Delegates at ASSAB 2014 conference, Katoomba

Delegates at ASSAB 2014 conference, Katoomba


 ASSAB Student Research Grants open on September 2, 2014



Faculty Positions

Lectureship, 5-year Fixed term, Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, NZ [November 11, 2014]

The School of Biological Sciences invites applications for a 5-year fixed term position as Lecturer in Ecology. Applicants should have a strong record of research and teaching with a focus on some area of the study of animal, plant or microbial ecology. Applicants with expertise in plant or molecular ecology are particularly welcome, but talented applicants in other areas of ecology will be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other researchers within and outside the University as well as establishing their own research portfolio that attracts external funding and postgraduate students. They will also be expected to teach in the School’s academic programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The School of Biological Sciences currently employs 180 staff and supervises 120 PhD students. The School has modern laboratories and facilities (see SBS web site: http://www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz/), and has excellent facilities in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, plant culture, Drosophila, zebra fish, and small mammals.

Further details on the School and the position are available from Dr Jacqueline Beggs, Associate Professor and Academic Leader (Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour) j.beggs@auckland.ac.nz

Applications must be submitted online. Applications close: Sunday, 30 November 2014

Assistant Professor position, Animal Physiology, University of Toronto Mississauga [Nov 2, 2014]

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Department of Biology, invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty appointment in Animal Physiology at the rank of Assistant Professor effective 1 July 2015. We are searching for an outstanding physiologist with demonstrated excellence in endocrine physiology and neurobiology. Specifically, we seek a researcher using invertebrates or non-mammalian vertebrates as models to investigate mechanistic questions at the molecular and cellular levels. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate an integrative approach to their research. The UTM and its affiliated institutions offer a stimulating and supportive environment with a variety of facilities and a highly interactive community of researchers. We seek applications from individuals whose research program would complement existing departmental research strengths, which include physiology, neuroscience, genetics, behaviour, and evolutionary biology. Our research spans scales from molecules to landscapes. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department of Biology, with other departments at UTM (e.g., Chemical and Physical Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Psychology), as well as with faculty at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or related fields (e.g., Physiology, Biophysics, etc.), post-doctoral experience, an outstanding academic record, demonstrated research excellence, ability to recruit and supervise graduate students, and excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to have the ability to teach within the comparative physiology program and to contribute to the teaching program of the department. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointee will be located in the Department of Biology (http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology), University of Toronto Mississauga, and will also be a member of the tri-campus graduate Department of Cell and Systems Biology (http://www.csb.utoronto.ca).

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on teaching philosophy and experience, and three representative publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format: Letter, CV and research and teaching statements, Publications

Applicants should arrange for three signed letters of reference from individuals familiar with the candidate’s research and teaching to be sent directly to: Dr. Sasa Stefanovic, Chair, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6, Canada, or by email to: biochair.utm@utoronto.ca.

If you have any questions about this position please contact Prof. Sasa Stefanovic at biochair.utm@utoronto.ca.

Closing date for submissions is 14 November 2014. For more information on the Department of Biology please visit our webpage at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology. Information on potential graduate unit can be found at: http://www.csb.utoronto.ca.

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 (pcwainwright@ucdavis.edu), 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 (svdivecchia@ucdavis.edu). Apply from here.



Graduate Positions

Masters and PhD positions in neuroethology/evolutionary neurobiology, University of Lethbridge, Canada [Nov 6, 2014]
Applications are invited for graduate students (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroethology or evolutionary neurobiology in the Iwaniuk lab at the University of Lethbridge. My lab uses a wide range of techniques, including immunohistochemistry, autoradiography, stereology, histology micro-CT imaging, bioacoustics, morphometrics and fieldwork, to better understand how species differences in the brain have evolved. Fieldwork is currently focused upon grouse and ground squirrels, but other species may be suitable for addressing specific research questions. Potential projects can be very broadly divided into: the relationship between mating systems and the brain or comparative anatomy of sensory pathways. The details of more specific projects can be found on the lab website (http://scholar.ulethbridge.ca/iwaniuk/), but students are strongly encouraged to develop project ideas related to the main research themes of my lab.

Graduate students are eligible for full funding packages through a combination of TA-ships and competitive internal scholarships, and are encouraged also to apply for external fellowships from a variety of provincial and federal sources. Opportunities also exist for collaborative projects with other labs at the University of Lethbridge or other institutions.

Located in southern Alberta and very close to the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge offers a sunny, dry climate, which is surprisingly mild for the prairies, excellent recreational amenities, especially for outdoor enthusiasts, and a reasonable cost of living. The University of Lethbridge is a top-ranked Canadian university that is home to several major research centres, including the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments as well as a field station in the Crown of the Continent region of the Rocky Mountains.

To apply, send:

  1. A CV;
  2. Unofficial copies of academic transcripts;
  3. A brief description how this research fits into your interests and goals; and;
  4. The contact details of at least two references to Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk (andrew.iwaniuk@uleth.ca).

Review of applications will begin immediately with a deadline of 15 December 2014 for the next round of applications. Information on the graduate program at the University of Lethbridge can be found at: http://www.uleth.ca/graduatestudies/


PhD opportunity: Chemistry and function of fruit fly pheromones, Macquarie University, Sydney [July 22, 2014]

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, 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 a.goldizen@uq.edu.au if you would like more information.



Field Assistants Positions



Upcoming Conferences

2014. December 4-5. ASAB Winter Meeting. Zoological Society of London, London Zoo.

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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