Time to register for Fungal Genetics

It is time to get excited for that biennial gathering of fungal geneticists, mycologists, and generally scientists who study fungal biology at many scales from communities to molecules. Registration is open for 30th Fungal Genetics Conference held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.  The abstract submission deadline is December 5 and that is also the early registration deadline (save money!). 

I look forward to this meeting as it is a chance to hear about the latest work on fungi from genetics, genomics, molecular biology, evolution, medical mycology, and molecular ecology. Personally it was the meeting I first attended as a graduate student where I built so many collaborations, was introduced to mentors, and established friendships that have carried me in my career. It also is an important meeting to get the pulse of what are the trends in technology and molecular techniques that are can improve the way research questions are framed and tested. 
The program schedule and list of invited talks and session topics is posted here and there will be more talks chosen from submitted abstracts as well as multiple poster sessions to hear about and share your work.

 So go register!

Postdoc: Bioinformatics for Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics, UC Davis, California


The Stergiopoulos lab at the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis is seeking for a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of fungal genomics and transcriptomics. The lab studies the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis on plants with an emphasis on characterizing computationally and by functional analyses critical molecular and cellular functions required for virulence. As part of our studies we use a systems-level approach that integrates comparative genomics, genome-wide transcriptome profiling, targeted proteomics, and functional analysis of selective gene candidates to study the mechanisms that control gene expression and transcriptome diversity of fungal virulence associated genes.

The successful candidate will work on sequencing using cutting-edge next- generation sequencing technologies and assembling at the chromosome level the genomes of important fungal pathogens of agronomic importance as well as mining these genomes for candidate pathogenicity genes. The candidate is also expected to analyze and mine dual RNAseq data of compatible plant- pathogen interactions that are already available in the lab. The position will become available in January 2019 and is initially for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UC Davis pay-scales. UC Davis provides a highly vibrant intellectual atmosphere, a pleasant college environment and career development activities specifically designed for post-doctoral scholars.

Highly motivated candidates with an interest in applying cutting-edge next- generation sequencing-based technologies to host-microbe interactions research are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should have received recently a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology or related fields. A strong record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications as well as experience in analyzing high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics data is a plus for this position. Candidates should also be proficient in at least one of the common programming languages used in bioinformatics (C, C++, Java etc.) and have excellent verbal and written communication skills

Interested candidates should send to Prof. Ioannis Stergiopoulos (istergiopoulos@ucdavis.edu) a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, their full CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information of three references.


PDF of the job announcement UC Davis_Postdoc in Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics

Job: Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology, Cal State Chico

Chico-state-logoThe Department of Biological Sciences is searching for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to start August 21, 2019. California State University, Chico seeks faculty who are competent in their field, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success.

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a PhD in microbiology or a related field, with a specialization in prokaryotic or eukaryotic (protist or fungal) pathogens. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered; however all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than August 21, 2019. A demonstrated ability or potential to establish externally-funded research, a record of publication, and a strong interest in teaching excellence and enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research are also required. The successful candidate should provide evidence of their commitment to or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Job: USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Salinas, CA

USDA-ARSThe USDA-ARS lab in Salinas, California has a permanent scientist positions open to work on Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. The position will support regional agricultural production, which in the Salinas Valley alone has a value in excess of $4.8 billion per year. Historically researchers at our location have enjoyed strong support from our regional agricultural producers. Our location is 2 hours south of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur area. Hiring level is at a GS-12 or GS-13 (Salary range of $88,582 to $136,969 per year)

As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Develop and test biological and/or chemical control measures for the soilborne fungal pathogens affecting strawberry production with emphasis on Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina;
  • Apply metagenomic approaches based on next generation sequencing to characterize soil microbial communities associated with infected and healthy strawberries;
  • Conduct population analyses of Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina affecting strawberry through molecular and microbiology based studies;
  • Screen and evaluate plant genetic resistance against Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina; and
  • Develop or improve diagnostic tests for both Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina.

Additional details about the position (ARS-D18W-0156) may be found at the website www.usajobs.gov
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Job: Department Head, Microbiology, University of Georgia

Department Head in Microbiology at the University of Georgia

(Mycologists encouraged to apply!)

UGA MicrobiologyThe Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia is recruiting an outstanding researcher and academic leader for a tenured faculty position as Professor and Head in Fall 2019. We seek a creative and dynamic individual who will lead us into the future as one of the nation’s premier microbiology departments, recognized for innovative and outstanding teaching and research programs and vigorous community involvement. Candidates with research interests that expand or complement existing departmental strengths are particularly encouraged, but all outstanding applicants will be carefully considered. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology or a related field, a well-funded research program, a scholarship record consistent with appointment as a tenured full professor, and demonstrated potential for leadership. In addition to leadership, the successful candidate will be expected to continue a strong extramurally funded research program and contribute to teaching in the Department. A competitive salary and ample resources will be provided.

The Department is housed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and has established strengths in research areas that are unified by their focus on understanding and/or applying the fundamental biology of microorganisms (see http://mib.uga.edu/). The Department administers a vigorous graduate training program, currently with 73 Ph.D. students, and has an important role in undergraduate education in microbiology across campus. The candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to enhancing excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate training. Our Department provides a link among numerous centers of excellence on campus that share a common association with fundamental research in microbes including the Center for Vaccines and Immunology, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and the Center for Topical and Emerging Global Diseases. Our 18 full- time tenure-track faculty are joined by 22 faculty affiliates from diverse departments, making for a rich community of microbiologists on campus.

The University of Georgia is a research-intensive land-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, bioinformatics and cell biology. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta and its spectrum of cultural and mercantile resources, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its classical history and cultural diversity (http://www.visitathensga.com).

Interested candidates should submit application materials both to http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/32010 and as a single pdf document to microheadsearch@uga.edu. Each pdf application should include a letter of interest highlighting your leadership vision with respect to research, education, and administration, a full curriculum vitae, and names of a minimum of three referees. The search committee will begin its review of applications on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Christopher West, at westcm@uga.edu.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).  Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

PDF of advertisement: UGA Microbiology Head Ad

Job: Assistant Professor Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

UW LogoThe Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department.

See PDF of Advertisement UW-Madison-Potato Pathology and text below

Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant biology, microbiology, entomology, or related discipline required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Candidates with a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others, will be sought for this position.

Position Summary: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This faculty position is an academic nine-month appointment.

Principal Duties: This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department. The incumbent will have access to rich intellectual, as well as infrastructural resources, with their administrative association with the nationally renowned Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program (WSPCP). The position carries an approximate 70% research, 20% teaching, 10% administrative distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment (with opportunity to fund summer salary through other sources). An advisory group will support the incumbent in directing the WSPCP in initial years.

Focus areas could address various aspects of potato pathology, including, but not limited to: diagnostics; infection biology including plant defense mechanisms; ecology, epidemiology, genomics, or population genetics of pathogens relevant to seed potato production; and systems biology of seed potato production. We expect the incumbent to develop a program that bridges fundamental and translational research. Collaboration is expected with colleagues specializing in horticulture, microbiology, entomology, and related disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally-funded research program while teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching may include an introductory undergraduate biology and/or plant pathology course, and/or a senior capstone or graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Additional Information: The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts outstanding graduate students and offers high quality research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and in Rhinelander, WI, at the Lelah Starks Elite Seed Potato Farm. The successful candidate will join a thriving community of potato researchers and extension specialists locally and nationally. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

Anticipated begin date: July 1, 2019

Apply via Jobs@UW. Application materials to be submitted include: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) one PDF document with statements of teaching and research interests; 4) one PDF document containing copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and 5) contact information for three references.

Applications received by January 1, 2019, will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the position search committee chair, Dr. Amanda Gevens at Email: gevens@wisc.edu. Phone: 608-575-3029
1630 Linden Drive, 689 Russell Laboratories, Madison, WI 53706-1598

Feedback, questions or accessibility issues: ohrwebmaster@ohr.wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Job: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Montana State

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Montana State University seeks an Assistant Professor of PlantPathology (80% research 20% teaching).  This position, formerly held by John Sherwood, is an excellent career opportunity for a well-trained plant pathologist with interest in fundamental questions of plant pathology.   The successful candidate will have the freedom to conduct research on areas of their own interest with an emphasis on disease systems relevant to Montana and/or the Pacific Northwest.

Application information https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/13990

Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Postdoc: Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

Postdoctoral Researcher – Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

The Quesada Lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position. The Postdoc will be responsible for performing evolutionary genomics research with downy mildew plant pathogens affecting specialty crops. The project will focus on studying host adaptation in downy mildew pathogens and shifts in pathogen populations that have resulted in failure of control methods such as host resistance and fungicides. Next generation sequencing and multi-locus sequencing will be used for isolate genotyping. Phenotyping assays to characterize pathogen virulence and sensitivity to fungicides will be performed in growth chambers and in the field. The candidate will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, giving oral and poster presentations, and assisting with grant writing and reports. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to lab management, training and supervision of other lab staff and stakeholders, and field trials.

This position requires a recent PhD degree (within the last 4 years) in plant pathology, plant-microbe interactions, microbiology, or evolution. Self-motivation, independence, good time management skills, and a high level of written and spoken English are required. Experience working with filamentous pathogens in a lab setting, using CLC Genomics workbench or similar packages, R or similar statistical analysis platforms, experience in statistical analysis, demonstrated ability to publish scientific papers, ability to search and read scientific literature pertinent to job, mentor other staff, and developing new research protocols are also required. Experience with population genetics and evolutionary analysis of filamentous plant pathogens, analysis of Illumina and PacBio sequencing data, and coding experience (bash, perl, python) is preferred but not required.

The lab is located on the main campus in Raleigh. NC State’s location in the Research Triangle Park provides unique opportunities for interactions with the Ag. Biotech industry, including AgBiome, Novozymes, Bayer Crop Science, BASF, Syngenta, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; other major universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; local research networking groups such as the North Carolina Microbiome Consortium; NC Department of Agriculture and several federal agencies. Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing qualifications, a resume or CV with contact information for three references, college transcripts, and a one-page abstract of Ph. D. thesis to Dr. Lina Quesada (lmquesad@ncsu.edu).

The position will be open until filled.

PDF of advertisement

Postdoc: Fungal Endophyte Genomics, U’Ren lab, U Arizona

Postdoc Position Fungal Endophyte Genomics • U’Ren lab

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Jana U’Ren at the University of Arizona to study the ecology and evolution of plant-endophyte symbioses. The project centers on enriching genomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic knowledge of phylogenetically diverse endophytic fungi in collaboration with the DOE Joint Genome Institute. The start date is flexible, but anticipated to be in Fall/Winter 2018 or when the suitable candidate is identified. The position has an initial appointment for one year with a strong likelihood of extension to a second year pending performance review.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and microbiology with a background in plant-microbe interactions, ecology, and evolution. Minimum requirements: a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, mycology, plant pathology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Preferred candidates will have excellent communication skills, high motivation, and a strong willingness to work independently and as part of an integrative team. Potential duties include (but are not limited to) comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses, functional trait assays, and plant inoculation experiments, with potential for the development of independent research projects related to plant-fungal interactions.

As part of the UA Ecosystem Genomics Initiative and the BIO5 Institute, the successful candidate will have extensive opportunities to collaborate across departments at UA, as well as with collaborators at other universities. This collaborative environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The position also includes opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers from diverse backgrounds.

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. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and copies of three recent publications. All application materials should be submitted in a single email to Dr. Jana U’Ren (juren@email.arizona.edu).

PDF: Postdoc-URen-Lab-Arizona-2

Postdoc: Fungal fusion and chemotropic interactions UC-Berkeley

The Departments of Plant and Microbial Biology and Chemistry/Molecular Cellular and Biology at The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee position starting fall 2018/early 2019 on a project entitled “A novel role for polysaccharide monooxygenases in signaling, chemotropic interactions and cell fusion”. This is a collaborative, mission-driven project to define biochemical and functional aspects associated with functions of polysaccharide monooxygenases in the signaling, development and cell biology of filamentous fungi. This project is a collaborative effort between the laboratories of N. Louise Glass (PMB), with expertise in filamentous fungal biology, signaling, cell fusion and genetics and Michael Marletta (MCB/Chemistry), with expertise in structure/functional analyses of polysaccharide monooxygenases. For more information see (http://glasslab.berkeley.edu/) for Glass research on fungal cell fusion and (https://www.marlettalab.org/) for Marletta research on polysaccharide monooxygenases.

Position Qualifications: A Ph.D. with a strong background in molecular microbiology, biochemistry and genetics (or related discipline) is required. Experience working with fungi, particularly filamentous fungi is a strength. The ability to work in teams, as well as an ability to work independently, is essential.

Salary range is approximately $49,188 to $53,184, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applicants should submit a CV and a summary of research experience via email to Professor N. Louise Glass (Lglass@berkeley.edu)

The first review date for this position is August 1, 2018.

Three (3) confidential letters of reference should be sent under separate email cover. Please refer referees to the University’s statement on confidentiality, found at: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html. Minorities and women encouraged to apply. University of California is an EOE/AAE.

PDF: Glass Postdoc Fusion 2018

Digesting the fungal genomes