Monthly Archives: December 2011

Xmas meal at Fat Cat ordered (Mon 12 midday)

Dear all,

Everyones xmas meals and puds have been ordered – we will be eating in the room upstairs.

All the meals will be on a single tab so please only order your own drinks.

Anyone wishing to come who forgot to pre-order food please just come along (they can fit in a few late food orders) and if you want to come just for drinks, that would be fab too.

We should probably set off 11.30-ish or bit later if we get the tram to shalesmoor.


TAB group meeting changed to Tuesday 20/12 12pm Finlay Room!

last one of the year!


Please use this menu (the one on their webpage is wrong)
Please record your choice on the sheet in the lab by THURS 5pm

Roast turkey and stuffing £5
Steak and ale pie – £5
Nutty mushroom pie(v) – £5
these served with roast potatoes, & veg

Mexican mince and nachos with rice £4.50
Savoury bean casserole with rice £4.50

Cheesy brocolli & Pasta
Olive & feta Salad(g/f)
Cheese & Onion Pie
Ploughmans Lunch(g/f)
all served with salad & bread

Xmas pudding
Apple crumble
Jam roly-poly
Chocolate sponge

Molecular Ecology Lab poster

Hi all,

This is the link to the TAB lab poster for those who want to keep the file (the poster is in the lab between the sequencer room and Andy’s office)



Xmas meal

Dear all,

Ive booked the Fat Cat for our Christmas meal which will be at lunchtime (12 midday) on Monday 19th December. Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier!

Please check the lunch menu for next week which will be available from Wednesday and record on the form on the lab whiteboard what you want BY THURS 5pm (or let us know on this form if you wont be coming). Please also tick if you want to play secret santa.


Last chance to see! Coffee with Juan, 10.30am Tuesday, B52

Please join us for one last farewell to Juan in B52 at 10.30 on Tuesday (well, he’ll be around for two more days after that, but noone will see him because he will be moving at the speed of light to get everything done…!).
Rachel and Maria Elena have kindly offered to bring some baking, if anyone else is feeling creative some extra goodies would be much appreciated :)

Mince pie alert!

Courtesy of Starlab…locker room from 1pm

cheers, Andy

Carol Sing- Saturday 10th December

Hi- as some of you know I sing in the Stannington Mixed Voice Choir. This Saturday we are doing a concert of local carols (quite old ones from around the Stannington area of Sheffield). There will also be a general ‘sing-along’. Some of these carols are really lovely and very ’Christmassy’. On a good day I think we are quite good. I think there will be mince pies and tea afterwards :) A while ago I promised that I would invite some of you to it…so here is my invite! I think it is only £1 to get in.
Time and Location (as long as isn’t too snowy)
Saturday 10th December, starts at 2pm Knowle Top Chapel (Uppergate, Stannington) this is the closest postcode I can find S6 6AJ which is for the Peacock Inn (as per normal the Chapel is just across the road from the pub!).
If you need more details let me know :)

Next Mol Ecol meeting 6 Dec 10:00h B52

We have a meeting this Tuesday, 6nd December, at 10:00 in B52.

We will here from Jessica about:

“Birds of a feather, survive, breed and grow together: Spatial paterns of starlings on Fair Isle”

and from Peter Korsten who comes all the way down from Edinburgh to tell us about

“Genetic integration of dispersal and exploration behaviour in great tits”



Dear All,
Please find below an advert for a postdoctoral position in my group.
Best wishes,
Carole Smadja

Postdoctoral position in mouse population genomics and speciation at CNRS  Montpellier, France.
 A two-year post-doctoral position is available at CNRS Montpellier, France to work with Carole Smadja and Pierre Boursot on the genomics of adaptive speciation in the house mouse (Mus musculus).
 This ANR and EU-funded project is devoted to characterise the genetic components of sexual isolation and reinforcement in the house mouse. Cutting-edge high throughput technologies including next-generation sequencing will be used to assess genome-wide and candidate gene variation and divergence between the two European subspecies of the house mouse, a model system for the study of speciation-with-gene-flow.
 Research areas will thus include speciation genomics, mouse population genetics and evolutionary history, method development for analysis of next-generation sequencing data sets, natural selection detection and characterisation, and population genetics theory.
 The successful candidate will be in charge of designing NGS experiments, analysing and interpreting data and handling manuscript preparation. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area (evolutionary biology, genomics). We are seeking for someone with a vivid interest in evolution and speciation research and a strong background in population genetics/ statistical genetics. Skills in bioinformatics and/or programming are essential. Experience in handling Next-Generation-Sequencing data will be strongly appreciated. Skills in French are not required.
 The Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution (Université Montpellier 2) has a long lasting history of research excellence in evolutionary biology, and Montpellier hosts one of the most vibrant communities of biodiversity research in Europe with several research centers of excellence in the field.
 Starting date: early 2012.
 Net monthly salary will be 2100-2500 Euros depending on experience.
 Applications should be sent to: by ***January 15, 2012*** and should include a 1-2-page research statement with date of availability, a detailed CV, and the names and contact details of 2-3 referees.