Author Archives: Carole


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.

PhD position in Montpellier, France

Hi everyone,

A PhD position is available at the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution (Montpellier, France) to work on the causal and proximal mechanisms of adaptive speciation in the house mouse (Mus musculus). The project combines behavioural, biochemical, chemical and genetic approaches to understand the evolution of assortative mating based on an olfactory-based mate recognition system. Specifically, the PhD student will test for the role of competition and sexual selection in adaptive speciation, and will participate to the identification of the odorant molecules involved in species mate recognition. A strong background in evolutionary biology is required, experience in chemical ecology and behavioural ecology is not compulsory but will be appreciated. Candidates of all nationalities can apply, but they should be proficient in spoken and written English. French skills, although helpful, are not essential.

The PhD student will be immerged in a multidisciplinary international project. Furthermore, the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution ( is hosted at the University of Montpellier, in the Mediterranean part of France and is part of a vast group of academic institutions in Montpellier devoted to research in Evolutionary Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Applied Plant Sciences. Montpellier is more generally one of the most vibrant research communities in France.

The position is for three years. The student will be attached to the graduate school ‘Ecole Doctorale SIBAGHE’ ( Raw monthly salary is 2600 Euros.
Deadline for submission of applications is the 3rd of September 2010. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Guila Ganem ( a week before the deadline. Applicants should send a 1-2-page application letter stating research interests and date of availability, a detailed CV, and the names and contact details of at least two referees, preferably by email.

leaving do

Hi everyone,


After two years and a half in Sheffield and at APS, it is now time for me to leave, moving further south to London and when enough readapted to heat settling down in Montpellier in France. It has been a really great time working and interacting with you and I would like to thank you very much for this. To say goodbye, I was thinking it would be nice to have lunch at the Dam House in Crooke Valley Park this Friday from 12.00 for those who can make it.  Please, let me know if you want to join so that I can book if necessary.

For those of you who will not be very hungry or are more late birds, I will also be at the interval from 17.00 for a drink!


I hope to see you on Friday!




flat for rent

Hi all,

I will be leaving Sheffield quite soon now (end of July) and therefore my 1 bedroom flat on Furnace Hill (S3) will be available for rent from the 3nd of August. You will find more details below in the advert. If someone is interested or needs more details, please let me know. Otherwise you can directly contact the landlady (see her contact details below).




Beautiful one bedroom apartment in converted Wesleyan Chapel, S3

Available is a modern fully fitted, fully furnished one bedroom apartment on first floor of converted chapel.
The property is well located, within a 5 minute walk from the city centre and 5 minutes from the universities.

The apartment includes a large open plan living area with great views with a fully fitted kitchen and double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

£500 per calendar month
Available August 2009
I require one months rent in advance and one months rent deposit.

Please call 07801 355 498
Lindsey Green
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Hi all,

My computer crashed a few days ago and has just been formatted so I need to (re)install some softwares. For most of them I can get some “staff” copies through CiCS but the following ones need to be ordered via SAP: Endnote X2.0.1, Acrobat Professional 9.0, PhotoshopCS4.11, Dreamweaver CS4.10.  Some of them are expensive so before anything else, I would like to know if some of you already have some of these copies that I could use, or if some of you would also be interested in getting these softwares. Thanks to let me know by email (



Presentation of Nimblegen Sequence Capture Array technology

On Thursday morning (19th February), Marco Rijnen from Nimblegen will visit us to talk about Nimblegen Sequence Capture Array technology. He will give a brief presentation followed by more detailed discussions, at 11am in the Common Room. Everyone is welcome.
If you would like to talk to Marco on a one-to-one basis, please contact me (