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May 23, 2015

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THIRD INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ‘OMICS SYNTHESIS CONFERENCE **important updates** **postgrads submitting abstracts entitled to full registration bursary (first-come-first-serve)** **talk abstracts due 29 May, poster abstracts due 6 June** University of St Andrews 6-8 July 2015 http://bit.ly/1Kbg9rU ABSTRACTS AND REGISTRATION ABSTRACT (TALK) DEADLINE: 29 May 2015 (extended from 25 May) REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 6 June 2015 The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and organisations from a range of disciplines with shared interests in the development of new approaches for data handling, generation and analysis in environmental omics. Science areas of interest include bioinformatics, DNA-barcoding, genomics, metagenomics, metabarcoding, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, evolutionary and ecological omics, phylogenetics, study of ancient DNA and anthropology, new tools, resources and training, and beyond as applied to the study of the natural environmental and environmentally relevant organisms and systems. It is our hope is that the resulting interaction and exchange of ideas will lead to novel approaches, new collaborations and the consolidation of a wider integrated environmental omics community. EOS and this conference is supported by Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) through its Mathematics and Informatics for Environmental Omics Data Synthesis programme and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Global Challenges programme. Professor Thomas R. Meagher School of Biology, Sir Harold Mitchell Building University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9TH UK +44(0)1334 463364 office +44(0)7793356889 mobile +44(0)1334 463366 fax http://bit.ly/1IUL9NW Thomas Meagher via Gmail
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Dear All, I have just uploaded a new version of DAMBE. The main news is that (distance-based method + pairwise alignment) performs much better than (maximum likelihood method + multiple alignment) based on extensive sequence simulations of amino acid, codon and nucleotide sequences of increasing sequence divergence. The difference in performance disappears only when sequences are easily aligned or when sequences experienced full substitution saturation (when no method can recover any true tree or subtrees). The function for (distance-based method + pairwise alignment) can be accessed by clicking ‘Phylogenetics|Distance-based methods|Phylogenetics with pairwise alignment’. If you wish to compare the performance by doing simulation yourself, here are the associated functions: 1. Do sequence simulation with indels, and save the resulting unaligned sequences into a FASTA file (The indels introduced in simulation leads to different sequence lengths. Make sure that some sequences will not accumulate so many deletions that only a few AA, codon or nucleotides are left). If you take a tree with 24 OTUs and simulate 100 sets, then the FASTA file will be >S1 Sequence… >S2 Sequence… … S20 Sequence… >S1 Sequence… >S2 Sequence… … S20 Sequence… … 2. To use DAMBE to reconstruct 100 trees from these 100 sets of sequences, start DAMBE and click 'File|Open file with multiple datasets’ to read in the file (You will be asked to enter “Number of sequences per set” and you should enter 24 if there are 24 OTUs per set of data. This is needed because FASTA files have no internal structure to indicate the beginning and ending of each set of sequences). In the dialogbox on what job to perform, click 'Distance-based phylogenetics’ and click 'Run’. In the following dialog boxes, just keep default values. 3. To analyze the sequences by ML method, e.g., (PROML and DNAML in PHYLIP), you can use DAMBE to do batch alignment and then save to PHYLIP format. That is, you click 'File|Open file with multiple datasets’ to read in the file and enter the number OTUs (e.g., 24). In the dialog box on what job to perform, click 'Align multiple sets of sequences’. You may use either the built-in alignment tool (ClustalW) or use external alignment programs (I often use mafft.bat). Once the sequences are aligned, you may save them to PHYLIP format. If you have simulated 100 sets of AA sequences, then it is better to save the 100 sets of sequences into multiple files and run PROML in a parallel fashion (otherwise it may take months). In DAMBE, once the alignment is done, you will be presented with the option of saving the multiple sets to one file or to multiple files. 4. If, in your simulation of 100 sets of sequences, the simulation program produce 100 separate files, each with 24 sequences, then you click 'File|Read multiple files for batch processing’. The rest is the same. 5. Once you have produced the trees in a file, e.g., outtree from PHYLIP, paste the “true tree” (the tree used in simulation) into the file as the first tree. You need to know which methods recover more true trees/subtrees. Click 'Phylogenetics|Robinson- Foulds analysis on trees’. This will compare the 100 reconstructed tree against the first tree (the true tree). By the way, DAMBE has a good codon alignment function that align codon sequences with a 64-by-64 score matrix. It is quite good. If you simulate codon sequences, then you should align them by codon instead of by nucleotide because aligning by codon is not only faster (the sequences are three times shorter), but also more accurate. There are also a number of minor bug fixes in this release. For those who do not know what DAMBE is: it is a comprehensive software package for data analysis in molecular biology and evolution, freely available at: http://bit.ly/16O3JAO Best Xuhua http://bit.ly/1bVebhK http://bit.ly/16O3JAP Xuhua Xia Professor Biology Department University of Ottawa Rm 278 Gendron 30 Marie Curie, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1N 6N5 Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext 6886 Xuhua Xia via Gmail
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A fixed term full-time Postdoctoral position (Level A) is available at the School of BioSciences (Faculty of Science), University of Melbourne. The Research Fellow will be responsible for designing, executing, and analysing field and laboratory experiments, as part of the research project “The dark side of night: species and community impacts of night lighting”, which is funded by an ARC Discovery grant. The research is part of an international collaboration between the University of Melbourne (Dr Theresa Jones and Prof Mark Elgar), the University of Exeter (Prof Kevin Gaston) and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (Prof Marcel Visser). The position is located at The University of Melbourne and reports to the Chief Investigator. Salary: $64,863* - $88,016 p.a. (*PhD entry Level $81,998 p.a.) plus 9.5% superannuation For further information please visit the website: http://bit.ly/1JJ4cvq . Dr Theresa Jones Senior Lecturer - The Behaviour and Evolution Group The School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne Victoria 3010, Australia Tel: +61 (0)3 90359576 Theresa Melanie Jones via Gmail
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A PhD position at the School of Biological Science at the University of Portsmouth (UK) Supervisor: Rocio Perez-Barrales and W. Scott Armbruster Project title: Pollination competition and facilitation as ecological driver of floral diversity and evolution in Mediterranean Linum (Linaceae) Most plants in communities tent to interact indirectly by sharing pollinators, and these interactions can bring positive or negative effects to plant fitness. At community level, most of the research has focused on whether sharing pollinators is beneficial or costly for plants. This is surprising because the sign and net effect of the interaction is context dependent. For example, adjustments in flowering phenology of species can support the pollinator community during the entire blooming season and increase the residence time of pollinators. In contrast, co-flowering species can compete for the pollinator service, and the strength of these negative interactions may be a density dependent process in a spatially explicit context. All these processes are not mutually exclusive, and they vary temporally and spatially; in the longer term, they can structure species composition and combinations of different floral traits. This PhD project will (i) evaluate how facilitation and competition for pollinator service can structure plant communities by looking at (ii) rates of intra-specific pollen flow and inter-specific pollen flow to (iii) quantify the selective value of these complex interactions as drivers of floral evolution, speciation and differentiation of traits directly linked with female and male fitness. The research will be conducted in Mediterranean communities of flax species (Linum, Linaceae) in Spain, where often several species co$B!>(Bflower and share pollinators. We are looking for enthusiastic, independent and dynamic candidates with strong interest in plant-animal interactions. Candidates must have a good Master’s degree, or good degree in Biology or Environmental Biology, with a background in Plant Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution. The candidate should be familiar with the package R for data analysis of ecological and molecular data, and flexible to work in a team and independently. It is expected that (s)he will be an active part of preparation of grant proposal and manuscripts. The candidate will gain skills both in the field and the lab. The fieldwork will be conducted in Spain, and it would be beneficial for the candidate to speak Spanish. The lab work and greenhouse experiments will be conducted in the facilities of The University of Portsmouth. In addition the candidate will have access to the Graduate School Development Programme and Department Postgraduate Researcher Training, and will join the Biodiversity and Evolution research team at the School of Biological Science. Application should be sent before the 4th June on line at http://bit.ly/1F2g9G5, but please contact me before applying at rocio.barrales@port.ac.uk Rocio Perez-Barrales Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences University of Portsmouth Rocio Perez-Barrales via Gmail

May 22, 2015

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Dear colleagues, Recognizing that the difficult funding situation may have made the attendance of SMBE 2015 in Vienna for some people impossible, the Institute of Population Genetics has made 10 fellowships for SMBE attendance available. The fellowships entail a free registration to SMBE 2015 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis with special attention given to the different time zones. In order to apply, please send a short email with the subject “conference fellowship” to office@smbe2015.at explaining your need for the fellowship and a proof for the recently rejected grant. Please note that travel grants count as well as grants submitted by the advisors. Conference website: http://bit.ly/1Ho9nMv julia.hosp@gmail.com via Gmail

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PanAm EVODEVO V UC Berkeley 5-9 August 2015 [http://bit.ly/1D23EcV] COME ONE, COME ALL! EvoDevo2015 is coming together as the most exciting evodevo event of the year. If you have already registered and submitted your abstract, THANK YOU! We received over 200 submissions. The organizing committee will be selecting abstracts for oral presentations and you will be notified in the next couple of weeks. THERES SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Invited talks and the Contributed Sessions are selected to ensure taxonomic diversity and to include a wide variety of innovative tools and techniques for studying evodevo, demonstrating the international nature of the field and highlighting the exciting breath and depth of studies encompassed by the field of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. [http://bit.ly/1ISEHHw] PRESENT YOUR LATEST FINDINGS: While abstract submission for oral presentations is closed, we are accepting abstracts for poster presentations and registrations until July 22nd, 2015. PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!!! THE POSTER SESSION will extend the entire duration of the meeting, and will include large blocks of time (outdoors, with sunshine, food and drink!) for presenters to interact with the community surrounding their latest data. Use this forum to engage in direct conversation with your fellow scientists: students, postdocs and faculty will be presenting their latest data in the form of creative posters and interactive displays. DO NOT MISS the opportunity to be part of this historic event. Register now for the first biennial meeting of the PanAmerican Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology! 5-9 August Berkeley, California via Gmail

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Evolutionary Medicine We are looking for a brave, ambitious, fun and skilled post-doc with a very strong background in evolutionary biology who is interested in real time evolution in a US hospital setting. We want to do evolutionary risk analyses with a view to understanding the clinical decisions which drive resistance evolution. It is our contention that much of the conventional wisdom in this area has a very poor evidence base, and that understanding what is going on quantitatively will make possible evidence-based resistance management. This project is a collaboration between an Infectious Disease physician with a very strong background in evolutionary biology (Woods MD/PhD) and an evolutionary biologist with a strong interest in hospital infections (Read PhD), and will be primarily focused on data generated by clinicians during patient care. The position is based in the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, with the expectation of considerable time at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Penn State. Here’s the formal stuff: RESEARCH FELLOW Job Summary The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases is seeking a post-doctoral applicant to take the lead on development, implementation and analysis of ecological and evolutionary models of antibiotic resistance, which could include agent-based models and compartmental dynamical model, including model fitting and parameter estimation. Additionally, the application will be expected to gather and critical synthesize literature for metanalyses, as well as take the lead on writing of manuscripts for publication. This is a collaborative project between the labs of Robert Woods at the University of Michigan and Andrew Read at Pennsylvania State University. The position will be based at the University of Michigan, with some time spent at the Center of Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State. Required Qualifications Ph.D. required. Experience coding in R or python is a requirement. Significant publication track record in this area, ideally with post-doctoral experience. Desired Qualifications Experience fitting microbiological data to ecological and evolutionary models, and a track record of collaboration with mathematicians, statisticians, biologists, and public health officials is an advantage. Full details and application process at http://bit.ly/1HlOUb6 Informal inquiries to Bob Woods (robertwo@med.umich.edu) or me (a.read@psu.edu). via Gmail

May 21, 2015

23:49

The INRA laboratory UMR 1290 Bioger (Thiverval-Grignon, France) has a two-year open position for a research engineer in genomics and bioinformatics in the team EGIP (Evolution and Genomics of Plant Pathogen Interactions). Position: We are seeking a motivated applicant interested in providing computational and bio-informatics expertise to different fungal genomics projects developed in the team (Illumina sequencing data handling, de novo genome assembly, polymorphism detection, genome annotation, transcriptomics). The applicant will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team with evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and plant pathologists with skills in bioinformatics and fungal genome analysis. Genome annotation will be performed in close collaboration with the JGI-DOE Mycocosm project. The contract may include a stay at the JGI office in Walnut Creek near San Francisco, CA, USA. Required qualifications: Master in biology or computer science; bioinformatics experience or working knowledge of bioinformatics tools; good understanding of Linux and solid programming experience; good practice of scientific English. Please send a CV and letter(s) of recommendation to Dr Marc-Henri Lebrun (marc-henri.lebrun@versailles.inra.fr). The position is open and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. BIOGER is located on the ground of the AgroParisTech School for Engineers in Agriculture at Thiverval-Grignon. The Campus is located in the country side South-West of Paris, close to a railway station easily connected to Gare Montparnasse (http://bit.ly/1F59Anc). via Gmail

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Funding for postdoctoral fellow for 1.5 years (can be extended if funds available) for project on coloration and vision in Neotropical cichlids. Must be SCUBA certified. Start date flexible, but must be available for field-work starting January 2016. Contact Ethan Clotfelter (edclotfelter@amherst.edu) at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA with questions. Ethan Clotfelter via Gmail
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The phylobabble.org web site is a discussion forum for phylogenetic theory and applications. The primary goal of this forum is to discuss best practice and new developments in phylogenetics. Although we do have a Troubleshooting4 category for getting feedback on analyses, this is not a help site for running phylogenetics programs. We are just getting started, and we hope to become a great place to chat about phylogenetics for researchers and the broader community of students and science-interested citizens. Thank you and don’t hesitate to ping Erick or tweet to us if you have any questions or comments. “Foley, Brian Thomas” via Gmail
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Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eukaryotic Genomes Dear Colleagues, LE STUDIUM, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, would like to remind you that the *Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference* - is open for registration.Click here to access the conference page and announcement . *Don’t miss the early bird registration rate and date of June 1st, 2015!* The Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference aims to shine light on current and emerging research trends for genomes classification by providing a platform for discussion with a peloton of internationally acknowledged leaders. Note this conference is the premiere event of the year for researchers to meet, discuss and share ideas on genic repeats and genomes classification! International leaders in the genomic research will gather to discuss, learn and share ideas on a number of areas. Please note there are also opportunities for poster sessions. For more information and to discover the full list of speakers please visit the conference page . This one-off conference is organised with Dr Yves Bigot, Research Director (CNRS - INRA Centre Val de Loire, France) and Dr Peter Arensburger (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - USA). It offers a unique opportunity to meet like-minded researchers, build new collaborations and enjoy the famous local gastronomy and scenery of the Loire Valley region! We look forward to welcoming you to Tours, Loire Valley, France in next July 2015 and invite you not to miss the *June 1st, 2015* *early bird registration deadline*. The conference is open to a hundred participants (academics, post-doctorants, students and R&D scientists, enterprises). Sincerely, On behalf of the scientific committee, Nicola Fazzalari Scientific Director More infos : http://bit.ly/1bwpSh1 Facebook Website Email Sophie Gabillet via Gmail
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Dear everyone, There is room for a small number of additional talks in each session at the 7th European Congress of Mammalogy. We have therefore extended the abstract deadline until June 1st. You can send in your abstracts at: http://bit.ly/1chQse2 Please don’t forget to also register after you have submitted your abstract. Registration can be done here (and is open until June 15th): http://bit.ly/1BroV1K via Gmail

May 20, 2015

23:35

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Genetics Salary Range: 31,342 - 37,394 per annum The Roslin Institute is a world-class centre for quantitative genetics, particularly of managed animal populations such as livestock and companion animals. We have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in quantitative genetics to work alongside Dr. Pam Wiener (Roslin), Dr. John Hickey (Roslin) and Dr. Marie Haskell (Scotland’s Rural College) on the genomic dissection of behavioural characteristics in dogs. The post will involve the development of a low-density platform for genotyping two major dog breeds, characterisation of behavioural traits based on questionnaire data and genomic association and prediction analyses of the behavioural data. The successful applicant will have (or be close to having) a PhD in Quantitative Genetics, Population Genetics, Statistics, Biology, or a related area. The candidate will be expected to have experience of working with large-scale SNP marker data, for example, genome-wide association mapping and genomic prediction, and experience with multivariate statistical analysis. Demonstrable skills in project and sample management, ability to communicate effectively with the public and the oral and written communication of scientific results are also essential. The post-holder will join the Genetics and Genomics department at the Institute, which comprises 24 research groups. He/she will also join a large and active group of scientists across Edinburgh researching the genetics of complex traits. The successful candidate will have the chance to collaborate with leading researchers in the field and to present results at meetings and conferences. The post is funded for two years with the possibility of extension. For further information, please see http://bit.ly/1FykDZT or contact pam.wiener@roslin.ed.ac.uk Closing Date: 12 June 2015 Applications can be made via this weblink: http://bit.ly/1FykDZT Pam Wiener The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies University of Edinburgh Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG, UK phone: 44 (0) 131 651 9209 email: pam.wiener@roslin.ed.ac.uk “The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336 Disclaimer: This e-mail and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for the use of the recipient(s) to whom they are addressed. If you have received it in error, please destroy all copies and inform the sender.” via Gmail

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–Apple-Mail=_A3C254FB-DDB3-481D-9236-E81F00BC5B50 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Postdoctoral Research Position in Evolutionary Biology A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Egan, in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University. Our lab is broadly interested in understanding the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, including integrative studies of ecology, evolution, and population genetics. Primary work in the lab focuses on speciation, the evolution of specialization, and plant-insect interactions. This work is naturally interdisciplinary and we use a combination of ecological field experiments, common garden and greenhouse studies, behavioral observations, and molecular genetic techniques to thoroughly address these topics. Postdoctoral scholars will develop their own independent projects, but will have the opportunity to collaborate on grant-funded projects dealing with speciation in insects and their parasitoids, the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation, and applied projects dealing with conservation and invasive species genetics. Additional information about ou r lab may be found at http://bit.ly/XlXYO4 The selected postdoc will have great latitude in selecting their specific research focus, as the goal of this position is to recruit a strong, innovative researcher to investigate any research topic closely aligned to the focus of the Egan Lab. Research could be field-based or lab-based, or both. Scientists that integrate genome level data with studies of ecology and evolution are especially encouraged to apply, especially those with experience handling both large genotype datasets and full-genome sequence analyses (e.g. programming in C, or scripting language Python and/or Perl). Requirements: The postdoctoral researcher should have a Ph.D. in evolution, ecology, behavior, or a closely related field, demonstrate a record of successful publications, possess excellent analytical and communication skills, and excel at both independent and collaborative research. Research Topics: The successful candidate can investigate a wide range of topics under the umbrella of evolutionary ecology, including ecological speciation, evolutionary consequences of anthropogenic impacts, tritrophic interactions, predator-prey or host-parasite coevolution, phylogeography, phenotypic plasticity, and eco-evolutionary dynamics. Start Date / Position Details: The position will begin approximately September 1st, 2015 (very negotiable), and continue for 24 months. Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position will also include research funds ($2500 per year), health insurance, and benefits. Application: To apply, please send a cover letter stating your proposed interests and overlap with our lab, a detailed CV, two letters of recommendation, and up to three relevant papers as a SINGLE PDF to Dr. Egan (scott.p.egan@rice.edu). In the cover letter, please include a general description of the proposed research topic(s), and how the work would fit into the overall focus of our lab. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until filled. Location: Our lab is part of the Department of BioSciences at Rice University, which is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in Ecology and Evolution, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience. Our EEB program has particular strengths in species interactions, animal behavior, population and community ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary genetics and genomics. We are located in Houston, Texas, an exciting, diverse, and affordable city with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Rice is located beside one of the country’s largest medical research centers, providing additional opportunities in bioinformatics and genomics. Additional information about our department may be found at http://bit.ly/1m0xTJN. –Apple-Mail=_A3C254FB-DDB3-481D-9236-E81F00BC5B50 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8

Postdoctoral Research Position in Evolutionary Biology

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Egan, in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University. Our lab is broadly interested in understanding the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, including integrative studies of ecology, evolution, and population genetics. Primary work in the lab focuses on speciation, the evolution of specialization, and plant-insect interactions. This work is naturally interdisciplinary and we use a combination of ecological field experiments, common garden and greenhouse studies, behavioral observations, and molecular genetic techniques to thoroughly address these topics. Postdoctoral scholars will develop their own independent projects, but will have the opportunity to collaborate on grant-funded projects dealing with speciation in insects and their parasitoids, the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation, and applied projects dealing with conservation and invasive species genetics. Additional information about our lab may be found at http://bit.ly/XlXYO4

The selected postdoc will have great latitude in selecting their specific research focus, as the goal of this position is to recruit a strong, innovative researcher to investigate any research topic closely aligned to the focus of the Egan Lab. Research could be field-based or lab-based, or both. Scientists that integrate genome level data with studies of ecology and evolution are especially encouraged to apply, especially those with experience handling both large genotype datasets and full-genome sequence analyses (e.g. programming in C, or scripting language Python and/or Perl).

Requirements: The postdoctoral researcher should have a Ph.D. in evolution, ecology, behavior, or a closely related field, demonstrate a record of successful publications, possess excellent analytical and communication skills, and excel at both independent and collaborative research.

Research Topics: The successful candidate can investigate a wide range of topics under the umbrella of evolutionary ecology, including ecological speciation, evolutionary consequences of anthropogenic impacts, tritrophic interactions, predator-prey or host-parasite coevolution, phylogeography, phenotypic plasticity, and eco-evolutionary dynamics.

Start Date / Position Details: The position will begin approximately September 1st, 2015 (very negotiable), and continue for 24 months. Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position will also include research funds ($2500 per year), health insurance, and benefits.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter stating your proposed interests and overlap with our lab, a detailed CV, two letters of recommendation, and up to three relevant papers as a SINGLE PDF to Dr. Egan (scott.p.egan@rice.edu). In the cover letter, please include a general description of the proposed research topic(s), and how the work would fit into the overall focus of our lab. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until filled.

Location: Our lab is part of the Department of BioSciences at Rice University, which is home to a vibrant community of faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars in Ecology and Evolution, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience. Our EEB program has particular strengths in species interactions, animal behavior, population and community ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary genetics and genomics. We are located in Houston, Texas, an exciting, diverse, and affordable city with world-class opportunities for dining, arts, and entertainment and access to diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Rice is located beside one of the country’s largest medical research centers, providing additional opportunities in bioinformatics and genomics. Additional information about our department may be found at http://bit.ly/1m0xTJN.


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Postdoc:LoyolaUChicago.MadagascarBirdsPhylogeneticsMacroevolution An NSF-funded postdoc is available for a project on the comparative biogeography and diversification of birds in Madagascar. The postdoc will work jointly with Sushma Reddy at Loyola University Chicago and Dan Rabosky at University of Michigan. The project aims to investigate the origins and history of the avifauna of Madagascar and study the general drivers of species diversification in this iconic macroevolutionary laboratory. Birds inhabiting this island are the result of several independent colonizations from surrounding regions. Despite arriving in Madagascar millions of years ago, only half the endemic lineages have subsequently speciated within this large island. The project aims at a comprehensive investigation of the poorly-studied bird diversity on Madagascar to determine what causes some groups to diversify while others fail to speciate. Specifically we will examine (1) broad-scale phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns to determine the timing and origins of endemic lineages (2) phylogeographic structure within the island to investigate cryptic diversity (3) phenotypic diversity of Malagasy species and their relatives to assess rates of evolutionary change, and (4) the predictability of speciation by com paring factors that may influence diversification across these clades. The postdoc will be involved in several different aspects of the project, including collecting and analyzing data (genetic, biogeographic, and phenotypic), writing manuscripts, giving presentations, mentoring students, and participating in fieldwork. The postdoc will have a unique opportunity to be part of an international collaboration and to gain well-rounded skills in evolutionary biology. The ideal candidate will have a good publication record and some experience with NGS data analysis, programming in R, and avian systematics. The position is funded for 3 years and will be based in Chicago for the first of the half term and Ann Arbor for the second. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field. Start date is flexible and salary is competitive with NSF/NIH rates. Please email Sushma at sreddy6{at}luc.edu with your interests, availability, CV, and questions. The position will be open until filled. Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty. Applications from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged. sreddy6luc@gmail.com via Gmail
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Academic Employment Opportunity Department of Biology: Faculty of Science, Applied Science & Engineering UNB Saint John Competition #: #15-05 Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Details The Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick Saint John invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning on either September 1, 2015 or January 1, 2016, depending on the availability of the candidate. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will be a Marine Biologist whose research interests complement the current strengths within the Department. The candidate will offer undergraduate courses in Marine Sciences, and teach in our Marine Semester at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, NB. UNB Saint John has a strong commitment to teaching and a demonstrated excellence in teaching will be an asset. Qualifications include a PhD degree and clear evidence of research ability as the successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program and be involved in the supervision of BSc (Honours) and graduate (MSc and PhD) students. The Department welcomes applications from Evolutionary Biologists that meet these qualifications. The Department of Biology offers 4-year BSc programs in Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Biology, and Biology-Psychology. It has fifteen faculty members with research expertise in marine biology, ecology, evolution, physiology, aquaculture, environmental biology, ecotoxicology, botany, microbiology, natural products chemistry, geology, and biodiversity. For more information, visit the Departmental website: http://bit.ly/1AetUGe. Applicants are requested to submit electronically (preferably a single PDF) a current curriculum vitae, the names and addresses (including e-mail and telephone number) of three referees, a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and up to three reprints of recent publications to: Dr. R??my Rochette, Chair of Biology Email: sjbiol@unb.ca Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE OF EMPLOYMENT EQUITY R??my R??my Rochette via Gmail

May 19, 2015

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Post-Doctoral position in population genomics “ Montpellier, France Purpose and responsibilities: The research program GENESIS focuses on the role of GENetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity in adaptations to changing Environments: a genomic analySIS of a biological invasion. It involves four academic research teams from UK and France for the three next years and is opening a post-doctoral position to work on the conservation genomics of fish topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva, a small cyprinid species native to East Asia. The post-doc will be in charge of the analysis of genomic data (GBS) for conservation genomics and estimating heritability of fitness related traits using a molecular based pedigree. Research program The main question for the program is to assess the role of genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity in adapting to changing environmental conditions. GENESIS uses the framework of biological invasion to answer this question as the challenge for an invasive species is to respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the selective regime imposed by the colonized ecosystem. In addition, a series of stochastic sampling events associated with the colonization process is predicted to result in strong genetic drift in invasive populations, providing the opportunity for rapid evolutionary change through both selection and drift, and the majority of studies report marked phenotypic change in invasive populations. The information on heritability of ecologically significant life history traits or behaviors is crucial in accurately predicting responses to selection and is therefore a key element of GENESIS that aims at increasing our understanding of factors that promote establishment success of invasive species and the response of small fragmented populations to climate change. A phylogeography will be constructed based on the genomics data. Further, in order to identify genomic regions under selection between populations, an outlier analysis will be conducted. The problem of identifying statistically significant departure from neutrality is complicated and results related to assumptions made, by example to the demographic history of the samples. A variety of tests have been developed either making strict assumptions about demographic history of the populations or estimating for evolutionary non independence among samples. The candidate will have a significant experience of such tests including methods based on summary statistics (eg Fst) as well as bayesian hierarchical modelling. The candidate will be able to choose a justified approach taking into account the characteristic of the data (SNP and NGS sequencing), the robustness of the methods to departures from assumptions, and the consideration of false positive rate. Practical information for applications The post-doc position will be hold at the Center for Biology and Management of Populations at the international capus of Baillarguet, near Montpellier, France (http://bit.ly/1Hgj0g4). Applicants are expected to speak and write English although French is always welcome given the location of this position. Applicants will find some information about living at Montpellier here: http://bit.ly/1rsnOrN The position is available for 2 years and starts at the latest in November 2015. We will start reviewing the applications from now but will continue to consider incoming applications until the position is filled. The gross salary of the post-doc candidate would be around 24 271 euro per year. Qualifications Ph.D. in population genomics and biostatistics Specific skills and technical/administrative training required: One or more programming languages Scientific writing Interpersonal communication Preferred Experience: Experience in genome scan, GBS data analysis Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to jean-francois.martin@supagro.fr. Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of research interests and qualifications for the position, complete CV with publication list, and contact details of three referees, embedded in a single pdf file. You may link to this post at : http://bit.ly/1HgiZcf jean-francois.martin@supagro.fr via Gmail

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PhD position in human population genetics/genomics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland A PhD position in human molecular population genomics/genetics is available at the Laboratory of Anthropology, Genetics and Peopling history (AGP lab) of the University of Geneva (Switzerland). The PhD will be supervised by Dr Estella Poloni and will consist in the analysis of genomic data including markers of genes involved in drug metabolism and their association with phenotypic data generated in parallel for several human population samples. This PhD project is included in a research project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) aims at evidencing which evolutionary mechanisms shaped these genomic regions that are functionally important from the clinical and epidemiological point of view, in a key-region of the peopling history of our species (http://bit.ly/1HrI9d6). We are seeking for a highly motivated candidate with broad interests in anthropology and human evolution, and a strong commitment to research. Requirements: Master degree in biology or equivalent; good skills in biostatistics and data analysis; deep interest for human evolution, population genomics/genetics, molecular evolution, computer tools, and anthropology in general; willingness to carry out sampling missions in various countries (4 missions, 1st year of PhD); Collaboration and communication abilities Good skills in bioinformatics are an advantage. Terms of employment: duration is 3 years, provided that the first year is successful (trial period). Starting date is September 1, 2015, and salary is as of SNF scale for a Candoc. Other conditions: the PhD student will participate in the teaching and other activities of the AGP lab. The AGP lab is hosted by the Department of Genetics and Evolution - Anthropology Unit, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. It offers a very stimulating environment with several independent researchers, international collaborations and excellent computer resources. The Anthropology Unit is located in the heart of Geneva (Acacias) at walking distance from the other University buildings. English and French are the working languages in the lab. More details about the Anthropology Unit can be found at ua.unige.ch/en/. Applications should be sent as a single pdf file by email to Dr Estella Poloni (estella.poloni@unige.ch) by June 15, 2015. It should include a motivation letter, a detailed CV, contact information of two referees and a statement of past research in the domain (Master Thesis and others). Dr Estella “Sim” Poloni Laboratory of Anthropology, Genetics and Peopling history (AGP) Department of Genetics and Evolution (GENEV), Anthropology Unit University of Geneva 12, Rue Gustave-Revilliod 1211 Genve 4, Switzerland Phone +41 (0)22 379 69 77, Fax +41 (0)22 379 31 94 http://bit.ly/1cMrgMQ http://bit.ly/1HrI9d9 http://bit.ly/1cMrgwo Estella Poloni via Gmail
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Dear all the list of the first accepted abstracts for the EBM 19 is available : http://bit.ly/15fa2ML www.aeeb.fr The dead line is June 30 all the best Pierre Pierre PONTAROTTI via Gmail
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PhD position in Comparative Genomics at the Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona (Spain) We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work on a genomic comparative project. Our group work chiefly in the fields of comparative genomics and evolution, in particular, we are interested in the mechanisms that are driving karyotype evolution and genomic architecture in mammals. Our research activity is aimed at addressing a whole range of different evolutionary questions through a multidisciplinary approach, combining computational and experimental methods such as available genome databases. The aim of the PhD is to study evolutionary genomic regions in different mammalian species. The Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona offers excellent research facilities and a stimulating working environment. The project will also involve collaboration with researchers in U.K. Salary is according to the National Science Foundation guidelines. Funding is available for 3-4 years. Interest in evolutionary biology, molecular biology and cell biology is required. Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, working with NGS data and phylogenetic analysis are all potentially relevant. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in biology, molecular biology or related disciplines, with a strong background in bioinformatics. The applicants should also possess excellent written and oral communication abilities. For further information see please (http://bit.ly/L6v90S) or contact Dr Aurora Ruiz-Herrera directly (aurora.ruizherrera@uab.cat). Complete application packages, including a CV (with a list of publications, if applicable), a brief (1-page) statement of research interests, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent to aurora.ruizherrera@uab.cat Aurora Ruz Herrera Moreno via Gmail