Postdoc: genome evolution of mycoheterotrophic plants.

 Naturalis has a position for a Postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Vincent Merckx

 We seek a postdoctoral fellow for a 12-month project on the genome evolution of mycoheterotrophic plants. The project will employ next-generation sequencing techniques for de novo  genome and transcriptome assembly of achlorophyllous mycoheterotrophic flowering plants. There will be a strong focus on genome assembly and genome comparison to dectect common genetic patterns in the evolution of mycoheterotrophy.

Full advert is here: Postdoc_Merckx

More information:
Twitter: @VMerckx

Postdoc: Leibniz-IGB Berlin — Aquatic Fungi Genomics Ecology

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2 Postdocs and 2 PhD Studentships
Biodiversity, Ecology, and Genomics of Aquatic Fungi

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany ( and one of 8 member institutes of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V ( IGB offers world-class laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research and is a founding member of the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research. The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) brings together scientific competence from agricultural science, geo- and biosciences to socio-economics (

Fungi are of central importance for the global carbon cycle because of their role in the degration of complex organic matter such as plant material. Fungi also represent one of the last frontiers of biodiversity, as their taxonomic diversity and metabolic potential remain poorly understood. This is particularly true for those fungi that are abundant in freshwaters. MycoLink (Linking aquatic mycodiversity to ecosystem function) is an interdisciplinary project integrating the expertise of 4 Leibniz Institutes: IGB, ZALF, DSMZ, the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), and the Leibniz-Institute of Zoo- and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW). We are seeking to recruit outstanding young scientists to establish an innovative research program, and currently invite applications for:

2 Postdocs and 2 PhD Students in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Genomics of Aquatic Fungi

2 positions (1 PostDoc, 1 PhD student) will focus on global biodiversity and evolutionary genomics of freshwater fungi, using second- and third-generation sequencing and bioinformatics to analyse natural populations and experimental cultures. For further information, contact Michael T. Monaghan (

2 positions (1 PostDoc, 1 PhD student) will focus on the ecological and functional role of aquatic fungi by combining state-of-the-art biochemical analyses with modeling in experimental and natural ecosystems. For fruther information, contact Hans-Peter Grossart & Katrin Premke (;

Applicants must hold a Diploma / Masters degree (PhD student positions) or PhD (Postdoc positions) in a relevant field. Positions are available for up to three years. Salary is according to the German TvöD (Postdoc: 100%, PhD student: 65% position). Positions will be based at IGB Berlin, IGB Neuglobsow, and at the Berlin Centre for Genomics in Biodiversity
Research. The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists. Therefore, female candidates are specifically encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualification will be preferentially selected.

Please submit a curriculum vitae (including publication list), a brief statement of motivation and research interests, and the names and contact information of two referees.

Please send all documents as a single pdf file to Review of the applications will start on 21 February 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in March.

Postdoc: Fusarium dieback disease

Description: A postdoctoral researcher position is available to research Fusarium
dieback disease associated with the invasive ambrosia beetle polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB, Euwallacea sp.). These agents cause branch dieback and tree mortality on
avocado and other hosts in southern California. Research focus will be on the
identification, biology, epidemiology and control of fungal pathogens associated with the
Qualifications: Applicant with a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, microbiology or
related fields will be considered. Candidates should be skilled in molecular and field
techniques, possess expertise in disease diagnostics, and demonstrate the ability to
conduct research projects independently from initiation to completion. Candidate must
also demonstrate the ability to work effectively with undergraduate assistants,
technicians, and other researchers and graduate students in the lab.
Annual Salary: Salary in commensurate with qualifications and experience.
 Please submit a curriculum vitae, a brief description of previous experiences in
relation to future interests, and contact information of three references.

Please send information to:
Dr. Akif Eskalen
Tel (951) 827 3499
232 Fawcett Laboratory
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
University of California
Riverside CA, 92521