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25 de abril de 2019

Postdoc en telemetría de aves marinas (Francia)

Two-year junior post-doc position in seabird biotelemetry and energetics in a windfarm context

Within the framework of the ORNIT-EOF project funded by the Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (https://www.ademe.fr/), we are looking for an inspired Post Doc, to lead cutting-edge research in movement ecology and seabird biological conservation.

Posting: Centre d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, Montpellier, France.

Project leaders: David Grémillet and Nicolas Courbin.

Starting date: 1st July 2019

Duration: Two years

Requirement: PhD completed within the last 24 months

Application deadline: 15 May 2019

Opportunity and training: This project will provide the Post-Doctoral fellow with the opportunity to use an extensive seabird (shearwater) tracking data base to address essential issues in movement ecology and conservation biology within a windfarm and marine traffic development context, and to publish in leading ecological journals. The research will mainly focus on data analysis and writing, but will also include fieldwork (two field sessions). It will be conducted in collaboration with other institutions (Pôle Mer Méditerranée and Biotope, and potentially Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux and France Energies Marines) being the inter-connection across the different workpackages of the ORNIT-EOF project. The research will be of direct use to a wide range of stakeholders, especially for the Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (AFB) and the managers of the Parc National des Calanques of Marseille.

Context: The major impact of offshore windfarm on seabirds is a key conservation issue. Seabirds can suffer from lethal (collision risk with turbine) and non-lethal effects (habitat loss, increase of energy expenditure).
It is essential to follow the 3D movements of seabirds to assess their potential interactions with offshore windfarm. The most part of our knowledge is based on direct at sea observations of the bird behavior with a low precision of flight height (Bradbury et al. 2014 PLoS One 9:e106366, Johnston et al. 2014 J. Appl. Ecol. 51:31-41). The low precision of direct observations currently limits our understanding of the windfarm effects on bird populations (Green et al. 2016 J. Appl. Ecol. 53:1635-1641). 2D tracking has been done for many bird species in a windfarm context, which improved our understanding of their space use related to turbine presence. However, only trackings of bird movements in 3D allow to determine the potential contacts with wind turbine. Such 3D trackings are rare, and no 3D space use have been estimated for shearwater species at this time. For other birds, e.g. gannet, the flight heights recorded with specific loggers were higher than altitude previously estimated from direct observations, showing a significant increase in collision risk with wind turbine (Cleasby et al. 2015 J. Appl. Ecol. 52:1474-1482). It becomes crucial to get in situ measures of flight height for Scopoli shearwaters, which extensively used the areas of the future offshore windfarms (Courbin et al. 2018 Ecol. Lett. 21:1043-1054, Péron et al. 2018 Div. Distr. 24:1772-1787).
Birds can also suffer from non-lethal effect in a windfarm context due to large scale avoidance effect, barrier effect and loss of areas with high functional value (resting or foraging site for example). These effects, generally ignored, could lead to changes in energetic expenditures for seabirds which try to avoid disturbed areas or balance habitat loss by searching for new and potentially less suitable areas. Few methodological tools allowing to test the impacts and delineate the critical areas for birds are actually available. The use of mechanistic habitat selection models can allow evaluating the impacts of windfarm on spatial distribution of seabirds and anticipating the future changes in their space use. This approach will be suitable for any animals moving in a human disturbed landscape, including at land, and will provide an analytical tool to assess impacts of anthropogenic projects of any nature elsewhere in the world. With the use of energetics in a context of management and conservation of biodiversity, the project will lead cutting-edge research.

Project objectives:
The overall aim of the project is to characterize the drivers of the spatial distribution of the Scopoli’s shearwater population in the western Mediterranean to anticipate lethal and non-lethal effects related to the offshore windfarm development. To this aim, the Post Doc will be follow two main objectives:
1) Characterizing the space use in 3D by Scopoli shearwaters. This objective require the deployment of 3D loggers on birds, estimating their flight height and assessing the risk of bird collision with turbine (model of collision risk).
2) The at-sea home-range of birds could also be largely modified by windfarm due to a large scale avoidance behavior of birds. The use of mechanistic habitat selection model based on energetics can allow anticipating the changes in pattern of spatial distribution of birds and the potential population consequences. Mechanistic habitat selection model require modelling a) the energetic expenses of shearwater given local conditions, and b) assessing energetic benefits based on prey fields. Prey field will be modelled based on IFREMER data.

Expected outcomes:
Three scientific publications in international research journals. The Post Doc will also be in charge of promoting his/her work in international conferences and by attending meetings with the ADEME / PMM and further stakeholders.

Required skills:
The candidate should have (1) Strong modelling, analytical and mapping skills, as the candidate will have to deal with large databases, to download and format remote-sensing biotic/abiotic information, to perform sophisticated statistical analyses and modelling of time series as well as of spatial data, and to adequately graph/map research outcomes. Background in habitat selection analyses is a plus. (2) A taste for writing, as the work will involve reporting to the ADEME, as well as publishing three papers in high-profiled journals. (3) The capacity to conduct seabird fieldwork involving GPS-recorder deployments on sensitive wildlife, and to function in the most secure manner in an isolated insular environment. (4) The candidate will be expected to be fairly independent across the project, including the writing up of papers. (5) French language skills are mandatory.

Salary and terms: ~2000 euros net, please contact us for detailed information

Location: The Post Doc fellow will be based at the Centre d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive in Montpellier, France (http://www.cefe.cnrs.fr/).

Project partners: David Grémillet and Nicolas Courbin (coordinators, CEFE-CNRS).

Applications: Please send your CV and motivation letter to: Nicolas Courbin, CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier, France Email: nicolas.courbin@cefe.cnrs.fr

24 de abril de 2019

Se busca investigador para vencer la batalla contra el plástico

Job description: Researcher, Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy & Waste Management

Deadline: 1 May 2019
Location: Bristol, with some remote work possible
Hours/period of work: 10 week, full-time contract (potential to extend)
Start date: Immediately

About Common Seas

Common Seas mission is to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced and stop it polluting people, communities and our blue planet.

We provide the right people with the right tools to navigate the complexity of tackling plastic waste at source, deliver new ways to manage and re-use plastic and stop the leakage into our rivers, seas and ocean.

Our research and work on-the-ground harness the collective expertise of people, governments and businesses to implement action in their own communities to halt the threats of Ocean plastic.

Job Description

Common Seas is looking for a researcher to focus on gathering information and data to develop Plastic Drawdown - the organisations flagship project. Plastic Drawdown, is the most comprehensive tool kit to support governments to understand their plastic waste flows and optimise policies to tackle ocean plastics.

The role will include investigating high volume and leakage plastics for target countries, understanding how they flow through the supply chain, policy instruments for the country to consider and the key stakeholders/decision makers required to implement policies to stop the flow of plastic into rivers and seas.

Person Specification

Essential
Excellent research and analytical experience related to waste policy, waste management and infrastructure systems/design, circular economy and plastic pollution mitigation.
Experience of primary data collection through both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Impressive ability to think around complex problems or data, and draw out, synthesise and present key information or recommendations.
MSc level or above in relevant discipline.
Strong research and technical writing skills.
Demonstrable experience of delivering systematic desk-based research, data gathering and analysis, including interpreting and critically evaluating a range of academic, technical and grey-literature sources.
Excellent project management skills and capacity to deliver against tight timescales.
Ability to work independently to an agreed brief, with minimal supervision, and deliver structured research tasks and produce high-quality outputs.
A willingness to work flexibly to the shifting demands of projects.
A strong commitment to Common Seas’ core mission.

Desirable
Experience working as an independent researcher on a contracted basis.
Demonstrable experience in engaging key stakeholders at government, business and community level.
Experience in working directly with a range of relevant stakeholders to reduce single-use plastics and optimise the circular management is preferable - e.g. governments, businesses across the plastics value chain and communities.
Modelling skills (e.g. Excel, R, Python).
Experience in developing and delivering social science research (e.g. involving semi-structured interviews, focus groups or questionnaire design.

Remuneration
Day rate to be agreed.

Application
Please send an email with one-page cover letter and CV to ben@commonseas.com.
Please submit your application by 1 May 2019.

Oferta de trabajo estudiando el público de un museo científico de Manchester

Application closing date 29/04/2019
Location: Museum of Science and Industry - Manchester
Salary£20,000-£24,000 per annum + benefits

Job description

Do you have excellent people skills, with an interest in how people learn?

As an Audience Researcher you will conduct audience research that will support the development of Science Museum Group galleries, exhibitions and events so we can share authentic stories and ignite the curiosity of our visitors.

Using evidence-based findings, you will make recommendations and provide advice to colleagues and external stakeholders and will ensure best-practice is shared across the Group. You will advocate for the needs of our audiences, by evaluating exhibitions and learning resources to ensure that the final products are meeting audiences' needs wants and expectations.

Joining us, you will have strong interpersonal skills, an interest in how people learn and experience of working with members of the public. As well as an understanding of research methods and analysis, you will also have excellent communication skills and the ability to work autonomously and solve problems.

You will be offered excellent benefits, including 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays, a contributory pension scheme, BUPA medical and dental care, an annual season ticket loan and numerous staff discounts whilst developing your career in a world class museum group.

Click here for the Vacancy Information Pack which provides you with details of the role and the supporting statement questions.

23 de abril de 2019

Post-doc Position in Species Distribution Modeling and Conservation Science

Background: We are recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead two exciting projects advancing the use of species distribution modeling in conservation planning. This will involve the development and application of models to produce spatially-explicit predictions and conduct statistical inference on the vulnerability of declining grassland birds and bumble bee populations to patterns of climate and land use change across the Upper Midwest. The post-doc will have access to data from citizen science projects, the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas (ebird.org/atlaswi/home) and Bumble Bee Watch (bumblebeewatch.org), and freedom to develop research questions within the broader objectives of the projects. Both projects involve building species-specific models to derive estimates of occupancy and abundance, and evaluate the importance of conservation areas and human-modified landscapes for target species.

The position will be funded for 2 years, and is a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The postdoc will be advised by Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg (UW-Madison) and work closely with Dr. Claudio Gratton (UW-Madison) and Dr. Christine Ribic (USGS/UW-Madison). The position will be hosted in the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Qualifications: We seek motivated candidates with a PhD in ecology or related discipline, excellent statistical skills in modeling species distributions (e.g., occupancy modeling and estimation, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, Maxent modeling), and experience or interest in conservation biology. It is likely that this project will involve both presence-absence (occupancy estimation) and presence-background (Maxent) approaches. Previous experience working with spatial databases (climate, land cover) and large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing and data management skills, especially R, are desirable. The candidate should have demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments, including working with outside partner organizations.

Start Date: September 2019 (negotiable)

To apply, please send a single .PDF document including a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, unofficial list of relevant coursework, and contact information for three references to: bzuckerberg@wisc.edu.

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by April 26, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration.

Trabaja por la conservación del medio marino en una isla subtropical del Atlántico sur

In this key role you will ensure users of the marine environment are educated on marine protection law and undertake law enforcement intervention.

A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,500, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK. A new international airport now offers a weekly scheduled flight from Johannesburg.

Engaging with local fishermen and other users of the marine environment to improve understanding, change behaviour and develop a culture of compliance, you will monitor and enforce activities in respect of protected marine species and their habitats and the release of pollutants and waste into the marine environment.

You must be able to work independently, confidently dealing with conflict while building strong stakeholder relationships and local enforcement capacity on island. You will also build relationships within government and community to raise awareness, proactively developing processes and protocols to support effective compliance and enforcement.

Holding a relevant degree level qualification or equivalent or with a compatible and substantial track record, you will have a Personal Survival Techniques or Basic Sea Survival Certificate and a Seafarers Medical Certificate, or be willing to obtain these prior to deployment. You must have experience as an Enforcement Officer or in an enforcement background in a marine environment, including working at sea. With a clear understanding of fisheries and marine legislation, you must have strong communication, negotiation and diplomacy skills and be able to interpret rules and regulations, applying them to practical situations. Flexibility towards working hours will be essential.

We offer an extensive benefits package with 30 days leave pa, fare paid travel, freight, pension contribution and relocation allowance (see overseas vacancy information). An application form can be found at www.sthelenacareers.co.uk where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or email: shgukrep@sthelenagov.com. This is where applications must be sent and received by 9 May. Interviews will be held in London.

21 de abril de 2019

Voluntariado muy prometedor con mamíferos marinos en Australia

The Shark Bay Dolphin Project (SBDP) is seeking several dedicated research assistants for the upcoming fall field season (late July or early August through mid-December, 2019) in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

The SBDP is a long-term research project run by Professor Janet Mann of
Georgetown University, and is one of the longest running marine mammal
research projects in the world. The SBDP has been collecting behavioral,
life-history, ecological, and genetic data on Indo-Pacific bottlenose
dolphins since the mid 1980s. This field season is part of an ongoing PhD
project studying the costs of reproduction to female dolphins in the face
of allied sexual harassment and coercion, as well as the behavioral
strategies females use to mitigate these costs.

Field work is demanding and requires long hours both on and off the water,
but spending time with the dolphins is incredibly fun and rewarding. Field
assistants will gain valuable research experience and may have the
opportunity to contribute to co-authored publications. We particularly
encourage those interested in pursuing graduate school in behavioral
ecology or marine mammalogy to apply.


Timeframe:
~5 months


Field site:
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Monkey Mia is approximately 900km north of Perth and is part of the largest
World Heritage site in Western Australia. Our field site is beautiful, and
includes incredible wildlife such as sharks, rays, turtles, dugongs,
whales, and of course, resident bottlenose dolphins. Monkey Mia is remote,
but we do have amenities including electricity and running water, reliable
cell phone service, and limited internet. Housing will be provided, and the
research team will share cooking responsibilities in a communal kitchen.



Job responsibilities:

Research assistants will help collect extensive behavioral data from the
boat, including surveys and 3-hour focal follows on individual dolphins.
Boat work is dependent on weather, but even on windy days we need to be
ready to pack up and quickly get out on the water if the wind drops. Days
on the water can be consecutive, long, and tiring in variable environmental
conditions. This season, we will also be conducting opportunistic genetic
biopsy sampling, and we may use drones to collect video footage of the
dolphins. Days on land require extensive, and tedious, data entry and
processing.

Most of your time will be spent:
-Searching for and spotting dolphins
-Photographing dolphins
-Driving the boat
-Scribing data during surveys and focals
-Entering dolphin sightings and environmental data into the computer
-Doing basic maintenance and equipment prep and cleaning


Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate with a science background and
a genuine interest in marine mammal science and behavior. This position is
well suited for recent graduates of marine biology, animal behavior,
zoology, ecology, genetics, or similar fields looking to gain additional
analytical and in-field experience. Applicants must be able to work closely
with a small team (3-4 people). We not only work together, but also live,
cook, and eat together, so being mature and a strong team player is
critical.


The candidate must:

-Possess basic computer skills
-Be detail oriented, flexible, and patient
-Possess excellent verbal and communication skills
-Work well both independently and in a team
-Be fluent in English
-Have prior research experience (preferably fieldwork)
-Be comfortable on a boat
-Be prepared to work long, consecutive days, including weekends


The most essential qualifications are that you are flexible, conscientious and hard-working, and are excited about the research.



Salary/funding:

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, all travel and living
expenses (flights, visas, housing and food) will be fully covered by the
project. If you have any student loans, or other moderate monthly expenses,
that could prevent you from accepting this position, please apply anyway.
If you are selected we may be able to use other sources of funding to cover
those expenses so that you can take the job. We particularly want to
encourage candidates from groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields
to apply.

If interested please email Molly McEntee at mhm95@georgetown.edu with the
subject line Research Assistant Last_Name. Application review will begin in
early May, and candidates will be evaluated until the position is filled.

In the email, please include:

1.     A cover letter describing your research interests, the skills and
strengths that you will bring to the position, and what you hope to gain
from the project and apply to your career. Please list the full range of
your skills, both practical (boat handling, photography, etc.) and academic
(statistics, computer programming, etc.).
2.     CV

3.     A copy of your unofficial transcript

4.    Email contacts for 2 references


20 de abril de 2019

Voluntariado con cetáceos en Canadá

Volunteer opportunity in Quebec, Canada - URGENT July - August 2019

Research team Member, English or French speaker

*Employer *: Mingan Island Cetacean Study, under the supervision of our
Research Coordinator.

Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit, charitable research
organization based in Longue Pointe de Mingan (Canada), dedicated to
ecological studies of marine mammals and marine ecosystems. Founded in
1979 by Richard Sears, MICS was the first organization to carry out
long-term research of cetaceans in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and first to
carry out long-term studies of the endangered blue whale. The principal
study areas include the Quebec North Shore in the Mingan Island /
Anticosti region, the Gaspe Peninsula and St. Lawrence Estuary. MICS
focuses on photo-identification for the following species: blue whale,
right whale, fin whale, humpback whale and minke whale. For more
information on our research, our ongoing projects and our scientific
publications, please visit our website: www.rorqual.com.

Our station also runs 2 outreach programs:
- Week-long ecotourism trips where the public joins us in the field as
we carry out our research activities and educate them about cetaceans
research and conservation; this helps us fund the research
- Museum visitors who come to learn about cetacean biology and ecology,
as well as the research work being done at the station
All team members actively participate in these 2 important programs.

We are looking for one person to become part of our team at MICS for the
2019 field research season, based in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Quebec,
Canada)

*Location**
*Mingan Island Cetacean Study field research station
378 Bord de la Mer
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
Quebec, G0G 1V0
Canada
*
*

*Dates**
*From July 1st to end of August/Beginning September, Full-time.

*Job description**
*Team members participate in all tasks required to conduct research in
the field and to help in any operational aspects. Days are spent at sea
and on land, based on weather and a rotating schedule.

- On land, at the station (70% of the time) :
o Data entry & management: : Data pre-processing (download, organising,
backup, photo-treatment, upload to matching software) logbook writing
with interns, data entry and maintenance.
o Matching (photo-identification using our dedicated software).
o Maintenance of the research equipment
o Education/outreach: guided museum visits
o Interaction and care for ecotourists (research and outdoor activities,
meal prep)

- At sea (30% of the time) :
o Visual monitoring of the research area
o Introduction to navigation at sea
o Data collection (Photo-Id, data recording, field notes, biological
sampling)
o Maintenance and preparation of the navigation and research equipment
at the start and end of the day
o Education and outreach for ecotourists on board
*
*

*Requirements**
*- Be 18 years old or more
- Education : Relevant university or college degree in progress
(Biology, ecology, environmental sciences, etc?) or recently graduated.
- Preference will be given to candidates showing an interest in joining
MICS on a long-term basis
- English speaker, French would be a bonus.
- Similar experience is preferable.
- MICS is a non-profit organisation, this is an unpaid position. New
team members have to cover their own transportation costs.
- Accommodation and food are provided by MICS for the entire duration of
their stay..
- New team members have to be flexible and able to work as part of a
team in sometimes difficult conditions (7 days / week, long hours at
sea, cold weather).
*
*

*Learning outcomes**
*New team members will gain experience and knowledge on our focus study
species, day-to-day ecological and biological fieldwork (on land and at
sea), biological sampling, data maintenance, basic navigation at sea,
operational aspects of a research station at sea and on land. They will
also gain confidence when interacting with the public, and live a rich
experience within a diverse and international team
*
*

*How to apply :**
*Please send a CV and cover letter to mics@rorqual.com, before APRIL 26,
2019.
Feel free to contact us via email for any further questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

The MICS Team

Oferta de doctorado en comunicación animal (Hong Kong)

*** A PhD position in Animal Communication, Chemical Ecology, and
Microbiome ***

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position to
work on animal communication on non-model species. A key focus of this
project is to understand how body odor affects animal communication,
and whether microbiome plays a role in it. The lab has several study
systems and is routinely using genomic technologies to study microbiome
and host genotypes. The PhD will have extensive opportunities to interact
with other lab members and collaborators and involve in different animal
behavior and evolutionary and ecological genomics projects.

Duration: This is a four-year full-time PhD position.

Start Date: any time in 2019 or early-2020.

Qualifications and requirement:
- BSc degree in biology or related fields (or will have completed a BSc
before the position start);
- High motivation and strong interest for behavioural ecology and
evolutionary biology;
- Proficiency in English;
- Background in molecular genetics, behavioural ecology, chemical
analysis, bioinformatics, genomics, evolutionary biology, or related
disciplines is desirable;
- Willingness to learn new skills in chemical analysis, molecular lab
work, bioinformatics, etc.

Study Environment: The University of Hong Kong is an English-speaking
institute and one of the most international universities in Asia. It has
a rank of 36 according to the Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2019.

A Postgraduate Scholarship will be offered, in addition to annual leave
and medical benefits

How to apply: Please send (1) a CV (including a list of publications),
(2) motivation letter describing research interests and skills, and (3)
contact details for 2-3 references to Dr. Simon Sin (sinyw@hku.hk). Review
of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled.


Simon Sin
Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building
The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong
www.simonywsin.com

19 de abril de 2019

Presentadores científicos para la Royal Institution de Londres

The Ri is looking for new people to join its small and talented team of presenters who are passionate about sharing their love for science. However, because we are the Ri we need people who are not only good in front of an audience, but also good behind the scenes. Our shows include a fair amount of content which can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and whilst we’re happy to provide some training, we are keen to work with people who already have the necessary knowledge and experience. So we are especially keen to hear from you if you have experience in one or more of cryo, pyro or compressed gases, to go alongside your top-notch presenting skills.

If you think you might fit the bill then there is a (really) short Survey Monkey form here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XPXMWFT where you can tell us about your experience. We also want to get a feel for you as a presenter, so it'll be great if you can point us to a short video where we can see you on stage in front of a live audience. And, if you’re not sure if you fit the bill then why not fill in the form anyway? After all, you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.



Applications will be open until 22 April. We look forward to hearing from you!



Dom and Fran



[Cross-posting for a larger sample size]



Dom McDonald Fran Scott

Head of Education Science Content Producer

e: dmcdonald@ri.ac.uk fscott@ri.ac.uk

Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

T: 020 7670 2966

www.rigb.org

18 de abril de 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics (Auburn, USA)

I am looking for a postdoc with research interests at the intersection of evolutionary, quantitative, and functional genomics. My lab is in the Biological Sciences Department at Auburn University and our research interests are centered on evolutionary and functional genomics of sexual dimorphism.

This position is funded by an NSF CAREER award and I envision
responsibility for projects related to this award as part of the
position. However, trainees will have support for pursuing their own
independent research interests and projects.

Our current research is focused on the role of hormone signaling
in sex-differential gene expression, sexual conflict and sexual
dimorphism of complex traits. Current students have projects
focused on the innate immune response, stress, and the response to
endocrine disruptors. My lab group uses Drosophila as a model system
to investigate our questions. I also have ongoing collaborations
on projects using the brown anole to investigate dimorphism in
aging (https://www.schwartzlab-ecoevolutionarygenomics.org/), in
comparative genomics of the innate immune response in acorn worms
(http://metazoan.auburn.edu/halanych/lab/), and in the role of stress in
variation in recombination (https://sites.google.com/site/lstevison/home).

My lab group also has a strong interest in teaching and outreach focused
on diversity and inclusion in STEM, and we would love to bring someone
in who is also interested in this aspect of our work. We participate
in two summer REUs (Computational Biology and Collaborative Approaches
among Scientists and Engineers) and sponsor summer research for high
school students from regional underserved schools.

A strong background in evolutionary genomics, functional genomics,
and/or quantitative genetics and science communication, organizational,
and management skills are desired. The applicant should have a strong
work ethic, and is expected to develop new ideas that promote current
research and their own future independence. The post-doc will be expected
to assist with training graduate and undergraduate students in the lab,
develop synergistic projects, write grants, produce first authored papers,
and contribute to co-authored papers. I hope that the post-doc will
also have enthusiasm for participating in development of new teaching
approaches (integrating our research into education at Auburn), our
ongoing outreach and/or novel outreach projects.

Applicants will have:
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- A record of being a productive and creative member of a research team
- Have come proficiency or a strong interest in bioinformatics (we can
  provide training!)
- Produce high quality research (as evidenced by first authored
  publications)
- Work effectively and collegially with others
- Be respectful and supportive of students and peers

Other traits not required, but ideal:
- Ability to code in at least one programming language
- Experience with *nix and using an HPC
- Experience with best practices for analyzing RNA-seq data
- Some familiarity with statistical or quantitative genetics
- Molecular biology lab skills (e.g. RNA extraction and library preps)

Full support is available for one year, with up to two additional
years possible pending satisfactory performance and available
funds. Selected applicants will also benefit from funds to travel to
national meetings annually, opportunities for mentoring experience and
career development. Additional lab funds for independent projects are
available with written proposals. Anticipated start date is August 2019.

The selected applicant would be joining a strong research community in
the Southeastern US. Nearby universities/research facilities (within
2 hours) include UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory, Hudson Alpha, and UAB. The
wider SE Community also includes UF, Clemson, UNC, and Duke with local
area meetings annually to network within this community. Applicants
must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field. The candidate selected for
this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in
the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and
continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Those from
groups that are underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

This announcement is informal in nature and candidates of interest will
be asked to submit a formal application for complete consideration after
initial screening. If interested, please send a cover letter/statement
of interest with a list of relevant skills, a CV, including a list of
peer-reviewed publications, and contact information for two references by
email to Rita Graze at rmgraze (at) auburn (dot) edu  References will not
be contacted unless the applicant is under serious consideration. Please
note our mail system is limited to 25Mb messages. Please use
"Evolutionary Genomics Postdoc Position" in the subject line. Receipt
of application will be confirmed within 3 days. Review of applications
will begin May 1, 2019, and continue until a hire is in the works.

Rita Graze <rmg0022@auburn.edu>

17 de abril de 2019

Curso gratis online de SIG

We just released a new MOOC on Geographic Information Systems (Part 1).
This english version is based on a previous french speaking course elaborated in the context of a collaborative project between the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL MOOCs), Switzerland, the Centre Universitaire de Recherche et d'Application en Teledetection (CURAT) - Universite Felix HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY in Abidjan-Cocody (Ivory Coast) and the Department of Geomatics at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) in Dakar, Senegal.

More information and link to the MOOC "Geographical Information Systems - Part1" available here

Direct link from the Coursera website is: https://www.coursera.org/learn/gis-1/
A "Moocsig" Facebook page and related group for both english and french languages are available here.
The group constitutes an exchange forum between participants and teachers:https://www.facebook.com/moocsig

16 de abril de 2019

Postdoc on conservation genomics between New Zealand and Hawaii

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a Marsden-funded research
project titled ﹕esolving the genomic architecture of hatching failure to
improve conservation of endangered birds' and will involve conducting
genomic research on two critically endangered birds, the Alala (Hawaii) and
Kakapo (New Zealand). The project will combine genomic and bioinformatic
analyses with the conservation management of these threatened species, with
the successful applicant spending time in both New Zealand (University of
Otago) and Hawaii (University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Keauhou Bird
Conservation Center, both of which are on the Island of Hawaii).

Your Skills and Experience:
- A PhD and research experience in conservation genetics, evolutionary
genetics or genomics of diploid organisms is essential.
- Experience in population genomic and bioinformatic analyses is essential.
- Experience with whole genome analyses is desirable.
- Experience with different types of phenotype-genotype analyses is an
advantage (e.g. genome-wide association studies (GWAS), analysis of runs of
homozygosity (ROH)).
- Experience with analysis of pedigrees is an advantage.
- Good knowledge of conservation biology and conservation genetics,
including inbreeding and inbreeding depression, is an advantage.
- Knowledge of avian biology, ecology, and animal behaviour is an advantage.


Further details and how to apply can be found here:
https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1900793

This role is a full-time, fixed term position for three years and is
available from 1 July 2019.

Specific enquiries may be directed to the Principal Investigators of the
Marsden funded project:
Associate Professor Bruce Robertson, Department of Zoology, University of
Otago (bruce.robertson@otago.ac.nz; Tel: +64 21 279 4110)
or
Dr Jolene Sutton, University of Hawai█ at Hilo (jtsutton@hawaii.edu; Tel:
+1 808 932 7183)

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