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27 de marzo de 2023

Postdoc estudiando plasticidad adaptativa y la capacidad de evolución de las plantas

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology to join the Plant Adaptation and Conservation (PAC) group. The researcher will be employed for twelve months at the University of Helsinki starting latest on 1 Aug 2023. The position is located at LUOMUS.

The position is part of the research project "Will adaptive plasticity and evolvability help plants to survive in a changing climate", funded by the Academy of Finland. In this project, we combine approaches from ecology, ecophysiology and quantitative genetics to quantify variation in trait means and to compare capacity for adaptation in key functional traits of widespread and narrowly distributed species, and we contrast leading-edge, core, and trailing-edge populations. We analyse three interrelated key mechanisms for adaptive potential in plants: (i) standing intraspecific variation in phenotypic trait means and plasticity, (ii) phenotypic plasticity within individual life-cycles and across generations, and (iii) evolutionary potential of populations and species. 
This combination of range-wide surveys of multivariate trait variation and plasticity with in-depth studies of population-level evolutionary potential provides an approach towards novel knowledge-based conservation applications in a changing climate.

For the position, the appointee must have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and the ability to conduct independent scholarly work. The appointee must have a maximum of five years since the completion of their PhD. Possible career breaks (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military/civil service etc.) will be considered. If the applicant pleads these special reasons, they should be mentioned in the CV.

Further details on the position and application can be found here.

Further information can be obtained from the Vice-director of Luomus, Dr Marko-Tapio Hyvärinen, +358 (0)2941 24440

26 de marzo de 2023

Una plaza indefinida como asistente de investigación en entomología

Oferta compartida por Nuria

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Entomology and Insectary Platform team at the John Innes Centre.

Research Assistant (Entomology)
Salary: £20,650 - £25,025 per annum, pro-rata depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract: Indefinite, part time
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 17 April 2023
Reference: 1004438

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. 

About the Entomology and Insectary Team
The John Innes Centre’s Entomology and Insectary Platform is a unique and specialised service for supporting invertebrate-related studies. It is managed by a skilled team of entomologists with extensive experience in the husbandry of many different species of invertebrates, as well as in the design, undertaking and overseeing of a wide range of experiments. The Entomology and Insectary Platform not only support excellent research within the John Innes Centre, but also engage in national and international collaborations with academic and commercial partners.

The role:
This role involves working with the Entomology Team to assist with the day-to-day maintenance of invertebrate colonies for research purposes. This will involve performing the essential duties associated with maintaining an entomology facility to high standards of hygiene and strict operational procedures required for operating under a Defra licence, as well as assisting in the horticultural tasks associated with producing invertebrate food plants. Responsibilities will also include maintaining all equipment and materials in good condition, ensuring that consumables are adequately stocked, and keeping accurate records.

The ideal candidate:

You will have 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, it is desirable that the post holder will have A-levels or equivalent in Biology or a related subject. You will have a keen interest in entomology and demonstrable knowledge of invertebrate biology and invertebrate rearing techniques. You will have experience in keeping colonies of terrestrial invertebrates, including the necessary horticultural activities to produce food for the invertebrates. While experience working in a research environment is not essential it will be highly appreciated, and previous experience of working in a support role and awareness of plant health and animal trade regulations will also be considered positively.

A high level of attention to detail, strong communication and organisational skills, and a commitment to maintaining the highest standards by developing and following standard operating procedures are essential. A strong interest in pursuing a long-term career as an entomologist supporting research projects will be highly valued.

Additional information:
Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004438.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s
Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

25 de marzo de 2023

11 plazas de PhD en Alemania en funcionamiento de ecosistemas: hay proyectos de conservación, ecología, fisiología y silvicultura

Oferta compartida por Cristina

The Research Training Group (RTG) 2300 ‘Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning’ (EnriCo) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany, is currently inviting applications for

starting on October 1, 2023. The salary is based on TV-L E13 and amounts 65 % of a full position for PhD candidates in life science and associated topics and 75 % in statistics. The positions are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for 3 years.

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 2300 was established in 2017. The PhD students enrolled in this program investigate ecological challenges and societal demands on forests in a changing climate. The program focuses on European temperate forests. A central goal is to uncover the impact of mixed compared to monospecific forests on ecosystem functions and processes with a special focus on the importance of functional traits. Our research approaches involve field studies in European beech, Norway spruce and Douglas fir forests and their mixtures, experimental studies to uncover cause-effect relationships, and statistical as well as economic analyses. We hypothesize that mixtures of European beech with conifers show higher functional diversity than pure European beech stands, resulting in higher resilience and providing multiple ecosystem services.

The RTG 2300 offers a vibrant academic environment, joint supervision of PhD candidates by thesis committees, and a structured study program with many opportunities to improve scientific and personal skills. The following research groups are offering PhD projects: silviculture, tree physiology (mycorrhiza), plant ecology, soil sciences, animal ecology, wildlife sciences, forest nature conservation, forest modelling, forest economics, and spatial forest structures as well as applied statistics. You can find detailed information on the individual positions below. General information on the RTG2300 and the different projects are available at

We are seeking highly motivated candidates, who wish to conduct their PhD training in an interdisciplinary environment. Successful candidates

will have completed their MSc or equivalent university degree in a subject area relevant for the RTG2300 program (see details for the different positions below)
are fluent in English and motivated to learn some German
are eager to conduct field work
are keen to collaborate and share data with their PhD colleagues

Your application must include (compiled as one pdf document, in the order mentioned below!):
curriculum vitae including information on posters, presentations, awards and publication list, if applicable
motivation letter for the preferred project(s) (maximum 1 page). You can list up to three projects
certificates of studies (if a degree is not yet completed you may also provide a document listing your current grades)
two references (name and contact information of two senior researchers)
summary of your MA thesis and if applicable one publication
if applicable, additional documents

Please be aware that the application procedure consists of two steps.
Please complete the the online form on our application website with your personal data, your degrees etc.
Please send upload your application in one pdf to
The closing date for applications is May 14, 2023. We also encourage advanced Master candidates to apply but successful completion of the MSc or equivalent university degree is mandatory prior to employment.

If you have any questions, please contact the RTG’s coordinator Dr. Serena Müller (+49-551-3921217) or the potential supervisor for subject specific questions.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in the field. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please note:

With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in accordance with the data-protection law. Further information on the applicable law and data usage is provided in the Hinweisblatt zur Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO)

24 de marzo de 2023

Trabaja monitoreando vencejos y murciélagos durante la temporada de campo de verano

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Are you looking for a seasonal job in contact with nature?

Are you responsible and aiming to improve your field skills?

Bureau Buitenwaard is looking for a new colleague to join our field team for 2023! The work consists of bats and swifts monitoring during the period from the 15th of May to the 1st of October (with a pause between the 15th of July and the 15th of August). Every monitoring session lasts between two to four hours (excluding driving time to the different locations) and takes place usually around sunset and sometimes around sunrise, thus working at night should not be a problem for you. 
What we ask: 
-Availability of at least 3 monitoring sessions per week  
-You are ready to work at night or very early in the morning 
-You have an eye for detail and can work accurately and independently 
-You are in possession of a driving licence (owing a car is an advantage) 
-You have an affinity with fauna and species identification (experience in wildlife monitoring is an advantage) 
What we offer: 
-Research equipment (bat detector, flashlight, vest) and guidance of more experienced researchers during the first sessions.  
-A good salary per survey 
-A nice work environment with young ecologists

If you are interested to apply or if you have any questions you can write to 

Postdoc especializado en el estudio de series temporales de ADN ambiental marino

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Postdoc in ancient environmental DNA analysis at the Globe Institute. 

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoctoral researcher to work on marine environmental DNA time series data, i.e. high-throughput sequencing metabarcoding and library preparation, sequence data processing,ecological analyses, for a 2-year position to commence around June 2023 or thereafter. 

The successful candidate will be part of the Copenhagen group of the ERC Synergy project, SEACHANGE (, in which a cross-disciplinary approach is adopted to assess the impact of major cultural transitions on marine ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Apart from ancient environmental DNA analyses, the overall project includes classical zooarchaeology, stable isotope analyses, dating methods, marine historical ecology and ecosystem modelling.

A major focus of the role will be research into marine biodiversity changes across the European Mesolithic-Neolithic transition (from foraging to farming), specifically Southern Scandinavia (Work Package 1). 

The successful candidate will undertake DNA extraction, metabarcoding, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatic and ecological analysis of ancient environmental DNA from collected marine sediments and midden samples provided by project partners. Through collaboration with project partners the candidate will analyse a cross-disciplinary dataset of marine biodiversity changes, human impact and paleoclimate. 
Although material has already been collected, there are opportunities for further field collections from archaeological sites throughout Denmark. 

The main partners will be Prof Oliver Craig and Dr Harry Robson, University of York. Beyond the main objective, there are opportunities for the successful candidate to develop the project according to their interests and contribute to other work packages within the project. 

Additionally, there are opportunities to contribute to and lead novel methodological research to improve and develop laboratory and bioinformatic workflows for the analysis of ancient environmental DNA. 

Advisors will be Associate Professor Kristine Bohmann, Associate Professor Shyam Gopalakrishnan, and Assistant Professor Mikkel Winther Pedersen, all from Globe Institute. 

Find here further information and application:

Closing date: 03/04/2023.

23 de marzo de 2023

¡URGENTE! Asistente de investigación en un proyecto de comunicación vocal en chimpancés

Dear primatologists We are looking for a Research Assistant to contribute to a 4-month project on individual signatures in chimpanzee vocal communication. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Thank you.
The Research Assistant will need to contribute to creating a comprehensive database on chimpanzee call acoustics and by extracting calls from recordings and handling acoustic data. The research would ideally take place in Portsmouth, although there are possibilities for remote working. Previous research experience in psychology/biology or a related field will be essential and an understanding of methodological issues in research will also be critical. Familiarity with acoustics and animal behaviour is not required, although helpful. Training will be provided. If interested in this role, please send an email plus CV to by the 25th of March.

¿Quieres trabajar en ciencia, pero sin la presión de ser investigador principal? Echa un vistazo a esta oferta 👀

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The HighlanderLab at The Roslin Institute is looking for a core scientist to join the team. The group focus on managing and improving populations using data science, genetics, and breeding. While their core remit is in quantitative genetics and animal breeding, they have active projects also in plant and insect species. They work on a range of theoretical aspects and their application in real populations; both in interaction with leading industry partners. Visit the group website for more information.

This is a strategic position with an open-end contract - a core scientist position funded by the BBSRC. The post holder will work closely with the PI, Gregor Gorjanc on:
  1. their research,
  2. teaching and supervising students and post-docs to deliver current projects,
  3. developing new methods and ideas, and
  4. securing funding.
This post is an excellent step towards an independent group leader, in-depth industry training, or a less stressful academic job. 

Candidates should hold a PhD in quantitative genetics, breeding, statistics, or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with significant research and development experience in these fields. University admin is yet to process the post documentation, but inquiries and expressions of interest are open at

22 de marzo de 2023

Voluntariado estudiando el comportamiento de los babuinos en Zambia con todos los gastos pagados

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Field Assistant Advertisement – Kinda Baboon Reproductive Behavior ProjectPosition 

I am seeking a research assistant to help with a project on the reproductive behavior of Kinda baboons (Papio kindae) at Kasanka National Park in Zambia, beginning May 2023. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with various types of data collection in the field, including learning to recognize ~50 adult baboons, detailed behavioral observations, and fecal sample collection for future laboratory analysis. When not following the baboons, the assistant will also assist with data entry at camp and occasional conservation and outreach projects in and around Kasanka National Park. I am looking for an assistant who can commit to at least 12 months (potentially longer, but at least 12 months of fieldwork).Life at the research camp is basic but relatively comfortable. The camp contains a common area, field laboratory, kitchen, fridge and freezer, and multiple researcher’s tents (with beds). We have a cook and camp attendant to cook meals, wash clothes, and do general cleaning in camp. There is a live-in nurse at Kasanka National Park and a health clinic right outside the gate of the national park in case of emergencies. Solar power is available; however, charging field equipment is a priority.More information about the field site can be found at: If you’d like to know more about the PI and the specific research project, please reach out on Twitter @anissa.speaks or via email at I am a PhD student at Rutgers University, and this fieldwork contributes to my dissertation data collection. If you’d like to learn more about sexual selection in Kinda baboons, the paper below is an excellent resource:Petersdorf M, Weyher AH, Kamilar JM, Dubuc C, Higham JP. Sexual selection in the Kinda baboon. Journal of human evolution. 2019;135:102635-102635. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2019.06.006Qualifications/Experience
This is an ideal experience for recent undergraduates to gain experience in fieldwork and data collection. You will be trained in a variety of field methodologies and will live and work with a diverse group of people.Essential Characteristics of Successful ApplicantsConditions – Physical Exertion and Seclusion
Be capable of walking 6 – 12 miles per day on various terrain and in various weather conditions (hot, cold, rain) for 4-8 hours per day, starting early in the morning. We strive to be an inclusive research team and priortize rest before work. Rest is essential, and all team members take days off. We also accommodate team members whenever and however we can. However, the job does require intense physical exertion. This job also requires being away from loved ones for extended periods of time with limited internet connectivity. There is the ability to reliably Whatsapp from camp and the tourist lodge of Kasanka National Park has Wi-Fi with the ability to make calls and Zoom, though it is not always reliable.Teamwork – Openness and Patience
Be conscientious of living abroad and living within diverse cultures, customs, and languages. Be open to ways of living that may differ from their own. Having strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work through potential conflict is essential for this job. Fieldwork is a team effort, and every team member deserves respect and a voice in the direction of the team and data collection. Fieldwork is often characterized by many challenges and setbacks; having patience through these challenges and the ability to rely on a team to resolve issues is crucial to successful fieldwork. Having a good sense of humor is always a plus in the field!Data Collection – Conscientiousness and Diligence
Conscientiousness and diligence in data collection, field lab work, and data management are essential for the job. Applicants who can work independently, are conscientious of the little details, and have the motivation to complete tasks without being prompted will be the most successful applicants.Research Interests
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in primate behavior. However, applicants from various backgrounds and interests will be considered. Backgrounds in biology, ecology, anthropology, zoology, and psychology, among others, will all be considered. While prior fieldwork experience is preferred, it is not necessary. The ability to work on a team and be open to other cultures and be conscientious and diligent in data collection is just as important as prior experience.What do research assistants get out of this job?
· Field assistants will be co-authors on all papers that result from this project that use data collected by the assistant.
· This field and research experience can be used as a stepping stone toward MA or PhD programs in animal behavior, primatology, ecology, anthropology, etc. I am committed to aiding my field assistant in the process of applying for graduate school if they are interested.
· One-on-one mentorship on fieldwork practices, data collection, team management, and scientific paper writing, among other skills that will be highly beneficial for graduate school or future scientific endeavors.Support provided for this position
No salary is available; however, all costs will be covered upfront, meaning this is NOT reimbursement-based (see below for more details).The PI will cover the costs of working on this, including:· One round-trip airfare
· Visa and research permit fees
· In-country travel
· Bench fees at Kasanka National Park
· Living/subsistence expensesTo apply, please email your CV, a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and the name and contact details of two references (at least one who has worked with you in a fieldwork or research setting) to anissa.speakman@rutgers.eduOnline interviews will ideally be held in late March/early April.

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