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23 de enero de 2017

2 plazas para técnicos de campo ornitólogos (IL, USA)


Position will be located in the areas of Newton and Salem, Illinois. Housing is provided in Salem, IL.
The Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois is seeking applicants for Telemetry Field Technicians. Applicants will assist in the translocation of Greater Prairie-chickens from Kansas to Illinois. Some travel out of Illinois will be required. Duties include assisting with trapping, banding and radio tagging of birds in Kansas during March and April and radio tracking translocated birds once released in Illinois. Additional duties include attending leks before sunrise and re-sighting banded birds, driving throughout the area searching for radio-tagged birds, locating and monitoring nests and broods, vegetation surveys, and entering and managing data.
Preferred duration: March 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Rate of pay: $12.00 to $15.00 per hour commensurate with experience and skills.
B.S. or related degree required. Minimum qualifications include demonstrable radio telemetry skills using standard VHF telemetry, and experience re-sighting color-marked birds. Must be able to determine colors visually. A good candidate will also have experience using GPS, the ability to follow a standardized protocol, previous experience working in grasslands, and the ability to work well, both independently, and with others. Experience handling and banding birds, preferably grouse-like birds, is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, be in good physical condition, be able to work for extended periods, and be enthusiastic about early mornings and a rigorous field season. Must be willing and able to work in extreme weather conditions including heat and humidity.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Application deadline is February 10, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable applicants may be contacted for interviews prior to the application deadline. Electronic applications required, please send a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, resume or CV, and names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of 3 references to: IMPORTANT! Please reference “Schelsky Telemetry Technicians” in the subject line of the email. Direct technical questions to Wendy Schelsky at
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Nuevos cursos avanzados para biólogos (Transmitting Science)

 #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).

(Estos otros cursos también tendrán rebaja).

Además 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 ( ).

Por favor, para más información visite nuestra página web:

22 de enero de 2017

Postdoc muy tentador en ecología marina, con trabajo de campo en Australia y base en UK

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to work with Dr Steve Simpson (Exeter), Prof. Andy Radford (Bristol) and Prof. Mark McCormick (James Cook University; JCU) on a NERC-funded project to assess Impacts of anthropogenic noise on reproduction and survival. The post is available from 1st April 2017 for 31 months (with the possibility of extending to 36 months) and will be based at the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter.

The PDRF will conduct studies on a day-to-day basis, and organise and manage three 4-month field trips to Lizard Island Research Station and two 4-month research visits to James Cook University. The PDRF will require excellent field skills (scuba diving, snorkelling, boat handling), have experience in building and designing equipment for field and aquarium-based experiments, be willing to learn theory and analysis of underwater acoustics, and have experience in arranging logistics and managing students and assistants during fieldwork. The PDRF will be supported with analysing data and writing papers, and encouraged to present findings at national/international conferences, thus maximising their career progression.

The successful applicant will already have a strong track record in some or all of the fields of fish biology, marine ecology, underwater acoustics and animal behaviour. They will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader where required.

For further information please contact Dr Steve Simpson (e-mail or telephone +44 (0) 1392 722714).

Interviews are expected to take place in late February 2017.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here .

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

21 de enero de 2017

3 contratos de verano para estudiantes de biología, para censar aves en USA

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the North American Breeding Bird Survey program (, a long-term, continental avian monitoring program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data, data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing, preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative correspondence.

Application deadline:

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by February 15, 2017.

Statement of Work

1. Types of services required: During the summer field season, approximately 3100 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and quality control procedures using web-based technologies, tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.

2. Required expertise/skills:

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology, ecology, environmental science or related disciplines.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a student contract position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these contracts. Applicants will be required to show proof of their student status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions against off-campus work.

4. Description of working conditions: Work will be performed in an office environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This is not a field or laboratory position.

5. Compensation: The student contractor will be paid $16.71 per hour. Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. Principal Duty Station: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is present.

7. Additional information: Number of students required is three. Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer). There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the fall semester. The approximate start date is May 29, 2017. The approximate end date is August 25, 2017. There is flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email ( Applications must be received on or before February 15, 2017. In your cover letter include an explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2 above.

20 de enero de 2017

Ofertas de master y doctorado en oceanografía en Canadá

Graduate Student Opportunities in Oceanography at University of Victoria

I am seeking motivated MSc and PhD students to join my chemical oceanography group at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria (Victoria, BC, Canada). We use high precision measurements of dissolved gases to study the ocean carbon cycle. How ocean carbon is changing is a defining issue in our field today, because of its implications for future climate change and ocean ecosystems. We study this question by making measurements of oxygen to quantify ocean productivity, of nitrogen to look at denitrification, and of inert gases like neon and argon to understand the physical processes that affect carbon.

Possible scientific research directions include:
- quantifying net biological productivity over an annual cycle using oxygen sensors on profiling Argo floats in the NE Pacific, including comparison to our lab?s discrete estimates from discrete oxygen/argon ratios
- elucidating the nitrogen cycle in the Arctic from measurements of dissolved nitrogen/argon ratios to detect denitrification rates
- using noble gas measurements to understand the impact of water mass formation on deep ocean carbon and to refine parameterizations of air-sea gas exchange
Any of the projects in my lab would require a student to periodically go to sea to collect dissolved gas samples and then analyze the samples in my laboratory using cryogenic gas processing techniques and a mass spectrometer. See my research projects page for more information:

While I would expect to train any student in the necessary procedures, it is important that the student possess a strong attention to detail and good analytical chemistry skills. Prospective students should be bright and self-motivated with good communication skills, a natural curiosity about science, and some patience for lab work.

If interested, please contact Dr. Roberta Hamme at Applications are due at University of Victoria by 15 February for full consideration.
Roberta Hamme - (250) 472-4014

19 de enero de 2017

7 plazas para científicos en el Australian Institute of Marine Science

¿Te gustó este artículo sobre mi experiencia en Australia? ¿Te gustaría trabajar en el mismo sitio?

¡Están contratando en AIMS!

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is filling seven new science positions, in the following disciplines:

* Benthic Ecologist

* Research Technician - Marine Ecological Field Surveys

* Fish Population Ecology

* Benthic (Coral Reef) Ecology

* Ecological Risk Modeller

* Ecosystem Modeller - Cumulative Impacts

* Coastal Biogeochemical Modeller

The positions are all full-time, for 2 - 5 years. Details, Position Descriptions, and contact details for more information at:
Please spread the news to any colleagues who may be interested, and post it on your favourite blog sites! AIMS offers very attractive working conditions including competitive salaries and 15.4% superannuation, a 9-day fortnight, and generous leave entitlements.
Furthermore, a call for up to 7 new postdoctoral positions will likely go out in the coming weeks.

Prácticas remuneradas en botánica (USA)

Summer 2017 Internships at the Holden Arboretum

This 12-week summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to work with scientists from The Holden Arboretum studying the effects of environmental change on plants and forests of Northeast Ohio. Internships typically run from late May thru early August but timing is flexible. Duties may include: assisting in soil and plant sampling, plant data collection, as well as extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from soils and roots. Interns will be compensated with a stipend of $440/week and on-site housing is available if needed for a nominal fee ($30 per week). Due to our rural location, interns are responsible for their own transportation. Persons with knowledge of or interest in ecology, microbiology, or plant biology are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume that discusses your
prior experience, and two references. Applicants should also indicate their
primary research interest. Holden research staff and a description of their
respective programs can be found at:

Questions concerning the internships can be addressed to Dr. David Burke

To apply: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the
positions are filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest
and resume online at:

Posting Date: January 2017
Closing Date: Until Filled
The Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a
diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced
individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the
country’s foremost arboreta.

Full professor: Population and Evolutionary Biology (The Netherlands)

Full professor Population and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Science – Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Publication date: 12 December 2016
Level of education: PhD
Salary indication: €5,260 to €7,659 gross per month
Closing date: 11 February 2017
Hours: 38 hours per week
Vacancy number: 16-593

Job description
The new full professor will chair the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology, will develop her/his own research program, and will contribute to the teaching program. The full professor will foster a coherent research profile of the department, will represent the department inside and outside the university, and will mentor and guide the department members in their scientific career development.

Tasks are to chair the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology;
to develop and contribute to courses in particular within the BSc and MSc curricula Biology, Psychobiology, Bio-medical Sciences and Future Planet Studies; to strengthen the existing research lines by bringing in new ideas, skills and innovative research approaches; to develop her/his own research within the research domain of the Population and Evolutionary Biology department;
to attract external funding.

Desired skills and experience

The ideal candidate is a creative and inspiring scientist who can identify new directions, implement plans and motivate people, with a clear vision on how to take up the challenges and enhances new opportunities for teaching and research.
In particular, the candidate:
  • has a proven scientific track record in the field of population and evolutionary biology;
  • is interested and engaged in university teaching;
  • has a strong position in international networks;
  • has an affinity for experimental and field work;
  • has a track record in gaining research grant funding;
  • has a critical, open, constructive and enthusiastic personality;
  • contributes positively to the consolidation of the team spirit.

Other aspects:
  • in possession of a University Teaching Certificate or willingness to acquire it within two years;
  • if not already living in the Netherlands, willing to move to it;
  • if from abroad, a willingness to learn the Dutch language.
Further information
For further information about this vacancy, please contact us by email at:
Jobs Ibed
You may also contact:
Prof. Peter de Ruiter
T: +31 (0)20 525 5684.
We offer a full-time position for 38 hours per week in a highly stimulating academic environment and a dynamic international atmosphere. The gross monthly salary will range from €5,260 to €7,659 (scale H2), depending on previous experience. The salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
Job application
Applications by email only. These should include:
a concise motivation letter (max. 1 page);
a CV and list of publications;
a teaching statement (max. 2 pages);
a research statement (max. 2 pages);
names and contact details of three references.

All application materials should be combined into a single pdf and submitted via the "Apply for this job" button. Please quote vacancy number 16-593 in the subject field.
Interviews for this position are scheduled in the second half of March 2017, Science Park 904, Amsterdam.
We strongly encourage women to apply.
No agencies please About the employer

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of the eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. IBED was founded in 2000 by merging research groups with expertise in ecology, physical geography, environmental microbiology and environmental chemistry. The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (presence, population dynamics and functioning of plants, animals, microbes), and the interplay between these ecosystem components. The IBED vision includes that research encompasses experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from microbes and individual behaviour to patterns and processes occurring at landscape scale. IBED offers advanced and up-to-date research facilities, such as a greenhouse, growth chambers, an electrophysiological lab, a molecular lab, an analytical chemistry lab, a soil erosion lab, a GIS studio, and high-performance computing facilities.
IBED is in search of a new full professor for the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology (PEB).
We are looking for a scientist who has the ambition to lead a diverse research group. Someone who inspires the PEB team, represents the group and increases the international academic visibility of PEB. Someone who has a talent for, and a clear vision on university teaching and research. We welcome a candidate who brings in new approaches, research skills or model systems.
The department of Population and Evolutionary Biology
Research of the new department of Population and Evolutionary Biology aims at improved understanding of how interactions between individuals and their biotic and abiotic environment affect population dynamics and evolutionary processes, which ultimately determine speciation and biodiversity patterns. Research is integrative, combining insights from population ecology, community ecology, and evolutionary biology. The Population and Evolutionary Biology department also performs applied research on questions relevant for society.
At present, the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology consists of 10 permanent academic staff members, 10 Postdocs,18 PhD students and 4 technical staff. The department plays an important role in teaching and coordinates a wide range of BSc and MSc courses. The department will comprise the three current chair groups of Population Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Experimental Plant Systematics.
Current research of PEB is organized along 4 lines:
  • chemical and molecular basis of adaptation and speciation;
  • adaptive intraspecific variation in exploitation strategies of herbivores and predators;
  • direct and indirect interactions among plants, predators and prey;
  • biodiversity and conservation.

Members of the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology collaborate extensively with other research groups within IBED. Within the University of Amsterdam, we work together with colleagues from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and the Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making. The department of Population and Evolutionary Biology also collaborates with many other national and international institutes and non-academic stakeholders. In particular, we focus on increased collaboration with the related department of Animal Ecology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Together, these two groups aim to become a leading center for evolutionary and ecological research.

18 de enero de 2017

Open call for a full-time postdoc in Neuroscience (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Job description
The proposed project addresses the formation and function of the spinal locomotor network in zebrafish. The goal is to connect the formation of the circuit with its functionality, both at the cellular and at the organism level. In vivo time-lapse imaging of fluorescent reporter lines should reveal how cells are generated and integrated within the locomotor circuitry. State-of-the-art techniques, such as optogenetics and genetically encoded calcium indicators, will help to define the functional role of interneuron populations in zebrafish and mice spinal microcircuits. The work will be performed within the unit of Developmental Genetics that consists of four PI's who will contribute with their expertise during various aspects of the project (

Candidates should have a PhD degree with a robust background in neuroscience. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout their previous studies with their own publications. The candidate should be highly motivated, organized, and able to work independently. Strong English skills are also important.

Candidates should have experience in at least two of the following:
1) Zebrafish or mouse as a model system
2) Optogenetics in neural tissue
3) Neural calcium imaging
4) Long-term live imaging
5) Electrophysiology

The position is available immediately, with stipend-based funding for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their applications; cover letter including a brief statement of research interests and technical expertise, CV, publication list, a letter of recommendation as well as contact details of one additional reference directly to Dr. Boije (

Contact details
Contact person: Henrik Boije (

Postdoc para jóvenes madrileños para trabajar con isótopos estables

POST-DOC “Geoquímica Ambiental de Ambientes Extremos”

Se ofrece un contrato postdoctoral de un año (tipo de contrato: obra y servicio) en el campo de la línea de investigación de “Biomarcadores e Isótopos Estables”, trabajando en diversos proyectos relacionados entre sí nacionales como internacionales ya en marcha bajo la supervisión del Dr. Daniel Carrizo. El objetivo principal de las actividades es el “Análisis de Biomarcadores moleculares e isotópicos en muestras de Ambientes Extremos utilizados en Exploración Planetaria”.

Las actividades a realizar incluyen:

1. Análisis y caracterización geoquímica de biomarcadores (i.e., alcanos, alcoholes, ácidos carboxílicos, etc.) mediante cromatografía gaseosa acoplada a espectroscopia de masas y cromatografía liquida) de muestras de ambientes extremos terrestres ya obtenidas (i.e., Rio Tinto, Desierto de Atacama, Ártico Canadiense, Antártida, Etiopia, Islandia, Nueva Zelanda, etc.).

2. Análisis y caracterización geoquímica de isotopos estables livianos (C, H, O, N y S) mediante espectrometría de masas de relación isotópica (IRMS) de muestras de ambientes extremos terrestres ya obtenidas (i.e., Rio Tinto, Desierto de Atacama, Ártico Canadiense, Antártida, Etiopia, Islandia, Nueva Zelanda, etc.).

3. Participación en campanas de campo (p.e., Rio Tino, Atacama, Islandia)

1. Conocimiento de técnicas extracción de compuestos orgánicos en matrices ambientales. Uso de espectrometría de masas y espectrometría de relación isotópica (deseable)
2. Básicos de informática.

1. Titulación exigida: doctor
2. Idiomas: inglés, español
3. Jóvenes mayores de 16 años y menores de 30 años que no tengan ninguna ocupación laboral ni se encuentren estudiando o realizando algún ciclo formativo.
4. Estar inscritos en el Fichero del Sistema Nacional de Garantía Juvenil en la fecha de la firma del contrato e importante, además de estar inscritos, estar en situación de beneficiarios en dicho fichero en esa fecha.
La información relativa a este punto se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace:
5. Estar empadronados en cualquier localidad de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Datos de contacto: Dr. Daniel Carrizo
Centro de Astrobiología (INTA-CSIC)

17 de enero de 2017

Oferta de trabajo como investigador junior en las Islas Galápagos

The Junior Investigator of the Galapagos Verde 2050 Project (GV2050), will be responsible for leading the field monitoring and research activities of the project, including the assistance in finding information and writing publications, technical reports and preparation of proposals; as well as to support the activities the leader requests. 

The Junior Researcher will also assist in the different research activities of the GV2050 Project: Restoration of Ecosystems and sustainable agriculture in several islands of the archipelago, led by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). 

The junior researcher will work directly with the Senior researcher of the GV2050 project, to whom he or she will report, and also interact with the project team. They will also develop links with the network of local, national and institutions involved with the GV2050 project such as the Galapagos National Park and other strategic partners. 

The candidate selected will also be responsible for the maintenance and execution of the virtual platform, application and web page of the project.

More info here: 
Fecha límite: : 31 de enero 2017

16 de enero de 2017

Se buscan 2 asistentes de campo ornitólogos y 2 para artrópodos en Polonia

Field assistant position for great and blue tit population monitoring

We seek 2 field assistants in urban ecology to work in the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab ( at the Center of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of 3 months from April to June 2017 or mid-April to mid-July. The position
is part of a 2-year Polonez grant from the Polish Science Foundation (NCN) that aims to investigate the effects of trace metal exposure on great and blue tit physiology (i.e. oxidative stress, telomere length) and fitness (i.e. reproduction and survival) in a gradient of  urbanisation.

Background - Current anthropogenic activities are responsible for
considerable modifications of the natural environment. Those include
light, noise and chemical pollution, which may have considerable impact
at the individual level and in terms of populations' dynamics and
functioning. Given the rapid increase in urbanisation worldwide, it is
becoming increasingly important to better understand the underlying
mechanisms and the potential impacts of anthropogenic pollution on
natural populations. Chemical pollution such as trace metals are of
particularly timely concern given their implication in several human
diseases and their noxious effect on wildlife (e.g. oxidative stress).

Job description - The field assistants will participate in fieldwork,
in collecting phenotypic data (i.e. morphometric measurements) and
other biological information. The field assistants may also oversee
sample preservation and transportation to the lab. The team will be
split into couples to monitor all sites located in gradient of
urbanisation; most sites can be reached by public transports.

Job requirements - We seek motivated candidates with a strong
interest in field work of wild bird populations. A previous experience
in field work, in population monitoring or in bird handling would be
appreciated. Preferentially, the candidate should have a theoretical
background in ecology, in physiology or in population biology.
Operational Polish language is essential, but because English is the
working language in the group, the candidate should be able to
understand and speak English. Driving licence and ringing licence are a

Employment - Part or full-time position. The field assistant may work
on any day of the week including weekend and the working hours are

Salary - depends on the assistant qualifications and time involvement
in the project.

How to apply - Your application should include in PDF format: a cover
letter and C.V. (including your research experience, formation and
contact information). Please send your application to as early as possible and no later than
the 31^th of January 2017 with the term "Field assistant position"
as e-mail subject line. Selected candidates will be invited for live

Field assistant position for arthropod sampling and identification

We seek 2 field assistants in urban ecology to work in the Wild Urban
Evolution & Ecology Lab ( at the Center of
New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of
3 months from mid-April to mid-July 2017. The position is part of a
2-year Polonez grant from the Polish Science Foundation (NCN) that aims
to investigate the effects of trace metal exposure on great and blue
tit physiology (i.e. oxidative stress, telomere length) and fitness
(i.e. reproduction and survival) in a gradient of urbanisation.

Background - Current anthropogenic activities are responsible for
considerable modifications of the natural environment. Those include
light, noise and chemical pollution, which may have considerable impact
at the individual level and in terms of populations' dynamics and
functioning. Given the rapid increase in urbanisation worldwide, it is
becoming increasingly important to better understand the underlying
mechanisms of anthropogenic activities on natural populations. The
differences of food availability between urban and rural sites during
the breeding season and more particularly during chicks' rearing
would explain part of the effects of urbanisation on wild populations.
Therefore, it is essential to measure food availability (i.e. arthropod
richness, abundance and diversity in the case of great and blue tits)
to then draw a detailed outline of urbanisation effects on urban wild

Job description - The field assistants will take care of arthropod
sampling (in the field), counting and identification (in the lab) to
estimate food availability in great and blue tits. Depending on their
interest and availability, they may also participate in collecting
phenotypic data (i.e. morphometric measurements) and other biological
information in great and blue tits. Both assistants will work together,
mostly in autonomy. Most sites can be reached by public transports.

Job requirements - We seek motivated candidates with a strong
interest in field work, entomology or wild bird population biology. A
previous experience in field work or in arthropod identification would
be appreciated. Preferentially, the candidate should have a theoretical
background in ecology. Operational Polish language is essential, but
because English is the working language in the group, the candidate
should be able to understand and speak English. Driving licence is a

Employment - Part-time position. Field work: 4 to 5 hours per day and
4 days per week. Arthropod identification in the lab: flexible (i.e.
depends on the assistant availability).

Salary - depends on the assistant involvement in the project.

How to apply - Your application should include in PDF format: a cover
letter and C.V. (including your research experience, formation and
contact information). Please send your application to as early as possible and no later than
the 31^th of January 2017 with the term "Field assistant position"
as e-mail subject line. Selected candidates will be invited for live

Marion Chatelain
Wild Urban Evolution and Ecology Lab (WUEE)
Center of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw
S. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warsaw, Poland
website: marion.chatelain

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