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4 de agosto de 2021

Oferta de tres años para un postdoc en biogeografía y macroecología

Oferta compartida por Nuria

A 3-year postdoctoral position in developing analytical methods and tools for evolutionary biogeography and macroecology is available in the lab of Barnabas Daru (https://barnabasdaru.com/) in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This position is part of a collaborative, 3-year NSF funded DBI project title phyloregion, computational infrastructure for biogeographic regionalization and macroecology in the R computing environment. The position is 100% research.

The responsibilities are to: 
  1. Develop new methods for biome evolution;
  2. Develop new tools to visualize patterns of biogeography, macroecology and evolution; 
  3. Develop new tools for conservation that reflect the key dimensions of phylogenetic diversity including richness, divergence and regularity (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4792835).

The Daru Lab is supportive of opportunities for professional development (e.g., conferences). The postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in a biogeography-method users workshop in Laguna Madre Field Station in the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas in Years 1 and 3 of the project and Turtle Cove Field Station, Louisiana in Year 2. We strive to provide a flexible, comfortable, inclusive environment for research and professional growth.

Essential qualifications 
Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, biology, evolution, biogeography, statistics or a related field, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis and programming in the R computing environment. Prior experience with GIS/geospatial analysis, R package development, Git, and/or reproducible research would be an asset. 
Prospective postdocs from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application
Applicants should electronically submit a single PDF containing the following:
  1. a 2-page cover letter detailing your research interests and skills that match the position;
  2. a CV (with 3-5 references listed at the end) Please submit applications via https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUCC_External/job/Corpus-Christi-TAMUCC/Postdoctoral-Research-Associate-in-Biogeography_R-039725
Direct any questions to Dr. Barnabas Daru at barnabas.daru@tamucc.edu

The start date is September 2021, with flexibility.

Terms of employment:
Salary of $40,000-$45,000 (depending on experience), health insurance, and other benefits are included. This position is based at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and it is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

TAMUCC, also known as the Island University, is ranked number 1 on "The 50 Best Colleges By The Sea" List.
"Located between Oso Bay and Corpus Christi Bay, Texas A&M Corpus Christi boasts a tropical climate and is the nation's only university that is found on its own island. Students at TAMUCC have the benefit of studying in this prime vacation spot, where there are many opportunities for windsurfing, fishing, boating, or exploring more than 130,000 acres of beautiful, sandy beaches. The Port of Corpus Christi is the nation's sixth largest port by tonnage, and is home to the Beach to Bay relay marathon, the Texas Jazz Festival, and the Festival of the Arts. TAMUCC is part of the larger Texas A&M University system and offers 41 undergraduate majors, 32 graduate programs, and 7 doctoral programs." -- Best Colleges Reviews

Oferta de técnico de laboratorio en el IRTA (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology, Cataluña)

Oferta compartida por Nuria

IRTA es un instituto de investigación agroalimentario pionero en Cataluña, fundado en el año 1985, con un capital humano de más de 800 personas que desarrolla sus actividades con una clara vocación de servicio público. Dispone de 10 centros de trabajo y 19 ubicaciones.

Área de adscripción: Producción Animal 
Programa adscripción: Aguas Marinas y Continentales 
Localidad: Sant Carles de la Ràpita 
Jornada: completa, de 37,5 horas semanales en horario de mañana y tarde 
Nivel: 4.1 de la escala de soporte del IRTA 
Retribución: 22.873,57 € brutos/anuales
Duración del contrato: Contrato inicial temporal de 12 meses, con posibilidad de continuidad.

Puesto vacante: Técnico / a de laboratorio en análisis de nutrientes y trabajo de campo

Funciones específicas del puesto de trabajo: 
  • Ejecutar los trabajos de laboratorio, principalmente realizar los análisis de agua (nitritos, nitratos de amonio, fosfatos y silicatos) incluyendo la puesta a punto del equipamiento (autoanalizador). 
  • Realizar la intercalibración de los resultados con laboratorios externos. 
  • Apoyar en otras tareas propias del laboratorio como: análisis de clorofila en el agua, digestión y preparación de muestras de diatomeas, determinación de materia orgánica, análisis de suelos, entre otros. 
  • Realizar tareas de apoyo técnico en los muestreos de campo: e.g. suelos, agua, y de organismos. 
  • Colaborar con el personal técnico e investigador en todos aquellos protocolos experimentales que lo requieren según las tareas encomendadas. 
  • Elaborar y gestionar bases de datos y llevar a cabo la representación gráfica de los resultados para los análisis estadísticos y de presentación de resultados. 
  • Ejecutar las tareas de gestión necesarias para la generación de informes, y participar en la fase inicial de su redacción. 
Requisitos: 
  • Ciclo Formativo de Grado Superior en laboratorio de análisis o equivalente. 
  • Experiencia en laboratorio de análisis de nutrientes.
  • Conocimientos de informática a nivel de usuario avanzado. 
  • Buen nivel de expresión escrita en catalán o castellano. 
  • Permiso de conducir. 
Méritos específicos: 
  • Experiencia en responsabilidades similares.
  • Experiencia en muestreos de campo. 
  • Valorables conocimientos específicos de estadística. 
  • Valorable experiencia en técnicas de proyectos de investigación.
  • Buen nivel de expresión escrita en inglés.  
Competencias/Habilidades: 
  • Organización y planificación.
  • Orientación a resultados.
  • Capacidad para resolver problemas. 
  • Proactividad. 
  • Capacidad de trabajo en equipo. 
  • Flexibilidad y adaptación. 
  • Orientación al orden y la calidad en el trabajo.
Inscríbete a la oferta desde la Bolsa de Trabajo de IRTA en http://www.irta.cat/es/trabajo/ hasta el día 31 de agosto de 2021 (incluido). Es necesario adjuntar una carta de motivación al currículum. Los detalles sobre otras ofertas activas se pueden encontrar en la misma página. 

3 de agosto de 2021

Postdoc estudiando la relación entre genotipo y fenotipo en el Institute of Integrative Biology (ETH Zurich)

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Computational Biology group in the Institute of Integrative Biology at ETH Zurich, led by Joshua L. Payne, is hiring a postdoctoral researcher with funding for up to two years. The group is broadly interested in evolution, particularly in the relationship between genotype and phenotype, and the role of mutation in the generation of adaptive phenotypic variation. We study these topics at multiple scales of information transmission from DNA to protein, with an emphasis on transcriptional regulation and translation. A predefined project centered around these topics is available, but we are also open to defining a project around the applicant's interests.

The group is currently made up of four PhD students and one postdoc. Interdisciplinarity is key to our research and this shows in our team composition, with backgrounds in physics, biophysics, computer science, developmental biology, and evolution. We value diversity - at present we represent four continents - and we strive to maintain a 50-50 gender balance. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have experience in some form of computational science, a passion for evolutionary biology, and a Ph.D. in a related discipline (math, physics, bioinformatics, computer science, life sciences). Fluency in a major programming language is essential, as is the ability to work both autonomously and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary, multicultural team. Experience modeling evolutionary processes or analyzing large-scale biological datasets, such as from functional genomics assays or massively parallel sequence-to-function assays, is a plus. We will begin considering applications immediately with the aim of a September 1st, 2021 start date. Later start dates are
also possible.

To be considered for the position, please send a single pdf file to joshua.payne@env.ethz.ch including your CV, publication list, a single-paged statement of research interests, and contact information for 2-3 academic references. Please write Postdoc2021 in the subject line.

Representative papers from the group:
Cano et al. (2021) "Mutation bias shapes the spectrum of adaptive substitutions." bioRxiv
Rozhonova & Payne (2021) "Little evidence the standard genetic code is optimized for resource conservation." bioRxiv
Majic & Payne (2020) "Enhancers facilitate the birth of de novo genes and gene integration into regulatory networks." Molecular Biology and Evolution, 37, 1165-1178.
Payne et al. (2019) "Transition bias influences the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis." PLoS Biology, 17, e3000265.
Payne & Wagner (2019) $B!H (BThe causes of evolvability and their evolution. $B!I (B Nature Reviews Genetics, 20, 24-38.

Group website: joshualevipayne.com

¿Estás buscando un proyecto para irte de prácticas con Erasmus+? Echa un vistazo a éste en Islandia

Oferta compartida por Nuria

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate student to perform an internship in behavioral ecology, more specifically on preferences and personality traits in wild Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) !

Hosting structure : Department of Aquaculture & fish Biology, Hólar University - Iceland

Dates : from September 2021 to January 2022, but discussable

Context of the study:
The Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus, AC) is one of the only 7 species of fish in Icelandic freshwaters, which makes it emblematic to this country and a preservation priority. It occupies extremely variable ecological niches and shows a extended adaptive polymorphism. Indeed, the AC is found as several sympatric morphs thriving in very different types of habitats, from anadromous to benthic and pelagic lake-resident morphs, and ranging along an evolutionary gradient of divergence. Such a diversity in their way of life and evolutionary history is hypothesized to engender differences in behavior, especially preferences and personality traits, which in each morph should be locally adapted to its particular ecological conditions. The project is lead by Prof. David Benhaïm (lead PI, Hólar Univ., Iceland) in collaboration across Hólar Univ. (Prof. Bjarni K. Kristjánsson, Dr Camille Leblanc), University of Caen, France (Dr. Christelle Jozet), IFREMER, France (Dr. Marie-Laure Bégout, Dr. Benjamin Geffroy), INRA, France (Dr. Xavier Cousin) and University of Iceland (Prof. Zophonias Jónsson).

Student project:
The student will specifically be involved in identifying behavioral differences between morphs and environments. For that, the student will be monitoring boldness personality trait as well as preferences for 4 different ecologically-relevant stimuli (shelter, congeners, mirror and darkness vs. light), in offspring of wild-caught AC morphs raised under complex vs. plain conditions. To do so, the student will be working in close collaboration with a PhD student to record AC individuals in behavioral arenas, and then highlight behavioral differences using an automated behavioral tracking software s/he will be introduced to.

Requirements:
The candidates must be enrolled in a degree in the fields of ethology, evolutionary or behavioral ecology, or relevant equivalent fields. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in pluridisciplinary research with an emphasis on behavior. S/he enjoys working in a dynamic group but should be able to work independently as well. Statistical skills will be a plus. A valid driving license is a requirement.

Organizational details:
Working language is English. The student will be provided with a discount on accommodation as a lab member, and commuting between the lab and the accommodation place will be at the lab's charge. The student will also have free access to the University gym. Aside, Iceland is eligible for Erasmus+ grants.

Application:
Applicants should send an application letter, with a statement of research interests and relevant experience and curriculum vitae as a single pdf to both benhaim@holar.is and marion@holar.is. For further information contact Marion Dellinger (Dept. of Aquaculture and Fish Biology, Hólar University, marion@holar.is).

2 de agosto de 2021

Oferta de doctorado muy potente para trabajar en conservación

Description

The Escobar lab is searching for a highly motivated graduate student for a fully funded PhD position in the area of distributional ecology for a research project on topics that include remote sensing, landscape ecology, fieldwork in Virginia, and spatial modeling in a project to model the habitat of the bog turtle, a highly endangered species. Preference will be given to candidates with evident passion for these topics and quantitative and writing skills. In addition to research work, responsibilities will include acquiring teaching experience, raising extramural funding experience, and mentoring of undergraduate students. 


The position is based within Dr. Luis Escobar laboratory in collaboration with Dr. Carola Haas and Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources and the Environment, the No. 1’ranked natural resources program in the U.S. (by USA Today) for four years running. The Escobar group is highly collaborative and works with researchers in universities across the U.S. and abroad. This position includes full tuition, 12-month salary support, and fieldwork. Minorities and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.


Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The New River Valley offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area. The thriving community boasts a plethora of unique and chain restaurants and stores, symphonies, theatres, historical attractions, museums, a vibrant night-life, sporting events, outdoor recreation activities, and a temperate climate. We have mountains to the west, the ocean to the east, and Washington D.C. to the north.


Required Qualifications 

  • A prior MS in wildlife conservation, ecology, geography, statistics, remote sensing or any biological sciences or natural resources field. 

  • The Escobar Laboratory has a long history of multidisciplinary research. Students from diverse academic backgrounds (e.g., biology, statistics, engineering, or related fields) with interest in joining the lab are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants must have a strong work ethic; quantitative, oral, and written communication skills; high attention to detail; the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a culturally diverse team. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with satellite-derived data and/or spatial statistics

  • A track record of scientific publications. 

  • Interest to develop the capacity to work long hours in the field capturing cryptic reptiles


To apply

Send a single pdf file including: 1) a cover letter of no more than two pages that highlights your skills and expertise, research interests, interest in graduate school, career plans, and why we should consider your application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; 4) sample of scientific writing (e.g., a manuscript in preparation, thesis, published manuscript as the first author); and 5) contact information for 3 references who have worked closely with you and can explain your research skills and interests. Application consideration will begin on August 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. References will only be contacted after applicants are notified. Formal application through the graduate school will eventually be required but we will request application from the selected candidates.


Contact Person

Contact Dr. Luis Escobar at escobar1@vt.edu for additional questions and to submit your application.


Website

https://fishwild.vt.edu/faculty/escobar.html 


Puesto a tiempo completo como analista de fitoplancton y técnico de campo.

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Buscamos incorporar un/a Analista de fitoplancton y técnico de campo para el muestreo de indicadores y elementos de calidad fisicoquímicos, biológicos e hidromorfológicos en masas de agua superficiales. Incorporación en el laboratorio de Limnología y Calidad de Aguas de Barcelona.

Tareas:
  • Identificación y recuento de muestras de fitoplancton de embalses, lagos y lagunas
  • Análisis de resultados y elaboración de informes.
  • Muestreo de indicadores biológicos, fisicoquímicos e hidromorfológicos en embalses, lagos, lagunas, humedales y ríos.
En AECOM se formará, supervisará y cualificará como analista de fitoplancton y técnico de campo bajo los estándares de la ISO 17025

Requisitos mínimos:
  • Experiencia en la identificación y recuento de muestras de fitoplancton de aguas epicontinentales.
  • Carnet de conducir.
Cualificación preferida
  • Licenciatura o grado/máster en Biología o Ciencias Ambientales (o similar).
What We Offer
When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category: Sciences
Business Line: Environment
Business Group: Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)
Country: Spain
Position Status: Full-Time
Requisition/Vacancy No. 252109BR
Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

For more information and submission of applications visit this link.

26 de junio de 2021

Empieza tu propio grupo de investigación en biodiversidad y evolución en el Museo de Historia Natural de Suecia

Oferta compartida por Nuria


The Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) is hiring a tenure-track researcher in Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS), within the field of biodiversity and evolution. The appointed researcher will receive a start-up package of 17 M SEK, which includes funding to establish their own independent research group.

The NRM (www.nrm.se) is a major research institute with state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated laboratories that enable high-quality research on a broad range of natural history topics. The museum is located in Stockholm, which by many is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, and is home to a vibrant scientific community with several leading research institutes, including the world-leading research infrastructures at the Science for Life Laboratory, nearby Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology.

The research position is funded by the SciLifeLab and Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS), which is a 12-year initiative funded with a total of 3.1 billion SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (for more details, see www.scilifelab.se/data-driven). The DDLS Fellows will be recruited as independent group leaders at the respective host institution, and will have the opportunity to link up with other local research groups as well as the within the national DDLS programme.

Each DDLS Fellow will receive a recruitment package of 17 MSEK, which is meant to cover 5 years of his/her own salary, two PhD students andtwo postdoc positions, as well as running costs. The Fellow positions are tenure-track, and the universities/organizations will assume the long-term responsibility of their support as tenured faculty.


RESEARCH TOPIC

DDLS in biodiversity and evolution concerns research that takes advantage of the massive data streams offered by techniques such as high-throughput sequencing of genomes and biomes, continuous recording of video and audio in the wild, high-throughput imaging of biological specimens, and large-scale remote monitoring of organisms or habitats. This research subject area aims to lead the development or application of novel methods relying on machine learning, artificial intelligence, or other computational techniques to analyze these data and take advantage of such methods in addressing major scientific questions in evolution and biodiversity.

More specifically, at the NRM this research will be aimed at developing a deeper and dynamic understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem change, and to enable predictions on environmental change on global and local ecosystems. The scientific topics comprise the development and evolution of life, biodiversity, human evolution, environmental research or landscape ecology. From a methodological perspective, examples of such research include analyses of large-scale data within phylogenetics, population genetics or metagenomics, as well as image analysis or research on morphological and distributional data.


ELIGIBILITY AND ASSESSMENT

In order to qualify for the DDLS Research Fellowship, the applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in Sweden or an equivalent degree from another country. The position is primarily aimed at applicants who have received such a degree no more than eight years before the deadline for applications.

Since the DDLS Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers, having completed a PhD degree within the last eight years will constitute an important merit. During the selection process, special attention will also be given to research excellence within the field of DDLS in biodiversity and evolution. The applicants will also be evaluated on the basis of the planned research within the subject field, as well as experience in leadership and student supervision and track record in obtaining research grants.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

The candidate will be employed as researcher until further notice, but no longer than five years. The contract may be extended under special circumstances, such as due to sick leave or parental leave. The successful DDLS candidate will be offered the choice to be employed at the department within the museum that best fits the candidate’s research profile. The museum’s life science departments are Bioinformatics and Genetics (BIO), Botany (BOT), Environmental Research and Monitoring (MFÖ),
Palaeobiology (PAL) and Zoology (ZOO).

The DDLS Fellows at NRM will, upon a successful evaluation of their project, be offered the opportunity for their employment to be transformed into a permanent researcher position financed by NRM. Researchers employed at the NRM, including DDLS Fellows, also have the opportunity to apply
for promotion to full professor


HOW TO APPLY

Applications should be submitted no later than September 5th, 2021, through the NRM recruitment portal. The recruitment portal and full instructions for applicants is available through this link:
https://www.nrm.se/vacancies

25 de junio de 2021

Postdoc en Emiratos Árabes estudiando evolución y adaptación de plantas desérticas

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at the UAE University invites applications for a postdoctoral position, focusing on genome evolution and adaptation of desert plants to abiotic stress to begin as soon as possible. We are looking for a motivated researcher, where the bulk of his/her work will focus on bioinformatic analyses of data generated in the Center. He/She will conduct and develop research using the full range of genomic and bioinformatics tools, build workflow pipeline to address relevant scientific questions. The post holder will be a member of the Genomics and Bioinformatics platform group with responsibility for carrying out and publishing research within the designated research theme.

The ideal candidate will: be a productive researcher with interests in both Diversity, Genetic Variation, Population Genomics, Transcriptomics and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The candidate should have interest in collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students in the Center.

Minimum Qualification
PhD degree in either of these majors, Statistical Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics, with minimum of 5 years of experience in the field.

Preferred Qualification
PhD degree in Genomics/bioinformatic and related field.

Salary
The Center will offer a competitive package, and all depends on the candidate's experience. Health insurance, housing as well as travel tickets home will be provided.

If you have the proper qualification and interested in joining, Please send your CV to khaled_hazzouri@uaeu.ac.ae

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