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23 de noviembre de 2020

Puesto de bioinformático en un proyecto de filogenómica en el IBE (Barcelona)

Oferta compartida por Nuria

The Metazoa Phylogenomics Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) is seeking to hire a Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist.

About IBE:

The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) was founded in 2008 as a joint Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It is located in Barcelona (Spain), in front of the Mediterranean.

The mission of the IBE is to address biodiversity studies describing functional and evolutionary genomics at all levels of observation: molecular, biochemical, physiological, and morphological. The IBE is the only research center in Catalonia and Spain which completely devotes its research to evolutionary biology, and it is currently a reference in Southern Europe. Nowadays, IBE activity involves more than 130 people and 24 research groups distributed in 5 scientific programs related to Evolutionary Biology research. 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 Metazoa Phylogenomics Lab:

The overarching goal of the lab is to understand how animals reshape their genomes to generate their vast diversity and to adapt to the different environments. For that, we generate and interrogate genomic and transcriptomic data through the lens of phylogenomics. Our favorite creatures are arthropods and annelids, but our interest often transcends the level of phylum to understand animal genome evolution at a macroevolutionary scale. We are committed to maintaining a respectful, inclusive, and friendly working environment for all staff and students, as well as promoting your personal and career development.

Rosa Fernández joined IBE as a Group Leader in January 2020, so this is a chance to help build a lab from the ground up and contribute your knowledge and passion to the group and its culture. The lab is a part of the Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Program at IBE. This position is funded by an ERC Starting Grant to understand the genomic basis of terrestrialization across animals.

About the role:
  • Lead efforts in the lab to develop methods and resources for non-model organisms, and use these resources and pipelines to address novel questions in genome assembly and annotation, phylogenomics and comparative genomics.
  • Work closely with the other team members to advise and help on analysis of sequencing data and other biological 'big data'.
  • Manage the computational resources of the lab, including data storage, computing resources and databases.

About you:
  • PhD in evolutionary biology, computational biology, bioinformatics or a related field, or a Masters degree with at least 3 years of experience with bioinformatics methods.
  • Excellent programming skills in languages commonly used in bioinformatics (such as Python or R). 
  • Fluency with Linux shell scripting and high performance computing.
  • Strong background in computational and evolutionary biology.
  • High motivation and efficiency; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written).

Additional information:

Application deadline: 20th December 2020
Contract: Full-time, 12 months (with possibility of yearly renewal up to 5 years)
Location: Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain
Starting date: March 2021

The position is available for 12 months, with the possibility of further renewal for several consecutive years. Starting date is expected in March 2021 or as soon as possible afterwards.

Interviews will be held in early January either in person or via video conference depending on travel  needs and current restrictions; no particular preference will be given to candidates who are able
to interview in person. We are committed to diversity and especially encourage women and members of underrepresented communities to apply.

If you are interested in the position, please send your CV and motivation letter to this link:

IMPORTANT: Please name your documents as follows: ‘CV_your_name.pdf’ and ‘Motivation_letter_your_name.pdf’

Questions? Feel free to contact Rosa Fernandez (
More information about her lab here

22 de noviembre de 2020

Financiación para proyectos de investigación sobre biodiversidad en colaboración con científicos franceses

Through its Center for Biodiversity Synthesis and Analysis (CESAB), the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research will open on the 12th of October a call for research projects, to fund at least three innovative projects relating to the synthesis of ideas and concepts and/or the analysis of existing data. The main aim of these projects should be to improve scientific knowledge of biodiversity and demonstrate how we can use this knowledge to better protect it. The submitted projects can deal with any topic related to biodiversity, in the fields of natural sciences or human and social sciences.

The selected projects will be funded for a period of three years, including: the recruitment of a post-doctoral student for two years, the organization of six meetings of the working group at CESAB and the promotion and publication of the results. The CESAB will also provide logistical, technical and administrative support.

Members of CESAB projects share their scientific expertise, available data and modeling tools to answer a wide range of biodiversity questions at all spatial and temporal scales. Composed of a maximum of 14 experts, each selected project must be coordinated by a recognized scientist attached to a French research organization.

Pre-proposal deadline: 1st December 2020

More information:

21 de noviembre de 2020

Oferta de doctorado estudiando los efectos de la polución en el canto de las aves en Reino Unido

I would like to advertise a RHUL-funded PhD Studentship, supervised by Prof. Elli Leadbetter and myself (Rob Lachlan) at Royal Holloway University of London. The topic of the studentship is: Pollution and Bird Song Learning.

More details about the topic can be found here:

and here:

The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 6th January, but I would urge any interested student to contact me well in advance at

Best wishes,

Rob Lachlan

Dr R.F.Lachlan
Lecturer in Psychology,
Department of Psychology
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

Office: Wolfson Laboratory 3.43/3
Phone: +44 1784 443710

20 de noviembre de 2020

Proyecto de máster en Francia estudiando simbiontes guerreros vegetales

Advisor: Enric Frago (CIRAD-CBGP) – Ideal period: March-August 2021

Host lab: Centre for Biology and Management of Populations (CBGP), Montpellier

Plants are sessile organisms that can not avoid herbivores by running away, but they can defend themselves using a very elaborate immune system. Upon insect attack plants are able to form defensive morphological structures, to accumulate toxic compounds in their leaves, or to emit defensive volatiles. Scientists are increasingly aware that these defences can be stimulated by plant microbial symbionts. These symbionts often colonize plant roots and mostly include bacteria and fungi like plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria, plant-growth promoting fungi, and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. These symbionts have been shown to help plants mount a quicker and stronger anti-herbivore response in plants.

In this project we will perform laboratory experiments to study the role of a mycorrhizal fungi in tomato, and their impact on whiteflies and on whitefly parasitoid wasps (an important group of whitefly natural enemies). Although mycorrhizal mediation of insect-plant interactions is known in some systems, cascading effects on parasitoid wasps are little explored. In addition, most studies are performed during a single insect generation (i.e. short-term), and we aim here at exploring mycorrhizal effects over multiple insect generations (i.e. long-term). To achieve this, we will use population cages to study the dynamics of whiteflies and their parasitoid wasps in plants with or without mycorrhizal fungi.

The project will take place in the Centre for Biology and Management of Populations (CBGP) in Montpellier under the supervision of Enric Frago, who is researcher at Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD). This M2 project is funded by the French Research Agency (ANR) and is part of a larger project called INTOMED (Innovative tools to combat crop pests in the Mediterranean). The INTOMED project involves a total of 5 countries around the Mediterranean region (Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and France). The overall objective of INTOMED is to identify, develop, validate and promote effective and sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools by (a) exploiting beneficial interactions between plants and soil-borne microbes and (b) identifying naturally derived key molecules (peptides, metabolites and RNAs) to enhance the resistance of economically important Mediterranean crops against major agricultural arthropod pests and pathogens, as well as by (c) assessing the social acceptability of the proposed tools by end-users.

We are looking for a M2 student for the period of March to August 2020. The ideal candidate will have some experience with insects, a strong interest in insect-plant interactions and good capacities in statistics. Knowledge of basic microbiology techniques will be a plus. The candidate should be able to perform independent research and to write in a clear and concise way his/her M2 rapport. If interested please send your CV and a short email of motivation to: You can check Enric’s personal webpage here:

19 de noviembre de 2020

Beca de 2000 USD para formarte en divulgación científica

The ICRS Science Communication Fellowship (SCF) is a new award for an ICRS member at any career stage in any type of position (e.g., academic, NGO, government, private sector, other) to gain science communication skills through a workshop, course, internship, or some other equivalent experience. Examples are listed on the application form.

In this first pilot year, $2,000 USD are available to an individual Fellow. The fellow will be expected to complete their training activities by 15 July 2021 and attend the ICRS2021 (in person or virtually) in July 2021 as a science communicator and provide science communication content to ICRS for posting to ICRS facebook, twitter, and the ICRS2021 media outlets. The fellow will also write a short article for the Society’s Reef Encounter publication and be an active member of the ICRS Communications Committee.

Applications must include a completed application form and a 2-page CV. The form can be found here. Applications are due by 15 December 2020 to the ICRS Education Committee Chair Dr. James Crabbe at

Instructions for locating your ICRS Membership ID Number can be found here.

Oferta de trabajo en consultoría ambiental en Barcelona

Anthesis Lavola, consultora líder en soluciones y servicios de sostenibilidad global selecciona un profesional freelance para apoyar la realización de proyectos de evaluación ambiental, tanto estratégica como de impacto ambiental.


Redacción de documentos de evaluación ambiental estratégica
Realización de documentos de evaluación de impacto ambiental


Formación universitaria superior con relación a la materia (Ciencias Ambientales, Biología, Geografía…) y conocimiento y experiencia demostrable en proyectos de evaluación ambiental.
Habilidades y/o competencias: Persona con iniciativa, sistemática, organizada y facilidad para el trabajo en equipo
Idiomas: catalán y castellano (se valorará inglés nivel C).
Informática: capacidad de trabajo con Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG)


Estar dado de alta en el RETA como trabajador por cuenta propia (autónomo)
Portátil y acceso a internet
Ubicación: se valorarán candidatos de toda Cataluña


Colaborar con una organización que trabaja para conseguir un mundo más sostenible
Interesante compensación económica

18 de noviembre de 2020

Postdoc para jugar con ornitodatos de ciencia ciudadana en Sudáfrica

Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Statistics / Biodiversity Informatics at UCT, Cape Town

We are looking for a postdoc with skills in statistical ecology to join the centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation (SEEC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on the project South Africa Wetlands Biodiversity Data Pipeline (see for more info about SEEC). The project is funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation through the South African National Biodiversity Insititute (SANBI), in collaboration with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), SeaScape Belgium, the FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology and the Kenya BirdMap team. The overall project is led by Nancy Job at SANBI and the UCT-based part is led by Res Altwegg and Vernon Visser. The postdoc will be based at SEEC within the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town and co-mentored by Res Altwegg, Vernon Visser, Andrew Skowno (SANBI) and Francis Strobbe (SeaScape Belgium).

This project aims to improve and leverage two citizen science-based freshwater bird monitoring data sets which are rich in detail, one consisting of bird counts ( and the other one consisting of checklist data
( The project will develop data pipelines that use state-of-the art statistical tools (state-space models and occupancy models) to extract policy-relevant information from the data and serve this information to decision makers in an online dashboard.

We are looking for a person with a PhD either in ecology with a strong statistical component, in applied statistics with a strong ecological component or in biodiversity informatics with a strong statistical component. Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong quantitative skills, have experience working with large data sets and have experience with hierarchical models. Prior experience with occupancy models, state-space models and modeling spatial data would all be of advantage.

Conditions of Award

· The fellowship is only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past five years.
· Applicants may not previously have held any full-time academic or professional posts.
· The successful candidate will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town.
· The successful candidate will be required to comply with the university's approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Value and tenure
The value of the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is R350,000 per annum for up to two years. The second year will be contingent on satisfactory academic progress. The fellowship does not include any benefits. The fellowship is compliant with the SARS policies/rules and is therefore exempt from taxation.
Preferred starting date is 1 March 2021.

Application Process
To apply, send a letter of application, a CV including a list of publications, conference presentations and software expertise, together with copies of academic transcripts, a copy of the relevant thesis (if no publications have emerged from this work yet), and names (and contact details) from two academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant.
Applications (preferably by email) should be sent to:
Sharon Bosma, Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa,
For more information contact Res Altwegg ( or Vernon Visser (

Selection process
Selection of eligible candidates will be made by the team of project leaders. Applications that are incomplete, late or inappropriate will be disqualified. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to: disqualify ineligible, incomplete, inappropriate and/or late applications, and to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.

Trabaja redactando proyectos de evaluación e inventarios ambientales en Madrid

 Buscamos Consultor Ambiental para participar principalmente en la redacción de proyectos de Evaluación Ambiental e Inventarios Ambientales. Deberá contar con un manejo avanzado del entorno Office (procesadores de texto y hojas de cálculo) y conocimientos avanzados de ArcGIS (vectorial y ráster) y AutoCAD. Entre sus funciones se encontrarán:

  • Elaboración de todo tipo de informes para la evaluación ambiental de planes, programas y proyectos (Estudio de impacto ambiental, documentos ambientales, etc.).
  • Seguimiento a la tramitación de expedientes.
  • Análisis técnico y búsqueda de información.
  • Análisis y estudio de sinergias de planes y proyectos vigentes y concurrentes.
  • Elaboración de inventarios y censos de fauna y flora.
  • Elaboración de documentación técnica medioambiental para incorporar en proyectos.
  • Elaboración de cartografía propia y análisis GIS.
  • Apoyo al departamento de medio ambiente en diversas funciones.
  • Desarrollo de documentación.


  • Licenciado, Máster o graduado en titulación acorde.
  • Al menos 4-5 años de experiencia en proyectos de evaluación ambiental con conocimiento detallado del procedimiento de evaluación de impacto ambiental y normativa aplicable, habiéndola aplicado en trabajos a escala nacional y autonómica.
  • Conocimiento de campo.
  • Conocimiento y soltura en manejo de entorno Windows y office.
  • Imprescindible manejo de software de sistemas de información geográfica: ArcGIS, QGIS, tanto a nivel vectorial como ráster (se realizará prueba práctica).
  • Manejo de AutoCAD.
  • Nivel avanzado de inglés (C1 Advanced o equivalente), siendo muy valorable el dominio de otro idioma.
  • Capacidad de redacción de informes, habilidades sociales, comunicación, trabajo en equipo, resolución de problemas, autonomía, flexibilidad y rigor técnico.
  • Disponibilidad para Movilidad nacional e internacional.
  • Se valorará conocimientos y habilidades previas en modelización de dispersión de calidad de aire o impactos acústicos.
  • Valoración en conocimientos previos en R.

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