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22 de febrero de 2017

Biólogos de campo para trabajar con aves en el desierto de Mojave (USA)

Corvus Ecological Consulting is seeking several qualified field biologists for various projects throughout the Mojave Desert region and the Southern Sierra Steppe communities. All applicants should have an interest and basic knowledge of avian communities. Duration of employment will be from approximately March through June with a possibility for some work to continue until August. Applicant review will begin immediately.
Work is full time up to 12 hours per day Monday through Friday. Applicant will be part of a team, but will also be required to work alone so good communication skills are essential. Field workers will be required to camp (often alone) in remote portions of the study area. Workers may be asked to perform a variety of tasks on various projects, so flexibility is necessary. Work will include driving over rough unmaintained roads, hiking in rough terrain, and dealing with temperature extremes. A per diem will be provided in lieu of housing and fieldworkers may opt to stay in a hotel from time to time.
We seek applicants with the following qualifications:
· Prior avian field experience and demonstrable birding skills
· Prior camping experience and possession of personal camping equipment
· Minimum of B.S. in Biology and 2 years of experience in field ornithology or botany depending on applicant interest
· Ability to work independently at remote field sites
· Skill and experience with topographic maps, GPS units, and compass.
· Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving 4WD vehicles.
· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
· Communication skills and the ability to work well with others are paramount for a successful candidate
· Genuine interest in birds and plants and a desire to collect quality data in a timely manner.

The following qualifications are preferred, but not required:
· Prior field experience with desert tortoise
· Prior experience in the Mojave Desert of Southern California or Nevada
· Advanced birding skills
· Personal field equipment such as gps units, binoculars, spotting scopes, laptop computer and ipod Touch or smartphone (Apple or Android)
· Familiarity with Garmin’s “Basecamp” software
· Experience with field data collection using Pendragon FormsVI or other handheld data collection systems
· Wilderness First Responder training
Hourly compensation $15/hour plus a per diem stipend. If a candidate has a reliable 4WD vehicle a fuel card will be provided as well as a wear and tear stipend (reimbursed expenses for use of a personal vehicle). Otherwise a vehicle will be provided.
To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses to No phone calls please. References, cover letter and résumé should specifically address the qualifications outlined in this announcement and the candidate’s experience with any or all of them. The preferred method of attachment is as a single document or a zip file of separate documents. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled or until March 3rd 2017, whichever comes first.

21 de febrero de 2017

Collections Manager of Amphibians & Reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History (USA)

The Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH; at the University of Florida ( invites applications for a full-time collections manager of the herpetology collections, effective 1 July 2017.

This person will oversee and manage the curation of herpetological
specimens, the accession of specimens into the collection, the
maintenance of division records, reports, collections budget, and
supplies, the processing of loans to and from the herpetology
collection and provide assistance to visiting scientists and scholars.
Day-to-day curation includes handling preserved skins and skeletons as
well as fluid-preserved scientific specimens (maximum ~12 lbs/jar). The
collections manager will be responsible for loans, managing volunteers,
maintenance and improvements of collections databases, and preparation
of scientific specimens. It is expected that the collections manager
will participate in on-going lab- and field-based research projects in
cooperation with the curator(s) of herpetology at FLMNH. Participation
in public education programs and exhibit planning within and outside
the FLMNH will also be strongly encouraged. Coordination of tours and
press visits within the Herpetology collection; preparation of
appropriate educational outreach devices (i.e., website, educational
programs, displays).

ADVERTISED SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in a related field and five
years of experience working with a collection of an appropriate
discipline. Specific knowledge of the discipline for the collection
area is required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. preferred, with at least 2 years of
experience in working with a systematic collection of amphibians and
reptiles. Proficiency at using the scientific literature to identify
such species, prepare and curate specimens in accordance with the
standards of the discipline. Inclusive of:

A. Intimate knowledge of inner workings of a systematic herpetology
collections and curatorial techniques. Among these are:

(a) skills constructing and working with databases;

(b) ability to extract and interpret field data;

(c) knowledge of international, federal, and state regulations
pertaining to scientific specimens;

(d) skills in geocoding and mapping data;

(e) knowledge of preservation techniques;

B. Sufficient knowledge of the systematics of amphibians and reptiles
and associated literature is necessary for accurate sorting and
identification of incoming material, catching earlier identification
errors, ascertaining relative values of incoming material, and shelving
of specimens.

C. Knowledge of computers and software, specifically Specify,
GIS-related applications, Microsoft Word, and other technical software
specific to research discipline for mapping localities.

D. Must be able to work independently so that day-to-day activities
need not require constant monitoring by the immediate supervisor. In
addition, the person in this position must have good organization

E. Knowledge of standard field collecting techniques and procedures and
how to secure proper permits.

F. Demonstrated ability for effective scientific writing, research, and
communication with peers, students, and the general public. Knowledge
and adherence to the rules and regulations associated with the
collecting, shipping and accessioning of natural history specimens for
a major museum and specimen repository and managing a database for the

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: In order to be considered for this
position all applicants must submit (1) a CV, (2) names and contact
info for 3 professional references, and (3) a statement of philosophy
regarding the use and management of scientific collections (1 page
maximum). This is a time-limited position.

For questions about this position, please contact FLMNH Associate
Curator of Herpetology, Dr. David C. Blackburn.

For further details on the position, please visit:

To be considered, all applications must be submitted on-line at (requisition # 501283).

For additional information and instructions guides on managing your job
posting online, go to

20 de febrero de 2017

Postdoc in Antarctic plant phylogenomics (South Africa)

An exciting postdoctoral position to investigate Antarctic terrestrial plant phylogenomics is available at Stellenbosch University ( and the
University of Johannesburg (, South Africa; collaborative project. The successful applicant will be based at Stellenbosch University, but will be expected to spend some time at the University of Johannesburg. The envisaged research will address a major question in modern biology: how has plant life evolved and spread around the Antarctic region, both in the past and currently? This research forms part of an international collaboration: "A Functional Biogeography of the Antarctic (AFBA, see" as part of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE). ACE involves 22 projects, 55 researchers and 19 countries and is the first project of the newly created Swiss Polar Institute.

The successful candidate will be responsible for plant phylogenomic
research on selected taxa from the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Islands.

Using the latest phylogenomic and analytical approaches, the research
aims to shed light on the history of plant life in the region, how it
will respond to environmental change, and what can be done to secure its

Only candidates with demonstrable (i.e. published) skills in next
generation sequencing data analyses with an emphasis on phylogenomics
will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with previous
postdoctoral research experience and an excellent academic track record
(i.e. publications in international journals). Successful candidates
will be fully funded for 1 y ear, to be extended for an additional 1 to 2
years depending on satisfactory performance. An attractive annual
bursary will be offered along with additional expenses for research,
international travel and subsistence, and conference attendance.

Individuals from all nationalities are eligible.

To apply, please send a CV, contact details for at least two academic
references, and a brief outline of research interests to Prof. Jaco Le
Roux ( and Prof. Bettine van Vuuren
( by 28 February 2017. Informal inquiries are
welcome. Review of applications will begin immediately after the closing
date, and short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up
phone/Skype interviews. The envisaged start date for the project would
be March/April 2017.

19 de febrero de 2017

32 contratos permanentes para científicos en el INRA (Francia)

INRA will recruit over 30 research scientists - applications open on 26 January 2017

Whatever scientific discipline they have been trained in, researchers depend on laboratory and field activities. Involved in scientific networks, they respond to environmental, economic and social issues. In striving for excellence, they discover and create concrete applications, useful for society. Personal research and collective projects overlap to advance knowledge and to contribute to innovation, whether it means producing sustainably, preserving the environment or improving human nutrition.

Each year, INRA organises open competitions to recruit junior research scientists (CR2). The recruitment campaign is generally aimed at young researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. Candidates are recruited on the basis of their scientific competence which they will put to the service of INRA's major research axes by responding to a research topic. Candidates must have published articles on the results of their PhD.

Positions are open in a wide range of scientific disciplines such as human nutrition, intestinal microbiota, plant genetics, animal genetics, quantitative genetics, population dynamics and genomics, neurobiology of behaviour, animal nutrition, plant ecophysiology, functional and behavioural ecology, modelling of plant cell walls, process engineering and biotechnology, systems biology and synthetic biology, animal health, life science and environmental mathematics and informatics, economics, sociology and organizational sciences.

- Opening date for applications: 26 January 2017
- Submission deadline for online applications: 1st March 2017
- Submission deadline for paper applications: 3rd March 2017

- Pre-selections: April-May 2017
- Final selections: June-July 2017
- Starting date for appointments: from 1st of September 2017
Consult the offers

You can consult the details of the positions by clicking on the tab “Posts available”.

The “Guide for Applicants” and the administrative file can be downloaded by clicking on the tab “Register”.

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18 de febrero de 2017

20 ofertas de postdoc sobre... lo que quieras (Alemania)

20 Open Topic Postdoc Positions
Technische Universitaet Dresden

Technische Universitaet Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence. An important aspect of our institutional strategy "The Synergetic University" is to attract and further develop
outstanding researchers. Following the successful programme "Open Topic Tenure Track
Professorships", TU Dresden now seeks to fill

20 Open Topic Postdoc Positions
by 1st November 2017

with researchers at advanced postdoc level whose doctoral
thesis is dating back no more than 6 years.

These positions are an attractive opportunity for personal
development in an excellent environment. During the employment
the selected candidates are expected to submit applications for
support of their own subsequent research projects to renowned
funding agencies. In addition, the employment period shall be used
to explore further career opportunities at TU Dresden and the
DRESDEN-concept partner institutions.

The decisive selection criterium is the applicant?s demonstrated
excellence in innovative research areas fitting into the general profile of TU Dresden. Furthermore, a convincing concept for a future third-party funded research project, e.g. for an Emmy Noether research
group, shall be submitted.

TU Dresden supports equal employment opportunities for women
and men. To address the present imbalance, this program is
particularly addressed at female academics. Applications from
disabled persons are encouraged.

What we offer:
. one to two-year employment (salary according to E 13 TV-L or E 14
TV-L, and in accordance with WissZeitVG) or an equivalent research
. an appropriate budget for consumables and travel expenses as
well as access to the required research infrastructures
. professional guidance and individual assistance in the research
grant application process as well as networking opportunities at the
Dresden science hub
. the opportunity to benefit from individual coaching activities and to
participate in a Graduate Academy training programme specifically
tailored to the needs of the target group
. excellent infrastructure for families and childcare
. wide range of relocation services for international applicants
provided by TU Dresden's Welcome Center

For additional information on the application process, please
refer to:

Deadline for applications is 31st March 2017.

17 de febrero de 2017

Oferta de master estudiando aves tropicales en Venezuela

M.Sc. in Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds. A small number of Biology Graduate Teaching Assistantships and NSF-sponsored Research Assistantships are available to study avian behavioral ecology in the lab of Dr. Karl Berg in the Department of Biology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Successful candidates will be engaged in ongoing research into vocal communication in Green-rumped Parrotlets in Venezuela.

Preference will be given to applicants that harbor a genuine interest to carry out field research in a foreign, Spanish-speaking culture and are willing and capable to be productive in a challenging, hot, humid, buggy, isolated, lowland tropical field site. Field work entails, but may not be limited to checking contents of nest boxes, video-recording nestling behavioral development and adults, mist-netting, banding and re-sighting color-banded adults, blood sampling and vegetation sampling. Lab and course work will take place on the historic, scenic and subtropical Brownsville campus, near the mouth of Rio Grande and Gulf of Mexico and includes: audio-video archival and analysis; sound spectrographic and statistical analysis. Expected outcomes include co-authorship in peer-reviewed scientific papers, presentations and preparation of grant proposals. NSF-sponsored research is a collaborative effort between UTRGV, the University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis and the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, offering the successful candidate(s) the opportunity to develop professional experience at the national and international level.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0; minimum GRE scores of 153 (verbal) and 144 (quantitative); experience or demonstrated interest in studying animal communication and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Qualified individuals who are interested should send an updated CV, unofficial GREs and transcripts, a writing sample and letter of interest to Applicants will be reviewed as they are received and preference for Teaching/Research Assistantships will be given to those applicants that can meet admission requirements for Fall 2017 (April 15th). More information can be found at

Very interesting opportunity! => Policy intern for the British Ecological Society

Salary: £9.75 per hour
Location: London
Hours: Part-time (2 days a week)
Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 6 months
Closing date: 5pm on 22nd February 2017
Interview date: 8th March 2017

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide.

This is an excellent opportunity for the post holder to develop a wide range of skills including science communication, policy awareness, writing for different audiences, networking and event management. There is scope for refining the tasks undertaken according to the experience and skills the intern would like to develop.

The Policy Intern will also have the opportunity to attend the 2017 BES Symposium on the Macroecology of Alien Species: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Global Biotic Exchange in Durham University.

The Policy Intern will be an integral part of the Society’s External Affairs team, and will:
  • Lead on a specified project as part of policy team’s work programme including developing a Policy Guide
  • Monitor legislation and policy developments relevant to the science of ecology
  • Summarise policy developments for a general audience through the Society’s news and opinions and for members through the Society’s Bulletin
  • Assist with the preparation of policy statements, briefing papers and responses to Government consultations
  • Assist with the organisation of policy meetings and events
  • Represent the Society at external meetings where appropriate
  • Assist with general administration as required by the Senior Policy Officer

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in ecology, environmental science or a related subject. They will have demonstrable knowledge and genuine interest in public policy. A proven interest in ecology is essential. They also need to have excellent communication and IT skills.


Please submit your CV, cover letter and a 100 word answer to the following question: ‘Given the outcome of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, what is a priority policy issue that ecologists should engage with and why?’ via email to
Closing date 5pm on 22nd February 2017
Interview date 8th March 2017

16 de febrero de 2017

Workshop in sex-role evolution (Hungary)



We are glad to invite you to our Workshop that will take place between 6th April 2017 and 9th April 2017 in Tihany, Hungary. The event will start with wine-tasting on Thursday 6 April, will include 2 full days for research talks by top scientists, post-docs and students, and an optional excursion on Sunday to a hot spa (Heviz) and/or the historic Festetics Palace in Keszthely.

Theoretical, experimental, phylogenetic, demographic and neuro-genomic studies of sexual selection, mating systems, pair-bonding, parenting and reproductive behaviours are rapidly advancing. The objectives of the workshop are to overview recent developments in sex roles and associated behaviours, and allow scientists and students to develop new ideas. The Workshop will take place at the guesthouse of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at Lake Balaton. The guesthouse offers a great venue for up to 60 participants, see

Balaton is a major tourist destination in Central Europe (see, and the Workshop will be before the peak tourist season; so we’ll have all the scenery, folklore and tradition without the crowd. Balaton is one of the best wine-growing regions in Hungary famous for white wines including the Szurkebarat and Juhfark.

The Workshop will focus on three main themes:

(i) behavioural variations in sex roles and their ecological and demographic causes,

(ii) phylogenetic analyses of sex role variations, and

(iii) neuro-genomic regulation of sex roles.

In each theme there will be seminars by invited speakers and contributions by young scientists, post-docs and PhD students. We will also discuss the future of sex role research: what are the outstanding questions, what techniques will need to be developed, and how should the field as such develop. The combination of different research skills and variety of model organisms will provide outstanding opportunities to synthesize major research directions.

Confirmed invited speakers include:

1. Variations in sex roles

Professor Franjo Weissing

University of Groningen, Groningen

Dr Franziska Lemmel-Schadelin

University of Veterinarian Medicine, Vienna

Dr Lutz Fromhage

University of Jyvaskyla, Jyveskyla

Professor Wolfgang Goymann

Max Planck Institute, Radolfzell

Professor Jan Komdeur

University of Groningen, Groningen

2. Phylogenetic approach to sex roles

Dr Laszlo Garamszegi

Donana Biological Station, Sevilla

Dr Elina Immonen

University of Uppsala, Uppsala

Professor Jean-Michael Gaillard

CNRS-University of Lyon, Lyon

Dr Veronika Bokony

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

3. Neuro-genomic regularion of sex roles

Dr Dora Zelena

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Dr Araxi Urrutia

University of Bath, Bath

Dr Clemens Kupper

Max Planck Institute, Seewiesen

Professor Hans Hofmann

University of Texas, Austin

Registration fee that includes the welcome wine-tasting on Thursday and the farewell dinner on Saturday will be 80 EUR for students and 125 EUR for non-students. Accommodation will be around 25 EUR per night in shared rooms, and 30-40 EUR per night in single rooms or apartments. Lunch and dinner will be around 10-15 EUR per meal.

Spaces are limited to 60 and we will give priority to students offering a talk. This will be an excellent training opportunity for young scientists, and we encourage senior scientists to bring along their students and post-docs. We recommend registering early, since spaces will rapidly fill up.

Application deadline: Friday, 17 February 2017. Registration will be available soon on the workshop website. For scientific details feel free contacting one of the organisers. For administrative questions and further information on the venue, please, contact Bea Golovanova, CongressLine Ltd. Address: Revay koz 2, H-1065 Budapest, Hungary. Phone: + 36 1 429 0146. E-mail:

This will be a family-friendly event so do consider bringing along your family. CongressLine Ltd will be glad to accommodate individual requests so that you’ll benefit from the off-season prices around Balaton.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Prof Arpad Dobolyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,,

Prof Andras Liker, University of Pannonia,

Prof Tamas Szekely, University of Bath,

15 de febrero de 2017

Oferta de doctorado en conservación de áreas marinas en Canadá

PhD Scholarship – Marine protected areas effectiveness

Closing Date: 27-Feb-2017

We are recruiting a graduate student for a fully-funded PhD project that will look at the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPA) in Canada. The project is part of the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (Phase 2) – CHONe (, the largest Canadian project on marine diversity, allowing the student to be part of a large exciting research network and giving many training opportunities. The project will be at the interface between marine biology and geography and social sciences, approaching the question of MPA effectiveness from different angles.

The ideal student will have a background in geography, biology, environmental sciences or related disciplines with strong academic standing, good communication skills in English and good work ethics. Knowledge of biological/marine conservation, and/or GIS will be an asset. The project can be started in the Spring (May) or Fall (September) 2017. The student will be co-supervised by Drs Rodolphe Devillers (Memorial University, NL) and Natalie Ban (U. Victoria, BC). The successful candidate will be mainly based at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, but may have to spend time at the University of Victoria. Memorial University is one of the largest Universities in Eastern Canada, having a strong focus on marine sciences, and is home of the CHONe 2 network.

Before applying formally to the university, candidates should email Dr Rodolphe Devillers (, providing a short statement of interest, a CV mentioning three people that could provide references, and scans of university transcripts. Applications should be submitted before February 28th but will be reviewed as they come and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Free course: Quantitative Fisheries Stock Assessment (Italy)

The European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), the FAO Fisheries Department Regional Projects and the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM), will run a Summer School in Quantitative Fisheries Stock Assessment from 10 – 22 July 2017, in the Institute for Marine and Coastal Environment (IAMC-CNR), Capo Granitola, Italy. Registration is free and open to fisheries researchers working in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.
The deadline for registration is 28 February 2017.
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14 de febrero de 2017

Senior Conservation Scientist - Supporting Species and Site Work in Africa

Reference number: A6720117
Location: Bedfordshire

The RSPB is looking for a talented person to provide scientific support to the Society's species and site conservation work in Africa. The post requires a doctorate in an ecological subject with at least five years experience of working in conservation science, ideally including international experience, and a good track record in scientific publications. You will be required to lead on a number of existing projects on globally threatened bird species in Africa and support work around key sites including as Gola Rainforest (Sierra Leone and Liberia) and the Liben plain (Ethiopia). This will include travel to these sites to undertake field work both directly and to support and train local partners. The post will require the skills to analyse a range of existing datasets using suitable statistical packages and to publish results in peer reviewed scientific literature and good knowledge of issues relating to conservation in Africa, particularly the impact of commodities expansion on tropical forests, will be advantageous. You will be responsible for developing scientific work to support future conservation initiatives by RSPB and BirdLife partners in the region. This is likely to include work with BirdLife partners, and other key collaborators, to conduct strategic global assessments of emerging conservation issues as a means of prioritising future research

You will need to build and maintain relationships with external partners using high standard oral and written communications to influence funding, policy and other key decisions, including representing the RSPB at relevant external meetings. Familiarity with R or SAS and with the BirdLife partnership will be an advantage." 
Starting salary range is £29,507 to £31,966 per annum Hours & contract information
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 9 March 2017
Interview date: 3 May 2017 How to apply
You can find more information about the role in the downloads below. Please make sure you include reference number A6720117 on any correspondence.
Role Profile (Word 266Kb, requires Microsoft Word)
Additional information (PDF 345Kb, requires Adobe Reader)
Application details (Word 29Kb, requires Microsoft Word)
For questions about this post
Juliet Vickery
01767 693311
Send application details to
Anita McClune
The RSPB, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, 01767 693099

13 de febrero de 2017

Asistente de investigación en Cambridge, UK, con posible trabajo de campo con elefantes en Sudáfrica

Research Assistant to work with me on male elephant data, including tusk size, demographic variables and social data. Further details at

The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.

The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.

Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.

Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.

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