All posts by Jason Stajich

Assistant Professor at UC Riverside

Postdoc positions UMich

Bridging Positions in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

The University of Michigan Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (https://lsa.umich.edu/eeb) invites applicants for two bridging postdoctoral programs: the Literature, Science, and the Arts Collegiate Fellows Program (LCFP) and the U­M Presidential Post­doctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). Faculty members in EEB have successful records of providing a nurturing and productive postdoctoral experience through these programs. We are especially interested in future colleagues who engage in research in the fields of 1.) plant biodiversity or 2.) population and evolutionary genetics (with an emphasis on theoretical approaches).

The University of Michigan Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology views these postdoctoral fellowships as providing an exceptional opportunity to recruit potential new faculty to the University by offering the possibility of either a postdoc alone or a combined postdoc and tenure track faculty appointment.

N.B. Applications for the LCFP and PPFP open September 1. In addition to the materials required by both programs, applicants should submit their materials directly to EEB by October 1.

Eligibility

• Ph.D. in a relevant field

• Demonstrated potential for high scholarly impact

• Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience (as a student or professional)

• A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Candidates with tenure track appointments are not favored in the selection process unless there

is a clear explanation of how an award to the candidate would further the goals of the LCFP or PPFP

How to Apply:

  1. Send materials to the LCFP (https://lsa.umich.edu/ncid/fellowships­awards/lsa­collegiate­ postdoctoral­fellowship.html) and/or PPFP http://presidentspostdoc.umich.edu/#) via their respective online applications, and
  2. Send materials electronically to EEB by emailing Molly Hunter at mollyiz@umich.edu.

https://lsa.umich.edu/content/dam/eeb-assets/eeb-documents/bridging_position_combined_ad.pdf

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

Postdoctoral Positions in the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (Tri-I MMPTP) at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University

The Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program is seeking Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants.  This program was founded in 2004 and has been continuously funded by an NIH/NIAID T32 training grant over the past 15 years, and was renewed recently for a fourth five year funding period.  Two fellowship positions are available as of August 1, 2019 or thereafter.  The program funds both basic and clinical fellows working on all aspects of mycology encompassing model fungi, plant pathogenic fungi, and human pathogenic fungi.  Areas of interest span DNA repair and recombination in model yeasts, virulence of human and plant fungal pathogens, antifungal drug targets and mechanisms of action and therapeutic development, evolution of fungi, and clinical infectious diseases, among others. The program is tri-institutional and features training mentors in all thematic areas throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and supports fellows at all three institutions.  The program is co-directed by Joe Heitman, Andy Alspaugh, and Bill Steinbach, and supports career development through a series of ongoing activities including a monthly lunch meeting series, annual symposia, travel awards to meeting and courses, and regular meetings with scientific advisory committee members and visiting speakers including advisory board members.  The program has an illustrious group of alumni (some are listed below), many of whom are leaders in medical mycology or with leadership positions in pharma, industry, and government/NIH. Women and individuals representing diversity in science are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program co-directors and send a letter of interest, cv, reprints, and references. Further information at the program website: https://mmptp.mgm.duke.edu/

Many program alumni are excelling in independent positions: Robert Cramer (Dartmouth),  Brian Smith (Duke), Michael Price (Liberty University), Kirsten Nielsen (University of Minnesota), Crystal Icenhour (CEO Aperiomics), Xiaorong Lin (University of Georgia), Alex Idnurm (University of Melbourne), Marianela Rodriguez-Carres (BASF-RTP), Jarrod Fortwendel (University of Tennessee), Josh Burgess (Epicentre), Min Ni (Regeneron), Wenjun Li (NCBI), Richard Festa (Irvine Scientific), Soo Chan Lee (University of Texas, San Antonio), Xuying Wang (GlaxoSmithKline), Jelena Catania (University of Central Florida College), Ryoko Oono (UC Santa Barbara), and Chelsea Boyd (NIH/NIAID).

Please send application materials to Joseph Heitman at heitm001@duke.edu, Andy Alspaugh at Andrew.alspaugh@duke.edu, and Bill Steinbach at bill.steinbach@duke.edu

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.

Time to register for Fungal Genetics

It is time to get excited for that biennial gathering of fungal geneticists, mycologists, and generally scientists who study fungal biology at many scales from communities to molecules. Registration is open for 30th Fungal Genetics Conference held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.  The abstract submission deadline is December 5 and that is also the early registration deadline (save money!). 

I look forward to this meeting as it is a chance to hear about the latest work on fungi from genetics, genomics, molecular biology, evolution, medical mycology, and molecular ecology. Personally it was the meeting I first attended as a graduate student where I built so many collaborations, was introduced to mentors, and established friendships that have carried me in my career. It also is an important meeting to get the pulse of what are the trends in technology and molecular techniques that are can improve the way research questions are framed and tested. 
The program schedule and list of invited talks and session topics is posted here and there will be more talks chosen from submitted abstracts as well as multiple poster sessions to hear about and share your work.

 So go register!

Postdoc: Bioinformatics for Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics, UC Davis, California

BACKGROUND

The Stergiopoulos lab at the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California Davis is seeking for a highly skilled and motivated post-doc in the field of fungal genomics and transcriptomics. The lab studies the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis on plants with an emphasis on characterizing computationally and by functional analyses critical molecular and cellular functions required for virulence. As part of our studies we use a systems-level approach that integrates comparative genomics, genome-wide transcriptome profiling, targeted proteomics, and functional analysis of selective gene candidates to study the mechanisms that control gene expression and transcriptome diversity of fungal virulence associated genes.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The successful candidate will work on sequencing using cutting-edge next- generation sequencing technologies and assembling at the chromosome level the genomes of important fungal pathogens of agronomic importance as well as mining these genomes for candidate pathogenicity genes. The candidate is also expected to analyze and mine dual RNAseq data of compatible plant- pathogen interactions that are already available in the lab. The position will become available in January 2019 and is initially for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UC Davis pay-scales. UC Davis provides a highly vibrant intellectual atmosphere, a pleasant college environment and career development activities specifically designed for post-doctoral scholars.

EXPERIENCE
Highly motivated candidates with an interest in applying cutting-edge next- generation sequencing-based technologies to host-microbe interactions research are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should have received recently a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computational biology or related fields. A strong record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications as well as experience in analyzing high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics data is a plus for this position. Candidates should also be proficient in at least one of the common programming languages used in bioinformatics (C, C++, Java etc.) and have excellent verbal and written communication skills

APPLICATION
Interested candidates should send to Prof. Ioannis Stergiopoulos (istergiopoulos@ucdavis.edu) a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, their full CV, a statement of research interests, and contact information of three references.

http://sterg001.wixsite.com/stergiopoulos-lab

PDF of the job announcement UC Davis_Postdoc in Fungal Genomics and Transcriptomics

Job: Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology, Cal State Chico

Chico-state-logoThe Department of Biological Sciences is searching for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to start August 21, 2019. California State University, Chico seeks faculty who are competent in their field, collaborative with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success.

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a PhD in microbiology or a related field, with a specialization in prokaryotic or eukaryotic (protist or fungal) pathogens. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered; however all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than August 21, 2019. A demonstrated ability or potential to establish externally-funded research, a record of publication, and a strong interest in teaching excellence and enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research are also required. The successful candidate should provide evidence of their commitment to or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

https://jobs.csuchico.edu/postings/5093

Job: USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Salinas, CA

USDA-ARSThe USDA-ARS lab in Salinas, California has a permanent scientist positions open to work on Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. The position will support regional agricultural production, which in the Salinas Valley alone has a value in excess of $4.8 billion per year. Historically researchers at our location have enjoyed strong support from our regional agricultural producers. Our location is 2 hours south of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur area. Hiring level is at a GS-12 or GS-13 (Salary range of $88,582 to $136,969 per year)

As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Develop and test biological and/or chemical control measures for the soilborne fungal pathogens affecting strawberry production with emphasis on Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina;
  • Apply metagenomic approaches based on next generation sequencing to characterize soil microbial communities associated with infected and healthy strawberries;
  • Conduct population analyses of Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina affecting strawberry through molecular and microbiology based studies;
  • Screen and evaluate plant genetic resistance against Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina; and
  • Develop or improve diagnostic tests for both Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina.

Additional details about the position (ARS-D18W-0156) may be found at the website www.usajobs.gov
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Job: Department Head, Microbiology, University of Georgia

Department Head in Microbiology at the University of Georgia

(Mycologists encouraged to apply!)

UGA MicrobiologyThe Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia is recruiting an outstanding researcher and academic leader for a tenured faculty position as Professor and Head in Fall 2019. We seek a creative and dynamic individual who will lead us into the future as one of the nation’s premier microbiology departments, recognized for innovative and outstanding teaching and research programs and vigorous community involvement. Candidates with research interests that expand or complement existing departmental strengths are particularly encouraged, but all outstanding applicants will be carefully considered. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology or a related field, a well-funded research program, a scholarship record consistent with appointment as a tenured full professor, and demonstrated potential for leadership. In addition to leadership, the successful candidate will be expected to continue a strong extramurally funded research program and contribute to teaching in the Department. A competitive salary and ample resources will be provided.

The Department is housed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and has established strengths in research areas that are unified by their focus on understanding and/or applying the fundamental biology of microorganisms (see http://mib.uga.edu/). The Department administers a vigorous graduate training program, currently with 73 Ph.D. students, and has an important role in undergraduate education in microbiology across campus. The candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to enhancing excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate training. Our Department provides a link among numerous centers of excellence on campus that share a common association with fundamental research in microbes including the Center for Vaccines and Immunology, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and the Center for Topical and Emerging Global Diseases. Our 18 full- time tenure-track faculty are joined by 22 faculty affiliates from diverse departments, making for a rich community of microbiologists on campus.

The University of Georgia is a research-intensive land-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, bioinformatics and cell biology. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta and its spectrum of cultural and mercantile resources, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its classical history and cultural diversity (http://www.visitathensga.com).

Interested candidates should submit application materials both to http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/32010 and as a single pdf document to microheadsearch@uga.edu. Each pdf application should include a letter of interest highlighting your leadership vision with respect to research, education, and administration, a full curriculum vitae, and names of a minimum of three referees. The search committee will begin its review of applications on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Christopher West, at westcm@uga.edu.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).  Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

PDF of advertisement: UGA Microbiology Head Ad

Job: Assistant Professor Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

UW LogoThe Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department.

See PDF of Advertisement UW-Madison-Potato Pathology and text below

Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant biology, microbiology, entomology, or related discipline required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Candidates with a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others, will be sought for this position.

Position Summary: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This faculty position is an academic nine-month appointment.

Principal Duties: This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department. The incumbent will have access to rich intellectual, as well as infrastructural resources, with their administrative association with the nationally renowned Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program (WSPCP). The position carries an approximate 70% research, 20% teaching, 10% administrative distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment (with opportunity to fund summer salary through other sources). An advisory group will support the incumbent in directing the WSPCP in initial years.

Focus areas could address various aspects of potato pathology, including, but not limited to: diagnostics; infection biology including plant defense mechanisms; ecology, epidemiology, genomics, or population genetics of pathogens relevant to seed potato production; and systems biology of seed potato production. We expect the incumbent to develop a program that bridges fundamental and translational research. Collaboration is expected with colleagues specializing in horticulture, microbiology, entomology, and related disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally-funded research program while teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching may include an introductory undergraduate biology and/or plant pathology course, and/or a senior capstone or graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Additional Information: The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts outstanding graduate students and offers high quality research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and in Rhinelander, WI, at the Lelah Starks Elite Seed Potato Farm. The successful candidate will join a thriving community of potato researchers and extension specialists locally and nationally. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

Anticipated begin date: July 1, 2019

Apply via Jobs@UW. Application materials to be submitted include: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) one PDF document with statements of teaching and research interests; 4) one PDF document containing copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and 5) contact information for three references.

Applications received by January 1, 2019, will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the position search committee chair, Dr. Amanda Gevens at Email: gevens@wisc.edu. Phone: 608-575-3029
1630 Linden Drive, 689 Russell Laboratories, Madison, WI 53706-1598

Feedback, questions or accessibility issues: ohrwebmaster@ohr.wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.