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PhD position: Genomics basis of the arms race between a parasite and its host, the threespine stickleback

17 Mai 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

A fully-funded 4-year PhD position is available in the Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories at Universite Laval in Quebec City, Canada. The PhD student will work on a project aimed at dissecting the genomic bases of the co-evolution between the threespine stickleback and its worm parasite, Schistocephalus solidus.

The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in biology or a related discipline, and a background in bioinformatics (R, Python or Perl), statistics and genomics. The candidate should have strong leadership skills, motivation and creativity and be able to work in a team of collaborators.

The Aubin-Horth and Landry Laboratories are located at the Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval. IBIS offers a very stimulating training environment and cutting edge on-site platforms in genomics, proteomics and microscopy. The Aubin-Horth Lab members are evolutionary biologists, neuroendocrinologists and behaviour biologists working together using an integrative approach to uncover the mechanisms underlying the alteration of stickleback behaviour by its endoparasite, by studying both the host and its parasite at the molecular, cellular and hormonal level, as well as how they interact. The Landry lab is an international team of 15 students, PDFs and research associates from different backgrounds (microbiology, biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry) addressing questions in evolutionary cell and systems biology.

The application package (1 single PDF file) should include a motivation letter demonstrating the interest of the candidate for the field and his/her ability to perform this type of research, a CV and the contact information of three people who can provide letters of reference. The file should be sent to Nadia.Aubin-Horth@bio.ulaval.ca

Starting date could be as early as September 2017. The competition will remain open until a candidate is selected.

-For more information on research ongoing in the Aubin-Horth and Landry laboratories, please visit:

-Recent publications from the two laboratories on this subject:

Hébert FO, Grambauer S, Barber I, Landry CR, Aubin-Horth N. Major host
transitions are modulated through transcriptome-wide reprogramming events in
Schistocephalus solidus, a threespine stickleback parasite. 2-17. Molecular Ecology. 26:1118-1130.

Grécias L, Hébert FO, Berger CS, Barber I, Aubin-Horth N. 2017. Can the behaviour of
threespine stickleback parasitized with Schistocephalus solidus be replicated by
manipulating host physiology? J Experimental Biology. 15: 237-246. doi:
10.1242/jeb.151456. Epub 2016 Nov 3. PubMed PMID: 27811294.

Hébert FO, Grambauer S, Barber I, Landry CR, Aubin-Horth N. 2016. Transcriptome
sequences spanning key developmental states as a resource for the study of the
cestode Schistocephalus solidus, a threespine stickleback parasite. Gigascience. 5:24.

Hebert FO, Phelps L, Samonte I, Panchal M, Grambauer S, Barber I, Kalbe M,
Landry CR, Aubin-Horth N. 2015. Identification of candidate mimicry proteins involved
in parasite-driven phenotypic changes. Parasites and Vectors. 15 :225.

Hébert FO, Aubin-Horth N. 2014. Ecological genomics of host behavior manipulation by parasites.
Adv Exp Med Biol. 781:169-90. d

Landry CR, Aubin-Horth N. 2014. Recent advances in ecological genomics: from
phenotypic plasticity to convergent and adaptive evolution and speciation. Adv
Exp Med Biol. 781:1-5.

Pavey SA, Bernatchez L, Aubin-Horth N, Landry CR. 2012. What is needed for
next-generation ecological and evolutionary genomics? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27:673-8.

Christian Landry, PhD
Professeur agrégé

Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Biologie évolutive des systèmes cellulaires
// Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Cell and Systems Biology

Département de Biologie
Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes
Centre de recherche en données massives (CRDM)

Local 3106, Pavillon Charles-Eugène-Marchand
1030, Avenue de la Médecine
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6


Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students

28 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Katia Levecque a,b, , Frederik Anseel a,b,c , Alain De Beuckelaer d,e,a , Johan Van der Heyden f,g , Lydia Gisle f

a Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University, Henri

Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

b ECOOM, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

c Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University, Via Roberto Sarfatti 25, 20100 Milano, Italy

d Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, Thomas van Aquinostraat 3, 6525 GD Nijmegen, The Netherlands

e School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China, No. 59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100872, PR China

f Scientific Institute of Public Health, OD Public Health and Surveillance, Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

g Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Ghent University, University Hospital, De Pintelaan  185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


b s t r a c t


Research  policy observers  are increasingly concerned  about the potential  impact  of current  academic working conditions on mental health, particularly in PhD students. The aim of the current study is three-fold. First, we assess the prevalence of mental health problems in a representative sample of PhD students in Flanders,  Belgium  (N = 3659). Second, we compare  PhD students  to three other samples: (1) highly educated in the general population (N = 769); (2) highly educated employees (N = 592); and (3) higher education students (N = 333). Third, we assess those organizational factors relating to the role of PhD students that predict mental health status. Results based on 12 mental health symptoms (GHQ-12) showed that 32% of PhD students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder, especially depression. This estimate was significantly higher than those obtained in the comparison groups. Organizational policies were significantly associated with the prevalence  of mental health problems. Especially work family interface, job demands  and job control, the supervisor’s leadership  style, team decision-making culture, and perception of a career outside academia  are linked to mental health problems.


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Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students

EcoDiff : stages, thèse, post-docs, offres d’emploi, conférences... PhD position, Postdoc, job, conference...

27 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie



EcoDiff, un site de la Société Française d'Ecologie, diffuse les offres de stages, thèse, post-docs, offres d’emploi, séminaires et conférences, etc. à la destination de la communauté scientifique élargie intéressée par l’Ecologie et l’Evolution.


Postdoctoral Opportunity in Stream Restoration

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Africa vegetation & carbon

Postdoc in stream ecology and environmental flows

Postdoctoral Opportunity At UCLA: Remote Sensing/Machine Learning in support of large-scale conservation

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Forest Insect Pollinator Ecology University of Georgia

Postdoc position in theoretical community ecology at the University of Canterbury

Postdoc: thermal effects on reproductive performance and sexual communication in natural populations of treehoppers

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Analysis of Meta-analysis methodology, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University


PhD opportunity: Rehabilitating landscapes by restoring digging mammals

Thèse: Ecophysiologie comparée de la cistude d’Europe Emys orbicularis, le long d’un gradient latitudinal

PhD: Comparative ecophysiology of the European pond turtle Emys orbicularis throughout a latitudinal gradient

Rôle des microorganismes de la rhizosphère en milieu complexe engrais – substrats organiques sur la biodisponibilité des nutriments et la croissance de la plante

Microrefugia facing climate change: bioclimatic modeling of steep-sided valleys in northeastern France.

Effet des facteurs physico-chimiques représentatifs du changement global sur la production de DMSP et STX chez Alexandrium

Three positions at the Aquatic Ecology Unit in Lund University

4 PhD positions in Behavioural and Physiological Ecology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

PhD Positions Forest Ecology CULS in Prague

PhD/PostDoc position available at WasserCluster Lunz


Caractérisation des communautés d’invertébrés associées aux larves d’Odonates Gomphidae

Caractérisation des habitats des larves d’Odonates Gomphidae

Stage d’étude sur le comportement alimentaire et le choix des proies chez le Balbuzard pêcheur

Offre pour un stage de M1 à Bordeaux : « Evolution de la croissance en mer des grandes aloses, comparaison de la situation actuelle avec la situation 30 ans en arrière »

offre de stage université de tours, plantes aquatiques


Assistance à maitrise d’ouvrage pour la déclinaison de sites et applications web pour des programmes de sciences participatives

VSC 6 mois en Eco-épidémiologie / Oiseaux marins – Terres Australes

Développeur full stack web avec expérience pour la conception de sites pour les sciences participatives

Biostatisticien(ne) en écologie aquatique (h/f) à Irstea Bordeaux (33)

Annonce poste à pourvoir


DATE DE CLOTURE REPORTEE : 13ème édition du Colloque Ecology & Behavior

Colloque 2017 de la Société Française d’Ecotoxicologie Fondamentale et Appliquée à Lille, 29-30 juin 2017

Colloque Ecology & Behaviour (19-23 juin, Chizé)

Plantes et savoirs: dialogue des cinq continents


Groupe thématique d’Ecologie des Paysages – enquête et création de la liste de diffusion

Advancing in Statistical Modelling for evolutionary biologists and ecologists using R


Un(e) étudiant(e) en communication des associations H/F – 2 mois – PARIS

Appel des jeunes chercheurs du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle aux candidats à l’élection présidentielle

Écovolontaires, soins aux louveteaux destinés à la réhabilitation, juin-août 2017 (Fédération de Russie).

Stagiaire écovolontaire, campagnes de hurlements provoqués, juin-août 2017 (Fédération de Russie).

Service Civique – 8 mois – Participation au programme de sciences participatives

Conseil Franco-Québécois de Coopération Universitaire

1 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Le Conseil franco-québécois de coopération universitaire (CFQCU) a pour mission d’appuyer la coopération universitaire en mettant en place des programmes qui visent à établir des partenariats stratégiques en matière d’enseignement et de recherche.

Plus d'informations ici

Bourses d'études supérieures du Canada Vanier (BESC Vanier)

28 Février 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Le gouvernement du Canada a lancé le Programme de bourses d'études supérieures du Canada Vanier (BESC Vanier) en 2008 pour attirer les meilleurs étudiants au doctorat d'ici et d'ailleurs et faire du Canada un centre d'excellence en recherche et en enseignement supérieur dans le monde. Les réussites universitaires des boursiers Vanier dans les domaines des sciences humaines, des sciences naturelles et/ou du génie, ainsi que des sciences de la santé sont exceptionnelles, et leurs qualités de leader sont reconnues.


Bourse post-doctorale : Fondation Bettencourt Schueller

14 Février 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Créé en 1990, le prix pour les jeunes chercheurs est l’une des premières initiatives de la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.

Il est décerné chaque année à 14 jeunes docteurs en sciences ou docteurs en médecine, pour leur permettre de réaliser leur stage post-doctoral dans les meilleurs laboratoires étrangers.

La dotation du prix est de 25 000 euros.

Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici

Bourse post-doctorale : Fondation Bettencourt Schueller

4 years postdoc position Ecological theory and stress ecology (Univ. Koblenz)

10 Janvier 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

“The Working Group Quantitative Landscape Ecology investigates the effects of anthropogenic stressors (for example, toxicants, climate change) on river ecosystems, particularly invertebrates, microorganisms and ecosystem processes. We expect from you a high motivation and active contribution to research, acquisition of external funding, supervision of Phd students and teaching of modelling (6 SWS). The establishment of an independent research program linking current ecological and macroecological theories with (multiple) stressors, preferably with connections to the working group, is strongly supported. Fostering your academic qualification is part of the professional duties and you will typically acquire the necessary qualifications for a Habilitation through the intended teaching and research activities. As a member of the working group Quantitative Landscape Ecology and in close collaboration with other research groups of the institute, the successful candidate will have access to modern equipment and work in a young and interdisciplinary team of researchers.”

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a complete curriculum vitae including an overview of software skills, certificates and a letter of recommendation for the announced position from a referee. Please send your application, quoting the reference number 06/2017 before 10.02.2017 to bewerbung@uni-koblenz-landau.de

More information here

4 years postdoc position Ecological theory and stress ecology  (Univ. Koblenz)

Offre de thèse : la communication prénatale chez le diamant mandarin

14 Décembre 2016,

Publié par Bioécologie


Une bourse de thèse est offerte à Deakin University, Geelong, Australie pour travailler sur la communication prénatale chez le diamant mandarin sous la direction de Mylene Mariette et Kate Buchanan.

Le but de la thèse sera de comprendre les mécanismes physiologiques qui permettent aux parents d´adapter le développement de leur poussins aux conditions environnementales en utilisant la communication acoustique.

La date limite pour candidater est le 30 Janvier 2017 pour un début de thèse en Juin 2017.

Profil de l'étudiant :  motivé et dynamique. Des connaissances en physiologie et en statistiques sont souhaitées. Un bonne maitrise de l´anglais parlé et écrit est essentielle.

Personne à contacter pour plus de renseignement et postuler : Mylène Mariette

Email : m.mariette@deakin.edu.au

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Integrative Ecology
School of Life & Environmental Sciences
Deakin University

75 Pigdons rd, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia
phone: +61 456 860 816

Offre de Thèses, Post Doc, Postes (écologie, biologie...) - Proposals : PhD, Postdoc, Jobs, Researcher position...(ecology, biology...)

9 Décembre 2016,

Publié par Bioécologie

Offre de Thèses, Post Doc, Postes (écologie, biologie...) - Proposals : PhD, Postdoc, Jobs, Researcher position...(ecology, biology...)

PhD Position: Rhizosphere as driver of subsoil organic matter dynamics

30 Septembre 2016,

Publié par Bioécologie

Root-derived organic carbon is a major source for the formation of soil organic matter. Roots provide carbon input via root litter and rhizdeposition and, therefore, play a key role in soil biogeochemical cycles. This is evidenced in the development of a soil-specific structure with emergent properties during pedogenesis. The main objective of the project is to better understand the influence of growing roots and their associated microbiome on the composition, distribution and the amount of soil organic carbon within the sub-soil and specifically in the subsoil rhizosphere. The project is part of the DFG research unit FOR 1806 – “The forgotten part of carbon cycling: Organic matter storage and turnover in subsoils (SUBSOM)”.

We seek a highly motivated candidate to work with us on a cascade of experiments with advanced complexity, using established state of the art methods (e.g. NMR spectroscopy, NanoSIMS). In addition we want to go a step beyond and develop new techniques to better understand the role of the rhizosphere for subsoil organic carbon dynamics.
The Soil Science Group at TUM (http://www.soil-science.com) offers a vibrant academic environment with well-equipped facilities located nearby Munich in southern Germany. Applicants should have the ability to work self-organized and in a team, have excellent management and communication skills and should be highly motivated and committed to pursuing interdisciplinary research. Good computer and language skills (English) are necessary. The candidate will have the opportunity to present her/his results in international journals and conferences.

The successful candidate should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, geo-ecology, agriculture, forestry, geology or related natural sciences and have sound knowledge of soil science. Candidates with experience in microscopic techniques, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), or in plant physiology as well as microbiology are highly welcome.

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for three years and provides a salary of 65 % of German TVL E13 (approx. EUR 1400 per month/net) scheme together with health and social security benefits. The starting date is 01.01.2017, or a later date to be decided upon.

A single pdf-file including letter of motivation, research experience, CV, and publication list should be sent by email to PD. Dr. Carsten W. Mueller (bodenkunde@wzw.tum.de).

Application deadline is 20.10.2016.