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Bioinformatics core training courses

You can register your interest for future courses here:

And materials from previous courses are available on their website:

Accommodation required January – July 2019

Dear all,

My name is Sara Peixoto and I will do an internship at University of Sheffield next year (2019), from January to July. I’m looking for a cheap place to stay near the university for that period, so if you have a room available or know someone who has, please contact me:

Thank you.

Best regards,


Two Postdoctoral positions at The University of Texas at Austin

In connection with a new research collaboration and award, the research groups of Mark Kirkpatrick and Howard Ochman (Department of Integrative Biology, UT Austin) are seeking two postdoctoral research associates with experience in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, population genetics, bioinformatics, and/or genomics.

The general theme of this research endeavor to resolve the underlying structure of bacterial species and to elucidate to the process of bacterial speciation. Projects may be strictly computational (and involve the development of phylogenetic methods and theory) or experimental (including genetic, genome and microbiome analysis).

The start date is flexible, preferably within calendar year 2018, although later dates can be accommodated.  Salary would be $49,000­ to $52,000 per year depending on experience, and full benefits package is included. Initial appointments would be for 1 year, with potential to extend to 2 or 3 years. UT Austin offers a very stimulating research environment and outstanding facilities and infrastructure. Austin is a vibrant city with many options for recreation and cultural activities.

If interested, please send a resume and a brief statement of research interests and career goals to Kim Hammond: Please include the names and contact information for three references familiar with your scientific work.

Conservation genetics jobs in Edinburgh

A couple of jobs have recently come up at the WildGenes lab at RZSS in Edinburgh:

Programming for Evolutionary Biology Conference

We are pleased to announce the fourth Programming for Evolutionary
Biology Conference, which will take place in Buttermere, Lake District,
UK, on September 2-6 (Sunday to Thursday). The conference is organised
by postgraduate students and staff at the Department of Biological and
Geographical Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Details are available at

Deadline for registration is midnight on 1st July.

The programme includes up to 18 short (15 min) talks and presentations
before lunch and up to 6 computational workshops and tutorials in the
afternoon. We will have pleasure of welcoming two fantastic keynote
speakers: Dr Nicola Nadeau from the University of Sheffield and Dr
Rui Martiniano from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of
Cambridge. Confirmed workshops include: using GIS in R, run by Dr Anna
Krystalli from the University of Sheffield, cloud computing, run by
Martin Callaghan from the University of Leeds and parameter selection
in Stacks for the analysis of RAD-seq data, run by Marisa Martin Cerezo
from the University of Huddersfield; with more workshops coming soon
(feedback and suggestions are welcome during the registration process!).

The cost of the conference is £275 including 4 nights’ accommodation
and full board. To register, please fill in the registration form, along
with an abstract and short cover letter regarding your participation in
the conference:

UoS course: Introduction to RNA-seq analysis in R

Monday 9th July 09:30 – 17:00

Tuesday 10th July 09:30 – 17:00



In this workshop, you will be learning how to analyse RNA-seq count data, using R. This will include reading the data into R, quality control and performing differential expression analysis and gene set testing, with a focus on the edgeR analysis workflow. You will learn how to generate common plots for analysis and visualisation of gene expression data, such as boxplots and heatmaps. You will also be learning how alignment and counting of raw RNA-seq data can be performed in R. This workshop is aimed at biologists interested in learning how to perform differential expression analysis of RNA-seq data when reference genomes are available.

UoS course: Best Practices in Research Data Management for Biological Science

Course on research data management from the Sheffield Bioinformatics Core – 30th April:

  • How much data would you lose if your laptop was stolen?
  • Have you ever emailed your colleague a file named ‘final_final_versionEDITED’?
  • Have you ever struggled to import your spreadsheets into R?

As a researcher, you will encounter research data in many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications. Whether you create, receive or collect data, you will certainly need to organise it at some stage of your project. This workshop will provide an overview of some basic principles on how we can work with data more effectively. We will discuss the best practices for research data management and organisation so that our research is auditable and reproducible by ourselves, and others, in the future.

Please use this link to sign-up for the course

UoS Course: Introduction to Unix for Bioinformatics

Intro to Unix course from the Sheffield Bioinformatics Core – 21st May:

Beginners course on the using command line interfaces to perform Bioinformatics Analysis

This course offers an introduction to working with Linux. We will describe the Linux environment so that participants can start to utilize command-line tools and feel comfortable using a text-based way of interacting with a computer. We will take a problem-solving approach, drawing on types of tasks commonly encountered by Linux users when processing text files.

To sign up:

Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at the CBGP (UPM-INIA) (CBGP-Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Research Program, Spain)

The Centro de Biotecnologia y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA) is seeking for outstanding candidates for 16 postdoctoral researcher positions in the three CBGP Transversal Scientific Programs (Plant Adaptation to Environmental Changes, Improving Plant Response to Biotic Stress, and Empowering Plant Nutrition) and in the Computational, Systems Biology, and Genomics Program (CSBGP). The CBGP (UPM-INIA) is a research institute recently recognized as Severo Ochoa (SO) Center of Excellence.

More info here

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:

And the following link for the post-doc position:

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 ( or for further information.