WRIFO: Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes

In an effort to promote the diversity of women in fungal and oomycete biology research we started a list of Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes (#WRIFO) in our fields. We hope this will make it easier for conference, seminar and award committees to consider a broad pool of candidates when inviting speakers or nominating individuals.

We seeded the WRIFO list with 150 women whose research we know or who were suggested by colleagues, but it is by no means complete. Please add names and add missing details to those already on the list. The WRIFO list is available as a google spreadsheet here (shortlink: http://s.fungidb.org/1SU45hk ). As an experiment in community dynamics WRIFO is an open sheet for editing. We will change this to “make comment-only” after a time to try to avoid getting overrun with spam. If you cannot add to the WRIFO list directly, comments on this post are accepted. However direct adding is preferred to avoid losing track of any suggestions.

As a test for how many will read directions:

  1. Please add new entries at the end of the sheet rather than trying to insert alphabetically.  You can always re-sort the sheet by last name after entries are made
  2. List institution, include 2 letter country code in parentheses.
  3. Select region from the available options.
  4. Pick up to two general research areas from the drop down lists.
  5. Add specific Keywords for research.  Make these as general as possible–a meeting organizer is much more likely to search “cytoskeleton”, than “tyrosinylated microtubules.”
  6. Include a laboratory website link. Use publicly available websites that do not require memberships to view
  7. Select the classification of career stage. Mapping this to job titles in the US
    • Junior: Assistant Professor, Assistant Research Scientist, or equivalent
    • Intermediate: Associate Professor, Associate Research Scientist,  or equivalent
    • Senior: Full Professor, Research Scientist or equivalent
    • Emeritus

–Michelle Momany (@mcmomany) & Jason Stajich (@hyphaltip)

Update 1: A landing page was made for info on WRIFO and where archive and Excel versions of the spreadsheet will be made available.

Postdoc: Stress biology using Neurospora as a model system (SLU – Sweden)

Stress biology using Neurospora as a model organism
Research at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology center on fundamental and applied aspects of fungal, microbial and plant biology. Important research topics include fungal interaction with other microorganisms and plants as well as ecological functioning and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology and nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The department is placed at Bio Center at SLU, Uppsala with approx. 300 employees in plant science, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular biology, food science and computing biology. At the campus, active collaborations are established with the ecology and soil science departments.

Postdoc: Computational Fungal Genomics (Univ of New Zealand)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Fungal Genomics

I am looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow
to explore the evolutionary implications of interactions between
genome structure, epigenetic modification and gene expression, with a particular focus on the 3D arrangement of unraveled chromosomes in the nucleus. Using a fungal model system with direct agricultural applications (Epichloe festucae), the postdoc will validate genome assemblies using long-read data, build 3D models of genome packing in the nucleus, and explore statistical associations with gene expression using extensive transcriptome data. This position is primarily analytical with an emphasis on producing high-quality publications from existing and ongoing data
collection efforts.

The position requires solid quantitative and computational skills in bioinformatics, with an emphasis on next generation sequencing and genome analysis. At minimum, a practical ability in basic scripting is required. Training in fungal biology and genomics can be provided as needed, and candidates from non-standard research backgrounds with a clear fit to the position are encouraged to apply.

Funding is guaranteed for two years. Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ$68,000 (~US$46,000) per year.

The postdoc will be based in the Cox research group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Europe and the United States. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand¢s unique natural and cultural environment, while undertaking world-leading research. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Murray Cox (m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz). Information about the Cox research group (http://massey.genomicus.com) and the Bio-Protection Research Centre (http://bioprotection.org.nz) are available online.

To apply for this position, upload the following documents (in PDF format) at the official Massey University job website: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/9147/postdoctoral-fellow-in-computational-fungal-genomics

  1.  A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and
    experience.
  2.  A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications.
  3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.

Prof Murray Cox
Statistics and Bioinformatics Group
Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Palmerston North
NEW ZEALAND

http://massey.genomicus.com
m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz

Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

Postdoc & PhD positions in Evolutionary Biology – Genome organization of AM fungi

At the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Description

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic interactions with almost all terrestrial plants and have done so since plants first colonized land. The postdoc and PhD position are both part of a newly funded ERC research program aimed at understanding the ecology and evolution of these widespread and important organisms. Using state-of-the art technology, e.g., PacBio long read sequencing and single nucleus genomics methods, the research program seeks to resolve the genome organization of AM fungi so that the evolutionary consequences of their genome organization can be studied. Specifically, the project aims at testing the hypothesis that genetically distinct nuclear genotypes coexist within AM fungi. The project involves culturing of AM fungi, sorting and genotyping of nuclei from individual fungal isolates, genome and meta-genome sequencing and assembly, as well as genome size estimation. Based on the outcome of this first part, the project will be developed to connect genotype and phenotype to mycorrhizal activity.

The postdoc and PhD student will work close together and be part of an expanding research team led by Anna Rosling (http://www.ieg.uu.se/evolutionary-biology/rosling/research/) in collaboration with Hanna Johannesson (http://www.iob.uu.se/research/systematic-biology/johannesson/) at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Uppsala University. EBC constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, housing some 300 scientists and graduate students. The scientific environment with numerous seminars, journal clubs and social activities offer excellent possibilities for contacts and collaborations. Local platforms for high-performance computational analyses (https://www.uppmax.uu.se/uppnex), NGS, SNP genotyping and proteomic analyses (http://www.scilifelab.se) ensure immediate access to state-of-the-art technology. This project will utilize several of the technological platforms at SciLifeLab in Uppsala, in particular the Microbial Single Cell Genomics Platform (https://www.scilifelab.se/facilities/single-cell/).

Qualifications

Experience in bioinformatics and genome analysis is necessary and experience in mycology is a merit. The ideal candidate is scientifically motivated and can work both independently and as part of a team. High standard of spoken and written English is required.

To apply for the PhD position you must have a Master Degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your diploma and your master thesis with the application.

To apply for the Post Doc position you must have acquired a PhD in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Mycology or equivalent. Attach a copy of your PhD degree with the application.

Information about the position will be given by Anna Rosling tel +46 18-471 64 44, Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se.

Application: The application should include a letter with a short motivation of your interest in the position (one A4 page) and name and contact information to at least three reference persons and your CV. Use the link below to access the application form.

PhD candidates are welcome to submit their application using the link below no later than February 29, 2016. http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=88336

Post Doc candidates are welcome to submit their application by email to Anna.Rosling@ebc.uu.se no later than February 15, 2016

Postdoc: Fungal Evolution at University Arizona (Arnold Lab)

The Arnold lab at the University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of a recently funded, collaborative project
supported by the National Science Foundation’s Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program. The project centers on enriching phylogenetic knowledge of the Pezizomycotina through new collections of endophytic and endolichenic fungi, with special attention to the evolution of symbioses with photosynthetic prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The position will begin on or near April 15, 2016, with an expected duration of two years (potentially expandable to three).

The position will be based in Tucson, Arizona, in the School of Plant Sciences and in affiliation with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with opportunities for fieldwork in Panama, Chile, South Africa, and Borneo. The project represents a collaborative network with researchers at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Mississippi, with ample opportunity for interactions among labs. The position also includes a meaningful outreach component to foster training in STEM for local high school students and opportunities to mentor undergraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum requirements: a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, plant pathology, or a related discipline, and a strong background in molecular and/or fungal ecology (including next-generation sequencing), biodiversity informatics, computation, and/or mycology. Preferred candidates will have diverse research interests, excellent communication skills, high motivation, and a strong willingness to work independently and as part of an integrative team.

Home to the world-class University of Arizona, Tucson is a vibrant southwestern city with a rich and distinctive heritage, fabulous access to outdoor activities, and diverse opportunities for cultural engagement. The University of Arizona is currently in a dynamic phase of hiring new faculty, making the timing ideal for a candidate interested in engaging with a major initiative in ecosystem genomics.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, copies of three recent publications, and a one-page lesson plan for a hands-on, one-day activity to teach a core concept in fungal biology, ecology, or evolutionary biology at the high school level. All application materials should be submitted in a single email to arnold@ag.arizona.edu (please put GoLife postdoc in the subject line) AND to the University of Arizona Human Resources website ( https://uacareers.com, posting # P20132). Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted as above.

Application review will begin on Jan. 20, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold
School of Plant Sciences
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Postdoc: Plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution

The Vilgalys Mycology Lab at Duke University seeks a postdoctoral researcher in the area of plant-fungal symbiosis and evolution.  The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing studies on ecology and evolution of forest soil fungi and their interactions with trees including PopulusPinus and other species.  We are especially interested in metagenomic approaches for studying fungal interactions with plants including mycorrhizal fungi and root endophytes.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: Design, conduct and interpret laboratory and field based research; lead and contribute to the development of scientific manuscripts and proposals. The postdoc chosen for this position will also have opportunities to interact with collaborating institutions in the US and abroad.  Research is facilitated by state-of-the-art equipment/facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, and genomics, in a professional environment with excellent technical support.

Qualifications Required: Ph.D. degree in plant or fungal biology, microbial genomics, or related fields. Applicant should have demonstrated expertise in modern molecular ecology methods including nextgen sequencing, phylogenomics, phylogentics, and bioinformatics tools for microbiome and metagenomic studies. Demonstrated expertise must include a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications Preferred: Priority will be given to applicants with a successful history of interdisciplinary, integrative, and innovative research in this area. Interested applicants should send a cv, research statement, and names of 3 references (preferably in a single pdf) to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, fungi@duke.edu.   The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see: http://sites.duke.edu/vilgalyslab/

Postdoc: 2 positions in RNA Biology of Fungal Pathogens @UCDavis

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the field of RNA biology in fungal pathogens in the laboratory of Ioannis Sterigiopoulos in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis.  One position is for “a highly motivated post- doctoral candidate to conduct basic fundamental and translational research in the field of RNA silencing in fungi” and the second is for  “a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of RNAseq and transcriptomics”.
Please see the advertisements attached.

Neurospora 2016 conference registration

A reminder the Neurospora conference will be held March 10-13, 2016 at scenic Asiomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. We look forward to seeing you there, at least 1/3 of the talks will come from submitted abstracts and there will be lots of room and time for discussions of research poster

Registration and Abstract Submission  are now open for submission. Abstract deadline is Jan 15, Early Bird registration deadline is December 31.

 

Postdoc: Early diverging fungi in the James lab at U. Michigan

The James Lab at the University of Michigan is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of single cell and comparative genomics. The research is centered on understanding the phylogeny, life cycles, and nutrition of early diverging fungi, including the Zygomycetes, Cryptomycetes, and Chytridiomycetes through genomic analyses. The ultimate goals of the project are to produce a well-resolved phylogeny of the basal branches of the fungal kingdom, to identify key evolutionary events associated with diversification and reproduction, and to use genomics to predict ecological roles of uncultured lineages. A major component of the work will be to develop or improve methods for sequencing genomes and transcriptomes using single or few cells or genome assembly using metagenomic approaches. This work will involve collaborations with the ZyGOLife research network (zygolife.org) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The projects are supported by NSF and two JGI Community Sequencing Projects.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and cultivation/microscopy of fungi. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Possible duties include environmental sampling, cell sorting (FACS, micromanipulation), microscopy, genome assembly and annotation, and comparative analyses of genome evolution. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduates or research associates will be provided. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review.

Our lab (www.umich.edu/~mycology) pursues diverse projects in mycology, and the environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://www.eeb.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/index.html), which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

Interested applicants should email Tim James (tyjames@umich.edu) with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.