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January 31, 2015

SouthAfrica.ResearchAssistant.SocialMolerats Cooperative breeding in Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis), South Africa. 2 Positions: 15th of March 2015 to 14th of June 2015. Mid-June 2015 to mid-September 2015. We are looking for two voluntary field research assistants to conduct field research on the completely subterranean, highly social Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis). Specifically, this project investigates the group augmentation hypothesis and how benefits of living large groups can generate selection for altruism in animals. We plan a large scale capture-mark and recapture experiment running over one year in which the voluntary research assistant would play an important role. Field work takes place in the southern Kalahari, Northern Cape province of South Africa. Entire groups of mole-rats will be captured and individually marked. Morphological measurements and tissue samples will be obtained before the release of the animals. The work is physically extremely demanding (long hours, heavy digging to capture mole-rats) and weather conditions are very challenging (heat during the day, very cold during the night). Field work will make trapping during the night necessary. The assistant will mostly be working along one more experienced scientist but will need to work independently at times. Applicants should be enthusiastic, willing to work hard and keen to get involved in an ecological research project in the African bush. Research assistants are expected to be willing to work at night when trapping schedules require it and need to be fit as capturing mole-rats requires the capacity to do hard physical work (digging) in a challenging environment. Applicants must be holders of a driving license. A zoology related degree and/or previous field experience will be considered an asset. The successful applicants will work in a small team of 2 persons and hence need to be a team player and generally a person that enjoys collaboration under sometimes challenging and isolated circumstances. Accommodation is provided, and research assistants are paid a monthly allowance to cover their food. Applications received until the 12th of February 2015 are ensured full consideration. Later applications can be considered (particularly for the second time period). Dates for the second period are more flexible and applicants can indicate if they wish to commit for a longer period. Further Information: http://bit.ly/1zG67hJ To apply (CV + cover letter) or enquire further information contact: Dr Markus Zttl Research associate University of Cambridge +441223336673 Mz338@cam.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1Lu9vzh Markus Zoettl via Gmail

—_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Research focus: We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on evolutionary and quantitative genetics of branching in grasses, as part of an NSF Plant Genome grant focused on tillering in panicoid grasses (in collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California at Berkeley). The primary objective of this research is to use three panicoid grasses, maize, sorghum, and Setaria, to identify components of the gene regulatory network controlling branching. Our lab is focused on Setaria, combining traditional QTL mapping with expression QTL studies, mutant analysis, and modeling to understand the genetic components of branching and their responses to environmental stimuli such as shading. There is considerable flexibility for graduate projects within this broad theme. Essential qualifications include successfully completed masters degree in genetics and/or molecular biology, experience in molecular lab techniques including working with RNA, experience in growing plants, and excellent writing skills. Desirable qualifications include experience with quantitative and phylogenetic analysis software, next generation sequence library construction and data analysis, and programming in R and/or Python. Salary: Stipend will be $21,504 per calendar year plus tuition and health benefits. A mixture of TA and RA positions over the course of the Ph.D. will allow you to balance valuable teaching experience with research time. Application deadline: February 13th, 2015; but applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Application materials: Please send a brief cover letter, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references to andrew.doust@okstate.edu by the deadline to be considered for this position. Andrew Doust Botany Department Oklahoma State University Physical Sciences 301 Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-9559 Email: andrew.doust@okstate.edu Websites: http://bit.ly/1JWiZBH http://bit.ly/1zi2LzF http://bit.ly/1JWiXtl —_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Research focus:  We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on evolutionary and quantitative genetics of branching in grasses, as part of an NSF Plant Genome grant focused on tillering in panicoid grasses (in collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California at Berkeley).  The primary objective of this research is to use three panicoid grasses, maize, sorghum, and Setaria, to identify components of the gene regulatory network controlling branching.  Our lab is focused on Setaria, combining traditional QTL mapping with expression QTL studies, mutant analysis, and modeling to understand the genetic components of branching and their responses to environmental stimuli such as shading.  There is considerable flexibility for graduate projects within this broad theme. Essential qualifications include successfully completed masters degree in genetics and/or molecular biology, experience in molecular lab techniques including working with RNA, experience in growing plants, and excellent writing skills.  Desirable qualifications include experience with quantitative and phylogenetic analysis software, next generation sequence library construction and data analysis, and programming in R and/or Python. Salary:  Stipend will be $21,504 per calendar year plus tuition and health benefits.  A mixture of TA and RA positions over the course of the Ph.D. will allow you to balance valuable teaching experience with research time. Application deadline:  February 13th, 2015; but applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Application materials:  Please send a brief cover letter, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references to andrew.doust@okstate.edu by the deadline to be considered for this position. Andrew Doust Botany Department Oklahoma State University Physical Sciences 301 Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-9559 Email: andrew.doust@okstate.edu Websites:  http://bit.ly/1JWiZBH http://bit.ly/1zi2LzF http://bit.ly/1JWiXtl —_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu via Gmail
A Ph.D. studentship *Butterflies and moths as pollinators along an Afrotropical altitudinal gradient* We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to join a project assessing studies of plant-pollinator relationships between butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) with selected groups of flowering plants (Rubiaceae and Acanthaceae) on Mt. Cameroon. The student will process already collected material, as well as actively participate on field sampling (at least two times during the study) of data and their subsequent processing in collaboration with international specialists. The length of the study is 4 years. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Stepan Janecek as a part of the multidisciplinary team at the Faculty of Science, Charles University of Prague with a close collaboration with the Institute of Entomology and Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences. *Offered* - attractive scientific topic in an established international team - standard university scholarship (up to 114,000 CZK annually according to discharging of the study responsibilities) together with the support of the STARS project (120,000 CZK annually; http://bit.ly/1JWiXd3) for four years, it sufficiently covers living expenses in the Czech Republic *Required* - enthusiasm in nature and ecological science - ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments - fluency in English - a MSc degree in biology or related fields Desirable (but not necessary) - previous experience of collaboration in scientific projects evidenced by a (co)authorship of research papers or conference contributions - previous experience with insects and/or plants - basic knowledge of French All applicants will apply for the position online through http://bit.ly/1JWiXd3. The deadline for application is the 28th February 2015, the successful candidate will be selected till early April. The position is available from the beginning of 2015/2016 academic year. All questions should be sent directly to Robert Tropek (robert.tropek@gmail.com). Robert Tropek via Gmail
Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research - France) carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. Every year, INRA seeks researchers from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition. INRA is recruiting 30 Research Scientists (PhD or equivalent) through open competitions and offering permanent positions. Positions are open in a wide range of scientific disciplines such as animal quantitative genetics, quantitative genetics and plant development, agrifood sciences and techniques, metabolism and physiology, genetic mechanisms of adaptation, physico-chemistry of interfaces and biological processes for the environment, functional ecology and modelling, evolutionary ecology and modelling, ecology, genetics, pathogens, veterinary and agrifood sciences (microbiology, molecular protozoology and immunology), applied mathematics and informatics, compromise and uncertainty in the evaluation and management of ecosystem services, economics and many more. Applications are available until to March 2, 2015. All useful information to apply is available on: http://bit.ly/1zhVXSr For further details: concours_chercheurs@paris.inra.fr [INRA] Corinne NICOLAS Assistante RH en charge de la mobilité, des études et de la communication de recrutement corinne.nicolas@paris.inra.fr DRH - Service Recrutement et Mobilité Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 75 94 55 Fax : +33 (0)1 42 75 90 39 147 rue de l’Université 75 338 Paris Cedex 07 France wwww.inra.fr Corinne Nicolas via Gmail

January 30, 2015


Hello evoldir community, abstract submission for oral presentations at SMBE 2015 (July 12-16) in Vienna, Austria, closes on February 8. Join us in one of the most beautiful cities at the spectacular Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in the heart of Vienna! A few meeting highlights: - All posters will be on display throughout the entire meeting. - At least four poster sessions - 27 symposia on cutting edge topics suggested by SMBE members and one Open Symposium for which 5 featured speakers will be selected though the Local Organising Committee (LOC). - Plenary speakers: Doris Bachtrog (UC Berkeley), Joe Felsenstein (Univ. of Washington), Johanna Schmitt (UC Davis) and Diethard Tautz (MPI for Evolutionary Biology). - Heavily subsidized child care - many awards (http://bit.ly/1yG2HVK): via Gmail

PhD studentship in Immunology and Evolutionary Microbial Genomics (Swansea University, UK) General description: Research will be conducted under the direct supervision of Dr. Thomas Wilkinson and Professor Samuel K. Sheppard, and based in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine of Swansea University (United Kingdom). The successful student will join a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working in the MRC Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) Centre and the BBSRC-funded medical mass spectrometry team. More information on the research group can be found on http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r. Project details: Early and rapid detection of infection is a major goal of Clinical Microbiology. In particular an ability to differentiate between sepsis and other non-infectious causes of systemic inflammation such as Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) is particularly pertinent as it will determine antibiotic administration. Recently, we and others have identified 25-hydroxycholesterol as an important inflammatory mediator regulating the production of pro-inflammatory IL-1 driven responses. To date these studies have linked inflammation with the antiviral interferon response. In this context less is known about 25-hydroxycholesterol and bacterial infection. This project will investigate whether major bacterial pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli generate unique metabolic signatures of 25-hydroxycholesterol and its degradation products. We will use the whole genome data of over 5,000 bacterial isolates organised in our online databases to select the major disease causing clones for host / pathogen whole blood modelling prior to Mass Spectrometry analysis of isolated sera. The project will focus on two major areas of host pathogen interactions: i) the cellular response of the organism and host; ii) the population genomics of microbes so that host responses specific to a species or evolutionary conserved lineages of pathogens can be identified. Requirements: Enthusiasm and practical experience in immunology, microbiology, molecular techniques and computer-based genetic analysis is necessary but training and support will be provided to strengthen these areas. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, independent and have a good degree in immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, genetics or ecology (BSc or MSc, 2:1 or 1st only). Previous experience in a molecular biology/immunology laboratory or in bioinformatics research is also strongly desirable. Good English writing and oral skills are essential. Details: - The duration of the studentship is 3 years (2015-2018). - The position is open until filled, but a preferred deadline for application is 31st July 2015, to allow for registration to start in the Fall semester. - The position is fully open for UK and EU students. - Salary will be commensurate with regular UK postgraduate stipends, i.e. 13,863/year (~ euro 18,425/year), tax-free. - Tuition fees are fully covered by the studentship. - Students will also have opportunities to attend national and international conferences during their candidature and a chance to compete for internal College of Medicine travel bursaries. Application: Please contact us (sheppardlab@gmail.com) for applications (please attach CV and describe motivation). More details: http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r Dr. Guillaume Mric NISCHR Health Research Fellow Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Swansea University, College of Medicine ILS1 Building Room 531 (Floor 5) Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP United Kingdom ~ E-mail: g.meric@swan.ac.uk Phone: +44(0)1792-606672 ~ Sheppard Laboratory: http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r MRC CLIMB Consortium: http://bit.ly/1t25Gr3 Guillaume Mric via Gmail
NESCent 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) 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
MSc, PhD, and PDF positions available V Amphibian occupancy patterns, population genetics, and disease dynamics Funded by a Strategic NSERC grant (2014), we are building a team of 4 PhD students, 2 MSc students, and 2 post-doctoral fellows, to work on research related to the detection and monitoring of amphibians and their pathogens (chytrid fungus, ranavirus) in Canada. Using environmental DNA as a basis for the research, the team will conduct: 1) Habitat occupancy modeling for amphibians and their pathogens; 2) Analysis of the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens and amphibian hosts; 3) Assessment of potential synergistic interactions between pathogens and aquatic contaminants; and 4) Modeling the drivers of amphibian population decline. We may also include a component assessing host and pathogen epigenetics and gene expression. Students will develop research projects that fit within the context of the broader program, such as: Validation of eDNA for detecting amphibians; Assessment of ranavirus pathogenicity; Chytrid fungus evolutionary dynamics; and Modeling drivers of amphibian occupancy and pathogen-induced gene expression. We are seeking students to initiate their research in Spring or Fall 2015, with the research to be conducted across southern Ontario. At least 2 PhD students are needed by May 1, 2015. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and names of 3 references to: Dennis Murray, Trent University, dennismurray@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdE8f). Because several positions must be filled urgently, postings will be closed as soon as qualified applicants are found. Therefore, interested applicants should apply early. Individual research team members also can be contacted and include: Craig Brunetti, Trent University craigbrunetti@trentu.ca (www.brunettilab.com); Chris Kyle, Trent University christopherkyle@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6lwG); David Green, McGill University david.m.green@mcgill.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEot’s%20Home%20Page%20frames.htm); David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEov); Marie-Josee Fortin, University of Toronto mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca (//labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/fortin); Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry chris.wilson@ontario.ca (http://bit.ly/1n02xWy); Christine Bishop, Environment Canada cab.bishop@ec.gc.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6j7Vwww.brunettilab.com); Chris Kyle, Trent University christopherkyle@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6lwG); David Green, McGill University david.m.green@mcgill.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEot’s%20Home%20Page%20frames.htm); David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEov); Marie-Josee Fortin, University of Toronto mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca (//labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/fortin); Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry chris.wilson@ontario.ca (http://bit.ly/1n02xWy); Christine Bishop, Environment Canada cab.bishop@ec.gc.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6j7V) dennis murray via Gmail

Genetic data analysis in R (statistics course) Overview: This course is ideal for evolutionary biologists that deal with various types of genetic data. The course will provide an extensive overview of exploratory methods for the analysis of genetic data using the R software. It will address a number of key problems in population genetics, such as: How to examine genetic diversity using phylogenetic trees as well as multivariate methods, identify genetic clusters, and unravel spatial genetic patterns. Participants will be provided with the theoretical background and statistical methodology necessary to approach each problem from a number of different angles. Hands-on practical sessions will then provide an opportunity to highlight the pros and cons of methods introduced by the lectures, while conferring to participants advanced knowledge of the R packages adegenet, ape, and phangorn. The course will run from 3rd – 7th of August 2015 at SCENE (the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow. The cost is £490 including lunches and course materials. An all-inclusive option is also available at £665; this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, accommodation, and course materials. The course is being delivered by Dr. Thibaut Jombart who has contributed towards a number of R packages (adegenet, adephylo, geography, outbreaker, Outbreakertools, bmmix, episerve (author) and ade4 and phylobase (contributor) and Caitlin Collins (Imperial College London) who also contributes to the R packages adegenet, Outbreakertools and episerve) Curriculum is as follows; Day 1: Intro to phylogenetic reconstruction Lecture 1a: Reconstructing phylogenies from genetic sequence data. Three main approaches covered: distance-based phylogenies; maximum parsimony; and likelihood-based approaches. Lecture 1b: Short R refresher. Practical 1: Phylogenetic reconstruction using R. Three main approaches plus rooting a tree; assessing/testing for a molecular clock; and bootstrapping. Main packages: ape, phangorn. Day 2: Intro to multivariate analysis of genetic data Lecture 2: Key concepts in multivariate analysis. Focus on using factorial methods for genetic data analysis. Practical 2: Basics of multivariate analysis of genetic data in R. Topics include: data handling, population genetic tests of population structure (PCA, PCoA). Main packages: adegenet, ade4, ape. Day 3: Exploring group diversity Lecture 3: Approaches to identifying and describing genetic clusters. Topics include: hierarchical clustering, K-means, population-level multivariate analysis (between-group-PCA, DA, DAPC). Practical 3: Applying the approaches covered in morning lecture and emphasising their strengths and weaknesses. Main packages: adegenet, ade4. Day 4: Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) Lecture 4: Intro to GWAS study design and statistical approaches: univariate, regression-based and multivariate analysis. Practical 4: Applying each class of methods covered in morning lecture, with emphasis on their strengths and weaknesses. Main packages: adegenet, glmnet. Day 5: Spatial genetic structures Class 1: Discussing the origin and significance of spatial genetic patterns, and how to test for them. Practical: Visualising and analysing spatial genetic data. Topics: spatial density estimates, Moran/Mantel tests, mapping principal components in PCA, spatial PCA. Main packages: adegenet, adehabitat, ade4. Please send inquiries to oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk via Gmail


Post-doctoral researcher A postdoc position is available in the research group of Ulf Jondelius at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc with interest in animal diversity and taxonomy for a project aiming to survey the diversity of the flatworm group Macrostomorpha with emphasis on the Swedish fauna. Macrostomorphs are free-living microscopic worms that live predominantly in the marine environment, but also in fresh water. They are an abundant component of the littoral meiofauna. Live specimens will be collected, documented and preserved for histology and DNA-sequencing. Sequence data will be used to delimit named and newly discovered species, which will be taxonomically described. The phylogeny of various groups within Macrostomorpha will be reconstructed. Sediment samples for a metagenetic study of several meiofauna groups will be collected and analyzed within the project aiming to provide new insights into meiofauna distribution and abundance patterns. Qualifications The ideal candidate has a recent PhD in zoology or marine biology, an interest in marine and limnic fieldwork, experience in taxonomy of microscopic animals, proficiency in analysis of DNA sequence data and a record of publishing in scientific journals. Criteria for selection Selection will be based on scientific merits including the quality of the PhD thesis and published scientific work, the applicants documented competence in subjects of relevance for the research field, proficiency in English and teamwork skills. The PhD degree should have been received no more than three years before the deadline for applications. Starting date is May 1, 2015, although this is negotiable. Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension for a further two years. The project will be carried out in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Basel. For more information, please contact professor Ulf Jondelius (ulf.jondelius@nrm.se). Union representative is Bodil Kajrup, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00. How to apply Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter describing your research interests and background, (2) a detailed CV (including publications), and (3) the contact details of three references as a single pdf document to rekrytering@nrm.se or to Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than February 27, 2015. Mark your application with dnr 2.3.1-49-2015 Ulf.Jondelius@nrm.se via Gmail

January 29, 2015

Evolutionary Bioinformatics A position in evolutionary bioinformatics is available in the lab of Prof. Imke Schmitt at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Goethe University Frankfurt. The successful candidate will support ongoing projects on the evolution and adaptation of lichen-forming fungi and fungal communities by assisting with next generation sequencing data analysis. Depending on the candidate’s preferences, he/she can also develop his/her own projects. We are looking for applicants with a Bachelor (or similar degree) in biology or computational biology, and expertise in de novo genome assembly, genome annotation, or metabarcoding. Experiences with python, perl, bash, or R are necessary; knowledge of unix, parallelization on clusters and massive RAM computers is advantageous. Additional tasks will be supporting the lab members in computer administration, data archiving, and data organization. The ideal candidate works well in a team, is highly motivated to work independently, communicates well, and speaks fluent English. My lab and the entire institute provide a very supportive atmosphere. The broader research environment at Senckenberg and Goethe University offers chances for collaboration with experts in fields ranging from molecular ecology and evolution, phylogenetics, to macroecology and climate change biology (modeling and statistics). Attractive computing infrastructure is available (high-RAM computers, clouds, and clusters). Frankfurt, a vibrant city in the center of Germany, provides ample cultural and recreational opportunities and excellent infrastructure for travel. Salary will be TV-H E11, according to the German public service pay scale. We offer full benefits, and training opportunities. The position is available from April 1st 2015, with a flexible start date. The initial contract will be for two years, but it can be extended indefinitely. To apply, please send a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a C.V., a copy of your bachelor certificate, and a list of two professional references. Please email your application to Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, recruiting@senckenberg.de, indicating reference number #8.2 before February 28.2015. Informal inquiries to Imke Schmitt (imke.schmitt@senckenberg.de), before the application are welcome. Dr. Imke Schmitt Goethe University Frankfurt and Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre BiK-F Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel.: +49 6975421855 email: imke.schmitt@senckenberg.de website: http://bit.ly/1wGX745 office: Mertonstr. 17-21, Jügelhaus 421C Imke Schmitt via Gmail

ANT COURSE 2015 August 6-16, 2015 Southwestern Research Station (SWRS), Portal, AZ, USA http://bit.ly/18BAMk4. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: April 1, 2015. Application form: http://bit.ly/1ycNUCh. ANT COURSE will be taught at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Portal Arizona (http://bit.ly/18BAMk5). The Station is centered amid the richest ant fauna in North America. PARTICIPANT ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA. - ANT COURSE is open to all interested individuals. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research with ants. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology, genetics, and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. ANT COURSE is presented in English and limited to 30 participants. COSTS. - Tuition for the 10-day COURSE is $475 for current students and $675 for non-students (including postdocs). In addition, the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) fee for this period, covering dormitory room and board, is $670. Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) or SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. SPONSORS. - California Academy of Sciences and Museum of Comparative Zoology. 2015 INSTRUCTORS: Brian Fisher (Coordinator), California Academy of Sciences; Stefan Cover, Museum of Comparative Zoology; Bob Johnson, Arizona State University, Tempe; Josh King, University of Central Florida; John LaPolla, Towson University; Jack Longino, University of Utah; Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History; Scott Powell, George Washington University; Andrew Suarez, University of Illinois; James Trager, Shaw Nature Reserve; Walter Tschinkel Florida State University Tallahassee; Phil Ward, University of California Davis; Special Guests: Raymond Mendez, Howard Topoff. bpescador@gmail.com via Gmail


SMBE Speciation genomics - Vienna, July 12-16th 2015 Dear colleagues We would like to invite you to join a symposium on Speciation genomics at the next SMBE meeting in Vienna. PLEASE NOTE: Abstracts for oral presentations can still be submitted until 8th of February. Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations 29th March. Speciation is a fundamental evolutionary process: this process involves every living organism and its rates mirror atmospheric and geological changes on Earth, but its mechanisms are still largely a mystery. Usually, speciation is defined by mating barriers, which can arise ether slowly, due to growing divergence between geographically or ecologically separated groups, or immediately, due to ploidy change. Speciation research covers a broad array of scientific fields, starting from molecular and cellular biology to evolutionary biology. A rapidly growing amount of assembled genomes and transcriptomes make possible to study speciation in much more detail than before. Looking at patterns of genomic divergence, identifying footprints of selection, or mapping genes that are involved in reproductive isolation are just a few of the powerful genomic approaches that recently become available to study speciation. Today it is not rare that speciation research pushes the existing knowledge to frontiers of technologies and advanced algorithms. This symposium will welcome research in model and non-model species integrating emerging themes and novel approaches, together with a reassessment of more traditional methodologies in order to understand why and how organisms diversify. The invited speakers that will open the symposium are Luca Comai (UC Davis) and Christian Lexer (University of Fribourg). We encourage submissions from researchers active in this area working on any system. Students and postdocs are particularly welcome. Check submission details on the SMBE 2015 webpage http://smbe2015.at/ Please contact us with any questions. Polina Novikova (polina.novikova@gmi.oeaw.ac.at) and Ovidiu Paun (ovidiu.paun@univie.ac.at) ovidiu.paun@univie.ac.at via Gmail

Internship for undergraduate/ Master’s degree student for the bat project Topic: Impact of oxidative stress on alternative reproductive tactics in bats. Context: Oxidative stress is considered to be a major mechanism impacting on life history trade-offs. Carollia perspicillata, a neo-tropical bat, shows two reproductive tactics, with harem males defending a territory, and bachelor males. Our hypothesis is that bachelor males, because they have less mating opportunities will invest more in sperm quality then harem males. The project is based at the university of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. We study a captive bat colony (Papiliorama http://bit.ly/1twoH9g). Bats can fly freely under a 40m-diameter dome, which includes an artificial cave. The light cycle is reversed, allowing us to work during the day. Therefore, it is a unique opportunity to study bats, animals still largely unknown. Tasks of the intern, in collaboration with the two PhD students working on the project: - Planning of the experiment - Help to feed the bas that are in cages during the experiment - Participation in blood and sperm collect - Behavioral observation - Possibility of lab work About the position: - It can be part of your studies. Therefore, the candidate is welcome to conduct a personal research project. - Not paid, but housing could be reimbursed for two month maximum - Minimum duration of two months, possibly starting at the end of February. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to magali.meniri@unine.ch, nicolas.fasel@iee.unibe.ch and fabrice.helfenstein@unine.ch MENIRI Magali via Gmail

18 months Postdoctoral fellowship: Investigating adaptive introgression in crops at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France The position is offered through a project supported by the Agropolis foundation to study wild-to-crop adaptive introgression. The project investigates pattern of introgression and signature of selection trough wide genome scans on three native African crops. The post-doc fellow will primarily work on NGS data from whole genome resequencing or gene enrichment approaches from wild and cultivated populations. The post-doc fellow is expected to use different modelling approaches and Bayesian statistics to identify genomic regions under selection trough wide genome screening. The post-doctorate will interact with PhD students working on the same project. Required skills: Strong knowledge in modelling demographic scenarios– ABC methods Knowledge in bioinformatics pipelines for identifying SNPs from NGS data, BLAST, Gene Ontology Knowledge in programming perl, bash, C++ Knowledge in plant evolution and domestication is a plus. Good English written and verbal communication skills Able to spend some 1-2 months travelling abroad Able to train master/PhD students Able to manage research and administrative activities Eligibility: If possible, candidate should not have passed more than 12 month over the last 36 months in France. Candidates not filling this condition should still apply. Closing of the applications: 15/03/2015 approximate effective start date: 01/06/2015 Gross monthly salary: ~1850 € free of taxes, French health insurance is included Thank you for sending CV, cover letter and at least two references letters. Applications to be sent to / Information to be taken with: Dr. Yves Vigouroux Dr. Cécile Berthouly-Salazar Email : yves.vigouroux@ird.fr Email : cecile.berthouly@ird.fr Phone : 33 (0)4 67 41 62 45 via Gmail


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position: Revealing the anaerobic adaptations of the mitochondrion-related organelles of Blastocystis. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic post-doc with skills in molecular and biochemical parasitology and proteomics. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow post at the School of Biosciences, University of Kent, UK. This is a 3-year post, funded by the BBSRC, to work in the Laboratory of Molecular and Evolutionary Parasitology of Dr. Anastasios Tsaousis. The aims of the research are to exploit the anaerobic adaptations of the mitochondrion- related organelles of Blastocystis. Project: Blastocystis is a human intestinal parasite, recently considered to be a stramenopile, with a controversial pathogenicity, mainly because of lack of knowledge around its life cycle and function of its organelles. Since Blastocystis is a strict anaerobe, it was thought that lacked of canonical mitochondria, and instead it had hydrogenosomes, anaerobic organelles related to mitochondria. Recent genomic and transcriptomic data generated from Blastocystis demonstrated the presence of 700 putative mitochondrial and hydrogenosomal proteins. Amongst these only a few so far have been shown to localise into the organelles. The organelles are predicted to have additional mitochondrial characteristics, including pathways for amino acid metabolism, pyruvate metabolism and an incomplete tricarboxylic acid cycle. The Blastocystis mitochondrion-related organelles (MROs) have metabolic properties that are found in aerobic and anaerobic mitochondria but also in hydrogenosomes. The purpose of this project is to understand the evolutionary adaptations of Blastocystis and especially its mitochondrion-related organelles (MROs) under different environmental conditions. This work will identify the significance of the evolutionary important of mitochondrion-related organelles for the organism, but in addition will discover novel functions that can potentially be used in systems biology, or targeting parasitic and even mitochondrial diseases. The project will involve purifying the MROs under different environmental conditions, followed by proteomic and biochemical analyses of the different novel pathways. The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in molecular biology/ biochemistry or the related discipline with experience in molecular parasitology and cell culturing of parasites. Experience in mitochondrial biochemistry, good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate technical information is essential. Closing date for applications is March 01, 2015. For any questions or clarifications, please contact Dr. Anastasios Tsaousis at: a.tsaousis@kent.ac.uk Further information about the post and the application procedure can be found at: http://bit.ly/1COAEJx **************************************** Dr. Anastasios D. Tsaousis (PhD) Lecturer in Biosciences University of Kent, School of Biosciences, Room: Ingram 220 Canterbury, CT2 7NJ, UK tel: +44 (0) 1227 827007 email: tsaousis.anastasios@gmail.com A.Tsaousis@kent.ac.uk Webpage: http://bit.ly/1yC1qye Personal webpage: www.adtsaousis.com **************************************** via Gmail


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Plant Molecular Geneticist Tenure track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position available August 2015. Earned doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology or related discipline; research focused on some aspect of plant molecular genetics. The successful applicant must be qualified to teach Molecular Genetics, Recombinant DNA Methodology, Cell Physiology lecture and lab, as well as special topics courses or graduate courses, and may be required to teach labs in Botany and General Biology. Candidate is expected to establish an active, externally funded research program involving graduate and/or undergraduate students. Finalists must successfully complete an interview process that includes a research seminar and teaching demonstration. To apply, upload a letter of application, statements of teaching and research philosophies, curriculum vitae, and all unofficial university transcripts to http://bit.ly/1yBRIf9. Have three letters of reference sent by email to search-bio@wcupa.edu or mail to Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer, 750 S. Church St., Department of Biology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383. Review of completed applications begins on March 16, 2015 and continues until position is filled. For more details and full ad visit the website above or contact Dr. Jessica Schedlbauer at the email above. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and personswith disabilities are encouraged to apply. “Auld, Josh R.” via Gmail

REU Opportunity Summer 2015: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity” The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity. This is a 10 week summer program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students with experience in hypothesis-driven collaborative research utilizing field based and/or laboratory methods and fully engage students in projects associated with the ecology and evolution influencing Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity. The program provides: * High quality research experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in the field and/or lab * Research opportunities at the Indio Mountains Research Station (IMRS), a 40,000 acre facility controlled by UTEP * One-on-one and group mentoring from active research faculty in multidisciplinary fields * Training in bioethics and other relevant professional skills The program includes * $5000 stipend for 10 weeks * Housing in shared apartments and field station * Travel reimbursement of up to $600 For more information on the program, research projects or to apply please visit: http://bit.ly/1yBRFjC Enquiries: CDB-REU@utep.edu via Gmail

January 28, 2015


"Origin and evolution of the nervous system" 9:00 am on Monday 09 March 2015 " 5:00 pm on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at The Royal Society, London http://bit.ly/1JL5OmQ Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Nicholas Strausfeld FRS and Dr Frank Hirth Event details The origin of brains and central nervous systems is thought to have occurred before the Paleozoic era. Yet in the absence of tangible evidence there has been continued debate whether today’s brains derive from one ancestral origin or whether similarities amongst them are due to convergent evolution. This meeting will consider the origin of nervous systems, integrating knowledge ranging from evolutionary theory and palaeontology to comparative developmental genetics and phylogenomics. It will cover discoveries of fossil brains, as well as correspondences of neural circuit organisation and behaviours, all of which allow evidence-based debates for and against the proposition that the nervous systems and brains of animals all derive from a common ancestor. Attending this event This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted). This meeting is immediately followed by a related, two-day satellite meeting, “Homology and convergence in nervous system evolution” (http://bit.ly/1LjEEFx), at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre. List of Speakers for the following sessions are available on the Webpage: Session 1: Evidence from palaeontology Session 2: Evolution of the nervous system ” evidence from non-bilateria and protostomia Session 3: Evidence from protostomia and deuterostomia Session 4: Evidence from protostomia and deuterostomia: is a unifying synthesis possible? via Gmail