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April 29, 2015

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Title: University of Otago, New Zealand, Bird genomics A PhD position is available to study the evolution and conservation of New Zealand bird species with Dr Michael Knapp at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Project details: The New Zealand bird fauna is unique in the world and a key element of New Zealand’s natural heritage. In the absence of mammals, birds have evolved to fill their ecological niches. This unusual situation has for example given rise to the world’s largest raptor, Haast’s Eagle, the ecological equivalent of a lion or tiger. New Zealand is also home to the only alpine parrot in the world, the Kea, and the world’s only flightless parrot, the Kakapo. The New Zealand bird fauna is a model for adaptive evolution comparable to the famous Galpagos finches that inspired Darwin’s work. However, due to their adaptions to a mammal free environment, New Zealand birds have suffered dramatic losses through introduced mammalian predators with many species now depending on intensive conservation efforts. Because of their evolutionary relevance, the conservation of New Zealand birds is of more than national importance. Understanding the evolution of New Zealand birds and preserving them for the future are global challenges. Second generation sequencing technology now allows us to address these challenges with an unprecedented amount of genetic information. As part of a new, Royal Society funded research programme our lab will use genomic data to study the molecular basis of the adaptations New Zealand birds have developed to fit into their unique environment. We will also use these data to evaluate and develop conservation strategies for some of New Zealands most endangered bird species. We are looking for a PhD student with skills in bioinformatics and genomic analyses to undertake research on bird evolution and conservation using whole genome data. The ideal candidate would have skills in programming, with a background in bioinformatics and a strong training and interest in genetics. For scholarship and application details please see: http://bit.ly/1AeJQmo and http://bit.ly/1AeJQmq While there is no fixed application deadline, the selection process will start soon so an early application is advantageous. For questions about the project, please contact Dr Michael Knapp (michael.knapp@otago.ac.nz). Michael Knapp via Gmail

April 28, 2015

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Short version: Join a global snapshot of biodiversity for National Geographic$B!G(Bs Great Nature Project Our goal is to record as many species as possible from all over the world, and we need your help to put biodiversity on the map. http://bit.ly/1DRZS68 – via Gmail

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*http://bit.ly/1Jx3AK8 * *Job Summary: * The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has an exciting opportunity for a Research Technician to join one of its laboratories at the University of California, Berkeley. The laboratory studies choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, to reconstruct animal origins and investigate molecular mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions. We seek a highly motivated and exceptionally organized biologist to assist in developing genetics and genome editing in the emerging model choanoflagellate species S. rosetta. Individuals seeking an exciting research opportunity are invited to apply. *Principal Responsibilities: * - Perform flow cytometry to track ploidy changes in choanoflagellates. - Generate and perform microscopy to screen for choanoflagellate mutants. - Isolate, catalog, and characterize new mutant strains. - Prepare DNA and RNA for gene delivery. - Troubleshoot methods for gene delivery, including transfection and electroporation. - Keep meticulous laboratory records. - Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions. - Read literature relevant to research areas as required. - Assist lab members in a variety of cellular and molecular biology techniques in other projects ongoing in the lab. *Preferred Qualifications: * - Bachelors or Masters degree in Biology, Bioengineering or a related field. - Knowledge of basic principles of genetics, gained through coursework or prior laboratory experience. - At least one year of experience working in a laboratory setting. - Experience with molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, microscopy, tissue culture, and sterile technique. - Demonstrated ablility to troubleshoot and perform a variety of new techniques. - Exceptional organizational skills and record keeping. - Strong oral and written communication. - Self-motivated, detail-oriented and able to perform complex tasks effectively and independently with general instruction, while being engaged in a collaborative project. *To apply*, please send a single .pdf file that includes the following to Heather L. Middleton (Lab Manager, kinglab@berkeley.edu) with the following: Cover letter Resume, emphasizing prior research experience Contact information for three references Course transcripts Please include “Research Technician” in the subject line of your email. Application Deadline: Open Until Filled *HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer* N King via Gmail
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Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics - University of Ottawa The Corradi Lab is currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow in Bioinformatics to work on projects related to Comparative and Population Genomics. The research will be led by Dr. Nicolas Corradi and carried out in a CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) - affiliated laboratory located in the Department of Biology of the University of Ottawa, Canada. Website: http://bit.ly/1PQoOn3 The position is initially funded for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, depending on performance. The candidate is expected to work on two ongoing lab projects: 1) Populations genomics of global samples of the bee-pathogen Nosema ceranae The recent decline in global populations of honey-bees has been attributed to a many factors, including infections from the microsporidian pathogen Nosema ceranae. Despite the potential threat that this parasite may have on global bee populations, the basic biology of this species is not well understood. The present project aims to increase our knowledge of the N. ceranae¡¯s biology by exploring the extent, nature and function of genome diversity that exist both within and between dozens of parasite samples isolated globally (i.e. Spain, France, Turkey, Thailand, USA..etc¡­). 2) Population genomics of global isolates of the model plant symbiont, Rhizophagus irregularis The Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) are ubiquitous plant symbionts that improve the ability of roots to uptake nutrients from soil and provide protection against plant pathogens. These organisms are intriguing as they harbor many nuclei within one cytoplasm throughout their entire life cycle. The genetic organization of these nuclei has been debated for years, but recent genome analyses in our lab are providing essential insights to this debate. The proposed project aims to increase our knowledge of biology and evolution of these curious fungi and critical symbionts by investigating the genome diversity within and across different strains of the model AMF R. irregularis sampled globally. For specific enquiries please contactDr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradi@uottawa.ca). Applicants are expected to have a strong background in either comparative genomics or populations genomics. Experience in either population genetics, environmental genomics, metagenomics, or ab-initio gene annotation and programming will be seen as an asset for the final selection of the candidate. Training in bioinformatics (Perl, Python, or R) is desired. A complete application package includes a CV, a one-page description of past research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references. The position opens immediately, and evaluation of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Ottawa is a large, research-intensive university, hosting over 40,000 students and located in the downtown core area of Canada¡¯s capital city (http://bit.ly/OBmsOT). Ottawa is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very high quality of life (http://bit.ly/1dxMqIo) Applications can be sent to Dr. Nicolas Corradi (ncorradi@uottawa.ca). Representative publications: Pelin A., Selman M., Laurent Farinelli, Aris-Brosou S. and N. Corradi. 2015. Genome analyses suggest the presence of polyploidy and recent human-driven expansions in eight global populations of the honeybee pathogen Nosema ceranae. Environmental Microbiology Ropars J. and N. Corradi. 2015. Heterokaryotic vs Homokaryotic Mycelium in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Different Techniques, Different Results? New Phytologist Corradi, N. 2015. Microsporidians: Intracellular Parasites Shaped by Gene Loss and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Annual Review of Microbiology Riley R., Charron P., Idnurm A., Farinelli F., Yolande D. , Martin F. and N. Corradi. 2014. Extreme diversification of the mating type¨Chigh©\mobility group (MATA©\HMG) gene family in a plant©\associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus. New Phytologist Tisserant E., Malbreil M. et al. 2013. Genome of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus provides insight into the oldest plant symbiosis. PNAS Nicolas Corradi Professeur Agr¨¦g¨¦ / Associate Professor Boursier de l'Institut canadien en recherches avanc¨¦es / Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Universit¨¦ d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa D¨¦partement de biologie / Department of Biology Pavillon Gendron / Gendron Hall Bureau 257 / Room 257 30 Marie Curie Priv. Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5 Tel. +1 (613) 5625800 # 6563 Website:http://bit.ly/OBmsOV Nicolas Corradi via Gmail

April 27, 2015

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NERC PhD studentship: Jumping the species barrier: understanding how pathogens switch hosts Ref: 1845 About the award The University of Exeter is inviting applications for this NERC-funded PhD studentship to commence as soon as possible. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax free stipend of at least 13,863pa for three and a half years. The student would be based in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. Academic Supervisors: Dr Camille Bonneaud (University of Exeter, Penryn Campus) Prof Angus Buckling (University of Exeter, Penryn Campus) Project Description: Emerging infectious outbreaks are a major threat to humans, domestic animals and wildlife. A better understanding of how pathogens switch hosts and subsequently adapt to their novel host represents an exciting field in evolutionary biology with significant ramifications for epidemiology, conservation and medicine. In this project, the student will have access to natural populations of an emerging bacterial pathogen of wildlife, as well as established lab host-pathogen systems (e.g., bacteria-phage) to gain deeper insights into the processes facilitating host switching and pathogen adaptation to their novel hosts. Entry requirements: Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. This studentship will be funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is only available to UK and EU nationals. You must have resided in the UK for three years prior to starting the studentship to receive funding for tuition fees and a stipend. If you are an EU national and have not resided in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the studentship you would not be eligible for a stipend, so you would need to have an alternative source of funding for your living costs. Candidates from outside the EU are not eligible for this studentship. For detailed guidance about eligibility please refer to the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Terms and Conditions for Training Grants: TGC 6 Student eligibility . Summary: Application deadline: 26th May 2015 Number of awards: 1 Value: 13,863 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Duration of award: per year Contact: CLES Postgraduate Research office: +44 (0)1392 725150 +44 (0)1392 725150/723706/723310 cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk How to apply: Please be aware you will be asked to upload the following documents: * CV * Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project). * Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying) * 2 references from referees familiar with your academic work (if your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk. If we don’t receive your references, we will not request them unless you have been shortlisted) * If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English (for further details of the University’s English language requirements please see http://bit.ly/1EhcTJU s/research/) The closing date for applications is midnight on 26 May 2015. Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Penryn Campus the week commencing June 8th. If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1392 725150 +44 (0)1392 725150/723706/723310. Project specific queries should be directed to the supervisor. For the full ad and application form go to: http://bit.ly/1QDdwUB “Bonneaud, Camille” via Gmail
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Volunteer field assistant We are looking for a motivated and hardworking individual to assist us with fieldwork on a study of ecoimmunology and sperm-ejaculate interactions in the red-backed fairy-wren near Brisbane (Queensland) Australia during the Austral Spring-Summer. Time period: mid-September to mid-December 2015 (3 months). Duties: catching birds using mist nets, regular monitoring of colour-banded birds during the breeding season to assess breeding stage and monitor nesting activity, assistance with sample collection (e.g. blood, sperm), data entry and proofing, and general assistance with gear and logistics. We will work 6 days a week and workdays will be long and require an early start. Qualifications: Enthusiasm, self-motivation and a strong work ethic are essential. The working language is English, thus good knowledge of English is a requirement. Must be early riser, willing to be physically active during the working period, tolerant to heat, and enjoy basic shared living conditions. Applicants with previous bird experience (e.g. monitoring colour-banded birds, mist netting) are preferred, but highly motivated individuals lacking experience will also be considered. Outdoor experience will also be valued. Finally, a driving license is highly preferential. This is a volunteer position, but accommodation and food will be provided when at the research site. The assistant provides own cost of travelling to/from the site. Applications should contain a cover letter highlighting previous relevant experience, a short CV and the names and contact information for 2-3 referees that are familiar with fieldwork skills. For further enquiries or to submit applications send an e-mail to Diana Carneiro (diana.carneiro@nhm.uio.no). Review of applications will begin 15th May 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Diana Carneiro PhD research fellow Natural History Museum University of Oslo Postboks 1172, Blindern 0318 Oslo Norway Personal page: http://bit.ly/1EhcRlj via Gmail

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Dear Evoldir members, We are pleased to announce the release of OrthoMaM version 9: a new update of our database of mammalian orthologous single-copy nuclear markers (exons and CDS). It can be browsed and queried at: http://bit.ly/1g1YneA This new version 9 is based on EnsEMBL release v79 (April 2015) and now includes 7,349 exons and 14,526 CDS alignments for up to 43 mammalian species. New features in this realeases includes: - Requests on 43 species (based on EnsEMBL v79, March 2015). - New species: Papio_anubis, Chlorocebus_sabaeus, Ovis_aries. - Exon detection has been improved. - Raw alignements have been computed with MAFFT. - Alignments which contain sequences leading to very high branch lengths in the corresponding ML phylograms were not excluded If you use OrthoMaM for your research please cite: Douzery, E. J., Scornavacca, C., Romiguier, J., Belkhir, K., Galtier, N., Delsuc, F., & Ranwez, V. (2014). OrthoMaM v8: a database of orthologous exons and coding sequences for comparative genomics in mammals. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:1923-1928. or Ranwez, V., Delsuc, F., Ranwez, S., Belkhir, K., Tilak, M. K., & Douzery, E. J. (2007). OrthoMaM: a database of orthologous genomic markers for placental mammal phylogenetics. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:241. We hope this will be of use to members of the evolutionary community. Frederic Delsuc and co-authors via Gmail

April 25, 2015

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Six (6) permanent positions providing advanced bioinformatics support, located at SciLifeLab Bioinformatics Platform nodes across Sweden. The SciLifeLab bioinformatics platform (http://bit.ly/1mGwtUf) is a national infrastructure in rapid growth and development, now looking for 6 permanent staff members to join the Bioinformatics Long-term Support team (a.k.a WABI), placed at bioinformatics nodes in Ume, Linkping, Gteborg, and Lund. The advertised staff will be fully integrated in the national Bioinformatics Long-term support team, and will aid the build-up of the national platform by establishing local platform nodes. To be considered for these positions * you now need to submit a formal application to the respective university, following the below links * you will have to apply to each position individually if you are open to work in any of the cities below. Please follow the links for more information and application forms: Lund: http://bit.ly/1PyRcdg Gteborg http://bit.ly/1OnlRgv Ume http://bit.ly/1OnlS3W Linkping http://bit.ly/1OnlRgz We are looking forward to receive your applications at the latest May 7, 2015 (a week later for Linkping). You are always welcome to contact both the local contact person or the Bioinformatics Long-term Support managers regarding these positions. Bjrn Nystedt, bjorn.nystedt@scilifelab.se, +46 (0)73-402 62 31 Thomas Svensson, thomas.svensson@scilifelab.se, +46 (0)73-625 14 88 Managers, SciLifeLab Bioinformatics Long-term Support http://bit.ly/1mGwtUf Bjorn Nystedt, PhD Manager, SciLifeLab Bioinformatics Long-term Support (WABI) http://bit.ly/1PyRcdj BMC E10:3206, entrance C11 Husargatan 3, SE-752 37 Uppsala Phone: 018 - 471 4413 E-mail: bjorn.nystedt@scilifelab.se bjorn.nystedt@scilifelab.se via Gmail

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PHD STUDENT POSITION in INSECT METAGENOMICS The position forms part of a group of 15 PhD students now being recruited to the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network BIG4. The core of BIG4 is interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research on the diversity and evolution of the four largest insect orders: Hymenoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera (Biosystematics, Informatics and Genomics of the 4 big insect groups). The program offers unique opportunities in terms of preparing students for an academic or a business career. The training will include secondment to other European labs in the network, and to small companies in the biotechnology and IT sector. The program also includes network-wide training events, and seeks to build student skills in creativity and innovation. The position is one of three PhD student positions that will be formally associated with the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University, which will award the PhD degrees. The position will be hosted by the Ronquist lab at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, which is one of the world leaders in the development of software for computational phylogenomics using Bayesian statistical methods. The lab also has a strong research tradition in insect systematics and evolutionary biology. The successful candidate for this position will develop new methods for analyzing environmental samples using massively parallel sequencing. In particular, we will be focusing on methods allowing broad qualitative and quantitative taxonomic analysis of the insect fauna found in Malaise trap samples and soil samples. We will then use these methods to study the composition and spatial structure of insect faunas. We are looking for candidates with a broad background, preferably including studies or training in entomology, genomics, bioinformatics, and programming. We expect that you will be creative and independent while being a good team player. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. We will pay particular attention to scientific and creative talent and potential. To be eligible for the position, you need to fill the formal requirements to start a PhD program in biology, broadly construed, and have less than 4 years of research experience counted as time of employment in research since receiving the degree for enrollment in a PhD. You cannot have resided or carried out your main activity (work or study) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3-year period immediately prior to the recruitment under the project. Starting date is August 15, 2015. The position is for four years. The Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) is one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe. It combines a venerable tradition and unique collections with cutting-edge research in geology, paleontology and biology. The museum is close to Stockholm University, the Royal School of Engineering (KTH) and the Karolinska Institute. The Stockholm Phylogenomics Group (http://bit.ly/19BItn2) engages research groups from all of these institutions. The Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at NRM is focused on research in computational phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics. It also runs a DNA sequencing facility and hosts several national and international infrastructures. The application should consist of a personal letter, a statement describing research interests and career goals (max 3 pages), a CV, and a transcript of your MSc diploma or equivalent. The application should be marked with dnr 2.3.1-182-2015 and sent to rekrytering@nrm.se. Applications should be received no later than May 29, 2015. Fredrik Ronquist Professor, Dept. Bioinformatics and Genetics Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm email: fredrik.ronquist@nrm.se Fredrik.Ronquist@nrm.se via Gmail

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We are now looking to appoint a postdoc to work on Sorbus genetics, focusing on S. porrigentiformis, using next generation sequencing methods. This two-year job is now live on Kew.org and Kewnet. Please share the following link on EvolDir. http://bit.ly/1PyRcdc Dr Michael F. Fay FLS Head of Genetics Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 3AB UK Chief Editor, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society Tel (44) (0) 20 8332 5315 Fax (44) (0) 20 8332 5310 Mike Fay via Gmail
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We invite all members of the choanoflagellate research community to participate in the 2015 International Choanoflagellate Workshop. The goal of this meeting will be to build the choanoflagellate research community by fostering collaborations and providing a forum for presenting research on choanoflagellate biology. Past meetings have featured research on topics as diverse as evolution, microbial ecology, fluid dynamics, host-microbe interactions, cell biology, comparative genomics, biomineralization, and more! The workshop will be held at the Station Biologique Roscoff beginning the evening of Tuesday, June 16 and finishing late afternoon on Friday, June 19. Roscoff is accessible either by a short taxi ride from the Brest airport or by train from the CDG airport. *At this time, we invite you to register for the meeting by May 1, 2015 at this link*: http://goo.gl/forms/QmLYlbSBgD All attendees are encouraged to either present a talk or a poster. When registering, please provide a title and abstract, and indicate your preferred presentation type. Speakers will be selected based on talk titles and a goal of highlighting the full breadth of research ongoing in the community. If you have any questions about the meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact us at choanoflagellate@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you! *Nicole King* Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development Department of Molecular and Cell Biology University of California, Berkeley kinglab.berkeley.edu http://bit.ly/1PyRbWM Lab Manager: Heather Middleton (middletonhl@berkeley.edu) Administrative Assistant: Rosa Lewandowski (rlewando@berkeley.edu) nicoleking.ucb@gmail.com via Gmail
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GRADUATE POSITION A PhD scholarship on invasion ecology is available in the Rollins lab in the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University. Project: Although invasive species are a massive threat to biodiversity, and costly to society, we still do not understand the evolutionary processes that shape invasions. Invasive populations often show rapid evolutionary change in novel environments but attempts to identify the underlying genetic basis of these changes have been largely unsuccessful. This PhD is part of a larger project exploring an innovative and untested alternative possibility: that invader evolution is primarily driven by epigenetic change. Using an iconic Australian invasive species, the cane toad, we will conduct a multi-generational experiment to manipulate DNA methylation levels and quantify the effects on phenotypic traits important to invasion and which have been shown to change across the introduced range in Australia, including traits related to dispersal ability, immune function and personality. We will also be investigating the plasticity of these traits and determining whether this relates to changes in epigenetic state. The larger project is well-resourced and multi-disciplinary, combining the efforts of molecular ecologists at Deakin University with invasion ecologists (Professor Rick Shine and his team) from the University of Sydney. Selection criteria: This PhD project will be primarily based at our collaborator?s field station in the Northern Territory but will also include time at the Deakin University Geelong campus. We seek an ecologist with an interest in epigenetic inheritance who will work closely with team members who are conducting genetic/epigenetic analyses. There will be flexibility to tailor the PhD project to your specific interests if they are aligned with our research direction. We seek someone who is hard-working and enthusiastic about invasion ecology and herpetology. The ideal candidate will have some field experience, a demonstrated ability to work independently and well-developed organisational skills. Preference will be given to applicants with at least one first-authored publication. Scholarship/application details: The successful candidate will be awarded a PhD stipend of AUD$25,392 per annum (tax-free) over three years. Applicants should send an email to Dr. Lee Ann Rollins (lee.rollins@deakin.edu.au) including: 1) a CV; 2) academic record (subjects and marks); 3) a one-page summary of your research interests and career goals; and 4) details of 3 referees (including any previous research supervisors). Closing date for applications is 22nd May. Dr. Lee Ann Rollins Research Fellow School of Life and Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment Deakin University, Pigdons Road, Geelong VIC 3217 +61 3 5227 2084 lee.rollins@deakin.edu.au www.deakin.edu.au Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B Lee Rollins via Gmail
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PHD STUDENT POSITION in INSECT PHYLOGENOMICS The position forms part of a group of 15 PhD students now being recruited to the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network BIG4. The core of BIG4 is interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research on the diversity and evolution of the four largest insect orders: Hymenoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera (Biosystematics, Informatics and Genomics of the 4 big insect groups). The program offers unique opportunities in terms of preparing students for an academic or a business career. The training will include secondment to other European labs in the network, and to small companies in the biotechnology and IT sector. The program also includes network-wide training events, and seeks to build student skills in creativity and innovation. The position is one of three PhD student positions that will be formally associated with the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University, which will award the PhD degrees. The position will be hosted by the Ronquist lab at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, which is one of the world leaders in the development of software for computational phylogenomics using Bayesian statistical methods. The lab also has a strong research tradition in insect systematics and evolutionary biology. The successful candidate for this position will be using genomic approaches to analyze phylogenetic relationships among gall wasps, which have proved hard to resolve using traditional methods. The genomic data will then form the basis for identification and functional analysis of genes involved in the transitions between parasitoids, gall inducers and inquilines in this group of insects. We are looking for candidates with a broad background, preferably including studies or training in entomology, genomics, bioinformatics, and programming. We expect that you will be creative and independent while being a good team player. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. We will pay particular attention to scientific and creative talent and potential. To be eligible for the position, you need to fill the formal requirements to start a PhD program in biology, broadly construed, and have less than 4 years of research experience counted as time of employment in research since receiving the degree for enrollment in a PhD. You cannot have resided or carried out your main activity (work or study) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3-year period immediately prior to the recruitment under the project. Starting date is August 15, 2015. The position is for four years. The Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) is one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe. It combines a venerable tradition and unique collections with cutting-edge research in geology, paleontology and biology. The museum is close to Stockholm University, the Royal School of Engineering (KTH) and the Karolinska Institute. The Stockholm Phylogenomics Group (http://bit.ly/19BItn2) engages research groups from all of these institutions. The Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at NRM is focused on research in computational phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics. We run a DNA sequencing facility and host several national and international infrastructures. The application should consist of a personal letter, a statement describing research interests and career goals (max 3 pages), a CV, and a transcript of your MSc diploma or equivalent. The application should be marked with dnr 2.3.1-182-2015 and sent to rekrytering@nrm.se. Applications should be received no later than May 29, 2015. Fredrik Ronquist Professor, Dept. Bioinformatics and Genetics Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm email: fredrik.ronquist@nrm.se Fredrik.Ronquist@nrm.se via Gmail

April 24, 2015

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PHD STUDENT POSITION in INSECT TAXONOMY / BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS The position forms part of a group of 15 PhD students now being recruited to the EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network BIG4. The core of BIG4 is interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research on the diversity and evolution of the four largest insect orders: Hymenoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera (‘Biosystematics, Informatics and Genomics of the 4 big insect groups). The program offers unique opportunities in terms of preparing students for an academic or a business career. The training will include secondment to other European labs in the network, and to small companies in the biotechnology and IT sector. The program also includes network-wide training events, and seeks to build student skills in creativity and innovation. The position is one of three PhD student positions that will be formally associated with the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University, which will award the PhD degrees. The position will be hosted by Savantic AB (http://bit.ly/1Gtkuss), a consultant company specializing in bridging the gap between the research and business worlds. All consultants have a doctoral degree in physics. Specialty areas include image analysis, medical technology and environmental technology. The academic training will be provided by the Ronquist lab at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, which is one of the world leaders in the development of software for computational phylogenomics using Bayesian statistical methods. The lab also has a strong research tradition in insect systematics and evolutionary biology. The successful candidate for this position will focus on the use of citizen science in accelerating research and discovery in insect systematics. For a suitable group of poorly known insects, we will develop visual identification aids based on advanced image analysis. The aim is to generate interest among citizen scientists in contributing to the systematic research on the chosen group, using a commercially viable app. We are looking for candidates with a broad background, preferably including studies or training in entomology, genomics, bioinformatics, and programming. We expect that you will be creative and independent while being a good team player. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. We will pay particular attention to scientific and creative talent and potential. To be eligible for the position, you need to fill the formal requirements to start a PhD program in biology, broadly construed, and have less than 4 years of research experience counted as time of employment in research since receiving the degree for enrollment in a PhD. You cannot have resided or carried out your main activity (work or study) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3-year period immediately prior to the recruitment under the project. Starting date is August 15, 2015. The position is for four years. The Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) is one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe. It combines a venerable tradition and unique collections with cutting-edge research in geology, paleontology and biology. The museum is close to Stockholm University, the Royal School of Engineering (KTH) and the Karolinska Institute. The Stockholm Phylogenomics Group (http://bit.ly/19BItn2) engages research groups from all of these institutions. The Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at NRM is focused on research in computational phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics. We run a DNA sequencing facility and host several national and international infrastructures. The application should consist of a personal letter, a statement describing research interests and career goals (max 3 pages), a CV, and a transcript of your MSc diploma or equivalent. The application should be sent to Karin Carlsson at Savantic AB (karin@savanticab.com). Applications should be received no later than May 29, 2015. Fredrik Ronquist Professor, Dept. Bioinformatics and Genetics Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm email: fredrik.ronquist@nrm.se Karin Carlsson Savantic AB email: karin@savanticab.com Fredrik.Ronquist@nrm.se via Gmail

April 23, 2015

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reminder: upcoming deadline PhD positions in Population Genetics Over the past years, Vienna has developed into one of the leading centres of population genetics. The Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics has been founded to provide a training opportunity for PhD students to build on this excellent on site expertise. We invite applications from highly motivated and outstanding students with a background in one of the following disciplines: bioinformatics, statistics, evolutionary genetics, functional genetics, theoretical and experimental population genetics. Students from related disciplines, such as physics or mathematics are also welcome to apply. Topics include: via Gmail

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–_000_D15DD1EC43A49lg8beservicesvirginiaedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=“us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab of Dr. Laura Galloway. The position is supported by an NSF-funded project to explore the relationship between biogeography and mating system evolution in American bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum). Mating systems are evolutionarily labile and variation is often explained by hypotheses focusing on the context-dependent benefits of selfing (e.g. reproductive assurance). However, mating system evolution may be driven by historical changes in genetic load. In particular, colonization from glacial refugia to current distributions often entailed bottlenecks and small population sizes that shape population genetic structure and hence potential for mating system evolution. Our goal is to integrate studies of biogeography and mating system using Campanulastrum americanum, a North American herb in which preliminary data indicate reduced inbreeding depression and greater autogamy in sites where phylogeographic data suggest recent colonization. The Research Associate will work with the PI, our collaborator Jeremiah Busch (Washington State Univ), and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The Research Associate will conduct greenhouse studies of genetic load and mechanisms of autogamy, field studies of factors that underlie pollen limitation, estimate population selfing rate and interact with collaborators determining population genetic structure. The position also involves data management and dissemination, preparing manuscripts, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will enjoy working both in a team and independently, and may use the appointment to develop and pursue additional related studies. Finally, this position will coordinate outreach activities at Mountain Lake Biological Station and an Environmental Studies Academy at a local high school. Demonstrated expertise in ecological genetics including field and greenhouse work and strong written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in evolutionary genetics is desirable. The completion of a PhD degree in Biology or related field by the appointment start date is required. Preferred appointment start date is Summer 2015. This is a two-year appointment; the appointment may be renewed for an additional year, contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance. To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVA (http://bit.ly/1ccxWRu) and electronically attach: curriculum vitae with list of publications, a cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, and contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number 0616239. Review of applications will begin May 9, 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Laura Galloway (lgalloway@virginia.edu) Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom (rkh6j@virginia.edu) The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. –_000_D15DD1EC43A49lg8beservicesvirginiaedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=“us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab of Dr. Laura Galloway. The position is supported by an NSF-funded project to explore the relationship between biogeography and mating system evolution in American bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum). Mating systems are evolutionarily labile and variation is often explained by hypotheses focusing on the context-dependent benefits of selfing (e.g. reproductive assurance). However, mating system evolution may be driven by historical changes in genetic load. In particular, colonization from glacial refugia to current distributions often entailed bottlenecks and small population sizes that shape population genetic structure and hence potential for mating system evolution. Our goal is to integrate studies of biogeography and mating system using Campanulastrum americanum, a North American herb in which preliminary data indicate reduced inbreeding depression and greater autogamy in sites where phylogeographic data suggest recent colonization.  The Research Associate will work with the PI, our collaborator Jeremiah Busch (Washington State Univ), and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The Research Associate will conduct greenhouse studies of genetic load and mechanisms of autogamy, field studies of factors that underlie pollen limitation, estimate population selfing rate and interact with collaborators determining population genetic structure. The position also involves data management and dissemination, preparing manuscripts, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will enjoy working both in a team and independently, and may use the appointment to develop and pursue additional related studies. Finally, this position will coordinate outreach activities at Mountain Lake Biological Station and an Environmental Studies Academy at a local high school. Demonstrated expertise in ecological genetics including field and greenhouse work and strong written and oral communication skills are required. Experience in evolutionary genetics is desirable.  The completion of a PhD degree in Biology or related field by the appointment start date is required. Preferred appointment start date is Summer 2015. This is a two-year appointment; the appointment may be renewed for an additional year, contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance. To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVA (http://bit.ly/1ccxWRu) and electronically attach: curriculum vitae with list of publications, a cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, and contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number 0616239. Review of applications will begin May 9, 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Laura Galloway  (lgalloway@virginia.edu) Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom (rkh6j@virginia.edu) The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.    –_000_D15DD1EC43A49lg8beservicesvirginiaedu via Gmail
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Category: Course Topic: AMUPoznan.Poland.Bioinformatics.RNA.July6-10 Dear colleagues, We are extremely happy to announce 11th edition of Poznan Summer School of Bioinformatics. This meeting takes place at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland) from 6th to 10th July 2015. This year’s course will cover modern approaches to RNA analyses, including subjects like: 1. Introduction to RNA biology 2. Applications of next-generation sequencing in RNA studies 3. Transcriptome sequencing, assembly and gene expression estimation 4. Identification and analysis of microRNAs and other small RNAs 5. long non-coding RNAs 6. Secondary and tertiary structures of RNAs The course is suitable both for beginners and for those who already have some basic knowledge in computational biology and find it necessary and interesting to learn more about bioinformatic applications in RNA studies. Our school consists of lectures and hands-on - this combination should fit best your needs as you have a chance to try out the discussed methods yourself. For further information please visit our website: http://bit.ly/1DDxbdc Please forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested. Best regards, PSSB Organizing Committee Contact: genomics@amu.edu.pl Bioinfo School via Gmail
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PhD scholarship opportunity Subject title: “Epigenetic inheritance of physiological flexibility in a primate species, the grey mouse lemur” Location: UMR CNRS/MNHN 7179 (MECADEV) 1 avenue du petit château, 91800 Brunoy (France) Main PhD supervisor: Dr Fabienne Aujard Secondary PhD supervisors: Drs Pierre-Yves Henry and Jérémy Terrien The French research unit UMR 7179 is offering an opportunity to defend a PhD scholarship to be attributed by the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle. The applicant will defend a subject treating on the “Epigenetic inheritance of physiological flexibility in a primate species, the grey mouse lemur”. Briefly, exhibiting high phenotypic flexibility requires fine tuning of all mechanisms involved in the control of metabolism, including regulation of gene expression through epigenetic changes. Epigenetic modifications are a mechanism of regulating gene expression that is reversible, heritable and particularly sensitive to environmental conditions. The role of epigenetic modifications as a way of adjusting phenotypic flexibility in response to environmental change has gained much interest since epigenetic inheritance has been described as a potential mechanism for a specimen to benefit from its parents history. In this project, we propose to evaluate the potential of epigenetic inheritance in a primate species, the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus), characterized by its great phenotypic flexibility adapted to the unpredictability of Madagascar climate. Using the in-house breeding colony resource (~400 individuals), we will mimic periods of food scarcity during key periods of reproduction (spermatogenesis for males and gestation, lactation for females) and evaluate the impacts of such treatment in juveniles and their ability to respond to the same energetic challenge. The student will have to conduct experiments to answer 2 main questions: 1) Which are the epigenetic modifications induced by an energetic challenge in the adult grey mouse lemur, and can we link these changes to metabolic phenotyping characteristics? 2) Can we estimate the epigenetic inheritance in such context, and evaluate the potential of parental history on juvenile physiological capacities? Applicants must be highly motivated and have a strong interest in our scientific area (for more information, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/1yVcfmq). A strong background of basic molecular research methodology (knowledge of epigenetic mechanisms would be highly appreciated) is highly recommended. Given the scope of this subject, a good background in physiology and biology of adaptation would be appreciated. Applications should contain a CV, a short statement of your research interests as well as a recommendation letter. Please send your application to terrien@mnhn.fr before May 20, 2015. Jrmy TERRIEN via Gmail
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*Call for candidates to apply for an FCT * *We are looking for* candidates to apply for an FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) doctoral fellowship for a mixed Ph.D at the Centre for Functional Ecology of the University of Coimbra (cfe.uc.pt), and Durham University (http://bit.ly/1DDnOu0). *The successful candidate* will be expected to develop a research project to investigate evolution and adaptation of the invasive weed *Centaurea solstitialis* across broad biogeographical ranges. The research involves laboratory and field-based work and involves the interaction with an international network of collaborators from the USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Spain, and the UK. The candidate is expected to spend half of the time in Portugal and half in the UK. *The candidate* should have a good scientific background, with an interest into reproductive and evolutionary ecology, and genetics of invasive weeds. A good knowledge of the English language, of ecological statistics, or molecular biology is highly desirable. Candidates should be European or permanent residents, and comply with the conditions to be a candidate for the FCT Doctoral Grants ( http://bit.ly/1EfKF3q). *The doctoral fellowship includes* a monthly payment of 980 euros (tax-free), plus an accident insurance and a monthly contribution to the Portuguese Social Security system (full healthcare and retirement, but no unemployment benefits). During stages in the UK, the scholarship will be topped up to 1710 euros monthly to compensate for differences in the cost of living. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, at the end of which the candidate is expected to defend his or her PhD. dissertation thesis. *A call for fellowship applications* will open during July and be open until May 11, 2015 (http://bit.ly/VgqPC8), but contacts should be made before *May 1*, at 6pm Greenwich time. Interested candidates should send a one page cover letter describing their research interests and experience, a CV (explicitly including average scores for B.Sc. and/or M.Sc.), and the contact information for up to two referees to Daniel Montesinos (daniel.montesinos@uc.pt) and Adrian Brennan (a.c.brennan@durham.ac.uk). Informal inquiries are welcome. More information about the groups can be found here: http://bit.ly/1EfKF3u http://bit.ly/1DDnRpD http://bit.ly/VgqMWI Daniel Montesinos Researcher (IF) Centre for Functional Ecology DCV - FCTUC - Universidade de Coimbra Calada Martim de Freitas 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal T: (+351) 239 855 223 (ext. 156) http://bit.ly/1EfKF3u Editor-in-Chief Web Ecology www.web-ecology.net Daniel Montesinos via Gmail