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February 11, 2014

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Post-doctoral position in Tropical Ecology (20-months) We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate with a significant experience in aquatic insect’s systematic, food web and community ecology. The postdoc will be involved in the ANR project RainWebs (http://bit.ly/1iJBkog). The aim of the project is to understand the interaction between biogeographic changes in regional species pools and climate change, to build a robust, multi-regional theory of how changes in the hydrologic regime affect ecosystems. We integrate phylogenetic, biogeographic and ecological approaches to understanding species composition and functional trait diversity. The post-doc will conduct replicated experiments in French Guiana and Puerto-Rico, to examine the effects of disrupted hydrological regime on the taxonomic and functional structure on aquatic food webs. We will take advantage of an ecosystem that is naturally replicated throughout the neotropics: the invertebrate food web inhabiting water-filled bromeliads. This system is especially amenable to studies of food web structure and ecosystem function, and forms a relevant model system to test ecological theory. Candidates should have a PhD and excellent writing skills demonstrated by their publication record. They must have strong background in food web and community ecology and advanced statistical skills (coding with R or other languages). Previous experience of manipulative experiments with aquatic invertebrate/insect assemblages is desirable. Candidates should have the ability to conduct and lead field research. An experience of field work in the tropics would be appreciated. Candidates must be able to communicate in English - Ability to speak French and/or Spanish would be welcome, but not compulsory. The position will be based at Ecofog, French Guiana (http://www.ecofog.gf) for a 20-month fixed-term contract, available from June 1st, 2014. The successful applicant should expect to undertake intensive field work during experiment periods. To apply, candidates must send motivation letter, a CV and the names and contact information of three references into a single pdf file to Cline Leroy (celine.leroy@ird.fr) and Regis Crghino (regis.cereghino@univ-tlse3.fr). Review of applications will begin immediately, and to guarantee full consideration please apply before March 31st, 2014. Celine Leroy via Gmail
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—_000_C87C1C21E904CA429965ADABCB2CB0C445E13C45exchange22_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A two-year postdoctoral position in Plant-Insect Interactions is currently available at the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, SWEDEN. Please forward onto anyone that you think might be interested. http://bit.ly/1m0fcKW Johan A. Stenberg Associate Professor Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Department of Ecology PO Box 7044, SE-750 07 UPPSALA Visiting address: Ulls vg 16 Phone: +46 18 67 23 67, Mobile: +46 70 622 00 42 johan.stenberg@slu.se, http://bit.ly/1ekP1ok —_000_C87C1C21E904CA429965ADABCB2CB0C445E13C45exchange22_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable > xmlns:v=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml” xmlns:o=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” xmlns:w=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word” xmlns:m=”http://bit.ly/15edugp” xmlns=”http://bit.ly/15edwov”>

February 10, 2014

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*1st Young Natural History scientists’ Meeting* *(YNHM)* *February 12th-14th 2014MNHN, Paris, France* Please find here the schedule and the abstract book for the 1st YNHM organized by the Bureau des Doctorants et Etudiants du Musum (association for students and young researchers of the Musum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris): http://bit.ly/1eM43tt Do not hesitate to forward it widely! Looking forward to seeing you in Paris, The BDEM February 12th (AM) Biodiversity Dynamics and Conservation (PM) Mankind, Prehistory, Nature and Societies (Evening) Poster session February 13th (AM) Earth and Planetary Sciences (PM) Systematics, Evolution and Comparative Anatomy (Evening) Poster session, Cocktail and Closing party February 14th (AM) Conference excursions Christie LE COEUR, phD student UMR 7204 - CESCO National Museum of Natural History 61 rue Buffon, CP 53 75005 Paris Phone : +33 1 40 79 32 69 Email : christie.lecoeur@mnhn.fr Christie Le Coeur via Gmail
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My name is Ana Rita Vieira and I am a PhD student from Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, under supervision of Dr. Leonel Serrano Gordo. In my PhD project, I am working with a fish species, the forkbeard (Phycis phycis), and I am trying to define the population structure of this species in the NE Atlantic, using several techniques commonly used in fisheries management (otolith shape, body geometric morphometrics, and genetics). In genetics, I am using a phylogeography approach to achieve my goal. The forkbeard has a wide distribution in Europe, occurring from the Bay of Biscay to Morocco, south to Cape Verde and in the Mediterranean Sea. This fish species is commercially exploited in Europe, being easily found in fish markets. For the phylogeography approach, I need samples from the entire distribution area of forkbeard. At this moment, I have samples from Portugal (mainland, and Madeira and Azores archipelagos), Spain (Alboran Sea), and Croatia (Adriatic Sea). To achieve my goal, I must obtain samples from North of Spain (Bay of Biscay), South of France, Italy (Tyrrhenian and/or Ligurian Seas) and Greece (Aegean and/or Ionian Seas). I am writing you because I would like to ask if the EvolDiv community can help me in collecting samples from the areas described above. The collection process is simple and does not require the purchase of the specimens. It is only necessary to cut a small piece of any fin of each specimen (~20 specimens per area, but any number is welcome), and store it in small tubes with 96º alcohol. If samples can be provided, I will send the tubes with the alcohol. Thank you for considering my request. Best regards, Ana Rita Vieira PhD student Centro de Oceanografia Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa C2, Lab 2.5.15A Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal Tel: +351 217500824 (ext. 22515) E-mail: arivieira@fc.ul.pt ana.vieira83@gmail.com > logotipo (3) Ana Rita Vieira via Gmail

February 9, 2014

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The Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology (IOZ), ChineseAcademy of Sciences (CAS) located in Beijing, has 2-3 academic positions available at the level of Full Professor. Applications are invited from fields including but not limited to systematic zoology, evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary genetics, biogeography and bioinformatics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree and outstanding research accomplishments. Successful candidates are expected to develop independent research programs that can complement or integrate with existing research activities at Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematic and Evolution in the IOZ. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Only applications from oversea Chinese scholars are considered. Applicants should submit their CV, biography, future plan, and names/addresses of three references, to Yingjing Liu, liuyj@ioz.ac.cn, Fax: +86-10-64807088). These positions will be “OPEN UNTILL FILLED”. leifm@ioz.ac.cn via Gmail

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PostDoctoral Position in Turtle Chromosome Evolution A postdoctoral position is available to work in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at Iowa State University on an NSF-funded PhyloGenomics project to study the evolution of turtle genomes and associated transitions in sex determination. The project combines molecular cytogenetics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and phylogenetic analyses. The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree and strong background in molecular and classic cytogenetic techniques including chromosomal preparation, fluorescent in situ hybridization/chromosome painting, karyotyping, and the use of Cytovision or other chromosomal analysis platform. Other qualifications such as evolutionary biology background or experience with cell culture and bioinformatics are a plus but not required. Funding is available for up to 2 years with annual renewal contingent upon performance. The position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For inquiries or to apply please email Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at nvalenzu@iastate.edu . Applicants should email a cover letter describing their research interests and experience, current CV, and copies of up to two relevant publications if available, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation be sent directly to nvalenzu@iastate.edu Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Dr. Nicole Valenzuela Associate Professor nvalenzu@iastate.edu Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology 251 Bessey Hall Iowa State University Ames, IA 50011, USA Phone: 515-294-1285 URL: http://bit.ly/17Wyl4I nvalenzu@iastate.edu via Gmail

February 8, 2014

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Postdoctoral positions in human population genomics and association studies Two postdoctoral positions are available with Alon Keinan in the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University. The Keinan lab studies how human genetic variation has arisen from evolutionary history and its role in common, complex disease risk. We develop computational and statistical methods in human population genomics and genome-wide association studies, and apply them to large-scale sequencing data. Current members of the lab have backgrounds in computer science, statistics, genetics, physics, and anthropology, which facilitates the collaborative development of methods and their genomic application. Research projects will be aligned with the interests of the successful candidate. More information about the position can be found at http://bit.ly/1chYIEd The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in either statistical genetics, population genomics, or human genetics, as well as strong programming and statistical skills, with a Ph.D. in statistics, computer science, mathematics, genetics, or a related field. The starting date is flexible and can be as early as March 2014. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Competitive salaries commensurate with experience and skills, as well as a generous benefits package will be offered. Relevant projects can be as part of the lab’s ongoing NIH-funded collaboration with Uri Alon (Weizmann Institute), Eric Boerwinkle (University of Texas), Andrew Clark (Cornell), Eran Helperin (Tel Aviv & Berkeley) John Novembre (University of Chicago), and Yun Song (Berkeley). Interested applicants should send a PDF with CV, a brief description of research interests and experience, and contact information for three references to the attention of Ms. Sue Bishop, administrative assistant ( skp5@cornell.edu), indicating “position 206” in the subject line. Informal inquiries are also welcome. Alon Keinan, PhD Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professor in Life Science and Technology Department of Biological Statistics & Computational Biology 102C Weill Hall | Cornell University | Ithaca, NY 14853 ak735@cornell.edu | 607-254-1328 phone | 607-255-2323 fax http://bit.ly/1kqSBpk | @AlonKeinan alon.keinan@gmail.com via Gmail>

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Two Post-doctoral Positions in studying genome based high-altitude adaptation and phenotype plasticity of high plateau birds Two postdoctoral positions are available beginning at 2014 to work on the mechanistic and genetic basis of hypoxia resistance in high altitude (e.g. Tibetan Plateau), at Ornithological Research Group, the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, under the direction of Professor Fumin Lei and cooperate with Prof. Yanhua Qu, Prof. Yong Zhang and BGI. We are looking for two postdocs preferentially with research background in bioinfortatics, gene expression or NGS techniques such assequence capture and RAD-Seq to population genomics studies of hemoglobin and other genes in pathways involved with responses to hypoxia. The anticipated duration of the positions are generally two years with a starting salary of $RMB 60,000 to (depending on research experience and archievments). Review of applications will begin Feburary 2014. Individuals applying for these positions should submit (1) your CV, (2) your 2 page proposal, (3) a brief cover letter with a statement of background and research interests and (4) names and contacts for three references. Please email to Prof. Yanhua Qu (quyh@ioz.ac.cn) for your application. leifm via Gmail

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Imperial College London Department of Life Sciences Faculty of Natural Sciences 2 Research Associates in Evolution and Genomics Salary: 32,750 - 41,540 per annum This is an exciting opportunity for two Research Associates with an interest in Speciation Biology and Evolution. The successful candidates will carry out cutting edge research in evolution and genomics, largely analysing existing data and writing up publications. The main research objective is to analyse genetic data and infer large-scale plant evolutionary radiations, genomics of colour patterns in animals, population genetics of island invasive animals, and population coalescence of palms on oceanic islands. The post holders will employ advanced modelling and statistical tools in molecular population genetics and/or genomics. This work will complement genomic, laboratory and experimental work undertaken by other Research Associates in Professor Vincent Savolainen’s group. The positions are funded until 31 December 2014 by the European Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Vincent Savolainen (holder of the ERC Advanced Grant) and his research group. You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline. The successful candidates will have expertise in population genomics and/or phylogenetics, statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), experience of management and analysis of complex genetic data and working in a multi-disciplinary environment are essential. You must have experience of working in a team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: http://bit.ly/1iFc7KX Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://bit.ly/1iFcaqa (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2014 026 JT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed. Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mrs Christine Short on 020 7594 2276 or email c.j.short@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form. Closing date: 11 March 2014 Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer. “Thomas, Jenny” via Gmail

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The Department of Biological Sciences (DCB) at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogot, Colombia) seeks to fill two positions for teaching postdoctoral researchers. The selected candidates will serve as full-time visiting professors with a contract for 12 months (renewable for a second year) starting July 28th, 2014. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. before the starting date. Preferences will be given to candidates interested in affiliating herself or himself with one or more existing research laboratories within the DCB (see http://bit.ly/1bbzn4i). We seek candidates interested in developing and promoting new research perspectives within the DCB via collaboration with one or more professors. The selected candidates should also be willing to act as an advisor or mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include 1-2 undergraduate non-majors course in ecology or cellular biology (depending on the expertise of the postdoc and the Department’s needs) each semester. The selected candidate may choose to offer or participate in additional courses in areas of his or her interest. This is an ideal position for those interested in acquiring skills and gaining experience in university-level teaching while conducting research activities. The teaching postdoc position is guaranteed for the first year, with an optional second year conditional upon satisfactory performance and available funding. Interested persons should send a CV, two recommendation letters, and a cover letter that outlines the applicants interest in this position and identifies potential research topics to be pursued at Universidad de los Andes and potential advisors and collaborators within the DCB. Application materials should be submitted electronically by March 10, 2014, to the email address below. Comit de Contrataciones Profesorales Departamento de Ciencias Biolgicas ccontbio@uniandes.edu.co Further inquiries may be directed to: Andrew J. Crawford Associate Professor and postdoctoral committee chair Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes Tel. +57 1 339-4949 ext 3270 Email: aj.crawford244@uniandes.edu.co Carlos Daniel Cadena Ordonez via Gmail

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION FOR 3 YEARS (REVIEWED AFTER 1 YEAR) WHAT: Marine conservation in a changing climate WHERE: Sydney, Australia WHEN: 2014 - Flexible start Two full-time postdoctoral positions for 3 years are available at a local conservation organisation in the Sydney Harbour region. The position will start when filled; all applications submitted until March 1st 2014 will be fully considered. Only selected candidates will be selected for interview, at which point we will also contact you for appropriate letters of reference. The project has a lot of flexibility within the boundaries of ‘marine Conservation in a Changing Climate’. We expect applications from candidates with strong interdisciplinary skill sets, including but not limited to: Conservation, population genetics, epigenetics, climate modelling, ecology, ocean acidification, behavioural, genomics etc. The decision will be made on a combination of past professional experience (CV) and the quality, originality, and visionary aspects of a short proposal (2 page maximum) outlining your potential project. ESSENTIAL CRITERIA: PhD in Marine Biology A competitive postdoctoral salary for the region (and candidates experience) will be discussed during the interview process (via Skype). APPLICATION PROCEDURE For formal applications, please submit (1) your cv, (2) your 2 page proposal, (3) a brief cover letter. Email your application to SydneyConservationPostdoc@gmail.com sydneyconservationpostdoc@gmail.com via Gmail

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Exploring graphs for mapping and synthesizing phylogenies Stephen Smith (University of Michigan) Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00 AM PST The emergence of graph databases has presented a potential alternative for ways of storing and querying phylogenetic trees. The Open Tree of Life has been exploring these options and ways that trees from multiple datasets or within a single dataset can be placed in a graph database. I will go over some of the ways that we do this and how we can query and synthesize trees as an alternative to supertrees and consensus trees. While still a work in progress, these methods show great promise for further development. As usual, details at http://bit.ly/16UKCta. Frederick “Erick” Matsen, Assistant Member Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center http://bit.ly/18kRSvK ematsen@gmail.com via Gmail

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Hello, Please find below the description of a graduate position on ‘Network analyses of the impact of a quick dietary shift in the gut microbiome of the lizard species, Podarcis sicula’ This PhD proposal aims at determining what it takes (in terms of microbiome changes) to become an herbivorous lizard in less than 35 years. Most lizards are insectivorous. Yet, several species and populations of lacertid lizards have evolved toward an omnivorous or even herbivorous diet. Our model system, Podarcis sicula, a lizard species has shown rapid evolution of feeding and digestive tract morphology in manipulated populations. In 1970, five breeding pairs of the insectivorous P. sicula were transferred from the islet of Pod Kopite to the islet of Pod Mraru, Croatia. 36 years later (representing about 30 P. sicula generations), the transplanted P. sicula on Pod Mraru had become mostly herbivorous. This dietary shift resulted in changes in head size and bite force among the populations on the two islands, and most striking changes in the lizards guts, since the herbivorous Pod Mraru lizards had developed an elaborate hindgut chamber with cecal valves, which had not been seen in any other population of P. sicula. These valves facilitate plant digestion by the gut microbial community of the lizard hosts. With the advances of next generation sequencing, this system offers a unique opportunity to investigate the impact of this dietary change at the level of the microbiome using metagenomic and metranscriptomic data. We will take advantage of the inclusive powerful comparative framework offered by sequence similarity networks, and exploit concepts of graph theory, to analyze the functioning and the evolution of genetic diversity of the lizard gut microbiomes in such massive datasets. In short, we will address the following questions through a comparison of the gut microbiomes of insular herbivorous lizards and of their insectivorous relatives: 1) Does the taxonomy of the microbiome correlates with the diet? 2) What changes in gene content and functions did the dietary shift produce? In particular, what gene families were acquired/lost during this transition? 3) What role did the gut mobilome play in these functional changes? 4) Overall, were the changes mostly functional (and through lateral gene transfer) or taxonomical (through a deep change of the microbial populations) To tackle these issues, the candidate’s main goal will be to use and develop novel exploratory methods, based on sequence similarity graphs to describe and compare the taxonomical and functional diversity of metagenomes and metatranscriptomes of gut microbiomes of lizards, and to assess the possible impact of lateral gene transfer within this microbial community in this remarkable adaptive shift. He/ she will work within a consortium of friendly herpetologists (Anthony Herrel), computer scientists (Philippe Lopez) and evolutionary microbiologists (Eric Bapteste), and be hosted in the University Pierre and Marie Curie and in the National Museum of Natural History, in Paris. Ideally, the candidate should have some background in bio-informatics (to use and improve our labs existing tools) and a strong interest for evolutionary biology. He/she will benefit from a Labex BCDiv grant (1757 euro /month for 3 years.) and will be enrolled in the doctoral program at the Musum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris with a start date of September 1st 2014. Potential candidates should send a CV, two letters of recommendation, a pdf copy of their master’s thesis, and a letter of motivation in English to Eric Bapteste (eric.bapteste@snv.jussieu.fr) and Anthony Herrel (anthony.herrel@mnhn.fr). The applications will be closed June 20, 2014. The three top-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview. epbapteste@gmail.com via Gmail

February 7, 2014

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Collection Manager - Botany The Milwaukee Public Museum has a full-time career opportunity for a Collection Manager in its Life Sciences Department. We are seeking to fill this entry level position with an assertive and dependable individual with previous experience in Botany collection care. Education: The Collection Manager must hold a graduate (Masters) degree in their respective discipline or, in exceptional circumstances, may demonstrate equivalent academic and professional achievements, competencies and experience in museum techniques or collections-based research. Responsibilities: Care of Botanical Collections: Assist with direct care and organization of collections, and their management based on both the best practices of individual disciplines and fundamental principles of conservation, security, housing and environmental control. Data & Records Management: Inventory/digitization and continuing documentation of collections including databases, correspondence, archives, publications and loan records. Processing & Preparation: Conduct or coordinate the appropriate processing of new collections or existing collections including physical preparation, labeling, cataloguing, accessioning and loans. Access & Interpretation: Provide collection access to the research community; content and advice on MPM exhibit projects; assist in the development of exhibits and interpretive programs. Professional Services: Provide scholarly guidance to students, may participate in graduate student committees, and serve as reviewers of manuscripts and grant proposals as appropriate. MPM is a natural history museum with Herbarium Collections totaling about 250,000 specimens including ca. 70 type specimens with over 50% of the material from Wisconsin and another 30% from the rest of North America. The collections are divided into vascular (107,000 records) and nonvascular (17,000 records) plants with associated data digitized for 200,000 specimens. This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package. If interested, please visit www.mpm.edu and go to the careers tab to review open positions and to apply on-line. In addition, please submit a current resume and/or Curriculum Vitae. Review of applications will begin April 1. Questions can be directed to Susan Borkin: borkin@mpm.edu “Eubanks, Kimberly” via Gmail

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I herewith want to announce the 1st Greifswald Phylogenetics Meeting, which will be held in Greifswald (north eastern Germany) from the 14th till the 16th of July 2014. Registration is now open! For more details, please visit the conference website: http://bit.ly/1eAnepX This meeting will have a particular focus on mathematical (e.g. graph theoretical, combinatorial, probabilistic and algebraic) aspects of evolutionary tree or network reconstruction, but it will also bring together scientists from different disciplines in order to provide the opportunity of close collaboration. Scope: Phylogenetics is an interdisciplinary research area that aims at reconstructing the evolutionary history of biological systems such as, for example, collections of species, populations or groups of bio-molecules. To achieve this, biologists work closely together with mathematicians and computer scientists. The conference will provide researchers from all three involved disciplines an opportunity to present their recent work and exchange ideas. Location: Greifswald is a beautiful little town located directly at the Baltic Sea in close proximity to the famous islands Rgen and Usedom. Greifswald university was founded in 1496 and has therefore a long tradition and history. Being a former Hanse town, Greifswald is famous for its historic market square, its cathedral and the museum harbor. Other famous towns like Stralsund with the Oceaneum or the world cultural heritage city of Wismar are nearby, as well as the city of Rostock with its newly established Darwineum. The region is a holiday region but not too crowded by tourists. In July the weather is most likely to be great and we hope that if you can come to our meeting, you will find the time to stay longer and enjoy this unique area. There is a direct and regular train connection to and from Berlin, and the nearest international airports are Hamburg and Berlin. Please note that the meeting starts early on the 14th with one of our highlight talks and ends in the evening of the 16th with another highlight talk - so if possible, please plan your stay from the 13th till the 17th of July. The registration fee is 150 Euros (100 Euros for students). Organizers: Mareike Fischer, Andreas Spillner, Martin Haase Invited speakers: Olaf Bininda-Emonds, Mike Steel, Olivier Gascuel, Vince Moulton, Allen Rodrigo For more details, visit our website http://bit.ly/1eAnepX or contact Mareike Fischer: email@mareikefischer.de Mareike Fischer via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Metagenomic Approaches in Amphibian Conservation A postdoctoral position is available in Clio Haddad’s laboratory, Department of Zoology, UNESP Rio Claro, Brazil, and in the Zamudio laboratory, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University. This position is funded by a CNPq grant to use eDNA for the detection of rare and/or endangered anuran species in the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil using metagenomic surveys of localities of known stable and declined amphibian populations, with the goal of detecting the presence of endangered taxa and contributing to conservation efforts. The primary responsibilities of this position include 1) conducting field and laboratory research to detect amphibian taxa and quantify populations that have suffered declines, 2) overseeing development of field and lab sampling protocols and downstream bioinformatic analyses of data, 3) analyzing data and writing manuscripts, 4) contributing to grant proposals for future work, and 5) contributing to mentoring and coordination of projects of graduate and undergraduate students involved in research. The post-doc can be of any nationality, but will reside primarily in Haddad’s laboratory, Department of Zoology, UNESP Rio Claro, So Paulo, Brazil, but will be active and travel across laboratories to integrate the comparative metagenomic data for the project. For additional information about this and other research programs ongoing in our laboratories please visit our web sites at http://bit.ly/NcQ8RF * Qualifications * Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in evolution, molecular biology, or related field; demonstration of molecular laboratory experience with genetic techniques (DNA extraction, genomic library prep, analyses); the ability to organize and lead field efforts in a foreign country (monthly sampling in Brazil); strong writing skills; and the ability to work independently. Candidates experienced working with genomic data, and a working knowledge of Portuguese will be preferred. * Terms of Appointment * Monthly salary is R$ 4,100 (annual R$ 49,200), following CNPq payscale for “Bolsa Pos-Doutorado Junior”. Funds are available for one year, and renewable for additional years pending satisfactory progress. * Applications * To apply, please send cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests/experiences, and names and contact information for three references that are familiar with your work. Applications should be in PDF format, e-mailed to Kelly Zamudio (krz2@cornell.edu) and Clio Haddad (haddad1000@gmail.com) Position is available starting August 2014, starting time is flexible. Review of applications will begin Jan 15, 2014, and continue until suitable candidate is found. Ps-Doutorado em Abordagens Mategenmicas para a Conservao de Anfbios Uma vaga de ps-doutorado est disponvel no laboratrio do Dr. Clio Haddad, Departamento de Zoologia, UNESP de Rio Claro, So Paulo, Brasil e no laboratrio da Dra. Kelly Zamudio, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University. A vaga possui financiamento do CNPq para o uso de eDNA para a deteco de espcies de anuros raros e/ou ameaados na Mata Atlntica do Brasil, usando amostragens metagenmicas de localidades com populaes de anfbios conhecidamente estveis e em declnio, com o objetivo de detectar a presena de txons ameaados e contribuir para esforos conservacionistas. As principais responsabilidades para essa vaga incluem 1) conduzir atividades em campo e laboratrio para detectar anfbios e quantificar populaes que sofreram declnios, 2) supervisionar o desenvolvimentos de protocolos de amostragens em campo e laboratrio e realizar anlises bioinformticas dos dados, 3) analisar dados e redigir manuscritos, 4) contribuir na preparao de projetos para trabalhos futuros e 5) contribuir na orientao e coordenao de projetos de alunos de iniciao cientfica e ps-graduao envolvidos na pesquisa. O candidato pode ser de qualquer nacionalidade, mas atuar principalmente no laboratrio do Dr. Clio Haddad, Departamento de Zoologia, I.B., UNESP, Rio Claro, So Paulo, Brasil, devendo ser ativo e viajar pelos laboratrios para integrar os dados metagenmicos do projeto. Para informaes adicionais sobre esse e outros programas de pesquisa em andamento em nossos laboratrios, por favor visite nossos websites: http://bit.ly/NcQ8RF ** Qualificaes ** As qualificaes exigidas incluem um Doutorado em evoluo, biologia molecular, ou reas correlatas; demonstrao de experincia em laboratrio de anlises moleculares com tcnicas genticas (extrao de DNA, preparao de banco de dados genmicos, anlises); habilidade para organizar e liderar esforos em campo (amostragens mensais no Brasil); fortes habilidades de escrita; e a capacidade de trabalhar independentemente. Preferncia ser dada a candidatos com experincia de trabalho com dados genmicos. ** Termos de Compromisso ** O salrio mensal de R$ 4.100,00 (R$ 49.200,00 por ano), seguindo a escala de pagamento do CNPq para “Bolsa de Ps-Doutorado Junior”. Os recursos estaro disponveis por um ano, podendo ser renovado por outros anos mediante um progresso satisfatrio. ** Aplicaes ** Para se candidatar, envie uma carta de apresentao, CV, uma declarao dos interesses e experincias em pesquisa, nomes e informaes de contato de trs pesquisadores que tenham familiaridade com o seu trabalho. Os requerimentos devem estar em formato PDF e devem ser enviados para Kelly Zamudio (krz2@cornell.edu) e Clio Haddad (haddad1000@gmail.com). A vaga est disponvel para incio em Agosto de 2014, com flexibilidade de data. A seleo dos candidatos comea em 1 de Maro de 2014 e continua at que um candidato apropriado seja encontrado. via Gmail

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The 58th meeting of the Ecological Genetics Group will be organised by Newcastle University from 14 - 16 April 2014. The meeting is well known for its excellent and friendly atmosphere. The meeting brings together young and experienced researchers from the UK, Europe and further afield. Their work ranges from ecology, population genetics and conservation biology to evolutionary genetics, with species from the whole tree of life. The conference will be held at Longhirst Hall, set in wonderful surroundings in Northumberland. Prof. Pr Ingvarsson will deliver the keynote speech. Participants can contribute through an oral presentation, a poster presentation or a discussion topic. Places are limited, so make sure you register as early as possible: http://bit.ly/1at2fxH Any queries: just contact us. Hope to see you all in Northumberland in April! Dr Kirsten Wolff Reader in Evolutionary Genetics Devonshire Building Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU Personal email: kirsten.wolff@ncl.ac.uk Conference Email: egg@ncl.ac.uk phone: 0191 208 5626 or 0191 208 4852 kirsten.wolff@newcastle.ac.uk Kirsten Wolff via Gmail

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UZurich.FieldAssitant.Birds_behaviour_Spain Field assistant position to study mobbing behaviour in birds, in southern Spain (Córdoba & Guadix/ Andaluzia). For the upcoming field season (15th April - June 2014) we I am are looking for 1 (one) a highly motivated field volunteer to join our my field project (main responsible Filipe Cristovão, University of Zurich, Switzerland) investigating mobbing behaviour in birds. The study site is located in Guadix and Córdoba, south of Spain. We will work in average 6 days per week in the field depending on the workload of the experiments. Maybe will be necessary work all week, depending on the nest activity of the birds. The field work can be physically strenuous at times as temperatures in June can be above 35C. This project is part of a larger project ongoing since 2010 to understand the evolution of family living in birds. Thus, we closely collaborate with two other research teams, sharing both the study sites and the field station. The team for this project will be me and you! But we will “live” and cooperate with other researchers all the time, and collaborate with others researchers that make part of the same research group. Qualifications: (1) Student, Birdwatchers, BSc/MSc in Biology, Ecology or similar qualification; (2) Able to lead cope with “strenuousHarsh” conditions in the fieldwork (we work all day, in a semi-arid area); (3) Ability to work in team and independently; (4) Motivated to learn about birds, and animal behaviour; (5) Knowledge in observing & handling birds is a plus; (6) Driving licence is a plus; (7) Fluent in English and/or Spanish or ( Portuguese is welcome too!); (8) Previous knowledge of experimental fieldwork is an advantage. (8) Like to watch birds; (9) A patient person, because study animal behaviour, can be a patience game… We will cover for the accommodation and the food as well as travel costs up to 300 Euros.. You must go to the field station by yourself. Applications - including a CV, and a letter of motivation (1 page) and names of 2 referees - should be send to Filipe Cristovão: filipe.cunha@uzh.ch. Applications received until 3rd March 2014 will be given full consideration. Filipe Cristovão Ribeiro da Cunha Anthropological Institute & Museum University of Zurich - Campus Irchel Winterthurerstrasse 190 8057 Zürich Switzerland filipe.cunha@uzh.ch Filipe Cristovão Ribeiro da Cunha via Gmail

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Open Rank (Job# 10655) Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, Center for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health Arizona State University is making a major commitment to developing the field of Evolutionary Medicine. There are plans to recruit up to eight faculty members for a new Center for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health headed by Dr. Randolph Nesse. The Center and the School of Life Sciences invite applications for two open rank faculty positions for Cancer researchers with a preference for one associate/full and one assistant professor. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2014 or later. Candidates for all ranks must have: 1) a P h.D., M.D., or equivalent terminal degree, 2) a strong publication record i n Cancer research that displays expertise in Evolutionary Biology and 3) experience or an explicit interest in developing the field of Evolutionary Medicine. Additional requirements for associate/full rank include: 1) a record of funding for a research program that applies Evolutionary principles to better understand and treat Cancer, 2) evidence of the ability to organize teams of scientists to tackle complex problems, and3) demonstrated evidence of strong teaching and mentoring. A desirable qualification for assistant professor rank is postdoctoral experience. A desirable qualification at all ranks is familiarity with computation and modeling. Successful candidates will be expected to transfer, or develop (if assistant professor rank), an extramurally funded research program; teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels; mentor undergraduate and graduate students a nd postdoctoral fellows; develop collaborative research and education projects for the Center; engage in University service; and conduct research publishable in top tier journals. A competitive start-up package will be provided and the amount of teaching required will be compatible with high research productivity. The Center for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health joins a vibrant, interdisciplinary community at ASU. Examples of existing centers and institutes are: Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (bioenergy.asu.edu), Biodesign (biodesign. asu.edu) and Astrobiology (astrobiology.asu.edu). To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative publications, contact information for three references, and separate statements of future research plans and teaching philosophy interests in a single pdf file to solsfacultysearch3@asu.edu. The initial closing date for receipt of applications is March 19, 2014; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For additional information on the School of Life Sciences, please visit sols.asu.edu. rmnesse@gmail.com via Gmail»

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Subject of posting: REU Summer 2014 Amphibian Disease Ecology Hi, Job Description: Two undergraduate students will be selected to participate in an 8-week amphibian disease ecology study at the University of Maryland. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the amphibian-killing fungus, is one of the leading causes of amphibian declines and extirpations throughout Central America. Harlequin frogs (genus: Atelopus) are among the first amphibians to disappear when Bd arrives at a site and work in our lab has shown that these frogs may play a disproportionate role in disease spread and/or transmission in the wild. However, we know relatively little about Bd infection intensity patterns at different temperatures or on different life stages of Atelopus. We’d like to work with you to answer these and other questions related to frog-fungal interactions of different species. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Qualifications: * Positive attitude, enthusiasm, interest in amphibian disease ecology * Interest in learning new skills and information o Husbandry o Standard infection techniques o Data collection, entry, and analysis o How to formulate and execute an independent project How to apply: Check out the Lips Lab website for the application and more information (http://bit.ly/1b7Pr6Q). Applicants should be US citizens and enrolled at an accredited university or college (undergraduates only). Students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences are highly encouraged to apply. Salary: $2,777.60 for 8 weeks (16 June - 15 August 2014) A housing stipend of $1,000 is also provided. Deadline: 01 March 2014 Thank you, Grace Graziella Vittoria Direnzo via Gmail