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29 de agosto de 2016

Assistant Professor in Organismal Biology (USA)

The Department of Biology at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a research focus in the area of organismal biology, broadly defined. Candidates may be using methods and approaches ranging from cell/molecular to behavioral, but their goals should be understanding biological processes at the systems level. Examples of possible research areas include: physiological adaptations to the environment, interactions between organisms such as host/microbiome relationships, and integration of organ systems including hormonal, immunological and homeostatic mechanisms.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., and is expected to develop a vigorous research program and to participate in the Department’s teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information about the Department and the University can be found at http://biology.stanford.edu/.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, a statement of teaching experience and interests, and three letters of reference. All materials must be submitted electronically to AcademicJobsOnline. Inquiries may be directed to maychin@stanford.edu.

To receive full consideration, all applicant materials and reference letters must be received by September 30, 2016. The term of appointment is anticipated to begin September 1, 2017.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and clinical mission.

28 de agosto de 2016

Oferta de doctorado con linces en Canadá

PhD position Canada lynx and bobcat niche dynamics - Trent University

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to examine relationships between Canada lynx and bobcat in south-central British Columbia and north- central Washington State. This region is at the southern and northern range periphery for these species, respectively, setting the stage for testing
interesting questions related to niche overlap, competition, and use of prey (see our previous lynx-bobcat modeling work: Proc. R. Soc. B. 280: 20132495; PLoS (ONE) 7(12): e51488; Glob. Chan. Biol.doi:10.1111/gcb.12469). 
Because lynx are listed in Washington State and harvested in British Columbia, whereas bobcats are harvested in both areas, there are also interesting questions to examine related to population
connectivity, corridor use, and sustainable harvest, which we have started to address using GPS telemetry, camera trapping, and prey assessment. The work will involve GPS telemetry, movement analysis, niche overlap analysis, and corridor modeling, to better understand the relative role of the two species in landscapes where they may not be ideally suited. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to develop additional research questions within the scope of the broader project.

Applicants must have a strong academic record and an MSc degree in Biology,
Ecology, or a related field. Preferably, candidates should also have
experience in chemical immobilization, animal handling, conducting
fieldwork in remote locations, interaction with diverse stakeholders, and
analysis of GPS telemetry data. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of
research potential (i.e., scientific publications), a strong work ethic,
and willingness to work in a large, dynamic, and collaborative research
environment.

The funding package is competitive and will include a foreign tuition
waiver, if the successful applicant is an international PhD student. The
student will be enrolled at Trent University and be supported through a new
NSERC CREATE program in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (www.create-
enviro.ca). This project represents collaboration between researchers at
Trent University (Dennis Murray; http://dennismurray.ca), Washington State
University (Dan Thornton; https://labs.wsu.edu/dthornton/) and University
of Washington (Aaron Wirsing; http://faculty.washington.edu/wirsinga/). The
position will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate is found, so apply
early!

To apply, please submit: cover letter, unofficial transcripts, curriculum
vitae, and names of three references to:

Dennis Murray (dennismurray@trentu,ca; www.dennismurray.ca).

27 de agosto de 2016

Prácticas remuneradas en biología marina en una isla del Caribe

¨Bonaire By V.Vergne (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Coral Reef Ecology Internship Fall 2016

CIEE Research Station Bonaire
Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Application deadline: 4 September 2016

Internship dates: ASAP - 10 December, 2016

Website: www.cieebonaire.org

The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation program in Bonaire is a study abroad program for undergraduate students. The intern will assist in academic program delivery, research, group dynamics, logistics, dive safety, student safety and the overall support of the faculty and staff. Duties include assisting with preparations for classes and labs as instructed by faculty, record keeping, outreach to the local community, assisting with volunteer programs and with normal day to day operations at the field station. The internship starts as soon as possible and lasts through December 10, 2016. We are looking for an individual with the ability to work as an effective team member to provide a world-class educational opportunity for our study abroad students.

Minimum qualifications for the internship: BA/BS in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology or Ecology (MSc preferred). Experience managing students or conducting ecological research is highly relevant. The intern should have a passion for education and research in marine ecology and conservation.

Additional minimum qualifications related to diving: Scientific diving experience (minimum of 20 scientific dives); dive equipment including full length wet suit; current certifications in Emergency First Responder, and Oxygen Rescue; (minimum of 50 dives logged); DAN insurance and a comprehensive dive physical.

Compensation: Shared accommodation at the Residence Hall will be provided to the successful applicant. Airfare will be reimbursed up to $750 and a stipend of $100/week will be provided. Lunches and dinners are provided during the 14 weeks of the academic program (Aug 27 - Dec 3). Other meals, health care and personal expenses are not covered.

CIEE Alumni are encouraged to apply!

To apply: Send a single PDF containing 1) cover letter, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three references to info@cieebonaire.org with FALL INTERNSHIP in the Subject line. Please indicate on the CV your dive experience (certification level and number of logged dives).

DR. RITA PEACHEY // CIEE
Director - CIEE Research Station Bonaire
Resident Director - CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology & Conservation
Executive Director - Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean
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Kaya Gobernador Debrot #26
Kralendijk, Bonaire, BES, Dutch Caribbean
email rpeachey@ciee.org\
tel +599 786 7394
skype cieebonaire21
web cieebonaire.org/

Webinar gratuito sobre carreras profesionales en conservación y biología ambiental

Join us for a webinar on careers in conservation and environmental biology

Learn about the variety of career options open to scientists who are interested in environmental conservation. The webinar is the latest in the American Institute of Biological Sciences Leadership in Biology series. The event will be held on August 31 at 1 pm (Eastern).

Join us for a panel discussion with individuals who have built successful conservation and environmental biology careers in non-profit, federal agency, and university settings. Following the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to engage with panelists.

Panelists include:
Gabriela Chavarria, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria is the Forensic Science Branch Chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Forensic Laboratory, a unique wildlife crime laboratory that supports the law enforcement investigations of wildlife violations at the federal, state and international levels. Prior to this post, she served as Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Science Center, Vice President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation, and as the Director of International and Special Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition, Dr. Chavarria served on a number of boards and advisory councils at the Federal, State and private level. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research focused on the systematics, behavior, and biogeography of Neotropical bumble bees.

Rocco Saracina, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Rocco Saracina serves as Conservation Coordinator for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a nonprofit that oversees the largest forest certification standard in North America. Rocco's focus includes strengthening relationships with conservation organizations and universities and administering SFI's Conservation Grant Program. His experience includes fire ecology research with the U.S. Forest Service and freshwater systems assessment through environmental consulting. Rocco is Chair-Elect of the National Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, where he is responsible for strategic direction. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Minor in Wildland Soil Science from Humboldt State University. He is currently a M.S. candidate in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources program.

Lindsey Wise, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center

Lindsey Wise is the Biodiversity Data Manager at the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. She works on a variety of projects, including managing species occurrence information, a geodatabase of Oregon's managed and protected areas, creating and maintaining ecological datasets, and organizing data transfers. Lindsey also acts as the Data Administrator for the Oregon iMapInvasives site, which allows managers and interested citizens to track invasive species observations and management actions online. She previously worked as a field botanist for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier and for the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center. Lindsey has a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Puget Sound and Master's in ecology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Attendees will acquire knowledge of the skills that are needed to pursue a conservation career and have ample opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Interested in the webinar but can't attend the live event? Register to attend and you will be sent a link to a video recording after the live event.

Please share this announcement. The event is free and open to the public because of the support of event cosponsor Burk & Associates Inc.

Register for free at www.aibs.org/events/webinar/careers-in-conservation-environmental-biology.html.

26 de agosto de 2016

Biotapas: Penes enormes, geckos, cámaras-telescopio, ranas feroces...


Las semanas pasan a toda velocidad... ¡La próxima ya es septiembre! 
Dentro de nada, me despediré del tórrido "veranoño" texano y pasaré de golpe al gélido invierno sueco... ¡Mis amigos de Uppsala ya están viendo la aurora boreal por las noches!

El espíritu nómada me va pidiendo un cambio de aires, pero también hay que aprovechar el tiempo que nos queda en las américas... así que me voy a ir al campito este finde, pero antes te dejo aquí las últimas biotapas. ¡Que aprovechen!

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  • Días divertidos en el campus - Los estudiantes de nuestra universidad están llevando a cabo una originalísima protesta que consiste en llevar enormes penes de plástico colgados de las mochilas. ¿Por qué? Irónicamente, la ley actual prohibe cosas así, mientras que desde el pasado 1 de Agosto es legal llevar armas a clase. Pondría fotos, pero creo que me cerrarían el blog  Así que mejor echa un vistazo a twitter, o a este video de The Guardian #CocksNotGlocks #MakeDildosGreatAgain #campuscarry
  • Videos de divulgación de Ciencia -  Conocí a los chicos de Stated Clearly en el último congreso de Evolución, celebrado aquí en Austin hace pocas semanas. Viendo sus videos podrás aprender o repasar, de forma muy entretenida y didáctica, conceptos básicos de genética y evolución.

  • El lunes empezó muy bien - Me aceptaron un paper y ¡aún mejor! iNaturalist escogió una de mis fotos como "Observación del Día!. Es una tontería, pero me hizo mucha ilusión. La verdad es que Nephrurus levis es un gecko fascinante, endémico de Australia y, por cierto, ése mismo individuo tiene un lugar de honor en el blog, como foto de cabecera en la sección de consejos para jóvenes biólogos.
El Nephrurus levis que encontramos en mi primer viaje a Australia
  • Hablando de fotos - Estoy pensando en comprarme una cámara nueva antes de marchar de EEUU. Me tienta mucho el video a 4k y el sensor de una pulgada de la FZ1000. En un futuro me gustaría hacer videos de historia natural y tarde o temprano lo que no sea 4k nos parecerá vetusto. Pero he de reconocer que se me cae la baba con el zoom óptico de 83x(!!!) de la Nikon P900. La cámara perfecta para bichear ¡Con esto ya no necesito llevar prismáticos! Después de ver este video, estoy casi vendido... ¿Opiniones? ¿Otras opciones? 


  • Y hablando de África - Una razón para volver a Namibia: Para intentar ver y escuchar a la rana más temible del mundo. Sube el volumen y trata de no asustarte del estruendoso grito de guerra de Breviceps macrops. Este video resurge de vez en cuando por las redes y siempre que me lo mandan fantaseo un poco sobre una nueva expedición africana...



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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!

11 ofertas de doctorado en fisiología y biología molecular (Alemania)

Research Projects
The DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg 1957 studies the effects of hormones derived from adipose tissue (adipokines) on CNS function and in turn, the control of adipose tissue and body weight by the brain. We are looking for highly motivated candidates to join the following PhD projects from 01.05.2017 (or earlier):

1. Identification of leptin transporters at the blood-brain barrier (Schwaninger)
2. Effect of adipokines/cytokines on HIF-1 regulated astrocyte glucose metabolism (Jöhren)
3. Relevance of central TRH neurons for regulation of fat browning and brown adipose tissue activity (Müller-Fielitz / Schwaninger)
4. Adipocyte-brain communication after deep brain stimulation (Brüggemann /Wilms)
5. Crosstalk of dopamine and thyroid hormone signaling in the control of thermogenic adipose tissue (Mittag / Iwen)
6. Circadian regulation of brown adipose tissue activity in humans (Schmid)
7. A systems level approach to modulation of adipocyte-brain crosstalk by transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (Münte / Brede)
8. Nesfatin-1’s effects on energy homeostasis: dissecting the role of PVN and NTS oxytocin neurons (Lehnert / Schulz)
9. Epigenetic modulation of behavioral rhythms after bariatric surgery (Kirchner / Oster)
10. Adipokine resetting of circadian clocks in POMC neurons (Oster)
11. Animal models of obesity/diabetes: Influence of the angiotensin system on neurovascular coupling and memory (Raasch /Bader)

http://www.grk1957.uni-luebeck.de/research/2nd-generation-projects/


Our Offer
- 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service position TV-L 13, 65%
- All research groups are located at the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM) with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. MRT scanner, Metabolic Core Unit, LC-MS, Microscopy
https://www.cbbm.uni-luebeck.de/nc/en/cbbm.html
- Comprehensive academic support, e.g. subject-specific courses, skills training, funding for research stays abroad, career coaching


Qualifications
- Research-based MSc degree passed with an above-average grade in natural sciences, preferably in Biology, Molecular Life Science, Neuroscience, Nutrition & Biomedicine, Pharmacology or a related subject
- Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing
- Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and be able to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team


How to Apply
Applications will be accepted till the positions are filled. Please read carefully the formal requirements before sending the online application form.
http://www.grk1957.uni-luebeck.de/application-form/

25 de agosto de 2016

Oferta de doctorado en medio ambiente (USA/República Dominicana)

We have a Ph.D. graduate fellowship available to begin Fall 2017 in the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES) graduate program at Dartmouth College. The student would join an ongoing research program with environmental studies professor Michael Cox on community-based fishing and rice farming in the Dominican Republic. The successful candidate will have a background in an environmentally-oriented social science and a desire to integrate applied social and ecological research. Extensive fieldwork in the Dominican Republic will be required, and as such a high level of Spanish fluency with substantial speaking experience is also required. The new EEES graduate program at Dartmouth College offers an interdisciplinary intellectual environment, ample resources for graduate students, and a committed faculty. To initiate an application, email a CV and statement of interest to Michael Cox (Michael.e.cox@dartmouth.edu).

24 de agosto de 2016

2 proyectos de master en biología molecular (Alemania)

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) investigates the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops strategies for prevention, treatment and care. It is an institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with nine sites across Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten). The DZNE cooperates closely with universities, their clinics and other research facilities.

The laboratory “Selective Vulnerability of Neurodegenerative Diseases” led by Dr. Walker Jackson would like to offer students the opportunity to perform their Master thesis in his research group.

Description: The laboratory of Selective Vulnerability of Neurodegenerative Diseases is focused on understanding why misfolded proteins tend to damage specific brain regions. We primarily study genetic neurodegenerative diseases including, Huntington’s disease, fatal familial insomnia and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and how diminished sleep affects disease progression. We have two projects suitable for a Masters thesis. The first is to genetically engineer mouse embryonic stem cells using the CRISPR/Cas9 system. The second is to study sleep in mice using electroencephalography.

Required qualification: The successful candidate for the first project will have experience with basic molecular biology techniques including PCR, plasmid engineering and mammalian cell culture. The successful candidate for the second project should have basic knowledge in neuroscience.

The residence at DZNE will not be remunerated. All rights and obligations are subject to an unremunerated stay.

Please indicate in a cover letter which project is preferred and send your full application documents in one PDF document via e-mail to: application@dzne.de.

23 de agosto de 2016

Volunteer research assistants for a project on the exploration behaviour of Red Knots at NIOZ (Texel, The Netherlands)

The department of Coastal Systems at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) on Texel, the Netherlands (see: https://www.nioz.nl/science-departments-en), is seeking volunteers to assist in field-based lab experiments from the 1st of October 2016 to the 31st of March 2017.

Knot in experimental arena during observational trial. © Photo credit: Jan Wijmenga
These assistants will work as part of an ongoing study on the ontogeny of personality of Red Knots (Calidris canutus) carried out at our experimental shorebird facility at the NIOZ.

Work will include:

1) The live-scoring of individual behaviour during exploration tests using open source event logging software

2) Data collection, entry and management

3) Collection of small mollusks (prey) on the mudflats

4) Catching knots from their holding cages and participating in general husbandry

Successful candidates must have experience in handling- and observing birds. Applicants should also be highly motivated and well organized, with capabilities of working both in a group and independently. Lab days can be long and applicants must be prepared to work during weekends and holidays.

The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the language is required. Assistants interested in these projects should be prepared to live on Texel for the duration of the project. Information about accommodations available at the NIOZ can be found here. The applicants should be aware that although food collection is outdoors the project evolves around captive animals and will be largely lab based.

The NIOZ is the National Oceanographic Institution of the Netherlands. The research emphasis of the NIOZ is on innovative, multidisciplinary and independent fundamental research in shallow coastal seas and in open oceans. The institute owns its own research vessels, laboratories and the large marine research equipment pool of which much is designed by the institute’s own technical department.

If you are interested in applying please apply (including your cv) via email to eva.kok@nioz.nl.

Eva Kok
Department of Coastal Systems
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ 't Horntje (Texel)
The Netherlands

Potential support for the volunteers: 

"If a participant is a student (enrolled at a university) and is willing to do a master project instead we can offer some support in the housing on Texel.

This won't cover all housing expenses but for some people it will also be possible to apply for housing benefit in the Netherlands. Students often meet the criteria to be eligible for this benefit but for other people it's a bit more complicated since it depends on many factors like age and income.

For volunteers we are not aware of any funding possibility at hand but once we've found a suitable candidate we are willing to search for financial support (dutch funds) together."

Lecturer position in Natural Resources/Wildlife Ecology (Iowa, USA)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University seeks to fill a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position in natural resources with a focus on wildlife ecology. This is a 12-month non-tenure eligible appointment.

Primary teaching responsibilities will be linked with a summer field education program primarily for undergraduate students being developed at an ISU-owned field station in Montana. The incumbent will prepare for, coordinate and direct the summer camp and provide leadership for a set of courses at the camp. He or she will work closely with NREM faculty and staff to facilitate camp operations, teaching needs, and logistics.

In addition, the incumbent will have teaching responsibilities during the fall and spring semester. Although focused on wildlife and their surrounding habitat, there are other important land use, water quality, and climate change topics that could be taught. The incumbent will be required to provide on-site management and supervision of the camp facilities. The successful candidate will be a dedicated educator with strong field skills relevant to the field camp curriculum and with management skills.

Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently is required. The successful candidate will help to promote and oversee expanded use of the facility, such as by other departments at Iowa State, other universities, and other educational-oriented groups as needed.

Additional information is available at: https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/20383

22 de agosto de 2016

Prácticas remuneradas de educación ambiental

Partner School Teaching Practicum Internship

Deadline to apply for the fall season: Friday, August 26th

Location: Bloomington and Carver, MN in the Twin Cities area

Compensation: Stipend + College Credit + Free Housing

Free housing and a monthly stipend ($960 - $1,280) are available to practicum interns. Government vehicles will be provided for official duties. Refuge staff will work with your college to ensure you meet the requirements needed to complete internship or student teaching credit.
Summary: The Partner School Teaching Practicum Internship is a Refuge Friends Inc environmental education internship based out of both visitor centers (Bloomington and Carver, MN) of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Interns work mainly with elementary classes and their field trips in the Twin Cities area. This experience will give you hands-on, real world experience teaching outdoors as well as in a classroom setting.

Click here for more information about the position and how to apply!



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