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27 de marzo de 2017

Simposio sobre genómica de crustáceos (Barcelona, España)

2-day symposium on "Crustacean Genomics" within the TCS congress in Barcelona this summer (19th to 22nd June 2017).

The symposium will include talks on the use of Genomics in Physiology (19th June 2017) and Systematics and Evolution studies (20th June 2017), so we believe it might be of interest for a broad audience. You will find the preliminary program attached.

For more information and registration to this event, please visit the
conference website at:

http://tcs2017barcelona.com/welcome.html

Looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona.
Best regards,

Guiomar Rotllant & Ferran Palero
Organizing committee of the Crustacea genomics symposium"


PALERO Ferran, Ph.D. M.Sc.
Dept. Marine Ecology
Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC)
C/ d’accés a la Cala St. Francesc, 14.
17300 Blanes
SPAIN
Tel: +34 972 33 61 01 (Ext: 277)
E-mail : fpalero@ceab.csic.es
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BPI - Biologie des Populations Introduites
Institut Sophia Agrobiotech (INRA PACA)
400 route des Chappes. BP 167
06903 Sophia Antipolis cedex.
FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 38 64 99
E-mail : fpalero@inra.fr
Web: http://www.paca.inra.fr/institut-sophia-agrobiotech/Equipes-de-recherche/BPI
ResearcherID: A-7830-2012

26 de marzo de 2017

Curso "Introducción a la Conservación de los Anfibios de Andalucía"



El Proyecto Fuentes de Vida nace de la necesidad urgente de despertar conciencias y conservar uno de los grupos animales más amenazados en todo el mundo, los anfibios.

enmarcado en este proyecto, en su apartado dedicado a la Educación y Sensibilización Ambiental, la Asociación Medioambiental O-Live organiza un curso teórico-práctico de "introducción a la Conbservación de los Anfibios de Andalucía. El curso se llevará a cabo los días 1 y 2 de abril, tiene la duración de aproximadamente 15 horas (véase Programa) y se realizará en la localidad de El Bosque, Cádiz.

Esta actividad va dirigida a todo el público (estudiantes, profesores, agentes de medio ambiente y a todos los interesados en la herpetofauna), siendo uno de los objetivos de estas jornadas educativas involucrar la ciudadanía en la conservación de estos seres.

Contamos con un panel de ponentes expertos herpetólogos como Raúl León Vigara (biólogo divulgador, editor-coordinador del Proyecto Moroccoherps), Juan Ramón Fernández Cardenete (Biológo investigador, miembro de la Asociación Herpetológica Granadina) y David Donaire Barroso (co-autor del Atlas Herpetológico de Andalucía).

El curso está organizado en dos bloques:

- Teórico (sábado, 1 de abril): se abordará la ecología y diversidad de las especies de anfibios andaluces, su importancia ecosistémica y estado de conservación, metodología de muestreo y manejo en el campo, las enfermedades emergentes.

- Práctico (domingo, 2 de abril): salida de campo para observación e identificación de ejemplares.
Precio de inscripción: 50€ (no socios); 40€ (socios). Incluye: participación en el curso, certificado de participación, documentación en formato digital.

Para que el curso se realice hay un número mínimo de inscripciones; en caso de que no se alcance el mínimo, a todos los matriculados se les hará la devolución total del valor de la inscripción.
Relativamente a posibilidades de alojamiento en la zona, hemos conseguido descuentos para grupos. Los interesados en saber más detalles sobre estas ofertas, contactad con nosotros a través de info@olivemedioambiente.org
Más información y programa en: https://goo.gl/2dfIuG

Para cualquier información adicional y inscripciones escribe a info@olivemedioambiente.org


Instructor de buceo voluntario para ecoturismo y conservación de arrecifes en Haiti

*Position Opening: Reef Restoration Dive Instructor*
Amiga Island Tours in collaboration with Amiga Island Ecological Foundation Cormier, Northern Haiti

*I. Position Overview*

Amiga Island Tours is currently accepting applications for a mid to long
term PADI Dive Instructor to help establish an eco-tourism based dive
operation. The ideal candidate will be experienced in managing a dive shop
and will be responsible for basic dive instructor operations including
selling dive courses, charter packages and running discover scuba demos as
well as managing gear rentals and basic maintenance.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also be help implement The Amiga
Island Ecological Foundation’s (AIEF) Coral Reef Conservation and
Restoration Project which involves researching and restoring critically
endangered corals, specifically Acroporid species.

AIEF is a non-profit organization focused on the protection, preservation
and enhancement of critically threatened marine ecosystems. Their focus
area is primarily along the northern Haitian coast and specifically they
work to restore and monitor the reef system surrounding Amiga Island.


*II. Duties and Responsibilities*
The responsibilities and duties of the selected candidate may include but
are not limited to the following.

*DIVE SHOP / OPPERATIONS RELATED*
1. Help to establish and maintain a small Dive Shop, maintain proper PADI
standards as well as record keeping and safe diving procedures. Help to
identify key dive locations and tour routes. Work to expand the dive
opportunities offered.
2. Deliver high level of service for DSD’s, Open Water and Advanced courses
to small groups.
3. Solicit sales, promote the Dive Shop’s activates as well as AIEF’s Coral
Restoration Project.

*AIEF CORAL RESTORATION PROJECT RELATED*
1. SCUBA dive for a variety of purposes including: scientific reef surveys,
locating potential donor colonies, installing and maintaining coral nursery
structures, collection / transport / attachment of coral fragments,
restoration out-planting, data collection and photographic documentation.
2. Assist in building and installing nursery structures, organizing
materials and keep a clean office space.
3. Assist in the production of educational based materials such as
pamphlets as well as assist in the creation and execution of small
workshops and presentations. Participate in, lead, or implement
environmental education workshops, and/or training activities.
4. Assist with or independently lead educational based snorkeling or dive
tours.
5. Care for and provide basic maintenance to project equipment.
6. Have fun – and be a team player, maintain a positive attitude and
commit to working well with team members and others including locals and
tourists. Be an advocate for the environment and highlight the ways in
which we can make a difference. Promote the protection, preservation and
enhancement of local marine resources and be a generally good steward to
the environment.

*III. Requirements*

a) Education

AIT is looking for candidates that are highly motivated and interested
in the preservation, conservation and restoration of coastal marine
resources. A bachelor’s in one of the following areas is preferred:
biology, ecology, marine biology, environmental studies, or other similar
careers. This position will give the candidate an excellent experience in
active restoration, marine conservation and environmental education.


b) Experience

The ideal candidate would have experience working in a marine ecosystem
and would have previous experience with Acroporid corals and restoration.
Additionally we are searching for an applicant with proven skills in
written communication. The applying candidate must be a PADI certified
Scuba Instructor.

Applicants must have the ability to work under strenuous and adverse
conditions including working with currents, waves, poor visibility, long
dive times and continuous back to back diving days. The applicant must be
able to work efficiently, problem solve, adapt to changing situations and
work independently under minimal supervision. The candidate must be able to
complete assigned tasks on time and with quality; must be punctual and
represent the best interest of AIT and AIEF. Knowledge of Microsoft Office
is required. Previous coral restoration experience is highly advantageous.


c) Other Requirements

PADI Certified Dive Instructor
Divers Insurance
Medical Insurance


d) Languages

Fluent English (required)
Basic French (required)
Spanish and/or fluent French highly desired
Haitian Creole is advantageous



*IV. Duration*

The length of the position is negotiable but a minimum of 4 months
is required, with the preferred length of 6 months with options to renew.
This is a full-time position requiring an estimated 40 work hours per week.
The expected start date is flexible with a preferred start date of May 1st,
2017.



*V. Compensation and Benefits*
1. Gain experience managing a small Dive Shop. Learn to dive with a
purpose, go beyond recreational diving and learn scientific techniques,
data collection methods and how to build, maintain and utilize a coral
nursery.
2. A unique opportunity to get hands-on with endangered coral and learn the
process of active coral restoration.
3. Contribute to a conservation project in a long-term and meaningful way.
Your participation will be more than just a training opportunity, YOU can
make a difference and help preserve the local environment and reefs.
4. On-site lodging, including electricity, running-water and access to
Wi-Fi.
5. At least 8 days off a month (No paid vacation days included, but
off-days may combined for a longer time off with manager’s approval)
6. All SCUBA diving gear included along with transportation to and
from Amiga Island.
7. All materials needed to perform duties will be included.
8. A small stipend based on the qualifications of the candidate, the
position length, and the AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS, to help cover expenses.

*A typical day in this unique position could be:*

Wake up to the sound of the sea by the beautiful beach resort of Cormier
Plage and enjoy breakfast with a view. Gear up and get ready! After a quick
shuttle ride, hop aboard the dive boat and head out to Amiga Island, the
picturesque focal point of our Coral Restoration Project and recreational
dive sites. Enjoy 1-2 dives for maintenance and data collection or to
survey reef health and afterwards take a short rest on tropical white sand.
Once back at base, work on setting up charter dives, plan Scuba course
schedules and offer DSD’s and demos. With any luck you’ll run into some
tourists at the resort who may be curious to know about the local
environment and what’s being done to protect it, it’s your job to educate
and inspire wonder at what’s just under the waves.



*Interested Candidates please send your Resume with a brief Statement of
Interestto the following emails by March 31st, 2017. Please include a
portrait photograph for reference.*
*Jeremy@amigaisland.com* <Jeremy@amigaisland.com>* and *
*gael.gaetjens@yahoo.com* <gael.gaetjens@yahoo.com>

25 de marzo de 2017

Curso de árboles y arbustos de ribera (Almenara de Tormes, Salamanca, España)



Desde la Fundación Tormes-EB os informamos de la impartición del Curso "El bosque ilustrado", un seminario de formación para el reconocimiento, herborizado y dibujo de especies arbóreas y arbustivas de ribera en invierno/primavera.

Se celebrará del 31 de marzo al 2 de abril de 2017 en el Centro de Iniciativas Ambientales de la Fundación Tormes–EB localizado en Almenara de Tormes (Salamanca)

De la mano de Raúl de Tapia Martín y Joaquín Vila se facilitarán las técnicas y conocimientos que permitan la identificación, conservación e ilustración de las especies características del bosque de ribera.

El curso tiene un coste de 95,00 € e incluye docencia, alojamiento y manutención en las instalaciones de la Fundación Tormes-EB.

Para realizar la inscripción se puede realizar a través del email contacta@fundaciontormes-eb.org o en el teléfono 923 265 953.

24 de marzo de 2017

Oferta para bioquímico en zonas polares


Ecological Biogeochemist

Job reference: BAS 37/17
Salary: In the range of £28,200 to £30,600 per annum
Location: Cambridge
Closing date: 9 April, 2017 9:01 am

Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are seeking an ecological biogeochemist to lead and develop of key areas of research into the contribution of pelagic communities to carbon and nutrient flux in Polar Regions. BAS has a world class reputation in considering the role of polar organisms within biogeochemical cycles and will be making a major contribution to two grant funded projects considering different aspects of this research area in the Arctic and Southern Ocean (DIAPOD and COMICS). The candidate will participate in the field campaigns of both programmes, coordinating the sampling and experimental plan and leading subsequent sample analyses. The programmes will collect samples of water and pelagic organisms through deployment of numerous devices, from which live material and egested products will be extracted for incubation and preservation. These efforts will be combined with analyses of net and acoustic data to determine behavioural patterns and of satellite ocean colour data to determine food fields, particularly in terms of fatty acid composition. The candidate will apply appropriate techniques to determine the chemical and elemental composition of sampled material. They will also be expected to build quantitative models to predict levels of carbon and nutrient flux as functions of major oceanographic variables such as temperature and chlorophyll-a concentration. They will present findings at consortium meetings and international conferences and publish in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The postholder will undertake and lead the development of research in the biogeochemical role of pelagic organisms: they will measure key physiological variables, analyse patterns of behaviour, determine the fate of respired, excreted and egested products and build quantitative predictive models of the flux of matter to the ocean interior.

Key areas of research will include:
Design sampling and experimental plans for research campaigns and implement the sampling strategy as part of a scientific team
Carry out field based incubations to measure respiration, excretion and egestion of key polar pelagic organisms as a function of major variables such as temperature and food quality and quantity
Examine egested products in terms of carbon mass and chemical composition using EDX scanning electron microscopy, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry
Analyse net and acoustic data to determine vertical migration behaviour of key taxa
Calibrate satellite images of ocean colour against field measurements of the fatty acid classes of major phytoplankton species.
Build models quantifying the carbon flux on the pelagic community, including functional responses to temperature and food availability and potentially also considering levels of ice-cover and acidification

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of a world class scientific team delivering science for two major research efforts in the polar oceans (DIAPOD and COMICS). The postholder will work as part of the BAS Ecosystems Team, which includes scientists involved in studies of zooplankton and fish life-cycles, pelagic community ecology, higher predator the feeding and population ecology of predator species (especially fish, seabirds and seals) and fishery management. They will also be key members of the DIAPOD and COMICS consortia, in which they will be one of the main representatives of BAS in field campaigns and scientific meetings.

Purpose

To lead the delivery of the main scientific contributions of BAS to the grant funded field programmes COMICS and DIAPOD to consider the role of surface and midwater pelagic organisms to the flux of nutrients and carbon to the ocean interior. The postholder will participate on a number of scientific cruises in the Arctic and Southern Ocean and be responsible for the collection of field samples using a range of water sampling and netsampling devices.

They will carry out on-board incubations of live organisms and their detrital matter. Measurements of gut flux, respiration and excretion will be made in controlled conditions whilst on board. Use of acoustic devices and net sampling will be made to determine vertical migration behaviour of key taxa. Further analyses in the home aboratory will measure carbon mass and stable isotope composition of the organisms and their egested products, as well as the physical structure and elemental makeup these products using EDX scanning electron microscopy. The postholder will also analyse the relationship between species distributions and metrics of food availability, using parameters derived from satellite ocean-colour data. Calibrations to the chemical composition of these food-fields will be made to determine its potential lipid-class composition. The postholder will develop quantitative models of the contribution of polar pelagic organisms to carbon and nutrient flux that are responsive to variation and change in major polar ocean parameters, such as temperature, ice cover, primary productivity and levels of acidification.

Qualification

PhD in Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography or related subject area (e.g. zoology, fisheries science)(or equivalent)

Duties

The postholder will take the lead in delivering major aspects of the BAS contribution to the grant funded polar research programmes COMICS and DIAPOD

Key areas of research will include:
Coordinate the BAS contribution to the fieldwork programmes running in the Southern Ocean and the Arctic in terms of logistical arrangements and equipment.
Design sampling and experimental plans for each of the research campaigns
Implement the sampling strategy as part of a scientific team
Carry out field based incubations to measure respiration, excretion and egestion of key polar pelagic organisms as a function of major variables such as temperature and food quality and quantity
Examine the egested products in terms of carbon mass and sinking potential
Carry out fatty acid and stable isotope measurements of key taxa and their major food items
Analyse net and acoustic data to determine vertical migration behaviour of key taxa
Examine chemical composition and structure of egested products using EDX scanning electron microscopy
Calibrate satellite images of ocean colour against field measurements of the fatty acid classes of major phytoplankton species
Build models quantifying the carbon flux on the pelagic community, including functional responses to temperature and food availability and potentially also considering levels of ice-cover and acidification

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/jobs

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 37/17 Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 9th April 2017 Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 28th April 2017 Start Date: 1st August 2017

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Arctic/Antarctic conditions.

23 de marzo de 2017

Shorebird-Human Disturbance Research Technician (USA)

Location: Various sites on Long Island, NY (June-July) and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA (August-September)

Salary: $8/hour. Housing will be provided, but may require camping for part of the summer.

Duration: June 26th through September 5th 2017

Responsibilities: Assist in administering human dimensions surveys to beachgoers during beach outreach events and in pilot testing a method for monitoring human disturbance to shorebirds. Work includes: collecting on-site human observational data, interacting with the public, data entry and database maintenance, and conducting disturbance and trash surveys.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Conservation, or related field. Applicant must be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule, which will involve working early mornings and weekends. Prefer demonstrated ability to work in field settings and/or inclement weather (including heat, humidity, and direct sun). Must be comfortable approaching and speaking with people. Must have good interpersonal skills and experience interacting with the public. Preferred qualifications include experience using Microsoft Office and Excel and college course-work in human dimensions, environmental interpretation, or the social sciences.

Contact: Please email applications to Lara Mengak at lfmengak@vt.edu. Please include a cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications, resume, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers).

22 de marzo de 2017

Dos postdocs para trabajar en virología en Valencia, España

Two 2-3 year postdoc contracts are available at the laboratory of Rafael Sanjuán (University of Valencia, Spain).

Starting date: flexible (mid 2017 to early 2018).

Place: recently created Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
(I2SysBio), Valencia, Spain.

Project title: Collective Infectious Units and the Social Evolution of
Viruses.

Funding:  ERC Consolidator Grant, 2017-2022.

Goal: understand how multi-virion infectious units determine social-like interactions in viruses (cooperation versus conflict). We will use vesicular stomatitis virus and/or enteroviruses and/or baculoviruses as model systems.

Candidates should have a background in virology and molecular/cell biology.

ERC project summary:

A widely accepted view in virology is that virions function as independent
infectious units. However, recent work by us and others indicates that
viruses are often transmitted as more complex structures, such as virion
aggregates, lipid vesicles or protein matrices harbouring multiple
infectious particles. This demonstrates that viruses can be transmitted as
"collective infectious units", in contrast with the current paradigm.
Critically, these recent discoveries now set the stage for the evolution of
social interactions, a previously unappreciated facet of viruses. We propose
to investigate how collective infectious units drive virus social evolution
using state-of-the-art tools from the fields of virology, genetics,
structural biology, and nanotechnology. The effects of collective
infectivity on viral fitness will be tested directly using experimental
evolution and genetic engineering, and confirmed in vivo. Three widely
different viruses will be used to achieve generality: human enteroviruses, a
vector-borne rhabdovirus, and a baculovirus. Furthermore, the implications
of virus social interactions for the maintenance of genetic diversity,
evolvability, virulence evolution, and the emergence of drug resistance will
be investigated. New processes such as the putative extracellular fusion of
viral particles will be also explored. We expect that infectious units
constituted by viruses from different species will be uncovered as well,
with far-reaching implications for epidemiology. It is becoming increasingly
recognized that parasite sociality is a disease determinant, and our results
may therefore inspire new antiviral strategies. Beyond their practical
importance viruses will also provide a simple and tractable system that will
help us to establish more general principles of social evolution.

Relevant literature: Sanjuán R. 2017. Collective Infectious Units in
Viruses. Trends Microbiol., in press.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28262512

Contact: rafael.sanjuan@uv.es; +34 96 354 32 70.

21 de marzo de 2017

Voluntariado con aves en Australia

Avian volunteer field assistant - Lovely fairy-wrens, Australia

We are looking for one field assistant to help monitor a colour-banded population of Lovely fairy-wrens in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, for a research project on female ornamentation from University of Melbourne.

Time period: From August 25th to 25th September. Starting/ending date can
be adjusted but needs to be around this time. Assistant is expected to stay
a full month.

Location: Cairns region, Queensland, Australia. We will be based in Cairns
city but travel to several sites in the area.

The applicant will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique wildlife of
North Queensland and leisure time to visit Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef
or the world heritage rainforests.

Duties: Censusing of colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring
nests, banding nestlings, behavioural observations while following birds,
assisting in behavioural experiments and target mist-netting. After
fieldwork video/photo analysis, data entry and other computer activities
will occur. Working days are long, with early starts, six days a week.

Qualifications: Experience resighting colour-banded birds, following birds
in dense canopy, nest-searching, bird handling skills, mist-netting,
banding and behavioural observations. Must also be early riser, physically
fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions (hot, humid, and occasional
tropical rain), maintain a positive attitude and enjoy shared living
conditions. Good knowledge of English is a must. Applicant must be able to
work independently and have great hearing and vision. Enthusiasm,
self-motivation, organisation, and a strong work ethic are a requisite.

Compensation: Free onsite accommodation is provided, but assistants cover
travel to Cairns and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to
AUD$750 for the month towards receipted food and travel expenses (including
airfare) to Cairns.

For more information contact: Ana Leitao (anamvleitao@gmail.com). To apply,
please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research
experience, availability and a CV including names and contact information
for 3 referees.

20 de marzo de 2017

PhD in ecological modeling (Germany)

The University of Konstanz, with its “Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research”, has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

The Limnological Institute at the University of Konstanz is one of the leading institutes in lake research in Europe that offers excellent research facilities and an open collaborative atmosphere. We invite applications for a

PhD-Position in Ecological Modelling
(Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 75%)

as part of a new DFG funded Research Training Group. The successful candidate will play a central role in the project: B1 - Modelling the implications of changes in abiotic conditions for the plankton dynamics in seasonally stratified lakes. Based on numerical models the project investigates the response, resilience, and reversibility of plankton food-webs under trophic and climatic change in freshwater lakes of different depths. The research involves model development in MATLAB, numerical experiments with abiotic forcing scenarios, and comparison with existing field observations.

Your profile:
The successful candidate holds a Master degree in biology / ecology, mathematics, physics, oceanography, environmental engineering or informatics. Expertise in the field of numerical modelling, experience with ecological models, and interest in theoretical ecology are assets. Further requirements include the capability of conducting independent research, scientific writing, and good communication skills in English. Proficiency in German is not required.

We offer:
The appointment is for 36 months. The position will start as soon as possible. The candidate will work within an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Limnological Institute in Konstanz.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if ap-propriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 / 88 – 4016).
The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.
The University of Konstanz is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.
The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program“. Information can be obtained from:
http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc .

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a complete CV including a list of publications and the names and contact information of two referees (incl. one letter of recommendation).
All application documents should be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to Prof. F. Peeters at frank.peeters@uni-konstanz.de using the reference number 2017 / 049. Review of the applications will begin on 31 March 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further enquiries please contact Prof. F. Peeters at frank.peeters@uni-konstanz.de .
Information on the research group:
https://www.limnologie.uni-konstanz.de/en/peeters/
and the RTG:
https://www.rtg-resilience.uni-konstanz.de/.

19 de marzo de 2017

35 becas de doctorado en Nueva Zelanda

Victoria Doctoral Scholarships - Application Information
VALUE:

$23,500 stipend annually + tuition fees. Conditions apply. See 'Regulations' for details.
TENURE OF AWARD:

Scholarships will normally be tenable for three years. For a student who has already been enrolled for a Doctorate at Victoria for more than three months at the time when the offer of a Scholarship is made, the maximum length of tenure of the Scholarship will be reduced at the discretion of the Research Scholarships Committee.

CLOSING DATES FOR APPLICATIONS:

01 July 2017
01 November 2017
Currently, the closing dates are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November.


NUMBER OF AWARDS OFFERED:

35 each round.
History or background of award

To encourage postgraduate research Victoria offers scholarships to those about to begin their doctoral studies. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to New Zealand and international students in any discipline. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to New Zealand and international students in any discipline.
Purpose of award

These Scholarships are intended to encourage and support doctoral study (PhD) at Victoria University of Wellington.

Selection criteria

The Scholarships are open to graduates of any university within or outside of New Zealand who intend to enrol full time for a Doctorate (PhD) at Victoria University or who have commenced their doctoral study at Victoria University.
Please note: It is very important to refer to website for regulations and further process requirements regarding application for this scholarship.
How do students apply?

follow links from below.
Application Form
Regulations
Postgraduate Scholarship Ranking Criteria
Additional information

Applicants, other than those who have completed all of their study at Victoria, must include a certified copy of their academic record from other institutions with this application.
Decision makers

The University Research Scholarships Committee, a sub-committee of the University Research Council.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Offers of Victoria PhD Scholarships will be made approximately six weeks after each closing date in March, July and November of the year of application. Because some applicants may in the event decline the offer of a Scholarship with the result that further offers have to be made, it is possible that some applicants will not be finally notified of the success or otherwise of their applications three months after application. Please provide a clear and correct email address.
What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Scholarship recipients must sign a Postgraduate Scholarships Contract agreeing to abide by the attached regulations. Recipients shall be required to devote themselves full-time to their programme of research during the tenure of the scholarship and may not hold a position of emolument without the approval of the University Scholarships Committee. Approval may be given for scholarship recipients to undertake paid employment (usually tutoring) for up to a further 600 hours in addition to their contribution in any one calendar year. All requests to undertake part-time employment must be supported in writing by the supervisor.
Once the period of tenure of a scholarship has commenced, the University Scholarships Committee may, at its sole discretion, grant a scholarship recipient a deferment of their scholarship for a period not exceeding one year. In most cases such a deferment will coincide with a formal suspension from their doctoral enrollment.

A scholarship shall be terminated if a scholarship recipient ceases to resume the aforesaid programme of research within one month of the last day of the period of the deferment.

Who else has information about this award?

Information on applying to do a Doctorate at Victoria University of Wellington and apply for funding to do so is also available from:
www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr
General information about doctoral study is also available from this website.
For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:


Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557
E-mail: scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/student-finance/scholarships


Position: Application Forms for New Doctoral (PhD) students
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140

18 de marzo de 2017

Contrato postdoctoral con aves y murciélagos (USA)

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER - Bird and bat occupancy and occurrence modeling. 

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct a study of bat and bird occupancy and movement in Northern California Sierra Nevada forests. The work is aimed at a suite of bats and at California Spotted Owls and Northern Goshawks. The postdoc will engage in all aspects of the ongoing study, and complete the synthesis for sensitive species from the region. Many of the data already are in-hand and they will be used to develop spatially explicit models and to evaluate factors with potential to influence future populations and management. Work will be conducted in collaboration with USDA National Forest biologists, students, and the Audubon Society and we anticipate a rapid series of influential publications. Research salary, benefits, and field operations are funded for approximately one year, with potential for extension. On-site or remote working arrangements are both acceptable. 

Applicants need to have completed a Ph.D. and possess a broad range of interests and associated skills. Research will require familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and statistical tools, occupancy modeling, movement ecology, and model programming. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively in English, in public, and with a range of cooperators from private and public institutions. 

Applicants should email a brief letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Drs. Lisa Webb and Dylan Kesler at webbli AT missouri DOT edu and keslerd AT mac DOT com. For additional information please visit http://www.birdpop.org and http://www.snr.missouri.edu/fw/faculty/webb-e.php

17 de marzo de 2017

Voluntariado remunerado con aves en las Bahamas

(¡Date prisa! El proceso de selección comienza el día 22 de marzo 2017)

This is an opportunity to work on a graduate research project focused on the endangered Bahama Swallow (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis).

We will be hiring one full-time position to begin in early April and conclude in mid-July. Primary responsibilities will involve locating and monitoring nests, conducting population and habitat surveys, and managing data. All fieldwork will take place on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas. This position will provide opportunities to acquire new skills while working in a unique subtropical ecosystem. The Bahamas is a beautiful and exciting place to live and work, but applicants should expect long workdays with exposure to sun and heat, biting insects, and poisonwood (similar to poison ivy).

Qualifications: Must be over age 25 in order to drive the field vehicle. Applicant needs to be organized, motivated and able to work both in a team and independently. Priority will be given to applicants with biological field experience, particularly those who have experience with ornithological field techniques.

Compensation: All transportation, room and board will be provided throughout the field season. At the conclusion of the field season, the technician will receive a small stipend.

To apply for the position, send a single PDF file to Maya Wilson (mayaw@vt.edu) that includes:

(1) A one-page cover letter describing why you are interested in the position, and what skills you can bring to the project, and when you would be available to start.
(2) An updated CV
(3) Contact information (name, position, email, telephone number) for three references

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