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17 de octubre de 2017

Oferta para divulgador de ciencia en UK

The Gurdon Institute is a vibrant, world-leading centre for research at the interface between developmental biology and cancer biology, supported by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK. As a research centre, and a Department of the University of Cambridge, the Gurdon Institute has a major responsibility to contribute to society through public engagement. The Institute wants to inspire young people's interest and excitement in science, positively impact the public perception of fundamental research and make public engagement part of its research culture

We are looking for a Public Engagement Assistant who will assist the Public Engagement Manager and volunteer researchers from the Institute in delivering an exciting programme of public engagement activities.

Candidates should be educated to at least A Level/NVQ level 3 standard or have equivalent practical experience. A degree in a Biology related subject would be an advantage. Enthusiasm for conveying science to a variety of audiences, of all ages and levels of knowledge is vital. Experience of working in an administrative/secretarial role, and knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts related to Project Administration are essential. Excellent organisational and IT skills, including familiarity with databases, spreadsheets, and editorial software are also essential. Some evening and weekend work will be occasionally required. This is a part-time position (50% of full-time, 18.25 hours per week, with flexible hours).

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30th November 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact We anticipate holding interviews throughout the application process.

Please quote reference PR13559 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.
Further information
Public Engagement Assistant

16 de octubre de 2017

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Marine Mammal Biology

Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position on our Scientific Staff. We seek outstanding candidates to complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology ( We are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in marine mammal physiology or pathophysiology. Expertise may include (but is not limited to) health assessment, stress, stranding, diving physiology, functional morphology or disease. The new hire will have access to a state-of-the-art necropsy laboratory as well as the opportunity to further develop our computed tomography (CT) scanner facility. Candidates with expertise in other aspects of marine mammal biology are also encouraged to apply. We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level; however, extraordinary candidates may be considered at Associate Scientist without Tenure, Associate Scientist with Tenure, or Senior Scientist levels.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. WHOI scientific staff members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program. They have the opportunity to advise graduate students and teach courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering ( Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other science departments (Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography; and WHOI’s Marine Policy Center (, as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. Members of WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts, but the Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available. The Institution also promotes the development of innovative research through significant internal funding opportunities. Candidates hired at the Assistant Scientist level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed while they develop their external funding portfolio. Female and minority applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. WHOI is sensitive to the issues of dual career scientists and will help to identify and explore available dual-career options. WHOI’s benefits package includes vacation time, a generous 403(b) employer contribution retirement plan, medical and dental plans, parental leave, child-care subsidy, employee and family illness days and flexible scheduling.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with resident staff, postdocs and students numbering approximately 1,000. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from around the world. Our mission is to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science.


Apply online; please visit and respond to Job Reference 17-09-09. Applications should include the following as a single PDF document: cover letter, curriculum vitae, 3-page research statement that clearly describes your research interests, names and contact information for four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications. In addition to the online application, please email the PDF document directly to the chair of the Biology Department at with the subject “Biology Scientist Application”.

Application deadline is December 1, 2017.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V/EOE; it is also a member of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NEHERC).

15 de octubre de 2017

16 plazas para técnicos de campo ornitólogos

THE ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT NEEDS 16 FIELD TECHNICIANS for the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program; $115/day with a 10 day on/4 day off schedule. Private contractors will be hired to monitor breeding bald eagles at 8 to 12 breeding areas throughout Arizona's riparian corridors from January 31 thru a minimum of May 15, 2018. Contractors will collect bald eagle behavioral data, contact and educate recreating public, and help enforce closures around the breeding area. Previous birding, raptor, and behavioral data collection experience preferred but not required. For more information on the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program, visit the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee’s web page at http://www.swbemc.or...tchProgram.html, call Kenneth Jacobson at (623) 236-7575, or e-mail at Application information can be downloaded from by selecting “Contract and Bid Search”, “Bid”, and searching for “AGFD18-00007701”. All applications must be submitted within the ProcureAZ website before December 1, 2017 by 3:00 P.M. (MST).

Editor in Chief for The Auk: Ornithological Advances

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) seeks a new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for the journal, The Auk: Ornithological Advances. The Auk is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research advancing the fundamental scientific knowledge of broad biological concepts (e.g., ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and genetics) through studies of birds. The Auk receives ~300 submissions per year and publishes articles online weekly. The Auk has the top 5-yr-average Journal Impact Factor score among ornithology journals worldwide.
The EIC of The Auk serves as the chief scientific authority responsible for the process and output of top-quality peer reviewed articles in the journal and for assembling and overseeing a diverse editorial board. The EIC determines the scope and direction of the scientific content of the journal, and aids the society in developing new policies responsive to changing publishing needs. The successful applicant will be a senior academic or research scientist with five or more years of cumulative hands-on editorial (associate editor or above) experience with general or subject specific peer reviewed journals drawing international audiences. We seek applicants who have demonstrated their ability to lead and mentor teams of fellow scientists and their commitment to supporting individual diversity and inclusivity in our field.
The term of the initial appointment is one year with annual reappointment subject to AOS governing Council’s approval. We aim to select the new EIC by December 2017 to allow a ~3 month overlap and transition period prior to the end of the current EIC’s term in April 2018.
A five-member Search Committee comprised of co-chairs Alice Boyle and Kimberly Smith, Daniel Cadena, Andrea Townsend, and Jim Sedinger, will conduct the search on behalf of AOS’ governing Council. The Search Committee welcomes both direct applications and nominations for the position. All nominees will be contacted by the Search Committee. Additional information, including a full position profile, may be found here: Full Position Description Editor-in-Chief The Auk 2017. If you would like to contact the committee directly, please email

Formal applications, consisting of a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, should be sent electronically to: The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 November 2017.

The American Ornithological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search. Applications received by November 1, 2017, will be assured full consideration.

14 de octubre de 2017

Urgente: Voluntariado/prácticas de investigación en Panamá

Project: What causes the high biodiversity of the Neotropics? A systematic analysis.

Opportunity: an intern is needed to be trained in meta-analysis of
literature, databases and analysis of data on Neotropical biodiversity. The
intern will live in the rainforest in Panama and study at the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute, a globally leading centre for the study of
tropical environments (

Research: Neotropics are the most biodiverse area of the planet. What
factors have contributed to the exceptional richness of life in the region?
Hundreds of studies attempt to answer this question for individual taxa,
from mammals through trees to butterflies. A meta-analysis of results from
separate studies of many groups is needed to capture the general trends.
The intern will be trained to compile and analyse information from
published studies. The intern will explore several taxonomic groups, and
learn critical review of scientific literature, collection of data from
public repositories, and complex quantitative analysis. Skills acquired in
this project can be widely applied in biodiversity conservation,
bioinformatics and comparative biology. The question of diversity in the
Neotropics remains a great enigma of biology ĄV the intern will have a
chance to develop their own answers.

Time and place: 3 months, early 2018; STRI facility in Gamboa, Panama, a
pleasant village halfway up the Panama Canal in the Soberania National
Park. In their free time the intern can enjoy the spectacular outdoors,
Caribbean and Pacific beaches, or the booming Panama City. STRI is also an
excellent place to find other opportunities for fieldwork, graduate school,
etc. The intern will be welcome to join occasional entomological excursions.

Cost: A stipend to cover living costs is offered. The intern needs to pay
for a flight to Panama.

Requirements: Current undergraduates or recent graduates only.

Required: very good English; strong interest in biogeography, ecology and
evolution; willingness to learn quantitative methods.

Useful: programming skills (e.g. R, python, SQL); familiarity with
statistics, modelling, etc. No Spanish needed.

Application: contact Dr Chris Kozak urgently (; Skype:

Interns are selected in a competition: the candidate will have to submit an
application early next week (around Monday 16/10/17). Application includes
a letter of intent, transcripts and a recommendation.

Oferta de doctorado en diseño de ensayos biológicos (Alemania)

The Laboratory for Sensors at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) offers a PhD position in close cooperation with the Synthetic Biology Department of the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS). It contains highly multidisciplinary tasks in different projects: Two German Research Foundation (DFG) grants (UR 70/12-1 and UR 70/10-1 aim at the simultaneous detection of various microRNAs as biomarkers for different diseases, including brain tumors or interstitial lung disease, from clinically relevant samples (e.g., blood, plasma). In addition, a Max Planck Society funded project “FlyMiBird” targets the development of a microfluidic Lab-on-a-Bird transmitter for the hormone level monitoring of free-moving birds.

- Design, implementation and optimization of biological assays
- Preparation and execution of assay measurements
- Working with different (optical and electrochemical) biosensors

Anfangsdatum: 1. November 2017

geschätzte Dauer: 3 Jahren

Bezahlung: TV-L E13

Bruch et al., "Clinical on-site monitoring of ß-lactam antibiotics for a personalized antibiotherapy", 2017, Sci. Rep., 7, 3127.

Kling et al., "Multianalyte antibiotic detection on an electrochemical microfluidic platform", 2016, Anal. Chem., 88(20), 10036 - 10043.


13 de octubre de 2017

Técnicos de investigación ornitólogos

Positions are available for a crew leader and 2 technicians to assist with research on the behavioral ecology and habitat use of Wild Turkeys in Illinois in association with forest management. The work involves capturing and attaching GPS radio transmitters to captured hen turkeys during the winter to study relationships between survival, habitat use, and habitat characteristics at multiple spatial and temporal scales throughout the year. Using VHF telemetry, hens are then relocated to remotely download data. Additional responsibilities will change throughout the season and include, but are not limited to: evaluating data for incubation activity, assessing nest fate, conducting vegetation surveys, nocturnal bird surveys, surveying acorn abundance, deploying CO2-baited traps for black flies, conducting camera trapping surveys for mesocarnivores, and data entry.
The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp of Engineers. All candidates must have completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or a related field. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation, the ability to work independently and as a team member, and the capability to conduct field work under adverse conditions, are necessary. Applicants will be required to lift/carry 50 lb bags of corn and heavy equipment during the capture season. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a background check. The details for each position are as follows:

Crew leader - Preferred candidates will have prior experience in handling and tracking wildlife, experience working with tracking data (location and/or activity), proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products), vegetation identification skills (Midwest vegetation), and prior experience as a crew leader or similar position. This person will be expected to communicate regularly with the field crew, private land owners, public land managers, and the graduate students overseeing the research. Candidate will be expected to begin work by January 8th, 2018, and the position will tentatively end June 29th, 2018, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.

Technicians - Preferred applications will have some previous experience in tracking and handling wildlife, and will be proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products). Candidate will be expected to begin work by January 12th, 2018, and the position will tentatively end June 29th, 2018, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.

Salary Ranges - Crew leader $14- $16, Techs $12 - $14 per hour depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles provided. Details of housing will be provided at a later date.

To apply: Submit by October 27, 2017 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and availability for the position of interest, 2) curriculum vitae 3) names and contact information for three references (direct supervisors ONLY) to Christine Parker at Applications will be evaluated in the order received. Applicants will be notified after all positions have been filled.

12 de octubre de 2017

Research Associate: Urban Ecology and Physiology

The Fudickar lab at Indiana University ( seeks to hire a Research Associate to help manage/lead a study on the impact of artificial light on the occurrence and movements of birds as well as the impact of artificial light on the timing of seasonal traits (e.g. reproduction and migration). In particular, the candidate will help establish a demographic study, monitor and track animals, and quantify seasonal phenology and related physiological traits. Candidates with both field and lab experience are preferred. Most research will be conducted in Bloomington Indiana.

Must have an MS (minimum) in a biology-related field and experience in the field working with birds. The successful candidate should have demonstrated skills relevant to the project described above. Candidates with exceptional qualifications will have the opportunity to develop independent projects related to the overall project goals. The position is for 20 months depending on start date (preferred February 1, 2018), but potentially longer if funding becomes available.

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Adam Fudickar (

Salary = $37,000-$40,000 + benefits

To apply go to https://indiana.peop...m/postings/4618

11 de octubre de 2017

6 plazas de técnicos de investigación en ornitología (USA)

Six positions are available in SW Missouri. Two positions will be headquartered out of the Sloan Conservation Area near Greenfield, MO. Housing is available for the two Greenfield positions. One position available at each of the following: Wah’Kon Tah Prairie near El Dorado Springs, Talbot Conservation Area near Mt. Vernon, Shawnee Trail CA near Lamar, and Bois D’arc CA near Willard. No housing provided at Wah’Kon Tah, Talbot, Shawnee or Bois D’arc.
During February and March, each technician will bait, trap and radio collar 60 bobwhite quail on their assigned study site. Throughout April-September the radio marked quail will be monitored 5 days per week. Applicants will be entering telemetry data into ArcGIS. Experience with GPS and ArcGIS is preferred, but not required. Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Conservation Biology or closely related field is preferred.
Applicants must be available Monday through Friday from January 22 through September 30.
Salary: $9.86/hour, 40 hours/week. These positions are classified as Part Time Hourly, so no benefits are included.
Closing Date: October 13, 2017.
For questions, contact Kyle Hedges 417-326-5189 ext. 1849; or
E-mail resume, with references to

10 de octubre de 2017

Oferta de doctorado en ornitología y conservación (California, USA)

We are seeking Ph.D. students interested in agro-ecology, ornithology, and/or conservation biology to join the Karp Lab in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. The Karp lab ( has a diversity of ongoing projects focused on (1) understanding patterns of bird biodiversity across climate and land-use gradients, (2) quantifying impacts of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-driven ecosystem services and disservices, and (3) identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform development of multi-functional landscapes.

Candidates with interest and/or experience in conservation science, ecosystem services, agro-ecology, community ecology, and/or countryside biogeography are encouraged to apply. If interested, please send a current CV with GPA and GRE scores and a brief (<1 a="" daniel="" describing="" href="" interests="" karp="" page="" research="" statement="" to="" your=""> Interested applicants would apply to UC Davis’s Graduate Group in Ecology (, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ecology graduate programs in the United States. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017. Underrepresented groups, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of California, Davis is a Research I public university located in the Central Valley of California. Local ecological research activities are possible in the diverse farmland, forests, wetlands, and grasslands that typify the area. Easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Trinity Alps, and the coast provide for a suite of recreational activities. Davis is also adjacent to Sacramento, a burgeoning metropolitan area, and close to San Francisco and Berkeley.

9 de octubre de 2017

Técnicos de campo ornitólogos (Kansas, USA)

Seasonal positions (3-6 months) are available at the USGS Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit within the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. As a part of a collaborative conservation and research effort, we are seeking skilled individuals to assist with Lesser Prairie-Chicken translocation in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. We would prefer applicants who have experience with trapping and handling prairie grouse, vhf radio-telemetry, data entry, identification of plant species, and collecting vegetation data on public and private land. Duties will consist of 60% field data collection, 30% electronic data entry, and 10% equipment maintenance.
B.S. in Natural Resources, Biology, or equivalent field is preferred, but not required. We offer a competitive salary and housing, and support training opportunities for field and lab techniques.

Start date should be no later than March 1th, 2018. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references as a single pdf to Liam Berigan (, with the subject line as "Prairie-Chicken Technician Application ". Review of applications will begin on October 30th, 2017, and continue until suitable candidates are identified.
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities, protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check is required.

8 de octubre de 2017

3 doctorados y un postdoc estudiando evolución de la cooperación en Suiza

4 PhD- and postdoc positions are available at the University of Bern, to study the

Evolution of cooperation based on relatedness, negotiation and trading

All major transitions in the evolution of life are characterized by the necessity of cooperation and sacrifice of constituent parts transforming into higher complexity. Conceptually, the evolution of
cooperation seems to be well understood. However, critical tests of the predictions from alternative mechanisms responsible for the establishment of evolutionarily stable levels of cooperation hardly
exist. For instance, the seemingly overwhelming evidence for the importance of kin selection to the evolution of altruism is almost entirely correlational. Few studies have manipulated relatedness and
measured behavioural responses and corresponding fitness effects, and several have found that relatedness in fact hampers cooperative behaviour instead of promoting it, opposite to predictions from kin selection theory. The relative significance of alternative mechanisms in addition to kin selection, such as negotiation and reciprocal trading, to explain cooperation in nature is as yet unclear. In this project we aim to develop and experimentally test predictions regarding the relative and interactive influence of relatedness and negotiation/trading on cooperation between social partners.

Our previous work has suggested that mutual help and trading of service
and commodities are important and widespread variants of cooperative
interactions among animals, which can elicit high levels of
evolutionary stable cooperation. A crucial parameter in reciprocal
trading is the potential time delay between subsequent interactions
among social partners, because this affects the perceived or true
probability to receive returns for provided help. One aim of this
project will be to vary the time axis of social decisions between
concurrency and delays of different magnitude to span the entire range
from coaction to long-term reciprocity. Another important issue is that
in nature most social interactions involve some sort of asymmetry
between concerned individuals, regardless whether this is sex, age,
dominance status, body condition, individual quality, need, resource
holding potential, reproductive status, residual reproductive value,
etc. Consequently, in virtually any social interaction the involved
individuals have different abilities and expectations about potential
pay-offs from the interaction. The current project aims to
experimentally scrutinize the significance of asymmetries for the
negotiation process between social partners about their respective
cooperative effort.

Hitherto, effects of experimental manipulation of cooperation on direct
and indirect components of fitness have hardly been scrutinized. We aim
at estimating fitness effects of experimentally controlled cooperative
behaviour in natural and semi-natural settings by manipulating at the
same time relatedness and the negotiation rules applied by all involved
parties. Our model organisms will be wild-type Norway rats and
cooperatively breeding Lake Tanganyika cichlids.

Within the framework of this SNF-funded project, we offer one post-doc
and three PhD-positions. We seek highly-motivated and well organised
candidates who can work independently as well as drive collaborative
projects. Scientific curiosity is a must and good English language
skills are important. Previous experience with studying animal
behaviour is mandatory. The PhD-applicants will need an MSc-degree (or
equivalent) in biology. Applications must include a letter of
motivation, CV, list of publications, copy of degree certificates, and
two names of referees who should have sent their recommendation letter
separately before the mentioned deadline. Applications should be
submitted before

Wednesday 25 October 2017

by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to

Late applications will be considered until all positions are filled.
Starting date of all positions is as soon as possible. Duration of
contracts is up to 3 years.

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Behavioural Ecology Division, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

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