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—_000_D140441491388schenowethuqeduau_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Genomics of Sexually Dimorphic Gene Expression Applications for PhD positions in evolutionary genetics are invited in the lab of Steve Chenoweth at the University of Queensland. Our group uses genomic and quantitative genetic approaches to understand the evolution of sex differences and is currently focused on theevolution of sexually dimorphic gene expression. We use both model and non-model Drosophila species and have recently developed significant genomic resources for Drosophila serrata including de novo genome and transcriptomeassemblies, a panel of 100 re-sequenced lines and multiple sets of evolvingpopulations. Research projects will leverage these new resources to developinnovative approaches to understand the selective processes and constraintsthat influence the evolution of sexual dimorphism in the transcriptome. Prior training in the following areas is highly desirable but not essential: quantitative or population genetics, bioinformatics, genomics or evolutionary biology. Qualifications Applicants require either a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, `Master of Science, MPhil or equivalent degrees. International applicants usually will have published some work in peer-reviewed journals.Australian and New Zealand applicants must have received first class Honours degrees. Scholarship schemes at the University of Queensland are highly competitive. The UQ Graduate School website provides further information on the entry requirements for admission to the PhD program (http://bit.ly/18QAArT) and scholarship details. Individuals successful in gaining a tuition-fee waiver scholarship usually also obtain a living stipend. **Application process** Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV to s.chenoweth@uq.edu.au no later than Tuesday April 21st 2015. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide further information and documentation and will be interviewed over Skype. Following, the final applicants will be invited to apply for a PhD at UQ. For further information on the UQ application process please contact the Postgraduate Administration Officer Gail Walter gj.walter@uq.edu.au **UQ and the School of Biological Sciences** The School of Biological Sciences is a large and research-intensive unit at the University of Queensland, one of Australia’smost prestigious Universities. The School has broad expertise across the disciplines of ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology. Our research programs span all scales of biological organisation, from molecules and cells, to organisms, populations, species and communities, and take advantage of study animal and plant systems in a large variety of habitats (see http://bit.ly/1dbBtRC for detailed information on our research programs). Steve Chenoweth Associate Professor School of Biological Sciences University of Queensland St. Lucia, QLD 4072 Australia www.chenowethlab.org —_000_D140441491388schenowethuqeduau_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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Mendel Museum of Masaryk University would like to invite you to the conference Research in plant genetics (From Mendel’s peas to the present) which will be take place 7th september - 10th september 2015 in Mendel Museum of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Conference webside: http://bit.ly/1xRRhEy Sections/Topics: Mendel’s factors today >From Mendel to population genomics Where is the message? - Genome structure Non-Mendelian genetics Reproduction without sex >From genes to phenotypes The impact. Plant breeding and agriculture Invited/keynote speakers: Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zurich, Swiss Edward Buckler, Cornell University, USA Peter van Dijk, KeyGene, Netherlands Catherine Rameau, INRA, Versaille, France Jonathan Wendel, Iowa State University, USA Dani Zamir, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Burstin J., INRA Dijon, France Ellis N., CGIAR, India Varshney R., ICRISAT, India Important dates: Registration deadline: 30th April 2015 Abstract submission deadline: 30th April 2015 Registration and Call for Papers: Through attached registration form or webside http://bit.ly/1xRRhEy Contact: Mendel Museum of Masaryk University Mendlovo nm. 1a 603 00 Brno Czech Republic e-mail: info@mendelmuseum.muni.cz phone: 00420 549 496 669 http://bit.ly/19vg31q www.mendelgenius.com We are looking forward to see you in Brno, Czech Republic! “Wendel, Jonathan F [EEOBS]” via Gmail
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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo), Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Sciences (TCBES), Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Program$B!G(Bs Dynamic Interactions of Symbioses and Environment (DISE) sub-project, located in Hilo, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. *MONTHLY SALARY:* Commensurate with qualifications. *DUTIES:* Prepares and analyzes genomic and transcriptomic data. Prepares and analyzes metabolomic and proteomics data. Prepares scientific manuscripts for publication. Advises faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the analysis and management of genomic data on various local and University of Hawaii (UH) system data storage systems. Provides field and laboratory mentorship to TCBES Master$B!G(Bs students and UH Hilo undergraduates. Collaborates with Principal Investigators (PIs) on technical writing to include annual and/or interim reports, peer-reviewed articles, and related works. *PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:* Master$B!G(Bs Degree from an accredited college or university in Genetics, Bioinformatics, or related field. *EXPERIENCE: * Three to five (3-5) years of experience in conducting experiments in genomics, genetics, proteomics, and/or metabolomics. *ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:* amiliarity with software programs such as Trimmomatic, Trinity, Transdecoder, Trinotate, Remote Scanning Electron Microscopy (RSEM), JoinMap, and CLC Genomics Workbench, as well as genome, transcriptome, and protein databases. Ability to analyze genomic, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data from Next-Gen sequencing technologies such as Ion-Torrent, 454 and Illumina. Excellent written and oral communications skills *POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: * As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawaii’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). *SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:* PhD from an accredited college or university in Genomics, Bioinformatics, or related field. Demonstrated experience supervising/mentoring research students. Experience working in multi-investigator teams. Experience in successfully submitting peer reviewed articles in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and/or bioinformatics for publication. *INQUIRIES: * Misaki Takabayashi 932-7595 (Hawaii). *APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:* Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on $B!H(BEmployment$B!I(B; select $B!H(BApply$B!I(B and navigate to $B!H(BSee Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.$B!I(B You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344. EEO/AA Employer. Please apply before 04/04/2015 Dr. Donald Price Director TCBES Graduate Program Professor of Biology Science and Technology Building 109 University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI 96720 808-932-7178 donaldp@hawaii.edu http://bit.ly/1d348Do http://bit.ly/1FctsXu http://bit.ly/1DjG6ouwww.rcuh.com, click on $B!H(BEmployment$B!I(B; select $B!H(BApply$B!I(B and navigate to $B!H(BSee Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.$B!I(B You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344. EEO/AA Employer. Please apply before 04/04/2015 Dr. Donald Price Director TCBES Graduate Program Professor of Biology Science and Technology Building 109 University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI 96720 808-932-7178 donaldp@hawaii.edu http://bit.ly/1d348Do http://bit.ly/1FctsXu http://bit.ly/1DjG6ou Donald Price via Gmail
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Intensive short course on phylogenetic comparative methods in R We are pleased to announce a new graduate-level intensive short course on the use of R for phylogenetic comparative analysis. The course will be four days in length and will take place at the Hotel Ilha Flata (http://bit.ly/1xRMvXA) in Ilhabela, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, from the 2nd to the 5th of July, 2015. This course is funded by the National Science Foundation. The course is free of cost, and accommodation at the course venue, as well as breakfast & lunch on all course days, is included for all accepted students. There will be a small number of travel stipends available for qualified students and post-docs. Applicants are welcome from any country, but are especially encouraged from the Latin American region. Topics covered will include: an introduction to the R environment and programming language, tree manipulation, independent contrasts and phylogenetic generalized least squares, ancestral state reconstruction, models of character evolution, diversification analysis, and community phylogenetic analysis. Course instructors will include Dr. Liam Revell (University of Massachusetts Boston), Dr. Luke Harmon (University of Idaho), and Dr. Mike Alfaro (University of California, Los Angeles). Instruction in the course will be primarily in English, thus all students must have a basic working knowledge of scientific English. To apply for the course, please submit your CV along with a short (maximum 1 page) description of your research interests, background, and reasons for taking the course. Admission is competitive, and preference will go towards students with background in phylogenetics and a compelling motivation for taking the course. Applications should be submitted by email to ilhabela.phylogenetics.course@gmail.com by May 1st, 2015. Questions can be directed to liam.revell@umb.edu. via Gmail

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Hello, There are still spots open in the Comparative Invertebrate Embryology course at the Friday Harbor Labs (June 15 to July 17, 2015). It’s a great course for anyone interested in the evolution of development, animal evolution, developmental mechanisms, life histories, or anything else involving early animal life stages. The Friday Harbor Labs is also a wonderful place to experience: not only does it have a truly amazing diversity of organisms, but it is in a beautiful location, and provides opportunities to interact with a broad community of biologists from all over. Please see http://bit.ly/1DhcJ5G for the course description. Thanks for taking a look. —Mickey Michelangelo von Dassow via Gmail
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Project title: Genome-scan methods for identifying genomic regions involved in adaptation to extreme environments Supervisors: Oscar E. Gaggiotti (School of Biology, University of St Andrews) and Janine Illian (School of Mathematics & Statistics University of St Andrews) Climate change can lead to extreme climate and weather events with dramatic negative impacts on both natural and domesticated species. Therefore, there is great interest in identifying genetic variants that may allow species to adapt to extreme environmental conditions. The field of population genomics addresses this problem by screening genome-wide patterns of DNA polymorphism to detect the locus-specific signature of positive selection. The objective of the doctoral project is to contribute to this emerging field by developing state of the art statistical methodology and a novel genome scan method to uncover associations between genomic regions and environment variables (e.g. temperature, aridity) from the joint analysis of population genomics and environmental data. The focus will be on spatial and spatio-temporal Bayesian methods implemented using the Integrated Nested Laplace Approximation (INLA). We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, and independent student interested in studies at the interface between statistics and population genomics. Candidates must have a strong background in statistics and an interest in population genetics and computational biology. They should also be proficient in English. The focus of the project is on statistical developments and data analysis so it does not include any lab or fieldwork. Interested candidates should send CV, statement of interest and names and contact information of three references to oeg@st-andrews.ac.uk with the subject header PHD POSITION. Oscar E. Gaggiotti Professor, MASTS Chair Scottish Oceans Institute East Sands University of St Andrews St Andrews Fife KY16 8LB UK http://bit.ly/1IhaCyF http://bit.ly/1adq18E http://bit.ly/1IhaCyH http://bit.ly/1adq18F Oscar Gaggiotti via Gmail
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Dear all, I would like to thank all of you in the evoldir community for your very helpful replies to my question on sending blood samples in ethanol internationally. We are still deciding exactly what to do, but I had some very good suggestions to send the blood+ethanol by courier (or even normal post) without the dry ice / ice packs, which would mean the packaging would be much smaller and lighter and hence cheaper. Provided IATA guidelines are followed*, some people had good experience taking samples as checked luggage, however it was pointed out to me that in the end the pilot has a final decision of whether to accept the luggage, even if all of the paperwork is in order (which could end up with quite a stressful experience at the airport!). Others had suggestions for alternative storage solutions including lysis buffer and RNAlater. And I had many people emphasising the importance of checking the regulations and ensuring that all the paperwork at both ends of the journey is prepared thoroughly. I have compiled all the replies below, following a copy of my initial message. Thank you again for your excellent ideas! Very best wishes, Anna asanture@gmail.com *from my understanding, in my case where we have eppendorfs of ~1mL of blood, these should be put in a hard container (i.e. an eppendorf box), sealed in a plastic bag, an absorbant material wrapped around and then sealed inside another plastic bag, and then up to 10 of these boxes (i.e. From what I have read, the alternative is to send as a dangerous good with one of the international carriers e.g. Fedex, however this is likely to be prohibitively expensive. An online quote suggests the chilly bin we have in mind would cost around NZD $2,500 to transport, and this is before I’ve even mentioned the ‘hazardous’ contents. Any help would be very much appreciated! With many thanks, Anna Santure University of Auckland, New Zealand *also a dangerous good… **apparently litres of duty free gin, vodka, wine and rum are not dangerous goods though! *Responses - thank you all again!* # I can only tell you something you probably won’t like so much: my experience is to best leave it to a carrier, which is indeed expensive. I use World Courier a lot, much more reliable than FedEx or DHL etc. they are known to loose a lot of their packages, I would not risk that. Dry ice/ ice packs are usually not permitted on flights and I can only say the very best about World Courier, they are fast and professional, which you can see in their prices :( contact their office and ask about prices, but you can expect about double than FedEx. I guess it really depends on how valuable those samples are, but they know how to handle transport and customs. # I’ve flown with ethanol samples several times before. The easiest thing to do is to pour off as much of the ethanol as possible before transporting them and then top them up once you arrive at your destination. Of course, this is a lot easier if the sample is tissue - I’m not quite sure how it would work with blood. Perhaps you could spin them down and pour the top ethanol layer off and then just transport them as blood samples’? # About your question, depending on how serious the checks you think will be and how important/unique are the samples, you could decide to just put them in your checked luggage (maybe paying also for an extra luggage) and cross your fingers. In case the material you’re transporting needs some sort of permit to be exported from the UK or imported in NZ, make sure you have one so that in case of problems you can always show them the documents. Otherwise, you can always have some sort of official letter. I doubt they’ll be willing to stick their face in blood samples to check if they’re in ethanol. At that point they’ll be more concerned if you’re bringing some sort of bio-hazard rather than the ethanol. So the idea is: you put them in your luggage and then you have some official document stating that those samples are safe and you’re allowed to transport them. I know this is not exactly sticking to the rules but I know some people who have done this in inter-continental flights. # Here, for DNA, ethanol and freezing are alternatives: we certainly don’t do both - not even in the lab (though I know others do). We haven’t tested every tissue in every taxon, of course, but ethanol’s certainly good for nucleated blood cells and surely penetrates most tissues fairly rapidly. We’re shipping samples globally in ethanol all the time because it’s so cheap and convenient. One litre is a lot of ethanol and a lot of samples (typically about 1 ml each), so we never exceed it. But you could obviously use separate consignments. We’re more worried about leakage spoiling labels so always use polypropylene tubes with screw lids with seals - typically screw-top microfuge tubes. We pack with absorbent paper and in a plastic bag, just in case. We have less experience with RNA, but RNAlater offers the same convenience, though the samples should be frozen for storage. # Regarding blood samples preserved in ethanol, I’m guessing it’s whole blood (that may or may not be on filter paper, or similar)? In the past, I’ve brought in whole blood on filter paper that had been stored in ethanol from Canada, but had my colleagues pour off/evaporate the ethanol before shipping it. But if NZ isn’t happy with that option these days (at the time, I’m sure they decided that the RBCs have been well and truly desiccated/fixed in the ethanol that they didn’t pose a risk), is it an option to completely evaporate the ethanol and then add RNA later, or similar? I’ve never tried it, but might be worth an ask? # Why don’t you use RNA later or any other conservative for blood. Is there a specific need for Ethanol? # Why do you need to keep the samples cold if they are already stored in ethanol? It is the fact that the ethanol draws all the water out of the blood and dessicates it that preserves the blood. In the field and in transport we keep our samples at room temperature. As long as you have had at least 5 x ETOH to blood the samples will be well preserved. At that point you can pour off the ethanol and just keep the dried blood in the eppendorf. Thus negating the need to fly around with lots of ethanol. You can always add more ethanol when the sample arrive if you feel worried. We have done this numerous times and the DNA we extract is still excellent. # This may come too late, but for future reference, I can recommend that you preserve and ship the samples in RNAlater instead of ethanol. We have shown that it does a better job than ethanol at preserving DNA’s and RNA’s integrity and will probably not be considered a hazardous substance. See our paper discussing these benefits, which also includes the recipe for an effective homemade RNAlater: MIGUEL CAMACHO-SANCHEZ, PABLO BURRACO, IVAN GOMEZ-MESTRE and JENN I FER A. LEONARD (2103) Preservation of RNA and DNA from mammal samples under field conditions. Molecular Ecology Resources 13, 663”673 doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12108 #In Canada ethanol is a dangerous good but falls under the limited quantities exemption, which means that if it is in individual quantities of 1L). However, there are still a number of regulations that must be followed for it to be appropriate (e.g. gross mass of container via Gmail

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Workshop announcement - registration deadline approaching (15 April 2015) A few places are still available in our workshop on “Theoretical and empirical evidence of adaptations” to be held in La Fouly (Valais, Switzerland) on June 17-20, 2015. The aim of the proposed symposium is to bring together experimental, empirical and theoretical evolutionary biologists, all working to resolve fundamental questions at the center of a century-old debate. For example: What is the distribution of fitness effects of new, segregating, and fixed mutations? What is the relative importance of adaptation vs. genetic drift in the evolution of natural populations? What are the genetic and genomic bases of adaptations and speciation(s)? By combining expertise across wet and dry lab biology, and due to the progress of new genomic technologies, it is becoming increasing possible to gain traction on these questions which are fundamental to any basic understanding of the very mode and tempo of the evolutionary process. The workshop will bring together top researchers in the field with graduate students and junior researchers in La Fouly, a remote and beautiful location in the Swiss Alps (see www.lafouly.net), allowing for close interactions and vivid exchanges due to the very limited number of participants (max. 35). The scientific program will consist in 2 1/2 days of a mixture of talks by invited speakers and students, and poster sessions. The workshop will end with a hike to some nearby magnificent view points over the Mont Dolent and Mont-Blanc region. Confirmed invited speakers: Prof. Peter Andolfatto, Princeton University (US) Prof. Joachim Hermisson, University of Vienna (AT) Dr. Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Tübigen (DE) Prof. Hanna Kokko, University of Zurich (CH) Prof. Bret Payseur, University of Wisconsin (US) Prof. Ole Seehausen, University of Bern & EAWAG (CH) Prof. Olivier Tenaillon, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, Paris (FR) Cost: 400 CHF, including conference fees, all meals and accommodation (with sleeping bags). Free attendance for CUSO students. Web site and registration: http://bit.ly/19HYpYN The organizers: Laurent Excoffier Jeff Jensen Stephan Peischl Claudia Bank Dr. Claudia Bank School of Life Sciences École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Email: claudia.bank@epfl.ch Webpage: http://bit.ly/1EXuiVi Jensen lab: http://bit.ly/1kpTAqIwww.lafouly.net), allowing for close interactions and vivid exchanges due to the very limited number of participants (max. 35). The scientific program will consist in 2 1/2 days of a mixture of talks by invited speakers and students, and poster sessions. The workshop will end with a hike to some nearby magnificent view points over the Mont Dolent and Mont-Blanc region. Confirmed invited speakers: Prof. Peter Andolfatto, Princeton University (US) Prof. Joachim Hermisson, University of Vienna (AT) Dr. Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Tübigen (DE) Prof. Hanna Kokko, University of Zurich (CH) Prof. Bret Payseur, University of Wisconsin (US) Prof. Ole Seehausen, University of Bern & EAWAG (CH) Prof. Olivier Tenaillon, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, Paris (FR) Cost: 400 CHF, including conference fees, all meals and accommodation (with sleeping bags). Free attendance for CUSO students. Web site and registration: http://bit.ly/19HYpYN The organizers: Laurent Excoffier Jeff Jensen Stephan Peischl Claudia Bank Dr. Claudia Bank School of Life Sciences École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Email: claudia.bank@epfl.ch Webpage: http://bit.ly/1EXuiVi Jensen lab: http://bit.ly/1kpTAqI klaudiebank@gmail.com via Gmail

March 30, 2015

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PhD Position ” Ecological genomics of parallel pollinator-driven speciation in orchids A PhD position is open for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in evolutionary and ecological questions, and a solid knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics/statistics. The successful candidate will be part of a team investigating the molecular basis of parallel pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation and ecological speciation between sexually deceptive orchids of the genus Ophrys. The project seeks to understand the degree of convergence, at the phenotypic and molecular levels, of two cases of species divergence mediated by the same pollinators. In particular, the successful candidate will investigate (1) the extent of convergence in pollinator-attractive traits and reproductive isolation between species, (2) the extent of similarities in the genomic architecture underlying these adaptive traits, and (3) the evolution of specific metabolic pathways (and their regulation) controlling pollinator attraction. This multidisciplinary project will involve a combination of field work (in the Mediterranean) and state-of the art tools for phenotypic, metabolomic and ecological genomic (RNA-Seq and Exome-Seq) characterisation of natural plant populations. For background information on the study system, please see e.g. Schlüter & Schiestl (2008, Trends Plant Sci.), Schlüter & al. (2011, PNAS) and Sedeek & al. (2013, PLoS One; and 2014, Mol. Ecol.). The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and able to articulate her/his motivation for this project clearly. S/he should be well organised, with a thorough understanding of evolutionary biology, population genetics and molecular biology, and should have an interest in orchid pollination. The candidate is expected to be proficient in statistical data analysis, with a good working knowledge of R and proven experience in bioinformatics, ideally with an ecological genomics background. Programming skills in other languages (e.g. Delphi or C/C++) are an advantage. Since the student will have to prepare libraries for Illumina sequencing, basic laboratory skills are necessary; previous field experience is a plus. Proficiency in English and good communication skills are essential, as is a completed MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology or a related discipline, and the proven ability to carry out research independently. We offer a 3-year PhD position at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, at a competetive salary (>47kCHF/a before tax) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The student will be part of the Institute of Systematic Botany, located in the beautiful Botanic Gardens and within walking distance of Lake Zurich. The successful candidate will work in a young, active, interdisciplinary and stimulating environment and will have access to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Your application should consist of a letter of motivation (1-2 pages), your CV and (if applicable) publication list, and the names and e-mail adresses of three academic referees. The letter of motivation should detail why you think the project is relevant, why you are personally interested in it, and why you think you are well-suited to undertake it. Please send your application (or any requests for further information) electronically to Dr Philipp Schlüter (philipp.schlueter at systbot.uzh.ch). Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is 1st of June 2015. via Gmail

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Secure your spot now at the EvoDevo Event of the Year! 1) Join PanAm EvoDevo. 2) Register and submit an abstract - NOW. 3) Attend the meeting ” August 5th in Berkeley, CA. Registration for the inaugural meeting of the Pan American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology is open! Register and Submit your Abstract by April 1 to secure your spot. Mark your calendars for the meeting dates, 5-9 August, 2015. There are only a few spaces left to attend, and a few days left to submit your abstract!!! The registration deadline is April 1, 2015. Click here to register. Follow us: @EvoDevoPanAm Join Us: #EvoDevo15 A few meeting highlights: - Invited speakers: Chris Amemiya, Alexa Bely, Sean Carroll, Rachel Collin, Kim Cooper, Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Matt Gibson, Angela Hay, Vivian Irish, Catherine Linnen, Mark Martindale, Jose Xavier Neto, Natalia Pabn-Mora (Early Career Award Recipient), Richard Palmer, Rudy Raff (Pioneers Award recipient), Bob Reed, Matt Rockman, Neelima Sinha, Stacey D. Smith, Ralf Sommer, Mansi Srivastava, James Umen - Selected abstracts chosen for presentations by members; faculty, postdocs and students encouraged to apply. - Posters on display throughout the entire meeting - Poster prizes for PhD students and postdocs - Child Care reimbursement available!! Bring the whole family. All details about registration, accommodation options, childcare services, and the conference program are available at the following website: http://bit.ly/1D23EcV Support the Society and Become a Member, and enjoy the benefits of being part of the fast-growing and intellectually invigorating EvoDevo community!! To learn more about PASEDB, visit the following website: http://bit.ly/1ElPbx4 The Organizing Committee and the PanAm SEDB Executive Council look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley in August! Ehab Abouheif Karen Sears Nipam Patel Chris Lowe cdspecht@berkeley.edu via Gmail

March 29, 2015

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Graduate Meeting of the Zoological Systematics group of the German Zoological Society June 5th to 6th 2015 Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn, Germany To whom it may concern, On behalf of the Zoological Systematics group of the German Zoological Society Thomas Bartolomaeus and Torsten Struck invite you to participate at the graduate meeting at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn. The topic of the meeting are the challenges that cryptic speciation poses to taxonomic, evolutionary biological and ecological research. The invited speakers will speak about the specific requirements to taxonomically describe cryptic species, the foundations and problems of automatic species delineation, the pros and cons of different marker systems with respect to cryptic species and the impact of cryptic species on ecological and evolutionary biological studies. For more detailed informations see the flyer of the meeting (link to the flyer is below). Besides the invited speakers there is plenty of time and opportunity to present the own research as a presentation and poster as well as for discussion. Please register inclusive an abstract for presentations or posters till May 8th 2015 by E-Mail to: graduate.meeting.2015@annelida.de Best wishes by the speakers of the Systematics group, Sven Bradler & Torsten Struck Flyer with Information about graduate meeting: http://bit.ly/1ClkpSS Torsten Struck via Gmail

March 28, 2015

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Dear all, I am pleased to announce that the mini symposium “Trade-offs and adaptive syndromes in evolution ”, will be held during the - MMEE 2015 - Mathematical Models of Ecology and Evolution Conference in Paris Jul 8th- 10th 2015. Conference pre-registration Deadline is on May 1st. Payment and registration deadline is June 1st. Symposium description: Many models of evolution have focused on single traits ignoring covariation and coevolution of them. The joint evolution of several morphological, behavioural or life-history traits that share evolutionary history, needs to be investigated to be able to draw conclusions about syndromes which result from different proximate and ultimate causes. Trade-offs and feedbacks are expected to shape the strength of adaptive syndromes and studying them will greatly improve our understanding of closely related trait changes in evolution. Confirmed speakers: François Massol (Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1’Bâtiment SN2) Title: Joint evolution of dispersal and the allocation of dispersal cost in heterogeneous landscapes; Claus Rüffler (University of Uppsala) Title: Does Organismal Complexity Favor the Evolution of Diversity? If you are interested in contributing a poster or talk to this symposium, please indicate so (select mini-symposium 8. Trade-offs and adaptive syndromes) during abstract submission. Bests, Helene Weigang Helene Weigang PhD Candidate Biomathematics Group Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Helsinki P.O. Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b) Kumpula campus, EXACTUM, room B418 helene.weigang@helsinki.fi helene.weigang@helsinki.fi via Gmail
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If you are headed to SMBE this summer, then you might want to make an early stop in Paris on your way to Vienna. Henrique Teotónio and I are organizing a symposium on “Linkage and the limits to selection” as part of the Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution meeting, July 8-10 at the Collège de France in Paris. Nick Barton and Dimtri Petrov are our featured speakers, and there will be contributed talks as well. Our symposium is scheduled for the last day of the meeting for extra convenience for those heading to SMBE. http://bit.ly/1D4HYl1 There are several other symposia on adaptation at the meeting that should be of interest to this group as well, in addition to keynote talks by Michael Doebeli, Maria Servedio, Josh Plotkin, Régis Ferrière, and others. Hope to see you there. via Gmail

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—001a11c39ce21100ae0512486f69 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Dear Colleagues, The field of population genetics has a remarkable tradition of being a tight-knit and nurturing community. In order to better foster that sense of community for the popgen groups in the Midwest, we thought it would be fun to organize a short scientific conference to which we could bring our labs and have meaningful introductions and interactions. After a successful first trial last year (Evidence on http://bit.ly/1F373vC), we are excited to run this meeting again. Thus, we’d like to invite you to come and bring your group to the meeting of the MidWest Population Genetics group, which will be held on July 25-26th at the University of Michigan. The meeting will begin Saturday and continue to Sunday with a BBQ on Saturday evening. The keynote speaker will be Goncalo Abecasis, chair of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Thirteen 25 minute talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Students are especially encouraged to attend and present their work. There will be a small prize for best poster and best talk by a student or postdoctoral fellow. Space is limited, so if you do plan to attend, please RSVP to szoellne@umich.edu or sign up on http://bit.ly/1CXwjo7 by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to dconrad@genetics.wustl.edu so we can finalize our program. There is no registration fee. The tentative schedule follows below. We do hope that you can make it and help establish this as an important meeting for the population geneticists in our region! All the best, Don Conrad, WashU John Novembre, Chicago Bret Payseur, Wisconsin Sebastian Zollner, Michigan Draft Agenda: Saturday 12:00-1:30pm Registration and light lunch 1:30-3:30 Four 25 minute talks 3:30-4:30 Posters 4:30-5:30 Keynote 7:30-11 BBQ Sunday 8-9 Breakfast 9-10:30 Three 25 minute talks 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-12:15 Three 25 minute talks 12:15-1:30pm Lunch 1:30-2:25pm Three 25 minute talks —001a11c39ce21100ae0512486f69 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Dear Colleagues,


The field of population genetics has a remarkable tradition of being a tight-knit and nurturing community. In order to better foster that sense of community for the popgen groups in the Midwest, we thought it would be fun to organize a short scientific conference to which we could bring our labs and have meaningful introductions and interactions.  After a successful first trial last year (Evidence on http://bit.ly/1F373vC), we are excited to run this meeting again.


Thus, we’d like to invite you to come and bring your group to the meeting of the MidWest Population Genetics group, which will be held on July 25-26th at the University of Michigan.  The meeting will begin Saturday and continue to Sunday with a BBQ on Saturday evening.


The keynote speaker will be Goncalo Abecasis, chair of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan.  Thir teen 25 minute talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Students are especially encouraged to attend and present their work.  There will be a small prize for best poster and best talk by a student or postdoctoral fellow.


Space is limited, so if you do plan to attend, please RSVP to  szoellne@umich.edu  or sign up on http://bit.ly/1CXwjo7 by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to dconrad@genetics.wustl.edu  so we can finalize our program. There is no registration fee.


The tentative schedule follows below. We do hope that you can make it and help establish this as an important meeting for the population geneticists in our region!


All t he best,


Don Conrad, WashU

John Novembre, Chicago

Bret Payseur, Wisconsin

Sebastian Zollner, Michigan



Draft Agenda:

Saturday

12:00-1:30pm Registration and light lunch

1:30-3:30 Four 25 minute talks

3:30-4:30 Posters

4:30-5:30 Keynote

7:30-11 BBQ


Sunday

8-9 Breakfast

9-10:30 Three 25 minute talks

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Three 25 minute talks

12:15-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:25pm Three 25 minute talks

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*Postdoctoral bioinformatician in Evolutionary genomics, UNamur, BE* A 3-year postdoctoral bioinformatician position is available to work on the genome evolution of bdelloid rotifers within the group of Prof. Karine Van Doninck (Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology) at the University of Namur (Belgium). The postdoctoral researcher will work on two projects, funded by ARC and FNRS-MIS, with as main objective to investigate theorigin and causesof the genomic peculiarities found in the bdelloid rotifer /A. vaga/. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) we previously characterized the degenerate tetraploidgenome structure of the bdelloid rotifer /Adineta vaga/ with massive genomic rearrangements involvingmost of the longest scaffolds. As a consequence, no homologous pair of chromosomes could be identified within this genome providing the first genomic hallmark of ameiotic evolution within this bdelloid rotifer clade. Another peculiarity observed in the genome of /A. vaga /is the high percentage of genes (8%) of non-metazoan origin and probably//acquired through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) (see Flot et al_Nature_2013). These features could be//conferred by their long-term ameiotic evolution.//Nonetheless, the unusual//lifestyle of many bdelloid rotifers, involving repeated cycles of desiccation//and the associated DNA DSBs (see Hespeels et al_JEB_2014), may also contribute to genome structure//evolution.//In order to determine the origin and causes of these genomic//peculiarities we are starting a comparative analysis of//genomes of different bdelloid species that diverged a long time ago,//including lineages that have lost the ability to withstand desiccation, and of an /A. vaga/ clone submitted to several rounds of desiccation. The postdoc will conduct bioinformatic analyses of genomic (and transcriptomic) data generated by the team. The current team of researchers working on bdelloid rotifers within the 2 projects include 3 Principal Investigators (Prof. K. Van Doninck and Dr. F. Chainiaux from UNamur and Prof. B. Hallet from UCL), 2 postdoctoral researchers, 3 PhD students, 2 Master students and 2 technicians.// *Contacts:* Prof. Karine Van Doninck, karine.vandoninck@unamur.be University of Namur, Laboartory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology http://bit.ly/1qTDQf8 *Application://* Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area. Priority will be given to candidates with a proven track record (with several publications as a first author) who will express their motivation to the project. The position is for 3 years starting latest on the *1^st of July 2015. *The closing date for applications is *5^th of May, 2015. *Interested applicants should send a cover letter (briefly describing research experience, interests, and career goal), curriculum vitae (with list of publications), and the names of three references (including address, phone number and Email) to Karine VAN DONINCK (karine.vandoninck@unamur.be)** via Gmail

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—Apple-Mail=_7AE1A3EE-185A-4316-A805-BAEC39417C6B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Salary: 33,410 - 42,380 per annum (maximum starting salary 35,190 per annum) Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST) This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate with interests in speciation and evolution. The successful candidate will carry out cutting edge research on the genetic mechanisms of ecological speciation in a well-known group of anciently asexual animals, the bdelloid rotifers. You will sequence whole genomes for related bdelloid species living in different habitats and use population genomic analyses to test alternative mechanisms behind their divergence. The work will involve bioinformatics, statistical methods in population genomics and computer models. You will work closely with a Research Technician who will conduct molecular labwork. The position is funded for up to 3 years by the Natural Environment Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Tim Barraclough and his research group. You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline, and one or more first author (or joint first author) publications. The successful candidate will have expertise in population genomics and/or statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Experience of bioinformatics including scripting and/or programming is essential. While not essential, experience of handling and archiving large datasets and experience of genome assembly and/or population genomics analysis, would be an advantage. You must have experience of working in a team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: http://bit.ly/1D9hNep. For more information or with queries, contact Tim Barraclough at t.barraclough@imperial.ac.uk. Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://bit.ly/1iFcaqa (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2015 053 JT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed. Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mrs Christine Short on 020 7594 2276 or email c.j.short@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form. Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST) Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. via Gmail

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Vacancy: Postdoc in Synthetic Biology We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Postdoc on Synthetic Biology with a strong background in or affinity with experimental work in microorganisms. Candidates should be proficient in molecular biology, proactive, independent, team player and have the ability to engage with professionals in adjoining fields. The candidate should apply the concepts of synthetic biology enhance our understanding of the fundamental principles of signalling and regulatory networks in living organism, to generate a mechanistic understanding with the aim of constructing novel synthetic systems. Experience and willingness to interact with colleagues on large-scale genome engineering and re-factoring, and interplay of the circuits designed and the host chassis (eg. through omics and detailed biochemical measurements) will be a substantial bonus. Using an interdisciplinary and integrated approach the candidate should be able to work on a small scale/network level to develop/design, e.g., sensing devices for synthetic signalling networks within and across cells or the design of (opto) signal-sensing systems. The candidate should have working experience or be interested in applying in designing and implementing synthetic networks exhibiting complex dynamic behaviour, such as adjustable time-delayed expression kinetics, tuneable synthetic oscillators or modular logic gates. He/she should be interested in applying mathematical, physical and engineering principles in the design process. We ask For this position we request: - A proficiency in molecular biology (prokaryotic expertise being a bonus); - A sound knowledge physiology, biochemistry and Synthetic Biology; - Some computational competences such as scripting and experience in interacting with modelers would be advantageous; - The candidate is required to have a PhD in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Life Sciences or related fields; - Fluent in English, both written and spoken; - The candidate will collaborate in a team with scientists at departments of Systems and Synthetic Biology and of Microbiology. We offer We offer you a temporary position for a period of 2 years with possibility for extension or, under specific circumstances, to engage in a Tenure Track systems at the WUR. Gross salary 2855 to 3783, based on a fulltime employment and dependent on expertise and experience. We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund. More information For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Vtor Martins dos Santos, chair Systems and Synthetic Biology, telephone number +31 317482865. For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Mrs. J. van Meurs, HR advisor, telephone number +31 317480101. Interested? You can apply online at http://bit.ly/1G1iHbL until 30th April 2015. We are Systems Biology is one of the spearheads of the Wageningen UR, which invests considerably in this area. The mission of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology is to contribute to the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying basic cellular processes, evolution and interactions among microbes and between microbes and their environment (including the human host) and to translate this knowledge into applications of biotechnological, medical and environmental interest. The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on ‘Healthy food in a biobased society’. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entre preneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature. Wageningen University and Research centre delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That is our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we do not do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Met vriendelijke groet, Kind regards, Carolien Pinkster Secretary Wageningen University Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology Wageningen Centre for Systems Biology (WCSB) Laboratory of Microbiology Building 316 Dreijenplein 10 6703 HB WAGENINGEN the Netherlands phone +31 317 482105 fax +31 317 483829 email carolien.pinkster@wur.nl In the office at: Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 08.30 - 17.00 hours “Pinkster, Carolien” via Gmail
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PhD in Plant-Herbivore Interactions (Switzerland) Herbivores and their natural enemies have a profound impact on plant growth and yield. A major aim in plant biology is, therefore, to understand the factors that influence herbivore damage and predation by higher trophic levels in order to improve ecosystem management and pest control strategies. This project investigates the dynamics of plant herbivore natural enemy interactions in the rhizosphere, with a focus on plant toxins and climate change. The successful candidate will work on the interaction between maize, its most important herbivore pest Diabrotica virgifera and entomopathogenic nematodes as promising biocontrol agents. Using analytical, molecular and ecological approaches, he/she will investigate how plant secondary metabolites influence the interaction, and how soil abiotic factors that are likely to be altered by climate change affect the different players of the system. The PhD project is closely associated with the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), a world-leading institution in climate sciences. We look for an enthusiastic PhD student with strong interests in plant-herbivore interactions. Applicants should have a firm background in one of the following fields: Molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, analytical chemistry, entomology, ecology. All our projects are highly integrative and require willingness to embrace multiple disciplines within the domain of plant- environment interactions. Excellent University grades at the MSc. level are expected. Fluent spoken and written English are prerequisites for this position. We offer an inspiring research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities, intensive supervision and an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance. The institute of Plant Sciences is located at the shore of the river Aare, close to the vibrant centre of the city of Bern. The PhD student is paid according to University standard rates and will benefit from the courses offered by the Graduate School of the OCCR (http://bit.ly/1xm8PrI). How to apply: Send a single pdf including a letter of motivation, a CV with University grades and the names and addresses of two referees to matthias.erb@ips.unibe.ch. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Contact: Prof. Matthias Erb, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Altenbergrain 21, 3013 Bern, Switzerland, matthias.erb@ips.unibe.ch. Matthias Erb via Gmail

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APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS | UNIVERSITY OF PORTO CALL FOR TWO BIODIV PROJECTS The Doctoral Programme in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV) invites applications for two scholarships under the following specific projects: Project 1: Optimising global biodiversity conservation priorities in a changing world. Project 2: The genetic basis of divergent vocalizations in singing birds. The scholarships are funded by FCT (http://bit.ly/1uROAQH) – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The call for applications is open between 10 and 27 of April 2015. Information about the programme and on ‘How to apply’ is available at www.biodiv.pt. Best regards, Maria Sant’Ana E: applications@biodiv.pt T: + 351 252 660 411 F: + 351 252 661 780 CIBIO Divulgação via Gmail