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April 18, 2015

Ten permanent positions in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at Institut Pasteur (Paris) The new direction of Institut Pasteur has defined bioinformatics and systems biology as strategic priorities. A Center for Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology has been recently created on the Parisian Campus. The objective of this center is to federate and strengthen capacities in bioinformatics in different yet complementary research areas developed within the Institute, such as genomics of hosts and pathogens, biology of infection, evolutionary genetics, population genetics, structural biology or health biology. In this framework, Institut Pasteur proposes 10 permanent positions in bio-informatics and biostatistics for 2015. People will be affiliated to the new center and to the Hub of bioinformatics and biostatistics and will be supervised by the director of the Center. They may be assigned for most of their time to research units and / or platforms to work on different projects while being close to the data and experimental biology. To apply (deadline: May 15) and know more on these positions: http://bit.ly/1JhUQUS Olivier Gascuel via Gmail

April 17, 2015

The adverts for our pending academic positions at the CEC http://bit.ly/1aetX5b are now live: For Professor in Biosciences (Ref: P48365) and For (3 positions) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Biosciences (Ref: P48364) Applicants should be broadly aligned with one or more of our key areas (ecology, conservation, evolution, behaviour). However we are particularly interested in strengthening our activities in disease, population and community ecology as well as ecological and evolutionary genomics. Interest from independent research fellows are also welcomed. Interested applicants should contact either Brendan Godley (B.J.Godley@exeter.ac.uk) or Nina Wedell (N.Wedell@exeter.ac.uk). See: http://bit.ly/1Dqkoh8 http://bit.ly/1DqkqFO Prof DJ Hosken University of Exeter, Cornwall Tremough, Penryn TR10 9FE UK 01326 371843 D.J.Hosken@exeter.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1bMLIqH DJ Hosken via Gmail

–089e0158c78a5a1ad00513d42624 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Research Officer Bangor University - School of Biological Sciences Fixed Term Contract, Salary Range: £31,342 - £37,394 p.a. Applications are invited for the above 21-month fulltime BBSRC/NERC-funded post working in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University, as part of a collaborative project including Bristol University and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Norwich. Duties will include bioinformatic, molecular and morphological studies of hybridisation between native and introduced tilapia fish populations from Tanzania, including analysis of full genome sequences. The post-holder will join a thriving research group at Bangor University working in the area of genetics, morphology, behaviour and conservation of African cichlid fish in implementation of this exciting collaborative project. We aim (1) to assess the extent and predictability of introgressive hybridization following introduction of exotic Oreochromis (mainly Nile tilapia) species into the range of native species in Tanzania, using genomic data; 2) to estimate the nature and basis of genomic introgression, including the types of genes most likely to introgress into native and exotic phenotypes and to estimate whether introgression of certain regions is predictable; 3) to develop a quick economical diagnostic test of the extent of introgression, using a SNP-chip based on 100 polymorphisms selected using the full genome sequences and chosen as diagnostic of the pure strains to allocate a ‘hybrid score’ to each individual and then to use this to calibrate phenotypic methods to diagnose hybrids; 4) to estimate the relative growth and ecological niche of pure native and exotic genotypes, as well as a range of hybrids and relate to phenotype to allow us to predict the likely outcome of the introduction 5) to enhance the genomic resources for Tilapia strain improvement through bioinformatics (sequences of a range of native species), tissue/ sperm cryopreservation in collaboration with WorldFish and advising the Tanzanian Government agencies on the identification of candidate stocks for in-situ conservation. The post holder will be responsible for conducting, analysing and publishing a series of genomic studies based on tissue samples obtained from Tanzania in a parallel project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This will involve basic molecular and morphological laboratory studies and advanced bioinformatic analyses. Candidates should be educated to PhD standard (or equivalent) and have previous experience of molecular laboratory work and quantitative analysis of biological data, preferably including genome sequences. The successful candidate will be expected to commence on or before 1st July 2015. Applications will only be accepted via the on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865. Closing date for applications: Monday, 18th May 2015. For further details and specific enquiries contact Prof. George Turner ( george.turner@bangor.ac.uk). – via Gmail

April 15, 2015


ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate Human Evolutionary Genetics Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), The University of Adelaide Salary: 1.0 FTE, Level A, AU$76,283-81,836 per annum plus up to 17 % Superannuation applies. Project: Biomedical population genetics of ancient human DNA A 3 year post-doctoral position is available on a project using bioinformatics techniques to analyse ancient human biomedical and genomic information, with a focus on the origins and spread of diseases. The position will head an internationally competitive research team working closely with Harvard, Max Planck Institutes, Sanger Centre and UCSD, to develop and apply field leading population genetics approaches. The aim of the program is to trace the evolution and spread of biomedically relevant markers through ancient populations and genomes, using existing and newly generated data. The position will work closely with the new ACAD-Australian National Data Service Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR) for ancient human genome and microbiome data, as well as population genetics specialists, archaeologists, and ancient DNA researchers from around the world. The project is situated within the ACAD and will combine state state-of-the-art genetics, bioinformatics, and genomics tools, and is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a period of 3 years with immediate start. The project is embedded in an ARC Laureate FL140100260 Using ancient genomes and microbiomes to reconstruct human history to Prof. Alan Cooper. The successful applicant will head a team that utilises anthropological and archaeological collections to generate paleogenomics data. While the position focuses on bioinformatics and population genetics analyses, there is scope for the generation of new ancient human data using the large collections of material available at ACAD and collaborators. S/he will develop and integrate analytical methods and pipelines for the analysis of large ancient genomic datasets, and co-supervise a group of postgraduate students in collaboration with overseas colleagues and the Universitys School of Mathematical Sciences. Applicants should have completed a PhD in biomedical genetics, population genetics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, ancient DNA or any relevant discipline, and preferentially have a keen interest in human evolution, disease, and archaeology. The successful appointee will have evidence of strong oral and written communication and organisation skills, demonstrated abilities to publish in scientific journals, present research at international conferences/committees, but also to present research in a meaningful and appealing format to the public. The applicant is expected to be passionate about research, capable of working both independently and as part of a larger team, and have demonstrated leadership skills. Experience with postgraduate student supervision is desirable. Enquires about the job specifications should be directed to Dr Laura Weyrich (laura.weyrich@adelaide.edu.au) or Prof Alan Cooper (alan.cooper@adelaide.edu.au). Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV including a cover letter detailing, background experience and motivation, and addressing the key selection criteria of the job aspects above. Note applicants are invited to formally apply through the University of Adelaides job listing page at http://bit.ly/1CQmByA. For more information about ACAD, check out (http://bit.ly/1wjI463) for links to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, our blog, recent publications and our official website. Prof. Alan Cooper, ARC Laureate Fellow Darling Blg (DP 418), Rm 209b University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus South Australia 5005 Australia Email: alan.cooper@adelaide.edu.au Ph: 61-8-8313-5950/3952 Fax: 61-8-8313-4364 http://bit.ly/1wjI463 - blogs, YouTube, Twitter http://bit.ly/1cxzV5T - Official Website CRICOS Provider Number 00123M alan.cooper@adelaide.edu.au via Gmail

Practical DNA Training Program Summer Special: A two-week (9 business days) intensive laboratory-based training program designed to teach participants the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing and interpretation. This training program is offered at various times throughout the year and we will work with you to find a suitable time for training. The cost of the training program is now $2500.00. The next scheduled times for the Practical DNA Training Program are: May 5 - 15, 2015, May 25 - June 4, 2015, June 15 - 25, 2015 For more information please contact us at 807-343-8877 or email paleodna@lakeheadu.ca or visit our website at www.ancientdna.com and click on ‘Training Programs’. Thank you. Karen. Karen Maa Administrative Assistant Paleo-DNA Laboratory 1294 Balmoral Street, 3rd Floor Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z5 Telephone: 1-866-DNA-LABS or 1-807-343-8616 Karen Maa via Gmail
Call for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Provisioning and stability of multiple ecosystem services in agroecosystems A postdoctoral fellowship is proposed at CNRS Moulis and INRA Agroecology in collaboration with CNRS CEBC to develop theory on the magnitude and stability of multiple ecosystem services, such as crop production, pollination and conservation, and their synergies and trade-offs depending on the spatial arrangement of agricultural landscapes. Application deadline: 9 May 2015 Eligibility deadline by Agreenskills (see below): 26 April 2015 Date of recruitment: from 1st August 2015 Open to: Young researchers holding a PhD with less than 7 years of postdoctoral research experience Fellowship: €3500 / €5000 per month Eligibility Applicants must: - Hold a PhD (or PhD will have been awarded by the date of recruitment); - Have less than 7 years of research experience after their PhD; - Have spent no more than 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the date of recruitment; - Be able to write and speak English or French fluently; - Have at least 1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal; Application Candidates interested in the postdoctoral research position should contact Sabrina Gaba (sabrina.gaba@dijon.inra.fr). The postdoctoral project is part of Agreenskills (http://bit.ly/1FJ9Sjq), hence candidates are evaluated and selected through two selection rounds per year for both programs: - Before April 26th 2015: Candidates interested in the research project will have to fulfil the eligibility criteria (described below) and to complete an online application through the secure area of the AgreenSkills web portal. Applicants will have to provide a detailed CV. - Before May 9th 2015: Once declared eligible, candidates will be able to apply by proposing a research project that is relevant to the fields of interest of the research teams. INRA *SabrinaGaba* *Chargée de recherches * sabrina.gaba@dijon.inra.fr *Centre INRA de Dijon* Tèl. : +33 (0)3 80 69 31 87 Fax : +33 (0)3 80 69 32 62 17, rue de Sully, BP 86510 21065 Dijon Cedex France http://bit.ly/1DGzsZm Sur twitter: @sabrina_gaba Sur twitter: @ZA_PVS Sabrina Gaba via Gmail
*FINAL DAY FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION! * *15 April* *Secure your spot now at the EvoDevo Event of the Year! * *1) **Become a member of PanAm EvoDevo.* *2) **Register and submit an abstract - NOW.* *3) **Attend the meeting – August 5th in Berkeley, CA.* Abstract Submission for the inaugural meeting of the Pan American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology ends Tomorrow! Register and Submit your Abstract to secure your spot at the meeting - registration is limited to 350 members. There are only a few spaces left to attend, and a few days left to submit your abstract!!! *Click **here* * to join, register and submit your abstract.* Follow us: @EvoDevoPanAm Join Us: #EvoDevo15 A few meeting highlights: - *Award winning speakers: *Natalia Pabón-Mora (Early Career Award Recipient), Rudy Raff (Pioneers Award recipient). - *Selected abstracts* chosen for presentations and posters by members; faculty, postdocs and students encouraged to apply. - *Poster prizes* for PhD students and postdocs All details about registration, accommodation options, childcare services, and the conference program are available at the following website: http://bit.ly/1D23EcV Support the Society and Become a Member, and enjoy the benefits of being part of the fast-growing and intellectually invigorating EvoDevo community!! To learn more about PASEDB, visit the following website: http://bit.ly/1ElPbx4 The Organizing Committee and the PanAm SEDB Executive Council look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley in August! registration@panamevodevo membership@panamevodevo Chelsea Specht via Gmail

April 14, 2015


OUTREACH (formal posting to follow) Washington Office Forest Management Lab Manager (Geneticist/Biological Scientist) GS-0440/0401-09 (Permanent, Full-time) National Forest Genetics Laboratory (NFGEL) Location/Duty Station: Placerville, CA About the Position: The USDA Forest Service Forest Management Staff is filling a permanent, full-time Lab Manager (Geneticist/Biological Scientist) position with the National Forest Genetics Laboratory (NFGEL). The NFGEL mission is to link science to management in the area of genetics. The lab uses molecular genetic markers (protein and DNA) in plant material to provide baseline genetic information, determine the effect of management on the genetic resource, support genetic improvement programs, and contribute information in the support of conservation and restoration programs, especially those involving native and TES (threatened, endangered, and sensitive) species. The primary duties of the position are to (1) conduct molecular genetic analyses of plants, (2) maintain a safe and functioning molecular genetic laboratory, (3) maintain the identity and proper processing of all samples received, and (4) provide technical guidance and instruction to laboratory staff. The position will be located in Placerville, California (El Dorado County) at the Institute of Forest Genetics in the Apple Hill area. It is being advertised at the GS-9 level and will be filled based on qualifications and experience of the individual selected. Placerville is located on Highway 50 about 30 miles east of Sacramento. Highway 50 is a major trans-Sierra route between the State Capitol at Sacramento and scenic Lake Tahoe. The community is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas at an approximate elevation of 2500 feet. Placerville is a full service community. Vacancy Announcement : The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted on the U.S. Government’s official website for employment opportunities at www.usajobs.gov . Outreach Response: Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, should complete an outreach form. Please contact Valerie Hipkins (NFGEL Director) at 530-622-1609 or email at vhipkins@fs.fed.us for instructions. Many thanks, Jenn Jennifer DeWoody, PhD Geneticist Forest Service National Forest Genetics Lab p: 530-621-6883 jadewoody@fs.fed.us 2480 Carson Road Placerville, CA 95667 www.fs.fed.us Caring for the land and serving people jadewoody@fs.fed.us via Gmail

Greeting Colleagues, We are hoping to hire research assistant to work on the biodiversity of marine ciliates within the Biological Sciences department at Smith College, USA. The research project involves the use of molecular tools to explore biodiversity of eukaryotic microorganisms, particularly ciliates, in marine environments. The RA will also maintain data in a well-organized database, with attention paid to details of completeness and quality. This research project focuses on characterization of near-shore communities of oligotrich and choreotrich ciliates using DGGE and next generation sequencing technologies. This is a grant-funded, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. You can find more details and submit your materials through: http://bit.ly/1CDFVAq (search for “research assistant$B!I(B) Please forward this email and attachment to anyone you think might be interested in this position. Thank you Dr. Jean-David Grattepanche and Dr. Laura A. Katz Jean-David GRATTEPANCHE , Postdoctoral fellow PhD in Biological Oceanography jgrattepanche@smith.edu http://bit.ly/1GGHeU0 Katz lab Department of Biological sciences Smith College 44 College Lane Northampton. MA 01063 "Jean-David GRATTEPANCHE (Smith mail)” via Gmail

Hi All, We will be hosting a RAD sequencing and analysis course in June at TGAC in the UK. http://bit.ly/1FJ3k9M This course will discuss the RAD molecular protocol and the computational analysis of RAD data. We will start from the beginning in presenting analysis techniques, providing participants with a solid base of UNIX before we move on to analyzing data with Stacks. - We will analyze data with and without a reference genome, focusing on analyzing data to look for population structure in the de novo case, and doing Fst genome scans in the reference genome case. - We will also have two guest speakers who will present their RAD analyses, including sex determination in fishes and the effects of toxins on populations of trout. - Students will have an opportunity to interact with the instructors, guest speakers, and fellow attendees giving lots of time to talk strategy and research tactics. The course will run from June 8 through the 12th at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich, UK. The application deadline is April 24th. Please forward this message on to any local mailing lists if you think there may be interest. Thanks and best wishes, julian via Gmail

A post-doctoral position in comparative genomics is available in the Evolutionary Genomics Group, Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University to investigate the genomic structure of evolutionary breakpoint regions in mammals. Our recent data suggest that the number of meiotic DSBs (initiated in the early stages of meiosis) and final crossover events are influenced by how the genome is organized into chromosomes. Here we extend this work by inferring recombination rates in evolutionary breakpoints that define chromosomal rearrangements by focusing on two index species with available SNP data, human and mouse. The rationale for this approach is that high-density single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can be used to produce high-resolution recombination maps using linkage disequilibrium (LD) patterns which are good estimators of the location of recombination events in progeny. It has been argued that rates of recombination might vary considerably between species when comparing high-resolution (kb) recombination maps but these differences disappear at a broader scale (Mbp) where closely related species tend to have similar average rates of recombination. It is our intention to combine SNP data with whole-comparative genomics in order to infer recombination rates and investigate signatures of selection. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area (evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics or genetics). We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic postdoc with a strong interest in evolutionary biology that includes a background in population/statistical genetics. Requirements are a competitive publication record and skills in programming. The incumbent will work closely with researchers in two other groups: Dr Aurora Ruiz-Herrera (Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona, Spain, http://bit.ly/L6v90S) and Professor Jiri Rubes (Veterinary Research Institute, Czech Republic) but will be located in the Stellenbosch lab. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory progress. This position is available immediately. Expressions of interest should be sent to Terry Robinson (tjr@sun.ac.za) and should include the names and contact details of 2-3 referees, a full CV and a covering letter that highlights the appropriateness of your expertise and why you are interested in the position. Professor Terence J. Robinson Evolutionary Genomics Group Stellenbosch University Private Bag X1 Matieland 7602 South Africa E-mail: tjr@sun.ac.za Tel: +27 21 808 39 55 Fax: +27 21 808 24 “Robinson, TJ, Prof ” via Gmail
Permanent position at NSF in Population and Community Ecology The Division of Environmental Biology at NSF seeks applicants for a Program Director in its Population and Community Ecology cluster. This is a permanent position, with good benefits and a salary range of $107,325 - $167,252. Previous experience at NSF as a non-permanent Program Director (a “rotator”) is helpful but certainly not essential. The deadline is May 4, 2015 and the application process is relatively simple. Applicants should have expertise in at least one of the following: population ecology, species interactions and community dynamics in terrestrial, wetland or freshwater habitats. For details, please see the USAjobs.gov posting (link below) or contact Doug Levey (dlevey@nsf.gov ). Members of underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. http://1.usa.gov/1HmyNxQ Leslie J. Rissler, Ph.D. Program Director Evolutionary Processes Cluster Division of Environmental Biology National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22230 lrissler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4628 Stafford I, Suite 655.13 “Rissler, Leslie J.” via Gmail

April 13, 2015


*Graduate position in arthropod systematics and biodiversity* The Caterino Arthropod Biodiversity Lab at Clemson University is looking for highly motivated graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) for the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semester. Specific projects are negotiable, but will include collection-based elements to address questions centering on arthropod systematics and biodiversity. Projects focused on Coleoptera of southeastern North America, incorporating fieldwork, molecular, morphological, and bioinformatic tools will be preferred. Interested candidates should have a strong background in evolutionary and systematic biology, familiarity with laboratory methods applicable to phylogenetic and phylogeographic problems, interest in entomological collections, and a love of arthropods and entomological fieldwork. Prospective students will have to qualify for admission to the entomology graduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (AES). Up to three years of funding is available through an assistantship to upgrade the Clemson University Arthropod Collection. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Caterino before applying to discuss possible research projects. For information on the PI and the lab: http://bit.ly/1H24f3X The Clemson University Arthropod Collection: http://bit.ly/1FE4gXF The Entomology graduate program: http://bit.ly/1H24cFe via Gmail

April 12, 2015

–_000_9B46976726A7404688EAEA3CBF9284EA537BBC1AORANGECOUGARSIN_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=“iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Post Doctoral Position Available in the lab of Charlie Fenster, University of Maryland Collaborators: Stephen Wright (University of Toronto), Matt Rutter (College of Charleston), Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute, Tbingen). We are seeking a postdoc to analyze the relationship between sequence and phenotype for Arabidopsis thaliana mutation accumulation lines. The postdoc is expected to be a key component in the integration of the various labs with a home base in the Fenster lab. Consequently there are incredible opportunities to collaborate with one of the world’s most productive plant molecular labs (Weigel Lab), a leader in the intersection of genomics and evolution (Wright lab), and additional leaders in theoretical and evolutionary genetics and plant population ecology (J. gren Uppsala University, T. Lenormand CNRS Montpellier, and E. Imbert University of Montpellier). We also offer the opportunity to integrate research findings with undergraduate education and outreach to K-12 education (Rutter lab). The Fenster lab is diverse with interests and students spanning from plant floral evolution to evolutionary genetics. The open postdoc position is an opportunity for the basic discovery of mutations. Specifically, we seek a postdoc that will use computational approaches to quantify the mutational origins of genetic variation at the sequence level to further our understanding of the role of mutation and selection as determinants of patterns of genetic variation at the within and among species levels. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to help set-up the field experiments to study de novo mutations in the Swedish and French sites. The successful applicant may have a range of skills from evolutionary ecology to computational genomics. The successful applicant will therefore have sufficient quantitative skills and a predilection for quantitative approaches combined with a passion for evolutionary biology. Preferred starting date is summer 2015. Salary is in the high $ 40’s K, but also includes generous benefits. Briefly, the role of mutation to evolutionary process depends on the rate and type of mutation and the effects that the new mutations have on fitness. Yet how the effects of naturally occurring mutations both enable and shape the evolution of diversity remains largely unexplored. Quantifying and analyzing these parameters requires broad, integrative approaches. Recent conceptual and experimental advances now allow a more comprehensive treatment of the effects of mutations on evolutionary diversification. In particular, whole-genome sequencing is now so inexpensive that it is possible to directly confirm and define the action of mutation. The specific aims of the project are to analyze completely sequenced mutation accumulation lines in light of their phenotypes, including fitness, across a range of natural environments. In addition, there will be the opportunity to develop a web-based educational tool for undergraduates that will explore recent advances in the study of mutati on. We expect rapid publications spanning the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary modeling and with sequence and fitness data, the chance to discover new patterns with important evolutionary consequences. If interested, please contact C. Fenster: Cfenster@umd.edu & cc Matt Rutter: RutterM@cofc.edu Please include in one attached document a brief statement of interest, relevant skills, publication list and the names of at least two colleagues who can provide letters of reference. References: Ossowski, S , K. Schneeberger, J.L. Lucas-Lledo, N. Warthmann, R.M. Clark, R.G. Shaw, D. Weigel, and M. Lynch. 2010. The Rate and Molecular Spectrum of Spontaneous Mutations in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science 327: 92-94 Rutter, M. T., F. H. Shaw and C. B. Fenster. 2010. Spontaneous mutation parameters for Arabidopsis thaliana measured in the wild. Evolution, 64: 1825-1835. Rutter, M., A. Roles, J. Conner, R. Shaw, F. Shaw, K. Schneeberger, S. Ossowski, D. Weigel and C. B. Fenster. 2012. Brief Communication: Fitness of Arabidopsis thaliana mutation accumulation lines whose spontaneous mutations are known. Evolution, 66: 2335-2339. –_000_9B46976726A7404688EAEA3CBF9284EA537BBC1AORANGECOUGARSIN_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=“iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

April 9, 2015


Three year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fungal molecular ecology available at the University of Oslo, Norway: Soil fungi play important functional roles in forest ecosystems; while saprotrophic taxa are essential for organic matter decomposition; mycorrhizal root-associated fungi mediate the link between living plants and the below-ground community. Recent studies indicate that plant-fungi interactions through mycorrhiza affect the efficiency of decomposition by fungi, and works as a main driver for soil carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. The goal of this project (MycoSoil), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, is to make fundamental progress in the understanding of the community ecology and functions of fungi in boreal forest soils, how they are organized spatiotemporally and how they influence on carbon sequestration processes. We will take advantage of linking the project to two long-term surveys of boreal forests. State-of-the-art DNA metabarcoding and metatranscriptomics approaches will be used to analyze spatiotemporal variation in the soil fungal communit ies. For more information see http://bit.ly/1BgydKs or contact Hvard Kauserud at haavarka@ibv.uio.no via Gmail


PhD course: High throughput sequencing of non-model organisms Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, University of Nordland, Norway. This course will run 27 May - 5 June 2015. Application deadline is 30 April. High throughput sequencing technologies are being applied to a wide range of important topics in biology. However, the analyses of non-model organisms, for which little previous sequence information is available, pose specific problems. This course addresses the specific strengths and weaknesses of alternative HTS technologies, the computational resources needed for HTS, and how to analyze non-model species using HTS. The course consists of a practical training module, HTS bioinformatics training, and lecturing/seminars of HTS approaches specifically targeting non-model organisms. We accept a maximum of 10 students. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2015. If you have questions regarding the course, please contact Prof. Truls Moum at tmo@uin.no Please find a detailed course description and application form here: http://bit.ly/1OcIi4r Kind regards, Jeanett via Gmail


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April 8, 2015


Research-Teaching Postdoc in Experimental Evolution A full-time postdoctoral position is available in the Duffy Lab (http://bit.ly/1aVcO35) at Rutgers University to carry out experimental evolution research with the model RNA virus bacteriophage phi6. This 70% research position will focus on how epistasis affects viral emergence in novel hosts. The remaining 30% of the position involves teaching and developing teaching proficiency: designing a new undergraduate experimental evolution lab course with the PI, team-teaching undergraduate courses in evolution, and designing and teaching activities to middle school students. This position is ideal for candidates wanting to establish a teaching portfolio while conducting postdoctoral research on the evolution of infectious disease. The postdoc will be responsible for developing hypotheses, designing experiments, conducting wet lab research, analyzing results, preparing/presenting data at national/international conferences, generating high quality journal publications and assisting in grant preparation. Additionally, the postdoc is expected to participate in our highly collaborative laboratory environment, and assist in supervision of undergraduate student projects. The position is funded for 2.5 years by the NSF and Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, though renewal after the first year is contingent on performance. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in molecular evolution, population genetics and microbiology, and have previously worked and published in either experimental evolution or molecular phage/virology research. The successful applicant will be highly organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and have a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in English. Applicants must have a PhD/have successfully defended their dissertation in a relevant biological science before taking up the position. The Duffy lab combines computational and wet lab approaches to understand short term and long term patterns in viral evolution. Individuals in the lab focus on viruses of mammals, plants and microbes, though dsRNA phage phi6 is currently the dominant experimental system in the lab. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university. New Brunswick is within an hours drive of New York City and beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 90 minute drive of Philadelphia and the Appalachian Trail. New Jersey is one of the most ethnically diverse states, with over 20% of the population having immigrated to the US. Application review will start on 4/22/15 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but start dates in summer 2015 are preferred. Salary is based on qualification and experience. Any informal queries should be emailed to Siobain Duffy (duffy@aesop.rutgers.edu) To apply, please send the following items to duffy@aesop.rutgers.edu: (1) a cover letter stating preferred start date (2) a curriculum vitae, including previous research and teaching experience, and contact information for three references, and (3) a brief statement of research interest and career goals. Rutgers is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Siobain Duffy Associate Professor (as of 7/1/15) Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey duffy@AESOP.Rutgers.edu via Gmail

At the University of Groningen a new ambitious programme has been developed, called Adaptive Life. Adaptation is a characteristic phenomenon of all living systems and crucial in a changing world. The Adaptive Life programme aims at studying adaptation by integrating mechanistic, e.g. physiological and developmental, perspectives with ecological and evolutionary approaches. To make this program a success two institutes, the Centre for Behavioural Neurosciences and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, recently merged to form the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES). In addition, two competence centers have been established to extend connections with societal partners: the Sustainable Landscape Competence Centre and the Brain and Behaviour Competence Centre. The programme will receive an investment of over 10 million euros for the next five years from the University of Groningen and the theme Adaptive Life is now one of the four focus areas of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The kick-off meeting of the institute and its new programme is on April 22, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Participation is free but registration is required. For the full programme and further information see http://bit.ly/1FAvGQJ or contact gelifes-office@rug.nl. GELIFES Office via Gmail