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July 31, 2014

Conference: 2nd Annual International Frozen Zoo® Cell Culture Seminar: Training Scientists for Biobanking and Biodiversity Research San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA U.S.A October 13 – 17, 2014. The 2nd Annual International Frozen Zoo® Cell Culture Seminar will commence on October 13 and conclude on October 17 at the facilities of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, in Escondido, California. San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo® is a premier collection of living fibroblast cells from over 1,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Over five days, the course will provide participants with a “hands-on” learning experience with experts specialized in establishing cell lines for the Frozen Zoo®. The course will provide the opportunity to gain exposure to and experience with: Lab safety and aseptic technique review Taking biopsies and establishing cell cultures using enzyme digestion and solid tissue explant methods Optimizing fibroblast cell culture for mammalian, avian, reptilian and amphibian species Field method for viable freezing of skin biopsies in liquid nitrogen Freezing fibroblast cell cultures Metaphase chromosome harvesting, staining, banding and karyotyping This course is designed to help scientists establish biomedical and biotechnical research programs to initiate sampling of the genetic diversity within their countries and starting their own collections similar to the Frozen Zoo®. The registration fee for the 2nd Annual International Frozen Zoo® Cell Culture Seminar is $1,000.00. This includes meals, transportation from local lodging to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, lab supplies, instruction materials, course workbook and protocols. Full and partial scholarships are being offered and are sponsored by the American Genetic Association, Special Project Award. Due to limited space availability, an application process is required for consideration. If you are interested in attending please send an email with 2014 FZCCS in the subject line to lwied@sandiegozoo.org. Upon receipt, an application will be forwarded along with additional information. All applications are due on Friday, August 15, 2014. Anything submitted after this date will not be considered. asako yamamoto via Gmail
We are looking for PhD students from around the world who would like to participate in a three-month research program in South Africa. We welcome applications by students with a general interest in theoretical ecology and evolution, and are particularly interested in hosting research projects related to modeling adaptive ecological networks, food-web dynamics, speciation, coevolution, and evolutionary community assembly. Research projects will be carried out at the at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa from 1 November 2014 until 31 January 2015, and are meant to result in a published article and a corresponding chapter in an applicant’s PhD thesis. Funding to cover travel to Bloemfontein and living expenses while there is available for successful applicants. The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) is currently accepting applications from doctoral students from The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis’ (IIASA) twenty National Member Organization (NMO) countries, Southern African Development Community member states, and South Africa. Applications are due on 3 August 2014. Researchers from IIASA and South Africa will work in teams to supervise one or more SA-YSSP participants. These supervisory teams have jointly defined 15 research themes that will serve as the basis for the participants’ work. These themes fall into 4 interdisciplinary clusters: Risk, Policy & Governance, Energy & Climate Systems, Ecosystems & Water, and Population, Health & Aging. Several themes, including Theme 10 Stability and complexity of adaptive ecological networks, address salient issues in theoretical and mathematical ecology. SA-YSSP information on the IIASA website: http://bit.ly/1uJFHZF SA-YSSP information on the UFS website: http://bit.ly/18ZM1gL Application form and procedures on the NRF website: http://bit.ly/17j1ut6 DIECKMANN Ulf via Gmail
Gettysburg College Virology and Emerging Diseases Assistant Professor of Biology V Tenure Track Position Summary: Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the Biology Department to begin Fall 2015. The successful candidate will teach our year-long research-intensive courses (Bio 113-114: Introduction to Phage Biology; Phage Bioinformatics) modeled on HHMIs SEA-PHAGES program, upper division courses in area of specialization (e.g., Virology, Emerging Diseases) and will share teaching duties in our core biology sequence. Qualifications: Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences, commitment to teaching in the liberal arts tradition, and research that involves undergraduates are essential; post-doctoral experience is preferred. Candidates with a strong computational and/or systems biology dimension to their research and teaching are especially encouraged to apply. Application Details: Applicants should apply online at: http://bit.ly/1uJFFAQ. A curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a separate statement of the applicants teaching and research goals should be submitted electronically. In addition, applicants should enter the names and email addresses of three professional references. After the applicant completes his/her on-line application, the professional references indicated will be contacted by Gettysburg College via email to submit letters of recommendation electronically. At least one of the letters of recommendation must address the applicants teaching effectiveness. Review of applications will begin on September 26, 2014, and will continue until a successful candidate is found. Letters of recommendation must be received by October 3, 2014. Inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Kazuo Hiraizumi at hiraizum@gettysburg.edu. Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of approximately 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and disability. Ryan Kerney via Gmail
Microbial Diversity and Evolution A research position in Microbial Diversity and Evolution is available at CIBIO (http://cibio.up.pt), University of Porto, Portugal, under the Program ON2. Candidates should have a PhD in biology, preferably a minimum of 3 years as Post-doc and a Curriculum vitae proving solid knowledge in the field. They should additionally have a good and relevant publication record in SCI journals and have supervised or co-supervised academic theses (MSc and PhD). The selected candidate is expected to build positive research interactions with the resident researchers, to establish international collaborations, and be capable of attracting national and international funding. S/he should be a good communicator and be completely fluent in English. The selected researcher may be invited to participate in teaching MSc and PhD classes and therefore, teaching experience will be considered a bonus. The selected researcher will join the Microbial Diversity and Evolution Group which conducts basic and applied research on microbial diversity and evolution. The ideal candidate will contribute to addressing the groups’ medium-term challenges, namely: i) to develop culture-independent methods to detect/identify and genotyping bacteria directly from environmental samples, ii) to conciliate in a single procedure the specificity of genomic markers used in DNA-based detection assays with the clonal resolution of fine-tune genotyping methods, iii) to continue the research on the evolution of taxa-specific markers; iv) to perform comprehensive genome data mining using comparative genomics tools and phylogenetic analysis to infer genomic footprints of bacterial ecotypes. The ranking of candidates will result from a global appreciation of the Curriculum vitae, possibly followed by a job interview. Salary will correspond approximately to a gross annual income of 45.000 € (before taxes). The position will start on the 1st of October 2014 and will end on the 30th of June 2015. After the end of this contract, another contract maybe offered depending on performance and availability of funds. Applications should be sent to bolsas.cibio@cibio.up.pt and will include a motivation letter and a research statement, a detailed CV and the email contact of three referees. The jury is composed by: Dr. Fernando Tavares (Chair), Dr. Paulo Alexandrino and Prof. Nuno Ferrand de Almeida. Substitute member is Dr. Natália Dias. Applications are open until the 31st of August 2014. Job Reference: MDE ON2 There is no obligation to hire any of the candidates. CIBIO has an equal opportunity policy. We aim to ensure that no applicant receives less favorable consideration on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, age, color, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief. Candidates will be informed about the result of their application by email. Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Natália Dias Executive Coordinator of CIBIO Natalia.Dias@cibio.up.pt Phone: +351 252660422 Natalia Dias via Gmail

*Research Technician I (2 open positions)* *King Laboratory: kinglab.berkeley.edu* *HHMI and University of California, Berkeley * *Job Summary*: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has an exciting opportunity for two Research Technicians to join the laboratory of Dr. Nicole King at University of California Berkeley. The King laboratory studies choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, to reconstruct animal origins and investigate molecular mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions. We are seeking two highly motivated and exceptionally organized biologists to assist in developing and optimizing genetics in the emerging model choanoflagellate species *S. rosetta*. Individuals seeking an exciting research opportunity before applying to graduate school are invited to apply. *Principal Responsibilities*: - Generate and visually screen for choanoflagellate mutants. - Isolate, catalog, and characterize new mutant strains. - Perform and optimize conditions for crosses in *S. rosetta.* - Prepare choanoflagellate DNA for genotyping and whole genome sequencing. - Keep meticulous laboratory records. - Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions. - Read literature releveant to research areas as required. - Assist King lab scientists and technicians in a variety of cellular and molecular biology techniques on other projects ongoing in the lab. *Preferred Qualifications*: - Bachelor of Science degree in biology or a related field. - Knowledge of basic principles of genetics, gained through coursework or prior laboratory experience. - At least one year experience working in a laboratory setting. - Experience with molecular biology techniques, microscopy, tissue culture, and sterile technique. - Able to troubleshoot and perform a variety of new techniques. - Exceptional organizational skills and record keeping. - Strong oral and written communication. - Self-motivated, detail-oriented and able to perform complex tasks effectively and independently with general instruction, while being engaged in a collaborative project. *To apply:* Please send a single .pdf file that includes a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position, your CV, contact information for three references and copies of your course transcripts to Heather Middleton at kinglab@berkeley.edu nicoleking.ucb@gmail.com via Gmail

July 30, 2014

University of Connecticut - University Postdoctoral Fellow The Schlichting lab in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a University Postdoctoral Fellow on an NSF-funded project investigating an evolutionary radiation in the plant genus Pelargonium. The successful applicant will be part of a large team that is investigating functional trait evolution in the context of the characteristics of communities in which these species occur (http://bit.ly/1uFVngr ). The successful applicant will be responsible for phylogenetic reconstructions of morphological traits and trait correlations and will collaborate on other projects related to evolution of phenotypes and plasticity in Pelargonium. Short term travel to the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa will be required. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field; expertise in phylogenetic comparative methods and implementation of packages investigating character state evolution (e.g., ape, GEIGER, phytools, picante); and expertise in the statistical package R. Preferred Qualifications: Publications in phylogenetic comparative methods. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This position is funded for one year. Continuation of this position may be possible for an additional year if performance is satisfactory and funding is available. The position can start as soon as 1 October 2014. Interested applicants should apply online using Husky Hire at www.jobs.uconn.edu. Applications should include a letter of interest, a brief statement (1-2 pages) summarizing previous scientific work and experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of up to three individuals able to evaluate the applicants qualifications for the position. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2014. Inquiries may be addressed to Carl Schlichting at: schlicht@uconn.edu. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer. “Schlichting, Carl” via Gmail

July 29, 2014


Please note the following DEADLINES: Registration and abstract submission: 4 August, 2014 Accommodation: availability cannot be guaranteed after 28 July, 2014 The United Kingdom is home to exceptional evolutionarybiologists. However, compared to the number of evolutionaryzoologists, the number of their botanical counterparts is few. In many cases, U.K. plant evolutionary biologists are in small numbers at any one institution, and such isolation hinders progress. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh will host a conference on 8, 9 September, 2014 to help address this situation. The conference will showcase evolutionary research on plants by UK researchers to foster new collaborations. The conference will also hold a workshop, where discussion will identify challenges faced and suggest strategies to overcome them. We see this as a first step towards developing a longer-terms strategy for strengthening the UK community of plant evolutionary biologists. The conference will include a poster and networking session, open speaking slots (both standard and “lightning” talks), as well as an exciting lineup of invited speakers. For more information and to register, please visit the website at: http://bit.ly/1h7xbNN Invited speakers: Mating system: Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin Speciation: Dr. Richard Buggs Ecological Speciation: Dr. Patrik Nosil Evo-Devo: Dr. Beverley Glover Phylogeny: Dr. Toby Pennington Polyploidy: Dr. Barbara Mable Biogeography: Dr. Bill Baker Population Genetics (Molecular ecology): Dr. Simon Hiscock Population Genetics (Genomics): Dr. Rob Ness Population Genetics (Genomics): Dr. Deborah Charlesworth International Speaker: Dr. Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto) via Gmail


*FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT* *Location:* El Oro, Ecuador *Duration:* 15 November 2014 V 15 April 2015 *Job Type:* Temporary *Application Deadline:* 15 August 2014 *Job Description:* FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed for investigation of the endangered endemic El Oro Parakeet,* Pyrrhura orcesi,* throughout its breeding season. Field team will be working in the tropical montane cloud forest of SW Ecuador, in Buenaventura Reserve and the adjacent habitat matrix. The project will examine the impact of habitat fragmentation on this cooperatively breeding parakeet and will design a sociobosque corridor that protects its continued dispersal. Field work will include nestbox trapping of parakeets for measurement, banding, and sampling; observation based on coloured leg bands; gathering landscape data; and outreach, education, and survey work in the local community. Position is unpaid, but flight costs, accommodation, and food will be covered by the project. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. The rough aim is for a schedule consisting of 5 field days, 1 data entry day, and 1 resting day; however the schedule will be entirely dictated by the needs of the project and thus be subject to constant modification. *To apply*: Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV with names, telephone numbers, and e-mail address of three references to Emma Steigerwald at emma.c.steigerwald@gmail.com. The email subject should be Research Assistant Application. Applications must be submitted by 15 August 2014. *Qualifications:* *Bachelors degree in biology or related major, attained or working towards *Spanish fluency is highly desirable *FitnessXability to cope with long field days traversing difficult and steep terrain *Attention to detail in collecting and entering reliable data *Experience handling birds, reading colour ID bands, and using GPS will be valued *Willingness to work in rainy, cool, and muddy conditions via Gmail


Dear Colleagues On 5 September 2014 a 1-day research symposium will take place on the UC Davis campus. This symposium celebrates the career and research themes of Dr. Kevin Rice (retiring in 2014 from UC Davis) by highlighting innovative scientific approaches to answer fundamental questions and solve practical problems in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and invasion biology. Speakers represent diverse study systems to explore the evolutionary ecology of natural plant populations, and will present results that will inform future efforts to study adaptation and conserve native communities. Please join us. DATE: 5 September 2014 LOCATION: UC Davis REGISTRATION: http://bit.ly/1nQ0mav This symposium is free of charge. SPEAKERS Sally Aitken Spencer Barrett Nancy Emery Elizabeth Leger Richard Mack John McKay Kevin Rice Annie Schmitt Jason Sexton Sharon Strauss Sonia Sultan MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/1lQAzcs via Gmail

Second announcement ###IV Central European Meeting of IUSSI 2015 in Lichtenfels### The next Central European Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects will be held on 26th to 29th March 2015 in Lichtenfels, Germany. We welcome presentations on any aspect of the evolution, ecology, and/or conservation of social insects. ***OUR WEBSITE*** http://bit.ly/1lQAxl6 ***INVITED SPEAKERS*** - Audrey Dussutour, University of Toulouse, France - Christoph Grter, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. ***IMPORTANT DATES*** Registration will open on 1st September 2014 The deadline for abstract submission of oral and poster presentations will be midnight (CET) of 31st December 2014. ***HIGH COST EFFECTIVENESS*** Registration fees include accommodation and catering Non-member 320 EUR Full member 290 EUR Student member 260 EUR ***VENUE*** We will discuss, eat and sleep at “Schloss Schney”, once a castle now a conference centre run by the Frankenakademie (http://bit.ly/1uwoeAn). Lichtenfels (http://bit.ly/1nYNHCV) is a picturesque town in the upper valley of the river Main with a convenient connection to the highspeed ICE train system of the Deutsche Bahn. We are looking forward to seeing you in Lichtenfels! Organizing Committee Heike Feldhaar, University of Bayreuth Simon Tragust, University of Bayreuth Oliver Otti, University of Bayreuth If you have any questions concerning the meeting please do not hesitate to e-mail us: iussi2015@bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de Dr. Oliver Otti Animal Ecology I University of Bayreuth Universittsstrasse 30 95440 Bayreuth Germany phone: +49921552646 e-mail: oliver.otti@uni-bayreuth.de OLIVER OTTI via Gmail

Postdoc in Microbial Genomics The Stewart lab in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in microbial genomics. The postdoc will work jointly with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Jennifer Glass in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on a project to understand microbial methane and sulfur cycling in marine oxygen minimum zones and freshwater sediments. Research tasks will involve comparative analysis of single-cell genomic, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic datasets, molecular analysis of microbial DNA and RNA, and the preparation of samples for next generation sequencing. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop independent lines of research within the broader goals of the project and the lab, and will work collaboratively with Dr. Stewart, Dr. Glass, and other lab members to perform research and synthesize results for publication. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated by experimental and analytical challenges, and proficient in a range of bioinformatics and molecular techniques. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in genomics, microbiology or a related discipline, with demonstrated expertise in comparative genomics, metagenomics, or transcriptomics. Knowledge of the physiology of anaerobic microorganisms, microbial evolution, and marine microbiology is desirable. The School of Biology at Georgia Tech is a dynamic research environment with a particularly strong core of researchers interested in marine systems, microbiology, and genomics. The Institute as a whole offers exceptional resources for bioinformatics and high-performance computing, and exciting opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration with computational scientists and earth and atmospheric scientists. Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals. This position is available immediately, although there is flexibility in the start date. Funding is available for at least two years, but is contingent upon satisfactory progress in year one; applicants should express their ability to commit to the project for the initial two years. Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Frank Stewart at frank.stewart@biology.gatech.edu. Application materials should be emailed to the same address and should include a cover letter (describing your interest in the position, work experience, and availability), CV, and contact information (name, email, phone number) for at least three references. Please include the word “Postdoc” in the subject line. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and will include fringe benefits. Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986. via Gmail

July 28, 2014

A postdoc position is available based at the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Peoples Republic of China for two years starting immediately. The position is for two years and will be funded by a National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) research grant to Drs. Rui Wu Wang (Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ)) and Derek Dunn (Northwest University, Xian). The work will involve extensive fieldwork at the Xishuanbanna Tropical Botanic Gardens (XTBG), Menglun, Yunnan Province, where the successful candidate will be based. The successful candidate will use stable isotope analysis to identify the trophic relationships between species in a fig wasp community, and will subsequently measure the selective strength each species has on each mutualist in a fig tree-fig wasp mutualism. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology, experience of independent field work involving small insects and be able to provide evidence of publishing their work in peer reviewed journals. Experience in chemical ecology and the formal statistical quantification of natural selection would be an advantage. Pay will be up to 10, 000 yuan per month including various allowances. If required, visas enabling the successful candidate to work in China will be arranged by KIZ. Interested candidates are reminded that the costs of living in China, especially outside of major cities, are low. Interested parties are requested to send a full CV including the contact details of three referees, and a cover letter explaining why they want the position to Rui Wu Wang: ruiwukiz@hotmail.com Derek Dunn via Gmail

July 26, 2014


*Postdoctoral Fellowship* *Plant-Animal Interactions* *Plant-Animal Interactions*: The Dearing lab at the University of Utah invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to participate in a study to understand the co-evolution of mammalian herbivores and plant defensive compounds. This collaborative project will investigate the role of a subfamily of detoxification enzymes with respect to dietary strategy. Few mammalian herbivores are capable of dietary specialization. Our preliminary data suggest the cytochrome P450 2B subfamily is critical in the biotransformation of plant secondary compounds, particularly terpenes. These enzymes may play a key role in dietary specialization since substrate specificity and catalytic efficiency of CYP2B enzymes can be greatly affected by small changes in amino acid sequence. The change of even a single amino acid, particularly in critical regions such as a substrate recognition site, can have notable effects on metabolism of substrates. Thus, the structure and copy number of CYP2B genes may be key in an herbivore$B!G(Bs ability specialize on a terpene-rich diet. The future work consists of characterizing and comparing the amino acid sequences of CYP2B enzymes of specialist and generalist woodrats (*Neotoma spp.*) and possibly other terpene feeders. We are currently sequencing the genome of *Neotoma lepida* with assembly expected by October 1, 2014. The successful applicant will use this new genomic information to amplify and sequence CYP2B genes from a variety of wild mammalian species, compare predicted protein sequence with respect to degree of dietary specialization, and characterize the function of the proteins purified from heterologous expression systems to determine the structural basis of functional differences. This research is a collaborative project with Dr. James Halpert, UConn and provides possibilities for interactions with his research group. For more information on previous research, see: http://bit.ly/1tOLIzL http://bit.ly/1utE5TF The ideal candidate will have experience accessing and evaluating genomic data, using molecular techniques, and have an interest in addressing questions of molecular evolution, molecular ecology or plant-animal interactions. Animal collection fieldwork is possible. The candidate should have at least one first authored publication in press. The Dearing lab provides a strong training and career development environment for candidates interested in academic positions. Teaching experience (Mammalogy) is a possibility for interested candidates. Applications will be reviewed as they are received through September 1st, 2014. The anticipated start date is October 15, 2014. Please send a C.V., statement of research interests that includes career goals (1-2 pgs), pdfs of papers, and contact information (emails and phone numbers) for at least 3 professional references to Dr. Denise Dearing, care of Jael Malenke, malenke@biology.utah.edu; please put $B!H(BPostdoctoral Applicant CYP2B$B!I(B in the Subject Line. jaelmalenke@gmail.com via Gmail


Postdoctoral Research Fellows in HIV We invite applications from ambitious clinical or non-clinical postdoctoral scientists, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of the Wellcome Trust & MRC in South Africa We wish to attract high quality postdoctoral scientists to undertake HIV research at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (http://bit.ly/1roMYIp & http://bit.ly/WXvud0). The Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is developing close academic links with University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Up to five Postdoctoral Fellowships are available. Potential areas of study include population and biological aspects of HIV in the context of the South African epidemic although other areas of investigation will be considered. We particularly invite applications related to: - HIV transmission dynamics - Molecular epidemiology host-pathogen interaction - Geospatial approaches to the design of targeted HIV prevention strategies - Biostatistical approaches to epidemic causality - Causal impact evaluation of HIV interventions - Emergence of HIV drug resistance The Genomics Programme provides example of three post-docs fellowships topics: HIV Genomics & Bioinformatics I - This Fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications in order to understand phylogeography patterns of HIV transmission. (http://bit.ly/1roN0zY) HIV Genomics & Phylogenetics II - This Fellowship aims to develop and/or apply phylogenetic software applications to create a framework to identify epidemiologically important HIV strains. (http://bit.ly/1roN0A0) HIV & HTLV Bioinformatics & Phylogenetics III - This fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 complete genomes. (http://bit.ly/1roN0A4) Applicants will have demonstrated their potential to become successful scientists through high quality publications and an innovative research plan. The successful candidates will be supported to apply for externally funded personal fellowships, which should be based at UCL or LSHTM in the UK. In such cases, we will supplement the Fellowship award with further research funding. The positions are based at the Africa Centre, which has a surveillance base near Mtubatuba (2 hours north of Durban) and superb laboratory facilities in Durban, although flexibility exists for time in South Africa and abroad Candidates will therefore be required to consider mentors at the Africa Centre as well as UCL/LSHTM. Please see: http://bit.ly/1roN0A5 http://bit.ly/1roN0A7 http://bit.ly/WXvutj http://bit.ly/WXvud0 Interested candidates holding a PhD, and with clear evidence of internationally competitive research (through high quality publications), are invited to send their CV?s and discuss their interest informally with one or more the following Africa Centre staff in the first instance, prior to formal application: Professor Deenan Pillay, Director of the Africa Centre. HIV drug resistance and pathogenesis (dpillay@africacentre.ac.za) Professor Tulio de Oliveira, Director of the Genomics Programme at Africa Centre. Molecular Epidemiology, Bioinformatics & Host/Pathogen Genomics ( tdeoliveira@africacentre.ac.za) Professor Frank Tanser, Director of Population Epidemiology Programme, Epidemiology (ftanser@africacentre.ac.za) Professor Till Barnighausen, Director of the Health & Impact Evaluation Programme. Biostatistics, Health Economics (tbarnighausen@africacentre.ac.za) Thanks Tulio Open access publications & information on my research group website www.bioafrica.net Prof. Tulio de Oliveira Programme Director (Genomics), Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa Professor, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Director, Southern African Treatment Resistance Network (SATuRN) Honorary, Research Department of Infection, University College of London (UCL), U.K. Email:tdeoliveira@africacentre.ac.za Twitter: http://bit.ly/WXvutk YouTube: http://bit.ly/WXvtpswww.bioafrica.net Prof. Tulio de Oliveira Programme Director (Genomics), Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa Professor, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Director, Southern African Treatment Resistance Network (SATuRN) Honorary, Research Department of Infection, University College of London (UCL), U.K. Email:tdeoliveira@africacentre.ac.za Twitter: http://bit.ly/WXvutk YouTube: http://bit.ly/WXvtps Skype: tuliodna, gmail: tuliodna@gmail.com Tel: +27 35 550 7542, Fax: +27 35 550 7500 tuliodna@gmail.com via Gmail

July 25, 2014


Dear all, I was wondering if anyone has a Drosophila saltans line they might be able to send me a copy of? Needed asap ideally with a good number of flies so I can quickly build up to large numbers. Thanks very much in advance, Ben via Gmail

We are looking for a talented, creative postdoc to help head up a 3-year NSF-funded project examining the molecular-functional-structural evolution of RNA interference (RNAi) in animals and plants. We are particularly interested in understanding how diversification of key proteins in the RNAi system produced the molecular-systems complexity necessary to support multicellularity in these two lineages. By comparing independent expansions of RNAi in animal and plant lineages, we expect to be able to begin understanding the extent to which plant and animal RNAi are functionally and structurally convergent. Our aim is to go beyond a catalog of molecular-functional evolution to begin figuring out the general principles by which molecular systems evolve and contribute to organism complexity. We use a variety of computational, in-vitro and cell-culture techniques to understand the evolution of molecular function, including ancestral protein resurrection, molecular dynamics simulations, binding kinetics experiments, and gene expression in human cells. We are open to and encourage the development of new methodologies for addressing these questions. Our lab has a general interest in comparative innate antiviral immunity and supports a variety of researchers working on related projects. We are generally a hard-working, relaxed group that enjoys creative, rigorous and innovative science in a cordial atmosphere fueled by lots of good coffee. For more information about our lab and other groups at UF, check out the following resources: http://on.fb.me/1piF9l7 http://bit.ly/1ulysqr http://bit.ly/16AFRXS http://bit.ly/1ulysqt http://ufgi.ufl.edu http://bit.ly/1piF9Br For more information, please contact: Bryan Kolaczkowski bryank@ufl.edu Assistant Professor University of Florida bryan kolaczkowski via Gmail
Assistant Professor Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi Oregon State University The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (http://bit.ly/Ux3KtQ) seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students. Required qualifications include a PhD with research experience relevant to Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include potential for developing an interdisciplinary research program and effective teaching. To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0012761 at http://bit.ly/1nFJ8fR. OSU is an AA/EOE. For full consideration, apply by 09/15/14 when review of applications will begin. Closing date is 10/15/14. Joey Spatafora via Gmail
I am looking for Ph.D. students to join my newly formed research group in Fall 2015 in the Department of Psychology (Biopsychology Program Area) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Official start dates for these positions would be August 2015 or August 2016 but preliminary field or lab work could start as early as Spring 2015. My research group focuses on addressing questions at the interface of evolutionary ecology, behavior, and physiology in free-living mammalian species (see http://bit.ly/1nzOiZg). I am broadly interested in understanding how wild animals are affected by changes in their ecological or social environment and the behavioral and physiological mechanisms by which they adjust themselves to these altered environments. We address these questions using long-term observational data as well as performing large-scale experiments in the field. We aim to couple this field research with detailed mechanistic work from hormones to genomes. The exact objectives of the research projects are extremely flexible and will largely be determined by the student but I hope that they will overlap with the focus of my research group. I am particularly looking for students that are interested in blending field and laboratory research in free-living mammalian species and have previous experience carrying out field and/or lab research. Students that have an interest and experience in neuroscience or neurobiology are also encouraged to apply. Ph.D. students that are admitted to the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan are fully funded for five years. This support package includes tuition (Fall & Winter), salary (including 4 years of summer salary), and medical/dental insurance (all year round including the summer). Two and half of the years are fully-funded research assistant positions (no teaching) whereas the other two and half years are funded by half-time teaching assistant positions. External or University fellowships can also reduce teaching responsibilities. Funds for research expenses will also be available. In addition to this great financial support package, Ann Arbor is a great place to live and work! Applications to the Department of Psychology (http://goo.gl/Lxwdff) would be due by 1 December 2014 for the Fall 2015 start date. Admitted students would participate in the Biopsychology Program Area in the Department of Psychology (see graduate curriculum here: http://goo.gl/6Se3fc) but would also be able to take courses and participate informally in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan (http://bit.ly/1cWSoaE). If you are interested in applying for these Ph.D. positions, please send me an email (dantzer@umich.edu) that contains your CV, GRE test scores (if available), and a brief description outlining your research interests and also why you would be interested in joining my research group. I will then respond outlining what you can expect from me as a supervisor as well as discuss possible research projects. -Ben Dantzer Ben Dantzer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Psychology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA Email: dantzer@umich.edu Phone: 734-647-4952 Twitter: @ben_dantzer Web: http://bit.ly/1nzOiZg www.redsquirrel.ca http://bit.ly/1oov0spwww.redsquirrel.ca http://bit.ly/1oov0sp Benjamin Dantzer via Gmail
Postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics and speciation. P.I.: Dr. Kerry Shaw, Cornell University Research Project: A postdoctoral position is available to join an NSF-funded project in the laboratory of Kerry Shaw at Cornell University to study the evolution and genetics of traits involved in reproductive incompatibility and speciation in the Hawaiian cricket genus Laupala. Laupala species are recently diverged and ecologically and morphologically similar, but differ in traits involved in sexual isolation. Behavioral evolution involving these traits is thought to have played a large role in the rapid and extensive diversification of this genus. The genetic basis of acoustic variation will be studied using genomic approaches. A draft genome is available, and we seek to improve it as a means for identifying the genetic architecture of phenotypes involved in speciation. Requirements: The desired candidate will possess an interest in / experience with molecular tools, quantitative genetics, next gen sequencing, and associated statistical analyses (e.g. R/QTL). Bioinformatics skills (such as basic Linux knowledge, read mapping SNP calling) is desirable, and an interest in acquiring these skills is essential. Basic scripting skills (Perl, Python, Ruby) is a plus. An interest in the evolution of premating isolation is also beneficial, but no prior knowledge in this area is required. Cornell University has many labs and research groups dedicated to the study of evolution, genomics and behavior and ecology of speciation as well as bioinformatics. As such, it provides a rich academic environment for those interested in evolutionary genomics and speciation. To apply, email a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Kerry Shaw (KLS4@cornell.edu). At least two years of funding are available. “Kerry L. Shaw” via Gmail

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A three-year PhD studenship will be available, starting November 2014, at the University of Ferrara, Italy, in the human population genetics group led by Guido Barbujani. The call will be published at the end of July, and the selection process will take place in September. The studentship, supported by funds of the European Research Council project LanGeLin, will be hosted within the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnologies. The study subject will be the comparison of genomic and linguistic diversity in worldwide populations. The successful candidate for this fellowship should be able to work in a multidisciplinary context, should have a good background in population genetics and biostatistics, and experience with the bioinformatic analysis of genomes. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact Guido Barbujani at this address: g.barbujani@unife.it. via Gmail