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—_000_37B90BBDF0BDA94498714B859271C92E24AEA42BREXMFintranetep_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable We are organizing a workshop in the Swiss Alps in June 2015 on the theme “Theoretical and empirical evidence of adaptation”. The format of the symposium is pretty informal and the plan is to have it in a remote (but beautiful) location in the Swiss Alps called La Fouly. The aim is to allow Swiss and international PhD students and postdocs to gather, present their work, and have close interactions with internationally renowned scientists in the field, all in a relaxed atmosphere. For further information on the workshop, including registration details, please see: http://bit.ly/19HYpYN via Gmail

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NC State University Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Complexity North Carolina State University is embarking on a new university-wide interdisciplinary initiative in biological complexity encompassing systems genetics, behavioral neurogenetics and neurogenomics, genome-environment interactions, ecological genetics, systems ecology, climate change, and computational biology and bioinformatics. Associated with the new initiative in biological complexity is a distinguished postdoctoral fellowship program. Applicants are expected to be near completion of a terminal doctorate degree, have a strong research record with evidence of exceptional scholarship, and embrace interdisciplinary research. Fellows will receive competitive stipends and independent research funds to initiate an innovative research program with guidance from a multidisciplinary mentoring committee in areas covered by the initiative in biological complexity. To apply for a fellowship, go to http://bit.ly/1AqXpRr. Provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a three-sentence statement of the most significant scientific problem(s) to be addressed in the near future, and statements of research interests. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to trudy_mackay@ncsu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The start date can be as soon as June 1, 2015. NCSU is an AA/EO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. In its commitment to diversity and equity, NC State University seeks applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. ADA Accommodations: please call 919-515-3148. Melissa Robbins via Gmail
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Cross-Disciplinary Visits and Training Grant The microMORPH RCN promotes and fosters cross-disciplinary training and interaction through a series of small grants that allow graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career faculty to visit labs and botanical gardens. Being listed on the microMORPH community web page is required of all successful applicants (and encouraged for everyone else!). Award Amount: Each Year, microMORPH is able to fund five graduate student, post-doctoral, or early career faculty cross-training research opportunities for up to $3,500 to cover travel, lodging, and pier diem. Submission Deadline: The next microMORPH Cross Disciplinary Training Grant deadline is 11:30 pm March 1st, 2015. Eligibility: To be eligible for a microMORPH training grant you must fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) you must be a U.S. citizen or, 2) you must be affiliated with a U.S. university or institution (in a graduate program or working as a post-doc or faculty member), or 3) the lab you plan to visit for your training experience must be at a U.S. university of institution. How to Apply: For full application instructions (including list of required documents) and to submit applications, please visit the microMORPH website(http://bit.ly/1JFtnxo). Proposal Evaluation: Two members of the steering committee (one organismic and one molecular) and a third individual from outside the core participants (chosen by the steering committee) are charged with evaluating applications. Questions or Comments?: Contact Becky Povilus at RCNmicromorph@gmail.com ***** Undergraduate Summer Internships/Training Grants The microMORPH RCN promotes and fosters cross-disciplinary training and interaction through a series of small grants that allow undergraduates to visit labs and botanical gardens as well as gain invaluable laboratory experience while contributing to scientific discovery. Award Amount: Each year, microMORPH is able to fund ten 10-week research internships/training grants for undergraduates. $5,000 is available per grant, which can be used for travel and housing for the period of the internship. Submission Deadline: Undergraduate training grant proposals are due on 11:30 pm on March 1st, 2015 Eligibility: To be eligible for a microMORPH undergraduate training grant you must fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) you must be a U.S. citizen or, 2) you must be affiliated with a U.S. college, university, or institution (in an undergraduate program), or 3) the lab you plan to visit for your training experience must be at a U.S. university of institution. How to Apply: For full application instructions (including list of required documents) and to submit applications, please visit the microMORPH website(http://bit.ly/1JFtnxo). Proposal Evaluation: Two members of the steering committee (one organismic and one molecular) and a third individual from outside the core participants (chosen by the steering committee) are charged with evaluating applications. Questions or Comments?: Contact Becky Povilus at RCNmicromorph@gmail.com Pamela Diggle Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut 860-486-4788 “Diggle, Pamela” via Gmail
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Short Course in Organismic Plant Biology 2015 Plant Anatomy: Development, Function, and Evolution At the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University June 22 July 3, 2015 The NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network (RCN) microMORPH and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University are pleased to announce our third summer short course, Plant Anatomy (with an emphasis on woody plants), June 22 July 3, 2015. This short course will be taught by experts from around the world as an intense, two-week lecture, laboratory, and living collections learning experience. The course will be based at the Weld Hill Research Building at the Arnold Arboretum, which offers a state-of-the-art microscopy laboratory for teaching and sits amid the 15,000+ living specimens of more than 2,200 species at the Arnold Arboretum. We invite applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who wish to gain a solid foundation in plant anatomy from an organismic perspective, with a special focus on wood anatomy. COURSE INSTRUCTORS: Pieter Baas (Naturalis Biodiversity Center) William (Ned) Friedman (Harvard University) Peter Gasson (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Elisabeth Wheeler (North Carolina State University) COURSE SYLLABUS: Week 1: Basics of Plant Anatomy, Primary Tissues Week 2: Anatomy of Woody Plants APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers must be received by March 31, 2015 at 11:30 pm. Undergraduates in their final year of study, who have been admitted to a graduate or professional program for the fall of 2015, may also apply. Twelve participants will be chosen to attend. Funding for travel, accommodations, and meals will be provided by the microMORPH RCN and the Arnold Arboretum. Non-US participants are welcome! HOW TO APPLY: Please visit the microMORPH website (http://bit.ly/1Dzm5uW) for full instructions on how to submit an online application. Applicants will need to submit a short essay detailing their interest in the course and in plant biology, and two letters of recommendation. microMORPH is an NSF funded Research Coordination Network (RCN). The goal of this RCN is to promote interdisciplinary interactions in evolutionary developmental biology at the emerging interface between developmental biology and the study of intraspecific and interspecific variation. For additional information, contact Becky Povilus at (RCNmicromorph@gmail.com) Pamela Diggle Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut 860-486-4788 “Diggle, Pamela” via Gmail
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Dear Colleagues, microMORPH is pleased to announce our second interdisciplinary workshop, “Phenotypic Plasticity: evolution at the intersection of ecology, genetics, and development” to be held at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, MA on May 1st - 3rd, 2015. We are soliciting participation of graduate students and post docs interested in exploring plant phenotypic plasticity from the perspective of development and microevolution. microMOPRH is an NSF funded Research Coordination Network (RCN). The goal of the RCN is to promote interdisciplinary interactions in evolutionary developmental biology at the emerging interface between developmental biology and the study of natural intraspecific and interspecific variation. microMORPH INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS bring together small groups of graduate students, post docs, and faculty with very different interests and expertise to interact and discuss critical concepts, intellectual objectives, emerging technologies, and analytical approaches that have the potential to advance our understanding of the evolution of plant form. All participants give presentations on their research and there is extensive discussion following each presentation. These workshops provide students and faculty with unique opportunities to explore new and challenging frontiers of knowledge. SPEAKERS AND FACULTY PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Sally Assmann (Pennsylvania State University), Ben Blackman (University of Virginia), David Des Marais (Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum), Michael Donoghue (Yale University), Lisa Donovan (University of Georgia), Andrew Doust (Oklahoma State University), Cynthia Jones (University of Connecticut), Neelima Sinha (Univeristy of California, Davis), Mark van Kleunen (Universität Konstanz), John Stinchcombe (University of Toronto), Sonia Sultan (Wesleyan University), William (Ned) Friedman (Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum), and Pamela Diggle (Univeristy of Connecticut). APPLICANT INFORMATION: We encourage applications from graduate students (at all stages of their dissertation research) and post doctoral researchers now through February 28th, 2015. Eight student or post doctoral participants will be chosen to attend and give presentations on their research. microMORPH will fund travel, accommodations, and meals for selected participants who are US-citizens or currently at US institutions (although non-US citizens not currently associated with US institutions are encouraged to apply, we cannot supply funding for them). HOW TO APPLY: Please visit the microMORPH website (http://bit.ly/1JFtnxo) for full instructions on how to submit applications. Applicants are asked to submit a CV, research statement that includes a description of the proposed talk, and letter of endorsement from their major advisor or supervising principle investigator. For additional information, contact Becky Povilus at (RCNmicromorph@gmail.com) Sincerely, Pamela Diggle (University of Connecticut) (microMORPH CO-PI) William (Ned) Friedman (Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum) (microMORPH CO-PI) Becky Povilus (Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University) (microMORPH RA) microMORPH Contact information: email: RCNmicromorph@gmail.com website: http://bit.ly/1JFtnxo Pamela Diggle Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut 860-486-4788 “Diggle, Pamela” via Gmail
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13 Graudate positions in Europe for Biocontrol — via Gmail

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Dear colleagues, We invite applications for research exchanges as part of an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (http://bit.ly/1FuF1Hm ). Our research exchanges are intended to allow researchers the opportunity to spend ~3 weeks working intensively away from their home institution, within a group with complementary expertise, to investigate the evolutionary biology of infectious diseases. Two examples of possible research exchanges: 1) a theoretician visiting an empiricists lab to learn more about how data are collected, integrate that knowledge into models they have already developed, run in silico experiments to test competing hypotheses, and jointly design the next experiment to be undertaken by the empiricist. 2) two empiricists bringing new datasets from different systems to a theoreticians lab to provide a reality check for models, jointly test the fit between model and data and answer new questions about biology across systems. We request a concise application to include: your proposed research, with whom you propose collaboration and why, where the work will take place and an estimated budget (travel/subsistence). Eligibility: Anyone is eligible, however exchanges will be awarded preferentially to meritorious PhD students and postdocs. International participants are welcome, though the host institution must then be in the US. Quarterly application deadlines for 2015: 15 March, 15 June, 15 Sept and 15 Dec Where to submit an application: Please visit our website in order to submit an application electronically or for further information: http://bit.ly/1FuF1Hq Thanks and all best wishes, Andrea via Gmail

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A PhD studentship opportunity is available with Professor Mark Ragan and Dr Cheong Xin Chan in the Australian Research Council funded project “Symbiodinium: the evolutionary transition to coral reef symbiont”, at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Enthusiastic, qualified Masters or Honours graduates are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is likely to have advanced skills in molecular or evolutionary bioscience, bioinformatics and/or computational biology. Knowledge and interest in coral reef biology would be an advantage. This position is created within a Discovery Projects grant funded by the Australian Research Council to understand the evolutionary transition of the dinoflagellate algae Symbiodinium to coral reef symbiont. Coral reefs are sustained by symbiosis between Symbiodinium and the coral host, and breakdown of this symbiosis under environmental stress results in coral bleaching and eventual death. Through genome sequencing of eight Symbiodinium isolates from reef corals plus two free-living relatives, the Project aims to identify genes that have been gained, lost or shared, or are under adaptive selection, along the trajectory from free-living forms to symbionts. The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a leading global research institute. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ’s first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia. Acceptance is contingent on the candidate (a) being exempt from registration fees, or securing a full fee waiver from the University of Queensland; and (b) securing at least 50% scholarship support for living stipend. Please email enquiry to: Professor Mark Ragan (m.ragan@uq.edu.au) The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience More info about Ragan group: http://bit.ly/1BtrcMq More info about postgraduate studies at the IMB: http://bit.ly/1CRQ8el via Gmail

February 19, 2015

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** Research Officer / Senior Research Officer ** A postdoctoral research-focused position is available at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a leading global research institute. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ’s first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia. This position is created within a Discovery Projects grant funded by the Australian Research Council to understand the evolutionary transition of the dinoflagellate algae Symbiodinium to coral reef symbiont. Coral reefs are sustained by symbiosis between Symbiodinium and the coral host, and breakdown of this symbiosis under environmental stress results in coral bleaching and eventual death. Through genome sequencing of eight Symbiodinium isolates from reef corals plus two free-living relatives, the Project aims to identify genes that have been gained, lost or shared, or are under adaptive selection, along the trajectory from free-living forms to symbionts. The person appointed to this position will be responsible for assembly, analysis and interpretation of genome-scale sequence data from Symbiodinium and related species within the Discovery Project. The successful applicant will collaborate as appropriate in the identification of potential genomic signatures of symbiosis and adaptive selection. There are opportunities to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and/or doctoral students. This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years (with the possibility of renewal pending funding) at Academic Research Level A or B. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. For Level A, the remuneration package will be in the range AUD 76864 - 82510 per annum, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package AUD 89930 - 96536 per annum). For Level B, the remuneration package will be in the range AUD 86853 - 103138 per annum, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package AUD 101618 - 120671 per annum). Applicants should possess a PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, marine biology, genomics, bioinformatics or a related discipline, with significant data-management, computational and statistical components. He or she should have at least three years’ full-time experience (during the PhD and/or otherwise), or its equivalent, in a relevant area of molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics or a related field. Experience in scientific programming and/or scripting and familiarity with working under UNIX environment are essential. Applicants should also have excellent knowledge of a modern scripting language and Bayesian and frequentist statistics, and of the R package or similar. A demonstrated high-level ability to write scientific papers in clear, grammatically correct English is also essential. Contact Information Professor Mark Ragan (m.ragan@uq.edu.au) The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience More info: http://bit.ly/1EvXTqv via Gmail

February 18, 2015

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Other: volunteer field assistance on plant insect interactions in eastern USA, summer 2015 Volunteer field assistance needed for research in eastern USA from June 15 V September 15, 2015, potential bachelor/master thesis. Within my PhD project I am quantifying the interaction between the native plant species Silene stellata (Caryophyllaceae) and its specialized pollinating seed predator Hadena ectypa (Noctuidae) along a north-south gradient of their range and the implications of climate change on this interaction. I am offering a bachelor or master student to accompany my field work in summer 2015 with the potential to conduct his/her bachelor or master thesis within the project. Details can be found under the following link: http://bit.ly/1FwA4Cy For further information or any questions please contact: Nicola Seitz, seitz@umd.edu, phone: +49-157-52114695  Nicola Seitz via Gmail
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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSOCIATE IN VERTEBRATE MORPHOLOGY The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to join the teaching staff of a highly collaborative, team-taught medical school human anatomy course, and to conduct research in vertebrate morphology. The primary teaching responsibility is in the Human Anatomy course for first-year medical students, with additional duties teaching advanced medical students and preparing anatomical teaching materials. Brown offers many opportunities for research collaborations with faculty in evolutionary morphology and excellent facilities for research. Applicants should contact a morphology faculty member to discuss potential research collaborations (Professors Elizabeth Brainerd, Stephen Gatesy, Thomas Roberts, and Sharon Swartz). This position is available for the 2015-2016 academic year (anticipated start date is July 1, 2015) with a possibility for annual renewal for a maximum of three years total. Applicants must have potential for excellence in teaching and research, and all requirements for a doctoral degree completed before start of the position. Prior experience in a cadaver-based gross anatomy course preferred, but not required. Salary is NIH scale. Applicants should submit a CV, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, up to three representative publications, and names of three references. Application materials should be sent by e-mail to Ms. Kimberly Abbott (Kimberly_Abbott@Brown.edu). General questions about the position may be addressed to the course director, Dr. Dale Ritter (Dale_Ritter@Brown.edu). Application review will begin March 16, 2015. Brown University is an Equal Opportunity Employer Elizabeth Brainerd Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Brown University, Box G-B210 Providence RI 02912 o: 401-863-9261 Beth Brainerd via Gmail
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Ruth Shaw’s Research Group in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at the University of Minnesota is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to study the process of ongoing adaptation in experimental populations of partridge pea (*Chamaecrista fasciculata*) in prairie habitat. The student will work closely with Dr. Ruth Shaw and Dr. Seema Sheth to develop an independent project in the area of plant evolutionary genetics, with possibilities ranging from estimating heritability and phenotypic selection on various plant traits to conducting studies of pollination ecology. The student will gain invaluable experience in performing field work and in conducting an independent research project, from hypothesis formulation through oral and written dissemination of results, thereby preparing the student for a career in inquiry-based scientific research. The student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and should be enrolled as an undergraduate in Fall 2015. The ideal candidate should enjoy working outdoors and have an interest in learning about the evolution and ecology of plants in the Midwest prairies, and candidates planning to pursue a graduate career in evolution, ecology, or conservation biology are particularly well-suited for this position. The REU intern will receive a stipend of $5,000 and room and board in the Twin Cities (with occasional overnight travel to field sites). Costs of travel to and from the Twin Cities will also be provided. The deadline to apply for this position is March 9, 2015, and the 10-week internship will begin on Monday, June 8 and end on Friday, August 14. Please contact Seema Sheth (snsheth@umn.edu) for more information. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Individuals of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please spread the word to any interested and qualified undergraduates. To apply, please e-mail the following application materials to Seema Sheth (snsheth@umn.edu) with the subject line “REU” no later than March 9, 2015: 1) a statement explaining the following: - Why you are interested in this position? - What previous experience do you have that is relevant for this position? - What are your future plans? - What dates are you available to start and end this position? - confirm eligibility for the REU program - the name of the person who will serve as your reference - your e-mail address and phone number 2) resume 3) transcript (unofficial is acceptable) 4) 1 letter of recommendation (sent by your reference) For more information about Ruth Shaw’s research group, visit: ruthgshaw.wordpress.com Seema N. Sheth Postdoctoral Associate Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior University of Minnesota E-mail: snsheth@umn.edu Phone: (612) 625-5709 seemasheth.weebly.com Seema Sheth via Gmail
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Hello, Please find below the description of a PhD position to ‘Search for unknown environmental sequences of medical/biological interest using large sequence similarity networks’** Our knowledge on the evolution of important gene families etc. have so far largely relied on the comparative analysis of sequences from cultured microbial organisms and their MGE, both from a medical and from a more fundamental perspective. For example,the drug resistance genes we know, or the DNA and RNA polymerases, or ribosomal subunits we know, were mostly studied in organisms with cultured genomes, which represent a fraction of Life on Earth. The conservation, rate of transfer, mutation or recombination rates, and Ka/Ks ratio of these sequences have notably been investigated, suggesting which gene families are more conserved, and which ones are more evolvable. Importantly, the growing amount of molecular data from environmental samples or single cells (with the current development of single cell metagenomics) is now providing important additional data to test whether genetic diversity in environmental sequences is significantly larger than genetic diversity in the gene families of cultured organisms (and their MGE). A positive answer, indicating a potential greater evolvability of environmental gene families than currently known, would thus challenge much of our current biological inferences, because it would show to which extent the complexity of genes and genomes evolutionary history had been underestimated. Sequence similarity networks offer a promising complementary approach to phylogenetics to analyze metagenomic and genomic data and to investigate highly divergent gene forms and relationships of distant homology. These graphs allow for mathematical analyses of genetic diversity and similarities over dozens of millions of sequences, providing a powerful framework to address the evolution of composite genes and genomes. Our lab is now looking for a PhD student in evolutionary bio-informatics, who will be funded for three years by an ERC grant (for a salary of 35,000 euros/year; approximately 1753 euros/ month after taxes). The candidate will take advantage of graph properties and algorithms from the graph theory, inspired from the study of social, regulatory, and interaction networks, and apply them on publically available and original environmental data toaddress questions such as: - Can we detect new forms of polymerases/restriction enzymes in temperate or cold environments ? - Can we detect highly divergent drug resistance genes in the environment? - Can we identify divergent environmental homologs of usually strongly conserved gene families in each/all domain(s) of life (such as ribosomal protein coding genes)? The observation of conserved divergent groups of environmental sequences may suggest the existence of still undetected deep-branching microbial lineages in nature He/she will also identify environments rich in divergent gene forms and design original primers to look for microbes with highly unusual genes through single cell genomic studies. The PhD candidate will work within a consortium of friendly bioinformaticians (Philippe Lopez), evolutionary biologists (Eric Bapteste), and graph theorists (Michel Habib, Laurent Viennot), and be hosted in the University Pierre and Marie Curie in the center of Paris, France. The current team description and publications can be found at:http://bit.ly/1eWCsAs The candidate should have a good background in bio-informatics, and/or a strong interest for evolutionary biology.The position will start as soon as possible, ideally as early as June 2015. Applicants are requested to send a detailed resume, a motivation letter, a pdf copy of their masters thesis, and the names of two scientific referees to: eric.bapteste@snv.jussieu.fr A first round of applications will be closed by May 15, 2015. Eventually, a second round of applications will be considered for a start in September/October 2015. via Gmail

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Dear All We have recently identified a need to rationalise the amount/volume of ethanol preserved specimens in the laboratory. In addition to regular housekeeping, rationalisation and outsourcing, one solution could be draining the existing ethanol, air drying and then replacing with either a DMSO (EDTA, NaCl), or RNAlater style solutions. Therefore, I would be really keen to find out from the community if any laboratories had been through this process and road tested the samples long term following the downstream preservation approaches. Alternatively, if anyone could identify the molecular biological reasons why this would not be a good idea, it would be good to find out. As always, I will collate and repost emerging solutions for the benefit of the community. Many thanks to EvolDir and hope to hear from you regarding identifying solutions to what could be a developing issue for many of us. Cheers and best wishes Si Simon Creer Senior Lecturer Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Lab Environment Centre Wales Building School of Biological Sciences Bangor University Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2UW UK e-mail: s.creer@bangor.ac.uk Tel: +1248 382302 Fax: +1248 382569 Home Page: http://bit.ly/1AuWXn1 Skype: spideycreer Twitter: @spideycreer Simon Creer via Gmail
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A 18 months Post-Doc is proposed within the frame of the GenoPopTaille ANR project, to perform a population genomics study of the thornback ray, Raja clavata. The GenoPopTaille consortium consists in the collaboration of the EMH, HGS and LGPMM Ifremer laboratories (Nantes, La Tremblade), the LEMAR (UMR 6439, University of Western Brittany) and the APECS (Association pour l’Etude et la Conservation des Slaciens). Background and scientific context: A number of ray and shark species have severely declined since the the 20th century. The biology of these species is still poorly known and traditional fisheries stock assessment methods using fisheries catches and scientific survey data are often expensive and inapplicable for estimating their abundance due to the small numbers of observed individuals. Recently, a new method based on the genetic identification of parent-offspring pairs has been developed to estimate the absolute size of small populations. This method relies on the principle of capture-mark-recapture using genetic marking of parents and recapture via their offspring. The rapid progress of genomic methods during the last decade now allows for high-throughput sequencing and genotyping of large samples for several hundreds or thousands of genetic tags. The GenoPopTaille project will first use the RAD sequencing approach to evaluate the genetic structure and gene flow in thornback ray populations from the northeast Atlantic based upon several thousand of SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) tags. The most informative SNPs for the Bay of Biscay population will then be chosen to be genotyped for a large sample (~7000) of adults and juveniles for a large number (~200) of SNPs. These genetic data will be used to identify parent-offspring pairs. The number of parent-offspring pairs will be used in a population dynamics model for estimating the abundance of spawners in the Bay of Biscay. Detailed Post-Doc project: The Post-Doc will be in charge of the RAD sequencing task. About 500 individuals, stemming from two-three sampling sites in the Bay of Biscay and from 10-11 regions covering the entire geographic distribution range of the thornback ray, will be sequenced on thousands of SNPs. This genomic study will aim at addressing two issues: 1. Firstly, the population genetic structure of thornback ray will be investigaed over the whole distribution range of the species, from Iceland to the Mediterranean Sea. The goal of this first task will be to assess the level of genetic divergence and connectivity among the R. clavata populations. 2. Secondly, the most informative SNPs will be selected for conducting parentage analysis in the Bay of Biscay population. The best suited set of 192 SNPs will be defined, consisting in the loci with the highest statistical power to accurately identify the parent-offspring pairs. RAD libraries and sequencing will be performed at LGPMM (Ifremer La Tremblade), and bioinformatics will be conducted at LEMAR. Profile of the candidate: The candidate must have a strong background in RAD sequencing and bioinformatics. Expected starting date: as early as possible during the Spring 2015 Contacts: Sylvie Lapgue (sylvie.lapegue@ifremer.fr; LGPMM, Ifremer La Tremblade), Grgory Charrier (gregory.charrier@univ-brest.fr; LEMAR, University of Western Brittany, Brest) via Gmail

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW: Quantitative molecular ecologist to study telomere dynamics in fairy-wrens ORGANISATION: Monash University LOCATION: Melbourne, Australia Start date: between April and Sep 2015 Prof Anne Peters at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in collaboration with Prof Simon Verhulst, Groningen University, The Netherlands, is seeking an experienced Quantitative Molecular Ecologist to explore the ecology of molecular senescence (telomere attrition). Telomeres shorten as organisms age and short telomeres are associated with greater predisposition to diseases, accelerated organismal senescence and shorter lifespan. Telomere shortening rate is known to vary with external influences and individual quality. This project will use longitudinal sampling of telomere length in individual fairy-wrens, of known age and pedigree. The telomere information will be combined with state of the art statistical methods to study telomere dynamics in relation to life-history and ecology, to disentangle effects of senescence and selective disappearance, and to assess environmental and genetic effects on telomere attrition rate. As the successful candidate, you will join Anne Peters group studying behavioural and evolutionary ecology of fairy-wrens, based at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). You will be expected to optimise and implement existing qPCR protocols for use in fairy- wrens and apply these to blood/DNA samples ( 2000 longitudinal samples). You will further be expected to maintain consistently high research output in the form of quality publications, supervise and train students, develop and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies, contribute more generally to research activities of the group, and participate in appropriate career development activities. The position (Level A, starting salary ~$75 p.a. with annual increments) is for three years subject to satisfactory annual progress. Requirements: - A PhD in molecular ecology, with extensive experience in qPCR, preferably of telomeres - A publication track record in high-quality journals that clearly reflects the ability to conduct and publish research in the field of molecular ecology - Demonstrated evidence of a strong interest in applying state-of-the- art molecular methods to current evolutionary and ecological questions with meticulous attention to detail and high quality lab work. - Strong quantitative skills in the R-environment are highly advantageous, especially animal modelling framework - Ability to work independently - Enthusiastic about collaborative research - Have the ability to communicate effectively with other scientists at the interface of lab and field ecology - Have a strong command of English For further details about the host and institution see: http://bit.ly/1iYWkGw http://bit.ly/1n2gpy2 and http://bit.ly/1DoXLM8 Send a letter of interest about your research achievements and interests to Anne Peters (anne.peters@monash.edu). This call for expressions of interest will shortly be followed by a call for application through an online application system with a short deadline (t.b.a.). Interested suitable candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Anne for further information. Anne Peters via Gmail

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Genetics Laboratory Technician or Manager Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Namibia, is currently looking for a highly motivated individual to join its genetics laboratory staff in the position of Laboratory Technician or Manager. The specific title and remuneration are dependent on the applicant’s level of experience. The successful applicant is expected to start in early March 2015. Applicants should send their CV, letter of motivation, and transcripts to genetics@cheetah.org. The successful candidate should have a strong background in best laboratory practices in molecular biology, and have excellent organizational and communication skills. His/her main responsibilities will include maintenance and operation of our genetic analysers and supervision of interns and students, ensuring that good laboratory practices and protocols are followed. Other responsibilities will be curation of databases, development of laboratory services, writing of permit applications and reports, and keeping the laboratory adequately stocked at all times. Prior experience in these particular tasks is not required; however, willingness to learn and attention to detail are essential. This position will also provide opportunities for direct participation in research projects as time permits. The genetics laboratory is located at the CCF research centre, about 40 km east of Otjiwarongo, Namibia. Staff members live on CCF property and housing is provided. Meals are prepared by CCF kitchen staff and are eaten communally. Further information regarding CCF and its mission to conserve cheetahs in the wild may be found at www.cheetah.org. Anne Schmidt-Kntzel, DMV, PhD Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research Life Technologies Conservation GeneticsLaboratory Email: genetics@cheetah.org Tel: +264 67 306 225 Fax: +264 67 306 247 Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) www.cheetah.org genetics@cheetah.org via Gmail

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BIOINFORMATICS POSTDOC IN FUNCTIONAL EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS Center for Molecular Biology of the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH), Heidelberg, Germany A postdoctoral position (2 years with possible extensions) is available immediately in the evolutionary genomics group of Henrik Kaessmann. We are seeking highly qualified and enthusiastic applicants with strong skills in computational biology/bioinformatics, preferably also with experience in data mining and comparative or evolutionary genome analyses. We have been interested in a range of topics related to the functional evolution of genomes across mammals. In the framework of our research, we are generating comprehensive sets of RNA-seq data for a large collection of germline and somatic tissues from representatives of all major mammalian lineages (placental mammals, marsupials, and the egg-laying monotremes) and evolutionary outgroups (e.g., birds). In conjunction with various high-throughput genomic and epigenomic datasets, we are using these transcriptome data to study the functional (expression) evolution of mammalian genomes across gene types, lineages, tissues, developmental stages, chromosomes and sexes. The postdoctoral fellow will perform integrated evolutionary/bioinformatics analyses based on data produced in our lab and available genomic data. The specific project will be developed together with the candidate. The language of the institute is English, and its members form a highly international group. The ZMBH is located in Heidelberg, a beautiful international city next to the Odenwald forest and Neckar river. For more information on the group and our institute more generally, please refer to our website at the ZMBH (http://bit.ly/1vAYx0O) and also our website at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland, http://bit.ly/17KSth7), where our lab is currently located (before moving to Heidelberg October 1, 2015). Please submit a CV, statement of research interest, and names of three references to: Henrik Kaessmann (h.kaessmann@zmbh.uni-heidelberg.de or Henrik.Kaessmann@unil.ch). via Gmail

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*MSc/PhD Position in evolutionary physiology in Montreal** An opportunity is available for an MSc or PhD position in the research group of Dr Sophie Breton at the Universit de Montral, to work on the only animal group that diverges from the Strict Maternal Inheritance (SMI) of mtDNA rule, i.e. bivalves with their radically different Doubly Uniparental Inheritance (DUI) system. Project: DUI is a mother-to-daughter & son and father-to-son mtDNA inheritance system where females transmit their F mtDNA to all offspring, and males transmit their highly divergent M mtDNA to only their sons (M vs. F DNA divergence >40%). However, the mechanisms underlying DUI are still unknown and the cause of deviation from the “SMI rule” in bivalves remains an open question. This FRQNT-funded project aims to test the hypothesis that has been proposed to explain the function of the M genome in bivalves, i.e. that it could increase the fitness of sperm. Therefore, the successful applicant should have experience or a strong interest in evolutionary biology and physiology. Qualifications: MSc or PhD applicants should have (or expect to complete) a BSc or MSc degree, respectively. PhD applicants should have publications in PubMed-listed journals. Applicants will be expected to apply for scholarship funding support if selected for the position. Full funding is available to support the successful candidate for two or three years in addition to a limited travel budget. Expected start date is between June and September 2015. The Universit de Montral is a French language institution where graduate work may be undertaken in English or French. Interested students should contact s.breton@umontreal.ca *before March 6* and attach a CV, academic transcript, contact details of two academic referees, and a brief description of their research interests. Please note that only those selected for an interview (Skype or telephone) will be contacted. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. via Gmail