soon as possible, but no later than 2014-04-30. Lionel Guy Molecular Evolution, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden postal address: Box 596, SE-751 24 Uppsala; visiting address: BMC B7:213e, Husargatan 3, SE-752 37 Uppsala phone: +46 18 471 6129, mobile +46 73 976 0618 lionel.guy@icm.uu.se guy.lionel@gmail.com via Gmail

April 13, 2014

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POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH GENETICIST/ECOLOGIST A postdoctoral research position is available at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon. The candidate will conduct ecological genetics research to explore population variation in adaptive traits of native grasses and forbs of the western United States. The primary goal of the research is to model responses in adaptation and adaptive traits as a function of the environments of planting sites and seed sources. The employee will use the knowledge gained to evaluate alternatives for guiding population movement for restoration of native plant communities including considerations of climate change. The position is a two-year, full-time term position, with the possibility for extension of an additional two years dependent upon funding and performance. Shorter appointments may be possible (e.g., sabbaticals for university faculty). Salary is approximately $61,867 per year (GS-11) depending on qualifications. The employee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave, and will be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System. Qualifications: US citizen with PhD in ecology, botany, forestry, genetics or related field prior to beginning employment; demonstrated knowledge of statistical analysis and associated software (including SAS and R) for nonlinear mixed-effects models and multivariate analysis; demonstrated skills in communicating science through publications and public speaking; knowledge of GIS is desirable. The position is full-time for 13 to 48 months and will be filled at the GS-11 level. To apply: Send curriculum vitae and cover letter indicating interests and qualifications along with a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies are fine). Include a list of your publications (including a pdf or link to one or more featured publications) and at least three professional references with information on how to contact them (email and phone number). Indicate when you would be available in your cover letter and please state that you are a US citizen. Applications will be accepted until close of business by April 30, 2014, but it is in the applicant’s best interest to turn in their application as soon as possible. Send the information to Dr. Brad St.Clair at bstclair@fs.fed.us. Please pass this advertisement on to interested parties. Brad St.Clair Research Geneticist US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-4401 ph: (541) 750-7294, fax: (541) 750-7329 email: bstclair@fs.fed.us bstclair@fs.fed.us via Gmail

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Are you organizing a workshop for 2015 or the near future? The American Society of Naturalists provides workshop support to help defray the cost to students for attending. In particular, ASN is interested in sponsoring workshops for graduate students that provide training in modeling, data analysis, or other professional skills. The ASN workshop committee anticipates supporting 1-4 workshops per year at a rate of $1000-2000 each, which can be used towards workshop expenses or deferment of student fees. The application for workshop support should include descriptions of: the workshop (including tangible benefits to participants), venue, procedures for selecting participants, anticipated number of participants, and a budget that includes plans for use of ASN funds. Applications should be submitted as a pdf on or before 15 May 2014 to mbutler@hawaii.edu and should carry the label ASN Workshop Sponsorship’ in the subject line to assure full consideration. Inquiries should be directed to Marguerite A. Butler at the same address. Recent workshops (co-)sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists: 2013 - present “Workshop on Molecular Evolution”, organized by D. Hillis and M. Sogin at MBL (student applications due 4/15 http://bit.ly/1iLSsbG ) 2012 “Mathematical modeling in evolutionary ecology” by H. Kokko - at the Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Ottawa 2012 “Graduate Workshop: The tree of sex - a comprehensive synthesis of sex determination systems in eucaryotes” by D. Bachtrog, J. Mank, and K. Peichel - at the Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology at Ottawa 2011 - present “Workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics”, organized by S. Arnold and J. Felsenstein at NESCENT mbutler808@gmail.com via Gmail

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This postdoctoral position is an opportunity to contribute to the design of the upcoming 701 and 702 HIV vaccine trials to maximize power in subsequent statistical analyses. Specifically, it will be to develop new statistical and molecular evolution methods to design the trials so that infection time and founder sequences can be inferred with maximum fidelity. The scope of the study design includes sampling times and sequencing protocol, and also may afford some opportunities to design novel ways of combining sequencing methodologies. The project will last two years, with some possibility of extension. It may also offer an option to travel to South Africa to help teach a short course at the University of Cape Town, and possibly interact with the Fred Hutchinson Research Institute there. This position will require significant statistics expertise, programming ability, and of course interest in collaboration. A background in molecular evolution would be very helpful, but isn’t strictly required. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1knaKTr Frederick “Erick” Matsen, Assistant Member Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center http://bit.ly/18kRSvK ematsen@gmail.com via Gmail

April 12, 2014

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Symposio: Biodiversidad del gnero Solanum: Caracterizacin, conservacin y aprovechamiento; 7 y 8 de Mayo del 2014, Loja, Ecuador (Symposium: Biodiversity in Solanum: Characterization, Conservation and Utilization; 7-8 May 2014, Loja, Ecuador) Los invitamos al 2014 simposio intrenacional: “Biodiversidad del gnero Solanum: Caracterizacin, conservacin y aprovechamiento”. A realizarse los das 7 y 8 de Mayo del 2014 en la Universidad Tcnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador El sur del Ecuador es una de las regiones de mayor diversidad en el mundo, debido a la presencia de la depresin de Huancabamba (Andes), donde la ruptura de la cordillera de los Andes ha dado lugar a la fragmentacin del hbitat. La radiacin adaptativa de especies de plantas y animales en esta regin la convierten en un laboratorio natural para el estudio de la especiacin. Este simposio ser un escaparate de la biodiversidad de Solanum, un gnero complejo, con muchas especies silvestres y de cultivos comerciales importantes, como la papa, el tomate, el pimiento y la berenjena, as como otros cultivos regionales como naranjilla, tomate de rbol, y pepino dulce, que tienen el potencial para una mayor distribucin. Adems, la reunin de dos das incluir paneles y discusiones informales de la proteccin del germoplasma silvestre, y el desarrollo de la investigacin en colaboracin internacional para identificar, conservar y utilizar la biodiversidad en este rico y diverso grupo de organismos. La lista de ponentes incluye: - Pablo Acosta, Universidad Tcnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador - Patricia Bedinger, Colorado State University, USA - Merideth Bonierbale, Centro Internacional de la Papa, Lima, Peru - Joaquın Canizares, Instituto de Conservacin y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana. Valencia, Espaa -Patricio Castro, Universidad Nacional de Loja, Ecuador - Roger Chetelat, Director, Tomato Genetics Resource Center, University of California, Davis, USA - Robert Last, Michigan State University, USA - Bruce McClure, University of Missouri, USA - Leonie Moyle, Indiana University, Bloomington - Jaime Prohens, Instituto de Conservacin y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana. Valencia, Espaa - Flor Rodriguez, Centro Internacional de la Papa, Lima, Peru La inscripcin para el Simposio de 2 das es de $ US30. Detalles (en Espaol y Ingls), incluyendo la informacin de registro y los viajes, se pueden encontrar en la pgina web del Simposio: http://bit.ly/1kK82ua ****************** Symposium: Biodiversity in Solanum: Characterization, Conservation and Utilization Universidad Tcnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador, 7-8 May 2014 We are pleased to announce the Symposium Biodiversity in Solanum: Characterization, Conservation and Utilization’ to be held at Universidad Tcnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador, May 7-8. Southern Ecuador is one of the megadiverse regions of the world due to the presence of the Huancabamba (Andes) depression, where the breakup of the Andes cordillera has led to habitat fragmentation. Adaptive radiation of both plant and animal species in this region make it a natural laboratory for the study of speciation. This symposium will showcase the biodiversity of Solanum, a complex genus with many wild species and important crop species including potato, tomato, pepper and eggplant, as well as other regional crops such as naranjilla, tamarillo, and pepino, which have the potential for wider distribution. In addition, the two day meeting will involve panel and informal discussions of the protection of wild germplasm, and the development of international collaborative research to identify, conserve, and utilize biodiversity in this richly diverse group of organisms. Confirmed symposium speakers include: - Pablo Acosta, Universidad Tcnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador - Patricia Bedinger, Colorado State University, USA - Merideth Bonierbale, International Potato Institute, Lima, Peru - Joaquın Canizares, Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Agricultural Biodiversity, Valencia, Spain -Patricio Castro, Universidad Nacional de Loja, Ecuador - Roger Chetelat, Director, Tomato Genetics Resource Center, University of California, Davis, USA - Robert Last, Michigan State University, USA - Bruce McClure, University of Missouri, USA - Leonie Moyle, Indiana University, Bloomington - Jaime Prohens, Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Agricultural Biodiversity, Valencia, Spain - Flor Rodriguez, International Potato Institute, Lima, Peru Registration for the 2-day symposium is $US30. Details (in English and Spanish), including information for registration and travel, can be found at the Symposium website: http://bit.ly/1kK82ua via Gmail

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Funded Ph.D. position to investigate the genetics of early life history variation in Pacific salmon (immediate start) We are offering an exciting opportunity for an outstanding doctoral student (preference for Canadian citizen and landed immigrants) to address a question central to our understanding of the evolution of life history variation and local adaptation in salmon: does life history variation reflect traditional adaptation to local conditions, or have salmon evolved novel forms of life history plasticity? The successful candidate will use molecular, population, and quantitative genetic methods combined with captive breeding experiments and field-based measurements to partition the relative contribution of genetic, epigenetic, GxE interactions and environmental effects to early life history trait variation in Pacific salmon. Your fieldwork would take place on coastal British Columbia, and your lab work would take place primarily in GLIER’s innovative Environmental Genomics Facility, where you would have hands-on experience using diverse and cutting edge genetics technologies such as nano-fluidic qRT-PCR and NextGen RNAseq. You will collaborate with salmon farms, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as researchers at government agencies in BC and Ontario. Join us at the Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research (GLIER) for a unique interdisciplinary doctoral experience where you will be mentored by our team of internationally renowned researchers and have unmatched hands-on access to cutting edge genetics facilities. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Daniel Heath, Director of GLIER, at 519-253-3000 x3762 (dheath@uwindsor.ca). via Gmail

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Graduate position: UAdelaide.PlantDomestication.AncientDNA PhD scholarships at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide, Australia A PhD position is currently available at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, at the University of Adelaide (http://bit.ly/1iMxMoF). The position is open to both international and domestic students with a strong academic achievement in either molecular biology, evolutionary and plant biology or Bioinformatics. Project: The Fertile Crescent region of the Near East (encompassing Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon) was an important region for the development of human civilisation and agriculture. Many of the founding crops (such as wheat, barley and rye) and livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, etc) were first cultivated there. But as crops were selectively bred for characteristics such as height and yield, many unique phenotypes and their underlying genomic counterparts were lost over time. Now, as genetic diversity is extremely reduced in crops like wheat and barley, breeders are turning to wild cultivars to introduce new traits to continue to improve agricultural populations. With the improvement of next-generation genome sequencing (NGS) technology and ancient DNA extraction methodology it is now possible to directly access ancient alleles from 5,000-year-old wheat and barley seeds, preserved in ancient storage jars buried in a cave in Armenia. This project a ims to investigate ancient wheat and barley genomes and identify lost genes and alleles through comparison with modern breeds. Experience: This project will ideally suit an enthusiastic student who is interested in learning more about ancient DNA experimental work and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), and investigating the mechanisms of plant domestication and evolution by using these unique ancient samples. A good level of molecular biology is essential, and computational knowledge (especially in UNIX systems) is desireable. Competitive scholarships are available via the University of Adelaide Graduate Centre for domestic (http://bit.ly/1ktxIHU) and international students (http://bit.ly/1iMxKwV). To be eligible for these, applicants should have a 1st Class Honours or MSc degree and high undergraduate academic record. Both the Australian Department of Immigration and University of Adelaide expect international applicants to meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. The ELP is based on high scores in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For further information please refer to http://bit.ly/1ktxIY8. There is the potential for fieldwork, and training in ancient DNA, bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a resume and a cover letter to Dr Jimmy Breen (jimmy.breen@adelaide.edu.au) via Gmail

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—14dae94732b9ab2dce04f6ca9c93 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 *Research technician position: lizard behavioral evolution* A full-time, NSF-funded, technician position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michele Johnson at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Projects in the Johnson lab focus on behavioral evolution in lizards, using approaches from the fields of ecology and neuroscience to study the physiological traits underlying social behaviors. We are searching for a motivated, team-oriented technician to join our dynamic research group. The ideal candidate will have a B.S. or B.A. in biology, biochemistry, or a related field, and a minimum of one year of experience working in a researchlaboratory. The primary duties of the position include data collection in the lab and field (with likely summer fieldwork in the Caribbean), general maintenance of the laboratory, general care of laboratory animals, and training and supervision of undergraduate researchers. Previous research experience with vertebrates and facility with basic molecular and histological techniques are desirable. Facility with basic laboratory equipment, enthusiasm for working in the field, ability to adhere to safety requirements, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle multiple priorities are required. This job is ideal for persons who have an interest in gaining additional research skills and experience prior to graduate school. The Johnson lab is housed in Trinity University’s brand new Center for the Sciences and Innovation (http://goo.gl/cLZ8KP). San Antonio is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and the low cost of living, many cultural opportunities, and warm climate make the city a wonderful place to live. To apply for the position, please send the following materials to Dr. Michele Johnson at michele.johnson@trinity.edu: CV or resume, including contact information for 2-3 references, and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the ideal start date is May 12, 2014. We strongly encourage women and minority candidates to apply, as we value working with a diverse team. Trinity University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. via Gmail

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—Apple-Mail-131-166903207 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available for three years in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with Dr Richard Buggs, using genome sequencing and phylogenomics methods to identify candidate genes for low pest and pathogen susceptibility in ash trees. QMUL is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with a budget of 285 million per annum. Richard Buggs’ research group works on the evolutionary genomics of trees, and this project collaborates with Stephen Rossiter whose group studies the phylogenomics of mammals. This project is funded jointly by a grant from BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government, under the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. The PDRA will be responsible for sequencing and assembling the genomes of 35 ash species. Using pipelines developed by the group of co-PI Rossiter to study convergence (Nature 502, no. 7470 (2013): 228-231), the PRDA will use phylogenomic methods to identify genes and alleles associated with low susceptibility to ash dieback and the emerald ash borer. The PDRA will liaise with collaborators at Forest Research (UK) and the United States Forest Service (Ohio) who will experimentally determine the susceptibility phenotypes for each species. The PDRA will also interact with social scientists seeking to understand the attitude of the UK public to the potential use of genus-wide genome diversity in trees to combat tree health threats. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of bioinformatics, molecular systematics, molecular evolution or a related field. Candidates must have experience in genomics, phylogenetics and programming, with a solid grounding in plant systematics, evolutionary biology and/or handling next generation sequence data. Previous post-doctoral experience is essential criteria for this post. During the project, the PDRA will also have opportunities to develop their supervision, writing, communication, media, and organisational skills, excellent preparation for a career in academia or industry. Duties will also include assisting in the training and supervision of PhD and final year project students. The position is full time and available for 36 months. The starting salary will be 38,579 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. http://bit.ly/1kfVUOO For informal enquiries via email: r.buggs@qmul.ac.uk The closing date for applications is 25th April 2014. Interviews will be held soon thereafter. _______ Dr Richard Buggs | Senior Lecturer | School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS, United Kingdom | email: r.buggs@qmul.ac.uk | website: http://bit.ly/1lSzRgM | office: +44(0)207 882 8441 | mobile: +44(0)772 992 0401 | twitter: @RJABuggs —Apple-Mail-131-166903207 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=windows-1252

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available for three years in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with Dr Richard Buggs, using genome sequencing and phylogenomics methods to identify candidate genes for low pest and pathogen susceptibility in ash trees. QMUL is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with a budget of 285 million per annum. Richard Buggs’ research group works on the evolutionary genomics of trees, and this project collaborates with Stephen Rossiter whose group studies the phylogenomics of mammals. This project is funded jointly by a grant from BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government, under the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative.  The PDRA will be responsible for sequencing and assembling the genomes of 35 ash species. Using pipelines developed by the group of co-PI Rossiter to study convergence (Nature 502, no. 7470 (2013): 228-231), the PRDA will use phylogenomic methods to identify genes and alleles associated with low susceptibility to ash dieback and the emerald ash borer. The PDRA will liaise with collaborators at Forest Research (UK) and the United States Forest Service (Ohio) who will experimentally determine the susceptibility phenotypes for each species. The PDRA will also interact with social scientists seeking to understand the attitude of the UK public to the potential use of genus-wide genome diversity in trees to combat tree health threats.The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of bioinformatics, molecular systematics, molecular evolution or a related field. Candidates must have experience in genomics, phylogenetics and progr amming, with a solid grounding in plant systematics, evolutionary biology and/or handling next generation sequence data. Previous post-doctoral experience is essential criteria for this post. During the project, the PDRA will also have opportunities to develop their supervision, writing, communication, media, and organisational skills, excellent preparation for a career in academia or industry. Duties will also include assisting in the training and supervision of PhD and final year project students.The position is full time and available for 36 months. The starting salary will be 38,579 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.http://bit.ly/1kfVUOOFor informal enquiries via email: r.buggs@qmul.ac.ukThe closing date for applications is 25th April 2014. Interviews will be held soon thereafter. _______Dr Richard Buggs | Senior Lecturer | School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS, United Kingdom | email: r.buggs@qmul.ac.uk | website: http://bit.ly/1lSzRgM | office: +44(0) 207 882 8441 | mobile: +44(0)772 992 0401 | twitter: @RJABuggs —Apple-Mail-131-16690320 via Gmail
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Bioinformatician in transcriptomics Full time permanent position. The position is available as soon as possible. 6 months trial period. Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,500 million. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a rapidly growing field that provides fascinating new insights into the genetic underpinnings of cellular functions and diseases. However, these new methods place increasing demands on computational expertise and data management. The Swedish Bioinformatics Infrastructure for Life Sciences (BILS; http://bils.se) is therefore seeking a motivated bioinformatician to join their ranks and provide support to projects in the field of transcriptomics and next-generation sequencing. Job description: The position will be placed at Uppsala University and will be linked to Science for Life Laboratory. Among the main objectives for this newly created post will be the reconstruction of transcripts from read data, using both mapping-based but also de-novo assembly algorithms. In addition, the candidate is expected to provide support to projects working with RNA sequencing to study the expression of genes and transcripts. Finally, a major aspect of the study of transcriptomes is the ability to assign functions to individual sequences. Together with the team at the BILS annotation platform, the successful applicant will spend part of the time on the development and implementation of workflows for the functional annotation of genes and transcripts. Qualifications: We seek a candidate with a PhD in bioinformatics, molecular biology, computer science or any related field who has a strong competence in working with large sequencing data sets and analysis methods in the field of NGS, including but not limited to, RNA-seq. The ability to drive projects and work in a collaborative, yet service-minded environment is a must. Special consideration will furthermore be given to applicants with proficiency in one or more scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby) as well as experience in pipeline design. Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English are required, since the candidate will collaborate with scientists of very different backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed on personal suitability for the position. Information: For questions regarding BILS, please check out our website at http://www.bils.se or contact the director of BILS, Bengt Persson (bengt.persson@bils.se). For questions regarding the position, please send an Email to Henrik Lantz (henrik.lantz@imbim.uu.se). You are welcome to submit your application no later than 12 May 2014. Please see the link below for full details and to access the application form: http://bit.ly/1kEYjoV via Gmail

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Dear Evol-dir community, I would appreciate recommendations for laboratory information management systems for academic labs focused on molecular biology. As our lab does mostly population genetics-oriented research on numerous species, we are accumulating more samples and associated information than is easy to keep track of in spreadsheets and our heads. Ideally this LIMS would accommodate the use of barcodes for samples and storage locations (i.e. boxes, freezers), provide easy recording of actions on samples like extraction and library preparation, list the outcomes of those events (degraded, failed, consumed, etc.), and connect to products of those events (e.g. links to NGS fastq files). I am most interested in relatively simple out-of-the-box solutions or MS Access templates that won’t break the bank. Any suggestions or experience would be helpful. Thanks! Stuart Willis swillis4@gmail.com via Gmail