Monthly Archives: February 2019

Room available

Room available in a shared house with three PhD students. Located in Hunters Bar with a view to Endcliffe park. Available from April until end of June £325 pcm.
Big house in a quiet and green neighborhood, with two living rooms, two toilets, kitchen and garden.
Space for parking on the street is available.
For more details contact Clarissa Carvalho: cferreiradecarvalho1@sheffield.ac.uk

Accommodation available

2 bed house in quiet street in Crookes available April – September (six month
contract) £570 pcm.
Kitchen, living room, bathroom, main bedroom and open plan attic room.
Parking space and patio garden.
20 minute walk to University of Shefeld.
Would suit a single person or couple.
For more details contact Tamora James: tdjames1@shefeld.ac.uk

Paid field assistant post for the breeding season

Message from Dr Julia Schroeder, Imperial

Duties include the collection of field data on a wild blue tit population and oaks in Silwood Park. You will work in a team of students and technical assistants, collecting data on blue tits breeding in nest boxes and oaks. Duties involve nest box monitoring, catching of adults and young birds, ringing, data collection, data entry and management. There is the option to also contribute to ongoing research projects. We can offer reasonably prized accommodation on-site. Starting date would be late March but no later than 1st April for approximately 3 months depending on season.

Required skills: passerine handling and ringing skills (license a big plus), team work, field work experience, independence and able to work in a team. Must be conscientious with data.

Must be allowed to work in UK.

The Silwood Park Campus is a vibrant graduate campus one hour by train from London City with more than 120 graduate students from countries all over the world. During summer, there will even be our annual festival, Silfest! https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/prospective-students/life-at-silwood/

Silwood’s academics are world-class scientists, and we offer a range of graduate courses to improve hard and soft skills.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/research/

To apply, please send your CV, a motivation letter detailing your relevant expertise, and contact information for two references as soon as possible, to:

Julia.schroeder@imperial.ac.uk

Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting and Workshop on ‘Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome’ to be held **17th-19th June 2019** at the Marine Biology Laboratory, Tjärnö, Sweden.

Speciation genomics is a fast moving and rapidly changing field. Genome scans and demographic inference are popular tools for studying how barriers to gene flow evolve and how species diverge, but the field has only recently begun to take into account confounding factors that might bias these methods.

If standard approaches are insufficient for identifying barriers to gene flow and understanding the processes involved in speciation, where do we go next? One way forward is the use of sophisticated approaches to jointly infer signals of selection, gene flow and demographic history. We can also use efficient simulation to introduce greater statistical rigour to our approaches.

This three day workshop/meeting on speciation genomics will combine talks from invited speakers and participants, a discussion panel and a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a composite likelihood approach to infer selection, gene flow and demography from genome scan data.

Invited speakers include:
* Reto Burri (University of Jena)
* Jonna Kulmuni (University of Helsinki)
* Kelley Harris (University of Washington)
* Simon Aeschbacher (University of Zurich)
* Frederic Guillaume (University of Zurich)

The practical workshop will be led by Jerome Kelleher (Big Data Institute, Oxford) (the importance of simulations) and Konrad Lohse (University of Edinburgh). Some basic experience in Unix, and Python programming is necessary but we provide links to resources on our website: https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io/

There is space for approximately 40-50 participants. To apply, please register at https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io//register/. The deadline for applications is 25th February 2019.

It is free to register but attendance will cost $300 (US) to cover accommodation and food for the three days. Travel bursaries are available for MSc and PhD students wishing to attend.

We encourage participants from all backgrounds and levels to apply and we look forward to welcoming you to Sweden in June!

https://smbespeciationgenomics.github.io/

Mark Ravinet, Marina Rafajlovi?, Michael Matschiner, Simon Martin, Chris Jiggins & Markus Möst