Postdoc: Mycology And/or Fungal Ecology of New Zealand’s truffle-like fungi

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated researcher with
a strong interest in mycology and or fungal ecology.

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

About The Opportunity

The purpose of this role is to lead and undertake research as part of
a Marsden Fund project aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the
evolutionary history and dispersal ecology of New Zealand’s trufflelike
fungi

Specifically the role will require the successful candidate to plan
and undertake fieldwork collect and analyse field-based evidence
of animal-fungi interactions measure and analyse adaptive traits
scent spectral reflectance in trufflelike fungi and perform spatial
trait-mapping of trufflelike fungi

This position is fixed-term three years and may be based at our Auckland
or Lincoln sites

About You

You will possess a PhD in ecology or a similar field a strong interest
in mycology and or fungal ecology and a research background relevant to
one or more of the following topics ecological interactions coevolution
fungi adaptation and dispersal sensory ecology animal behaviour

You will be enthusiastic and willing to learn new techniques and have
experience organising and leading fieldwork in remote places

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and a solid
publishing record relative to opportunity

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land our future this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research exists

At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving
New Zealand s rich biodiversity improving biosecurity and protecting
the health of the land fresh water and soil resources we need for a
prosperous future.

We recognise the importance of partnerships the special role of Màori
and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge
understanding and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious
environment.

We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our
research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive
and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique
contribution

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Jamie Wood
<woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz>

For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research visit our
website www.landcareresearch.co.nz

Applications close on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5pm NZT
https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/NGk29/Post-Doctoral-Researcher-Ecology-,38246.html

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Woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz

Postdoc: Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security – NC State

 Position Description 

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate for two years beginning in the summer of 2020. The postdoctoral associate will join a research team of faculty in the cluster for Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security (EPDGFS) across four colleges and work on a project funded but the Plant Sciences Initiative https://cals.ncsu.edu/psi/ at NC State. 

The postdoctoral associate will work with faculty in the EPDGFS to develop, test and deploy innovative in-field microneedle (MN) and volatile organic compound (VOC) sensors for early plant disease surveillance on tomato. We will deploy a cost-effective sensor platform for monitoring plant pathogens using volatile organic compounds and MN-based LAMP assays that are signatures for disease or abiotic stress. Data from sensors will be collected from controlled inoculated plants in the phytotron and sequential inoculations. We will target important fungal (Alternaria linariae), oomycete (Phytopthora infestans), bacterial (Xanthomonas perforans) and viral (Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-TSWV) pathogens and their vectors on tomatoes and test the technology in laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments. 

Qualifications – Education, experience, licensure etc. 

A PhD degree is required with expertise in plant pathology, evolution and population genetics and modeling of fungal or oomycete pathogens. Required: A basic understanding of plant pathology, epidemiology, evolution and population’s genetics, modeling and pathogen diagnostics is important. Field and greenhouse experience with plants is required. Skills and experience using next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics software tools to study evolutionary relationships of the detected pathogens is desired. 

Applicants from a variety of disciplines (e.g., plant pathology, plant biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology or genetics) are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must have a good command of qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in epidemiology, population genetics and ecology and understand how sensors can be deployed in the field. 

Department Required Skills 

Preferred Years’ Experience, Skills, Training, and Education: A PhD in related discipline and experience in the laboratory and field for at least five years post undergraduate. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Finally, applicants must have received their doctoral degree by the start date. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and plus health insurance. 

Other Work/Responsibilities: The postdoctoral associate will work as part of a team with a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and other faculty in the cluster 

to develop, trouble shoot and validate the sensors for oomycete, fungi and bacteria and viruses on plants. 

Basis for request: This is a new project funded by the Plant Science Initiative at NC State 

Primary Function of Organizational Unit 

The postdoctoral associate will be a member of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology but will work with faculty in the “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster” at NC State. They will be housed in Jean Ristainos’s lab in 2503 Thomas Hall. 

During their training, postdoctoral associate will receive close mentoring from several cluster program faculty. They will attend seminars and meetings, present their research at national research conferences, write papers, and hone their skills in specific methodological techniques. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will gain practical experience by helping to plan and run a large research project and by supervising graduate and undergraduate student research assistants. 

To Apply: An application at the NC State employment website is required which can be found at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/132174 Posting number PG190174PD. In addition, a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and two publications or papers should be submitted by email before May 31. Your letter of interest must detail how your skills and interests match specific opportunities provided by the post-doctoral fellowship. Anticipated start date is August 2020. Send inquires to Dr. Jean Ristaino jean_ristaino@ncsu.edu

NC State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities.