SASB Jobs News - 2014


Job announcements, by date posted (click on item for details):

Please send jobs news to the Secretary:  andrew . thornhill (at) gmail . com. For the list of jobs etc. posted in 2013, click here. 


 

Conservation systematics PhDs, Western Australian Museum

  • Title: Marine and terrestrial invertebrate diversity and evolution in the Pilbara region (2 PhDs)
  • Where: Molecular Systematics Unit laboratory, Western Australian Museum, and University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • Job: The Western Australian Museum has secured funding from the Net Conservation Benefits fund (NCB) to undertake a five year project on the Conservation Systematics of the western Pilbara fauna. In this project we are using molecular tools to provide a systematic framework for understanding the diversity, evolutionary relationships, and distributions of marine and terrestrial fauna in the Pilbara region. Included under this broad objective are specific questions pertaining to evolutionary history, understanding the drivers of speciation, species delimitation, phylogeography, taxonomy, and co-speciation. This project has funding to support two PhD projects that broadly align with the NCB project objectives. The PhD projects will be aimed at using molecular markers to investigate biodiversity in invertebrates from the Pilbara region, and surrounds. One project will focus on marine invertebrates (eg, sponges, soft corals, nudibranchs, crinoids, or other groups) and the other will focus on terrestrial invertebrates (eg, trap-door spiders, opiliones, millipedes, or other arachnid or insect groups). The specific project aims, questions, design and methods will be developed collaboratively by the students and supervisors. The work will include opportunities for field work in the Pilbara region, and lab costs will be generously supported by the NCB project.
  • Requirements: Currently, this opportunity is open to domestic students (Australia and New Zealand). Although the position is fully funded, students will be expected to put in an application for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA or University Postgraduate Award (UPA) (link) through UWA. The NCB funding will provide an additional top-up scholarship of $5k per year, bringing the total stipend to approx. $34k per year (tax free). Any international student should contact personnel below.
  • Dates: Applications close 11 July 2014 for start on 1 August 2014; applicants are encouraged to contact the personnel below to begin discussions as soon as possible.
  • Further information: Nerida Wilson, cc Jason Kennington for marine invertebrates; Joel Huey, cc Raphael Didham for terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Posted 14 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Collections Management Assistant, University of Alberta

  • Title: Collections Management Assistant (S106623296)
  • Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Job: The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Assistant, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Museum Collections Manager, the Collections Management Assistant is responsible for leading and implementing preventive conservation strategies (including collections moves); assisting with implementing the emergency preparedness plans and responses; managing the processing of loans and shipping; assisting with processing cultural property applications; assisting with implementing export permits and copyright processes; project managing collections management special projects; and assisting with all other aspects of collections management implementation where appropriate.
  • Requirements: See Web reference.
  • Dates: Applications close 2 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106623296/
  • Posted 14 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Biodiversity Informatics Advisor, University of Alberta

  • Title: Biodiversity Informatics Advisor (S106623298)
  • Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Job: The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Biodiversity Informatics Advisor, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Museum Collections Manager, Museums and Collections Services, and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Biodiversity Informatics Advisor is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections.
  • Requirements: See Web reference.
  • Dates: Applications close 2 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106623298/
  • Posted 14 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta

  • Title: Museum Collections Manager (A106623238)
  • Where: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Job: The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Museum Collections Manager, University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Executive Director, Museums and Collections Services, the Museum Collections Manager is accountable for leading and managing the Collections Management Program for the UofA Museums within the Museums and Collections Policy and the strategic plans. The Museum Collections Manager works as part of the MACS Team and in conjunction with the U of A Museums Curators and staff.
  • Requirements: See Web reference.
  • Dates: Applications close 3 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A106623238/
  • Posted 14 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Associate Professor, Systematic Botany, University Museum, Bergen

  • Title: Associate Professor in Systematic Botany (14/3062)
  • Where: University Museum, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Job: We are seeking an active researcher focusing on plant evolution, who has expertise in systematics of vascular plants and phylogenetics. Relevant fields of research are evolutionary relationships, taxonomy and species diversity of vascular plants, and evolutionary processes generating biodiversity. Applicants must be able to document research with international standards within one or more of these fields. This position entails the scientific responsibility for a botanic garden that is more than a century old; the Museum Garden. The successful applicant will also be scientifically responsible for the botanical exhibitions at the museum, and will take part in the development of new natural history exhibitions which are currently being planned. He or she will also be expected to take part in the teaching of botany at University of Bergen.
  • Requirements: Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate degree, or equivalent, in systematic botany. Working language is Norwegian.
  • Dates: Applications close 10 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/101821/associate-professor-in-systematic-botany. More information: Head of Natural History Collections, associate professor Kari Loe Hjelle, phone (+47) 55583323, kari.hjelle@um.uib.no.
  • Posted 8 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Associate Professor, Vertebrate Zoology, University Museum, Bergen

  • Title: Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology (14/3061)
  • Where: University Museum, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Job: We are seeking a researcher within vertebrate zoology with special competence in vertebrate skeletal morphology (osteology). The successful applicant should also have competence in one or several of the new scientific methods; i.e. isotopes, trace elements or DNA and be able to apply these in research on modern as well as sub-fossil skeletal material. The comprehensive collections of skeletal material from prehistory and present time are important data for research within faunal- and environmental history, morphological adaptation or evolutionary relationships. The successful applicant is expected to document research at international level in zoology/osteology at in least one of these methods. He/she is supposed to work within faunal- and environmental history. The successful applicant will have scientific responsibility for the modern skeletal collection. He/she is expected to participate in developing the collections through own research, but also by national and international cooperation as well as improvement of databases and home pages. The successful applicant is also expected to participate in teaching and in the development of zoological exhibitions at the University museum. In accordance with regulations, basic teaching training is a requirement for employees in scholarly, mid-level positions at the University of Bergen. The successful candidate will be offered appropriate training if this requirement has not been met before the appointment.
  • Requirements: Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate degree, or equivalent, in vertebrate zoology with special competence in skeletal morphology (osteology). Working language is Norwegian.
  • Dates: Applications close 10 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/101820/associate-professor-in-vertebrate-zoology
  • Posted 8 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Phylogenomics postdoc, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt

  • Title: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist (Ref. #D18e)
  • Where: Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Job: There is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated bioinformatics scientist to join our group. Initially, the successful individual will assemble mammalian genomes from various NGS data and dissect genomic data for phylogenomic analyses. The individual is encouraged to develop own research driven activities, implement the latest methodology, and actively apply for third party funding. Encouragement and support will be provided to help the individual develop specialist knowledge and skill sets. Your tasks: Understand scientific goals, and identify and realize informatics solutions; deliver impactful bioinformatics support; work with PhD students and Postdocs to translate new hypotheses into phylogenomic analyses; proactively engage in knowledge sharing and peer support to build expertise in the tools and techniques critical to phylogenomic bioinformatics; maintain and expand the necessary hardware. Job ends 31 December 2015.
  • Requirements: PhD degree in computer science, genetics or related field; three years research experience in biomedical/life science, genetics/genomics, or related discipline; expertise in DNA sequence analysis and interpretation; awareness of NGS technologies, and experience of NGS data interpretation; expertise in statistical analysis of molecular data; a thorough understanding of phylogenetics or population genetics; skilled in effective communication of complex genomic data to a non-expert; an excellent publication track record; well networked within bioinformatics communities, expertise processing and interpreting next generation sequencing data and Python/Perl programming expertise are desirable; interest to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Dates: Applications close 15 May 2014 for start as soon as possible.
  • Web reference: www.senckenberg.de/files/content/stellenausschreibungen/stellenausschreibung_d18e_postdoc_bioinformatikerin_sb.pdf. More information: Dr. Johannes Heilmann, c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt; recruiting@senckenberg.de
  • Posted 4 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Botanist, National Herbarium of Victoria

  • Title: Botanist
  • Where: National Herbarium of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Job: Funding from the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation has been received to facilitate writing the missing one thousand species descriptions that are needed to bring the upcoming electronic version of the Flora of Victoria, VicFlora, up to date since publication of the hard copy edition more than a decade ago. This represents a unique opportunity to work on taxonomy of a wide range of vascular plants across Victoria's flora, and to work with expert botanists at the National Herbarium of Victoria. The position is available for two days per week for three years. This is a fixed task position, public service grade 4.
  • Requirements: See position description in Web reference.
  • Dates: Applications close 23 April 2014.
  • Web reference: www.rbg.vic.gov.au/about-us/job-opportunities. More information: Frank Udovicic; 03 9252 2313; frank.udovicic@rbg.vic.gov.au
  • Posted 4 April 2014 (back to list)

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Cambridge

  • Title: Prince Philip Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (ref no. PF03005)
  • Where: Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Job: The Board of Electors invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship. Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. A competitive salary will be offered.
  • Requirements: Outstanding research record of international stature in the broad field of animal ecology and evolution; the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence; hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.
  • Dates: Applications close 30 April 2014 for 1 October 2014 start (or soon after).
  • Web reference: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/academic/secretary/professorships
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Evolutionary Biology, Karl Franzens University

  • Title: Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology (job no. MB/73/99)
  • Where: Department of Zoology, Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria
  • Job: The position is non-tenure track, provides a 4-year fixed-term contract and is research oriented, with a ca. 25% teaching obligation. The candidate is expected to conduct independent research in organismic biology with a clear evolutionary context including the use of molecular and/or genetic/genomic methodologies. Within the department the position is assigned to the Biodiversity and Evolution division (http://zoologie.uni-graz.at/de/forschen/biodiversitaet-und-evolution).
  • Requirements: Must have a Doctorate or PhD; publications in international, peer-reviewed journals; experience in genome or transcriptome analysis; teaching, and international research cooperation is desired.
  • Dates: Applications close 19 April 2014 for start as early as 1 July 2014.
  • Web reference: http://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/73/99
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Applied Entomology, University of Hawaii

  • Title: Assistant Professor, Applied Entomology (Position Number: 0084768)
  • Where: University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Job: The applicant will engage in scholarly activities and creative endeavors that support the academic mission of the University, including academic support, teaching courses, supervising independent studies, supervise laboratories, interns and practicums; render service to the professional and lay community which is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty; and serve as academic advisor to students and provide academic support in the instruction and application of general entomology and more.
  • Requirements: Ph.D. in Entomology or closely related field with a strong emphasis on applied insect ecology and biodiversity; demonstrated scholarly achievement; good interpersonal relationship with students and faculty; good communication verbal and written skills; experience in molecular systematic techniques and morphology-based taxonomy desired.
  • Dates: Application review from 16 April 2014 until position is filled.
  • Web reference: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/hr/vacancy/797
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Life Science Research, Natural History Museum

  • Title: Life Science Researchers (REF: DS/RLS/NHM)
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London, UK
  • Job: Applications are open to researchers across the breadth of the NHM's activities in Life Sciences. We are especially interested in applicants that combine disciplinary expertise with a demonstrated ability, or potential, to use that expertise to address interdisciplinary questions of broad significance, including key transitions in the origin and evolution of life; discovery of biodiversity; global environment change; food security and agro-ecosystems; and neglected and emerging diseases. Areas of particular interest include (but are not restricted to) environmental/biodiversity, freshwater biodiversity, parasites / vectors, flowering plants, insect diversity, Diptera larvae.
  • Requirements:
  • Dates: Applications close 4 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.nhm.ac.uk/jobs
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Amphibia, Natural History Museum

  • Title: Curator of Amphibia
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London, UK
  • Job: he Department of Life Sciences is seeking to recruit a Curator of the Museums collections of Recent Amphibia. You will undertake collections activities within agreed guidelines provided by Life Science managers and Heads, and set by NHM science strategy. Activities will include: databasing; curation of historical and newly acquired materials; preparation of loans; supporting the museum’s efforts in digitisation, scholarly taxonomic research and income generation; answering taxon specific enquiries (both commercial and public); public engagement activities (education and exhibitions), supervision of visitors, and promoting development and use of the collections. As well as the collection management responsibilities this post also provides scope for independent scholarly research in Amphibia systematics.
  • Requirements: High standard of knowledge and experience of amphibian collections and the needs arising from collections-based research; demonstrable understanding of collection management, specimen conservation, documentation and databasing; familiarity with the rules of zoological nomenclature.
  • Dates: Applications close 4 May 2014.
  • Web reference: www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-volunteering-internships/
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Evolution of Biodiversity postdoc, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

  • Title: Evolution of Biodiversity postdoc
  • Where: Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Job: Our research investigates ecological and evolutionary processes generating and maintaining biodiversity across spatial scales and levels of biological organization, with an empirical focus on ant biodiversity. Ongoing projects (http://arilab.unit.oist.jp/research/) include understanding the macroevolutionary dynamics of the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole, global biodiversity patterns in ants, the island biogeography of Pacific Island ants, genomic approaches to community ecology, biodiversity theory, and high-throughput biodiversity inventory methods. Towards those ends, we integrate a variety of approaches including quantitative theory, phylogenetics, high-performance computing, ecoinformatics, morphometrics, field sampling, and traditional collections-based taxonomy. Within these general research areas, the specific project is flexible and can be adapted to the interests and skills of the postdoc. Previous knowledge and experience with ant biology is not required, and it is possible to work on other taxonomic groups.
  • Requirements: A PhD in Ecology/Evolution or related field; experience with model-based inference of population and evolutionary processes and working with next-generation sequence data.
  • Dates: Applications close 15 April 2014 for flexible start date.
  • Web reference: http://arilab.unit.oist.jp/research-technicians/
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Population and landscape genomics postdocs, Australian National University

  • Title: Population and landscape genomics researchers (2 positions)
  • Where: Australian National University, Canberra
  • Job: We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers who will employ evolutionary genomics to understand adaptation to climate variation. One appointee will focus on adaptive divergence of populations of lizards in peripheral vs central rainforest isolates, and the other on landscape genomics of two Eucalyptus species (E. melliodora and E. marginata) that are the focus of restoration efforts. Further information on the projects can be found at http://biology.anu.edu.au/craig_moritz/ (lizard project) and borevitzlab.anu.edu.au (Eucalyptus project).
  • Requirements: Experience in bioinformatics and population genomics inference is required; evidence of ability to conduct and publish high quality research.
  • Dates: Application review begins 9 April 2014 (position open until filled).
  • Web reference: http://cba.anu.edu.au/opportunities/employment/anu-postdocs-genomic-signatures-adaptation-climatic-variation
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Plant Conservation postdoc, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • Title: Plant Conservation postdoc
  • Where: Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Job: This position is part of the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Conserving the Flora of Socotra: integrating evolution into conservation' based at the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (www.cmep.org.uk). The Socotra Archipelago has a diverse and fascinating flora, characterized by unique plant species of which ca. 35% are endemic, which lead to its' designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. This project has two main themes: (a) the generation of dated phylogenies for a range of small plant genera with significant numbers of endemic species on Socotra, in order to identify the source, time, mode and tempo of insular endemic species evolution, and (b) sequencing each of the ca. 850 species and applying phylogenetic diversity statistics in an explicit spatial context for the design of Protected Areas, alongside distribution, ethno-botanical and functional trait data. Both themes will be directly linked to long-term conservation strategies.
  • Requirements: A PhD in plant science, conservation or related discipline; demonstrable experience in phylogenetic data generation and analysis, including phylogenetic dating and meta-analyses; dynamic and collaborative approach to research; excellent attention to detail; strong interest in plant evolution and conservation.
  • Dates: Applications close 2 May 2014 for 1 October 2014 start.
  • Web reference: http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies#vacancy7
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Biodiversity informatics postdoc, University of São Paulo and The George Washington University

  • Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Biodiversity Informatics
  • Where: University of São Paulo (Department of Botany) and The George Washington University (Computational Biology Institute)
  • Job: The successful candidate would split time between the two host institutions working on applications of next-gen sequencing approaches to biodiversity science through effective informatics. The candidate will work directly with Drs. Lúcia Lohmann (São Paulo), Amy Zanne, and Keith Crandall (Washington DC) and the bioGENESIS working group (http://www.biogenesis-diversitas.org) to provide an evolutionary framework for biodiversity science. Our specific project is to use next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to characterize forest and associated soil communities and their diversity across ecosystems using novel informatic approaches.
  • Requirements: PhD in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, biodiversity science, or a related field (or anticipate a PhD by a targeted start date of September 1, 2014); strong background in bioinformatics, evolutionary methodology, and project management skills.
  • Dates: Applications close 22 April 2014.
  • Web reference: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/listserv84/ubrMAndvPY8
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Biodiversity Genomics postdoc, Field Museum of Natural History

  • Title: Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Research Scientist
  • Where: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Job: The position will be based in the museum's Pritzker Laboratory, a core multiuser facility dedicated to genetic studies of the world's biodiversity. At any given time there are roughly 30 scientists working in the lab on a wide range of taxa and evolutionary questions. While research to date has emphasized Sanger sequencing, we are moving rapidly into new areas of genomic analysis, and with the acquisition of an Illumina MiSeq system we are now searching for someone with relevant expertise to enhance our genomics research capabilities. Opportunities for independent research with $10K in research funding.
  • Requirements: Expertise in in some or all of the following: genome assembly and analysis, reduced-representation genome sequencing (RAD, GBS, etc.), and RNA-seq.; a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, evolutionary genomics, or a related field; the organizational and interpersonal skills needed to assist and collaborate with a diverse group of scientists.
  • Dates: Applications close 18 April 2014 for flexible start.
  • Web reference: http://evoldir.tumblr.com/post/80148613733/postdoc-fieldmuseum-chicago-biodiversitygenomics
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Myriapod Phylogenetics postdoc, Auburn University

  • Title: Myriapod Phylogenetics postdoc
  • Where: Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama, USA
  • Job: The focus of work in our lab is the study of arthropod evolutionary diversification at multiple hierarchical levels. This 2-year post-doctoral research associate position will be supported by an NSF-funded project that has as its goal the reconstruction of millipede family level relationships primarily using genomic data. The project will include phylogenomics, classical comparative morphology, and extensive bioinformatics analyses employing next generation sequencing data.
  • Requirements: Strong background in arthropod systematics (preferably myriapods), bioinformatics, phylogenetics, and standard molecular lab and field collecting techniques.
  • Dates: Applications now for June 2014 start.
  • Web reference: http://evoldir.tumblr.com/post/79635350121/postdoc-auburnu-myriapodphylogenetics
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Evolutionary Biology PhD program, International Max Planck Research School (IMRS) for Evolutionary Biology

  • Title: PhD Positions and Fellowships in Evolutionary Biology
  • Where: International Max Planck Research School (IMRS) for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
  • Job: The IMRS is offering up to 10 PhD fellowships. The graduate school is dedicated to highest level of research and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). The school offers an internationally competitive research environment with state of art facilities. The participating groups are working on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular, behavioral, theoretical and organismal approaches. The graduate program starts with a rotation period of three months followed by a PhD project of three years including seminars, courses and workshops. The language of the graduate school is English. Financial support is provided throughout the program. Well-motivated and highly qualified students from all countries are welcome to apply.
  • Requirements: A Master of Science degree or a Diploma; a strong interest in Evolutionary Biology and flexibility in the research project.
  • Dates: Applications close 20 April 2014.
  • Web reference: http://imprs.evolbio.mpg.de
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics PhD, University of Marburg

  • Title: Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics PhD (2 positions)
  • Where: University of Marburg, Germany
  • Job: The Rensing lab (http://plantco.de) is a joint wetlab/drylab group interested in the evolution of plants. Our main organism is the model moss Physcomitrella patens, our main theme is comparative genomics. We are looking for two PhD students with bioinformatics background. One position is to be staffed within the ERA-CAPS project (ref no. fb17-0008-wmz-2014) "Dimorphic fruits, seeds and seedlings as adaptation mechanisms to abiotic stress in unpredictable environments (SeedAdapt)". The successful candidate for this project will work on transcriptomics, phylogenomics and epigenomics of Brassicaceae (mainly Aethionema). The other position (ref no. fb17-0007-wmz-2014) will encompass the analysis of high-throughput RNA, DNA and ChIP sequencing data, as well as machine learning/predictive approaches, phylogenetic methods and data visualization.
  • Requirements: Fluency in German is helpful; a M.Sc. or equivalent in bioinformatics, computer science or biology (bioinformatics skills are mandatory); programming skills in Perl or Python are expected, as well as skills in command line use; R or Matlab experience; good IT/sysadmin skills; knowledge of statistics; experience with databases, Gbrowse and handling of high-throughput sequencing data.
  • Dates: Applications close 7 April 2014.
  • Web reference: www.laborjournal.de/rubric/markt/popup/5976690_097.html
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Comparative Genomics PhD, University of Oslo

  • Title: Comparative Genomics PhD (ref no. 2014/3333)
  • Where: Department of Biosciences, Centre for Computational Inference in Evolutionary Life Sciences (CELS), University of Oslo, Norway
  • Job: Comparative genomics is a powerful tool to examine the function and evolutionary processes that act on genomes through the identification of 1) overall structure of genes/genomic regions, 2) which genes that are conserved, in addition to 3) which genes that are unique for the organisms investigated. Gene and entire genome duplication events seem to be mechanisms leading to functional innovation and evolutionary change. This PhD project will be linked to the recent sequencing of the genome of grayling (Thymallus thymallus) and to studies of genomic and transcriptomic variation in grayling and other species within the genus Coregonus as well as other relevant genomes. The project will involve investigations of the genomic landscape at the species and population level (related to the genome duplication in these species) as well as development of efficient methods for comparative genomics. The successful applicant will be working an interdisciplinary environment together with biologists, bioinformaticians and statisticians.
  • Requirements: A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology (evolutionary genomics), bioinformatics or statistics; experience with next generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of such data will be an advantage.
  • Dates: Applications close 20 April 2014 for 1 October 2014 start.
  • Web reference: www.unijobs.no.com/job/6747/PhD%20Research%20Fellowship%20in%20comparative%20genomics
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Molluscan paleontology and molecular systematics PhD, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

  • Title: Mollusc paleontology and molecular systematics PhD
  • Where: Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
  • Job: The goal of this project is to date the diversification of Bursidae, which is currently poorly constrained and based on a subsample of the known diversity. To achieve this objective, molecular (for extant taxa) and morphological (on extant and extinct taxa) data will be independently analyzed before being used in a combined, total evidence analysis. Our new method will use the resulting trees and detailed stratigraphic data to supply more reliable estimated geological ages for taxa than those supplied by the classical paleontological approaches. This implies a clearly multidisciplinary approach, including a step (the incorporation of all taxa into a “total evidence” phylogeny) that has never, to our knowledge, been undertaken in molluscs.
  • Requirements: A Master in Geological or Biological Sciences, preferentially with experience on Cenozoic or recent mollusks; knowledge of molecular approaches, and in particular new technologies od sequencing; general knowledge on malacology will be an asset, as well as good knowledge in cladistics; knowledge of recent methods of comparative phylogenetics is also desired; a good knowledge of French and English is an asset (though not strictly required).
  • Dates: Applications close 31 May 2014 for 1 October 2014 start.
  • Web reference: http://evoldir.tumblr.com/post/79953241987/graduate-position-mnhn-paris-molluscsystematics
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Evolutionary Metagenomics PhD, Pierre and Marie Curie University

  • Title: Evolutionary Metagenomics PhD
  • Where: Pierre and Marie Curie University and in the National Museum of Natural History, Paris
  • Job: This PhD proposal aims at determining what it takes (in terms of microbiome changes) to become an herbivorous lizard in less than 35 years. Most lizards are insectivorous. Yet, several species and populations of lacertid lizards have evolved toward an omnivorous or even herbivorous diet. Our model system, Podarcis sicula, a lizard species has shown rapid evolution of feeding and digestive tract morphology in manipulated populations. The candidate’s main goal will be to use and develop novel exploratory methods, based on sequence similarity graphs to describe and compare the taxonomical and functional diversity of metagenomes and metatranscriptomes of gut microbiomes of lizards, and to assess the possible impact of lateral gene transfer within this microbial community in this remarkable adaptive shift.
  • Requirements: Some background in bio-informatics (to use and improve our labs existing tools); a strong interest for evolutionary biology.
  • Dates: Applications close 20 June 2014 for 1 September 2014 start.
  • Web reference: www.sfecologie.org/ecodiff/2014/02/11/open-phd-position-in-evolutionary-metagenomics-paris/
  • Posted 31 March 2014 (back to list)

 

Vascular plants curator, Finnish Museum of Natural History

The appointment will begin on the 1st of October, 2014, or as specifically agreed. The curator will be a member of the Vascular Plants Team (c. 20 persons) of the Botany Unit. The team manages the herbarium collections of vascular plants (1.8 M specimens) and algae (22 000 specimens), carries out research on these groups, and takes part in mapping the Finnish flora. The team is also responsible of the curation of the living collections in the two botanic gardens and the seed bank of endangered taxa. The team carries out research especially in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, and conservation biology of vascular plants. The curator will carry out independent research especially in molecular systematics of plants. His/her duties include the management of the scientific collections (botanic gardens, herbarium, and the seed bank) in collaboration with the other team members. The curator will participate in the museum's tasks related to societal interaction. The curator is expected to be active in the acquisition of external funding, in supervising students and junior colleagues, and in leading his/her own research group. The duties include an annual average teaching load of two ECT credits.

The curator must hold a doctoral degree, have an international publication record demonstrating competence in research, and possess sufficient teaching skills. Proven success in obtaining external funding, experience in working with scientific collections and in leading a research group, participation in university-level teaching and supervision, international networking, good species identification skills, readiness for societal interaction, and a positive attitude toward teamwork are considered further assets. The official languages of the University are Finnish and Swedish. Applicants of non-Finnish origin may be exempt from formal language requirements. Proficiency in English is essential. Applicants should enclose with their applications a CV, list of publications or an academic portfolio containing the same information and a research plan (max 5 pages), as well as any other documents that demonstrate their merits. Applicants should provide the contact details of two referees. Applications should be addressed to the Director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, and they must be submitted, together with the required enclosures, to the address: Registrar of the University of Helsinki, P.O. BOX 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, Finland, or by e-mail to hy-kirjaamo@helsinki.fi Application deadline 22 April 2014. More details here
Posted 26 March 2014 (back to list)


 

Herbarium database/web developer, New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden seeks a Herbarium Database and Web Developer to work in the support, management, and dissemination of millions of specimen database records and images for the C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium. This is an opportunity to enter the emerging field of biodiversity informatics and work on a number of wide-ranging and evolving initiatives to support the way botanical collections and research information is stored, integrated and published online. The Developer will help administer the Herbarium's central database system (KE EMu) and work with the software's vendor on database updates, enhancements and new releases; build mechanisms and APIs for exchanging data between Garden repositories and various biodiversity informatics projects, including GBIF, iDigBio, and various crowdsourcing applications; maintain and develop the Virtual Herbarium website, including search and display of specimen data and images, mapping, web statistics, data downloads, etc.; develop tools for online data entry; implement a content management system for the Virtual Herbarium website and standardize legacy websites. The ideal candidate will be well versed in a range of programming languages, familiar with or interested in learning community standards in biodiversity informatics and able to implement new technologies as they are developed. Responsibilities will include:

  • Database administration for the Herbarium's central database system (KE EMu), including user management, troubleshooting, software updates, bug reporting to software vendor, testing new releases, etc
  • Development of APIs for data transfer between NYBG and other data portals
  • Development and maintenance of database-driven websites for the Virtual Herbarium
  • Data manipulation and standardization of biodiversity datasets for import/export to/from central database to other projects
  • Provide support and tool development for Herbarium digitization projects and workflow analysis, especially related to OCR and text mining

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer or information science, biodiversity informatics, or closely related technical field
  • Familiarity with biology a plus
  • Familiarity with PHP, JavaScript and MySQL required
  • Facility with Unix/Linux (including shell scripting) and Apache/Tomcat server technologies
  • Familiarity with XML-based information technologies (eg. XSD, XSLT, XPath, XQuery)
  • Familiarity with online mapping (eg. Google Maps, Google Earth, OpenLayers) and data visualization tools
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and web services
  • Experience with web content management systems (Wordpress, Drupal)
  • Familiarity with KE Software's Electronic Museum database and IMu web publishing tool a plus
  • Ability to work effectively with a distributed team of diverse stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication and project management skills

To apply, please go to http://www.nybg.org/employment/listing.php?id_employment_listings=1354
Posted 5 March 2014 (back to list)


 

Postdoc in systematic herpetology, Villanova University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in Systematic Herpetology at Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The position supports a large NSF-funded project dealing with climate-forced extinctions in lizards. The successful candidate will play a key role in the generation and analysis of phylogenetic data for African and Asian lizards and will interface with other laboratories working on this multi-institutional project. The postdoc will 1) help to organize and participate in herpetological collecting expeditions to Africa and Asia, 2) carry out laboratory and analytical portions of phylogeographic and phylogenetic studies of selected lizard groups, and 3) will help to mentor Masters students and undergraduates working on the project. The position is 100% research time and is funded for two years. The successful candidate must have completed their doctoral degree before taking up the position and should have experience in molecular phylogenetic laboratory techniques/DNA sequencing, current analytical techniques and relevant software for use in phylogenetic, phylogeographic and population level analyses and related studies and should have herpetological collecting experience. Knowledge of ecophysiology, remote-sensing, and/or GIS are beneficial and international collecting and permitting experience, particularly in Asia and/or Africa is desirable. Applications must include a complete CV, transcripts, up to three relevant publications, a cover letter briefly outlining your fit to the position, your timeframe to start, and three letters of recommendation, preferably including doctoral advisor and/or postdoctoral advisor (if relevant). All information may be sent directly to Prof. Aaron M. Bauer at aaron.bauer@villanova.edu. Review of applications will begin on 27 February 2014, the search will remain open until the position is filled. The position may be taken up as early as possible after 1 March 2014.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Postdoc in systematic herpetology, Brigham Young University

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biology, Brigham Young University, in the lab of Dr. Jack W. Sites, Jr. The Sites lab is part of a large multi-national NSF-funded project focused in part on climate-forced extinctions in lizards, and the successful candidate will play a key role in the generation and analysis of phylogenetic data for several clades of lizards distributed from Mexico through much of Central and South America. This person will interface with an extensive network of collaborators from several countries who are integral to the success of this multi-institutional project. The successful candidate will play a key role in the generation and analysis of phylogenetic/phylogeographic data, specifically to: 1) help to organize and participate in herpetological collecting expeditions to South America, 2) carry out laboratory and analytical portions of phylogeographic and phylogenetic studies of selected lizard groups, and 3) mentor graduate and undergraduate students working on the project, as well as visiting faculty and students from collaborating institutions. The position is 100% research time and is funded for up to three years, pending successful performance in year one. The successful candidate must have completed her/his doctoral degree before taking up the position and must have experience in the following areas: (1) molecular phylogenetic laboratory techniques/DNA sequencing, (2) current analytical techniques and relevant software for use in phylogenetic/phylogeographic/ population level analyses, and (3) knowledge of and research experience with some of the South American lizard fauna, including international collecting and permitting experience in one or more Latin American countries. Knowledge of ecophysiology, remote-sensing, or GIS is desirable but not necessary. Applications must include a complete CV, up to three relevant publications (pdf files), a cover letter briefly outlining the candidate's fit to the position and timeframe to start, and contact information for three references, preferably including doctoral advisor and/or postdoctoral advisor (if relevant). All information may be sent directly to Dr. Jack W. Sites, Jr. at jack_sites@byu.edu. Review of applications will begin in early March 2014, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. The position may be taken up as early as 1 May 2014, but the start date is flexible.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Research Associates in Evolution and Genomics, Imperial College

Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London; salary: £32,750 - £41,540 per annum. This is an exciting opportunity for two Research Associates with an interest in Speciation Biology and Evolution. The successful candidates will carry out cutting edge research in evolution and genomics, largely analysing existing data and writing up publications. The main research objective is to analyse genetic data and infer large-scale plant evolutionary radiations, genomics of colour patterns in animals, population genetics of island invasive animals, and population coalescence of palms on oceanic islands. The post holders will employ advanced modelling and statistical tools in molecular population genetics and/or genomics. This work will complement genomic, laboratory and experimental work undertaken by other Research Associates in Professor Vincent Savolainen's group. The positions are funded until 31 December 2014 by the European Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Vincent Savolainen (holder of the ERC Advanced Grant) and his research group. You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline. The successful candidates will have expertise in population genomics and/or phylogenetics, statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), experience of management and analysis of complex genetic data and working in a multi-disciplinary environment are essential. 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: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/v.savolainen Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2014 026 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 c.j.short@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form. Closing date: 11 March 2014
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Postdoc in butterfly genomics, National Museum of Natural History (Paris)

A two-year postdoc is available for an independent, creative and motivated post-doc to work on the genomics of adaptation and hybridization in mimetic butterflies. The postdoc will work with Violaine Llaurens and Mathieu Joron at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (France). Our group is interested in the ecological and genetic changes associated with adaptive wing color patterns in Heliconius butterflies. We are particularly interested in genomic architectures and the formation of a supergene controlling a spectacular wing pattern polymorphism associated with mimicry in the species Heliconius numata. This supergene is characterized by complex inversion polymorphism forming long haplotypic blocks, and a dominance hierarchy of alleles. This adaptive architecture appears to have evolved in response to selection for multiple mimicry forms, but how the variants corresponding to accurate mimetic phenotypes differentiate is still a puzzle. Processes such as ancestral polymorphism, large size mutations, or introgression may be involved, and some seem to be supported by our currently available resequence and transcriptome datasets. Our project aims at understanding the evolutionary origins and the functional basis of this genetic architecture in this lineage and how this relates to closely-related species. The postdoc will be in charge of developing population genomics approaches towards the dissection of the history of inversion polymorphism and recombination in H. numata and close allies, and transcriptomic/expression analyses to understand the functional basis of supergene expression. Butterflies in the genus Heliconius have become a prominent group of insects for evolutionary genomics, with a rich evolutionary radiation, a reference genome, and vigorous collaboration between labs within the Heliconius consortium (www.heliconius.org). This project, funded by a grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), will provide ample opportunity for the postdoc to develop his/her own original research ideas. Candidate profile: A Phd in evolutionary biology, with a strong interest in population genomics. Experience with whole genome or transcriptome datasets would be appreciated. Income and Starting Date: Net salary will be around 2500 euros net per months, depending on experience. Starting date in the spring 2014 is desired but is negotiable. Application deadline: Send us a CV and a cover letter, and the names of two references by 28th February 2014 to the following addresses: joron@mnhn.fr and llaurens@mnhn.fr More information: http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/joron http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/violaine-llaurens http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/mathieu-joron.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Professor in Evolutionary Biology, University of Bern

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Bern, Switzerland, announces a vacancy for a professorship (open rank) in Evolutionary Biology. The Institute has six full professors (chairs), several associated professors and junior group leaders, and it hosts a large international community of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Applications are sought from individuals with an outstanding research record in theoretical and/or experimental evolution. Candidates with a strong background in evolutionary genomics are also encouraged to apply. The candidate should have a doctorate in a relevant field, several years of postdoctoral and teaching experience, an interest in developing, testing and teaching evolutionary theory and in collaborating with other researchers of our institute. Senior researchers are also encouraged to apply. Hiring level, from tenure-track Assistant Professor to Full Professor, will be commensurate with experience. The new faculty member will have responsibility for part of the teaching of evolutionary biology at undergraduate and graduate levels. All graduate teaching and advanced undergraduate teaching are in English. The application should include a letter of motivation, a CV with a short research plan for the next 5 years, funding history, list of previous teaching and supervised MSc and PhD students, a list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Applications from women are strongly encouraged. Appointment will be either to tenure track or tenured, commensurate with experience. The earliest starting date for the position is August 1st 2015. Applications must be submitted by April 10th 2014 as one PDF file to info@natdek.unibe.ch, and should be addressed to the Faculty of Science, University of Bern, Prof. Silvio Decurtins, Dean, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, Switzerland. For further information, you can contact the institute director at director@iee.unibe.ch. More information about the institute can be found on www.iee.unibe.ch.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Collection-based malacology, LA County Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) Foundation has an immediate opening, the Twila Bratcher Endowed Chair in Malacological Research, for an accomplished malacologist to conduct collection-based research on the Museum's extensive collections of mollusks. The Museum has world-class malacological holdings, with a special emphasis on shelled mollusks of the eastern Pacific, and a rich history of collections-based research on marine invertebrates. The Museum also holds extensive collections of fossil mollusks. We seek an early career scientist who will implement an internationally recognized, modern and integrative research program in the evolutionary biology of mollusks, including taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and biodiversity science. The successful candidate will have a PhD, a track record of research productivity, evidence of the ability to generate external funding, a strong interest in science communication and engaging the public in malacological research, and the ability to effectively communicate and engage with a wide variety of audiences, including the public and the NHM's various stakeholders. The successful candidate also will be expected to help develop the collections and contribute to the Museum's public programs (education and exhibits). This is a full time, untenured position of limited duration. The current expectation is that funding for the position will be available for two years, depending on annual performance evaluations and available resources. Applications, including a cover letter, CV, statement of research, statement of science communication interests, and the names of potential referees, should be sent by March 15, 2014, to: Dr. Joel W. Martin, Chief of the Division of Invertebrate Studies, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90007.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Full Professor (Chair) in Evolutionary Biology, University of Manchester

We are seeking to appoint a Full Professor (Chair) in Evolutionary Biology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester. Candidates must be internationally-leading scientists with an appropriate level of academic achievement in relevant fields of evolutionary biology, with a strong commitment to developing both individual and team-based research programmes, and who could inspire the next generation of researchers through their teaching excellence. A strong track record in published research, the supervision of postgraduate students and the ability to secure major competitive grant funding is expected. Further particulars concerning the post can be found here. The successful candidate will join the large number of researchers in the Faculty of Life Sciences studying a range of topics in evolutionary biology from evolutionary genetics to paleontology to evolutionary ecology. More information on our current research groups in the area of Evolutionary Biology can be found here and here. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Daniela Delneri (d.delneri@manchester.ac.uk) or Casey Bergman (casey.bergman@manchester.ac.uk). Applications close 24 February 2014.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Lab technician, genomics, University of Minnesota

The McGaugh and Brandvain lab groups at the University of Minnesota are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced technician to join our group in early Summer 2014. The labs study the genomic basis of speciation, adaptation and related problems in animal and plant systems, respectively. The technician will be in charge of daily function and operation of the McGaugh-Brandvain labs including the purchasing of supplies, and maintenance of a safe and productive physical and computational environment. We are looking for someone who will split time between the research in the Brandvain lab and the McGaugh lab. For both lab groups daily activities will consist of computational genomics and bioinformatics with some wet-lab bench work. The technician will also need to maintain fish and fly stocks. The successful candidate will also be a good lab citizen (e.g. prepare for and attend lab meetings) and will have opportunities for professional development and independent research projects which mesh well with the major interests of the labs. Required Qualifications: At the time of employment, but not necessarily at the time of application: Bachelor's degree with a major in genomics, evolution, genetics, or related fields, or a combination of related education and relevant work experience related to the job totaling at least four (4) years. Preferred: 1) Graduate degree in genomics, evolution, genetics, or related fields 2) >1 year research experience in a population genetics or genomics lab. 2) Experience with next-gen sequence data or the motivation to handle and analyze such data 3) Experience with scripting/programming languages including R, python, and/or C++ 4) A desire to lead an integrative and motivated group of young scientists. Patience, dedication, and enthusiasm. If interested in the position please send an email with your CV and contact information for references to ybrandva@umn.edu or smcgaugh@umn.edu
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Collection Manager - Botany, Milwaukee Public Museum

The Public Museum has a full-time career opportunity for a Collection Manager in its Life Sciences Department. We are seeking to fill this entry level position with an assertive and dependable individual with previous experience in Botany collection care. Education: The Collection Manager must hold a graduate (Masters) degree in their respective discipline or, in exceptional circumstances, may demonstrate equivalent academic and professional achievements, competencies and experience in museum techniques or collections-based research. Responsibilities: Care of Botanical Collections: Assist with direct care and organization of collections, and their management based on both the best practices of individual disciplines and fundamental principles of conservation, security, housing and environmental control. Data & Records Management: Inventory/digitization and continuing documentation of collections including databases, correspondence, archives, publications and loan records. Processing & Preparation: Conduct or coordinate the appropriate processing of new collections or existing collections including physical preparation, labeling, cataloguing, accessioning and loans. Access & Interpretation: Provide collection access to the research community; content and advice on MPM exhibit projects; assist in the development of exhibits and interpretive programs. Professional Services: Provide scholarly guidance to students, may participate in graduate student committees, and serve as reviewers of manuscripts and grant proposals as appropriate. MPM is a natural history museum with Herbarium Collections totaling about 250,000 specimens including ca. 70 type specimens with over 50% of the material from Wisconsin and another 30% from the rest of North America. The collections are divided into vascular (107,000 records) and nonvascular (17,000 records) plants with associated data digitized for 200,000 specimens. This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package. If interested, please visit www.mpm.edu and go to the careers tab to review open positions and to apply on-line. In addition, please submit a current resume and/or Curriculum Vitae. Review of applications will begin April 1.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Research fellow, floral evolution, University of Massachusetts

The Bartlett lab, recently started at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a Research Fellow position.This is a non-benefited position. In the Bartlett lab we use a number of approaches, including molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, and phylogenetics, all with the ultimate goal of understanding the evolution of floral development, particularly in the monocots. Tasks associated with this position will vary, but may include molecular lab work (e. g. next-gen sequencing library prep, DNA, protein, and RNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis), lab management, summer fieldwork growing corn, plant care (e. g. Arabidopsis, barley, Brachypodium, corn, tobacco), and training undergraduate researchers. Initial appointment for one year; reappointment beyond first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. A Bachelors degree in biology or related field and at least 6 months experience working in a molecular lab are required. This position is perfect for someone thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in plant biology. The position needs to be filled before our summer field season, but an earlier start date is possible (even preferred). Salary commensurate with experience, and contribution toward the cost of health insurance negotiable.To apply online, please go to umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=46449 and submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Plant or fungal systematist, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

The Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IB-UNAM), whose principal mission is the study of the biodiversity of Mexico, and houses the national biological collections, invites applications for a tenure-track, full time position of Associate Researcher level "C", in systematic botany or systematic mycology at the main University campus, Mexico City. Requirements for candidates: 1. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent, preferably in botany, mycology, systematics, evolutionary biology, or a related discipline. 2. Experience in systematic research of vascular plants or fungi, demonstrated by original, high quality publications, commensurate to age and academic trajectory. 3. Knowledge of the vascular flora or mycota of Mexico and/or the Neotropics, particularly in one or more groups whose diversity is exceptional in Mexico, as well as experience in the curation of scientific collections, techniques of field collecting, morphology, molecular systematics, or genetics. 4. A commitment to participate in activities complementary to investigation, such as teaching in educational programs at UNAM, direction of theses at the undergraduate and graduate level, activities of science outreach, and institutional participation. 5. Willingness to participate immediately in the academic activities of the IB-UNAM, practice leadership in his or her area of research, and demonstrate capacity to become part of a research group. 6. Demonstrable proficiency in Spanish.

Applicants should submit a letter of intent directed to the Academic Secretary of the IB-UNAM with a detailed statement of purpose; a full curriculum vitae with contact information (supporting documentation is not necessary at this stage); PDF reprints of publications that the applicant considers the most important of their professional trajectory (maximum of five); a synthetic outline of research goals for the first year (5 pages maximum); and a letter of recommendation. The required documentation must be received by May 30, 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a personal interview. Inquiries regarding this announcement should be addressed to Dr. Atilano Contreras-Ramos, Academic Secretary of IB-UNAM, acontreras@ib.unam.mx. Applications will be received at the email address sacademica@ib.unam.mx
Posted 19 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Plant phylogeny PhD, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The project "Phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of the genus Pavonia (plant family Malvaceae) using gene capture and Next Generation Sequencing" seeks to answer the following questions: How are the 250 species of Pavonia related? Are the polyploids in the genus of hybrid origin, and thus is the phylogeny a network? Is there a pattern in the timing of when polyploidy arose? What is the biogeographic history of the genus? What factors (e.g., geographic, edaphic, biotic) can explain the high number of species in the neotropics? There is scope within the project for significant methodological development, probably in collaboration with theoretical systematists/mathematicians.

Four years, starts 1 April 2014. Read more and apply here.
Posted 6 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Invertebrate zoology curator, Virginia Museum of Natural History

Assistant Curator - Invertebrate Zoology (Role Title: Scientist II), Position #00088, Location: Martinsville VA, Minimum starting Pay: $42,000, Salary Range: Pay Band 5.

If you meet the qualifications for Assistant Curator - Invertebrate Zoology, we invite you to apply to join our staff. The starting date for this position is May 2014. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment with experience beyond the Ph.D. preferred. This position requires expertise in the global higher-level systematics of an arthropod group, but familiarity with invertebrates in general is also expected. Although specific areas of research are open, systematics and taxonomy are viewed as essential to the museum's scientific mission and should be an important part of a research portfolio. However, a broad-based approach that includes systematics along with molecular, and/or ecological methods is favored. Job requirements include scientific research focusing on the study of terrestrial/freshwater arthropods, including publication in scientific journals, curation of existing collections, evaluation/acquisition of additional specimens, providing technical expertise for museum programming and exhibits, and serving as liaison between the museum and the broader scientific community via collaborations, reviews, and presentations. The Assistant Curator will be expected to seek extramural funding for her/his research program. The ability to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences is an important qualification. Research facilities include access to microscopes, ultracold freezers and molecular lab equipment. We have close working relationships with nearby universities, especially Virginia Tech, located less than two hours away in Blacksburg and with state and private conservation organizations, especially the Virginia Natural Heritage Program. For more information about VMNH, visit our website at www.vmnh.net

Only online applications are accepted. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and curatorial interests and goals, a list of publications relevant to the application, and names and contact information of at least three references. These documents may be attached to the online application. The Commonwealth of Virginia online employment application is available at http://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov.Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 4, 2014. The Virginia Museum of Natural History complies with E-Verify which is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.
Posted 5 February 2014 (back to list)


 

Plant science postdoctoral fellowships

PLANT FELLOWS - The International Postdoc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences. Next deadline for applications: 31 March 2014 at 17.00.00, Zurich local time.

PLANT FELLOWS is an international postdoc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences co-funded by the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7) Marie Curie Actions People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND) and is centrally managed at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. It is offering postdoc fellowships between 12 and 18 months at universities, research institutions and industry partners all over the world. The fellows of the programme can benefit from a postdoc training programme including transnational mobility, industrial placements, career events and courses dedicated to training in entre preneurship and complementary skills.

PLANT FELLOWS is open to all fields of research in plant sciences and to applicants of any nationality fulfilling the eligibility criteria as set out in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants available online: www.plantfellows.ch Do not hesitate to contact the programme officer Mrs. Romy Kohlmann (info@plantfellows.ch) for any further questions. To learn more about the programme activities, the application and selection procedures as well as the host organisations please visit www.plantfellows.ch or contact Romy Kohlmann, M.A. ­ Programme Officer PLANT FELLOWS - Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center ETH Zürich, LFW B 51 - Universitätstrasse 2 - 8092 Zürich phone: 0041 44 632 47 96 - fax: 044 632 18 26 (Monday- Thursday)
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Beetle systematics postdoc, University Museum of Bergen

At the Museum of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, a position as postdoctoral research fellow is available for 2 years in the NFR funded project «A phylogenomic approach to understand the diversification of bark beetles and associated microbes». The fellow will be associated with the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution at the museum (http://www.uib.no/rg/pse). Bark and ambrosia beetles are a species rich group of wood-boring insects that contain more than 10 % of the total weevil diversity. This group of wood-boring weevils shows extreme variation in ecological and biological adaptations, thus offering great opportunities for testing exciting evolutionary hypotheses. The postdoc will focus mainly on comparative phylogenetic analyses of diversification, particularly in relation to host plant evolution, symbiosis with microbial fungi, and variation in reproductive and genetic systems in these beetles. The research will be based in part on accumulated biological and ecological data, but additional fieldwork in the Afrotropics may be considered. It will also be necessary to participate in the reconstruction of large-scale bark beetle phylogenies. The postdoc will collaborate with team members from Michigan State University (East Lansing), University of Florida (Gainsville), one PhD student (started 2012) and the project leader at the University Museum in Bergen.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in evolutionary biology with relevance to biosystematics. The thesis must have been submitted by the application deadline. Applicants should have broad experience with phylogenetic research and diversification analyses, or coevolutionary approaches and similar types of phylogeny based analyses. Entomological expertise and knowledge about bark and ambrosia beetles is considered an advantage, but not mandatory. The selected candidate must document ability to work independently and in groups, and have a proven record of publishing scientific papers. Expected starting date is April 2014, but flexible within first half of 2014. Salary level 57 on the government salary scale (corresponding to NOK 473,100 per year). Additional information on the position is available from the PI, associate professor Bjarte Jordal, phone +47 55 58 2233, e-mail bjarte.jordal@um.uib.no
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Paleogenomics postdoc, University of Santa Cruz

The Paleogenomics Lab at the University of California Santa Cruz seeks a postdoctoral scholar to participate in an international collaboration whose goal is to improve the efficiency of DNA isolation and genomic library preparation protocols that are used when working with ancient and historic remains. The Postdoctoral Scholar will use these new techniques to develop a research project within one of the major research themes of the laboratory, for example how environmental change and/or inter-species hybridization affects the distribution of genomic diversity within a population or species. Full details of the position can be found on our website: http://pgl.soe.ucsc.edu/ The Paleogenomics lab uses genomic data isolated from the preserved remains of plants and animals that lived during the last ~1 million years to better understand how genetic diversity is generated and maintained within populations through time. The Lab is jointly run by Professors Beth Shapiro and Ed Green and combines experimental and computational approaches to address a variety of paleogenomics topics. The successful candidate will work cooperatively with a team of scientists including molecular biologists, geologist, paleontologists and biostatisticians to: (1) Refine laboratory protocols for the extraction, amplification, and characterization of ancient DNA; (2) Develop new protocols to enrich ancient samples for genomic targets of interest, for example specific loci or complete genomes; (3) Develop a focal project that will add to the growing body of data describing global changes in biodiversity within the last 100,000 years. Minimum and preferred qualifications, term of employment, and salary details are available from the website listed above. Please send a CV, Statement of Interest, and contact information for three references to Beth Shapiro at bashapir@ucsc.edu. Consideration of applications will begin 20 Feb 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Systematic Botany Postdoc, New York Botanical Garden

A postdoctoral position in phylogenetics and evolution is available at The New York Botanical Garden for the PBI: Miconieae (Melastomataceae) project working in the department of Systematic Botany with the Garden's Associate Curator. This research will be producing an online monograph of all 1,800 species in this neotropical tribe, including complete descriptions, images, keys for their identification, and distribution maps for each species, while continuing to research phylogenetic relationships within the tribe. This project presents a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to carry out field work in the Neotropics, and to participate in the production of a large scale taxonomic monograph. Funding is available for 1 year, and may be extended upon mutual agreement.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the start date, experience with taxonomic descriptions and nomenclature, as well as desire to be involved in all aspects of a multidisciplinary and international project on angiosperm systematics. Experience with interactive keys is desirable. Applicants should apply through the NYBG website (http://www.nybg.org/employment/) and include a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, up to three reprints if available, and the names and contact information for at least three references. Please refer to job SC-1715. Applications will be reviewed, starting on March 1st, until the position is filled. Starting date is negotiable.
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Postdoctoral Position in Biodiversity and Climate Variability, Tulsa, Oklahoma

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa. The position is part of the highly integrative NSF EPSCoR project on the socio-economic impacts of climate variability in Oklahoma. This project includes Biologists, Ecologists, Climatologists, Hydrologists, Sociologists, and Economists from the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the Nobel Foundation. The Department of Biological Science at the University of Tulsa is serving as the biodiversity contingent of the project. The postdoc will primarily be responsible for working on Oklahoma biodiversity/climate related research projects with faculty at the University of Tulsa and collaborators. The postdoc will also teach a one semester (per year) graduate/undergraduate GIS based course on ecological modeling. The postdoc will have access to training and interactions with researchers at the world class South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma. This position has potential for high research productivity, and acquiring teaching experience and specialized training.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline prior to the start of the appointment (June 2014). The position requires significant experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS); particularly with relevance to problems of biodiversity, conservation, ecology, and evolution. To apply, please send a letter of Intent, CV, and contact information for three references to: Ron Bonett (ron-bonett@utulsa.edu), by February 15th 2014. The position can start on or after June 1st 2014.
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Collections Manager - Invertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Collections Manager of Invertebrate Zoology will oversee the general management of Entomology, Malacology and other invertebrate collections within the department.

Essential duties and responsibilities: manage the modern curation of entomological, malacological, and general invertebrate zoological specimens for the collection; manage access to collections by students, visiting scientists and volunteers; oversee management of the Museum DNA Lab including student training, data generation, and supplies management; participate in curator research projects as well as develop an independent research program including fieldwork, securing external funding, and writing manuscripts for publication.

Education and/or experience: the Collections Manager must hold a graduate degree (Masters or higher) in Invertebrate Zoology, Entomology, or related field. Priority will be given to applicants with taxonomic expertise in non-holometabolous terrestrial arthropods including Polyneoptera, Paraneoptera, non-neopteran hexapods, and arachnids. Experience in biological collections management and DNA Lab management and data generation required. Experience in field and laboratory research including publications on original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals required. Experience planning, directing and reporting on research of self and staff. Must have the ability to deal effectively with public and private agencies and individuals in matters relating to invertebrates and the Museum. Experience with computer operating systems and database management required.

To apply please send a cover letter, a one (1) page curatorial and research statement, curriculum vitae (CV), and three (3) professional references to: Human Resources Cleveland Museum of Natural History One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle Cleveland, Ohio 44106, Hr@cmnh.org, http://cmnh.org/site/AboutUs/CareerOpportunities.aspx No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2014. Job Announcement Number 1402.
Posted 28 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Postdoctoral fellowship in biosystematics, University Museum, Bergen

At the Museum of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, a position as postdoctoral research fellow is available for 2 years in the NFR funded project «A phylogenomic approach to understand the diversification of bark beetles and associated microbes». The fellow will be associated with the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution at the museum (www.uib.no/rg/pse). Bark and ambrosia beetles are a species rich group of wood-boring insects that contain more than 10 % of the total weevil diversity. This group of wood-boring weevils shows extreme variation in ecological and biological adaptations, thus offering great opportunities for testing exciting evolutionary hypotheses. The postdoc will focus mainly on comparative phylogenetic analyses of diversification, particularly in relation to host plant evolution, symbiosis with microbial fungi, and variation in reproductive and genetic systems in these beetles. The research will be based in part on accumulated biological and ecological data, but additional fieldwork in the Afrotropics may be considered. It will also be necessary to participate in the reconstruction of large-scale bark beetle phylogenies. The postdoc will collaborate with team members from Michigan State University (East Lansing), University of Florida (Gainsville), one PhD student (started 2012) and the project leader at the University Museum in Bergen.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in evolutionary biology with relevance to biosystematics. The thesis must have been submitted by the application deadline. Applicants should have broad experience with phylogenetic research and diversification analyses, or coevolutionary approaches and similar types of phylogeny based analyses. Entomological expertise and knowledge about bark and ambrosia beetles is considered an advantage, but not mandatory. The selected candidate must document ability to work independently and in groups, and have a proven record of publishing scientific papers. Expected starting date is April 2014, but flexible within first half of 2014. Salary level 57 on the government salary scale (corresponding to NOK 473,100 per year). Additional information on the position is available from the PI, associate professor Bjarte Jordal, phone +47 55 58 2233, bjarte.jordal@um.uib.no
Posted 15 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Director, University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska

The University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM), the natural history museum located at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, seeks a Director to provide dynamic leadership for the UNSM. We invite nominations and applications for Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, a large comprehensive museum of natural history with a faculty and staff of 40 and research collections in paleontology, parasitology, entomology, zoology, botany and anthropology of more than 15 million specimens. UNSM has active, federally-funded education and outreach programs and close collaborations with university programs and school districts. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. The Director provides leadership and is responsible for developing external funding and partnerships, and enhancing facilities and collections. The Director will also develop and implement a new strategic plan to grow the Museum’s research, collections, and education programs.

The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate in science with a strong research and funding record meriting a tenured faculty position. It is expected that the Director will be tenured in an appropriate department. The Director will have museum experience, effective management and organizational skills, the ability to work well on collaborative teams and excellent interpersonal and fundraising skills. We are accepting nominations and applications for this position. To nominate someone please email to: UNLresearch@unl.edu To apply, go to http://employment.unl.edu and search for requisition number F_130241. Click on "Apply to this job." Complete the application and attach a letter of interest, an up-to-date vita, and names/addresses of five references. Please email Peg Filliez at pfilliez1@unl.edu for further information. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 17, 2014 and will remain open until filled. For more information about this position and UNSM, please visit http://research.unl.edu/museumdirector.
Posted 13 January 2014 (back to list)


 

Science Data Architect, Natural History Museum, London

"The Natural History Museum London has a really exciting opportunity for a Science Data Architect linked to our mass digitisation programme. Full details are on Linked-In (http://goo.gl/jQWyxu) and applications (via cover letter and CV) should be made through the NHM Recruitment website (http://goo.gl/8FikGo). Vince Smith is happy to answer any queries about the post. Summary details as follows:

"The Natural History Museum requires an experienced data and information architect to take a leading role in its digital science mission: to collate and organise the data of one of the most important Natural History collections in the world and make it openly accessible online. The post holder will design and implement digital data models, systems, practices and processes for the effective management of our scientific data within a world-leading institution with over 250 scientists and 80 million specimens.

"The successful Data Architect will have experience in:

  • Relational data modelling, covering conceptual, logical and physical data models, geospatial data, dimensional data models, data dictionary and metadata
  • Significant evidence of strategic, project and operational experience in the areas of Data Management, including team leadership within a complex and information rich environment
  • Data Science experience, developing and sustaining leading edge informatics and data science technologies
  • Understanding of automated data transfer mechanisms and data cleaning techniques
  • Experience leading long-term cultural changes in data management practice
  • Significant evidence of strategic, project and operational experience in the areas of Data Management, including team leadership within a complex and information rich environment

"The post holder will take a leading role in the development of the data architecture supporting the Museum’s mass digitisation programme and integration with museum systems. 24 month fixed-term appointment, salary up to £45,000 per annum plus benefits. Closing date midnight on Thursday 30th January 2014, start date ASAP."
Posted 11 January 2014 (back to list)