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25 de septiembre de 2016

Oferta de doctorado bio-molecu-celular en Alemania

The research group Molecular Hemostasis at the Heinrich Heine University Medical Center of Duesseldorf invites applicants for a PhD student position.

We are looking for an accomplished, highly motivated and career oriented young scientist, preferably with a strong interest in cell/molecular biology and biomedical research. Applicants should hold a Diploma / Master Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Veterinary Medicine or a related discipline.

In the DFG funded project (SFB 1116, TP A05) we intend to study the impact of phospholipase D 2 (PLD2) as a modulator of inflammation, cell survival and organ repair after acute myocardial infarction. The study includes different in vitro experiments and verification in a mouse model of acute myocardial infarction (LAD ligation). After an initial period of training, the PhD candidate should work independently and self-motivated and should participate in the integrated Research Training Group (RTG1116) of the SFB 1116 (http://www.sfb1116. offers a structured doctoral program for highly motivated PhD students with an excellent research environment, a comprehensive curriculum and a broad supervision and mentoring network educating natural scientists in the field of cardiovascular biology. Specific seminars as well as an individualized curriculum comprising lectures, lab and soft-skill courses, congresses, and symposia are offered to PhD students. Thus you will join a cooperative and stimulatory working atmosphere with excellent scientific equipment.

Handicapped applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. Salary according to TV-L.

Applications should include a short CV, certificates, and names and addresses of two references and send preferably by E-Mail to:

Prof. Dr. Margitta Elvers
Research Group Molecular Hemostasis
Heinrich Heine University Medical Center of Duesseldorf
Moorenstr. 5
40225 Duesseldorf, Germany

Fon +49 (0) 211 - 81 08851
Fax +49 (0) 211 - 81 17498

24 de septiembre de 2016

Postdoc in avian ecoimmunotoxicology (MN, USA)

University of Minnesota research team is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct immunotoxicological work to understand the effects of neonicotinoid mixtures in granivorous birds. Start date is as soon as possible.

Interested candidates can contact Drs. Juli Ponder ( and/or Mark Jankowski ( or simply apply as below.

Further information and application process:

Go to

Click on Employment (top right)

Click on Find a Job tab

There is a Students tab

Search Postings

Job Opening ID is 312737

23 de septiembre de 2016

Ofertas de doctorado en la Gran Barrera de Coral (Brisbane, Australia)

Inviting applications for two studentships/scholarships to commence PhD studies in the Coral Reef Algae Ecology Lab at Griffith University-Brisbane in Jan-Feb 2017.

The PhD candidates will join a recently funded project in collaboration with A/Prof Catriona Hurd (Univ. of Tasmania) and Prof Bob Steneck (Univ. of Maine) to investigate the potential for tropical macroalgae to acclimate/adapt to global environmental changes. Special emphasis will be placed on coralline and fleshy algae from the Great Barrier Reef.

*Interested candidates should:*
• Be able to commence by January – February 2017.
• Have diving experience and ideally basic to moderate knowledge of coral
reef ecology.
• Condition of the scholarship requires applicants to have a Bachelor of
Science with Honours with at least one or more publication(s) as first
author. Non-Australian applicants must have a Masters Degree (or
equivalent) with preferably one or more publication(s) as first author.
• Have excellent understanding of experimental design and quantitative
• Be able to spend time in remote research stations.
• Be self-motivated, committed, and able to work as part of a team..
• Have strong proficiency in written English.

• Interested applicants should email me at their earliest convenience ( with a statement of interest, a curriculum
vitae and contact information for 2 professional references. Shortlisted
candidates will be interviewed (by telephone or Skype) and successful
candidates will be recommended to apply to the university scholarship
scheme (
A final selection panel will decide on the award of scholarships.
• Further application information is available here:
• Funding: Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship-GUPRS
provides a living allowance of AUD $26,288 per annum. Australian and NZ
citizens and Australian permanent residents are exempt from paying tuition
fees. The Griffith University International Postgraduate Research
Scholarship – GUIPRS covers tuition fees for the international applicant
for up to three years.
• Applications to the university scholarship scheme close: *Monday 3
October 2016.*
• Applications without personal contact with the prospective supervisor
(Diaz-Pulido) are unlikely to succeed, so take the initiative and *start
the conversation now*!

Please forward this post to your best senior Undergraduate / Masters
students interested in commencing a PhD degree.


Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, PhD

Associate Professor
Griffith School of Environment
Nathan Campus / Griffith University / 170 Kessels Road
Brisbane, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia

Member of the Australian Rivers Institute, Coast & Estuaries.
Tel: + 61 7 373 53840 / Fax: +61 7 373 57459
Email: * <>*
Web site: * <>*

22 de septiembre de 2016

Beca de master para estudiar ecología de peces (Georgia, USA)

A Masters assistantship is available in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University (GSU), with an intended start date in January 2017. In collaboration with university and agency investigators, the student will be expected to contribute to two ongoing research projects, and develop a thesis project within one of these research themes: (1) Development of monitoring approaches to assess spawning success of Robust redhorse populations; and (2) Understanding  relationships between anthropogenic stressors, stream hydrology, and the ecology of fishes on the Atlantic coastal plain.

The assistantship includes a tuition waiver and stipend for two years,
to be funded through a combination of teaching and research duties. The
student also will assist in the field and lab activities of other
members of the Roberts lab ( Along
with course work and a completed thesis, these activities will lead to
the completion of M.S. degree in Biology. More information about the
graduate program can be found at the Biology department’s web page
( GSU is a
20,000-student comprehensive research university located in one of the
most biodiverse regions of the southeastern U.S.

Required qualifications include (1) a B.S. in Fisheries, Ecology and
Evolution, Biology, or a related field, (2) excellent interpersonal,
written, and oral communication skills, and (3) strong self-motivation
and ability to work well independently and with a team. Preferred
qualifications include (1) previous field research experiences in
aquatic systems, (2) strong analytical skills, including experience
conducting statistical analyses of ecological or fisheries datasets, and
(3) demonstrated scientific writing ability, such as authorship of a
scientific publication, report, or senior thesis.

Persons interested in the position should contact Dr. Jamie Roberts
(email:; phone: 912-478-4687). To apply,
email the following as a single pdf file: (1) statement of research
background and interests, (2) curriculum vitae or resume, (3) names and
contact information for three academic or professional references, (4)
GRE scores, and (5) an unofficial copy of your college transcript.
Review of applications will begin on 30 September 2016 and continue
until the position is filled.

21 de septiembre de 2016

Voluntariado: Ecología y comportamiento de elefantes de selva africanos (Gabón)

#Nota de F: Puede parecer un voluntariado interesante y exótico, pero son muchos meses! Piénsatelo bien y habla con el laboratorio para buscar becas complementarias. Como ya he dicho otras veces, este tipo de "ofertas" es sólo rentable si ya no puedes pagar el alquiler y estás harto de poner copas! Si es así, mete tus cosas en cajas y vete a la selva unos meses!

Job Title: Team Leader - Forest Elephant Behavioral Ecology Project

Location: Gabon

Duration: 12-15 months

Job Description:
The Poulsen Lab at Duke University is looking for three enthusiastic, motivated volunteer team leaders to manage research teams, collect and process scientific data as part of the Forest Elephant Behavioral Ecology Project. This project studies 34 forest elephants fitted with GPS collars.  The research focuses on tracking elephants from a distance to study their diet, movement and social behavior.  Each team will collect plants for chemical analysis, fecal samples for genetic analysis and record habitat variables, phenology and weather.  Team leaders will
also be responsible for monthly reporting of activities and expenditures.

While working in the challenging tropical forest environment, candidates
will be rewarded with the opportunity to observe animal species in their
natural habitats. Candidates will learn about tropical ecology, botany,
natural history, and conservation biology, as well as what it takes to
organize field projects in Central Africa.

- Hiring, training and managing two Gabonese field assistants.
- Tracking and collecting field data on GPS collared elephants.
- Collecting, storing and potentially exporting ecological samples.
- Working with collaborators in French-speaking Gabon.
- Reporting regularly to Duke and Gabonese government collaborators.

Applicants must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology,
ecology or a wildlife-related field.  Candidates must be independent,
reliable and responsible with the ability to work in challenging
environments.  A successful candidate will thrive in small team settings
and work across cultures.  Gabon is a French-speaking country and team
leaders will be required to communicate primarily in this language.
Candidates with previous experience in the tropics, especially Africa
will be given preference.

Physical Requirements:
Elephants often occur in extremely remote and challenging habitats,
including swamps and mountainous terrain. Candidates must be able to
hike from 6-25 km (3-15 miles) daily in hot, muggy and even rainy
weather, while carrying a heavy backpack of camping and research
equipment. Research expeditions may entail camping in a tent for more
than a week at a time.

Support Provided:
- Food and lodging at the field site
- Visa fees
- Work-related travel within country
- Round trip airline travel to Gabon will be reimbursed at completion of
a successful term of work
- Field equipment necessary for camping and conducting research

Candidates are required to cover:
- Medical and evacuation insurance
- All vaccinations required for the country prior to departure

To Apply:
Interested applicants may send a CV and cover letter to:
 amelia.meier at with the subject line "(candidate's last name)
- Team Leader Position.”

If your application is short-listed, you will be required to provide 2
letters of reference (this can also be submitted with the initial
application email if desired).  Skype interviews will be held after
reviewing the letter of reference. A portion of the interview will be in

To read more about the Poulsen Lab and what we do visit:

20 de septiembre de 2016

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship on Climate Change Ecology (Canada)

Project title: Improving predictions of biodiversity to global environmental change

Project overview: Our ability to capture the relationships between organisms and climate is essential for understanding and predicting the vulnerability of species to climate change. Scientists are applying increasingly sophisticated models by including demographics, biotic interactions, and dispersal, to assess consequences of climate change over broad spatiotemporal scales. Despite the importance of increasingly mechanistic models, they are data-intensive and rely on species-specific parameterizations informed by extensive research and monitoring. While targeted data collection to inform mechanistic models is essential to improve our ability to predict the consequences of climate change, insights into whether and when simpler models or metrics are useful for informing climate change vulnerability assessments will be essential where data is limited or even absent. The goal of this research is to gain insight into when simpler models (e.g., correlative species distribution models) or metrics (e.g., climate velocity) provide concordant predictions to mechanistic models in the context of predicting outcomes to climate change. The candidate will develop a framework to help guide model type selection based on species life-history traits and other attributes. The candidate will work collaboratively with biologists and climate scientists to produce relevant climate metrics and will be required to build and use previously existing population dynamics models/species distribution models for select case study species to address project goals.

Criteria: We are seeking a candidate that fulfills the following criteria:
- Strong quantitative skills: including statistical modelling, population dynamics modelling
- Strong background in climate change ecology, wildlife biology, landscape ecology
- Experience with climate change vulnerability assessments
- Ability to work with large spatiotemporal datasets, and experience working with historical and future projections of various climate data products
- Extensive knowledge and proficiency using the statistical programming language R and various R packages
- Self-motivated, able to interact with a diversity of people - Demonstrated scientific writing skills (authored one or more peer-reviewed articles)

Academic qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree within a relevant scientific area (ecology, wildlife biology, etc.). The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Location: The scientist will be based at the National Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC) in Ottawa and will work as part of the Landscape Science and Technology Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada. The NWRC is located on Carleton University campus, a setting that presents a diversity of opportunities.

Fellowship description: The position is available through a Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This program provides promising young scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions. For more information on the NSERC Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program, including eligibility criteria, and application forms, please consult:

Deadlines & additional Information: The position will start January 2017. Applications are currently
being accepted and the position will remain open until filled. Candidates should apply to the NSERC VF Fellowship by October 7th.
Applications may be accepted after this date. The position is initially for a 1-year term, up to a maximum of three years pending annual review and availability of funds.

The candidate must: (1) apply via the NSERC Fellowship application process, and (2) send a cover letter describing their interest in the position and how they fulfill the job criteria, a CV, and a sample of their writing (peer-reviewed publication preferred) to:

Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis Landscape Science and Technology
Division Science and Technology Branch
Environment and Climate Change
Canada National Wildlife Research Centre,
Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Questions about the research should be directed via email to Dr. Naujokaitis-Lewis.

19 de septiembre de 2016

Beca de master estudiando migración de ánsares (Missouri, USA)

Description: A Master of Science graduate research assistantship is available with Dr. Mitch Weegman in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri ( This project will utilize data collected from hybrid Global Positioning System (GPS) and acceleration (ACC) tracking devices fitted to greater white-fronted geese in Europe and North America to answer fundamental questions in movement ecology related to life history differences underlying white-
fronted goose subspecies, and linked with their demographic rates and population trends. This work is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Missouri, Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK), University of Exeter (UK) and Aarhus University

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates will have an undergraduate degree in
statistics, wildlife ecology or a closely related field, and
interpersonal skills to lead discussions among collaborators. Preference
will be given to those with a strong quantitative background (e.g.,
experience with Program R, machine learning algorithms, Bayesian
methods), knowledge of waterfowl ecology and management, and field
experience (e.g., handling birds). Competitive applicants will have an
undergraduate GPA > 3.4, quantitative GRE scores that average in the
70th percentile or higher, and a GRE analytical writing score > 4.0.
Students must have a valid driver’s license. The successful applicant
will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and
present papers at scientific meetings.

Salary and benefits: Approximately $18,300 per year, with an expected
annual increase, health insurance and course waiver (i.e., the student
will not pay tuition).

Start date: January 2017

Last date to apply: October 7, 2016
To be considered for this position, please send the following
(preferably as a single PDF) to Dr. Mitch Weegman

1. Letter of interest summarizing your experience
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. College transcripts (unofficial are fine)
4. GRE scores (unofficial are fine)
5. Contact information for three references

18 de septiembre de 2016

Oferta de asistente de campo voluntario en el trópico (Malasia)

A field assistant is required to help with a project on behaviour in social wasps. The position is a fantastic opportunity to gain tropical field experience, working in a vibrant research group, lead by Dr. Seirian Sumner, University College London, UK ( This exciting project combines behavioural experiments with next-generation sequencing to understand the molecular mechanisms behind sociality. The fieldwork will be conducted in Frasers Hill, Malaysia, and will run from January until March/April 2017 (minimum three months). The work involves marking wasps, manipulations, conducting censuses, sample collections, and behavioural observations.

Assistants are generally expected to have a good degree (2:1 or
equivalent) in the biological sciences. Background in molecular studies
is not required, as fieldwork is behavioural based. A keen interest in
behavioural ecology, social evolution, and/or entomology is desirable.
Applicants should be fit, enthusiastic, hard working, happy with living
in shared accommodation, and working in uncomfortable & challenging
conditions. Previous experience of working on social insects would be
an advantage. The applicant must be able to commit to the full field
season. These wasps can sting when provoked, so applicant must have no
known previous allergies to wasp/bee stings. Due to the nature of work
you may also be required to work up ladders, and must have full colour

All work-related costs in Malaysia will be paid for, including
accommodation and flight. Worldwide applicants are supported, although
must be fluent in English.

Please contact Dr. Daisy Taylor ( for more
details. Applications should include a CV with email addresses for two
referees and a 1-page cover letter explaining why you would like to
work on the project. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Dr.
Daisy Taylor . Shortlisted applications will be notified by email, and
will be invited for interview either in person or over skype/phone.

Dr Daisy Taylor
Post-doctoral Research Assistant
School of Biological Sciences
24 Tyndall Avenue
Bristol BS8 1TQ UK

17 de septiembre de 2016

Asistente de investigación en ciencias del mar (Palma de Mallorca, España)

The Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB) is advertising a fixed term position for 12 months as Assistant Researcher in Marine Science. The main task for the successful applicant is to assist our new project “Tortugas oceanógrafas”.

Review of applications will begin on 3 October 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

16 de septiembre de 2016

Biotapas: Dragones verdes, Comunicación de Ciencia, Científicas, África!

Casi me salto las biotapas también esta semana, pero aprovecho el lunch al estilo americano (trozo de pizza frente a la pantalla) para compartir unas cuantas anécdotas y novedades:
  • Vuelta de las vacaciones - La semana pasada las biotapas se me atragantaron mientras bicheaba por Florida sin internet (ni ganas). No pude ver los day geckos que os contaba en las biotapas anteriores, pero disfruté mucho de otra especie exótica invasora: El dragón verde la iguana verde Iguana iguana. La foto de abajo la tomé junto a un canal en medio de Miami. En unos 50 metros de orilla conté cerca de 10 iguanas de diferentes edades!

    En una ocasión, mientras miraba por el objetivo de la cámara, una sombra cruzó tras la iguana, en el agua... Al principio no podía creerme lo que estaba viendo, hasta que observé este cartel:

  • Congreso - El fin de semana que viene vuelvo a viajar, esta vez a Nebraska, donde tendrá lugar SciComm 2016, un congreso para comunicadores de ciencia. Voy a ver si aprendo algo para aplicarlo al blog, o quizá a algún proyecto paralelo. Si te animas a venir, creo que aún podrías obtener plaza. Más info aquí.

  • Notición - Ya puedo confirmar que, tras año y pico trabajando en el laboratorio con cíclidos de Tanganyika, ¡por fin voy a poder observarlos en su medio natural! A finales de octubre me voy tres semanas a Zambia, a bucear en el segundo lago más grande del mundo. Si sobrevivo a los 4 días seguidos de vuelos (+16 horas de bus) hasta Mpulungu y no me come un hipopótamo, prometo traerte de vuelta fotos y anécdotas para un enorme artículo aventurero en 

  • By Worldtraveller [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Un artículo interesanteTe dejo con este paper que me ha pasado una compi del laboratorio, acerca de cómo las primeras científicas comenzaron a abrirse paso en las estaciones de campo en Latinoamérica, allá por el 1900. Muchas de las citas te parecerán increíblemente indignantes y anacrónicas... y sin embargo todavía nos queda mucho por mejorar en cuanto a igualdad de sexos en la profesión científica. Te adelanto que muy pronto hablaremos en de estos temas, en una entrevista ESPECTACULAR.

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    Hasta aquí las biotapas de este viernes. Si sigues con algo de hambre, tienes más biotapas aquí. Cuéntame las tuyas en los comentarios, por facebook o en twitter (#biotapas) ¡Buen fin de semana!

    Voluntariado con aves en Australia

    purple-crowned fairy-wrens
    By P Barden - Own work, CC BY 4.0,
    We are looking for volunteer field assistants to assist with data collection for research on dispersal and helping behaviour in purple-crowned fairy-wrens. Our study population is located in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Fieldwork will take place during and after the wet season, when most of the birds are breeding. We are seeking volunteer field assistants to help monitor all fairy-wren territories along a 15 km stretch of river. Work will involve re-sighting colour-banded birds, nest searching, monitoring all breeding attempts, placement and upkeep of nest cameras, assessing nest camera footage, assisting in behavioural and ecological field experiments, mist netting and data entry.

    The field site is located at a remote sanctuary an 8-hour drive from Broome, WA. Volunteers will be camping in tents but have access to electricity, a landline phone, (restricted) internet, hot showers, and a very spacious fully equipped kitchen, which is shared with the rest of the (usually small) community at the field station. The field site is located in a beautiful area, with many opportunities to see native wildlife and some of the most iconic bird species of Australia, and many waterholes and gorges which volunteers may get the opportunity to explore.

    Volunteer field assistants must have full colour-vision, be physically fit, be flexible and willing to work long days in hot and humid conditions while encountering the occasional snake, be comfortable with living in a remote location, have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently in the field. It is important for volunteers to be accurate when collecting and entering data, and to ask for help when unsure about anything. Previous experience in similar conditions and with nest searching and colour-band re-sighting is required; experience with behavioural observations and mist netting is a bonus.

    Fieldwork will commence late December 2016/early January 2017 and run for approximately 6 months, until mid-June. A commitment for the full period is preferred, a minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

    The cost of accommodation (camping in tents) and local travel expenses (to/from Broome and around the field site) will be covered. Flights to and from Broome and/or food expenses may additionally be covered depending on level of experience and duration of stay.

    For further information and to apply, please send a CV, cover letter and contacts for at least two references that are familiar with your nest searching and colour-band re-sighting experience to Niki Teunissen: Applications received by 25 September will be fully considered.

    15 de septiembre de 2016

    Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Scientist in Conservation Biology (USA/Mexico)

    The position is 9-month, tenure-track which has a 75% research/25% teaching responsibility (summer salary is secure for the first 2 summers). Candidate will be responsible for conducting research relative to desert grassland birds in the Chihuahuan Desert Region of Texas and Mexico. The effort will involve coordinating researchers and budgets from various grants. The individual will maintain communication with the researchers, landowners, funders, the general public, and with program officers with cooperating agencies. Additional duties will include coordinating project meetings, facilitating collaborations, organization and compilation of progress reports, and monthly financial reports; reviewing invoices; website maintenance, compilation of final project reports for public dissemination; assist, supervise, and mentor graduate students, research technicians, and undergraduate students working on projects; and other duties as needed. Initial teaching responsibilities include 2 classes/academic year and may include Conservation Biology, Nongame Management, Avian Ecology, and other topics. This position will also serve as an ambassador for the Institute and University for transboundary conservation efforts which may include serving on NGO committees, organizing binational workshops, providing technical expertise to landowners, and enhancing outreach efforts for binational conservation. Continuation of this position is dependent on extramural funding, but funding is secured for 2 years.

    Responsible for personal safety and the safety of others; must exercise due caution and practice safe work habits at all times. This position is security sensitive.

    Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

    Duration: 2 years minimum

    Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Wildlife Science or closely related field, with a preferred emphasis in avian ecology, community ecology, or habitat management. Must have experience with field studies involving avian population monitoring, using geospatial analysis, and demographic data; excellent communication skills; technically current; enthusiastic team player who is willing to work in a multidisciplinary program; experience with database management; demonstrated skills in leadership.

    To Apply: For more info go to https://sulross.peop...m/postings/2640


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