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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

Postdoc on asexual reproduction in aphids

A 18-month postdoctoral position is available in the team Ecology and
Genetics of Insects (https://www6.rennes.inra.fr/igepp_eng/Researchteams/
Ecology-and-Genetics-of-Insects), at INRA, Rennes, France, starting in
June 2019.

Contact Julie.Jaquiery@inra.fr or Jean-Christophe.Simon@inra.fr before 15 Feb 19

Postdoc and PhD place in Bangor

PDRA: http://labadopulos.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pdra-flyer2.pdf

phd: http://labadopulos.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/PHD-flyer.pdf

Postdoc : Marine population genomics

https://academicpositions.com/ad/university-of-gothenburg/2018/postdoc-marine-population-genomics/120708

Research technician

Seven month post available here in Sheffield, working on our rotifer experimental evolution project

The reference number is UOS020788 closing on the 15 November 2018.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs

Roger

Accommodation needed

Ivan Jezkova will be in Sheffield from 30. 10. to 16. 11. 2018 to visit the Butlin/Beckerman rotifer group. If you could help her with a room, please email her on ivana.jezkova@uv.es

Thanks

Roger

Postdoc and technican in Sweden

The AVIAN Behavioural Genomics and Physiology Group (Wright Lab) at Linköping University, Sweden, is looking for two new recruitments – a motivated technician and post-doc as part of a newly acquired ERC consolidator grant. The project is aimed at studying the genomics of feralisation, using Hawaiian and Bermudan chickens as a model.

In the case of the technician the individual should have extensive experience of working with chickens, collecting physiological and behavioural samples and phenotypes, and dissection. In addition, the post will involve multiple field seasons in Hawaii and Bermuda, so field experience is also valuable. Laboratory skills, including DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR and the like are also required.

In the case of the post doc we are looking for a candidate with a strong background in quantitative genetics and bioinformatics. The project will involve a large amount of WGS data (including RNAseq and methseq data). The project will require selective sweep mapping, population genomics analysis of admixture as well as GWAS analysis (expression and standard).

The project itself has recently been funded by an ERC consolidator grant and is aiming to use a series of different populations of feralised chickens (domestic birds that have escaped and are now living wild throughout the Hawaiian Island chain) to map the genes and polymorphisms underlying their rapid responses to newly imposed selective forces.

Candidates are requested to apply formally as per the official announcement at the following link for the technician post:

https://liu.se/en/work-at-liu/vacancies?rmpage=job&rmjob=8123&rmlang=UK

And the following link for the post-doc position:

https://liu.se/en/work-at-liu/vacancies?rmpage=job&rmjob=8069&rmlang=UK

The application must be received by the 10th April for the technician position and the 13th April for the post-doc position. Pre-selected candidates will be expected to pass a skype or on-site interview. Successful candidates will be offered standard contract for two years, with the option to extend this to a maximum of five years.

The Wright lab is part of the AVIAN behavioural genomics and physiology group, which comprises of a variety of researchers using the chicken as a model. As such there is on-going research in behaviour, physiology, evolution, genetics and genomics amongst others. Linköping University is a large campus-based University with over 30000 staff and students. Linköping itself is the fifth largest city in Sweden, with an international airport and good rail and bus links throughout the country. For further enquiries about the positions please contact Dominic Wright (domwright@gmail.com or domwr@ifm.liu.se) for further information.

Accommodation needed

A visitor to my group (Antonia, a.salcescastellano@ipna.csic.es) is looking for accommodation from 10 June to 10 August. She just heard that her funding application failed so she need something inexpensive…

If you might be able to help with a spare room for all/part of the time, please email Antonia.

Thanks

Roger

Postdoc in Vienna

A postdoctoral position is available, for field research into the population genetics of Antirrhinum (snapdragon). The project focusses on a hybrid zone in the Pyrenees, between subspecies that differ in flower colour: plants in the hybrid population have been genotyped for major genes that determine flower pattern, and for large numbers of SNPs that allow the pedigree to be determined over multiple generations. The aim is to find why the subspecies remain distinct, and how they diverged from each other, and more generally, to use this long-term study to understand the interplay between selection and population structure in nature.

This is a joint project between Nick Barton, at the Institute of Science and Technology, Austria (http://ist.ac.at/research/research-groups/barton-group/) , David Field, at the University of Vienna (http://molecology.univie.ac.at/about-us/david-field/), and Enrico Coen, at the John Innes Institute in Norwich (http://rico-coen.jic.ac.uk). The postdoc would be based at IST; she/he would be involved in fieldwork and analysis of genetic data.
The Institute of Science and Technology is a new multidisciplinary research institute, located in the Wienerwald, just outside Vienna (www.ist.ac.at). There are close links with other population genetics groups in the Vienna area (www.univie.ac.at/evolvienna/).

The position will be available for two years in the first instance, but with the possibility of extension; the salary scale starts at €51K p.a. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant area, with good quantitative skills, and an interest in evolutionary biology. For further details, please contact nick.barton@ist.ac.at. Applications should be sent by February 23rd, and should include a CV, a statement of research interests, and names of referees.

Postdoc and PhD – host-parasite coevolution

*Postdoc position in host-parasite *

*population genetics and genomics*

A postdoc is available in the research group of Dieter Ebert, at Basel University in Switzerland. I am looking for a highly motivated post-doc with interest in the (co-) evolutionary genetics of host-parasite interactions. This position is funded to work on the genetics/genomics of Daphnia and its microparasites. A background in evolutionary genetics, molecular genetics and bioinformatics skills is welcome. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, a superb work ethic, and the ability to think creatively and critically are desired. The project is in parts a continuation of the work described by Bento et al 2017 (PLoS Genetics, DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006596).

Starting date isnegotiable (any time from April 2018 onwards). The working language in the group is English. Speaking German is helpful in every day life in Basel, but is not a requirement. A PhD degree is required. The position is initially for 2 years, but can be extended.

Please send your application by E-mail (all material in one PDF please) to Dieter Ebert. Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, a list of publications and a 1-page statement about research interests. Please give names and email addresses of two persons who are willing to write a letter of recommendation. Application deadline is 1. March 2018.

Further information and address for application: Prof. Dr. Dieter Ebert, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology, Basel, Switzerland, Email: dieter.ebert@unibas.ch Tel. +41-(0)61-207 03 60.

Web:http://evolution.unibas.ch/ebert/

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*PhD-position in *

*host-pathogen interactions*

is available in the group of Dieter Ebert at Basel University, Basel, Switzerland.

I am looking for a highly motivated candidate with interests in evolutionary genetics/genomics and host-parasite interactions. The PhD project is concerned with the coevolution of parasites and its host Daphnia. The aim of the project is to gain insights into the (co-)evolutionary and genetic interactions of parasites and its Daphnia host using field-based, experimental and population genetic/genomic approaches. The position is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Basel. The Ebert research group covers the entire range from epidemiological and ecological aspects of host-symbiont interactions, to studies on the population genetics and genomics of hosts and symbionts.

Starting date for the PhD isnegotiable (any time from April 2018 onwards). The working language in the group is English. Speaking German is helpful in every day life in Basel, but is not a requirement. A Master degree (or equivalent) in biology or related subject is necessary for admission. A PhD program at Basel University takes about 3.5 years.

Please send your application by E-mail (all material in one PDF please) to Dieter Ebert. Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, a list of publications and a statement about research interests. Please give names and email addresses of two persons who are willing to write a letter of recommendation. Application deadline is 1. March 2018.

Further information and address for application: Prof. Dr. Dieter Ebert, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology, Basel, Switzerland, Email: dieter.ebert@unibas.ch Tel. +41-(0)61-207 03 60.

Web:http://evolution.unibas.ch/ebert/

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