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Job: Plant Pathologist USDA/ARS – Frederick, Maryland

A position for a permanent full-time research Plant Pathologist is available. This is at a GS-0434-12 level with a salary range of $86,335.00 to $112,240.00 per year. The scientist would conduct research on emerging oomycete plant pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture. Some research will be conducted in a Biological Safety Level 3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility and requires a background investigation.

Interviews will be conducted by Zoom and in all likelihood the successful candidate will begin work by teleworking.

Dr. Nina Shishkoff
Foreign Disease/Weed Science Research Unit
1301 Ditto Ave. Frederick MD 21702
301-619-2877

Research Plant Pathologist
Announcement Open: 6/1/2020 – 6/15/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit (FDWSRU) located on Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland is seeking highly qualified candidates for a permanent full-time Research Plant Pathologist, at a GS-0434-12 level with a salary range of $86,335.00 to $112,240.00 per year. This position conducts research on emerging oomycete plant pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture. Some research will be conducted in a Biological Safety Level 3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility and requires a background investigation. To apply, see vacancy announcement ARS-D20-10821210-EL at the USAJOBS Website (www.usajobs.gov) and follow the application directions provided.

U.S. citizenship is required. Applications must be received by 6/15/2020

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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.

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