Help the JGI fungal program and complete a survey on Mycocosm

A message from JGI colleagues, please help them prioritize areas for continued growth in their online portal to fungal genomes.

The latest version of Mycocosm (www.jgi.doe.gov/fungi) now offers 100+ fungal genomes to public. Since this is a relatively new system, we would like to get feedback from you and your colleagues using a 5 minutes online survey (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DGZXZTARZ). This will help us to better assess your experience and needs and share this feedback with DOE, which will reveiw JGI programs next month. Please share this survey with your colleagues and ask them to complete it by the next week

Faculty Position in Microbiology: University of Georgia

The University of Georgia invites applications for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in the areas of microbial physiology and/or microbial ecology.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized research program involving the role of microorganisms in complex environments, in biogeochemically important processes, and/or in biotechnological applications. Topics of interest include microbial diversity, energy-generating pathways,symbioses, bioprocessing and bioremediation, extremophiles, and the molecular basis of unusual lifestyles or physiology.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Ecology or a related discipline and at least two years of postdoctoral research experience. Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program and to instruct and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.  To apply, the following should be submitted at: https://www.franklin.uga.edu/jobs/ (1) a single PDF containing cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 1-2 page statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; (2) a single PDF containing reprints of three research papers; and (3) three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the references. For questions, please contact Nancy Perkins at micro@uga.edu or 706-542-2677.

The University of Georgia is located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia.  Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation’s first state-chartered university. More information on Athens, Georgia can be found at: http://www.visitathensga.com/. To learn more about the Department of Microbiology and the University of Georgia, visit our website at www.uga.edu/mib.  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2012, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.  The start date for the position is August 13, 2012.  The Department of Microbiology of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Georgia arecommitted to increasing the diversity of 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 EEO/AA institution.

Schizophyllum genome update

Robin Ohm at the JGI has announced the release of version 2 of the Schizophyllum commune genome. This is great news on the heels of the announcement that one of the funded 2012 CSPs will include detailed functional genomics experiments in this mushroom.

I am pleased to announce the public release of the JGI annotation and portal for the improved assembly of Schizophyllum commune.  Annotations of the assembly are now publicly visible at http://jgi.doe.gov/Scommune2 .  Annotation and editing privileges remain password-protected but all other tools are now available to the general public.

A detailed set of statistics on the assembly and annotation can be found on the Info page of that portal:  http://genome.jgi-psf.org/Schco2/Schco2.info.html