6 yr postdoc in Vienna

6-year PostDoc / University Assistant
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria
A 6-year post-doctoral position is available at Department of Botany & Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, to work on the ecological & evolutionary genomics of plant adaptation, speciation and species radiation with Christian Lexer and colleagues (https://evolgenomics.univie.ac.at/). We are looking for a person with experience in the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing approaches to address fundamental questions in population genetics, evolutionary biology and / or biogeography in plants. This includes a keen interest in integrative approaches towards understanding the origin, maintenance, and functioning of biological diversity. University of Vienna offers an attractive and dynamic research location in a city with exceptional quality of life and in a country with excellent research infrastructure and funding provision.
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week. Salary grading in accordance with relevant work experience.
Job Description: Participation in research projects in the group, including co-supervision / mentoring of PhD and MSc students – International publication and presentation activities – Contribution to high-quality external (third-party) research grant applications – Freedom to develop high-quality external (third-party) research grant applications as main applicant – Opportunity to participate in teaching topics of shared interest.
Profile: Doctoral degree in biology or equivalent field / Focus on molecular evolutionary biology or biogeography of plants – Experience in population genetics, evolutionary genomics, and/or evolutionary systems biology, especially the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing approaches and associated analytical tools – Excellent written and oral communication skills in English – Computer literacy, including experience with Unix / Linux based analysis software and R – Ability to work in teams – Experience in teaching. Duration of the contract: 6 years.
To apply: Your application must include the following documents: motivation letter (<1 page)- Scientific CV – List of publications – Brief draft of research interests – Contact details of three references. Please see full job description and submit your application via the website of the Job Center at the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at; email: jobcenter@univie.ac.at) no later than 16.06.2019, mentioning job reference no. 9678. For more information please contact: Christian Lexer, christian.lexer@univie.ac.at

Accommodation required for visitor

Please contact Juste (juste.zukauskaite18 AT imperial.ac.uk) directly:

I will be arriving either 6th of May in the evening or 7th of May early in the morning and will be staying in Sheffield for at least a month.

Genomics Technician – Fixed Term (6 months)

Genomics Technician – Full time/ Fixed Term – 6 months

Location: Edinburgh Zoo

Are you passionate about genetics and conservation? We’re looking for a Genomics Technician to undertake genetic and genomic work, preparing and analysing DNA and to contribute to the day to day running of our Wildgenes Laboratory facility at Edinburgh Zoo.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) are seeking a Genomics Technician to perform wet-lab molecular genetic techniques and assist the Senior Technician with the organisation and running of the Wildgenes lab. This is an exciting opportunity to further your career with one of Scotland’s leading education and conservation charities for a six-month fixed term period based at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.

What you’ll be doing…

The Conservation Wildgenes team are responsible for conducting cutting-edge conservation genetic and genomic research on a large range of threatened taxa and working alongside government agencies, conservation charities and zoos across the world to deliver data, advice, training and capacity building. Essentially, as Genomics Technician, you can expect to:

Undertake DNA extraction, amplification, analysis and archiving of samples
Works within clearly defined processes and supervision
Troubleshoot and optimise procedures and produce protocols as required
This is a 6-month full time fixed term post where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

https://www.rzss.org.uk/job-vacancies/genomics-technician-fixed-term-6-months/

Ecological genetics group

Registration is now open but will be closing soon for this year’s annual Ecological Genetics Group meeting, in association with the British Ecological Society and Genetics Society. Getting registering so you don’t miss out!

This year’s conference is to be held on the 16th to the 18th of April at the stunning Downing College, University of Cambridge. There will be a full scientific and social programme throughout the conference to bring together those with an interest in population genetics and ecology and evolution. The programme will include a series of talks and a poster session on relevant topics including talks by our two confirmed guest speaks,

Dr Matt Davey, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/directory/davey-matthew

And Prof Bill Amos, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/directory/william-amos

There will also be the opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of the Sainsbury Laboratory Herbarium at the University. A collection dating back 300 years that will allow you to get up close to specimens collected by the Grandfathers of evolutionary theory, Darwin and Wallace. The Cambridge Genomics Services will a be holding a Genomics and Bioinformatics session to help with all your Next-Gen needs. And our postgrad student workshop this year it will be on ‘How to review a paper.’

Let us not forget the now famous EGG-Heads quiz which will be held after the conference dinner.

Full Conference details can be found here

https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/event/ecological-genetics-group-63rd-annual-meeting/

Request for accommodation

message from Laura: “I am Laura, a PhD student from the University of Leeds, doing a lab visit during the next months. Interested on a spare room for cheap rent near by the University of Sheffield so I can stay in the city during some days of the week instead of commuting every day. Please contact me bslanc@leeds.ac.uk, I would appreciate any help or information. Thanks! Thanks again, then I will be there the 1st of April. Nice to meet you Gavin! I will send a separate email to you. Best wishes, Laura

PDRA position

Message from previous NBAF visitor Katherine Fish:

“We are currently looking for a PDRA  in “drinking water biofilm management and monitoring” (https://jobs.shef.ac.uk; reference UOS021787), to work on an industry partnered project.

Room available

Room available in a shared house with three PhD students. Located in Hunters Bar with a view to Endcliffe park. Available from April until end of June £325 pcm.
Big house in a quiet and green neighborhood, with two living rooms, two toilets, kitchen and garden.
Space for parking on the street is available.
For more details contact Clarissa Carvalho: cferreiradecarvalho1@sheffield.ac.uk

Accommodation available

2 bed house in quiet street in Crookes available April – September (six month
contract) £570 pcm.
Kitchen, living room, bathroom, main bedroom and open plan attic room.
Parking space and patio garden.
20 minute walk to University of Shefeld.
Would suit a single person or couple.
For more details contact Tamora James: tdjames1@shefeld.ac.uk

Paid field assistant post for the breeding season

Message from Dr Julia Schroeder, Imperial

Duties include the collection of field data on a wild blue tit population and oaks in Silwood Park. You will work in a team of students and technical assistants, collecting data on blue tits breeding in nest boxes and oaks. Duties involve nest box monitoring, catching of adults and young birds, ringing, data collection, data entry and management. There is the option to also contribute to ongoing research projects. We can offer reasonably prized accommodation on-site. Starting date would be late March but no later than 1st April for approximately 3 months depending on season.

Required skills: passerine handling and ringing skills (license a big plus), team work, field work experience, independence and able to work in a team. Must be conscientious with data.

Must be allowed to work in UK.

The Silwood Park Campus is a vibrant graduate campus one hour by train from London City with more than 120 graduate students from countries all over the world. During summer, there will even be our annual festival, Silfest! https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/prospective-students/life-at-silwood/

Silwood’s academics are world-class scientists, and we offer a range of graduate courses to improve hard and soft skills.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/research/

To apply, please send your CV, a motivation letter detailing your relevant expertise, and contact information for two references as soon as possible, to:

Julia.schroeder@imperial.ac.uk

Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting and Workshop on ‘Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome’ to be held **17th-19th June 2019** at the Marine Biology Laboratory, Tjärnö, Sweden.

Speciation genomics is a fast moving and rapidly changing field. Genome scans and demographic inference are popular tools for studying how barriers to gene flow evolve and how species diverge, but the field has only recently begun to take into account confounding factors that might bias these methods.

If standard approaches are insufficient for identifying barriers to gene flow and understanding the processes involved in speciation, where do we go next? One way forward is the use of sophisticated approaches to jointly infer signals of selection, gene flow and demographic history. We can also use efficient simulation to introduce greater statistical rigour to our approaches.

This three day workshop/meeting on speciation genomics will combine talks from invited speakers and participants, a discussion panel and a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a composite likelihood approach to infer selection, gene flow and demography from genome scan data.

Invited speakers include:
* Reto Burri (University of Jena)
* Jonna Kulmuni (University of Helsinki)
* Kelley Harris (University of Washington)
* Simon Aeschbacher (University of Zurich)
* Frederic Guillaume (University of Zurich)

The practical workshop will be led by Jerome Kelleher (Big Data Institute, Oxford) (the importance of simulations) and Konrad Lohse (University of Edinburgh). Some basic experience in Unix, and Python programming is necessary but we provide links to resources on our website: https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io/

There is space for approximately 40-50 participants. To apply, please register at https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io//register/. The deadline for applications is 25th February 2019.

It is free to register but attendance will cost $300 (US) to cover accommodation and food for the three days. Travel bursaries are available for MSc and PhD students wishing to attend.

We encourage participants from all backgrounds and levels to apply and we look forward to welcoming you to Sweden in June!

https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io/

Mark Ravinet, Marina Rafajlovi?, Michael Matschiner, Simon Martin, Chris Jiggins & Markus Möst