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Position or Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Fish Genomics and Genetics Agency/State: University of Toledo, Ohio Responsibilities: The research entails helping to develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoc will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and publish results in high-impact journals. Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required in hand. Publication of Ph.D. results in peer-reviewed journals required. Excellent recommendation from former advisors required. Teaching and supervisory experience preferred. Data management experience, bioinformatics, and data analysis experience in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics required. DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing (Sanger and Illumina MiSeq), alignment, and GenBank experience required. Familiarity with QIMME, Unix/Linux operating systems and writing Perl is a plus. Strong communication (written, oral) skills required. Salary: Competitive salary, full benefits. Ad Closing Date: April 15, 2015 or until filled Contact/Email: carol.stepien@utoledo.edu How to Apply Send (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) 2 letters of reference, (4) unofficial copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts via .pdf to Dr. Stepien at carol.stepien@utoledo.edu. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus. Weblink: http://bit.ly/1seQy6U Carol A. Stepien, Ph.D. Distinguished University Professor of Ecology & Director of the Lake Erie Center University of Toledo 6200 Bayshore Rd. Oregon OH 43616 carol.stepien@utoledo.edu 419-530-8362 http://bit.ly/YNTWi5 “Stepien, Carol” via Gmail
PhD position at Bournemouth University: Project Title Human Biogeography: Comparative Phylogeography of Modern Humans and Other Organisms Project Summary Aims and Rationale - We will compare the published phylogeographies (genetic biogeographies) of modern humans with those of other vertebrates to elucidate the patterns of population movement in the past. The science of phylogeography provides an understanding of the population dynamics of species in relation to landscape, climate and human related processes over the last 50 thousand years. Species respond to these processes individually, for example using different refugia at different times. The location of these refugia is also determined by the geography and topography of the landscape. Phylogeography can be used to identify the location of these species refugia and/or the place of origin of domestic / commensal species. Methods - Phylogeographic studies have been performed on organisms as varied as red deer, trout, snails, oak trees, ferns and bacterial and viral pathogens like Black Death and Rabies. Studies have also been done on domestic (sheep, cattle, wheat) and commensal (house mouse, black rat) plants and animals. The data from most of these studies are deposited on GenBank (a freely accessible online database). The project will analyse such data to look at the various patterns seen in each species which can then be grouped by similarity according to geographical and genetic diversity indices. These will include the likely divergence dates of the diversity as well as the topology of the species’ phylogenetic tree or network diagrams. The data will also be analysed using GIS and associated geospacial statistics to help identify the place of origin and source of spread of populations. Hypotheses: Human phylogeographic patterns in Europe that relate to Upper Palaeolithic distribution change will generally have a North/South distribution similar to wild species coming out of ice age climate refugia. Those patterns with an East/West distribution will be similar to taxa whose climate refugia was in the East (or South East) or to that of domestic/commensal plants and animals whose origins lay in the South East, representing Neolithic or later distribution change. Clearly defined outputs - The outputs would include a paper submitted to a high impact journal (Nature, Science, PNAS) summarising the general results of the project. A further three papers are envisaged in subject specific journals like Molecular Ecology, Journal of Human Evolution and the Journal of Biogeography. The results of the work will also be presented at international meetings such as that of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, the European Society of Human Evolution etc. Academic Impact Stewart’s paper in Science which looks at Late Pleistocene Humans outside of Africa in relation to the biogeographical patterns of other organisms suggests that there would be an appetite amongst the people in the human evolution community for such an analysis. The research will have an impact on biological anthropology (human evolution), biogeography and molecular ecology thanks to the production of a minimum of 4 publications as well as the participation at international conferences (see above). The evolution and population genetics (phylogeography) of humans receives a disproportionate amount of attention. Other organisms, although they do not receive the same depth of attention as humans represent the breadth of possible patterns and corresponding processes that can exist in organisms over these time scales. Comparing the genetic patterns in humans with those in other organisms will help identify similarities and differences between them. The ecological and general biological characteristics of similar and differing species’ patterns will help reduce the possible explanations for those patterns. For example humans are widespread geographically similar to wolves, ravens and pike but their phylogeographic patterns are different which may be driven by different limitations on their dispersals or the length of time since dispersal. Societal Impact The evolution of humans receives a lot of media coverage and Stewart is regularly interviewed by the media on this topic, both relating to his own research and that of other scientists (e.g. New Scientist, BBC World Service). The response of organisms to climate change is also of great interest to the public and receives a corresponding amount of media attention in light of current climatic changes and species’ range shifts. The proposed project will undoubtedly have a significant impact due to the public interest it generates. The understanding of population dynamics in species is important to future conservation of biotas, so the proposed project will have an important contribution to make to conservation planning. Stewart was involved in a Natural England consultancy project looking at the identification of future climate refugia and guide strategy. The proposed project will enhance the likelihood of the supervisory team, as well as the PhD student, being involved in such initiatives in the future which seem to be increasingly on the agenda of NDPDs (Natural England) and NGOs (RSPB) and which will likely influence UK government policy-makers. Such project will have the potential to be used as case impact for the REF2020. Training Opportunities The student will come away from this project with a unique skill set that bridges a number of important fields in modern day science such as biogeography, molecular ecology as well as human evolution. 1) The student will get training in performing analysis of molecular data (tree and network construction, BEAST etc.) as well as innovative meta-analytical methods developed by Stewart and Hardouin to analyse data from GenBank. The student will be trained in laboratory techniques used in analyses such as PCR, sequencing, electrophoresis and will likely take part in house mouse phylogeographic analyses (Hardouin). There will also be an opportunity for aDNA training with Richards in Huddersfiled University in his Leverhulm Trust funded Doctoral Scholarship Centre in Evolutionary Genomics. 2) The student will be trained in the essential tools of modern biogeography and conservation: statistical techniques and GIS methods for exploring species’ responses to climatic and anthropogenic changes (Stafford). 3) The student will also receive training in relevant human evolutionary science SUPERVISORY TEAM First Supervisor Dr John Stewart Additional Supervisors Emilie Hardouin Rick Stafford External Supervisor: Prof. Martin Richards, Huddersfiled University Recent publications by supervisors relevant to this project Stewart, J.R. and Stringer, C. B., 2012. Human Evolution Out of Africa: The Role of Refugia and Climate Change. Science, 335 (6074), 1317-1321. (IF- 31.48). Brace, S.; Palkopoulou, E.; Daln, L.; Lister, .M.; Miller, R. ; Otte, M. ; Germonpr, M.; Blockley, S.P.E. ; Stewart, J.R. & Barnes, I. 2012. Serial population extinctions in a small mammal indicate Late Pleistocene ecosystem instability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(50): 20532-6. (IF: 9.809). Lagerholm, V.K., Sandoval-Castellanos, E., Ehrich, D., Abramson, N.I., Nadachowski, A., Kalthoff, D.K., Germonpr, M., Angerbjrn, A., Stewart, J.R., Daln, L. 2014. On the origin of the Norwegian lemming. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.12698 (IF: 5.52). Stewart, J.R., Barnes, I., Lister, A.M. and Daln, L. 2010. Refugia Revisited: Individualistic responses in space and time. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 277: 661 - 671. (IF: 5.683). Hardouin EA, Orth A, Teschke M, Tautz D, Bonhomme F: Worldwide mouse differentiation at microsatellite loci identifies the Iranian plateau as a phylogeographic hotspot. Accepted in BMC Evolutionary Biology (IF: 3.41). Hardouin EA, Tautz D: High mitochondrial mutation rates after an island colonization event - selection or near-neutrality? Biology Letters 2013, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1123. (IF: 3.35) Linnenbrink M, Wang J, Hardouin EA, Knzel K, Metzler D, Baines JF: The role of biogeography in shaping diversity of the intestinal microbiota in house mice. Molecular Ecology 2013, doi: 10.1111/mec.12206. (IF: 5.52). Myles S, Lea AR, Ohashi J, Chambers KG, Weiss GJ, Hardouin E, Engelken J, Macartney-Coxson PD, Eccles AD, Naka I, Kimura R, Inaoka T, Matsumura Y, Stoneking M: Testing the thrifty gene hypothesis: the Gly482Ser variant in PPARGC1A is associated with BMI in Tongans. BMC Medical Genetics 2011, 12:10doi:10.1186/1471-2350-12-10. (IF: 2.33). Stafford R., Smith V.A., Husmeier D. Grima T. and Guinn B. 2013. Predicting ecological regime shift under climate change: new modelling and molecular-based approaches. Current Zoology. 59: 403-417. (F: 1.81) Stafford R., Goodenough A.E. and Hart A.G. 2013. A visual method to identify significant latitudinal changes in species’ distributions. Ecological Informatics.15: 74-84. (IF: 1.980) Pala, M., Olivieri, A., Achilli, A., Accetturo, M., Metspalu, E., Reidla, M., Tamm, E., Karmin, M., Reisberg, T., Hooshiar Kashani, B., Perego, U.A., Carossa, V., Gandini, F., Pereira, J.B., Soares, P., Angerhofer, N., Rychkov, S., Al-Zahery, N., Carelli, V., Sanati, M.H., Houshmand, M., Hatina, J., Macaulay, V., Pereira, L., Woodward, S.R., Davies, W., Gamble, C., Baird, D., Semino, O., Villems, R., Torroni, A., Richards, M.B. (2012). Mitochondrial DNA signals of Late Glacial re-colonisation of Europe from Near Eastern refugia. The American Journal of Human Genetics 90: 915-924. (IF: 10.987 ) Mellars, P., Gori, K., Carr, M., Soares, P., Richards M.B. (2013) Genetic and archaeological perspectives on the initial modern human colonization of southern Asia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110:10699-10704. (IF: 9.809) Costa, M.D., Pereira, J.B., Pala, M., Fernandes, V., Olivieri, A., Achilli, A., Perego, U., Rychkov, Y., Naumova, O., Hatina, J., Woodward, S.R., Eng, S., Macaulay, V., Carr, M., Soares, P., Pereira L., Richards, M.B. (2013) A substantial prehistoric European ancestry amongst Ashkenazi maternal lineages. Nature Communications, 4: 2543. (IF: 10.742) INFORMAL ENQUIRIES Please feel free to contact John Stewart via email - jstewart@bournemouth.ac.uk for queries related to the research project. ELIGBILITY CRITERIA All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for studentships of an honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) and/or an appropriate Masters degree. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (or PhD Studentship Project Description March 2015 equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language The ideal candidate should have GIS skills, quantitative ecological modelling skills and field research skills and an MSc/ MRes degree in a related field. This project requires somebody who is confident in working in an African Savannah habitat and has the maturity to deal with field work under sometimes difficult conditions, to manage a research project if required, and who can work independently in the field. Field work experience will therefore be expected. HOW TO APPLY Please complete the BU Research Degree Application 2015 and submit it via email to the Postgraduate Research Administrator for Admissions Suzy Kempinski - pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk by 1 May 2015. Further information on the application process can be found at http://bit.ly/1GX0cHc Dr. Emilie Hardouin Associate lecturer in Conservation Genetics Bournemouth University Faculty of Science and Technology Christchurch House Talbot Campus Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB United Kingdom Tel: +0044 (0)1202 962402 BU is a Disability Two Ticks Employer and has signed up to the Mindful Employer charter. Information about the accessibility of University buildings can be found on the BU DisabledGo webpages This email is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed and may contain confidential information. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender and delete this email, which must not be copied, distributed or disclosed to any other person. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Bournemouth University or its subsidiary companies. 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"Dear Colleagues, Just as a gentle reminder: The abstract deadline for the "Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease" (Juli 30-August 1 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland) is approaching now: - Abstract Deadline: March 30, 2015 - Early registration Deadline: May 31, 2015 Find all relevant information (abstract submission, registration, accommodation, etc.) on our official conference webpage: http://bit.ly/1u6ggSh Please get in contact with us if you have questions: evolmedconf@gmail.com Thanks for sharing the event and the call for abstracts among your colleagues! We would be happy to welcome you in Zurich soon… Best wishes Frank Rhli, Nicole Bender and Kaspar Staub (Conference Organisers)” Dr. Kaspar Staub Institute Manager, Senior Research Assistant Morphology/Imaging Group Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM) University of Zurich Winterthurerstrasse 190 CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland Office Y42 G88a Phone +41 44 635 05 13, Mobile +41 79 473 83 55, Fax: +41446355702 kaspar.staub@iem.uzh.ch http://bit.ly/1u6getA Kaspar Staub via Gmail

March 16, 2015

Summer School on Evolutionary Developmental Biology Conceptual and Methodological Foundations 4th Edition: The Evolution of Developmental Processes Venice, 28 September - 1 October 2015 Organizers: Alessandro Minelli, Gerd B. Mller and Giuseppe Fusco School director: Johannes Jaeger School sponsors: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice and Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Vienna. Location: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Taching panel: J. Jaeger (School Director, CRG Barcelona), P. Beldade (Gulbenkian Institute, Lisbon), G.E. Budd (University of Uppsala), G. Fusco (University of Padova), R. Jenner (Natural History Museum, London), A. Khila (Institut de Gnomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon), A. McGregor (Oxford Brookes University), A. Minelli (University of Padova), C. Mirth (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal), G.B. Mller (Konrad Lorenz Institute, Vienna, and University of Vienna), A. Peel (University of Leeds) Deadline for applications: May 30th 2015 For details, visit http://bit.ly/1MHIFBk Giuseppe Fusco Department of Biology University of Padova Via U. Bassi 58/B I-35131 Padova Italy tel. +39.049.827.6238 fax +39.049.827.6230 e-mail giuseppe.fusco@unipd.it webpage http://bit.ly/1MHIFBm Giuseppe Fusco via Gmail
Dear Colleagues, We kindly invite you to the 6th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology held in Debrecen, Hungary between 24-27 July 2015. Please visit our webpage: cewm2015.unideb.hu for details and subscribe to our newsletter: http://bit.ly/1MHGIVI PLEASE NOTE, the extended deadline of registration and Abstract submission is the midnight of 23rd of March! We are sorry if you received this newsletter a bit late. Best Regards, the Organisers Contact info: cewm-info@unideb.hu Homepage: http://bit.ly/1GWMqEL Registration: http://bit.ly/1MHGGwT List archives: http://bit.ly/1GWMqUY Thank you very much in advance, Andrs Tartally and the other Organisers CEWM 2015 contact via Gmail

March 15, 2015


We’ve extended our postdoc position to the 30th of March (see below). The HR server has been preventing submissions for several days and I haven’t had a clear answer on when they’ll have it fixed, so please let me know if you’ve been affected or if you have any other questions about the position. Rose rose.andrew@une.edu.au Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Plant Speciation Genomics) We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to fill an ARC Discovery-funded postdoctoral position. The project will involve whole-genome shotgun sequencing of many individuals across 10 woodland Eucalyptus species. This widespread genus of Australian trees includes several hybridising species that co-occur in woodlands across large portions of Eastern Australia, offering an unusual degree of replication for studying comparative landscape genomics and the role of interspecific gene flow in local adaptation. A second aim of the project is landscape genomic association studies on thousands of trees to identify environmentally adaptive loci. A third aim will be to validate adaptive loci segregating in hybrid progeny by growing seedlings in climate chambers phenotyping stress response with plant phenomics. To be considered for this position applicants must have a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics, Genomics or a related area, with an excellent research record relative to opportunity, including articles in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. In addition the successful applicant will have research experience in population genomics, admixture analysis and/or landscape genomics. This is a full-time fixed-term position available for 2 years, with the possibility of further appointment, subject to the availability of funding. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the School and to interact with undergraduate and postgraduate students in the research group. The research fellow will join Dr Rose Andrew’s research group at UNE, which conducts genome-enabled research on adaptation and speciation in a range of organisms (e.g. orchids, sunflowers, feral cats). This project is a collaboration with Professor Justin Borevitz at the Australian National University, who specialises in plant genomics for climate adaptation and high-throughput phenotyping. Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Rose Andrew, phone: +61 2 6773 3160 or email rose.andrew@une.edu.au. To find out more about the school visit: http://bit.ly/1DImRoc About UNE and Armidale: The University of New England, as Australia’s oldest regional university, has a long history of excellence in research across many major fields of study, including Ecology and Botany. The School of Environmental and Rural Science is home to the N.C.W. Beadle Herbarium and has strengths in animal and plant genetics, and evolutionary biology. Armidale a vibrant university city recognized as a centre fo culture, is well served with art, music, theatre, sport and public and private education. To explore our region visit: http://bit.ly/PzhClV and/or http://bit.ly/PzhzX4 * 2 years fixed-term, full-time, with possible extension subject to funding availability * $75,717 Salary to $81,196 Salary per annum (Level A) * Plus up to 17% employer superannuation contribution. Optional salary packaging is available. *****New Closing Date: 9am on the 30th March (AEDT)******** Reference No: 215020 Applicants must provide a response to each of the selection criteria contained in the position statement at http://bit.ly/1GTOoW8, where applications are also to be lodged. Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. Dr Rose Andrew Lecturer in Molecular Ecology School of Environmental and Rural Science University of New England Armidale, NSW,2351 AUSTRALIA Ph: +61 2 6773 3160 rose.andrew@une.edu.au http://bit.ly/1BnFWXl http://bit.ly/1GTOnSe via Gmail

March 14, 2015


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

Postdoctoral Scientific Researcher with a focus on (evolutionary) bioinformatics in Rostock (Baltic Coast), Germany The Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research at the Rostock University Medical Center (Germany) seeks, pending budgetary approval, and starting in Mai/June to be continued for up to 5 years, candidates for the position of a Full-time Postdoctoral Scientific Researcher, with a focus on bioinformatics, in an EU-funded project. Your tasks: - Database development for data on health and ageing. - Multi-Species Omics data analyses (gene, protein and metabolite abundance). - Evolutionary comparative analysis of worm, mouse and human data. - Machine learning and network-biology based analyses and data integration. - Writing of scientific reports and papers. - Website development and maintenance. Advantages for you: - A stimulating environment where your contribution can have a real impact. - Researching the mechanisms behind healthy aging is fascinating, and gaining importance in the light of demographic development. - A dedicated and experienced team, fun to work with. What you need to bring to the table: - Doctorate related to bioinformatics, or a research field in the medical/life/natural sciences. - Programming/scripting skills, e.g. in R. - Strong communication skills (oral presentations and in writing). - (Desirable:) Project management experience. If this describes you and your intentions then please send your application until March 30 to bioinfo-jobs@med.uni-rostock.de in a single PDF document, consisting of: - CV. - Brief statement of research interests and qualifications. - contact information for 2-4 scientists who may write a letter of recommendation. For further information you may contact: Prof. Dr. Fuellen, bioinfo-jobs@med.uni-rostock.de, Director of the Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research. For most of the year, Rostock (at the Baltic Coast) is a number one vacation area in Germany, with a very pleasant climate and nice beaches nearby. The University strives for a high proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from qualified female scientists are therefore particularly welcome. Disabled persons will be given preference in filling vacancies within the existing legal provisions if equally qualified. Reimbursement of travelling costs for interviews is not possible according to the rules of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Georg Fuellen bioinfo-jobs via Gmail
BSPB 2015 Registration Open The 2015 British Society For Protist Biology Spring Meeting will be held between 15-17th April 2015 at the University of Huddersfield. The conference will host two mini-symposia – Experimental Evolution in Protists and The Evolution of Multicellularity – as well as sessions for posters, student talks and contributed talks. A limited number of student bursaries will be allocated to Society members who are presenting at the conference and will be offered on a first come-first served basis. Reduced rate Early Bird registration will be open until the 28th March 2015. Full price registration will remain open after this date. The following speakers will be presenting in the symposia: Experimental Evolution In Protists Will Ratcliff (Georgia Tech) - Plenary Mike Brockhurst (York) Duncan Cameron (Sheffield) Ville Friman (Imperial) Oliver Kaltz (Montpellier) Kai Lohbeck (Kiel) Chris Lowe (Exeter) Peter O’Toole (York) Evolution of Multicellularity Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo (Barcelona) - Plenary Mark Cock (Roscoff) Frank Nitsche (Cologne) Daniel Richter (Roscoff) Pauline Schaap (Dundee) BSPB Meeting Webpage: http://bit.ly/1uk6m9n Martin Carr BSPB Treasurer British Society for Protist Biology http://bit.ly/1FcJD8g Martin Carr via Gmail
Postdoc in bioinformatics A postdoc position is available on a project to study the evolutionary dynamics of genomes and transcriptomes. The postdoc will work in collaboration on two projects: (1) Evo-devo genomics, in the Robinson-Rechavi lab: evolutionary study of the duplication history of chordate genomes, including de novo assembly of a Mediterranean amphioxus genome from PacBio long reads, and comparative transcriptomics analysis from RNA-seq: (2) Evolution of sex chromosomes, in the Pannell and Perrin labs: assembly and polymorphism analysis of sex chromosomes from plants and amphibians. The postdoc would be expected to take a leading position on the bioinformatics of the genomics of non-model organisms, and to participate actively in evolutionary analyses and interpretation. The postdoc will work closely with other bioinformaticians and evolutionary genomicists on both projects. In the medium term, the postdoc will be expected to develop his or her own subproject and publications. The position will be in co-supervision between Profs Marc Robinson-Rechavi, John Pannell and Nicolas Perrin, all three in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. Prof Robinson-Rechavi is also a group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and the postdoc will also be a full member of the SIB. The starting contract will be for 1 year, starting as soon as possible, renewable for up to five years; the postdoc will participate in some undergraduate and/or masters teaching, in English or in French. The ideal candidate would have a doctorate degree in bioinformatics, genomics, or a related field; a good command of Unix and another programming language; hands-on experience with genomic data; and an interest in pursuing research on non model organisms. Experience with the R language and cluster computing would be beneficial. Full applications, which should include a cover letter, a CV, and the contact information of 3 referees, should be sent to marc.robinson-rechavi@unil.ch as a single PDF document. Informal enquiries should be directed to marc.robinson-rechavi@unil.ch; john.pannell@unil.ch; and/or nicolas.perrin@unil.ch. Deadline for applications: all applications received by April 12, 2015, will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until the right candidate has been appointed. For background on the labs in which you would be working, please see: Robinson-Rechavi lab: http://bit.ly/1xmcvV6 Pannell lab: http://bit.ly/1xmcujX Perrin lab: http://bit.ly/1BDu34l Pannell John Richard via Gmail

*Society of Systematic Biologists Stand-alone meeting 2015* Please join us for the upcoming meeting of the Society of Systematic Biologists, May 20-22, 2015, to be held at the University of Michigan. This meeting, joint with iEvoBio, features a series of software demos, workshops and panels designed to encourage to one-on-one interactions and in depth discussions. Participants are invited to give lightening talks. Grants-in-aid are available for attending the meeting, and housing will be available via dorm-rooms on the campus of the University of Michigan. Details about the schedule, grants, and registration is available at http://bit.ly/1vqdC8F Note that attendance will be capped at 300 participants so register early. The panel discussions include: - - *Species concepts are outmoded and hinder progress in evolutionary biology *(Chris Simon and James Mallet) - - *Molecular dates are reliable and provide a robust foundation for interpreting the history of life* (Charles Marshall and Blair Hedges) - - *More data or better models* (David Hillis and Antonis Rokas) - - *Accurate inference with comparative methods? The field isn’t paying enough attention to learning the limits of what we can know* (Wayne Maddison and Ccile An) The workshop topics include: - - *Computational Macroevolution: Analysis and Visualization of Complex Evolutionary Dynamics on Phylogenies (Dan Rabosky)* - - *Publishing digital phylogenies: choosing content, formats, repositories and licenses that make trees useful for future work (Karen Cranston)* - - *Comparative methods in R (Brian O’Meara)* - - *Model-based Biogeographical Analyses: Principles and Practice** (*Jeet Sukumaran) - - Species-tree estimation from SNPs to sequences (Laura Kubatko) - - Interrogating transcriptomic data from processing to analysis (Stephen Smith) - - *Bayesian methods for estimating divergence times (Tracy Heath)* Note that these workshops are in addition to a Symposium and Software School that will be offered as a pre-meeting workshop (May 18-19) by Tandy Warnow. The symposium will cover new methods for multiple sequence alignments, genome-scale species tree estimation, phylogenetic network estimation, and metagenomic taxon identification. The software school will include hands-on tutorials in new methods, and taught by the developers of the software. No fee will be charged, and travel awards of up to $500 per person are available. Please see http://bit.ly/1Aj7hvA for more information. dewitt832@gmail.com via Gmail

March 13, 2015


Dear EvolDir members The PPGBA - Graduate Program in Animal Biology , Zoology Department, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazilian coast - will be selecting 1 PostDoc Fellow (PNPD Capes) to develop scientific and educational activities within the PPGBA . The scholarship will be valid for 12 to 60 months . The scholarship amount is R$3,800.00 (around USD 1,500.00) monthly. Note that FACEPE - Foundation for Science and Technology of the State of Pernambuco - can supplement the scholarship in R$ 1,200.00 (USD 600.00) . Candidates should express their interest to participate in the selection by presenting a work plan, stating the research project and discipline plan with simplified menu to be offered in PPGBA UNTIL 03/25/2015. It is still offered to the selected candidate the possibility of co-supervision of Master’s Dissertation and/or Doctorate Thesis in the area of the Supervisor. Thus, the Laboratory of Evolutiona ry and Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Rodrigo A. Torres (lagea.com.br) has full interest for hosting an associate researcher with remarkable scientific production. It is preferred but not mandatory applications for Brazilians. It is offered excellent working infrastructure in the areas of Conservation Genetics, Molecular Systematics, and Conservation of species and ecosystems through analysis of genome damaging. Additionally, our team is now composed of one PostDoc, four PhD students, three MSc. students, and undergraduate students. Our lab expects candidates with at least 5 papers accepted/published at the qualis B1 or higher in the area of BIODIVERSITY-CAPES . For details see the WebQualis ( http://bit.ly/19E8wrp webqualis/publico/ pesquisaPublicaClassificacao.se am?conversationPropagationg in ) More information by email rodrigotorres@ufpe.br . Sincerely yours, Rodrigo A. Torres, D. Sc. - CNPq PQ 2 Laboratory of Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics Department of Zoology, UFPE rodrigotorres@ufpe.br via Gmail

—Apple-Mail=_423EC835-DB9B-4DAE-858F-E0F4311D0FE9 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 The Department of Biosciences at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences invites applications for a PROFESSOR / TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in bioinformatics The position is shared between the Department of Biosciences, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Biotechnology. The duties of the assistant professor/professor include the development of analysis methods for large sets of genomic data, and the analysis of the data. The new DNA and RNA based genome-wide sequencing analyses require expertise in bioinformatics to handle the data streams at the species, individual and cellular level so that research groups on the Viikki Campus can fully benefit from the extensive data generated by the new methods. Developing and teaching such expertise in bioinformatics is important for the whole Viikki Campus, particularly the Department of Biosciences and the Institute of Biotechnology. For the teaching in bioinformatics provided by the Department of Computer Science on the Kumpula Campus, the field of this position offers an important connection for the dialogue between theory and practice. SEE THE ADVERTISEMENT: http://bit.ly/1Azv0FR via Gmail
Dear all, We have a Molecular Research Technician position open in our lab. We are searching for a research laboratory technician for our general research program, which aims at population genetic and genomic analyses of pelagic marine vertebrates using “classic” and Next Generation molecular technologies. The ultimate goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms driving population structuring and adaptation in the marine environment. Many aspects of our research have conservation implications. The research laboratory technician will be responsible for the daily management of the laboratory facilities and perform a range of molecular analyses. The research laboratory technician will also be involved in teaching, training and the support of researchers and students. This position is a 0.8 full time employment with a one year probation period and the perspective of long-term prolongation. The deadline is the 26th March 2015 (23h59 Dutch local time). Details about the application are provided below and are available on the University website where you can also apply http://bit.ly/1AtSfB9 Best regards Michael C Fontaine - - Organisation Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge and ranks among the top research universities in Europe. The Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen invites applications for a position as molecular research technician placed with the research group Marine Evolution and Conservation (MarECON). MarECON’s main research focus is on the evolution and conservation of pelagic marine vertebrates. The group has excellent laboratory facilities for molecular analyses. Job description We are searching for a research laboratory technician for our general research program, which aims at population genetic and genomic analyses of pelagic marine vertebrates using “classic” and Next Generation molecular technologies. The ultimate goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms driving population structuring and adaptation in the marine environment. Many aspects of our research have conservation implications. The research laboratory technician will be responsible for the daily management of the laboratory facilities and perform a range of molecular analyses. The research laboratory technician will also be involved in teaching, training and the support of researchers and students. Qualifications We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and independent co-worker, who enjoys routine laboratory work, equipment and database maintenance as well as the adoption and implementation of new molecular methods (including NGS technologies). Required skills: • a Master or professional (HBO) degree in biology or relevant related field (e.g., molecular biology) • at least one year working experience in a molecular biology laboratory • demonstrated understanding and experience in the application of molecular genetic laboratory procedures (e.g., DNA extraction, Sanger sequencing as well as microsatellite genotyping) • demonstrated understanding of Next Generation Sequencing technologies • demonstrated ability to execute working tasks efficiently and with rigor • demonstrated ability to independently acquire and implement novel molecular protocols and troubleshooting • proficiency in standard productivity software, such as Microsoft Office, basic genetic software (e.g., sequencing visualization and microsatellite genotyping) as well as database entry and management • good communication skills and a strong command of both written and spoken English. Additional desired skills: • experience with next-generation molecular protocols including preparation of libraries for next generation sequencing • experience with student training and supervision in the lab • ability to manage a molecular laboratory • bioinformatic or computational biology experience • cloning, primer design and testing. Conditions of employment The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience starting at € 2,067 gross per month up to a maximum of € 2,791 (scale 7, step 10) gross per month by a full time employment (1.0 fte) . This position is defined according to the UFO function profile ‘Onderwijs-/onderzoeksmedewerker’. The part time (0.8 fte) appointment is initially for a probation period of one year with the perspective of prolongation. Starting date: as soon as possible. Interviews of shortlisted applicants will be held during April. Application You may apply for this position before 26 March 2015 (23h59 Dutch local time) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). Use the “Apply” link at the bottom of the Online advertisement available at http://bit.ly/1AtSfB9 An application written in English containing the following: • a letter of motivation • a curriculum vitae with a detailed description of experience and expertise • name, email address and phone number of three references. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated. Information For information you can contact: • Prof. Per Palsbøll, +31 50 3639882, p.j.palsboll@rug.nl • Michäel Fontaine, +31 50 3632146, m.c.fontaine@rug.nl • Martine Bérubé, +31 50 3639882, m.berube@rug.nl (please do not use for applications) Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) University of Groningen Nijenborgh 7 9747 AG Groningen The Netherlands Professional webpage: http://bit.ly/1CcdZZt Personal webpage: michaelcfontaine.wordpress.com Michael GMAIL via Gmail
CALL FOR PAPERS/ABSTRACTS EvoEvo workshop Satellite workshop of the 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015) Friday July 24th 2015, University of York, York, UK Variation and Selection are the two core processes of Darwinian Evolution. Yet, both are directly regulated by many processes that are themselves products of evolution (e.g. DNA repair, mutator genes, transposable elements, horizontal transfer, stochasticity of gene expression, sex, network modularity, niche construction…). This results in the ability of evolution to self-modify its operators, hence its dynamics. We call this process “Evolution of Evolution” or EvoEvo. Different EvoEvo strategies have been proposed in the literature, including regulation of variability, robustness/evolvability strategies, bet-hedging… However, most of these strategies are poorly characterized and the conditions under which they evolve as well as their consequences are generally unknown. The aim of the EvoEvo workshop is to seek for a unified theory of Evolution of Evolution by studying its biological mechanisms, evolutionary consequences and possible applications to bioinspired computation. The workshop will take place as a satellite workshop of ECAL 2015: the 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (http://bit.ly/1AtShJt), University of York, York, UK. The EvoEvo workshop is an initiative of the EvoEvo consortium (http://www.evoevo.eu) funded by the FP7 EU-FET grant EvoEvo (ICT-610427). AREAS OF INTEREST We are seeking submissions that explore all aspects of “Evolution of Evolution”, including theoretical and experimental works (including in vivo, in vitro and in silico experiment). Topics include but are not limited to: - Evolution of robustness and evolvability, evolution of pleiotropy - Evolution of mutation rates, regulation of variability, mutators, transposable elements, chromosomal rearrangements - Open-ended evolution - Evolution of the genotype-to-phenotype mapping - Niche construction, evolution of trophic networks, evolution of cooperation - Evolution of genes and metabolic networks, evolution of modularity - Evolution of stochastic gene expression and bet-hedging - Modeling and simulation of EvoEvo, EvoEvo and fitness landscapes/seascapes - Experimental characterization of EvoEvo - Application of EvoEvo to evolutionary computation - Philosophical, theoretical and practical aspects of EvoEvo SUBMISSIONS EvoEvo will accept full papers (10-15 pages) and extended abstracts (up to 3 pages). All submissions (either full papers and abstracts) will be peer reviewed, and accepted full papers and abstracts will appear in the workshop proceedings. Accepted papers will be selected for long or short oral presentation during the workshop. - Full papers submission of 10 to 15 pages of Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (LNCS) format. Full papers must present original researches. - Abstract submission will be less than 3 pages of LNCS format. Abstract may present work-in-progress or already published results. Papers should be submitted via EasyChair (http://bit.ly/1CcdZZv). LNCS formatting details can be found at . IMPORTANT DATES - Paper Submission: 24 April 2014 - Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2014 - Camera-ready copies: 29 May 2014 - EvoEvo Workshop: 24 July 2014 WORKSHOP CHAIRS - Guillaume Beslon, INSA, Universit de Lyon (FR), LIRIS/Beagle team - Santiago Elena, CSIC and Polytechnic University of Valencia (SP), IBMCP - Paulien Hogeweg, Utrecht University (NL), Bioinformatics group - Dominique Schneider, Universit Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (FR), LAPM - Susan Stepney, University of York (UK), Centre for Complex Systems Analysis Prof. Santiago F. Elena Evolutionary Systems Virology Group IBMCP (CSIC-UPV) Campus UPV, CPI 8E, lab. 2.04 Ingeniero Fausto Elio s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain Phone: +34 963 877 895 Fax: +34 963 877 859 E-mail: sfelena@ibmcp.upv.es Web: http://bit.ly/1CcdZZz The Santa Fe Institute 1399 Hyde Park Road Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA Web:http://bit.ly/1AtSfRD “Santiago F. Elena” via Gmail
DEADLINE APPROACHING! NESCent/SSE 2015 MSI Faculty Travel Award - Evolution 2015 (Brazil) The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), are teaming up to provide airfare and conference registration for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to attend the Evolution 2015 conference in Guaruj, So Paulo, Brazil from June 26-30, 2015. Please note that all other expenses (food, lodging, ground transportation, costs associated with visa procurement) are the responsibility of the traveler. If you are a faculty member at an MSI, HBCU or other institution with significant enrollment of under-represented minority students, you are encouraged to apply. This award is intended to provide MSI faculty with an opportunity to present original research in evolution, systematic biology, evolutionary genomics/informatics, evolution education/outreach or other disciplines typically represented at the Evolution meetings. As such, your application must include a talk/poster title and abstract. In addition, you will be asked to provide a brief (1 page) statement describing how this award will contribute to your professional/scientific development, as well as provide benefit to your students and institution. Depending on your nationality and immigration status, A VISA MAY BE REQUIRED TO ENTER BRAZIL. More information can be found at the conference website (http://bit.ly/1LP3dud). ALL AWARD RECIPIENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FOR OBTAINING AND PAYING FOR THEIR OWN VISA, and the conference organizers advise that it could take up to a month (or possibly longer) to obtain a visa. For more information, or to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1vsYWYt. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jory Weintraub (jory@nescent.org). APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15TH, 2015, 5:00 PM PST AWARDS WIL BE ANNOUNCED BY MARCH 20TH, 2015 Jory P. Weintraub, PhD Assistant Director, Education & Outreach National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) 2024 West Main St., Suite A200, Durham, NC 27705 Phone: 919.668.4578 Fax: 919.668.9198 Email: jory@nescent.org Skype: jory.weintraub “Weintraub, Jory P” via Gmail

The $5000 Gilbert Omenn prize for the best paper in evolutionary medicine in 2014 goes to, “Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin” by Matthew Barber and Nels Elde from the University of Utah. The article appeared in Science 346:1362-6, 2014. First author Matthew Barber, a postdoctoral student, will receive the prize and present a talk on March 21 at the 2015 ISEMPH meeting in Tempe Arizona. http://bit.ly/1vaNFak The prize is made possible by a generous donation from Gilbert Omenn and is awarded by the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health for best article published each year on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health. Full details at http://bit.ly/1AtSfB7 and at http://bit.ly/1eXchLd The Prize Committee “Sarah Tishkoff, Joe Alcock, Noah Rosenberg, and Alison Galvani” also selected three papers for honorable mention. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Byars, Sean G., Stephen C. Stearns, and Jacobus J. Boomsma. “Opposite risk patterns for autism and schizophrenia are associated with normal variation in birth size: phenotypic support for hypothesized diametric gene-dosage effects.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281.1794 (2014): 20140604.been difficult to unravel using standard approaches. Pennings, Pleuni S., Sergey Kryazhimskiy, and John Wakeley. “Loss and recovery of genetic diversity in adapting populations of HIV.” PLoS genetics10.1 (2014): e1004000. Warinner, Christina, et al. “Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity.” Nature genetics 46.4 (2014): 336-344. Please join the Society in congratulating the authors of the winning and runner up articles. Nominations for next year’s prize will be received starting early in 2016. The Society also sponsors the $5,000 George C. Williams Prize for the best paper published each year in the Society’s flagship journal, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. All papers published in the journal in 2015 will have author’s fees waived and will be automatically entered into the Prize competition. Randolph M. Nesse President, The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health rmnesse@gmail.com via Gmail

Applications are invited for grant-funded postdoctoral positions in the laboratory of Mike Shapiro in the Department of Biology, University of Utah (http://bit.ly/1FXtrWL). We seek highly motivated and creative colleagues to study the genetic and developmental basis of phenotypic variation in the rock pigeon (epidermal, skeletal, and muscle identity and patterning). Specific projects will be tailored to the strengths and interests of successful candidates. Recent publications from our lab on this topic include: E.T. Domyan, et al. (2014) Epistatic and combinatorial effects of pigmentary gene mutations in the domestic pigeon. Current Biology 24: 459-464 M.D. Shapiro, et al. (2013) Genomic diversity and evolution of the head crest in the rock pigeon. Science 339: 1063-1067. S.A. Stringham, et al. (2012) Divergence, convergence, and the ancestry of feral populations in the domestic rock pigeon. Current Biology 22: 302-308. Ideal candidates are recent Ph.D. awardees who demonstrate: 1. A strong background in analysis of genetic and genomic data (e.g., whole-genome resequencing, GBS/RAD genotyping, QTL mapping) and/or experimental developmental biology (e.g., manipulation of gene expression, transgenesis, genome editing) 2. An ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively 3. A strong track record of high-quality research and publication To apply, please submit the following materials: 1. Cover letter that describes your research interests and goals 2. CV, including a list of publications 3. Names of three referees who will be willing to submit letters of reference upon request Please email application materials in a single PDF file to Mike Shapiro: shapiro@biology.utah.edu. Mike Shapiro Associate Professor Department of Biology University of Utah 257 S 1400 E, Room 201 Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (801) 581-5690, fax (801) 581-4668 http://bit.ly/1NS9ING Pigeonetics! pigeon breeder video game: http://bit.ly/1FXtrWP Michael D Shapiro via Gmail
The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology is offering several PhD positions and fellowships. The graduate school is dedicated to highest level of research and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). The school offers an internationally competitive research environment with state of art facilities. The participating groups are working on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular, behavioral, theoretical and organismal approaches. The graduate program starts with a rotation period of three months followed by a PhD project of three years including seminars, courses and workshops. The language of the graduate school is English. Financial support is provided throughout the program. To obtain further information about our PhD program and application details please visit our website at http://bit.ly/1NS9INK. Well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries are welcome to apply. A Master of Science degree or a Diploma as well as a strong interest in Evolutionary Biology and flexibility in the research project are prerequisites for entering the program. We are looking forward to your online application for a PhD fellowship in the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2015. The selection week will be held from June 22 - 26 and the program itself starts on September 21, 2015. Contact: Dr. Kerstin Mehnert, August-Thienemann-Str. 2, 24306 Pln, Germany email: imprs@evolbio.mpg.de phone: +49(0)4522 763 233 The coordinator Kerstin Mehnert The steering committee Diethard Tautz, Hinrich Schulenburg, Manfred Milinski and Thorsten Reusch Natascha Natascha Hasenkamp via Gmail