Postdoc: U Minnesota Microbial Ecology & Evolution

The May research group at the University of Minnesota seeks to hire two to three post-doctoral associates in the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. Successful applicants will work on an experimental project with global reach as part of a team of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spanning the University of Minnesota’s departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Pathology. The appointment is for one year (with potential for renewal), to begin as soon as possible. The scientific goal of these positions is to examine the abiotic and biotic predictors and functional significance of fungal, bacterial, and viral symbionts of plant hosts, and determine plant microbiome effects on disease transmission. Experiments will encompass scales ranging from individual hosts and local host communities to regional and global bioclimatic and soil gradients. Projects will include quantification of bacterial, fungal, and viral communities within hosts using high-throughput sequencing and manipulative experiments in both the field and lab to examine the effects of the plant-associated microbial community on host fecundity and pathogen resistance, and on microbial fitness and transmission. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with mathematical modelers to use empirically-derived parameter values and test predictive models. We are particularly interested in applicants with metagenomics or organismal expertise in microbial biology and training in community ecology or evolutionary biology. Successful applicants will have experience and ability in laboratory techniques necessary for high-throughput sequencing and quantitative skills for manipulating and analyzing metagenomic or ecological datasets. A conceptual overview of the larger project is described in Borer et al.2013 (found at:

Questions about these positions should be addressed to Dr. Georgiana May (

Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2013. Apply for this position (Requisition #188311) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website:

Job: Evolutionary Genomics, San Diego State University


We seek a creative, productive evolutionary biologist with research strengths in eukaryotic genomics or genetics. We are especially interested in candidates who use innovative experimental, computational and/or comparative approaches. Research area is open to studies of all eukaryotic organisms. Candidates should have post-doctoral experience and a strong record of research accomplishments and funding. The successful candidate should also display a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities will include participation in undergraduate genetics and evolutionary biology courses, and additional courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The successful candidate will participate in the MS and PhD programs in Evolutionary Biology and may also participate in the department’s MS and PhD programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, and Ecology.

Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf comprising a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching interest, and three representative publications to (Andrew Bohonak, Chair, c/o Medora Bratlien). Applicants must request that three letters of recommendation be sent electronically, directly to the search committee. Review of applications will begin 16 December 2013, and will
continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed full consideration. For the full job ad see:
SDSU is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

See the job advert PDF: SDSU_EvolGeneticsGenomics

2014 Neurospora conferences

The 2014 Neurospora conference at Asilomar conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA will be held March 6-9, 2014. Registration is now open and a large proportion of the talks will be chosen from the abstracts. Deadline for registration is Dec 31, 2013 but sign up soon to get your preferred housing.

The  Neurospora satellite meeting will be held just prior to the 2014 European Fungal Genetics conference in Seville, Spain.  Additional the 11th International Aspergillus Meeting (Asperfest), and meetings for each of Fusarium, Dothideomycete, Colletotrichum and Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative will be held just prior to or after the conference. Sign up soon (before 16-Decemeber) to receive reduced participation fees.

Job: Evolutionary Genomics at McMaster University

The Biology Department at McMaster University seeks an outstanding scientist in the field of functional genetics or genomics for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The ideal candidate will integrate the genetic or molecular basis of biological function across levels of organization (molecular, cellular, physiological, or organismal). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, comparative and/or environmental genomics, epigenetics, the genetic basis of quantitative traits, phenotypic plasticity, and stress biology. The ideal applicant will have interests suited to interacting across multiple research groups in the department.

McMaster University is a research-intensive institution in Canada, and faculty in the Biology Department have diverse interests, with particular strengths in molecular genetics, genomics, mathematical and computational biology, microbiology, and environmental physiology ( We have a vibrant and interactive department with strong links to the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and Anthropology. The successful candidate will receive a competitive start-up package and benefit from many resources at McMaster including the Sharcnet computer cluster (, the Center for Microbial Chemical Biology (, the Biointerfaces Institute (, the McMaster Biophotonics Facility (, the Origins Institute (

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, a culturally diverse city of ~500,000 people, which is roughly equidistant between Toronto and Buffalo, New York. Hamilton city offers a great quality of life and is experiencing a post-industrial revival. Resources include easy access to natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Peninsula, and Algonquin Provincial Park, an expanding network of bike paths, seasonal climate, and a burgeoning food and nightlife scene.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrated record of high-impact research. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research accomplishments and directions, and arrange for three individuals to send letters of support separately. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2013 with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014. Materials should be sent electronically to the Biology Faculty Search committee, c/o Kathy Greaves ( Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Roger Jacobs, Chair of Biology (

Originally posted at EvolDir

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis (University of Florida)

Postdoc: Insect-Fungus Symbiosis

Do you have experience with any of the following:

  • diversity and genetics of fungi
  • high-throughput marker-based community surveys
  • next-gen sequencing library preparation

Do you want to work in one of the best-to-live-in towns in America?

Join our growing Symbiology team at the University of Florida to study the Ambrosia Symbiosis: beetles that farm fungus gardens to kill and digest trees.

Please send your CV to Jiri Hulcr,
Application deadline: December 10, 2013

Jiri Hulcr, Assistant Professor
University of Florida | School of Forest Resources and Conservation