Author Archives: Anja Westram

PhD position: Evolutionary genomics of a Daphnia waterflea species complex

We are looking for a PhD candidate interested in studying the genomic consequences of human-facilitated gene flow in a Daphnia species complex. The position is part of the INTERREG SEEWANDEL research initiative, which includes seven institutions in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria and seeks to investigate the effects of environmental change on biodiversity and resilience in Lake Constance and other large peri-Alpine lakes.

The position is funded for 48 months and to be filled at the earliest possible date. The successful candidate will be based at the Molecular Ecology Group at the Institute of Ecology of the University of Innsbruckm which is highly interdisciplinary and internationally very well connected:

Lake-eutrophication during the last century has facilitated secondary contact between ecologically important Daphnia species in peri-Alpine lakes. The extent of secondary contact depends on the degree of trophic change. The successful candidate will use recent population samples and Daphnia resting eggs from sediment cores to quantify and characterize gene flow between species and study the consequences of the secondary contact on species integrity and functional traits. The project comprises sedimentological work (collecting sediment cores), molecular lab work (DNA extractions and library preparation), and extensive bioinformatics analyses as well as some experimental work with Daphnia. The study will focus on three large peri-Alpine lakes with different trophic histories – Lake Constance, Lake Walen, and Lake Zurich – and will include close collaborations with the members of the SEEWANDEL initiative. Part of the experimental work will be conducted at Eawag (Switzerland).

Candidates should be highly motivated and have a strong interest in evolutionary biology, ecology, and population genetics. The planned work will require a high degree of independence and the ability to work in a team. Experience in (i) molecular lab and field work, (ii) analyses of whole-genome re-sequencing data, (iii) and basic programming skills (e.g. R, Python, bash) will be an advantage. The project includes several collaborators and international groups in Switzerland, Germany, and the UK, and therefore good English skills are essential.

The annual gross salary is EURO 28,994 for a 48-months employment. The contract includes health insurance and 5 weeks of holidays per year. Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers:

***How to apply***
Please send a single pdf file including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, a complete list of publications and contact details of two references to Applications must be written in English and submitted until 16 February 2018.

The University of Innsbruck is striving to increase the percentage of female employees and therefore invites qualified women to apply. In the case of equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

***The research institution and its environment***
Detailed information about the Molecular Ecology group can be found here: The University of Innsbruck has a long-standing and internationally renowned tradition in life sciences and offers a vibrant research atmosphere. It has 27,000 students and 4,000 staff members. Innsbruck is situated in the Alps, very close to Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Excellent train connections and airports in Innsbruck and close by in Munich and Salzburg ensure good connections and easy travelling. The scenery and possibilities for outdoor recreation are fantastic.

***Any questions?***
For more information on the position, the project, the group, or the University, please do not hesitate to contact Markus Möst or Birgit Schlick-Steiner directly.

MÖST Markus, PhD
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology
Research Group: Molecular Ecology
Technikerstrasse 25 (Room 517)
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel: +43 (0)512 507-51771
Fax: +43 (0)512 507-51799

SCHLICK-STEINER Birgit Dr., Univ.-Prof.
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology
Deputy Head of the Institute
Head of the Research Group: Molecular Ecology
Technikerstrasse 25 (Room 516)
A-6020 Innsbruck
T +43 (0)512 507-51750
F +43 (0)512 507-51799

looking for accommodation for ~6 months


My name is Graciela (I am Spanish) and I will be visiting the group of Prof. Butlin from mid-June to the end of December. I am looking for accommodation for those six months, so if you know of anything that could be available for renting please contact me at

Thank you,

PhD positions at Monash University

Three PhD positions on wildlife genomics are available in the Sunnucks Lab (Persistence and Adaptation Research group – PART) at Monash University in Melbourne Australia.

The projects can have a strong component of field biology and/or genomics depending on the interests of the candidates.

1) Genetic rescue of a critically endangered bird, the Helmeted honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix)
More details:

2) Genetic rescue of an endangered plant, the australian daisy (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides)
More details:

3) Climate adaptation and speciation by mitochondrial-nuclear interactions in a widespread Australian bird, the Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
More details:
* This project can immediately host a Master Student that is already enrolled in a program. The master project will have a strong filed biology component to study local adaptation. The master student will be in a strong position to continue with a PhD expanding the project into genomics, extended field program and/or distribution modelling

looking for room

I move to Sheffield in January and I am looking for a single room to rent.
I am 27 years old, friendly, tidy and easy-going. I am quite active and I don’t smoke.
If you are looking for a flatmate, please do not hesitate to contact me by email ( or on Skype (zuzanna1703).
Thank you!
Zuzanna Zagrodzka

Postdoc lunch Thu 17 Nov – Common Room

Dear PostDocs / Early Career Researchers,

Come and meet your fellow PostDocs over lunch, which the APS PostDoc Society will provide on Thursday November 17th in the common room. To avoid food waste, please let us know whether you’re joining us (link).

We’ll start at 12:00 and we’ve promised to give the common room back by 14:00. Can’t make it? We’re still interested in your views! You can fill in our 100% optional and anonymous questionnaire attached to the lunch sign-up form.

The PostDoc Society aims to facilitate social interactions between PostDocs by organizing social events, facilitate training and career development and give PostDocs a stronger voice within APS and the University of Sheffield. We’d love to hear your views on PostDoc representation in APS and the faculty of sciences, which events you’d like to see organised, and the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
If you have time to fill in the (optional & anonymous) questionnaire attached to the lunch sign-up form that would make you absolutely awesome, but you can also just chat with us over lunch.
The lunch will also double as an AGM (don’t worry, you’ll hardly notice), so we won’t have to bother you with that separately.

Hope to see you soon,
The APS PostDoc Society Committee

speciation journal club

Hi all,

as there are some new people around:
If you are interested in speciation / population genetics / anything related to these topics, maybe you would like to join the speciation journal club? We usually meet every Tue at 1pm (except for the first Tue of each month) to informally discuss a paper. There’s no need to join every time; you can just turn up when you are interested in the topic.
Please contact me ( if you would like to be put on our email list.


Course on Programming for Evolutionary Biology

When: February 10th – February 27th 2016

Location: Leipzig, Germany

Application deadline: December 20th 2015

Detailed information about the course content and how to apply:


In this intensive 18 days course, students will learn how to survive in a
Linux environment, get hands-on experience in two widely used programming
languages (Python and R), and statistical data analysis. The classes will be
given by experts in the field and consist of lectures and exercises with
the computer. The aim of the course is to provide the students with the
necessary background and skills to perform computational analyses with a
focus on solving research questions related to genomics and evolution. The
philosophy of the course will be “learning by doing”, which means that the
computational skills will be taught using examples and real data from
evolutionary biology for the exercises. During the course, students will
also propose projects of their own interest and perform them as final
projects in small groups under the supervision of a teaching assistant.
This summer school is open for students from all countries and targeted
toward PhD students and postdocs of evolutionary biology or related
research fields with no or little programming experience who want to
become proficient in computational evolutionary biology in a couple of

The course takes place at the University of Leipzig.

Postdoc position 2 y in marine population genomics; local adaptation and speciation in Littorina

Department of Marine Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Closing date: 2015-12-01

A collaborative project between the research groups of Kerstin Johannesson and Roger Butlin are currently generating massive sets of genetic and phenotypic data in order to increase our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of local adaptation and evolution of reproductive isolation under gene flow.
We have phenotypic and genotypic data covering 3000 snails distributed over 4 contact zones of two ecotypes including exact positions, measurements of morphology and behaviour and are now generating individual genotype data using capture DNA sequencing. We are also generating pool-seq data from populations of the two L. saxatilis ecotypes from several different countries, in addition to samples of nearby species/subspecies. In addition, we are generating genotype data and morphological data for comprehensive analysis of quantitative traits (QTL mapping) deriving from F2 and F3 generations bred from crosses between the two ecotypes. There are also several different transcriptomes generated from separate tissues of the species. Simultaneously, we are making progress with the genome assembly of Littorina saxatilis and we expect a final draft assembly to be finished by the end of this year based on 600X coverage of Illumina sequencing, supported by 50X PacBio sequencing and genetic mapping. We now seek a person with strong competence and interest in bioinformatics and evolutionary genetics to contribute to the analyses of these large sets of phenotypic and genetic data. Further information at, or send a mail to

Speciation Journal Club next Tue – May 22

Dear all,

next week there will be the Speciation Journal Club again! Tue at 1.30pm in the Common Room.

This time Ludovic has chosen a paper. It is short, has colour figures and is about furry mammals (polar bears) – sounds like the perfect paper:

Looking forward to seeing you there


speciation journal club – starting next Tue (May 8)

Hi all,

Roger had the idea to start a new speciation journal club!

What? one person chooses a paper & gives a short introduction, followed by discussion by everybody

When? (roughly) every Tuesday at 1.30pm

Where? varying (Common Room this time)

Who? Everybody interested in speciation who has read the paper…

The first meeting will be next week Tue, May 8, 1.30pm in the Common Room. Allan will introduce the first paper:

Rova & Björklund 2011: Can Preference for Oviposition Sites Initiate Reproductive Isolation in Callosobruchus maculatus? (

If you are interested in joining the journal club, please send an email to – then you will be informed about dates/locations and the respective papers in the future!

Hope to see many of you on Tuesday, Anja