Neurospora 2016 conference registration

A reminder the Neurospora conference will be held March 10-13, 2016 at scenic Asiomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. We look forward to seeing you there, at least 1/3 of the talks will come from submitted abstracts and there will be lots of room and time for discussions of research poster

Registration and Abstract Submission  are now open for submission. Abstract deadline is Jan 15, Early Bird registration deadline is December 31.


Postdoc: Early diverging fungi in the James lab at U. Michigan

The James Lab at the University of Michigan is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of single cell and comparative genomics. The research is centered on understanding the phylogeny, life cycles, and nutrition of early diverging fungi, including the Zygomycetes, Cryptomycetes, and Chytridiomycetes through genomic analyses. The ultimate goals of the project are to produce a well-resolved phylogeny of the basal branches of the fungal kingdom, to identify key evolutionary events associated with diversification and reproduction, and to use genomics to predict ecological roles of uncultured lineages. A major component of the work will be to develop or improve methods for sequencing genomes and transcriptomes using single or few cells or genome assembly using metagenomic approaches. This work will involve collaborations with the ZyGOLife research network ( and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The projects are supported by NSF and two JGI Community Sequencing Projects.

The ideal candidate will be skilled in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and cultivation/microscopy of fungi. Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in both bioinformatics and molecular biology. Possible duties include environmental sampling, cell sorting (FACS, micromanipulation), microscopy, genome assembly and annotation, and comparative analyses of genome evolution. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduates or research associates will be provided. The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension to a second year pending performance review.

Our lab ( pursues diverse projects in mycology, and the environment is conducive to development of a pathway to independence in academic research. The lab is in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (, which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

Interested applicants should email Tim James ( with a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.

Outreach position for FungiDB/EuPathDB

Dear Colleague – 

The Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Resource ( is searching for suitable candidates for a full-time outreach staff position. EuPathDB has long provided support for protozoan parasite researchers, but the recent integration of FungiDB brings many new communities on board.  The EuPathDB outreach team is therefore looking to grow, with particular interest in fungal biology expertise.

The ideal candidate would be a recent molecular genetics / genomics post-doc with expertise in one or more experimental systems, and excellent communications skills.  EuPathDB databases including FungiDB provide users with the ability to integrate and explore diverse data types: not just genome sequences, but also polymorphisms, transcriptomics & proteomics data, chromatin marks, metabolic pathways, comparative genomics datasets etc … and the outreach team is responsible for ensuring that bench scientists around the world can make effective use of these data, through workshops, meeting presentations, webinars, on-line tutorials, publications, etc.  Responsibilities also include keeping up with the relevant research literature, and working closely with supported communities to define targeted areas for curatorial effort, and high priority datasets for inclusion in the database.

This job is an exciting opportunity for the right person, with good pay and long-term career prospects.  The successful candidate could be based in Philadelphia PA, Athens GA or Liverpool UK, and will work closely with a dynamic and collaborative team of ~30, including curators & annotators, data loaders, systems & database administrators, software developers, web site designers, data analysis specialists, and other outreach staff members.  Applications may be submitted to or (the Liverpool application has not yet been posted, but will be soon).  Questions may also be directed to EuPathDB Director of Scientific Outreach Omar Harb, at