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Two research positions in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and NGS data analysis CIBIO-InBIO (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 over 170 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 brand new Illumina 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 city and the capital of Port wine. We are currently looking for two talented researchers to join our research centre to create a new Research Group in the fields of Bioinformatics/Informatics, Computational Biology and NGS data analysis. Researchers will contribute to several research lines and frontier projects in human genomics, domestication, and challenging de-novo sequencing projects for non-model species. Candidates from all areas of computational biology and bioinformatics will be considered. Work will involve next-generation sequencing data analysis, meta-genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography. Successful candidates will be deeply involved in the analysis of whole genomes, both through re-sequencing of multiple individuals of species for which there is a reference genome (e.g. humans, rabbits, dogs), and the assembly of de-novo genomes (e.g. anthelopes, lizards). They are expected to deploy and maintain analytic and data management pipelines, set up standard pipelines for quality control, assembly, and assembly validation as well as to generate custom bioinformatics solutions. We are looking for senior scientists who will be able to conduct top-level research, establish solid collaborations, and to attract national and international funding. The positions require a PhD in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, mathematical biology, or computer science, 3-5 years post-doctoral experience, with a strong competence in genome assembly. Expertise in other related NGS-areas are also of interest. The candidate must have strong computational skills including proficiency in one or more scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby) and statistical frameworks (e.g. R, Matlab, SAS, etc.), experience in bioinformatics, namely in processing high-throughput sequencing data, scientific programming, pipeline-development and/or development in the area of genome assembly, experimental studies and NGS analysis as well as an understanding of molecular biology and genetics. A strong knowledge in scripting and automation of procedures in a Linux environment is a must for a successful applicant. A good publication record in SCI journals and a record of funded research will be extra beneficial. As the candidate will be invited to participate in teaching at the MSc and PhD levels, a history of lecturing will be considered valuable. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of developing software and other computational approaches to study biological questions in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, evolutionary genomics, phylogenomics, genetics/population genetics, and systems biology and with experience in leadership roles. The selected candidates will be the first members of an exciting new team that will provide advanced and dedicated bioinformatics/informatics and computational biology expertise to CIBIO-InBIO. The team will help genome assembly projects with anything from providing guidance in the setup and running of assembly projects to completely running the genome assembly. They will be key members of CIBIO-InBIO and will be expected to collaborate with research groups embarking on genome projects, supporting them with de novo assembly of genomes, including validation of assemblies, designing genomic experiments, analyzing experimental data and other related aspects. Any type of raw data from a wide array of organisms can be expected. Good communication and writing skills are essential, and complete fluency in English is an absolute requirement. Salary corresponds approximately to a gross annual income of 45000 euros (before taxes). Applications to any of these positions will include a detailed CV, a research statement and a motivation letter, as well as the email contact of three referees. Applications will be open until the positions are filled. Incoming applications will be reviewed immediately and there is no obligation to hire any of the candidates. Applications should be sent to diretor@cibio.up.pt. 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. The positions are expected to start immediately after selection. 6 months trial period. The contract will end on the 30th of September 2015. A new contract may be offered depending on performance and available funds. Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr. Natlia Dias Executive Coordinator of CIBIO-InBIO Natalia.Dias@cibio.up.pt Phone: +351 252660422 Natalia Dias via Gmail
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—_000_14097748811874450wrightedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Tenure-track Faculty Position in Microbial Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435 The Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, OH invites applications for a full-time tenure-track microbial ecologist at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to begin Fall 2015. We are seeking candidates who can contribute to a growing interdepartmental cluster in global change research and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences PhD program (http://bit.ly/1r5NVns). The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vibrant, extramurally funded program of research in global change microbial biology that will complement existing expertise in genomics, spatial analysis, ecosystem ecology, and plant ecology. Teaching may include contributing to the department’s courses in microbiology, ecology, and the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. A doctoral degree and a minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience at the time of consideration are required. Departmental faculty participate in the Biological Sciences MSc program and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences and Biomedical Sciences PhD programs. In addition to the College of Science and Mathematics, opportunities for collaboration are also available in WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, the College of Engineering, and the Lifespan Health Research Center. Resources in support of research include genomics and proteomics facilities, a breadth of microscopy instrumentation, a greenhouse, forest preserve and nearby wetland complexes, an animal care facility, and opportunities to collaborate with individuals at numerous regional clinical, industrial, and research institutions, including the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. A competitive start-up package will be tailored to the specific needs of the successful candidate. WSU has nearly 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the Department of Biological Sciences graduates approximately 150 students per year. More information about Wright State University, the Department of Biological Sciences, its graduate programs, and this open faculty position can be found at http://bit.ly/1qqhRhO. Criteria for promotion and tenure in Biological Sciences at WSU can be found at http://sciencemath. http://bit.ly/1r5NVDJ. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three letters of reference via http://bit.ly/1qqhOCy. Additional details can be found at: http://bit.ly/1r5NVDQ. First consideration for review of applicants will begin November 17, 2014. Wright State University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is committed to an inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities. —_000_14097748811874450wrightedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Microbial Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435

The Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, OH invites applications for a full-time tenure-track microbial ecologist at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to begin Fall 2015. We are seeking candidates who can contribute to a growing interdepartmental cluster in global change research and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences PhD program (http://bit.ly/1r5NVns). The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vibrant, extramurally funded program of research in global change microbial biology that will complement existing expertise in genomics, spatial analysis, ecosystem ecology, and plant ecology. Teaching may include contributing to the department’s courses in microbiology, ecology, and the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. A doctoral degree and a minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience at the time of consideration are required.

Departmental faculty participate in the Biological Sciences MSc program and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences and Biomedical Sciences PhD programs. In addition to the College of Science and Mathematics, opportunities for collaboration are also available in WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, the College of Engineering, and the Lifespan Health Research Center. Resources in support of research include genomics and proteomics facilities, a breadth of microscopy instrumentation, a greenhouse, forest preserve and nearby wetland complexes, an animal care facility, and opportunities to collaborate with individuals at numerous regional clinical, industrial, and research institutions, including the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. A competitive start-up package will be tailored to the specific needs of the successful candidate.

WSU has nearly 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and the Department of Biological Sciences graduates approximately 150 students per year. More information about Wright State University, the Department of Biological Sciences, its graduate programs, and this open faculty position can be found at http://bit.ly/1qqhRhO. Criteria for promotion and tenure in Biological Sciences at WSU can be found at http://sciencemath. http://bit.ly/1r5NVDJ.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three letters of reference via http://bit.ly/1qqhOCy. Additional details can be found at: http://bit.ly/1r5NVDQ. First consideration for review of applicants will begin November 17, 2014. Wright State University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is committed to an inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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*Field Assistant Job in Israel* Location: Tel Dan, upper Galilee and Carmel Mountains, Israel Time: mid October 2014 until January 2015 (~3 months) Language: english or german required Payment: Flight will be covered and there will be a small salary. *Job description* We compare how two species of the fire salamander *Salamandra salamandra* in Germany and *S. infraimmaculata* in Israel adapted to different habitat types with often fast fluctuating environ­mental conditions. For our second field season in Israel, we are looking for a self motivated, hard working field assistant. The project includes a capture-recapture study of adult salamanders at night. We will do ecological experiments about the larviposition behaviour of the female fire salamanders and the development of the larvae in the Tel Dan nature reserve. In addition, we will also collect tissue samples (tail tips) from larvae at different sites in the north of Israel and transplant larvae between different habitat types to investigate differences in gene expression. The position requires a lot of work in rainy, cool nights (down til 4°C) for a capture-recapture project. We take pictures of the adult salamanders to recognize individuals by means of the spot pattern. Night work can take 3-4 hours and sometimes several nights in one week, which can be tiring. Some sites are remote and short hikes, walks through dense vegetation and wading in muddy ditches can be required; though most sites are easy to access. At the beginning of the season we will need to dig holes and set fences in order to build an outdoor enclosure for the female salamanders. You should be familiar with collecting scientific data and have some experience in handling wild animals. It would be an advantage if you lived abroad before and if you can easily adapt to new situations. There will be regular visits at the Haifa University to see our project partners. *What to expect* The north of Israel has some wetland and the jordan river starts in this area. You can visit numerous nature parks and reserves and observe a very rich fauna: hyrax, jackals, antelopes, stellions (Agama), geckos and chameleons. In winter, the area is also home or resting place for many migrating bird species (e.g. 3 kingfisher species, cranes, hoopoes, palestine sunbirds, vultures). The climate in winter is mild, in October between 15-30° C, and from December to January between 8 - 20° C. The rainy season lasts from October until March. There will be strong rain but often followed by some dry days or weeks. Since houses are barely insulated, good cloths are of great importance. The north of Israel is as far from Gaza as possible. I was told that things stayed very calm in the north. Notwithstanding the above, there is always a danger from nearby Lebanon and Syria. The risk is lower, since we are in nature reserves and not in a big city. *How to apply?* Send a short motivation letter stating why you are interested and your CV via email to e.kuepfer@tu-bs.de. If you have any further questions about the project, dont hesitate to email me. Eliane Küpfer Zoological Institute – Evolutionary Biology University of Brunswick - Germany (Technische Universität Braunschweig) Eliane Küpfer via Gmail
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Travel Fellowships for the 12th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium The Ecological Genomics Institute (ecogen.ksu.edu) at Kansas State University has funds to support student and postdoc travel fellowships to attend the 12th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium (http://bit.ly/1ktZBTN) in Kansas City from October 31st to November 2nd 2014. International students are eligible for these fellowships. The 12th Ecological Genomics Symposium will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers that will discuss their latest research results: Zach Cheviron, University of Illinois, Evolutionary and functional genomics of high-altitude adaptation in deer mice Casandra Extavour, Harvard University, Using Drosophilid flies to understand how the development of reproductive capacity may be influenced by ecological niche Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago and Argonne. Mapping the Microbiome in Agricultural Ecology Felicity Jones, Max Planck Institute, Tbingen, Germany, Molecular mechanisms of adaptive divergence and speciation in threespine sticklebacks. Catherine Linnen, University of Kentucky, From mice to mutations: Genetic basis of adaptive coloration in Peromyscus Michael Lynch, Indiana University, Moving population-genomics forward: 5000 Daphnia pulex genomes Sean Place, Sonoma State University, Comparative transcriptomics: An alternative approach to conservation in the Southern Ocean Jesse Poland, Kansas State University, High-throughput genotype and phenotype analysis of agriculture ecosystems John Stinchcombe, University of Toronto, Ecology and genomics of life history adaptation in introduced Arabidopsis populations Alex Wilson, University of Miami, Metabolic and developmental integration of the obligate intracellular symbionts of sap feeding insects POSTER SESSIONS: A poster sessions will be held on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Poster topics should be related to the field of Ecological Genomics. A LIMITED NUMBER OF SUBMITTED POSTER ABSTRACTS WILL BE SELECTED FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS. TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS. The fellowships are supported by the American Genetics Association with the goal of increasing the cultural and scientific diversity of the young scientists at the symposium. AGA-sponsored students and post-docs will receive a free 3-year student membership in the AGA. Membership provides eligibility to compete for awards and participate in Council elections, a Journal of Heredity subscription and access to the entire 100-year Journal archive. Your application packet must include each of the following: 1. A statement that you are a United States citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in a MS or PhD program or working as a postdoctoral researcher in the United States. 2. A title and abstract for a poster to be presented by the applicant. 3. A short CV/resume. Please include your gender and race and ethnicity for AGA reporting. 4. A paragraph on why you are interested in attending the symposium. 5. A brief letter of recommendation from your advisor submitted under separate cover. The letter should be sent to jenniferrhodes@ksu.edu by Monday, September 15, 2014. Complete application (items 1 to 4) should be submitted as a single pdf document to jenniferrhodes@ksu.edu. The deadline for submission is Monday, September 15, 2014 For questions about the application contact Michael Herman at mherman@ksu.edu or 785-532-6741 johnson@ksu.edu via Gmail

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Dear All We are currently advertising for new technician within the WildGenes RZSS Conservation Genetics laboratory based in Edinburgh (the laboratory is located at Edinburgh Zoo). This is a one year fixed-term position to assist our senior technician with day-to-day activities on a diverse portfolio of conservation genetics projects. The closing date is Tuesday 16 September 2014. For further information about the position and how to apply see http://bit.ly/WefZfJ. Many thanks and best wishes. Helen Dr. Helen Senn Research Scientist WildGenes Laboratory Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Edinburgh EH12 6TS UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0)131 3140333 Skype: helen.senn http://bit.ly/WefZfK http://bit.ly/1CsFStr Helen Senn via Gmail
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—_000_34E742A55D124A2ABD9803C684DD6989canisiusedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BIOLOGY at Canisius College - Buffalo, NY. 2 tenure-track positions for fall 2015. Both positions should contribute to the introductory biology (evolution/ecology and/or physiology) and/or the sophomore level biochemistry/cell biology sequences. Microbiology: teach an upper-level course and lab in general microbiology and one or more upper-level courses and associated labs in his/her area of specialty. The ideal candidate will also teach one or more of the following: epidemiology, parasitology, virology, toxicology, and/or immunology. A research program studying microbiology from a biochemical, cellular, and/or molecular approach and involving undergraduates is expected. Developmental Biology: teach upper-level course and lab in developmental biology and one or more upper-level courses and associated labs in his/her area of specialty. The ideal candidate will also teach one or more of the following: evolution and development, developmental genetics, medical genetics, and/or toxicology. A research program studying developmental biology using molecular techniques and involving undergraduates is expected. Candidates should complement existing expertise which includes: animal behavior/behavioral neuroscience, immunochemistry, endocrinology, cellular neurobiology, vertebrate ecology, cancer epigenetics, plant biochemistry, primatology, evolutionary biology (population genetics), evolutionary ecology/entomology, and freshwater biology. Expected to seek external funding to support scholarship. PhD is required, postdoctoral experience preferred. Send letter of application, vitae, transcripts, teaching philosophy, plan of proposed research, information for three references by 11/1/14, to Dr. Susan Aronica at hr.recruiter@canisius.edu

(put MICRO BIO or DEVELOP BIO in the subject, pdf preferred) or mail to HR, 2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208. AA/EOE —_000_34E742A55D124A2ABD9803C684DD6989canisiusedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BIOLOGY at Canisius College - Buffalo, NY. 2 tenure-track positions for fall 2015. Both positions should contribute to the introductory biology (evolution/ecology and/or physiology) and/or the sophomore level biochemistry/cell biology sequences. 

Microbiology: teach an upper-level course and lab in general microbiology and one or more upper-level courses and associated labs in his/her area of specialty. The ideal candidate will also teach one or more of the following: epidemiology, parasitology, virology, toxicology, and/or immunology.  A research program studying microbiology from a biochemical, cellular, and/or molecular approach and involving undergraduates is expected.

Developmental Biology: teach upper-level course and lab in developmental biology and one or more upper-level courses and associated labs in his/her area of specialty. The ideal candidate will also teach one or more of the following: evolution and development, developmental genetics, medical genetics, and/or toxicology. A research program studying developmental biology using molecular techniques and involving undergraduates is expected.

Candidates should complement existing expertise which includes: animal behavior/behavioral neuroscience, immunochemistry, endocrinology, cellular neurobiology, vertebrate ecology, cancer epigenetics, plant biochemistry, primatology, evolutionary biology (population genetics), evolutionary ecology/entomology, and freshwater biology. Expected to seek external funding to support scholarship. PhD is required, postdoctoral experience preferred. Send letter of application, vitae, transcripts, teaching philosophy, plan of proposed research, information for three references by 11/1/14, to Dr. Susan Aronica at hr.recruiter@canisius.edu (put MICRO BIO or DEVELOP BIO in the subject, pdf preferred) or mail to HR, 2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208. AA/EOE

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Job title: Postdoctoral position in computational macroevolution A postdoctoral position in computational macroevolution is available in Dan Rabosky’s lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved the development and application of methods for studying evolutionary dynamics (speciation, extinction, phenotypic evolution) across phylogenetic trees that potentially include many thousands of taxa. The project will involve either extensions or applications of the BAMM / BAMMtools software platform developed by the Rabosky lab (see http://bit.ly/1prr2sZ for more information). BAMM is a Bayesian framework for modeling complex mixtures of dynamic evolutionary processes on phylogenetic trees. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved with at least one of the following: (i) Development and implementation of new methods for modeling evolutionary dynamics from phylogenetic and/or paleontological data. An area of particular interest involves methods for combined analyses of paleontological and neontological data with BAMM. (ii) Empirical analyses of evolutionary radiations with BAMM, towards understanding why rates of speciation, extinction, and phenotypic evolution vary across the Tree of Life. (iii) Development and extensions to BAMMtools, our R package for analyzing and visualizing evolutionary dynamics from BAMM output (see examples of analyses and visualization with BAMMtools on the BAMM project website). The ideal candidate will have a background in quantitative methods in evolutionary biology and/or computational biology. Demonstrable programming ability in C/C++ and/or R is required (C++ essential for BAMM development, but not necessarily for empirical projects or BAMMtools development). Previous experience studying macroevolutionary dynamics is helpful, but we welcome applications from any area of computational biology, including population genetics, theoretical ecology, and applied mathematics. The position offers exceptional opportunities for independent research, career development, and quantitative skills training. We have an outstanding group of researchers in quantitative/computational evolutionary biology and biodiversity science in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan. Applications should be sent to drabosky at umich.edu. Please include a cover letter describing your research interests and background, a C.V., evidence of programming experience, and contact information for three references. Start date is flexible. Any questions about the position can be directed to Dan Rabosky. Dan Rabosky via Gmail

September 3, 2014

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN GENOMICS AT THE CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN (DEADLINE EXTENDED) We are hiring a postdoctoral research associate for 2.5 years to lead the genome sequencing efforts of an NSF-funded, Phylogenetic Systematics grant titled “Evaluating the contributions of horizontally transferred bacterial genes and endogenous duplication events to the diversification of diatoms”. This project integrates transcriptomics, phylogenomics, and genome sequencing to understand the role of horizontal gene transfer and whole genome duplication in the diversification of diatoms. This project is a collaborative NSF research project between Andrew Alverson (University of Arkansas) and Norman Wickett (Chicago Botanic Garden & Northwestern University). The postdoc will be based at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where the genome sequencing, assembly, and annotation efforts will be based. START DATE: January 5, 2015 APPLICATION REVIEW: Begins October 1, 2014 until filled DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating and conducting the sequencing, assembly, and annotation of several diatom genomes. Additionally, the position includes the analysis of genome content and structure association with the diversification of diatoms, with an emphasis on the detection of horizontal gene transfer and whole genome duplication. Expectations are that postdoc will contribute to the preparation of numerous publications, many of which will be first-authored. Teaching and curriculum development opportunities will be provided through the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation, a joint program between the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University. Finally, the position includes involvement in the development of an exhibit on diatom biology to be hosted at the Chicago Botanic Garden. POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology, biology, bioinformatics, botany, or a related field. Some experience in bioinformatics is required, preferably in the area of genome assembly and annotation. Applicants who expect to have completed their PhD by the start date will be preferred. TO APPLY: Please email a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to: nwickett@chicagobotanic.org via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to inform you that the list of keynote speakers for the conference on “Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and their Application in Evolutionary Biology” (11th-15th November 2014, Seville, Spain) is now complete. Accordingly, the following experts confirmed to give plenary talks: Thomas F. Hansen (University of Oslo, Norway) Anthony R. Ives (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) Emília Martins (Indiana University, USA) Charles L. Nunn (Duke University, USA) Emmanuel Paradis (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France) Samantha Price (University of California, Davis, USA) Liam Revell (University of Massachusetts, USA) The conference will focus on phylogenetic comparative methods that are now widely used in very diverse fields of evolutionary biology to make robust inferences from interspecific data and phylogenies. Currently, we witness a rapid flourishing of the phylogenetic toolbox allowing researchers to tackle diverse questions concerning the evolution of species and their traits. We aim at providing a bouquet of overviews on the most recent developments by the most prominent experts of the comparative methodology, and also at attracting an audience from different fields of evolutionary biology to demonstrate how the phylogenetic comparative approach can be used to address an ample array of biological questions in different taxa. We still welcome contributions to the main program (oral presentation or poster) For more info on the scientific and social program as well as for the registration, please visit http://bit.ly/1sQw72w . Please, note that places are limited! We look forward to seeing you in Seville! the organising committee: László Zsolt Garamszegi (Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Spain) Alejandro Gonzalez Voyer (Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Spain) Carles Vilà (Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Spain) Juan Arroyo (University of Seville, Spain) László Zsolt Garamszegi Department of Evolutionary Ecology Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC c/ Americo Vespucio, s/n 41092, Seville, Spain Tel: (+34) 954 232 340 - (+34) 954466700 ext. 1111 Fax: (+34) 954 621 125 E-mail: laszlo.garamszegi@ebd.csic.es Laszlo Zsolt Garamszegi via Gmail
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Dear colleague, Registration is open for the course “HISTORICAL BIOGEOGRAPHY: FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS”, June 15-19, 2015. INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Lone Aagesen (IBODA, CONICET, Argentina) and Dr. Claudia A. Szumik (Miguel Lillo Foundation, CONICET, Argentina). PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauraci i Interpretaci Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). WEBPAGE: http://bit.ly/Wa63US This course provides basic knowledge on selected theoretical and methodological problems of historical biogeography. We aim to provide the practical skills to enable the students to carry out empirical biographical analyses. A considerable part of the course is therefore allocated to practical problems as well as to the use of computer programs specifically developed for biogeography analyses. Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catal de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and de Centre de Restauraci i Interpretaci Paleontologica de Els Hostalets de Pierola. For more information you can write tocourses@transmittingscience.org Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you consider it appropriate. With best regards Soledad De Esteban Trivigno Transmitting Science http://bit.ly/1gdSpYn soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.org via Gmail

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Post-Doc Positions at the Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel We are looking for independent, motivated, diligent, laborious, dedicated Bioinformaticians as post-doctorate fellows for a project aimed at revealing the mechanisms of cancer-resistance and anti-cancer activity of the hypoxia-tolerant subterranean, blind mole-rat, Spalax along its underground evolutionary adaptations. Our project has captured the interest of the scientific community and we have ample financial support for the studies. Generous fellowships ($30K to $40K according to qualifications and performance) are available, immediately, for Post-Docs experts in bioinformatics with a background of good understanding biological questions. That is that can independently handle raw output data of RNA-seq / miR seq/ Genomic, analyze it and can interpret intelligently the relevant biological background. Outstanding candidates for PhD experienced in Bioinformatics will also be considered. Familiarity with cancer research is an advantage. Experience of writing manuscripts for publication and a publication record in relevant journals are expected. English skills both oral and written are required. American, Western-European or Israeli education is a significant benefit. Scientific background: We are working with the hypoxia-tolerant (down to 3% O2), long-lived (>20 years) subterranean blind mole-rat, Spalax, which shows an outstanding cancer-resistance and anti-cancer capabilities. Observations of thousands of individuals at our Institute have never noticed a spontaneous malignant tumor. Furthermore, we have found in Spalax, compared to other above-ground, hypoxia-sensitive, short-lived species, different structure and function of major genes related to cancer (p53, heparanase, genes of antioxidant defense and DNA-repair genes). Assessment of Spalax transcriptome assembly and expression data has revealed enrichment of genes that overlap cancer resistance, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and hypoxia-tolerance and elicits much wider and stronger expression in Spalax than in rat (Malik et al, 2012, BMC genomics, 13, 615). Moreover, Spalax has shown extremely high cancer-resistance to chemical carcinogens that induced cancer in 100% of mice and rats. Most intriguing, fibroblast cells only from Spalax, but not from other species, inhibit growth and kill cancer cells, but not normal cells, from various tissues and species, most importantly a wide range of human cancer cells. This is exhibited in both co-culture system or by exposure to factors secreted into conditioned media harvested from Spalax fibroblasts. Decreased cancer cell viability and proliferation, reduced colony formation in soft agar, disturbed cell cycle progression, chromatin condensation, nuclei deformation and mitochondrial fragmentation were reproducibly observed (Manov et al., 2013, BMC biology 11, 91). Our present objectives is to identify and isolate the substances secreted by Spalax cells, resolve with which components they interact that are active only on cancer cells, in order to unravel the biological mechanisms and pathways that evolved in Spalax cell machinery and ultimately lead to the death of cancer-cells. The study could attest to be a breakthrough in cancer research, using the long lived, hypoxia- and cancer-tolerant Spalax as a significant biological resource for biomedical research that hopefully could open new horizons in treatment and prevention of cancer in humans. Contact: The applications should be submitted, together with extended CV and bibliography, summary of past accomplishments, and contact information of 3 referees, to Prof of Research Aaron Avivi (aaron@research.haifa.ac.il) AND Dr. Imad Shams (imadshams@gmail.com). (http://bit.ly/1lywShk) aaron@research.haifa.ac.il via Gmail

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Dear Colleague, The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is now accepting proposals for symposium topics for the 2015 annual meeting, taking place in Vienna July 12th-16th 2015. For each accepted symposium the society provides substantial financial support to facilitate symposia organizers to attract outstanding invited speakers (up two invited speakers per symposium): - free registration for invited speakers - free accommodation for invited speakers - up to 1900€ travel support To submit your proposal please follow the instructions in the guide to applicants available at: http://bit.ly/1pnLk6L Return your completed submission to office@smbe2015.at by Sunday October 19th 2014. The subject line should read: Symposium submission Successful applications will be confirmed by December 5th 2014 and a call for abstracts will follow. We hope to see you all in Vienna! Kind regards, Julia Hosp On behalf of the local organizing committee Website: http://smbe2015.at via Gmail

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Graduate Position in Marine Shellfish Genetics School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA A PhD (or MS) position is available in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) at the University of Washington (http://bit.ly/1lywRK1) to study local adaptation of rock scallops, Crassadoma gigantea, to ocean acidification by reciprocal transplant and common garden experiments combined with next generation sequencing techniques. The project is funded by the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program, and represents a close collaboration between the shellfish industry, state and tribal resource management, and academia. We are now looking for an enthusiastic individual to help with captive larval rearing experiments, carry out next generation sequencing, and develop computer models aiming to evaluate molecular signals of selection in wild populations and the hatchery. The successful candidate should work well as part of a team, be responsible and reliable, and be able to effectively communicate science in oral and written presentations. He/She should have worked with molecular genetic approaches and preferentially have bioinformatics experience, though training in these areas can be provided. The student will be part of MerLab, an active research group consisting of four faculty, three postdocs, four PhD students and two Master’s students, who are all applying modern genetic techniques to answer questions in ecology, evolution and natural resource management. The position is initially funded for two years and will start as soon as possible, ideally in spring 2015. Additional opportunities for scholarships from SAFS, the NSF and other bodies also exist, and prospective candidates are encouraged to discuss these opportunities and other aspects of the project with the PIs Dr Lorenz Hauser (lhauser@uw.edu, http://bit.ly/1pnLk6I) and Dr Brent Vadopalas (brentv@uw.edu). Please see http://bit.ly/1lywShd for application details and timelines. Dr Lorenz Hauser Associate Professor School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington 1122 NE Boat St, Box 355020, Seattle WA 98195-5020 Phone 206 685 3270, Fax 206-543-5728 http://bit.ly/1pnLk6I Lorenz Hauser via Gmail
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—20cf303e9e9053863205021723a3 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Postdoctoral Research Position in Infectious Disease Dynamics at the University of Notre Dame A candidate for a postdoctoral research position is sought for the Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame. Research will focus on the development and application of mechanistic models of the dynamics of vector-borne pathogen transmission and control, with an emphasis on dengue and malaria. There are a range of projects that the successful candidate could pursue, depending on her/his interests and skills. Major research themes include (i) developing, applying, and testing new methods for the inference of pathogen movement based on a combination of genetic and epidemiological data; (ii) developing and applying theory for targeted control and surveillance; and (iii) modeling human movement, exposure, and contact at a variety of scales. A variety of approaches will be taken, including development of new theory, statistical inference using novel methods, simulation studies, and confronting these approaches with data. Candidates will also be encouraged to dedicate a portion of their time to developing and leading projects of their own that are broadly consistent with the goals of the lab. Desirable qualities of candidates include (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or another relevant field; (2) strong programming and software development skills; (3) experience conducting research using mathematical models; (4) an interest in infectious disease dynamics and global health; and (5) knowledge of population genetics and/or phylogenetics. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with skills and experience, benefits will be provided, and support is available for travel to conferences and to visit field sites as appropriate. The Perkins Lab is based in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, which provide stimulating environments for research on the epidemiology and pathobiology of infectious diseases of global concern. Interactions with the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and other units on campus are also encouraged. For further information, please email Alex Perkins (taperkins@nd.edu) with a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of and contact information for three references. —20cf303e9e9053863205021723a3 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Postdoctoral Research Position in Infectious Disease Dynamics at the University of Notre DameA candidate for a postdoctoral research position is sought for the Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame. Research will focus on the development and application of mechanistic models of the dynamics of vector-borne pathogen transmission and control, with an emphasis on dengue and malaria. There are a range of projects that the successful candidate could pursue, depending on her/his interests and skills. Major research themes include (i) developing, applying, and testing new methods for the inference of pathogen movement based on a combination of genetic and epidemiological data; (ii) developing and applying theory for targeted control and surveillance; and (iii) modeling human movement, exposure, and contact at a variety of scales. A variety of approaches will be taken, including development of new theory, statistical inference usin g novel methods, simulation studies, and confronting these approaches with data. Candidates will also be encouraged to dedicate a portion of their time to developing and leading projects of their own that are broadly consistent with the goals of the lab.Desirable qualities of candidates include (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or another relevant field; (2) strong programming and software development skills; (3) experience conducting research using mathematical models; (4) an interest in infectious disease dynamics and global health; and (5) knowledge of population genetics and/or phylogenetics. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with skills and experience, benefits will be provided, and support is available for travel to conferences and to visit field sites as appropriate.The Perkins Lab is based in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health at the Univer sity of Notre Dame, which provide stimulating environments for research on the epidemiology and pathobiology of infectious diseases of global concern. Interactions with the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and other units on campus are also encouraged.For further information, please email Alex Perkins (taperkins@nd.edu) with a statement of interest, a CV, and the names of and contact information for three references. —20cf303e9e9053863205021723a via Gmail
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CEBA 2nd Thematic school : ‘Advanced methods and applications in Ecology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (CEBA-EECID), with a focus on Neotropical infections’, 17 - 21 November 2014, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Merida, Mexico As part of its training programme, the LabEx CEBA organizes its second Thematic school on the field of ecology, evolution and control of infectious diseases (EECID). During one week, a dozen lectures and researchers will interact with up to 18 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, originating from all around the world, on major recent advances in disease control and optimization of public health strategies in the fight against infections. CV and letters of motivation should be sent as two pdf files before September 7th, 2014 tojean-francois.guegan@ird.fr with the header ‘Application CEBA EECID’. On September 7th, 2014 registration will be closed. For more details, please check the Summer school website:http://bit.ly/1maOgad Best regards, Benjamin Roche International Research Unit UMMISCO Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Complex Systems Research Institute for Development (IRD) 32, avenue Henri Varagnat 93143 Bondy Cedex, France Phone:+33629585460 e-mail:roche.ben@gmail.com web: http://bit.ly/1maOgaf Benjamin Roche via Gmail

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—047d7ba973dad0980b0502150479 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 I am trying to redesign a cladistics laboratory for undergraduate bio majors and want the students to create their own matrices based on microsatellite data. So, I’m hoping members of the evoldir community would be willing to share their old gels—either films or digital images. If you are willing to send any old films, I will happily pay for mailing them. Our plan is to have the students generate a simple cladogram using morphological data and then “test” it using the microsatellite data. Thanks so much! via Gmail

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**ESEB Outreach Fund** The European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) welcomes applications to the ESEB Outreach Fund for projects that promote evolution-related activities. The goal of this initiative is to improve public knowledge about evolution globally. Applications for funding will be accepted for educational initiatives that promote evolution, development of evolutionary material (books, films, websites) intended for a general audience, public outreach seminars, public exhibitions, etc. While most projects will be financed for a sum between 1000-1500 Euro, exceptions can be made if a strong argument is provided for additional funds. The application form can be found on www.eseb.org (click on the “Outreach Fund” link). Applications will be accepted twice yearly (deadlines March 15, September 15) and should be submitted by email to Ute Friedrich (office@eseb.org; Subject: Outreach). Dr. Ute Friedrich ESEB Office Manager Email: office@eseb.org European Society of Evolutionary Biology - www.eseb.org office@eseb.org via Gmail

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—Apple-Mail=_37BF78E1-4B4D-49F2-9DE3-41CAA7AA45D7 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Two years post-doctoral positions now are available at the Institut Pasteur of Paris, with possibility of extension. These post-docs will be funded by an ERC five-year project EVOMOBIL (PI, Patrick Forterre) that started in February 2014 (see summary of the project) The aim is to study coevolution of mobile elements (viruses/plasmids) and cells in the domain Archaea. The two positions are for the in silico part of the project. The hired post-doc will work together with a strong team including David Prangishvili, Mart Krupovic, Simonetta Gribaldo and Jacques Oberto. We are looking for post-docs broadly interested in virus evolution with expertises in phylogenomics and/or database creation and management, etc. The two postdoctoral students will be hired by the Institut Pasteur (IP) to work at the IP in Paris and/or at the Institut of Integrated Cellular Biology (I2BC) in Orsay. Interactions between cells, viruses and derived elements, such as plasmids, have played a major role in life evolution. However, up to now, evolutionary studies have mainly focused on cellular genomes (building species trees). My project is to reconstruct the history of interaction between cells, viruses and plasmid (VP) on grand scale to tackle questions such as: to which extent VP co-evolved with their hosts? To which extent cellular history was influenced by the introduction of PV genomes? What is the main directionality of genes flux between PV and cells? The project will focus on Archaea, one of the three domains of life, because it is the only domain for which a robust phylogeny is available (a prerequisite for the project). We will perform an exhaustive description of viral and plasmid families in all available archaeal genomes (Including new genomes sequenced for the project) using a combination of in silico methods. Phylogenetic and network analyses will be used to r econstruct the history of viral and plasmid replicons with the objective to quantify horizontal versus vertical evolution and to sort out the web and tree-like components of archaeal history. Preliminary analyses have revealed the importance of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in archaeal evolution. However, the processes behind these HGT remain mysterious, especially for hyperthermophilic species. In parallel to our in silico analyses we will explore experimentally the possible role of membrane vesicles (MV) in HGT. We have shown that archaeal MVs can transfer DNA and that some of them harbour plasmid or viral genomes. We want now tackle questions such as: can these MVs transfer DNA between different species, different orders or even different domains? We will also study the mechanism of MV formation and fusion in comparison to those involved in viral infection to better understand the evolutionary and physiological connections between MV and PV. Production of MV is a univers al process and their role in life evolution could have been largely underestimated up to now. Applications should send at: forterre@pasteur.fr —Apple-Mail=_37BF78E1-4B4D-49F2-9DE3-41CAA7AA45D7 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

Two years post-doctoral positions now are available at the Institut Pasteur of Paris, with possibility of extension.

These post-docs will be funded by an ERC five-year project EVOMOBIL (PI, Patrick Forterre) that started in February 2014 (see summary of the project)

The aim is to study coevolution of mobile elements (viruses/plasmids) and cells in the domain Archaea.  The two positions are for the in silico part of the project. The hired post-doc will work together with a strong team including David Prangishvili, Mart Krupovic, Simonetta Gribaldo and Jacques Oberto. 

We are looking for post-docs broadly interested in virus evolution with expertises in phylogenomics and/or database creation and management, etc.

The two postdoctoral students will be hired by the Institut Pasteur (IP) to work at the IP in Paris and/or at the Institut of Integrated Cellular Biology (I2BC) in Orsay.

Interactions between cells, viruses and derived elements, such as plasmids, have played a major role in life evolution. However, up to now, evolutionary studies have mainly focused on cellular genomes (building species trees). My project is to reconstruct the history of interaction between cells, viruses and plasmid (VP) on grand scale to tackle questions such as: to which extent VP co-evolved with their hosts? To which extent cellular history was influenced by the introduction of PV genomes? What is the main directionality of genes flux between PV and cells? The project will focus on Archaea, one of the three domains of life, because it is the only domain for which a robust phylogeny is available (a prerequisite for the project). We will perform an exhaustive description of viral and plasmid families in all available archaeal genomes (Including new genomes sequenced for the project) using a combination of in silico methods. Phylogenetic and network analyses will be used to reconstruct the history of viral and plasmid replicons with the objective to quantify horizontal versus vertical evolution and to sort out the web and tree-like components of archaeal history. Preliminary analyses have revealed the importance of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in archaeal evolution. However, the processes behind these HGT remain mysterious, especially for hyperthermophilic species. In parallel to our in silico analyses we will explore experimentally the possible role of membrane vesicles (MV) in HGT. We have shown that archaeal MVs can transfer DNA and that some of them harbour plasmid or viral genomes. We want now tackle questions such as: can these MVs transfer DNA between different species, different orders or even different domains? We will also study the mechanism of MV formation and fusion in comparison to those involved in viral infection to better understand the evolutionary and physiological connections between MV and PV. Production of MV is a universal process and their role in life evolution could have been largely underestimated up to now.

Applications should send at: forterre@pasteur.fr

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suggested header - U.London.BatMolecularEcology ERC-funded PhD project in the United Kingdom open for competitive applications Eligibility: UK and EU nationals Deadline for formal applications: 14 September 2014 Start date: January 2015 (earlier start date is possible) Project: *The genetic basis of mate choice in bats* Supervisor: Stephen Rossiter (Queen Mary University of London) We are looking to recruit a PhD student for an ERC-funded project on mate choice in wild horseshoe bats. The student will study a UK population, in which parental combinations are known to be non-random and male paternity success is skewed. Mate decisions might be based on overall relatedness between partners, or on specific genetic profiles. For example, data from other taxa indicate MHC loci are important, although currently little is known about MHC diversity in bats. For this project the student will combine parentage and pedigree analyses based on neutral and functional genetic markers. This project will also involve collaboration with colleagues from the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London. Training will be provided in molecular methods (DNA isolation, PCR, sequencing, microsatellite genotyping, genome data assembly) and statistical analyses (pedigree construction, population genetics analyses). The student will also assist with some fieldwork. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit an informal application (CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the position) to Stephen Rossiter (s.j.rossiter@qmul.ac.uk) before the formal deadline. For further details, with instructions on how to make a formal application, see: http://bit.ly/1dJNM3E *Essential skills, qualities and knowledge:** - A First Class or Upper Second Class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant biological discipline (biology, zoology, genetics, bioinformatics), and preferably also a Master’s degree - Strong background in evolutionary biology - Experience of performing evolutionary analyses - Experience of handling large DNA sequence datasets - Strong work ethic and a positive attitude - Self-motivated, well-organized and willingness to respond to constructive criticism - Ability to work closely with others, and participate in the life and research activities of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL Stephen Rossiter via Gmail
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*Announcing “Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics” January, 12 – 22, 2015* The American Genetic Association together with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez is presenting a 10-day intensive course in methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic and genomic analyses for conservation of endangered species. For the full information about the course, please visit http://bit.ly/1y1MyeX Applicants should be conservation-minded scientists (advanced graduate students, post-docs, teachers, and researchers with advanced degrees) from academia, government, NGOs, or industry who are studying the genetics of endangered species and who will apply the knowledge gained from this course to the conservation of such species. The cost per participant will be $2,350 and will include your accommodation, all meals and travel from and to the airport. Partial or full scholarships may be awarded to registered students. Topics to be covered include: 1. Phylogenetics (ML and Bayesian); divergence time estimation. 2. Population genetics/genomics: coalescence, estimation of Ne, demographic changes, gene flow (migration), structure/admixture, and kinship analysis 3. Analysis of SNPs: association mapping, signatures of selection 4. Current conservation genetics literature and personal experience stories by the faculty Course Faculty • Stephen J. O’Brien, St. Petersburg State University, RUSSIA • Robert Wayne, University of California Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. • Scott Baker, Oregon State University, OREGON, U.S.A. • Oliver Ryder, San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, CA, U.S.A. • Joan Pontius, SRA International, VIRGINIA • Harris Lewin, University of California, Davis, USA. • Warren Johnson, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., U.S.A. • Eduardo Eizirik, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, BRAZIL • Klaus-Peter Koepfli, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Inst., Washington, D.C., U.S.A. • Rasmus Nielsen, University of California, Berkeley, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. • Bridgett vonHoldt, Princeton University, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A. • Sher Hendrickson-Lambert, Shepherd University, WEST VIRGINIA, U.S.A. • Agostinho Antunes, University of Porto, PORTUGAL • Carlos Driscoll, National Institutes of Health, MARYLAND, U.S.A. • Scott Citino, White Oak Conservation Center, FLORIDA, U.S.A. • Jose Lopez, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, FLORIDA, U.S.A. • Alfred Roca, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, ILLINOIS, U.S.A. • Emma Teeling, University College Dublin, IRELAND • Cindy Harper, University of Pretoria at Onderstepoor, SOUTH AFRICA • Taras K. Oleksyk, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PUERTO RICO Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico is situated at the western-most coast of the island called Gates of the Sun (Porta del Sol), and famous for its sunsets. This little beach town is near of University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez – a major research and educational center in the Caribbean. The course itself will take place at the Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel located close to the center of the town, within walking distance to the plaza, and many beach restaurants.. Application forms: Please complete the application form and submit together with a CV at http://bit.ly/1y1MyeX. Payment must be made in full using the Regsitration link that will only be made available after successful applicants have been notified. Successful applicants will be notified via email and will be sent additional course information and they must ensure that they check the following list. Dates: 12 to 22 January 2015 Application Deadline 15 September 2014 Acceptance/scholarship decision notification 5 October 2014 Deposit for Registration dues 12 November 2014 Taras K Oleksyk via Gmail