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May 6, 2015

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Job Title: Research Assistant EcoHealthAlliance seeks an organized, self-motivated research assistant for our programs on emerging disease ecology, evolution, and modeling. The research assistant will assist senior research scientists on our USAID-funded PREDICT and NIH-funded projects examine the dynamics of pathogen transmission within and among wildlife populations, livestock, and humans; as well as the risk of spillover, patterns of infection, co-phylogenetic and phylogenetic relationships, and phylodynamics of emerging zoonotic diseases. The candidate should be self-motivated and proactive. Description and Responsibilities Reporting to senior research scientists this position will: - Work on modeling and other projects that broadly integrate evolutionary, ecological, and biodiversity data into emerging disease and zoonotic disease models. - Liaise with scientists to generate hypotheses and to assist with development of models and plan avenues of scientific investigation - Provide modeling and analytical support to EcoHealth Alliance scientists - Participate in and/or coordinate science and other meetings - Assist in project management and provide administrative support for project managers - Lead administration of grant proposals and reporting including contracting, coordinating invoicing, payments, and reports - Assist with finances, reimbursements, and expense coding - Take minutes and generate draft agendas for meetings - Assist with grant and manuscript writing - Have responsibility for some grant management and program coordination Qualifications - Minimum of B.S./B.A. in: Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Public Health, or related field in the life sciences; Master$B!G(Bs degree preferred - Strong quantitative analytical skills - Experience with basic statistical analyses, particularly using R - Previous experience writing grants and with grant administration - Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals - Proven ability to work independently - A strong sense of team spirit and diplomacy - Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases - Cultural sensitivity - Fluency in English - Experience with phylogenetic and evolutionary analyses is a strong plus. Particularly, phylogenetic tools in R (e.g. ape, picante, geiger, etc.); software for building phylogenetic trees (including Geneious, and other programs for alignment and building likelihood and Bayesian trees); and molecular evolution (esp. BEAST) EcoHealth Alliance offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. EcoHealth alliance is an equal opportunity employer. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website: http://bit.ly/1c4nPAV How to Apply: Send an email a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only ($B!H(Bfirst last.pdf$B!I(B) in PDF format containing with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and © three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with “EHA RA SPRING 2015” in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be received. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since emails will not be evaluated. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance! Aleksei Chmura via Gmail
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Investigating insertion and deletion in genomic inference via Gmail

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We are pleased to announce and invite you to the forthcoming edition of ConGen! 7th ConGen- Population Genomic Data Analysis Course: Recent Application of Next Gen Sequence Data to Understand Genetic Population Structure and Detect Natural Selection 31-Aug/ 5-Sept 2015, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA Applications for 2015 edition are now open! Objective: To provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of data analysis for the population and evolutionary genomics of natural and managed populations. Emphasis will be on next generation sequence data analysis (RADs, exon capture, and whole genome sequence analyses) and interpretation of output from recent novel statistical approaches and software programs. The course also will allow daily discussions among young researchers (student participants) and >10 leaders in population genomics (instructors) to help develop the next generation of conservation and evolutionary geneticists. We will identify and discuss developments needed to improve data analysis approaches. This course will cover analysis methods including the coalescent, Bayesian, approximate Bayesian, and likelihood-based approaches. Who should apply: Ph.D. students, post-docs, and population biologists with a background of at least one semester university-level course in population genetics and a course in population ecology. Applicants must have a basic background in population genetic data analysis, including testing for Hardy-Weinberg proportions and gametic disequilibrium. Participation will be limited to 25-30 people allowing efficient instruction with hands-on computer exercises during the course. Priority will be given to persons with their own data to analyze (for example graduate students well into their degree program). Deadline for early bird application is 1 July, 2015 Course/Workshop Format: For each subject, we typically provide 30-45 minutes of background, theory, discussion and introduction to concepts. Immediately following, we will conduct data analyses together for 30-60 minutes using relevant software programs and real data sets. Evening hands-on computer sessions and lodging together of the instructors and students in the same location (the beautiful Flathead Lake field station) will allow for extensive exchange and facilitate learning. For detailed information (on instructors etc.) see http://bit.ly/1OZMGrq [dinner at McD (Large)] Field trip dinner with instructors in Glacier National Park “Luikart, Gordon” via Gmail
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Hey U.S. people going to Brazil for Evolution 2015: DO YOUR VISA NOW. IT’S A HUGE PAIN, at least for those of us that haven’t been to Brazil before. And it will take POSSIBLY 15 BUSINESS DAYS PLUS MAILING TIME ETC. Before too much griping, note that the aforementioned pain exists only because the U.S. does the same thing to Brazilians. So it won’t be easier until there is some mutual agreement reached between the governments. Since I blew half the day figuring it out, I will post the list of documents and basic procedure below. Of course you are responsible for your own decisions and I might have something wrong, I am not a lawyer, yadda yadda. GOAL: US citizens need a tourist visa for Brazil. They need approval stamped ON THEIR PASSPORT before they leave the U.S. TIME: The Atlanta Consulate says processing time is 15 business days (!). In other words, DO IT NOW. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, which you will mail to the closest Brazilian consulate in the U.S. (unless you make an appointment at a consulate in person) ==== 1. U.S. passport. Yes, you will MAIL your precious passport to the consulate, they will stamp it and mail it back. No, this isn’t tremendously clear in the instructions. The passport must: 1a. be signed (make sure you sign it) 1b. have at least 6 months left on it from the time you enter Brazil 1c. have at least 2 blank pages 1d. You should scan / copy / iPhone photo your passport for backup before you mail it off 2. Plane tickets with ticket numbers for entry and exiting Brazil. 3. The invitation letter from the Evolution 2015 meeting, which you can get as a PDF after you register, by logging into http://bit.ly/1AE44WQ 4. A recent passport-type photo with a neutral expression. No glare, so take your glasses off. I got two at Walgreens for $12. 5. Fill out the online visa application, then print it out, then (a) glue on the passport photo, (b) sign it, and © also hand-write Contact Person and their phone number handwritten. The online application asks for a bunch of information including: - passport number etc. - hotel. The conference hotel is: Casa Grande Hotel Resort & Spa Telefone (Phone #): 55 13 3389-4000 Av Miguel Stéfano, 1001 - CEP: 11440-530. Enseada Guarujá/SP – Brasil Tel.: (55 13) 3389.4000. Fax.: (55 13) 3389.4023 http://bit.ly/1OZMIzt hotel@casagrandehotel.com.br (notes: SP = the state of São Paulo; CEP is I think the equivalent of zip code) 6. Recent bank statement showing “sufficient funds” to be a tourist. Your guess is as good as mine what that means, I am just printing out my checking account statement showing I have slightly more than $0. 7. You have to pay US$160.00, *not* with a check, but *only* with a U.S. Postal Service Money Order made out to “Consulate of Brasil”. Make sure to write your name on the money order. http://bit.ly/1AE42hz Note: The U.S. Post Office ONLY takes ATM/Debit, or cash, for Money Orders. No credit cards, no checks. 8. I am throwing in my hotel reservation and the extra passport photo because, why the heck not. 9. Pre-stamped, pre-addressed return envelope, with USPS tracking number. At the Post Office I got USPS Priority Mail each way, this comes with tracking numbers and $50 insurance., about $7 each way. Take the above stack of documents to the Post Office, and mail them to the local consulate with a USPS tracking number. ==== INSTRUCTIONS PAGES – the relevant info is spread over many pages. The best pages seem to be those *for the specific consulate that serves your region*, since there are differences between consulates. I recommend printing out all of these pages, reading them, and taking them to the Post Office in case questions come up. The most important thing is the address of the consulate. These were for the Atlanta, GA consulate, yours might be different and might have different instructions: ==== http://bit.ly/1OZMIzx http://bit.ly/1AE44WR http://bit.ly/1OZMIzB http://bit.ly/1AE44WV http://bit.ly/1OZMGrl http://bit.ly/1AE42hz ============================ Other folks – please post corrections/updates if you have any. NOTES: Tracy Heath reports that “The ‘sufficient funds’ requirement seems to only be for people in the Atlanta and Miami consulate jurisdictions.” Jeremy Brown says “For those still working on this, also bear in mind that some consulates allow you to mail things in and some require that you show up in person (or hire someone to show up on your behalf). I hired an agency to go to the consulate in Houston for me.” Nick says: Googling does turn up a lot of companies that will do the visa for you, probably you still have to get together the documents etc. Cheers, Nick Nick Matzke via Gmail
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolution & Medicine: Education Resources Development and Online Learning Reference #11183 Full-time The Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Education Resources Development and Online Learning. Anticipated start date is August 3, 2015. This is a full-time (1.0) benefits-eligible, fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis contingent on satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the program. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see http://bit.ly/1AE42hI. The successful candidate will help curate existing online resources in evolutionary medicine, participate in the development and delivery of new innovative evolutionary medicine courses, both in-person and online, and will evaluate and study the impact and effectiveness of these resources and courses. The fellow will help develop a project plan to build courses that will initially be offered to ASU and ASU online students and later to medical personnel all over the world. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary faculty in a growing field of study to develop, implement, and research innovative curriculum and other resources related to evolution and medicine. While specific technology expertise is not required, an ideal candidate would demonstrate a strong interest in the applications of technology in higher education, and would have an aptitude for developing and assessing new approaches to learning and how they are best supported by new technologies. This, together with experience in curriculum development and teaching, will allow the Education Resources Fellow to provide disciplinary and pedagogical expertise in creating innovative and rigorously assessed learning experiences. The Fellow may have supervisory responsibilities that include the training and mentoring of staff and/or student interns. This Postdoctoral Fellows Program is a service and training program designed for early career scientist-teachers who are interested in an academic pathway involving curriculum development, teaching, and educational programming in the interdisciplinary field of Evolutionary Medicine. As a training opportunity fellows will receive mentorship to support their development as educators throughout the duration of the fellowship and have an opportunity to participate in the ASU Science Education Group, the Evidenced-based Teaching Seminar series, as well as the Biology Education Research Lab. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology or other natural science or science education field that provides an extensive background in evolutionary biology. Cross-training and experience in education is desirable. Candidates with experience in the following are preferred: developing and assessing education resources; conducting educational research; and using developing digital resources for online and classroom use. The successful candidates will have a commitment to science education, must have outstanding writing and organizational skills, demonstrated capacity for independence and innovation, and the ability to work as part of a team. Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, to rethinking university education, and to integrating excellence in both research and teaching. The Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus is a university-wide presidential initiative whose mission is to establish evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide. The Center will bring leading scientists to ASU to join existing faculty in research that demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to address problems in medicine and public health. The new courses and degrees they create will begin to meet the growing demand for such experiences, and will educate a generation of future researchers and health professionals. Many of these experiences will be at ASU, and some will be in conjunction with the new Mayo medical school, but others will be available online open access worldwide, providing the authoritative content that has long been needed to bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and medicine. To apply, please email a single pdf document containing a letter of application that states your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, names of three references, and an item of choice that represents your approach to teaching in undergraduate science classroom to evmedsearch@asu.edu. The initial closing date for receipt of complete applications is June 30, 2015; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply (http://bit.ly/1OZMIzD). For more information on ASU’s non-discrimination policy, visit ACD 401. For additional information on the Center for Evolution & Medicine, visit http://bit.ly/1AE42hK. For additional information on the position, please contact Kathleen Holladay, Assistant Director, at kholladay@asu.edu. Kathleen Holladay via Gmail

May 5, 2015

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14th Annual General Meeting of the FoS and Symposium on"Conservation of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Socotra" September 11-13, 2015 @ CIBIO-InBIO, Vairo, Portugal The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Soqotra (FoS) is a great opportunity to meet other FoS members and fellow-travellers, to discuss the latest results of scientific research on the Soqotra Archipelago, to learn about ongoing projects, and to share information about FoS activities over the last year. Both members and non-members are very welcome to participate in the meetings. Between 2001 and 2014 the AGM has been held in different European countries. The 13th Annual General Meeting of FoS and Symposium entitled “Biodiversity and Culture of Socotra” was held on 19 - 21 September 2014 in Rome, Italy. In 2015 the 14th Annual General Meeting of the FoS and Symposium entitled “Conservation of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Socotra” will take place on September 11-13 in Portugal hosted by CIBIO-InBIO’s CONGEN [http://bit.ly/1Ecb3GY] group. A discussion workshop relating current pressures to the heritage of Socotra and elaboration of a response plan will also take place during this meeting. IMPORTANT DATES Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2015 Abstract acceptance / Early registration deadline: July 30, 2015 Further information about this event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Ib8Ml8. CIBIO - Centro de Investigao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genticos/ InBIO Laboratrio Associado, Universidade do Porto Campus Agrrio de Vairo Rua Padre Armando Quintas 4485-661 Vairo Portugal t: +351 252 660 411 Ext. 285 f: +351 252 661 780 e: divulgacao@cibio.up.pt w: http://cibio.up.pt f: http://on.fb.me/1Ecb3H2 CIBIO Divulgao via Gmail
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Dear Colleagues, The 11th International Plant Molecular Biology meeting will take place this year at Iguassu Falls from October 25th - 30th. Several talks and sessions will address key issues on plant evolution. The scientific program is very exciting and top questions in the field will be addressed. Visit the website at . Registration is open with reduced price until June 30th. Abstracts are accepted until July 31st. With our best regards, Marie-Anne On behalf of the Bilateral Organizing Committee and IPMB Board Rita Ulloa (INGEBI, Argentina), Marie-Anne Van Sluys (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil) Fernando Carrari (INTA, Argentina), Marcio C. Silva-Filho ( Universidade de Sao Paulo - Brazil) mavsluys@usp.br via Gmail
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DEADLINE APPROACHING! NESCent/HHMI/SSE 2015 Evolution Film Festival/Video Contest Scientists and science educators of all stripes - students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators - are invited to enter the Fifth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). 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). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini documentaries are all fair game. The finalists will be screened at the 2015 Evolution meeting in Guaruj, Brazil. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.) First- and second-place winners will receive up to $1,000 and $500, respectively. The deadline to submit your video(s) is SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 2015 (11:00 PM, EST). For more information (and to see entries from previous years) please visit filmfestival.nescent.org or contact Jory Weintraub (jory@nescent.org). Jory P. Weintraub, PhD Assistant Director, Education & Outreach National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) 2024 West Main St., Suite A200, Durham, NC 27705 Phone: 919.668.4578 Fax: 919.668.9198 Email: jory@nescent.org Skype: jory.weintraub “Weintraub, Jory P” via Gmail
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Free to New Owner: Back-run of print journal - EVOLUTION I have a nearly complete run of print issues of the journal EVOLUTION. This starts with Volume 1 and continues through Vol. 69, #2, Feb. 2015. Volumes 1 - 27 are bound. There may be a few gaps of individual issues. Mostly in excellent condition. These are free to whomever is interested and willing to pay the costs of boxing and shipping these. Thank you for your interest. Donald M. Waller dmwaller@wisc.edu Dept. of Botany (608) 263-2042 232 Birge Hall FAX: 608-262-7509 430 Lincoln Drive University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 USA Don Waller via Gmail

May 4, 2015

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Postdoctoral fellow in Computable Semantics for the Tree of Life The Phyloreferencing project seeks a postdoctoral fellow for researching and developing computational semantics approaches to large-scale biodiversity data integration problems. The project aims to enable addressing elements in the Tree of Life by unambiguous, transparent, and fully computable semantics of their patterns of evolutionary descent. The work involves researching and developing OWL models and ontologies, tools for converting existing data into OWL format, and online proof-of-concept applications for using machine reasoning to navigate biodiversity data by Tree of Life-semantics. The project is a collaboration between Dr. Nico Cellinese (Florida Museum of Natural History , University of Florida ) and Hilmar Lapp (Center for Genomic and Computational Biology , Duke University) newly funded by NSF for 3 years. The incumbent will be based in the lab of Dr. Cellinese, but will work closely with both PIs and will periodically travel to Lapp$B!G(Bs lab at Duke University. Starting date is negotiable but the sooner the better. Salary starts at $45,000. Why phyloreferencing? Integrating and querying biological data across organisms, whether on small or large scales, to this day relies on traditional names for organisms and groups of organisms based on Linnaean nomenclature. However, when it comes to integrating and communicating data, these suffer from two major limitations. Firstly, because they are simple text-strings, machines cannot access the meaning intended by those who coin a name and those who apply it, resulting in rampant ambiguity and inconsistency in what organism names are interpreted to mean. Secondly, there are many groups of organisms for which a Linnaean name does not and may never exist, but for which valuable biological knowledge needs to be communicated. The Phyloreferencing project aims to address these challenges by defining ontology-based references ($B!H(Bphyloreferences$B!I(B) to elements on the Tree of Life that are unambiguous have fully computable semantics. To accomplish this, we are using OWL, OWL ontologies, and machine reasoning. Phyloreferences build on a large body of theoretical and applied work on phylogenetic taxonomy. The overall deliverables of the project include a formal specification for phyloreference encoding and reasoning in OWL; ascertaining correctness of the specification using small-scale tests verifiable by domain experts; and a large-scale proof-of-concept application for using phyloreferences to navigate biodiversity data resources. The full grant proposal is available at http://bit.ly/1br4b1n. Postdoctoral project responsibilities The postdoc will work closely with the project PIs and graduate students to generate the major project deliverables, which include the following: 1. As part of creating a specification for encoding phyloreferences and phylogenies in OWL, the postdoc will participate in OWL model and ontology development for phylogenies and phyloreferences; develop templates for constructing phyloreferences in OWL; and develop tools to convert published phylogenies and phyloreferences to OWL ontologies. 2. The postdoc will create an online proof-of-concept application that uses OWL reasoning to allow users to query biodiversity data resources using phyloreferences and Tree of Life-scale phylogenies. All software source code, ontologies, and related products will be developed collaboratively on Github and be made available under open-source licenses. Qualifications: * PhD in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field * Domain knowledge in biology, biodiversity, or evolution is helpful, but not required. * Strong knowledge of Description Logic semantics, ontologies and modeling (ideally OWL ontologies). * Experience with logic machine reasoning (ideally OWL DL reasoners and entailments). * Strong programming experience in languages frequently used in scientific computing, and especially for computing with ontologies (Java, Scala, functional languages) and for managing or converting scientific data (e.g., Python). * Experience programming with OWL API or other APIs to working with machine reasoners. * Experience with web-application development (in particular using JavaScript, or microframeworks). How to apply: To apply please submit a letter of interest and CV, together with the names and contact information of three academic references, to Dr. Nico Cellinese ncellinese@flmnh.ufl.edu (to whom inquiries should be directed). The position will remain open until filled. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Nico Cellinese, Ph.D. Associate Curator, Botany & Informatics Joint Associate Professor, Department of Biology University of Florida Florida Museum of Natural History 354 Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd. Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, U.S.A. Tel. 352-273-1979 Fax 352-846-1861 http://bit.ly/1I9hG4a Twitter @ncellinese “Cellinese,Nico” via Gmail

May 3, 2015

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Dear friends, I am teaching evolutionary biology and I would like to receive suggestions about games to teach evolution. Maybe there are something envolving variation simulation and selection measurements! Thanks for any help! Prof. Dr. J. C. VOLTOLINI Grupo de Pesquisa e Ensino em Biologia da Conservao - ECOTROP Universidade de Taubat, Departamento de Biologia Taubat, SP. 12030-010. E-Mail: jcvoltol@uol.com.br * Grupo de pesquisa ECOTROP CNPq: http://bit.ly/OrqJ73 * Currculo Lattes: http://bit.ly/1huRkbE * Assessoria Estatstica: http://bit.ly/OrqJnN * Fotos de Cursos e Projetos: http://on.fb.me/1K5JT9b VOLTOLINI via Gmail
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Short Workshop: Introduction to Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews, June 25-26 (before Evolution 2015) Deadline extended 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. SPECIAL TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS. Instructors: Jessica Gurevitch (Stony Brook University, State University of New York) Marc Lajeunesse (University of South Florida) Participation is limited to 24 people. Sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists. Applications and registration details are available at: http://bit.ly/1EtCr3z Thanks! Jessica Jessica Gurevitch via Gmail

May 2, 2015

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–=_alternative 003C84EDC1257E39_Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Two PhD positions in systematic botany / phylogenetics at the University of Zurich Project description: the selected student will work with Dr. Colin Hughes. http://bit.ly/1p7NvCi on a research project entitled Global Legume diversity patterns: macroevolutionary and ecological processes shaping biodiversity, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the University of Zurich. http://bit.ly/1p7Nw94 We are interested in how diversity evolves and understanding the processes and factors that determine the spatial distribution of life on Earth. Using comparative approaches and one of the most evolutionary successful families of flowering plants, the legumes (Leguminosae = Fabaceae), as a study system, we are addressing a set of inter-related questions about global plant diversity patterns. We are making use of recent developments in comparative phylogenomics and global-scale species distribution modelling to quantify phylogenetic turnover and the ecological factors underlying patterns of diversity across large-scale ecological gradients. The PhD projects will focus on specific legume clades, and especially subfamily Mimosoideae, a pantropical clade spanning all lowland tropical biomes and potentially involve fieldwork, laboratory work to generate DNA sequence data using NGS, herbarium specimen database work, and phylogenetic/ macroevolutionary analysis. This will build on foundations - genomic data, development of NGS approaches, taxonomic knowledge and research material - already established in Zurich. The Institute of Systematic Botany in Zurich offers excellent research facilities and a stimulating working environment for graduate students in plant systematics and evolution. The project will also involve collaboration with legume researchers in Brasil, the Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A. and Canada. Salary is according to the Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines. Funding, including for laboratory and field work, is available for 3 years.   Requirements: Applicants should hold a Masters degree in systematics, biodiversity or evolutionary biology. Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, working with NGS data, phylogenetic analysis, macroevolutionary analysis, fieldwork and GIS are all potentially relevant. Excellent knowledge of English, written and oral, is essential. How to apply: Send the following documents by email AS A SINGLE PDF FILE to Dr. Colin Hughes, colin.hughes@systbot.uzh.ch:  i) a two-page application letter describing your research interests, outlining why you think working on mimosoid legumes is interesting, why are you interested in a Ph.D. position in systematic botany and your career goals; ii) your CV, including a list of publications (if applicable); iii) a copy of your undergraduate and graduate academic record; iv) names and contact details of at least two referees selected from your academic advisors. Deadline for applications: Applications will be screened from May 25th 2015 onwards until the positions are filled. Starting date: Sept/Oct 2015. –=_alternative 003C84EDC1257E39_Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Two PhD positions in systematic botany / phylogenetics at the University of Zurich

Project description: the selected student will work with Dr. Colin Hughes. http://bit.ly/1p7NvCi on a research project entitled Global Legume diversity patterns: macroevolutionary and ecological processes shaping biodiversity, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the University of Zurich. http://bit.ly/1jNq6NX

We are interested in how diversity evolves and understanding the processes and factors that determine the spatial distribution of life on Earth. Using comparative approaches and one of the most evolutionary successful famili es of flowering plants, the legumes (Leguminosae = Fabaceae), as a study system, we are addressing a set of inter-related questions about global plant diversity patterns. We are making use of recent developments in comparative phylogenomics and global-scale species distribution modelling to quantify phylogenetic turnover and the ecological factors underlying patterns of diversity across large-scale ecological gradients.

The PhD projects will focus on specific legume clades, and especially subfamily Mimosoideae, a pantropical clade spanning all lowland tropical biomes and potentially involve fieldwork, laboratory work to generate DNA sequence data using NGS, herbarium specimen database work, and phylogenetic/ macroevolutionary analysis. This will build on foundations - genomic data, development of NGS approaches, taxonomic knowledge and research material - already established in Zurich.

The Institute of Systematic Botany in Zurich offers excellent research facilities and a stimulating working environment for graduate students in plant systematics and evolution. The project will also involve collaboration with legume researchers in Brasil, the Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A. and Canada. Salary is according to the Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines. Funding, including for laboratory and field work, is available for 3 years.

 

Requirements: Applicants should hold a Masters degree in systematics, biodiversity or evolutionary biology. Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, working with NGS data, phylogenetic analysis, macroevolutionary analysis, fieldwork and GIS are all potentially relevant. Excellent knowledge of English, written and oral, is essential.

How to apply: Send the following documents by email AS A SINGLE PDF FILE to Dr. Colin Hughes, colin.hughes@systbot.uzh.ch:  i) a two-page application letter describing your research interests, outlining why you think working on mimosoid legumes is interesting, why are you interested in a Ph.D. position in systematic botany and your career goals; ii) your CV, including a list of publications (if applicable); iii) a copy of your undergraduate and graduate academic record; iv) names and contact details of at least tw o referees selected from your academic advisors.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be screened from May 25th 2015 onwards until the positions are filled.

Starting date: Sept/Oct 2015.

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May 1, 2015

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Dear Evoldir, We are currently hiring a Lecturer or Associate Professor in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology at the University of Southampton. Please pass on the following to anyone who may be interested in applying. Best wishes, Mark Lecturer or Associate Professor in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology (Ref:560215BJ) http://bit.ly/1bMpgDS Lecturer or Associate Professor in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology We wish to appoint an outstanding academic, whose research fits within the broad theme of Ecology or Evolutionary Biology. An appointment would be preferred in behavioural ecology, conservation or evolutionary biology, but we welcome strong candidates from fields that would complement existing research strengths in spatial ecology, population genetics, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services, adaptations to environmental change. For either level of appointment it is necessary that you have an established track record of research and are well positioned to attract RCUK, EU or charity funding. At Lecturer level, we expect the appointed person to obtain external grant income within 2 years. For appointment at Associate Professor level, we expect the appointed person to have experience of gaining external funding. You will be expected to contribute fully to our Biology, Zoology, and Ecology undergraduate BSc and MSci programmes, as well as being able to teach on our postgraduate programmes in Biology, and Wildlife Conservation. We would also encourage applicants who are able to develop and teach field courses. It is especially important that you show enthusiasm and potential to teach innovatively across a wide range of disciplines. You will join the Centre for Biological Sciences, which is at the hub of interdisciplinary initiatives through its engagement with the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS, http://bit.ly/1I0myqz). You will be encouraged to pursue collaborative multidisciplinary research with other groups across the university, especially within the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences (Ocean & Earth Science, Chemistry). You should demonstrate: evidence of distinction in research through high-quality publications; ability or potential to obtain peer-reviewed funding in your research area; ability or potential for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, thereby contributing to the programmes run by Biological Sciences; Potential applicants who wish to discuss this post are welcome to contact Professor Keith Jones (Head of Biological Sciences, K.T.Jones@soton.ac.uk). Interviews are likely to take place in June or July 2015. Dr. Mark A. Chapman M.Chapman@soton.ac.uk +44 (0)2380 594396 Co-ordinator - Centre for Underutilised Crops http://bit.ly/1bMpgUp [twitter2]@CUCsoton Centre for Biological Sciences University of Southampton Life Sciences Building 85 Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ “Chapman M.” via Gmail
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Permanent positions in comparative genomics and evolutionary bioinformatics at Pasteur Institute (Paris) Announcement below has been diffused on evoldir recently. Two of these positions will be attached to the research teams of Eduardo Rocha (comparative genomics, molecular evolution, microbiology, http://bit.ly/1EKzYWE) and Olivier Gascuel (evolutionary bioinformatics, phylogenetics, molecular evolution, epidemiology, viruses, www.lirmm.fr/gascuel). If interested, apply on http://bit.ly/1bMmD4Ywww.lirmm.fr/gascuel). If interested, apply on http://bit.ly/1bMmD4Y before May 15 and contact these PIs. – via Gmail

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WesternAustralia.Fieldassist.FairyWrens I am looking for a field assistant to help monitor a population of red-winged fairy-wrens in south-west Australia from 1 October 2015 to ~21 January 2016 as part of an on-going study on cooperation and competition. The study is based at Smithbrook Nature Reserve in one of the 35 biodiversity hotspots of the world! Duties include searching for nests, monitoring colour-ringed birds, behavioural observations, mist netting and data entry. Working days are long, start early and consist of lots of hiking through dense forest with occasional encounters with venomous snakes. Applicants must be physically fit and have outstanding hearing and vision, be able to work independently, get along well with others in remote field setting and tolerate hot weather conditions. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. Required qualifications: experience in monitoring colour-ringed birds, nest-searching, mist netting and current drivers licence. Field assistant will get an allowance of AU$7000 for total period. Onsite accommodation is provided, but candidate must pay their own flight to Perth, Australia. Candidate must be Australian citizen or eligible for appropriate visa e.g. subclass 417, 600 or 601. To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees to Lyanne Brouwer (lyanne.brouwer at anu.edu.au). Applicants will be considered as they apply until the position is filled. Lyanne Brouwer via Gmail
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–_000_D35ECC3C040B4F62A4CA3B26C4903189unilch_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=“Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND USE IN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS When? 6-9 July 2015 Where? Arolla (Swiss Alps), Switzerland This workshop is organized by Prof. Michal Taborsky and Dr. Leif Engqvist from the University of Bern (CH). Invited speakers: Dr. Sarah Brosnan, Georgia State University (US) Prof. Thomas Bugnyar, University of Vienna (AT) Dr. Sasha Dall, University of Exeter (UK) Dr. Keith Jensen, University of Manchester (UK) Prof. Alex Kacelnik, University of Oxford (UK) Prof. Jens Krause, Leibniz Inst. Berlin (DE) Prof. David Stephens, University of Minnesota (US) The program of the workshop will consist of a combination of plenary talks by invited speakers and work performed in small groups, in which the participants will discuss a particular theme together with one of the invited speakers. The results of these small-group sessions willl be presented to the plenum by student participants, followed by a general discussion. Adaptive decision making depends on the quality of available information. The significance of direct or indirect information involved in social decisions is little understood. Evidence for constraints and substantial costs in the acquisition and processing of information is accumulating. Accordingly, behavioural decisions often seem to be made with imperfect knowledge, following “rules of thumb” rather than applying prudent assessment to make optimal choices. Furthermore, individuals may or may not benefit from sharing information; hence they may transmit only partial or false information. The aim of this workshop is to discuss these issues in an evolutionary framework, both from an empirical and theoretical perspective. Questions discussed in this workshop will include, for instance, how different costs of information acquisition and use will change predictions on adaptive decision making; or, whether seemingly irrational or “wrong” decisions may actually make sense when tak ing costs and constraints on information use into account. These are topics of great interest to students and scientists from different disciplines, such as behavioural ecology, neurobiology, cognitive sciences, and psychology. Interaction between different fields will identify open questions and directions for future interdisciplinary research. For more info and registration: http://bit.ly/1bITzv2 Queries: ecologie-evolution@cuso.ch –_000_D35ECC3C040B4F62A4CA3B26C4903189unilch_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=“Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND USE IN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS When? 6-9 July 2015 Where? Arolla (Swiss Alps), Switzerland This workshop is organized by Prof. Michal Taborsky and Dr. Leif Engqvist from the University of Bern (CH). Invited speakers:  Dr. Sarah Brosnan, Georgia State University (US) Prof. Thomas Bugnyar, University of Vienna (AT) Dr. Sasha Dall, University of Exeter (UK) Dr. Keith Jensen, University of Manchester (UK) Prof. Alex Kacelnik, University of Oxford (UK) Prof. Jens Krause, Leibniz Inst. Berlin (DE) Prof. David Stephens, University of Minnesota (US) The program of the workshop will consist of a combination of plenary talks by invited speakers and work performed in small groups, in which the participants will discuss a particular theme together with one of the invited speakers. The results of these small-group sessions willl be presented to the plenum by student participants, followed by a general discussion. 

Adaptive decision making depends on the quality of available information. The significance of direct or indirect information involved in social decisions is little understood. Evidence for constraints and substantial costs in the acquisition and processing of information is accumulating. Accordingly, behavioural decisions often seem to be made with imperfect knowledge, following “rules of thumb” rather than applying prudent assessment to make optimal choices. Furthermore, individuals may or may not benefit from sharing information; hence they may transmit only partial or false information. The aim of this workshop is to discuss these issues in an evolutionary framework, both from an empirical and theoretical perspective. Questions discussed in this workshop will include, for instance, how different costs of information acquisition and use will change predictions on adaptive decision making; or, whether seemingly irrational or “wrong” decisions may actually make sense when taking costs and constraints on information use into account. These are topics of great interest to students and scientists from different disciplines, such as behavioural ecology, neurobiology, cognitive sciences, and psychology. Interaction between different fields will identify open questions and directions for future interdisciplinary research.  

For more info and registration: http://bit.ly/1bITzv4 Queries: ecologie-evolution@cuso.ch   –_000_D35ECC3C040B4F62A4CA3B26C4903189unilch via Gmail

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Postdoc positions (2-years or 5-years) available in molecular evolution, comparative genomics and evo-devo at the University of Konstanz in Germany The Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz provides generous funding for two types of Postdoctoral fellowships. The funding for 2-year or 5-year fellowships is meant to support postdocs on their way towards academic independence. These fellowships also offer the opportunity to apply for significant internal funding for research expenses. Zukunftskolleg Fellows need an academic sponsor and host laboratory. Zukunftskolleg Fellows should therefore propose research projects that fit with a particular host laboratory at the University of Konstanz and should be of collaborative and interdisciplinary nature. Please visit http://bit.ly/1bh7vvT for more information. DEADLINE: May 18th 2015 Axel Meyers lab at the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz welcomes applications from motivated Ph.D. biologists or postdocs who are interested in the fields of either molecular evolution, comparative genomics, and / or the evolution of developmental mechanisms. More specific information on our ongoing research projects can be found on the Meyer-Labs www pages. http://bit.ly/19UWMQH The University of Konstanz is among the most highly ranked institutions in Germany and provide a lively and academically outstanding research environment. Konstanz is a lovely historic town located on Lake Constance on the southern German border to Switzerland. Additional information can be obtained from: axel.meyer@uni- konstanz.de , phone: +49 (0) 7531 / 88 - 4163, fax + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 - 3018 or from our website: http://bit.ly/19UWMQH. Applications should be received by the Zukunftskolleg before May18th, 2015. Prof. Axel Meyer, Ph.D. Lehrstuhl fr Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie Department of Biology Building M, Room M806 University of Konstanz 78457 Konstanz Germany fon + 49 (0)7531 88 4163 fax + 49 (0)7531 88 3018 secretary: Ingrid.Bader@uni-konstanz.de tel. + 49 (0)7531 88 3069 http://bit.ly/19UWMQH Axel Meyer via Gmail
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–001a1141bd7cc4a2f00514e72082 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Postdoc: Molecular evolution and/or phylogenetic methods Description Fellowships are available to come and work with my group in Sydney, Australia, for up to 6 months (indeed, you could apply to work with any group in Australia). If you are a recent PhD graduate, and have interests that overlap with our lab, please get in touch with an email that outlines your interests, along with a copy of your CV, to: robert.lanfear@mq.edu.au Specific projects include (but are not limited to): 1. Investigating the accumulation of somatic mutations in individual plants 2. Various projects examining the causes and consequences of variation in rates of molecular evolution among taxa (plants and animals) 3. Developing and applying methods for model selection and data filtering in phylogenetics For more information on the research our lab, please visit: http://bit.ly/1OHkQjA The fellowships provide a good salary, as well as covering all travel and other costs. They are competitive, but success rates are quite high. Recent PhD graduates with at least one publication are competitive. More information on the fellowships themselves can be found here: http://bit.ly/1bgYrqJ and the list of eligible countries can be found here: http://bit.ly/1OHkQjC Yours, Rob Lanfear via Gmail

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The journal /Functional Ecology/ is seeking a Senior Editor to strengthen and complement the current editorial team and to continue raising the Journal’s profile worldwide. The Journal’s Senior Editors are supported by an international board of Associate Editors and dedicated editorial office personnel. The Senior Editors work together to determine Journal strategy and to increase the reputation and quality of the Journal, in addition to making decisions on submitted manuscripts. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found on the journal website http://bit.ly/1OHkObo. Applications are welcome from leading scientists from any field who could contribute to the Journal’s development in topical and developing areas, but we particularly seek applications from ecologists (including evolutionary ecologists) with expertise in the areas of animal physiology or plant–animal interactions and who are enthusiastic about increasing the journals online profile through the use of social media and/or multimedia (e.g. interviewing authors in podcasts, coordinating production of videos highlighting author contributions). Applications from those who could help increase the geographic or gender diversity of the board would be welcome. Editors must be highly motivated, decisive, and be outstanding communicators that are expected to act with probity. They must have an excellent understanding of their own field of ecology, as well as the wider discipline; have experience of refereeing and the editing processes; a commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the journal; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing. This post is a part-time three-year contract (current salary c. £5,900 per annum) located at the holder’s host university or organisation. Some additional support is available to facilitate attendance at meetings with other BES journal editors and to act as ambassadors for the journal at relevant conferences. Please see the *full job description* here: http://bit.ly/1bgYpPO. The post can be discussed further with the Executive Editor, Professor Chuck Fox (cfox@uky.edu). To apply, please send your CV and a letter stating what you have to offer to the Journal and how you would contribute to developing it over the next three years to Andrea Baier, Senior Managing Editor: andrea@britishecologicalsociety.org. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 17th June 2015. via Gmail