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January 20, 2015


2 x University Lectureships (equivalent to Assistant Professor) Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK Two permanent positions in Genetics. Genomics and Evolutionary Genetics are areas in which appointments can be made. There is an active list of groups working this field in Cambridge: see http://bit.ly/1CvIipn Closing date February 28th Details and Application: http://bit.ly/1yDWyPP For informal enquiries about applying in the area of evolutionary genetics please contact myself (Frank Jiggins fmj1001@cam.ac.uk) or John Welch (j.welch@gen.cam.ac.uk). via Gmail

Hello . Does anyone can tell me if the model TVMef (molecular evolution) is derived from TrN model ?? Thanks a lot. Rodrigo Rodrigo Augusto Torres via Gmail
Two University Lectureships - Department of Genetics - University of Cambridge Applications are invited for two research-oriented, tenure-track University Lectureships. The posts are available from 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. Based in central Cambridge, the Department of Genetics is a world class research and teaching environment with particular strengths in quantitative approaches to genomics, epigenetics, population and evolutionary genetics, cell and developmental biology and has numerous links with other local institutions. We are searching for outstanding scientists undertaking cutting edge and fundable research in any field of contemporary genetics relating to or complementing our existing research programmes. (http://bit.ly/1yDWyPN). The successful applicants will have a PhD in a relevant subject area and will have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition for their research. Applicants will also have an aptitude and enthusiasm for teaching at undergraduate and graduate level and will be expected to contribute to the teaching and other academic activities in the Department. They will be expected to contribute to the design and delivery of undergraduate and graduate lecture courses and to perform other academic duties such as Departmental administration, examinations and other forms of assessment. Appointments will be made at University Lecturer level with a probationary period of five years, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter. The starting salary, depending on experience, will be in the range of 38,511 - 48,743 per annum. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidates will be required to undergo a health assessment, with a satisfactory outcome determined by the University. Prospective candidates are invited to contact the Head of Department, Professor Anne Ferguson Smith, for informal enquires (Tel: +44 (0) 1223 339984, e-mail: head@gen.cam.ac.uk). The Department is committed to the Athena SWAN scheme to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender and we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone. The Department strongly supports DORA (http://bit.ly/1AFGQyK) and will assess research on its quality rather than on the basis of the journal in which it is published. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. For further details of how to apply, see http://bit.ly/1yDWyPP Chris Illingworth via Gmail
I am teaching a second year evolution course for the first time, and am wondering if anyone can recommend any videos that illustrate any aspects of evolution, from basic HW theorem through adaptation (e.g. sexual selection, form-and-function, senescence, human health) to evo-devo. I am using Herron & Freeman as the text, so that is the level of education that I am aiming for. I just want to give the students (and me) a couple of breaks from regular lectures. 50 minute videos would be ideal, but shorter ones would also be useful. Thank you. Dr. Vicki Friesen, Professor Department of Biology, 4443 Biosciences, 116 Barrie Street, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada Tel: 613-533-6156 Fax: 613-533-6617 Haida Saying: Treat the Earth well: it is not given to us by our parents, it is loaned to us by our children. Vicki Friesen via Gmail

Reminder: Dont forget to submit your abstracts for the 4th Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology Meeting! Deadline for abstract submission is approaching: *February 10th, 2015*. Conference: MCEB - Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology 21-25 June 2015 - Porquerolles Island, South of France. Webpage: http://bit.ly/1vWShF3 Pre-registration deadline: February 10th Notification to applicants: February 28th Final list of attendees: April 1st WHAT/Scope: Mathematical and computational tools and concepts form an essential basis for modern evolutionary studies. The goal of the MCEB conference (at its 7th edition) is to bring together scientists with diverse backgrounds to present recent advances and discuss open problems in the field of mathematical and computational evolutionary biology. The theme of this year’s edition will be new data, new questions, new methods. New generation sequencing techniques have multiplied not just the amount, but also the types of genetic data produced, giving rise to new questions, and new methodologies to answer them. These methodologies are often cross-disciplinary, with applications to diverse research topics. General concepts, models, methods and algorithms will also be presented and discussed, just as during the previous conference editions. WHERE and WHEN: Porquerolles Island, near Hyres, in the South of France, 21-25 June 2015. Cost: Conference fees including accommodation for four nights, meals, coffee breaks, etc., will be between 300 and 630, all inclusive, and will vary depending on the room. PhD students and postdocs will benefit of the cheapest rooms. Keynote speakers (to be completed): David Bryant - http://bit.ly/1rBOy9k University of Otago, NZ Jukka Corander - http://bit.ly/1vWShF5 Bayesian Statistics Group, University of Helsinki, FI Asger Hobolth - http://bit.ly/1rBOy9m Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC), Aarhus University, DK Philippe Lemey http://bit.ly/1vWSg45 Rega Institute, Clinical and Epidemiological Virology, BE Bernard Moret - http://lcbb.epfl.ch/ Laboratory for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, EPFL, CH Ludovic Orlando http://bit.ly/1qXj1Qw Center for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, DK Molly Przeworski - http://bit.ly/1nuHCrk Columbia University, New york, USA For more information, visit the website at: http://bit.ly/1vWShF3 Please forward this announcement. via Gmail


*20 months Postdoctoral fellowship: Experimental studies on invasion process in a dragonfly species.* At the Field Station of Experimental Ecology in Moulis, France (CNRS V USR 2936) *Project objectives* The position is offered within a pan-European project, Probis (Biodiversa, http://bit.ly/1J1UWkd). PROBIS aims at characterizing patterns of traits variation, and test for the underlying evolutionary processes along an invasion succession. More generally we aim at determining how the genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity of invasive populations along and age-gradient of invaded habitats is expressed, and how this may influence the invasion success and rate of non-native species establishment. The post-doc fellow will primarily work on the dragonfly aspect of the project. This project will focus on /Crocothemis erythraea/, a dragonfly originated from Mediterranean areas and naturally expanding its range northwards through Europe. In 2014, we first sampled populations along a South-North gradient to isolate changes in the genetic diversity of populations, so as to then identify specific populations that will be used for experimental works. For the next steps, we will use 6 populations of different ages since the invasion started across Europe. The post-doc fellow will quantify the variation and plasticity of phenotypic traits associated to each invasion steps and create semi-natural populations into an experimental metapopulation system (Metatron, http://bit.ly/1C0hlws) to experimentally measure population invasiveness. *Task of the postdoctoral fellow* The recruited researcher will be in charge of 1) collecting dragonfly larvae in 6 populations across Europe, 2) maintaining larvae in lab facilities, 3) planning and performing phenotypic measurements (morphological and behavioral), 4) maintaining and monitoring semi-natural populations and movements between populations and 5) analyzing data and writing articles. This work will likely lead to, at least, two articles as a first author. *Required skills* Able to manage research and administrative activities Knowledge in biological invasions and/or evolutionary ecology in general. Knowledge in entomology and possibly dragonfly biology and rearing. Able to actively participate as a member of a research team. Good written and verbal communication skills Able to spend some time travelling abroad Experience in experimental design Experience with data manipulation and statistical analysis (including mixed models) *Closing of the applications: *15/02/2015*Effective start date: *01/04/2015 ** *Gross monthly salary: ~*1850 free of taxes *Applications to be sent to / Information to be taken with:* Thank you for sending CV, cover letter and contact details of at least two references. *Contact* Dr. Simon Blanchet Email : simon.blanchet@ecoex-moulis.cnrs.fr Phone : 05 61 04 03 61 Dr. Julien Cote Email : julien.cote@univ-tlse3.fr Phone : 0 5 61 55 61 97 via Gmail


Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to a symposium titled “The Golden age of Archaea: unveiling the diversity and evolution of the third Domain of Life” which will be hosted at the 2015 Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) in July 12-16, Vienna, Austria. Our confirmed invited speakers are Graeme Nicol (University of Aberdeen, UK) and Manolo Gouy (CNRS, France) Please note that the deadline of abstract submission for oral presentation is February 8th. You can submit your abstract here: http://bit.ly/1Kbb0l3 Symposium description: Since their discovery nearly 40 years ago, the Archaea have not stopped being one of the major challenges of Evolutionary Biology. From a cell biology and genomic point of view they represent chimeras of prokaryotic and eukaryotic features, which places them in a key position in the Tree of Life. They thrive in a wide variety of contrasted environments, from deep oceans to the human gut, and have occupied key roles in the setup of major biogeochemical cycles of the early Earth. The development of culture-independent genomics techniques is providing access to an ever-larger and so far inaccessible fraction of archaeal diversity. This leads to a number of exciting discoveries that are revolutionizing our vision of archaeal evolution, generating novel challenges to dissect the nature of the last common archaeal ancestor and the evolutionary trajectories that shaped this domain of life. The archaeal tree is being rapidly filled up with new branches constituting entire phyla and o rders with novel characteristics. Genomic data has highlighted the existence of additional eukaryotic-like characters previously unsuspected in the archaea and re-launched the issue of their role in eukaryogenesis. A symposium specifically focused the diversity and evolution of the Archaea will be a timely occasion to present these exciting new data for this major prokaryotic domain, still widely unknown by the large audience. Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna this summer! Simonetta Gribaldo Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) simonetta.gribaldo@pasteur.fr and Celine Brochier-Armanet Claude Bernard University (Lyon, France) celine.brochier-armanet@univ-lyon1.fr via Gmail

January 19, 2015

—_000_C7CD468B11A2AD4BA827CC3CFBA38C2BF046FFCOLUMBA03useruuse_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Apologies for double-posting, but the link in the original ad sent a week ago appears broken. Please use this link http://bit.ly/1Cr3Zae to find the ad and the link for application. Best wishes, Jon Position for one Postdoc in Evolutionary Plant Genetics/Genomics at Uppsala University, Sweden We seek a Postdoc to join a project examining the genetic and ecological mechanisms underlying adaptive differentiation among natural populations of the plant model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. The research will be conducted within the framework of an international research collaboration. The goals are to identify QTL (quantitative trait loci) contributing to local adaptation and to key traits involved in adaptation, to characterize the effects of individual QTL, to examine whether adaptive evolution is constrained by trade-offs and pleiotropy, and to explore the molecular basis of the detected QTL, and their geographic distribution. Focus will be on the genetic basis and adaptive significance of variation in flowering time. Duties include the establishment and monitoring of experiments in the field and under controlled conditions in the lab, QTL-mapping, data analysis, and the preparation of manuscripts for publication. Specific subprojects can be tailored to the skills an d interests of the successful candidate. The project is a collaboration between the labs of prof Jon Agren at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, and prof Doug Schemske at the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University. We are looking for a candidate with a keen interest in population genetics, genomics, QTL-mapping, evolutionary ecology and/or ecophysiology. Proficiency in English is a requirement. The successful postdoc candidate should have a PhD completed within 3 years of the application deadline (reasons such as prolonged periods of illness and parental leave can motivate a longer period). The postdoc position lasts for two years, and can be extended for up to two more years Deadline for application is 26 January 2015 Please find the announcement, with all information about how to apply, at: http://bit.ly/1B2xzVh For informal enquiries, please contact prof Jon Agren, jon.agren@ebc.uu.se, +46-18-471 2860. Jon Agren Plant Ecology and Evolution Department of Ecology and Genetics, EBC Uppsala University Norbyvgen 18 D SE-752 36 Uppsala Sweden —_000_C7CD468B11A2AD4BA827CC3CFBA38C2BF046FFCOLUMBA03useruuse_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

January 18, 2015


Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for a SMBE2015 symposium, “Fungal Evolutionary Genomics: Unravelling Mysteries from the Forgotten Kingdom.” The symposium will occur at the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Vienna, Austria on 12-16 July 2015. Complete conference details can be found at http://smbe2015.at. Fungal Evolutionary Genomics: Unravelling Mysteries from the Forgotten Kingdom Fungi have small and compact genomes, yet they retain the key features of other eukaryotes, including introns, centromeres, telomeres, sexual cycles, and complex regulatory networks. They arose in the Precambrian and have radiated to perform a wide array of heterotrophic ecosystem functions, such as the parasitism of animals and plants, tissue decay, and sugar fermentation. Fungi have evolved remarkably different carbon utilization strategies, allowing different species to store excess nutrients and energy as riboflavin, oils, ethanol, and even octane. Thus, they are superlative models of metabolic and genome evolution across even deep evolutionary timescales. Fungal genomes have provided fundamental insights into how functions are partitioned among paralogs following whole genome duplications, how life cycles evolve, and how ecological shifts lead to changes in genome content and metabolism. Several large-scale evolutionary genomics projects, including the Dikaryome (iGénol evures Consortium), F1000 Fungal Genomes, and Y1000+ Saccharomycotina Yeasts projects, make this a timely symposium, which promises to illuminate general principals of genome evolution while providing tractable model systems that enable rigorous experimental tests. Jason Stajich (University of California-Riverside; http://bit.ly/1xJILA3) is the confirmed, invited speaker. We encourage abstract submission and participation from diverse backgrounds. Important deadlines include: - Abstract submission for oral presentations: February 8, 2015 - Early bird registration: March 1, 2015 - Abstract submission for poster presentations: March 29, 2015 Please consider attending and submitting an abstract. Best wishes, Chris Todd Hittinger University of Wisconsin-Madison cthittinger@wisc.edu Joseph Schacherer University of Strasbourg / CNRS schacherer@unistra.fr Kenneth H. Wolfe University College Dublin kenneth.wolfe@ucd.ie via Gmail

January 17, 2015


SMBE SYMPOSIUM ON SPATIAL POPULATION GENETICS - VIENNA JULY 12-16TH 2015 Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for a symposium at the SMBE 2015 meeting entitled: $B!H(BPopGen in space! Theory and inference in spatial population genetics.$B!I(B Spatial processes are a key component of evolution as they play a crucial role in determining patterns of genetic variation within a species. The importance of spatial processes has been clear since the earliest days of evolutionary genetics and has continued to be an area of intense interest because of the potential to shed light on the history of populations, the nature of adaptive evolution, and speciation. Recently there have been multiple advances in theoretical models and statistical methodology that are transforming our ability to study spatial population genomics, and large datasets are making many new analyses possible. The purpose of our symposium is to provide a forum for a presentation of recent advances, as well as future challenges and prospects for spatial population genetics. Our confirmed headline speakers are Laurent Excoffier (Bern) and Nick Barton (IST Austria). We encourage abstract submissions from any researchers in this area, particularly students and postdocs, and we aim to present an excellent set of talks from a diverse background of speakers. *The DEADLINE for abstract submission is: February 8, 2015. * Check submission details on SMBE’s annual meeting webpage http://smbe2015.at/. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. John Novembre (jnovembre@uchicago.edu) Graham Coop (gmcoop@ucdavis.edu) jnovembre@gmail.com via Gmail

—_000_CO2PR0501MB10635EC4EF163889CB396054E04F0CO2PR0501MB1063_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Post-doctoral Scientist Integrative Organismal Biology A postdoctoral position is available in the Patek laboratory at Duke University to examine the evolution and biomechanics of fast movements across the tree of life. Our integrative and comparative research program links biomechanical analyses and field work with phylogenetic comparative analyses and modeling. We are looking for a candidate with experience in one or more of these areas. The candidate may have a background in biology, engineering and/or physics. A publication record reflecting significant contributions to the primary scientific literature is required. A Ph.D. is required. The appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility for renewal contingent on performance. The annual salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience. The start date is flexible, preferably in summer or fall of 2015. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until February 24, 2015. Please email a letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, research statement, up to three pdf reprints, and contact information of three references to: Dr. Sheila Patek Associate Professor sheila.patek@duke.edu www.thepateklab.org —_000_CO2PR0501MB10635EC4EF163889CB396054E04F0CO2PR0501MB1063_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Part Time Crustacean Technician The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences seeks a detailed individual to fill the position of Crustacean Technician. This position is for 20 hours per week. Primary Job Responsibilities include: 50% Process Specimens and Data: Sort mixed lots of specimens to the appropriate taxonomic level. Record appropriate data from specimens (identifications, measurements, weights, morphology notes, stomach contents, sex, collectors, localities, dates, habitat, etc.); catalog specimens; file data. Enter specimen data into ACCESS-based, relational database. Prepare specimens, including chemically preserved specimens, skeletal preparations, and other preparations, for research collections according to published professional guidelines and information provided by other curators. Acquire and maintain inventories of specimen containers and other equipment and supplies. Prepare appropriate labels and storage containers for specimens. Properly incorporate prepared specimens into research collections. Monitor research collections, maintaining proper ambient and fluid-level conditions, organization, and security, and protecting against damage. Assure proper care of specimens awaiting preparation. Help maintain order and cleanliness in preparation areas and other work areas, controlling odors and disposing of waste properly; maintain order, condition, and security of tools and equipment used; and safely use, store, and dispose of dangerous chemicals. 25% Build Collections: Conduct and assist with field work, including specific research projects; assist in the collection of data and specimens, and in the acquisition of associated materials (field data, catalogues, etc.). Assist other agencies and research institutions by providing information, assist with research and specimen loans. 15% Research and Special Projects Assistance: Provide support services (mapping, data entry, slide preparation, document preparation) for research projects and other museum-wide special projects. Train interns and volunteers for support in daily responsibilities and special projects. Respond to public requests in person or via written or telephone correspondence. Assist with educational programs such as public field trips and classes outside the museum. 10% Prepare, Review and resolve transaction requests/disseminate information: Properly receive, document, sort, and house incoming donations, loans, exchanges, etc., and properly invoice, pack and ship outgoing donations, loans, exchanges, etc. Review all donation and loan papers and review transactions for completeness. Communicate with Collections Manager to accession incoming materials. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s degree in Biology preferred Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other basic computer programs. Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills. QUALIFICATIONS Ability to follow precise directions for safe and accurate curation/preservation of specimens. Ability to work with an interdisciplinary professional team. Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise. Ability to effectively coordinate and track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy, and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines. Ability to be an outstanding ambassador to the Museum. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. TO APPLY Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Jamie.Smith@naturalsciences.org Jamie M. Smith Collections Manager, Invertebrates North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences Phone: (919)707-8869 Fax: (919)715-2294 http://bit.ly/15hdEp4 Postal Mailing Address: NC Museum of Natural Sciences Research Laboratory Mail Service Center 1626 Raleigh, NC 27699-1626 USA Shipping Address (FedEx, UPS, etc.): NC Museum of Natural Sciences Research Lab 1671 Gold Star Drive Raleigh, NC 27607 USA jamie.smith@naturalsciences.org via Gmail


Dear EvolDir The following letter was written in response to misquotation of my work by Jehovah’s Witnesses in their magazine Awake, making me appear as if I support creationist view of the origin of life. I thought it might be of interest to the membership of EvolDir. I would welcome your comments and/or similar experiences. Rama Singh — via Gmail

Associate professor in bioinformatics (ID 705456) A position as associate professor in bioinformatics is available starting September 1, 2015 at the Bioinformatics Research Center (BiRC), Aarhus University, Denmark. BiRC is an interdisciplinary research center that employs about 40 researchers and PhD students. The research at BiRC spans major areas of bioinformatics, and BiRC is involved in teaching and supervision of students on all levels from BSc to PhD. The successful candidate is expected to establish his or her own research group and profile, participate actively in collaborations with other researchers at BiRC and Aarhus University, and contribute to teaching and supervision of students. Applicants are expected to have research experience from several years as assistant professor or similar. They must document a strong record of original research and have teaching experience at undergraduate/graduate level. Applicants within all areas of bioinformatics are welcome. For more information please contact the director of BiRC, Christian Nrgaard Storm Pedersen, e- mail cstorm@birc.au.dk, phone +45 8715 5559. For information about BiRC in generel, see http://bit.ly/1CiPOUu. Formalities and salary range Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. Deadline All applications must be made online and received by: 01.03.2015. Use the following link http://bit.ly/1CiPOnE Mikkel H. Schierup Bioinformatics Research Center, Aarhus University, CF Mollers Alle Building 1110, 8000 Aarhus C Denmark Ph: +45 8715 6535 Email: mheide@birc.au.dk http://bit.ly/1dHElB0 Mikkel Heide Schierup via Gmail
EXPERIENCED FIELD ASSISTANT Needed in full time for Field Cricket Project at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) & Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Websites: http://bit.ly/1y8lJHT http://bit.ly/1y8lLQe Location: Munich (LMU) and Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany. Job description: The field assistants will help to collect life-history data on Field Crickets (Gryllus Campestris) in the wild from end of March to the end of June 2015. The research focuses primarily on identifying how the social environment (i.e. other individuals) generate and maintain individual differences in behavior and behavioral plasticity. Research is also concentrated on identifying how environmental conditions affect the expression of behavioral variation. Assistants will work closely with an international team consisting of one post-doc, two field assistants and various students. The research project is intense and will have typically only 1 day off per week. Duties include behavioral observations, cricket handling (marking, measuring), data entry and data management. Qualifications/Experience: Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field. Candidates must have experience with handling small insects and working as part of a research group. Ideal candidates are highly motivated, well organized and able to work independently, while at the same time able to function well in a group. A small financial compensation and accommodation will be provided. Accepted assistants should be vaccinated against Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE or FSME) before arriving in Seewiesen. Applicants should also be aware that Lyme disease (carried by ticks) is prevalent in the area and should inform themselves about this disease beforehand. Applications: Review of the applications will begin February and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send (1) a statement of relevant experience, (2) a short resume or CV, and (3) contact information for two references to Dr. Petri Niemel (eMail: niemela@biologie.uni-muenchen.de). “Niemela, Petri” via Gmail
Postdoctoral position, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Postdoctoral position in island biogeography (ecological interaction networks) Understanding the historic biogeographic processes that shaped current species distributions, and thus the evolution of different biotas, has become a central theme in ecology. Such knowledge is crucial for understanding how biodiversity is generated and maintained and for developing effective management strategies. Specifically, biogeography is assumed to play an important role in the structure of biological interaction webs (mutualisms, antagonisms, etc.) and their co-evolutionary histories. This assumption remains difficult to test under field conditions. Truly puzzling and curious examples of biogeographic anomalies exist in nature; these are ideal systems for testing how biological interactions have diverged and the extent to which geography explains these patterns. For example, the diverse and speciose genus Acacia Mill. (sensu stricto; previously grouped in Acacia subgenus Phyllodineae) consists of about 1012 species, most of them confined to Australia, with a few taxa found in south-east Asia and Oceania. Two particularly peculiar extra-Australian taxa are the closely-related island endemics Acacia koa A. Gray found in the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean and A. heterophylla Willd. from La Runion Island in the Indian Ocean. This geographic disparity is truly remarkable, with ca. 18 000 km separating these two insular landmasses. What makes this even more interesting is that these two species are considered each other’s closest living relatives. Recent work in our laboratory has revealed that A. heterophylla from La Runion Island represents a secondary colonization event from the Hawaiian Islands and is therefore the same species as A. koa (Le Roux et al. 2014). These two taxa therefore represent one of the most astonishing examples of long-distance dispersal. This project will aim to compare and better understand the ecological interaction networks of these two island endemics by studying their interactions with other biota (fungi and insects) in their native ranges (Hawaii and La Runion Island). This research will shed light on how quickly speciation can happen and to what extent geographic isolation can shape evolutionary trajectories of interaction networks. Preference will be given to applicants with strong interest in mycology and/or entomology, molecular ecology, genetics, and evolutionary biology. Applicants should hold a PhD degree. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research experience, demonstrated skills in one or more of the fields listed above, and an excellent academic track record (i.e. publications in international journals). Successful candidates will be fully funded for 1 year, to be extended for an additional 1-2 years depended on satisfactory performance. An attractive annual salary will be offered along with additional expenses for research, international travel and subsistence, and conference attendance. Individuals of all nationalities are eligible. Applicants should be prepared to spend extended periods in Hawaii and La Runion Island. To apply, please send a CV, contact details for at least two academic references, and a brief outline of research interests to Dr Jaco Le Roux (jleroux@sun.ac.za), Prof. David Richardson (rich@sun.ac.za) and Prof. Mike Wingfield (Mike.Wingfield@up.ac.za) by 16 February 2015. Informal inquiries are welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately, and short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up phone/Skype interviews. The envisaged start date for the project would be March/April 2015. Further reading: Le Roux, J.J., Strasberg, D, Rouget, M., Morden, C., Koordom, M. and Richardson, D.M. (2014) Relatedness defies biogeography: the tale of two island endemics (Acacia koa and A. heterophylla). New Phytologist 204: 230-242. The integrity and confidentiality of this email is governed by these terms / Hierdie terme bepaal die integriteit en vertroulikheid van hierdie epos. http://bit.ly/1xUHgoc The integrity and confidentiality of this email is governed by these terms / Hierdie terme bepaal die integriteit en vertroulikheid van hierdie epos. http://bit.ly/1xUHgoc “Le Roux, JJ, Dr " via Gmail
Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that this year (March 28-29, 2015) The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) will be held at Indiana University Bloomington! MEEC is an annual student-hosted research conference held at various institutions within the Midwestern United States. The conference provides an outstanding opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research and network with students and faculty from nearby institutions. MEEC provides a great environment for emerging scientists to discuss new ideas, hone presentation skills, and make connections in the local science community. MEEC will include oral and poster sessions, panel sessions on outreach and career development, as well as what promise to be extraordinary plenary talks by Dr. Cathy Pfister (University of Chicago) and Dr. Alan Templeton (Washington University in St. Louis). The abstract call and registration are both from February 1-28. Registration for MEEC is only $50! Moreover, the annual IU Animal Behavior Conference (ABC), hosted by the IU Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, will take place right before MEEC, from March 26-28. We encourage people with a research interest in behavior to attend both conferences (plus, registration for ABC is free). Get excited for one of the most enjoyable conferences of the year! You can find more information about the conference and how to register at our website (http://bit.ly/1BGAsv8), Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1IM51l3), or Twitter (@MidEcoEvoCon). Best, The MEEC Planning Committee Contact: MidEcoEvoCon@gmail.com Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference via Gmail

January 16, 2015

Job: Research Computing Technician The Economo Lab (http://bit.ly/1dSYDrw) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (http://www.oist.jp/)is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Computing Technician position. The lab works at the interface of ecology, evolution, and natural history, with an empirical focus on ant biodiversity. We use a variety of approaches to understand the biodiversity of communities, including field expeditions, collections-based research, phylogenetics, 3D imaging and morphometrics, ecological genomics, computational modeling, biodiversity informatics, and quantitative theory. Duties: The hired individual will be responsible for computational support of lab research including designing and maintaining research databases, maintaining lab websites, assist with design and maintenance of data analysis pipelines, application support for utilizing HPC resources, and performing phylogenetic/phylogenomic analyses. Qualifications: A Bachelor$B!G(Bs degree in science or technical fields, and experience with scientific research computing is required. The ideal candidate would have a good baseline of programming and scripting skills, including familiarity with both compiled (e.g. C/C++) and interpreted (R, Matlab, Python) languages, familiarity with computational phylogenetics and bioinformatics, and ability to learn independently. Proficiency with Linux, SQL-based database design and administration, and at least basic familiarity with server administration are required. Experience with one or more of the following would be highly desirable but is not required; GIS, ecoinformatics, web programming, parallel computing, and statistical computing. Job Data: OIST is a newly established international graduate university located in the resort area of Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan, and offers a high quality of life and good working conditions. Logistical and financial assistance with relocation will be provided, along with a competitive salary and benefits package. OIST is an English-language working environment and knowledge of English is required, knowledge of Japanese is helpful but not necessary. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position, CV, and list of three references with contact information as a combined PDF to with $B!H(BTechnician Application$B!I(B in the subject line. Informal enquiries and questions are also welcome at . Application review will begin February 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Evan P. Economo Assistant Professor Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology 1919-1 Tancha Onna-son, Kunigamigun Okinawa, Japan 904-0495 http://bit.ly/1dSYDrw evaneconomo@gmail.com via Gmail
*Postdoctoral Position for Evolutionary Neurobiologist at the EMBL/CRG Systems Biology Unit* Our laboratory, at the EMBL/CRG Systems Biology Unit in Barcelona, is looking for an excellent and highly motivated postdoc to study the functions and evolutionary impact of neural-specific alternative splicing in vertebrates. The major goal of the project – funded by the European Research Council (ERC) – is to understand the in vivo functions and evolutionary impact of a program of neural-specific protein isoforms that are conserved across all vertebrates. These isoforms, sometimes diverging by only one or two aminoacids from the onneural isoforms due to microexons (see Cell 2014, 159:1511-23), are expected to be crucial for terminal neurogenesis and synaptic function, and unique to vertebrate species. The applicant will mainly use zebrafish as a model organism to investigate these questions. In addition to these, the candidate will be encouraged to develop his/her own scientific ideas. The applicant is expected to be passionate about evolution, neuroscience and/or developmental biology. Strong experience on zebrafish research, particularly on nervous system development and/or in vivo neuronal differentiation, is required. Previous experience with the CRISPR-Cas9 system, and interest on transcriptomic analyses are an advantage, but not necessary. The applicant should be able to work rigorously, independently and flexibly. The candidate will be responsible for his/her own project within the research group, including carrying out experiments, data analysis and interpretation. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is expected. The position has a fully covered, competitive salary for up to five years, but the applicant will also be encouraged to apply for independent funding. *The Institute* The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, whose mission is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. The breadth of topics, approaches and technologies at the CRG permits a broad range of fundamental issues in life sciences and biomedicine to be addressed. Research at the CRG falls into four main areas: gene regulation, stem cells and cancer; cell and developmental biology; bioinformatics and genomics; and systems biology. With more than 350 scientists from 41 countries, the CRG excellence is based on an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies. The centre’s other main strategic goals are: to translate basic scientific findings into benefits for health and economic value for society; to provide advanced and excellent training to our scientists; and to communicate and establish a bilateral dialogue with society. For further information: www.crg.eu *Requirements* *Studies*: - PhD in Biology-related areas *Technical skills required:* - Experience on zebrafish research, particularly on nervous system development and/or in vivo neuronal differentiation. *Additional beneficial skills:* - Experience with CRISPR-Cas9 system. - Interest and experience on transcriptomic analysis. *Languages*: - Fluent level of English *Soft skills:* - Passion for evolutionary biology. - A highly motivated and organized candidate. - Capable of working in group, and with a high degree of work autonomy. *The Offer* - Duration: 1 year renewable contract up to 5 years. - Estimated annual gross salary: A competitive salary will be provided, which will be well matched relative to the cost of living in Barcelona, and adjusted according to experience. - Starting date: as soon as possible from April 2015. We offer work in a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing the successful applicant with unique opportunities to develop a strong technical portfolio. *Application Procedure* All applications must include: 1. A presentation letter addressed to Dr. Manuel Irimia 2. A full CV including contact details. 3. Two contacts for further references. All applications must be addressed to Dr. Irimia and be submitted to the following email address: rrhh@crg.es. Please include as email subject the reference “Postdoc-NeuralAS”. *Deadline:* Please submit your application by *13th February 2015* Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG) Doctor Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona (Spain) Manuel Irimia via Gmail

Apologies for double-posting but the link in the original ad sent last week appears broken. Please use this link to find the original ad http://bit.ly/1KPLPF2 to find the original ad and the link for application. Best wishes, Anssi Two PhD positions in amphibian evolutionary ecology at Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Sweden from March 2015 Position 1 The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) causes the disease Chytridiomycosis and is believed to be one of the major causes for recent global declines of amphibians. Bd was first found in Sweden in 2011. This position is aimed at elucidating the relationship between Bd infection and fitness in natural populations of Swedish amphibians. The main objective is to determine the extent of Bd infection in Swedish amphibians and experimentally study how resistance differs among amphibian species and populations. The position is jointly funded by the research council Formas and Uppsala University. Position 2 The project focuses on local adaptation at different spatial scales, the role of a key candidate gene in adaptation and how different selective agents and trade-offs between these agents shape the phenotypic variation in natural populations using the moor frog Rana arvalis as study system. The PhD student will investigate the genetic basis of larval growth and development rates along a latitudinal gradient and in a network of local wetlands using a recently discovered candidate gene and genomic approaches, and estimate experimentally ecological tradeoffs associated high growth and development rates. The position is jointly funded by the Swedish Research Council and Uppsala University. Qualifications: We are looking for bright and highly motivated individuals with MSc Degree within ecology, evolutionary biology or equivalent. Experience on molecular genetic and genomic techniques (especially in position 2) and amphibian ecology/evolutionary biology are assets. The ideal candidate will be able to work both independently and as part of a team. A high standard of spoken and written English is required. The projects are supervised by professors Anssi Laurila and Jacob Hglund. For further information please see http://bit.ly/1Fyri80 and http://bit.ly/N6mf5D or contact Anssi Laurila via email (anssi.laurila@ebc.uu.se) for any informal inquiries. Uppsala University (http://www.uu.se) is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. It has 41.000 students from all over the world, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,900 million, creating an international and stimulating research environment. The Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC, http://bit.ly/16Fa1Wt) is one of the world’s leading research institutions in evolutionary biology. The city of Uppsala is a vibrant university town with easy access to surrounding nature. It offers a high standard of living and is well connected to the Swedish capital Stockholm and Stockholm-Arlanda international airport. Application procedure: The application should include a description of research interests and past experience, a CV, copy of degrees and official transcripts, a copy of the Master thesis, and other relevant documents. The application should also include contact information to two reference persons who can provide confidential letters of recommendation. Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7, and in the Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines, at http://bit.ly/1zZ9af2 Please submit your application no later than 31th of January 2015. UFV-PA 2014/3803. The link to apply can be found at: http://bit.ly/1zZ9cUb via Gmail