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17 de enero de 2020

Varias ofertas de postdoc, director de campo, y voluntariado en Sudáfrica

Postdoc Project either on  Reproductive Competition and Sociality or alternatively on Environmental harshness and social stress

(NOTE: We also advertise 2 paid positions as field managers for 1.5 to 4 years, and unpaid volunteer positions for 2-12 months. See other advertisements or ask via email

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to join the striped mouse project and our group at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). The postdoc is paid via a grant of the South African NRF for two years from Prof. Neville Pillay at the University of the Witwatersrand. The postdoc is expected to spend most of the time at the Succulent Karoo Research Station, conducting field work, analysing and publishing data.

We have two possible projects for a postdoc. Both projects are of similar interest to us. When applying, please state for which of the two projects you apply.

Project 1: Reproductive Competition (Seasonal Unpredictability and Social Flexibility)

For this project, a long-term dataset on social organisation of striped mice will be available for analyses (from 2003 to present) and further data collection will extend to 2021. Sociality (% of solitary versus group-living striped mice) will be studied in relation to population density and the intensity of reproductive competition, which is (i) very high during the spring breeding season when all females breed, (ii) absent during most summer dry seasons, (iii) low during summers with unexpected rains when few females breed (6 out of 17 summers in the current data set).

Questions and predictions: We expect that reduced reproductive competition during summer breeding will lead to more social instability in spring compared to summer, i.e. groups to be more stable in summer. We will also study which factors differ between females that breed during the summer vs. females that don’t. Finally, the impact of rare summer breeding on population dynamics will be studied.

Time planning: Preferred start is July 2020 and the position must be started in 2020. The postdoc is expected to be in the field for most of the time but can plan two slots of 3 months each to spend at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Project 2: Environmental harshness and social stress in a biodiversity hotspot: corticosterone might not be the only nor the best measure

Animals have to cope with harsh environments and with stress but these phenomena are not synonymous. Stress is the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the hypothalamic-pituitary (HPA) axis, leading to the secretion of catecholamines and glucocorticoids, providing extra energy to overcome the stressor inducing stress. Environmental conditions are termed harsh when they are long-lasting and life threatening, such as seasonal food shortage. Thus, while harshness demands energy saving, stress demands increased energy expenditure, predicting that the stress response will change as environmental harshness changes. In our study model, the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio, we will measure several indicators of stress under varying conditions of harshness, some for the first time in an eco-physiological framework. We will evaluate three different aspects to differentiate between effects of harshness (dry season) and social stress (reproductive competition during the moist season) on survival, and fitness. These include: 1) neuropeptide y as an indicator of sympathetic activity and thus short-term stress; 2) corticosterone as an indicator of mid-term investment in increased energy expenditure; 3) Measures of resting metabolic rate and how these are related to corticosterone levels. Our study will be the first to assess how the stress response adapts to environmental harshness, predicting that in the harsh dry season, the HPA axis will be downregulated, while the response of the SNS will not change seasonally, allowing for an immediate response to life threatening events such as predation. Thus, we predict an adaptive desynchronization of the SNS and the HPA axis, a phenomenon so far only described as pathology in humans. This project will contribute fundamentally to our understanding of how to distinguish harshness from stress and how animals can cope with these two phenomena adaptively via different mechanisms.

Time planning: Preferred start is July 2020 and the position must be started in 2020. The postdoc is expected to be in the field for most of the time but can plan to spend 1-2 months in Strasbourg (France) for laboratory analyses and 4 months at at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Key requirements: Strong statistical skills. Strong CV with 3 publications from the PhD and at least 1 publication per year from postdoc studies, some of them in high ranking journals (impact factor >3). Willingness to spend considerable time in the field in South Africa. Ability to analyse data and to write manuscripts while being field based.

What you will learn: Strong field skills and understanding of theory underlying social evolution / eco-physiology of stress.

How to apply: In a single PDF, send a letter of motivation, your academic CV, and contact details of a minimum of 2 (better more) referees to Carsten Schradin, and Neville Pillay,

Application deadline: Skype interviews will be held beginning of March, so best send your application latest the 17th February, giving us time to contact your referees for a letter of reference. If necessary, a second call will be published in March 2020.

More information:

16 de enero de 2020

Si te atrae la Ciencia pero te aterra convertirte en precario predoctoral, siempre puedes hacer el doctorado en Suiza (como éste de biología evolutiva)

A PhD position is available in evolutionary biology to work in the
Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The
position is funded for 4 years, to begin Autumn 2020. The ideal candidate
will be self-motivated with a strong interest in integrating computational
and empirical approaches. Experience working in R or python coding
languages is highly desirable.

The research projects are in population genetics/genomics, with the main
scientific goal being to understand how populations successfully expand
their species ranges, adapting to novel environments as well as surviving
detrimental mutation load incurred during this demographic process of
expansion. These questions will be addressed with an integrative approach
that combines theoretical simulation studies with empirical analysis of
wild-sampled Arabis alpina. Field sampling in Italy and the Swiss Alps
is an aspect of this project, but prior experience working with plants
is not required

In general, I seek a student who is strongly motivated to learn,
ask questions, and think critically about topics in evolutionary
biology. Prior experience in bioinformatics is a plus; top candidates
will be those interested and committed to working both on the computer
and in the wet lab. A Master’s degree in biology or a related field is a
prerequisite for this position. Any significant changes in research field
should be described and explained in the applicant's motivation letter.

The Institute for Plant Sciences is a vibrant community of evolutionary
biologists, ecologists, and plant physiologists, located within the
beautiful Botanical Gardens of Bern, the capital city of Switzerland.
The projects are funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
Ambizione grant to Dr. Kimberly Gilbert, who will be the main supervisor,
within the lab of Prof. Dr. Christian Parisod. More information on
previous research can be found here: and The working
language is English, but knowledge of German can be useful for everyday
life. Quality of life in Switzerland is high, and Bern is ideally located
to both nature and several major cities.

The deadline to apply is 29 February, 2020
Please submit by via email to Dr. Kimberly Gilbert at using the subject line "PhD Application"
the following items:
1) letter describing motivation for joining this project, fit, and
   professional goals (1 page)
2) CV/Resumé that includes publications and previous research
3) summary of the master’s thesis (1/2 page)
4) contact information for two professional references
Informal inquiries may also be directed to the same email address
above. After a first round of consideration, candidates will be
interviewed either in person or by video conference. A copy of the
master’s degree and transcript, along with evidence of writing
experience may be requested at a later stage.

Kimberly Gilbert <>

¡Vente a Chequia a hacer un doctorado en paleoecología!

PhD position in Paleoecology / paleoclimates

Location: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 years starting spring 2020
Application Deadline: the position will remain open until filled

The palaeoecology laboratory at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University is offering a 4-year Ph.D. position within the framework of a project on temperate mountain forest dynamics. The particular aim of the project is to understand drivers of forest ecosystem change including climate and disturbances. The Ph.D. student will join a team of experienced researchers consisting of palaeoecologists, palaeolimnologists and dendroecologists.

The Ph.D. student will focus on climate reconstruction based on paleoecological and geochemistry data from mountain lakes in Eastern Carpathians. Student will carry on analyses of chironomids and subsequent climatic reconstruction during the Postglacial. It is expected that the student will contribute with analysis and interpretation of biomarkers (δD and br-GDGT) for climate reconstruction. The work will be part of a multi-disciplinary research project and data will contribute to a series of analyses (geochemistry, pollen, beetle remains) that will be statistically analysed and compared to dendroecological data on forest disturbance history. The successful candidate will have an interest in palaeoecology and past environmental and climate change.


- a MSc in a relative discipline of natural sciences (preferably biology, environmental science, geography or Earth science)
- highly motivated, creative, precise, independent, reliable and a team player
- knowledge of palaeoecological working methods particularly chironomids is an advantage but not mandatory
- preferably some experience of scientific English writing


Please send a full CV and motivation cover letter detailing your capability for this position and future career plan.

Salary/scholarhip: according to standard Charles University salary + student scholarship equivalent full-time job.

Application should be directed to Dr. Petr Kuneš, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University
For further information contact Petr Kuneš (phone: +420 221 951 667,

15 de enero de 2020

Voluntariado con gastos cubiertos, viaje, curso de idioma y seguro en un refugio de animales de Italia

Lugar: Poggio San Lorenzo, Italia
Fecha de inicio: Abril 2020
Duración: 12 meses

Proyecto del Cuerpo Europeo de la Solidaridad, CES (antiguo EVS, Erasmusplus) para un joven de entre 18 y 30 años de nacionalidad/residencia española. Están todos los gastos cubiertos: gastos de viaje, alojamiento, manutención, dinero de bolsillo, seguro médico y de accidentes y curso de idioma.


Parco Faunistico di Piano dell’Abatino está buscando actualmente 2 voluntarios que apoyen a los miembros del personal en su refugio de animales para animales locales y exóticos.

La actividad principal del refugio es la recuperación de animales salvajes heridos por cazadores u otras actividades humanas. El refugio ha estado proporcionando refugio y cuidado de animales desde 1980. En este momento brinda hospitalidad a unos 400 animales, pertenecientes a varias especies de mamíferos, aves y reptiles. Entre los mamíferos, hay varias especies de monos, venados, alpacas, lamas, mapaches y linces. Entre las aves, hay pelícanos, loros, grullas y varias especies de aves rapaces. El refugio actúa como un centro de rescate y recuperación para la fauna local. En esta línea, su objetivo principal es liberar a esos animales en la naturaleza. El refugio también está especializado en animales exóticos: es un santuario para más de 100 primates de diferentes especies. Finalmente, Giardino Faunistico di Piano dell’Abatino es también un centro de investigación sobre el comportamiento de los primates.

El voluntario apoyará a los miembros del personal en las siguientes tareas:
Preparación y entrega de alimentos.
Observación de los animales y registro de información relevante.
Limpieza de las zonas en las que se encuentran los animales.
Mantenimiento y ajuste de los programas de enriquecimiento existentes.

Los voluntarios colaboraran 35 horas a la semana con dos días libres consecutivos por semana (no siempre los sábados y domingos).
Alojamiento, manutención y transporte

Los voluntarios serán alojados en una casa ubicada a 10 minutos a pie del refugio, situada en una hermosa colina rodeada de olivos. Los voluntarios compartirán la habitación.

La casa tiene sala de estar / cocina, una habitación doble, un baño con ducha, wi-fi, lavadora.

Los voluntarios recibirán una contribución mensual para cubrir los gastos relacionados con la comida. Los gastos de viaje estarán cubiertos hasta un máximo de 275 euros.

El parque está ubicado en una zona muy rural donde el pueblo más cercano está a unos 30 minutos a pie. Allí, los voluntarios pueden encontrar instalaciones, supermercados y transporte público para llegar a otras ciudades y atracciones en Italia. Los voluntarios no necesitarán transporte para llegar a su lugar de trabajo. La casa de los voluntarios está cerca de las casas de otros trabajadores del refugio y los voluntarios tendrán un automóvil que pueden usar en su tiempo libre.
Perfil del voluntario

El voluntario ideal debe ser amante de la naturaleza y el cuidado de los animales. Debe tener un nivel básico de inglés y un interés en aprender italiano. Preparado para realizar tareas físicas y rutinarias y para vivir en un entorno rural

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Postdoc molecular en las Azores

Job/Fellowship Reference: 014/CTI/2019 INV DOUTORADO 2019 - CRYPTO

Main research field: Biological sciences

Sub research field:

Job summary:

By order of the President of Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation’s Board of Directors from October 29th 2019, by delegation of competences, the international call to select 1(one) post-doctoral researcher was authorized to develop scientific research activities in the field of Phycology, Biology, or related areas, under a work contract for an uncertain period under the Portuguese Labor Code, to exercise research functions, within the scope of the Research Project ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000091, “CRYPTO – Molecular Identification Of Cryptogenic Macroalgae With Invasive Potential In The Azores”, with 85% funds from the ERDF and 15% from ORAA, approved by the Operational Program AÇORES 2020 Management Authority (Regional Directorate for Planning and Structural Funds), with a conclusion date expected to August 31st 2021. The place of work is in the University of the Azores, Faculty of Science and Technology, CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Campus of Ponta Delgada, Portugal. The monthly salary to be attributed is that provided for in item a) of paragraph 1 of article 15 of the RJEC, corresponding to level 33 of the official remuneration table, approved by Administrative Rule no. 1553-C / 2008, December 31st 2021, being a gross pay of 2,128.34 Euros.

Job description:

1. By order of the President of Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation’s Board of Directors from 29/10/2019, by delegation of competences, the international call to select 1(one) post-doctoral researcher was authorized to develop scientific research activities in the field of Phycology, Biology, or related areas, under a work contract for an uncertain period under the Portuguese Labor Code, to exercise research functions, within the scope of the Research Project ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000091, “CRYPTO – Molecular Identification Of Cryptogenic Macroalgae With Invasive Potential In The Azores”, with 85% funds from the ERDF and 15% from ORAA, approved by the Operational Program AÇORES 2020 Management Authority (Regional Directorate for Planning and Structural Funds), with a conclusion date expected to December 31st 2021. 2. Applicable legislation: Under Decree No. 57/2016, of August 29th, amended by Law 57/2017, of July 19th, approving a system of contracting PhD holders to stimulate scientific and technological employment in all areas of knowledge (RJEC), and the Labor Code, approved by Law no. 7/2009, of February 12th, in its current version. 3. The jury of the call has the following composition: President of the Jury: Daniela de Lima Gabriel; Effective members: Helena Calado, who will replace the President in her absences and impediments and Ana Cristina Costa; Deputy members: Maria Anunciação Ventura and Lurdes da Conceição Silva. 4. Place of work: University of the Azores, Faculty of Science and Technology, CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Campus of Ponta Delgada, Portugal. 5. The monthly salary to be attributed is that provided for in item a) of paragraph 1 of article 15 of the RJEC, corresponding to level 33 of the official remuneration table, approved by Administrative Rule no. 1553-C / 2008, December 31st 2021, being a gross pay of 2,128.34 Euros; 6. Applicants may be national, foreign, and stateless candidates who are holders of a doctoral degree in Phycology, Biology, or related areas and present a scientific and professional curriculum vitae that reveals an adequate profile to the activity to be developed. If the doctorate degree has been awarded by a foreign higher education institution, it must comply with the provisions of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of August 16th. 7. General requirements for admission to this call are: - Doctoral degree in Phycology, Biology, or related areas; - An excellent list of publications in the candidate research area; - Excellent knowledge of the English language (oral and written). 8. The selection of the candidate to be hired will be carried out by evaluating the scientific and curricular trajectory of the candidates. This evaluation will focus on the relevance, quality and up-to-dateness of: a) the scientific and technological production of the last five years considered more relevant by the candidate and associated with the thematic area of the call; b) the research activities carried out in the last five years considered as having the greatest impact by the candidate and associated with the thematic area of the call; c) involvement in activities of extension and dissemination of knowledge, promoting the practice and scientific culture, considered of greater importance by the candidate and related to the position now being offered; d) the activities of managing programs and projects of science, technology and innovation. The period of five years referred above may be increased by the jury, at the request of the candidate, when justified by suspension of scientific activity for socially protected reasons, namely for parental leave, serious prolonged illness, and other legally protected situations of unavailability for work. 9. The offered position is described in detail in the following paragraphs: This position is directed to the development of research activities in the framework of the project “CRYPTO – Identificação Molecular De Macrocalgas Criptogénicas Com Potencial Invasor Nos Açores”, coordinated by Daniela Gabriel, the Project PI. Non-indigenous species (NIS) represent a water quality descriptor within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) for being a great threat to biodiversity. The Azores presents 26 species of marine macroalgae identified as NIS, twice the global trend. With six coherently articulated tasks, the CRYPTO Project targets the detection of NIS among the 40 cryptogenic algae in the Azores, the evaluation of their respective invasive risks and increase quality scientific production and oriented to smart specialisation. The CRYPTO Project aims at assessing the origin, distribution and risk of potentially invasive algae, based on the application of advanced techniques such as DNA barcoding and ocean modeling. The outcomes of this project will contribute to environmental targets specified in the regional Program of Measures within the MSFD, benefitting the conservation of unique Azorean ecosystems. The researcher to be hired should implement the following tasks: sampling, specimen treatment and Website maintenance, development of phylogenetic and phylogeographic analyses, database creation and maintenance, mapping of selected species, historical assessment and ocean modelling of selected species, invasive risk assessment and proposal for conservation measures, educational activities and the creation of field guide of common NIS. 10. Selection methods and curricular evaluation criteria: The candidate evaluation will be based on the combined evaluation of the scientific and curricular trajectory of the candidate and an interview. 10.1 - The first component of evaluation, with a 90% weight, will be based on the CV of the candidate taking into account the following items: - experience in collection and identification of marine macroalgae – 20%; - experience in DNA sequencing and phylogenetic and phylogeographic analyses – 20%; - experience in GIS mapping and computer modeling – 20%; - participation in outreach and knowledge dissemination activities – 20%; - content and quality of the candidate scientific production in journals with an impact factor, in areas related to the project – 10%; - participation as a reseracher in national and international R & D projects, in the areas of related to the call – 10%; Candidates with an score lower than 50% in the curricula revaluation will not be considered to this call. 10.2 - The second component of evaluation is the interview and has a weight of 10%. 11. The final classification system for candidates is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100. 12. The jury shall deliberate by means of a roll-call vote based on the selection criteria adopted and published, with abstention not allowed. 13. Minutes of the jury meetings are drawn up, containing a summary of what has taken place, as well as the votes cast by each of the members and their respective reasonings, and will be available to candidates whenever requested. 14. After completing the application of the selection criteria, the jury will draw up an ordered list of successful candidates with their classification. 15. The final decision of the jury is approved by the maximum leader of the institution that also has to decide on the hiring. 16. Application procedures: 16.1 - Applications are formalized by means of a request addressed to the President of the Jury, which should include the internal ref. (Eracareers), full name, affiliation, number and date of identity card or Citizen's Card or other civil identification number, fiscal identification number, date and place of birth, marital status, occupation, address and contact address, including e-mail address and telephone contact. 16.2 - The application shall be accompanied by documents proving the conditions set out in points 6 and 7 for admission to this call, namely: a) copy of certificate or diploma; b) PDF copy of the doctoral thesis and publications; c) detailed curriculum vitae, structured in accordance with items 7 and 8; d) other documents relevant for the evaluation of the candidate qualification in related scientific area; e) brief description of the most relevant scientific activities of the last 5 years (max. 1 page), according to point 9 of this call. 16.3 - The candidates should present their applications and supporting documents, by registered mail to the President of the Jury at the address: University of the Azores, Faculty of Science and Technology, CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Campus of Ponta Delgada, Rua da Mãe de Deus, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal, sent until the last day of the call, which shall be 30 workdays after this call is published. 17. Candidates who formalize their application incorrectly or who do not prove the requirements of this call are excluded from admission to the call. In case of doubt, the jury has the power to require any candidate to present documents proving their statements. 18. Candidates who do not obtain a final grade equal to or greater than 70% will not be admitted to the call because of lack of absolute merit. 19. False statements made by the candidates will be punished according to the law. 20. The list of admitted and excluded candidates as well as the final classification list will be made public at the Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation, with the selected candidate notified by email with receipt of the notification delivery. 21. Preliminary Hearing and deadline for Final Decision: After publication of the results, the candidates have 10 working days to pronounce. The final decisions of the jury, to be posted at the Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso, FP, will be delivered within 5 working days of the deadline for submitting complaints. Within a period of no more than 90 working days, starting from the deadline for submission of applications, the final decisions of the jury will be announced. 22. The present call is exclusively aimed to fill the indicated position. It can end until the homologation of the list of final ordering of the candidates and expires with the respective occupation of the offered position. 23. Non-discrimination and equal access policy: CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, the University of the Azores and the Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation actively promote a policy of non-discrimination and equal access, so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any right or exempt from any duty due to, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family situation, economic situation, education, origin or social status, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, ethnic origin or race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and labor union membership. 24. Under the terms of D.L. No. 29/2001, of February 3rd, the disabled candidate has a preference in equal classification, which prevails over any other legal preference. Applicants must declare on the application form, under their honorary commitment, the respective degree of disability, the type of disability and the means of communication/expression to be used in the selection process, in accordance with the above-mentioned diploma. 25. Under RU 2016/679 04/27/2016 and of Law nº 67/98 26/10 the personal data collected by the entity are only for recruitment. The personal data collected by the entity by means of this application is intended to assess whether candidates are suitable for the requested position and for the preliminary calculation of the remuneration, bonuses and perks of the candidates who are admitted to the recruitment. The data entered in the application are essential in weighting of selected candidates, which may affect the efficiency and the result of the respective application if not provided by the candidates. The personal data of unsuitable candidates will be retained by the entity for a period of five years for subsequent recruitment. Applications for candidates may be transferred by the entity to its own premises or to the consortium entities, where there are job openings during the abovementioned period. Applicants shall enjoy, in accordance with the law, the rights of access and rectification. For the exercise of the right of access, they must submit a written request to the head of the entity.

14 de enero de 2020

Abierta la convocatoria de los 10 Minutos de Gloria de Ciencia en Redes 2020

Ciencia en Redes ha abierto la convocatoria de propuestas para la sección ‘10 minutos de gloria’ de su novena edición, que se celebrará el 13 de marzo de 2020 en CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

Esta convocatoria busca dar voz a las nuevas iniciativas de comunicación de la ciencia, la salud, el medio ambiente y la tecnología en los ámbitos de Internet y las redes sociales. Si crees que tu iniciativa de comunicar ciencia en redes es interesante, quieres ponerlo en común con otros profesionales y tener tus ‘10 minutos de gloria’, envía tu propuesta. Un comité seleccionará las mejores. En cada edición de Ciencia en Redes hay espacio para "10 minutos de gloria".


Las propuestas deberán ser enviadas por el responsable de la iniciativa. No es necesario ser miembro de la AECC, aunque sus miembros son especialmente bienvenidos.

No se admiten nominaciones de terceros. En caso de ser aceptada, la persona que envía la propuesta será responsable de la presentación.

Los seleccionados serán invitados junto a un acompañante, para que ambos tengan sus 10 minutos de gloria y también pasen con nosotros ese día, el día de comunicar ciencia en redes. La organización no se hace cargo de gastos de viaje, hotel u otra clase de dietas.


Las propuestas deberán ser enviadas antes de las 23:59 h. del 10 de febrero de 2020, a través de un formulario en línea en la web de ciencia en redes. Las experiencias elegidas se harán públicas el 17 de febrero de 2020.


En breve abriremos las inscripciones y anunciaremos los detalles del programa en

Si quieres ver cómo fue Ciencia en Redes 2019, pincha aquí.

Trabaja en una exposición del Acuario Nacional de Baltimore

The National Aquarium is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of Aquarist on our Blue Wonders team. This full-time position functions primarily as a jelly aquarist within the Jellies Invasion gallery and Culture Lab. Applicants must be able to work weekends and holidays as scheduled.

Provide assigned specimens with excellent day-to-day care through approved husbandry practices and standards.
Keep exhibits and holding systems well maintained via hydro-cleaning, water changes, filter backwashing, and related cleaning procedures.
Keep back-up spaces and work area well maintained.
Maintain life support systems and related equipment.
Participate in the acquisition, transport, and acclimation of specimens.
Participate in the design, construction, and maintenance of exhibits and holding systems, including life support material and equipment.
Administer medical treatments with the guidance of the veterinarians and curatorial team.
Be accountable for the animals and systems under care in respective exhibits.
Provide coverage and support for other sections as assigned, with longer assignments possible in cases of vacation or leave.
Maintain detailed records on feeding, maintenance, and other husbandry related tasks.
Become proficient in our animal data management software – Tracks.
Conduct presentations and interact with visitors.

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field; or completed advanced college-level related coursework; or comparable work experience.
Knowledge of water chemistry, aquatic husbandry, biology, and marine science, including detailed knowledge of the biology and taxonomy of a variety of marine fish and invertebrates.
Knowledge of aquarium systems and life support for closed systems.
At least 1 year of experience working with jellies in a public aquarium or other zoological setting.
Excellent observational, decision making, problem solving, and reporting skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, an ability to create positive workplace team partnerships, and a high regard for operating in a professional environment.
Ability to obtain a MD driver’s license, SCUBA certification from a recognized organization, pass a dive physical examination and swim skills assessment.
Availability to work holidays, weekends, and evening hours as needed.
Ability to climb ladders and lift and carry 50 lbs.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37 year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing

13 de enero de 2020

Prácticas remuneradas de ornitología en EEUU

Position Description: Four (4) interns are needed to work as part of the Piping Plover recovery project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Rhode Island. Interns will be hired through Northwoods Stewardship Center and function as independent contractors at USFWS. This project monitors federally-protected Piping Plovers, as well as Least Terns and American Oystercatchers during the nesting season. Fieldwork will occur on federal, state, and private property in southern Rhode Island. The majority of the work for this position(s) will take place outdoors.

Duties include posting and signing nesting habitat, nest searching, setting up nest exclosures, educating the public, monitoring shorebird pairs and chicks, and recording and entering data. Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike long distances (up to 7 miles per day) on soft sand with heavy loads (up to 50 pounds). Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and be willing to work on other projects within the biological program as needed. Applicants also must be comfortable regularly interacting with private landowners, partner organizations, and the public in a professional manner. Work schedule will be 5 days per week, including weekends and holidays with two regular consecutive days off during the week.

Requirements: Previous birding experience, a strong interest in wildlife conservation, and a valid US driver's license are required.

Position Dates: Internship extends from April 1- August 14 (some flexibility in start and end dates may be available for well-qualified candidates). Pending funding, there is possibility for one intern to extend for 12 weeks onto other refuge biological programs in the fall, after the completion of the shorebird internship.

Salary: $250/week. Free refuge housing in Charlestown, RI available for non-local interns.


How to Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Dusty May ( and Alex Kirk ( with “RI Shorebird Conservation Internship” in the subject line by January 31, 2020.

12 de enero de 2020

Postdoc microbiológico en Suecia

The University of Gothenburg has 38 000 students and 6 000 employees, and is one of the largest Universities in the Nordic countries. Strong research and study programs attract scientists and students from around the world. The advertised positions are within the department of Marine Science, located at the main campus in Gothenburg and at the two marine research laboratories at Tjärnö and Kristineberg (

Job assignments

Industrial aquaponics is a high-density agricultural technique that combines elements of both aquaculture and hydroponics in a synergistic production technology that utilizes fish wastes as plant fertilizer, thus reducing input and waste disposal requirements of both systems.

Technological advances are increasingly moving aquaponics away from small-scale production into industrial environments by focusing on improved macro- and micronutrient recovery. Improvements in engineering design have been able to significantly increase output capacities and have now made industrial aquaponics applications a commercial reality. One method for instance, is the use of decoupled aquaponics systems in which sludge digesters utilize microbial communities to efficiently reuse solid wastes. Although many of the largest facilities worldwide are still in arid regions, this technology is also becoming more popular in Europe as design advances have increasingly made aquaponics not just a water-saving enterprise, but also an energy and waste reduction system. Although some systems are focused primarily on production, others also include an educational mandate, particularly those in urban environments where micro-farming and vertical-growth greenhouses have become popular.

As growth parameters differ between fish and plants, the microbiome plays a significant role in remineralization and bioavailability of nutrients in aquaponic systems. Although technical specifications for pH, microbial remineralization and nitrification processes have received much research attention, relatively few studies have characterized other types of bacterial assemblages that either inhibit or stimulate fish and plant growth. For instance, biocontrol of microbes is an important consideration for both producers and consumers, given that the use of disinfection chemicals or antibiotics to control pathogens, or probiotics and phytogenics to stimulate growth, can have profound effects on microbial populations and hence plant and animal health throughout a closed system.

Beneficial microbes are important at all stages of production and can be enhanced by the addition of probiotics as they are crucial to the functioning of biofilters and sludge digesters. They serve important functions in improve fish gut health and to reduce the spread of pathogens in the aquaculture component, as well as in promoting plant growth and rooting. To-date, there is considerable discipline-specific literature in aquaculture, hydroponics and bioengineering that can help inform and enhance microbial performance in aquaponics. However, there is limited understanding of linkages in the microbiome among compartments of aquaponics systems.

The position is part of a project examining the role of microbial populations in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), in anaerobic digesters and in hydroponics (HYP) units with the goal of better understanding conditions that will maximise beneficial transfers of microbes and their products among components of decoupled aquaponics systems. There are many different approaches to examining these aspects of production, from the use of next-generation sequencing to map microbial communities, or biochemical analyses to characterize how microbes improve nutrition for fish and plants. Hence the specific scientific background of the candidate is less important than their interest in the topics and demonstrated qualifications in their respective field.

We are seeking a candidate who is independent and self-motivated given that details of the project can be adjusted based on the candidate’s skills and interests. The candidate will be working in a multidisciplinary team of engineers, pathologists, food scientists, modellers and policy-makers involving several international research groups, thus exemplary teamwork and communication skills as well as the ability to travel are essential. The candidate will be expected to lead their project but i) develop and discuss their ideas with team members and the PI; ii) to initiate and carry out their work within a collaborative environment but with limited supervision; iii) write well-formulated reports and academic articles.

The candidate will be responsible for running applied experiments in several different labs internationally, thus requiring flexibility for extended stays in various locations; further international travel will also be necessary to participate in meetings, working groups, conferences and visits with industry partners.

The candidate must possess a PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, veterinary medicine, bioengineering, biotechnology, cell biology or related disciplines. It is not a requirement to have prior experience with aquaponics or prior experience in hydroponic crop production (commercial greenhouse facilities) and/or the operation of recirculating aquaculture systems, but such experience would be useful. Please note clearly on your application if you have any relevant skills such as technical operation of aquarium / aquaculture tanks, hydroponics or irrigation systems, or prior work in the operation of multiphase bioreactors.

If the following items are not evident on the CV, please state clearly in the cover letter how you meet the following requirements:
Proof of research and scientific writing skills with at least 3 published peer-reviewed articles as first author in peer-reviewed journals (please also highlight any technical reports written). Full-text of articles must be provided with the application.
Willingness to travel internationally for longer research periods in partner laboratories as well as frequent travel for participation in working groups, conferences, and visits with industry partners
Demonstrated statistical skills, including software such as R

Good communication skills in English (written and spoken) are necessary. A valid driver’s license is required. The position also involves frequent international travel as the work is being conducted with partners in international laboratories. Candidates without any prior international work/study experience will not be considered.

Employment terms

A start date is ideally prior to June 1, 2020, but the exact start date for this position is negotiable depending on the availability of a suitable candidate. The post-doctoral fellow will be hired for a two-year period to lead this project. You will have a full spectrum of vacation and leave benefits, as well as coverage from national health and business travel insurance.

Application procedure

The application must include:
A CV and short cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria
Full text of three accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts
Name and contact details of three referees in a file entitled References (your name).pdf

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 – 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact Alyssa Joyce:

How to apply

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11 de enero de 2020

Varias ofertas trabajando en conservación para la IUCN

The IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) promotes IUCN’s mission and implements the IUCN Programme with the aim of long-term protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, North and Central Asia. It is part of the IUCN Statutory Region East Europe, North and Central Asia.

Job Description

Support the development and implementation of the IUCN’s Programme in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia with specific emphasis on the Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme Area
Contribute to the IUCN ECARO Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme project portfolio through development, implementation and monitoring of projects
Assist in identification of programme priorities and project development opportunities
Actively build and maintain relationship with IUCN constituents, donors, partners and expert networks in identifying fund raising and project development opportunities

Coordinate and manage projects under the IUCN ECARO Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme Area, with a particular focus on protected and conserved areas governance and management
Ensure high quality project planning and reporting, including preparing and monitoring work plans, budgets, and technical reports
Prepare partnership and service contracts under projects while ensuring that all donor-related and IUCN administrative requirements and protocols are observed
Oversee timely and quality delivery of projects outputs and outcomes and ensure the long-term impact of project activities
Assist in developing project proposals and identifying funding opportunities relative to protected and conserved areas in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia
Collaborate with relevant staff on project-related communications including writing, editing and helping with web stories, fact sheets, publications and other knowledge and communications material
Represent IUCN ECARO at events and meetings relevant for the programme area and project portfolio
Support IUCN ECARO day-to-day operations, including logistical services and organization of meetings and events
Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager


The gross annual salary for this position is 28.800 EUR subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.

BSc degree (or higher) in environmental sciences
At least 5 years of experience in a relevant position
Experience in the development and management of all phases of the project management cycle
Good knowledge of IUCN global standards on protected and conserved areas
Good knowledge of global and regional nature conservation policy, with specific emphasis on protected areas
Proven leadership skills, ability to work under pressure and within multi-national environment and different cultures
Experience in managing institutional relationships and support to multi-stakeholder initiatives
Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages spoken in the region is an asset
Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours
Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice
Full computer literacy


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.

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