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23 de junio de 2017

Doctorado en bioinformática (Alemania)

PhD scholarship in bioinformatics in Rostock (Baltic Coast), Germany

The Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research at the Rostock University Medical Center (Germany) seeks a highly qualified candidate for a PhD scholarship with a focus on bioinformatics (NGS/omics) analyses.

Your tasks:
· Intervention effect analyses using omics data.
· Machine learning and network-biology based analyses and data integration.
· Writing of scientific reports and papers.

What we offer:
· Investigating the mechanisms behind biological processes such as microbial infection, ageing, fibrosis, neurology and hematopoiesis.
· A stimulating diverse and international research environment, where your contribution can have a real impact.
· Funding for travelling, equipment, books, etc.

What you need to bring to the table:
· A master degree in bioinformatics or computer science or a related research field in the medical/life/natural sciences.
· Programming/ scripting skills, e.g. in Java/ R.
· Experience in bioinformatics data analysis.
· High motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team spanning genomics, neuroscience, and ageing research.
· Strong communication skills (oral presentations and in writing).

How to apply:
If this describes you and your intentions then please send your application until 07.07.2017 in a single PDF document, consisting of:
· Cover letter explaining relevant experiences, a brief statement of research interests, and qualifications
· CV
· Copies of (final) certificates and academic degrees
· Contact details of 2-4 scientists who may write a letter of recommendation.

Please send your application to us, c/o Prof. Fuellen, bioinfo-jobs(at)
Please indicate “Rostock_PhD_Application” in the title of the e-mail.

For most of the year, Rostock (at the Baltic Coast) is a number one vacation area in Germany, with a very pleasant climate and nice beaches nearby.

22 de junio de 2017

Voluntariado con aves en Suecia

Expenses paid field assistant positions to study the foraging ecology of
Siberian Jays in Swedish Lapland

For the upcoming field season (21 August-31 October 2017) we are looking
for a highly motivated expenses paid field volunteer to join our field
project (main responsible Dr. Michael Griesser, University of Zurich,
Switzerland) investigating life-history evolution in Siberian jays. The
study site is located near Arvidsjaur, Swedish Lapland.

Our current project investigates the influence of habitat quality on the
foraging and food storing behaviour of Siberian jays. The work of the
field volunteers will be to help with field experiments, behavioural
observations, catching birds, and data management. This work will give
insight into exciting experimental fieldwork and will be carried out
partly in managed forests and partly in scenic pristine boreal habitats.
We will work 5-6 days per week in the field depending on the workload of
the experiments. Observe that temperatures in the end of the season can
be as low as -10C. The work is physically strenuous at times.
The team will vary in size depending on the weeks, but at least two
other people will be present during the whole field season.

(1) BSc/MSc in Biology, Ecology, Evolution or similar qualification
(2) Previous field experience
(3) Ability to work in small teams and sociable personality
(4) Knowledge in observing
(5) bird ringing and mist-netting experience
(6) Driving license
(7) Fluent in English

We will cover for the accommodation, travel expenses from and to the
study site (in total up to 300 Euros), as well as the living expenses.

Applications - including a CV, a letter of motivation (1 page) and the
name of two referees - should be send to Michael Griesser, preferably in a single PDF.

Applications received until 14 July 2016 will be given full consideration.

21 de junio de 2017

Científico ornitólogo en el observatorio de aves de una isla canadiense

Science Officer – Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO)
Location: Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
Job type: Permanent full time
Remuneration: Annual Salary Based on Experience + Health Benefits & Housing
Anticipated start date: August 14th 2017
Please send resume to: by July 14th 2017
Job description:
PIBO’s Science Officer (SO) is responsible for all PIBO operations with an emphasis on science and research including but not limited to: administration, research, maintenance of PIBO field house, transportation and in conjunction with the Executive Director, staff and volunteer hiring and conduct.
The SO reports to the Executive Director.
The SO is a 44 hour per week position from April 1 to November 15. And a part time (20 hours per week) position from Nov 16- March 31.
Science Officer duties includes report writing, staffing, data management, and assisting the Executive Director and Board of Directors with fundraising.
The SO works part-time at writing (contributing to science journals and writing research grants) and research reporting from April to November.

In addition to managing the bird observatory and assisting the Board of Directors and Executive Director, the SO will:
Assist the Field Supervisor, Assistant Field Biologist and PIBO interns/volunteers as needed with all research and fieldwork operations from April to November. Between 50 – 75% of the SO’s workload from April to November involves fieldwork and the paperwork, data entry, and other duties associated with PIBO’s migration-monitoring program, summer breeding bird studies, and island education programs.
Develop and maintain a pollinator site on one of PIBO’s properties.
Contribute articles to the Auspice newsletter.
Mange and apply for field work permits and ensure permit conditions are adhered to.
Maintain PIBO vehicle and all relevant field gear.
Reside on the island from April – November (and live rent-free at the PIBO staff cottage during the nine-month field season).
The SO receives two weeks paid vacation as part of gross pay in the time period July 6th – July 31st.
Payment is made by cheque (minus deductions) biweekly.

Ideal Qualifications/Requirements:
Previous experience managing small profit or non-profit organization
Responsible for leadership and direction of the bird observatory
Mist – netting and bird banding experience; good knowledge of molt terminology, ageing and sexing for North American passerines.
Experience identifying Eastern North American birds by sight and sound
Above average verbal and written communication skills
Experience writing reports, articles, newsletters, preparing funding applications
Assist Field Supervisor with island education including bird banding demonstrations, visiting field naturalist and school groups
Assist Executive Director with development and implementation of a strategic plans, education programs, fundraising
Liaise with the PIBO Board of Directors and staff
Attend PIBO meetings, attend Canadian Migration Monitoring Network meetings every two years, and Ontario Bird Banding Association meetings annually
Coordinate with Executive Director on the year-round maintenance/supplies at three PIBO properties including water, electrical, mainland food shopping, transportation, staff relations and conduct, safety, community relations, etc.
Assist with the Birdhouse cottage rental (available to conduct birding tours to guests).
Assist with upkeep of the PIBO staff cottage and field station, help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.
Responsible for ensuring all year-end reporting is completed by PIBO staff including data submission (the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, the Canadian Bird Banding Office, OMNR), PIBO Year-end Report (by December 31st), newsletter summaries, migration summaries, etc.
Driver’s license and clean driving record
Oversee facilities maintenance, inspections and improvements including buildings, grounds and onsite equipment and insure the safety and security of PIBO staff and volunteers
Maintain a welcoming environment for visitors
Report on seasonal migration monitoring and long-term population studies, and other scientific papers using PIBO data. Prior publications in scientific journals is preferable.

20 de junio de 2017

Director científico en una reserva marina en Belize

TIDE Belize (Toledo Institute for Development and Environment) is Seeking a Science Director to be based in Punta Gorda, Belize. If you are interested in applying, please reply to the email address in the announcement below and not directly to me:

**Call for applications: Science Director - Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, Belize**

TIDE is seeking a Science Director to support the management of the research and monitoring program for the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and areas within the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor, Southern Belize. We offer an attractive salary and benefits package that is commensurate with training and experience. The position is open to any nationality.

Major Function:
You will guide and oversee TIDE’s science program, focusing on marine biology and conservation, but with aspects of freshwater and terrestrial biology. You will be responsible for the coordination of the scientific program which includes: monitoring, research and management activities for the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor (MMMC); oversee science staff (Junior Marine Biologist and Terrestrial and Freshwater Biologist); develop budgets for the research and monitoring program; lead science staff in the development of policy and programs for monitoring and research; contribute to grant proposals when necessary; act as the primary liaison with visiting researchers, scientific groups and projects; work with other managers to ensure management is based on sound scientific information; represent the organization at national and international meetings and conferences.

1. Implement, and expand, the existing monitoring and research program for TIDE in accordance with deliverables from multiple grants.
2. Supervise data collection for the monitoring and research programs (coral, reef fish, seagrass, mangroves, water quality, commercial species e.g. lobster, conch, sea cucumber), including supervision/coordination of junior science staff.
3. Work with science staff to ensure proper data entry, data analysis and report writing.
4. Work with other management staff to ensure monitoring and research data is utilized.
5. Analyse data to support implementation of Managed Access and Adaptive Management Framework for PHMR.
6. Publish scientific research in international peer-reviewed journals.
7. Operate TIDE Community Researcher Program including SCUBA training and research methods training for local research team
8. Collaborate with visiting researchers to establish links between research and management activities.
9. Develop targeted research projects for TIDE within the area of the MMMC.
10. Responsible for scientific program logistics, budgeting, and staffing.
11. Assist with grant development including proposal writing.
12. Assist with community outreach through the development of presentations and outreach materials.
13. Coordinate with local, regional and international partners.
14. Represent TIDE at national and international meetings, and on committees and organizations that have mutual interests in conservation.
15. Responsible for relevant project documentation and report writing.
16. Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time

1. Enhance the organization’s public relations by actively participating in meetings, workshops, etc. that are related to the science of marine biology and the management of marine resources.
2. Perform any other duties and programmatic functions in support of TIDE’s priorities as requested by the supervisor.
3. Perform periodic evaluation and review of other marine biologist’s performance.

Provide functional guidance and supervision to biologists, rangers, community researchers.

Education and Experience
- Masters degree in marine biology, marine ecology (or equivalent) and 3-5 years experience in natural resource management/conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience (PhD desirable).
- Qualified and experienced SCUBA diver (minimum PADI Divemaster or equivalent. PADI Instructor preferred to train local researchers)
- Previous experience of research diving.
- Experience working with Caribbean ecosystems desirable.
- Knowledge of GIS and GPS use.

Other Prerequisites
- Leadership experience in overseeing a dynamic team.
- Strong oral and written communication skills including ability to speak in public.
- Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Web browsers).
- Experience with statistical analysis of scientific data and preparation of articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals
- Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
- Supervisory experience, including ability to set objectives and manage performance, and proven ability to effectively manage and motivate people.
- Experience in preparation of work plans and budgets.
- Proven ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s) and to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
- Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, staff, and stakeholders, government officials, providing and obtaining needed information.
- Communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of TIDE to diverse groups including donors, guests, community members and others.
- Write reports and use other communication tools to characterize the science program operations and evaluate effectiveness of activities.

The deadline for applications is June 30th, 2017 at 5pm Belize time.

To apply for this position, please send the following to or to Mrs. Celia Mahung, Executive Director, PO Box 150, Punta Gorda Town, Belize by deadline date:

- A 1-2 page cover letter describing your previous experience, and demonstrating your knowledge of TIDE’s work,
- An up-to-date CV
- Three (3) letters of professional references

19 de junio de 2017

Oferta de doctorado en genómica evolutiva de aves (Alemania)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society.
Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for a

PhD position in Evolutionary Genomics of Birds(50 %)

There is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated applicant to join the working group of Prof. Dr. Axel Janke.

Your profile:
• Master degree in Biology, Genetics, Evolution and speciation in birds at the genomic level
• Strong interest and proven skills in evolutionary, population or phylo-genetics
• Experience in analyzing genomic data
• Very good written and oral communication skills in English
• Interest to be involved in an international and interdisciplinary group to expand the work to species distribution modeling, paternal inference and conservation genetics

Salary and benefits are according to a full time public service position in Germany(TV-H E 13, 50%). The contract should start on October 1st, 2017and will initially be limited until September 30th, 2020. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #11-17016) before June, 30th 2017 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a detailed CV and a copy of your Master degree to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main

For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Prof. Dr. Axel Janke,

18 de junio de 2017

Prácticas en conservación de tortugas marinas (Australia)

Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program Scientific Internship Program 2017/18

The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program is a scientific research and public outreach program aimed at identifying, monitoring and protecting marine turtle rookeries located along a 65 km stretch of beach at the southern end of the Ningaloo Reef, within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area,Western Australia.


The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) monitors and protects key coastal nesting rookeries of endangered sea turtles on Gnaraloo beaches at the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery and the Gnaraloo Cape Farquhar Rookery. Turtles that nest at Gnaraloo are dominantly loggerhead (Caretta caretta), some green (Chelonia mydas) and possibly hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles. The GTCP collects baseline data on turtle nesting activities for informed management to protect them and their critical coastal nesting habitat, to engage the community and schools in conservation, to train scientists for professional careers and to knowledge share its findings.


We will appoint interns from Australia and overseas to be part of the program from 15 October 2016 to 15 April 2017. The interns work, under direction and guidance, as part of the GTCP field team to undertake daily surveys of turtle nesting and feral animal activities in the monitored rookeries, community and school participation with the program, data analysis, scientific reporting and other office work. All work by the GTCP field team is co-ordinated and managed by the site based Program Assistant and offsite Project Manager.

The program interprets and works mainly with turtle and feral animal tracks. Work includes daily turtle surveys with day and night patrols. Feral animal tracks are monitored daily to report on the presence of threats in monitored rookeries for adaptive management. Office work involves daily data entry, data QA/QC, data management and analysis, preparation of the annual scientific report with GIS maps and other wide program responsibilities, including promotion through web postings and media articles. The GTCP field team also hosts and interacts with community and school groups during onsite educational field excursions and through presentations in regional Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area.

The interns start in Perth (October 2017), then work at Gnaraloo (October 2017 – February 2018) and in regional and metropolitan locations in Western Australia (March – April 2018).

See Facebook, and for field diaries, photos, videos and reports of previous years.

Work on spectacular beaches
Contribute to biodiversity conservation in a world heritage area
Undertake field research of local, national and international importance
Gain valuable training and project experience
Network with professionals in your field of interest.
Snorkel in a spectacular coral reef system that is abundant with marine life
Meet people from all over the world and from different backgrounds
Experience remote fieldwork


The four available internship positions are for scientists seeking commercial experience and professional development. Candidates with Honour or Master degrees in the scientific field will be favourably viewed, particularly those with some commercial and project experience post degree.

The internships are for persons with previous experience away from home and university settings. You must have already lived away from home, be able to stand on your own and cope in a remote location for a long period of time without family, friends, urban delights and distractions. You must be available for the entire season’s work, not only part thereof.

You must address the following selection criteria in your application bearing in mind that we are looking for candidates who are willing to learn, patient, friendly, flexible, committed, determined, reliable and practical. You should have a no nonsense attitude.


1. Ability to follow and adhere to instructions and directions by managers and supervisors.
2. Strong work ethic with the ability to work independently and as part of a team structure.
3. Accuracy with Attention to detail.
4. Excellent scientific, technical and analytical abilities.
5. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Excellent problem solving ability.
7. Written English to a high professional standard.
8. High conversational English if English is not your first language.
9. Interest and enthusiasm for community engagement.
10.High competency and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
11.Passion and enthusiasm for conservation and the marine environment.
12.Ability to withstand remote and isolated conditions.


1. Previous sea turtle tracking/tagging experience with loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.
2. Performing spatial analyses and creating information products from the GIS.
3. Ability to produce technical reports and media articles.
4. Experience implementing community engagement programs.
5. Experience working in remote locations.

Before arrival, you must have the following (all to be valid in Western Australia and current for the duration of the program):

1) working holiday visa
2) full manual driver’s licence
3) first aid certificate
4) police (all) and working with children clearance (Australians only)
5) travel insurance (if applicable)
6) medical insurance


We provide accommodation, meals, utilities, and required travel within Western Australia for program commitments. Training includes instruction in Western Australian turtle monitoring protocols, feral track identification and 4WDriving

You will be responsible for the cost of your travel to enter and exit the program via Perth in Western Australia, any required visas for Australia and associated costs for travel to and from Australia. Upon application, travel cost assistance may be provided to exceptional candidates from developing countries who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate with the program (assessment is at the sole discretion of the program). The Gnaraloo Station Trust is an approved sponsor who may nominate a person for a training and research visa. Please note that successful visa processing under this category by the Government may take 3 months or longer.


You must submit the following in your application package (if you miss any element, we will not consider your application):

1. A cover letter describing why you are seeking this opportunity and other information which makes you suited to the internship position.
2. A completed GTCP application form.
3. A resume including two referees of your most recent academic, commercial or project experience.
4. Reference letters from your stated referees that describe why you would be able to work positively in a small scientific team who depends on each other; live happily in a setting that is remote and isolated; have work and personal life intertwined for months on ends; survive without daily support of family and friends; interact and contribute positively to the small permanent work force at Gnaraloo.
5. Copy of scientific paper(s) that you have written.

You will need to be in Perth, Western Australia no later than 15 October 2016 to commence work with the program.

Submit your application to by 15 July 2017, under e-mail title of ‘(Insert your Surname and Country)_Intern App GTCP1617’.

Gnaraloo Station is 1,055km north of Perth, via the town of Carnarvon, in Western Australia.

Direct all questions to:

Alistair Green

See Facebook: Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program, and

The Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) is privately funded and managed by the Gnaraloo Station Trust and the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. The GTCP is supported by other partners and entities including the Australian Government, Esri Australia and Brains Design.

17 de junio de 2017

Oferta de doctorado en ecología y comportamiento de insectos (Lleida, España)

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Fechas de presentación: 15 julio 2017 a 15 septiembre 2017
Incorporación: Noviembre-Diciembre 2017
Lugar: Universidad de Lleida, Departamento de Producción Vegetal y Ciencia Forestal.
Duración: Tres años
Sueldo: 14.400 € de retribución bruta en la primera anualidad y 15.600 € por las dos anualidades siguientes.
Tema: Ecología química y comportamiento de insectos. Percepción olfativa, respuesta electrofisiológica de neuronas de la antena (potenciales de acción) a estímulos olfativos (feromonas, volátiles de planta, etc). Trayectoria de vuelo en túnel de viento en respuesta a estímulos olfativos. Trabajo de laboratorio usando cría de insecto. Palabras clave: Entomología, fisiología, neurobiología, electrofisiología, comportamiento, olfacción, feromonas.
1-Grado (preferentemente en Biología), obtenido después del año 2008, y haber terminado un master universitario y sumar al menos 300 créditos ECTS entre ambos (de acuerdo con Real decreto 99/2011, 28 enero)
2-Nota media mínima del expediente académico = 6.5 (escala 1-10), calculada según el criterio del Real Decreto 1125/2003.
Pasos para solicitar la beca: 1) Contactar con el investigador. 2) La persona seleccionada habrá presentar la siguiente documentación para solicitar la beca:
  1. Fotocopia compulsada del expediente académico (grado) donde deberán aparecer las asignaturas, con sus créditos y sus notas
  2. Cálculo de la nota media según impreso normalizado (en caso de que el expediente no esté en la escala 1-10).
  3. CV con fotocopia de la documentación de los méritos que se mencionan
  4. Fotocopia compulsada del título académico y del título del master oficial
  5. Memoria del proyecto de investigación al que está adscrita la beca y el código de referencia de este proyecto (AGL2016-77373-C2-2-R, memoria proporcionada por el grupo de investigación)
Criterios que puntúan (ver anexo de convocatoria): Es una beca competitiva. Los candidatos son evaluados según unos criterios de entre los cuales la nota media es el más importante, seguido de otros méritos (menores) como son publicaciones (en revistas con comité evaluador), presentaciones en congresos científicos, titulación de inglés, becas y contratos. La nota mínima del expediente académico exigida (6.5) tiene poca probabilidad de concesión de la beca, por lo que un buen expediente (≥ 8) es altamente recomendable.
Documentación de consulta:
-Convocatoria (en catalán solamente):
-Impreso de solicitud (en castellano):

2 de junio de 2017

Curso "Inteligencia y cognición en primates" (Granada, España)

La Asociación Darwin Eventur organiza un curso, en el que colaboran la Asociación Sectorial de Alumnos de Biología (S.A.B.-Granada), la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Granada, IPRIM y la Asociación Primatológica Española (APE), con el título: "Inteligencia y cognición en Primates" los días 29 y 30 de junio de 2017 en la Facultad de Ciencias de Granada.

El curso estará impartido por:

- D. Miquel Llorente Espino, Doctor en Psicología por la Universitat Ramon Llull, estudios de posgrado en Neuropsicología por el Instituto de Neurociencias y Salud Mental de Barcelona. Director de IPRIM – Institut de Recerca i Estudis en Primatología. Responsable de la Unidad de Investigación y Etología de Fundación Mona y coordinador del Programa de Formación. Investigador asociado a la Unidad de Cognición del IPHES (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social). Presidente de la APE (Asociación Primatológica Española) y Director del programa de Postgrado y Máster en Primatología de la Universitat de Girona (UdG). Colabora como docente en el Máster en Etología Aplicada y Comportamiento Animal de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

Duración: aproximadamente 25 horas.

Precio: 35 euros.


Los objetivos del curso son:

- Exponer qué entendemos por inteligencia haciendo especial énfasis en el estudio comparado de las capacidades cognitivas de humanos y simios.

- Determinar las principales aproximaciones metodológicas al estudio de la inteligencia animal.

- Reflexionar acerca de los últimos conocimientos relativos a las capacidades cognitivas de los grandes simios.

- Aportar ejemplos y casos prácticos reales de investigación cognitiva y determinar de qué manera estos estudios son importantes no sólo para la comprensión del ser humano sino para la conservación, protección y mejora del bienestar de estas especies en cautividad.

Más información y el programa:

Si tiene cualquier duda escribe a y se te contestará lo antes posible.

Científico para conservación de aves marinas (UK)

Conservation Scientist - Marine

Reference number: A0900517

Location: Inverness, Edinburgh or UK Headquarters (The Lodge, Sandy) - To be Confirmed

Would you like to be involved in translating RSPB's cutting edge seabird tracking research into real conservation impact for the marine environment? Our recent scientific work has seen the production of the first ever UK-wide marine distribution maps for four species of seabird which are based on tracking data. We are now recruiting a Conservation Scientist to lead on further spatial analysis using these outputs to identify key marine areas for seabirds at both a UK and four UK country scale, providing robust evidence to underpin sound and sustainable ecosystem based marine planning. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with a small team of science and policy colleagues throughout the UK to create a new toolkit for advocacy and awareness raising around the results of our seabird tracking work, forming a core element of RSPB's UK marine conservation work.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience of analysing spatial distribution data, be highly competent in spatial statistics, fully conversant with R and ArcGIS, a good communicator, and have working knowledge of seabird ecology and marine conservation.

Starting salary range is £25,463 to £27,585 per annum
Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 6 months

Closing date: 26 June 2017
Interview date: 18 July 2017
How to apply

You can find more information about the role in the downloads below. Please make sure you include reference number A0900517 on any correspondence.

Role Profile (Word 203Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Additional information (PDF 466Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 29Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

For questions about this post
Linda Wilson
01463 228805

Send application details to
Alix Middleton
The RSPB, Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH, 0131 317 4147

1 de junio de 2017

12 plazas de doctorado y 1 postdoc en bio molecular (Alemania)

MeInBio is a newly established research training group at the University of Freiburg and the Max
Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Freiburg. It aims at a dual education in
bioinformatics and wet laboratory methods to explore the spatio-temporal dynamics of gene
regulation using high-throughput and high-resolution methods.
For the start in September 2017, MeInBio is now offering for 3 years

12 PhD positions (65-100%)
1 Postdoc position (100%)

We are looking for junior researchers with expertise either in life sciences (molecular biology, cell
biology, molecular medicine, biochemistry), or bioinformatics/informatics. Our dual education
profile requires a strong interest for training in the respective other field.

We offer
• Exciting modern research projects in well equipped laboratories using state-of-the-art
technologies (stem, cancer and prokaryotic cells, single cell and high-throughput sequencing,
high-resolution imaging, bioinformatics)
• Tandems between wet laboratory and bioinformatics groups with an at least three-month
stay in the lab of the respective other field
• Different model organisms for conceptual learning and scientific exchange
• Professional and efficient supervision secured by a thesis advisory committee
• Regular courses in bioinformatics and wet laboratory techniques
• Additional “soft skills” courses and gatherings of all research training group members for
scientific exchange

Candidates should
• Have an excellent recent university degree in one of the fields mentioned above
• Be passionate about science and highly motivated
• Have a strong affection to acquire both, biological and informatics knowledge
• Be fluent in written and spoken English

For further details concerning the positions, information on the individual research groups and
the offered projects, as well as the application procedure please refer to

Only online applications through the web site will be considered.

For more information please contact

31 de mayo de 2017

Voluntariado en el Kalahari con roedores

Cooperative breeding in Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis).

We are looking for voluntary research assistants to help with our research on the completely subterranean, highly social Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) in the Kalahari. 1 position starting as soon as possible and one position starting later this year; duration: 6 months.

The position entails assisting in several studies on social evolution
and hormonal effects on social behaviour of mole-rats. We are
interested in the effects of hormonal variation on allo-parental care
and the effects of variation in the social environment on behaviour and
physiology in mole-rats. The research assistant will be involved in all
steps of the experiments and will mainly work in the laboratory with
our captive mole-rats which are housed in large semi-natural tunnel
systems. The responsibilities include behavioural observations,
hormonal measures (blood sampling, urine sampling), obtaining
morphological measures by X-Ray, and hormonal manipulations. The
laboratory is situated in the Kuruman River Reserve in the southern
Kalahari, Northern Cape province of South Africa. Occasionally the
research assistant will have the possibility to assist in trapping wild
mole-rats in the surrounding nature reserve.

The successful applicant will work in a team of 5-10 persons and will
receive extensive training to acquire the skills needed for the above
mentioned data collection. The research station is also the home of
several other projects studying meerkats (,
cape ground squirrels, pied babblers, forktailed drongos and hornbills
resulting in a stimulating scientific environment. Around 20-30
research assistants are based at the station year round. Research
assistants will learn a range of skills such as remote sensing of
behaviour, endocrine sampling techniques, behavioural observations,
data handling and management.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, willing to work hard and keen to get
involved in a research project in a remote location.

We provide accommodation, and research assistants are paid a monthly
allowance to cover their personal costs and food. Domestic travel to
the field site can be covered but we cannot provide an international
airfare, travel insurance, or visa fees for applicants from overseas.

Applications received until the 3rd of June 2017 are ensured full
consideration for the position with earlier staring date. Later
applications will be considered for the position staring towards the
end of this year (flexible staring date). Please apply by email
including a cover letter and a CV.

Please apply to or contact for further information:

Markus Zottl and Philippe Vullioud, University of
Cambridge, or

30 de mayo de 2017

Postdoc in Theoretical Biophysics (Germany)

At TU Dresden the Junior Research Group "Biological Algorithms" headed by Benjamin Friedrich within the Cluster of Excellence 'Center for
Advancing Electronics Dresden' (cfaed) offers a

Research Associate/Postdoc position in Theoretical Biophysics
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

Research area: Chemotaxis and optimal decision making at
the physical limit cfaed Investigators: Dr. Benjamin Friedrich
cfaed research path: Biological Systems Path
Terms: The position starts as soon as possible and is
fixed-term until 31.12.2018 (with the possibility
for prolongation subject to the availability of third-party funds). The period of employment is governed by the Fixed-Term Research
Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. habilitation).

About the "Biological Algorithms group"
The mission of our "Biological Algorithms group" is to understand
physical principles of self-organization in biological cells and tissues, with a focus on cell motility, robust motility control, and the emergence of self-organized patterns in cells and tissues. We pursue a Quantitative Biological Physics approach that combines dynamical systems theory, statistical physics, and image/data analysis. More information on current research can be found at https://cfaed.tu-

About the project
We are hiring a Postdoc for an on-going project on cellular decision
making in the presence of chemo-sensory noise. At the beginning of
new life, sperm cells navigate upwards dilute chemical gradients to
find the egg. What sounds like a direct implementation of gradient-
ascent is challenging at these microscopic scales, because molecular
shot noise corrupts concentration measurements. We use sperm
chemotaxis as application example to investigate fundamental
principles of cellular responses to noisy input signals, right at the
physical limit of single molecule detection. We apply game theory,
including methods of probabilistic model checking from computer
science, to theoretically understand optimal navigation strategies.
With this, we directly address the fundamental trade-off choice
between exploration (=acquisition of information) and exploitation
(=response to information), linking physics, biology, and information
Looking beyond this specific biological model system, we will also
explore possible applications of biological control designs, e.g.
decision making in artificial cells and next-generation communication
systems, in tight collaboration with the engineering paths of the
cfaed. Dresden unites excellence in information and life sciences.
We enjoy the close proximity of collaboration partners at the Max
Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the
Biotechnology Centre, and the new Center for Systems Biology
Dresden, which allows rapid iteration loops between theory and

We are looking for an enthusiastic theoretical physicist or applied
mathematician, who is intrigued to discover the algorithms of life.
Requirements: excellent university and PhD degree in Biological
Physics, Mathematical Biology, or related field; motivation and drive
to work at the interface of physics and biology with a twist towards
computer science; strong analytic skills, creativity, efficient problem
solving skills; an aptitude for nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics; experience in numeric computing (e.g. python, Matlab, C); excellent communication skills; especially in cross-disciplinary communication; an independent, result-driven work attitude; fluency in English - oral and written.

What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively
their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster's innovative
approach and support. Your research will be fostered by the
cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes:
access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes,
individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee, possibility to
earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000, promotion of gender equality
and family-friendly work environment.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Benjamin Friedrich at
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies
to people with disabilities.

Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter,
your CV with publication list, the names and contact details of two
references, copy of degree certificate, and transcript of grades (i.e.
the official list of coursework including your grades). Please include
also a link to your Master's thesis. Complete applications should be
submitted preferably by e-mail as a single PDF-document quoting the
reference number PD-1705 in the subject header to (Please note: We are currently not
able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data) or
alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Gruenberg,
01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is
27.06.2017 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service
applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be
returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be

About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence
Initiative. As a central scientific unit of TU Dresden, it brings together
300 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes
in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer
Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and
Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic
information processing systems through exploring new technologies
which overcome the limits of today's predominant CMOS
technology. For more information please see www.cfaed.tu-

About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and
Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were
identified as an 'elite university' in June 2012. As a modern full-status
university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range
making it one of a very few in Germany.

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