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4 de septiembre de 2015

Postdoc in leukemia (Germany)

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled PhD candidate with strong interest in leukemia research. The PhD candidate will work in a team of enthusiastic biologists and medical scientists with the aim to identify genetic networks in the regulation of human leukemia stem cell activity.

Methods:
Molecular biology, cell culture, work with primary patient specimens, xenotransplantation models, in vivo experiments, next-generation-sequencing technology, gene knockdown and overexpression, mice analyses, high-throughput flow cytometry.

Duration: 4 years
Requirements:
•       Doctorate in biology, biochemistry, or medicine
•       Very good experience in the above mentioned methods
•       High motivation to work hard in a competitive research field
•       Rapid understanding and independent analysis of complex datasets
•       Experience in writing of scientific reports and papers
•       Very good knowledge of and experience with graphic programs, statistical software, and online tools (e.g. Illustrator, Lightroom, GraphPadPrism, R, BLAST)
•       Strong communication skills (oral presentations and
     writing)
•       Experience and high motivation to work with mice and primary patient cells

Advantages for you:
•       A small but highly dedicated team experienced in xenotransplantation and NGS technology where your contribution can have a real impact
•       Exciting and highly needed translational research field where your work can make a difference for patient outcome
•       Access to precious and unique patient material, unique cell banks and clinical databases

If this describes you and your intentions then please send your application ASAP in a single PDF document, consisting of:
•       CV
•       Brief statement of research interests and qualifications
•       contact information of 2 scientists who may write a letter of recommendation.

For further information you may contact:

Dr. med. C. Pabst
Department of Hematology/Oncology
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Ernst-Grube-Str. 40
06120 Halle (Saale)
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)345-557-3185
Email: caroline.pabst@uk-halle.de

Applications from disabled persons will be given preference in filling vacancies within the existing legal provisions if equally qualified.

3 de septiembre de 2015

Field ecology course in Costa Rica

OTS Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond 2016 is receiving student applications. Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond is specifically designed to spark research ideas and strengthen skills to do field work. The course gives students a great opportunity to learn how to do research on their own and with a team. Students also experience the challenges of conducting field research in several different habitats and how to adapt to changing circumstances.

The course is a graduate level course and is accredited by the University of Costa Rica.

Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond (4 weeks, 28 Dec 2015 – 23 Jan 2016)
Deadline: October 10, 2015
Website link: http://bitly.com/FieldEcology

2 de septiembre de 2015

Bioinformatics research technician (Uppsala, Sweden)

We seek a dedicated and talented person to join Hans Ellegren's research group at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionsbiologi/ellegren-se/?languageId=1) as bioinformatician.

We work with large-scale genomic approaches to general evolutionary questions such as speciation, DNA sequence evolution and sex chromosome evolution. Our main study system is birds and we have sequenced and assembled the flycatcher genome in house (Ellegren et al 2012 Nature
491:756-760), and were part of the large avian phylogenomics consortium (Jarvis et al 2014 Science 346:1320-1331). By whole-genome re-sequencing of large population samples of different flycatcher species we gather extensive amounts of SNP data and use these for population genomic analyses. The bioinformatician, who will be fully integrated with the research group, will work with genome assembly and detection of structural variation using data from NGS-technologies that provide long (>10 kb) reads. She/he will also be responsible for curation of flycatcher genome sequence data and participate in research projects.

The position is initially for one year but can be extended. It can also be combined with PhD studies.

Suitable background is a BSc or MSc in, for example, bioinformatics or computer science. Experience from working with NGS-data in UNIX environment is of merit, as is familiarity with relevant programming languages (e.g. Perl, Pyton).

To apply for the position, please visit the Uppsala University web site for Open Positions and log in and register your application at http://uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=73431 Closing date for the application is Sep 20.

Please feel free to contact me at Hans.Ellegren@ebc.uu.se with any questions.

Our research group consists of some 15 scientists, including PhD students, post-docs and bioinformaticians. The research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.

The venue for the positions, the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is situated in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with thegreat majority of PhD students and post-docs recruited from abroad. The Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. Uppsala University
is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings conveniently situated close to Stockholm.

The Ellegren group is part of the Department of Evolutionary Biology  (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/), which is a branch of the larger Department of Ecology and Genetics (http://www.ieg.uu.se/?languageId=1). The Department of Evolutionary Biology houses 8 independent research groups and about 25 PhD students, 25 postdocs, and several bioinformaticians. A common theme is that we address key questions in evolutionary biology, like speciation, local adaptation, life history evolution, genome and molecular evolution, using genomic approaches. We have tight connections with several other research groups in the Department of Ecology and Genetics within the Evolutionary Biology Centre.

Professor Hans Ellegren
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyvägen 18D
SE-752 36 Uppsala
Sweden
Email: Hans.Ellegren@ebc.uu.se
LAB WEB
PAGE: http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionsbiologi/ellegren-se/?languageId=1

1 de septiembre de 2015

PhD in Molecular and Population Ecology of Endangered Species (USA)

I am seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in conservation biology in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology (FWE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The student’s dissertation will involve integrating molecular and population ecology approaches to inform key knowledge gaps for two high-profile endangered species in the western United States – Marbled Murrelets and California Spotted Owls. Possible topics the student’s thesis would address include the foraging ecology of Marbled Murrelets and the demographic history of California Spotted Owls, but there is flexibility in the specific questions the student would address. The student’s research would involve a blend of field work, genetic laboratory work, and population analyses.

Funding for the successful applicant is available for 3.5 years via a combination of research and teaching assistantships. The successful applicant and advisor would work closely to secure funding for additional graduate student support.

​Applicants must possess bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in animal ecology, conservation biology, or closely related field. Applicants with strong genetics and quantitative skills will be given preference. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests and research background, a curriculum vitae (including GPA and GRE scores), and contact information for three professional references (name, email, phone, address) as either a PDF or MS Word file to mpeery@wisc.edu.

​The selected student is expected to enroll at the UW-Madison and begin field work in the Summer Semester of 2016. More details on the graduate programs can be found at http://forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu/graduate-overview. Application materials will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

For more info, contact:
Zach Peery
Associate Professor
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706 http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/peery/

31 de agosto de 2015

3 postdocs in population genomics(2) and molecular evolution (1) (Sweden)

Three two-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Ellegren lab at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionsbiologi/ellegren-se/?languageId=1). Two positions are broadly defined as population genomics (presented below) and one as molecular evolution, although there is some extent of overlap both in terms of concepts and data used among the positions.

1. Population genomics

We use flycatchers of the genus Ficedula to study evolutionary processes related to the evolution of heterogeneous genomic landscapes of species differentiation (e.g. Ellegren et al 2012 Nature
491:756-760). There is increasing evidence that genomic regions with elevated differentiation ('differentiation islands') can evolve by processes unrelated to speciation. For example, the concept of linked selection, which is particularly pronounced in low-recombining regions, will locally reduce the effective population size and thereby enhance genetic drift of segregating variants. Pursuing these studies using haplotype-based statistics and NGS-data from sequencing platforms generating long reads is one possible direction of research for the post-doc. Other directions include, for example, demographic analyses and studies of the recombination landscape. The specific questions to be addressed will be decided in dialogue with the successful candidate and will depend on her/his interests and background. Recent publications from the group relating to the project include Nadachowska-Brzyska et al 2015 Current Biology 25:1375-1380; Nater et al 2015 Systematic Biology, in press; Smeds et al. 2015 Nature Communications 6:7330; Suh et al 2015 PLoS Biology 13:1002224.

2. Population genomics
The wolf was once widespread in Scandinavia, as well as in other parts of Europe, but long-term persecution led to its extinction by the 1960s. Two animals founded a new population in Sweden in the 1970s and a limited number of immigrants have subsequently become integrated with the population and it has grown to several hundreds of individuals. The population is highly inbred (inbreeding coefficient of newborns is currently 0.25 on average) and there are signs of inbreeding
depression. We are now conducting whole-genome re-sequecning of 100 animals sampled from throughout the time period since the new population was founded. The post-doc will be responsible for analysing these data with the aims of investigating the rate of allelic loss, the extent and distribution of genomic regions identical-by-descent, the genomic contribution of each founder to the extant population, and to compare genetic relationships derived from the pedigree and genome
sequence data. Several other research questions can apply as well. The project is a collaboration with Grimso Wildlife Research Station of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Suitable background to these position is a PhD geared toward evolutionary biology, population genetics, or bioinformatics. Experience from bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing
data is of merit. Depending on the direction of research to be taken, experience of demographic modeling, molecular evolutionary analyses or conservation biology could also be of merit.


Start date is flexible, ideally before January 1, 2016. The positions can be extended for up to two more years. For full consideration, please send application materials by September 18, 2015. Interested candidates should submit the following to Hans.Ellegren@ebc.uu.se
- a cover letter stating research interests,
- CV, including publication record
- a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments,
- email addresses and phone numbers of three references
Please feel free to contact me at the above email address with
questions.

The venue for the positions, the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is situated in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with thegreat majority of PhD students and post-docs recruited from abroad. The Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. Uppsala University
is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings conveniently situated close to Stockholm.

The Ellegren group is part of the Department of Evolutionary Biology  (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/), which is a branch of the larger Department of Ecology and Genetics (http://www.ieg.uu.se/?languageId=1). The Department of Evolutionary Biology houses 8 independent research groups and about 25 PhD students, 25 postdocs, and several bioinformaticians. A common theme is that we address key questions in evolutionary biology, like speciation, local adaptation, life history evolution, genome and molecular evolution, using genomic approaches. We have tight connections with several other research groups in the Department of Ecology and Genetics within the Evolutionary Biology Centre.

Professor Hans Ellegren
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyvägen 18D
SE-752 36 Uppsala
Sweden
Email: Hans.Ellegren@ebc.uu.se
LAB WEB
PAGE: http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionsbiologi/ellegren-se/?languageId=1

29 de agosto de 2015

Postdoc in fire ecology (Philadelphia, USA)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Temple University (PA, USA) is seeking a full-term Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in the general area of landscape response to fires.

The successful applicant will perform field research (in New Mexico) and quantitative data analysis, focusing on the applicability of novel techniques – using rare earth element tracers for soil erosion and resource redistribution, and LiDAR (Ground-based & Unmanned Aerial Systems) for soil microtopography and vegetation structure – to monitor landscape responses to fires. Opportunities will also be provided for collaborating in other ongoing projects developing independent projects. Additional information about ongoing research projects can be found at http://sites.temple.edu/ravi/.

The postdoctoral position is available immediately. Initial appointment will be for one year with likely renewal pending satisfactory performance. Requirements include a Ph.D. in earth sciences, ecology, environmental engineering or similar fields, strong organizational, communication and writing skills. Prior experience in soil laboratory analysis (chemical or physical) or field methods for soil erosion/dust monitoring is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to
proposal writing and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Applications should be submitted by email as a single pdf to Dr. Sujith Ravi (sravi@temple.edu) and include: (1) a curriculum vitae including list of publications (2) a statement describing past research experience and interests, as well as research interests to be pursued during the postdoctoral tenure at Temple University (no more than 2 pages), and (3) the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Temple University is a comprehensive public research university located in Philadelphia (PA) with around 38,000 students and provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. More information about our department is available at http://www.temple.edu/geology/.
Temple University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and
minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

21 de agosto de 2015

4 year phd in climate effects on fire (Sweden/Canada)

SLU Alnarp and University of Quebec at Abitibi-Temiscamingue (UQAT, Canada) announce a
4-year PhD position « Understanding climatic controls of large fire years in Nordic region »

Fire is the primary disturbance factor in the boreal forests and understanding the climatic triggers of regional fire activity is of paramount importance for modeling of future trends in fire impacts and developing solid mitigation strategies. Recent increase in the forest fires in Sweden, and particularly – 2014 Sala fire in the Swedish county of Västmanlands, highlighted the need for better understanding of natural and human-related factors causing the occurrence of large forest fires. Some of the most important questions in this context touch upon long-term frequency and environmental controls of such events. Should we expect large forest fires to become more common in the future and increasingly more important for Swedish forests, forestry, and society as a whole? What is the interplay of climate, topography, and forest composition in shaping these events?

Requirements for potential candidates (Qualifications)

We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated PhD student with a completed master degree in forest ecology, climatology, geography, ecosystem modeling, or mathematics. Documented experiences in dendrochronology, GIS-added analyses, work with large relational databases, modeling of biological systems and good skills in computer programming (R) will all be valued during the evaluation process. It is important that the candidate is fluent in English and has an excellent ability to formulate himself/herself both orally and in writing. Knowledge of Swedish is an asset.

A past record of scientific publication and presentation is highly valued. We put great emphasis on personal characteristics of the successful applicant, solid work ethic, and in particular – the ability to independently manage a large volume of fieldwork and laboratory tasks, and meet reporting and publication deadlines. The candidate should be physically fit to successfully perform in challenging (but aesthetically superior) fieldwork settings.
We would like to emphasize that lack of particular type of experience (knowledge) will not in any way have a major impact on evaluation outcome. It is the overall record of both academic performance and previous achievements, the interviews, and opinions from the reference persons, which will jointly provide the main ground for the evaluation.

Forms for funding & employment

Employment as PhD student for four years, co-funded by the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre (SLU Alnarp). This PhD project comes with a highly competitive salary and an excellent social benefits package (including medical and social insurance) for four years.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer which values high the diversity and balanced gender representation.

Application deadline

September the 30th, 2015. Short-listed candidates will be contacted in early October. Final selection will be announced in mid-October and the PhD project is expected to start in January/February 20
6, at the latest. Interested parties should electronically submit a letter of interest, application form (ANSÖKNINGSBLANKETT), vita/resume, graduate school transcripts, and contact information for three reference persons to Igor.Drobyshev@slu.se

19 de agosto de 2015

Postdocs for biologists who are good at maths (USA)

Deadline Approaching! Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications at NIMBioS -- Next Deadline: September 1, 2015

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), located at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and biology. Highest priority will be given to those with explicit plans to develop their ability to effectively carry on research across these fields. We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches. NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. Support: annual stipend of $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits, and an annual travel allowance of $3,000.

How to apply: Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/ 

Deadline:  NIMBioS postdoctoral requests for support are reviewed two times per year, and the selected researchers are offered positions at NIMBioS where they conduct research that is mostly self-directed. The deadline for activities beginning in summer/fall 2016 is September 1, 2015 but applications for positions starting later in 2016 are also accepted at this time. All letters of recommendation must be submitted before the request deadline.

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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18 de agosto de 2015

Ph.D. Research Assistantship in Food Web Ecology (USA)

Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

A USDA-funded Ph.D. Research Assistantship is available in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky to examine the structure and function of food webs in organic cucurbit crop systems. The project will integrate ecological, behavioral and molecular approaches to aid in the
development innovative organic farming systems to protect muskmelon and acorn squash, with minimal need for pesticides while building soil quality and conserving natural enemies. This research seeks to advance sustainable management of many additional cucurbit crops, and in addition to the
integration of basic and applied approaches to agroecology, will provide the graduate student the opportunity for outreach and educational initiatives.

This integrative project will combine research in the laboratories of James Harwood (james.harwood@uky.edu, Entomology), Ric Bessin (rbessin@uky.edu, Entomology) and Mark Williams (mark.williams@uky.edu, Horticulture).

The candidate should have broad training in entomology, ecology, horticulture or a related discipline. A MS degree is preferred, but not required.

Start date: January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To apply: please email a CV, cover letter outlining research interests and a
list of three references to James Harwood at james.harwood@uky.edu

www.facebook.com/HarwoodLab

http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/ipages/jharwood.asp

17 de agosto de 2015

Research technician for ecological analysis and modeling (USA)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is looking to hire a full-time research technician to assist with ecological analyses and modeling. The successful applicant will conduct statistical analysis and modeling of fish population and marine ecosystem data to support a range of research projects.  Much of the work in our lab currently focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on fish populations, communities, and fisheries as well as on approaches to climate adaptation in marine fisheries. In the coming year, the technician will play a major role in developing analyses and models to help understand species distribution changes and their implications for fisheries and fishing communities in the Northeast.  The successful applicant will analyze past fishery and species distribution changes and develop, run, and evaluate models to predict future distributions of based on climate projections.  He/she will also help integrate those results into a quantitative social-ecological assessment of fishing community vulnerability to climate change. The successful candidate will have significant computing and statistical skills, proficiency in the R and/or MATLAB programming languages, and experience working with large, diverse data sets. Please see full job description and announcement at http://www.gmri.org/about-us/join-our-team/jobs/research-technician-0.  Application review will begin Sept. 1.


Required qualifications:
•       Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in scientific field that included quantitative coursework
•       Knowledge of oceanography, marine ecology, or fisheries science
•       Experience with statistical analyses and ecological modeling
•       Proficient programmer in R
•       Previous experience managing data sets
•       Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
•       Strong verbal and written communication skills
•       Willingness to learn, adapt, and contribute to team tasks

Preferred qualifications:
•        Experience constructing species distribution models using presence-only and presence-absence data
•        Familiarity working with satellite data or climate model output
•        Familiarity with marine fisheries, protected resources, or spatial planning in New England
•        Proficient user of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, SQL or other databases, ArcGIS
•       Familiarity with additional programming languages, such as MATLAB, Python, etc.

Kathy Mills
Associate Research Scientist
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207)-228-1657
kmills@gmri.org

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