All posts by Jason Stajich

Assistant Professor at UC Riverside

Job: Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance – Univ Georgia

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks to fill a faculty position in Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance with an August 2017 start date. This position is open at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and competitively funded program with the priority to understand and develop disease resistance in non-model plants that are economically important in the southeastern United States.

UGA, a Land/Sea Grant institution located 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, is ranked 18th among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university offers a vibrant research environment with potential collaborations with faculty across the plant sciences (http://plantcenter.uga.edu) as well as in crop genetics (http://www.plantbreeding.uga.edu), and bioinformatics (http://iob.uga.edu). Athens, GA, is consistently ranked highly for its quality of life and culture (https://www.visitathensga.com).

 

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Job: Assistant Professor, Biochemical Interactome – NC State University

The Center for Integrated Fungal Research invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 80% research and 20% academic appointment. The selected individual will have a background in biology, or related field, with expertise in biochemistry, chemometrics, metabolic engineering, or phytochemistry. This individual is expected to develop an innovative research program to characterize and profile important groups of secreted biological metabolites to better understand the physical biochemical interactome, including their roles in human health, crop productivity and the environment. These exo- metabolomes are secreted in response to interactions with their abiotic and biotic environment by insects, microorganisms and plants and include carbohydrates, extracellular enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids, organic acids, peptides, secondary metabolites, and other bioactive molecules. Their functions range from protecting bacteria and fungi against parasitism and predation, to regulating plant and microbial growth and developmental stress responses, to forming networks of inter-kingdom communication and creating environmental and food-related toxicity. This interdisciplinary position will integrate research on the chemical interactome to promote quantitative understanding of the relative contribution and impact of the interactome to the beneficial and deleterious activities of these compounds on plant-microbe-insect associations. Significant opportunities exist for collaborations with university faculty and members of several research centers, including the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research. In addition, there are resources and opportunities for interactions with researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The incumbent is expected to generate extramural funding to help support their research program following start-up resources and is expected to mentor graduate students and participate in the academic programs of the department.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in a field of study directly related to the position. NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. In addition to excellence in research and academics, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relations, and procurement of extramural funding. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive compensation and start-up package. Review of applications will proceed after January 13, 2017, until the position is filled. For further information, contact the Director of the Center for Integrated Fungal Research, Dr. Ignazio Carbone (ignazio_carbone@ncsu.edu). For a complete job description and details for submission of applications, please reference https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/75575.

NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

 

Job: Computational and Systems Biology – Dartmouth University

Faculty Position in Microbial Computational and Systems Biology
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Microbiology & Immunology seek applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Computational and Systems Biology in microbial organisms.
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Faculty Jobs in Microbial/Genomics fields

Here are some links to a few faculty positions

University of Texas at Arlington

Virgina Tech

Dartmouth University

Cal StateDominguez Hills

Michigan State University

Postdoc: Institute Pasteur working on Candida albicans

2 postdoc positions for work on Candida albicans from Christian d’Enfert’s group at Institute Pasteur

Post-doctoral position: Candida albicans regulatory networks

A post-doctoral position is available starting January 2, 2017 in the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity Unit in the Department of Mycology at Institut Pasteur, Paris, to characterize regulatory networks governing morphogenesis and stress responses in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

The successful candidate will join our group to characterize a set of C. albicans transcription factors using genome-wide approaches and contribute to the definition of a global regulatory network of morphogenesis and stress responses in C. albicans. The project will involve collaboration with other groups in the Paris area in the frame of the Candihub project (https://candihub.eu/).

The position, funded by the French National Research Agency, is available starting January 2, 2017. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in yeast molecular genetics and omics approaches. Expertise in bioinformatics would be appreciated. Institut Pasteur in Paris offers an excellent international, dynamic and stimulating scientific campus with more than 1500 researchers working in 11 Departments.

Application: Please send a cover letter by October 1st detailing motivation and research interests, a concise summary of previous research activities, a complete CV and contact information for three referees to Christophe d’Enfert, christophe.denfert@pasteur.fr.

https://research.pasteur.fr/en/job/post-doctoral-position-candida-albicans- regulatory-networks/

Post-doctoral position: Molecular mechanisms governing the formation and antifungal tolerance of Candida albicans biofilms

A post-doctoral position is available starting January 2, 2017 in the Fungal Biology and Pathogenicity Unit in the Department of Mycology at Institut Pasteur, Paris, to study the molecular mechanisms involved in the formation and antifungal tolerance of biofilms of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

Biofilms formed by C. albicans on indwelling devices play a major role in the persistence of nosocomial infections, largely because of their elevated tolerance to antifungals. The successful candidate will join our group to perform a genome-wide evaluation of the role of C. albicans genes in biofilm formation and antifungal tolerance and subsequently investigate the function of selected genes. The project will involve development of high-throughput methods for the analysis of biofilms in collaboration with the Center for Innovation and Technological Research at Institut Pasteur.

The position, funded by Institut Pasteur, is available starting January 2, 2017. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in yeast molecular genetics and high-throughput approaches. Expertise in the analysis of biofilms would be appreciated. Institut Pasteur in Paris offers an excellent international, dynamic and stimulating scientific campus with more than 1500 researchers working in 11 Departments.

Application: Please send a cover letter by October 1st detailing motivation and research interests, a concise summary of previous research activities, a complete CV and contact information for three referees to Christophe d’Enfert, christophe.denfert@pasteur.fr.

https://research.pasteur.fr/en/job/post-doctoral-position-molecular- mechanisms-governing-the-formation-and-antifungal-tolerance-of-candida- albicans-biofilms/

Postdoc: UMichigan Fungal Genomics

The lab of Tim James in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 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 and molecular evolution of uncultured and poorly known fungi, including the Cryptomycetes, Zygomycetes, 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 fungal genomes and transcriptomes using single or few cells or genome assembly using metagenomic approaches. This work will involve collaborations with the ZyGOLife research network (zygolife.org) 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 microbiology with an interest in 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 (www.umich.edu/~mycology) 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 (http://www.eeb.lsa.umich.edu/eeb/index.html), which has strengths in phylogenetics, evolutionary genomics, and disease ecology.

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

Anticipated Start Date: Between Oct. 1, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan harbors multiple labs with a focus on evolutionary genetics (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eeb).

Timothy Y. James
Associate Professor
Associate Curator of Fungi
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-615-7753
tyjames@umich.edu
http://www.umich.edu/~mycology/

Postdoc: Population Genetics/Genomics of Fungal Plant Pathogens

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to accept applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in Population Genetics/Genomics of Fungal Plant Pathogens. This is a 12-month, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year. This position is available immediately.

Continuation of the position beyond one year is dependent upon satisfactory performance of the incumbent in successfully accomplishing assigned duties, and upon availability of grant funds.

The core purpose of research in this position is to develop new molecular and computational tools that will improve understanding of continental-scale population structure of the notorious plant pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The successful candidate will have responsibilities in two areas: mining and development of novel SSR markers and development of a reactive website via RShiny with a reference database of genotypes to allow comparisons by other researchers. Development of new SSR markers will require mining available genomes to identify new candidate loci. Implementation of the reactive website will require modification of existing R scripts and HTML pages. Previous work experience with population genetic analyses, computational biology, and fluency in one or more computer programming languages are desired (R, Linux, Perl, Python, etc.). Opportunities for teaching and supervisory experience will be provided. The incumbent will be expected to publish research results in refereed journals, present their research findings at national and international scientific meetings, and assist in preparation of nationally competitive grant proposals. The incumbent should have the ability to work independently as well as with a diverse team of researchers.

Requires a Ph.D. degree in place by date of employment. The successful candidate must have strong oral and written communication skills and publication record.

To apply for this position, email a single pdf file containing a letter of application describing research interests, professional goals, and specific qualifications, a CV, copy of transcripts, and contact information of three references to:
Dr. Sydney Everhart, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, everhart@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-2879

Review of applications will begin on August 8, 2016 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Full advertisement available as PDF here: Postdoc_SscPopGen_7-28-2016

WRIFO: Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes

In an effort to promote the diversity of women in fungal and oomycete biology research we started a list of Women Researchers in Fungi & Oomycetes (#WRIFO) in our fields. We hope this will make it easier for conference, seminar and award committees to consider a broad pool of candidates when inviting speakers or nominating individuals.

We seeded the WRIFO list with 150 women whose research we know or who were suggested by colleagues, but it is by no means complete. Please add names and add missing details to those already on the list. The WRIFO list is available as a google spreadsheet here (shortlink: http://s.fungidb.org/1SU45hk ). As an experiment in community dynamics WRIFO is an open sheet for editing. We will change this to “make comment-only” after a time to try to avoid getting overrun with spam. If you cannot add to the WRIFO list directly, comments on this post are accepted. However direct adding is preferred to avoid losing track of any suggestions.

As a test for how many will read directions:

  1. Please add new entries at the end of the sheet rather than trying to insert alphabetically.  You can always re-sort the sheet by last name after entries are made
  2. List institution, include 2 letter country code in parentheses.
  3. Select region from the available options.
  4. Pick up to two general research areas from the drop down lists.
  5. Add specific Keywords for research.  Make these as general as possible–a meeting organizer is much more likely to search “cytoskeleton”, than “tyrosinylated microtubules.”
  6. Include a laboratory website link. Use publicly available websites that do not require memberships to view
  7. Select the classification of career stage. Mapping this to job titles in the US
    • Junior: Assistant Professor, Assistant Research Scientist, or equivalent
    • Intermediate: Associate Professor, Associate Research Scientist,  or equivalent
    • Senior: Full Professor, Research Scientist or equivalent
    • Emeritus

–Michelle Momany (@mcmomany) & Jason Stajich (@hyphaltip)

Update 1: A landing page was made for info on WRIFO and where archive and Excel versions of the spreadsheet will be made available.

Postdoc: Stress biology using Neurospora as a model system (SLU – Sweden)

Stress biology using Neurospora as a model organism
Research at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology center on fundamental and applied aspects of fungal, microbial and plant biology. Important research topics include fungal interaction with other microorganisms and plants as well as ecological functioning and evolution. Central themes are plant pathology and nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems. The department is placed at Bio Center at SLU, Uppsala with approx. 300 employees in plant science, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular biology, food science and computing biology. At the campus, active collaborations are established with the ecology and soil science departments.

Postdoc: Computational Fungal Genomics (Univ of New Zealand)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Fungal Genomics

I am looking for a motivated and productive postdoctoral fellow
to explore the evolutionary implications of interactions between
genome structure, epigenetic modification and gene expression, with a particular focus on the 3D arrangement of unraveled chromosomes in the nucleus. Using a fungal model system with direct agricultural applications (Epichloe festucae), the postdoc will validate genome assemblies using long-read data, build 3D models of genome packing in the nucleus, and explore statistical associations with gene expression using extensive transcriptome data. This position is primarily analytical with an emphasis on producing high-quality publications from existing and ongoing data
collection efforts.

The position requires solid quantitative and computational skills in bioinformatics, with an emphasis on next generation sequencing and genome analysis. At minimum, a practical ability in basic scripting is required. Training in fungal biology and 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 guaranteed for two years. Salaries are extremely competitive, starting at NZ$68,000 (~US$46,000) per year.

The postdoc will be based in the Cox research group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to Australia, Europe and the United States. This position offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand¢s unique natural and cultural environment, while undertaking world-leading research. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to both mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing and adventure sports.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Murray Cox (m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz). Information about the Cox research group (http://massey.genomicus.com) and the Bio-Protection Research Centre (http://bioprotection.org.nz) are available online.

To apply for this position, upload the following documents (in PDF format) at the official Massey University job website: http://massey-careers.massey.ac.nz/9147/postdoctoral-fellow-in-computational-fungal-genomics

  1.  A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and
    experience.
  2.  A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications.
  3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.

Prof Murray Cox
Statistics and Bioinformatics Group
Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University
Palmerston North
NEW ZEALAND

http://massey.genomicus.com
m.p.cox@massey.ac.nz