Postdoc: Yeast evolutionary genomics, UW Madison

Chris Hittinger at UW Madison is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an exceptional background in bioinformatics, functional genomics, or evolutionary genomics. Experience analyzing Illumina sequence data, computer programming proficiency, and training in ecological or evolutionary genetics are highly desirable.

The lab has recently received generous funding for yeast
evolutionary genomics research from the National Science
Foundation¢s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program
(http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132506)
and the Pew Charitable Trusts
(http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/press-releases/2014/06/24/pew-grants-22-young-scientists-support-for-biomedical-research).

With Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt) and Cletus P. Kurtzman (USDA), the Y1000+ Project (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1442148&HistoricalAwards=false) seeks to sequence and analyze the to complete genomes of all ~1,000 known species of Saccharomycotina yeasts and determine the genetic basis of their metabolic, ecological, and functional diversification. Yeasts are genetically more diverse than vertebrates and have remarkable metabolic dexterity, but most remain minimally characterized. They compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome and can produce everything from beer to oil. The history of yeasts is recorded in their genome sequences. Now is the time to read it and tell their story!

The Hittinger Lab has diverse funding for other basic and applied research from NSF, DOE, and USDA, but we are specifically expanding our basic research in ecological and evolutionary genomics.

The complete advertisement and application instructions can be found here: http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu/Research/Funding/PostDocAd2014.html.

The precise start date is flexible, but candidates should apply by November 30th to receive full consideration.

Sincerely,

Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Genome Center of Wisconsin
J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
425-G Henry Mall, 2434 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, WI 53706-1580
cthittinger@wisc.edu, (608) 890-2586

http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu

Job: Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology at UNM

The Taylor Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico is seeking a Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology. The lab investigates fungal biodiversity and the evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions, particularly mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation, using field and molecular methods. This position will involve molecular analyses related to two recent NSF grants, one investigating climate-change related disruption of grass-endophyte interactions along elevational gradients in the Rocky Mountains, the second investigating the potential for associations with mycorrhizal fungi to underlie niche-partitioning in hyperdiverse epiphytic orchid communities of Costa Rican rainforest (see award IDs 1354972 and 1355155). For more information about the lab, please see taylorlabunm.weebly.com anborealfungi.uaf.edu.

The senior technician will be involved in various aspects of laboratory management, including student mentoring. The main duties will be to push forward cutting-edge plant microbiome molecular analyses. A core duty will be the preparation of amplicon libraries for NGS sequencing. There may also be opportunities to participate in fieldwork in Costa Rica and Alaska. Leadership and success in bringing projects to fruition will be rewarded with numerous opportunities for authorship on scientific publications.

A bachelors degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field is required, an MS is preferred. Experience beyond the classroom with standard microbiological and molecular methods including DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing is essential. Skills in more advanced methods, especially NGS methods such as RADseq, RNAseq, or anchored-hybrid-enrichment-sequencing are desirable. Strong organizational skills and basic data management experience are also essential, while scripting/programming skills (e.g. linux system administration, Perl, PHP, python) would be a major plus.

For additional information and to apply for the position, please follow this link:
unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=80401
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least three references. Start date is flexible and position is open until filled; for best consideration, applications should be received before December 15th.

The University of New Mexico is the flagship university in the state with 36,000 students and 40 PhD programs. Interactions with Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs contribute to a vigorous research climate. The main UNM campus is located in Albuquerque, a city of ~800,000 situated on the Rio Grande River at 5000 feet in elevation. Days are sunny and warm while nights are cool. At the transition between the Sonoran Desert and the Great Plains Grasslands and surrounded by mountains, Albuquerque is ideally situated for both cultural and outdoor explorations. The 10,000 foot Sandia Crest is only a 40 minute drive, while the epicurean, cultural and artistic delights of Santa Fe are only an hour away. Numerous other attractions may be found in all directions, such as Chaco Canyon, Bandolier National Park, White Sands National Monument, and many mountain ranges and ski resorts.

If you have questions about the position, please email Lee Taylor at fflt@unm.edu.

Job: Assistant Prof Bioinformatics at UC Riverside

University of California, Riverside
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOINFORMATICS

POSITION: The University of California, Riverside is searching for a new faculty member at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level in the area of Bioinformatics. Areas of preferred interest include developing and deploying methods for genomic data analysis such as variant identification, transcriptomics, genome assembly, comparative genomics. An emphasis on development and application of statistical methods and software to next generation sequencing data and large dataset analysis is desired. However, candidates developing approaches for analysis of metabolomic, proteomic, image analysis for biological systems are also in the scope of the position. Candidates employing experimental data collection as well as computational methods are welcomed. Study systems that address research in plant, animal, and microbial organisms are all encouraged to apply. Appointees in this series are expected to conduct mission oriented, translational research that has an ultimate goal of solving societal problems relevant to the mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/anr/.

TITLE/RANK: Assistant Professor. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with accomplishments.

LOCATION: University of California, Riverside. The successful candidate will become a member of a major academic department within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in his/her area of expertise with opportunities for a secondary appointment in a variety of departments and colleges.

BACKGROUND: The college is actively expanding its bioinformatics program which impacts many of its departments and interdepartmental graduate programs. Interdisciplinary bioinformatics research at UCR involves multiple departments, centers, and institutes including the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology. The Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus based Centers. The IIGB is organized around a 10,000 sq.ft. suite of instrumentation facilities that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy and imaging, proteomics and genomics. The IIGB Center for Bioinformatics is equipped with a modern high-performance compute (HPC) and high performance data storage infrastructure.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Qualified candidates are expected to have excellent publication and research records in bioinformatics or related areas, such as computational biology, genome biology and genomics, statistics, or computer science. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, innovative and well-funded, state-of-the-art research program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will include participating in the current bioinformatics curriculum and contributing to development of new offerings at graduate and undergraduate level.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin December 3, 2014 for full consideration and will continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should apply at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00269 with required documents: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of research interests, and (3) three letters of reference. For additional information, visit http://genomics.ucr.edu/jobs.html or http://cnas.ucr.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer.

Job: Faculty Computational Microbial Genomics UNC-Charlotte

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Computational Microbial Genomics @ UNC Charlotte, NC (US) 

SUMMARY:
The Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics seeks a data scientist in computational microbial genomics to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is part of a larger university-wide research initiative in Data Science and Analytics.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will teach courses in bioinformatics and data mining at the graduate and undergraduate level, and will develop and maintain an externally funded research program. Examples of research programs of interest include, but are not limited to: (i) algorithm development for the analysis of large data sets generated from mixed microbial (metagenomic) communities from the external environment or associated with plants or animals; (ii) tracking development of antibiotic resistance or changes in microbial phenotype to the content of genes and genomes using next-generation sequencing; (iii) source tracking of pathogens across space and time in the external environment or within industrial, agricultural or hospital settings; (iv) utilizing microbial genomics for molecular epidemiological studies and precision medicine; (v) studies of microbial evolution and genomic structure; (vi) developing tools for visualization of microbial datasets; (vii) using computational tools to enhance agriculture and nutrition by manipulation of plant-associated microbes.

COMPENSATION:
We offer a collegial environment with excellent wet laboratory and computational facilities and a competitive nine-month salary commensurate with experience.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (position #1913) and must include a CV, contact information for 4 references, and statements on research and teaching. Initial, confidential, inquiries can be made to the Search Committee via its Chair, Dr. Daniel Janies, at djanies[at]uncc.edu.

POLICY:
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an NSF ADVANCE Institution.

For additional information, please visit website at http://bioinformatics.uncc.edu.

Via bioinformatics.org job forum posting.

Job: Faculty position in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine

Applications for tenure-track and tenured faculty position, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

This is an open position seeking individuals that employ genetic and/or genomic approaches to investigate important and fundamental biological questions. The following areas are of special interest to this search

  1. genetic basis for behavior or disease in model systems and/or humans
  2. host and/or pathogen genetic variation that influences infectious disease outcome and progression
  3. genomic and epigenetic mechanisms of disease

See the full advertisement flier 2014 Duke MGM Faculty Search and apply at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4304

Deadline for applications is November 15, 2014.
Further inquiries should be directed to Kasey Carroll kasey.carroll@duke.edu

Grad Student: Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis

Graduate Assistantships in Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis

Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in Erik Hom’s laboratory at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic.  We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98).  Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated students with an appetite for learning to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, EcoEvoDevo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, and the ecology of microbial consortia.  Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits.

The University of Mississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 75 mi south of Memphis, TN.  If you are into football, William Faulkner, local music, and/or fine food, Oxford is a fun town!  Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/t1CfcR.  The desired start date for these positions is August 2015 (although January 2015 may be possible).  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Those with a strong interest in STEM education and outreach within an underserved region are also encouraged to apply.

For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (erik@olemiss.edu, +1-662-915-1731, http://darwinsdaemon.com).  To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes:

1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience,
2) your curriculum vitae,
3) a scientific writing sample,
4) school transcript(s),
5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should each be >150), and
6) contact information for at least 3 references.

Job: Asst Prof of Computational Systems Biology at UC Riverside

Assistant Professor of Computational Systems Biology

The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside seeks outstanding candidates for an open Computational Systems Biologist position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are interested in candidates involved in research in systems biology, using computational approaches or a combination of both experimental and computational approaches. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required including several years of postdoctoral research. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences with the option of a secondary cooperating faculty appointment in a quantitative department such as statistics, computer science, engineering or related. The candidate will also join the innovative and multidisciplinary Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) which connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus based Centers. The IIGB is organized around a 10,000 sq.ft. suite of Instrumentation Facilities that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy, proteomics and genomics. Its bioinformatic component is equipped with a modern high-performance compute (HPC) infrastructure. This position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes the responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station (http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/anr/).

Qualified candidates are expected to have excellent publication and research records in computational systems biology or related areas, such as bioinformatics or computational genome biology. The research program should be heavily focused on involving modern high-throughput data, especially from next generation sequencing technologies. An additional requirement is a strong commitment to teaching in computational systems biology.

Review of applications will begin November 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should: (1) submit a curriculum vitae, (2) provide a statement of research, and (3) three letters of reference. A teaching statement is strongly recommended. Please submit your applications through the AP Recruit job link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00230

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veterans Employer.

LEARN MORE

More information about this recruitment: http://plantbiology.ucr.edu/

Postdoc: Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma

Postdoctoral Positions Available at the University of Oklahoma

Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Environmental Genomics (IEG) and Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, the University of Oklahoma (OU) located in Norman, Oklahoma. The city of Norman is a university town with approximately 100,000 people and easy access to Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX, and the University is working closely with the City on community and economic development. Norman was ranked #6 among the best places to live in 2008 by the CNN/Money Magazine on America’s best small cities.

The Institute for Environmental Genomics, led by Dr. Jizhong Zhou, has state-of-the-art facilities for the study of microbial functional genomics, microbial ecology, metagenomics, and biotechnology development to address fundamental scientific questions.

Three research themes are pursued at IEG:

  1. functional and comparative genomics for understanding gene function, regulation, networks and evolution,
  2. microbial ecology and community genomics for understanding the diversity, composition, structure, function and dynamics of microbial communities related to global change, bioremediation, land use, bioenergy, and agricultural practices as well as their linkages with ecosystem functioning using metagenomics approaches, such as functional gene arrays, high-throughput sequencing, and single cell genomics, and
  3. development of metagenomic and bioinformatic tools for high throughput data analysis and predictive modeling of molecular ecological networks.

IEG researchers have pioneered the development and application of functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChips), and metagenomic sequencing (e.g., MiSeq sequencing of phylogenetic and functional gene amplicons) approaches for microbial community analysis. IEG is also establishing Raman-based single cell genomics facility.

The selected candidates will apply these technologies to understand the diversity, composition, structure, function, dynamics and interaction of microbial communities, and address fundamental questions related to global change, bioremediation, land use, and agricultural operations.

Candidates with strong background, interests, and experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, soil science, theoretical ecology, and/or metagenomics are encouraged to apply. Additional experience is desirable but not required in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. All individuals will work cooperatively with scientists at different institutions, such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as foreign countries like China, Korea and Singapore. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vita, a description of research interests and accomplishments (e.g., publications), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references to Dr. Jizhong Zhou (jzhou@ou.edu). Salary will be competitive, depending on experience, expertise and skills. Further information can be found on the IEG web site. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

A printable flier is available PostdocPositions-OU-13Jun2014.

Postdoc: Yeast Evolutionary Genomics

The Hittinger Lab, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an exceptional background in bioinformatics, functional genomics, or evolutionary genomics. Experience analyzing Illumina sequence data, computer programming proficiency, and training in ecological or evolutionary genetics are highly desirable.

The lab recently received generous funding for yeast
evolutionary genomics research from the National Science
Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

With Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt) and Cletus P. Kurtzman (USDA), the Y1000+ Project seeks to sequence and analyze the to complete genomes of all ~1,000 known species of Saccharomycotina yeasts and determine the genetic basis of their metabolic, ecological, and functional diversification. Yeasts are genetically more diverse than vertebrates and have remarkable metabolic dexterity, but most remain minimally characterized. They compete vigorously for nutrients in every continent and biome and can produce everything from beer to oil. The history of yeasts is recorded in their genome sequences. Now is the time to read it and tell their story!

The Hittinger Lab has diverse funding for other basic and applied research from NSF, DOE, and USDA, but we are specifically expanding our basic research in ecological and evolutionary genomics.

The complete advertisement and application instructions can be found here – The precise start date is flexible, but candidates should apply by November 30th to receive full consideration.

Sincerely,

Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor of Genetics
Genome Center of Wisconsin
J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
425-G Henry Mall, 2434 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, WI  53706-1580
cthittinger@wisc.edu, (608) 890-2586
http://hittinger.genetics.wisc.edu

Postdoc: Aspergillus Pathogenesis and Immune Activation Dartmouth

A postdoctoral position is available to study the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and host defense during Aspergillus fumigatus infection. The project will focus on fungal and host factors that are responsive to in vivo oxygen levels which subsequently modulate virulence and host inflammatory responses in clinically relevant models of aspergillosis.

Two years of initial funding are guaranteed for generating data and applying for independent funding. Applicants should have a PhD in microbiology, immunology or closely related field. Experience in molecular mycology and/or immunology are preferred, but those interested in mycology from other backgrounds are welcome to apply.

The Cramer Laboratory is located at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The position affords the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art facilities and resources associated with a major research and teaching institution, while enjoying the quality of life characteristic of the upper valley in New England.

For further information on our institution and department see: http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu and http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/microbio/. For the Cramer laboratory, see http://www.thecramerlab.com and the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~lbcobre/.

PDF: CramerDartmouth_Postdoc_2014