Monthly Archives: September 2015

Postdoc position in Ancona

The Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy is looking for a/an:

 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in biology
(12 months contract)

Basic recommended criteria:

  • Degree in biology
  • Experience in fish maintenance
  • Experience in molecular biology

Position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, Ancona, Italy, in the development /reproductive biology laboratory, supervisor Ike Olivotto.

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in molecular biology/nanotechnologies applied to fish. The planned research makes use of chemical, molecular and biochemical techniques to investigate the effects of iron dioxide nanoparticles administration in zebrafish.  In particular, the effects on fish welfare, stress response, reproduction will be evaluated using different approaches.

Candidates for this fellowship will be selected in accordance to academic criteria, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must have a  MSc or a  PhD degree in biology and have experience in fish maintenance and molecular biology.

When evaluating the applications, emphasis will be given to their academic and personal abilities to carry out the project. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

A good command of Italian/English is required.


23.333,40 euros/year

In accordance with the UNIVPM’s  equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

For more information contact

Dr Ike Olivotto


To submit your candidature please visit:

The documents can be found here:

Assistance for creating a database of Fish Ribosomal RNA

Universidad Pais Vasco
Dear colleagues,

We are writing to you with the intention to seek your help and assist in the development of a database about:

The Profiling Of Fish Gonadal Ribosomal RNA

In the BCTA research group of the Department of Zoology and Cell Biology at the University of the Basque Country(UPV/EHU), we have been workin g in the field of ecotoxicology several years using various models of fish. In the most recent years we have tried to explain the usefulness of a new methodology for sexing fish which is based on ribosomal RNA electrophoretic-migration obtained by extraction of total RNA from gonad (Diaz de Cerio et al, 2012).
The 5S rRNA is more abundant in females than in males, so a simple electrophoresis helps us identifying sex without any histological process. We can also identify the female reproductive stage making a simple index of 5S / 18S rRNA that identifies previtellogenesis females, cortical alveoli, vitellogenesis or maturing stage. Moreover, the same analysis distinguishes intersex males (males with oocytes in testis) by the fact that the 5S rRNA is abundantly expressed in oocytes.
In our laboratory we have tested the technique in commercial species that commonly inhabit our coast: hake, flounder, anchovy, sardine, horse mackerel and mackerel (among others). To generalize the use of this methodology to other species, we need to prove that it is useful to fish species with different strategies and reproductive cycles.
An additional problem is that we lack intersex individual samples in species other than Chelon labrosus.
Recently, in the “5th International Workshop on the Biology of Fish Gametes 2015” held in Ancona (Italy), we have called for collaboration between laboratories to collect XDA files with the rRNA profiles of gonads of different species. These files are the results of the quality analysis of RNA using as an instrument the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer.
Therefore, we will be deeply grateful if you could participate in our initiative with your stored files and completing the information we require.
In the following link we explain the process in more detail, and you can download additional information and an explanatory video.
The whole process should not take you more than 20 minutes.
To thank your help and the possible obtained results, we hope to write a scientific article in which a member of each research group would be invited to participate.
If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us using the following contact Or just leave a question in the link provided above.

Yours faithfully,

The BCTA research group
Universidad Pais Vasco2



Dear Marie Curie fellows and other interested scientists,

It is a great pleasure to announce the IMPRESS Genomics and Bioinformatics Workshop to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands, from 27 till 30 October 2015.

Aim: Open workshop for Marie Curie fellows and other interested scientists who wish to learn more about the field of genomics and bioinformatics, including sequencing and bioinformatics tools, genomics, transcriptomics and hands-on practice.
Program: A four-day workshop with keynote lectures and hands-on sections on processing of Nextgen sequencing data. A detailed preliminary program is shown on the reverse side.
Accommodation: The venue of the meeting will be the Auditorium and Foyer of the Biopartner 1 building at the Bioscience Park in Leiden. Address: J.H. Oortweg 21, 2333 CH Leiden, The Netherlands. Several excellent hotels are located in close vicinity to the Leiden Bioscience Park. Check e.g. for an up-to-date overview and to make your reservation.
Costs: Registration fee is € 450,00 for IMPRESS Marie Curie fellows and € 600,00 for external participants. The registration fee includes the costs of lunches and coffee/tea breaks (accommodation and dinner are not included).
Registration: The deadline for registration is: 1 October 2015. The capacity for external participants is limited to 15 people. Selection will be on “first come, first served” basis. Please register via e-mail:

Looking forward to your participation in the IMPRESS Genomics and Bioinformatics Workshop.

Kind regards,

The organizers:
• Ron Dirks (ZF-screens BV / Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands;
• Hans Jansen (ZF-screens BV, Leiden, The Netherlands;

Preliminary program of the IMPRESS Genomics and Bioinformatics Workshop 2015

Leiden program 1

Leiden program 2