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23 de abril de 2017

Participa en censos de rapaces con SEO/BirdLife

SEO/BirdLife junto con el Grupo Ibérico de Aguiluchos pone en marcha un nuevo censo de aguiluchos cenizo y pálido. El objetivo es cuantificar la población de estas especies (enlace a enciclopedia) en época reproductora en España y por regiones y comparar los resultados con el censo realizado en 2006 con la misma metodología.

http://www.seo.org/2012/04/09/censos-de-especies/

El aguilucho cenizo aparece incluida en el Catálogo Español de Especies Amenazadas y Listado de Especies Silvestres en Régimen de Protección Especial y en el Libro Rojo de las aves de España en la categoría de “Vulnerable”. Sin embargo, parece que la especie sigue mostrando la tendencia negativa reflejada en el primer censo nacional. Diversos factores parecen estar actuando sobre sus poblaciones como la agricultura intensival la desaparición de barbechos, lindes y eriales, o cambios en los tipos de cultivos.

Para conocer la situación actual es necesario repetir el censo. Si estás interesado en colaborar, por favor, lee las instrucciones y fichas en http://www.seo.org/2012/04/09/censos-de-especies/ y contacta con los coordinadores regionales.

22 de abril de 2017

International Coordinator / Project Coordinator Indonesia

The Collaborative Research Centre 990 – EFForTS (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/efforts) at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is offering the position of

International Coordinator / Project Coordinator Indonesia

The position will be limited until 31 December 2019 with a renewal option of another 4 years, and should be filled as soon as possible. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TV-L E13) with 100%, which corresponds to 39.8 hours per week.

EFForTS aims at providing science-based knowledge on how to protect and enhance the ecological functions of tropical forests and agricultural land-use systems at a landscape scale, while improving human welfare. EFForTS is organized in close cooperation between the University of Göttingen and partner institutions in Indonesia.

The main responsibilities
The coordination is within the Central Tasks Project Z01 responsible for the overall administrative management and science implementation:
• Financial management in Indonesia: planning, controlling and
reporting to Göttingen
• Research administration: workshops, permits, logistics and support of
scientists from different fields in Germany and Indonesia
• Stakeholder and counterpart engagement: building up strong contact
networks with parties involved
• Management of the EFForTS office in Bogor

The workplace is based at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Bogor, Indonesia.

Qualifications and experience
• University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent qualification)
• Project management of university-based projects at international
level
• Financial management
• Team management
• Working in interdisciplinary and international teams
• Proficiency in German and English, knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is
of advantage
• Ability to build positive and co-operative working relationships with
colleagues and researchers of diverse cultural and academic
backgrounds within EFForTS

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form as a single pdf-file by 14 May 2017 to Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, CRC 990, Dr. Barbara Wick, JFB Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany. E-mail: bwick@gwdg.de.
The documents will be destroyed after a holding period of three months.

21 de abril de 2017

Postdoc: Social evolution/Behavioral Ecology/Behavioral Economics

1 post-doc position: Social evolution/Behavioral Ecology/Behavioral Economics

A post-doc position (up to 5 years) is available for doing research at the interface between evolutionary biology and behavioral economics at the University of Lausanne. The project will be co-supervised by Luis Santos-Pinto (an economist, http://www.hec.unil.ch/lspinto) and Laurent Lehmann (an evolutionary biologist, https://www.unil.ch/dee/en/home/menuinst/people/group-leaders/prof-laurent-lehmann.html).

The project is open but should pertain to both evolutionary biology
and behavioral economics e.g., evolution of cooperation, evolution
of preferences, evolution of individual and social learning, attitudes
towards risk, corruption, heritability of behavior or personality traits,
and should aim at addressing question that are preferentially theoretical
(but empiricist are also encourage to apply).

Applicants should have a master degree in a relevant area (e.g.,
behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, economics, management),
with strong mathematical and computing skills, and a vivid interest in
fundamental research.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to laurent.lehmann@unil.ch and
Luis Pedro Santos LuisPedro.SantosPinto@unil.ch. Applications should be
sent by Friday 19th May 2017. They should include a CV, a motivation
letter with a one-page statement of research interests, and names of
2-3 references. Only applications with all these information will be
considered. Starting date is ideally September 2017 but is negotiable.

20 de abril de 2017

Master y PhD en comportamiento, ecología, evolución de aves en China

We are seeking an international MS student and an international PhD student to join our lab in September, 2017. Based in Beijing Forestry University, China, our studies use Black-throated Tit and Silver-throated Tit as subjects to answer questions in life history, behavioral ecology and population ecology, from the perspective of adaption and evolution. The successful applicants will work on existing research projects, or develop an independent project within the research interests of the lab. Funding for research projects will be provided, and the selected candidates will have opportunity to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship which can fully or partially covers tuition waiver, accommodation, stipend, and medical insurance.

Applicants for Master degree program should have a Bachelor degree, while applicants for Doctor degree program should have a Master’s degree. All applicants are expected to possess strong interests in ornithology, animal behavior and ecology. Also, the candidates who have strong writing and oral communication skills, and an ability to work independently and within a team, are preferred.

For information of the graduate programs for international students at Beijing Forestry University, please visit: http://www.studyingb....com.cn/English. For more about our tit projects, please visit our website: http://www.luckytit.cn.
If you have interest to apply for the positions, please email Dr. Jianqiang Li (luckytit@163.com) a cover letter explaining your research interests and qualifications, a CV and names and contact information of three references. Informal inquiries are also welcome.

Last Date to Apply:
20 May 2017

19 de abril de 2017

Oferta para bioinformático en Austria

The Biomedical Sequencing Facility is Austria’s leading technology platform and service provider dedicated to genome sequencing in biomedicine – and one of the country’s largest producers of scientific ‘big data’. It is located at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and operates in close collaboration with the Medical University of Vienna. To keep up with rapid growth, we are looking for a highly motivated Bioinformatician or Scientific Programmer who would like to contribute to the booming field of digital medicine. Please visit our website to find out more about this vacancy: http://cemm.at/career/open-positions/

18 de abril de 2017

Doctorado en Suiza estudiando agricultura y cambio climático

As a result of global climate change, some of the most severe weather events, including drought events, will become more frequent in Europe over the next 50 to 100 years. Thus, farming practices have to be developed that ensure food security, but so far, it is unclear which farming systems are most resilient against climate change and whether microbial communities make farming systems more resilient to drought. Here, we will compare the main Swiss arable farming systems (organic arable farming with tillage, organic arable farming with reduced tillage, conventional arable farming with tillage and conventional arable farming without tillage) and investigate their response to simulated summer drought. It will be tested which farming system is most resistant to drought and which mechanisms are responsible for this. Next generation sequencing tools will be used to analyze how microbial communities and below ground biological diversity responds to climate change. In addition functional assays will be performed and it will be tested whether nutrient uptake by plant associated beneficial soil fungi (mycorrhizal fungi) varies among farming systems and depends on drought.

Tasks - Test which farming system is most resilient to drought - Investigate whether belowground biodiversity, microbial community structure and soil structure varies among farming systems and whether these factors can be used to explain differences in drought resilience. - Test whether the mycorrhizal fungal contribution to plant nutrient uptake varies with drought and depends on farming system.

Requirements - MSc in ecology, agronomy, microbial ecology, botany or biogeochemistry - Expertise with one or two of the following research fields: Agro-ecology, nutrient cycling, molecular profiling of microbial communities and soil science - Experience with statistics (R) in ecology and microbial ecology is advantageous - Achievement-oriented, open-minded personality with good capacity for teamwork - Communication and IT skills as well as knowledge of two official Swiss languages. 
Working language is English.
Organisation Agroscope is an innovative research institute for agriculture and nutrition, run according to the principles of New Public Management. Agroscope is part of the federal administration and is attached to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. It has research stations at a number of sites around Switzerland but its head office is in Bern (Liebefeld). The Plant-Soil-Interactions group (https://www.agroscope.admin.ch/agroscope/en/home/topics/environment-resources/soil-bodies-water-nutrients/research-projects/soil-biodiversity-soil-ecosystem-services.html) focuses on plant-soil-microbe interactions, soil biodiversity, soil ecosystem services and sustainable farming systems. The advertised project is part of a collaborative research project between ETH Zürich (Prof. Nina Buchmann) and Agroscope (Prof. Marcel van der Heijden & co-workers) and funded by ETH Zurich World Food System Center and the Mercator Research Program. The project makes use of the Swiss Farming Systems and Tillage Experiment at Agroscope (see Wittwer et al. 2017, Scientific Reports) and it builds upon earlier work of the host groups (e.g. Bender et al. 2016, Trends in Ecology & Evolution; Prechsl et al. 2014, Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry; Prechsl et al. 2015, Oecologia; Schlaeppi et al. 2016, New Phytologist). We offer you varied work in a young and multidisciplinary research team as well as thorough initial training. Agroscope has excellent research facilities with well-equipped laboratories, greenhouses, climate chambers and
agricultural fields. You will enjoy flexible working hours and good employee benefits. You will be enrolled as a PhD student at ETH Zurich.
Place of Work Agroscope, Zurich-Affoltern
Salary Category According to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Employment Level 100%
Application If this challenge appeals to you and you meet our requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application (human.resources@agroscope.admin.ch). Online applications consist of a single PDF containing an application letter, CV, copy of certificates/Diplomas (MSc &BSc) and Email addresses of 2 referees. This position is open until filled. For further information: Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Heijden, Head of the Plant-Soil-Interactions research group, phone +41 58 468 72 78, marcel.vanderheijden@agroscope.admin.ch (Do not send applications to this e-mail). Start date: Spring/Summer 2017 - Duration: 3 years.

17 de abril de 2017

11 ofertas de doctorado en cognición y comunicación en Austria

Please consider the openings for 11 PhD-positions within the FWF funded Doctoral Program "Cognition and Communication", a cooperation between the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, that might be of interest for members and students of your research groups and/or societies.
Details can be found under the following link:
http://cogcom.univie.ac.at

14 de abril de 2017

Nature tour guides in Alaska

Summary of positions:
The tour guides are responsible for visitor management, public relations, and interpretive services for the visiting public.

Tour guides are responsible for conducting guided tours of St. Paul Island and the management and escorting of the tour groups. Heavy emphasis is on public relations and interpretive services covering the ecology and history of the island. Interpretive themes typically center on birds, marine mammals, and Aleut history. Under the Tour Director’s guidance tour guides make decisions concerning the daily scheduling of tour vehicles and participants based upon specific visitor requests and expectations.

Applicants must be willing to work in adverse weather conditions in a remote location. Normal conditions are overcast with drizzle, rain, or fog and an average high temperature during the summer of only 50 F. St. Paul Island is located over 750 miles from Anchorage within the Pribilof Islands and is only accessible by semi-weekly flights.

Duties:
1. Communicate and interpret to the visitor in a pleasant and informative manner information on the wildlife, natural history and cultural history of St. Paul Island. Provide exemplary customer service on a daily basis.
2. Work cooperatively with the Tour Director, other tour guides, the Hotel Manager and other TDX Corporation staff to give the best possible tour for the visitor. Guides are often an informal liaison between tourists, the tour program and local residents.
3. Educate the visitors on the delicate balance of the Bering Sea ecosystem, the fragile nature of the tundra, and the rich culture of the Aleut people, in a manner that is non-political and responsible.
4. Conduct both driving and walking tours of the island, especially to seal and sea bird rookeries. Many times such tours will occur during inclement weather.
5. Lead tours to search for vagrant and accidental species of birds both for organized birding groups and independent birdwatchers of varying interest, expectations and abilities.
6. Lead tours for groups of cruise ship passengers, Elderhostel participants, VIP’s and other special trips.
7. Tour guides are required to extensively read and research the major themes and topics of this tour. They should be prepared to spend at least some free time birding, botanizing and “naturalizing” in the field.
8. Assist Tour Director with various special projects and clerical duties designed to improve tour programs, as well as with all aspects related to visitor services. These duties may include cleaning tour vehicles and buildings, picking up garbage, and lifting up to 50lbs.
9. Tour guides are to drive a 22-passenger bus and be responsible for fueling and cleaning the bus, including regular upkeep of portable style “heads”. Occasionally light maintenance of these buses will be required. Defensive driving and safe operation of vehicles is required.



Job requirements:
¨ Two years college education in natural science or the equivalent in work experience, familiarity with Pribilof flora, fauna and history and/or a demonstrated ability to quickly learn and be comfortable explaining these subjects to groups of up to 40 people.
¨ Preference will be given to persons with strong birding skills and experience, knowledge of marine ecosystems, and those who can speak and/or write European languages.
¨ Ability to identify difficult groups of birds, including those in immature and juvenile plumage such as: gulls, shorebirds and Asiatic vagrants. Ability to scan bodies of water, shorelines and tundra and identify bird species in cryptic plumage.
¨ Strong communication, interpretive and people skills and willingness to work intensively with a diversity of people under difficult conditions is essential. Guides must have strong people skills.
¨ The ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision. The ability to live and work cooperatively and cheerfully with others from many different backgrounds with different abilities.
¨ Valid driver’s license required with a good driving record. Must be 21 years of age or older.
¨ Willingness to work up to seven days a week and long hours required, especially at the peak of tour season. The ability to work and function and maintain a sense of humor in adverse weather conditions. Guides should be in good physical condition.
¨ Must supply your own optics (binoculars and spotting scope) and rain gear.
¨ Native and Alaskan preference.

Living arrangements:
TDX Corporation will provide housing, meals, and transportation to and from St. Paul. Housing is dormitory style and will be shared with other tour guides.

Contact:
Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:

Scott Schuette
Director, St. Paul Island Tour
615 E 82nd Ave. Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
sschuette@stpaultour.com

Post-doc position (2yrs) in functional bioinformatics and chemometrics (Sweden)

Post-doc position (2yrs) in functional bioinformatics and chemometrics
within the Environmental Forensics profile at "Orebro University

Data of different methodological approaches (chemical analysis, bioreporter assays, including high-throughput metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics) need to be integrated to filter multivariate signatures, both to predict risc scores, but also to advance our understanding for the biological/environmental impact of combinations of pollutants.

The focus of this position is on further development of supervised learning methods as well as integrative bioinformatics approaches towards risk assessment of complex chemical profiles of environmental samples. We will develop analysis methods for newly developed bioreporter assays and combinations of several assays to improve
effect-directed analysis.

We are looking for you with a more theoretical or programming background, with interest/experience in bioinformatics or systems biological approaches to take existing methodology of chemometrics supervised learning methods to the next level, by incorporating knowledge about the biological background of the used reporter system.

Our team is a mixture of bioinformaticians, biophysicists, mathematicians and systems medicine researchers.

Please apply directly through this weblink:
https://www.oru.se/jobba-hos-oss/lediga-jobb/jobbannons/?jid=20170091
until May 5th.

Welcome to the young expanding University of "Orebro!

For questions, please address Dirk.Repsilber@oru.se. See here for further information:
https://www.oru.se/english/research/research-teams/rt/?rdb=g206
https://www.oru.se/english/employee/dirk_repsilber

13 de abril de 2017

Oferta de doctorado sobre comportamiento de cucarachas (Alemania)

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a fully funded PhD project, studying active sensing strategies in cockroaches.

Active exploratory antennal movement is involved in a range of sensory guided behaviors. This project will employ computer vision to track the motion of antennae, and body posture, as cockroaches make movement decisions across a range of ecologically relevant contexts, and in the face of uncertainty, perceived risk and time constraints. Integrate behavioral experiments, electrophysiology, calcium imaging and computer simulations, the project aims to study the neural basis of active antennal sensing and decision-making in cockroaches.

We welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds (biology, engineering science, physics, computer science), but it is essential that candidates are motivated to understand biological phenomena. Candidates also ideally already hold a Masters degree.

The research will be undertaken in the department of Neurobiology, University of Konstanz (http://neuro.uni-konstanz.de/01intro/default.html) and the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology (http://www.orn.mpg.de/wikelski) advised by Dr. Einat Couzin-Fuchs and Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) of Organismal Biology, a competitive doctoral training program offering laboratory courses and workshops in the fields of behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology and neurobiology with other 64 Ph.D. international student fellows from 27 countries.

The University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Society are equal opportunity employers that try to increase the number of women in research and teaching. As family-friendly institutions, they are committed to further the compatibility of work and family life and prefer disabled applicants when qualification is equal.

Interested candidates should send their CV, contact information for 2, or more, referees, and a short description of their research interests to Einat Couzin-Fuchs Ph.D. at einat.couzin@uni-konstanz.de with subject “PhD application”.

For further information about the position and the application procedure, Please contact: einat.couzin@uni-konstanz.de and visit the IMPRS website https://www.orn.mpg.de/2574/Program

12 de abril de 2017

Postdoc: Bird Island Genomic project

A one year post-doc position is available to work on the Birds Island Genomic project :
http://tinyurl.com/postdocBirdIsland

More informations on the project could be found here :
https://sites.google.com/site/benoitnabholz/research-interest/birdislandgenomic

Starting Date : September 2017

Applications: Applications have to be sent by email to Benoit Nabholz : benoit.nabholz@umontpellier.fr
The application will include a detailed CV and contact informations of reference researchers.

11 de abril de 2017

Postdoc sobre efectos del cambio climático en arrecifes (Francia)

*Postdoctoral fellowship on the effects of global change on reef
biodiversity and repercussions for ecosystems services.*

Ocean warming, acidification and other global stressors have the potential
to profoundly change how marine ecosystems function, and as a consequence,
alter the services they provide to society. Reef communities built by
corals and polychaetes are among the most biodiverse on the planet, but
while it is clear that reef degradation impacts marine biodiversity, the
relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are less well
known. How much biodiversity loss can be sustained, without compromising
ecosystem functioning and services? Are there critical thresholds or
indicators that can help to identify vulnerable reefs and where to direct
conservation efforts?

We are searching for a postdoc candidate to further explore these
questions, by mining existing biodiversity databases and using predictive
modeling that will take both ecological and socio-economic variables into
consideration. The candidate will help to put together a proposal for a
LabexMER postdoctoral fellowship (2 years duration), which would take place
at the European Institute for Marine Studies and Ifremer in Brest, France.
Previous research experience (PhD or postdoc) in a country other than
France is required.

Interested candidates please send a copy of your CV and a short description
of relevant experience (500 words) by April 9, 2017 to:
flavia.nunes@ifremer.fr

Sincerely,

Flavia Nunes and Linwood Pendleton

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