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—_000_D016F9FABCF7coylebsiedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable UPDATE - Frontiers in Phylogenetics Fourth Annual Symposium. Full schedule, speakers and titles have been updated - see below “Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data” Symposium Location: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Time and Date: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014 REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Please visit the link below to register. http://bit.ly/FIPSymposium 8:00 Coffee and Continental Breakfast Service in Constitution Caf 9:00 Introductions Michael Braun, National Museum of Natural History 9:05 Welcome to the Smithsonian John Kress, Interim Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution 9:15 Overview and Logistics Guillermo Ort, George Washington University 9:25 Phylogenomics and Next-Generation Inferences: the Future of Phylogenetics in an Era of Big Data Lacey Knowles, University of Michigan 10:05 Break 10:30 Deep Metazoan Phylogeny and the Utility of Taxon-Specific Ortholog Sets Kevin Kocot, University of Queensland, Brisbane 11:10 A Phylogenomic View on the Early History of Gnasthostome Evolution: Is One Tree Enough? Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University, Frankfurt 11:50 Lunch Break 1:30 Distinguishing Methodological and Biological Causes of Gene Tree Discordance in Phylogenomic Datasets Derrick Zwickl, University of Arizona 2:10 Filtering and Partitioning Strategies for Phylogenomic Analyses David Swofford, Duke University and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2:50 Break 3:10 Genome-scale Phylogenetics in the Presence of Hybridization and Incomplete Lineage Sorting Luay Nakhleh, Rice University 3:50 Joint Inference of Gene Trees and Species Trees at the Genomic Scale Bastien Boussau, University Claude Bernard, Lyon 4:30 Round Table Discussion With All Speakers Sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium Any questions or for more information contact Brian Coyle Coyleb@si.edu National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution Washington DC —_000_D016F9FABCF7coylebsiedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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Two Postdoctoral positions available at Guangxi University, Nanning, China The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) is seeking two highly motivated and productive postdoctoral researchers to engage in 2-year projects in (1) Plant Ecophysiology and (2) Molecular systematics & historical biogeography. Projects and Qualifications: (1) Plant Ecophysiology The position requires an individual with a PhD in plant ecophysiology and preferentially a good background in the anatomy and hydraulics of stems or leaves, water relations, or photosynthesis and photoprotection. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to work on mangrove plants on the coast of southern China, or plants on karst lands in Guangxi province. The candidate should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals, and will work as part of a team studying the evolution and ecophysiology of selected plant lineages in Asia. (2) Molecular systematics & historical biogeography Candidates should have a PhD with a strong background in evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics and dating as well as biogeographical analyses, and should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in botanical collecting, taxonomy, genomics and/or bioinformatics are considered a major advantage when applying. The candidate will be part of a team studying the evolution and diversification of major plant lineages in Asia and Africa. A number of topics are available for discussion following an accepted application. Opportunities for the development of individual research projects as well as collaborative work exist within our lab and with external groups. Candidates will be part of a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment. Both positions come with an annual salary, and include housing on campus, as well as research funding for up to two years (may be extended with a third year following satisfactory evaluation). Opportunities exist to apply for additional research funding through university to the national postdoctorate program and provincial programmes. Knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory, but opportunities exist to attend weekly courses in Mandarin. The working language in our research group is English. Our research group is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus. Guangxi University (>25,000 students) in Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://bit.ly/1pqTsrD) and aims to become a major research hub in Southern China. The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia. Please visit our website for more information on our group and research: http://bit.ly/1m7jVG9 To apply for a position, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Prof. Cao Kunfang (kunfangcao@gxu.edu.cn). Review of applications will begin October 1st, 2014, and will continue until the positions have been filled. jsstrijk@hotmail.com via Gmail

August 16, 2014

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Position Announcement Joint Program Coordinator Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and NSF IGERT in Applied Biodiversity Science The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Interdisciplinary program, and the Applied Biodiversity Sciences (ABS) doctoral training program, are seeking a full-time joint Coordinator to manage program affairs. The EEB faculty group integrates research related to the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology, and is on target to become an interdisciplinary PhD granting program in 2015. The EEB group consists of 80+ faculty from thirteen departments and seven colleges. The ABS program, supported by a NSF-IGERT, is a multidisciplinary, international, doctoral training program. Faculty/student teams carry out integrative research in biological and social science approaches to biodiversity conservation at sites in Latin America, USA-Mexico trans-boundary region, and Africa. The ABS team consists of 20+ faculty from nine departments and four colleges. About twelve faculty are members of both EEB and ABS. The Coordinator will report to the EEB Chair and ABS Co-directors. The position will begin when filled, and last at least 5 years. More about these two groups can be found at http://eeb.tamu.edu and http://bit.ly/YjiOxE. Responsibilities X The Coordinator position is a hub for the EEB and ABS program. S/he will become a central communicator and facilitator for faculty, students, and the international network. Duties include managing day-to-day activities and information requests; supervising design and updates to the website; coordinating course schedules and enrollment; organizing outreach and recruitment activities; managing graduate applications; arranging interviews for applicants to both programs; facilitating contacts with international partners; coordinating logistics for field courses and on-campus events; working to arrange internships at participating partner institutions; helping implement student recruitment strategies; tracking student progress; coordinating program assessment activities and compiling assessment data. The coordinator will also help implement new programs to increase undergraduate participation in ABS and EEB. Qualifications X The Coordinator will be a Ph.D.-level or 5-year experienced social or natural scientist and have demonstrated experience with administrative and organizational tasks. Ability to work with faculty and students in interdisciplinary teams and in diverse cultural settings is paramount. The candidate should possess outstanding leadership skills as well as demonstrated success in communicating effectively with diverse groups. The ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable. Application Process X Applications should include a letter of interest emphasizing a track record in relevant research, a complete Curriculum Vitae, and list of references. Materials should be sent by email attachment to both addresses listed below: Donald Brightsmith Spencer T. Behmer Department of Veterinary Pathology Department of Entomology E-mail: DBrightsmith@cvm.tamu.edu E-mail: s-behmer@tamu.edu Screening will begin 15 September 2014, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary X Commensurate. About the CommunityX Texas A&M University is in College Station, part of a metropolitan community of 160,000 people, including the city of Bryan. In addition to excellent health, education, and recreation services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art, and theatre. College Station is within easy reach of some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US V about 90 minutes from Houston and its major international airport, and under 2 hours from Austin. The Texas A&M University System is an Equal Opportunity Employer grosenthal@bio.tamu.edu via Gmail

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—001a11c264604da0320500a70d58 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 I would be grateful if you could post the following; many thanks, andy Subject: Job: South Africa, Field Assistant on Dwarf Mongoose Project Main message: *We are seeking research assistants to help conduct fieldwork.* The Dwarf Mongoose Project (http://bit.ly/1dxFMls) was established in 2011 on Sorabi Rock Lodge Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Currently we work with 8 wild groups that have been habituated to the close presence of observers; group members are individually marked and many have been trained to climb on a balance scale to weigh themselves. Work will include behavioural observations, sound recordings, GPS tracking, weighing of individuals and assistance with playback experiments. Researchers live in a house on the reserve and will be required to share a bedroom. The posts will commence beginning of October 2014 (application deadline: 29th August) with shortlisted applicants invited for interview at the end of August. Assistants need to be available for a minimum of 3 months and hold a valid driving licence. Food and accommodation will be provided, but assistants will need to fund their own travel to the project. Previous fieldwork experience, especially in Africa, will be viewed as advantageous. To apply for the post, please send a cv (including names of 2 referees) and a cover letter to Julie Kern (julie.kern@bristol.ac.uk), University of Bristol. via Gmail

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Faculty Position- Assistant Professor EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS University of California, Riverside The Department of Biology invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in the area of Evolutionary Genomics, starting July 1, 2015. Candidates should employ a comparative evolutionary approach in the study of genome architecture and its consequences for adaptive evolution. The research should exploit the burgeoning ability to study genomes to tackle key problems in the genetics and evolution of fundamental biological processes, such as pathogenicity, disease resistance, physiological adaption, symbiosis, response to a changing environment, invasiveness, animal or plant domestication, productivity, behavior/signaling, stress/tolerance, speciation/extinction, or the evolution of the genome itself. Ideally, the candidate will be proficient at developing novel bioinformatics approaches to the comparative study of genomes. Researchers that utilize techniques such as advanced statistical methods and computer-programming skills are desired. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of researchers in the Department of Biology, the Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology Graduate Program, the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Graduate Program, the Center for Conservation Biology, the Center for Invasive Species Research, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, and the Environmental Dynamics and GeoEcology Institute. The successful candidate will also have access to modern campus facilities in genomics/bioinformatics, proteomics, microscopy, stable isotope analysis, and field stations and facilities. Consult www.biology.ucr.edu for details about the department. Applicants will be expected to pursue vigorously extramurally-funded research and contribute to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate core curricula. A Ph.D. and demonstrated excellence in research are required. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests, and up to three selected reprints must be submitted through: http://bit.ly/1oY49Cn. In addition, applicants should request that three letters of recommendation bewww.biology.ucr.edu for details about the department. Applicants will be expected to pursue vigorously extramurally-funded research and contribute to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate core curricula. A Ph.D. and demonstrated excellence in research are required. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests, and up to three selected reprints must be submitted through: http://bit.ly/1oY49Cn. In addition, applicants should request that three letters of recommendation be submitted through this site. Evaluation of applications will begin September 15, 2014, but the position will remain open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Kristine Specht via Gmail
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This work will explore the response of Cannabis to various environmental conditions and therefore is an applied evolutionary ecology research position. If you’re interested in the position described below, please send your resume to work@tweed.com *Research Student/Intern* In this role with Tweed, you will assist the Head of Research and Development in conducting both in-house and collaborative research projects. This is a 4 month contract with potential for extension or ongoing employment You will be required to assist with all daily tasks including but not limited to: • Maintenance of sanitary conditions in all areas where research is conducted • Consistent care for research and development plants • Performance of environmental, morphological, chemical measurements • Appropriate record keeping • Assembly/ maintenance of experimental set-ups • Compilation, analysis and presentation of experimental data • Research into experimental methods and/or improvements of procedures Current research includes experimentation with various environmental conditions required to produce the heartiest medicinal cannabis strains. Skill Requirements: • Science background with a good academic standing (GPA- please provide a transcript or grade report for the last 2 sessions you were in school) • Completion of at least 3 years of a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, biochemistry, biopharmaceutical science, etc • Scientific report writing experience (if applicable, please provide a list of publications) • Experience working with/ growing plants Personality Descriptors: • Dedicated to the task at hand • Reliable • Trustworthy • Attention to detail Working Environment: • Willingness/ability to work in enclosed, high light intensity conditions and high temperature/humidity environments • Ability to perform strenuous tasks and occasional heavy lifting Useful Qualities: • Knowledge of statistical programming (such as R) and ability to interpret statistical outputs • Knowledge of/ experience in the pharmaceutical industry lesley.g.campbell@ryerson.ca via Gmail

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Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, University of York The Department of Biology at University of York is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology (equivalent to Assistant Professor) who has an excellent publication record and can demonstrate a reputation for internationally recognised research. Your research interests will complement existing strengths in the Department of Biology, which range from genome organisation to global change biology and which use theoretical, analytical and experimental approaches. You should have a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of teaching and learning. You will be expected to participate actively in research supervision, management and administration. York is one of the most successful universities in the UK. With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching. The Department of Biology is the first biology department in Britain to receive a Gold Athena Swan Award which recognises success in supporting the careers of women in science. You are invited to make an informal enquiry to Professor Ian Graham (Head, Department of Biology; (+44) 01904 328507), Professor Jane Hill (Jane.Hill@york.ac.uk) or Professor Michael Brockhurst (Michael.Brockhurst@york.ac.uk). Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 October 2014. http://bit.ly/1qejN8L via Gmail

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Dear all, I am using FSTAT to calculate various F-statistics. However, I am struggling to find my Fst p-values. I have found a couple of papers online, both of which contradict the other. Can anyone please point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance, Samantha Beck (bsp22a@bangor.ac.uk) Molecular Ecology & Fisheries Genetics Laboratory Bangor University North Wales Samantha Beck via Gmail
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Job: Genetics Research Assistant_Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Applications are invited for a Laboratory Technician in the Conservation Genetics Department at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (http://bit.ly/1uZQqeE). The Laboratory Technician will participate in ongoing molecular and bioinformatics research. Importantly, the technician will utilize sophisticated computer programs during the analysis of datasets from next generation sequencing. This technician will develop high-throughput solutions to improve scalability of in-house genetic interpretation tools. The technician will be responsible for developing a pipeline for genomic analyses and database monitoring and maintenance. Early-career technicians will have the opportunity to gain on-the-job training regarding bioinformatics. Duties: The Laboratory Technician will confer with research staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities. Importantly, the technician will utilize bioinformatics techniques to analyze or manipulate large datasets from next generation sequencing in a Unix/Linux environment. Sophisticated computer programs will be used to gather, analyze, and track data regarding biological functions or characteristics in order to gain a better understanding of computational evolutionary biology and comparative genomics. The technician will develop high throughput solutions to improve scalability of in-house genetic interpretation tools. Duties will involve writing or modifying existing computer code to perform analysis of high-throughput sequencing data including the analysis of whole genome sequencing data. The technician will need to develop a pipeline for genomic analyses as well as a system for monitoring database performance and perform any necessary maintenance, upgrades, or repairs. Ultimately the technician will complete statistical analyses and prepare reports on related findings. Additionally, the technician will assist multiple research projects as well as routine maintenance within the laboratory. Participation in group activities such as grant preparation and reporting, literature searches, and manuscript writing efforts will be expected. All laboratory staff will maintain cleanliness and sanitation while complying with safety procedures in their employed laboratories. Duties will include non-research activities such as facility maintenance and outside work. Qualifications: Ideally, the Laboratory Technician will have a thorough knowledge of bioinformatics, molecular genetics and related techniques, and have a good understanding of biological sciences. Experience in bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing is highly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree in the Genomics, Genetics, Bioinformatics or Computer Science or related field is required. Ideal candidates will have a proficiency in Linux, programming experience in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++, Java, Perl, or Python. Knowledge of parallel processing and computing and the use of R statistic software would be beneficial. Early-career technicians will have the opportunity to gain on-the-job training regarding bioinformatics. Start Date: flexible Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Please visit http://bit.ly/1pz5Nu6 for full job description and to submit an application. Applicants should include a cover letter describing previous experience, a resume, and the names and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications can also be sent to Dr. Edward Louis Jr. at genetics@omahazoo.com genetics@omahazoo.com via Gmail

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We would like to invite submissions for a special issue on ‘The evolution of behavioural mechanisms’ in the journal Current Zoology, to appear early next year: http://bit.ly/XlXZ4u Possible subtopics include (but are not limited to) the following: - Neuroendocrine mechanisms of behaviour - The evolution of learning - Fixed versus flexible behaviour - Heuristics and rules of thumb - Mood, emotion and cognitive biases - Information processing and neural networks - Constraints on adaptive behaviour All submissions (including original research articles, reviews and opinion pieces) will be considered but preference will be given to those that explicitly integrate evolutionary and mechanistic perspectives. Manuscripts will be subject to the usual peer review process and editorial revision. Note that there are no publication charges. If you wish to contribute an article, please send a provisional title and abstract to madorganiser@gmail.com by 1 September 2014. We will then invite selected authors to submit full articles by 1 November 2014. Best wishes Tim James A. R. Marshall, Tim W. Fawcett & Andrew D. Higginson Guest Editors, ‘The Evolution of Behavioural Mechanisms’ http://bit.ly/XlXZ4u Functional studies of animal behaviour traditionally ignore the psychological and physiological mechanisms involved. Yet often, mechanistic details can crucially affect the behaviour we observe. For a more complete understanding of animal behaviour, we need to study the adaptive value of the underlying mechanisms and the constraints on their evolution. This special issue of Current Zoology will showcase an emerging line of research that directly addresses the evolution of behavioural mechanisms. How do animals reach adaptive solutions? What information-processing rules do they use? Why is behaviour sometimes irrational? Why are cognitive systems biased? How do animals deal with uncertainty? When is flexible behaviour favoured over rigid behaviour? These questions are central to understanding how selection shapes behaviour. The special issue will cover theoretical and empirical research, integrate functional and mechanistic approaches, and draw on insights from a range of sub-disciplines to offer a diversity of perspectives on animal behaviour. via Gmail

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Lab & Field technician, Egan Lab at Rice University The Egan lab at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is seeking a temporary research technician, starting immediately. The Egan lab works on many different aspects of evolutionary biology, including behavior, evolutionary ecology, genetics and genomics. Current projects include understanding the roles of ecology and the genome during the evolution of new biological species. Most work is done using insects from natural populations. Duties will included (1.) the performance of basic molecular biology lab techniques, including DNA and RNA extractions, sample prep for high-throughput sequencing, (2.) implementing and maintaining experiments in the lab, greenhouses, or field settings, (3.) insect husbandry in the lab, and (4.) responsibility for day-to-day lab logistics, including purchasing, shipping, and receiving supplies, as well as working closely with undergraduate and graduate researchers. Important skills include: 1. strong attention to detail and careful record keeping 2. ability to work independently, as well as with others 3. strong molecular techniques and experience 4. ability to work in the field, sometimes under challenging conditions Required: 1. bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology or related field 2. 1+ year of research experience outside of class requirements Position is for 40 hours per week for 12 months at a minimum of $13.51/hour plus full benefits, with the possibility of renewal contingent on performance and the availability of funding. See Rice HR website for further details: http://bit.ly/1m0xTJM. Please follow the following links for further information about the Egan lab (http://bit.ly/XlXYO4), the Department of BioSciences (http://bit.ly/1m0xTJN), or Rice University (http://www.rice.edu). Applicants should include in one merged PDF file:(1.) a 1-page cover letter describing previous experience, (2.) a resume/CV, (3) unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate institution, and (4.) the names and contact information of two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to Scott Egan (scott.p.egan@rice.edu) with Lab & Field Technician” in the Subject line. Questions may be directed to the same email address. via Gmail

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Scott Nichols lab at the University of Denver is accepting applications from graduate students for admission in September 2015. We primarily use sponges and choanoflagellates as research models to address fundamental questions about early animal evolution. In particular, we are interested in questions related to the evolution of multicellularity and animal body plan diversification. Current projects range from studies of cell adhesion and developmental morphogenesis, to comparative genomics and gene expression. Students are encouraged to develop their own research ideas. The University of Denver (DU) is located minutes outside of the urban center of Denver, which is a vibrant city on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Cultural, culinary, and outdoor opportunities abound. Many students choose to live within walking distance of the campus and there are excellent public transportation options including a municipal bus system and a light-rail system. The closest remote mountain areas and ski resorts are within a 45 minute drive. Students are guaranteed full tuition offset, health benefits, and a competitive living stipend for either two (MS) or five (PhD) years. Because DU is a private, non-profit institution, there are *no additional fees for out of state or international applicants*. Prospective applicants and first year students are also strongly encouraged to apply to the NSF predoctoral fellowship program (deadline Nov 4, 2014), and I am happy to discuss this option with you in advance. The Department of Biological Sciences offers both a Masters and PhD program, and students are invited to apply to either. The department does not offer a laboratory rotation system in the first year, instead successful applicants are admitted directly to the research laboratory where they will work. I often encourage students to enter the Masters program initially, because it is possible to transition to the PhD program at the end of the first year if desired. To learn more about the application process, please go to the Department of Biological Sciences homepage and read under Degree Programs . Applicants should contact Scott Nichols directly at scott.nichols@du.edu well before the January 1st (2015) application deadline. Please provide a brief description of your background and interests and your reasons for considering the Nichols lab for graduate training. Scott Nichols, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences 2101 E. Wesley Ave SG Mudd #288 University of Denver Denver, CO 80208 email: sa.nichols321@gmail.com lab homepage: nicholslab.wikidot.com phone: 303-871-5658 Scott Nichols via Gmail
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Chairperson, Department of Plant Biology Michigan State University Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Plant Biology. The Chair would lead an internationally recognized department with a long history of university commitment to excellence in the Plant Sciences. The Department has more than 30 faculty members, strong graduate and undergraduate programs, and a supportive administrative and technical staff. It is built on the concept of integrating all sub-disciplines of plant biology, ranging from evolution and ecology to cellular, molecular and genomic biology. Research is conducted in modern research facilities on campus and at field sites across Michigan and throughout the world. The department includes faculty affiliated with the Kellogg Biological Station, the MSU Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The Chair is expected to provide leadership and to promote a creative environment that fosters innovation and excellence in research and teaching/educational programs in Plant Biology. Candidates must possess an established record of strong scholarship in a relevant field, proven academic leadership, and strong interpersonal skills. Continuation of an active research program is encouraged and will be supported. Candidates should be qualified to hold the rank of tenured Full Professor. Applicants should submit: a complete curriculum vitae; a statement of interest highlighting specific strengths related to this position, including research and administrative experience and accomplishments; and the names of three references (who will be contacted only with your permission). Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality until a list of candidates for interviewing is determined. All materials should be assembled into one PDF and uploaded to: https://jobs.msu.edu for position #9727. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be sent to the Chair of the search committee, at PLBChairsearch@plantbiology.msu.edu. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. “LaClair, Stacy” via Gmail
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Evolutionary Biologist: We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology in Evolutionary Biology to begin August 2015. We prefer taxonomic expertise in plants or fungi, but candidates with interests in other organisms will also be considered. Research interests should complement those of current faculty. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (depending on qualifications). Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (post-doctoral experience preferred), teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as well as scholarship involving undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities will include lower division courses (introductory biology, or new sophomore level courses in genetics or cell biology), one or more upper division courses in area(s) of expertise, and departmental service courses for majors or non-majors. The average teaching load is 10-12 contact hours/semester (including labs); a common course load is 3 lectures and 4 labs per academic year. Faculty also mentor senior capstone projects (literature reviews or research projects). We seek a collegial scholar-teacher whose research interests complement existing expertise in the department. We expect the successful candidate to establish an active research program with undergraduates. The research program must be successful and feasible in our liberal arts college setting; it should also be attractive to our student body, which includes many preparing for professional school in the health professions (e.g., optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy) as well as some pursuing teaching, environmental biology, and other professional work in the life sciences. Our research facilities include a greenhouse, and start-up funds are provided. Pacific University is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Minimum requirements for the position include a Ph.D. In Biology, or equivalent terminal research-based degree; one academic year of college or university teaching experience (TA or instructor); and two years research experience in evolution. Education, teaching and research may be gained concurrently. Pacific University is an independent, comprehensive university in Forest Grove, Oregon (about 25 miles west of Portland). The Biology department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (ca. 1700 students), a liberal arts undergraduate college where faculty and staff are committed to an intimate, personalized education. The University also includes a College of Health Professions (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Dental Science and Professional Psychology), a College of Optometry, a College of Business, and a College of Education. The Biology Department currently has 10 permanent faculty members and 2 laboratory support staff. We are committed to learning through discovery in both the laboratory and the classroom. We graduate 35-50 majors each year. Many of our graduates pursue graduate or professional study in the health sciences or careers in teaching, biology research, or environmental biology. Application materials Please submit: 1. A cover letter that addresses your preparation/promise to teach in a liberal arts college with many pre-health professions students 2. CV 3. A teaching philosophy, with a separate section identifying courses you would feel qualified and comfortable teaching (upper and lower division) 4. A research statement, which should include a brief summary of prior research, a research plan for a liberal arts institution, and an argument for how your research program at Pacific would attract and involve undergraduates. Selection criteria will include feasibility of research plan and fit to our department and student body. 5. Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts 6. Arrange for three letters of reference (at least one of which speaks directly to teaching ability and experience) to be submitted directly. 7. In October, candidates on our short list may be requested to submit evidence of teaching experience and excellence, such as teaching evaluations, reports from observers, or examples of teaching materials; please do not include these materials with your initial application. Please combine application materials 1-4 into a single file (.pdf or .doc), in the order listed above, with the following naming: Last name, First name, Evolution 2014. Send applications electronically to Patty Larkins (address below); put Evolutionary Biology 2014 as the subject in your e-mail. Patty Larkins, plarkins@pacificu.edu Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences, Pacific University Review of applications will begin October 3 and continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Stacey Halpern (Biology Department Chair) with questions. 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I am looking for an excellent candidate for a postdoc grant application to work on NZ manuka (Myrtaceae) population genetics. Please note this is not for a postdoc position for which I already have funding, however I need an applicant for a project proposal that is already written. In brief, I had a candidate until yesterday when this person was offered another position. I now have a well developed and exciting project proposal that just misses a strong candidate. The deadline for proposal in August 29th 2014, however I will be attending conferences from August 17th to 26th, so there is a bit of urgency (apologies for this). A summary of the proposal is below. I am looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills who completed a PhD and would be available in the next few months and for 2 to 3 years, with expertise in population genetics/genomics, molecular marker development and genome analysis, and plant biology. The quality of the applicant’s CV is crucial, so the usual criteria will apply (publications, awards and distinction etc…). Project summary Manuka honey is among New Zealand’s premium export products, largely due to the presence of the unique compound methylglyoxal (MG) which has strong, proven antimicrobial activity. A compound (dihydroxyacetone) present in the nectar is the precursor for MG. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a NZ native species found across a range of habitats, and key traits for manuka honey production are highly variable in natural populations. However, little is known about the interplay of manuka genetics, growth site and climate in regulating these traits. To address this lack of information, we will first determine genetic variability in manuka from sites around NZ, focussing our sampling on regions favoured by beekeepers. This will allow us to develop genetic markers for selection of plants and verification of population-of-origin of commercially available plants and future cultivars. Additionally, we will collect data on variability in key traits of interest, using replicates across multiple seasons and sites, to determine the interplay of genetic and environmental influences on trait variability. Using high-resolution genotyping, we will look for regions of the manuka genome associated with trait variation and develop genetic markers for desirable traits. A deeper understanding of the natural genetic resources available in manuka and of the relative influences of genetic and environmental factors on traits of interest to beekeepers will inform the choice of plants for plantations and assist in development of best management practices. If successful the postdoc will be based in Palmerston North, New Zealand at the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd (Plant & Food Research). Thank you David David Chagné Scientist T: +64 6 953 7751 F: +64 6 953 7701 david.chagne@plantandfood.co.nz http://bit.ly/1ozoWgc The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited Postal Address: Plant & Food Research Palmerston North Private Bag 11600, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North, 4442, New Zealand Physical Address: Plant & Food Research Palmerston North Batchelar Road, FISC Building, Palmerston North, 4474, New Zealand David Chagne via Gmail
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PhD Position Evolutionary Ecology The GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel offers a PhD-position for an early stage researcher within the recently established Priority Program “Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems” (www.DynaTrait.de) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with strong interest in community, evolutionary and trait based ecology to join our interdisciplinary eco-evolutionary research team located at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Marine Science in Kiel, Germany. The overarching goal of the project is to assess the relative importance, and functional interdependencies of ecological and evolutionary processes within marine phytoplankton communities under external pressure. The experimental model system will consist of functionally different phytoplankton species, i.e. diatoms, cyanobacteria and coccolithophores that vary in terms of resource acquisition, productivity and environmental tolerances. The external forcing will be enhanced seawater CO2 concentration. The successful candidate will study the relative importance of the different components of response diversity, i.e. physiological plasticity, ecological species sorting, and adaptive evolution, to explain change of ecosystem functioning of selected experimental plankton communities in response to enhanced CO2 concentration. This will be achieved first, by a direct experimental approach, and second, by a theoretical Price-equation decomposition into plasticity components, ecological species sorting, and adaptive evolution. Trade-offs among stress tolerance and competitive abilities will be addressed in order to interpret the results. The PhD candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with a second PhD candidate studying how rapid ecological and evolutionary processes inhibit or mutually enhance each other in multispecies phytoplankton assemblages. Funding is available for three years. The anticipated starting date is 01 December 2014 or January 2015. The candidate must hold a Master of Science (or equivalent) degree in the field of biology, ecology, evolution, or related subjects. Experiences in experimental ecology or evolution and in statistical data analysis are required. The work includes semi-continuous microcosm experiments, microscopic quantification of different species and strains via light and electron microscopy and flow cytometry, and nutrient analyses. Experience in cultivation of phytoplankton is a plus. The candidate should have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research. The salary is according to the class 13 TVOD of the German tariffs for public employees (65%). The GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel also supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes will be employed preferentially. Please send your application for this post including research interests, a current CV, and contact details of two persons acting as referees not later than 14 September 2014 using the keyword “Evolutionary Ecology” to the following address: GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Personalabteilung/Frau Moll Kennwort “Evolutionary Ecology” Wischhofstrasse 1-3 D-24148 Kiel Germany For further information, please contact Dr. Birte Matthiessen (bmatthiessen(at)geomar.de). For general information on research at the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, see http://www.geomar.de. Birte Matthiessen GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum fr Ozeanforschung Duesternbrooker Weg 20 D-24105 Kiel Germany Tel.: ++49-431 600 4408 Fax: ++49-431 600 4402 E-mail: bmatthiessen@geomar.de http://bit.ly/1sFlAKfwww.DynaTrait.de) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with strong interest in community, evolutionary and trait based ecology to join our interdisciplinary eco-evolutionary research team located at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Marine Science in Kiel, Germany. The overarching goal of the project is to assess the relative importance, and functional interdependencies of ecological and evolutionary processes within marine phytoplankton communities under external pressure. The experimental model system will consist of functionally different phytoplankton species, i.e. diatoms, cyanobacteria and coccolithophores that vary in terms of resource acquisition, productivity and environmental tolerances. The external forcing will be enhanced seawater CO2 concentration. The successful candidate will study the relative importance of the different components of response diversity, i.e. physiological plasticity, ecological species sorting, and adaptive evolution, to explain change of ecosystem functioning of selected experimental plankton communities in response to enhanced CO2 concentration. This will be achieved first, by a direct experimental approach, and second, by a theoretical Price-equation decomposition into plasticity components, ecological species sorting, and adaptive evolution. Trade-offs among stress tolerance and competitive abilities will be addressed in order to interpret the results. The PhD candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with a second PhD candidate studying how rapid ecological and evolutionary processes inhibit or mutually enhance each other in multispecies phytoplankton assemblages. Funding is available for three years. The anticipated starting date is 01 December 2014 or January 2015. The candidate must hold a Master of Science (or equivalent) degree in the field of biology, ecology, evolution, or related subjects. Experiences in experimental ecology or evolution and in statistical data analysis are required. The work includes semi-continuous microcosm experiments, microscopic quantification of different species and strains via light and electron microscopy and flow cytometry, and nutrient analyses. Experience in cultivation of phytoplankton is a plus. The candidate should have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research. The salary is according to the class 13 TVOD of the German tariffs for public employees (65%). The GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel also supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes will be employed preferentially. Please send your application for this post including research interests, a current CV, and contact details of two persons acting as referees not later than 14 September 2014 using the keyword “Evolutionary Ecology” to the following address: GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Personalabteilung/Frau Moll Kennwort “Evolutionary Ecology” Wischhofstrasse 1-3 D-24148 Kiel Germany For further information, please contact Dr. Birte Matthiessen (bmatthiessen(at)geomar.de). For general information on research at the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, see http://www.geomar.de. Birte Matthiessen GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum fr Ozeanforschung Duesternbrooker Weg 20 D-24105 Kiel Germany Tel.: ++49-431 600 4408 Fax: ++49-431 600 4402 E-mail: bmatthiessen@geomar.de http://bit.ly/1sFlAKf Birte Matthiessen via Gmail
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Swansea, UK; Helicobacter pylori Genomics Helicobacter pylori cancer genomics, fully-funded PhD studentship available in the Sheppard laboratory (2014-2017). H. pylori infection is the principal pathophysiological step leading to initiation of the inflammatory response in gastric cancer patients. However, the severity of disease and the ultimate outcome is dependent upon a complex interaction between pathogen and host cell. Chronic inflammation is understood to induce cancer by increasing reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and subsequent DNA damage. This could result from infection with any H. pylori strain, however, H. pylori populations are highly structured with numerous genotypes existing together in a single patient and these strains can have different disease causing potential. By characterizing variation in the core and accessory genome we will identify candidate associated genetic elements (alleles, SNPs) that are over represented in isolates from patients with certain types of cellular pathologies. These will be investigated in functional studies to improve understanding of disease causation. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary group focusing on population biology and evolution of bacterial pathogens of public health importance. Comparative genomics and functional characterisation approaches will examine the genetic structuring within pathogenic populations and answer fundamental questions about how genetic variation and genome plasticity influence adaptation and the evolution of pathogenicity. They will be responsible for sampling and culturing isolates, extracting DNA for genetic characterisation, analysing genomic data and carrying molecular and functional characterisation in the lab. Experimental approaches will provide training in CL2 containment techniques, in vitro mammalian cell culture, RT-qPCR and INCell Analyzer techniques. Bioinformatics training will involve state-of-the-art analysis of hundreds of whole genome sequences. This project will involve working within the MRC CLIMB consortium, directed by Dr Samuel Sheppard (http://bit.ly/1t25Gr3), and the Sheppard (http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r) and Jenkins (http://bit.ly/1Bg599M) laboratories. Academic requirements: Candidates should have a 1st or 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant subject (genetics, microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, or ecology). The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, independent and ideally have previous experience in a molecular biology laboratory or in bioinformatics research. Enthusiasm and practical experience in microbiology, molecular techniques (PCR, sequencing) and computer based genetic analysis are desirable, but training and support will be provided to strengthen these areas. Good English writing and oral skills are essential. Residency criteria: Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is available to UK/EU students only. The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of 13,863 in year 1, ?14,279 in year 2, and ?14,707 in year 3. An additional 500 will also be available for research costs/conference attendance. To apply for this studentship please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Jane Mikhail: j.mikhail@swansea.ac.uk. Informal enquiries may also be directed to Dr Jane Mikhail at the email address above (tel: +44 (0)1792 295022) or Dr Sam Sheppard: s.k.sheppard@swansea.ac.uk Start date: October 2014 Closing date: 22nd August 2014 for more information and to apply http://bit.ly/1t25Izc Jane M Mikhail PhD Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Room 529, Level 5 Institute of Life Science 1 College of Medicine Swansea University Swansea SA2 8PP, UK j.mikhail@swansea.ac.uk 01792 295022 http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r “Mikhail J.” via Gmail
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POPULATION GENETICS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in Population Genetics at the Assistant Professor level. We are especially interested in individuals using genomic data for investigating microevolution. Qualifications include a Ph.D. degree and strong research, mentoring, and teaching credentials. Competitive start-up funding, laboratory development resources and ancillary support commensurate with the candidates needs and resource availability accompany this position. The successful candidate will contribute to research, mentoring, and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels and will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. We offer a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment in which a new professor can thrive. For further information about the Department of EBIO, see http://bit.ly/1sY0zco . To apply, please collate the following into a single pdf file and attach as Document 1: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of at least three references and their contact information, and no more than four pages total on research, mentoring, and teaching. Application materials are accepted electronically at http://bit.ly/1sY0zcq, posting #F01649. Please make sure we have your application and supporting material by 15 October 2014, though we may accept later material as needed to achieve a successful outcome to this search. Dr. Rebecca Jo Safran Associate Professor Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology N317 Ramaley Hall University of Colorado Boulder Colorado 80309 email: rebecca.safran@colorado.edu phone: 303.735.1495 website: http://bit.ly/VojorU Rebecca J Safran via Gmail