PhD Studentship 1 – Why aren’t marine organisms permanently hungover? Understanding microbial consumption of acetaldehyde in the ocean.
University of Essex – School of Biological Sciences
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,057
Hours: Full Time Placed on: 19th October 2015
Closes: 6th January 2016 Reference: 11179
SUPERVISOR Prof Terry McGenity, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK Co-Supervisors: Dr Boyd McKew, University of Essex, Dr Joanna Dixon, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prof Colin Murrell, University of East Anglia
Scientific rationale and significance Acetaldehyde is a simple, highly soluble and volatile organic compound that contributes to global warming and significantly changes the ‘self-cleaning’ capacity of the atmosphere. Acetaldehyde also has many other societal impacts from wine spoilage to damaging human health. Globally, the amount of acetaldehyde entering the atmosphere is between 80-160 million tonnes per year, with the oceans contributing 17-125 million tonnes per year. Thus, the oceans are potentially the largest global source of acetaldehyde to the atmosphere. In seawater the concentration of acetaldehyde is in the low nano-molar range, and is thought to be largely controlled by marine microbes. What we do not know is ‘who’ is using this compound and ‘how’ they are doing it. Therefore, the overall aims of this PhD are to identify the marine microbes utilizing acetaldehyde, understand their metabolic pathway(s), and use the information to better understand acetaldehyde consumption in the marine environment. Who are we looking for? This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated student with either a microbiology, or marine sciences background, who is keen to apply new skills to address a global problem using an innovative approach. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake sea-going and lab-based studies as part of a world leading multi-disciplinary team. The PhD will be primarily based at the University of Essex, with opportunities to undertake coastal sampling at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (station L4, in the western English channel http://www.westernchannelobservatory.org.uk). Research methodology and training The student will be trained in and combine a range of state-of-the-art techniques to identify the marine bacteria consuming acetaldehyde, and design ways to determine their activity in marine waters. Broad areas include: marine microbiology e.g. cultivation and identification of acetaldehyde-degrading microbes, molecular genomics e.g. identification of the catabolic pathway(s), and marine biochemistry e.g. radiotracer techniques and mass spectrometry. In addition to being part of a vibrant research group at Essex, the student will benefit from the extensive expertise at UEA and PML, and by being part of the EnvEast cohort, which has a broad range of training courses on topics such as “innovative research” and “advanced genomics”. This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day on the 17th or 18th February 2016. Funding: Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2015/16, the stipend was £14,057. For further information, please visit www.enveast.ac.uk/apply. Closing date for this application is midnight 6 January 2016.
PhD Studentship 2 – New insights into temperature adaptation of diatom growth University of Essex – School of Biological Sciences
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,057
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 19th October 2015
Closes: 6th January 2016 Reference: 11177
SUPERVISORS: Prof Richard Geider, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK; Co-Supervisor: Prof Thomas Mock and Dr Erik Buitenhuis, University of East Anglia
Do you want to undertake research on one of the challenges facing marine organisms, which is to understand how the base of the ocean food chain is going to cope with global warming? Background: The microscopic plants (phytoplankton) that inhabit the ocean are being driven out of their climatic comfort zone as global warming continues. The phytoplankton account for about 50% of global photosynthesis and form the base of open ocean food webs. This project will allow you to undertake innovative fundamental research on important questions including: What are the physiological mechanisms that allow marine phytoplankton to cope with high and low temperature stress, and what sets the limits on the efficacy of these mechanisms? How is primary production likely to change in response to rising water temperature? Research methodology: You will apply cutting edge physiological approaches in laboratory-based experiments to understand how marine phytoplankton adjust and adapt to temperature stress. After assessing how growth and photosynthetic physiology are affected by temperature, you will apply the knowledge that was gained to assessing the implications of climate change for phytoplankton production in the sea using a state of the art plankton functional group model.. Training: In addition to training in research and other transferable skills, you will develop specialist knowledge the areas of environmental microbiology and microbial physiology including specific training in algal cultivation and ecophysiology, analytical procedures, data analysis including bioinformatics and model development. Supervision: You will join a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of researchers developing innovative approaches to environmental research. Your project will be supervised by Prof. Richard Geider (Essex University), Prof. Thomas Mock (University of East Anglia), Dr Erik Buitenhuis (University of East Anglia) Person specification: This project is suitable for students with interest in ocean ecology or microalgal biotechnology. You should be an enthusiastic, highly motivated, self-reliant individual wanting to undertake a challenging research project. A good BSc or MSc degree in one of the biological or environmental sciences is essential. This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day on the 17th or 18th February 2016. Funding: Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2015/16, the stipend was £14,057. For further information, please visit www.enveast.ac.uk/apply. Closing date for this application is midnight 6 January 2016.
PhD Studentship 3 – Coral survivors: local adaptation to extreme conditions
University of Essex – School of Biological Sciences
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,057
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 19th October 2015
Closes: 6th January 2016
Co-supervisors: Prof David Smith & Dr Etienne Low-Decarie, University of Essex
Never have coral reefs been under greater threat. The third global coral bleaching event is currently underway, putting at risk the survival of corals around the world. This project will provide insight into how corals can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as those that cause bleaching. Coral reefs are highly diverse ecosystems that provide key services to humans, including food, tourism and drug discovery, but are highly threatened by human activity. Facing unprecedented environmental change, including warming and ocean acidification, corals can however be found in relatively warm and acidic environments, such as mangroves forest. Learning how corals cope with these extreme conditions could help us devise strategies to enhance survival. Corals are complex communities formed by the coral host, symbiotic algae and bacteria. Understanding how these components interact is essential to understanding how corals survive. Research goal: Testing if coral are locally adapted to optimal or to extreme habitats and determine the relative contribution of coral host, algal symbionts and bacterial community to coral survival and growth in extreme conditions. Research methodology: During fieldwork in the Seychelles, coral fragments will be moved from reef environments to mangrove forests and conversely. The effect each environment on the coral will be quantified using innovative physiological measurements and state of the art molecular techniques. Fieldwork will be complemented by laboratory work using the aquaria in the Coral Reef Research Unit (CRRU) at the University of Essex. Additional keywords: transplant, algae, microbiome, tropical, marine, global change, sequencing, next generation, conservation Training: In addition to training as part of EnvEast and the University of Essex graduate training program, which includes training in statistical analysis and science communication, the student will receive training in field sampling approaches, coral physiology measurement, molecular techniques for the extraction of DNA, bioinformatics, and in advanced ecological statistical analysis. Training in scientific SCUBA diving may be provided, though SCUBA diving is not necessary for the project. Person specification: We seek a self-reliant individual with a degree in biology or a branch of environmental science or engineering. The student will be enrolled in the PhD program of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Essex (http://www2.essex.ac.uk/academic/offices/graduate/) SCUBA diving license and experience in molecular techniques and amplicon sequence analysis would be an asset, though extensive training will be provided. Funding: Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2015/16, the stipend was £14,057. For further information, please visit www.enveast.ac.uk/apply. This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview day on the 17th or 18th February 2016. Closing date for this application is midnight 6 January 2016.
The NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is hiring a full-time, permanent, fishery stock assessment scientist. All U.S. citizens may apply, and applications are due by Oct 27. There is a positive education requirement and specialized experience requirement. Candidates should make sure their resume clearly shows how they meet these requirements. There is no specific degree requirement, but we are looking to hire scientists with experience in advanced fishery modeling and statistical analyses.
Link to posting and application:
Assistant Professor (Water Quality and Environmental Change) – Utah State University. The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (www.qcnr.usu.edu/wats) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, assistant professor position in water quality. This position is part of a cluster hire in water and climate across multiple colleges at Utah State University (https://caas.usu.edu/cwi/). We seek applicants with an emphasis in contaminant ecology, ecotoxicology, or geochemistry of aquatic systems and their watersheds. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a collaborative research program that leverages existing expertise in aquatic ecology, climate science, geomorphology, hydrology, water quality extension, and watershed management to better understand the sources, movement, transformations, and ecological effects of traditional and emerging contaminants on aquatic resources. We are especially interested in applicants whose research can be scaled up to address water quality challenges at watershed, regional, or global scales. See https://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=874 for the full announcement and application instructions. Review of applications will begin 15 November 2015.
An ORISE postdoctoral research opportunity is available at the US EPA Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch laboratory in Newport, OR. The focus of the research will be to develop and test methods to assess the risk of changes in production of ecosystem services in coastal ecosystems (particularly estuaries) associated with scenarios of climate change. We seek to have the selected candidate start in early January 2016 or sooner.
An application & full description of the opportunity can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm.
Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NHEERL-WED-2015-06 when searching the site for the announcement, and when calling or writing for information.
The mentor for this project is Ted DeWitt (email@example.com).
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is seeking an outstanding PhD student for a project on transgenerational acclimation of reef fishes to climate change. The project will use an experimental approach to test the effects of cross-generational exposure to rising temperatures on the behavioural, physiological and/or life history performance of reef fish populations. The candidate must have completed a First Class Honours or Master’s degree and have research experience in either evolutionary biology or marine ecology. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability to conduct research on the early life stages of fishes or other marine organisms. Strong skills in quantitative analysis for evolution and ecology are highly desirable. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record.
PhD scholarship funding will be for three years. Applicants must be available to commence studies in January 2016. The stipend rate will match the Australian Postgraduate Award rate which in 2015 is $A25, 849 p.a.
Expressions of Interest providing a CV, statement of research interest, and cover letter addressing suitability for the scholarship must be sent to Jennifer.Lappin@jcu.edu.au<mailto:Jennifer.Lappin@jcu.edu.au> by 31 October 2015.
Requests for information about the research project should be sent to Professor Philip Munday
Information on how to apply for a PhD place at JCU can be found at: http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/prospective/index.htm
Applications for the PhD place close on 31 October 2015.
The Department of Biology at Texas State University (http://www.bio.txstate.edu/) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Organismal Physiology with a focus on aquatic organisms such as fish and amphibians. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Biology and develop an externally funded research program involving graduate students that complements existing strengths of our 47-member faculty. Required qualifications are an earned Ph.D. in biology or related areas, and a record of published research accomplishments in the physiology of aquatic organisms. Preferred qualifications are postdoctoral experience, a record of externally funded research, and experience in research complementing the research strengths of the Department. Salary and start-up package are negotiable. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2015.
A letter of application with statements on research plans and teaching philosophy, CV, pdfs of five representative publications, and the names and contact information of five people willing to serve as references should be sent as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Dana García, email@example.com, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Post Doctoral Position in Conservation Science
We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr Julia Baum and Dr Tara Martin on a new project «Prioritizing Threat Management Strategies to Ensure Long-term Resilience of the Fraser River Estuary». The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at the University of Victoria (http://uvic.ca) in British Columbia, Canada and will also be associated with CEED (Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions; http://ceed.edu.au).
Context: Estuaries are amongst the most important and productive ecosystems within marine environments globally. They also are amongst the most at risk. British Columbia’s Fraser River Estuary (FRE) provides valuable goods and services to the people of Canada and abroad. Not least, it is the mouth of the largest salmon bearing river in the world and home to half of BC’s rapidly expanding urban population. Without timely and effective conservation management, these goods and services are at risk. Water pollution and loss of habitat resulting from industrial and urban development, exploitation of fish stocks, and climate change are a few of the key threats.
Research effort to date in the FRE has focused on identifying its natural assets and their threats. It is now time to focus research on the identification of the key management actions needed to respond to these threats and emerging risks in order to protect and restore the FRE’s natural assets for the long-term. Information on the effectiveness of alternative management actions often is not published, but is the knowledge of experts. Rapid and adaptable decision making in the face of novel risks to natural assets is increasingly reliant on effective methods for combining expert judgment with empirical data. This project will bring together experts in the ecology, sociology, economics and management of estuarine systems and the FRE in particular including those from government, First Nations, industries (fishing, agriculture, forestry), academia and environmental non-government organizations, along with fishers and other nonspecialists with local knowledge. Together these experts, policy makers, and stakeholders will estimate the costs and benefits of alternative management actions. The outcome of this project will be a prospectus for investing in the priority management actions needed to ensure the resilience of the FRE’s natural assets into the future.
Research: The postdoc will undertake a priority threat management assessment to identify the management actions required to abate the key threats to the Fraser River Estuary in order to ensure its long-term resilience. The postdoc will help to organize and lead three workshops with FRE experts and stakeholders, and develop state-ofthe- art techniques in conservation decision science to identify the most effective and at the same time, least costly management actions needed to ensure the long-term resilience of the FRE. Importantly, this type of analysis will clarify what can and cannot be achieved for different levels of investment in environmental management of the estuary. This research builds from conservation decision science pioneered in Dr. Martin’s lab.
Position: The position is funded by MEOPAR (http://meopar.ca, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network) one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, and is offered full time, fixed term for two years at CDN$50,000 per year plus benefits. The position also comes with generous research funds to cover a series of expert elicitation workshops as well as computer and conference/work travel. The successful candidate will join Dr. Julia Baum’s productive collaborative lab at UVic and will work closely with Dr. Tara Martin. Visit the Baum Lab http://baumlab.weebly.com/ and Martin Conservation Decisions Lab http://taramartin.org/ for more on their cutting edge conservation research.
Applicants should have the following qualifications:
§ A PhD in ecology, environmental studies, oceanography, mathematical biology, or computer science, or other related field; § Strong statistical and mathematical modeling skills including demonstrated proficiency with R and/or MatLab, as well as ArcGIS (or related spatial program); § Excellent technical, analytical, computer, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.
§ Strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, including developing multi-sector collaborations and leading workshops, as well as the ability to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals; § Excellent time management skills, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on projects.
§ An interest in marine ecology, conservation and socio-ecological dynamics
Application: Interested candidates please email Dr. Baum (baum ‘at’ uvic.ca’) by November 1st with a cover letter, a statement of research interests and a description of how this postdoctoral fellowship will help you meet your career goals, a CV, and contact details for three referees.
The Natural Sciences Department of Daemen College invites applicants for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Biology to begin in the Fall 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in the department including Environmental Toxicology, General Biology with labs, and to develop new courses, based on interest and experience, such as Aquatic Biology or others which include field experience. Previous experience in computational biology and/or biometry desirable. Additional coursework within the Daemen College core curriculum may also be required. The successful candidate will be expected to involve undergraduates in research. Ph. D. required; postdoctoral research and track record of course and assessment design is desirable. To apply, please go to https://daemen.applicantpro.com/jobs/274604.html and submit a letter of application, cv., unofficial copies of transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests and 3 letters of reference. Review of applications will begin Nov. 1. Please direct any further inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rudolf lab at Rice University (http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~volker.rudolf/ ) is looking for a technician, effective immediately (position open until filled). Duties will include both labwork and fieldwork on two separate projects in community ecology that examine 1) the role of functional diversity for ecosystem functioning and 2) the impact of global climate change on community dynamics and ecosystems processes. Candidates should have B.A./B.S. in biology and some hands-on field and/or lab experience. Training will be provided, but experience with working in aquatic systems is a bonus. The position is classified as full-time, temporary (6-24 months). This position would be an excellent fit for someone planning on graduate study in ecology & evolutionary biology, as there will be the opportunity to gain experience in a number of research areas and to co-author papers. Please send a resume and contact information for three references by email (email@example.com) or by post (V. Rudolf, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MS 170, Rice University, Houston TX, 77005).
The Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, University of Haifa, Israel (http://eeb.haifa.ac.il), invites candidates for a tenure-track position to begin October 2016. We shall consider any excellent scientist in the fields of Evolutionary Biology and/or Ecology. The position is open to candidates at any academic rank. Interested candidates should send a letter of research interests/plans, CV, list of publications, and contact information of at least three referees (to be put together as a single PDF file) to Ms. Meirav Shahar–Ayash (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2015.
PhD project in Estuarine Nutrient Cycling – Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University has a PhD opportunity to study nutrient cycling in Western Australian wetlands and estuaries. This is an industry funded scholarship giving you the opportunity to solve real-world problems. Coastal wetland systems are highly susceptible to human disturbance particularly through: (1) nutrient inputs for agriculture in their catchments; (2) loss of fringing vegetation; and (3) changes to flow rates from the catchments and ocean. Understanding how these disturbances impact the environmental, social and economic amenities such as Ramsar values, natural coastal amenities and fisheries of coastal wetlands is critical for appropriate management measures to be implemented to mediate such impacts. Through novel approaches, this study will provide data and management outcome recommendations that lead to the water quality improvement in an important recreational region of south-western Western Australia.
For more details please contact A/Prof Glenn Hyndes (email@example.com)
Applications close Friday, 30 October 2015.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MARINE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
The Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston
(TAMUG) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Marine Microbial Ecology. We seek an individual with a Ph.D. and preferably postdoctoral or equivalent experience whose research complements that of faculty in the Department of Marine Biology (www.tamug.edu/marb). Candidates with research interests in any area of marine microbiology will be considered, including environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, marine microbial genomics, pathogens of aquatic organisms, human pathogens in aquatic environments, and marine microbial natural products. Individuals should have experience with high throughput sequencing approaches, as well as classical microbial analytical and culture techniques. Competitive candidates will demonstrate the potential for interdisciplinary research collaborations across the departments of Marine Biology and Marine Sciences as well as with researchers on the main campus. Teaching responsibilities will include an upper-level undergraduate course in marine microbial ecology and undergraduate or graduate courses in laboratory techniques and/or data processing. The successful applicant will be expected to establish and sustain an externally funded research program as well as mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TAMUG is the ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University (TAMU). In addition to undergraduate programs, TAMUG is the host campus of a graduate-level Interdisciplinary Degree Program (lDP) in Marine Biology, which is comprised of faculty from six departments within the Texas A&M University System. Apart from the lDP, members of the Department of Marine Biology also maintain joint or graduate appointments in departments on the main campus. A joint or graduate appointment in the Department of Marine Sciences on the Galveston Campus is also an option. The TAMUG departments are housed in the new Ocean and Coastal Studies Building, which is home to over 20 research laboratories, two teaching laboratories, and a Sea Life Center with running sea water systems. Various shared and core facilities are available locally and on the main campus with instrumentation for advanced microscopy, genomic and biogeochemical analyses.
Applications should be received by November 30, 2015 for full consideration. Anticipated start date for the position is fall 2016.
To apply, send a curriculum vitae, statement of current research and teaching interests and list of three references with contact information
to: Chair, Marine Biology Search Committee PAR # 3821, c/o Human Resources Department, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, TX 77553-1675 or by email referencing PAR # 3821 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information regarding the position, contact the Department Head of Marine Biology (Dr. John R. Schwarz) by e-mail (email@example.com). Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and verification of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Texas A & M University at Galveston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/ Disability Employer.
Notice of Non-discrimination
Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability October 12, 2015
Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2016. This is a new position that will be located in a reconfigured program that is the result of the merger of existing majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.
Studying the environment at Earlham is intentionally collaborative and multidisciplinary, designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for engagement with both current and future environmental problems and problem solving. New institutional support for this program, alongside the recent development of a significant college-wide interdisciplinary effort in Global Leadership that includes a focus on sustainability, makes this an exciting time to be teaching about the environment at Earlham.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Earlham is seeking candidates with a love of undergraduate teaching and a desire to share their passion for studying environmental issues with students. The faculty member occupying this position will be asked to teach courses supporting this new program, including:
Introduction courses in both environmental science and environmental studies.
The senior capstone experience.
An interdisciplinary and team-taught environmental problem-solving course.
The faculty member also will be asked to contribute at least one course in a natural science major, plus additional upper-level environmental science courses. Research plans that include undergraduates are highly desirable.
Experience & Qualifications
Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2016. Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred.
Candidates should send applications as a single PDF including a cover letter detailing teaching and research interests, and curriculum vitae to:
Social Sciences Administrative Assistant
In addition, include three letters of recommendation may be sent under separate cover.
Applications should be received by November 10, 2015, to receive full consideration. The College will continue to accept submissions until the position is filled.
Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.
The Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution (FishEc) located in Kastanienbaum (Lucerne, Switzerland) has a vacancy for a 1 PhD-student in Genomics of Rapid Adaptation.
Speciation research has started to address long-standing questions on the genomic basis underlying and the genome evolution accompanying the speciation process. However, the accurate interpretation of genomic patterns is challenged by a variety of different processes, such as drift, selection, gene flow, and recombination, all acting simultaneously in shaping the genome and contributing to the heterogeneity of divergence observed along the genome. A system like the Swiss whitefish radiation (Coregonus lavaretus complex) permits us to assess genomic divergence along a continuum of geographic, genetic, and ecological differentiation, in order to understand which evolutionary processes drive adaptation and divergence and to gain insights on the genomic basis of ecological speciation.
The PhD project advertised here is aiming to build a reference genome backbone and assess the variation in genome structure across whitefish species in Swiss lakes. Another goal will be to investigate the genetic architecture of ecological and reproductive traits differing across whitefish species and to compare patterns of genomic divergence across different sympatric and allopatric species. This will require the development of innovative analysis methods, which make full use of the fantastic study system to enhance our knowledge on the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation.
The successful candidate will have substantial opportunities to develop his or her own research skills and to assist in the supervision of Bachelors, and Master students. The work will consist of the analysis of next generation whole genome data, the development of bioinformatics pipelines and tools, and the interpretation and publication of the results. This study will be carried out in a close collaboration between the Fish Genomics group (http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/fishec/main-focus/fish-genomics/
) and the Evolutionary Biodiversity Dynamics group (http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/fishec/mainfocus/biodiversity-dynamics/
) at Eawag Kastanienbaum.
Applications are sought from individuals with a profound interest in Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics. Applicants should have earned a MSc-degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field of evolutionary biology, or bioinformatics. Excellent communication skills in English and skills in team work are essential. The duration of the position will be three years, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We are a research department of Eawag (Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution; http://www.eawag.ch/en/department/fishec/ ) and a division (Aquatic
Ecology) of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Bern, and the successful candidate will have a unique possibility to take advantage of both these excellent academic environments. The work place is at Eawag¡¦s Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry in Kastanienbaum, Lucerne, which besides the Fish Ecology and Evolution Department hosts research group from the Departments ¡§Aquatic Ecology¡¨ and ¡§Surface Waters ¡V Research & Management¡¨ and offers a beautiful workplace at the shores of Lake Lucerne, a friendly international working climate and a strong cross-disciplinary research environment. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the University of Bern PhD-student program. Eawag is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Applications should include a concise statement describing your motivation to work on this research project, curriculum vitae, copies of your academic qualifications and names for two references.
The deadline for applications is 15 November 2015 or until the position is filled. The starting date for the position is anticipated as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Philine Feulner (firstname.lastname@example.org ; +41 58 765 21 06). We look forward to receiving your application through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. Please click on the link below, this will take you directly to the application form. https://apply.refline.ch/673277/0401/pub/1/index.html
The Duke University River Center is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to help understand the responses of stream ecosystem metabolism to hydrologic regime. This position is supported by major new funding from the National Science Foundation’s Macrosystems Biology program. The post-doctoral scholar will lead the development and testing of a simple process-based model of metabolic responses to disturbance regime, with the ultimate goal of projecting potential consequences of future climate and land use change. This modelling work will be supported by both intensive and extensive empirical measurement of stream metabolism within the southeast and across the United States. The successful applicant will work with PIs Emily Bernhardt, Brian McGlynn, and Jim Heffernan, as well as Dr. Ashley Helton (UConn) and other colleagues at partner universities and the US Geological Survey. The post-doc will have ample opportunity to establish additional lines of investigation that extend beyond the scope of our initial questions.
Candidates should have a degree in ecology, hydrology, or related environmental and engineering sciences; experience with the development of process-based biogeochemical or ecohydrologic models; and demonstrated success in scholarly publication. Previous experience in collaborative projects at the interface of ecological and hydrologic sciences will be viewed positively. The position could begin as early as January 2016, but can be flexible depending on the successful candidate’s schedule. Review of applications will begin October 15th, but will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Duke University is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and other persons from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. To apply, submit cover letter, a current CV, a list of 3 references, and up to 3 representative publications to email@example.com.
M.S. ASSISTANTSHIPS IN MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
We seek highly motivated students to fill two funded M.S. assistantships in the laboratory of Dr. Zack Darnell at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA (http://www.nicholls.edu/zdarnell). Students selected for these assistantships will pursue an M.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences. Assistantships will begin in January, 2016 and each includes a stipend of $18,000 per year. The students selected for both assistantships will be fully integrated members of the project teams and will contribute to study design, collection and analysis of data, and manuscript preparation. Prior research experience is preferred.
ASSISTANTSHIP 1: LINKING BLUE CRAB ABUNDANCE, GROWTH, AND MORTALITY TO MARSH FRAGMENTATION AND SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATION COVER
The overarching goal of this project is to determine the effects of changing coastal landscapes on blue crab populations in Terrebonne Basin, a region of coastal Louisiana supporting a large blue crab fishery but experiencing substantial marsh fragmentation and land loss. The student will conduct field surveys of blue crab abundance and field experiments examining growth and mortality across a range of fragmentation conditions. This is a collaborative project with The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the student will work closely with Water Institute personnel.
ASSISTANTSHIP 2: MIGRATORY MOVEMENTS AND FISHING MORTALITY OF THE LOUISIANA BLUE CRAB SPAWNING STOCK
Blue crabs support one of the largest and most valuable fisheries in Louisiana, and an understanding of the female blue crab spawning migration is critical for accurate spawning stock assessment and effective management plans that ensure the sustainability of this valuable fishery. This project investigates the timing and route of the blue crab spawning migration, spatial and temporal variation in fishing mortality during this critical phase of the life cycle, and the potential for sperm limitation in the Louisiana blue crab spawning stock. The student will work with local commercial crabbers to conduct a mark-recapture study in the Terrebonne and Pontchartrain Basins, and will use recaptured and returned crabs to examine sperm stores and reproductive potential. The student selected for this assistantship will also work closely with state and regional fisheries management agencies.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT: Dr. Darnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University, a comprehensive regional university located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Nicholls lies in the heart of the Bayou Region, allowing for easy access to the Mississippi River, its tributaries, Louisiana’s wetlands, and the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.nicholls.edu/biology), is currently the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers an M.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Biology (http://www.nicholls.edu/biology-graduate/). The marine and environmental sciences emphasis within the department has been identified as a Unique Area of Excellence by the University of Louisiana System.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested students should contact Dr. Zack Darnell (firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-448-4709) for additional information or to apply. Please include a copy of your CV (including GRE scores), unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration, please submit all materials prior to Oct. 16.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: ECOSYSTEM BIOLOGY, COMMUNITY ECOLOGY, OR GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY Faculty Position
Princeton University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in the areas of ecosystem biology, community ecology, and/or global change biology. We are interested in scientists who address fundamental questions with the goal of offering novel conceptual advances, and whose work is relevant to contemporary environmental problems. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse and interdisciplinary group of like-minded faculty members in several departments and in the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Applicants should write a vision statement, no longer than two pages, that outlines one or more major unsolved problems in their field and how they plan to address them. In this respect, the vision statement should go beyond a summary of the applicant’s prior and current research.
Applications, including the vision statement, curriculum vitae, three reprints, and contact information for three references can be submitted online via http://jobs.princeton.edu, Req #1500822. Screening of applications will begin November 15, 2015.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.
Link to EEB: www.princeton.edu/eeb
Direct link to posting:
Assistant/Associate Professor: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, is conducting a broad search for an Ecologist or Evolutionary Biologist. We are interested in applicants who will fit into our department’s focal research areas of tropical biology and coastal wetlands. We are especially interested in applicants whose research is solutions-based and who would expand departmental expertise in areas of bioinformatics, genomics, biostatistics, urban ecology, or disease ecology.
Applicants with a taxonomic focus on plants, invertebrates, or microbes are particularly encouraged to apply.
Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, three selected publications, and names and addresses of three references to:
apply.interfolio.com/30088. This site will begin accepting applications on August 1.
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.
See http://tulane.edu/sse/eebio/about/positions for details about the position, department, and search.
Please contact any member of the search committee below if you have additional questions
Dr. Tom Sherry (email@example.com, committee chair) Dr. Caz Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dr. Sunshine Van Bael (email@example.com) Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Position in Wetland Algal Ecology
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
A PhD graduate assistantship is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) (http://biology.fiu.edu) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2016. This position is affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/) and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.
FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. The FCE LTER student organization (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/students/), based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.
To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support (http://biology.fiu.edu/graduate).
Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships. The deadline for graduate applications is January 05, 2016, but early submission (December 2015) is highly encouraged.
Coastal Freshwater Wetland Algal Ecology: The candidate’s research interests should include global environmental change, wetlands, coastal ecology, and ecosystem ecology, especially algal ecology and systematics.
The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how climate change and changes in freshwater resource quality and distribution influence algal community dynamics in freshwater and brackish wetlands. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Evelyn Gaiser
(email@example.com) and visit her lab website (http://algae.fiu.edu/) before applying.
The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.