PostdoC: Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP)

The TRI-I MMPTP (Research Triangle, North Carolina) have ONE open fellowship slot to start as early as 8/1/20 and applications are now being accepted for the slot to be filled on a rolling basis.  As a reminder, since this is a T32 program the fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Fellows placed on the training grant can receive up to 3 years of fellowship support. 

A diverse set of faculty across 3 universities (UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, NC State) working on molecular mycology from plant pathology, animal disease, pathogenesis, evolution, cellular and molecular biology of fungi https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/faculty/.

Updated information about the program, our long successful history, and application specifics can all be found on our website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

To plan ahead, we are also anticipating having TWO additional open slots to start next year on 8/1/21.

If you have interested applicants, please have them email me directly at: bill.steinbach@duke.edu

Job: Plant Pathologist USDA/ARS – Frederick, Maryland

A position for a permanent full-time research Plant Pathologist is available. This is at a GS-0434-12 level with a salary range of $86,335.00 to $112,240.00 per year. The scientist would conduct research on emerging oomycete plant pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture. Some research will be conducted in a Biological Safety Level 3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility and requires a background investigation.

Interviews will be conducted by Zoom and in all likelihood the successful candidate will begin work by teleworking.

Dr. Nina Shishkoff
Foreign Disease/Weed Science Research Unit
1301 Ditto Ave. Frederick MD 21702
301-619-2877

Research Plant Pathologist
Announcement Open: 6/1/2020 – 6/15/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit (FDWSRU) located on Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland is seeking highly qualified candidates for a permanent full-time Research Plant Pathologist, at a GS-0434-12 level with a salary range of $86,335.00 to $112,240.00 per year. This position conducts research on emerging oomycete plant pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture. Some research will be conducted in a Biological Safety Level 3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility and requires a background investigation. To apply, see vacancy announcement ARS-D20-10821210-EL at the USAJOBS Website (www.usajobs.gov) and follow the application directions provided.

U.S. citizenship is required. Applications must be received by 6/15/2020

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Postdoc: Mycology And/or Fungal Ecology of New Zealand’s truffle-like fungi

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated researcher with
a strong interest in mycology and or fungal ecology.

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

About The Opportunity

The purpose of this role is to lead and undertake research as part of
a Marsden Fund project aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the
evolutionary history and dispersal ecology of New Zealand’s trufflelike
fungi

Specifically the role will require the successful candidate to plan
and undertake fieldwork collect and analyse field-based evidence
of animal-fungi interactions measure and analyse adaptive traits
scent spectral reflectance in trufflelike fungi and perform spatial
trait-mapping of trufflelike fungi

This position is fixed-term three years and may be based at our Auckland
or Lincoln sites

About You

You will possess a PhD in ecology or a similar field a strong interest
in mycology and or fungal ecology and a research background relevant to
one or more of the following topics ecological interactions coevolution
fungi adaptation and dispersal sensory ecology animal behaviour

You will be enthusiastic and willing to learn new techniques and have
experience organising and leading fieldwork in remote places

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and a solid
publishing record relative to opportunity

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land our future this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research exists

At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving
New Zealand s rich biodiversity improving biosecurity and protecting
the health of the land fresh water and soil resources we need for a
prosperous future.

We recognise the importance of partnerships the special role of Màori
and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge
understanding and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious
environment.

We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our
research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive
and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique
contribution

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Jamie Wood
<woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz>

For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research visit our
website www.landcareresearch.co.nz

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

Industry
Non-profit Organization Management  Research  Government Administration

Employment Type-Full-time

Woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz

Postdoc: Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security – NC State

 Position Description 

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate for two years beginning in the summer of 2020. The postdoctoral associate will join a research team of faculty in the cluster for Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security (EPDGFS) across four colleges and work on a project funded but the Plant Sciences Initiative https://cals.ncsu.edu/psi/ at NC State. 

The postdoctoral associate will work with faculty in the EPDGFS to develop, test and deploy innovative in-field microneedle (MN) and volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors for early plant disease surveillance on tomato. We will deploy a cost-effective sensor platform for monitoring plant pathogens using volatile organic compounds and MN-based LAMP assays that are signatures for disease or abiotic stress. Data from sensors will be collected from controlled inoculated plants in the phytotron and sequential inoculations. We will target important fungal (Alternaria linariae), oomycete (Phytopthora infestans), bacterial (Xanthomonas perforans) and viral (Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-TSWV) pathogens and their vectors on tomatoes and test the technology in laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments. 

Qualifications – Education, experience, licensure etc. 

A PhD degree is required with expertise in plant pathology, evolution and population genetics and modeling of fungal or oomycete pathogens. Required: A basic understanding of plant pathology, epidemiology, evolution and population’s genetics, modeling and pathogen diagnostics is important. Field and greenhouse experience with plants is required. Skills and experience using next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics software tools to study evolutionary relationships of the detected pathogens is desired. 

Applicants from a variety of disciplines (e.g., plant pathology, plant biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology or genetics) are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must have a good command of qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in epidemiology, population genetics and ecology and understand how sensors can be deployed in the field. 

Department Required Skills 

Preferred Years’ Experience, Skills, Training, and Education: A PhD in related discipline and experience in the laboratory and field for at least five years post undergraduate. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Finally, applicants must have received their doctoral degree by the start date. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and plus health insurance. 

Other Work/Responsibilities: The postdoctoral associate will work as part of a team with a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and other faculty in the cluster 

to develop, trouble shoot and validate the sensors for oomycete, fungi and bacteria and viruses on plants. 

Basis for request: This is a new project funded by the Plant Science Initiative at NC State 

Primary Function of Organizational Unit 

The postdoctoral associate will be a member of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology but will work with faculty in the “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster” at NC State. They will be housed in Jean Ristainos’s lab in 2503 Thomas Hall. 

During their training, postdoctoral associate will receive close mentoring from several cluster program faculty. They will attend seminars and meetings, present their research at national research conferences, write papers, and hone their skills in specific methodological techniques. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will gain practical experience by helping to plan and run a large research project and by supervising graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. 

To Apply: An application at the NC State employment website is required which can be found at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/132174 Posting number PG190174PD. In addition, a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and two publications or papers should be submitted by email before May 31. Your letter of interest must detail how your skills and interests match specific opportunities provided by the post-doctoral fellowship. Anticipated start date is August 2020. Send inquires to Dr. Jean Ristaino jean_ristaino@ncsu.edu

NC State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. 

PostdoC: JGI fungal and Algal multi-omics

Postdoctoral Scholar Positions at the Joint Genome Institute in Berkeley, CA
Apply at https://lbl.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/postdoctoral-scholar-2226

Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. You will work as part of the Fungal and Algal Program in the Joint Genome Institute division investigating genomes and multi-omics of fungi and algae, both represent promising targets for sustainable bioenergy. The key to algae’s potential as a renewable energy source involves the increase of algal biomass production. Fungi are critical for both the growth of plants and plant biomass decomposition and encode collections of enzymes and pathways to use for bioenergy applications. You will collect and analyze genomics, metabolomics, and other ‘omics’ data to model biological processes in these organisms. You will develop and use new approaches and tools for machine learning, metabolic reconstruction, and gene network analysis. 

What You Will Do:

  • Assemble, annotate and analyze genomes of fungi and algae using JGI annotation pipelines and comparative genomics tools.
  • Use advanced cheminformatic and bioinformatic approaches to analyze and integrate the metabolomics results with other omics datasets.
  • Develop and apply innovative computational and mass spectrometry-based metabolite profiling approaches to characterize algal or fungal metabolism including novel secondary metabolites and their pathways.
  • Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, release data onto public data repositories, and present findings at seminars and conferences.
  • Collaborate with other members of the program project research team both onsite/offsite team at Berkeley Lab.
  • Develop Unix-based scripts for data analysis; analyze data using both high-performance computing and web-based genome portals.

What Is Required:

  • Ph.D. within the last three years in Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, or related field.
  • Experience with genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics or related analytical approaches
  • Strong cheminformatic or bioinformatics training.
  • Robust understanding of organismal biology, metabolic processes, and gene networks.
  • Programing experience (python/perl) and familiarity with database systems (MySQL).
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with technical and scientific staff.
  • Proven ability to perform independent research and organize data for publications and presentations.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills to present findings at group meetings and conferences, and to publish results.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in algal or fungal characterization.
  • Strong background in LC/MS/MS.
  • Strong publication record.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Click here to apply: https://lbl.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/postdoctoral-scholar-2226

Contact: Igor Grigoriev, PhD
Head, Fungal and Algal Genomics Program, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA 
Senior Scientist, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Job: Assistant Professor in Fungal Biology – Cornell University

Assistant Professor; Fungal Biology; tenure track, academic year appointment (9-month) https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15107

The search is looking for someone with research interests and expertise in the biology of plant-associated fungi and are particularly interested in learning of talented postdoctoral scholars or junior faculty who are or identify with underrepresented groups in science, representing diversity in its broadest sense.

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University (https://sips.cals.cornell.edu) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of biology of plant associated fungi. With an immense diversity of virulence mechanisms and lifestyles, plant pathogenic fungi cause disease throughout the plant kingdom and are a major threat to global food security. Conversely, fungal mutualists improve plant stress tolerance and health. The new faculty member is expected to develop a strong, internationally recognized program that addresses the biology of fungi and/or oomycetes that associate with plants. Candidates whose research integrates empirical, genetics, genomics and/or metabolomics approaches to fungi and/or fungal populations with computational approaches are particularly sought. Examples of research topics include, but are not limited to: i) the exploration of basic cellular processes related to fungal pathogenic or mutualistic lifestyles, ii) virulence determinants (e.g. secondary metabolites and protein effectors), iii) translational research that builds solutions to agricultural problems based on mechanistic understanding of fungal genetics and cell biology, iv) dynamics and variation in fungal populations, and ecology and evolutionary biology of genome adaptation with regard to pathogenicity.

The ideal candidate will thrive in the highly collaborative environment of Cornell University, which includes diverse faculty and vibrant graduate programs affiliated with the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the university-wide Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The expected affiliation for the position will be the SIPS Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB) on the Ithaca campus. The position will have a 60% research and 40% teaching responsibility, and the successful candidate will teach in the broad area of the biology of fungi in courses that match the PPPMB core curriculum and the candidate’s expertise (such as Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Pathogen Interactions or Filamentous Fungal Genomics and Development).

SIPS and CALS at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches.

Visit http://www.hercjobs.org/ to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell offers a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options. For more details,
see: https://hr.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/family_resources_faculty.pdf.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a relevant field. The candidate should welcome the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural setting and create a collegial professional environment. Well- qualified applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of publication excellence. Preferred qualifications include postdoctoral experience, ability to work as part of a team, and ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and broader audiences.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is provided.

Application procedure: Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15107) a cover letter, a statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans (4 pages maximum), a statement of teaching experiences, philosophy and interests (2 page maximum), a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion (https://cals.cornell.edu/about/leadership/ofa/hr/statement-contribution- diversity-equity-and-inclusion/), a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three or four references. (Letters will be requested after the applications are reviewed.) Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Maria Harrison, Search Chair (mjh78@cornell.edu) or Prof. Gillian Turgeon, PPPMB Section Chair (bgt1@cornell.edu). Initial screening of applications will begin on November 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Opportunity: The School of Integrative Plant Science Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology includes internationally renowned faculty with abundant interactions and active teaching, research and extension programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). CALS is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. CALS members work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 255-6866, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at equalopportunity@cornell.edu.

Applicants who do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit Cornell’s Office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement at https://hr.cornell.edu/important-notice-applicants . This notice contains important information about applying for a

Postdoc positions UMich

Bridging Positions in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

The University of Michigan Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (https://lsa.umich.edu/eeb) invites applicants for two bridging postdoctoral programs: the Literature, Science, and the Arts Collegiate Fellows Program (LCFP) and the U­M Presidential Post­doctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). Faculty members in EEB have successful records of providing a nurturing and productive postdoctoral experience through these programs. We are especially interested in future colleagues who engage in research in the fields of 1.) plant biodiversity or 2.) population and evolutionary genetics (with an emphasis on theoretical approaches).

The University of Michigan Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the University by offering the possibility of either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure track faculty appointment.

N.B. Applications for the LCFP and PPFP open September 1. In addition to the materials required by both programs, applicants should submit their materials directly to EEB by October 1.

Eligibility

• Ph.D. in a relevant field

• Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact

• Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)

• A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Candidates with tenure track appointments are not favored in the selection process unless there

is a clear explanation of how an award to the candidate would further the goals of the LCFP or PPFP

How to Apply:

  1. Send materials to the LCFP (https://lsa.umich.edu/ncid/fellowships­awards/lsa­collegiate­ postdoctoral­fellowship.html) and/or PPFP http://presidentspostdoc.umich.edu/#) via their respective online applications, and
  2. Send materials electronically to EEB by emailing Molly Hunter at mollyiz@umich.edu.

https://lsa.umich.edu/content/dam/eeb-assets/eeb-documents/bridging_position_combined_ad.pdf

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

The Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program is seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants.  This program was founded in 2004 and has been continuously funded by an NIH/NIAID T32 training grant over the past 15 years, and was renewed recently for a fourth five year funding period.  Two fellowship positions are available as of August 1, 2019 or thereafter.  The program funds both basic and clinical fellows working on all aspects of mycology encompassing model fungi, plant pathogenic fungi, and human pathogenic fungi.  Areas of interest span DNA repair and recombination in model yeasts, virulence of human and plant fungal pathogens, antifungal drug targets and mechanisms of action and therapeutic development, evolution of fungi, and clinical infectious diseases, among others. The program is tri-institutional and features training mentors in all thematic areas throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and supports fellows at all three institutions.  The program is co-directed by Joe Heitman, Andy Alspaugh, and Bill Steinbach, and supports career development through a series of ongoing activities including a monthly lunch meeting series, annual symposia, travel awards to meeting and courses, and regular meetings with scientific advisory committee members and visiting speakers including advisory board members.  The program has an illustrious group of alumni (some are listed below), many of whom are leaders in medical mycology or with leadership positions in pharma, industry, and government/NIH. Women and individuals representing diversity in science are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program co-directors and send a letter of interest, cv, reprints, and references. Further information at the program website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

Many program alumni are excelling in independent positions: Robert Cramer (Dartmouth),  Brian Smith (Duke), Michael Price (Liberty University), Kirsten Nielsen (University of Minnesota), Crystal Icenhour (CEO Aperiomics), Xiaorong Lin (University of Georgia), Alex Idnurm (University of Melbourne), Marianela Rodriguez-Carres (BASF-RTP), Jarrod Fortwendel (University of Tennessee), Josh Burgess (Epicentre), Min Ni (Regeneron), Wenjun Li (NCBI), Richard Festa (Irvine Scientific), Soo Chan Lee (University of Texas, San Antonio), Xuying Wang (GlaxoSmithKline), Jelena Catania (University of Central Florida College), Ryoko Oono (UC Santa Barbara), and Chelsea Boyd (NIH/NIAID).

Please send application materials to Joseph Heitman at heitm001@duke.edu, Andy Alspaugh at Andrew.alspaugh@duke.edu, and Bill Steinbach at bill.steinbach@duke.edu

Postdoc: suppressive soil microbiomes, Univ Minnesota

Post-doctoral researcher position:  Two, three-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  We are seeking post-doctoral scientists to work on two new project studying the factors the mediate the composition and functional capacities of soil microbiomes to support plant productivity.  One project utilizes a unique, long-term, 5-species crop monoculture experiment to test predictions of a mechanistic model for the development of disease-suppressive microbiomes.  The second project explores variation in the coevolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes in response to diverse treatments.  Both projects will integrate data on microbial community composition (amplicon sequencing), microbial functional characteristics (using culture-based approaches), and analyses of soil chemical characteristics, including carbon profiles, to evaluate ecological and evolutionary factors that mediate the pathogen-suppressive and other functional capacities of soil microbiomes.  This research will contribute to the development of novel strategies for managing soil microbiomes for enhanced crop productivity. 

Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with fundamental concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant pathology, and microbiology; experience with microbiome analyses using sequence-based approaches, and microbial culturing; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; ability to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines. 

Salary: Starting salary, $48,426 annually, commensurate with experience.

Application instructions:   Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website: (https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job) Job ID# 327351 & Job ID# 328479.  Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel (kinkel@umn.edu).