Postdoc in Phytophthora cell biology and genetics

Positions are available at the University of California, Riverside (USA) to study Phytophthora infestans, the fungus-like oomycete that causes the late blight diseases of potato and tomato.  The projects involve a mixture of cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, proteomics, and bioinformatics and focus on:

1. Cell cycle regulators and Phytophthora sporulation.  We have identified cell cycle regulators that play important roles in spore formation and germination.  Mechanisms of their subcellular targeting and function will be studied through immunoelectron and confocal microscopy, and protein-protein interaction studies.

2. Phytophthora traits relevant to pathogenesis.  Goals include determining how plant nutrients are assimilated by P. infestans, and mechanisms of resistance to fungicides.  The work will involve a combination of molecular genetics, high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics, and cell biology.

3.  Transcriptional networks in Phytophthora growth and pathogenicity.  This project focuses on characterizing transcription factors that regulate the life and disease cycles, and will involve biochemical, genetic, and bioinformatic approaches.

Funding is available for up to three years, available immediately. We are looking for talented and motivated individuals that have an interest in oomycetes or fungi, microbial/plant development or physiology, or plant-pathogen interactions.  Those experienced with immunoelectron microscopy, confocal microscopy, or transcription factor purification are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional information about the lab is at:  Our park-like university campus in sunny southern California is located near three diverse environments: ocean, desert, and mountains.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Howard Judelson (, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside CA 92521 USA.  If you send an email attachment, please label it with your name.

Postdoc in Fungal Phylogenetics

Post-doctoral Position in Fungal Phylogenetics

A Post-Doctoral position in fungal phylogenetics is available in the Hibbett laboratory at Clark University ( The Post-doc will participate in a large collaborative endeavor supported by the NSF AVATOL Program that is aimed at synthesizing a comprehensive tree of life from published analyses, and developing novel tools for community-driven annotation of the tree. Specific responsibilities will include (1) assembly and integration of phylogenetic datasets and trees representing all groups of Fungi; (2) coordination with a multi-laboratory team including software developers and systematists to develop and test new methods for tree integration and annotation; (3) outreach to the fungal systematics community; (4) contribution to a distributed web-based undergraduate course on assembling the tree of life, and co-instruction of a linked undergraduate course at Clark University.

The ideal candidate will be a productive researcher with interests in fungal systematics and the construction and interpretation of large-scale phylogenetic trees, will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and will seek a career involving both research and education. Candidates lacking background in fungal systematics, but with strong qualifications in phylogenetics, and excellent potential as educators, may be considered.

It is anticipated that the position will be available beginning May 1, 2012. Up to three years of support is possible, depending on progress. Funding is contingent on final NSF approval.

To apply, e-mail a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and career goals, PDFs of major publications, and names and e-mail addresses for three references. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in science are encouraged.

Clark University is an EEO/AA Employer.

David S. Hibbett
Biology Department
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7332

Deadlines for meetings and courses

The MSA abstract deadline is today (March 15) for the 2012 meeting at Yale this summer

Application for the Woods Hole Molecular Mycology course is April 11 at the Marine Biological Lab.  A fantastic summer course providing hands-on molecular experience with techniques in working with filamentous and yeast biology and a series of lectures on topics from fungal pathogenesis, immunology, animal models, career development, and some basic techniques for fungal bioinformatics. The course is August 1-17.

The Gordon Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology is coming June 17-22 in Holderness, NH. The deadline for registration is May 20 but it can be oversubscribed so go register now if you want to attend.