Monthly Archives: August 2010

Formamide in the chest Freezer near computers

….I’ve moved the formamide stock

Virus on computer?

…it’s a big problem at the moment if you see it you are advised to get in touch with CICS Helpdesk <> I am having CICS come and look at the lab computers

Postdocs at Silwood

2 Postdoc Research Associates in Bioinformatics & Speciation Genomics


Imperial College London


Salary £30,680 – £39,130 per annum


All appointments will normally be made at the bottom of the salary range


Silwood Park Campus


This is an exciting opportunity for two Research Associates with an interest in Evolutionary Genomics, Next-Generation Bioinformatics and Speciation Research. The successful candidates will carry out cutting edge research investigating the mechanisms of speciation using next-generation sequencing technologies on plant and animal systems on islands (including

– but not restricted to – the palms of Lord Howe Island, Australia, see Nature 441:210).


The successful candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline.

You will have a solid background in either (i) bioinformatic processing of next-generation data for genome assembly, and/or (ii) speciation genetics and genomics. Both candidates should have a strong interest in evolutionary biology.


The successful candidates must also be proficient in statistics, have advanced knowledge of either speciation biology or genome assembly, and in depth experience of working in bioinformatics/genomics.  Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment, a good track record of academic publications, and experience of management and analysis of complex bioinformatic and genomic data are essential.


The posts are funded for up to 3 years by the European Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Prof. Vincent Savolainen (holder of the ERC Advanced Grant) and his research group.


Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website:


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Vincent Savolainen ( or Ms Diana Anderson (


Committed to equality and valuing diversity.  We are also an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.


Closing Date


            20 September 2010 (midnight GMT/BST)


How To Apply


Click the following link:


Or follow the relevant links ’employment opportunities’, then ‘job search’ on Imperial College London’s website



Dear all,

Over the next few weeks, I will write protocols for the most common analysis methods. I have generated a folder entitled ‘\alain_protocol & applications’ on lightwood. It now contains a protocol for preparing your data for analysis. This document is of course a work in progress and any comments would be welcome. I will try to update you on new protocols in the future.

Security of personal belongings etc.

….just a quick reminder to say that the lab is not 100% safe in terms of being able to leave laptops, wallets etc. in clear view (I can see some stuff now that looks quite ‘nickable’ on view). I would advise that if you are going to leave your work area I would at least try to keep these things out of sight- feel free to dump in a cupboard (also remember to back-up your data to Lightwood).

 Do you need a locker? Let me know 🙂

First ViNCeNS Annual meeting 2010

to staff and post-graduate students,

You are invited to attend a workshop for the ViNCeNS project on Monday 6th September from 9.00 to 13.00. There will be an introduction from Richard Jones and keynote lecture from Prof Joan Abbott. The morning will also consist of presentations and posters from the postdocs and research group followed by a free lunch.

The ViNCeNS project is a Nanotechnology grand challenges in Healthcare project (Engineering Virus like Nanoparticles for targeting the Central Nervous System)

For further information and registration please see:
For catering purposes, please register by 27th August

Karen Bennett, ViNCeNS Project Manager, BMS, x23693

Teaching assistant, APS, 2010-2011

The Department is looking for an additional teaching assistant to help with level 3 projects, level 1 and 2 tutorials and level 3 dissertations next academic year.

They will need to have a PhD and the position would be part-time, so it would be perfect for a postdoc who is coming towards the end of their contract and is looking to extend their time in Sheffield. We have some flexibility in precisely how much time they would need to teach.

For more info, please contact Steve Rolfe, 20039,

office 2007

Dear all,

I am looking for the lab cd of office 2007. Would you kindly let me know if you have the cd 🙂



Postdoc in Tübingen, Germany

Kathi Foerster has asked me to pass on details of a job in her group.

See below:


Research Associate in Evolutionary Genetics

University of Tübingen, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, Group of Comparative Zoology

The research group of Katharina Foerster seeks a highly motivated team-oriented researcher with a strong background in molecular ecology, evolutionary genetics and/or population genetics. The person appointed is expected to lead the DNA lab, participate in ongoing projects, develop an independent research programme, teach (4 hours/week and semester) and supervise bachelor and master students.

The candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of biology, a strong postdoctoral research record in one or more of the above named fields, and good skills in statistics. He/she  will be involved in the startup of new research projects. Self-motivation and the willingness to work effectively and flexibly within a multi-disciplinary team will be essential. The working language in the lab will be English. However, for everyday life at the University and in Tübingen a willingness to learn German will be advantageous.

The newly established Chair of Comparative Zoology at the University of Tübingen will combine molecular genetic analyses with life history, behavioural, physiological, and morphological data collected in wild populations of various species to investigate the forces that may maintain genetic diversity in the wild. Our interests focus on behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, population genetics and quantitative genetics. Currently, we plan to establish two new long-term projects on harvest mice and on alpine newts, but we are open to include other types of organisms.

We are part of the Institute of Evolution and Ecology, a young and lively mix of experts ranging from vegetation ecologists to animal physiologists. This institute is a founding member of the recently established Evolution & Ecology platform EvE. Eve unites scientists working in the broad field of evolution and ecology in Tübingen, and it organises joint research and teaching, scientific meetings and public events. This environment offers excellent opportunities for professional feedback and interdisciplinary collaborations.

This is a fixed-term position, available from 01. October 2010 for 4 years, with option for extension. The salary will be according to a public service position in Germany (TV-L 13).

Applications will be reviewed from August 23, 2010 until the position is filled.

Please contact us for any further information:

To apply, please send an email with a single file attachment including your CV, a short description of your research interests and research experience (including a list of methods you are familiar with), and names and email addresses of 2-3 references who could be contacted to:

Professor Katharina Foerster  at

Tübingen is situated in Southern Germany between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb, not far from Stuttgart. The charming university town of 87,000 inhabitants and 22,000 students combines the flair of a restored medieval old town with the colourful bustle and typical atmosphere of a young and cosmopolitan students’ community. Tübingen features numerous cafes, beer gardens, restaurants and pubs as well as an active music and theatre scene.


Closing date 1st September.


Post Description:

A three-year postdoctoral position is available to provide research assistance to the Head of School of Biological Sciences, Professor G.F.Turner, in the area of speciation, evolutionary biology, genetics and animal behaviour. The focus of the research group is on speciation of African cichlid fishes, for which an increasing amount of molecular information is becoming available, including a full genome sequence. The appointee will join the large, thriving team in the Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Group (, in new purpose-built molecular laboratories in the Environment Centre, Wales, investigating the origins and significance of population and species biodiversity in animals.


Applicants should have a broad interest in evolution, genetics and ecology, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, with a strong willingness to work as part of a team, and to work to deadlines on research publications and grant applications. A background in some aspects of molecular genetics or bioinformatics is essential.


Professor George F. Turner

Head, School of Biological Sciences

Director of Research, College of Natural Sciences Memorial Building Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2UW Wales, United Kingdom