Monthly Archives: November 2012

Accommodation required

Hayley King is visiting the lab and looking for accommodation from 14th Jan for a month or so. If you can help please email her directly:


bears and tits: Mol Ecol lab meeting, Tuesday 4th, 10am, B52

Hi all!
We have two more great talks for you this month: Haris is going to talk on “Non-invasive genetics of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in Greece” and Jenny will present “Genetic architecture of lay date in a wild bird population”.
A reminder that ALL members of the lab are expected to attend these monthly meetings. If you are hosting a visitor, they are most welcome to come along with you!
See you on Tuesday!
Anna :)

Vote for video entry to the “Women into Science” European Science Foundation contest

Dear all,

Elspeth Kenny and Kate Ford from our department in APS have made a video to encourage girls to study science. Their entry has been accepted into the European Science Foundation contest, and voting is now open. The entry is called ‘Science, it’s your thing!’ You can vote every day until 28/11 and every vote counts.

Watch the video on:

Vote on:

The original video made to promote the website was taken down from the site the same day it was launched, and people are still blogging about how awful it is…

Elspeth and Kate say: “We wanted to encourage girls to study science for the excitement of science itself. Women are still under-represented in science for many reasons, yet increasing diversity across the disciplines can only have a positive effect on the output of creative ideas necessary for scientific progress.”


…as some of you know we have been playing Petanque at lunch during the summer…we aim to keep the ‘Petanque League’ going over winter (if dry, sunny i.e today!). Everyone Welcome to play! No experience necessary! Just turn up at the pitch (near the Bandstand). Cheers, Andy.

New PhD position at the University of Groningen

“Causes and consequences of variation in dispersal behaviour”

Groningen PhD Advert

The preferred starting date is February 1, 2013.

Application forms can be found on website: Closing date: December 8, 2012


…interesting job in the Children’s hospital- (Head of Lab Services- Next Gen Sequencing, robotics, clinical testing etc.)

Office security

We have had a couple of things go missing from B54. Please remember to check that doors shut properly behind you, please dont prop doors open and put laptops and valuables in your locker if the office is/might become unattended. Please dont leave these on show overnight. If you need a laptop security cable please see Andy.


Terry’s Group meetintg tomorrow Fri 16/11, 2-3.30pm – Common Room!

Please note the location as B52 is not free!

Freezer thawing this week

We are freezer thawing this week… (and coldroom tidying) it would be great if you could throw anything out. We have 2 freezers-worth in the freezer room and subsequent freezer items will be placed 2 along into the newly cleaned freezer. Hopefully that makes sense :) Andy.

Flycatcher speciation genomics jobs

2 postdoc positions at the Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University in the group of Prof Hans Ellegren (

Each position is for two years with the possibility of extension for two more years

Advances in large-scale genomics open new opportunities in speciation research. It allows us to address questions such as the genes underlying the process of speciation, the character of genomic divergence during speciation, and speciation-with-gene-flow. Flycatchers of the genus Ficedula offer an excellent model system for studies of these and related questions (see e.g. Nature 387:589-592, 411:45-50, Science 318:95-97). We have recently sequenced and de novo assembled the flycatcher genome (at 85x coverage and with a scaffold N50 of 7.3 Mb) and performed genome-wide re-sequencing of multiple individuals (each at 5x coverage) of the two closely related species, collared flycatcher and pied flycatcher (Nature, in press; doi:10.1038/nature11584). By this we have identified a number of ‘divergence islands’, many of which are associated with centromeres and telomeres, potentially indicating a role for meiotic drive in species divergence. We are now seeking new postdocs to join this long-term project in which coming research will use data from whole-genome re-sequencing of multiple populations (sympatric as well as allopatric) and species, from a 50K SNP array (genotyping in pedigrees and population samples) and from the flycatcher transcriptome and methylome. Genomic parameters that will be analyzed include, for example, recombination rates, linkage disequilibrium, expression divergence, and epigenetic modification. Successful candidates will have the possibility to choose among several possible directions of research, in dialogue with the host.

The venue for these positions, the Evolutionary Biology Centre, is situated in recently-built localities in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with a regular recruitment of PhD students and post-docs from abroad. The Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students, and with research programs in, for example, ecology, genetics, genomics and developmental biology. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. A graduate school in ‘The Genomics of Phenotypic Diversity in Natural Populations’ ( provides a framework for courses and other activities for PhD students. Local platforms for next-generation sequencing ( and high-performance computational analyses ( ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings conveniently situated close to Stockholm.

The positions, which are funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant, are affiliated with the Department of Evolutionary Biology – an overview of the research activities in the environment can be found at our web pages ( Thanks to a number of competitive grants recently obtained, the environment has expanded significantly and houses 8 independent research groups and about 20 PhD students, 20 postdocs, and some bioinformaticians. A common theme is that we address key questions in evolutionary biology, like speciation, local adaptation, life history evolution, genome and molecular evolution, using genomic approaches. Study organisms include natural bird and plant populations, Neurospora, Drosophila, zebra fish, domestic animals and humans. We have tight connections with several other research programs at the Evolutionary Biology Centre.

Suitable background to these positions is a PhD geared toward speciation genetics, population genetics or bioinformatics. Experience from bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing data is of merit. Competition might be fierce so Informal inquiries and applications should be sent by email to Applicants must provide a CV, a statement of research interests and the name and contact details of at least two references. The positions remain open until filled. Starting date is flexible.

Professor Hans Ellegren
Department of Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University
Norbyvägen 18D
SE-752 36 Uppsala