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Olivier Gascuel and Jean-Michel Marin are co-=chairing a meeting on Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology to be held June 18-22 at Hameau de l'Etoile in France. See website (http://www.lirmm.fr/mceb2012/) for details.
The subject is evolution, which is considered at different scales, from genes to populations. The focus is on the mathematical and computational tools and concepts, which form an essential basis of evolutionary studies. The rise of sound statistical and combinatorial approaches in evolutionary biology has seen considerable improvements of the original ad hoc methods and the ability of the new methods and algorithms to handle ever-larger data sets. Such advances involve increasingly sophisticated mathematical treatment of the problems at hand and the reliance on faster algorithms and powerful computers to answer important biological questions. To present these advances and to discuss open questions and problems, the meeting will bring together researchers originating from various disciplines: mathematics, computer science, phylogenetics and population genetics. Ten keynote speakers, two each morning, will introduce a field of research and discuss their own work in this field. Afternoon will be for short presentations and posters, with plenty of time for discussions. We will stop early every day, thus leaving time for hiking and visits. The number of attendees will be limited to favor exchanges (~60).
The Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position in Herpetology-(Assistant Professor), beginning August 2012. Teaching assignment includes courses in Herpetology, Evolution, Introductory Biology, and Senior Seminar. Research with undergraduates, department service, and student advising are expected. PhD with emphasis in appropriate area required for tenure. Teaching and research experience are required. Experience may include grants, publications, evidence of teaching excellence, and postdoctoral work. We seek applicants from underrepresented groups.
The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach invites applications for a terrestrial vertebrate biologist at the Assistant Professor level. We seek broadly trained individuals who address fundamental research questions in these areas and have a strong interest in teaching at a research-oriented, comprehensive university. Review of applications will commence December 12, 2011. Position open until filled. For further information please see the position description at http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/personnel/jobs/posting/921/index.html
A 2-year post-doctoral fellowship is available starting in November, 2011 as part of a FAPESP (FAPESP :: Funda√?¬ß√?¬£o de Amparo √?¬† Pesquisa do Estado de S√?¬£o Paulo) (http://www.fapesp.br) grant to study micro and macroevolutionary processes underlying diversification in cnidarians. The specific post-doctoral project focuses on the development of novel analytical approaches to incorporate rRNA secondary structures into phylogenetic analysis. The candidate is expected to help mentor and manage an active team of graduate and undergraduate students working on a variety of grant-supported projects. The candidate will also have the opportunity to develop and lead collaborative research project(s) if directly related to cnidarian phylogenetics and/or biodiversity.
The Department of Biology of the University of Vermont seeks applications for a tenure- track Assistant Professor position in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology of arthropods, especially insects. The position will be open in the fall of 2012. The successful candidate will have expertise in classical and molecular systematics, including analysis of complex data sets. Candidates pursuing phylogenomics and innovative methods in bioinformatics in combination with taxonomy are especially encouraged to apply. Department information at: http://www.uvm.edu/~biology.
The Society of Systematic Biologists invites proposals for symposia at the 2012 Evolution meeting to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from 6-10 July 2012.
Deadline: for full consideration, please submit proposals by Sept 15, 2011.
Proposals should include (1) a descriptive title, (2) one or two paragraphs explaining the purpose of the symposium and its relevance to systematics, (3) a list of presentations including proposed speakers, their institutions or affiliations, and their presentation titles, and (4) an indication of whether the speakers have been invited and whether they have agreed to participate.
Two NSF-funded PhD positions are available to work on a systematic revision of North American water mites in the family Torrenticolidae with Dr. Ashley Dowling at the University of Arkansas in the Department of Entomology. The project starts in January 2012 and is in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Radwell (Univ. of Arkansas) and Dr. Ian Smith (Canadian National Collection).
The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), originally funded by the EC in the framework of the EDIT project, has launched the Modern Taxonomy course programme 2011-2012 to provide future professionals with fundamental expert knowledge on basic taxonomy.
The course programme targets topics such as: nomenclature; describing, writing and illustrating biodiversity; collection conservation.
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