All posts by Jason Stajich

Assistant Professor at UC Riverside

Job: Assistant Professor of Mycology, Oregon State University

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of fungal biology / mycology. The area of research specialization is open and includes ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics of fungi.. The successful candidate will serve as Curator of the OSU Mycological Herbarium, and will teach Mycology in the Botany and Plant Pathology program and one course in Biological Data Sciences, an undergraduate major currently being developed.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) focuses on fundamental aspects of plant and fungal biology, and translation of that knowledge to address important societal issues. Research interests encompass plant health, plant function, plant-microbe and -insect interactions, plant and microbial genomics and computational biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. BPP is also the primary research and extension unit within OSU addressing diseases of economically important plants crops in Oregon, and plant diseases of worldwide signifi¬cance. BPP is in the College of Agricultural Sciences, one of Oregon’s principal sources of knowledge relating to food, agricultural, and natural resource systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, biodiversity, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities.

https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/63492

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Postdoc: Computational Transcriptomics. Massey University (NZ)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Transcriptomics with Professor Barry Scott, Massey University, New Zealand

We are looking for a computational biologist with the necessary academic training and competency to analyse a large transcriptome data set generated from endophyte infected grass tissue. The project is collaborative with Professor Christopher Schardl at the University of Kentucky and Professor Murray Cox at Massey University. We are interested in identifying genes that are differentially expressed during the onset of stromata (sexual stage) development on the grass host. We have isolated RNA from different tissues of three different fungal-grass associations. We have gene models for the fungal components of all three associations but gene models for just one host. The post doc will be expected to develop their own hypotheses in analyzing this very large data set and work with a wider group working on the genomics, transcriptomics and functional analysis of fungal-grass associations. The analytical position requires solid quantitative and computational skills, with the ability to develop and apply new bioinformatics applications to the analyses.  At a minimum, some confidence in bioinformatics and a programming language is required. Training in fungal biology or genomics can be provided as needed, and candidates from non-standard research backgrounds with a clear fit to the position are encouraged to apply.

Funding is available for just one year from a research sub-contract with the Bioprotection Research Centre to Massey University. Salaries are competitive starting at $69,841 for step 1 of the post-doctoral scale.

The position will be based with Professor Barry Scott at Massey University in the city of Palmerston North.
Please email if you have any further questions: d.b.scott@massey.ac.nz

PDF of job ad: Post doc in computational biology

To submit an application, please provide:

  1.  A brief statement of research interests and experience, focusing on short to medium term
    career goals and your fit for this position
  2. Curriculum vitae, including qualifications and scientific publications
  3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request

Closing Date: to be readvertised

JOB DESCRIPTION
Purpose Statement: To carry out individual and team-based research on changes in gene expression associated with the onset of endophyte sexual development on grass hosts.

Responsible To: The Head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences through Professor Barry Scott

Key Accountability Areas:
The Fellow is required to:

  • Undertake computational research on fungal transcriptomics
  • Undertake other relevant duties as specified and approved by the Principal Investigator
  • Maintain accurate and orderly records of experiments, procedures and code, and store these records and data in the laboratory group archive.
  • Report weekly to the Principal Investigator summarizing research progress and planned future research, with a focus on work towards research publications
  • Publish at least one peer-reviewed publication in an international scientific journal
  • Be familiar with Institute guidelines and rules for safety and approved practices in experimental work
  •  Maintain an organised and safe working environment
  • Be familiar with Institute guidelines and safety rules.
  • Participate fully in the academic activities of the Institute and the University
  • Provide two monthly written reports to the project leader that summarise research progress and planned future experiments with a focus on publications
  • Devote themselves full-time to University duties
  • Diligently and faithfully serve the University and use their best endeavours to promote and protect the interests of the University
  • Maintain confidentiality both during and after the appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Qualifications:  A PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, or otherwise applicable field (interpreted broadly)

Experience:
Miniumum Qualifications

  • Able to conduct independent cutting-edge research
  • Proven research experience, including evidence of a publication record
  • Quantitative skills, including some background in statistics and programming

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates will be conversant in at least one programming language (broadly defined)
  • Additional bioinformatics, computational and/or statistical experience would be an advantage
  • Candidates with a background in biology together with applied mathematics, physics or computer science are encouraged to apply
  • Some knowledge of biological systems

Attributes and Skills:

  • good quantitative skills
  • experimental and intellectual creativity
  •  initiative and enthusiasm
  • proven ability to write, and potential to take the lead on scientific publications
  • commitment to quality improvement, up-skilling and personal development
  • ability to organize and maintain quality records
  • integrity and confidentiality
  •  good time-management skills
  • ability to work as a member of a team

Postdoc: Fungal Evolution and Population, USDA-ARS

Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Evolution and Population Biology

USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois

We are searching for a highly-motivated postdoctoral associate with strong molecular and computational biology research experience with fungi or other microorganisms to conduct research aimed at understanding the diversity, global population structure, and evolutionary dynamics of Fusarium head blight (FHB) pathogens.  Scientists in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit at the USDA-ARS in Peoria have an outstanding record of discovery and publication regarding Fusarium biology, chemistry, and evolution.  Thus, opportunities exist for the postdoc to engage in these and other areas of interest. This full-time position is funded for 1 year ($61,218 + benefits) with the possibility for annual renewal up to 4 years.  The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Biology or related field by appointment start date, be proficient in both written and oral English, and have experience in population genomic analyses.  To apply, please email a single PDF to Todd Ward (todd.ward@ars.usda.gov) that includes: (1) a cover letter with a short description of why you are interested in and qualified for the position, (2) a current CV that includes a list of peer-reviewed publications, and (3) names and contact information for three references.  Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider

Job: Assistant Professor of Palm Mycology – Univ of Florida

Work on fungal diseases of trees? Check out:
University of Florida – Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Palm Mycology

(http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506383)

Job Description:
This is a 12-month  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will include development of a productive, interdisciplinary, extramurally funded research program with an emphasis on palm diseases caused by fungi. The candidate will need to maintain a global perspective to be ready for the movement and establishment of fungal diseases, including, but not limited to, diseases caused by Fusarium, Ganoderma and members of the Botryosphaereaceae. This may include etiology of emergent diseases, genetic diversity/population genetics of pathogens, epidemiology of diseases, management of diseases, host-pathogen interactions, and microbiome studies (rhizosphere, endophytes, biocontrol).

Extension responsibilities will include maintaining and updating education programs for Extension agents, stakeholders and the public on the identification and management of palm diseases, continuation of the FLREC palm school and maintenance of online tools for identifying palm diseases. The incumbent will provide proactive leadership, training, and assistance to county faculty. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Plant Pathology.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area.

Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

The Fort Lauderdale Research members located on the Davie campus, and over 20 support personnel.

Minimum Requirements: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant pathology, mycology or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. The applicant should have skills in basic plant pathology, mycology, disease management, botany, horticulture, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and/or genomics. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in basic and applied mycology on palms.

For More Information refer to Requisition # 506383 and contact:
Dr. Brian Bahder
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314
954-577-6305
bbahder@ufl.edu

Application Information:
• Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506383 and submit:
• Application
• Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
• Unofficial transcripts

For More Details see:

http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506383

Job: Assistant/Associate Professor Fungal Biologist/Plant Pathologist LSU

Assistant/Associate Professor
(Plant Pathologist/Fungal Biologist)

RANK AND NATURE OF POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor. This position is a tenure-track 12-month appointment with 80% research (LSU AgCenter) and 20% teaching responsibilities (LSU College of Agriculture). The individual will be a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology.

WORK LOCATION: Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The individual will establish a nationally recognized research program in the area of plant pathology with an emphasis in fungal biology that would include both basic and applied components to mitigate fungal disease problems of agricultural crops in Louisiana. The incumbent will build a research program to develop and apply translational tools to improve plant health and crop production. Potential areas of research would include, but are not limited to, food and feed safety, biological control, functional and population genomics, microbiome research, and promoting plant defense to fungal pathogens. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with public and private sector scientists in allied areas of research. International collaborations also will be encouraged. The appointee is expected to teach a course in the departmental graduate program and contribute to other courses when appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as a major advisor and on advisory committees for Ph.D. and MS students. Obtaining extramural funding from federal and state agencies, commodity (state and national) research boards, and agro-industries to support the research program will be expected.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in plant pathology, fungal biology or a closely related field with experience in plant-pathogen interactions is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is selected.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for Internal applicants) by attaching in one pdf file a cover letter with resume including a statement of research interests and goals, a statement of teaching interests, and university transcripts. In addition, three letters of reference are required. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Jeff Hoy
Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
302 Life Sciences Bldg., LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone:225-578-1369
FAX: 225-578-1415

Email: JHoy@agcenter.lsu.edu
Website: www.lsu.edu/agriculture/plant/

Downloadable Flier: LSU Plant PathologistFungalBiologist_JobAnnouncement

Job: Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology UC Irvine

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Biology, broadly interpreted. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: evolution of development, complex traits, population genetics, ecological genetics, evolutionary theory, systematics, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics. We are interested in applications from scientists applying both empirical approaches (including genetics, high-throughput genomics, and development) as well as computational/theoretical approaches (including statistics, theory, simulation, and bioinformatics). We encourage candidates studying any organism(s) to apply.

For full instructions and application form, please visit this website:
https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04381

Job: Assistant Professor in Quantitative Ecology/Evolution Univ of Hawaii Manoa

The Botany Department at U.Hawaii Manoa is searching for a quantitative ecology/evolutionary biology faculty member to start as an Assistant Professor. See the advertisement here

The department is searching for a highly creative and interactive scholar who fits into our multidisciplinary department. The area and system of study are open, although we are most interested in candidates who will address fundamental topics in ecological and/or evolutionary theory through the use of quantitative approaches. We encourage applications from candidates who adopt an integrative approach in their research.
The competitive applicant will conduct conceptually oriented research that uses quantitative or computational approaches such as mathematical modeling, genomics/metagenomics, or network science.
Duties will include: instruct assigned courses and seminars in topics such as biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, computational ecology and/or evolutionary biology that teach students strong quantitative and analytical skills for the analysis of large datasets to address complex ecological questions. The development of courses that teach tools such as complex network analyses of living systems, plant genomics, metagenomics, and/or plant phylogenetics and employ evidence-based, active learning pedagogy; to incorporate concepts of sustainability into courses taught.
Additional duties include: supervise student independent study/research activities; to train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; to serve on departmental, college, and university committees; to render service to the professional and lay community relevant to the individual’s academic specialty; to participate in curriculum development activities such as course materials and special instructional methods; to participate in graduate committees; to develop an externally funded research program in one or more areas of quantitative ecology/evolution leading to publication in leading scholarly journals; and to perform related tasks as assigned.

To Apply:
Applicants must submit as a single pdf file: 1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area; 2) a 2-page statement of research interests, activities, and plans; 3) a 2-page statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; 4) a curriculum vitae detailing research, teaching, and service accomplishments; 5) copies of up to 4 relevant publications; and 6) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of 4 professional references. Email applications to: botsrch@hawaii.edu.

Inquiries to:
Dr. Anthony Amend; amend@hawaii.edu
botsrch@hawaii.edu

Application Review begins:  November 24, 2017

Postdoc: Ecological Genomics of Nectar, Stanford University

Postdoctoral fellowships in community ecology

Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford University. The successful candidates will use nectar-inhabiting bacteria and yeasts to ask broad questions about ecological and evolutionary community assembly. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research. Expertise in one or more of the following and related fields is desirable: chemical ecology, pollination biology, and microbial ecology, genomics, and metagenomics. Appointment will initially be for one year and annually renewable for up to three additional years. Start date is preferably October 2017, but flexible.

Full advertisement here

On the importance of conferences

I just returned from the biennial Fungal Genetics Conference held at Asilomar State Park in Pacific Grove, California. It is wonderful, exhausting, invigorating, at times overwhelming firehose of new information. Nearly 900 researchers who work on fungi in some form come to attend.  This meeting grew out of a primary focus on fungal genetics, but has now become a gathering that encompasses epigenetics, genomics,  ecology, population and evolutionary biology, fungal associated chemistry, medical and animal associated mycology, and education and outreach on fungal biology. For me, it has become a special meeting since my first attendance as a graduate student. I’ve made friends, met mentors, got to know the fungal biology stars and rockstars (and more).

On the importance of gathering

I was thinking about the need for conferences and whether it was worth it for ~900 people to get on planes and cars and assemble in one place for a 4-5 day meeting. We read the papers, communicate by emails and video, what is special about a conference? I think there are a few essential things that come out of the meetings.

One is building community. Science is not done in a vacuum. The connections with close friends are strengthened, projects are discussed well past normal bedtimes. The zone that separates competitors and collaborators can be more flexible, or at least the shape of the competition can seem more human than the generic sense of trying to be first to finish and prove a new theory or idea. The mentorship and advice that comes from late night talks at poster sessions and over breakfast are not easily had outside of the conference. I met my postdoc mentor first at this meeting and that helped chart a lot of career.

Another is to hear the latest work. While some people may only cover summaries of published work, there is the exchange of  information all at once that is hard to get in any other way. The nuance of the ideas shared in a presentation can also communicate more effectively than a written publication in some ways, so I enjoy the chance to hear and share the science in this way. Often the Q&A can bring up additional perspectives that add to the discourse.

A concentrated time to think just about the science. The increasingly busy daily routines make it hard to really sit and think about new ideas. While this conference no means has a lot of time for sitting and thinking, there is both the forced occasion to summarize your own work in a short talk and to try and digest the key points of a research project from others. The constant storm of work before the meeting does lead to the inevitable “I’m still working on my talk” that continue before you give you talk … but still this provides a chance to plant a flag on where you are in a project and get perspective on what the rest of the field is doing.

On the importance of place

I’ve only ever attended this conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds. It is a fantastic place for conferences, because of its history, the setting on the dramatic California coastline, the hallowed ground of historic scientific conferences as well as just the general fun and collegiality that being at ‘science camp’ on a grounds that was at one point a YMCA,YWCA summer camp. It is definitely one of the places many who have attended like to call one of their scientific homes. Much like MBL – Woods Hole or Cold Spring Harbor, or Friday Harbor are key places for doing science (and also places for great meetings) I think Asilomar has a clear place for defining the history of Fungal Genetics.

I’ve been to meetings without the sweeping landscape and in sterile hotel conference rooms. That certainly is less exciting, but doesn’t diminish the scientific discussion. But I think there is something different about a place which has the feel of a camp with outside and inside areas to gather in groups to discuss. Some years when the weather is less cooperating and we only can see misty fog and tug up the zippers on our jackets instead of a short sleeve, I still find myself taking a beach walk to catch up on latest projects with colleagues or listening to stories from the seasoned scientists about how a particular technique was perfected on account of seredipity.

Personal connection

The Fungal Genetics and Neurospora Genetics meetings are also a personal waystone for my career and friendships. I gave my first talk at this meeting as a graduate student and have had the opportunity to continue participate and serve on policy committee to help represent the community. I learned I got tenure just before one of the conferences and was able to celebrate with colleagues and friends where it (usually!) feels like success of any is success for the community. Conferences like these have been an important part of my scientific education and a chance to make lifelong friends with shared interests. I see grad school classmates, mentors, former graduate students or postdocs, and meet new people every time.

Future

I wanted to write these thoughts because it is has always been an exhausting but satisfying conference I look forward to. I also know the perpetuity of these events are not guaranteed. It is expensive to run one of these meetings. We are lucky to have the support of the Genetics Society of America for so much of the logistical aspects of organizing the meeting. Nor take for granted that the costs are still approachable for many to attend. Especially as part of my policy committee service, I am more aware of how much it costs to stay, feed, and rent space at a seaside resort in Northern California. Things can change as to who attends these meetings: pricing inevitably goes up, funding available for travel and conferences may be harder to get, or if for some other reason the diverse spirit or culture of the attendees of meetings might change. I can hope we keep infecting new folks with excitement for fungal biology and genetics to keep our field growing and engaged.

Not all change is bad, influx of new people or shifts in the scope of main research topics can invigorate a field with new ideas. Certainly some things will be different by 2019, but I hope many of us find ourselves back to Asilomar for the next installment of the Fungal Genetics conference.

 

Link to the program and a PDF link

Postdoc: Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Contact: Dr. Serita Frey, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment,University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA Serita.Frey@unh.edu

(Questions can also be directed to Dr. Anne Pringle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, anne.pringle@wisc.edu)

Our laboratory aims to understand connections between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. We document the impacts of environmental change on the diversity, community composition, and function of the soil microbial community, and test whether shifts in the community subsequently influence ecosystem-scale carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics. A recent focus is on anthropogenic drivers of fungal evolution, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Pringle at the University of Wisconsin.

This two-year position will focus specifically on fungal evolution within global change contexts, with an emphasis on how fungi evolve in response to soil warming and simulated nitrogen deposition. The candidate will have the flexibility to explore questions that fall within this general topic area, while building on previous research conducted in the Frey and Pringle Labs. The candidate is expected to have strong interests and experience in evolution and ecology. Expertise in cultivation-based and genomic analyses as applied to soil fungi is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab and with the Pringle Laboratory. A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, natural resources, microbiology, or related field, along with relevant research experience is required. The target start date is Oct. 1, 2017, though an earlier start date is possible. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Serita Frey (serita.frey@unh.edu): letter of interest/experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.