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Postdoctoral Positions in Cichlid Evolution

Date Posted: 30 Jun 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Konstanz
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Closing date: 31 July 2016

Two positions as Postdoc in the Meyer Lab at the Department of Biology of the University of Konstanz in Germany are available immediately. The initial contract period would be for two years with the potential for extension. Funding is provided through the ERC advanced grant GenAdap that focuses on the repeated adaptive radiations of cichlid fish species flocks in Nicaragua. We have large population genomics and comparative genomic data sets (ddRADseq, RNA-Seq, more than 200 re-sequenced complete genomes) and are planning to collect more comparative ecological genomic and genetic data (e.g. CHiP-Seq, GWAS and QTLs) to understand the repeated evolution of adaptations and speciation. Also, more field work in Nicaragua will be conducted. 

The overall aims of this project are to understand the genomic basis of parallel evolution and sympatric speciation in these very young (some species are less than 2000 years old) radiations. Further information on our research and about the members of the Meyerlab (English is, of course, the language of the lab.)

Talented and highly motivated candidates should have a background in molecular evolutionary biology, comparative genomics or bioinformatics. We would also be interested in a wet-bench postdoc with strong expertise in molecular biology, with a genomics or molecular evolution background and knowledge in programming languages (such as Python, Perl, Java, etc.).

To Apply:

Applications should be send to Axel Meyer directly (axel [dot] meyer [at] uni-konstanz [dot] de) and should include:

  • Cover letter explaining your background and motivation;
  • CV;
  • Email addresses of two references.

Review of applications will commence immediately and applications should be received by July 31 at the latest. Starting dates are flexible, but we are looking to fill these posts quickly. This search will remain open until the positions are filled.

Konstanz is a very beautiful and pleasant place to live. The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer and rated as one of the best universities in Germany.

Assistant Professor - Evolution of Marine Organisms

Date Posted: 23 Jun 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Rhode Island
Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Closing date: 19 September 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to start in Fall 2017 as part of an ongoing hiring initiative in Marine Biology in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The successful candidate will develop a high quality, nationally recognized, and externally-funded research program in evolution of marine organisms (­­­­­­­­­e.g., functional morphology, integrative biology, evolutionary developmental biology). Teaching will include courses in area of specialty that will enhance both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate (MS, PhD) students, and professional service are expected. The URI Marine Biology Program website ( provides more information about the program and pertinent research facilities at the University.


A successful research program in evolution of marine organisms, a demonstrated publication record, a Ph.D. in biological sciences or closely-related field, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application are required.

To Apply:

Applications are to be submitted in PDF format to the URI jobs website ( to apply and view complete details for job posting (#SF00276). Please attach four (PDF) documents to your on-line faculty employment application:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV including names and contact information for three professional references;
  • Statements of Teaching Philosophy and Interests, and Research Interests and Future Plans;
  • PDFs of up to three published papers.

Applications will close on September 19, 2016.

The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOC employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

Ichthyology Graduate Student Opportunities

Date Posted: 5 Jun 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Rhode Island
Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Closing date: not provided

The Webb Lab at the University of Rhode Island has openings for graduate students (MS or PhD) in Spring 2017 or Fall 2017. Students with experience and/or a strong interest in fish morphology and who are interested in comparative, functional, and evolutionary aspects of sensory anatomy and/or development in fishes are encouraged to visit the Webb Lab website for more information.

Projects include:

  • Sensory ontogeny in the pelagic larvae of coral reef fishes;
  • Sensory biology of deep-sea fishes (lateral line and other modalities);
  • Evolution and development of the mechanosensory lateral line system (using cichlid fishes as a model system);
  • Others, based on mutual interests and funding opportunities.

Contact: Jaaqueline Webb, Jacqueline_webb [at] uri [dot] edu.  or talk with her at the JMIH meeting in July 2016.  

Genomics Lab Technician/Manager

Date Posted: 31 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: UCLA
Location: Los Angeles, California
Closing date: The position is open immediately.

The Shaffer Lab at UCLA seeks a full-time technician to join our research group. We are a group working with the evolutionary and conservation genomics of reptiles and amphibians, with a strong emphasis on California problems and their solutions. The Shaffer Lab works closely with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.

We seek an individual with some molecular genomics experience, a passion for conservation and evolutionary genetics, and the ability to learn new skills, contribute to group projects, and organize and manage the daily flow of work in the lab.The position is available immediately, and we are most interested in an individual interested in at least a one year, and possibly a two-to-three year commitment.


The primary duties of the position include producing genetic data for research projects, general maintenance of lab space, organization of tissue samples and their associated database, and helping with critical lab paperwork and permits, and herpetological field research.


The ideal candidate will have some experience with next-generation molecular lab protocols, such as target capture, RADseq or whole genome sequencing. More importantly, the individual should be excited and able to learn new techniques quickly and train others as they learn. The technician will be expected to work closely with lab members to organize and manage research projects. Some skills with informatics/computational biology, or the desire to learn these skills, is also important.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should contact Brad Shaffer (brad [dot] shaffer [at] ucla [dot] edu), and we can schedule a meeting at the JMIH in New Orleans if possible.

Field Biologist (Herpetology)

Date Posted: 31 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Cherokee Services Group for for US Geological Survey
Location: Guam and Mariana Islands
Closing date: not provided

Cherokee Services Group (CSG) has an opening for a full-time biologist to join a research team investigating the biology, control, and containment of the invasive nocturnal Brown Treesnake (Boiga irregularis) on Guam, the Mariana Islands, and throughout the Pacific region.

The successful candidate will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a dynamic Pacific island field setting. He or she may also be trained as a member of the Rapid Response Team which could require multi-week trips to other (possibly remote) locations in search of snakes, including long hours and difficult conditions involving hot, humid and rainy inclement weather.


  • Fieldwork includes the hand capture of live snakes, collection of morphological data, preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment for experiments, preparation of study sites
  • Handling of live and dead animals (snake, lizards, rodents, and other vertebrates)
  • Field data collection occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Study site preparation will require the use of brush cutting equipment, power saws, and other equipment
  • Duties also include laboratory work and care of lab animals
  • The meticulous collection of field data and data entry is required while adhering to scientific and safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport and be able to work legally in the U.S.
  • Excellent (corrected) eyesight, health and physical stamina, a strong work ethic and the ability to work on a research team are required
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain, carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment, tolerance of climatic extremes in mosquito and spider infested areas while maintaining a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in working on a nocturnal species
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills as well as the ability to produce professional quality documents
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check for access to military property

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in academic applied research, a background in international field research, experience with snake handling, a desire to live in the tropics, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft word processing and database applications.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

To Apply:

Apply online at to Job #10107. Applications should include an updated resume and a cover letter, including the expiration date of your passport, your date of availability, and an outline of why you feel you would be a good addition to our team.

Travel to and from Guam is paid with a one year commitment.

Cherokee Services Group provides technical support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget. It is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click on the following two links:

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may e-mail CNB [dot] Compliance [at] cn-bus [dot] com for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status. 

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