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19 de septiembre de 2017

Postdoc con insectos sociales en Francia

A 2-year post-doctoral fellowship is available at the Insect Biology Research Institute (IRBI, University of Tours).

Caste determination in termites: what is the role of social interactions?

Context and challenges
The reproductive division of labor is often considered as a keystone of social organization in insect societies, where few individuals monopolize reproduction, whereas the other colony members forego their own reproduction to perform the remaining tasks. This organization is generally stable and fixed in most species of social Hymenoptera (i.e. ants, some bees and wasps), as the majority of the colony members have lost the capability to reproduce. But this is very different in subterranean termites where each colony member (under certain conditions) has the capability to become a reproductive individual and may thus disrupt the social organization of its colony.

The post-doctoral project aims at exploring this unique capability in the termite Reticulitermes flavipes by understanding how and why some individuals switch to develop into reproductives. The project will combine laboratory and field experiments, with behavioral and chemical approaches, to elucidate the roles of social and environmental conditions on caste determination in termites.

Required profile
Applicants must have a PhD in at least one research field of the project: behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, entomology or chemical ecology. The successful candidate must have some experience working with insects. Knowledge in social insects, behavior, statistics (with R) and chemical ecology (GC-MS) will be appreciated.

Practical and salary
The Insect Biology Research Institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to study all aspects of insects biology, ranging from genomes to communities and covering research fields such as behaviour, genomic, ecology, biochemistry and evolution. Salary is fixed according to the scientific experience of the candidate, starting 25 000€/year for 2 years (contract duration can be extended depending on funding). The laboratory is localized in Tours (1h from Paris), which is a historical town localized in the Unesco world heritage site of the Loire Valley Chateaux.

Submit your applications by email to Dr. Christophe Lucas ( including a cover letter with your research interests, a CV and contacts of two potential referees. Contact information: phone: +33 247-367-372; address: IRBI, CNRS UMR7261, University of Tours, Av. Monge 37200 Tours, France.

Deadline for application: October 15th, 2017
Decision after interviews: November 15th, 2017
Starting date: January 2018 (can be postponed if necessary)


Outreach associate for Audubon (USA)

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and names of three references to National Audubon Society's online application portal. Position Summary:

Since 2012, Audubon Louisiana’s state office, in partnership with other local and national organizations, has built a broad constituency of Louisiana citizens in support of large-scale strategies to restore Louisiana’s coast to a sustainable ecosystem. The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will continue to enhance and strengthen this effort by identifying and engaging Audubon members and supporters, along with other members of the conservation community, to work with state and federal officials to gain their support for restoration strategies. Such strategies include implementation of large river diversions and sediment distribution to rebuild wetlands and natural coastal barriers, and prudent application of standards to prevent land loss and sustain coastal communities. Emphasis will be on the habitat benefits of restoration to fish and wildlife, and people.

The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will report to the Communications Manager and be part of an integral team of organizations working to restore the Mississippi River Delta. Those groups include but are not limited to the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Essential Functions:

Develop and implement advocacy outreach plans
Engage the Audubon Louisiana network in conservation, engagement, and advocacy activities including but not limited to:
organizing Audubon-led volunteer events;
developing an engagement plan and schedule of presentations to landowner and conservation-oriented groups;
speaking at conferences, public meetings, and other social and professional events where conservationists are in attendance; and
tabling at festivals, fundraising banquets and other outreach opportunities that benefit Audubon Louisiana’s mission.
Develop a strategy that strengthens and grows the relationship with volunteers and grassroots stakeholders through regular communications and other outreach efforts.
Coordinate outreach to landowners, community leaders, media contacts, and policy makers. This includes in-office meetings with agency representatives and/or educational trips or tours including but not limited to walking/birding tours and boat trips on the coast.
Work collaboratively with local, state and national organizations with an interest in coastal restoration, including specifically partnering with the organizations in the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign (RMRDC).
Oversee aspects of social media, and assist the Communications Manager with generating earned media through print stories and radio and TV interviews from outlets throughout Louisiana.
Work with Executive Director, Communications Manager, and development staff to identify and integrate fundraising opportunities through outreach work.
Track progress of outreach goals and work with the Audubon Louisiana and RMRDC staff to prepare required performance reporting.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, political science, communications or related field required.
3+ years’ experience in relevant communications or communities and relationship management.
Demonstrated knowledge of the challenges of coastal land loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana required.
Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
Demonstrated organizational and project management capabilities and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals. Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
Experience in motivating, training, recruiting, and organizing people from broad and diverse backgrounds, including volunteers, media and decision makers.
Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
Experience and comfort using social media and adjusting to new communication tools and tactics.

Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and database management required.
Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends, evenings, as the job demands.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel including occasional overnights.

Convocatorias de empleo 2017-2018 para investigadores en España

Un año más, la FECYT recopila en varias publicaciones una interesante oferta de empleo para científicos en España.

La colección contiene:
Este diagrama recoge los distintos contratos y ayudas públicas y privadas ofrecidos en España  para las distintas etapas de la carrera investigadora en el sector público o en empresas. El documento además contiene enlaces a las convocatorias para ampliar la información sobre las mismas.   

La Secretaría de Estado de I+D+i concede el distintivo de Centro o Unidad de Excelencia Severo Ochoa o María de Maeztu a instituciones con reconocida  excelencia investigadora.  En este folleto se presentan aquellos centros y unidades que abrirán procesos de selección de investigadores durante el cuarto trimestre de 2017 y el año 2018 con detalles específicos de algunas de estas convocatorias y ofertas.
Los programas Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions-COFUND (MSCA-COFUND) de la Comisión Europea ofrecen financiación adicional para programas de investigación que ofrecen una dimensión internacional e intersectorial a la formación y a la carrera investigadora.   
Este documento recopila información clave (tipo de candidatos, área de investigación, duración del contrato y salarios de la convocatoria) para los investigadores que quieran concurrir a alguna de las 16 convocatorias abiertas en 2017 y 2018 de programas MSCA-COFUND en diferentes instituciones en España. 
Este documento recopila información relativa a oportunidades de contratación para investigadores en Organismos Públicos de Investigación durante el cuarto trimestre de 2017 y 2018. 
FECYT agradece la colaboración de todas las instituciones que han contribuido a esta colección suministrando información de sus previsiones de empleo.

18 de septiembre de 2017

42 plazas ovopositoras de biólogo interno residente (BIR)

Orden SSI/876/2017, de 12 de septiembre, por la que se aprueba la oferta de plazas y la convocatoria de pruebas selectivas 2017 para el acceso en el año 2018, a plazas de formación sanitaria especializada para Médicos, Farmacéuticos, Enfermeros y otros graduados/licenciados universitarios del ámbito de la Psicología, la Química, la Biología y la Física.

Plazo de presentación de solicitudes: del 19 al 28 de septiembre de 2017.
Examen: 10 de febrero de 2018.
Nº de Plazas para Biología: 42
[+] Información:

3 plazas de profesor asistente en genómica microbiana (México)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos) is seeking outstanding candidates for three (two in Microbial Genomics and one in Bioinformatics) tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D and postdoctoral experience of at least two years. Successful applicants must have an excellent scientific track record in the area of Microbial Genomics (working with bacteria, archaea, or unicellular eukaryotes) or in the area of Bioinformatics. Responsibilities will include the development and maintenance of original, collaborative, and externally funded research as well as the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students.

The complete information can be found on the CCG webpage:

Deadline Oct 1st 2017

16 de septiembre de 2017

Oferta de doctorado en biologia evolutiva de plantas (Austria)

The Research Group of Plant Ecological Genomics ( of the Department for Botany and Biodiversity Research at the University of Vienna, Austria is recruiting a

PhD student in Plant Evolutionary Biology (m/f)
Whole genome doubling and hybridization profoundly shaped plant genome
evolution. However, to be successful, first generations allopolyploids
must quickly adjust their genome and function, thereby altering their
ecological properties and adaptive success, as a function of their
environment. The duplicated nature of polyploids buffers more effectively
deleterious alleles and provides genome-wide opportunities for adaptive
evolution. Recurrent origins of polyploids are widespread and provide
natural replicates to study the links between whole genome doubling and
rapid adaptation to divergent environments.

A 3-years PhD position funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
is immediately available in our group, focusing of a fairly young
polyploid group in Dactylorhiza, comprising sibling European orchids
with divergent ecological preferences. Specifically, to complement
ongoing analyses of the nature of the extant molecular diversity in the
Dactylorhiza allopolyploids, we will interrogate the adaptive value of
this diversity within reciprocal transplant experiments in the Alps and
Scandinavia. We will shed light on the links between genotype, epigenotype
and environmental conditions, by focusing on the environmental sensitivity
of gene expression (with RNAseq) and of post-transcriptional regulation
by small RNAs (with smRNAseq), exploring also in detail the link between
DNA methylation patterns, TE activity and expression of duplicated genes.

The candidate should have
• a background in experimental or computational fields, such as
experimental population genetics, evolutionary/functional
genetics, molecular ecology, bioinformatics or similar;
• high motivation, enthusiasm and interest in new developments in
the field;
• an excellent academic past record;
• a demonstrated computer literacy, including R knowledge or Unix;
• preferred: experience with NGS methodology (wet lab and/or
• excellent organization and communication skills;
• fluency in English (NB German knowledge is not essential);
• driving license class B (for field work).

We are an international team with English as the working language. The
successful candidate will highly benefit from the advantages of being
integrated in the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics
( The position offers in addition a
competitive salary (according to experience min. €28,500 per year
before tax, including social and health insurance), the opportunity
to attend at least one workshop/summer school and two international
conferences, and to shortly visit one of the labs of our international
collaborators. Field work across large Western European areas will be
undertaken for ca one month every year.

To be considered please send your application as a single pdf file to, including a motivation letter with a statement
of research interests (max. 2 pages), your CV and, if applicable,
publication list, university certificates including grades, and the names
and contacts of three referees. Please note: Incomplete applications
will not be considered.

AssProf Dr Ovidiu Paun
Department for Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna
Rennweg 14, A - 1030 Vienna

15 de septiembre de 2017

Postdoc in Computational Neuroscience and Statistical Signal Processing (Germany)

The interdisciplinary research group Bio-inspired Communication Systems at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for a
Postdoctoral position (E13 TV-H)
Computational Neuroscience and Statistical Signal Processing initially limited to one year, starting as soon as possible.

The position is dedicated to the development of robust signal processing methods for the processing of high-dimensional neuronal datasets stemming from voltage-sensitive dye recordings, calcium imaging and from multi-electrode arrays. In particular, methods that satisfy certain real-time constraints, enabling the experimenter to intervene in a closed loop manner should be developed. Additionally, those methods are required to be robust in a statistical sense, i.e., they should be able to cope with outliers and model mismatches.
The position is part of a collaborative research project spanning across three universities (Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Technische Universität Darmstadt) that recently formed the science cluster of Rhine-Main Universities (RMU). Apart from research, the position will be responsible for coordinating the common research activities among this group (organization of workshops, supporting novel collaborations, etc) and to direct the design of the joint research agenda of the research group for the following years. The position is ideal for a candidate seeking to combine research with gaining experience in managing collaborative research efforts. Participation in the neuroscience cluster RMN2 ( and the Centre for Cognitive Science ( will be strongly supported.
Technische Universität Darmstadt provides the environment and support for publishing and presenting original research results at leading international conferences and in scientific journals. Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female researchers and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of 50 or more will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

Your profile:
• Completed Ph.D. degree in computational neuroscience or signal processing/machine learning with neuroscience applications.
• Interest in scientific coordination of larger research programs and workshops.
• Appreciation for interdisciplinary work and proactive drive to connect people.

Contact: Prof. Heinz Koeppl, Rundeturmstrasse 12, 64283 Darmstadt,

Your application must include:
• Cover letter explaining succinctly why you are interested in this position and why you believe you are the right candidate.
• CV
• List of passed courses and obtained grades
• Contact details of at least two references (academic advisors) of yours.

Please send your documents as one single PDF file to: indicating the application code within the subject line. Incomplete applications and applications in different file formats will be discarded.
Application code: RMU-2017-3

14 de septiembre de 2017

5 ofertas muy tentadoras para científicos en Panamá

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has openings for 5 Staff Scientists to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Previous tropical experience is not required. We are especially interested in hiring scientists in animal behavior, terrestrial microbial ecology, forest biology and marine science. In addition to positions in these four fields, we will consider candidates for a fifth position in any area of research in the natural sciences in the tropics. Positions are for full-time research and include internal research funds.

STRI is headquartered in Panama with modern research facilities and field stations throughout the country, and hosts a vibrant and collaborative scientific community of 30 staff scientists and over 1500 scientific visitors per year. Early- to mid-career candidates are especially encouraged; applicants at all postdoctoral stages will be considered. Annual salary is commensurate with experience, and compensation packages are internationally competitive. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field. Interested candidates should submit the following as PDF files: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and interests, 3-5 publications, and contact information for three references to Please address inquiries in the four focal fields to respective search committee chairs: animal behavior, Dr. Rachel Page, at; microbial ecology, Dr. Kristin Saltonstall at; forest biology, Dr. Helene Muller-Landau at; and marine science, Dr. Mark Torchin at For other research fields please address inquiries to Dr. William Wcislo at

Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2017. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions please download the pdf.

Staff Scientist Research Position in Animal Behavior,
Staff Scientist Research Position in Terrestrial Microbial Ecology,
Staff Scientist Research Position in Forest Biology and
Staff Scientist Research Position in Marine Science
Staff Scientist Research Position in Tropical Science - Open Field

Download Staff Scientists-Frequently Asked Questions PDF

13 de septiembre de 2017

Oferta de doctorado evolutivo en USA y las Galápagos

PhD Student in Disease Ecology and Evolution

The Knutie lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is recruiting highly-motivated applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in disease ecology and evolution. The PhD student will be expected to develop a novel research project in animal disease ecology and/or evolution using one of the PI’s host systems (birds or frogs) in the Galapagos Islands, Connecticut, Florida, or Minnesota. For more information about current research in the lab, please see:

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution or a related field, at least one first-authored publication, and/or extensive experience with lab and field-based research. Although academic scores are important for admission to the program, I also value motivation and passion for science and nature. Applicants from a minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBTQ+, first generation) are encouraged to apply.

The application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application pages, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, a personal essay, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. If admitted to the program, full financial support (TA and/or RA) is generally provided for five years. More information for prospective EEB Graduate students:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15, 2017. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Knutie ( before applying to the program to discuss research interests and your application.

12 de septiembre de 2017

4 cursos avanzados para biólogos

El equipo de Transmitting Science, gente muy maja, ha ofrecido reducir los precios de estos cursos un 20% para todos los suscriptores de ¡Únete aquí si aún no estás en la lista! (y no olvides mencionarlo cuando te matricules en algún curso).

Voluntariado/proyecto de máster con loros (Tenerife, España)



Comparative Cognition Research Group, Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Tenerife, Spain

The Max-Planck Comparative Cognition Research Group (CCRG) invites applications of Masters students and volunteer research assistants. The CCRG forms part of the collaboration between the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany, and the Loro Parque Fundación (LPF), Tenerife, Spain. We are currently running various comparative research projects on social and physical cognition in parrots. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact us to enquire about the ongoing projects. Successful applicants can expect to gain a solid insight in the field of Animal Cognition/Experimental Psychology and gain experience in working with psittacids in a dynamic, international research environment. The research is carried out on captive parrots of the LPF, which holds the largest parrot collection and gene reserve in the world (ca. 350 subspecies) for conservation and research purposes.


Voluntary research assistant position /Master Project start and end dates are flexible but preference will be given to students who can start in October/November 2017. The position requires a minimum of 4 months, but ideally 6 months, continuous commitment at the research station in Tenerife, Spain. Free accommodation in a shared student apartment can be provided. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research station (Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain).

Important skills/qualifications:

Successful candidates will have:
completed a degree in Biology or any related field
a strong interest in comparative cognition
high motivation and commitment to the project
reliability, efficiency and an ability to work independently
confidence to interact with animals
previous research experience
good verbal and written English skills
initiative to develop the project
good team work attitude and social skills (shared accommodation between 3 students)

To apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you have and motivation to participate in the project to Dr. Auguste von Bayern ( ) or Dr. Anastasia Krasheninnikova ( ). Contact details of 2 referees may be requested.

11 de septiembre de 2017

Ecólogos de campo para muestreos de vertebrados (UK)

Field Ecologists (To Start Immediately & Spring 2018)

Aspect Ecology specialises in providing ecological consultancy services to a well-established base of high profile clients in both the public and private sectors. Please see our website for more details:

We have upcoming opportunities for enthusiastic and capable graduates to assist with ecological surveys and translocations, centered on Great Crested Newts, bats and reptiles. Previous experience of conducting surveys for protected species is advantageous but not essential, as full training will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity for a recently qualified graduate or an undergraduate to obtain valuable field skills.

We have immediate opportunities to assist with surveys and / or translocations through Autumn 2017 and opportunities will be available starting Spring 2018, with surveys continuing until September / October 2018, although there may also be short term opportunities available for fixed term translocations. You will be required to work up to five days per week, with opportunities for weekend work as well. Opportunities may also be available to assist with surveys for a variety of other species such as Badger, Water Voles, Dormice and Otters.

Much of our survey work is located in central and south east England so a base close to our office in Banbury, or in Kent, Surrey or Sussex would be particularly useful.

Flexible and enthusiastic approach;
Willingness to work 'ecological hours' and to travel;
Available to start immediately / imminently or Spring 2018;
Full driving licence and own car;
Confidence to work with reptiles and amphibians.

Wages are paid at an hourly rate and dependent on experience. B&B accommodation will be provided where required and business mileage/subsistence reimbursed.

To apply, please download and complete the short application form and submit it together with your CV and covering letter to:

Closing date: 24 September 2017

Please entitle your email "Field Ecologist - your name " and be clear on your availability for work in 2017/18.

A member of the Aspect team will contact successful candidates by email or telephone, as we are unable to reply to every applicant.

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