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29 de abril de 2016

Asistente de investigación para trabajo de campo con nutrias y desmanes (Portugal)

Paid field research assistant position available in a project of the CIBIO’s Applied Ecology group ( on the ecology of freshwater semiaquatic mammals (mostly Iberian desman and otter) in Northern Portugal.

Work will start very shortly (mid-end of May 2016), and should end around the end of July, with the possibility that it will continue in September/October and the next year/s.

Salary (35€ per working day) and accommodation (food included) will be provided.

The candidate will mainly assist with data collection and compilation, and report writing, but opportunities to participate as co-author in scientific papers could arise.
People interested in doing a Ph.D. are particularly encouraged to apply, as we would prefer to form a person that could then opt to stay within our research group and perform her/his thesis.

Autonomy, fluent Portuguese (or Italian or English) speaking, car driving license (and possibly experience in 4x4 car driving), and adaptability to difficult field working conditions are required. Statistics and GIS knowledge (and possibly programming skills!) would be an advantage.

Interested candidates: please send asap a private email to, with your CV, picture, short motivation letter (no more than 300 words - focused on why you apply and think to be fit for this position), and 1-2 references.

Please note: ONLY selected candidates will be contacted and a Skype meeting will be scheduled for an interview.
Feel free of spreading this announcement through your networks and colleagues.
Lorenzo Quaglietta

Post-Doctoral Fellow
EDP Chair in Biodiversity
Applied Population and Community Ecology Research Group at
CIBIO (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources)
InBIO (Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology)
Lisbon Pole
ISA (Instituto Superior de Agronomia)
Tapada da Ajuda
1349-017 Lisbon, Portugal
Skype: MartinLUTRAking

SEB Animal Symposium 2016: abstract and travel grants deadline!

29 June – 1 July 2016; Central London, UK

This year’s symposium will promote the 3Rs (Reduction, Replacement, Refinement) in animal biology. It is dedicated to improving animal welfare, reducing numbers of animals used and replacing animals in experimental procedures in animal behaviour, endocrinology, neurobiology, physiology, toxicology, and other disciplines by focussing on innovations in the 3Rs principles.

There is just HOURS left to submit your abstract for the SEB Animal Symposium Meeting! The deadline for the abstract submission is midnight (UK time) on 29 April 2016. If you have not yet submitted your abstract, you can submit it via the following link.

The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) is offering three student travel grants of £200 for the symposium. There will be one bursary awarded for each of the 3Rs (Refinement, Replacement and Reduction).

To apply for a travel grant, you must complete an application form and return it to Oliver Kingham,, by 16:00 (UK time) on 29 April 2016.

Eligibility criteria:

· Must be a student member of SEB or The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

· First author presenting a poster or a talk at the symposium

· Registered (and fully paid) to attend the symposium

The successful applicant will be asked to provide a report of their experience at the meeting which will be used by the SEB.

For further information on the travel grants, please visit

ASAB members are entitled to a reduced registration (SEB member rates) at the symposium by using the following codes:

Full Members: ASAB_MEM_ANIMAL16

Student/early career/retired: ASAB_STU_ANIMAL16

*The discount codes need to be added at the time of checkout and the discounts will be applied. Please note your ASAB membership will be checked with ASAB and your membership should be current at the time of the symposium.

The early bird deadline for the meeting is 13 May 2016 but if you want to apply for travel grant, you must be registertoday!

To view the programme and book your place, please visit

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or +44(0)207 685 2600.

Kind regards,

Oliver Kingham
Events Manager
Society for Experimental Biology


Oliver Kingham

Events Manager

Society for Experimental Biology

Charles Darwin House

12 Roger Street

London WC1N 2JU

T: +44(0)207 685 2600

F: +44(0)207 685 2601

Asistente de investigación entomólogo (UK)

The Farmland Ecology Unit of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is seeking a scientific assistant with a strong interest in entomology.

GWCT is charity that conducts conservation science to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. For over 80 years we have been researching and developing game and wildlife management techniques.

The successful candidate would join a small research team that investigates the ecology and management of wildlife primarily within farmed areas that also includes several long-term invertebrate monitoring schemes on farmland.

Main responsibilities:
Identification of invertebrate samples.
Organising and conducting laboratory and field-based research projects.
Maintaining the FEU databases.
Assist with training and supervision of placement students.

Secondary responsibilities:
Assist with the preparation of publications and other media articles.
Assist with production of reports to external funders, sponsors etc.
Assist with data analysis if skills allow.

The successful candidate will be:
Preferably educated to MSc – but minimum BSc in biological science/conservation discipline.
Preferably, though not essential, familiar with invertebrate and plant identification.
Proficient with IT.
Physically fit and able to conduct field based research.
Well organised.
A competent writer and communicator.
Confident in face to face and telephone communication.

The salary will be in the range of £18,000 - £22,000 depending on experience.

The successful candidate will be based at GWCTs Headquarters in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and will report directly to Dr John Holland, Head of Farmland Ecology.

Please reply by email, enclosing a covering letter and updated CV, to Dr Niamh McHugh 

28 de abril de 2016

Ofertas de master y doctorado con tortugas terrestres (USA)

(1) Graduate assistantship on gopher tortoise habitat use and activity and movement patterns

We are recruiting candidates for an M.S. position starting August 2016 to study gopher tortoises at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle. Stipend during the first academic year will be through a departmental assistantship and duties will include assisting with the departmental vertebrate museum collection as well as serving as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA). Summer stipend will be through a research grant. Candidate must be willing to work collaboratively, including conducting field work as required by a sponsored contract, summarizing data for and writing reports, assisting with proposals, and co-authoring papers, with professional Virginia Tech biologists located in Florida as well as with faculty mentor. Student will have some flexibility in research focus, but at least part of the work may involve analyzing camera-trapping data on tortoise activity patterns and vegetation comparisons between habitat types.

Qualifications: Successful applicants usually have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3 and GREs above 50th percentile. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related field. Field experience with wildlife management and research is desirable. Strong preference for candidates that have work experience post-graduation, ability to identify plants of the southeastern U.S. or demonstrated ability to learn, and those who have published or presented research results.

Anticipated starting date: August 2016

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a c.v. (including grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin May 11. Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech ( Contact information: Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061,, 1-540-231-9269. Please put “gopher tortoise grad position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.

(2) Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship on Bog Turtle Conservation Planning

A potential graduate position for a doctoral student may be available Fall 2016, contingent on funding. The Ph.D. student would evaluate potential habitat for bog turtles in southwestern Virginia, and estimate changes over time in population size and growth rates using a previously developed GIS model and a long-term mark-recapture database. Major goals are to work closely with state agency personnel to develop a conservation plan based on trends in land use and human population growth and to improve our understanding of wetland size and connectivity required to maintain viable populations of bog turtles.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related fields. Successful applicants typically have published in peer-reviewed journals and have an undergraduate GPA above 3.3 and GREs above 50th percentile. Experience with conservation planning, demographic analyses, occupancy modeling, wetland habitats, and/or GIS is desirable.

Anticipated starting date: August 2016 or possibly January 2017

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a c.v. (including undergraduate and M.S. grade point average and GRE scores) as well as contact information for three references. Letters of interest received by May 10th will ensure full consideration. Promising candidates will need to submit an official application to the graduate school at Virginia Tech ( Contact information: Dr. Carola A. Haas, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, Mail Code 0321, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060,, 1-540-231-9269. Please put “bog turtle grad position” in subject line of emails to Professor Haas.

Carola A. Haas
Professor, Wildlife Ecology
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Conservation
112 Cheatham Hall (MC 0321)
310 West Campus Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

27 de abril de 2016

Oferta de doctorado en bioinformática (Alemania)

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:

• A stimulating environment where your contribution can have a real impact.
• Researching the mechanisms behind biological processes (including ageing, fibrosis and hematopoiesis) is fascinating.
• A stimulating, diverse, and international research environment, fun to work in.
• 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 09.05.2016 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,
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.

26 de abril de 2016

Técnico de investigación en arrecifes de coral (Hawaii, USA)

Aloha All,

We are hiring a full-time research technician in the Gates Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine biology! If you love corals and reefs, are hard working, and work well in a team, please consider
applying to work in our group! Details and link to the application are below:

HIMB Research/Lab Services Technician
Job ID: 16218
Closing date: 05/06/2016

DUTIES: Supports research to investigate responses of coral reef ecosystems to environmental
stressors including increasing temperatures and ocean acidification. Participates in daily
maintenance of experimental tank systems and treatment conditions. Performs calibrations on
various types of sensors and pieces of equipment necessary for carrying out temperature and
ocean acidification stress experiments. Receives, stores, and maintains lab supplies, chemicals,
and equipment. Carries out general lab training. Supervises Undergraduate Assistants. Assists in
fieldwork (using snorkel) including coral collections and transplants and performing video
transects relating to various projects.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited
four (4) year college or university in Biology or Chemistry. EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3)
years of seawater chemistry experience or experience with physical oceanography. Experience
with various types of sensors used in marine environments.

For more information and to apply, visit:

25 de abril de 2016

Voluntariado de verano en Alaska (USA)

Undergraduate or graduating senior internship position available in Summer 2016 to participate in a multi-institution research project on adaptation of plants to climate change in Alaska. The internship consists of a paid assistantship for June, July, and part of August.

Students will work long hours under rugged field conditions, with the likely chance of encountering rain, snow, cold, wind, and mosquitoes (not all at once). Most of the time you will stay at the Toolik Lake Field Station (, which has modern facilities. However, willingness to camp in tents and occasionally live in primitive camping conditions (e.g., no showers) is a must. Neat handwriting, accurate note taking, and careful attention to instructions are required. In addition to assisting with measurements and data collection in the field and the laboratory, you will be expected to develop an individual research project related to the larger project goals. For more information see Applications from minorities, women, and first-generation college students are encouraged.

Dates: You must be available for 4-6 weeks.

Application: Please submit a letter of application for the internship to Dr. Ned Fetcher (, including (1) contact information (phone number, email address), (2) a description of your background in the area of ecology or evolutionary biology, (3) any past research experience you have had, (4) career goals, and (5) any special skills or personal attributes you have that you believe would qualify you for the position. Please include undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies OK). If possible, also include the name and contact information for a person that could act as a reference.

Transportation to Toolik Lake (including airfare), food, and lodging will be paid for the participating student.

Deadline: 1 May 2016

23 de abril de 2016

Postdoc in Biodiversity-Society Conflicts of Wolves (Germany)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is headquartered 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.

The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Position in Biodiversity-Society Conflicts of Wolves Returning to Germany

We seek a post-doctoral researcher bridging social and natural sciences. The candidate will work on biodiversity-society conflicts related to the return of wolves to Germany. Experience in questionnaire and interview methods as well as stakeholder workshops are advantageous. A background in one of the following areas is desirable: social science, wildlife ecology, environmental economics, environmental and sustainability studies, psychology, or a related field. In addition, we expect a strong quantitative skill set. Knowledge in contingent valuation methods, multi-criteria
decision analyses and management strategy evaluations or related analyses area a plus. German language skills are important. The project is a collaborative effort among researchers from Senckenberg, the University of Stirling, LUPUS - German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research, ISOE -Institute for Social Ecological Research Frankfurt, and the University of
Vienna. The candidate is expected to closely collaborate with colleagues from these institutions.

Position requirements:
• PhD in a relevant field
• strong publication record
• research experience in interdisciplinary working environments
• excellent oral and written communication skills

Salary and benefits are based on a public service position in Germany (TV-H
E 13). The position will be for 3 years. SGN is an equal opportunity
employer. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference.
The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is
the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Please send your application via e-mail in a single PDF file. Please include
the reference to this position (# 9.2.16) in the subject line. Include a
cover letter describing your motivation to apply, a detailed CV including a
list of your publications, names of two references, and copies of your 3
most important publications by May, 22nd 2016 to:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller
c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt

For scientific enquiries please contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Mueller

22 de abril de 2016

PhD in evolution of vision in cichlids (Czech Republic/Cameroon)

Last call: Ph.D. position at Department of Zoology, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Topic: Evolution of vision in West African cichlid fishes We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to join a project on adaptive molecular evolution of functional genes in freshwater fishes.

The selected Ph.D. candidate will be focused on adaptation of photoreceptor genes in endemic cichlid fishes distributed in deep crater lakes and rivers in Africa (mainly Cameroon). Evolution of visual sensory system will be approached by genomics and transcriptomics. The selected Ph.D. student will process already collected material, as well as has an option to actively participate in the field sampling in Cameroon.

Start: October 2016. Duration: 4 years.

Salary is composed of the full-time project position (192'000 CZK
annually) + standard university scholarship (will start at 75'600
annually and raise up to 115'000 CZK together with the progress of
the study duties), which in total corresponds to the average national
salary and sufficiently covers living costs in the Czech Republic.

Required: enthusiasm in biology, nature and science; fluency in
English; a M.Sc. degree in biology or related fields (or expected to be
finished until September 2016).

Desirable (but not necessary): previous experience with laboratory
work, especially molecular genetic methods; experience with research
projects evidenced by a (co)authorship of research papers or conference

Deadline: already 20th April 2016 (last call).

All questions and applications (CV + half-page motivation letter)
should be sent directly to Zuzana Musilova ( -
preferred ,

More info about the Biodiversity Research Group and the Department of

21 de abril de 2016

Día Internacional de las Aves Migratorias

Con motivo del Día Internacional de las Aves Migratorias os invitamos a realizar una interesante actividad en el estrecho de Gibraltar.

Para comenzar os proponemos una jornada de censo de aves marinas en la Isla de Tarifa, uno de los lugares más especiales del Campo de Gibraltar. Durante esta jornada colaboraremos con los compañeros de Rutarifa en la realización de la RAM, un censo de aves marinas y cetáceos que se realiza los primeros sábados de cada mes en distintos cabos de la península Ibérica de manera simultánea. Si queréis más información podéis pinchar aquí. 

El horario de esta actividad en la Isla de Tarifa será de 8:00 a 11:00.
La entrada a la Isla de Tarifa está limitada, es necesario solicitar autorización de acceso por lo que todos aquellos que quieran participar en la actividad deberán enviarnos sus datos mediante el formulario de inscripción antes del martes 3 de mayo.
La segunda actividad que os proponemos es el avistamiento de aves planeadoras y taller de identificación que la realizaremos en el Observatorio del Estrecho (CIMA, Centro Internacional de la Migración de las Aves) situado en Punta Camorro.
Esta actividad la realizaremos de 12:00 a 14:00.

Todas estas actividades son completamente gratuitas.

De manera opcional, la empresa de avistamiento de cetáceos Turmares colabora con nosotros y nos propone realizar una salida en barco a precios reducidos.
Adultos: 22€
Niños (5-14 años): 16,50€
Niños (< 5 años): 6,50€

La salida en barco se hará en horario de tarde, aunque el horario está aún por confirmar dependiendo de la meteorología.

Debes inscribirte en el siguiente formulario:

Jornadas Internacionales de Patología en Fauna Silvestre (León, España)

Durante los días 6, 7 y 8 de mayo se celebrarán en la Universidad de León las "Jornadas Internacionales de Patología en Fauna Silvestre", organizadas por la asociación AVAFES León, que reunirán a profesionales del ámbito de la biología y veterinaria, en lo referente a diferentes enfermedades que afectan a las poblaciones de fauna salvaje del planeta. 

Las jornadas serán bilingües (alguna charla en inglés, pero la mayoría del curso será en castellano) y contarán con ponentes de las universidades de León, Tennessee y Turín. Toda la información del curso en la web:

Doctorado estudiando recolonización de peces en arrecifes de coral (UK/Indonesia)

Factors affecting the establishment of fish communities on restored coral reefs
Closing date: 15th May 2016.
Project Description: The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Successful applicants will benefit from our intellectually stimulating and inclusive research environment and from enhanced career development support and professional skills training.

This studentship provides an exciting opportunity to study fish assemblages on the world's largest coral reef restoration project. Recently, Mars Sustainable Solutions has been successfully rehabilitating an area of reef in Sulawesi, Indonesia. While restoration is growing as a conservation tool, the focus has been on coral establishment and there are less data on fishes, despite their importance as protein to local people. Furthermore, restoration provides a novel opportunity to study how fish populations may change after a disturbance (e.g. cyclone) as coral cover increases. The aim of this studentship is to compare different stages of the restoration process and understand how increasing habitat complexity and coral cover is a driver of fish recolonization. Recolonization will include changes in species richness and diversity, but also more complex rebuilding of predator-prey and competitive interactions. Additionally, the restoration project involves the release of locally reared fish back onto the reef, and the studentship will examine the effectiveness of this strategy (e.g. how the fish disperse). The studentship would involve Indonesian field work and UK-based analysis of resulting video footage and other data sets.

Funding Notes: The studentship offers an annual stipend of £14,296 per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4052). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and successful candidates will be put forward to a final selection panel which will decide on the award of studentships (i.e. funding will be considered as part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded to this project). Candidates will not be required to attend the final panel. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours/week to UWS' academic related activities.
Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

Candidates must be available to commence their studies on 1st October 2016.
Applications can be made via the website (project no. PHDSS003). Enquiries regarding the application process should be made to the Graduate School on + 44 (0)141 848 3635/3037 or>. Enquiries regarding the project should be made to: Dr Katherine Sloman,>


Dr Alastair Harborne
Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences - Marine Sciences Program
Florida International University,
MSB 352, Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 Street,
North Miami, Florida 33181, USA

Tel: +1-305-919-4232
Skype name: al_harborne
Twitter: @alharborne

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