Monthly Archives: March 2015

Lab meeting: Tue 7th Apr, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will be on Tuesday 7th April at 11:30 am in the Common Room (D floor, Alfred Denny Building). The two speakers are:

René E. van Dijk. “Causes and consequences of sociality”. René is a postdoc in Ben Hatchwell’s group, working on the evolution of cooperation in sociable weavers. Kin selection, kin recognition and inbreeding avoidance are things he is currently working on.

Ludovic Duvaux. “Inferring the speciation history of the pea aphids: insight from shared genetic diversity”. Ludovic is a postdoc in Roger Butlin’s group. He is mainly interested in understanding the genomic architecture of speciation and in inferring the demographic/phylogeographic history using various biological models (house mouse, pea aphid, pine species, bedbugs, nautilus). To these purposes, he uses population genetics and especially coalescent-based modelling to explain patterns of genetic/genomic diversity. Since recently, he is also highly interested in the evolution of copy number variation in populations and its putative role in local adaptation and speciation.

Please contact me should you wish to give a talk, available dates can be found here ( A volunteer for May 5th will be greatly appreciated since there is no speaker at the moment. Remember that you can see/add the calendar with the dates of the future meetings (

Finally, as usual, please let me know of any new members to be added to the email list.

Kind regards,

Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

Postdoc at Imperial

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics

Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Salary: £33,410 – £42,380 per annum
(maximum starting salary £35,190 per annum)

Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST)

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate with interests in speciation and evolution. The successful candidate will carry out cutting edge research on the genetic mechanisms of ecological speciation in a well-known group of anciently asexual animals, the bdelloid rotifers. You will sequence whole genomes for related bdelloid species living in different habitats and use population genomic analyses to test alternative mechanisms behind their divergence. The work will involve bioinformatics, statistical methods in population genomics and computer models. You will work closely with a Research Technician who will conduct molecular labwork.

The position is funded for up to 3 years by the Natural Environment Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Tim Barraclough and his research group.

You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline, and one or more first author (or joint first author) publications. The successful candidate will have expertise in population genomics and/or statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Experience of bioinformatics including scripting and/or programming is essential. While not essential, experience of handling and archiving large datasets and experience of genome assembly and/or population genomics analysis, would be an advantage.

You must have experience of working in a team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.

Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: For more information or with queries, contact Tim Barraclough at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces – NS 2015 053 JT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mrs Christine Short on 020 7594 2276 or email to request an application form.

Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST)

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Terry’s group meeting today 1.30pm seminar room 4

High Performance Computing Event – this Thursday (26/3/15), Sheffield

HPC@sheffield is an exciting University of Sheffield research computing event that will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about projects using research computing facilities used nationally and hosted locally at The University of Sheffield. HPC@sheffield will comprise a series of presentations, a poster session vendor exhibits and with demonstrations which will help to explain how researchers may access and utilise some of the facilities available for research computing.

The emphasis of this year’s event will be the “global grand challenges” and will feature presentations on research and research techniques that are used to address these challenges with the aid of high performance computing. The presentations will cover “grand challenges” in the fields of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Healthcare and Social Sciences, culminating in the final presentation about a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record.

For more information and to register:

APS visit by editor at Nature Communications

Dear All,

Vera Domingues, the lead editor for ecology and evolution at Nature Communications, will be visiting APS this Thursday the 26th. At 1pm in the D-floor common room she will give a presentation about the journal – all are welcome.



Genomics talk next week

Professor Winston Hide, Chair in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Sheffield and based in SITraN, is giving his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 17th March (17.15-18.15 in the Med School LT2, followed by a wine reception). This public lecture is part of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering.

The lecture is entitled “Breaking the Human Genome Code – Opening Pandora’s Box?”. You can register to attend here:

Journals needing a home

If you want any of these below please email Debs by Thursday 5pm.

from 1998 but mostly 2004 -2012

Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, The Auk, Behavioural Processes, Ecology Letters, Evolution, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Ornithology, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Notes, Molecular Ecology Resources

TAB Group meeting this Friday 1.30pm, BMS seminar room 1

Looking for travel buddy to Evolution 2015 Brazil

Dear all,

I am planning to attend the Evolution conference in Brazil at the end of June 2015. If anyone is interested in joining me for the travel please contact me (

Mauricio Montano-Rendon

PhD opportunity with Joe Hoffman (Bielefeld, Germany)

Dear all
Joe Hoffman has a (well-paid) PhD position advertised.
Details are here: CACHE readvertisement 27_02_15

Note that Joe would like somebody in place by May.