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December 2, 2014

College of Life and Environmental Sciences Biosciences Associate Research Fellow (Ref.47897) Salary 25,513 The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Dr Alastair Wilson and Dr Andrew Young. This BBSRC funded post is available from Feb 1st and funding is in place for up to 3 years. The successful applicant will work on a project studying the evolution of the stress response in guppies Poecilia reticulata. Taking a quantitative genetic approach, the project will test the hypothesis that (maladaptive) chronic stress responses persist in populations because of i) trade-offs with (adaptive) acute stress response pathways, and/or ii) conflict between mothers and offspring over who pays the price for stress exposure. The post will include responsibility for conducting lab-based behavioural and endocrine experiments in guppies to test this hypothesis. The research fellow will also be responsible for analysing data using quantitative genetic models, and for writing up results for publication. The successful applicant will be able to communicate complex information, relating to research progress and outcomes, orally, in writing and electronically. Applicants will possess (or be nearing completion of) a PhD or equivalent qualification in a related field of study, and will be able to demonstrate a strong interest in evolutionary biology, a proven track record of publication and well developed statistical skills. Strong communication skills are also essential. Knowledge of animal behaviour, endocrine physiology and/or quantitative genetics is highly desirable. Previous experience of working with vertebrates, especially fish, would be advantageous. The starting salary will be from 25,513 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For further information please contact Alastair Wilson, e-mail a.wilson@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01326) 255131. The closing date for completed applications is Jan 5th. Interviews are expected to take place in late January. To apply online please visit http://bit.ly/1BtVifI and search for the post P47897 Many thanks for your help. Best wishes, Lizzie Burston Employee Services Administrator- Recruitment e.burston@exeter.ac.uk eeUniversity of Exeter, HR Services, Northcote House, The Queens Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QJ „01392 722212 @UoE_Jobs “Burston, Lizzie” via Gmail
NIH T32 Postdoctoral Position at Indiana University The NICHD T32 training grant entitled, “Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity” is accepting applications for 1-2 postdoctoral traineeships. This T32 offers broadly integrative training in the areas of sexual reproduction and development with a focus on behavior of humans and other animals. We address key questions in genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and parental contributions to reproductive and social behavior, as well as origins and expression of differences among the sexes, and sex and immunity in health and disease. Indiana University’s excellent support for research and its globally recognized strengths in human sexual and reproductive health, gender studies, animal behavior, endocrinology, and evolution of development ensure the highest quality training. Applications are welcomed from prospective trainees working on human and non-human systems. A PhD in psychology, anthropology, gender studies, biology, neuroscience, chemistry, or a related field is required. Access and interaction with faculty of different specializations is built into the training experience. Candidates must identify member(s) of the training faculty who are willing to serve as primary mentors and establish a training plan prior to applying. http://bit.ly/1wi0K5X All materials (including letters from references) should be submitted by 15 January 2015. Later applications will be considered if the position remains open. Traineeships include a competitive salary based on the current NIH pay scale, commensurate with experience, and modest funds to support research and travel. The successful applicant will help foster collaborations among faculty and serve as a professional model for predoctoral trainees. To apply follow this link http://bit.ly/1vak7HH If you have specific questions about the process, please contact Ellen Ketterson (ketterso@indiana.edu) who will answer your questions or forward your inquiry to the appropriate person Minority applicants or applicants with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. Trainees must be citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the US. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. “Summers, Linda Rae” via Gmail
Two Postdoc Positions in Genetics of Defensive Symbioses We are seeking two enthusiastic postdocs to work on a collaborative project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Sinergia program and entitled: “Defensive symbiosis in insects - linking molecular mechanisms with ecology and evolution”. This project is a collaboration between the labs of Christoph Vorburger at Eawag and ETH Zrich in Switzerland (www.evec.ethz.ch), Bruno Lemaitre at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (http://bit.ly/1wi0K5N), and Steve Perlman at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada (http://bit.ly/1vaka6n). One position will be based in Christoph Vorburger’s lab and will focus on defensive symbioses between aphids and bacteria, and the second position will be based in Steve Perlman’s lab and will focus on bacterial symbionts that protect Drosophila against parasitic nematodes. There will be opportunities for exchange visits to collaborate with the other participating labs. The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in host-parasite coevolution, strong quantitative and communication skills, including a strong record of publication, excellent molecular laboratory skills and experience in generating and analyzing next-generation sequencing data. A PhD is required. The expected starting date is 1 April 2015, but can be negotiated. Funds are available for up to three years. To apply for the position in Christoph Vorburger’s lab in Switzerland, submit an application online via the following link: http://bit.ly/1wi0K5Swww.evec.ethz.ch), Bruno Lemaitre at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (http://bit.ly/1wi0K5N), and Steve Perlman at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada (http://bit.ly/1vaka6n). One position will be based in Christoph Vorburger’s lab and will focus on defensive symbioses between aphids and bacteria, and the second position will be based in Steve Perlman’s lab and will focus on bacterial symbionts that protect Drosophila against parasitic nematodes. There will be opportunities for exchange visits to collaborate with the other participating labs. The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in host-parasite coevolution, strong quantitative and communication skills, including a strong record of publication, excellent molecular laboratory skills and experience in generating and analyzing next-generation sequencing data. A PhD is required. The expected starting date is 1 April 2015, but can be negotiated. Funds are available for up to three years. To apply for the position in Christoph Vorburger’s lab in Switzerland, submit an application online via the following link: http://bit.ly/1wi0K5S To apply for the position in Steve Perlman’s lab in British Columbia, submit an application via email to stevep@uvic.ca with the subject heading: Sinergia defensive symbiosis postdoc In order to apply, please include a cover letter explaining your motivation, research interests and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, publication list, and the names and contact details of three academic references as a single PDF file. If you are interested in either position, please apply to both and indicate that in your cover letter. Deadline for applications is 31 December 2014 For enquiries about this position please contact Christoph Vorburger (+41 58 765 51 96; christoph.vorburger@eawag.ch) or Steve Perlman (stevep@uvic.ca). Steve Perlman via Gmail
Ninety-fifth meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAMMALOGISTS 12-16 June 2015 Jacksonville, FL, USA We have an exciting meeting planned for this year! The scientific program will include simultaneous oral platform sessions, evenings highlighting poster presentations, as well as workshops, symposia and plenary speakers. A full social agenda is planned with a banquet, picnic, Run-for-Research, and a student mixer. REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE Registration: Early bird registration is now open for ASM 2015! Register online now! Please keep in mind that your login password for conference registration is different than your society password used to login to online materials. If you do not remember your password from previous years, simply select retrieve your forgotten password and it will be sent to your e-mail quickly. RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ASM 2015 Venue: Reserve your hotel room for the 95th annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL, June 12-16, 2015. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting participants at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront at a rate of $129.00 plus applicable fees and taxes. Rates are the same whether there is 1 person in the room or up to 4 people in the room. Room block rates will be offered 3 days prior and 3 days following the dates of the conference. Make your hotel reservations online or contact the hotel directly at 904-588-1234. If you phone in your reservation, be sure to mention the group rate for the American Society of Mammalogists to receive the group rate! Hotel reservations must be made and secured by May 17, 2015. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space-available basis at the group room rate. Roommate finder: Looking for a roommate during the conference? If you need a roommate for the conference, please fill out the form and follow the directions you receive in the confirmation email once you register for the conference. Travel and transportation information: Visit the meeting website for information about transportation options, international attendee travel, or to request a letter of invitation to accompany any documents as an international attendee. For more information, visit the meeting website . Contact: Tony Ballard, K-State Conference Services, Kansas State University Tel: 785-532-2402 Email: tballard@k-state.edu Cody Thompson via Gmail
PhD Studentship, Robustness and Fragility of Microbial Metabolic Networks A PhD studentship in computational systems biology is available at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Understanding the robustness and fragility of microbial metabolic networks will have impacts across bioscience, in particular for understanding how pathogens might respond to anti-infective drugs which target the enzymes essential to the pathogen’s metabolism, and how microbes might respond to synthetic biology modifications which co-opt or otherwise interact with the organism’s metabolism. This studentship will apply computational systems biology, bioinformatics, and network analysis to assess the robustness and fragility of microbial metabolic networks. You will use data on the interaction between proteins and small organic molecules to decipher metabolic networks, where enzyme-catalysed reactions link together substrates and products to form pathways and cycles. You will work with bioinformatics data to trace to both the variation of networks across different species and also the networks evolution; you will apply simulations of metabolisms evolution to work backwards in time and suggest plausible evolutionary trajectories. Ultimately, you will develop predictions of perturbations that disrupt metabolic networks, and those which would have little effect. You will categorise the architecture and robustness or fragility of metabolic systems across both biological species and time. Likely future applications include the use of synthetic biology to exquisitely design interventions that will affect a pathogen’s metabolism without risk to the host or environment. You will obtain training in bioinformatics, systems biology, modelling, and machine learning, as well as a working knowledge of microbial metabolic networks. You will be jointly supervised by Dr V Anne Smith (Biology) and Dr John Mitchell (Chemistry). Both groups work in computational systems biology and machine learning, with Dr Smiths research concentrating on network analysis and Dr Mitchells on enzymes and computational chemistry. For more information on their research please visit: Dr V Anne Smiths research pages: http://bit.ly/1cHSnaK Dr John Mitchells research pages: http://bit.ly/HCgbys EASTBIO - the BBSRC East of Scotland Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership - is a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St Andrews; the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA); and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). A fully funded EASTBIO PhD studentship (fees and stipend at the standard rate) is available for Autumn 2015 for candidates with a strong academic record and that satisfy BBSRC studentship eligibility requirements (see http://bit.ly/12jOFke if you are unsure - typically UK citizenship required). If you are interested, please first make an initial informal enquiry, including a covering letter explaining your interest in the studentship and a CV, to anne.smith@st-andrews.ac.uk. Formal applications should follow to the University following the procedure available at: http://bit.ly/12jOFke using the forms provided and via the link to St Andrews University. Complete applications must have been received by the University by 16 January 2015. Dr V Anne Smith School of Biology Sir Harold Mitchell Building University of St Andrews St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TH United Kingdom +44 (0)1334-463368 anne.smith@st-andrews.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1cHSnaK V Anne Smith via Gmail

December 1, 2014

Subject: Job: Lab tech in microbial ecology lab, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST II Evans Lab, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University A laboratory technician position is available at Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University. The Evans Lab (http://bit.ly/1y7hrjO) is interested in how microbes respond to climate change and how these responses influence ecosystem processes. To investigate these questions, we use molecular techniques, physiological assays, modeling, and field climate manipulations. The successful candidate will assist in laboratory analyses, including characterization of microbial communities with molecular techniques, measurements of microbial function and biogeochemical assays. Minimum requirements: A 4-year college degree (or equivalent experience) in microbiology, molecular biology or ecology, or related field, as well as experience working in a laboratory setting, and familiarity with basic computer applications (e.g. Excel) and general molecular lab techniques (e.g. pipetting). Desired qualifications: Experience in a lab setting, as well as technical expertise in any or all of the following methods: DNA and RNA extraction, experience with gene profiling or metagenomic/ metatranscriptomic protocols and data analysis, extracellular enzyme assays, microbial cultivation, chemical analysis of plant and microbial biomass, and microbial functional assays (BIOLOG, CUE). A successful candidate will also be organized and efficient, familiar with word processing and data management, and independently motivated. Responsibilities include: analysis of samples to characterize microbial community and biogeochemical properties of soil, plant, and gut samples in the laboratory (60%), ordering supplies, properly setting up and running instruments (10%), organization, development and recording of protocols (10%), data entry, management, and preliminary analysis (10%), contributing to positive lab culture, including participating in lab meetings and maintaining an organized lab environment (10%). This is a benefited position, level 10 pay grade level. Apply at www.jobs.msu.edu. Click Support staff, posting #0502. **Posting currently closes on December 2** If this reaches you after this deadline, email to see if still accepting applications MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Sarah Evans via Gmail
Dear friends and colleagues, We remind you that *Dec 12th* is the deadline for proposals of symposia (details below) at the conference *Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution **Paris (France)** **July 8-10* 2015 http://bit.ly/1w9NDn9 *Michael Doebeli* University of British Columbia, Canada *Maria Servedio* University of North Carolina, USA *Eva Kisdi* University of Helsinki, Finland *Arne Traulsen* Max Planck Institute, Pln, Germany *Rgis Ferrire* Ecole Normale Suprieure Paris, France *Joshua Plotkin* University of Pennsylvania, USA. The conference MMEE 2015 will host 6 thematic mini-symposia with 6 speakers each: 2 invited speakers (approx. 25’ talk) and 4 contributed speakers (approx. 15’ talk). If you consider participating in the conference we invite you also to propose a mini-symposium devoted to a particular subject. We ask you to provide a title of your symposium, along with a short introduction to the subject and a list of (2+2 spare) invited speakers. You can propose 1 or 2 (related) mini-symposia by email to info-mmee2015@list01.biologie.ens.fr Deadline Dec 12, 2014. Decision mid-January 2015. Note: mini-symposia close to the following themes are especially appreciated: adaptive dynamics, epigenetics and information transfer, evolution of cooperation, modelling of speciation, individual-based models of phylogenies, microbial ecology, and adaptation in a changing environment. Once the list of 6 mini-symposia is established, a call for contributions of 3 kinds will be sent: oral contributions within a mini-symposium (6*4 = 24 slots), free oral contributions, posters (deadline April 2015). Please feel free to share this call with interested colleagues and relevant emailing lists. The organisers, Amaury Lambert (UPMC, Collge de France) Guillaume Achaz (UPMC, Collge de France) Minus van Baalen (CNRS, ENS) Silvia De Monte (CNRS, ENS) Todd Parsons (UPMC, CNRS, Collge de France) Emmanuel Schertzer (UPMC, Collge de France) PS. You may receive this e-mail because you subscribed to the newsletter of an earlier MMEE conference. If you do not wish to receive further announcements from MMEE2015, please send an e-mail to sympa@list01.biologie.ens.fr with “unsubscribe mmee2015 " in the subject line. PS2. If you are not yet part of the MMEE list, you can check at http://bit.ly/1sKt92I how to receive regular information about the conference (no more than approx. 5 emails per year). You can also follow us on twitter using @MMEE2015Paris. via Gmail

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

November 30, 2014


The American Genetic Association (AGA) announces a new funding opportunity in Evolutionary, Ecological, or Conservation Genomics (EECG) for graduate and post-doctoral researchers who are at a critical point in their research, where additional funds would allow them to conclude their research project and prepare it for publication. These EECG Research Awards are open to any graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is a member of the American Genetic Association at the time of application - visit http://bit.ly/15HcX0C for membership details. This program is not intended to fund an entire research project or to initiate new research projects. Awards will generally range from $5,000 to $10,000, awarded to the PI or institution (no overhead is provided). Awardees are expected to submit at least one paper derived from the support to the AGA Journal of Heredity. Accepted papers will be eligible for an additional $2000 through the Stephen J O’Brien Award, if the first author is a student and the paper is regarded as particularly high quality by the AGA publications committee. In addition, papers arising from the EECG awards will receive priority consideration to be highlighted on the cover of the Journal, will be made freely available immediately on publication, and the first author will receive an additional year of AGA membership, including a subscription to Journal of Heredity. Application deadline is 1 February 2015, and awards will be announced by 15 April. Instructions for preparing applications can be found at http://bit.ly/15HcX0C Timeline: Release of RFP: Dec 1, 2014 Deadline for submission: Feb 1, 2015 Awards announced: April 15, 2015 Funds distributed: by May 31, 2015 Contact: agajoh@oregonstate.edu AGAJOH@oregonstate.edu via Gmail

November 29, 2014

TheMacManes Labat The University of New Hampshire is in search of a talented PhD student to work on a project aimed at understanding the genomic underpinnings of parental care in the Rock Dove. This work, done in collaboration with the Calisi Lab at Barnard College (Columbia University), will combine cutting edge techniques in neuroendocrinology with the analysis of high throughput sequencing data. Though this student will focus on genomics, receiving extensive training in bioinformatics, there will be opportunity for an extended visit to the Calisi lab to learn techniques in neuroendocrinology. I especially encourage students with diverse and non-traditional backgrounds to apply. The successful candidate may have an undergraduate degree in Biology, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or other disciplines. Applications are be submitted to the UNH graduate school (http://bit.ly/1FHknpw apply.php, Deadline January 15). Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact me at matthew.macmanes@unh.edu. Here is the link to the announcement:http://bit.ly/1FHknpx Matthew MacManes, Ph.D. University of New Hampshire I Assistant Professor of Genome Enabled Biology Department of Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-4052 I Twitter:@PeroMHC| Web:genomebio.org Office: 189 Rudman Hall | Laboratory: 145 Rudman Hall Matthew MacManes via Gmail
The EBC graduate school on genomes and Phenotypes at Uppsala University invites PhD students to attend the course: Modeling species distribution under past and future climate. Dates: 20-23 April 2015. Place: Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University, lecture room 4. Teachers Signe Normand, Aarhus University, Denmark Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus University, Denmark Peter Pearman, University of the Basque Countrys, Spain. Registration: The course is free of charge and number of participants is limited to 25. Everyone can apply, but priority will be given to PhD students from the EBC graduate school on Genomes and Phenotypes at Uppsala University. Deadline for application: February 15th 2015. Apply by sending a mail with your name, affiliations and a short description of your research interests to laura.parducci@ebc.uu.se. In the mail specify also if you are a PhD student from the EBC graduate school student at Uppsala University. More information: http://bit.ly/11DAvJE Laura Parducci Dept of Ecology and Genetics Plant Ecology and Evolution Evolutionary Biology Centre Uppsala University SWEDEN Phone: +46-18-471 6414 http://bit.ly/1pyHmiA Laura Parducci via Gmail
Title: PhD-ship at the University of Aberdeen (UK), on Niche Evolution in a Warming World **This PhD project is being advertised as part of a competitive scheme, and is only available to UK nationals and residents— please see restrictions below** Deadline for application: January 16, 2015 To apply: http://bit.ly/1uVpDxz Supervisors: Dr Lesley Lancaster, Professor Michael Ritchie (St Andrews) and Professor Jorgen Ripa (Lund) 

 Description: Many organisms are currently responding to climate change with dramatic shifts in their geographic ranges and ecological niches. However, the mechanisms underlying these biotic consequences of rapidly changing climates remain poorly understood. It is critical to improve our understanding in this area of research, as many pests and disease-carrying species are currently expanding under global climate change, while other, less rapidly evolving species face extinction. In this PhD project, the student will investigate a number of hypothetical evolutionary trajectories that could underlie or constrain rapid niche shifts occurring during climate-induced range expansions. This represents an exciting opportunity to contribute to scientific understanding of evolution under environmental change and to develop knowledge to inform conservation and management. Specifically, the project will investigate how shifts in a species’ resource use traits, climate tolerances, and dispersal abilities contribute to niche evolution, and will seek to characterise evolutionary trade-offs among these traits that my constrain a species’ ability to adapt to a rapidly-changing world. There will be ample opportunity for the student to propose and test their own hypotheses for niche evolution mechanisms, incorporating additional processes and effects such as mating system evolution, indirect genetic effects, epigenetics, etc., following the research interests of the student. 

The PhD project offers opportunity to learn a variety of important methods in evolutionary biology, including experimental evolution/quantitative genetics in lab-based organisms (using seed beetles, a currently evolving global crop pest), individual-based modelling approaches, and offers opportunities for field ecology approaches in northeast Scotland, to allow the student to become familiar with evolutionary and ecological dynamics in wild, evolving insect systems. Funding Notes: This project is eligible for the EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership: http://bit.ly/1uVpDxB. This opportunity is only open to UK nationals (or EU students who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately prior to the programme start date) due to restrictions imposed by the funding body. References: 1. Bebber, D.P. et al. (2013) Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world. Nature Climate Change 3: 985-988. 2. Ackerly, D.D. et al. (2006) Niche evolution and adaptive radiation: Testing the order of trait divergence. 

 3. Tuda, M. et al. (2006) Evolutionary diversification of the bean beetle Callosobruchus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae): traits associated with stored-product pest status. Molecular Ecology 15: 3541-3551. Contact: Please contact lead supervisor Dr. Lesley Lancaster with any pre-application inquiries: lesleylancaster@abdn.ac.uk Lesley Lancaster, PhD University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences Zoology Building, Tillydrone Ave. Aberdeen AB24 2TZ lesleylancaster@abdn.ac.uk +44 01224 274551 “Lancaster, Lesley” via Gmail
Post-doc position in Evolutionary Ecology/Community Ecology/Theoretical Ecology “Adaptation and Resilience of Spatial Ecological Networks to human-induced changes” Anthropogenic environmental changes increasingly threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services, thus kindling a societal demand for predictions that ecology as a science has yet to answer. Available models are poorly suited to predicting the ecological effects of such changes because they ignore variation in species’ niche due to ecological interactions and evolution. Without understanding the functioning of ecological networks and how they are shaped by evolution, it is indeed difficult to predict how changes of the environment will cascade through ecosystems and make species traits evolve. Understanding the dynamics of ecological networks is a dual goal, both for fundamental research and for building informed programs on sustainable ecosystem services and species conservation. Accounting for species interactions and evolution to understand the consequences of global changes is the critical question we want to tackle through the post doc we propose here. In this context, the post-doctoral fellow will develop models linking the coevolution of traits to the structure of ecological networks (both trophic and mutualistic networks). Such models will especially account for spatial aspects, i.e. heterogeneous landscapes and dispersal of individuals among habitat patches, and will focus on the structure of ecological communities emerging from evolutionary processes acting at the landscape scale. Modelling will be based on adaptive dynamics and/or theoretical quantitative genetics methods. Application Process This job is supported by a larger ANR project ARSENIC (2015-2019) involving a network of 8 different labs, most of them in France. More precisely, this position will involve collaborations between the Ecology, Evolution & Paleontology lab in Lille and of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences in Paris. The post-doctoral fellow will work at IEES Paris (Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris). IEES is a new laboratory that merges different aspects of ecology, such as evolutionary ecology, community ecology and functional ecology. The post-doc fellow would be part of the team “Ecology and Evolution of Interaction Networks” (team leader: Nicolas Loeuille). The post-doctoral position will particularly focus on the theoretical developments proposed above. We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology or applied mathematics, with good skills in ecological modelling, theoretical ecology and evolutionary ecology. Skills in game theory, adaptive dynamics or quantitative genetics modelling will be particularly appreciated. The position is funded for two years. Salary depends on experience (eg, about 2200€ two years after PhD). Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, send a CV and a letter expressing why the project interests you to Nicolas Loeuille (nicolas.loeuille@upmc.fr) and François Massol (francois.massol@univ-lille1.fr), and have two researchers you collaborated with send us reference letters. Francois Massol via Gmail

November 28, 2014

BBSRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership, UK Topic: Analysis of interactions between slugs and weeds in arable crops using next generation sequencing Main supervisor:Prof. William O.C. Symondson(School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) Second supervisor: Dr Ian P. Vaughan (School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) Dr Pablo A. Orozco-terWengel (School of Biosciences, Cardiff University) Dr James R Bell (North Wyke, Rothamsted Research) Slugs are major crop pests throughout the temperate world, especially in the UK where the climate fosters high densities, threatening profits and food security. They are ecosystem engineers, having hierarchies of preference for the seedlings of different weed and crop species that alter subsequent plant community composition. Removal of weeds (with herbicides) results in greater slug damage to the crop while slug control (with molluscicides) is highly weather-dependent and slugs persist. Better understanding of the preferences of slugs for different weed species offers the opportunity to be more selective in the management of weeds and slugs in major crops such as wheat and oilseed rape. Selective herbicides can remove weed species less palatable to slugs, that are likely to be major competitors (e.g. monocots like Blackgrass) with the crop, while leaving seedlings that are palatable unharmed to potentially divert slugs from consuming the crop. Next Generation Sequencing will be used to analyse plant DNA in gut and faecal samples collected from slugs to determine their weed/crop preferences. We will target the ITS2 gene, exploiting the near comprehensive database of Welsh and UK sequences that now exists. Ratios of different plant species in the slugs will be compared with the abundances of weeds and crop plants in fields using Monte Carlo simulations and co-occurrence modelling to determine preferences. Plots trials will calibrate our field results and test the viability of selective weed control to protect crops. The multidisciplinary team of supervisors will ensure major training opportunities. WOCS will provide training in molecular analysis of herbivory, using NGS; POTW will provide bioinformatics training (NGS output); IPV will supervise Monte Carlo model development for herbivory and JRB will advise on co-occurrence networks (for slug-weed interactions). Rotations:1) NGS of gut contents requires comprehensive barcode databases for sequence identification. The student will be provided with a self-contained set of material to barcode from ongoing work into the diets of endangered species (supervisor WOCS). Expertise will be acquired in both practical molecular analyses and tree construction. 2) A major problem in diet analyses is differential DNA survival during digestion of sequences from different species, compounded by factors such as amplicon size and gene copy number. Feeding trials (using project-relevant slugs and weeds) will be conducted and decay curves will be incorporated into new Monte Carlo plant choice models (supervisor IPV). Training will be in conducting trials and model development, both directly relevant to the PhD.For information please contactSymondson, William O.C., Prof | Symondson, William O.C., ProfInformation about a member of staff at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK. | Pablo Orozco-terWengel via Gmail
Colleagues, The McArthur lab in McMasters Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences is seeking a Systems Administrator / Information Technologist to help establish a new bioinformatics laboratory at McMaster, plus develop the next generation of the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD; arpcard.mcmaster.ca). The candidate will configure BLADE and other hardware for general bioinformatics analysis, development of a GIT version control system, construction of an in house Galaxy server (usegalaxy.org), and development of a new interface, stand-alone tools, APIs, and algorithms for the CARD (based on Chado; http://bit.ly/1zCq5VF). Outside of server and software development, the candidate will perform a variety of bioinformatics analyses as well as be responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure. Genomics and bioinformatics training will be provided. For more details on the McArthur lab research program, see mcarthurbioinformatics.ca. The candidate is expected to have knowledge and experience of LINUX operating system installation and management, network management, RAID and other storage technologies, database skills (SQL, postgreSQL), software for hosting advanced websites (Apache, PHP, Javascript, JQuery), and the computer languages common to bioinformatics (Python, Perl). Knowledge of bioinformatics would be advantageous to the candidate. Experience with Flask, SQLAlchemy, and JSON would be beneficial. Skills in text mining and/or controlled vocabularies would be welcome, but not mandatory. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew McArthur at mcarthua@mcmaster.ca Andrew G. McArthur, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Cisco Research Chair in Bioinformatics Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada w. mcarthurbioinformatics.ca | e. mcarthua@mcmaster.ca “Andrew G. McArthur” via Gmail
PhD Project in Ecological / Evolutionary Epigenetics (fully-funded) We seek a highly-motivated student for a fully-funded PhD scholarship position commencing in 2015. The project will investigate environmental stress induction of epigenetic variation in colonial tunicates. More broadly, the project seeks to determine if epigenetic changes provide an evolutionary ‘buffer’ against rapid environmental change and a mechanism to compensate for low levels of conventional genetic variation. The student will be enrolled at the University of Auckland (www.auckland.ac.nz) but will be based at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand (www.cawthron.org.nz). The successful applicant will have a sound background in both molecular and population genetics along with a good grasp of bioinformatics theory. The student must be comfortable with learning new software for bioinformatic and statistical analyses. An ecological background would also be advantageous. Applicants should hold a relevant Hons / Master’s degree and must be eligible to enrol in the University of Auckland’s PhD programme. This PhD scholarship has an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 (tax free) plus student fees for a period of 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. International (i.e. non-New Zealand resident) students are welcome and encouraged to apply. For more details contact Dr Kirsty Smith (kirsty.smith@cawthron.org.nz). Andrew Fidler via Gmail

TWO POST-DOC POSITIONS INSECT PHEROMONES AND COGNITION, PARIS, FRANCE Each position is a full time, 2-year contract. Expected starting date: from March 2015 ANR-funded project PHEROMOD: Pheromones as general modulators of insect behavior In addition to their well-documented function as communication signals, some pheromones have been recently shown to play a role as $B!H(Bmodulators$B!I(B of cognitive phenomena, facilitating or inhibiting associative learning and memory both in vertebrates and invertebrates. The project aims at investigating the modulator effect of pheromones on experience-dependent behaviour of three insect species, the honeybee Apis mellifera, the ant Lasius niger and the moth Agrotis ipsilon, in order to determine the mechanisms that are either conserved across species or species-specific and associable with particular life-styles. We will study the mechanisms and adaptive value of pheromone modulation of learning by using a behavioural approach and by focusing on octopaminergic and dopaminergic circuits, which in many insects signal appetitive and aversive situations, respectively (pharmacological approach). As odour coding changes after appetitive learning in olfactory centres of the insect brain, we will analyse if pheromone exposure modifies per se the odour code in the first olfactory relay (antennal lobe) of the three species. A combination of pheromone/neutral odour exposure and in vivo calcium imaging recordings of antennal lobe activity will be used to this end. This research project will achieve a comprehensive knowledge on how pheromones influence learning performances in three paradigmatic insect taxa. The successful applicants will have a PhD in behavioural biology, evolutionary biology or chemical ecology with a solid track record. Experience with insects, learning paradigms and/or neurophysiology (in vivo calcium imaging) is welcome. Candidates should be fluent in English. Position 1): focus on ants and honey bees. The post-doc will be based at the Laboratory of Experimental and Comparative Ethology, University of Paris 13 (http://bit.ly/1zCijvc), working with Prof. Patrizia d$B!G(BEttorre but will spend extended periods of time at the CNRS Research Center on Animal Cognition, University of Toulouse (http://bit.ly/1xYy2X1), working with Prof. Martin Giurfa. Position 2): focus on the black cutworm moth. The post-doc will be based at the Department of Sensory Ecology (INRA Versailles) of the Institut d’Ecologie et des Sciences de l’Environnement de Paris (http://bit.ly/1zCijLq), working with Dr. Nina Deisig. Candidates should send, in one single PDF file: a) letter of interest, b) Curriculum Vitae with publication list; c) contact information (e-mail, phone) for two referees who can provide letters of recommendation. DEADLINE for receiving applications: 15 January 2015 Contact for position 1): Patrizia d$B!G(BEttorre, dettorre@leec.univ-paris13.fr Contact for position 2): Nina Deisig, nina.deisig@versailles.inra.fr dettorre@leec.univ-paris13.fr via Gmail


Conference: MCEB - Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology 21-25 June 2015 - Porquerolles Island, South of France. Webpage: http://bit.ly/1vWShF3 Pre-registration deadline: February 10th Notification to applicants: February 28th Final list of attendees: April 1st WHAT/Scope: Mathematical and computational tools and concepts form an essential basis for modern evolutionary studies. The goal of the MCEB conference (at its 7th edition) is to bring together scientists with diverse backgrounds to present recent advances and discuss open problems in the field of mathematical and computational evolutionary biology. The theme of this year’s edition will be new data, new questions, new methods. New generation sequencing techniques have multiplied not just the amount, but also the types of genetic data produced, giving rise to new questions, and new methodologies to answer them. These methodologies are often cross-disciplinary, with applications to diverse research topics. General concepts, models, methods and algorithms will also be presented and discussed, just as during the previous conference editions. WHERE and WHEN: Porquerolles Island, near Hyres, in the South of France, 21-25 June 2015. Cost: Conference fees including accommodation for four nights, meals, coffee breaks, etc., will be between 300 and 630, all inclusive, and will vary depending on the room. PhD students and postdocs will benefit of the cheapest rooms. Keynote speakers (to be completed): David Bryant - http://bit.ly/1rBOy9k University of Otago, NZ Jukka Corander - http://bit.ly/1vWShF5 Bayesian Statistics Group, University of Helsinki, FI Asger Hobolth - http://bit.ly/1rBOy9m Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC), Aarhus University, DK Philippe Lemey http://bit.ly/1vWSg45 Rega Institute, Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, BE Bernard Moret - http://lcbb.epfl.ch/ Laboratory for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, EPFL, CH Ludovic Orlando http://bit.ly/1qXj1Qw Center for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, DK Molly Przeworski - http://bit.ly/1nuHCrk Columbia University, New york, USA For more information, visit the website at: http://bit.ly/1vWShF3 Please forward this announcement. via Gmail

PhD in primate diversity and evolution A PhD position is available in the newly established Primate Diversity and Evolution Lab headed by Katerina Guschanski at the Evolutionary Biology Centre of Uppsala University, Sweden. Research focus: You will have the chance to study population and species level processes in a number of primate taxa, combining field-collected and historical (museum) samples and utilizing modern molecular techniques. Research topics include, but are not limited to: i) Conservation genetics and molecular ecology: the study of historical and present-day genetic diversity, dispersal, demography in wild primate populations ii) Hybridization and speciation: investigating the role of ancient and ongoing hybridization in speciation of primate taxa The exact project will be developed with the successful candidate and tailored towards her/his interests and skills. Qualification: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and documented knowledge in evolutionary biology, with a drive to understand processes shaping species diversity. Perseverance and high intrinsic motivation are required to work on non-model organisms using difficult samples. You will be highly reliable, driven and well-organized, curious and willing to look outside the box, with the ability to quickly acquire new skills. Previous experience with molecular techniques is a must, experience with bioinformatics analysis of genomic data is a plus. Proficiency in English is required. Position: All PhD students are guaranteed 4 years of financial support. The PhD position entitles the holder to full social benefits and can be combined with up to 20% of teaching assistantship, which will extend the duration of appointment accordingly. The environment: The Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC, http://bit.ly/16Fa1Wt) is one of the world’s leading research institutions in evolutionary biology and part of Uppsala University - the oldest university in Scandinavia. Uppsala University, ranked top among European Universities in the subject of biology (CHE European ranking), attracts approximately 40.000 students from all over the world, creating an international and stimulating research environment. The city of Uppsala is a vibrant college town, less than an hour’s train ride away from Stockholm (and even closer to Arlanda International Airport), with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings. How to apply: Send your application material including (1) a cover letter outlining your motivation to work on this project as well as relevant research experience and interests, (2) a detailed CV describing your education and listing authored publications, if available, and (3) contact details (including address, e-mail address, and phone number) of two academic referees as a single pdf document to katerina.guschanski@ebc.uu.se. Also include (4) an accredited copy of your MSc degree or equivalent (if already available at time of application). The application must be written in English. Review of applications will start on January 5, 2015, but candidates will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date can be as early as February 2015. Questions can be address to: Katerina Guschanski Assistant professor Evolutionary Biology Centre Department of Ecology and Genetics/Animal Ecology Uppsala University Norbyvägen 18D SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 2673 Email: katerina.guschanski@ebc.uu.se http://bit.ly/1rwYdUi Katerina Guschanski via Gmail
Dear evoldir A PhD studentship starting October 2015 is available by competition to study the role of genomic imprinting in social insect biology, jointly supervised by me (Dr Eamonn Mallon ebm3@le.ac.uk) and Dr. Ezio Rosato at the University of Leicester. Further details at http://bit.ly/1bRFqnL Project outline: This project will attempt to establish the role of genomic imprinting in the important pollinator species, the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Genomic imprinting is the differential expression of alleles in diploid individuals, with the expression being dependent upon the sex of the parent from which it was inherited. Genomic imprinting is an important area of research in plant breeding and in evolutionary biology and has relevance to some human cancers and developmental syndromes. Bees are potentially a model for genomic imprinting because theyhave a small, sparsely methylated genome. The PhD student will carry out all experiments and bioinformatic analysis under the guidance of the supervisory team. They will be provided with training in R, a powerful and increasing popular statistical programming language, Python, a general-purpose, high-level programming language widely used in bioinformatics, molecular biology, RNA-seq, anatomical dissection and neuroanatomy, in situ hybridisation, confocal microscopy and bee husbandry as required. *References* Amarasinghe, H. E., Clayton, C. I. & Mallon, E. B. (2014) Methylation and worker reproduction in the bumble-bee(Bombus terrestris). /Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci/. 281, 20132502 Yan et al (2014) Eusocial insects as emerging models for behavioural epigenetics. /Nat Rev Genet/ advance online publication. This project is available for a PhD studentship is available as part of the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership, http://bit.ly/1C9m94x Eligibility: British nationals who have lived in the UK all their lives are eligible. Also eligible are non-British nationals who have settled status AND have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to the date of the start of the course. EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years immediately prior to the date of start of the course; *EU nationals not resident in the UK are eligible* *for matched funding studentships.* To apply formally please see http://bit.ly/1rsnR6V. Application deadline the 31/1/2015 Please contact me (ebm3@le.ac.uk) if you would like to discuss the project informally Dr Eamonn Mallon Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology Room 220 Department of Biology University of Leicester LE1 7RH UK Tel 01162523488 Email ebm3@le.ac.uk “Mallon, Eamonn B” via Gmail