Category Archives: Ecology

Lecturer in Genomics/Bioinformatics Sheffield Hallam

Hello Everyone,

We are currently advertising for a lecturer in Genomics/Bioinformatics, so please forward the link ( to any contacts you have that may be interested.

Many thanks,


2 year postdoc on Drosophila epigenetics

Klaus Reinhardt (Dresden) has a two year postdoc position on genetics and epigenetics of Drosophila. Details here: bioinformatics_Pop_gen_tudaz.

PhD-Studentship in Genomics of Rapid Adaptation

At EAWAG (Switzerland) in Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution in Kastanienbaum (near Lucerne).

The notion that evolution can be rapid, when adaptive changes and changes in population size occur at the same time scale, raises questions regarding the genetic basis of adaptive traits and the need to understand the temporal dynamics of adaptive evolution, i.e., how frequent adaptive changes are and what influences the rate of change. Experiments with chemostat systems showed that host (Chlorella green algae) and virus rapidly evolved resistance and counter adaptation. The entanglement of the coevolutionary and population size dynamics (eco-evolutionary dynamics) makes this a fascinating study system of rapid evolution. The experiments are replicated and fitness of the populations and individual clones at different time can be assessed.

The PhD project advertised here is aiming to study the underlying genomic changes evolving during experimental host virus coevolution. A goal will be to differentiate between neutral and adaptive changes and characterizing the dynamics of those changes across the time course of the experiments. This will require the development of innovative analysis methods, which make full use of the replicated and innovative experimental setup aiming to disentangle the effect of selection and demography.

The successful candidate will have substantial opportunities to develop his or her own research skills and to assist in the supervision of Bachelors, and Master students. The work will consist of the analysis of next generation whole genome data, the development of bioinformatics pipelines and tools, and the interpretation and publication of the results. This study will be carried out in a close collaboration between the Fish Genomics group at Eawag Kastanienbaum ( and Lutz Becks and the group of Community Dynamics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2015 or until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is anticipated as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Philine Feulner (; +41 58 765 21 06)

Lab meeting tomorrow 1st September, 11.30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

This is a reminder about the the next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting. It will be tomorrow Tuesday 1st September at 11.30 am in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. Katherine Booth Jones will present a talk entitled:

Petrel Soup: gene flow in Pterodroma petrels between ocean basins

Kat is a final year PhD student working at the Institute of Zoology in London. Her PhD is on the at-sea distribution of a hybrid complex of petrels (cousins to the albatross) breeding in the Indian Ocean off the tropical island of Mauritius. Her work at NBAF hopes to classify individuals from Round Island and its potential source populations based on microsatellite genotyping, and use this data to investigate gene flow and the effects of genetic background on the at-sea dispersal of these petrels.

All the best

Mauricio Montaño-Rendón
Ph.D. student

Genomics of speciation in nightingales

I am offering a postdoc position in my lab on „Genomics of speciation
in nightingales“, and I would be grateful if you could pass the
advertisement along to any students or postdocs in your department who
might be interested.

More information about the postion is available at:

Application deadline is alredy on 21thAugust 2015!

Thank you very much!

With best regards,


– RNDr. Radka Reifová, Ph.D. Phone: +420 221 95 1872 E-mail:, Web page: Department of Zoology Charles University in Prague Faculty of Science Vini?ná 7, 128 43 Praha 2 Katedra zoologie Univerzita Karlova v Praze P?írodov?decká fakulta Vini?ná 7, 128 43 Praha 2

Genome Science meeting, Birmingham, 7-9th September

Registration open until 12th August.

Lectureships in Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor, UK

The School of Biological Sciences is currently hiring for 3 permanent faculty positions at the Lecturer level. In particular, the Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory ( will be seeking new team members and collaborators to join existing faculty and strengthen research capability. Current Principal Investigators comprise Gary Carvalho, George Turner, Si Creer, Wolfgang Wüster and Anita Malhotra with interests spanning fisheries genetics, speciation, venom/genome evolution, pollinators, phylogeny, systematics and a diverse array of environmental genomics applications. The MEFGL is housed in the bespoke, recently constructed Environment Centre Wales Building (ECW), linking the MEFGL to the Schools of Ocean Sciences, Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), facilitating a host of collaborative opportunities. The MEFGL benefits from fully equipped molecular labs, second and third generation sequencing capability at the Liverpool Centre for Genome Resarch ( and access/bioinformatic development capability on the HPC Wales supercomputing genomics gateway.

In addition to exploring fundamental issues in molecular ecology and evolution, the MEFGL contributed significantly to the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, through both the inclusion of high impact outputs, and in the provision of an Impact Case Study focusing on wildlife forensics and traceability in marine fisheries. The MEFGL also contributes significantly at an international level, with members on the editorial teams of leading journals in the field, such as Proceedings of the Royal Society Lond. B, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Fish and Fisheries, and Conservation Genetics. It is hosting in September the annual meeting of the UK Environmental DNA (eDNA) working group, preceded by a training workshop in eDNA for Indonesian colleagues. The MEFGL is also coordinating a major international symposium on Fish, Genes and Genomes in July 2016 with leading key-note speakers such as Axel Meyer, Robin Waples, Craig Primmer, Louis Bernatchez, Jenny Ovenden and John Casey. More broadly, research in the School of Biological Sciences is ranked in the top 20 Universities in the UK (2014 REF). Across the University, three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The University hiring remit is very broad to enable the selection of the strongest candidates. Applications from candidates in the fields of molecular ecology, evolutionary biology and genomics in its broadest sense are welcomed and most likely competitive, in light of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) process. The lectureships are branded as “Zoology” reflecting the composition of our degree portfolios, but we would encourage you to think and apply strategically with the research focused hires.

Where is Bangor?
Bangor is located in North West Wales, UK, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Snowdonia National Park and the sea (, providing an opportunity for a very high standard of living amongst a spectacular natural environment. International links are facilitated easily via both Liverpool and Manchester airports and London is just over 3 hours away via high speed trains.

The closing date for applications is 10th August 2015 and the application process can be found at, job reference: BU00844.

Any questions, please pay a visit to the MEFGL website and liaise with your chosen investigator.

Job opportunity to work on Bio-Linux and the EOS Cloud (1yr, Wallingford)

We are looking for a bioinformatician to join the group at CEH
Wallingford to work on the EOS Cloud project
which has just been launched in a pilot phase.

The role requires technical aptitude and a grounding in contemporary
bioinformatics but other than that we’re open-minded about who might
fill the role, and what we really want is someone who is bright,
organised, and ready to learn.  Initially this is a 12-month fixed-term
contract. Unfortunately we are not able to consider applicants who need
a work permit for the UK, so you must already be eligible to do so.

Here is the link with full details – note the closing date for
applications is the 19th August:

Peri’s leaving do

Hi all,

Tomorrow is my last day in Sheffield. It has been great fun meeting you all. To celebrate/commemorate my departure we should all drink responsibly at the Uni Arms pub at 5pm Friday. I don’t have everyone’s email so please forward this on to fun people!

See you tomorrow!


Photo session reminder

last chance to get a photo taken for the dept board

Common Room – TODAY 11:00-12:00