Innovative cluster hires in fungal biology at Univ of Minnesota


Cluster in Plant & Fungal Evolution:
Cluster hiring website:

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces up to two tenure-track positions in fungal biology at the assistant professor level with potential for hiring at the tenured associate level should outstanding candidates at this level be identified. This position will complement a faculty cluster focused on plant and fungal evolution. Research facilitating collaborations in evolutionary genomics, phylogenetic systematics, evolutionary ecology, molecular biology or cellular biology of fungi is of special interest. We welcome applicants working in any area of fungal biology and are particularly interested in those whose research explores the interface between organismal and genetic approaches to the study of evolutionary processes.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will develop a strong, extramurally funded research program investigating evolutionary processes in fungal systems, pursue a scholarly, innovative teaching program, advise undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research, and participate in professional service. Faculty positions at the University of Minnesota provide opportunities for collaboration between researchers in all disciplines, and involvement in several excellent graduate programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in fungal biology or a related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral experience
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Potential to initiate and sustain strong extramurally funded research program in fungal biology
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively and productively with other scientists
  • Evidence of potential to be an effective teacher and commitment to innovative teaching and student learning

Materials Required:

  • Letter of application/intent
  • CV
  • Names/contact information for three professional references
  • Statements of research and teaching

The deadline is November 1. There will also be searches in another college at UMN for 1-2 fungal biologists over the coming years so there is a strong culture of fungal biology continuing to grow in Minnesota (excuse the pun!).

Grad positions in Hawaii

Considering a PhD program for next year? Want to work in Hawaii with incredible diversity of species with a new lab that is interested in a variety of mycological mysteries in Microbial Diversity, Ecology and Evolution or Community Ecology? Then may I recommend you take a look at two new labs in the Botany department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, those of Dr Nicole Hynson and Dr Anthony Amend.

Dr Amend is interested in graduate students who would like to start in Fall 2013. His lab studies microbial communities and microbe-host interactions with recent projects on symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi and corals and fungi.

Dr Hynson’s work focuses on community ecology and studies the ecological factors that shape communities of plants and fungi and she is also accepting students to start in the Fall 2013.