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December 9, 2014

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Positions in Bioinformatics, Functional Genomics and Theoretical Phylogenetics Department of Biological Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics Auburn University The Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions (9-month) beginning August 2015. We are conducting a cluster hire with the aim of significantly enhancing departmental strengths in basic and applied computational approaches designed to address biological problems in Bioinformatics, Functional Genomics, and Theoretical Phylogenetics. Hires will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with Associate and Full Professor ranks considered for exceptional candidates in Bioinformatics. These positions will contribute to existing departmental expertise in empirical and analytical biology and capitalize on ongoing improvements in high-performance computing capability at Auburn. This hiring effort is the first of a multi-year initiative to strengthen computational biology capabilities in our four core research areas: Ecological Processes, Evolutionary Genetics and Systematics, Functional Adaptations, and Host- Microbial Interactions. Applicants with the desired subdiscipline expertise in any core area and using any research model will be given consideration. Successful candidates are expected to establish an extramurally funded, internationally recognized research program that trains undergraduate and graduate students. Instructional responsibilities include development of graduate and/or undergraduate courses in the specialty area. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Computational Biology, or a related discipline, and must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Qualifications include postdoctoral or professional experience, a strong record of publication, teaching experience, and potential for funding; experience with next generation sequencing data is highly desirable. Candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin, and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and will continue until suitable candidates are found. Applicants should submit (electronically) a cover letter emphasizing specific qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a description of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy/experience, and names and contact information of at least 3 references. To apply online for the bioinformatics position please visit: http://bit.ly/1waOvWc. To apply for the functional genomics or theoretical phylogenetics please visit http://bit.ly/1s7peOv. Eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for all appropriate positions. More information can be found at: http://bit.ly/1waOwJI . Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer. Kenneth Halanych via Gmail
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A postdoctoral position is available at the University of California - Davis to study the molecular mechanisms, phylogenetic patterns, and functional consequences of transcriptome evolution in Drosophila. The project is based on the integration of RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, transgenic manipulation of gene expression and DNA-protein binding, and quantitative phylogenetic analysis to understand the roles of gene cooption, gene duplication, and de novo gene origin in the evolution of tissue-specific regulatory circuits. This work involves a collaboration between the labs of Artyom Kopp (developmental genetics and evo-devo), David Begun (evolutionary and population genomics), and Brian Moore (phylogenetic and comparative analysis). Additional aspects of this project may range from cell type specification to the evolution of enhancer sequences. Postdocs will be encouraged to develop independent research reflecting their own interests, within the broad field of developmental and evolutionary genomics. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in experimental molecular genetics and genomics, with an emphasis on RNA-seq and ChIP-seq analysis, genome annotation, and comparative genomics. Some experience in developmental biology and transgenic methods is also desirable. Initial appointment is for one year, extendable by mutual agreement. Our labs and the entire department provide a very supportive atmosphere. The broader research environment at UC - Davis offers postdoctoral fellows chances for collaboration with leading experts in fields ranging from cell and developmental biology to evolutionary genomics and phylogenetics. Northern California, where Davis is located, provides outstanding recreational opportunities. Interested applicants should contact Artyom Kopp (akopp@ucdavis.edu) with a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and the names of three references. Artyom Kopp Department of Ecology and Evolution University of California - Davis One Shields Ave Davis CA 95616 office (530) 752-8657 lab (530) 752-8328 fax (530) 752-9014 akopp@ucdavis.edu http://bit.ly/1AagaXM Artyom Kopp via Gmail
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*Drs. Peter *and* Rosemary Grant* will present their work on the* Evolution of Darwin’s Finches* for the 5th Annual Wilhoft Lecture in Ecology and Evolution. *When* Friday, December 12 at 4PM *Where* Rutgers University Newark NJ Campus 195 University Ave Boyden Hall Room 100 These emeritus professors at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Princeton University, were subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book in 1995, *The Beak of the Finch by **Jonathan Weiner*, where they discuss their 20 years of fascinating research into evolution, ecology and behavior among Darwin’s Finches of the Galápagos Islands. This year they published their own compilation of this incredible long-term research in the book entitle: “40 years of Evolution, Darwin’s Finches on the Daphne major island”. Please register at the following link so we can have an approximate number of the attendance: http://bit.ly/1wusm8x Dominic Evangelista via Gmail
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Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Senckenberg) is a research institute of the Leibniz-Association and dedicated to Geobiodiversity research. Senckenberg houses the largest research collection in Germany and one of the largest worldwide. Making the collections and relevant data online available and developing analyzing tools for this “Big Data” resource is an essential issue for the SGN. To coordinate these efforts in house and with other large research collections, in the course of a new digitisation program we offer a Postdoctoral position “Coordinator Biodiversity Informatics” m/f Ref. #7.3 (fulltime) Your tasks: Coordinate collection digitization within Senckenberg and with other institutions Coordinate the Senckenberg-wide biodiversity informatics working group Develop a common strategy for the Senckenberg biodiversity databases Improve the integration of Senckenberg data into the global science networks Develop coordinated funding applications with partner institutions Your profile: PhD in biology/bioinformatics/informatics Experience in biodiversity informatics and especially collection databases, ideally spanning from scientific collections to relevant analyzing tools Interests in methods of digitizing and imaging; scientific collections Experience in international cooperations, project coordination and acquisition of third party funding Good skills in written and oral English Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13-14, 100%). The contract shall start January/February/March, 1st 2015 and will initially be limited to a 2-year term. The position can be turned into a permanent position depending on performance and funding. The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The type of handicap should not prevent work needed to conduct the research. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. Please send your application before January, 31st 2015 preferably by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #7.3) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, contact details of two references and, if available, publications to the address below. Dr. Johannes Heilmann Administrative Director c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main recruiting@senckenberg.de For scientific enquiries please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler, Thomas.Hickler@senckenberg.de. In addition please indicate in your application how our job advertisement came to your attention. Link: http://bit.ly/1zIdEbj Mit freundlichen Grüßen /Best Regards Stefanie Ulrich Team Recruiting SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Service & Administration - Personal und Soziales/Personnel and Social Affairs Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt/Main Telefon/Phone: 0049 (0)69 / 7542 - Leiterin Personal/Head of Personnel - 1319 Elsen, Carina Team Personalbeschaffung/Team Recruiting - 1313 Ulrich, Stefanie - 1205 di-Biase, Maria - 1478 Kurt, Sibel - 1310 Treuberg, Sascha Fax: 0049 (0)69 / 7542-1467 Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de Homepage: www.senckenberg.de SENCKENBERG Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Rechtsfähiger Verein gemäß § 22 BGB Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt am Main Direktorium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, Dr. Johannes Heilmann, Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, PD Dr. Ingrid Kröncke Präsidentin: Dr. h. c. Beate Heraeus Aufsichtsbehörde: Magistrat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main (Ordnungsamt) P Before printing, think about the environment recruiting@senckenberg.de via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues: This is to announce that the 5th International Conference on Quantitative Genetics (ICQG) will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA on June 12-17, 2016. As with previous ICQG meetings (last one in Edinburgh in 2012 - http://bit.ly/1zIdFfo), we plan for ICQG 2016 to be a great meeting as well and your participation is a very important part of that success. Therefore, please mark your calendars! Well be sending updated information regarding the organization of the meeting as it becomes available. A website will be available and well share the URL soon. Best regards, ICQG Organizing Committee (Guilherme Rosa and Natalia de Leon local co-chairs) Guilherme J. M. Rosa University of Wisconsin - Madison 436 Animal Science Building 1675 Observatory Dr. Madison, WI 53706 USA Phone: + 1 (608) 265-8617 Fax: + 1 (608) 263-9412 E-mail: grosa@wisc.edu Webpage: http://bit.ly/1w88nKR “Guilherme J. M. Rosa” via Gmail
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*Job offers from Feb 2015* The Department of Collective Behavior at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology seeks to appoint up to four Max Planck Principal Investigators in the field of Collective Behavior, broadly defined. Ideal candidates should have a research program that integrates experimental and theoretical studies on invertebrates and/or vertebrates - research on birds is not a requirement. Collective behavior naturally spans scales, encompassing areas ranging from the organization and evolution of the neural decision-making circuits that give rise to individual behavior, to coordinated communication among cells, or animals, to the dynamics of information exchange among sophisticated organisms and the emergence of complex societies. Successful applicants are expected to establish and lead an internationally recognized research program.* Your profile* Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biology, biophysics, applied mathematics, computer science or a related field. The primary criterion for selection will be that candidates exhibit outstanding research promise, and are conducting ambitious, interdisciplinary research. Candidates who pursue research with a highly quantitative experimental component are particularly encouraged to apply. *Our offer* Successful candidates will be offered a Max Planck Research Lab for an initial period of 5 years, with the possibility of extension up to a further 4 years after successful evaluation and considering labor law-related and financial requirements. This includes a Principal Investigator position with a salary up to level E15 based on the German Federal Salary Scale as well as support for a research group (consumables, travel funds, technical support staff, and where possible support for excellent Ph.D. students/postdoctoral fellows). Principal Investigators are also expected to apply for third party funds. Max Planck Institutes focus on excellence in scientific research and are supported by the Max Planck Society. Principal Investigators are expected to become faculty of the International Max Planck Research School of Organismal Biology, a competitive doctoral training program in the fields of behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology and neurobiology, which has a faculty of more than 30 leading researchers and 64 Ph.D. international student fellows. Although the principal focus will be leading a research group, candidates are also expected to contribute to the innovative teaching objectives of the department. The language of the Max Planck Institutes is English and consequently applicants must be fluent in this language; knowledge of German is not necessary. We seek candidates from all nationalities (the visa application process will be supported by the Institute). Principal Investigators will benefit from the Institute’s interdisciplinary environment and scientific exchange with existing research groups at the Max Planck Institute and University of Konstanz as well as excellent infrastructure, including a guesthouse for visiting academics, and speedboat and plane for field research. The necessary administrative support will be provided. *Location*** The new Department of Collective Behavior is located on the campus of the University of Konstanz in the historic city of Konstanz, by Lake Constance and overlooking the Alps in southern Germany. It is approximately 50 minutes (by train or car) from Zurich International Airport and closely affiliated with the nearby Max Planck Department of Migration and Immuno-Ecology in Radolfzell. *Your application* Applications, including a CV, a description of past research activities (2 pages) and a vision statement for the future research program (2 further pages) should be sent, in PDF format, to Iain D. Couzin (icouzin@orn.mpg.de ), Director,with subject line “Max Planck Principal Investigator Application”. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent separately to Daniel Piechowski (dpiechowski@orn.mpg .de), Science Coordinator. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. All Max Planck Institutes are certified family-friendly institutions, and we offer extensive support to help researchers balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details see http://bit.ly/1z1sWbS For further information regarding these positions please contact Iain D. Couzin (icouzin@orn.mpg.de ), Director. via Gmail
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I have two short-term post-doc positions to fill starting January 2015 until end of July 2015. A functional field situation with all required equipment for an experiment with great tits in spring 2015 is available. The positions are short-term due to my retirement by the end of July 2015. Please send applications with CV and references to Prof. Heinz Richner (heinz.richner@iee.unibe.ch). For past work, please visit evolution.unibe.ch Many thanks Heinz Richner - link to my lab heinz.richner@iee.unibe.ch via Gmail

December 8, 2014

23:33

The Seventh International Workshop on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests will be held during March 23-27, 2015 in Bangalore, India. Topics include ecology and behavior of diamondback moth and other crucifer pests; insect-plant interactions, host plant resistance and chemical ecology; resistance to chemical insectides and Bt, and pest management. The conference is sponsored by the University of Agricultural Sciences - Bangalore (India) in association with AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center (Taiwan) and Cornell University (USA). Information and online registration can be found at http://bit.ly/1Bv8HXg. The registration deadline is 31 December 2014. via Gmail

December 7, 2014

01:08

The Assis lab (*http://bit.ly/1zvtQQ7) at Penn State is recruiting a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar. The position requires a Ph.D. degree in biology, genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field. Our lab uses computational approaches to study the origin of genotypic and phenotypic innovation. We are broadly interested in a number of problems in evolutionary genomics. One current focus of our research is on gene duplication, which is a major contributor of new gene functions. Potential projects related to gene duplication include examining the role of natural selection in the origin of new functions, elucidating the genic and functional targets of natural selection, comparing functions that arise under different evolutionary scenarios, and applying mathematical models to study gene expression evolution. There are also opportunities to study the origin and evolution of small RNAs, enhancers, and other noncoding functional elements in the genome. The above lists only serve as examples, and candidates interested in alternative research projects in evolutionarygenomics are encouraged to apply. Because our lab is solely computational, candidates should have knowledge of at least one programming language and experience using a Unix or Linux environment. If you are interested in joining the lab, please email Raquel Assis (*rassis@psu.edu*) a current CV, copies of three representative publications, and a description of your research interests. In addition, Penn State requires all applicants to register and complete the application form at the Penn State employment website at http://bit.ly/15WzP4L. A complete application will include a current CV, a cover letter describing your research interests, copies of three representative publications, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://bit.ly/1uz49No, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. rassis7@gmail.com via Gmail

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Course on Programming for Evolutionary Biology When: March 17th - April 2nd 2015 Location: Leipzig, Germany Application deadline: January 15th 2015 Detailed information about the course content and how to apply: http://bit.ly/J9aNnd “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” (Dobzhansky, 1973). Today, evolutionary biology often involves the analysis of an unprecedented amount of information and supports many other disciplines, such as medicine (evolutionary medicine), behavioral biology (evolutionary psychology), ecology, and information transfer. Scientists have to analyze large datasets, which requires computational programming skills to design and apply own ideas into customized algorithms. In this intensive 17 days course, students will learn how to survive in a Linux environment, get hands-on experience in two widely used programming languages (Perl and R), and statistical data analysis. The classes will be given by experts in the field and consist of lectures and exercises with the computer. The aim of the course is to provide the students with the necessary background and skills to perform computational analyses with a focus on solving research questions related to genomics and evolution. The philosophy of the course will be “learning by doing”, which means that the computational skills will be taught using examples and real data from evolutionary biology for the exercises. During the course, students will also propose projects of their own interest and perform them as final projects in small groups under the supervision of a teaching assistant. This summer school is open for students from all countries and targeted toward PhD students and postdocs of evolutionary biology or related research fields with no or little programming experience who want to become proficient in computational evolutionary biology in a couple of weeks. The course takes place at the University of Leipzig. via Gmail

December 6, 2014

23:49

Genomics Research Scientist Division of Biological Sciences University of Montana, Missoula The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana invites applications for a research scientist with expertise in the design and analysis of genomic experiments. This is a full time research professional position affiliated with the new Genomics Research and Training Core Facility. The primary responsibilities of the candidate will be to engage in collaborative research with Core users, including the analysis of next-generation sequencing experiments, development and maintenance of bioinformatic workflows, teaching of bioinformatic techniques, and ongoing development of computational resources affiliated with the Core. This position will also work closely with the current Core laboratory manager to advise Core users on the design of genomic experiments. The successful candidate will possess a strong foundation in bioinformatics and genome sciences, proficiency in one or more programming languages (Perl, Python, C++, Java), and a demonstrated track record of analyzing large next-generation sequencing datasets (e.g., whole genome sequencing, RNA-seq, reduced representation enrichment). A Ph.D. by the time of appointment is required. Some experience writing grant applications is desired. The University of Montana is home to a diverse and highly interactive collection of faculty with expertise in evolution, genetics, genomics, conservation, ecology, and wildlife biology and a strong emphasis on the study of non-model systems and natural populations. Candidates whose research interests and background complement these existing strengths are especially encouraged to apply. UM is located in Missoula, a charming city in the northern Rocky Mountains that offers an outstanding quality of life. To apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/1102grsbs Candidates must apply online, and will be asked to upload the following application materials: a cover letter describing your interests and qualifications, a CV, transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references. This position is available immediately. Review of applications will begin on January 5 and the position will remain open until filled. Please direct questions pertaining to this announcement to John McCutcheon, search committee chair (john.mccutcheon@umontana.edu) ADA/EOE/AA/Veterans Preference Employer. Finalists must submit to a criminal background check john.mccutcheon@mso.umt.edu via Gmail

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One PhD graduate student position in the evolution of plant genomes is available beginning Fall 2015 in the Udall lab, Department of Plant and Wildlife Science, Brigham Young University. Research interests in the Udall lab center on genome evolution of polyploid plants, with a focus on cotton and other plants (see http://bit.ly/1BoVueh ). Students will employ molecular, structural, and genetic approaches to address basic questions in the evolution of plant development. Specific research projects include the evolution of genome structure as identified by optical mapping of species in the cotton genus. Successful applicants will be highly motivated with a strong interest in bioinformatics, and demonstrated experience with basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, sequence analysis, etc.). Funding for this position is guaranteed through a combination of Teaching Assistantships from the Department of Plant and Wildlife Science, and Research Assistantships from the National Science Foundation. Tuition and benefits will be included in the assistantships in addition to a yearly stipend. Especially competitive applicants will be eligible for a University Graduate Research Award, which provides an enhanced stipend of $30,000/year. Interested applicants should send a CV, transcripts, GRE scores (if available) and a statement of research interests to Joshua Udall (jaudall@byu.edu). Applications will be screened starting immediately and continue until to Jan 1st 2015. International students with strong credentials are welcome and encouraged to apply. Joshua Udall (5133 LSB) Brigham Young University 701 E. University Parkway Plant and Wildlife Science Depart. Provo, UT 84602 Office: 801-422-9307 jaudall1@gmail.com via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, There are still some places left for the course “Integration and Modularity with Geometric Morphometrics - 4th edition”; April 7-10, 2015. INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK). End of registration with reduced fee: January 15. Course webpage: http://bit.ly/18yObo5 Program: 1. Brief review of geometric morphometrics: Procrustes fit, shape space, covariance matrices, etc. 2. PCA for characterizing patterns of integration. 3. Partial least squares and integration. 4. Practice: patterns of integration. 5. Indices of integration. 6. Modularity: concepts and analysis. 7. Modularity hypotheses: where do they come from? 8. Practice: Indices, allometry and comparisons. 9. Comparing patterns of integration. 10. Developmental integration and modularity. 11. Evolutionary integration and modularity. 12. Practice: integration & modularity. 13. Allometry as a factor of integration. 14. Multilevel analyses of integration and modularity. 15. Presentations of group work. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with an overview of morphometric approaches to studying morphological integration and modularity. The concepts of integration and modularity will be introduced and discussed in different contexts (e.g. development, individual variation, evolutionary change). The theoretical basis and application of different methods for analyzing integration and modularity in geometric morphometric data will be presented. Lectures will be combined with hands-on demonstrations of the analyses. Participants are encouraged to bring their own morphometric data for analysis and discussion in the workshop. This course will be held in the Sabadell facilities of the Institut Catal de Paleontologia (Barcelona, Spain) and is co-organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catal de Paleontologia M. Crusafont. Place are limited and will be covered by strict registration order. Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you consider it appropriate. With best regards Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno courses@transmittingscience.org Transmitting Science soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.org via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_2A3850B3-AE38-4336-B171-BFDD5D369939 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 UC Davis WORKSHOP IN APPLIED PHYLOGENETICS at Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California March 7-14, 2015 Sponsored by the University of California, Davis and Bodega Marine Laboratory http://bit.ly/HwCsxC Introduction Phylogenetic methods have revolutionized modern systematics and become indispensable tools in evolution, ecology and comparative biology, playing an increasingly important role in analyses of biological data at levels of organization ranging from molecules to ecological communities. The estimation of phylogenetic trees is now a formalized statistical problem with general agreement on the central issues and questions. A nearly standard set of topics is now taught as part of the curriculum at many colleges and universities. On the other hand, application of phylogenetic methods to novel problems outside systematics is an area of special excitement, innovation, and controversy, and perspectives vary widely. This Spring, for the sixteenth consecutive year, we will teach a workshop for graduate students interested in applying phylogenetic methods to diverse topics in biology. The one-week course is an intensive exploration of problems to which modern phylogenetic approaches are being applied and the most current statistical tools and approaches that are used to solve those problems. We cover a wide range of topics in comparative phylogenetics. The course starts with recent advances in phylogenetic inference, and then focuses on methods for making inferences from phylogenies. The course will be held at the Bodega Marine Laboratory on the Northern California coast, which has on-site housing. The course format will involve equal parts of lecture, discussion, and hands-on software training. One afternoon during the week will be left free for field trips to local natural areas. Topics Covered * Estimating, evaluating and interpreting phylogenetic trees * Recent advances in Bayesian inference of phylogeny * Model specification issues: model selection, adequacy and uncertainty * Diagnosing MCMC performance * Divergence-time estimation: relaxed clocks, fossil calibration * Species-tree estimation * Character evolution: ancestral-state estimation, rates of trait evolution * Lineage diversification: detecting rate shifts, testing key innovation hypotheses Instructors for the 2015 workshop * Jonathan Eisen * Rich Glor * Tracy Heath * Sebastian Hohna * John Huelsenbeck * Michael Landis * Sarah Longo * Mike May * Brian Moore * Samantha Price * Bruce Rannala * Bob Thomson * Peter Wainwright Prerequisites Available housing limits course enrollment to ~30 students. Preference is given to doctoral candidates who are in the early to middle stages of their thesis research, and who have completed sufficient prerequisites (through previous coursework or research experience) to provide some familiarity with phylogenetic methods. Unfortunately, because of limits on class size, postdocs and faculty are discouraged from applying. Admission and Fees Students will be admitted based on academic qualifications and appropriateness of research interests. The course fee is $750. This includes room and board at BML for duration of the course (arriving March 7, leaving March 14) and return transportation from Davis to the Bodega Marine Labs. Application Deadline Applications are due by January 10, 2015. Please send a completed application form and one letter of recommendation from your major advisor. Applications should be sent via email as PDFs to mikeryanmay@gmail.com. Students will be notified via e-mail by January 13, 2015 of acceptance. Application Forms and Information Visit the Bodega website for additional information and to download an application form. Send all application materials to: Mike May Department of Evolution and Ecology 5343 Storer Hall University of California Davis Davis, CA 95616 email: mikeryanmay@gmail.com —Apple-Mail=_2A3850B3-AE38-4336-B171-BFDD5D369939 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=windows-1252

UC Davis

WORKSHOP IN APPLIED PHYLOGENETICS

at Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California

 

March 7-14, 2015

 

Sponsored by the

 

University of California, Davis and Bodega Marine Laboratory

http://bit.ly/HwCsxC

 

Introduction

Phylogenetic methods have revolutionized modern systematics and become indispensable tools in evolution, ecology and comparative biology, playing an increasingly important role in analyses of biological data at levels of organization ranging from molecules to ecological communities. The estimation of phylogenetic trees is now a formalized statistical problem with general agreement on the central issues and questions. A nearly standard set of topics is now taught as part of the curriculum at many colleges and universities. On the other hand, application of phylogenetic methods to novel problems outside systematics is an area of special excitement, innovation, and controversy, and perspectives vary widely.

 

This Spring, for the sixteenth consecutive year, we will teach a workshop for graduate students interested in applying phylogenetic methods to diverse topics in biology. The one-week course is an intensive exploration of problems to which modern phylogenetic approaches are being applied and the most current statistical tools and approaches that are used to solve those problems. We cover a wide range of topics in comparative phylogenetics. The course starts with recent advances in phylogenetic inference, and then focuses on methods for making inferences from phylogenies.

 

The course will be held at the Bodega Marine Laboratory on the Northern California coast, which has on-site housing. The course format will involve equal parts of lecture, discussion, and hands-on software training. One afternoon during the week will be left free for field trips to local natural areas.

 

Topics Covered

*          Estimating, evaluating and interpreting phylogenetic trees

*          Recent advances in Bayesian inference of phylogeny

*          Model specification issues: model selection, adequacy and uncertainty

*          Diagnosing MCMC performance

*          Divergence-time estimation: relaxed clocks, fossil calibration

*          Species-tree estimation

*          Character evolution: ancestral-state estimation, rates of trait evolution

*          Lineage diversification: detecting rate shifts, testing key innovation hypotheses

 

Instructors for the 2015 workshop

*          Jonathan Eisen

*          Rich Glor

*          Tracy Heath

*          Sebastian Hohna

*          John Huelsenbeck

*          Michael Landis

*          Sarah Longo

*          Mike May

*          Brian Moore

*          Samantha Price

*          Bruce Rannala

*          Bob Thomson

*          Peter Wainwright

 

Prerequisites

Available housing limits course enrollment to ~30 students. Preference is given to doctoral candidates who are in the early to middle stages of their thesis research, and who have completed sufficient prerequisites (through previous coursework or research experience) to provide some familiarity with phylogenetic methods. Unfortunately, because of limits on class size, postdocs and faculty are discouraged from applying.

 

Admission and Fees

Students will be admitted based on academic qualifications and appropriateness of research interests. The course fee is $750. This includes room and board at BML for duration of the course (arriving March 7, leaving March 14) and return transportation from Davis to the Bodega Marine Labs.

 

Application Deadline

Applications are due by January 10, 2015. Please send a completed application form and one letter of recommendation from your major advisor. Applications should be sent via email as PDFs to mikeryanmay@gmail.com. Students will be notified via e-mail by January 13, 2015 of acceptance.

 

Application Forms and Information

Visit the Bodega website for additional information and to download an application form.

 

Send all application materials to:

 

Mike May

Department of Evolution and Ecology

5343 Storer Hall

University of California Davis

Davis, CA

95616

email: mikeryanmay@gmail.com

 

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Volunteers seeked: Starling Camp 2015 Between April and June 2015 we will run our yearly intensive research campaign in our starling colony, 50 kms from Madrid. Around 250 nest boxes are almost daily followed through the two sequential broods that most nests obtain. Field work includes capturing adult birds for measuring and sampling, follow-up of reproduction (egg laying, hatching and fledging), ringing nestlings, setting-up of microchip readers to assess parental care…, as well as other activities related to the specific experiments running in each year. The field site is a pleasant and undisturbed woodland, an hour from Madrid. Several researchers, PhDs and master students take part in the field work, but to be able to run it properly, we count with the help of a few volunteers every year. We provide free accommodation for volunteers in a nearby field station, transport to and from the field site, and a fantastic team-work atmosphere. We are happy to consider volunteers for any periods of time starting from a minimum of 2 months. http://bit.ly/1w8PpWo Please contact us asap if interested in taking part in the 2015 campaign, attaching your CV and a short personal statement of your interests. Diego Gil (diego.gil@csic.es) Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain. Diego Gil Departamento de Ecologa Evolutiva Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC) Jos Gutirrez Abascal, 2 28006 Madrid Spain Tel: 00 34 91 411 13 28, ext. 1141 Fax: 00 34 91 564 50 78 web site: www.behavecol.es Diego Gil via Gmail
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**ESEB Outreach Fund** The European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) welcomes applications to the ESEB Outreach Fund for projects that promote evolution-related activities. The goal of this initiative is to improve public knowledge about evolution globally. Applications for funding will be accepted for educational initiatives that promote evolution, development of evolutionary material (books, films, web sites) intended for a general audience, public outreach seminars, public exhibitions, etc. While most projects will be financed for a sum between 1000-1500 Euros, exceptions can be made if a strong argument is provided for additional funds. The application form can be found on www.eseb.org (click on the “Outreach Fund” link). Applications will be accepted twice yearly (deadlines March 15, September 15) and should be submitted by email to Ute Friedrich (office@eseb.org ; Subject: Outreach). via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, The Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is the largest research institution in Europe and will have 9 positions open in the domain of bioinformatics and modelling in biological sciences in 2015 (commission CID51). These positions are of two types. Five junior tenured positions: two for any CNRS laboratory in any pertinent domain in bioinformatics and modelling in biological sciences, two specifically for laboratories of the INS2I institute (CNRS computer science institute), and one for laboratories of the INSMI (CNRS mathematics institute). There is a pre-selection on this contest and only some candidates will be selected for an audition. Four senior positions for any CNRS laboratory in any pertinent domain in bioinformatics and modelling in biological sciences. Note that there will be no pre-selection on the senior positions and (by law) all candidates will be auditioned independently of the committee perception on the application. The positions are open to CNRS researchers and outsiders. Candidates wishing to apply to different positions should send an adapted application for each of them. The web site of the CID51 (http://cid51.imag.fr) provides advices and a FAQ on how to present your application. As a rule, candidates should contact the labs they wish to apply to before the application. Recommendation letters should be sent directly to the CNRS. The call is open since December 1st and will remain open until January 6th 2015. http://bit.ly/12LFDNb mblum via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_01AEE7C8-AFE1-4F1D-AA4B-596E59D51CE4 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Carl R. Woese Postdoctoral Fellowship Program As a faculty member of the University of Illinois for nearly 50 years and a founding member of the Institute for Genomic Biology, we honor the legacy of Carl R. Woese with the establishment of the Woese Fellowship. Woese Fellows will be truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the last several years, and are at the forefront of their field in evolution and the emergence of life, or other rapidly developing areas of quantitative biology and genomics. The closing date for all positions is February 1, 2015. Visit http://bit.ly/12LFCsx to apply. —Apple-Mail=_01AEE7C8-AFE1-4F1D-AA4B-596E59D51CE4 Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=UI.CarlRWoese.Postdoc.txt Content-Type: text/plain; name=”UI.CarlRWoese.Postdoc.txt” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Carl R. Woese Postdoctoral Fellowship Program As a faculty member of the University of Illinois for nearly 50 years and a founding member of the Institute for Genomic Biology, we honor the legacy of Carl R. Woese with the establishment of the Woese Fellowship. Woese Fellows will be truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the last several years, and are at the forefront of their field in evolution and the emergence of life, or other rapidly developing areas of quantitative biology and genomics. The closing date for all positions is February 1, 2015. Visit http://bit.ly/12LFCsx to apply. —Apple-Mail=_01AEE7C8-AFE1-4F1D-AA4B-596E59D51CE4 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii —Apple-Mail=_01AEE7C8-AFE1-4F1D-AA4B-596E59D51CE via Gmail

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Postdoc position in Behavioural Ecology and Experimental Population Dynamics of Common Lizards (Zootoca vivipara) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. A 20-month postdoc position in behavioural ecology and experimental population dynamics is available in the research group of Prof. Patrick S. Fitze (University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution www.unil.ch/dee). The position is part of an SNF-funded project aimed at studying the link between experimental population dynamics, sexual selection and coloration in the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara). It will investigate trans-generational survival selection in Rock-Paper-Scissors games. The project will involve both field and laboratory work. Applied methodologies will include the analyses of behaviour, colouration, and population dynamics. Fieldwork will be conducted over several months (5-8 month: March to October) per year in Jaca, in the Spanish Pyrenees. Our international laboratory has a wide range of research interests, ranging from behavioural analyses, to the study of experimental population dynamics, population genetics and phylogenetics. Please browse our group website for further details: http://bit.ly/1FWYhxy. We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative candidate with keen interest in evolutionary biology, and the capacity to work independently and as a team member. Applicants must have a PhD in biological sciences with expertise in statistics (knowledge of the R statistical package is an advantage). Good English writing and organisational skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in experimental design, behavioural and colorimetric analyses, experimental population dynamics, and reptile handling, as well as good communication skills. Moreover, he is interested in coloration and colour polymorphisms and has previous experience with lizards. The working language of the laboratory is English. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is useful, but not essential. Applications should be sent by email to Prof. Patrick S. Fitze (Patrick.Fitze@unil.ch). The application should consist of a single pdf-file, including a CV, a letter outlining motivation and research interests (max. 1 A4 page), the names of three referees (including e-mail address and phone number), and a summary of the candidates PhD or postdoc project (max. 2 A4 pages). Relevant, publications should be included at the end of the file. The deadline for application is January 15th 2015. Preferred starting date is March 1st 2015. Short listed candidates will be invited to Lausanne for interview at the end of January/ start of February 2015. The salary of the successful candidate will be determined in accordance with the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (www.snf.ch). The successful candidate will join a bustling research department consisting of 22 research groups with diverse study interests, ranging from evolutionary biology and ecology to applied ecology and conservation biology http://bit.ly/1FWYhxC For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact: Patrick S. Fitze Assistant Professor SNF Department of Ecology and Evolution (DEE) Biophore, University of Lausanne room: 4309 1015 Lausanne phone: + 41 (0) 216924270 Switzerland Fax: + 41 (0) 216924165 http://bit.ly/1w8BTlwwww.unil.ch/dee). The position is part of an SNF-funded project aimed at studying the link between experimental population dynamics, sexual selection and coloration in the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara). It will investigate trans-generational survival selection in Rock-Paper-Scissors games. The project will involve both field and laboratory work. Applied methodologies will include the analyses of behaviour, colouration, and population dynamics. Fieldwork will be conducted over several months (5-8 month: March to October) per year in Jaca, in the Spanish Pyrenees. Our international laboratory has a wide range of research interests, ranging from behavioural analyses, to the study of experimental population dynamics, population genetics and phylogenetics. Please browse our group website for further details: http://bit.ly/1FWYhxy. We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative candidate with keen interest in evolutionary biology, and the capacity to work independently and as a team member. Applicants must have a PhD in biological sciences with expertise in statistics (knowledge of the R statistical package is an advantage). Good English writing and organisational skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in experimental design, behavioural and colorimetric analyses, experimental population dynamics, and reptile handling, as well as good communication skills. Moreover, he is interested in coloration and colour polymorphisms and has previous experience with lizards. The working language of the laboratory is English. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is useful, but not essential. Applications should be sent by email to Prof. Patrick S. Fitze (Patrick.Fitze@unil.ch). The application should consist of a single pdf-file, including a CV, a letter outlining motivation and research interests (max. 1 A4 page), the names of three referees (including e-mail address and phone number), and a summary of the candidates PhD or postdoc project (max. 2 A4 pages). Relevant, publications should be included at the end of the file. The deadline for application is January 15th 2015. Preferred starting date is March 1st 2015. Short listed candidates will be invited to Lausanne for interview at the end of January/ start of February 2015. The salary of the successful candidate will be determined in accordance with the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (www.snf.ch). The successful candidate will join a bustling research department consisting of 22 research groups with diverse study interests, ranging from evolutionary biology and ecology to applied ecology and conservation biology http://bit.ly/1FWYhxC For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact: Patrick S. Fitze Assistant Professor SNF Department of Ecology and Evolution (DEE) Biophore, University of Lausanne room: 4309 1015 Lausanne phone: + 41 (0) 216924270 Switzerland Fax: + 41 (0) 216924165 http://bit.ly/1w8BTlw Patrick Fitze via Gmail