Junior Professorship for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi

Goethe-University Frankfurt, Department of Biosciences,

Institute of Molecular Biosciences invites applications for the following position: JUnior Professorship (W1) for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi 

We are seeking a scientist with research activities complementary to the activities in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research”. The newly established priority program brings together scientists from four hessian universities and a Leibnitz Institute, all working in different areas of mycology ranging from fungal biodiversity, molecular biology and genomics to applied aspects of fungal biotechnology and biochemistry.  Possible areas of research could be biochemistry and biotechnology of ribosomal peptides, alkaloids, unusual amino acids, or sugars in fungi, the production of biotechnologically relevant products in fungal model organisms (like Aspergillus, Penicillium, Yarrowia or Rhodotorula), or fungal cultivation technologies.  Candidates must have an excellent publication track record. The successful applicant is expected to engage in crossdisciplinary research activities, as well as to compete for research funding actively. Willingness to participate in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research” is expected.

The position comes with adequate administrative and teaching obligations within the Institute of Molecular Biosciences.  The junior professor will be hired for a period of three years.  An extension for another three years can be granted subject to a successful evaluation. The designated salary for the position is based on “W1” on the German university scale. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/aktuelles/ausschreibung/professuren/index.html.  Qualified scientists are invited to submit their applications accompanied by the usual information, such as CV, degrees and certificates, list of publications, details about teaching and international experience, information on grant applications and a concept for future research and teaching within three weeks of publication of this announcement. Please send applications preferentially by E-Mail in a single PDF file to the Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences,

Prof. Dr. Anna Starzinski-Powitz, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Maxvon- Laue-Straße 9, 60438 Frankfurt/M. Germany, E-Mail dekanat1[AT]@bio.uni-frankfurt.de.

Details regarding the LOEWE priority program “Integrative Fungal Research” can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Helge B. Bode (h.bode[AT]bio.uni-frankfurt.de) or Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (thines[AT]bio.uni-frankfurt.de).

Postdoctoral Researcher, Boxwood Blight

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study the interaction between boxwood plants and the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata (syn. Cylindrocladium buxicola) using microscopic bio-imaging and transcriptomic investigations.

The incumbent will generate strains of fluorescent protein-labeled C. pseudonaviculata and inoculate susceptible and non-susceptible boxwood plants to evaluate the infection process and fungal development in planta. Available bio-imaging platforms will include digital light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, variable pressure and low temperature scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the Oxford X-ray Diffraction System for qualitative and quantitative identification of chemical elements. The incumbent will simultaneously generate RNA-Seq data from the host/pathogen interaction to develop hypotheses related to the colonization of hosts by this pathogen.

The position is based on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, D.C. The incumbent will work under the guidance of Dr. Jo Anne Crouch at the Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratories and in collaboration with Dr. Gary Bauchan at the on-site core Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit. The Crouch lab is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-state collaboration between the USDA-ARS, the U.S. National Arboretum, the IR-4 Project, and eleven university and experiment station research groups, working in cooperation with the nursery industry in an integrated, coordinated effort toward the common goal of understanding and mitigating boxwood blight disease.
* Qualifications *
This position requires a recent (within 4 years) Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, molecular biology or a closely related field that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge of fungal transformation, advanced microscopy techniques, biostatistics and transcriptome analysis are desirable. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output and a strong publication record are required.

* Terms of Appointment and Application Instructions *
This is a two-year appointment, at the GS-11 level (starting salary $62,467).

Citizenship restrictions apply. Eligible Foreign Nationals must meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under “Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment” at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm.

Visit the following website for instructions on how to apply for the position: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/331850000.

Informal inquiries are welcome: Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, joanne.crouch[AT]ars.usda.gov
ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.