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10 de julio de 2020

Haz el doctorado en Suiza estudiando genética de plantas (con viajes frecuentes a Alemania y USA)

PhD position in plant evolutionary biology, University of Zurich.
University of Zurich, Dept. of systematic and Evolutionary Botany

RESEARCH PROJECT: Genetic basis of hornwort carbon-concentrating

Biophysical carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) operating at the
single-cell level have evolved independently in some eukaryotic algae and
a single lineage of land plants, the hornworts. An essential component
for an efficient biophysical CCM is a pyrenoid, which represents a
specialized compartment inside chloroplasts that mainly comprise the
CO2-fixing enzyme RuBisCO. Hornworts with pyrenoids fix significantly
more carbon than their relatives without pyrenoids. Given the repeated
gains and losses of pyrenoids in hornworts during the last 50 million
years, we may assume that their assembly is potentially controlled by a
few master regulators of eco-evolutionary relevance. In a joint effort,
we will combine comparative -omics with reverse genetics tools to study
the genetics, function, and molecular basis of pyrenoid-based CCM in
hornwort plastids under different environmental conditions. Guided by
ultrastructure-based monitoring of the pyrenoid assembly in hornworts,
we aim to identify the genetic toolkit of biophysical CCM in hornworts
through two interdependent approaches: First, we aim to predict candidate
CCM components in silico though a set of homology searches that compare
the hornwort gene set with algal CCM component. Second, we employ an
exploratory gene and protein (co)expression profiling of isolated plastids
collected under low vs. high CO2 concentrations and under flooding. A
strength of our experimental design is that we contrast up to three
pairs of pyrenoid bearing and pyrenoid lacking hornwort species. Finally,
we will investigate pyrenoid functionality under various environmental
conditions. Specifically, we aim to conduct localization and functional
validation analyses for a core set of genes discovered in our CCM gene
prediction approaches. These experiments are possible through our recent
advances to establish Anthoceros agrestis and other hornwort species as a
tractable model system. Together, our collaborative project will not only
allow a comparison of the mechanisms of pyrenoid assembly between algae
and hornworts, but also reveal general principles and species-specific
innovations in the evolution of carbon-concentrating plastids. Above that,
focusing on and understanding the basis of land plant CCM instead of
only the algal form could eventually contribute to efficiently engineer
pyrenoid assembly and boost photosynthetic efficiency of crops. Relevant

This project is founded (initially for three years) by the German National
Science Foundation (DFG) MadLand ( program to
Peter Szovenyi and Susann Wicke. The project requires collaborative work
including frequent visits to Germany and to the USA (Fay-Wei Li`s lab
at Cornell).

The Dept. of Systematic Botany hosts research groups working on
the evolutionary and ecological drivers of biodiversity, on the
macroevolution of plants, on plant-insect interactions/pollination,
on the evolution of mating systems, hybridization and speciation. The
Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology hosts many groups working on plant
molecular and developmental biology, epigenetics, community genomics and
plant adaptation. Both institutes are housed in the beautiful Botanical
Gardens and host a diverse community of researchers in plant biology.

Ideal candidates will have an MSc in biology with a specialization in
evolution, developmental genetics and/or bioinformatics. This position
primarily involves reverse genetic, microscopy, gas exchange measurements
and bioinformatic work and requires advanced skills in handling, analyzing
and interpreting high-throughput next-generation sequencing data. Good
skills in assembling vectors, carrying out genetic transformations and
microscopy are also required. Previous experience with Chlamydomonas
pyrenoids is a plus but not necessary. In case not all these skills
are covered, the willingness to quickly acquire them is absolutely
necessary. The student will closely work together with the second
PhD student/postdoctoral associate in Germany on this grant. Students
should be willing to work both in the wet lab and in the office doing
computational work. The position is initially for three years. Selected
candidates will be enrolled in one of the two affiliated PhD schools in
evolution or plant sciences.

CLOSING DATE: The position is opened until filled, but all application
material including CV, a summary of research experience, a letter of
motivation, copies of relevant publications (published or submitted)
and names and contact information of three reference persons sent as
a single pdf file should be received by 31th July 2020 to ensure full
consideration. The position will start at the earliest possible date,
but it is negotiable (at the latest in September 2020). Candidates should
indicate in a cover letter when they could take up the position.

Please send all application material with the following subject line
“PhD_hornwort_pyrenoid” to: Peter Szovenyi,,
as a single pdf document. For enquiries please contact Peter Szovenyi

Peter Szovenyi
University of Zurich
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany (ISEB)
Zollikerstr 107
CH-8008 Zurich
Phone: (+41) 044 63 48440

Búsqueda de candidatos para solicitud de los contratos postdoctorales EMERGIA

Se busca investigador posdoctoral interesado en solicitar la convocatoria postdoctoral EMERGIA para investigar dentro del grupo Regulación de la Expresión génica y cáncer (CTS-993) del Centro de Investigación Genómica y Oncológica (

Nuestro laboratorio estudia el papel de los reguladores de la expresión génica en cáncer. En concreto el papel de los ARN no codificantes y los complejos remodeladores de cromatina en el desarrollo tumoral.

Más información sobre el grupo se puede encontrar en

Publicaciones recientes del grupo:
•       Carlos Baliñas, et al Jose A. Martínez-Climent, Almudena R. Ramiro, Medina PP✉. Recurrent mutations on amino-terminal BCL7A domain promote diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Leukemia 2020

•       Marta Cuadros et al Medina PP✉. Expression of the long non-coding RNA TCL6 is associated with clinical outcome in pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood Cancer 2019 doi:10.1038/s41408-019-0258-9 Article featured in the special issue: The best of Blood Cancer Journal 2019.

•       Joel Martín-Padrón et al Medina PP✉. Plakophilin 1 enhances MYC expression, promoting squamous cell lung cancer. Oncogene 2020. doi:10.1038/s41388-019-1129-3 Article featured in the special issue: The best of Oncogene 2019.

Requisitos de la convocatoria:

Interesad@s por favor envíen su CV y preguntas a:

9 de julio de 2020

Coordina un proyecto de conservación marina en Fiji

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Reporting to: Operations Managers

Responsible to: The Directors of the Society & the Operations Managers, London HQ

Location: Marine Field Projects in Fiji


Responsible for the successful running of the project including management of volunteers, logistics and administration of the project

To ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and field staff involved in the project, dealing with any medical incidents should they arise, being ready to initiate and implement an emergency medical evacuation procedure if necessary.
Management, support and development of volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project.
Organisation and supervision of camp activities and the schedule of Research Assistants camp duties. Preparation of a camp work schedule taking into account all relevant safety, physical, logistic and financial considerations.
To manage local Frontier employees, camp assistant, driver, guards, as appropriate including payment of wages as and when necessary.
Administration and control of project budget, ensuring that expenditure does not exceed allocated funds. Over spending will be recovered from future budgets.
To develop proposals for work with other potential sites/organizations (including site visits and meetings as and when required).

To oversee and arrange arrival of new volunteers and project staff, arranging immigration, visas, work permits, transport, accommodation and briefing volunteers and staff on all aspects of country life upon their arrival in country.
To ensure that all volunteers / research assistants are deployed constructively, usefully and enjoyably and will ensure the discipline and good behaviour of all members of the project.
To act as deputy to the Principle Investigator and take on overall leadership of the project should the necessity arise.
To send through RA updates to LHQ during weeks 1, 4 and 10 of projects
To send situation reports through to LHQ each Tuesday.
To send quarterly and mid-phase reports to LHQ to set deadlines including reporting on accounts, logistics, staff, equipment inventories and risk assessments.
To oversee the maintenance, servicing and repair of all project equipment and camp as necessary.


Contract Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided on camp.

Travel: Capped contribution towards international airfare provided, plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Insurance: Employer’s liability insurance provided.

Subsistence: Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided for time spent off project site.

Salary: £150 per quarter, plus £150-250 end of contract bonus.

Training: BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.



First aid qualification
Undergraduate qualification in biological/ecological science
Knowledge of environmental conservation and methodology

Experience of working in the field
Experience managing and supporting volunteers
Experience of budget management
Experience of report writing
Experience of project and camp management

Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills
Proven leadership skills
Administrative & time management skills
Demonstrable commitment to conservation
Technically orientated
Off road 4WD skills
Knowledge of local language
Boat-handling experience
Expedition Management skills
Qualified SCUBA diver (for marine projects) (minimum BSAC Sports Diver/PADI Advanced Open Water)

Personal Attributes:
Resilient & adaptable, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions
Professional approach
Ability to motivate and support others
Physical fitness

To apply for this job email your details to

8 de julio de 2020

Coordinador de voluntarios y responsable de cuidado animal en un centro de recuperación de fauna de Costa Rica

Wild Sun Rescue Center is a non-profit organization located in Cabuya, Costa Rica. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local wildlife, and are involved in the reintroduction of locally extinct species (e.g. scarlet macaw and Geoffroy’s spider monkey) and other conservation projects, including howler monkey post-release monitoring.

Wild Sun is recruiting an internship coordinator/animal care manager to 1) develop and supervise research projects and educational activities benefiting the conservation impact of the rescue center conducted by 12-week internship students, and 2) co-manage our wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

Development and implementation of the intern wildlife biology research and conservation education programme
Recruitment, supervision and training of interns, with the aim of having 4-6 interns on site at all times
Preparation of project proposals and reports, supervision of data collection and analysis and publication of results in scientific journals
Volunteer orientation, training and supervision in animal intensive care and pre-release
Monitoring general enquiries from public and the emergency phone line
Animal rescues & releases
Animal intake, triage & handling
On call and animal care shifts
General site management
Education and outreach (including fundraising & social media)


Candidates should have a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation, and experience in independent research and scientific writing. A post-graduate degree in wildlife biology/zoology/ecology/conservation is highly preferred, and qualifications/experience in carrying out/publishing research, animal rehabilitation/husbandry/captive management is desired. Candidates should also have an advanced level of English, and a willingness to learn Spanish.

We are looking for someone with excellent written/oral communication skills and the ability to train and manage interns and volunteers. Candidates must be positive, flexible, mature, willing to work as a team and motivate others.

Room/board (3 daily meals, 6 days a week + breakfast on Saturdays)
$325 monthly base payment plus $75 per intern (with the aim of having 4-6 interns at all times)
1 week of vacation coinciding with every border run (every 90 days) plus 2 weeks off at end of year.

Please send your CV and cover letter to Jeremy Levine:

For more information please visit our webpage:

7 de julio de 2020

Buscan naturalista para un parque natural de Texas

Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the only City of Houston Park that allows overnight camping. It is almost 5000 acres of wilderness right outside of the Houston city limits. We are looking for a Seasonal Naturalist to join our team in the fall. The candidate must be willing to live at the park and work weekends and some holidays. Housing is provided and the pay is $12 per hour.

This position is from August- December with possible chance of continuing through the spring season.

Any candidate MUST be comfortable working around snakes, spiders and other animals.

Main duties include working at the Nature Center and assisting the Park Naturalist with all operations. Including:

-Animal care for a variety on invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and fish

-Write educational programs and present them to the public on a weekly basis.

-Assist the park reservation staff and provide assistance at the front gate

-Complete a project specifically assigned to help improve the park/ Nature Center

-Assist with all aspects of park operations, grounds maintenance, and facility maintenance


- Undergraduate with senior standing or recent graduate in a related field (Biology, wildlife, conservation, forestry, education, environmental studies etc.)

-Must have at least 1 years related experience

-Must have, or be able to obtain a Texas Driver’s License

-Must be able to work a 40-hour work week and work every weekend

-Have a strong interest in the parks field/education field

-Experience with animal care is desired

-Individuals must be detail oriented, organized, motivated and able to work with minimal supervision

Send cover letter and resume to

All applications will not be reviewed until the end of the application period (Deadline Jul 24, 2020)

6 de julio de 2020

Oferta de trabajo ayudando a una ONG internacional a conseguir fondos para la conservación e investigación de carnívoros silvestres

(English below)

- CREW foundation es una ONG trabajando en más de 8 países, centrada en la conservación e investigación de carnívoros silvestres.
- El puesto de trabajo se centra en la búsqueda de recursos y fondos para proyectos de conservación.
- Se requiere un mínimo de experiencia profesional en este campo. No se requiere titulación universitaria.
- Sede de la fundación: Lleida (España)
- Posibilidad teletrabajo parcial. 
- Salario según experiencia. 
- Posibilidad de alojamiento y formación en la sede de CREW foundation.

Fecha límite: 20/07/20
Para realizar la solicitud o más información enviar CV a:

JOB OFFER CREW foundation
Funding search job position

- CREW foundation is an international non-profit organization, dedicated to the study and research on the conservation of biodiversity and nature. In addition, it carries out specific projects that directly involve the protection and preservation of wild carnivores and other vulnerable wildlife species.

- The job is focused on finding financial resources and funds for conservation and environmental projects. The functions are based on the search for such grants in accordance with the established deadlines, writing, organization, approach and correct presentation of the same.

- A minimum of professional experience in this field is required and an environmental academic degree is valued.

- Foundation headquarters : Lleida (Spain)

- Possibility of partial teleworking.

- Salary according to experience level.

- Possibility of accommodation and training at CREW foundation headquarters.

- Deadline: 20/07/20

To apply or for more information send your CV to:

Facebook: CREW foundation
Instagram: crewfound_official

Puesto de comunicación: #ComunicaCiencia para la Physiological Society en Londres

An exciting opportunity to join the communications team at The
Physiological Society has arisen! We have a maternity cover position for
a Digital Communications Manager (6 months), planning, coordinating and
executing The Society’s digital communications output to deliver The
Society’s strategic objectives. The successful candidate will be
primarily responsible for designing content for our digital channels,
i.e. producing video, audio and graphics.

For more information, visit the job listing on our website:

If you have any questions about this job, please feel free to contact

5 de julio de 2020

Ten-month demonstratorship in Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology at the University of Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon, France

The master program in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management (more information at at the Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté in Dijon (eastern France), is seeking a demonstrator to teach a variety of courses in Behavioural Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Biostatistics. In particular, the demonstrator will assist the academic staff in the development of online, online/hybrid and face-to-face courses ensuring student comprehension, retention of knowledge and positive and effective student engagement. Job duties also include some research and service with a strong focus on teaching.
We are offering a ten-month tenure-track appointment beginning in Fall 2020.
The applicants are expected to have a PhD and research track record in behavioural ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field, to have a good knowledge of English (the language that is used for instruction), to have competence in the statistical analysis of ecological data, and to be familiar with appropriate methods for delivering content via current e-learning technology.The net salary will be on the salary scheme for technical staff (at the level "ingénieur de recherche") at French universities, i.e. about 1800€ per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. An additional bonus associated with lecturing will be available up to 2000 € for the whole duration of the position.
Applications should be sent by e-mail to Professor Frank Cézilly (, not later than 15th August. They should consist of a single PDF-file containing a letter with a personal statement outlining your research/teaching interests, how this position fits into your career plan, as well as relevant work experience, a detailed CV including a publication list with journal impact factors, and contact information for two references.


Professeur Frank Cézilly (PRCE2, HDR)
Membre honoraire de l'Institut Universitaire de France
Professeur associé à l'Université d'Etat d'Haïti
Président de l'Association Caribaea Initiative
Université de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 6282 Biogéosciences

4 de julio de 2020

Ofertas de master y doctorado para estudiar aves en Canada

MSc and/or PhD positions in avian evolutionary physiology
Position background: My research group is seeking 1-2 MSc/PhD students
interested in lab and/or field studies of avian physiology. Areas of
planned research include: the impact of temperature during development on
adult physiology, climatic warming as a constraint on activity in wild
birds, and factors that impact the fine-scale movements of individuals
in the field (using automated radio-telemetry). Specific thesis topics
are flexible, and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas.

Requirements: You should have an interest in animal
physiology/evolutionary physiology. Experience and/or interest in use of R
would be an asset (although not required). To apply for an MSc, you will
require a B.Sc. Hons (or equivalent) in Biology or a related field. PhD
applicants will require a completed MSc or equivalent, by the start
date. Positions are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents,
but strong international candidates are encouraged to apply. We seek a
diversity of ideas and perspectives in the lab, so we especially welcome
applicants from under-represented groups.

Funding: The minimum stipend for an MSc student is $19,274 for each of
2 years; a PhD student is $21,274 for each of 4 years. Students holding
external funding are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Please send an email with your CV, a brief
statement of research interests and an unofficial transcript to: Enquires are also welcome.

Start date: Jan 2021. Applications will be considered until positions
are filled.

Links to the Graduate program and Department of Biology are found at:

Gary Burness, PhD
Dept. of Biology
Trent University,
Peterborough, ON K9L 0G2
Twitter: @GaryBurness

3 de julio de 2020

Prácticas de Conservación de la Biodiversidad en la oficina de Bruselas de la International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Intern - Biodiversity Conservation

Vacancy #: 5385
Unit: Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to: European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: -
Expected start date: 05 August 2020
Type of contract: Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date: 20 July 2020 (extended)


About the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.


Under direct supervision of the European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the Biodiversity Conservation intern will support the work and projects of the IUCN Global Species Programme in Europe. This will include activities such as providing support to certain tasks within the project portfolio, such as assisting in the organisation of workshops, contributing to carrying out research on certain topics, supporting project communications and assisting in writing technical reports, as well as a range of administrative activities.

The internship is unpaid but expenses for public transport and lunch are covered (monthly MOBIB card + 5 EUR/day for meals).

Specific tasks
Focus of the internship will be on providing support to different tasks within the project portfolio which encompasses different projects related to biodiversity conservation in Europe. This assignment will also include the following responsibilities:

• Assist in the implementation of the LIFE European Red List of Hoverflies, including: performing consistency checks of species assessments and maps, compiling species photos. Providing support to this task will require some training in Red List assessments that will be provided by the team.
• Support the communication activities of all ongoing projects;
• Assist in the organization of workshops, meetings and event planning;
• Support the team in a range of administrative functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, consultancy contracts etc).
• Will be required to provide support on a range of tasks as delegated by his/her Line Manager

Students are encouraged to apply to their University for an Erasmus+ Internship grant:

Applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button. Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website:


• Applicants must have student status (undergraduate or graduate) and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship;

• Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on biology, environmental science, sustainable development, natural sciences;

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European conservation initiatives;

• An understanding of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria is advantageous;

• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills; good level of written and spoken French is an asset but not required;

• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set.

• Proven analytical, conceptual, organization, multitasking, and problem-solving skills;

• Detail- and outcome-oriented;

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website:

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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