Welcome to Göteborg on April 19: Scott Edwards’ lecture and inauguration of GGBC

Welcome to Scott Edward’s public lecture and inauguration of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, Wallenbergsalen, Göteborg


14.00 Welcome! – Karin Hårding, GoCas representative
14.05 Pam Fredman, rektor GU
14.10 Stefan Bengtsson, rektor Chalmers
14.15 Alexandre Antonelli, director Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre
14.25-15.10 Scott Edwards (Harvard University), Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
15.10-15.30 Questions and discussion
15.30-16.00 Coffee, cake and continued discussions. Informal poster session.
Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
Although we know from paleontology that dinosaurs are still among us in the form of birds today, it is less clear how dinosaur genomes changed to evolve into the streamlined, feathery creatures that are now found throughout the globe. In this talk we will take a journey starting from the dinosaur ancestors of birds and learn how modern genomics and evolutionary theory can tell us not only what dinosaur genomes looked like, but also the key events in DNA that transformed dinosaurs into birds. It is a fascinating story covering over 200 million years of evolution, and gives us insight into how birds are coping with modern pressures of human-induced global changes.

From early April to June 2017, Professor Scott V. Edwards from Harvard University is leading researchers from biology, medicine, mathematics, physics and computer science in a joint effort to reach new insights in the evolution of biodiversity on earth.

More information at: http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/GoCAS/Events/Origin-of-Biodiversity/Pages/default.aspx

Swedish press release at: 

ForBio/STIRS course: Microalgae – systematics and taxonomy

September 11-22 , 2017, Drøbak Marine Research Station, Norway

The course will present and overview of the microalgae – marine and freshwater, pelagic and benthic. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of ochrophytes (including diatoms), dinoflagellates, haptophytes, chlorophytes, cryptophytes, euglenophytes and cyanobacteria. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will be trained in various techniques for identification and sampling. The target group is PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff – with relevant background in biology. Registration will open soon, and be announced on the ForBio Facebook page. Contact: ForBio coordinator Aino Hosia, e-mail: aino.hosia@uib.no or STIRS representative: maria.backlund@slu.se

Position as Professor of Botany (Mycology), Graz, Austria

The Institute of Plant Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences is seeking to appoint a

Professor (f/m) of Botany (40 hours per week; permanent employment according to the Austrian Law on Salaried Employment (AngG); expected starting date October 1st 2018)

The professorship (according to § 98 UG) with the focus on mycology is assigned to the field of Systematic Botany and Geobotany. The research emphasis on questions relating to diversity and interactions of fungal organisms is desired. The holder of the position shall have an outstanding record of high profile publications and successful acquisition of third-party funds in plant scientific/mycological research in the field mentioned above. The research of the position holder shall support the research core area of the University in ”Environment and Global Change” as well as the research nucleus ”Evolution and Functional Biodiversity” of the Institute. Active participation in the strategic local cooperation NAWI Graz ist expected. In addition, we expect gender mainstreaming competence.

Please submit your applications stating the reference number BV/7/98 ex 2015/16 by June 7th 2017 at the latest. For information about the application procedures and other prerequisites, please visit jobs.uni-graz.at/en/BV/7/98.

Post-doctoral researcher Lichens

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. The position is placed within professor Mats Wedin’s research group and is a part of the project “Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden” funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative. The research group has several additional projects funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and the Swedish Research Council, focussing on taxonomic and phylogenetic biodiversity questions in lichens and associated organisms.

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae in Sweden

Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae together form a strongly supported clade within the major group of Ascomycota that form lichen symbioses with cyanobacteria (Peltigerales). Until very recently, the generic classification of the Collemataceae s. str. was based solely on one character, presence (Leptogium) or absence (Collema) of a cellular cortex. Collema and Leptogium were recently confirmed as highly non-monophyletic, and a new classification was suggested accepting ten mostly well supported groups as genera. There are a couple of generic delimitation problem remaining, but most of the problems in Sweden are species delimitation issues. The sister-group of Collemataceae is Placynthiaceae, a group of comparatively small saxicolous lichens, which is a poorly understood and understudied group. Collemataceae and Placynthiaceae include numerous species delimitation problems. The current species taxonomies in the Nordic countries are based on morphological investigations from the pre-molecular era. The present project aims at resolving species delimitations and remaining generic delimitation questions in these groups, in Sweden and neighbouring areas.


Candidates have a recent PhD in systematics/evolutionary biology or similar, with experience in lichenology and/or mycology. A demonstrated publication record and excellent English communication and writing skills are expected. Good knowledge in molecular lab work, phylogenetics and light microscopy are required, as is experience with independent field work. Knowledge with the groups under study is a strong advantage, as is experience in phylogenetic and coalescent-based species-delimitation studies. A valid driving licence is also an advantage. The successful candidate will mainly pursue own research, but is expected to participate also in other collaborations and undertake some administration (lab management duties) subject to discussion.

The preferred starting date is April 1st 2017, but can be discussed. The appointment is for two years.

For more information please contact professor Mats Wedin (mats.wedin@nrm.se). Union representative is Johannes Lundberg, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.

Mark your application, including a cover letter outlining relevant background, experience and motivation, your CV including a list of publications, contact information for two references, and copies of educational certificates, with dnr 2.3.1-777-2016, and send it as a single pdf document to rekrytering@nrm.se (copy to mats.wedin@nrm.se) or to the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007, SE 104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than January 28th, 2017.

Course at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on R in Biodiversity Analysis

Two-day course in biodiversity analysis “R in Biodiversity Analysis: rOpenSci for all” Tuesday-Wednesday January 24-25 2017.

While in recent years the availability to biodiversity information has increased dramatically, successively more researchers and analysts have employed R programming for presentation and analysis in ecology, evolutionary and conservation biology, and environmental management practice.

By a collaborative effort GBIF-Sweden, the Bioinformatics and Genetics unit at theSwedish Museum of Natural History, EU BON and Swedish LifeWatch now offer a two-day course in R programming introducing up-to-date tools for application and analysis within these fields of science and management.

By bringing together some of the world´s most prominent R developers we expect to be able to offer a wide-ranging introduction to the topic, to present possibilities for customized tools adaptation, and opportunities for individual practice.

Welcome to the course! Please find detailed information regarding the two-day programme and registration instructions at http://www.nrm.se/english/researchandcollections/courseopensourcetoolsforbiodiversityanalysis.9003870.html. Additional information will be published successively at the same address. Remember to register no later than January 16.

Symposium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on Open Source Solutions in the Public Sector

– Government agencies are becoming increasingly dependent on sophisticated information technology in fulfilling their core missions. It has been recognized for a long time that open source systems offer many advantages that should be particularly appealing when considering public investment in information technology. Nevertheless, the adoption of open source systems in the public sector is surprisingly slow, and there are still few examples of government agencies engaged in open-source development projects.

– In this symposium, we want to share the experiences from a few of the open source systems that are used now in the public sector, and we want to highlight some open source development projects driven by government agencies in Sweden and abroad.

Speakers include
– Sanja Halling (Open Source and work with Open Data issues at the National Archivesexternal link, opens in new window)
– Jessica Andersson (Koha steering groupexternal link)
– Peter Krantz (National Library of Swedenexternal link)
– James Macklin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadaexternal link)
– Jo Judge (National Biodiversity Networkexternal link)
– Anna Otmalm (Swedish Environmental Protection Agencyexternal link)
– Dave Martin (CSIROexternal link)
– Scott Chamberlain, (rOpenSciexternal link)
– Markus Skyttner (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Discussion topics
– What long-term benefits do we see from increased public commitment to open source?
– What are the impediments to further progress?
– Why is progress in the adoption of open source systems in the public sector so slow in Sweden?
– How does the progress in Sweden compare to that in other countries

Monday January 23: Symposium starts at 09:00 (Registration from 08:30)

– Our invited speakers (from Sweden and abroad) present their experience from open source systems in the public sector.
– Group discussions on open source systems in the public sector.
– Panel discussion.
– Coffee/tea at breaks.

See the full programme at http://www.nrm.se/english/researchandcollections/symposiumopensourcesystems/program.9003769.html

– If you have any questions, please contact Anders Telenius at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics. E-mail: anders.telenius@nrm.se, Telephone: +46 (0)8 5195 5129

Universitetslektorat i växtsystematik (inkl. alger och svampar)

Universitetslektor i växtsystematik

Ref.nr SU FV-2892-16

vid Institutionen för ekologi, miljö och botanik. Sista ansökningsdag: 2017-02-10.

Vid Institutionen för ekologi, miljö och botanik bedrivs forskning och undervisning i en internationell miljö. Ämnesområdena är marin ekologi och växtekologi, ekotoxikologi, växtfysiologi och växtsystematik. Delar av forskningen har direkt miljö- och samhällsrelevans och bedrivs ofta brett och interdisciplinärt. Institutionen har ca 140 anställda av vilka 35 är lärare och forskare och ca 50 är forskarstuderande.

Ämnesområdet avser växtsystematik i vid bemärkelse och innefattar forskning på såväl landväxter som alger och svampar.

Forskning, undervisning och handledning.

Behörig att anställas som universitetslektor är den som, dels har visat pedagogisk skicklighet, dels har avlagt doktorsexamen eller har motsvarande vetenskaplig kompetens som är av betydelse med hänsyn till anställningens ämnesinnehåll och de arbetsuppgifter som ska ingå i anställningen.

Samtliga läraranställningar vid Stockholms universitet förutsätter att den sökande har en förmåga att samarbeta och lämplighet i övrigt för att fullgöra arbetsuppgifterna.

Under anställningsprocessen kommer lika och särskild vikt att fästas vid graden av vetenskaplig och pedagogisk skicklighet. Den vetenskapliga såväl som den pedagogiska skickligheten kommer i första hand att bedömas inom ämnesområdet för anställningen. Viss vikt fästs även vid administrativ skicklighet.

Högskolepedagogisk utbildning
Högskolepedagogisk utbildning eller motsvarande kunskaper förvärvade på annat sätt är meriterande. En sökande som saknar högskolepedagogisk utbildning om minst 15 högskolepoäng och som inte heller bedöms ha förvärvat motsvarande kunskaper på annat sätt ska genomgå sådan utbildning under de två första åren av anställningen.

Övriga upplysningar
Arbetsuppgifterna är forskning, undervisning och handledning. Undervisning på grundläggande och avancerad nivå omfattar ca 25 % av arbetstiden. Innehavaren av anställningen får stöd av institutionen att utveckla en forskargrupp.

Undervisning på grundnivå sker på svenska. Om den som anställs inte behärskar svenska vid anställningstillfället förväntas han/hon förvärva erforderliga språkfärdigheter under de första två åren av anställningen.

Fakultetens kriterier för bedömning av vetenskaplig och pedagogisk skicklighet: www.science.su.se.

Stockholms universitet strävar efter att vara en arbetsplats som är fri från diskriminering och ger lika möjligheter för alla.

Upplysningar om anställningen lämnas av prefekten, professor Ove Eriksson, tfn 08-16 12 04, ove.eriksson@su.se.

Frågor om anställningsförfarandet kan ställas till handläggaren Mikael Stenberg, tfn 08-16 20 86, mikael.stenberg@su.se.

Fackliga företrädare
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) och Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST och Lärarförbundet), tfn 08-16 20 00 (vx), samt seko@seko.su.se (SEKO).

Du söker anställningen via Stockholms universitets rekryteringssystem genom att klicka på knappen ”Ansök”. Du som sökande ansvarar för att ansökan är komplett i enlighet med annonsen och att den är universitetet tillhanda senast sista ansökningsdag.

Vi ser gärna att din ansökan skrivs på engelska, då den kommer att granskas av internationella sakkunniga varvid engelska är arbetsspråket.

Universitetets anställningsordning och anvisningar för sökande finns på webbsidan: anvisningar – sökande.