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15 de agosto de 2022

Postdoc en Brasil, investigando diversidad de roedores neotropicales 🐀

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity for Evolutionary Biologists: Diversification rates and adaptive radiation on Neotropical rodents.

The Laboratorio de Mamíferos, Departamento de Ciências Biologicas, Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz", Universidade de Sao Paulo, coordinated by Alexandre Reis Percequillo, is housing the FAPESP Thematic Project "Diversity of Neotropical rodents (Rodentia: Sciuridae, Cricetidae, Echimyidae): origin, evolution and biogeography" for the next five years, and is offering an opportunity of postdoctoral fellowship for Brazilian or foreign applicants, who has completed a PhD in Life Sciences (Zoology, Ecology, Genetics or Biology) no more than six years before the start of this scholarship.

The project "Diversification rates and adaptive radiation on Neotropical rodents" aims to understand the evolutionary history of distinct families of rodents (e.g., Cricetidae, Echimyidae, Sciuridae) through macroevolutionary and biogeographic analysis, employing genomic data and a comprehensive taxonomic and geographic coverage. We aim to integrate data already generated in the Laboratorio de Mamíferos for different groups of rodents (UCEs, AHE, ddRADSeq, SANGER) with new data to be generated on this project from samples to be collected in field and museums, and to establish phylogenomic hypothesis that will be the basis of subsequent time divergence estimates, biogeographic analyses, ancestral reconstructions and macroevolutionary analyses.

Contract period and starting date.
The scholarship lasts 24 months with possibility of extension for up to 12 additional months (twice, totaling 48 months of research in Brazil), plus 12 months of research abroad (upon approval from FAPESP). The expectation is to start the activities of this project in October or November, 2022.

Conditions:
  1. The candidate must have completed a PhD no more than six years before the start of the scholarship;
  2. The scholarship requires full dedication to the research project (except under the conditions described in resolution PR 13/2009 of July 15, 2009);
  3. The grantee may not have any formal or informal employment, nor receive, during the period of the fellowship, a scholarship from another entity, salary or remuneration derived from the exercise of activities of any nature;
  4. For the implementation of the scholarship the selected candidate must present all documentation required by FAPESP; For more details, go to: http://www.fapesp.br/270.
Benefits:
Monthly income (tax-free) of R$ 8,479.20 (Brazilian currency), plus 15% of the annual value for expenses related to research (Research funds);
Financial support for expenses on travel and installation may be requested for the grantee and the merits will be analyzed by FAPESP upon acceptance of the concession;

Applications.
The submission deadline is September 23, 2022, 18:00, Brasilia time zone (BRT or UTC-3). Registration exclusively by the following e-mail: percequillo@usp.br. Include the subject "Postdoctoral Rodent Diversity project", followed by your name, and send the following files in PDF format:
  1. A cover letter (maximum of 2 pages), written in English, explaining your motivations and emphasizing your previous experience in the area of expertise of this proposal;
  2. A summarized CV including published papers attesting your skills and capacity to develop this proposal;
  3. Two letters of recommendation that should be send by the person providing the letter (not the candidate) directly to the email above;
  4. A PD research proposal considering the aims mentioned in this notice, following FAPESP instructions, available at http://www.fapesp.br/270.
  5. The Laboratorio de Mamíferos values and encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the academy, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community members, and other marginalized groups.
Selection:
The applicants will be selected based on their CVs (experience in the research area of the project and number and quality of the publications) and on the cover letters and letters of support. Pre-selected applicants will be invited to an online interview. The selected candidate must submit the necessary documents for the FAPESP scholarship application within 15 days after approval.


10 de agosto de 2022

Posiciones de postdoc y asistente de investigación para el estudio del origen y la evolución de anfibios y reptiles de Melanesia

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Western Melanesia-including New Guinea-sits at the crossroads of Asia and Australia and is one of the most interesting, puzzling, and understudied hyper diverse regions on Earth. Clarifying how tectonic movements have sundered or joined different Melanesian landforms in the past several million years is key to understanding the origins of this biotic diversity. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be a major participant in helping to investigate how the diversity and evolutionary history of the five major geological landforms that comprise most of western Melanesia have impacted evolution of that region's biota and to identify those ancient insular landmasses critical in generating the lineages that colonised and radiated across New Guinea, Australia, and/or insular Asia. The project will investigate evolutionary relationships among the region's reptiles and amphibians to address these questions. The research will help to replace the outdated, unidirectional "out-of-New-Guinea" model for origins of Pacific biodiversity with a more dynamic and nuanced understanding that ancient, yet under-appreciated, land areas in Melanesia have long been important in shaping biotic evolution in the broader region. The project will use a combination of traditional sequencing methods alongside sequencing of ultra-conserved elements (or similar) from fresh and historic museum samples (aka archival DNA) and analyse these data with respect to new geological models to be generated by a project partner.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to study the Origins of Western Melanesian Herpetological Diversity on a 36-month, fixed-term contract. This project is funded by a joint NERC-NSF grant to Dr Simon Maddock (University of Wolverhampton, UK) and Dr Fred Kraus (University of Michigan, USA). The position will be based in the School of Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, UK; with some time spent in the USA and Papua New Guinea. The successful applicant will possess the skills and knowledge to contribute to research, dissemination, and knowledge exchange as part of the project.

You will have completed a PhD in biological sciences or an equivalent subject, have experience of laboratory and phylogenetic methods, and have disseminated research in international scientific journals and conferences. During your tenure, you will be responsible for collecting tissue samples in Papua New Guinea (particularly on Bougainville, Solomon Island Archipelago), generating sequence data (Sanger and sequence capture), analysing data, disseminating research, and co-supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. Good communication and organisational skills are essential attributes.

For more details and to apply please see https://jobs.wlv.ac.uk/vacancy/postdoctoral-research-associate-in-origins-of-western-melanesian-diversity-496367.html


We are seeking to appoint a research assistant to help study the Origins of Western Melanesian Diversity on a 24-month, fixed-term contract. This project is funded by a joint NERC-NSF grant to Dr Simon Maddock (University of Wolverhampton, UK) and Dr Fred Kraus (University of Michigan, USA). The position will be based in the School of Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. You will possess the skills and knowledge to generate high-quality molecular sequence data.

You will have completed an MSc in biological sciences or an equivalent subject and have experience of molecular and phylogenetic methods. You will be responsible for generating sequence data (Sanger and sequence capture), analysing data, co-supervising lab work by undergraduate and postgraduate students, and, if interested, disseminating research. Good communication and organisational skills are essential attributes.

For more details and to apply please see https://jobs.wlv.ac.uk/vacancy/research-assistant-in-herpetological-genomics-496360.html

For an informal discussion about the positions, please contact Simon Maddock (s.maddock@wlv.ac.uk).

8 de agosto de 2022

ADN ambiental para estudiar biodiversidad de mamíferos en África: trabaja como técnico de investigación

Oferta compartida por Nuria

A research technician position is available at the Institute of Biology, University of Graz, Austria. The position is planned to start on October 1st, 2022 on a 20 hours/week basis and fixed-term for 1 year (with the possibility to extend for a second year). The successful candidate will contribute to the recently started FWF project: The dynamics of environmental DNA in subtropical waterholes: Uncovering the potential of aquatic eDNA to infer African terrestrial mammal biodiversity.

Responsibilities
  • Perform molecular genetic analyses on environmental DNA (eDNA) and tissue samples, including:
  • eDNA extractions from filtered water samples and sediment samples, and DNA extraction from tissue samples.
  • Real-time PCR (especially TaqMan qPCR)
  • Conventional end-point PCR
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Metabarcoding library preparation for HT-sequencing
  • Training of bachelor and/or master students in laboratory processes
Qualifications required
  • Methodological knowledge in relevant laboratory processes (DNA extractions, PCR, Sanger sequencing, qPCR. Experience with HT library preparation is an advantage).
  • Ability to process samples with utmost cleanliness and care and under clean room conditions
  • Ability to work independently as well as troubleshoot and optimize laboratory processes
  • Experience in processing non-invasive samples, such as fecal or eDNA samples, especially from mammals, is an advantage.
  • Completed bachelor studies in biology/microbiology/molecular biology/zoology or similar desirable
  • Competence in written and spoken English is required, competence in German is advantageous for living in Graz but not required for the position.
Application documents:
  • Cover letter with short personal introduction (less than a A4 page).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of any university degrees
  • Proof of any scientific publications, if available
Call open until August 20th, 2022
Please send any inquiries and/or applications to: tamara.schenekar@uni-graz.at

27 de julio de 2022

Dos plazas de doctorado para trabajar en comportamiento de paseriformes

Oferta compartida por Cristina

GRADUATE STUDENT POSITIONS


I will be looking for 1-2 new PhD students to start in Fall 2023 (applications due in Fall 2022) to work on cognition in wild chickadees during the winter. Background in animal behavior/behavioral ecology, experience working with small passerines, willingness to work in harsh winter conditions.


If interested, please send an email and include your CV, undegraduate transcripts and description of research experience and interests.


Dr. Vladimir Pravosudov, Department of Biology, MS 314, University of Nevada Reno,Reno, NV 89509

 

26 de julio de 2022

Dos oportunidades llenas de aventuras: en Nepal con elefantes o en Hong Kong con fauna salvaje

Oferta compartida por Cristina


PhD studentships: We have funding for fieldwork with elephants!


PhD Studentships: Competitive application for studentships with funding for fieldwork with Asian elephants or in urban Hong Kong wildlife already in place


I have positions available for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong on 1) behavioural ecology of Asian elephants (field site in Nepal is established and funding for fieldwork in place) or 2) human-wildlife interactions in Hong Kong. See https://www.hannahsmumby.co.uk for details on the group.


Project 1 Asian elephants, co-design of projects on the following topics will be considered:

· Behavioural ecology and experimental approaches to behaviour
 
· Applications linked to living in captivity and/or conservation of wild elephants


Project 2 urban wildlife, co-design of projects on the following topics will be considered:

· Human dimensions of urban wildlife

· Integration of human and animal behaviour into understanding human-wildlife interactions Novel approaches to studying human-wildlife interactions

· Applications linked to feeding, releasing, observing or other interactions with wildlife


Essential requirements:

· An excellent academic track record, including undergraduate degree of a first-class honours degree, or GPA of 3.6 or over. If you are unsure about your eligibility, just email me at hsmumby@hku.hk with an explanation of your grades and rank and a copy of your transcript

· A passion for the general field and your specific topic

· The desire and drive to become an independent researcher

· For Project 1, desire to conduct fieldwork independently in Nepal

· For Project 2, willingness to conduct fieldwork in Hong Kong is essential.

· For both projects, courses at HKU will be requires, as well as teaching assistant hours, therefore it is not possible to complete the PhD remotely


Desirable requirements:

· Field and/or lab experience clearly linked to the topic of your proposal

· Publishing experience

· Master’s degree with a high grade

- For Project 2, Cantonese language skills are highly desirable


The positions are available to start in September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. If you are interested in these topics, please contact me at Dr Hannah Mumby hsmumby@hku.hk with a short introductory statement, written ideas for your research plan (which can be further developed later) and CV. I will read and respond to applications as they come in, so get in touch as soon as possible. In the first instance, will consider applications through to 30th September 2022 and later applications may not be supported if I have already selected applicants to support. If selected I can develop a research proposal with you and guide you through the application process for studentships.

22 de julio de 2022

Trabaja como coordinador/a científico/a en el proyecto "Biodiversty Genomics Europe"

Oferta compartida por Nuria

At the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB), Museum Koenig Bonn, Germany, we seek a scientific coordinator in the EU funded project "Biodiversity Genomics Europe (BGE)" at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research for a duration of 40 months (salary according to German salary scale for the public sector TV-L 13, full time 100%).

BGE is a joint project of ERGA (European Reference Genome Atlas) and BIOSCAN Europe funded by the EU commission. The project has the overarching aim of accelerating the use of genomic science to enhance understanding of biodiversity, monitor biodiversity change, and guide interventions to address its decline. For questions related to the project and position please contact a.boehne@leibniz-lib.de.

Job description
We are seeking a coordinator for the collection of high-quality samples for whole-genome sequencing and corresponding metadata within the BGE project. Tasks will include coordination, guidance, and oversight of sample acquisition, storage, and transfer for the ERGA branch in BGE under deployment and extension of reproducible standards. This position will facilitate metadata exchange between local data/institutional database and a central repository. Further tasks will be the involvement in species prioritization for genome sequencing and identification of taxonomic experts for target groups and extensive communication and exchange with other project partners.

Start date: 01.09.2022

Your profile
The successful candidate should hold a masters/Phd degree in a relevant area such as biology, genomics, data management or a related field and have a genuine interest in biodiversity genomics. Previous experience with project coordination is expected. Experience with (meta)data management, database systems, fieldwork coordination, museum collections and international consortia are highly welcome. The successful applicant is a creative, open-minded individual with very good communication skills in English.

Required documents
Cover letter, CV, transcripts of academic records, and contact information for 2 potential referees as a single PDF.

The LIB is a family-friendly institution and an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the proportion of women in academia. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Please send your application by 03.08.2022 exclusively digitally via our applicant portal www.leibniz-lib.de/karriere.

For organizational reasons, only online applications will be accepted. You can find more information about our facility on the Internet at: www.leibniz-lib.de.

Ve a salvar miles de aves con este interesante voluntariado para buscar trampas ilegales en Chipre

Oferta compartida por Cristina


Volunteer Field Assistant 

Committee Against Bird Slaughter


Take part in Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus and help save thousands of birds. Dedicated volunteers are needed this autumn to monitor and report illegal trapping and hunting of birds in Cyprus.

The organisation

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) is an international charitable organisation based in Bonn, Germany. It was established in 1975 to help preventing illegal hunting and trapping of birds around Europe. Since 2008, CABS is conducting Bird Protection Camps in Cyprus to fight against illegal trapping and hunting of birds. More than one million birds are illegally killed in Cyprus each year. Most of them are songbirds, which are considered a culinary delicacy.


The position

Volunteer field assistants are needed this autumn to help with locating bird trapping and illegal bird hunting sites in Cyprus. Volunteers will work in small teams and report the located illegalities directly to the enforcement officers. We are closely cooperating with enforcement agencies in Cyprus to stop illegal activities in progress and to ensure that enforcement measures are taken against poachers. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to make a difference by saving many birds from imminent death.

Duties conducting fieldwork to monitor illegal trapping and hunting of birds
reporting the findings to the enforcement agencies
collecting and storing field data
assisting in the release of caught birds
assisting in the care of injured birds
assisting with accommodation maintenance and food preparation

Desired skills we are looking for physically fit people capable of undertaking long hours of strenuous fieldwork. Candidates must be prepared for long walks in the difficult terrain, which will often be uneven, rocky and densely vegetated. We work in all periods of the day, including the night
candidates must be motivated to perform well under difficult conditions. Work requires keeping a low profile during fieldwork to avoid confrontations with poachers and patience to observe certain locations for longer period of time
candidates must be able to stay calm when exposed to dangerous / stressful situations, for example when they are confronted with poachers
candidates must be capable to work well both independently and in teams
bird handling skills are desired

Requirements candidates must have a valid driving license

Dates, Accommodation & Costs

We are looking to fill positions for CABS & SPA Autumn 2022 Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus which will take place from September to November 2022. Minimum stay at the camp is two weeks, while longer stays are also possible. This is unpaid position, however we will cover travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation is provided in apartments with bedrooms, common room and a well-equipped kitchen. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with another volunteer. Shopping, cooking and cleaning is shared communally.

Contact details

If you are interested to participate, please send your CV and cover letter to b.debersek@komitee.de. Positions to be filled as soon as appropriate candidates are found. For further information, please see the CABS website or Facebook page.

21 de julio de 2022

Puesto permanente como asistente de proyectos en la Universidad de Lund

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The research group of Dr. Feiner and Prof. Uller (http://feiner-uller-group.se/) at the Department of Biology of Lund University is recruiting a project assistant. The group conducts research across a wide range of topics in evolutionary biology, including evolutionary and conservation genomics, developmental genetics, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and evolutionary ecology.

Work duties
The project assistant is expected to provide general and specific support for projects in the research group. Specific tasks include to:
  • Carry out basic molecular biology lab work (DNA extraction, library preparation for NGS, PCR, etc.).
  • Manage sample collections and organize digital data management.
  • Carry out aspects of data collection in the field or laboratory.
  • Contribute to animal husbandry.
  • Participate in basic bioinformatic data analyses (e.g., SNP calling) using existing pipelines.
  • Support administration of the research group.
  • Participate in lab management and maintenance.
Qualifications
Appointment to this project assistant position requires that the applicant has a MSc or PhD in a relevant field of biology, such as evolutionary biology. The profile of the applicant is expected to match the work duties outlined above.

Specific requirements:
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent practical skills in molecular and/or developmental biology.
  • A minimum of basic experience with bioinformatic analyses, including with NGS data.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Problem-solving attitude, excellent communication skills, and an eagerness to facilitate the research of others.
  • Basic experience with animal care.
Other merits:
  • Swedish language skills are advantageous
  • Research experience in a field close to the research of the group is advantageous
  • Prior experience of working with lizards is advantageous
All qualifications, merits and skills should be supported by documentation. We will place great emphasis on personal suitability. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen research support within the unit/department, as well as contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, permanent employment. A probation period of 6 months will be applicable. Informal inquiries before applying are welcome (nathalie.feiner@biol.lu.se).

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:
  • Motivation letter describing past experience with research and research support, and statement of interest (max. 2 pages).
  • CV, including a list of publications.
  • Names, relation to and contact information of two professional references.
  • Copy of the MSc or doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that ought to be considered.
More information an how to apply can be found here: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:528137/type:job/where:4/apply:1

Deadline for application: 01 Sep 2022

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