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23 de enero de 2019

Oferta de doctorado en paleogenómica en Barcelona

PhD position available on Paleogenomics of dog population in Europe.

The Botigue lab for “Genomics of ancient crops and domestication” in
the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona is
offering a PhD position under the La Caixa Foundation INPhINIT Programme
to work on the genomic analysis of archaeological dog remains from
Europe spanning from the Neolithic up to the Roman Period with the goal
to understand population dynamics within the continent and gene flow
during that period.


6 February 2019 (Incoming modality)

27 February 2019 (Retaining modality)

TITLE: Genomic analysis of archaeological dog remains from Europe.


The European continent has played a major role in dog domestication. A
recent genomic analysis of Neolithic dogs from Germany, though revealing
genetic continuity, showed complex admixture patterns, including gene
flow from a population similar to modern Indian dogs. Additionally,
studies examining the mitochondrial genome of ancient and modern dogs
have detected a replacement in Europe that took place some time between
the Neolithic and the Middle Age. In the present project we plan to
unravel this complex demographic scenario of prehistoric European dogs
by analysing the genome of twenty ancient dog samples from the Iberian
Peninsula and Germany from a period of over 4,000 years spanning from
the Neolithic up to the Roman Empire.

Analysis of the whole genome and the mitochondrial genome will be
performed to determine the main demographic events that shaped dog
populations during that period. Population structure and admixture will
be studied in ancient dogs in the context of modern dog variation.

As a result, we will provide for the first time insights into the genetic
structure, variability and admixture of dog populations in Europe over
a period of 4 millennia, prior the generation of breeds. Results will
elucidate demographic events surrounding dog prehistory in Europe and
their relationship with humans migrating through the continent.


The dearth and the ambition of the current project are ideal for a
PhD candidate. We are therefore looking for a highly motivated student
seeking to pursue his doctoral studies and specialise in genomics and
bioinformatics by analysing whole genome sequencing data, including that
from archaeological samples. The student will receive extensive training
in a broad range of skills, including theoretical population genetics
and biostatistics. She will learn concepts such as population structure,
admixture and adaptation, and be able to recognize the footprints these
processes leave in the genome. Additionally, the student will also learn
how to model demographic inference, gaining knowledge about coalescent
theory and computational simulations. In order to analyse genomic data,
the student will learn how to use and develop her own bioinformatic tools.

This project is an international collaboration with researchers from
the United States and Germany, so the student will have the opportunity
to perform research stays abroad, increasing her network of peers at an
early stage of her career and learning new skills from renowned population
geneticists. Opportunities to assist international meetings and present
her research will also be granted throughout her PhD.

The PhD will be performed in CRAG'S Plant and Animal Genomics
programme. During the first year of their studies, students receive
teaching on state-of-the art technologies offered by the Core Units
and Scientific Services of CRAG, such as genomics and next generation
sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics. The student
will also be able to attend internal and external seminars at CRAG and
improve her oratory skills by giving seminars regularly.

By the end of her PhD, the student will have become a population
geneticist specialised in the analysis of modern and ancient genomes
with a strong computational background and a wide network of peers.


The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT “la Caixa” is devoted to
attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who
wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory.

The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships offer a highly competitive salary
and complementary opportunities for training on transferrable skills
(through the collaboration of leading entities such as Vitae and Oxentia),
temporary stays in industry, incentives upon completion of the thesis,
among other elements that make these fellowships some of the most
attractive and complete in Europe.


For questions about the position and further information about the
project, contact Laura Botigué, Email:


Applications should be done using La Caixa INPhINIT online application
system . Please follow the link below to obtain further information
about the PhD position and how to access the online application system:

22 de enero de 2019

Voluntariado/Prácticas en un zoo irlandés especializado en rapaces

Internship – Eagles Flying

Eagles flying is a small to medium sized zoo located on the west coast of Ireland in co. Sligo, just a stone’s throw away from the Wild Atlantic Way. Our collection mainly focuses on birds of prey but also includes pet animals and a small number of captive wild animals. At Eagles Flying we captivate our visitors with daily guided tours, interactive animal experiences and flying display, all of which prospective interns will be able to participate in once the required training is completed.

The zoo is currently looking for interns for beginning in March 2019 and continuing for 3-6 months (or more) depending on the interns flexibility. Working 6 days per week the internship will cover a wide variety of tasks dealing with everyday jobs within the zoo. These include but are not limited to the following tasks involving a wide variety of animals:
Cleaning (of animal enclosures, footpaths and the general zoo environment)
Food preparation and the feeding of animals
Reporting on animal health and welfare to senior members of staff.
Daily checks of enclosures, individual animals, footpaths and the general zoo environment.
Provision of guided tours and participation in the twice daily flying display (if possible).
Handling and moving animals.
Supervision of visitors.

What we offer:
The opportunity to gain relevant experience working in a dynamic zoo environment
The opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals and learn a number of animal handling and animal training techniques
The internship also includes free accommodation (including all amenities e.g. internet, electricity, heating etc.) and ONE meal per working day with the possibility of a monthly stipend depending on the intern´s work input.
The opportunity to engage with the public and share your passion for the natural world, teaching people about the various species included in our collection.

What we’re looking for:
Highly motivated individuals with good teamwork skills, a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and strong interpersonal and communication skills (essential).
Experience working with animals
Most tasks are labour intensive and so individuals must be physically fit.
Individuals must be fluent in English.
Good record keeping and reporting skills.


To apply send a CV and cover letter outlining why you wish to apply and what applicable skills you offer to the position on to

21 de enero de 2019

Postdoc en biología molecular en Barcelona

The Group of Regulatory Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Remodeling in Experimental Pathology at Institut de Recerca del Hospital de Sant Pau (IRHSCSP) seeks for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in molecular and cellular biology. The position involves working with a trans-disciplinary team of scientists studying the pathophysiological basis underlying atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.The project will require studies in transgenic animal models recently developed by our group and in vascular cell cultures using molecular and cellular biology techniques. 

Outstanding candidates with a PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or similar and experience in the cardiovascular field are invited to apply. The profile of the candidates must include publications in high-impact journals of the cardiovascular area and previous experience in animal models of cardiovascular diseases

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter indicating his/her interest in the area, and a CV to:

Dra Cristina Rodríguez (
Institut de Recerca del Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Programa ICCC)
C/Antoni Mª Claret 167
08025 Barcelona (Spain)
Tef: 0034 93 556 58 97

Cursos avanzados para biólogos: Genómica, divulgación científica, análisis de imagen...

 #Nota de Fernando: 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).

Además tenemos abierto el programa de becas para algunos de nuestros cursos. Más información en:

Puedes informarte sobre todos nuestros cursos con matrícula abierta en:

Recordamos que existe un descuento especial del 40% en la matrícula de nuestros cursos para científicos y científicas españoles que se encuentren en situación de desempleo y estudiantes de doctorado que no tengan beca para realizar su tesis doctoral. Las personas interesadas pueden obtener más información en nuestra página web ( ).

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19 de enero de 2019

Lecturer position in conservation social science in Colorado

Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado 

POSITION: Instructor in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, 9-month Non Tenure-Track. 

The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department seeks an experienced, dynamic and innovative individual who will teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses across the HDNR curriculum. The Department seeks individuals who are qualified and experienced in teaching as many of the following topics as possible: conservation leadership, non-profit organizations in conservation, conservation governance, and quantitative research methods and analysis. 

This position is for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 semester but may be further extended based on need and funding. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Required: 1) Completed PhD in an area related to the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. 2) Demonstrated teaching experience in higher education. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply and view a full announcement please visit:   by February 20, 2019. 
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates. 

Voluntariado selvático en Trinidad trabajando con guppies

Good old times!
Esta oferta viene personalmente recomendada por @bioblogo. Yo ya he ido dos veces (también de voluntario) y si no estuviera liado ahora mismo, me iba otra vez. Anímate y trata de negociar un paper con ellos, o futuras oportunidades!

Looking for a field assistant! The project involves behavioural sampling of guppy behaviour in the field in Trinidad. Project with @C_C_Ioannou @CulumBrown @DarrenPCroft @amy_e_deacon @Martin_Genner Expenses paid, incl. flights, from early March for 2 months.

Experience of fieldwork in tropical countries and experience handling small animals would be good. Being a good driver with a clean license is essential.

Interested? Contact Dr. Christos Ioannou at

18 de enero de 2019

Técnico de campo ornitólogo en Hawaii

Project Summary

Two major threats to birds worldwide are collisions with power lines and disorientation caused by artificial light sources. This is especially true on the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i, where both power lines and artificial lights are a serious threat to the three endangered and endemic seabirds, the Newell’s Shearwater, Hawaiian Petrel, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. These seabirds are vulnerable to colliding with power lines when they make frequent nocturnal flights from the sea to their montane breeding colonies and back again. The young of these species are particularly vulnerable to grounding when they become disoriented by artificial lights on their maiden voyage out to sea in the Autumn.

The Underline Monitoring Project (UMP) is a sub-project within the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP), and has multiple related research avenues: 1) determine where and to what extent seabirds hit power lines or are grounded by lights, 2) identify environmental and behavioral predictors of power line collision and grounding, and 3) conduct experiments testing the efficacy of minimization strategies. Brief descriptions of the methods used to achieve these three overarching goals are described on our website

Application Guidelines

Provide a short but job-specific cover letter, resume, and transcripts/Diploma. For the cover letter, please first read the job posting and visit our website. Provide information that shows that you are a good fit for this job. Limit cover letter one page, avoid long paragraphs; bullet points are appreciated. Please name your files with your last name and document. For example, SmithResume.pdf or SmithCoverLetter.docx

Job application process: Must apply through website

To apply for these positions please visit job postings at .

To locate the job posting, type 18686 or “Underline” into the keyword search.

Job Summary
(2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project, Underline Monitoring Project, located on Kauai. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Monitors wildlife impacts as a result of human activities associated with electrical transmission, distribution infrastructure, and outdoor lighting. Works under the direction of the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) Avian Conservation Biologist. Duties include incidental take monitoring, biological monitoring, seabird population survey and monitoring, mapping species locations, data entry, and preliminary analyses of field data. Performs effective public outreach. Operates a motor vehicle, radar unit, and a variety of equipment for field studies. Must adhere to equipment use, pesticide use, and invasive species prevention protocols. Significant amounts of nighttime and early morning survey work will be required.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: One to three (1-3) years of college level biological sciences coursework from an accredited college or university. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of (paid or volunteer) experience in biological fieldwork (Volunteer experience must be documented and verifiable). Demonstrated experience with one (1) or more of the following: searching for difficult to detect targets (i.e.: bird watching, hunting, tracking), seabird monitoring methods, auditory point counts, and/or operating ornithological radar. Demonstrated remote area experience. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of the principles of avian population ecology and conservation. Competent in techniques of avian population ecology and conservation, particularly colonial nesting seabirds. Hiking ability, including off-trail navigation. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Excel) and other software programs to undertake field reporting. Ability to read maps and aerial photographs and document work. Proficient in word processing and spreadsheet computer applications. Ability to use GPS equipment. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to locate birds by their calls and identify species both visually and aurally. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must possess Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain and maintain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months from date of hire and maintain throughout duration of employment). Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course (A100) within six (6) months from date of hire. Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to hike at least four (4) miles on obscure trails with a thirty to forty (30-40) pound backpack unassisted, and live and work in isolated field camps under primitive conditions for extended periods of time. Must be able to concentrate for extended periods (e.g., four (4) hours) using ornithological radar, night-vision, binoculars, or scope under low-light conditions. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological Sciences. Strong interest and background training in seabird ecology, particularly forest-nesting petrels. Strong interest and background in incidental take projects (i.e. power line strikes, wind farm monitoring, etc.). Experience working with Hawaiian birds. Experience with marine radar. Experience with use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software (ArcView) and databases (Access). Familiarity with computers and data entry. Familiarity with native Hawaiian flora and fauna, local conservation issues, and Kauai.

INQUIRIES: Marc Travers 335-5300 (Kauai).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

17 de enero de 2019

ASAB Summer Meeting “Frontiers in the Study of Animal Behaviour”, Konstanz, Germany

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Konstanz from the 26th to 28th August for the ASAB Summer Meeting “Frontiers in the Study of Animal Behaviour”, hosted by the Max Planck Department of Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz.

We are delighted to have a great lineup of plenary speakers, including:

Meg Crofoot, UC Davis
Jason Kerr, Max Planck CAESAR Bonn
Mary “Cassie” Stoddard, Princeton University
Emily Shepard, Swansea University
Nachum Ulanovski, Weizmann Institute of Science

In addition to talks, we will also be hosting workshops to provide training in state-of-the-art behavioural acquisition and analysis technologies for both the lab and field, and across scales of biological organisation. Topics will include automated tracking and body posture analysis, machine (deep) learning in animal behavior, acoustic analysis, drone-based imaging, global animal tracking and analysis of behaviour and genomics in the wild.

Further details, as well as information about the remarkable landscape, UNESCO world heritage sites, nature reserves and (importantly) world-class vineyards, can be found at:

We will update the website regularly, and will post again when wen the application system is online.

Please note that we will provide childcare on site at the meeting and childcare grants are available to all members of ASAB.

All the best,

Postdoc evolutivo en Finlandia

Post-doc in predicting evolution:

1.Job/ project description:

The research will involve using and refining an existing mathematical model of wing morphogenesis to explore whether it can be used to predict how wing morphology changes over generations in an artificial selection experiment. These predictions would be contrasted with predictions stemming from a quantitative genetics analysis of fly populations.

The research will take place in the Center of Excellence in Experimental and computational developmental biology of the Biotechnology Institute of the University of Helsinki, Finland.

For a full description of the project check the modeling in part of this funded project:

The job is for 1,5 years.

2. Background:

Why organisms are the way they are?

Can we understand the processes by which complex organisms are build in each generation and how these evolved?

The process of embryonic development is now widely acknowledged to be crucial to understand evolution since any change in the phenotype in evolution (e.g. morphology) is first a change in the developmental process by which this phenotype is produced. Over the years we have come to learn that there is a set of developmental rules that determine which phenotypic variation can possibly arise in populations due to genetic mutation (the so called genotype-phenotype map). Since natural selection can act only on existing phenotypic variation, these rules of development have an effect on the direction of evolutionary change.

Our group is devoted to understand these developmental rules and how these can help to better understand the direction of evolutionary change. The ultimate goal is to modify evolutionary theory by considering not only natural selection in populations but also developmental biology in populations. For that aim we combine mathematical models of embryonic development that relate genetic variation to morphological variation with population models. The former models are based on what is currently known in developmental biology.

There are two traditional approaches to study phenotypic evolution. One is quantitative genetics and one is developmental evolutionary biology. The former is based in the statistics of the association between genetic relatedness and phenotypic variation between individuals in populations, the latter in the genetic and bio-mechanical manipulation of the development of lab individuals. While the former models trait variation with an statistical linear approach the latter models it by deterministic non-linear models of gene networks and tissue bio-mechanics. For the most, these two approaches are largely isolated from each other.

The current project aims to contrast and put together these two approaches in a specific easy to study system: the fly wing. In brief, we are growing fly populations and, in each generation, we select the founders of the next generation based on how close they resemble an arbitrary optimal morphology in their wings (based on the proportions between several of their traits). In each generation also, we estimate the G matrix and the selection gradient to see how well one can predict evolution in the next generation. The quantitative genetics predictions will be contrasted with the predictions stemming from a wing morphogenesis model that we built based on our current understanding of wing developmental biology (see Dev Cell. 2015 Aug 10;34(3):310-22 for the model and for slightly similar approaches: Nature. 2013 May 16;497(7449):361-4. and Nature. 2010 Mar 25;464(7288):583-6).

Our center of excellence includes groups working in tooth, wing, hair and mammary glands development. In addition to evolutionary and developmental biologists the center of excellence includes bioinformaticians, populational and quantitative geneticists, systems biologists and paleontologists. The group leaders of the center involved in this project are Jukka Jernvall, Salazar-Ciudad and Shimmi.

“The Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence are the flagships of Finnish research. They are close to or at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and training new talented researchers for the Finnish research system.”

3. Requirements:

The applicant must hold a PhD in either evolutionary biology, developmental biology or, preferably, in evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). Applicants with a PhD in theoretical or mathematical biology are also welcome.

Programming skills or a willingness to acquire them is required.

The most important requirement is a strong interest and motivation on science and evolution. A capacity for creative and critical thinking is also required.

4. Description of the position:

The fellowship will be for a period of up to 1,5 years (100% research work: no teaching involved).

Salary according to Finnish postdoc salaries.

5. The application must include:

-Motivation letter including a statement of interests
-CV (summarizing degrees obtained, subjects included in degree and grades, average grade).
-Summary of PhD project, its main conclusions and its underlying motivation.

-Application should be sent to:

No official documents are required for the application first stage but these may be required latter on.

6. Deadline:

There is no specific deadline but the position will start in July 2019.

7. Interested candidates should check the centres page:

16 de enero de 2019

Prácticas remuneradas en ciencias del mar (USA)

The Shaw Institute (formerly the Marine & Environmental Research Institute, MERI) is looking to fill two Marine Research Internship positions for the 2019 field season. These are full-time positions requiring a 6-month commitment from June through November (start date TBD).

The Shaw Institute is a 501(C)3 nonprofit scientific research organization based in Maine and New York City. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Susan Shaw (as the Marine & Environmental Research Institute), the Shaw Institute’s mission is to discover and expose environmental health threats through innovative science and engage in strategic partnerships to improve human and ecological health. Over three decades, the Institute’s pioneering research on ocean pollution, sentinel species, flame retardants, plastics, and climate change has fueled public policy nationally and internationally. To learn more about our work, visit

The Blue Hill Research Center is located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in a unique coastal ecosystem bridging mid-coast and “Downeast” Maine. A habitat for bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises, and a rich variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, the landscape is dotted with small fishing villages, wooden boatyards, and blueberry fields. Interns will spend the season studying the impacts of development, global warming, and pollution on this pristine ecosystem.

This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working towards a career in marine biology, ecotoxicology, coastal ecology, environmental conservation, or a related field to gain practical experience in the field and in the laboratory. The ideal candidate will possess a personal interest in environmental research and a commitment to the mission of the organization.

Job Description

The Marine Research Interns will assist the Shaw Institute Research Department with the implementation of its marine research. Large-scale projects investigating the abundance and impacts of microplastics in the marine environment and a study of bacterial loads at local swimming beaches and their link to gastrointestinal illness will be the top priorities of this internship. Interns will be responsible for either the Microplastics or Bacteria project, but both interns will work together to complete both projects. Other duties may include monitoring for early identification of harmful algal blooms, tracking ocean warming and acidification, and assisting with response to marine mammal strandings (whales and harbor seals) in the Downeast region. Primary responsibilities will include field sampling from land and boat, laboratory analyses, archiving of samples, data entry and management, and producing written reports and presentations.

Specific Duties
Conduct water and tissue sample collection both from shore and the Shaw research vessel at sites in the greater Blue Hill Bay
Safely operate and maintain all field and lab equipment including a multiparameter YSI EXO2 Datasonde
Assist with marine mammal stranding response as-needed, including on-site tissue collection and necropsies in the Shaw laboratory
Perform laboratory assays following established standard operating procedures and protocols including the occasional processing and archiving of marine mammal tissues
Assist with data entry and updating of laboratory records, logs, and inventories
Manage and analyze large water quality and multi-variable data sets
Prepare summaries, reports, fact sheets, and assist with community outreach
Conduct literature searches, develop background information, and communicate and promote the Shaw Institute’s research and mission to the public
Give a final presentation to staff and members of the community on your research at the end of your internship
Assist with in-house events including the environmental lecture series and other duties relating to the organization's goals and mission as required

Reports to: Marine Research Coordinator


Applicants should possess a BA or BS degree in marine biology, ecotoxicology, coastal ecology, environmental conservation, or a related major. Some field and laboratory experience and a basic knowledge of statistics and database management are required. Familiarity with environmental sampling and monitoring methods is preferred. Applicants must be able to work outside in a variety of environmental conditions, be willing to get dirty, muddy, and wet, be hands-on with a variety of organisms, be comfortable working on a marine research vessel, and be available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently and as a team are a must.

Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. Proficiency in graphics, ArcGIS, and statistical software (STATA) is desirable. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Only US citizens or lawful permanent residents should apply. Position requires some physical activity and applicant should be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Time Requirements:

June - November (start date TBD) Full-time (40 hours/week); additional hours to be agreed upon by employee and Director.


Stipend and shared housing in Blue Hill, Maine. Housing is within walking distance to the Institute. Interns are responsible for all travel expenses and food.


Deadline to Apply is March 15, 2019

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your experience, career objectives, and which research project you are most interested in conducting at the Shaw Institute (Microplastics or Bacteria) along with your Resume/CV and contact information for three references to:

Madelyn Woods, Marine Research Coordinator, at

Indicate “Marine Research Internship, NAME” in the subject line of your email.

Please, no phone calls.

15 de enero de 2019

Dos ofertas de doctorado paleontológico en Suiza

We have funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation for two outstandingly motivated PhD students for reconstructing the evolution of a species radiation and its ecosystem using paleo-genomics, paleoecology and paleontology matched with experimental ecology and genomics of
extant organisms.

Both graduate positions are based at the Institute of Ecology & Evolution,
University of Bern and at the Eawag Center for Ecology, Evolution &
Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum.

The advert texts follow:

1. PhD in Evolutionary Biology The position is fully funded for 4 years,
and will be based in the Aquatic Ecology & Evolution group of Prof. Ole
Seehausen at the University of Bern and the Eawag Center for Ecology,
Evolution & Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.

The project will explore 15,000 years of evolution and ecosystem dynamics
in Lake Victoria, East Africa, as reconstructed from sediment cores,
fossils and ancient DNA. This Swiss NSF Sinergia project is a cooperation
between U Bern, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and
Technology), the Centre for Geogenetics at U of Copenhagen, Denmark,
the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, U of Arizona, U Massachusetts
and others.

The group of Ole Seehausen focusses on the phenotypic and genomic
evolution of Lake Victoria's super-diverse cichlid fish radiation. The PhD
in evolutionary biology and paleogenetics will investigate the evolution
of the cichlid radiation through study of time series of fossils and
ancient DNA. We want to understand how the ecological and phenotypic
diversity changed through time, how genetic variation arose and got
assembled into new species in the course of the adaptive radiation. This
is one of 4 PhD and several Postdoc positions in the project. In close
collaboration with ecologists, paleo-ecologists and paleo-genomics
researchers, we want to address how the evolutionary diversification of
the cichlid fish interacted with the Lake Victoria ecosystem. The student
will analyse subfossil remains of cichlid fish from sediment cores for
their morphology and ancient DNA content. Extensive reference collections
of modern cichlids and their genome sequences will be available to aid
interpretation of fossil phenotypes and ancient DNA data. The PhD will
be co-supervised by Dr. Moritz Muschick.

Ideally, the candidate has extensive prior training in molecular
genetic techniques, statistical shape analysis, computational analysis
of genomic sequence data, or evolutionary biology. The candidate is
motivated to learn and apply advanced laboratory techniques and to
work independently. The group's working language is English and fluency
in writing and speaking is required. Knowledge of German or French is
not required.

Besides Uni Bern, the student will spend time at Eawag's Center for
Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry. The Centre is located at Lake
Lucerne and is a strong nucleus of Eawag research groups aimed at
integrating evolutionary biology, community ecology, and ecosystem

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Salary: Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (47,000 to 50,000 CHF, 100%). The
position is available from March 1, 2019 (for 3-4 years).

Review of applications starts on January 20, 2019 and continues until
the position is filled.

Please direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen,

Please send one pdf file only, with CV, letter of motivation, if
applicable transcript of MSc with grades, publication list, and contact
details of three referees by email to

2. PhD in Evolutionary Ecology of Ecosystems The position is fully funded
for 4 years, and will be based in the group of Blake Matthews at the
Eawag Center for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum,
Switzerland. The successful applicant will be a student of the University
of Bern, and be co-supervised by Prof. Ole Seehausen (Institute of
Ecology and Evolution, Bern).

The project will explore 15,000 years of evolution and ecosystem dynamics
in Lake Victoria, East Africa, as reconstructed from sediment cores,
fossils and ancient DNA. This Swiss NSF Sinergia project is a cooperation
between U Bern, Eawag, the Centre for Geogenetics at U of Copenhagen,
Denmark, the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, U of Arizona,
U Massachusetts and others.

The group of Blake Matthews focuses on phenotypic evolution in a
community and ecosystem context. The open PhD position will investigate
how the community composition and phenotypic diversity of zooplankton has
changed over time in Lake Victoria. To this end, the student will analyse
subfossil remains of zooplankton from sediment cores spanning hundreds
to thousands of years of ecosystem and evolutionary history. This is one
of 4 PhD positions funded by the project. In close collaboration with
ecologists, paleo-ecologists and paleo-genomics researchers, we want to
address how the evolutionary diversification of the cichlid fish along
with other ecosystem changes (e.g. eutrophication), have interacted with
the plankton community of Lake Victoria.

Ideally, the candidate has some prior experience in invertebrate taxonomy
(ideally with zooplankton), or paleolimnology. The candidate is motivated
to learn about evolutionary ecology in general, and about paleolimnology
and zooplankton in particular. The group's working language is English
and fluency in writing and speaking is required. Knowledge of German or
French is not required.

Eawag's Center for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry (CEEB) is located
on the shore of Lake Lucerne and is a strong nucleus of Eawag research
groups aimed at integrating evolutionary biology, community ecology, and
ecosystem science The
PhD student will interact with a diverse range of researchers studying
community ecology, evolutionary biology, ecological genetics, ecosystem
science, and applied environmental science.

Review of applications will start on January 20, 2019 and continue until
the position is filled.

Please send one pdf file only, with CV, letter of motivation, if
applicable transcript of MSc with grades, publication list, and
contact details of three referees by email to Dr. Blake Matthews

We look forward to seeing your applications

Best wishes

Ole Seehausen

"Seehausen, Ole" <>

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