Monthly Archives: August 2014

Accomodation needed for visiting student

Hello All,

There is an exchange student who will be in Sheffield Sept-Feb and volunteering in my lab who is looking for accommodation. If you know of anything, please contact her (Lena Jeanson) at the following email:



Laura’s leaving drinks

Hi molecol friends,
I will be leaving at the end of this week so am planning on going for a few drinks after work on Friday in the Interval, would be great to see you there!

Next meeting: Tuesday 2nd September, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

Please remember the molecular ecology lab meeting next Tuesday 2nd September at 11:30 am in the Common Room. The two speakers will be:

– Katherine Fish. “The Microbial Ecology of Drinking Water Distribution Systems”.
– Damiano Porcelli. “Genetics of Local Thermal Adaptation: A Semi-Natural Study Of The Drosophila Subobscura Model System”.

Please let me know should you wish to give a talk. The following dates are available:

– October 7th
– November 4th
– December 2nd


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

Research Fellow-Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Research Fellow, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Closing date: 09-Sept-2014

Vacancy ref: 031040

A 3-year post-doctoral post is available in the Division of Genetics and Genomics at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. The post is in the laboratory of Dr Ross Houston, and is funded by the European Union as part of the large collaborative project FISHBOOST (see, which aims to improve selective breeding for aquaculture.
The aim of this post is to investigate the genetic basis of disease resistance in farmed fish populations, including rainbow trout, common carp and European sea bass using RAD sequencing (Baird et al. 2008, Plos One 3:e3376). RAD sequencing has been used in our laboratory to generate single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) datasets in fish populations (e.g. Houston et al. 2012 BMC Genomics 13:244; Gonen et al. 2014 BMC Genomics 15:166). RAD will be applied to disease-challenged populations of farmed fish to map resistance genes.
This post will include aspects of project management, experimental design, preparation of tissue and DNA samples, creation of RAD libraries, bioinformatics analyses of sequencing datasets, quantitative genetic analyses and writing up of results.

Applicants must have a PhD or be near to completing a PhD in the fields of genetics, genomics and/or bioinformatics with experience of laboratory techniques and bioinformatics / genetics analyses using large datasets. Experience of next-generation sequencing analysis would be advantageous. The post-holder will also be expected to have demonstrable skills in project management and the oral and written communication of scientific results.

This post will offer the opportunity to work in the rapidly developing area of aquaculture breeding and genomics. The post-holder will have the chance to collaborate with leading European researchers in the field and to attend international meetings and conferences.

Annual salary of £31,342 to £37,394 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for 36 months.

For informal enquiries, please contact


1st Student Symposium on Computational Biology and Life Sciences

Regional Students Group of International Society of Computational Biology in the UK

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

Pontypridd, United Kingdom

Workshop in Marine Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics

Hello All,

Just a note that there is a workshop in Vigo this fall, organized in part by APS alumni (and friend) Juan Galindo. Although it is focused on marine organisms, the topics tackled should apply well across organisms (particularly the data handling and analyses bits). Victor will be running a hands-on tutorial as part of the workshop. More info can be found here:

cheers, Patrik

Special seminar on genomics of speciation, this Thursday August 7th

Hello All,

A candidate for a post-doctoral position in our lab will be visiting APS this Thursday, August 7th. She has worked on empirical analyses of genome variation in hybrid zones (e.g., in Populus with Christian Lexer) and on theoretical models of genomic architecture and speciation (e.g., with Alex Buerkle). She will be giving a 30 minute seminar on her research at 4pm in the common room (this Thursday). All all welcome so spread the news. Drinks to follow in the pub around 5pm.