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21 de abril de 2019

Voluntariado muy prometedor con mamíferos marinos en Australia

The Shark Bay Dolphin Project (SBDP) is seeking several dedicated research assistants for the upcoming fall field season (late July or early August through mid-December, 2019) in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

The SBDP is a long-term research project run by Professor Janet Mann of
Georgetown University, and is one of the longest running marine mammal
research projects in the world. The SBDP has been collecting behavioral,
life-history, ecological, and genetic data on Indo-Pacific bottlenose
dolphins since the mid 1980s. This field season is part of an ongoing PhD
project studying the costs of reproduction to female dolphins in the face
of allied sexual harassment and coercion, as well as the behavioral
strategies females use to mitigate these costs.

Field work is demanding and requires long hours both on and off the water,
but spending time with the dolphins is incredibly fun and rewarding. Field
assistants will gain valuable research experience and may have the
opportunity to contribute to co-authored publications. We particularly
encourage those interested in pursuing graduate school in behavioral
ecology or marine mammalogy to apply.

~5 months

Field site:
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Monkey Mia is approximately 900km north of Perth and is part of the largest
World Heritage site in Western Australia. Our field site is beautiful, and
includes incredible wildlife such as sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs,
whales, and of course, resident bottlenose dolphins. Monkey Mia is remote,
but we do have amenities including electricity and running water, reliable
cell phone service, and limited internet. Housing will be provided, and the
research team will share cooking responsibilities in a communal kitchen.

Job responsibilities:

Research assistants will help collect extensive behavioral data from the
boat, including surveys and 3-hour focal follows on individual dolphins.
Boat work is dependent on weather, but even on windy days we need to be
ready to pack up and quickly get out on the water if the wind drops. Days
on the water can be consecutive, long, and tiring in variable environmental
conditions. This season, we will also be conducting opportunistic genetic
biopsy sampling, and we may use drones to collect video footage of the
dolphins. Days on land require extensive, and tedious, data entry and

Most of your time will be spent:
-Searching for and spotting dolphins
-Photographing dolphins
-Driving the boat
-Scribing data during surveys and focals
-Entering dolphin sightings and environmental data into the computer
-Doing basic maintenance and equipment prep and cleaning

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate with a science background and
a genuine interest in marine mammal science and behavior. This position is
well suited for recent graduates of marine biology, animal behavior,
zoology, ecology, genetics, or similar fields looking to gain additional
analytical and in-field experience. Applicants must be able to work closely
with a small team (3-4 people). We not only work together, but also live,
cook, and eat together, so being mature and a strong team player is

The candidate must:

-Possess basic computer skills
-Be detail oriented, flexible, and patient
-Possess excellent verbal and communication skills
-Work well both independently and in a team
-Be fluent in English
-Have prior research experience (preferably fieldwork)
-Be comfortable on a boat
-Be prepared to work long, consecutive days, including weekends

The most essential qualifications are that you are flexible, conscientious and hard-working, and are excited about the research.


This is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, all travel and living
expenses (flights, visas, housing and food) will be fully covered by the
project. If you have any student loans, or other moderate monthly expenses,
that could prevent you from accepting this position, please apply anyway.
If you are selected we may be able to use other sources of funding to cover
those expenses so that you can take the job. We particularly want to
encourage candidates from groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields
to apply.

If interested please email Molly McEntee at with the
subject line Research Assistant Last_Name. Application review will begin in
early May, and candidates will be evaluated until the position is filled.

In the email, please include:

1.     A cover letter describing your research interests, the skills and
strengths that you will bring to the position, and what you hope to gain
from the project and apply to your career. Please list the full range of
your skills, both practical (boat handling, photography, etc.) and academic
(statistics, computer programming, etc.).
2.     CV

3.     A copy of your unofficial transcript

4.    Email contacts for 2 references

20 de abril de 2019

Voluntariado con cetáceos en Canadá

Volunteer opportunity in Quebec, Canada - URGENT July - August 2019

Research team Member, English or French speaker

*Employer *: Mingan Island Cetacean Study, under the supervision of our
Research Coordinator.

Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit, charitable research
organization based in Longue Pointe de Mingan (Canada), dedicated to
ecological studies of marine mammals and marine ecosystems. Founded in
1979 by Richard Sears, MICS was the first organization to carry out
long-term research of cetaceans in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and first to
carry out long-term studies of the endangered blue whale. The principal
study areas include the Quebec North Shore in the Mingan Island /
Anticosti region, the Gaspe Peninsula and St. Lawrence Estuary. MICS
focuses on photo-identification for the following species: blue whale,
right whale, fin whale, humpback whale and minke whale. For more
information on our research, our ongoing projects and our scientific
publications, please visit our website:

Our station also runs 2 outreach programs:
- Week-long ecotourism trips where the public joins us in the field as
we carry out our research activities and educate them about cetaceans
research and conservation; this helps us fund the research
- Museum visitors who come to learn about cetacean biology and ecology,
as well as the research work being done at the station
All team members actively participate in these 2 important programs.

We are looking for one person to become part of our team at MICS for the
2019 field research season, based in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Quebec,

*Mingan Island Cetacean Study field research station
378 Bord de la Mer
Quebec, G0G 1V0

*From July 1st to end of August/Beginning September, Full-time.

*Job description**
*Team members participate in all tasks required to conduct research in
the field and to help in any operational aspects. Days are spent at sea
and on land, based on weather and a rotating schedule.

- On land, at the station (70% of the time) :
o Data entry & management: : Data pre-processing (download, organising,
backup, photo-treatment, upload to matching software) logbook writing
with interns, data entry and maintenance.
o Matching (photo-identification using our dedicated software).
o Maintenance of the research equipment
o Education/outreach: guided museum visits
o Interaction and care for ecotourists (research and outdoor activities,
meal prep)

- At sea (30% of the time) :
o Visual monitoring of the research area
o Introduction to navigation at sea
o Data collection (Photo-Id, data recording, field notes, biological
o Maintenance and preparation of the navigation and research equipment
at the start and end of the day
o Education and outreach for ecotourists on board

*- Be 18 years old or more
- Education : Relevant university or college degree in progress
(Biology, ecology, environmental sciences, etc?) or recently graduated.
- Preference will be given to candidates showing an interest in joining
MICS on a long-term basis
- English speaker, French would be a bonus.
- Similar experience is preferable.
- MICS is a non-profit organisation, this is an unpaid position. New
team members have to cover their own transportation costs.
- Accommodation and food are provided by MICS for the entire duration of
their stay..
- New team members have to be flexible and able to work as part of a
team in sometimes difficult conditions (7 days / week, long hours at
sea, cold weather).

*Learning outcomes**
*New team members will gain experience and knowledge on our focus study
species, day-to-day ecological and biological fieldwork (on land and at
sea), biological sampling, data maintenance, basic navigation at sea,
operational aspects of a research station at sea and on land. They will
also gain confidence when interacting with the public, and live a rich
experience within a diverse and international team

*How to apply :**
*Please send a CV and cover letter to, before APRIL 26,
Feel free to contact us via email for any further questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

The MICS Team

Oferta de doctorado en comunicación animal (Hong Kong)

*** A PhD position in Animal Communication, Chemical Ecology, and
Microbiome ***

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position to
work on animal communication on non-model species. A key focus of this
project is to understand how body odor affects animal communication,
and whether microbiome plays a role in it. The lab has several study
systems and is routinely using genomic technologies to study microbiome
and host genotypes. The PhD will have extensive opportunities to interact
with other lab members and collaborators and involve in different animal
behavior and evolutionary and ecological genomics projects.

Duration: This is a four-year full-time PhD position.

Start Date: any time in 2019 or early-2020.

Qualifications and requirement:
- BSc degree in biology or related fields (or will have completed a BSc
before the position start);
- High motivation and strong interest for behavioural ecology and
evolutionary biology;
- Proficiency in English;
- Background in molecular genetics, behavioural ecology, chemical
analysis, bioinformatics, genomics, evolutionary biology, or related
disciplines is desirable;
- Willingness to learn new skills in chemical analysis, molecular lab
work, bioinformatics, etc.

Study Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking
institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. It has
a rank of 36 according to the Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2019.

A Postgraduate Scholarship will be offered, in addition to annual leave
and medical benefits

How to apply: Please send (1) a CV (including a list of publications),
(2) motivation letter describing research interests and skills, and (3)
contact details for 2-3 references to Dr. Simon Sin ( Review
of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled.

Simon Sin
Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building
The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong

19 de abril de 2019

Presentadores científicos para la Royal Institution de Londres

The Ri is looking for new people to join its small and talented team of presenters who are passionate about sharing their love for science. However, because we are the Ri we need people who are not only good in front of an audience, but also good behind the scenes. Our shows include a fair amount of content which can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and whilst we’re happy to provide some training, we are keen to work with people who already have the necessary knowledge and experience. So we are especially keen to hear from you if you have experience in one or more of cryo, pyro or compressed gases, to go alongside your top-notch presenting skills.

If you think you might fit the bill then there is a (really) short Survey Monkey form here where you can tell us about your experience. We also want to get a feel for you as a presenter, so it'll be great if you can point us to a short video where we can see you on stage in front of a live audience. And, if you’re not sure if you fit the bill then why not fill in the form anyway? After all, you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.

Applications will be open until 22 April. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dom and Fran

[Cross-posting for a larger sample size]

Dom McDonald Fran Scott

Head of Education Science Content Producer


Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

T: 020 7670 2966

18 de abril de 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics (Auburn, USA)

I am looking for a postdoc with research interests at the intersection of evolutionary, quantitative, and functional genomics. My lab is in the Biological Sciences Department at Auburn University and our research interests are centered on evolutionary and functional genomics of sexual dimorphism.

This position is funded by an NSF CAREER award and I envision
responsibility for projects related to this award as part of the
position. However, trainees will have support for pursuing their own
independent research interests and projects.

Our current research is focused on the role of hormone signaling
in sex-differential gene expression, sexual conflict and sexual
dimorphism of complex traits. Current students have projects
focused on the innate immune response, stress, and the response to
endocrine disruptors. My lab group uses Drosophila as a model system
to investigate our questions. I also have ongoing collaborations
on projects using the brown anole to investigate dimorphism in
aging (, in
comparative genomics of the innate immune response in acorn worms
(, and in the role of stress in
variation in recombination (

My lab group also has a strong interest in teaching and outreach focused
on diversity and inclusion in STEM, and we would love to bring someone
in who is also interested in this aspect of our work. We participate
in two summer REUs (Computational Biology and Collaborative Approaches
among Scientists and Engineers) and sponsor summer research for high
school students from regional underserved schools.

A strong background in evolutionary genomics, functional genomics,
and/or quantitative genetics and science communication, organizational,
and management skills are desired. The applicant should have a strong
work ethic, and is expected to develop new ideas that promote current
research and their own future independence. The post-doc will be expected
to assist with training graduate and undergraduate students in the lab,
develop synergistic projects, write grants, produce first authored papers,
and contribute to co-authored papers. I hope that the post-doc will
also have enthusiasm for participating in development of new teaching
approaches (integrating our research into education at Auburn), our
ongoing outreach and/or novel outreach projects.

Applicants will have:
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- A record of being a productive and creative member of a research team
- Have come proficiency or a strong interest in bioinformatics (we can
  provide training!)
- Produce high quality research (as evidenced by first authored
- Work effectively and collegially with others
- Be respectful and supportive of students and peers

Other traits not required, but ideal:
- Ability to code in at least one programming language
- Experience with *nix and using an HPC
- Experience with best practices for analyzing RNA-seq data
- Some familiarity with statistical or quantitative genetics
- Molecular biology lab skills (e.g. RNA extraction and library preps)

Full support is available for one year, with up to two additional
years possible pending satisfactory performance and available
funds. Selected applicants will also benefit from funds to travel to
national meetings annually, opportunities for mentoring experience and
career development. Additional lab funds for independent projects are
available with written proposals. Anticipated start date is August 2019.

The selected applicant would be joining a strong research community in
the Southeastern US. Nearby universities/research facilities (within
2 hours) include UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory, Hudson Alpha, and UAB. The
wider SE Community also includes UF, Clemson, UNC, and Duke with local
area meetings annually to network within this community. Applicants
must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field. The candidate selected for
this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in
the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and
continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Those from
groups that are underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

This announcement is informal in nature and candidates of interest will
be asked to submit a formal application for complete consideration after
initial screening. If interested, please send a cover letter/statement
of interest with a list of relevant skills, a CV, including a list of
peer-reviewed publications, and contact information for two references by
email to Rita Graze at rmgraze (at) auburn (dot) edu  References will not
be contacted unless the applicant is under serious consideration. Please
note our mail system is limited to 25Mb messages. Please use
"Evolutionary Genomics Postdoc Position" in the subject line. Receipt
of application will be confirmed within 3 days. Review of applications
will begin May 1, 2019, and continue until a hire is in the works.

Rita Graze <>

17 de abril de 2019

Curso gratis online de SIG

We just released a new MOOC on Geographic Information Systems (Part 1).
This english version is based on a previous french speaking course elaborated in the context of a collaborative project between the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL MOOCs), Switzerland, the Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d'Application en Teledetection (CURAT) - Universite Felix HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY in Abidjan-Cocody (Ivory Coast) and the Department of Geomatics at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) in Dakar, Senegal.

More information and link to the MOOC "Geographical Information Systems - Part1" available here

Direct link from the Coursera website is:
A "Moocsig" Facebook page and related group for both english and french languages are available here.
The group constitutes an exchange forum between participants and teachers:

16 de abril de 2019

Postdoc on conservation genomics between New Zealand and Hawaii

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a Marsden-funded research
project titled ﹕esolving the genomic architecture of hatching failure to
improve conservation of endangered birds' and will involve conducting
genomic research on two critically endangered birds, the Alala (Hawaii) and
Kakapo (New Zealand). The project will combine genomic and bioinformatic
analyses with the conservation management of these threatened species, with
the successful applicant spending time in both New Zealand (University of
Otago) and Hawaii (University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keauhou Bird
Conservation Center, both of which are on the Island of Hawaii).

Your Skills and Experience:
- A PhD and research experience in conservation genetics, evolutionary
genetics or genomics of diploid organisms is essential.
- Experience in population genomic and bioinformatic analyses is essential.
- Experience with whole genome analyses is desirable.
- Experience with different types of phenotype-genotype analyses is an
advantage (e.g. genome-wide association studies (GWAS), analysis of runs of
homozygosity (ROH)).
- Experience with analysis of pedigrees is an advantage.
- Good knowledge of conservation biology and conservation genetics,
including inbreeding and inbreeding depression, is an advantage.
- Knowledge of avian biology, ecology, and animal behaviour is an advantage.

Further details and how to apply can be found here:

This role is a full-time, fixed term position for three years and is
available from 1 July 2019.

Specific enquiries may be directed to the Principal Investigators of the
Marsden funded project:
Associate Professor Bruce Robertson, Department of Zoology, University of
Otago (; Tel: +64 21 279 4110)
Dr Jolene Sutton, University of Hawai█ at Hilo (; Tel:
+1 808 932 7183)

Voluntariado remunerado en investigación: Comportamiento en abejas (UK)

We seek two field assistants to work on a study of social behaviour in
ground-nesting sweat bees (Halictidae). The start and end dates of the
position are somewhat flexible but also will depend on when bees start
nesting in Spring. One position will start approximately 1 May and the
other from the middle of June, and they will ideally end when the bees
have finished nesting for the year (mid August to early September).

The assistants will be working alongside a Postdoctoral researcher
and research technician in Gloucestershire, UK. The study species is a
small/medium-sized bee that nests in small colonies (with fewer than
10 individuals) in the ground and has an insignificant sting. Work
will involve: observing foraging behaviour, handling and marking bees,
setting up video cameras/uploading video footage etc. In warm weather,
field assistants will work all day in the field; in bad weather there will
be tasks to carry out back at the accommodation but also opportunity for
time off. Because the work involves recording colour marks on individual
bees, the job would not be suitable for someone who is colour-blind. See
our research group website for more information about the kind of work we
do (

Experience of working with insects and a Degree (or working
towards a Degree) in a Behaviour/Evolution/Ecology-related topic are
desired. Flexibility around the start and end dates of the assistant
positions is required. The successful applicants must be prepared to
work hard and have enthusiasm for fieldwork. They will obtain excellent
experience of cutting-edge social insect research.

Shared accommodation is provided, but assistants are required to pay
for their own food/personal expenses. Assistants receive an additional
£125 per week to help cover personal costs.

Please contact Dr Rebecca Boulton ( and CC
Prof. Jeremy Field ( to discuss these positions
further. Please attach a CV and briefly outline your motivation to carry
out the work.

Jeremy Field
Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9EZ

15 de abril de 2019

PhD /postdoc in Computational Phylogenetics (Switzerland)

ZHAW Wädenswil, Switzerland

With the advent of new generation sequencing (NGS) bioinformatic methods
must keep pace to provide robust scalable solutions to analyse large
sets of molecular sequences. The evolutionary history of molecules is
described by a tree structure called phylogeny, which is inferred from
genomic sequences. Phylogenies are used for testing biological hypotheses
with applications ranging from medicine to ecology. Phylogeny inference
usually relies on an inferred alignment of homologous sequences,
which ' in turn ' relies on a guide-tree reflecting their ancestral
relationships. The goal is to address this apparent circularity so to
improve the reliability of phylogenetic analyses. Ideally alignment and
tree should be inferred jointly. For example, please see our recent
article: Maiolo M, Zhang X, Gil M, Anisimova M. "Progressive multiple
sequence alignment with indel evolution" BMC Bioinformatics. 2018 Sep
21;19(1):331. doi: 10.1186/s12859-018-2357-1.

In the context of the project funded by Swiss National Science Foundation,
we are looking for a suitable candidate for a PhD or a postdoc position,
depending on previous background and qualifications.

The successful candidate will work as part of Applied Computational
Genomics Team lead by Maria Anisimova at the Institute of Applied
Simulations, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW Wädenswil)
and will have a second affiliation to the University of Zurich.

The group is also part of Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, which
provides additional training and networking opportunities.

Group official ZHAW website:

Profile requirements: Strong background in computational science,
algorithms, statistics, stochastic modeling or similar; Working knowledge
of C++ ; Some knowledge of phylogenetics and molecular evolution is
an advantage

To apply please send an email with the title JATI2 to

Your application should be in one pdf file including your CV, degree
certificates and a letter of motivation.

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