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EWS workshop Early Warning Signs of ecosystem degradation: Theory and applications on ecological data

30 Août 2016,

Publié par Bioécologie

Friday 2 September 2016

As a follow up to the EcoSummit conference (and our session on Indicators of tipping points organized with P. Couteron), we are organizing a day of workshop on indicators of degradation in ecosystems. The idea is to take advantage of the presence of some of the experts on the topic to get an overview about the underlying theory and the available tools.

This day is open to everyone but especially targets students, young reserachers and anyone who would like to quantify indicators of degradation on his/her own data.

To stimulate discussions, participants can apply for a flash talk to present their research topic/data set (please apply by Friday 26 August).

Participation is free, but a subscription is requested (please send an email to Sonia Kéfi with the subject : "EWS day" by Friday 26 August).

More information here

Postdoc in Evolutionary Genetics

29 Août 2016,

Publié par Bioécologie

A postdoctoral research position is available to work on a newly funded ERC project to Peter Keightley (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK) and Diethard Tautz (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Ploen, Germany) 'DENOVOMUT - An integrated approach to understanding the impact of de novo mutations on the mammalian genome'.

We are looking for a Postdoc interested in working in two areas of evolutionary genomics:

1. The causes of variation in nucleotide diversity across the genome within populations and between species, including populations of wild mice and related species as model mammalian systems.

2. To characterize and quantify the spontaneous mutation process in murid rodents by genome sequencing of related individuals recently sampled from the wild.

There will also be the opportunity to work on another related component of the project, the long term consequences of spontaneous mutation for quantitative, life history and behavioural traits and for genomic variation in highly replicated spontaneous mutation accumulation experiments with inbred mouse lines.

Applicants should have or will shortly obtain a PhD in a relevant subject, which could be population genetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular evolution or quantitative genetics.

Within the project, there will be opportunities to develop independent lines of research related to evolutionary genomics with a view to establishment as an independent investigator. The grant includes substantial funds for computing, sequencing and to attend international conferences. There will be opportunities to travel to the Max Planck Institute in Ploen to collaborate with colleagues there. The position is for 3 years from 1st January 2017 and can be extended for a further 2 years.

To apply, go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs and search for vacancy 036954. Closing date for applications 9th September 2016.

For informal enquiries, contact peter.keightley@ed.ac.uk