ASSAB Student Research Grants open on September 2, 2014___________________
Faculty Position, Princeton University [August 24, 2014]
Princeton University seeks candidates for a tenured or tenure track faculty position in the area of Molecular Evolution to join a growing collaborative program across the broad interface of evolution, ecology, molecular biology and genomics. We are interested in scientists whose research focuses on questions that integrate across this interface, with the aim of offering novel conceptual advances. The position will be shared between the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular Biology. We seek colleagues who will enthusiastically contribute to a climate of interdisciplinary collaboration, excellence and diversity. The candidate should share our commitment to a mentoring process that attracts students of all ethnicities, nationalities, and genders.
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 #1400594. Screening of applications will begin October 31, 2014.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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.
Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior, Cornell University [August 24, 2014]
The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Behavior. We seek broad thinkers with a strong understanding of evolutionary biology who can show how their research helps answer major questions in animal behavior and why they are particularly suited to tackle these questions. We encourage candidates whose aim is to discover general principles of animal behavior that link to other areas of biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program, and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Apply here.
Questions can be directed to Prof. Kern Reeve, Search Committee Chair, NBB, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline, including 3 letters of recommendation: 25 September 2014.
Diversity and Inclusion are parts of Cornell University’s heritage. Cornell is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Professorship, Arthur Rylah Institute and La Trobe University, Bundoora [Aug 5, 2014]
A Professor position is available as a joint appointment between the Arthur Rylah Institute (60%) and the Department of Ecology, Environment & Evolution at La Trobe University (40%). It will provide professional leadership in science and conduct internationally recognised research. The position will manage processes to advance ARI’s and the Department of Ecology, Environment & Evolution’s research capability; develop strategic alliances and partnerships; be responsible for setting science quality standards and developing strategies to enable staff to consistently achieve excellence in science. This position provides a unique opportunity to lead ecological research that directly influences government policy and management decisions. Deadline: August 25, 2015. Details here
New Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Davis, California [August 3, 2014]
The College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis invites applications for the New Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship program that will bring outstanding young researchers to campus to conduct highly integrative research addressing major societal challenges. Fellows will have a home in a sponsoring college laboratory and will conduct research that leverages the tools and approaches represented by at least one additional laboratory at UC Davis.
The position is for TWO YEARS, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as 1 July 2015. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. It has an annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits (health, dental and vision insurance), and $10,000 per annum in research and travel support. The Fellow will be expected to participate in graduate training activities in the area of interest and in the second year of the fellowship to present a workshop aimed at graduate students involving the transferal of new methods, tools, techniques or concepts to the UC Davis community. Eligibility is restricted to individuals who have the Ph.D. degree and will have completed no more than three years of postdoctoral training at the time of this appointment. Interested early career individuals should establish communications with at least one host laboratory in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences and a second bridge laboratory that can be from the CBS or any other UC Davis department. Associate Dean for Research, Peter Wainwright (email@example.com), can provide additional input on the fellowship.
ONLINE APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, a short (3-4 page) description of proposed research including names of both proposed faculty mentors, and copies of two publications, all in PDF format at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00328 We require 3 letters of recommendation. The referees you list in the online application will receive an automatic notification from our system instructing them how to directly upload letters to our website. Refer to the on-line instructions for further information. For full consideration, applications (including letters of reference) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2014. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences. E-mail questions to Sally DiVecchia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Apply from here.
Research Fellow, Insect Nutrition, Macquarie University, Sydney [July 25, 2014]
The Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University is seeking to appoint a talented postdoctoral researcher to work on the Horticulture Australia Ltd R&D Project HG13045 entitled “Larval diets for high-productivity mass-rearing of Queensland fruit fly for SIT”.
Postdoctoral position, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore [July 22 2014]
We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow interested in exploration of sexual selection in jumping spiders. The qualified individual will support research project on the origin and evolution of male UV colour and UV-based female mate-choice in jumping spiders. The candidate will work under Dr. Daiqin Li (http://www.dbs.nus.edu.sg/
The position is funded by a grant from the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2, and will cover salaries, insurance and research costs. Position is for 1-2 years, and possibly for 1 year extension, starting in August/September 2014.
The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in life sciences or a related discipline, with a proven ability for outstanding research that is reflected in a publication record, and a strong interest in spider behaviour/evolutionary biology. Experience in the field, and in visual ecology, behaviour, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogeny would be helpful.
Interested applicants should send a detailed CV, along with a list of publications, and at least three letters of recommendation preferably via email (email@example.com) to Dr. Daiqin Li, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, Singapore, 117543.
Department Head and Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee. Knoxville [July 19, 2014]
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://eeb.bio.utk.edu) at the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is seeking a senior colleague for the position of Professor and Head. The new Head will guide the growth of the department and help us to build on existing strengths in mathematical biology, macroevolution, ecological genetics, behavior, and global change ecology. We seek a candidate with a strong record of excellence in research and teaching, a history of effective leadership, and a vision of how to foster the continued progression of the program into one of the top EEB departments in the nation. The successful candidate will be able to manage administrative duties while maintaining an active research program.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a dynamic and collaborative group of 21 faculty and over 50 graduate students. Our department maintains a field station in the nearby Smoky Mountains, close ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Lab, and synergy with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (http://NIMBioS.org). Knoxville is also an exciting town that has undergone a vibrant civic revitalization over the past several years, yet it remains one of the most affordable cities in the US and the region has been rated as one of the best in the country for eventual retirement. The University of Tennessee welcomes dual-career couples and pursues family-friendly policies. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability and enthusiasm to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The Head position is open to individuals who are qualified to be appointed at the full professor level with tenure at the University of Tennessee.
To apply, please send the following in a single pdf-formatted document to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) a cover letter that includes a vision statement for the head’s leadership role in the intellectual growth of our department, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy/experience, (3) a statement of current and near future research interests, (4) names and contact information for five referees, (5) a CV. Review of applications will begin on Sept. 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Potential applicants may also contact Search Committee Chair Prof. Hanno H. Weitering (email@example.com) or Prof. Susan E. Riechert (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions; more information about our Department, including our current strategic plan, is available at http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/
PhD opportunity: The evolution of extravagant begging displays in estrildid finches, Research School of Biology, ANU, Canberra. [August 21, 2014]
Estrildid finch nestlings display elaborate, species-specific mouth markings and ornaments and call to their parents during begging. One hypothesis to explain the evolution of such extravagant signals is that they have evolved to assist parents in recognizing parasitic chicks intheir nests. African estrildids are subject to parasitism by Vidua finches,whereas Australian estrildids have evolved for millions of years in the absence of interspecific brood parasites. However, at least some species of Australian estrildids parasitize the nests of conspecifics. This project will test three hypotheses to explain the evolution of begging signals in Australian estrildids. The project will be conducted in collaboration with a parallel study on African estrildids by Dr Claire Spottiswoode’s research group (University of Cambridge), and together we will conduct broadscale comparative analyses of begging signals in Australian and African estrildids.
Prospective students will need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship through the Australian National University. The Research School of Biology, ANU, supplements these scholarships with $20,000 to support research costs, $3000 for conference travel and a new computer. The deadline for domestic (Australian and New Zealand) students is 31st October. Applicants for the PhD program must have a first class honours or master’s degree and a good academic record. Other evidence of research experience and output is advantageous.
If you are interested in joining my lab, please send me an email expression of interest, explaining your background research interests and including a CV complete with academic transcripts and the names of two referees at the latest by October 15th.
PhD opportunity: Can sexual selection drive social evolution? Insights from male dragons, University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia [Aug 15, 2014]
While we know that access to mate can lead to the evolution of male coalition and alliances, our understanding of the extent sexual selection can shape social relationships is still unclear. Systems which exhibit alternative mating strategies offer great opportunities to gain greater insights into the ways by which differing mating strategies may influences patterns of social interactions and environment. This phd project will utilize the eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii ) as a study system to investigate the extent to which sexual selection can shape social relationships. The project will combine the fields of genetics and behavioural ecology.
Eastern water dragon is a large social, semi-aquatic and arboreal agamid lizard (Agamidae), native to Australia. Eastern water dragons exhibit elaborate social behaviours and a harem like mating system with males engaging in ritualised combat during the mating season (spring to late summer). Two types of male mating tactics have been described to date; males either exhibit strong territorial or non-territorial satellite behaviour.
The study site is found within the Roma Street Parkland (RSP) (27° 27′ 46″ S, 153° 1′ 11″ E) located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. RSP is a 16 hectare park and is the world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre. It is also host to a large population of Eastern water dragons with a population size estimated to exceed 600 animals (Gardnier et al. PloS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096992). Ecological, behavioural surveys have been conducted on this population since October 2010 with morphological and DNA samples collected from more than 350 animals.
Applicants will need to have an extremely competitive academic record and obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award or International Research and Fee Remission Scholarships (for details and scholarship application forms http://www.usc.edu.au/research/research-students/hdr-scholarships). Scholarship round is open now and will close by October 4th. I would expect international applicants to hold a master and have at least one publication. Australian applicants will require a first class honours degree.
Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD opportunity to study composition and/or function of pheromones used for communication by Bactrocera fruit flies.
Bactrocera fruit flies – a genus of more than 500 species – include some of the world’s most devastating insect pests of horticulture. Air-borne pheromones are used by these insects to communicate, and in synthetic form also have potential as tools for control. Depending on the candidate’s interests, research emphasis may be comparative, describing and comparing pheromones used by different species, or may be functional, with more detailed analysis of pheromone composition, synthesis and biological activity. The general skills developed in this research area would be readily transferable to other research questions later and so provide a good general training.
This project will be supported in the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences (www.cbms.mq.edu.au; Dr Ian Jamie, A/Prof Joanne Jamie, and Dr Soo Park) and Biological Sciences (www.bio.mq.edu.au; A/Prof Phil Taylor) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and may also involve collaboration with Deakin University (Dr Matt Symonds) and Plant & Food Research, New Zealand (Dr Max Suckling and Dr Ashraf El-Sayed).
Several scholarship options are available, depending on nationality. For example, suitable candidates would be encouraged to apply for a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) of AU$25,392 pa (tax exempt, increased annually to index cost of living). Students on scholarships are not obliged to contribute to teaching, but may do so to supplement their income if desired. Generous funding is available for research expenses and for travel to domestic and international conferences.
Applicants should have completed research qualifications equivalent to a Masters or Australian Honours degree, and should first contact Dr Ian Jamie (Ian.Jamie@mq.edu.au) or A/Prof Phil Taylor (Phil.Taylor@mq.edu.au) with an expression of interest, including a CV and academic record.
PhD opportunity in community ecology of inshore dolphins in Western Australia, Flinders University [July 20, 2014]
The Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL) at the School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University (South Australia), is currently seeking applications from highly qualified candidates for a PhD project looking at interspecific interactions between sympatric inshore dolphins in Western Australia. This project is part of a collaborative research program between CEBEL and Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) which is aimed at enhancing our understanding of natural populations of inshore dolphins off the North West Cape, Exmouth, Western Australia and using this knowledge to improve the scientific basis behind their conservation and management.
The PhD position will be available pending final approval of funding for the project and the selected student gaining a PhD scholarship.
The Project: Interspecific interactions among delphinids: chance or biological significance?
Many species of dolphins coexist and form mixed species associations, but little is known about the interspecific interactions among them and how these may influence the structure and function of ecological communities. Preliminary observations off the North West Cape in Western Australia indicate that Australian humpback (Sousa sp.) and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) frequently interact and occur in mixed species associations. This project will focus on investigating the biological significance of these interspecific interactions and mixed species associations by using an integrative approach involving behavioural observations, mark-recapture data and ecological modelling.
Specific Requirements for the PhD Position:
- Applicants should have at least a first or upper second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject, such as ecology, animal behaviour, marine biology, biology, oceanography, or a related field. A relevant MSc or MRes qualification in some aspect of quantitative biology is preferable.
- Applicants should have at least one year of experience in collecting and processing ecological data and a strong background in analytical, quantitative and statistical techniques.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel/Access and familiarity with computer packages such as R, Matlab and ArcGIS will be advantageous.
- Previous field experience including boat handling, behavioural observations and photo-identification of dolphins will be looked upon favourably.
- Applicants must be willing to relocate to Exmouth, Western Australia, for periods of up to 6 months while doing fieldwork.
- An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency as a Coxswain or the willingness to obtain this will be advantageous.
Application Details: Interested applicants should send expression of interest to Dr. Guido J. Parra (email@example.com) no later than 1st of August 2014 (late documents will not be reviewed) containing:
- A letter of intent specifying your interest in the specific Ph.D. Project
- Curriculum vitae
- Two letters of reference, from professors or research supervisors familiar with your research work and work ethics. An email from the referee is sufficient.
- A transcript of subjects taken and grades obtained. An official transcript is not necessary – a copy is sufficient.
We aim to contact shortlisted candidates by 4th August. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (Australian, New Zealand and Australian permanent residents) or Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (International applicants). Applicants should familiarise themselves with the documentation needed for scholarship application so that they are prepared to meet application deadlines.
For scholarship information, see below:
International student (citizen of any overseas country, except New Zealand) applications for scholarships see: International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS). Closing Date: 15-08-2014
Australian, New Zealand, and Australian permanent residents see Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) and Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Awards (FSERA): Closing Date: 31-10-2014.
Australian, New Zealand, Australian permanent residents or international students who have completed an honours or equivalent qualification at Flinders University no more than three years prior to the application closing date see: Flinders University Research Scholarships (FURS). Closing Date: 31-10-2014.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: Research Leader, Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL), School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park|South Australia|5042. GPO Box 2100|Adelaide| South Australia|5001.
PhD opportunity, Social Organization of Giraffes, University of Queensland [December 4, 2013]
A/Prof. Anne Goldizen, at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, is looking for a PhD student to continue a long-term study of the social organization of giraffes in the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park in Namibia. This population was studied first by Dr. Rachel Brand of the University of Newcastle in the UK during 2004-05, then by Dr. Kerryn Carter (then PhD student of Anne’s at UQ) in 2009/10, and has now been studied in 2013 by Anne. Thus we have data on the association patterns of this population of 500+ giraffes from three time periods over the past 10 years, with individuals recognizable across this time period. We have published two papers on the social organization of this population in Animal Behaviour (85:395-394 and 86:901-910, both in 2013). Candidates would have to have completed a prior research degree equivalent to an Australian honours degree (a full-time, 9 month research project) or a masters degree to be eligible for the UQ PhD program. Australian students would need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and non-Australians would need to acquire a PhD scholarship from UQ or elsewhere. Research funds would also need to be sought, with Anne’s assistance. Interested potential students should also have a drivers licence and extensive travel experience or experience working/researching in developing countries.
Email Anne Goldizen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
PhD opportunity: Insect Symbiosis, molecular and microbial ecology, University of Western Sydney [December 4, 2013]
We are seeking a highly motivated student to develop research skills in insect symbiosis, molecular and microbial ecology. The student will be trained in the use of high throughput sequencing platforms, metagenomic and microbiome analyses and the intricacies of the sterile insect technique and plant biosecurity. This capacity is highly relevant and broad-ranging ensuring that the candidate will be highly employable and contribute significantly to Australia’s biosecurity capacity. The main objective of this project is to identify the gut symbionts associated with Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) and related species and to exploit these microorganisms to improve the performance and quality of sterile male flies, while minimise rearing costs. Furthermore the study will contribute to the exciting research field of insect microbial ecology and physiology.
Recent studies on insects have revealed seminal contributions of microorganisms to the nutrition, health and reproductive success of their insect hosts. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is a key approach to manage Australia’s most significant horticultural pest, Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), in some of Australia’s most valuable horticultural production areas. However, there is evidence that during the mass-rearing and irradiation processes, the native microbiome of fruit flies is disrupted and thus host fitness diminished. Male sterile flies must be sexually competitive with their wild counterparts. Fitter sterile males could lead to a reduced sterile to wild ratio required to control a population, leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness of a control program and overall reduced costs. Incorporation of suitable probiotics within the larval diet could also reduce the need for expensive chemicals and yeast, two of the largest costs in mass-rearing fruit flies.
The PhD student will be enrolled at University of Western Sydney (UWS) and will work closely with Dr Olivia Reynolds and Dr Toni Chapman at the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Dr Markus Riegler at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (UWS). A tax-free stipend of $30,000 pa and a generous operating allowance will apply. The duration of the scholarship is three and a half years (maximum). In addition there will be regular opportunities for professional development, travel, and interaction with other scientists and students within the Plant Biosecurity CRC. It is essential that applicants have an interest in plant pests threatening Australian plant biosecurity and a strong academic background in entomology, microbiology, molecular biology, ecology or agricultural science including pest management. Research experience in one or several of these areas will be desirable. The successful candidate will spend periods of their study at both UWS and EMAI.
Further information about this position and about the application process can be obtained from Dr Markus Riegler (email@example.com; 02-4570 1229).
Bowerbird signal function and mating success: Volunteer (unpaid) field research assistant needed October-December 2014 [July 9, 2014]
I am looking for an experienced female field worker to help my female Ph.D. student doing field work on Great Bowerbirds, approximate dates October through to mid December 2014. (Female because the field house offers little privacy). Ideally the volunteer should have extensive experience with birds. The volunteer should also know how to drive a 4WD vehicle in easy to moderate conditions (we almost never have to shift into 4WD) and not mind living in fieldwork conditions.
Duties generally involve helping to drive to bower sites, walking between bowers (up to 4km), carrying equipment and helping to check/maintain the camera equipment at bowers on a regular basis, as well as the initial set up and final taking down of the camera systems, solar panels and batteries used to run the cameras. Other duties will include sound recording, backing up video onto USB disk drives, some analysis of the video recordings collected, and helping to do two object presentation experiments.
This field work takes place on a remote cattle station (Ranch in North American parlance) in Queensland, so it is hot and dry. This will involve a fair amount of walking in these conditions so the volunteer should be reasonably fit. Transportation will be provided to/from the field station from Townsville (the nearest airport). The successful applicant will have to share a simple house with the PhD student and help with the day to day aspects of fieldwork as well as cooking and keeping the house tidy. This cattle station is full of wildlife (the owners really know how to care for the land) so expect to see lots of kangaroos, emus and bustards, among other animals. It is well into the outback so internet connections are weak and absent in some days; this is not something a city-type would enjoy.
Monitoring colour-banded population of superb fairy-wrens [April 28, 2014]
We are looking for field assistants to help monitor a colour-banded population of superb fairy-wrens near Melbourne, Australia for a study on animal personalities.
Duties include regular censusing of colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring nests, mist-netting, behavioural observations, video analysis, and data proofing. Working days are long, with early starts six days a week. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. The study is based at Serendip Sanctuary, a small reserve on the outskirts of Melbourne.
Time periods: start late August or October 2014, finish January 2015 (4-5 months, with mist-netting till end September and nest searching and monitoring Oct-Jan).
Qualifications: experience monitoring colour-banded birds, nest-searching, and mist-netting. Must also be early riser, physically fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions, and enjoy basic shared living conditions. Onsite accommodation in a house with shared dorm-style room is provided, but assistants cover travel to the site and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to AU$500/mo towards receipted food and travel expenses.
For more information contact: Timon van Asten (t.vanastenATstudent.unimelb.
2014. September 28 – October 1. Australian Entomological Conference, Shine Dome, Canberra, Australia
2015. August 9-14. Behaviour 2015 - 34th International Ethological Conference. Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia
2016. March 29 – April 3. International Congress of Neuroethology, Uruguay
2016. August. 8th World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou, China
2016. September 25-30. International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Florida, USA
2018. International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Guarujá, Brazil.
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