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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Evolutionary Systems Biology (1.0 fte) (214278) University of Groningen, the Netherlands Organisation Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge that counts among the best research universities in Europe and that is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS) The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Research and education programmes range from nanomaterials to astronomy, from molecular biology to mathematics, from computer sciences to pharmacy, from neurosciences to industrial engineering, and from ecology and evolution to marine biology. Our researchers pursue fundamental questions while collaborating with partners from industry, the medical world and other realms of society. Frontline research groups explore new fields such as synthetic biology and evolutionary robotics. The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) CEES offers excellent opportunities and infrastructure for theoretical and experimental research in the field of ecology and evolution. Field programmes range from polar to tropical regions and comprise marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Theoretical work ranges from studying the origins of and implications of individual variation for the evolution of novel species interactions and speciation dynamics. Within FMNS, CEES collaborates closely with the Centre of Behaviour and Neurosciences (CBN) and the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB). The institute plays a leading role in various national and international research networks. Job description The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) has a vacancy for a tenure track position at assistant professor level in Evolutionary Systems Biology. The applicant is expected to develop a strong and internationally competitive research line that integrates evolutionary and mechanistic perspectives, thereby contributing to the integration of CEES research with that of its sister institutes CBN and GBB. Specifically we seek a new faculty member who investigates the molecular basis of adaptive evolution by combining approaches from evolutionary theory with techniques from systems biology. Ideally, the candidate combines theory development with experimental approaches, such as experimental evolution of micro-organisms, and has an interest to link to understanding of adaptive evolution at higher levels of organization (individuals, populations, ecosystems) . The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching and research programmes of the faculty, provide state-of-the-art research training to MSc and PhD students, and acquire funding for establishing and sustaining a viable and internationally visible research group. Qualifications Candidates must have the motivation and dedication to establish an independent line of high-quality research and to acquire an internationally recognized position in the scientific community that leads to a positive evaluation after a term of five years and beyond. We are seeking proven affinity with teaching and the supervision of students. More specifically, candidates will need to have the following qualifications: - a PhD in the field of theoretical, mathematical or computational biology with proofs of a strong interest in Evolutionary Systems Biology - demonstrated knowledge and expertise in computational and analytical methods for the analysis of complex adaptive systems, such as network theory, bifurcation analysis, fitness landscape reconstruction and individual- based simulation - excellent research, teaching and organizational skills appropriate to career stage - excellent research accomplishments, as expressed in high-impact publications appropriate to career stage - evidence of successful acquisition of external funding appropriate to career stage - excellent communication skills and fluency in English - two or more years of academic international experience (outside The Netherlands). Conditions of employment The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on qualifications and previous experience. For candidates at the Assistant Professor level, the salary ranges from a minimum of 3,259 (salary scale 11 of the Dutch Universities) gross per month to a maximum of 5,070 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of six years.After a positive final evaluation in the sixth year of employment, she/he will be granted tenure to Associate Professor. We refer the applicants to the criteria of the Tenure Track system at the University of Groningen. For a complete description, applicants should consult the document: http://bit.ly/1rrtEJG Application Applicants are requested to submit: - a letter of motivation - an extensive curriculum vitae - a list of publications (with journal impact factor and number of citations) - a statement of research interests, accomplishments and future plans - a statement of teaching and supervision experience and a teaching vision - the names and contact details of three referees. The application deadline is 7 November 2014. Applications can be submitted online (by clicking on the “Apply” button on the bottom of the advertisement on the university website). N.B.: Please do not send applications to the email address of the contact persons. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated. Information For information you can contact: * Prof. F.J. Weissing, Chair of the research group Theoretical Biology, f.j.weissing@rug.nl * Prof. H. Olff, Director of the research institute CEES, h.olff@rug.nl Paul Steerenberg via Gmail
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PhD: Biochemical and biophysical mechanisms underlying evolutionary change. Job description Cells are highly organized through complex gene regulatory and protein networks for faithful and precise function. These networks also need to be robust to genetic perturbations to buffer mutations that cells inevitably acquire during their lifecycle. Nevertheless, on long evolutionary timescales mutations are essential to allow organisms to adapt. In our recent studies we deleted nearly essential genes in budding yeast and subsequently evolved those mutants for 1000 generations. We found that those cells are remarkably adaptable. Three mutations are enough to nearly fully recover cell function; in this case, cell size and doubling time. This project aims to dissect the molecular changes underlying this adaptation. How do these mutations alter the biochemical/biophysical mechanism that comprise the specific cell function? Which properties of the network are maintained and which ones are lost? Can we learn general lessons from this lab evolution that we can apply to complex adaptation processes such as cancer formation? You will use quantitative fluorescence life cell microscopy as well as FRET measurements to investigate those questions. The aim is to combine the measurements with modelling, potentially in close collaboration with a theory group. Visit the lab website for more information: http://bit.ly/1rqMdh0 Requirements Applicants should have a Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or a related field, and enthusiasm for applying quantitative approaches to understanding biological phenomena. The position will be for a fixed term of four years and is expected to result in a PhD. Good communication skills in English are required. Applied Sciences at TUDelft The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics. A new Department of Bionanoscience has been established at TU Delft, dedicated to research at the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology, and cell biology. It studies single cells in all their complexity down to the molecular level, from both fundamental scientific and application points of view. The new department operates as part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and aims at a leading international position. Conditions of employment TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.phd.tudelft.nl for more information. Information and application For more information about this position, please contact Dr. ir. Liedewij Laan, phone: +31 (0)15-2782856 , e-mail: l.laan@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, a letter of application and references by March 1st 2015 Liedewij Laan Assistant professor Department of Bionanoscience Kavli Institute of NanoScience TUDelft Website: laanlab.tudelft.nl Tel nr: +31 (0) 15-2782856 Liedewij Laan - TNW via Gmail
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The George Washington University Faculty Positions in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics The newly established Computational Biology Institute at the George Washington University seeks founding faculty members to establish externally funded, internationally recognized, and interdisciplinary research programs in bioinformatics and/or computational biology. There are two open tenure-track faculty positions at any academic level, and we seek applicants concentrating in the areas of genome analysis, biodiversity informatics, translational medicine, and systems biology developing methods to address big data issues from a computational perspective. Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have an MD or PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Genomics, or related discipline, with postdoctoral research experience, evidence of success in obtaining extramural funding, and a solid publication track record. Successful candidates will enjoy joint appointments at the CBI and an affiliated academic department (e.g., Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biophysics, CASHP, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Integrated Systems Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Statistics, etc.) upon approval and have opportunities to establish partnerships with regional research centers of excellence, including Childrens National Medical Center, NIST, Janelia Farm, INOVA hospital system, Naval Research Laboratory, the Smithsonian, and the NIH intramural research program. Application Procedure: Applicants should submit an electronic application, and upload a cover letter emphasizing specific qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a description of research interests, and names and contact information of 3 references at: http://bit.ly/1rrpyBa Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2014 and will continue until positions are filled. Only complete applications will be considered. For further information about the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University, please see http://cbi.gwu.edu. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. For questions relating to this opportunity, please contact Keith Crandall, Director, Computational Biology Institute, The George Washington University, kcrandall@gwu.edu. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Keith Crandall via Gmail
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MS or PhD positions in the Evolutionary Ecology of Arthropods Department of Biology, Saint Louis University The Fowler-Finn laboratory has openings for 1-2 graduate students (MS or PhD) for the Fall 2015 at SLU. Potential projects include (but are not limited to) the evolution of arachnid mating systems and male investment strategies, social plasticity in male signaling and female mate preference behavior, indirect effects of predators on prey behavior, evolution of conflict and cooperation during mating, and epigenetics of behavior. Applicants please contact Dr. Fowler-Finn directly and provide a statement of research interests, CV, and names and email addresses of one-two people willing to act as academic references to fowlerfinn@slu.edu Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Biology Saint Louis University 314-977-7062 http://bit.ly/1uOn3dg Kasey Fowler-Finn via Gmail
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The Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University (http://bit.ly/1uOn2WW) is searching for one tenure-track faculty member specializing in systems biology or microbiology. Rank is open depending upon qualifications. The systems biologist may work at the molecular, cellular, organismal or community level in areas complementing the department’s existing strengths in development, neurobiology, transcription, evolution or ecology. Areas of interest in microbiology include, but are not limited to, bacteriology, virology, immunology, host-pathogen interactions, environmental microbiology or infectious disease processes. Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally ranked research institution that offers state-of-the-art research facilities and highly competitive start-up packages. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan’s lakes, forests and recreational sites. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience and an outstanding record of research achievement. Successful applicants are expected to establish and maintain vigorous, externally funded research programs and to participate in graduate and undergraduate education. Please apply on-line at jobs.wayne.edu. In addition to the online application that includes cover letter and curriculum vitae, applicants must submit a 2-page statement of their research plans and have three letters of reference sent directly to the Faculty Search Committee: ad5348@wayne.edu. Please apply by November 15, 2014 for full consideration. Applications will be considered only when all materials have been received. Wayne State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. via Gmail

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Applications from researchers employing evolutionary and ecological approaches are encouraged for the following three positions. Cluster Hire in Geographic Ecology: three positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor http://GE.ou.edu The Department of Biology at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for three tenured/tenure-track faculty positions at any rank, beginning in fall 2015. We are searching for creative, collaborative thinkers who use integrative approaches to address fundamental ecological questions at regional to global scales. Our ultimate goal is to enhance our expertise in geographical and aquatic ecology toward predicting ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. The search is open to theoretical, lab, and field biologists working on any taxa. In this cluster hire, we seek: * A Geographical Ecologist who studies phenomena at multiple spatial scales toward understanding large-scale patterns and processes. Innovators in biogeography, macroecology, bioinformatics, and global ecology are especially encouraged to apply. * An Aquatic Ecologist who studies freshwater ecosystems toward predicting the role of changing water supplies on ecosystem services. Innovators in biogeochemistry, ecological networks, ecological genomics, river-reservoir systems and land-water interactions are especially encouraged to apply. * A Physiological Ecologist who studies the origin and maintenance of ecological traits and their ultimate role in the dynamics of population and ecosystem responses to a changing environment. Innovators studying traits involved in metabolic, stoichiometric, thermal and water-related variation and adaptation are especially encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who use or combine some of the following three approaches in their work. The first is development and/or testing of models and theory that connect phenomena at scales from local to global. The second is an integrative use of data-from gene frequencies to biogeochemistry, species distributions to climate past and future, functional traits to landscapes-to advance theory and identify novel patterns and processes. The third is a desire to apply this research to ameliorating outstanding ecological problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, dwindling water supplies, and the degradation of ecosystem services. The University of Oklahoma is committed to building an international center of excellence exploring the geographical ecology of our evolving biosphere. Successful candidates will join colleagues across campus, including cluster hires in the EPSCoR initiative Adapting socio-ecological systems to increased climate variability. Our shared goal is to build theoretical and empirical bridges across the sciences, to predict the interplay between biotic and climatic changes, and to better steward our natural resources and services. Join us. How to Apply Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. degree and a record of outstanding achievement as evidenced by publications. Preferred candidates will have a promising (assistant) or externally funded (associate/full) research program and the ability to lead interdisciplinary, multi-investigator projects across a range of geographic scales. Each individual will be expected to provide excellent training for graduate students and postdocs, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching (one course per semester) in the department. Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and selected reprints/preprints as PDF files to Chair, Geographical Ecology Search Committee, at biologyjobs@ou.edu. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to biologyjobs@ou.edu or Department of Biology, 730 Van Vleet Oval, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may submit names and contact information for three references in lieu of letters. Visit us at http://bit.ly/1sVS5Ut. Screening of candidates will begin 3 December 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. “Knapp, Rosemary” via Gmail
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PhD student positions in the Parchman lab at UNR The Parchman lab in the Biology Department at the University of Nevada Reno has several openings for graduate students (beginning in the fall of 2015) interested in applying population genetic and genomic approaches to address questions of evolutionary significance in natural populations. Ideal applicants would have exposure to, or motivation to learn, basic laboratory genetics approaches and some programming in R, Perl, and Unix. Potential research areas for PhD students include landscape genomic variation in conifers, population genomic analysis of hybrid zones, population genomic variation across the adaptive radiation of crossbills, and landscape genetic analysis of Brazilian pipers. This list serves only as an example, and students interested in alternative, but related research topics are encouraged to contact me. UNR has a strong interdisciplinary PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://bit.ly/1fKs0Ax). Graduate students accepted into the EECB program are guaranteed financial support through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) which includes health insurance and an out-of-state tuition waiver. In addition, funds are available to seed doctoral dissertation projects, and Research Assistantships (RAs) will be periodically become available. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a Tier I research university located in a spectacular environment at the confluence of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UNR are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. A complete renovation of the Parchman lab has just been finished, and we are now equipped with ample (and new) molecular and computational resources for modern genome sequence analysis. We are also located in an ideal setting for field-based projects in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada regions, allowing enviable access to spectacular montane and desert ecosystems. Reno is only 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe, offers a high quality of living, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. World class rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking opportunities are in extremely close proximity. Those interested should contact me at tparchman@unr.edu with a description of your interests, and qualifications. More information on applying to the Graduate School at UNR can be found at http://bit.ly/1wtkjV9 Thomas L. Parchman Assistant Professor Department of Biology, MS 314 University of Nevada, Reno Max Fleishman Agriculture Building 1664 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV 89557-0314 tparchman@unr.edu Thomas L Parchman via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_993F0026-2FB6-4277-AD81-E20A3700195B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”windows-1252” The Department of Biological Sciences (http://bit.ly/1rqUKk3), University at Albany, invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. The Department seeks candidates whose research will advance conceptual understanding of ecological and evolutionary aspects of infectious diseases. Possible research themes may include, but are not limited to: microbial/viral pathogen transmission and spread, host-pathogen interactions, vector biology or pathogen variation and evolution. Applicants should have wide interests in disease biology, and the ability to interact with a diverse faculty working across many research areas. Opportunities for collaboration include faculty in the Life Sciences (http://bit.ly/1wiWPFJ), the RNA Institute (http://bit.ly/1rqUKk5), and the School of Public Health (http://bit.ly/1wiWNxy), as well as the New York State Department of Health (http://bit.ly/1wiWNxC). Successful candidates will contribute to the Department’s graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). The successful candidates will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in courses appropriate to their expertise and to establish a sustained, externally funded research program. Initial salary and start-up funds are competitive. For more information, please see: http://bit.ly/1wiWNxD Ing-Nang Wang Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences University at Albany - SUNY Life Science Research Building Rm. 2077 —Apple-Mail=_993F0026-2FB6-4277-AD81-E20A3700195B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=”windows-1252”

The Department of Biological Sciences (http://bit.ly/1rqUKk3), University at Albany, invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. The Department seeks candidates whose research will advance conceptual understanding of ecological and evolutionary aspects of infectious diseases. Possible research themes may include, but are not limited to: microbial/viral pathogen transmission and spread, host-pathogen interactions, vector biology or pathogen variation and evolution. Applicants should have wide interests in disease biology, and the ability to interact with a diverse faculty working across many research areas.

Opportunities for collaboration include faculty in the Life Sciences (http://bit.ly/1wiWPFJ), the RNA Institute (http://bit.ly/1rqUKk5), and the School of Public Health (http://bit.ly/1wiWNxy), as well as the New York State Department of Health (http://bit.ly/1wiWNxC). Successful candidates will contribute to the Department’s graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB).

The successful candidates will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in courses appropriate to their expertise and to establish a sustained, externally funded research program. Initial salary and start-up funds are competitive. 

For more information, please see: http://bit.ly/1wiWNxD Ing-Nang Wang Associate ProfessorDepartment of Biological SciencesUniversity at Albany - SUNYLife Science Research Building Rm. 2077 —Apple-Mail=_993F0026-2FB6-4277-AD81-E20A3700195 via Gmail
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The lab of Ron Eytan (www.roneytanlab.com) at Texas A&M at Galveston is seeking outstanding and highly motivated PhD students for Fall of 2015. My lab studies the origin and maintenance of marine biodiversity, primarily in coral reef fishes, using genomic and computational methods. My lab has broad interests in phylogenomics and phylogeography, population genetics/genomics, and the geography and genetics of speciation in reef fishes. We work primarily in the Caribbean, but plan to expand to the Gulf of Mexico. Current projects in the lab include 1) the study of hybrid breakdown in coral reef fishes, where we combine genomic data with live animal work, 2) cryptic speciation in Caribbean reef fishes, 3) using genomic data to track population fluctuations in reef fishes, 4) and phylogenomics, where we are sequencing hundreds to thousands of genetic markers for phylogenetic inference at both deep and shallow time scales. Students are free to develop their own project or work on ongoing research in the lab. All student projects can involve a mix of field work, lab work, and computing. Previous experience in any of these areas is a plus, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. Assistantships are available for PhD student funding. Students are admitted to TAMUG through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology (IDP). General information about the program, as well as application deadlines, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1aStphM The Department of Marine Biology at TAMUG is home to a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty that provides instruction and training in evolution, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, and the behavior and ecology of estuarine/marine flora and fauna. The department is housed in new and modern facilities with brand new lab space. It is also home to the Sea Life Facility (http://bit.ly/17w493Iwww.roneytanlab.com) at Texas A&M at Galveston is seeking outstanding and highly motivated PhD students for Fall of 2015. My lab studies the origin and maintenance of marine biodiversity, primarily in coral reef fishes, using genomic and computational methods. My lab has broad interests in phylogenomics and phylogeography, population genetics/genomics, and the geography and genetics of speciation in reef fishes. We work primarily in the Caribbean, but plan to expand to the Gulf of Mexico. Current projects in the lab include 1) the study of hybrid breakdown in coral reef fishes, where we combine genomic data with live animal work, 2) cryptic speciation in Caribbean reef fishes, 3) using genomic data to track population fluctuations in reef fishes, 4) and phylogenomics, where we are sequencing hundreds to thousands of genetic markers for phylogenetic inference at both deep and shallow time scales. Students are free to develop their own project or work on ongoing research in the lab. All student projects can involve a mix of field work, lab work, and computing. Previous experience in any of these areas is a plus, as are excellent written and oral communication skills. Assistantships are available for PhD student funding. Students are admitted to TAMUG through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Marine Biology (IDP). General information about the program, as well as application deadlines, can be found here: http://bit.ly/1aStphM The Department of Marine Biology at TAMUG is home to a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty that provides instruction and training in evolution, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, and the behavior and ecology of estuarine/marine flora and fauna. The department is housed in new and modern facilities with brand new lab space. It is also home to the Sea Life Facility (http://bit.ly/17w493I), which has phenomenal resources for live animal work and breeding. Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station. Galveston is located on the Gulf Coast of Texas, 50 miles south of Houston. It provides easy access to field sites in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful community with over 30 miles of beaches, a relaxed atmosphere, abundant leisure activities, excellent medical facilities, and first-rate restaurants. Ron I. Eytan Marine Biology Department Texas A&M University at Galveston PO Box 1675 Galveston, TX USA 77553 [P] 409-740-4527 [F] 409-740-5001 eytanr@tamug.edu ron.eytan@gmail.com www.roneytanlab.com via Gmail

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Post-Doc: Reproducibility and reversibility of evolutionary trajectories. Job description In previous experiments we have evolved nearly dead budding yeast cells (we removed a nearly essential gene) for one thousand generations. At the end of the evolution those cells approached wild-type growth rate and cell size. We sequenced the final time points and found three mutations that appeared in the same order in several independent lines, which is remarkable, since most experimental evolution experiments do not show this high level of reproducibility. In this project you will exploit this characterized system to ask questions about evolution, such as, how predictable is an evolutionary trajectory and how much does this depend on the specifics of the selection? Is adapting to genetic perturbations, like cancer cells do, intrinsically more predictable than adaptations to a new environment? Another potential question is: Can you ever go back in evolution or is evolution always irreversible? So what happens if you first delete a gene, adapt cells to higher fitness and subsequently reintroduce the gene and evolve the cells again? Are there regimes where the cells will evolve back to the original state? You will answer these questions using experimental evolution, whole genome sequencing and sequence analysis. The aim is to combine the experimental findings with population dynamics theory, potentially in collaboration with a theory group. Visit the lab website for more information: http://bit.ly/1rqMdh0 Requirements Applicants should have a PhD degree in biology, physics, or a related field, and enthusiasm for quantitative approaches to understanding biological phenomena. The position will be two years with possibilities to extend. Applied Sciences at TUDelft The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics. A new Department of Bionanoscience has been established at TU Delft, dedicated to research at the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology, and cell biology. It studies single cells in all their complexity down to the molecular level, from both fundamental scientific and application points of view. The new department operates as part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and aims at a leading international position. Conditions of employment TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply. Information and application For more information about this position, please contact Dr. ir. Liedewij Laan, phone: +31 (0)15-2782856 , e-mail: l.laan@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, a letter of application and references by March st 2015. Liedewij Laan Assistant professor Department of Bionanoscience Kavli Institute of NanoScience TUDelft Website: laanlab.tudelft.nl Tel nr: +31 (0) 15-2782856 Liedewij Laan - TNW via Gmail
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Within the DFG-funded project “Relative effects of local and regional factors as drivers for genetic diversity and functional trait diversity of plant communities on Baltic uplift islands” the Department of Community Ecology is offering a PhD position (65%, 3 years) at the 01.02.2015. The research project will focus on the effects of landscape structure and habitat conditions on patterns of genetic variation in plants on archipelagos in the Baltic sea using SNP data. Your duties: - Plant sample collection in three island archipelagos in Sweden - Sample preparation for genotyping-by-sequencing, SNP-genotyping - Population genomic analyses of genetic population structure for multiple species in island and mainland landscapes. Testing for effects of landscape structure, isolation, land use and habitat conditions and test of the “southern richness-northern purity” hypothesis - Community genetics analysis of relationship between genetic variation, species and functional diversity - Work in an inter-disciplinary project together with the Institute of Landscape Ecology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and the Institute of Ecology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena Your profile: - You are an enthusiastic, dynamic and independent student broadly interested in studying the interface between plant population genetics, landscape ecology and evolution. - An excellent master’s degree in a relevant field of research, including biology, bioinformatics, molecular ecology - Expertise in molecular genetic approaches, ideally experience with genotyping-by-sequencing methods (RAD-seq, GBS) - Proficiency in genetic data analysis and bioinformatics experience - Deep interest in biodiversity at all hierarchical levels - Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and ambition to publish in international journals - High motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team and interest in fieldwork in Sweden for up to three months For further information, please contact Dr. Walter Durka (walter.durka@ufz.de). Applicants should apply online via http://bit.ly/1thZJJu or directly at http://bit.ly/1ysujiK via Gmail

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Graduate Research Assistantship Evolutionary Ecology of Herbivore Defense in Aspen University of Wisconsin, Madison Funding will be available (2015) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support graduate research, at the Ph.D. (or Masters-Ph.D.) level, on the ecology and evolution of defense in aspen (Populus tremuloides). Aspen is a foundation species in boreal and montane forests of North America and secondary chemistry plays a key role in its interactions with diverse insect and mammalian herbivores. The graduate research assistant will assume primary responsibility for a collaborative project involving the labs of Rick Lindroth (UW Entomology & Zoology) and Eric Kruger (UW Forest & Wildlife Ecology). The research will evaluate the interplay of intraspecific plant competition and growth-defense tradeoffs with respect to the evolutionary trajectories of mixed-genotype aspen stands. Applicants may pursue admission to UW graduate programs in Entomology, Zoology or Forestry. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a premier institution for research in ecology and evolution, and has ranked among the top five research universities in the United States for each of the past 20 years. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the thriving Ecology (http://bit.ly/GOErNP) and Evolutionary Biology (http://bit.ly/15cJtwk) communities at UW-Madison. Qualifications: Highly motivated individuals with a strong academic background in plant biology and/or ecology, as well as excellent quantitative and communication skills, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative research team. Stipend/benefits: A 50% Graduate Research Assistantship is available beginning in spring, summer or fall semesters of 2014. A 50% RA currently provides a stipend of $20,808 (12 mo.), tuition waiver, and excellent medical/dental health plans at low cost. Applications: Questions about the position may be directed to Rick Lindroth (lindroth@wisc.edu). Interested candidates should e-mail Graduate Student Services Coordinator Sara Rodock (rodock@wisc.edu) a single PDF file containing the following information: - Cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional backgrounds - Resume - Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable) - GRE scores (if not available, indicate when exam will be taken) - Names and contact information for three references Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Promising candidates will be requested to submit a formal application to a UW-Madison graduate program in Entomology, Zoology (Ecology), or Forestry. Note that the application deadline for Zoology is Dec. 31, 2014. Richard L. Lindroth, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology, Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station 608-262-6792 (Deans office) 608-263-6277 (Lab office) 146 Agriculture Hall 1450 Linden Drive University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 U.S.A. http://bit.ly/GOEp8N lindroth@wisc.edu via Gmail

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Job in Education and Public engagement with Science at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science This is a fantastic job opportunity to work at the dynamic, globally operating natural history museum in Germany’s capital Berlin and to develop nationally and internationally recognized education and public engagement with science programs. Salary TVL-13 (annual salary between c. €39,000 – 50,000, depending on qualifications). This is initially a two-year position that can be tenured. Job description: · Design and coordinate projects and programs around science, natural history education and science communication · Develop standards and guidelines for educational work for the natural history / science sector · Develop and lead national and international networks · Develop an externally funded scientific programs on education and scientific literacy · Publish scientific papers · Develop educational courses for teachers, museum guides and others · Operational work at the museum Your qualifications: · Science degree /PhD in Science Education, cultural history, museum studies, science · Several years of experience in (leadership in) science education, science communication · Good knowledge of (national and) international education policy and the museum sector · Demonstrable experience and skills in program, project planning and management · Knowledge and experience in Geo-/ Bio - Sciences · Excellent communication skills and team player · Appropriate English and German language skills to deliver tasks Desirable: · Citizenship of the European Union The usual documentation should be send to recruiting@mfn-berlin.de by 05.11. 2014 The Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth – with people, through dialog. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is an integrated research museum with strong national and international partnerships and networks. The research is collections based, the collections are developed through the research and the public engagement is science driven. Research areas: Evolutionary biology; evolutionary morphology, biodiversity in time and space; biodiversity dynamics; biodiversity and climate change; meteorites, impact geology & global disasters; collections development; history of science & natural history collections as cultural heritage; biodiversity informatics; public engagement with science: exhibitions; citizen science; education; science policy advice. We are currently undergoing a major renewal / building program (2007-2027). We are a member of the German Science Organisation Leibniz Gemeinschaft (89 organsiations, annual budget €1.3B) and have recently been internationally evaluated as Excellent to very good. To find out more, visit us on: http://bit.ly/1wqGLOL Professor Johannes Vogel, Ph.D. Director General Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity “Vogel, Johannes” via Gmail
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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University is seeking outstanding candidates for at least one and, subject to budgetary approval, up to three Tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a starting date of July 1, 2015. Candidates from all areas of mathematics and statistics are invited to apply. Candidates must have a PhD or an equivalent degree at the start date of the appointment. The successful candidate(s) will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to work in areas of study that complement areas already represented in the department (see http://bit.ly/1zlCulb), and to demonstrate evidence of an ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. They will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the Department, to the Faculty of Arts & Science, to the University, and/or the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete. A complete application consists of: a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph), a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available), and at least four letters of reference (one of which addresses teaching abilities and/or potential). Application materials, with the possible exception of recommendation letters, should be submitted through http://bit.ly/ZIMhBj. Recommendation letters may be uploaded directly on http://bit.ly/ZIMhBj, or sent by e-mail to position@mast.queensu.ca, or mailed to: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Jeffery Hall, University Ave., Kingston, ON Canada, K7L 3N6. In order to ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 17, 2014. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Marge Lambert, at lambertm@mast.queensu.ca, phone number 613- 533-2440.  Additional information about Queen’s University, which may be of interest to prospective faculty members, can be found at http://bit.ly/1zlCsd8. Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University which is posted at http://bit.ly/1hj4FbB.  troy.day@icloud.com via Gmail

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*TwoDoctoral Positions in **Plant Evolutionary Ecology *are available at the Plant Ecology Group of the University of Tbingen. Applicants for the Ph.D. position must hold an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, plant sciences or environmental sciences with a sound knowledge in plant ecology and /or evolutionary ecology of plants and /or molecular ecology. Ideally, the applicants have experience in designing and conducting large ecological experiments in the field and greenhouse and a sound knowledge of statistics and experimental design. Experience in basic lab work can also be advantageous. The projects are part of a DFG priority programme entitled Adaptomics (http://bit.ly/ZIMgNG) which aims at bridging the gap between ecological and molecular approaches to studying phenotypic and genotypic variation in plants. Position #1 (“Biscutella”) is within a cooperative project between the Universities of Tbingen, Vienna and the Max Planck Institute at Tbingen. We aim at studying whether plants can adapt to climate change by utilizing annual plants of the Brassicaceae family in an extensive experimental system in Israel. We use a combined molecular-population genetic-ecological approach to tackling this question. The work includes a several-month field stay in Israel, but the main working place will be Tbingen, a buzzing university town in Southwest Germany. Position #2 (“metals”) will be dedicated to studying plants that are able to hyperaccumulate and — tolerate heavy metals. We use two species from the Brassicaceae family to study heritability of these traits, and the role that plant-plant interactions play in determining variability in this trait within and between species. We use a combination of field and greenhouse experiments and basic lab work to study the positive and negative effects these plants may have on their neighbours. The main working place will be Tbingen, a buzzing university town in Southwest Germany. Both positions are scheduled for 3 years with an anticipated starting date of January 2015, or until the position is filled. Payment is according to the German public tariff (65% TV-L E13). Applications are to be submitted via email and as *a single pdf file* to Katja Tielbrger, University of Tbingen, Plant Ecology Group: katja.tielboerger@uni-tuebingen.de. Deadline is November 15, 2014, or until position is filled. Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV, transcripts, proof of special qualifications, and prints of publications if applicable. The applicants are also requested to have two letters of reference sent independently to the above Email address. The participating universities want to increase the number of female researchers, and specifically encourage female candidates to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification. “"Tielbrger, Katja"” via Gmail
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Do Ravens Modify Their Signals According to Their Audience’s Comprehension? We are looking for a motivated student for a master project at the Humboldt Research Group Comparative Gestural Signalling at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany When people are not fully understood, they persist with attempts to communicate, in order to better convey their meaning. We want to investigate whether captive ravens (Corvus Corax) would use analogous communicative strategies in signaling, and whether they could distinguish different degrees of misunderstanding. Terms of appointment and qualifications: - The project should start in March 2015 and will last for 4-5 months - Experience in behavioural biology would be beneficial - Because of the rather remote location of our institute, a private car would be recommended We seek a highly motivated person with organizational skills, able and willing to work independently. You will learn to interact with eight hand-raised ravens, to set up the observation schedule, film the behaviour and experiments, design and develop a coding scheme and analyze the behavioural interactions. We offer the opportunity to work at one of the leading institutes for bird research in Germany and Europe and to learn methods in comparative research and behavioural biology. Applications should include a CV, a letter of motivation and contact details of one referee. Application deadline: 31.12.2014 For further information please contact: Miriam Sima (Primary contact) msima@orn.mpg.de Group Leader: Dr. Simone Pika spika@orn.mpg.de Webpage: www.orn.mpg.de/cgs “Sima, Miriam” via Gmail
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Assistant Professor of Population Genetics and Computational Biology The Biology program within the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay seeks a population geneticist with strong computational biology skills to fill a tenure track assistant professor position. The applicant should be a dedicated teacher capable of successfully involving undergraduates in research. The successful candidate will work with other faculty to develop undergraduate curricula, professional outreach programs, and extramural research or programmatic funding. Additional information on the Division and the Biology program can be found at sep.csumb.edu, the university and its vision at http://bit.ly/1yozMae, and our exceptional undergraduate research program at uroc.csumb.edu. Responsibilities The successful candidate will: (1) teach upper division evolutionary biology & population genetics, (2) develop and teach upper division bioinformatics & systems biology or a new upper division course in genomics or other computationally intensive branch of biology, (3) develop and maintain a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduates, (4) occasionally teach genetics or help with lower division instruction, and (5) contribute to the development of this new university. Qualifications (minimum) Ph.D. in biology or related field at time of hire. Demonstrated excellence in teaching. Expertise in Population Genetics. Expertise in Computational Biology. Qualifications (desired) Research interests that leverage CSU Monterey Bays unique location at the interface between land and sea on the Central California coast. Expertise in a computationally intensive field of study such as transcriptomics that can be applied to projects suitable for the undergraduate research environment. A strong background in evolutionary or conservation biology. Experience mentoring student research and/or internships. Desire and ability to teach and mentor students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds. A record of writing successful proposals for extramural funding. Experience with course and curriculum development. How to Apply All prospective applicants must apply on-line at http://bit.ly/1yozMah Applicants must submit: 1) Letter of Interest 2) CV 3) Teaching Statement (2 page max) 4) Research Statement (2 page max) 5) Contact information for 3 professional references Please combine your teaching and research statement into a single document for upload. SCREENING BEGINS NOVEMBER 1, 2014 “Cheryl A. Logan” via Gmail
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Two Ph.D. student positions in computational science and phylogenetics Two three-year Ph.D. studentships in computational science and phylogenetics are available jointly at the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). The research project will focus on computational and statistical aspects of the alignment and phylogenetic tree estimation. The project is collaboration between the Applied Computational Genomics group of Maria Anisimova (Institute of Applied Simulations, ZHAW) and Manuel Gil in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology group of Christian von Mering (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, UZH). Both groups have wide ranging expertise in computational biology. In addition, the candidates will benefit from the group membership in the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, providing further training and networking opportunities. The successful candidate will have a strong background in computational science, including computational statistics, algorithmics, statistical estimation procedures, and numerical analysis. Fluency in a multi-paradigm programming language like C++ is required. Previous knowledge in phylogenetics is a plus but is not required. The candidate is expected to develop a background in phylogenetics and molecular evolution. We are looking for an individual with a masters degree or equivalent, who is highly self-motivated and can work independently. The working language in the team is English. German skills, although helpful for day-to-day life, are not essential. Ideally, the candidate would be able to start on the 1st of February 2015. To be considered, please send a single (!) PDF file merged from the following parts to maria.anisimova@zhaw.ch: CV including publication list (if available), a scanned academic transcript (list of grades in university courses), a motivation statement not exceeding two pages, and three references. Please include “JATI2014” in the subject line of your email. The application deadline is the 1st of November 2014, but the candidates will be considered until the positions are filled. manisimova@hotmail.com via Gmail

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1. Evolution of Ageing: Bioinformatican- Research Fellow University College Dublin, Ireland and PRBB, Barcelona, Spain Ageing is the gradual and irreversible breakdown of living systems associated with the advancement of time, which leads to an increase in vulnerability and eventual mortality. Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. As part of two European Research Council funded research teams, the bioinformatician will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. This individual will be based at University College Dublin, Ireland in Prof. Emma Teelings Batlab but will spend up to 3 months a year in the world leading comparative genomics laboratory of Dr. Tomas Marques-Bonet, Barcelona, Spain (http://bit.ly/1nA0Dza) in the highly active environment of the PRBB (http://www.prbb.org/). The bioinformatician will oversee and help collate, analyse and process vast quantities of novel molecular data generated by the Irish team in an evolutionary framework and will lead the computational analyses of these data. Together the research teams will couple state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this ageing challenge. Salary: euro 33,970V euro 51,710 per annum Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by job reference number: 006937 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling 2. Evolution of Ageing: Bioinformatics Postdoc- Level 1 School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland Ageing is the gradual and irreversible breakdown of living systems associated with the advancement of time, which leads to an increase in vulnerability and eventual mortality. Due to a significant increase in human life-expectancy, it has never been more urgent to understand and ultimately alleviate the ill-effects of ageing. Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. As part of the European Research Council funded research team in the Teeling laboratory , the PD1 will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. The team couples state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this challenge. The PD1 will be actively involved in driving the computational analyses of these ageing related genomic and transcriptomic studies to explore the evolution of ageing in these unique species. Salary: euro 33,975 - euro 37,063 per annum depending on experience. Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by Job reference number: 006938 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling 3.Evolution of Ageing: Molecular Laboratory Research Scientist School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Ireland Despite recent advances in ageing research, the intrinsic complexity of the ageing process has prevented a full understanding of this process, therefore, ageing remains a grand challenge in contemporary biology. The European Research Council funded research team lead by Prof. Emma Teeling , of which the Research Scientist (RS) will be part of, will tackle this challenge by uncovering the molecular mechanisms of halted ageing in a unique model system, the bats. The team will couple state of the art-field biology with cutting-edge next generation comparative genomic and transcriptomic studies to address this challenge. The RS will be actively involved in managing each aspect of this project, specifically in generating the molecular data required for the project and maintaining the large tissue banks associated with this project. The RS will ensure the smooth running of the laboratory, aid in the development of molecular protocols and aid team members in the generation of molecular data. This position may be appointed at either full time or part time (60%). Salary: euro 25,000 - euro 49,392 per annum pro rata* (euro 15,000 V euro 29,639 per annum part time). Duration: 3 Years Closing Date: 6th November 2014 Desirable start date: 1st January 2015 or earlier. Full details and application procedures can be found at: http://bit.ly/1nA0Baw Search by job reference number: 006939 For additional details please contact Prof. Emma Teeling Prof. Emma Teeling Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research Science Centre West University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4 Ireland Tel: +353 1 716 2263 email: emma.teeling@ucd.ie http://bit.ly/1sSrVA9 Emma Teeling via Gmail
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