Monthly Archives: September 2015

Lab meeting October 6th, 2pm, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will take place on October 6th at 2pm in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. We have two speakers this month, Becca Thomas and Ghaniya Bi.

Becca Thomas will present a talk entitled:

Are parasite infections a threat to the European Turtle dove?

Becca is a final year PhD student at the University of Leeds. She is researching whether the parasite Trichomonas gallinae is having an impact on the declining population of European Turtle doves in the UK. Her work at NBAF uses molecular tools to detect and identify strains of parasite in bird and environmental samples and she is testing the suitability of the MiSeq for this particular usage. She would also like to discuss the potential for detecting parasites in museum specimens.

Ghaniya Bi will present a talk entitled:

Does genetic relatedness predict spatial structure within European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster)?

Ghaniya is a Genetics society project student. She will look at cooperative breeding in a Croatian population of European bee-eaters. More specifically, she will discuss whether relatives live closer together than unrelated individuals in this population, which is an important factor as relatedness facilitates cooperation.

All the best,

Emma and Natalie

Terry’s group meeting today has been cancelled.

Charity cakes at Krebs from 10am

Kreb’s Café we will be selling a wide variety of home made cakes from 10am today (Tuesday)

– to support the charity Endometriosis UK.

Message from Jarek Bryk (U of Huddersfield)

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about a new funding opportunity you may not otherwise hear about. Polish National Science Centre has announced a “Polonez” funding for researchers who want to spend up to two years doing basic science research in Poland (open to all disciplines). The financial conditions are quite favourable (4350 Euro gross monthly salary with full employment, plus extras for family allowance) and research grants for up to 160000 PLN (~30000 GBP, ~40000 Euro) for two years for a life science project. The starting date is September 2016, and the deadline for applications is December 15th.

The call and more details are here: and you can email me ( if you’re looking for a project and/or need some help or advice in selecting or contacting a potential host institution in Poland.

Postdoc – Chili

My friend and colleague Olga Barbosa is looking for a post-doc with experience in experiments and data analysis of metagenomic data to work with a vibrant team of researchers and the Chilean wine industry to explore how soils and native forests surrounding vineyards can serve both the wine industry and conservation objectives.  The person should have a PhD that includes experience in metagenomics and at least one of soils, yeasts or lactic bacteria.  The post is in Chile.  If you know of anyone who might be interested have them get in touch with me, and I’ll get them in touch with Olga.

Dr. Andrew Beckerman,
0114 222 0026

Lecturer in Genomics/Bioinformatics Sheffield Hallam

Hello Everyone,

We are currently advertising for a lecturer in Genomics/Bioinformatics, so please forward the link ( to any contacts you have that may be interested.

Many thanks,


Plant Evolutionary Biology Meeting: 15/16th September 2016

Following a highly successful inaugural meeting at RBG Edinburgh in September 2014, we have decided to host a follow-on biennial meeting at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens in conjunction with the new Sainsbury Lab. The second meeting will follow a similar format as in 2014, with a two-day event, notable plenary speakers, and a range of invited speakers touching on many areas of Plant Evolution research in the UK. There will of course be ample opportunity for submitted talks and a poster session, as well as a chance to tour the beautiful gardens, and visit Darwin’s herbarium.

We are in the final stages of coordinating a list of invited speakers, as well as settling on the final costs, but will be in a position to send these details out soon.

In the meantime please note these dates in your calendar, and do circulate to any interested colleagues who did not make it to the first meeting,

with best wishes,

Sam Brockington, Curator, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
Beverley Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

Terry’s group meeting tomorrow (11/9) 1.30pm

Bioinformatician post: Bio-Linux and the EOS Cloud (1yr, CEH Wallingford)

Dear all, we have been contacted by Tim Booth, CEH, about a position likely to appeal to someone who is just finishing a masters or a PhD with a bioinformatics component.

Job opportunity to work on Bio-Linux and the EOS Cloud (1yr, Wallingford)

We are looking for a bioinformatician to join the group at CEH
Wallingford to work on the EOS Cloud project
which has just been launched in a pilot phase.

The role requires technical aptitude and a grounding in contemporary
bioinformatics but other than that we’re open-minded about who might
fill the role, and what we really want is someone who is bright,
organised, and ready to learn.  Initially this is a 12-month fixed-term
contract. Unfortunately we are not able to consider applicants who need
a work permit for the UK, so you must already be eligible to do so.

Here is the link with full details – the new closing date for applications
is the ** 1st October **:

Please send any questions to


Tenure track Assist Prof job in Stockholm

Chris Wheat (Stockholm) has brought this tenure track post to my attention – blurb here: Advert Evoldir_Assistant Prof 13 aug