There is a Marsden-funded post-doc position and PhD scholarship available at University of Waikato in the lab of Dr Charles Lee. 
Please find adverts attached and note the tight timeline for the post-doc application.

We are recruiting two postdoctoral fellows for our new project on Environomics of coastal environments  at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere in Hobart, Tasmania.


We are seeking candidates with experience in:


1) Microbial Ecology of Coastal Environments:


* Producing and analysing metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data

Course Description
The twoday Longread Data Analysis Workshop aims to introduce attendees to genome assembly using longread data. As part of this workshop participants will perform a handson comparison between short and longread microbial genome assemblies. This workshop will consist of a mixture of lectures, handson practical sessions, and open discussions.
Target Audience

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 (All day) - Friday, August 18, 2017 (All day)

Dear JAMS community,

JAMS will once again be representing grassroots microbiology at the Australian Museum Science Festival!

We are seeking volunteers from within the JAMS community and from the larger microbiology community to help run our microbiology booth at the Australian Museum Science Festival,  which runs in August and aims to engage school children with different areas of science. If you or someone you know might be willing to give half a day to the cause of microbiology outreach and staffing our JAMS booth, please let me know.

Email and specify your preferred week and any days during that week that you are unavailable.

The dates are:

  • 8-11th August (Primary Schools)
  • 15th-18th August (High Schools).

It’s a crazy and frantic experience, but also fun and rewarding and it looks great on your CV!

I would greatly appreciate it if you could circulate this message to your lab groups and wider network and please let me know ASAP if you can make it!


Tom Jeffries on behalf of JAMS

NZMS 2017 conference
For those of you not already familiar with the awesome line-up of speakers for this year’s NZ Microbiological Society conference (in Auckland, 20-23 November), please check out the conference website
In terms of relevance for microbial ecologists as well as those interested in the human microbiome, there is an extremely strong line-up as follows:
Microbial ecology-relevant Plenary Speakers:
**Colin Murrell (University of East Anglia, UK) – Colin is current ISME President and has published >300 articles on the ecology and physiology of methane-oxidising bacteria and related organisms. His lab also invented the widely used technique of DNA stable isotope probing (DNA-SIP).
Noah Fierer (University of Colorado, USA) – Noah is arguably the world’s leading exponent of 16S rRNA-based microbial community analyses, applying this approach and others to soil bacteria as well as those in built environments and the atmosphere.

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