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July 10, 2015

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The Frontiers in Phylogenetics program (Smithsonian Institution, the George Washington University, and the University of Maryland) is pleased to announce the 2015 Frontiers in Phylogenetics Fall Symposium. When: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 Where: Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Theme: Methods and analysis of coevolution across scales: from within genomes to disease and environments Confirmed speakers: Dr. Holly Bik (University of Birmingham) Dr. Marin Talbot Brewer (University of Georgia) Dr. Maria Hoffman (FDA) Dr. Daniel Janies (University of North Carolina Charlotte) Dr. Corrie Moreau (The Field Museum) Dr. Spencer Nyholm (University of Connecticut) Dr. C. Miguel Pinto (Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History) Dr. Anna Savage (University of Central Florida) Dr. Michael Sorensen (Boston University) Dr. Pamela Wiesenhorn (Argonne National Lab) Registration is free but required and will close on August 15, 2015. Please visit the following link to register: http://bit.ly/1JTlQOR The symposium will also be webcast. Rebecca Dikow dikowr@si.edu “Dikow, Rebecca” via Gmail
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Field Assistants Required IMMEDIATELY- Black-tailed prairie dogs Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada We are looking for 2-4 volunteers to assist with fieldwork beginning ASAP and continuing until Aug 31 (later end-dates (Sept 31 or Oct 31 may be possible for at least some of the volunteers). The project investigates the ecology of Black-tailed prairie dogs and will involve live-trapping, handling and monitoring of individuals. Prairie dog towns are home to (among others): burrowing owls, swift fox and, the recently reintroduced, black-footed ferret. Assistants will have the opportunity of seeing all of these iconic grassland species, plus the many more that reside in the Park. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with a population of wild mammals in a spectacular setting and to network with researchers and staff from Universities, Parks Canada and the Calgary Zoo. All fieldwork is carried out in Grasslands National Park, southern Saskatchewan, one of the largest remaining tracts of native prairie in Canada. We will be staying in Parks Canada housing in the heart of the Park. Food and accommodation are provided. Volunteers are required to provide for their own travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Travel between the field station and Saskatoon is provided. Training will be provided and no experience is necessary, but candidates should have an interest in the following (the more the better!): ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife, field biology, and conservation biology. The field house and study population is isolated (the nearest town is ~ 45 min away) and, as such, successful applicants need to be able to cope under these conditions, enjoy the outdoors, be up-beat, positive, responsible and work well as a member of a team. If you wish to apply for one of these posts then please send a CV with a cover letter and contact details for three references (with e-mail addresses), by email to Jeff Lane (contact info below) ASAP. Contact: Dr. Jeff Lane Department of Biology University of Saskatchewan jeffrey.lane@usask.ca www.lanelab.ca Dr. Jeffrey Lane Assistant Professor Department of Biology University of Saskatchewan www.lanelab.ca “Lane, Jeffrey” via Gmail
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–089e013a01c8b8b550051a735a18 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Dear Colleagues, This is a final reminder of the registration deadline for the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium Turkey 2015 (August 6-7, Ankara). Registration will be closing by July 15th. You can find the symposium program at: http://bit.ly/1NTacl4 Looking forward to seeing you in Ankara! On behalf of the Organizing Committee Aysegul Birand and Mehmet Somel contact: wwweebst@metu.edu.tr –089e013a01c8b8b550051a735a18 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Dear Colleagues,This is a final reminder of the registration deadline for the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium Turkey 2015 (August 6-7, Ankara). Registration will be closing by July 15th. You can find the symposium program at: http://bit.ly/1NTacl4Looking forward to seeing you in Ankara!On behalf of the Organizing CommitteeAysegul Birand and Mehmet Somelcontact: wwweebst@metu.edu.tr –089e013a01c8b8b550051a735a1 via Gmail
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Graduate position_UInnsbruck_Austria.WolbachiaTransinfection MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF INNSBRUCK PhD student position in Wolbachia transinfection We seek to hire a PhD student with training in ecological and especially molecular-biological methods; some research experience with arthropods and/or Wolbachia or other bacterial endosymbionts would be an asset but is not required. The position is a 48-months position at the Molecular Ecology group of the Institute of Ecology, starting from 1 October 2015; for details, see below. Focusing on the Alpine Space, the group’s mission is interdisciplinary research, embedded in international collaboration networks. A list of research topics can be found at: http://bit.ly/19cQMBY. ***Responsibilities*** 1. transinfecting the climate-change study system Drosophila nigrosparsa with Wolbachia 2. characterising endosymbiont phenotype(s), e.g. cytoplasmic incompatibility, sex ratio distortion 3. characterising endosymbiont tropism(s) 4. evaluating endosymbiont influence on host life history traits 5. evaluating endosymbiont influence on host gene expression using Illumina sequencing (RNA-seq) 6. manuscript writing 7. contact and collaboration with scientists at other Austrian and international research facilities 8. teaching 1 hour/week ***Selection criteria*** A. MSc degree or equivalent graduation B. published research experience in biology C. proven lab skills in molecular biology and/or microscopy; skills in handling small and delicate samples D. basic knowledge in bioinformatics, e.g. sequence assembly, GenBank search algorithms, NGS analysis pipelines, scripting E. ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team F. ability to work independently G. very good knowledge of English ***Salary*** The annual gross salary is Euro 18,634. The contract includes full social (health, unemployment, annuity) insurance and 5 weeks of holidays annually. ***Project details*** In an ongoing project, we have developed the alpine fly Drosophila nigrospasa towards a model system for evolution of heat tolerance in mountain arthropods and have thoroughly characterised its life history traits. We published an annotated transcriptome of the species, and the genome will become available in due course. Maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts like Wolbachia and Spiroplasma are widespread in insects and able to alter their host’s reproduction and fitness. Our lab has key experience in the study of Wolbachia in various hosts and was the organiser of the 8th International Wolbachia Conference in 2014. As far as known today, Drosophila nigrosparsa is free of endosymbionts but likely to come in close contact with other, endosymbiont-infected dipterans due to increasing temperatures in the alpine environment. Thus, natural horizontal transfer of Wolbachia into D. nigrosparsa might occur in the future. The successful candidate will perform an in-depth assay of the bacterial fauna of D. nigrosparsa and transfer Wolbachia (and maybe other endosymbionts) into laboratory strains of D. nigrosparsa using egg cytoplasma microinjection. After successful transinfection, the fly lines will be used to study tropism, phenotypes, and life history trait alterations of the novel endosymbiont/host interaction in the laboratory. ***How to apply*** To apply, please submit via the job portal of the university at http://bit.ly/1HgZLDT : a cover letter, systematic point-by-point replies as to your readiness for the responsibilities and how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae, and complete list of publications. Arrange for at least one letter of recommendation to be sent to . Applications must be written in English. The deadline for receipt of all applications is 27 July 2015. ***The research institution and its environment*** Detailed information about the Molecular Ecology group can be found at http://bit.ly/19cQMBY. The University of Innsbruck has a long-standing and internationally renowned tradition in life sciences and offers a vibrant research atmosphere. It has 28,000 students and 4,500 staff members. Innsbruck is situated in the Alps and very close to Switzerland, Germany, and Italy; scenery and outdoor recreation are fantastic. ***More information needed?*** For more information, please contact: Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner Professor of Molecular Ecology Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck Technikerstrasse 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria Phone: +43 512 507-51750; Fax: +43 512 507-51799 http://bit.ly/19cQMBY via Gmail
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We are seeking a research intern (graduate or postgraduate student) for a 3-6 months stay in our lab to work on the following project: *Rad-seq population genetics on Arabian killifish from the Arabian Desert* This project is aimed at understanding how natural populations of fish are adapted to extreme environments. In the Saudi Arabian desert close to KAUST we can find ponds of water (wadis) in which we find fish such as the Arabian killifish, *Aphanius dispar*, surviving harsh conditions. Our aim to start this project is to collect DNA of fish from a collection of different ponds and analyze the population structure of these desert fish. Also, we will be looking at the water conditions and local adaptations in these fish. This will allow observing the presence or absence of gene flow between these ponds through underground freshwater connections. Furthermore, it will be the first step to find pond/condition specific variants that might reveal local adaptation to certain harsh conditions. The student will be involved in the field work, but also will learn about lab techniques, from DNA extractions to Rad-seq library preparation for high-throughput sequencing. Water chemistry analyses will furthermore be a part of the project as will the population genetic analysis and bioinformatics analysis of the high-throughput sequencing data. The student will receive flights, housing, visa and a salary of 800$ per month. The internship conditions and requirements can be found on this webpage: http://bit.ly/1J7GnJH Here you can find out more about the lab: http://bit.ly/1Rnyidz If you are interested or have any question please contact timothy.ravasi@kaust.edu.sa and celiaschunter@gmail.com Celia Schunter, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow Integrative Systems Biology Lab King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Personal webpage tel: (+966)546258894 Celia Schunter via Gmail

July 9, 2015

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You will find below a text describing an open PhD position available at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France). A 3-year Phd position on Comparative genomics of extant and past populations of giraffes is available at the Department of Systematic and Evolution of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France (UMR CNRS 7205). The project will integrate genomic data on museum specimens for studying taxonomic delimitation. Several historical specimens will be studied, including the famous Zarafa, the first living giraffe imported in France in 1826. The analyses will allow us to test the existence of recent or ancient gene flow between populations and to better understand the phylogeography of giraffes. Our results will have important consequences for conservation of subsisting wild populations and on the management of populations maintained in captivity. We are looking for a student who is highly motivated and interested in evolutionary biology, genomics, and ancient DNA. Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, working with NGS data and phylogenetic analyses are all potentially relevant. Applicants must have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field of biology. The working language in the laboratory is English. French skills, although helpful, are not essential. Complete application, including a CV, copies of educational certificates, a statement of research interests (not exceeding two pages), letters of recommendation, and contact details of two referees (name, e-mail and telephone number) should be sent to Alexandre Hassanin (hassanin@mnhn.fr) and Michel Saint Jalme (mstjalme@mnhn.fr) before the 15th of september 2015. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged. The start date is 1st of November 2015. Best regards, Alexandre Alexandre Hassanin Museum national d'Histoire naturelle Institut de Systematique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB) UMR 7205 MNHN CNRS UPMC 55, rue Buffon - CP N° 51 75005 Paris - France Tel: 33 (0)1 40 79 56 93 Fax: 33 (0)1 40 79 30 63 hassanin@mnhn.fr http://bit.ly/1UHWZRl Hassanin via Gmail
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–_000_D1C4103CEE88db60standrewsacuk_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=“iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear Evoldir, Applications from Evoldir readers are welcome. Projects include evolutionary genomics and phylogeny. Details and application via: http://bit.ly/1UHWZRj The role will include: o Active participation in the design and implementation of bioinformatics analyses and pipelines. o Hacking, scripting, debugging and algorithm development. Advising and training researchers both informally and through structured workshops, to make most effective use of their sequence and metadata. o Systems administration of the Unit’s 192-core computer cluster (http://bit.ly/1HnO39D). Lead the management and expansion of the St Andrews Bioinformatics Unit. The post will be available immediately and is for three years in first instance. It will be based in the School of Medicine but will involve working with groups based in the Schools of Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Silvia Paracchini (sp58@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Dr Daniel Barker (db60@st-andrews.ac.uk). - Daniel via Gmail

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Assistant Research Professor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology The Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The University recognizes that a more complete understanding of the genomes of agriculturally important species and humans will underpin most advances in agriculture and biomedicine. Future research will take advantage of the recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies to generate de novo genome and transcriptome assemblies, identify and annotate regulatory elements, and perform genotyping by sequencing. The successful candidate will become a member of teams in genomics and reproductive biology focusing on improving the efficiency of livestock and human health. The candidate will be expected to design, develop and implement computational pipelines for analyzing genotype and sequence data of all varieties but primarily whole genome sequencing and RNA-seq. Experience in predicting non-coding RNAs and other functional elements is beneficial. The successful applicant should have programming experience, preferably in one compiled (C, C++, Fortran, etc.) and one interpreted language (Perl, Python, etc.). Knowledge of relational databases, particularly Postgres, and experience building/administering server hardware is also beneficial. The successful candidate will be required to make a major contribution to the development of the Animal Genomics and Reproductive Biology programs within the Division of Animal Sciences. This will include the development and submission of grant applications and manuscripts to peer reviewed journals. It will also include the mentoring of graduate students and presenting guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses. Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Statistics, Genetics or Molecular Biology; postdoctoral experience; and possess satisfactory verbal and written communication skills. The ability to critically assimilate information from a number of disciplines (molecular genetics, biology, comparative genetics and statistics), talent for structuring and analyzing data, and interest in teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation are desirable. Background and/or interest in mammalian genomes is preferred. The position will be in the Division of Animal Sciences within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is a professional track position with salary commensurate with experience and annual renewal of contract dependent on performance. Apply using the online application, and be prepared to upload a letter describing interest in the position, the names of at least three individuals who might provide a reference, and curriculum vitae. Applications Submission: Please visit http://bit.ly/1AW4ElD to submit an application. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Thomas Spencer, at spencerte@missouri.edu. Applications must be received by August 1, 2015. The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The university will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified person with a disability. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-882-5835. MUs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources strongly endorses the principles embodied in MUs values statement V respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence ((http://bit.ly/1NQlNBc).http://bit.ly/1BRA8rg). In that context we seek to recruit and retain outstanding scholars who are: Committed to blending service with scholarship: Leaders; Good colleagues who will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds and be flexible and adaptable in an era of rapid change. “Taylor, Jerry F. (Animal Science)” via Gmail
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1 postdoc position in theoretical biology opening at the behavioural ecology group at the University of Neuchâtel Application deadline: 14th of August 2015. Please send full CV, motivation letter (1 page max) and 2 names for potential reference letters to redouan.bshary@unine.ch Starting date: as early as 1.9.2015 or at a later date of mutual agreement. The funding is initially for 20 month and can be prolonged for up to another 24 month. Salary is 100% Swiss Science Foundation post doc, i.e. ~89’000 CHF (84’000 €) per year before taxes. The successful candidate will integrate mechanisms into evolutionary models of cooperation. The project involves an international collaboration between Redouan Bshary (host at Neuchâtel), John McNamara (Bristol) and Olof Leimar (Stockholm) for the mathematical aspects, and Arnon Lotem (Tel Aviv) for the mechanistic aspects of learning. It is expected that the post doc will visit these colleagues for direct discussions. The study is integrated into a grant provided by the Swiss Science Foundation with the title “How proximate factors underlying decision making may affect the evolution of cooperation” (grant holder: Redouan Bshary). Large parts of this project are empirical in nature, with marine cleaning mutualism as a model system. Cleaner fish remove ectoparasites from other ‘client’ reef fish, but a conflict of interest exists as the cleaners prefer to eat client mucus. This conflict apparently promoted the evolution of sophisticated decision rules in cleaners, enabling them to adjust service quality to various factors like client strategic options, the presence of bystanders, the co-inspection by the partner, level of satiation, etc. While studying more and more both cognition and physiology underlying variation in cooperation, we recently found that individual cleaners from rather marginal habitats employ simple rules-of-thumb rather than precise decision rules. These data should be seen as an inspiration for the modelling part. We aim to develop models that explicitly link parameters affecting social complexity with costs and benefits of more or less sophisticated decision rules, i.e. rules that use different amounts of information about the social environment. Our variables of interest will affect the efficiency of different updating rules that would lead to more or less knowledgeable / cognitively enabled individuals. The updating rules should take into account likely learning mechanisms used by animals, like reinforcement learning. We will explore the effects of social complexity and learning on both ecological and evolutionary time scales. The powerful combination of modelling and empirical data, especially the explicit links between mechanisms and function, should provide us with novel insights concerning the conditions promoting stable cooperation.  The successful candidate should have a PhD, proven evidence of modelling skills in the form of peer reviewed publications, and a strong motivation to make a career in research. In addition, the social competence of the successful candidate will be a key priority. The behavioural ecology group at Neuchâtel comprises 3 post docs, 6 PhD students and various Master students. We have strong links with other research groups within the university and within Switzerland (never more than 2h away). For more information, please check our website http://bit.ly/1HPVlHT or send an email to redouan.bshary@unine.ch. The position is 100% dedicated to research; if of interest teaching opportunities can be arranged. We are looking forward to receiving your application! BSHARY Redouan via Gmail
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I am currently conducting research for my dissertation at Harvard. I would like to import some RNA from Canada to the US for use in comparative transcriptomics (using a cryo dry-shipper) and I would like to maintain the highest level of quality since I will be comparing it to RNA extracted here in the USA. Since it is avian RNA, it will require “treatment” in order to be cleared for import. I have been told that the following are all valid viral inactivation treatments on our current permit: a) heated to 56C for 3 hours, 60C for 30 minutes, or 100C for 20 minutes b) subjected to affinity chromatography c) treated with a minimum of 2% SDS for 30 minutes d) treated with a minimum of 3% beta propiolactone for 12 hours at 4C and pH 7 e) immersed in 10% formalin f) immersed in a minimum of 70% ethanol g) immersed in phenol/chloroform h) treated with guanidine HCl i) treated with proteinase K I was hoping to extract the RNA using a Qiagen RNeasy kit and I was wondering if adding proteinase K to the homogenate would be a reasonable way to treat the samples? If a better alternative jumps out at you based on the possible treatment options, please suggest it. Thanks for your advice! Phil Grayson PhD Candidate Edwards Laboratory, OEB Harvard University http://bit.ly/1HPPqlZ “Grayson, Phillip” via Gmail
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Dear colleagues*,* Please find the advertisement below for a tenure track position in Ecology at Reed, *but the search is broad in that evolutionary ecologists would be very encouraged to apply*. Reed is a uniquely research-oriented small liberal arts college– please let me know if you have questions that I might be able to answer (or feel free to write to the search chair). The deadline is October 16, 2015. Thanks, Sarah Schaack schaack(at)reed.edu *ECOLOGIST* The Biology Department at Reed College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position (preferably at the rank of assistant professor) in ecology. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in field based and animal-focused ecology, with a preference for research at the population level. Qualifications include a PhD and postdoctoral or professional experience. Reed is a distinguished liberal arts college located in Portland, OR, that enrolls approximately 1400 students and offers a demanding academic program to bright and dedicated undergraduates (http://bit.ly/1TncdJJ). Candidates should articulate their plan to establish and maintain a rigorous and competitive research program that incorporates research opportunities for Reed undergraduates. A competitive start-up package and research space will be provided based on the successful applicants needs, with salary determined according to the applicant’s experience. In addition to advising senior theses, teaching duties will include the development of a new upper-level, lecture/laboratory/field course in the candidates area of ecological expertise. Additional teaching opportunities include an advanced seminar course and involvement in the team taught introductory biology course. Formal teaching experience at the college level will be viewed favorably but is not required. The Reed community believes that cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. All applicants, therefore, should address how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, community service, or other activities will support Reed’s commitment to diversity and inclusion (see http://bit.ly/1notwJJ). Application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two page research plan, and representative publications. In addition, applicants should arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. The cover letter should address how the applicant’s research program and teaching plans are suited to Reed College. All materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio at http://bit.ly/1TnccWj by 16 October 2015 for full consideration. An equal opportunity employer, Reed College encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. Specific inquiries should be directed to Dr. Keith Karoly (kkaroly@reed.edu), the chair of the search committee. Sarah Schaack, PhD Assistant Professor Reed College schaackmobile@gmail.com http://bit.ly/1pOXYl0 Sarah Schaack via Gmail
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Thirteenth Ecological Genomics Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas Outstanding speakers and expanded speaking opportunities! Mark your calendars – The Ecological Genomics Institute at Kansas State University is bringing the 13th annual symposium to Manhattan, Kansas on November 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn. As in previous years, the 13th symposium will feature a diverse array of established and emerging leaders in the field of ecological and evolutionary genomics. In addition to the invited speakers, this year’s symposium will expand the number of speakers to be chosen from among submitted abstracts. Featured speakers include: * Scott Edwards, Harvard * Michael Lynch, Indiana University * Melissa Pespeni, University of Vermont * Stacey Smith, University of Colorado Boulder * Joan Strassmann, Washington University, St. Louis * Michi Tobler, Kansas State University Early registration fee is $235 ($135 for graduate and undergraduate students). All meals are included in registration fee this year. Early registration deadline is Friday, September 18. Abstract submission deadline is also Friday, September 18. Visit http://bit.ly/1TnccWl for more details. We hope to see you in Manhattan! Jennifer Rhodes via Gmail
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Internship for undergraduate/ Master’s degree student for the bat project Topic: Impact of oxidative stress on alternative reproductive tactics in bats. Context: Oxidative stress is considered to be a major mechanism impacting on life history trade-offs. Carollia perspicillata, a neo-tropical bat, shows two reproductive tactics, with harem males defending a territory, and bachelor males. Our hypothesis is that bachelor males, because they have less mating opportunities will invest more in sperm quality then harem males. The project is based at the university of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. We study a captive bat colony (Papiliorama http://bit.ly/1twoH9g). Bats can fly freely under a 40m-diameter dome, which includes an artificial cave. The light cycle is reversed, allowing us to work during the day. Therefore, it is a unique opportunity to study bats, animals still largely unknown. Tasks of the intern, in collaboration with the two PhD students working on the project: - Planning of the experiment - Help to feed the bas that are in cages during the experiment - Participation in blood and sperm collect - Behavioral observation - Possibility of lab work About the position: - It can be part of your studies. Therefore, the candidate is welcome to conduct a personal research project. - Not paid, but housing could be reimbursed for two month maximum - Minimum duration of two months, possibly starting in September Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to magali.meniri@unine.ch. MENIRI Magali via Gmail
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In 2012 and 2013, NESCent sponsored 2 hackathons to build a prototype “Phylotastic” [1] system with the goal of providing an open, distributed, community-owned system for efficient delivery of “Tree of Life” knowledge, so that scientists, educators, and the public can get online species trees as easily as they currently get online driving directions. NSF recently funded a 3-year collaborative project [2] to develop a production system based on this prototype. As part of this project, a post-doc position is available with Arlin Stoltzfus at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), a joint NIST-UMD-UMB institute in Rockville, Maryland, in the midst of a major biotechnology corridor in the greater Washington, DC area. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for this position, which provides a unique opportunity to build tools with a broad impact in spreading phylogenetic knowledge (in the scientific community and beyond). The successful applicant will become part of a distributed, collaborative team with colleagues from IBBR as well as NMSU (Enrico Pontelli), UTK (Brian O'Meara), Open Tree of Life (Karen Cranston), and Global Names (Dmitry Mozzherin). To apply, use the online form at http://bit.ly/1d7dEvE. Be sure to include a code sample. Salary is from 42000 to 46000 USD depending on experience. The desired applicant is expected to bring a scientific understanding of phylogeny use-cases into the design and testing process, and also to participate in implementation of tools where appropriate. Experience in scientific programming is required. Understanding how and why scientists use phylogenies will be extremely valuable. Knowledge of R or Python (the language of some of the prototype tools), though helpful, is not necessary. If in doubt, ask: please do not self-select yourself out from what might be a mutually beneficial position. The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled (start dates are flexible). Presubmission inquiries are encouraged. Arlin Stoltzfus (arlin@umd.edu) Research Biologist (NIST) Fellow (IBBR) Adjunct Associate Professor (UMD) [1] Stoltzfus, et al., 2013, “Phylotastic! Making tree-of-life knowledge accessible, reusable and convenient” (BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14:158), available at http://bit.ly/1QrNC3c. [2] Arlin Stoltzfus, Enrico Pontelli, and Brian O'Meara. “Collaborative Research: ABI Development: An open infrastructure to disseminate phylogenetic knowledge.$B!I(B Arlin Stoltzfus via Gmail
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RESEARCH ASSISTANT. A full-time research position conducting drug screens leading to extended lifespan is available in the Phillips Lab at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Candidates having a B.A, B.S. or M.S. in biology or a related area and laboratory experience are invited to apply. We seek a highly motivated and responsible individual who enjoys participating in an interactive intellectual environment to join us in our studies of genetics and genomics using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and its relatives as model systems. The candidate will be responsible for working with a team conducting large scale longevity and fitness assays, as well as performing general laboratory tasks. Previous experience with basic molecular techniques and/or the genetics of model organisms is preferred. Further details regarding ongoing research is available at http://bit.ly/1eGzxig. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Please send CV and names of three reference s to: Patrick Phillips, Ph.D., via ie2jobs@uoregon.edu or c/o Search # 15252ABC, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, 5289 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5289. The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment. To ensure consideration, please submit applications by July 20, 2015, but position will remain open until filled. EO/AA/ADA Institution committed to cultural diversity. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. http://bit.ly/1HhhRYG via Gmail

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Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Bioscience programme. The position is available from 1 November 2015 or later. Title: Nutritional stress and thermal adaptation Research area and project description: Evolutionary genetics, ecophysiology and molecular biology The PhD student should study effects of variable nutritional regimes and interactions between nutrition, temperature and genotype on stress resistance and life history traits using Drosophila as a model organism. It is intended to use rearing and test conditions that are ecological relevant making the studies of strong interest from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Relevant molecular work should complement organismal phenotypic analyses, possibly followed up by the application of relevant omics techniques. The work will be done under the supervision of Prof. Volker Loeschcke (AU) in collaboration with Prof. MSO Torsten N. Kristensen from Aalborg University and in interaction with PhD students/post-docs Mads F. Schou and Tommaso Manenti and supported by grants from the Danish Natural Research Council (the project will be funded by grants of Natural Science Research Council to Volker Loeschcke (2/3) and Torsten Nygaard Kristensen (1/3)). Qualifications and specific competences: A Master’s degree in Bioscience, Biotechnology or similar or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject are possible backgrounds. A strong interest in experimental as well as analytical work is required, and experience with the model organism Drosophila is a clear advantage. Place of Employment and Place of Work: The place of employment is Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, and the place of work is the section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Ny Munkegade 114-116, 8000 Aarhus C, or for part of the time at Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Section of Biology and Environmental Science, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H, DK-9220 Aalborg East, Denmark Contacts: Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Volker Loeschcke, phone: +45 2899 2368, e-mail: volker@bios.au.dk, or Torsten Nygaard Kristensen, phone: +45 61463375, email: tnk@bio.aau.dk, for further information about the position. Application procedures: Before you apply: - Information and attachments: Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go. - Documentation of language skills: If English is a secondary language it is required that your English qualifications are documented. The English language requirement at Graduates School of Science and Technology is comparable to an English B level in the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium). English language qualifications comparable to an English B level is documented by one of the following tests: - TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test) - IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points - Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) When to take the test and how to upload the documentation: The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application. The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under language skills documentation in the online application form. It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to sphd@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline. The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test: - Applicants with citizenship from the following countries Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden). - Applicants with a Bachelor's™s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States. - Applicants able to document that English was the language of instruction during their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programme. This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under language skills documentation. The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview. How to apply: 1) Find the application form: Go to http://bit.ly/18LvcWZ Choose August 2015 Call with deadline 1 August 2015 at 11.59 PM MET. You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme ‘Bioscience’ 2) Fill in the following information: - Personal information - Academic background - Admission - Financing (if any) - Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “Nutritional stress and thermal adaptation ” - Source (how you found out about the call) 3) Application attachments: Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded. As a minimum you must upload the following application material (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip): - Reference letter (as a minimum 1 must be uploaded) - Curriculum vitae - Motivation (max. 1 page) - One merged file with scanned copies of diploma(s) and transcript(s) of records for all university degrees. Please include the original documents as well as a certified English translation, if the original is not in Scandinavian or English. Please enter your unweighted grade average calculated according to the national grading scale for BSc and MSc separately. Project description (~4 pages). - Project description (~4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Please note: The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview. Torsten Nygård Kristensen via Gmail

July 8, 2015

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PhD STUDENT POSITION IN FISH EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY Alternative life histories: evolutionary ecology and eco-physiology of facultative anadromy in Brown Trout Understanding how and why individuals develop strikingly different phenotypes and life histories in variable environments is a major goal in evolutionary ecology. It is also a prerequisite for conserving important biodiversity within species and predicting the impacts of environmental change and management interventions on natural populations. This PhD will form part of a larger ERC-funded research program to understand the causes and consequences of facultative anadromy in brown trout (Salmo trutta), the phenomenon whereby some individuals in a population migrate to the sea for part of their lives, while others remain resident in freshwater and never go to sea. The aim of this 4-year PhD will be to relate variation in trout life histories to variation in energy acquisition and allocation (i.e. energy budgets). For example, the balance between metabolic requirements during growth and available extrinsic resources has been hypothesised to act as the major physiological driver of migration decisions in species that exhibit partial migration. The work will involve large-scale experiments where trout from different populations are exposed to different environments, in order to understand how genes and environment interactively determine alternative life histories. The project will involve both lab work and field work in Ireland and will apply modern physiological and genetic techniques within an evolutionary ecology conceptual framework. The student will be supervised by Dr Thomas Reed (School of BEES) and will work in a growing team of salmonid researchers, with a broad network of collaborators across academic and governmental institutions in Ireland and abroad. The student will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University College Cork (UCC) in the south of Ireland, which offers a vibrant and diverse research environment. Cork is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and culturally-diverse coastal city with beautiful landscapes and diverse options for outdoors pursuits on its doorstep. Candidates should possess at minimum a 2.1 BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Ecology, Zoology, Physiology). Applicants must be self?\motivated with good numerical, communication, organisational and writing skills. Experience working with fish would be advantageous but not essential. The studentship is open to non EU students, though only EU fee rates will be covered. Informal Enquiries: Please contact Dr Tom Reed (Email: treed@ucc.ie) Remuneration: This position covers an amount equivalent to EU fee rates (non-EU members may apply but would need to cover extra fees themselves) plus a tax-free stipend of ?18,000 p.a. To Apply: To apply please send by email a CV, details of 2 referees, and an accompanying letter of application outlining your relevant experience and why you want to do this studentship to Dr T. Reed, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland. E?\mail treed@ucc.ie. Dates: Application deadline is 31 July 2015. Interviews will be held approximately one week later. Start date early September 2015. Webpage of PI: http://bit.ly/1JTuGcv General info on fish evolutionary ecology research in Ireland: http://bit.ly/1CoOPaN Dr Thomas E. Reed Lecturer in Zoology School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences University College Cork, Ireland Phone: + 353 83 155 3170 http://bit.ly/1JTuGcv “Reed, Thomas” via Gmail
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As part of our commitment to promote science to a wide and general audience, Royal Society Publishing is pleased to announce details of our inaugural photography competition. This free competition, with a cash prize, is split into three categories each representing a key area within the biological sciences: • Behaviour • Ecology and Environmental Science • Evolutionary Biology I would be most grateful if you could circulate the brief details below to your members and readers via Evoldir in order to let as many people as possible know about the competition. Many thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you. Felicity The inaugural Royal Society Publishing photography competition is now underway. This competition is split into 3 categories - behaviour, ecology and environmental science and evolutionary biology - and is free to enter. There is a cash prize of £500 (or equivalent in dollars/euros). Visit http://bit.ly/1HM4TWb for further details and to submit your photograph. Felicity Davie Royal Society Publishing T +44 20 7451 2647 http://bit.ly/1TkES24 The Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG Registered Charity No 207043 Join us as we celebrate 350 years of scientific publishing http://bit.ly/1HM4TWd “Davie, Felicity” via Gmail
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–_000_143630725312893614usaskca_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=“Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Funded Ph.D. position on life history ecology of red squirrels. I am currently advertising one Ph.D. student opening in my lab (www.lanelab.ca) in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, ideally to begin September, 2015 (January or April, 2016 start dates may also be feasible). Full funding ($20k CAD/yr for 4 years) is guaranteed, but the successful student will be expected to apply for any funding for which they may be eligible (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens). The Project: Life history ecology of North American red squirrels (Ph.D.) The Kluane Red Squirrel Project (KRSP; http://bit.ly/1dLp9sV) was established in the late 1980’s and now represents one of the longest running and most-comprehensive studies of a wild mammal in the world. Researchers from multiple universities are involved and exciting collaborations have produced many important, interdisciplinary findings. A clear strength of this project stems from our ability to link the biology of the population with a key environmental driver (availability of their primary food source - white spruce seed, cached as cones). The advertised project will investigate the causes and consequences of phenological variation (i.e., annual timing of key life cycle events) and how this variation fits within the broader life history phenotypes of individual squirrels. Phenological shifts are now the most often cited ecological responses to climate change and can have substantial consequences for individual fitness and population viability. The proje ct will combine analyses of our long-term data set (comprising data on >10,000 individuals, collected over 10 generations and 25 years) with new field data collection. Quantitative genetics analyses will be used to estimate heritabilities and genetic correlations (i.e., evolutionary potential) in phenological traits and opportunities are available to collaborate with other researchers in energetic physiology, population ecology, endocrinology and animal behaviour. All fieldwork will occur in the spectacular southwest Yukon Territory at KRSP’s field camp. Relevant literature: Lane, J.E., L.E.B. Kruuk, A. Charmantier, J.O. Murie and F.S. Dobson. 2012. Delayed phenology and reduced fitness associated with climate change in a wild hibernator. Nature 489: 554-557. Williams, C.T., J.E. Lane, M.M. Humphries, A.G. McAdam and S. Boutin. 2013. Reproductive phenology of a food-hoarding mast-seed consumer: resource- and density dependent benefits of early breeding in red squirrels. Oecologia 174: 777-788. Boutin, S. and J.E. Lane. 2014. Climate change and mammals: evolutionary versus plastic responses. Evolutionary Applications 7: 29-41. The successful applicant will have a GPA >80% (converted to the UofS’ 1-100 scale) over the past two years of schooling and a degree in a relevant discipline (i.e., Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Environmental Biology). Of note, while I certainly appreciate the hard work that is put into obtaining a degree in Biotechnology, I do not view this as relevant experience for these positions. In addition, a passion for fieldwork (in a beautiful, but remote, place), strong scientific communication skills (both written and oral) and statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentation) is also expected. This position is open to both Canadian and international students. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (1 pg) description of research interests and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they’re received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit asap. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Lane. Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. –_000_143630725312893614usaskca_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=“Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Funded Ph.D. position on life history ecology of red squirrels.

I am currently advertising one Ph.D. student opening in my lab (www.lanelab.ca) in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, ideally to begin September, 2015 (January or April, 2016 start dates may also be feasible). Full funding ($20k CAD/yr for 4 years) is guaranteed, but the successful student will be expected to apply for any funding for which they may be eligible (e.g., NSERC post-graduate scholarships for Canadian citizens).

The Project: Life history ecology of North American red squirrels (Ph.D.)

The Kluane Red Squirrel Project (KRSP; http://bit.ly/1dLp9sV) was established in the late 1980’s and now represents one of the longest running and most-comprehensive studies of a wild mammal in the world. Researchers from multiple universities are involved and exciting collaborations have produced many important, interdisciplinary findings. A clear strength of this project stems from our ability to link the biology of the population with a key environmental driver (availability of their primary food source - white spruce seed, cached as cones). The advertised project will investigate the causes and consequences of phenological variation (i.e., annual timing of key life cycle events) and how this variation fits within the broader life history phenotypes of individual squirrels. Phenological shifts are now the most often cited ecological responses to climate change and can have substantial consequences for individual fitness and population viability. The project will combine analyses of our long-term data set (comprising data on >10,000 individuals, collected over 10 generations and 25 years) with new field data collection. Quantitative genetics analyses will be used to estimate heritabilities and genetic correlations (i.e., evolutionary potential) in phenological traits and opportunities are available to collaborate with other researchers in energetic physiology, population ecology, endocrinology and animal behaviour. All fieldwork will occur in the spectacular southwest Yukon Territory at KRSP’s field camp.

Relevant literature:

Lane, J.E., L.E.B. Kruuk, A. Charmantier, J.O. Murie and F.S. Dobson. 2012. Delayed phenology and reduced fitness associated with climate change in a wild hibernator. Nature 489: 554-557.

Williams, C.T., J.E. Lane, M.M. Humphries, A.G. McAdam and S. Boutin. 2013. Reproductive phenology of a food-hoarding mast-seed consumer: resource- and density dependent benefits of early breeding in red squirrels. Oecologia 174: 777-788.

Boutin, S. and J.E. Lane. 2014. Climate change and mammals: evolutionary versus plastic responses. Evolutionary Applications 7: 29-41.

The successful applicant will have a GPA >80% (converted to the UofS’ 1-100 scale) over the past two years of schooling and a degree in a relevant discipline (i.e., Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Environmental Biology). Of note, while I certainly appreciate the hard work that is put into obtaining a degree in Biotechnology, I do not view this as relevant experience for these positions. In addition, a passion for fieldwork (in a beautiful, but remote, place), strong scientific communication skills (both written and oral) and statistical proficiency (or a willingness to gain it) is necessary. Evidence of scientific productivity (manuscripts published or in preparation, conference attendance and presentation) is also expected. This position is open to both Canadian and international students.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a cv (including names and contact details of references), a short (1 pg) description of research interests and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to jeffrey.lane@usask.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they’re received. To ensure full consideration of your application, therefore, please submit asap. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Lane.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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