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8 de julio de 2018

Oferta de doctorado estudiando moscas que transforman residuos orgánicos en alimento para animales

Supervisors: Chris Jiggins, Richard Durbin Industrial partner: Miha Pipan (Entomics)


A PhD studentship is available to start from October 2018 on the genome and domestication of Hermetia illucens, commonly known as the black soldier fly (BSF), funded by the UK National Productivity Investment Fundthrough the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.


By feeding on organic waste biomass, such as food, agricultural and
manure wastes, BSF larvae are capable of converting waste biomass into
a sustainable and renewable source of sought-after nutrients ĄV BSF
larvae are rich in lipids and proteins, and BSF larvae-derived meals are
effective feedstuffs for a range of commonly farmed livestock species
ranging from poultry to farmed fish. This project will study the genome
of the BSF and apply population genetic and machine learning methods
for analysis of the signatures of domestication in industrial strains.


We have already obtained a preliminary assembly of the BSF genome using
a single Chromium 10X library with a total length of 1.1Gb and scaffold
N50 of 1.05Mb. The sequenced individual was from a trio family for which
further siblings are available. We have also established a stock derived
entirely from the original founder pair that can be used for future
genetic analysis. The studentship will improve the genome assembly,
using long-read sequence for a single additional sibling individual and
for the parents. This will permit a trio-based assembly approach whereby
offspring reads are separated into haplotypes before assembly using
parental kmers, from which we anticipate obtaining multi-megabase scale
assemblies for both parental haplotypes. The genome will be annotated
using publicly available transcriptome data, using the BRAKER pipeline,
which we have used recently for annotation of butterfly genomes. An
extensive RNAseq data set has already been published in which larvae
were exposed to a variety of diets, providing a resource for annotation
of larva-expressed genes.


To study the process of domestication we will obtain Illumina WGS
resequencing data for a population sample of the industrial strain of
BSF, and for least one outgroup population/species. The student will
map these data to the reference genome, call genotypes and use both
composite likelihood and machine learning approaches in order to scan the
genome for regions that have been subject to recent selection. Genome
regions that have been under adaptive selection during the process of
domestication will be potential targets for future genetic manipulation
of the BSF for further optimisation of its efficiency. In addition,
comparison to other dipteran genome sequences will identify longer time
frame patterns of conservation and evolutionary divergence.

URGENT DEADLINE 30 June 2018
Contacts: c.jiggins@zoo.cam.ac.uk, rd109@gen.cam.ac.uk
The scheme is advertised here on FindaPhD.com
<https://www.findaphd.com/search/PhDDetails.aspx?CAID=3968&LID=290>

Professor of Evolutionary Biology (2014)
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
Tel: (+44)(0)1223 769021
Mob: (+44)(0) 7549-524-481
http://www.heliconius.org/
http://heliconius.zoo.cam.ac.uk/
@mel_rosina

Fellow of St John's College,
Cambridge, UK. CB2 1TP

The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies
Available through all good bookshops, or direct from Oxford University
Press

7 de julio de 2018

Oferta de técnico de laboratorio para apasionados de los acuarios

The Martin Fish Speciation Lab seeks an enthusiastic and detail-oriented laboratory manager for research on the rapid evolution and ecological diversification of new fish species. Primary responsibilities will involve caring for laboratory pupfish and cichlid colonies, molecular genetics,
behavioral data collection, and specimen curation within the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Tasks include daily feeding and maintenance of the fish colonies, construction of new flow-through aquatic facilities, DNA extractions and genomic library preparation, curation and dissection of preserved fish specimens, and training undergraduate researchers. Interest in ichthyology, evolution, genomics, and ecology is highly desirable.

Pupfishes present a rare opportunity to investigate the recent origins of
spectacular adaptive radiation and the evolution of novel niches (e.g.
scale-eating) localized to a single Bahamian island despite thousands of
similar Caribbean environments. Our lab also investigates Cameroon crater
lake cichlids, one of the most celebrated examples of sympatric speciation
in nature, and the role of gene flow in their diversification.

Education and Experience Required:

We are seeking applicants with strong attention to detail who are thorough,
well-organized, and able to work collaboratively with other researchers.
Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor¡¦s degree in Biology (or related
field) and some molecular training or experience with animal care. However,
no previous research experience is necessary; on-the-job training will be
provided for all tasks. The successful applicant will enjoy caring for
animals in an unstressful and flexible work environment. Those with a
passion for aquarium fishkeeping and possible interest in applying to
graduate school are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on
our research, please check out our website <http://labs.bio.unc.edu/martin/>.

Salary:

This is an hourly position and pay is dependent on previous experience. For
recent graduates, this will be approximately $15 per hour. Work schedule is
flexible and includes some weekend fish care responsibilities, but
approximately 40 hours per week. Part-time, over-time, and permanent salary
position requests can also be discussed.

Start Date:

Early January 2019 if possible. Later start dates are also possible ¡V
please inquire. This position is for one year with the potential for
renewal up to four years.

To apply, please email Chris Martin (chmartin@unc.edu) by August 1st with
your resume/CV and describe why you are interested in this position, career
goals, and any past research or animal care experience. Please note that
the lab is moving from UNC to UC Berkeley starting in January 2019.

Christopher Martin

Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/martin/

@fishspeciation

6 de julio de 2018

Biólogo de campo para cuidar de un bosque de Louisiana

DescriptionHancock Forest Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Natural Resource Group, is seeking qualified candidates to join the team in Louisiana, based out of the Mansfield, Louisiana office. This position supports all forest management operations on approximately 100,000 acres in beautiful North western Louisiana. Daily assignments are performed in a friendly team environment with other HFM personnel.
This position will report to HFM’s office in DeRidder, Louisiana, or Mansfield, Louisiana.General DirectiveResponsible for managing the recreational lease program on approximately 500,000 acres in southwest Louisiana. In addition, provide guidance to forest operations regarding environmental regulatory compliance, forest policy coordination, implementation of stewardship program and other environmental attributes.
Scope
  • The WG Mansfield and DeRidder area encompasses approximately 500,000 acres. Specific area of responsibility is southwest Louisiana.
  • Utilize Quality Deer Management (QDM) to improve deer herd health, quality of recreation and overall outdoor experiences for our recreation customers.
  • Develop and maintain internal relationships.
  • Develop and maintain external relationships with peers, agencies, research organizations, and forest landowner associations.
  • Develop and implement management strategies for wildlife, plant communities, and other environmental attributes to ensure operations are within stewardship policies and procedures and within state, federal, and provincial laws and regulations.
Job Dimensions
  • Manage wildlife, fish, plant community, and landscape level environmental information.
  • Facilitate the collection and synthesis of survey and monitoring data.
  • Ensure compliance with stewardship and environmental regulations.
  • Provide wildlife, plant community, and environmental technical support.
  • Participate in policy development within state trade.
  • Reports to General Manager, Non-Timber Revenue.
Specific Duties
  • Publish safety topics for recreations customers to ensure they safety while on Hancock managed lands.
  • Age harvested animals to ensure recreational users are harvesting older deer.
  • Develop harvest reports for Tier 1 recreational lessors.
  • Technical support for interactions with federal, provincial, and state forest management and wildlife agency staff.
  • Contribution to implementation of forest certification programs by supporting and implementing stewardship policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate and coordinate research projects.
  • Participate in the WG safety program.
  • Participate in the WG Stewardship program.
  • Implement stewardship procedures and policies.
  • Integrate research and monitoring results into forest management activities.
  • Coordinate wildlife, plant, and environmental survey efforts.
  • Coordinate external wildlife, plant, and environmental research on managed properties.
  • Property acquisition and disposition support.
  • Training for field staff.
  • Manage contracts and contractors.
  • Special projects as requested.
Requirements
  • Accredited MS in Wildlife/Fisheries, Biology, or related field or accredited BS in Wildlife/Fisheries, Biology, or related field with 3+ years of experience.
  • Preferred experience in wildlife, fisheries, and forest management.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Team player with collaborative skills.
  • Highly motivated and entrepreneurial.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to navigate difficult terrain in forest environments.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment in decision making with strong orientation to detailed and high quality work.
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Access and ability to use or become proficient in GIS and GPS mapping tools, and other specialized software applications.
Hancock Forest Management offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, a team oriented work environment and growth opportunities for its employees.
Hancock Natural Resource Group is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.


5 de julio de 2018

Internship Position in Cancer Research (Luxembourg)

Internship Position in Cancer Research (Master 2 student)- Available for 6 months (Can be adjusted according to the specific requirements of the University)

Background. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) represents the most frequent leukemia in adults. Despite recent advances in treatments, CLL remains a deadly uncurable disease. This cancer is caracterized by an accumulation of abnormal, apoptosis resistant, B lymphocytes in the blood and lymphoid organs of the patients. CLL progression is highly dependent on complex interactions between tumor cells and their microenvironment. Indeed, CLL cells can modify stromal cells and immune cells to promote their survival and to escape from the immune surveillance system.

Objectives. Our team focuses on the mechanisms leading to leukemia progression, in particular the influence of CLL cells on stromal cells and immune cells located in their microenvironment, with the goal to identify new prognostic markers and therapeutic targets.

Training and research environment. Tumor Stroma Interactions research group is a dynamic and multinational team whose current members originate from France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. It belongs to the Department of Oncology, whose research activities focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of tumor progression using a wide range of cutting edge technologies, including genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses, as well as in vitro and in vivo imaging modalities using state-of-the art animal models for cancer research. Master students will assist one of our projects that aims to explore the interplay between leukemic cells and their microenvironment, and will be co-supervised by Dr. E. Moussay (PI), Dr. J. Paggetti (PI) and experienced scientists from the team.

Recent related reference (open access): Paggetti J, et al. Exosomes released by chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells induce cancer-associated fibroblast formation. Blood 126(9):1106-17.
Wierz M, et al. Dual PD1/LAG3 immune checkpoint blockade limits tumor development in a murine model of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood 131(14):1617-1621. (IF:13.164)

What we offer and conditions
- Students will have the opportunity to work in an interactive and international scientific environment, attend conferences by eminent scientists from abroad, and present their own work during lab meetings.
- They will receive training in basic biochemistry, molecular and cell biology techniques, such as Western-blotting, real-time PCR, and cell culture, as well as confocal imaging, flow cytometry and in vivo experiments on mouse models.
- Applicants must be affiliated to their own University. English is mandatory.
- Master students will receive 500€/month unless they have their own funding source, e.g. Erasmus grant.

More information about the group can be found here : http://tsi.lih.lu

Scientific contact
Dr. Jérôme PAGGETTI, PhD
84 Val Fleuri
L-1526 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG
Tel: 00352 26 970 340
jerome.paggetti@lih.lu

Located in Luxembourg, LIH offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic, international and multilingual environment that values personal respect and professional achievement based on the highest intellectual and ethical standards. The job advertisement is published on our website www.lih.lu/jobs.

The applicants should submit before 31st October, 2018 a letter detailing their motivation and a curriculum vitae via our website with the ref.: VD/INTCR0618/JP/LECR

Anfangsdatum: 1. November 2018

geschätzte Dauer: 6 months (Can be adjusted according to the specific requirements of the University)

Homepage: http://https://www.lih.lu/jobs/detail/internship-position-in-cancer-research-master2-student-jp0618-12781

4 de julio de 2018

Summer school in Citizen Science (Austria)


Citizen science in theory and practice
Please find here all the information about our summer school.

DATE: Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 July 2018

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: max. 30

TARGET GROUP: Students with a Master’s degree, PhD candidates, Post-Docs, People interested in conducting a citizen science project


Citizen science (CS) is becoming increasingly important within the research community, as one can gain large, spatially and temporally scaled data sets. But how to get citizen scientists interested and how to deal with big data? What makes a successful study and where to publish your data? We will cover all relevant topics associated with CS: from the value of CS, planning a study, funding, designing apps and motivating citizens (i.e. communication and recruitment) to analysing big scattered data sets, presenting and publishing results.

Apart from keynote talks held by international experts, participants will get hands-on experiences associated with the respective topics and time to network with the invited speakers and other participants.

The summer school will be held in cooperation with the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the Cumberland game park Grünau, where several CS projects are taking place.



CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Peter BROWN (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)

Daniel DÖRLER (University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna)

Didone FRIGERIO (University of Vienna, Vienna)

Florian HEIGL (University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna)

Philipp HUMMER (SPOTTERON Citizen Science, Vienna)

Coleman KRAWCZYK (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth)

Anett RICHTER (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig)

Andrea SIEBER (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt)





MAIN TOPICS
What is citizen science?


Study design


Communication (i.e. recruitment and motivation of citizens)


Data analysis


Presenting and Publishing the results





VENUE

The summer school 2018: Citizen Science in Theory and Practice takes place at the JUFA Hotel Almtal, Hinterrinnbach 17, 4645 Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.



REGISTRATION

An informal registration with a letter of motivation should be directed to Sigrid Hager (vds.cobene@univie.ac.at). Due to the maximum number of 30 participants, applicants will get individually invited to register until 31 July 2018 after consideration of the applications.



FEE, ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL

The fee of € 170,00 incl. tax, includes access to 5 days of lectures and practical course work, accommodation, coffee breaks and all meals at JUFA according to the programme. VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows can apply for reimbursement. Social events and optional hiking tour are not included in the fee or topic for reimbursement. We reserved 2-bed rooms at the JUFA Hotel Almtal for all participants.



ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Responsible for this student organised summer school are the following VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows: Verena Pühringer-Sturmayr, Lara Iaiza and Arno Cimadom, all University of Vienna, supported by the VDS CoBeNe organisational assistant Sigrid Hager.

Trabajo para oceanógrafos en Canarias

Se requiere tecnólogo de apoyo al proyecto EU/Marine Robots para la gestión integral de un proyecto sobre despliegue de activos robóticos marinos aéreos, de superficie y subsuperficiales. Se exige titulación de grado y máster en Ciencias Marinas o Ambientales; nivel B2 de inglés; en caso de no ser español, se requiere nivel C1 de castellano. Jornada parcial de 4 horas diarias; contratación de 30 meses.

Requisitos del trabajador:
Nivel profesional:

TÉCNICOS Y SIN CATEGORÍA LABORAL DETERMINADA
Experiencia:

24 meses
Nivel académico:

ENSEÑANZAS UNIVERSITARIAS OFICIALES DE MÁSTER
Titulación:

(ALGUNOS) LICENCIATURA en ciencias del mar , GRADO en Biología Ambiental , MÁSTER UNIVERSITARIO en Biología, Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales , GRADO en Ciencias Ambientales , GRADO en Ciencias del Mar , DOCTORADO en Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada , DOCTORADO en ciencias del mar , MÁSTER UNIVERSITARIO en Ciencias del Mar: Oceanografía y Gestión del Medio Marino
Idiomas:

INGLÉS
Conocimientos informática:

No requerido
Otros conocimientos:

No requerido
Certificados profesionales:

No requerido
Permisos de conducir:

No requerido


3 de julio de 2018

7 ofertas de doctorado sobre envejecimiento en Alemania

We invite applications for 7 PhD positions within the framework of the new Research Unit
*Sociality and the reversal of the fecundity/longevity trade-off* (FOR 2281) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) www.so-long.org

Why do organisms age? The genetic underpinnings of ageing seem to be
highly conserved from nematode worms to humans. Across animals, ageing
is characterized by a trade-off between fecundity and longevity, with an
increase in fecundity commonly associated with accelerated senescence
and a drop in lifespan. A major exception to this pattern is found
within the social insects. Some social insect queens are record holders
with respect to longevity whereas their sterile workers are short-lived.
The aim of the Research Unit (www.so-long.org) is to explore, in a
highly integrative and interdisciplinary fashion, the ultimate and
proximate reasons for the apparent reversal in the fecundity/longevity
trade-off associated with sociality by using all major clades of social
insects, with Drosophila melanogaster as model non-social organism.
Projects will apply a broad range of approaches from experimental
manipulation, field-based studies and molecular genetic studies (e.g. qt
RT PCR, NGS) to theoretical evolutionary modelling and bioinformatic
analyses. Beyond the project work, PhD candidates will attend and learn
in workshops, can organize summer schools, have the opportunity to
participate in lab rotations and to attend international conferences.

PhD positions will be available on the following topics:
Comparative analysis of molecular mechanisms of ageing in flies and
social insects (Dr. Claudia Fricke, University of Münster;
claudia.fricke@uni-muenster.de)

Defying senescence – The causes of death and the costs of living of ant
queens (PD Dr. Jan Oettler / Prof Dr. Jürgen Heinze, University of
Regensburg; jan.oettler@biologie.uni-regensburg.de;
juergen.heinze@biologie.uni-regensburg.de)

A comparative approach to the fecundity/longevity trade-off across two
origins of eusociality in the bees (Prof. Dr. Robert Paxton, University
of Halle / Dr. Karen Meusemann, University of Freiburg;
robert.paxton@zoologie.uni-halle.de;
karen.meusemann@biologie.uni-freiburg.de )

Functional basis of the fecundity - longevity reversal in the ant
Temnothorax rugatulus (Prof. Dr. Susanne Foitzik, University of Mainz /
Dr. Barbara Feldmeyer, Senckenberg BiK-F Frankfurt;
foitzik@uni-mainz.de, barbara.feldmeyer@senckenberg.de)

Uncovering the functional basis of the reversal of the
fecundity/longevity trade-off in a termite (Prof. Dr. Judith Korb,
University of Freiburg; judith.korb@biologie.uni-freiburg.de)

Reversal of the fecundity / longevity trade-off across social
transitions in ants (Dr. Volker Nehring, University of Freiburg / Prof.
Dr. Susanne Foitzik, University of Mainz, / Dr. Romain Libbrecht,
University of Mainz; volker.nehring@biologie.uni-freiburg.de,
foitzik@uni-mainz.de, rlibbrec@uni-mainz.de)

Why and how does sociality change the fecundity / longevity trade-off in
termites? (Prof. Dr. Judith Korb, University of Freiburg / Prof. Dr. Ido
Pen, University of Groningen; judith.korb@biologie.uni-freiburg.de,
i.r.pen@rug.nl)

All applicants should have a strong background in evolutionary biology
and, depending on the project, also skills in bioinformatics (e.g.
scripting) or field work. For further details of specific projects,
email the relevant contact person listed above. Within your application,
please state your preferred project, in ranked order from 1 (most
preferred) to 3. The research consortium will jointly select candidates
for the positions. Skype/phone interviews are scheduled for the last
week of July and 1st week of August.
Start of Position is anticipated to be 1. Oct 2018 with a kick-off
meeting from the 3.- 5. Sept 2018

Interested candidates should send their applications (incl. CV, a letter
of motivation, and contact details of two academic references) as single
file pdf by 8. July 2018 to:
Judith.Korb@biologie.uni-freiburg.de


For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Judith Korb
Zoology : Evolutionary Biology & Ecology
University of Freiburg
Hauptstrasse 1
D-79104 Freiburg
Germany
Judith.Korb@biologie.uni-freiburg.de
www.so-long.org

2 de julio de 2018

Oferta de trabajo en biofarmacéutica (Cádiz, España)

Curaxys (www.curaxys.com) is a technology based company specialised in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of monoclonal antibodies (Mab mAb). Curaxys is currently considered to be the most important biopharmaceutical business project in Spain. The company is committed to achieve an ideal environment for the professional development of its employees as well as common personal and business goals.
Job Description
The position involves the management of all activities related to the functional characterization of the products produced by Curaxys. These operations include the team training management, the documentation of all reports generated during the characterisation process, the monitoring and assessment of the quality control and the observation of the GMP standard working procedures. Suitable candidates woud possess the experience and knowledge of the following techniques:
Management and control tests required for functional characterisation assays of products produced by Curaxys

Skills in the following molecular and cellular biology techniques:
  • Prokaryotic- and Mammalian cell culture
  • Electrophoresis: SDS-PAGE (1-D, 2-D), Western-Blot
  • Protein quantification: Bradford, ELISA.
  • Fluorescence microscopy.
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Gel documentation and analysis system
  • Sonication
  • Experience in development of binding assays:
  • Affinity
  • Inmunoreactivity
  • Avidity
  • Experience in development of activity assays
  • ADCC
  • CDC
  • Optimisation of medium culture.
  • Flow cytometry.
  • Purification techniques (affinity, ion exchange, size exclusion chromatography) with FPLC
  • Demonstrable leadership skills, ability to manage, supervise and coordinate a department team
  • Working according to GMP standards
  • Maintenance and redaction of Standard Operating Procedures


Qualifications
Researchers with a PhD or MSc degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacy or Chemistry Engineering, with a minimum average qualification of 1.7 will be considered suitable candidates. English fluency is a key issue and must be demonstrated.

1 de julio de 2018

Conservation Scientist (Canada)

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is seeking a Conservation Scientist to help advance science objectives within our Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) and National Boreal Program.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
identifying research priorities that will benefit DUC’s waterfowl conservation objectives;
developing and managing relationships with DUC staff and external partners;
designing, conducting, supervising and facilitating research to advance waterfowl conservation programs;
publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research finding to appropriate scientific forums and to DUC staff;
securing funds to help support research and conservation;
assisting with continuing education and communication activities (such as presenting at workshops, reviewing items for DUC’s marketing and communication efforts, or producing magazine articles);
participating in other professional activities (e.g., manuscript reviews, scientific consultation, professional society activities, grant reviews, etc.);
assisting with strategic and program planning, annual budget preparation, and related matters.



Requirements
Graduate degree in waterfowl or wetland ecology or a closely related discipline, ideally with emphasis on breeding waterfowl/waterbirds, wetland function, hydrology, climate change, ecosystem services of waterfowl habitat or applied conservation. PhD preferred.
Knowledge in the following areas would be an asset:
Anthropogenic change in the boreal forest and implications for conserving wetlands and wildlife populations
Conservation design and planning to achieve multiple objectives
Raising money to support scientific research or conservation programs
Proven ability to design, conduct and publish ecological research is essential;
Strength in experimental design and statistical analyses;
Leadership experience with solid organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
Adaptability to a variety of topics;
Demonstrated ability to work both within a team and independently;
Strong oral and written communication skills;

The successful candidate will also have an affinity to the outdoors, conservation and the world of waterfowl and wetlands.



This position will be based from our national head office at Oak Hammock Marsh, near Stonewall, Manitoba.



Working for DUC is a career highlight for many staff. Let us know if making a difference is important to you.



Closing deadline: July 11, 2018

30 de junio de 2018

Post doc position in comparative cognition (4-yrs), Vienna, Austria

At the Unit of Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, Vienna, Austria, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is eager to investigate cognitive and emotional processes in non-human animals, especially dogs. At the Clever Dog Lab we are committed to researching the behavioural, physiological (including neuronal) and genetic underpinnings of dog cognition. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop her/his own research agenda, using a large repertoire of state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies (including fMRI, eye-tracking, touch screens, automatized video analysis and behaviour annotation) and benefiting from administrative and technical support from members of the unit (including a lab manager, mechanical and electronic technicians and IT personnel).

Please see the full advertisement here:

http://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/fileadmin/v/z/mitteilungsblatt/stellen/2017_2018/20180615_Postdoc_Comparative_Cognition.pdf
More details about the unit of Comparative Cognition, Vienna: http://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/messerli/science/cognition


Informal enquiries about this post may be directed to Professor Ludwig Huber, ludwig.huber@vetmeduni.ac.at


Application deadline: 8th July 2018.
















Prof. Ludwig Huber, PhD


Head of Comparative Cognition
Messerli Research Institute


University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna)
Veterinaerplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria

T +43 1 25077-2680
M +43 664 60257-6250
ludwig.huber@vetmeduni.ac.at
www.vetmeduni.ac.at/messerli
Partner institutions of the Messerli Research Institute:
Messerli-Foundation, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, University of Vienna

29 de junio de 2018

Project Leader Ouadi Rime – Ouadi Achim Game Reserve (Chad)

Project Leader
Ouadi Rime – Ouadi Achim Game Reserve
Chad

The Organization

The Sahara Conservation Fund( SCF) is a ground-breaking international NGO at the forefront of efforts to save the endangered wildlife of the Sahara and the Sahel.In the past few years, SCF has been instrumental in establishing one the biggest protected areas in the world in Niger, reintroducing a lost species in Chad, and implementing a recovery program for the planet’s largest bird, theNorth African ostrich. SCF is also the leading convener and voice for conservation of Saharan wildlife.

SCF was founded in 2004 in response to the silent crisis of extinction facing the large bird and mammal fauna of the Sahara and the Sahel. It focuses on the conservation and restoration of some of the world's most endangered birds and mammals, together with the vast desert habitats needed for their survival. SCF’s projects include the creation and management of protected areas,the reintroduction of species extinct in the wild, wildlife inventory and monitoring, and the training of African professionals working to protect desert biodiversity.

Through its publications, website and social media, SCF is a vibrant voice for the Sahara, raising awareness and support from a diverse array of partners for one of the most poorly-known regions of the African continent, highlighting the need for conservation of some the planet’s most fascinating and uniquely-adapted plants and animals.

The Sahara Conservation Fund is the only international NGO exclusively dedicated to the conservation of the wildlife of the Sahara and the Sahel. SCF draws its support from a broad constituency of government partners, international agencies, the zoo community and private foundations.

The Job

At a pivotal time in its growth and development, SCFisrecruitingan experienced, dynamic and resourceful conservationist to manage a new program, funded by the European Union (ECOFAC VI Program for Central Africa), to support the management of the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve in central Chad. The reserve is home to the hugely successful Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Project and harbours significant populations of the critically endangered Dama Gazelle, the vulnerable Dorcas Gazelle, as well as other conservation-dependent species, such as large bustards and vultures, and a diverse community of birds and small carnivores.

At almost 78,000 km2, the reserve is one of the world’s biggest and is composed of arid and sub-arid grasslands, interspersed with several large and well-wooded wadis. It is also home to a vibrant community of mainly Arabic-speaking nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists; people who need to be fully integrated and participate in the development of lasting solutions for the reserve’s governance and management of its natural resources.

The position offers a unique opportunity to lead a ground-breaking initiative to conserve and restore a whole community of Sahelian large mammals and birds, whilst finding solutions for the sustainable management of the space and natural resources required for their survival. The job will benefit from and help grow synergy between efforts to improve management of the reserve and initiatives to restore and grow populations of key species, such as the oryx, addax, dama gazelle and ostrich. The program will help take monitoring of these species and their habitats to a new and more valuable landscape level.

The Program Manager will be supported by a locally-recruited team, comprising Deputy Manager, Administrator, Head of Monitoring and Information, Head of Outreach and Awareness, and relevant support staff. Backstopping and technical support as required will be provided by SCF from its European base in France. Strong synergy will exist with the SCF-implemented Oryx Reintroduction Project, also located in the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve.

The project headquarters and main duty station for the Program Manager is the small, provincial town of Arada (N15.02° E20.66°), where basic housing will be provided.

Pending signature of the necessary contracts with the EU, the project is due to begin on October 1, 2018. This said, the Program Manager position is immediately available.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with skills and experience and fall within the general framework of the international NGO conservation sector.

Main Duties

Leadership
Lead and manage the EU-funded “Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Project”;
Develop a strong working relationship with the reserve’s key stakeholders, including the administration, community and religious leaders, technical services and relevant non-governmental workers;
Mobilize support, both locally and at national levels, for the identification and implementation of appropriate measures to successfully manage and govern the reserve;
Build and develop an effective and representative reserve joint-management unit;
Build a positive, solutions-orientated relationship with the main operators involved in the agricultural, livestock and pastoral development sectors in the reserve, for example the European Union, the World Bank and the Swiss Development Corporation and the relevant government authorities;

Coordination
Maintain strong coordination with the Chad delegation of the European Union in N’Djaména, the regional technical assistance unit based in Libreville, and other program resources;
Participate in relevant EU and project coordination and technical meetings;
Build and maintain strong linkages with other authorities and projects with conservation activities in the reserve, such as the Chadian Wildlife Department, the EAD Oryx Project, and the EU-funded, Chad-Niger transboundary conservation initiative;
Maintain strong links and coordination with SCF backstopping and resource staff in Chad and Europe.

Management
Recruit required staff in accordance with the project proposal and budget and national regulations;
Supervise relevant project staff both on-site and in off-site support locations;
Assist project staff develop and implement their respective work programs;
Ensure the project is managed and implemented in accordance with EU regulations and guidelines;
Develop and monitor annual workplans for the overall project and project staff, and help oversee on-job and other forms of training;

Reporting
Produce or oversee the timely production of required technical and financial progress reports;

Communications
Oversee project communications, awareness-raising activities, and local development initiatives;
Participate in relevant conferences and symposia to present and represent the program;

Fundraising
Assist in the search for supplementary sources of funding to support the project’s goals and long-term future;

Profile

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
Proven effectiveness in achieving conservation goals in a complex, multi-sectoral and multi-cultural environment;
Demonstrable ability to effectively lead, manage and mentor staff;
Experience in working in the Sahel or Sahara would be a distinct advantage;
Knowledge of and sympathy for transhumant pastoral systems;
Excellent communications and networking skills;
Strong willingness to live and work in a remote, rural setting;
Excellent understanding and commitment to finding solutions to conservation challenges through community outreach and involvement;
Fluency in both French and English would be an extraordinary advantage, with a knowledge of Arabic highly desirable;
Experience with similar EU-funded conservation programs;
Patience, diplomacy and a strong sense of humour.

If you are interested in this unique challenge and feel you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm required please contact John Newby, CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund, by email at jobs@scf-europe.fr

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