Postdoc: suppressive soil microbiomes, Univ Minnesota

Post-doctoral researcher position:  Two, three-year post-doctoral positions are available in the Kinkel laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  We are seeking post-doctoral scientists to work on two new project studying the factors the mediate the composition and functional capacities of soil microbiomes to support plant productivity.  One project utilizes a unique, long-term, 5-species crop monoculture experiment to test predictions of a mechanistic model for the development of disease-suppressive microbiomes.  The second project explores variation in the coevolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes in response to diverse treatments.  Both projects will integrate data on microbial community composition (amplicon sequencing), microbial functional characteristics (using culture-based approaches), and analyses of soil chemical characteristics, including carbon profiles, to evaluate ecological and evolutionary factors that mediate the pathogen-suppressive and other functional capacities of soil microbiomes.  This research will contribute to the development of novel strategies for managing soil microbiomes for enhanced crop productivity. 

Preferred Qualifications:Familiarity with fundamental concepts in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant pathology, and microbiology; experience with microbiome analyses using sequence-based approaches, and microbial culturing; experience with programming using R and/or Python; willingness to interact broadly with diverse scientists in a fast-paced laboratory setting; ability to work independently, to accomplish goals, and to meet deadlines. 

Salary: Starting salary, $48,426 annually, commensurate with experience.

Application instructions:   Individuals should apply through the University of Minnesota website: (https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job) Job ID# 327351 & Job ID# 328479.  Any questions, please contact Linda Kinkel (kinkel@umn.edu).  

GradStudent: Two open PhD Positions in Evolutionary Genetics of Fungal Host-shifts

We are seeking candidates to fill two fully funded PhD positions for a period of 3 years in the Applied Evolutionary Ecology research group lead by Henrik H. De Fine Licht at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/organismal_biology/aee/).

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic graduate students to work with insect-pathogenic fungal genetics, evolution and ecology. We specifically aim to explore how phenotypic plasticity and epigenetic modifications influence the evolution of fungal pathogen host shifts using insect-pathogenic fungi as a model. The project will explore gene transcription profiles and epigenetic modification of artificial fungal host-shift events created in the lab, coupled with phenotypic changes in growth and virulence of fungal pathogens. Further scientific background information can be found in the recent paper by De Fine Licht (PLoS Pathogens 14(5): e1006961). The successful PhD students will thus obtain competences within insect-fungus interactions, fungal genomics and transcriptomics, and applied bioinformatics. We are looking for candidates with experience in any or all of the following areas: Fungal pathogen biology, mycological techniques, molecular genetic laboratory techniques, and computational analysis of genomic sequence data. Most importantly, the successful candidates are enthusiastic, have a good grasp of evolutionary biology and are interested in host-pathogen evolution.

The project is funded by a Danish Research Council Sapere Aude Starting Grant and involves researchers at University of Copenhagen and University of Maryland (USA). The PhD students will be supervised by Associate Professor Henrik H. De Fine Licht and co-supervised by Associate Professor Nicolai V. Meyling.

To apply, please first contact Henrik H. De Fine Licht (Email: hhdefinelicht@plen.ku.dk, include subject-line in email: “PhD student fungal host-shift genetics”). This way, Henrik H. De Fine Licht and the potential applicant can discuss the formal application and requirements (e.g. applicants with English as second language need to provide a copy of a specific English test score sheet and the documentation of academic degrees obtained (diplomas) must be in English/officially approved translation to English) before submission. The deadline for formal application is 1 April 2019, so contact Henrik H. De Fine Licht as soon as possible if you are interested.