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August 5, 2014

This week the Tutorial on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics is under way at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is the fourth iteration of this course, which occurred the previous three times at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCENT) in Durham, North Carolina. The tutorial will continue through Saturday, August 6. This time much of the content of the tutorial is available as a live video stream from the auditorium. To watch it see: http://bit.ly/1s7oyal The lectures will later also be made available as Youtube videos. At the tutorial web site Powerpoint or PDF files of the lecture projections are being posted, as are audio files of the lectures. Stevan Arnold and Joe Felsenstein Co-leaders of the tutorial Joe Felsenstein via Gmail
Dr Claire Stephens Coordinator | Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Research School of Biology | Evolution, Ecology & Genetics Gould Building (Bldg 116 Rm 223), Daley Road | The Australian National University | Canberra ACT 0200 T +61 2 612 59492 | E claire.stephens@anu.edu.au | W cba.anu.edu.au Please note: monday - wednesday only The Centre for Biodiversity Analysis is offering an intensive three day short course (Sept 15-17) at the Australian National University on Computational macroevolution and phylogenetic comparative methods, led by Dan Rabosky (University of Michigan). The workshop will be a mix of application and theory, but will focus heavily on the analysis of macroevolutionary rates on phylogenetic trees. Most applications will focus on time-calibrated phylogenetic trees of extant species. Specific topics will include: • A general introduction to scientific computing in the R programming language. • Working with phylogenetic data in R (tree manipulation and visualization). • Overview of maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches. • Statistical models for studying the evolution of discrete and continuous characters on trees. • Statistical models for the analysis of speciation and extinction rates on phylogenetic trees. • Bayesian methods for the analysis and visualization of complex macroevolutionary dynamics, using the BAMM software developed by the Rabosky lab. Please see the website for more information, including how to apply: http://bit.ly/1spUjK7 Claire Stephens via Gmail

Course on Programming for Evolutionary Biology When: November 24th - December 12th 2014 Location: Bogota, Colombia; Universidad Nacional de Colombia Application deadline: August 30th 2014 For the first time, this course is going to take place in the Americas. It is closely modeled after our successfully established course in Leipzig, Germany. Detailed information about the course content and how to apply: http://bit.ly/UPUVf0 “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 3 weeks 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 Universidad Nacional de Colombia. via Gmail

August 4, 2014

"PhD Positions in Biology are being offered at the Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy (PhD programs of the 30th cycle, 2014-2015). The positions offer a 3-year salary funded directly through the University under the new collaborative PhD educational program. The Admission to the PhD Programs will be on a competitive basis. The selection of the candidates will be based on the evaluation of their CVs, written tests and/or interviews.The application form must be filled in exclusively on-line, by and no later than 12.00 a.m. (Italian time) of September 16th, 2014. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/1jdzYp3; http://bit.ly/1jdzYp3 .” Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Valeria Maselli, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher Department of Biology University of Naples Federico II Campus Monte S.Angelo 80126 Napoli, Italy Phone: + 39-081-679128 Fax: +39-081-679130 valeria.maselli@unina.it http://bit.ly/JuQvon Valeria Maselli via Gmail

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August 3, 2014


Deadline approaching for REGISTRATION and POSTER submission: 10 August, 2014 Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy A symposium at Asilomar, CA (USA) Join us for this special event honoring the 50th anniversary of the symposium and proceedings $B!H(BThe Genetics of Colonizing Species$B!I(B, with associated special issue of Molecular Ecology and edited volume. DATES: August 13-15, 2014 LOCATION: Asilomar Conference Grounds (http://bit.ly/1mfUHEX) REGISTRATION: Details at http://bit.ly/1fJ4xLG POSTERS: Contributed posters by participants are welcomed! Manuscripts associated with poster presentations may be submitted to Molecular Ecology for review and will be given full consideration for inclusion in the Special Issue associated with the symposium. (Note: Target deadline for submission is 1 Sep 2014, to permit anniversary publication in 2015). SPEAKERS/AUTHORS & SCHEDULE: We have confirmed a broad range of contributors to reflect both the legacy of work on the genetics of colonizing species, and new contributions and perspectives: WEDS PM, Aug 13: Evening poster session THURS AM, Aug 14: Spencer Barrett Lee Ann Rollins & Rick Shine Neil Tsutsui Pierre Gladieux & Tatiana Giraud Mark van Kleunen Jennifer Lau THURS PM, Aug 14: Tim Blackburn Russ Lande Rob Colautti Mark Blows Troy Day John Pannell Mark Kirkpatrick Evening poster session FRI AM, Aug 15: Melania Cristescu Katrina Dlugosch Stephan Peischl & Laurent Excoffier Johanna Schmitt Kay Hodgins Loren Rieseberg ORGANIZERS: Spencer Barrett Rob Colautti Katrina Dlugosch Loren Rieseberg katrina.dlugosch@gmail.com via Gmail


The EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STICKLEBACK BEHAVIOR AND EVOLUTION will be held July 26 - 31, 2015 at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, USA. VENUE, ACTIVITIES, AND COSTS: The talks will be given in the theater of the Charles B. Wang Center, (see campus map at http://bit.ly/1rYWHFJ), and the posters will be displayed during the Conference in the theater lobby. Registration will be about US $325, and will include attendance of talks, breakfasts (5), morning (5) and afternoon (3) coffee breaks, and food at the welcoming reception, poster session, closing banquet, and after-dinner socials, plus beverages at some social events. HOUSING: The daily charge for dormitory housing (3 bedrooms per suite with shared bathroom and lounge) will be about US $75 for a private room and US $62 per person for a room for two. Dormitory housing will be in the new Nobel Dormitories, about 15 minutes walk from the Wang Center. Hotel rooms adjacent to the Wang Center will cost US $140 plus tax per day. The Wang Center and Nobel Dormitories are about a 15 minutes walk from the Stony Brook Station of the Long island Rail Road. Lunches and most dinners will not be included in the registration fees, but reasonably priced meals will be available on or near campus. Dormitory housing will be available for at least two days before and after the Conference to allow participants to visit New York City or destinations on Long Island, including the wine-growing region, the Hamptons, and south shore beaches. TRANSPORTATION: Stony Brook can easily be reached by air, automobile, or train. International flights come into John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Newark Liberty (EWR) international airports, which connect to Stony Brook by train. LaGuardia (LGA) and Long Island MacArthur (ISP) airports have only domestic flights and lack train service to Stony Brook. The Conference website will provide more details on transportation. GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT: We have received a generous award from the American Genetic Association to support participation by about 20 graduate students in the Conference. Guidelines for application for support will be posted on the Conference website. CONTACT: Please contact me at my Stony Brook email address if you would like to receive future notices, have colleagues who should receive future notices, or have any questions about the Conference. I expect the Conference website to open in December 2014 . Regards, Mike Bell Michael A. Bell, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolution Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 11794-5245, USA Office Phone: 1-631-632-8574 http://bit.ly/15pztQp mabell@life.bio.sunysb.edu via Gmail

August 2, 2014


This is a MIME message. If you are reading this text, you may want to consider changing to a mail reader or gateway that understands how to properly handle MIME multipart messages. —=__Part7B49F810.0__Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=”=__Part7B49F810.1__=” —=__Part7B49F810.1__Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit Graduate Position at Laurentian University (ON) and Keyano College (AB) Evolutionary Ecology of Amphibian Emerging Infectious Diseases We are seeking one MSc/PhD student to join our lab at Laurentian University (http://bit.ly/1kvMzEl) and Keyano College (http://bit.ly/1sg2XtV) in association with the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (http://bit.ly/T1ghWz) in the area of Emergent Infectious Diseases in Amphibians (Ranavirus & Chytrid fungus). These two diseases are causing mass die-offs in amphibian populations but the evolution, ecology, dynamics and effects of the pathogens are still largely unknown. In particular, 2 questions are of interest: -what are the temporal patterns associated with this host-pathogen(s) system? -what role does a community of host species play in the maintenance of the pathogen(s)? The student will work in this context by combining fieldwork and experiments depending on his/her interests. Good aptitude for fieldwork, molecular ecology skills and some herpetological knowledge are expected as well as good communication skills. Starting date: Candidates are expected to start their studies in January 2015. Funding: Full funding of minimum $17,000/year is guaranteed through a combination of TAships and RAships. Additional scholarships will be available by competition. How to apply: Interested students should contact us via email, including a cover letter describing background and interests (including specific interests in our lab), cv, transcripts (unofficial is fine). Dr. David Lesbarrères (dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca) Dr. Danna Schock (danna.schock@keyano.ca) “It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.” Dr. David Lesbarrères, Associate Professor Acting Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies Genetic & Ecology of Amphibians Research Group (GEARG) Department of Biology - Laurentian University, http://bit.ly/1kvMzEl Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada phone: (705)675-1151 ext. 3232/2275 - Fax: (705)671-3840 —=__Part7B49F810.1__Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Description: HTML

Graduate Position at Laurentian University (ON) and Keyano College (AB) Evolutionary Ecology of Amphibian Emerging Infectious DiseasesWe are seeking one MSc/PhD student to join our lab at Laurentian University (http://bit.ly/1kvMzEl) and Keyano College (http://bit.ly/1sg2XtV)in association with the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (http://bit.ly/T1ghWz) in the area of Emergent Infectious Diseases in Amphibians (Ranavirus & Chytrid fungus).  These two diseases are causing mass die-offs in amphibian populations but the evolution, ecology, dynamics and effects of the pathogens are still largely unknown. In particular, 2 questions are of interest:-what are the temporal patterns associated with this host-pathogen(s) system?-what role does a community of host species play in the maintenance of the pathogen(s)?The student will work in this context by combining fieldwork and experiments depending on his/her interests. Good aptitude for fieldwork, molecular ecology skills and some herpetological knowledge are expected as well as good communication skills.Starting date:Candidates are expected to start their studies in January 2015.n>Funding:Full funding of minimum $17,000/year is guaranteed through a combination of TAships and RAships. Additional scholarships will be available by competition. How to apply:Interested students should contact us via email, including a cover letter describing background and interests (including specific interests in our lab), cv, transcripts (unofficial is fine).Dr. David Lesbarrères (dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca)Dr. Danna Schock (danna.schock@keyano.ca)"It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place." Dr. David Lesbarrères, Associate Professor Acting Dean, Faculty of Graduate StudiesGenetic & Ecology of Amphibians Research Group (GEARG)Department of Biology - Laurentian University, http://bit.ly/1kvMzElRamsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canadaphone: (705)675-1151 ext. 3232/227 5 - Fax: (705)671-3840 —=__Part7B49F810.1__ via Gmail
Working Title: Research Curator, Crustaceans Position: Natural Science Research Curator II Vacancy Number: 60035024 Description of Work: This position of Research Curator, Crustaceans, has several areas of responsibility, including: 1. Development of original scientific research programs in Crustacean systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists. 2. Curatorial responsibilities for the Crustacean Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection. 3. Operational management and administration of the Crustacean Unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel. 4. Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors. A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities: (1) Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge of Invertebrates, in general, and of Crustaceans, specifically (2) Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of Crustacean systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields (3) A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities (4) A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences (5) Experience managing/supervising research projects, a research laboratory, and/or personnel (6) Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections- related activities (7) Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer- reviewed journals Training and Experience Requirements: Required: A Master’s degree in biology, zoology, or related science field and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred: A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field. Applicants should attach: a current CV; contact information for 3 personal references; and a vision statement outlining their short and long term research goals, their approach to collection curation, and their philosophy and objectives regarding science communication. For more information and application instructions, see: http://bit.ly/1krK07z Jason R. Cryan, Ph.D. Deputy Museum Director, Research & Collections North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone: (919) 707-9933 Fax: (919) 715-2614 email: jason.cryan@naturalsciences.org Museum Website: http://bit.ly/1krSgkd Research Website: www.planthopper.com “Cryan, Jason R” via Gmail

August 1, 2014

Revising the population genetics of partially clonal organisms A post-doc position of 18 months, to start ideally on November 1st or shortly thereafter, is available at Ifremer- Ste/Montpellier (Southern France). The candidate will work in the framework of a National research project (ANR Clonix; http://bit.ly/1fNF4U0) aiming at providing new tools to understand the ecology and evolution of partially clonal organisms. In the context of a revision of “neutral” expectations in terms of genetic characteristic of populations presenting asexual reproduction, the candidate will work in parallel on a set of synthetic populations derived from simulations and on empirical data on a diversity of organisms with various types of clonality (corals, seagrasses, algae, aphids, human pathogens…). The objectives will be to i) test for the influence of sampling strategy on the reliability of clonality estimates by testing for the accuracy of two families of estimators, those derived from Multi Locus Genotypes characterization and those based on multi-genetic parameters, and ii) infer the impact of clonality on migration and genetic structure among demes in a metapopulation system. She/He will also contribute in building an update for an existing software (GenClone) including, based on results obtained, the necessary improvement in terms of estimators and indices used to characterize the occurrence and extent of clonality, and its influence on the dynamics of natural populations. The work will be performed in Ste in close interaction with Solenn Stoeckel (INRA, Rennes) and with other partners of the project including Fabien Halkett & Stphane de Mita (INRA, Nancy) and Thierry de Meeus (IRD) and Myriam Valero (CNRS, Roscoff). Requirements: (1) PhD with a strong background in population genetics, (2) programming skills (preferably C/C++, an experience with Delphi will be appreciated). (3) Good experience of team work (4) writing skills. Interested candidates should apply by September 8th by following the guidelines provided at the following link: http://bit.ly/URMeRe Contacts: Sophie Arnaud-Haond Solenn Stoeckel Sophie Arnaud-Haond Institut Franais de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER Unit Halieutique Mditerrane (HM) du Dpartement Ressources Biologiques et Environnement (RBE)- UMR 212 - Ecosystme Marin Exploit (EME) Bd Jean Monnet, BP 171, 34203 Ste Cedex - France Tel: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 61 Fax: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 95 Tel Standard/Switchboard: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 00 Adresse secondaire: Station Mditerranenne de l’Environnement Littoral (SMEL) 2 rue des Chantiers 34200 Ste Tel: (+33)(0)4 67 46 33 93 http://bit.ly/1senEHt http://bit.ly/URMeRf Sophie Arnaud via Gmail
TWELVE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE BIODIV PhD PROGRAMME The Doctoral Programme in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV) invites applications for 12 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year, funded by FCT - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. BIODIV is organized by the two largest Portuguese universities - University of Porto and the University of Lisbon - in partnership with CIBIO-InBIO (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources) and CBA (Center of Environmental Biology). The programme delivers excellent teaching and research, encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and provides an intellectually stimulating multicultural learning environment. The call for applications (in attach) is open between August 11 and September 21, 2014. Information about the programme and on ‘How to apply’ is available at www.biodiv.pt. Maria Sant’Ana E: applications@biodiv.pt T: + 351 252 660 411 F: + 351 252 661 780 CIBIO Divulgação via Gmail
The Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Dept. at UC Santa Barbara is searching for a Marine Physiologist. This is a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Scholars studying the evolution or ecology of marine organisms are encouraged to apply if their work is of a physiological nature. More details are available below. We are searching for a highly creative and interactive scholar who fits into our multidisciplinary department. The area and system of study is open, although we are most interested in candidates who would examine the physiological mechanisms underlying organism-environment interactions, or whose work would link to global change in marine ecosystems. This position requires a PhD at the time of appointment and will be filled by a physiologist who studies metazoans or macrophytes, and we encourage candidates who work in all marine systems including the deep-sea, temperate and tropical reefs and open as well as coastal oceans. We encourage applications from candidates who adopt an integrative, mechanistic approach and have a strong field component in their research. The candidate is expected to have or develop an internationally recognized research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidates area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research that covers research accomplishments and future plans, 4) a statement of teaching experience and interests, 5) three selected publications, and 6) names and contact information of three persons willing to provide letters of reference (the committee will solicit letters for a shortlist of candidates). EEMB is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. Submit applications electronically at: http://bit.ly/WQNTs2 Review of applicants will begin September 1, 2014 and will continue until the position has been filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities. Thomas Turner Assistant Professor Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology University of California, Santa Barbara Phone: 805-450-6123 Web: http://bit.ly/1liaOSs Thomas Turner via Gmail
Human Evolutionary Genetics CIBIO (http://cibio.up.pt) is a young and highly dynamic research centre located near Porto, in Northern Portugal, which conducts world-class research in the fields of biodiversity and evolution. The Centre offers great opportunities for multidisciplinary and stimulating research and hosts 18 research groups, which include more than 150 PhD level researchers, and over 100 MSc and PhD students, from many different countries. The working atmosphere is vibrant, multicultural and enthusiastic, and we host regularly international scientists for short term visits. The Centre has state of the art ecology and molecular laboratories (equipped with multiple PCR rooms, automated sequencers, real-time PCR machines, etc), and a next-gen sequencing platform. Research projects are performed at a global scale. The Northern region of Portugal provides rich cultural and outdoor activities and Porto is a world-heritage town and the capital of Port wine. We are now advertising a 1 year research contract funded by an FP7 CAPACITIES program (FP7-REGPOT-CT-2011-286431-CIBIO-New-gen) and expect to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher in the area of Human Evolutionary Genetics. The Human and Evolutionary Research Groups interests cover different research topics related to the evolutionary history of human genes and populations, using genome-wide sequencing and SNP data. A strong focus will be devoted to the demographic history of African populations, in particular to southern Angolan groups that are pivotal to understand the peopling of Southern Africa. A particular emphasis will be given to the analysis of spatial patterns of genetic variation. As an additional topic, the work on Southern Angola will include the analysis of the genetic diversity of cattle and sheep breeds held by peoples relying on farming and herding to different extents. The candidate is expected to have an interdisciplinary attitude, rather oriented towards data analysis than to data generation. Accordingly, s/he will have a sound knowledge of population genetics theory and master different kinds of data analysis software currently available to interpret human population genetic data. Additional computer programing skills will be considered an advantage. Applicants should have a PhD degree, and a good publication record in SCI journals. Fluency in English speaking and writing is required. As the candidate will be invited to participate in teaching at the MSc and PhD levels, teaching experience will be considered valuable. The selected candidate is expected to establish solid collaborations and be able to attract national and international funding. Salary corresponds approximately to a gross annual income of 45000 euros (before taxes). The selected candidate is expected to start in October 1, 2014. Ending date is September 30, 2015. Another contract maybe offered depending on performance and availability of funds. Applications should be sent to diretor@cibio.up.pt and include a detailed CV, a letter of motivation and research interests, and the contact of 3 referees. Candidates with outstanding curricula will be invited for a Skype interview. Applications will be open until September 15, 2014, but will be reviewed at an on-going basis until the position is filled. 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. Job reference: HumanEvol NEWGEN Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Natlia Dias Executive Coordinator of CIBIO Natalia.Dias@cibio.up.pt Phone: +351 252660422 Natalia Dias via Gmail

The monthly review of the EvolDir is available from the EvolDir website - http://bit.ly/17VdShI. For more information or for help send mail to Golding@McMaster.CA. Please see the above website for instructions for the EvolDir. This includes ways to limit/reduce the messages you receive from the EvolDir. A reminder: The userid for the web site user list is `evoldir’ and the password is `2EvolBulletins’. [ This was done to limit the access of spammers (e.g. SpeakOut.Com and others). ] Brian Golding via Gmail

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the leading medical schools in New York City, is seeking to fill multiple tenure track faculty positions in the newly formed Department of Systems and Computational Biology. Established in April 2008, the main goal of the new department is to advance our understanding of living systems by developing theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to study complex biological systems. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has 750 medical students, 325 graduate students and 360 post-doctoral fellows in training and boasts a strong research faculty covering broad areas of experimental biology, offering outstanding opportunities for collaborative interactions. The 200,000 square foot Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine at Einstein, which opened in late 2007, locates computational, systems, and experimental scientists in physical proximity to foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. Highly competitive start-up packages are available. We seek outstanding scientists with broad experience and demonstrated collaborative interactions with experimental or clinical investigators. Candidates should have strength in a physical, mathematical, or computational field at the Ph.D. or equivalent level. Experience applying these skills to a biological or biomedical area (demonstrated through publications or support) is also required. Areas of interest that would be advantageous, but not required, are: Systems and Computational Neuroscience visual processing, cortical computation, or population coding; Systems Evolutionary Biology; and Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Complex Traits. Applicants should send a letter of interest, C.V., statement of research and teaching interests, and names of three referees, in electronic format to: Systems and Computational Biology Search Committee Albert Einstein College of Medicine Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus 1300 Morris Park Ave., Price Center, Rm. 153 Bronx, New York 10461 E-mail Address: sysbio@einstein.yu.edu Subject line should be: SCB Faculty Search Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Lane Saucier Administrator and Assistant to Dr. Bergman Systems and Computational Biology Price Center Room 153 Phone 718-678-1115 Fax 718-678-1018 lane.saucier@einstein.yu.edu SYSBIO via Gmail
The Evolutionary Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany (http://bit.ly/1zBFTsU) is offering one student research project (suitable for MSc thesis) starting in November 2014. This project will investigate reproductive senescence and its evolutionary consequences using data from a captive and wild population of house sparrows, /Passer domesticus/. You will learn or improve your skills in: microscopy, sperm quality and quantity measurements, data management and analysis, scientific presentation and writing. Candidates should have an interest in Evolution and Behavioural Ecology, a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Furthermore, experience in cell biology and microscopy is desired. The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the language is required. The successful candidate will be part of a young dynamic team in which scientific exchange is fostered. The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology employs a dedicated and international group of researchers who are focused on exploring the fields of evolution, ecology, genetics, and neurobiology. Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. If you are interested in applying for the research project please write to (including your CV and name and addresses of at least one person who could give you a reference) to Antje Girndt (agirndt@orn.mpg.de) latest by September 30th. Antje Girndt via Gmail

July 31, 2014

The Evolutionary Biology Group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany (http://bit.ly/1zBFTsU) is offering two research projects (suitable for external MSc thesis) during the winter semester 2014/2015. The projects aim at disentangling the short—term and long—term correlates of a sexually selected ornament in a passerine bird, the house sparrow, /Passer domesticus/. You will learn or improve your skills in: design of behavioral experiments, collection of behavioural and morphological data working with captive birds, DNA sampling, data management and analysis, as well as scientific writing and presentation. Candidates should have an interest in Evolution and Behavioural Ecology, a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the language is required. Previous experience in handling small animals, as well as experience in analysing videos and image data is preferable, but not necessary. The successful candidate will be part of a young dynamic team in which scientific exchange is fostered. The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology employs a dedicated and international group of researchers who are focused on exploring the fields of evolution, ecology, genetics, and neurobiology. Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled. If you are interested in applying for one of the research projects please write to (including your CV and name and addresses of at least one person who could give you a reference) Alfredo Snchez-Tjar (asanchez@orn.mpg.de) or Antje Girndt (agirndt@orn.mpg.de) latest by September 7th. Antje Girndt via Gmail

Dear colleagues, Please find herein an announcement for a two-year (renewable once) post-doctoral research position in adaptation genomics and epigenomics at the University of Lille, France. The position will start before December 2014. Best regards, Hélène Frérot. ***** Postdoctoral research position in adaptation genomics   Host laboratory : laboratoire de Génétique et Evolution des Populations Végétales, Université Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France Contact : Hélène Frérot, helene.frerot@univ-lille1.fr, +33 (0)3 20 43 40 33 A two-year post-doc position, possibly renewable once, is available at the GEPV laboratory in Lille, France. It is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the salary is about 2200 € a month (net of taxes). The postdoctoral position is open in the frame of a scientific project entitled ELOCANTH for “Evolution of local adaptation in anthropogenic environment” which is interested in the genetic and epigenetic bases of local adaptation in two metallophyte model species: Arabidopsis halleri and Noccaea caerulescens, both Brassicaceae. Genetic bases will be studied using progenies from controlled crosses and QTL mapping analyses. Genetic maps for QTL detection will be constructed using molecular markers of SNP polymorphisms scattered throughout the genome. SNP will be detected from resequencing genomic data obtained from the crosses parents. SNP selection will be performed using bioinformatic tools so as to cover the genome, with a particular focus on genomic regions assumed to host candidate genes. Epigenetic bases will be studied by high-throughput sequencing of the methylome (Methyl-Seq). Complementary analyses of plant transcriptome will be also performed by RNA-Seq. The applicant will be particularly in charge of bioinformatics analyses of data obtained on N. caerulescens. This part of the project is carried out in close collaboration with the University of Liege (scientific manager: Dr Marc Hanikenne). Skills in adaptation genomics and bioinformatics are required. The applicant should also have solid knowledge in quantitative genetics and, if possible, in plant physiology. The applicant will be also solicited to take part in plant phenotyping. The applicant will benefit from a stimulating scientific context as the host group is main coordinator of an international research network funded by the Centre of National Scientific Research (CNRS) and called LOCOMET (“Transport, LOcalization and COmplexation of METals in hyperaccumulating plants”). For application, please send a short CV including description of past and present research activities, a motivation letter and two letters of reference. via Gmail

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