Monthly Archives: June 2013

Should ‘The Conversation’ change their co-authorship policy?

The Conversation is a news website that publishes opinion articles by academics. They have a co-authorship policy that requires authors to be in ‘active research’ otherwise, a co-author in ‘active research’ must be added to the article. However, when they have enforced this co-authorship policy there is no aknowledgment of this alongside the article. This detracts attention from the main author. I think they should change their policy – see my comment at the bottom of Debbie’s article at and please voice your own opinions there too.


Well dressing and dancing in the peak district

It’s Bakewell festival of dance on Saturday if anyone is intested in going (Bus 218).

Its also well dressing season in the peak district (the ancient custom of decorating wells and springs)

For transport info see traveline east midlands =


compiling fortran code on iceberg

Hi all,
we are trying to compile Colony to run on iceberg and are having lots of problems getting it to run. Iceberg recently updated its MPI environments and the previously compiled version of Colony stopped working. If anyone has any pointers or would possibly have time to have a go compiling for me on iceberg it would be much appreciated!
Many thanks!


For those of you missing watching the Sheffield peregrines – Have a look at the Welsh Dyfi ospreys Monty and Glesni. Their chicks are due to hatch this weekend and are on a live stream (who needs wimbledon),



Mol Ecol lab meeting, Tuesday 2nd July, 10am in B52

Hi all!
please come along to hear talks (and hopefully eat cake!) from Ludovic and Clemens:

Clemens Kuepper: Genetics of shorebird breeding systems
Ludovic Duvaux: Pattern of Copy Number Variation during aphid speciation: insights from a NGS capture experiment

Please bring along any newbies in the lab – everyone associated with the Burke / Butlin / Fraser / Nosil / Slate / Zeng groups or visiting the NBAF facility is most welcome (and you don’t need to be doing labwork to come along – the meetings are general research talks!).

We have been a bit late finishing the last few meetings so we’ll try to keep to the 10-11am schedule this time – please try to arrive in plenty of time so we can start promptly at 10am, thanks!

See you there!

Terry’s Group meeting this Friday 28/6, 12pm, B52

For our new visitors, we have an unwritten rule that you should bring a cake, so if you feel in a baking mood, please go for it! 😉

Webinar “A Traveler’s Guide to Next Generation Sequencing”. Wed 26th June 5pm

Recent advances in technology and cost effectiveness of next generation sequencing has led to its progressively wider implementation in both research and clinical settings. The amount of data it produces, however, can be overwhelming—typically over three million variants per genome. The challenges for many researchers today are how to make sense of this huge volume of data in the context of the scientific question being asked, and how to identify those variants that provide meaningful and relevant information. In this webinar we will discuss current approaches to variant analysis and how they can be most effectively integrated into the next generation sequencing pipeline.

During the webinar, viewers will:

Learn about various methods for analyzing and comparing variants, including tips and pitfalls
Gain a fuller understanding of the importance of accurate and robust variant analysis
Receive advice on managing and manipulating large data sets
Have the opportunity to put their questions to our panel of experts!

There is no TAB group meeting today (Friday)

Postdoc at UCL

UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Research Associate: Comparative genomics

The appointment will be full time on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £32,375 – £34,165 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

The Telford Lab in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to join a team funded by an ERC advanced grant. The project aims to study the morphology, embryology and genetics of the Xenacoelomorpha (Xenoturbellida and Acoelomorpha) – a newly identified phylum of worms that have been linked to the deuterostomes.

The Research Associate will contribute to a comprehensive comparative study of the genomes and transcriptomes of the Xenacoelomorpha and their relatives.

The post is available immediately and is funded until 31st May 2018 in the first instance.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (awarded or about to be awarded) in a relevant area. The ideal candidates will have a good knowledge of bioinformatics and especially comparative genomics and a strong interest in animal evolution. They will be responsible for the assembly and annotation of genomes and transcriptomes of members of the Xenacoelomorpha and for developing and implementing methods to enable the large scale analysis of these genomes and performing comparisons with genomes from other metazoans in an evolutionary framework.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1341661.

Please attach a CV and a brief personal statement, explaining how your qualifications and experience make you a suitable candidate for the post.

For informal queries about the post, please contact Professor Max Telford,

email: . If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Jeremy Guyer, email: .

Closing Date: 10th July 2013.
Latest time for the submission of applications: 5 pm.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Max TelfordProfessor of Zoology
Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment,
University College London,
Darwin Building,
Gower Street,

London WC1E 6BT, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2554 (Internal: 32554)
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 7096

Meet our new visitors

Welcome to Alex and Louise, who started last week and also to Alessia, Ali, Ellie, Kim, Lilly, Niles and Rachel who all started today.

If you want to meet and welcome the new people – they are introducing themselves/ their projects with 5 slides from 3pm in B52

There are 7 people doing this – so allow approx 30 mins.