Summer school – ”Taming the BEAST”

Publicerat av Johan Nylander --

(Forwarded e-mail fro Chi Chang)

We are happy to announce our Summer School ”Taming the BEAST” and would kindly ask you to forward this email to interested students and PostDocs. We apologize if you receive this email more than once.

Phylogenetics and phylodynamics are central topics in modern biology. Phylogenetic inferences reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between organisms, whereas phylodynamic inferences reveal the dynamics that lead to the observed relationships. These two fields have many practical applications in disciplines such as epidemiology, developmental biology, paleontology, ecology and even linguistics. However, phylogenetics and phylodynamics are complex and fast-evolving fields. As such, inference tools are not easily accessible to researchers who are not from a computational background.

Taming the BEAST is a summer school focusing on the BEAST2 software and consisting of a mix of invited talks, lectures and hands-on tutorials by leading and renowned experts in the field (including several of the core developers of BEAST2). The aim of this summer school is to equip participants with the skills necessary to confidently perform their own phylogenetic and phylodynamic inferences in Bayesian settings, while providing them with a firm grasp of the theory behind those inferences. Participants are also highly encouraged to bring their own datasets along and to engage with the organizers and speakers to address any problems specific to their own datasets/analyses.

Registration is now open! We welcome applications from graduate students and early-career scientists in the life sciences. Preference will be given to applicants who are not from a computational background and applicants who have already collected/assembled a dataset that they need to analyze.

Invited speakers:

Tanja Stadler (ETH Zurich)
Alexei Drummond (University of Auckland)
Tracy Heath (Iowa State University)
Tim Vaughan (University of Auckland)
Oliver Pybus (University of Oxford)

Dates: June 26th to July 1st  (Registration deadline: March 15th)

Place: Engelberg, Switzerland

For more information regarding the program, registration, venue, etc, please visit the summer school website: https://www.bsse.ethz.ch/cevo/taming-the-beast.html

We hope to see you there,

the Taming the BEAST organizing team

PhD position in Systematic Botany at the Bergen University Museum

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

At the University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History, a temporary position as research fellow is open within the field of systematic botany. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% is work duty in the herbarium.

About the project/work tasks

The aim of the PhD-project is to improve our understanding of phylogenetic relationships within the species rich Potentilla argentea group. The project will address the role of polyploid and reticulate evolution in the group and clarify species delimitations. The work will include plant collecting in the field, molecular lab work, including the development of new markers, and phylogenetic analysis. The candidate will be a member of the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution.

Qualifications and personal qualities

• The applicant must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in evolutionary biology with relevance to Systematic Botany. Thesis work must be completed and graded before the application deadline.

• Experience with molecular and phylogenetic methods is necessary.

• Experience with plant morphological studies and taxonomic work is desirable.

• Experience with next generation sequencing methods is an advantage.

• Ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and to cooperate with others is expected.

• Proficiency in both written and oral English is required.

About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree for a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The PhD fellow will become a member of the Norwegian-Swedish research school in Biosystematics (http://www.forbio.uio.no).

We can offer

• A good and professionally challenging working environment.

• A modern laboratory with diverse research activities.

• Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017, NOK 430.500). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.

• Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

• A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

• Good welfare benefits.

 Your application must include

• A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

• The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.

• CV.

• Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

• Relevant certificates.

• A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

• Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Associate Professor Jenny Smedmark, phone +47 55 58 33 51 / e-mail jenny.smedmark@uib.no.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified

if the request to be omitted is not met. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


15 miljoner till Svenska artprojektet från 2016

Publicerat av Rikard Sundin --

Nu är det klart att ArtDatabanken vid Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet får 15 miljoner kronor för att kunna satsa på att kartlägga och sprida kunskap om arter. Svenska artprojektets resurser fördelas idag på forskning, museistöd och framtagande av artfakta.

– Självklart är vi mycket glada för att vi tilldelats pengarna. Det betyder att regeringen tycker att det är viktigt att satsa på biologisk mångfald. Nu inväntar vi riktlinjer som ger oss vägledning i hur vi ska använda resurserna, säger Lena Sundin Rådström, chef för Artdatabanken på SLU, som driver Svenska artprojektet.

Delar av de 15 miljonerna kommer som tidigare meddelats att gå till nio forskningsprojekt. Stödet går till att utforska arter inom ekologiskt viktiga grupper som svampar (inklusive lavar), mossor och insekter (växtsteklar och parasitsteklar).

Om Svenska artprojektet
Artdatabanken har sedan år 2002 ett uppdrag från riksdag och regering att kartlägga och sprida information om Sveriges mindre kända arter, och på det sättet förse samhället med kunskapsunderlag och verktyg för miljöövervakning och naturvårdsåtgärder. Svenska artprojektets resurser fördelas idag på taxonomisk forskning, museistöd och framtagande av artfakta.

Ett av Sveriges miljökvalitetsmål
Sverige har 16 nationella miljökvalitetsmål som ska leda vägen till det hållbara samhället. Svenska artprojektet startades som ett svar på behovet att kartlägga och sprida kunskap om den biologiska mångfalden och som en del i arbetet att nå Sveriges miljökvalitetsmål ”Ett rikt växt- och djurliv”.

The Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø (UiT), is recruiting a ForBio coordinator/researcher in Biosystematics

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

This is a four year research position that includes 50% research and 50% coordination of ForBio.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and active researcher willing to organize ForBio courses and meetings and participate in teaching activities. The role of ForBio coordinators is to continue, expand and improve the work that ForBio has done during the last five years, by training the next generation of biosystematist in Scandinavia, strengthen their networks and improve the quality of the scientific outcomes. The full announcement with requirements and specifications is here: http://www.jobbnorge.no/nn-no/ledige-stillingar/stilling/119862/researcher-in-biosystematics-at-tromsoe-university-museum
Application deadline is January 3rd 2016.

The position’s affiliation
This position is attached to the Department of Natural Sciences, which is responsible for developing and maintaining scientific collections of objects (animals, plants, fossils and minerals) as well as public outreach including Tromsø Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden. The department has a permanent staff of 16, of which 9 are in academic positions. The department includes a research group in taxonomy and biodiversity, which focuses on diversity, phylogeography and taxonomy of northern organism using molecular as well as traditional methods. The department has laboratories for modern and ancient DNA analyses, and is currently involved in two large project: ”Ancient DNA of Norwest Europe” and ”Norwegian Barcode of Life”. The latter includes full genome sequencing of the entire Norwegian flora. For more information about the Department of Natural Sciences, visit: https://en.uit.no/om/enhet/tmu

The position’s field of research and other duties
The position is funded the Nordic Research School in Biosystematics, ForBio (http://www.forbio.uio.no/). ForBio is a teaching and research initiative coordinated by the Natural History Museum (University of Oslo), with Bergen Museum (University of Bergen), Tromsø University Museum (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) and the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) as collaborators. ForBio is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative/Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre. Most students at our courses are postgraduate students (PhD or post doc students), but some are graduate students and professionals.

For further information, please contact Prof. Inger Greve Alsos, e-mail inger.g.alsos@uit.no<mailto:inger.g.alsos@uit.no>, tel +47 77 62 07 96, head of Department of Natural Sciences, Karl Frafjord, e-mail karl.frafjord@uit.no<mailto:karl.frafjord@uit.no>, tel + 47 77 64 57 25, or Museum Director Marit Anne Hauan, e-mail marit.hauan@uit.no<mailto:marit.hauan@uit.no>,  tel. + 47 77 64 50 30. For further information about the work for ForBio, contact ForBio leader Hugo de Boer, hugo.deboer@nhm.uio.no<mailto:hugo.deboer@nhm.uio.no>, tel +47 98 12 60 30.

Please forward to relevant candidates!

Best, Hugo