Monthly Archives: October 2009

Congratulations to Clemens and Sophy

on their new positions! Well done. I’ll let them tell us all what they’re going to be doing?

Snowy plovers – a separate species

Congrats to Clemens for his latest paper being highlighted in NERCs PlanetEarth online  news (check it out in Fridays Metro too!) 

Evolutionary applications – new journal

Dear all,

A new journal has been released this year – which might be an option for submitting work to?

(some of our Facility visitors have had papers published in it)

Evolutionary applications

Interesting research paper

Think of what you could have spend your time documenting while you were doing lab work instead

Reminder: Mol Ecol Group meeting this Tues

The meeting with be held this Tuesday 3rd Nov, 10 – 11 am, in B52, with talks on:

‘Pathogen adaptation under vaccination pressure’ by Grainne

‘Asexual reproduction in ostracods’ by Roger

Multiplex manager tip for printing

…in case you don’t know you can Save as a pdf. and then from this you can easily print.

Technician post- closing date 11th Nov

Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Research Technician Post, Grade 7
Analysing quantitative trait loci of sexual antagonism in fruitflies
A research technician post is available at University College London to work
with Max Reuter and Kevin Fowler on the genetic basis of sexual antagonism
in fruitflies. The position is part of a project funded by the Natural Environment
Research Council, the aim of which is to identify and characterise quantitative
trait loci of sexual antagonism in Drosophila melanogaster. The project
combines evolutionary and molecular genetic approaches to fine-map QTL of
sex-specific fitness and identify candidate genes underlying sexual
antagonism. The post-holder will assist a postdoctoral researcher in
phenotypic and molecular analyses and will have primary responsibility for a
suite of hemiclonal lines and recombinants. Duties will include fitness assays,
genotyping via SNP genomic markers, resequencing of genomic regions of
interest, data entry/analysis, insect husbandry and laboratory management.
The project will be based in a thriving research group within UCL’s GEE. For
further information on this project and the group, see
This position is an opportunity for a highly motivated, independent and reliable
individual who enjoys working in a team. The candidate will need good
organisational and research skills and to be positive about using, developing
and troubleshooting new methods. Molecular skills are essential. Experience
of large-scale experiments with insects and behavioural assays would be
advantageous. Education to B.Sc. Hons. level or higher and work experience
as a technician or researcher in a relevant discipline is required. The post is
available from 1st January 2010 (flexible) for 36 months, with a starting salary
at Grade 7, point 29 on the UCL salary scale: £31,620 (£28,839 plus £2,781
London Allowance).
Application Process: For more information and to apply using the online
application process please vitis the post’s page on the UCL HR website,
accessible through It is essential that candidates
ensure that their skills and experience meet the post’s criteria outlined before
applying. In case you have difficulties with the online system, plase email, Ian Evans, Divisional Staffing Officer, Faculty of Life
Sciences, University College London, Room 122, Darwin Building, Gower
Street, London, WC1E 6BT. Telephone: 020 7679 4486.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11th November 2009,
4:30pm. Interviews will take place in late November.
UCL Taking Action for Equality


Hi everyone- thanks to you all for your help in celebrating my 40th Birthday!!! The presents you bought me are amazing…I can now tell the time (in several different time zones- in analogue and digital)…without looking like a tramp (although I will now have to think where I can keep my supply of emergency copper wire). The dragonfly also thankfully re-appeared and I am more convinced than ever that Britain makes the best cheese!

The card was also really lovely- thanks.

If anyone would like to play tennis do let me know (or if you want to borrow my new racket and balls just help yourself- I’ll leave them near my computer).

…thanks again!


TAB GROUP MEETING tomorrow start at 12.30 instead of 12

Dear all,

we’ll still be meeting in B52, but at 12.30 this time. Cakes or nibbles still required!

Mol Ecol Lab Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd November, 10-11 in B52.

There will be talks from Grainne and Roger