Postdoc in Ecological Plant Transcriptomics and Microbiome Analysis


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Seminar at #ucdavis 12/26 – Dr. Rebecca Hernandez on Global Change in Aridlands


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#UCDavis Evolution & Ecology Lecturer w/ Potential for Security of Employment Search



LECTURER with Potential for

Security of Employment (LPSOE)

The Department of Evolution and Ecology (EVE) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). Faculty in LPSOE positions are eligible for promotion to Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE), the equivalent of tenure for ladder rank faculty. LPSOE/LSOE faculty are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and on the scholarly analysis and improvement of teaching methods. We are interested in the following areas: Ecology, Evolution, Phylogenetics, Genetics, Genomics, and General Education courses on topics related to these areas.

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching lower, and possibly upper division undergraduate biology classes, as well as biology-based General Education courses for non-biologists. S/he will be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning by having a research program in biological science education, assessment strategies, or an academic discipline, and by working with other faculty and LPSOE’s within the college to develop, implement, and assess course learning objectives and new pedagogical methods.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology or science education, experience conducting scientific research in ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics or phylogenetics, preferably with postdoctoral training in teaching, education, or scientific research. Other preferred qualifications include documented success in some or all of the following areas as related to life sciences education: teaching undergraduate classes, use of evidence-based teaching practices, use of modern instructional technology including virtual models, online media in instruction, the ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations, conducting life sciences education research, as consistent with a successful discipline-based education research program. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by October 1, 2015 to be assured full consideration. We are hoping to interview in December. Applicants should submit materials online at: kmartinez, and the faculty contact is Gail Patricelli, gpatricelli. More information on the EVE department and the College of Biological Sciences is available online: (;

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

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Innovative Genomic Initiative Post Doc Fellowship at #UCDavis and some other Bay Area universities

Got this in email:

The IGI is pleased to announce its first Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.

This Award will provide 2 years of financial support to a promising new postdoctoral researcher at one of these 5 Bay Area universities (UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz) to pursue an exciting new research project employing next generation tools to investigate genome editing, transcriptional regulation, epigenetics, DNA repair, etc. The deadline for submitting
applications is September 1, 2015.

Applications are now being accepted online:

Please forward this message to those who may be interested in applying. We appreciate your help.

UPDATE – the application deadline has been extended to October 1. 

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postdoc at UMN studying the phytobiome

We are currently hiring a postdoc to study the determinants and consequences of the plant microbiome (bacterial, fungal, and viral), including work spanning the globally-distributed Nutrient Network experiment ( We’re looking for applicants with experience and ability in lab techniques for high-throughput sequencing and skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic data sets. Applicants will work with a team of PIs, postdocs, and graduate students spanning University of Minnesota’s Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology departments. A fuller description is attached. We’d like to hire as soon as possible.

Applications can be submitted via the UMN Human Resources website, .

Please pass this information along to potential applicants or others who may know of good applicants.



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Faculty Positions at University of Arizona- GI Microbiology and Virology

The University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and
BIO5 Institute are supporting two tenure-eligible faculty hires to be based at the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS).
Successful applicants will also become a "BIO5 fellows". ACBS houses over
120 faculty and staff working across diverse areas of agriculture and biomedical sciences, while the BIO5 Institute is an interdisciplinary research unit bringing together researchers from Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Science. Both positions offer excellent opportunities for collaborations with faculty members in basic science and clinical departments throughout campus and include access to start-up funding and laboratory facilities.

*Assistant/Associate Professor in Gastrointestinal Microbiology*: We are seeking candidates with a primary disciplinary focus in gastrointestinal microbiology and a secondary focus in gut-brain axis biology, obesity, colorectal cancer, host-microbe interactions, food safety, metagenomics, metabolomics, or microbial pathogenesis are encouraged to apply. Expertise in the application of advanced computational biology and wet lab approaches to further understanding of the human and vertebrate animal microbiome is preferred. For detailed information about this position, including how to apply online, please see:!6943

*Assistant/Associate Professor in Virology:* We seek individuals with a demonstrated interest in applying virology and immunology approaches to understanding animal and/or human health and developing novel therapeutic approaches. In keeping with the BIO5 mandate, expertise in the application of advanced computational biology approaches to investigating virus-host, virus-virus or virus-microbe interactions is preferred. For detailed information about this position, including how to apply online, please see:!6940

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EMBO Symposium “A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes” January 26-29, 2016

Just got this email announcement for this meeting from my Program Officer at the Moore Foundation. And I note – I checked out the invited speaker list and it looks very good and relatively well balanced in terms of gender diversity.


Save the date!

With great enthusiasm I would like to share information about an upcoming EMBO Symposium on aquatic protist ecology and evolution stimulated by the completion of the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP) and major milestones achieved by the Tara Oceans and Malaspina expeditions. The goal is to bring together the MMETSP, Tara Oceans, Malaspina, and well-established protist model systems communities. The Symposium will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from 26–29 January 2016.

Invited speakers include the following scientists whose specialties range from marine and freshwater microeukaryote ecology to studies of long-standing protist model systems such as Tetrahymena and Chlamydomonas:

The sessions are expected to be:

1. And You May Ask Yourself, “Well…How Did I Get Here?”: Biodiversity Patterns across Space and Time
2. Love–Hate Relationships: Intimate Interactions, from Trophic Interactions to Symbiosis
3. Weird and Wonderful Organelles and Symbionts—Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Beyond
4. Knock, Knock—Who’s There? Extracellular Signaling
5. Genetic Transportation: Causes and Consequences of Gene Exchange in Protists
6. Small Microbe, Big World: Microeukaryotes in Aquatic Ecosystems
7. Situation Normal, All Stressed Out
8. Evolutionary Tipping Points: How Do Protists Adapt?

The organizers will be selecting poster and additional oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. The abstract deadline is 22 October 2015, and the registration deadline is 3 December 2015.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

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LiveStreaming 7/27-28 – Workshop: Computational Advances in Microbiome Research

**Please forward to interested colleagues. Flyer attached.**

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) invites you to join the live stream of our Investigative Workshop, "Computational Advances in Microbiome Research," to be held July 27-28, 2015, at NIMBioS.

Objectives: Recent years have seen a tremendous upswing in microbial community research, ranging from studies of the human microbiome to investigations of biogeochemical cycling in global soil and oceans and coral mucus ecosystems. This has been triggered in large part by the decreasing cost, increasing ubiquity, and democratization of analysis methods for high-throughput sequencing, which has made both amplification-based and shotgun metagenomic profiling of microbial communities accessible to diverse research fields. Microbial community studies have a long history derived from a variety of research areas, however, including ecology, soil and ocean biochemistry, human and environmental toxicology, air quality and environmental monitoring, agriculture, and biodefense. As the methods necessary for modern data analysis have become more complex, new computational approaches have developed independently in many of these subfields, but there have been few opportunities to integrate knowledge and bioinformatic techniques across microbial community research areas.

The overarching goal of this workshop is to bring together and integrate novel bioinformatic techniques from diverse areas of microbial community research. This will allow us more specifically to:

  • Share the state of the art in microbial community analysis from diverse fields.
  • Identify techniques from one field that are useful in others.
  • Identify gaps in computational and statistical techniques not currently addressed in any subfields.
  • Identify gaps in biological knowledge that could be addressed by new quantitative methods.

The workshop is designed as a small, focused workshop bringing together the top thought leaders in computational microbial community analysis techniques from a variety of biological application areas. We anticipate this will foster new ideas, accelerate the pace of biological discovery by disseminating current techniques across fields, provide a starting point for new collaborations, and identify gaps that might be targeted by future funding opportunities. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

Co-Organizers: Jill Banfield, Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Univ. of California, Berkeley and Curtis Huttenhower, Biostatistics (Computational Biology and Bioinformatics), School of Public Health, Harvard Univ.

Live Stream. The Workshop will be streamed live. Note that NIMBioS Investigative Workshops involve open discussion and not necessarily a succession of talks. In addition, the schedule as posted may change during the Workshop. To view the live stream, visit Join the discussion on Twitter using #CAMRws.

For more information, visit

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) ( brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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Postdoc positions in O’Dwyer lab on theoretical ecology

Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology are available to work with PI James O’Dwyer on projects centering around the theme of "Macroecology for Microbes". Our primary goal is to develop new ecological theory to understand what drives universal behavior in large-scale, spatial and temporal patterns of taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity. A second focus of these projects will be to identify which macroecological patterns are more indicative of taxon-specific differences and ecological mechanism.

The O’Dwyer lab ( at the University of Illinois is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from mathematics, physics, and bioinformatics, while the collaborative environment here at UIUC provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to bridge multiple fields, across different departments and institutes. We are closely affiliated with the UIUC Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation ( and the Institute for Genomic Biology (

We are seeking enthusiastic and talented individuals to join the lab, and the specific project will be determined in collaboration with the PI. We welcome candidates with training in theoretical ecology, and also in other quantitative fields. Start date is flexible, and funding is available for multiple years, contingent on satisfactory progress. To apply, send a CV, a one page statement of research interests, a representative paper, and contact information for three references to James O’Dwyer at jodwyer. Applications will be considered as they arrive, and informal inquiries are welcome.

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#DavisCA Science Cafe – 6/10 – Bats and Walnuts

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