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8 de febrero de 2023

Estudia las poblaciones y el comportamiento social de las hienas. Posibilidad de trabajo de campo en Tanzania

Oferta compartida por Cristina


Doctoral position in Behavioural Ecology

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute, one of seven research institutes in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., a member of the Leibniz Association and jointly funded by the German federal and state governments. The Leibniz-IZW focuses on the life histories and mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations of mammals and birds, on the limits of these mechanisms in natural and anthropogenically influenced environments, and on conservation strategies that better take these factors into account. The institute operates within the fields of evolutionary ecology, ecological dynamics, evolutionary genetics, wildlife diseases, reproduction biology and reproduction management.

In its Department of Evolutionary Ecology, we offer (beginning on June 1st, 2023) a

Doctoral position

in Behavioural Ecology


This position is part of an international, collaborative research project on the evolution of despotic societies in mammals (“DESPOT”), co-funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the French Research Agency (ANR). In this project, we aim to understand the evolutionary origins of variation in social relationships and hierarchical structures in group-living mammals.

The selected candidate will characterise social and dominance behaviours at the level of individuals, dyads and groups using a unique long-term, individual-based dataset from a population of free-ranging spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (https://hyena-project.com). The candidate will further investigate how these behavioural styles co-vary with individual life history and group parameters such as the kin and demographic composition. The candidate will also develop concepts and a multidimensional metric to generally characterise dominance styles and hierarchical structures in group-living mammals. This component of the project will be undertaken in collaboration with a doctorate candidate who will be doing similar work on primates and who will be based at the Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution de Montpellier (ISEM) in France.

The Ngorongoro spotted hyena population consists of eight social groups (‘clans’) and has been continuously monitored for 27 years. There has been considerable variation in the socio-demographic and ecological characteristics within clans over time and between clans that can be exploited during this project. The empirical data for the doctorate is already largely available but there is the possibility to collect additional data on the spotted hyenas in Tanzania.

A particularly exciting aspect of the DESPOT project is that it will provide excellent opportunities for networking and professional training. The selected doctorate candidate will be mentored by and closely collaborate with two scientists with strong conceptual and empirical expertise in behavioural and evolutionary ecology and spotted hyena biology: Dr Oliver Höner from the Leibniz-IZW and Dr Eve Davidian from the ISEM. The candidate will also benefit from interacting and collaborating with an extended international network of scientists with complementary expertise, in particular lead primatologists and evolutionary biologists Dr Elise Huchard and Dr Marie Charpentier from the ISEM, and leading expert in comparative studies Dr Dieter Lukas from the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany.

The selected candidate will obtain strong conceptual and quantitative skills, in particular in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, statistics, and management of large datasets. The candidate will also benefit from a dynamic international research environment at Leibniz-IZW and will join a structured doctoral training programme.
Prerequisites:

• Completed university degree (Master of Science or Diploma) in animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology;

• Good knowledge of English (ability to work in English, written and spoken),

• Good knowledge of R for data wrangling and analysis;

• A solid background in statistics or willingness to quickly improve skills;

• Good interpersonal and communication skills;

• Strong self-motivation and rigour;

• Experience in monitoring the social behaviour of animals.
Beneficial:

• Experience in conducting field work in remote areas;

• Driver’s licence;

• Experience in working with individual-based, longitudinal datasets;

• Experience in R programming.
Recommended reading:

• Vullioud, Davidian et al (2019) Social support drives female dominance in the spotted hyaena. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 71-76.

• Kappeler, Huchard et al (2022) Sex and dominance: How to assess and interpret intersexual dominance relationships in mammalian societies. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10: 918773.

We offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating research environment with an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach.

The position is expected to start on 1 June 2023 and is limited to three years. Salary and benefits will be according to 65 % TVöD (Bund). Place of work is at the Leibniz-IZW premises in the vibrant city of Berlin, Germany.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply.

We welcome applications regardless of gender, origin, sexual orientation and religion.

Disabled persons will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. We promote diversity, so please convince us with your quality and competence. The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research is "Total-E-Quality" certified, promotes equality and actively supports a work-life balance.

Enquiries or further questions should be directed to Dr Oliver Höner (hoener@izw-berlin.de, +49 (0)30 5168-516).

Applicants should submit 1) a letter of motivation highlighting particular skills for this position, 2) a CV, 3) copies of relevant degrees, 4) a list of publications if applicable and 5) the names and contact details of two referees before or latest on 10th March 2023 via the Leibniz-IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply online”).

Interviews will likely take place between 27th and 30th March 2023, via video call. Finalist candidates will be asked to prepare a short (ca. 10min) presentation of their previous and current research.

7 de febrero de 2023

Postdoc en uso de tecnologías y ciencia ciudadana para prevenir enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos

Oferta compartida por Cristina

CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS DE BLANES (CEAB) ACCÉS A LA CALA ST. FRANCESC, 14 17300 BLANES.GIRONA, ESPAÑA TEL. +34972336101 FAX.+34972337806


At the Center for Advanced Studies in Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) we are seeking a postdoc degree to carry out research at the group of Theoretical and Computational Ecology within the research line ‘Use of novel technologies and citizen science as an early warning system to tackle mosquito-borne diseases”. Specifically, the work will be located in the frame of the further development and implementation of the Mosquito Alert Citizen Science Observatory (www.mosquitoalert.com) as well as within several R+D EU projects aiming to gain further knowledge on the ecological mechanisms involved in disease transmission by mosquitoes in the genera Culex and Aedes, and at different scales (citywide, regional and nationwide). In particular, we want to focus on evaluating ecological connectivity/barriers to disease spread or spillover across landscape gradients, with new experimental data. We want to test marking, release, and capture methods to estimate the dispersal capabilities of mosquitoes (vectors), and use sensors to help us understanding the movement patterns of targeted birds, potential hosts of arboviruses, in complex mosaic landscapes. Operation will take place under supervision and help by the scientific coordination team in Mosquito Alert and its present team, using internal resources from the Center and from the CSIC. In view of this, we are seeking an expert person on vector ecology and entomology, in possession of field and data analysis experience, all of this preferably related to mosquitoes of public health interest. 

The person should be enthusiastic, proactive and innovative; should be resolutive and teamworking, to enter a multidisciplinary team to develop the following tasks:  Developing mosquito sampling-based models at a regional scale emphasizing work on time and spatial scales, in urban context as well as in natural environments.  Designing and carrying out field sampling campaigns with purposes on monitoring, ecology as well as dispersal study. 

Candidates must have  MsC, BsC and Doctorate on Biology, Environmental sciences and alike.  Knowledge on vector taxonomy and ecology  Leadership abilities for scientific publications A plus would be  Proficiency in English language  Data sharing and visualization, map building experience, knowledge on GIS What do we offer?  Full time position at the Doctor FC2 level, with a gross salary of 43.813,75€  The work place is the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) from the CSIC. 

We offer timetable flexibility and possibility of working from home (following AGE rules), but only sporadically because physical presence is required by the nature of the tasks, which are going to be taking place in the province of Girona.  Starting date would be negotiated.  Integrating a highly dynamic, multidisciplinary team of technical and scientific persons skilled in ecology, biology and environmental science, public health, data analysis, artificial intelligence, outreach, and social science.  This is a chance to work in reference projects both at the national and international level, coordinating with Spanish and international Public Health Agencies, and with CSIC, CREAF, UPF as well. Candidates should send résumé and a presentation letter to the email address fbartu@ceab.csic.es before February 28th, 2023. A letter of Expression of Interest will be appreciated as well.

Trabaja como "lab manager" en el Laboratorio de Biodiversidad de Plantas de la TUM (Múnich)

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Plant Biodiversity lab at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is hiring a full-time lab manager for plant phylogenetic and phylogenomic research. The position is initially for two years but can be made permanent if performance is satisfying.

Our primary study systems are the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) and the flora of the Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic, where we study speciation processes. See more details on our webpage.

Responsibilities include:
  • DNA extraction
  • from field and herbarium samples, PCR, sequencing (Sanger, Illumina, Nanopore). 
  • Ordering supplies, managing the lab and maintaining equipment.
  • Training and helping undergraduate and graduate students in the lab. 
  • Lab safety management. 
  • Help with herbarium management (TUM herbarium is small, with c. 100.000 specimens). 
  • Participating in lab meetings and seminars when appropriate. 
  • Participation in field work and collecting trips is optional.
We look for an independent and focused person with problem-solving skills and genuine interest in research. The preferred candidate should have a B.S. or higher degree in Biology or demonstrated experience as lab manager or lab technician. The applicant should be a team player, fluent in English, and have a good working knowledge of molecular biology, and genetics, as well as basic computer skills.

If interested, please contact Hanno Schaefer (hanno.schaefer@tum.de) and include a CV and a short statement of research interests and experience in a single pdf (max. size 1 MB). Informal inquiries are also welcome. The salary level is TV-L E8, which currently corresponds to 2.866 - 3.535 € per month (before taxes) depending on experience level.

Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2023, review of applications will begin immediately.

6 de febrero de 2023

Oportunidades de doctorado y/o postdoc para el estudio teórico y experimental de metacomunidades

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Three 100% funded PhD (3–4 years) or Postdoc (2+ years) positions are available in the establishing research group of Evolutionary Game Theory led by Professor Xiang-Yi Li Richter at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The positions are part of the Swiss National Science Foundation Starting Grants project "Integrating modeling and experiments to study species coexistence in metacommunities."

The specific PhD or Postdoc projects will be developed individually and should focus on using a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to study how coexistence between interacting microbial species/strains can be maintained in spatially heterogeneous and temporally changing metacommunities, such as in soils, fermented foods, and the human gut and skin microbiota.

We aim to answer the following central questions:
  1. How do higher-order multi-species biological interactions play out in heterogeneous spatial networks?
  2. How do the dispersal network topology and dispersal rate influence the likelihood of coexistence?
  3. Does the evolution of traits in each species promote or impede coexistence? Is coexistence more likely when the interacting species coevolve?
One of the three projects will focus on the empirical side, involving experiments with microorganisms (e.g., phage and bacteria interacting on dispersal networks formed by fungal hyphae). The other two projects will be mainly theoretical, involving mathematical modeling, computer simulations, statistics and data analysis.

Your profile
Candidates must be highly motivated, creative, and able to work independently and collaboratively. Applicants from diverse scientific backgrounds (e.g., physics, mathematics, computer sciences, and biology) are encouraged. In their motivation letters, applicants from outside biology should state why they are interested in the study of ecology and evolution, and applicants from biology should state why they are interested in collaborating with theoreticians. In addition, candidates should explain how their study and research experience links to the central questions of the research project, and why they are interested in studying them. Candidates who intend to work on the empirical side need to have solid experimental skills to work in a microbiology lab. Candidates who intend to work on the theoretical side should have excellent mathematics and programming skills, and ideally, experience working on an HPC cluster.

Candidates need to have good written and spoken communication skills in English, which is the working language of our institute. For the PhD positions, a Master’s degree is required. For the Postdoc positions, a PhD degree is required. The positions are open to applicants worldwide. We are committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in evolutionary biology and especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups.

The desired starting dates are negotiable but ideally between September and December 2023.

We offer

The gross salary is around 48K CHF per year for PhD students and 80K CHF per year for postdocs. We offer a stimulating research environment with access to high performance computation facilities, funding for presenting studies at international conferences at least once a year, and unlimited funding for publishing peer-reviewed articles in open access journals. The city of Bern is ideally located in the middle of Switzerland and Europe, and provides rich cultural and outdoor activities.

Contact and application

For informal inquiries regarding the position and for submitting your application, please send an email to Prof. Xiang-Yi Li Richter at xiangyi.li.richter@unibe.ch. The review of applications will start on March 1st, 2023 until the positions are filled. Applicants must submit one merged PDF file that includes a letter of motivation (max 2 pages), a CV, and names of two referees who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation if contacted, and copies of relevant publications and/or preprints. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


5 de febrero de 2023

Mejora la comprensión y predicción de las dinámicas de los rangos eco-evolutivos de las especies

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Research Fellow - Understanding eco-evolutionary range dynamics under global change.

Duration: 2 years.

An enthusiastic, motivated, and creative postdoctoral Research Fellow is sought to join a collaborative team within the School of Biological Sciences to develop new theory and predictive process-based models on species' range dynamics under environmental change.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in theoretical evolution and/or ecology, strong programming skills, and interest in applying those skills to improve understanding and forecasting of species' eco-evolutionary range dynamics. The fellow will join Dr Greta Bocedi's team and a wider strong team of PIs, postdocs and postgraduate students developing and applying the Range Shifter platform (led by Dr Greta Bocedi, Prof Justin Travis and Prof Damaris Zurell at the University of Potsdam, in collaboration with Dr Lesley Lancaster), who are embedded within a global collaborative network that will maximize both the impact of the work and the advancement opportunities to the postdoctoral researcher.

Further information and application can be found here.
Informal enquiries are welcome to Greta Bocedi, greta.bocedi@abdn.ac.uk

4 de febrero de 2023

Contrato de asistente técnico de investigación colaborando en investigación sobre evolución y adaptación fenotípica

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, UK are looking to recruit a Technical Research Assistant to join the Phenotypic Evolution and Adaptation team from April 2023. This is a part time (0.5 fte) contract for 3 years.

Qualifications required
Degree in Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology or equivalent or experience working in a lab environment.

Experience required
Experience with general molecular biology methods, cell culture and insect husbandry. Good knowledge of Drosophila biology and CRISPR-mediated transgenesis – preference will be given to applicants with experience in these areas as well as in insect transgenesis but all necessary training will be provided.

Overall purpose of the position
The successful candidate will be working at Oxford Brookes University on a BBSRC-funded project, in collaboration with Durham University and The Francis Crick Institute. The project aims to investigate how organ size differences between Drosophila species is specified. The role will involve maintaining Drosophila stocks and setting up crosses as well as carrying out molecular biology and cell culture preparation and experiments, and generating and microinjecting constructs.

As one of the largest employers in Oxford we pride ourselves in the great experience we offer our staff. You’ll be joining a friendly, professional environment where every member of staff is recognised as important to the success of Oxford Brookes University. To find out more about the benefits of working for Oxford Brookes please visit: www.brookes.ac.uk/job-vacancies/working-at-brookes.

The University has adopted equality, diversity and inclusion as core values. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates whatever their background, and especially from BAME candidates who are under-represented in our workforce.

This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Faculty or Directorate: Health and Life Sciences
Location: Gipsy Lane Site, Headington Campus
For more information contact hrteam-recruitment@brookes.ac.uk
To apply please follow https://my.corehr.com/pls/oburecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=141239

3 de febrero de 2023

Trabaja como conservador en la colección botánica del Museo de Historia Natural de Viena

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Department of Botany (Herbarium W) at the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, is looking for an additional team member. 
The role is that of a Research Associate, specifically, a curator for the seed plants and fern collection. Knowledge of the Austrian and Neotropical flora, and knowing your way around an herbarium are a plus. 

Your tasks
  • Curation of the phanerogam section;
  • Development, funding solicitation, and implementation of research projects;
  • Participation in the presentation of botanical topics for the public;
  • Scientific and popular science publications;
  • Handling of external requests;
  • Collections management (handling of loans, etc., pest management strategies);
  • Databasing herbarium specimens;
  • Supervision of preparators, project staff, and interns;
  • Supporting visiting researchers;
  • Collaboration with other NHM departments (e.g. Exhibition Management, Science Communication).
Our requirements
  • Scientific expertise in the field of plant taxonomy, floristic knowledge, focus: Austria and/or the Neotropics; completed botany degree, PhD desired;
  • Experience with herbarium work;
  • Experience with databases and digitization of herbarium specimens;
  • Experience with collections management;
  • Experience with exhibition development and implementation desired;
  • Ability to work in a team.
We offer you
  • An exciting and diverse range of tasks with responsibility;
  • Work experience in one of the largest museums in Austria;
  • Flat hierarchies, open communication, and a good work atmosphere;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • An office in the center of Vienna with good access to public transport;
  • Salary dependent on professional qualifications and experience.
Please see this link for the complete job advertisement and more detail on how to apply. 

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:
  • Please be aware that you have to be considered eligible to work in Austria before employment can commence
  • German language skills are strongly recommended
  • We are looking for someone with strong teamwork skills
  • Application deadline: 28. Feb 2023 
  • Please submit a concise application letter, CV, and a scan of your graduation certificate
For enquiries email botanik@nhm-wien.ac.at using the subject line: curator position Feb2023.

Conservación marina y ecología molecular en esta oferta de postdoc

Oferta compartida por Nuria

A 3 years research position in marine conservation/molecular ecology is now open !!!

In the frame of the newborn National Biodiversity Future Center, supported by the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan, we are looking for an enthusiastic candidate interested in working to develop integrated genetic, optical and AI methodologies to support biodiversity and conservation in the planning and adaptive monitoring phases of MSP.

Code 02 - 1 staff unit at CNR Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) - Venice headquarters Research Activities: Scientific and technological research activities in marine ecology.

Experience Required: 
  • Marine ecology and marine conservation;
  • Applied genetics tools and data analysis to estimate biodiversity and/or ecological connectivity; 
  • Single and multivariate statistical data analysis for biodiversity;
  • Designing of experiments and monitoring strategies for conservation; 
  • Ecological modelling, opto-acoustic methodologies for biodiversity assessments
You may find detailed information about the position and application process in the following link (English). Applications to be made through the portal of the Italian National Council of Research

Application deadline: 19/02/2023

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