Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tenure track research scientist –Marine genomics and bioinformatics

The Helmholtz-Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR) is one of the leading institutes in marine research in Germany. With 750 employees and a yearly budget of 65 Mio € its major goal is fundamental and applied research in all areas of marine sciences. For more information please visit The research unit Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes is offering a position for a

Tenure track research scientist –Marine genomics and bioinformatics

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate who is expected to pursue his / her own research lines within the field of Marine Genomics (eukaryotes). There are also excellent opportunities to collaborate with ongoing and planned experimental projects that broadly address the evolutionary responses of populations to global change. Research projects in our group currently include:

– immune system evolution in invertebrates and teleosts
– adaptation and speciation genetics in sea turtles and teleost fishes
– experimental host-parasite co-evolution with bacteria, fish and viruses
– genomic and transcriptomic adaptation to ocean acidification in fish and phytoplankton

A major goal in our group is to seek the genetic basis of rapid adaptation /coevolutionary processes using a combination of selection experiments and field observations across contrasting habitats. One mid-term goal is to make predictions on the adaptability of species /populations based on their genomic architecture and standing genetic variation.
The GEOMAR has full access to the Center of Molecular Life Sciences Kiel with their state-of-the art next-generation sequencing facilities. Access to appropriate high-performance computing facilities is also available. The GEOMAR has culturing facilities to conduct experiments, as well as well-equipped immunological, cell biological and molecular genetic laboratories. We are also embedded into the Kiel excellence cluster The Future Ocean with the specific research topic The Evolving Ocean. GEOMAR is also member of the Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) ‘Evolutionary Biology’. Close collaboration with the newly established professorship for theoretical biology/bioinformatics at University of Kiel is expected. Candidates with a different background (for example terrestrial model species) are also encouraged to apply, provided they commit to entering the marine world with their model systems. The post includes some start up funding and a share of the institutional budget. In addition, the acquisition of third-party funding to expand the research line by the successful applicant is expected.

We request a doctorate in natural sciences. Fluency in scripting languages and in analyzing next-generation sequencing data is prerequisite. Experience in the research area is best documented by publications in international scientific journals.

This is a full-time position, the earliest starting data is anticipated 1 April 2013, The position is initially available for 3 years. Upon review, it can be made permanent (“tenure track”). The salary depends on qualification and is up to the class 14 TVÖD of the German salary rate for public employees.
Working language in the group is English. The GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female scientists and scientists with disabilities to apply. Provided equal qualification, they will be preferentially considered.

For further information on this post contact Prof. Thorsten Reusch (

Please send your applications for this position, including a full cv, a brief description of your research interests and perspective, and two names of possible references, no later than 25 September 2012 by e-mail in a single pdf-file to the personnel office (attn Katharina Mahn,

Yorkshire Universities Evolution Group – Monday 10 September

If you plan to come to YUEG in York (details earlier in the blog), please give your name to Angela ( by Friday 31 Aug. Cost will be just £10, to cover lunch.

There is a great programme, including 3 Sheffield talks:

Sophie Webster (Sheffield): Ecological measures of selection in divergent ecotypes of Littorina saxatilis

Allan Debelle (Sheffield): A story about flies, sexual selection and speciation

Kai Zeng (Sheffield): The effects of selection against deleterious mutations on patterns of diversity

Andres Arce (Manchester): Fitness effects of inter-kingdom competition on the growth and development of Nicrophorus vespilloides

Toni Marco (Manchester): On the origin of microRNA clusters

Dan Smith (Manchester): Awaiting title

Ellie Heyworth (York): The costs and benefits of hosting a new aphid endosymbiont

Ellie Harrison (York): Coevolving phages accelerate the loss of conjugative plasmids

Nitin Kumar (York): Are bacterial species really ecotypes?

Renske Gudde (Hull): Awaiting title

Steve Moss (Hull): Awaiting title

Joanna L Baker (Hull): Awaiting title

Paul Nichols (Hull): New colonists seed hybrid morphological novelty in an adaptive radiation

Sam Mason (Leeds): Toxoplasma gondii in lambs


Deborah Dawson (Sheffield): The NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility

Thomas C Mathers (Hull): Dating the Notostraca radiation

Daniel L Jeffries (Hull): A Genomic approach to the genetic impact of an invasive congener on a threatened native pond

Hanyuan Zhang (Sheffield): Genetics of Plumage Colour Pattern in the Gouldian finch, Erythrura gouldiae

Beatrice Gini: (Manchester): The squeaky pup gets the milk: indirect genetic effects in mice

Salisa Jumpa (Manchester): Awaiting title

TAB Group meeting today is cancelled

Accommodation wanted

Dear All

I have a new PhD student, starting about 15 September, who he will be
leaving again at the beginning of November to do fieldwork in New
Zealand. Does anyone have any spare accommodation for those 6-7 weeks?
If so, I’d be extremely grateful if you could let me know so that I
can pass on details to him.

I look forward to hearing from someone!

Best wishes
Ben Hatchwell (

TAB Group meeting tomorrow Friday 24/8, 12pm, B52

Accommodation wanted for a couple of days

Lyndsey Holland is coming to Sheffield for a few days….(I think Wed/Thurs)….does anyone have a room for her to stay? email her on


Terry’s group meeting today 2pm B52

Joint meeting of the British Ecological Society, the Biochemical Society and the Society for Experimental Biology on …

…Aboveground–belowground interactions: technologies and new approaches

Charles Darwin House, London, UK
8–10 October 2012

Poster and more info: Abovebelowground meeting_London_Oct2012.

Yorkshire Universities Evolution Group – Monday 10 September

Please do consider coming to YUEG (details below) – it is a lot of fun! Make a note in your diary now. If you would like to offer a talk or poster, please email Peter Young (see below) and copy to me ( Pass the word around the Department.



Dear all

Back in May, I told you that this year’s YUEG would be on Monday 10 September. That is now less than six weeks away, so it is high time that we got together a list of speakers, posters and other participants.

As usual, we encourage short talks from anyone, but especially PhD students and postdocs. Unless demand is overwhelming, we will aim for 20-minute slots, and should be able to accommodate about 15 talks, which would ideally be 3 each from Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Manchester and York. Feel free to propose more, but we may have to impose a quota if demand is high.

We also encourage posters, and there is no real limit on the number of these.

The meeting will be held in the main lecture theatre of the Department of Biology at the University of York, with posters displayed in our roomy atrium, where the lunch and breaks will also be provided. The cost will be £10 per head, which will cover coffees, teas, and a sandwich lunch. I’ll let you know how to pay when I’ve sorted it out with our finance people. The first session will probably start at 10am, which gives everyone a chance to get here.
This well-established meeting is a great opportunity for younger scientists to present their work in a friendly, informal group that is wider than their own department. The topics can be anything that is recognisably “evolutionary biology”. Please circulate this message now to all relevant groups at your university, and encourage potential speakers and poster presenters to contact me as soon as possible with a title so that we can put a programme together. I’d also like to have some idea of potential numbers attending from your university, so that I can approach the caterers with a preliminary booking.

I look forward to seeing you all in York next month. Please acknowledge that you have got this message. If I don’t hear back from you, I’ll assume you are away and will try to contact someone else at your university.

Best regards


Prof J P W Young
Department of Biology (Area 3)
University of York
YO10 5DD

Petanque- Thursday- 1pm on the park

Petanque- Thursday- 1pm on the park