Fungal Job postings

Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist
The incumbent will initiate a new research program focused on comparative and functional genomics of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic and plant-pathogenic fungi. Research objectives are to utilize next generation sequencing technologies to conduct comparative and functional genomic analyses of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic fungi in order to elucidate the genetic factors critical to mycotoxin production, plant pathogenesis, and other critical aspects of pathogen biology; test hypotheses concerning the origin, evolution, phylogenetic distribution, and functional significance of genetic/metabolic variation within these fungi; and contribute to the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostics and management of mycotoxigenic fungi. The incumbent will be required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and provide supervision for support staff as assigned.

Please send the following announcement and link to your colleagues as appropriate.

The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research located in Peoria, IL is recruiting for a permanent scientist, Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist, GS-0401/0434/0440-12/13.

The Announcement opens, Monday, September 17, 2012, and will close on Monday, October 15, 2012. The link to the announcement is


Salary Range £28,200 – £40,720 per annum

Three year post

Applications are invited to join the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology located at the St Mary’s campus, Paddington. The department is based within a five star research institute equipped with the latest technologies and facilities. DIDE is arguably the largest grouping of infectious disease epidemiologists in the world with a very wide range of skills represented, from experimental studies on bacterial/fungal pathogens, through population genetics and infectious disease modelling to field work on emerging infectious disease. As such, the Department offers excellent research facilities and a friendly, intellectually stimulating, working environment.

Emerging fungal infections are attracting increasing scientific and policy interest as their impact on human and ecosystem health becomes more pronounced (see Nature 484 2012). This Research Associate post is funded by a 3-year MRC project grant, entitled ‘An evolutionary population genomics approach to determine the genetic basis of virulence in the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans‘, and seeks to understand the evolutionary basis underlying this pathogen’s emergence as a leading cause of human disease in Africa and South East Asia.

The post holder will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers that are using statistical genetic and functional genomic approaches to identify the patterns and processes that have led to contemporary distributions of genetic diversity for emerging pathogenic fungi, with a focus on Cryptococcus. The post-holder will have a key role in study design and will develop a state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipeline for assembling next-generation sequence data from a global panel of environmental and clinical Cryptococcus isolates. These data will be used for statistical genetic, phylodynamic and evolutionary analyses with the ultimate goal of defining the subset of genetic diversity that is associated with virulence and spatial-expansion of key lineages of Cryptococcus. Key responsibilities will be to develop cutting-edge approaches to managing large eukaryote population genomics datasets, and to liaise with our international collaborators in order to effectively share and curate genome-data.

The successful candidate will have a strong bioinformatic, evolutionary or statistical genetics background with a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant quantitative subject.

This post is a full time and fixed term until 31st July 2015.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Matthew Fisher (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please complete and upload an application form as directed.
Reference number: SM151-12
CLOSING DATE: 21 October 2012

Global Health/Infectious Disease
Georgetown University

The Department of Biology, Georgetown University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level commencing in August 2013.  We seek applicants whose research efforts are in the area of infectious disease, including those who are working on evolutionary aspects of infectious disease.  This position is expected to complement ongoing research and teaching efforts in global health at Georgetown University, including a graduate program in Global Infectious Disease and an undergraduate major in the Biology of Global Health.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester, mentor undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program. Department information can be found at  Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a detailed description of previous research accomplishments and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three or more references.  Application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format (preferred) to with Biology Application as subject.  We will begin review of applications on November 15, 2012.

*Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully
dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other
categories protected by law.*

Recent animal-associated fungal genome papers

The genomes of five dermatophyte fungi were sequenced and the analyses of their lifestyles presented in a new paper out in mBio in Martinez et al. 2012. The authors were able to identify gene family changes that associate with lifestyle changes including proteases that can degrade keratin suggesting how these species have adapted to obtaining nutrients from an animal host. The continued finding of fungal-specific kinase families in these fungi, extending the observations from previous studies in Coprinopsis and Paracoccidioides on the FunK1 kinase family, makes me hope we will some day get some molecular information on the specificity of these families in addition to these copy number observations.
Another paper published in Genome Research this summer from Emily Troemel‘s lab and the Broad Institute describes the sequencing of two microsporidia species that are natural parasites of Caenorhabditis.The paper reveals some suprising things about Microsporidia evolution including the presence of a clade-specific nucleoside H+ symporter which is only found in bacteria and some eukaryotes and not in any Fungi. The phyletic distribution suggested it was acquired more recently and couple from lateral gene transfer. This acquisition likely helps the microsporidia cells obtain nucleosides from the host since the parasite cannot synthesize these. There is also evidence of evolution of microsporidia-specific secretion signals in the hexokinases which may be a mechanism for delivery of these enzymes into host cells to catalyze rapid growth once inside the host. Many more gems in this paper including phylogenetic placement of the microsporidia from phylogenomic approaches (also see related recent work from Toni Gabaldon‘s lab).

End of Summer 2012, lots of fungal and microbial faculty jobs advertised

A few faculty jobs to post in case you hadn’t already seen these. Apparently working with Fungi can get you a job.

Via the MSA jobs board

UW Madison has an Assistant Professor of Mycology position advertised, with search closing September 15.

Cluster hires of 2 individuals in Fungal Evolution and an Assistant professor of Mycology at the University of Minnesota. It sounds like the cluster hire would really like someone with genomics and fungal biology so if you like reading this blog you might be a really good candidate though a whole range of research in fungi seems appropriate.

3 faculty positions in Molecular Microbology at Washington University in St Louis in the Molecular Microbiology department.

UC Berkeley’s IB department is recruiting for Ecology and Evolution of Infectious diseases applications due by Nov 1.

A faculty position in the Biofrontiers Institute at University of Colorado, Boulder is an interdisciplinary position where integrative approaches including computational biology and bioinformatics with deadline of November 1, 2012.  Also advertised are two positions in Evolutionary Biology at CU-Boulder in the EIBO department.