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INTERDISCIPLINARY FACULTY POSITIONS IN NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOLOGY, PHYSICS, OR CHEMISTRY Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, together with four Departments - Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) - invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions to begin July 1, 2015. Appointments would be at the assistant professor level in one of the four departments. In special cases, a senior faculty appointment may be possible. The Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is a new comprehensive institute at Columbia for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science. We are interested in individuals with research programs in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics that interface with neuroscience and whose work involves the development of techniques, applications, and methods for neuroscience. In addition, we encourage applications from scientists with an affinity for multidisciplinary research, and who have a demonstrated commitment to tackling the challenges of studying mind, brain, and behavior. Individuals conducting research in the following areas are highly desirable: - Development of imaging methods to probe neural circuit function in vivo - Development of tools to visualize or manipulate neuronal activity in vivo - Use of genetic or chemical genomic approaches to studying the function of neural circuits in behaving animal models - Comparative or evolutionary approaches to studying the neural circuits underlying specific behaviors - Precision instrumentation, optics, lasers and imaging - Computational and statistical approaches for the analysis of large datasets - Machine vision, automation, and precision electronics Applicants are expected to have a strong record of achievement and to demonstrate the ability to engage in innovative and interdisciplinary research and teaching. The successful candidates will contribute equally to the intellectual vitality and teaching of their Department and the Zuckerman Mind and Brain Behavior Institute. A Ph.D. is required at the time of the appointment. Applicants are encouraged in their cover letters to discuss the Department(s) in which they would like to be based. For more information about the Zuckerman Mind and Brain Behavior Institute and the corresponding Departments, please visit: http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6F http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6G http://bit.ly/1w0h0Ej http://bit.ly/1ExQGHW http://bit.ly/1w0h3Aa For more information and to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/1ExQGHZ Review of applications will start November 1, 2014. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Lourdes A. Gautier Academic Department Administrator Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B Columbia University 1200 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027 212-854-9987 Lourdes Gautier via Gmail
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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TENURE-TRACK) (Developmental Biologist) Biological Sciences College of Science Louisiana State University Responsibilities: This is a tenure-track faculty position and the successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program in the areas of eukaryotic developmental biology at LSU. Biological Sciences is a large and dynamic department, with research ranging across all levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems. The successful candidate will complement these strengths and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related field; successful track record of independent research. Additional Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience preferred. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is November 30, 2014, or until a candidate is selected. Apply online and view a more detailed ad at: http://bit.ly/1w0h0Eo Position #001309 LSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER Quick link at ad URL: http://bit.ly/1ExQJn3 Jake Esselstyn Museum of Natural Science Louisiana State University 119 Foster Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 phone: (225) 578-3083 fax: (225) 578-3075 http://bit.ly/1w0h0Ep Jacob A Esselstyn via Gmail
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Plant and Animal Genome XXIII (PAGXXIII) January 10-14, 2015 San Diego, California, United States http://intlpag.org/ PAGXXIII will bring together over 2,800 leading researchers in plant and animal research, and over 130 exhibits, 150+ workshops, 1000+ posters, *and a computer demo track specifically for highlighting relevant software and online resources.* PAG is the largest Ag-Genomics meeting in the world. If you work on digital resources that enable life science research, then please consider submitting an abstract to the PAG computer demonstration track. Computer demos are 15-20 minutes long, and are an excellent way to get resources in front of the people who will benefit the most from it. The Computer Demo abstract submission deadline is October 31, 2014. All computer demo presenters must be registered for the conference prior to submitting. Any software which is demonstrated at the PAG Conference must also be available to the scientific community and non-commercial. See http://bit.ly/1w0h0nZ for additional information and a link to the submission form. Hope to see you in San Diego! Dave Clements and Brian Smith-White PAGXXIII Computer Demo Track Co-Chairs clementsgalaxy@gmail.com via Gmail

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The Department of Biology at Ghent University is seeking to fill a full-time PhD position vacancy (m/f) on Avian Foodweb Ecology in Fragmented Landscapes Background While habitat fragmentation is increasingly recognized as one of the prime drivers underlying the current global biodiversity crisis, changes in foodweb dynamics resulting from habitat fragmentation have so far received scant attention in functional biodiversity studies. By applying state-of-the-art tools from ecological, forestry and epidemiological research disciplines within a unique plot design, biologists, bio-engineers and wildlife vets of Ghent University aim to fill this gap by scaling up functional biodiversity research from a classical plot to a landscape level, and from producer dynamics to predator fitness. The research consortium that conducts this ambitious, 6 year research program will host 6 PhD students, each focusing on particular components of the terrestrial food web. Project This PhD project focuses on how tree diversity and the spatial configuration of broad-leaved forest fragments affect the ecology, health and performance of a secondary avian predator (great tit, Parus major), and how this shapes its predatory impact on arthropod populations (herbivore control). Higher nutritional quality in more diverse forests is thereby predicted to improve health by facilitating a better development of avian immunity and thereby reducing disease susceptibility. A highly fragmented habitat, in turn, is predicted to reduce health through an increase in the use of anthropogenic (lower quality) food and pathogen exposure at forest boundaries, owing to increased contact with human habitation. The successful applicant will implement a variety of field-, aviary- and lab-tools, and will work closely together with other PhD students, field assistants and postdocs. Profile You hold a Master degree in Biology or an equivalent Life Sciences degree, with a strong background in population and community ecology. You are an enthusiastic and motivated student who can deal with long hours in the field, aviary and lab. You have excellent organizational, writing and presentation skills and are capable of working both independently and within a multidisciplinary team. Prior experience with ornithology and/or foodweb ecology is highly recommended but not restrictive. Offer A Ph.D. scholarship for one year (starting between 1 Jan and 1 Feb 2015) with a three-year extension after positive evaluation. Enrolment in the Ghent Doctoral School training program that offers various courses, training programs and conferences within and outside the university. Membership of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit, a dynamic research group that combines field, lab and modelling approaches to study various questions in ecological and evolutionary research ( http://bit.ly/1ExQJ6v). Interested? Please send (i) a detailed curriculum vitae, (ii) a brief statement of your research interests and motivation for this project (max 250 words), and (iii) contact information of two referees who can supply letters of recommendation upon request, as a single PDF file to luc.lens@ugent.be. The deadline for application is Friday 14 November 2014, 17 pm; interviews of short-listed candidates will start soon afterwards. For more information, contact Luc Lens ( luc.lens@ugent.be) or Liesbeth De Neve ( liesbeth.deneve@ugent.be). Luc Lens via Gmail
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The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in microbiology, with particular focus in environmental microbiology or microbial ecology. Areas of research interest may include: microbial genomics or evolution, community dynamics, nutrient cycling, environmental toxicology, remediation and restoration, and host-microbe interactions. Job expectations include establishing an externally funded research program complementary to the interests of the department and university and successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in area of expertise. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field and post-doctoral experience is strongly preferred. Additional information about this position, the Biological Sciences Department and its programs can be found at website: http://bit.ly/1sUW2I7 Applications should be submitted electronically to http://bit.ly/1tUho6p. For consideration, the application should include: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) research statement (maximum 2 pages); 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (maximum 2 pages), 4) complete contact information for 4 references. Applications are due at 5 pm EST October 13, 2014. Direct inquires to Microbiology Search Committee Chair (microbiosearch@mtu.edu). Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Tech. acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Visit:www.dual.mtu.edu . Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Erika Hersch-Green via Gmail
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Research Technician (Full-time, 2 years) Ref 847 School of Life Sciences University of Sussex Salary range: starting at 31,342 and rising to 37,394 per annum. Closing date for applications: 6 November 2014 Expected start date: 1 January 2015 A position as a research technician is available in my lab (Lab website: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCf) as part of an ERC funded project investigating the genetics of sexual antagonism in the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogaster. It will mainly be laboratory based but may also involve some fieldwork. The main duties will involve maintaining fly stocks, performing behavioural assays, as well as developing genetic tools specific to the project requirements. Other duties include maintaining supplies and equipment, and assisting in training staff. The post-holder is expected to work closely with the PI and other members of the group. The position would be ideal for a highly motivated individual with an interest in evolutionary biology or genetics/genomics. The candidate should have experience with Drosophila (lab or field based) or other laboratory model organisms, and should be familiar with a range of molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid extractions and quality control, quantitative rt-PCR, cloning and genetic tools for driving gene expression or gene editing. The candidate should have excellent organizational and communication skills. The post-holder must have a degree in a biological or related subject. Ref 847 Further particulars including person specification PDF: http://bit.ly/1BVkQAO FULL DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/1uEJUvH Informal enquiries with CV to ted.morrow@sussex.ac.uk Email: ted.morrow@sussex.ac.uk Twitter: @ted_morrow Webpage: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCj ResearcherID: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc7 ResearchGate: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0W Edward H. Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group (@SussexBiology) School of Life Sciences University of Sussex John Maynard Smith Building Falmer Brighton, BN1 9QG UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0)1273 87 2862 Mobile: +44 (0)783 772 7714 Edward Morrow via Gmail
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Postdoctoral Researcher (Full-time, 2 years) Ref 846 School of Life Sciences University of Sussex Salary range: starting at 31,342 and rising to 37,394 per annum Closing date for applications is: 9 November 2014 A postdoc is available in my lab (Lab website: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCf) as part of a project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant (2Sexes_1Genome http://bit.ly/1qmWCc4) that aims to investigate the genetic basis of sexually antagonistic fitness variation. The postdoc position will primarily be responsible for undertaking a large-scale field-based experiment using the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogaster, to learn more about the genetics of fitness variation under natural conditions. The project will take advantage of already existing whole-genome sequences and phenotypic data collected under laboratory conditions. The position would suit an ambitious and highly motivated individual with an interest in evolutionary genetics of fitness variation and sexual antagonism. The position would require a high level of independence in order to establish field sites and work for extended periods in the field. The candidate should have experience of insect or invertebrate model systems under lab or field conditions, as well as good analytical and or statistical skills ideally within a quantitative genetic framework, and have experience of using molecular markers. Good communication and organizational skills are essential. The post-holder must have a PhD in a biological or related subject. Ref 846 Further particulars including person specification PDF: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0U FULL DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc6 Informal enquiries with CV to ted.morrow@sussex.ac.uk Email: ted.morrow@sussex.ac.uk Twitter: @ted_morrow Webpage: http://bit.ly/1t4aTCj ResearcherID: http://bit.ly/1qmWCc7 ResearchGate: http://bit.ly/1t4aW0W Edward H. Morrow Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group (@SussexBiology) School of Life Sciences University of Sussex John Maynard Smith Building Falmer Brighton, BN1 9QG UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0)1273 87 2862 Mobile: +44 (0)783 772 7714 Edward Morrow via Gmail
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While the search is not primarily for an evolutionary biologist, with up to 5 positions to fill, the ad makes it clear that evolutionary biology is one of the areas of interest. Florida State University Coastal & Marine Initiative: Conservation Biology, Fisheries Biology, Population Biology, Community Ecology and Organismal Biology. Florida State University is continuing its major interdisciplinary initiative in the broadly defined area of Coastal & Marine Research. During the 2014-15 academic year, the initiative will be recruiting up to five tenure-track faculty members and the search is open with respect to rank. We invite applications in five areas of research of importance to marine and terrestrial coastal areas: (1) conservation biology, (2) fisheries biology, (3) population biology (including demography and population genetics), (4) community ecology (including species interactions and macroecology) and (5) organismal biology (including environmental physiology and functional morphology). We encourage applications from ecologists and evolutionary biologists, empiricists and theoreticians. Habitats of interest include marine habitats (e.g., sea grass, oyster reef, saltmarsh, reefs, open water) and terrestrial systems (e.g., dunes, rivers and streams, maritime forests). Faculty appointments will be in the Department of Biological Science or the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and can be based at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Successful candidates are expected to have a synergistic impact on existing coastal and marine research programs at the University and to contribute to teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will be offered highly competitive salaries and start-up packages, high quality research space and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, computing and facilities in academic and interdisciplinary units. Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a two page narrative describing their research interests and plans, and a brief teaching statement. Applications must be sent electronically to coastal-marine2014L.search@fsu.edu. Applicants should also have three letters of recommendation sent to coastal-marine2014L.letters@fsu.edu. The closing date for applications is November 12, 2014. Florida State University is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and to sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer. Scott Steppan Department of Biological Science Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295 steppan@bio.fsu.edu phone: 850.644.6536 fax: 850.645.8447 http://fla.st/1pTziUj http://fla.st/1v5nfKq Ecology and Evolution Group at FSU: http://fla.st/1pTzliV Scott Steppan via Gmail
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The McGlothlin lab at Virginia Tech is looking for enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. students to start in fall 2015. Research in the lab focuses on a wide variety of questions in evolutionary genetics and evolutionary ecology. Ongoing research projects in the lab involve comparative quantitative genetics of Anolis lizards, molecular evolution of toxin resistance in snakes, lizards, and birds, and social evolution theory. Students will be strongly encouraged to develop their own ideas and projects, which may either build upon or depart from the lab’s current research. The McGlothlin lab is part of the growing Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Integrative Organismal Biology groups in Virginia Tech’s Department of Biological Sciences. Outside the department, potential for collaboration and scientific interaction exist in a number of departments across campus, including Entomology, Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Interested students should contact Dr. Joel McGlothlin (joelmcg@vt.edu), providing a description of your research interests and experience and a CV or resume that includes GPA, GRE scores, and contact information for 3 references. Funding is available through both teaching and research assistantships, and a number of competitive fellowships are offered by the university. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply for the NSF GRFP. For full consideration, applications to the department should be received by December 31, 2014. Additional information: McGlothlin lab: http://bit.ly/IhC32s Graduate program: http://bit.ly/1aTfA6y Graduate application: http://bit.ly/1aTfD2r n.html Biological Sciences at VT: http://bit.ly/IhC32u Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at VT: http://bit.ly/IhC32u via Gmail

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Ph.D. and M.S. positions are available for the fall of 2015 in the lab of Liza Holeski (http://bit.ly/1BV9XyT), Dept. of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. Research in the lab broadly focuses on the evolution, genetics, and ecology of plant-herbivore interactions within Mimulus and Populus species. The graduate students will use a variety of greenhouse, laboratory, and field-based approaches to investigate the genetics and phenotypic plasticity of plant morphological and chemical traits that influence plant-herbivore interactions. For more information about the NAU Biology department and graduate programs, visit http://bit.ly/1doxU7D Northern Arizona University (http://www.nau.edu) is a comprehensive public institution located in Flagstaff, AZ (population 65,000; elevation 7000 ft) on the southern Colorado Plateau, adjacent to mountains, deserts, and the Grand Canyon. Interested candidates should contact me (liza.holeski@nau.edu) by December 10th, 2014. Please include a C.V. and a brief description of your background and research interests. Assistant Professor Dept. of Biological Sciences 617 S. Beaver St. Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 86011 Liza Marie Holeski via Gmail
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Lecturer in population genomics of social insects Fix term position (01.01.2015-30.9.2017) in the molecular ecology research group at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. We are seeking a person with a PhD in population genetics of insects with proven experience in theoretical and empirical research. The successful candidate will be familiar with state of the art genomic techniques and the analyses of genomic/transcriptomic data. Excellent command of the English language in both writing and speaking is essential. Knowledge of German is a benefit. The successful candidate will oversee the population genetics laboratory of the group and participate in teaching activities in ecology and population genetics at the BSc/ MSc/PhD. It is expected that the candidate establishes an own field of research and recruits appropriate outside funding. The group has excellent laboratory facilities with all state of the art equipment including a next generation sequencing platform. The research focus of the group is on evolutionary biology of social bees with the honeybee being used as the model system for many studies. A detailed research profile can be found at http://bit.ly/1v5eDnd More detailed information can be obtained by Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Robin F. A. Moritz, Tel: 0049-(0)-345 55-26223, E-Mail: robin.moritz@zoologie.uni-halle.de Please submit your application before Oct 21. 2014 referring to Reg.-Nr.: 5-7112/14-H together with your CV, transcripts, publication list, names of three referees by e-mail to : robin.moritz@zoologie.uni-halle.de or in hard copy to Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Robin F. A. Moritz, Abt. Molekulare kologie, Institut fr Biologie/Zoologie, Martin-Luther-Universitt Halle-Wittenberg, Hoher Weg 4, 06120 Halle (Saale). silvio.erler@zoologie.uni-halle.de via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Position on the genetics of invasive populations We seek to hire a post-doctoral research associate for a Grand Federative Project funded by the French Agropolis Fondation1 called BIOFIS “Bioagressors and invasive species: from individual to population to species”. The project is dedicated to develop, coordinate and communicate research actions on bioagressors in Europe (insects, mites, trees, fungi and virus) and on their associated natural enemies. Term and location: The position should start in December 2014 at the latest. Support is for one year. This position is co-supervised by E. Klein (INRA – BIOSP, Avignon France) and V. Ravigné (CIRAD – BGPI, Montpellier, France). We encourage the postdoctoral fellow to be based in Montpellier but being hosted in Avignon is also possible. Project: Bioinvasions have long been considered as purely ecological processes until researchers recognize that evolutionary processes such as drift and selection may play a substantial role in their success. Recently particular attention has been paid to evolutionary processes occurring during spatial expansions. Selection for different life-history strategies at the source and front of invasions is expected to affect the speed of spatial spread. The strong effects of genetic drift associated to the specific demography of an expansion (in particular successive funding effects distributed in space) may as well shape the neutral and selected diversity along invasion waves. To better understand the interaction between drift, selection, and dispersal, we wish to design and analyze spatially explicit simulation models allowing studying the spatial spread of beneficial/neutral/deleterious mutations during a colonization process. We are particularly interested in studying the effect of i) environmental heterogeneity and ii) non-standard mating systems (e.g., mixing sexual and asexual reproduction) on the process. This work is expected to produce useful results for approaches based on the analysis of population genetic structure along invasion waves such as (i) the reconstruction of invasion routes (ii) the detection of traces of selection using genome scans. The output of these theoretical developments will be confronted to an existing dataset describing the population structure of a fungal pathogen of bananas along an invasion corridor in Cameroon. Depending on the candidate’s interests, other links with empirical work in the team may be considered. We seek a young researcher who combines with a strong conceptual background in evolutionary biology and some modeling skills (mathematics and/or computer science). Experience with programming and population genetics is required. Skills in data analysis are not necessary but will be considered positively. Facility in writing is important. The post-doc will benefit by working as a member of the BIOFIS project team with an extent network of collaborators interested in dispersal, invasion biology, plant pathology, evolutionary biology and population genetics. Eligibility: Agropolis Fondation typically considers applications from candidates that have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of submission of the proposal and that have obtained their PhD degree for no more than 3 years upon the date of application. However, we encourage excellent candidates not entirely fulfilling these conditions to contact us, as these might be funded if no other eligible candidate satisfies scientific requirements for the job. Contact: Virginie Ravigné. Virginie.ravigne@cirad.fr Virginie Ravigné Chercheuse CIRAD - Département BIOS UMR Biologie et Génétique des Interactions Plantes-Parasites TA A 54 / K - Campus International de Baillarguet 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 France Tel : + 33 4 99 62 49 10 Fax : + 33 4 99 62 48 48 Mail : virginie.ravigne@cirad.fr http://bit.ly/1aqgmda Virginie Ravigné via Gmail
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Course title; ‘ADVANCING IN R’ The content designed to bridge the gap between basic R coding and more advanced statistical modelling. The course is aimed at PhD students and post docs (although people at any stage of their career are welcome) with basic to moderate knowledge in R. It will be held in the 1st week of December (1st-5th) at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom. Course content is as follows and will be based on biological examples… Module 1 Introduction & data visualization using (graphics) and (ggplot2) Module 2 Univariate regression, diagnostics & plotting fits Module 3 Adding additional continuous predictors (multiple regression); scaling & collinearity Module 4 Adding factorial (categorical) predictors & incorporating interactions (ANCOVA) Module 5 Model selection & simplification (likelihood ratio tests, AIC) Module 6 Mixed effects models in theory & practice Module 7 Generalised Linear Models (binomial and count data) Module 8 Nonlinear models (polynomial & mechanistic models) Module 9 Combining methods (e.g., nonlinear mixed effect (NLME) models & generalised linear mixed effect (GLMM) models) Module 10 One-on-one consultations/other advanced topics Cost is 350 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or 525 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments. There is also the possibility (depending on time) to have one on one sessions regarding your own data! For further details or questions please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk Oliver Hooker PhD research student University of Glasgow +44 (0) 1360 870 510 +44 (0) 7966 500 340 o.hooker.1@research.gla.ac.uk Oliver Hooker via Gmail
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—f46d044480ef5776010504d5b59a Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable *Curator, College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, University of Minnesota* *Position Description* The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota is a growing and dynamic community of biologists situated in a city consistently cited as one of the most livable in the country. We are recruiting an outstanding organismal plant biologist to serve as director of the college plant conservatory, which houses a large, living collection. The worldwide collection includes over 600 plant species from 7 biomes in 6700 square feet of greenhouse space. The greenhouse plays an essential role in supporting formal classroom instruction, faculty research, and public outreach. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. (or Masters with relevant experience) in evolutionary biology, plant biology, botany, ecology, horticulture, or related fields with a strong interest in plant diversity. The ideal candidate has experience with collections and management, but we strongly encourage all interested persons to apply. The role of curator requires an individual who is energetic and professional with excellent managerial, organizational, and communication skills. The primary responsibilities will be to curate the conservatory collections, develop innovative programming, oversee greenhouse operations, and manage staff and volunteers. This position offers exciting opportunities to expand and reimagine how the conservatory interfaces with teaching, research, and outreach. The curator will have opportunities to engage in teaching, research, and outreach as part of professional activities and growth in the position. Applicants should submit the following items as part of their application: • Cover letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position • Curriculum vitae • Names and complete contact information for three references, including a description of the relationship to the applicant. References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate. Review of complete applications will begin on November 17, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. More information on the position and the College of Biological Sciences can be found at the following website: ( http://bit.ly/1qfeWUy) A complete position description can be accessed via the following human resources website: (http://bit.ly/1qfeWUA). Application materials should also be uploaded through this human resources website. Please contact the chair of the search committee with questions about the position. *Environment* The University of Minnesota has a large and dynamic community of biologists conducting diverse and cutting edge and developing innovative educational curricula. Our campuses have extensive facilities for research and teaching across the state. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer extraordinary quality of life, consistently ranking among the most livable, well educated, and healthy cities. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University supports the work-life balance of its faculty and staff and especially encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups. David Moeller, Search Committee Chair Department of Plant Biology University of Minnesota 1445 Gortner Avenue St. Paul, MN 55416 moeller@umn.edu 612-624-1037 —f46d044480ef5776010504d5b59a Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Curator, College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, University of MinnesotaPosition DescriptionThe College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota is a growing and dynamic community of biologists situated in a city consistently cited as one of the most livable in the country. We are recruiting an outstanding organismal plant biologist to serve as director of the college plant conservatory, which houses a large, living collection. The worldwide collection includes over 600 plant species from 7 biomes in 6700 square feet of greenhouse space. The greenhouse plays an essential role in supporting formal classroom instruction, faculty research, and public outreach. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. (or Masters with relevant experience) in evolutionary biology, plant biology, botany, ecology, horticulture, or related fields with a strong interest in plant diversi ty. The ideal candidate has experience with collections and management, but we strongly encourage all interested persons to apply. The role of curator requires an individual who is energetic and professional with excellent managerial, organizational, and communication skills. The primary responsibilities will be to curate the conservatory collections, develop innovative programming, oversee greenhouse operations, and manage staff and volunteers. This position offers exciting opportunities to expand and reimagine how the conservatory interfaces with teaching, research, and outreach. The curator will have opportunities to engage in teaching, research, and outreach as part of professional activities and growth in the position. Applicants should submit the following items as part of their application:• Cover letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualificati ons for the position• Curriculum vitae• Names and complete contact information for three references, including a description of the relationship to the applicant.  References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate.Review of complete applications will begin on November 17, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. More information on the position and the College of Biological Sciences can be found at the following website: (http://bit.ly/1qfeWUy)A complete position description can be accessed via the following human resources website: (http://bit.ly/1qfeWUA). Application materials should also be uploaded through this human resources website. Please contact the chair of the search committee with questions about the position. EnvironmentThe University of Minnesota has a large and dynamic community of biologists conducting diverse and cutting edge and developing innovative educational curricula. Our campuses have extensive facilities for research and teaching across the state. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer extraordinary quality of life, consistently ranking among the most livable, well educated, and healthy cities. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Universi ty supports the work-life balance of its faculty and staff and especially encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups.David Moeller, Search Committee ChairDepartment of Plant BiologyUniversity of Minnesota1445 Gortner AvenueSt. Paul, MN 55416moeller@umn.edu612-624-1037 —f46d044480ef5776010504d5b59 via Gmail
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Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applications from outstanding basic scientists for five tenure-track assistant professor positions that will be part of a new Center for Molecular Agriculture. With the establishment of this Center, we aim to build a team of scientists that will cooperatively address grand challenges in plant biology including, but not limited to, the molecular basis of complex traits, genome interactions with the biotic and abiotic environment, the role of metabolic and cellular processes in determining phenotypes, and the molecular/genetic basis for developmental plasticity and adaptation in changing environments. We seek individuals with vigorous and innovative research programs that address fundamental questions in plant biology and who are eager to be part of an interdisciplinary team that will discover basic principles that may contribute to improving agricultural productivity and sustainability on regional, national, and international scales. Candidates utilizing computational/modeling approaches; biosensor/imaging technologies; and working on molecular, organismal or ecosystem levels are all encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will be expected to develop internationally recognized and extramurally funded scholarly research programs, interact with diverse faculty across the Purdue campus, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses and excel in doing so, and function as active and involved members of the Center. This is an academic year appointment. The Center is part of the Plant Sciences Research and Education Pipeline, which also includes facilities for genome editing, plant transformation, high-throughput phenotyping, and a plant commercialization incubator. Purdue is home to a dynamic research community of basic and applied plant scientists in the College of Agriculture and across the University. The Center is located in the newly renovated Lilly Hall with excellent modern lab space and plant-growth facilities. Facilities for field-based research are available near campus and throughout the state. Core facilities for genomics, bioinformatics, microscopy, metabolomics, and proteomics are available. Discovery Park promotes interdisciplinary research interactions and provides access to advanced analytical technologies and expertise. The Center is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked number 8 globally in the 2014 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all we do. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution - http://bit.ly/1scSNMm. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 330 faculty, 2710 undergraduate students, and 685 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1tz4Akt. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in life, computational, or physical sciences, preferably with at least two years of post-doctoral experience or its equivalent, a strong publication record, the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research program, and a commitment to both hypothesis-driven research and teaching excellence. Applications should be submitted electronically to molecularag@purdue.edu and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page summary of research interests, statement of teaching objectives/interests, and the names and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Meredith Cobb Operations Manager, Agricultural Research at Purdue Biochemistry Building, Rm. 119 175 S. University Street West Lafayette, IN 47907 Phone: 765-494-3951 “Cobb, Meredith L.” via Gmail
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This message is in MIME format. The first part should be readable text, while the remaining parts are likely unreadable without MIME-aware tools. —118098480-1712057383-1412607212=:10113 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; format=flowed; charset=ISO-8859-15 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8BIT Dear Community, The 7th summer school on Computational Molecular Evolution organized by Aidan Budd, Nick Goldman, Ziheng Yang, Alexis Stamatakis and Laura Emery will take place again in 2015 and we will be back as a Wellcome Trust Advanced Course at the EBI, Hinxton, UK. The precise dates are 13-24 April, 2015. Confirmed instructors include: Maria Anisimova (Institute of Applied Simulations, Zrich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland) Martin Embley (University of Newcastle, UK) Adrian Friday (University of Cambridge, UK) Olivier Gascuel (LIRMM-CNRS, Montpellier, France) Tracy Heath (Iowa State University, USA) John Huelsenbeck (University of California, Berkeley, USA) Adam Leache (Department of Biology & Burke Museum, University of Washington, USA) Brian Moore (UC Davis, USA) Bruce Rannala (Genome Center and Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, USA) Ben Redelings (Duke University, USA) Stephen Smith (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) Tanja Stadler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Asif Tamuri (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK) Jeff Thorne (Genetics and Statistics Department, North Carolina State University, USA) The application deadline is 14 November 2014. For details on the application procedure and all other related information please go to: http://bit.ly/1s6X7O0 There is also some history at http://bit.ly/1s6X7O3 Looking forward to seeing you in Hinxton, Nick Goldman —118098480-1712057383-1412607212=:1011 via Gmail

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Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences School of Natural Sciences St. Edward’s University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track assistant professor appointment in Biological Sciences to begin in mid-August, 2015. Applicants should have the interest and ability to teach a variety of biology courses and have research interests in invertebrate biology. Responsibilities Initial teaching assignments include the senior-level Evolution course and the freshman-level Organisms and Populations lecture and laboratory with the possibility of additional opportunities in first year biology courses for non-majors. Development of elective courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. Development of a successful research program involving undergraduates. Other required duties as specified in the Faculty Manual. Qualifications Ph.D. in biology required. Commitment to developing teaching excellence. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Commitment to serving a diverse student body. Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check. About St. Edward’s University Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward’s University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 5,000 students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward’s emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community appreciates faculty and students from all backgrounds, as engagement with various perspectives prepares our students to be involved and equipped for life in a global society. The School of Natural Sciences offers B.A. and/or B.S. degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry, Computer Information Science, Computer Science, Forensic Chemistry, and Mathematics. The School is located in the recently completed John Brooks Williams Science Center complex. The Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC) serves as an extension of main campus and includes 227 acres within the Balco nes Canyonlands Preserve system. How to Apply Qualified applicants are invited to submit an online application. The job listing and link to apply can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xktPL8 Applications reviewed until position filled. Please attach : a cover letter that includes any courses which the applicant is especially qualified to teach (see Undergraduate Bulletin: http://bit.ly/1xktPLc) and should indicate ways in which the applicant will support St. Edward’s commitment to fostering a global perspective and to serving diverse students. Also attach a vita, a teaching philosophy, a short statement of research interests indicating how you will engage undergraduates and whether this work could involve WBCRC and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. St. Edward’s University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers. via Gmail

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Matthew Hall: Epidemic reconstruction in a phylogenetics framework, 2014-10-09 09:00 PDT Major recent advances in genome sequencing technology make it feasible that in future epidemics, a sequence will be available for every clinical case that can be identified. In some scenarios, such as agricultural epidemics (where farm-to-farm spread is of more interest than animal-to-animal), diseases such as HIV (where most infected individuals will eventually present themselves to clinicians), and epidemics occurring in well-monitored populations such as hospital inpatients, we will as a consequence be able to acquire a set of sequences representing the pathogens infecting most or all cases in the transmission chain. Genetic data therefore provides an important new tool for the investigation of epidemics, in particular the determination of the epidemic’s transmission tree, which describes which case infected which others. As the genetic diversity in a set of sequences taken from the same epidemic will not be enormous even for fast-evolving RNA viruses, the best approach would be to combine both genetic and epidemiological data. I present here a new method for transmission tree reconstruction which is integrated into the Bayesian phylogenetics framework available in BEAST. It is based on the observation that if the phylogeny is know, there is a one-to-one correspondence between possible transmission trees and partitions of the internal nodes of the tree into connected subgraphs. The MCMC procedure in BEAST has been modified to sample from the space of trees with nodes partitioned in this way, simultaneously estimating both phylogenetic tree and transmission tree. Rather than assuming that the entire tree is generated by a single coalescent process, the posterior probability of a phylogeny is now calculated based on an individual-based model of disease transmission, which can take into account epidemiological characteristics of the host cases, such as spatial location. I will outline results using simulated data and sequences from the 2003 Dutch epidemic of H7N7 avian influenza. For more details, see http://bit.ly/16UKCta via Gmail