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Postdoctoral Researcher, Boxwood Blight

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study the interaction between boxwood plants and the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata (syn. Cylindrocladium buxicola) using microscopic bio-imaging and transcriptomic investigations.

The incumbent will generate strains of fluorescent protein-labeled C. pseudonaviculata and inoculate susceptible and non-susceptible boxwood plants to evaluate the infection process and fungal development in planta. Available bio-imaging platforms will include digital light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, variable pressure and low temperature scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the Oxford X-ray Diffraction System for qualitative and quantitative identification of chemical elements. The incumbent will simultaneously generate RNA-Seq data from the host/pathogen interaction to develop hypotheses related to the colonization of hosts by this pathogen.

The position is based on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, D.C. The incumbent will work under the guidance of Dr. Jo Anne Crouch at the Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratories and in collaboration with Dr. Gary Bauchan at the on-site core Electron & Confocal Microscopy Unit. The Crouch lab is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-state collaboration between the USDA-ARS, the U.S. National Arboretum, the IR-4 Project, and eleven university and experiment station research groups, working in cooperation with the nursery industry in an integrated, coordinated effort toward the common goal of understanding and mitigating boxwood blight disease.
* Qualifications *
This position requires a recent (within 4 years) Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, molecular biology or a closely related field that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge of fungal transformation, advanced microscopy techniques, biostatistics and transcriptome analysis are desirable. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output and a strong publication record are required.

* Terms of Appointment and Application Instructions *
This is a two-year appointment, at the GS-11 level (starting salary $62,467).

Citizenship restrictions apply. Eligible Foreign Nationals must meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under “Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment” at

Visit the following website for instructions on how to apply for the position:

Informal inquiries are welcome: Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, joanne.crouch[AT]
ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Job: Senior Researcher in Mycology

Senior Researcher in Mycology

The Mycology Section at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew invites applications for an appointment as a Senior Researcher in the team. The successful candidate will conduct research on fungal systematics of Ascomycota or Basidiomycota. Candidates with research experience in molecular phylogenetics, molecular ecology, genomics, and areas related to fungal conservation are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, extramurally funded research programme investigating fungal systematics, contribute to curation of the collections, disseminate research findings in high impact scientific journals and at conferences, and provide expert taxonomic advice when needed.

Key Qualifications and experience

  • PhD in mycology or related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral research experience
  • Strong publication record on topics relevant to the position
  • Excellent written & oral skills (communication and presentation of results of research, good publication record)
  • Demonstrable ability to raise external funding to support research

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme, as well as a great working environment.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post. If you wish to be considered as a disabled applicant please make this clear in your application.

CLOSING DATE: 7 December 2012, 12 noon

INTERVIEW DATE: 17 December 2012

Postdoc at Rutgers Univ of fungal population genetics of the Boxwood blight pathosystem

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate is sought to contribute to research of the boxwood blight pathosystem. The incumbent will: (1) Design and validate an isothermal molecular diagnostic assay for the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata; and (2) Utilize comparative RAD-Seq genome datasets to analyze genetic diversity across a global C. pseudonaviculata sample; and (3) Contribute to the training of student interns. The incumbent will be part of a multistate collaborative research initiative aimed at mitigating the effect of boxwood blight disease in the U.S.

The position will be physically located on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, DC.

*Qualifications* Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, evolutionary biology or related field is required. Candidates must be willing to take a leading role in mentoring student interns, and interacting with other team members working on various components of boxwood blight research efforts. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output, a strong publication record and excellent verbal communication skills are required.

*Terms of Appointment* Salary is $50,000 per anuum, plus Rutgers University benefits. Funds are guaranteed for one year. An additional year is contigent on performance and funding. Position is available starting immediately, and review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Email curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests and career goals and contact information for three reference to:

Brad Hillman (hillman[AT] & Jo Anne Crouch (joanne.crouch[AT]

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Assistant Professor – Bioinformaticist/Computational Biologist at Kansas State University

A tenure track job related to bioinformatics and plants or plant/pathogen interactions is available at Kansas State University. Review of applications will begin on November 23.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program in bioinformatics and computational biology with an emphasis on the genomics of plants, microbes, and/or their interactions.  Kansas State University has faculty with dynamic research programs in the genomics of plants, microbes, their interactions, and related areas, many of whom are engaged with the Integrated Genomics Facility (IGF) and Bioinformatics Center.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program that complements these programs, and to collaborate with faculty, staff and students in the department and across campus in the design of experiments and the analysis of experimental data.

Montana State – Asst Prof Environmental Microbiology

Faculty Position in the Department of Microbiology.

The Department of Microbiology and the Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University Bozeman invites candidates with a PhD in Microbiology or related area to apply for a full-time, nine-month tenure track position in Environmental Microbiology at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2013.  The successful candidate will have postdoctoral and/or Assistant Professor experience and will be responsible for developing an extramurally funded, nationally recognized research program within the broad field of environmental microbiology.  The faculty member will participate in teaching departmental undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization, and will be responsible for providing service to the university and scientific community via integration of research, teaching, and service.  A competitive institutional salary, a generous start-up package, and a renovated state-of-the-art research facility support this position. Full details about the position and application procedure are available at

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chairpersons, Drs. Mark Young or Matthew Fields, (; for more details.  Screening will begin Dec 1st, 2012 and will continue until a suitable applicant is hired.  ADA/EO/AA/Veterans Preference

UC Merced Prof of Biostatistics

The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.
The Molecular Cell Biology group in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced invites applications from exceptional scholars and teachers at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level in Biostatistics.

Biostatistics is the development and use of statistical methods for medical and biological datasets including, but not limited to applications in experimental design, quantitative biology, epidemiology, medical informatics, nutrition, evolutionary biology, sequence bioinformatics, genomics, metabolomics, and systems biology. Current strengths of the Molecular Cell Biology group at UC Merced include cancer metabolism, diabetes, inflammation, infectious disease, and mechanisms of cell fate decisions. Ideally, applicants should demonstrate successful grantsmanship and nationally recognized research. We encourage applications from women and members of ethnic minorities.

The University of California at Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Qualifications:  Strong applicants should have a Ph.D. and show a track-record in development and/or application of methods in biostatistics, biomedical informatics, epidemiology, multiple hypothesis testing, Bayesian estimation and model selection, Markov chain Monte Carlo, machine learning and/or other areas. The successful candidate will be expected to cultivate collaborative research relationships with faculty in biology, health sciences, and may also collaborate with applied mathematics.

Other qualifications include:
(1) Quality, importance, and impact of past and current research in an area of biostatistics as judged by publications, awards, and letters of recommendation.

(2) External funding history or potential for obtaining external funding.

(3) Likely importance and impact of future research as judged by research plan and
letters of recommendation.

(4) Research interests that complement and strengthen those of current faculty
in the biological sciences.

(5) Potential ability to mentor graduate and/or post-graduate students and to contribute to graduate education and training, particularly of minorities underrepresented in health and
STEM fields.

(6) Potential effectiveness as an educator at both undergraduate and graduate levels based on teaching statement, experience, teaching evaluations, and letters from former students (as available).

Closing Date:         12/10/2012

Univ of Oregon Faculty position in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics


Faculty Positions in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics

The Departments of Biology ( and Mathematics ( ) at the University of Oregon announce a cluster hire of up to three tenure-related faculty positions in Fall 2013. One of these positions may be at the level of Associate or Full Professor with indefinite tenure. These hires are part of an integrated effort to strengthen research and scholarship at the nexus of statistics/mathematics and biology at the University of Oregon, and will serve as a catalyst for future growth in this area. We are broadly interested in recruiting candidates working in areas developing statistical methodology related to the life sciences. Examples of these areas include, but are not limited to, statistical analysis of large data sets, algorithms for analyzing sequence data, and stochastic models for neuroscience, population genomics and molecular evolution. Successful candidates will bolster our emerging strengths in biomathematics, maintain an outstandi
ng research program that focuses on solving core problems in this area, and have a commitment to excellence in teaching. Ph.D. required. Position responsibilities include undergraduate teaching.

Interested persons should apply online to the MATHBIO SEARCH, University of Oregon at Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Ideally the research description and at least one of the letters of recommendation would include descriptions of the statistical/mathematical tools or models used in the applicant’s research. To ensure consideration, application materials should be uploaded by November 15th, 2012, but the search will remain open until the positions are filled.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution committed to cultural
diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and supportive of the needs of dual career couples. We invite applications
from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

Innovative cluster hires in fungal biology at Univ of Minnesota


Cluster in Plant & Fungal Evolution:
Cluster hiring website:

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces up to two tenure-track positions in fungal biology at the assistant professor level with potential for hiring at the tenured associate level should outstanding candidates at this level be identified. This position will complement a faculty cluster focused on plant and fungal evolution. Research facilitating collaborations in evolutionary genomics, phylogenetic systematics, evolutionary ecology, molecular biology or cellular biology of fungi is of special interest. We welcome applicants working in any area of fungal biology and are particularly interested in those whose research explores the interface between organismal and genetic approaches to the study of evolutionary processes.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will develop a strong, extramurally funded research program investigating evolutionary processes in fungal systems, pursue a scholarly, innovative teaching program, advise undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research, and participate in professional service. Faculty positions at the University of Minnesota provide opportunities for collaboration between researchers in all disciplines, and involvement in several excellent graduate programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in fungal biology or a related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral experience
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Potential to initiate and sustain strong extramurally funded research program in fungal biology
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively and productively with other scientists
  • Evidence of potential to be an effective teacher and commitment to innovative teaching and student learning

Materials Required:

  • Letter of application/intent
  • CV
  • Names/contact information for three professional references
  • Statements of research and teaching

The deadline is November 1. There will also be searches in another college at UMN for 1-2 fungal biologists over the coming years so there is a strong culture of fungal biology continuing to grow in Minnesota (excuse the pun!).

Grad positions in Hawaii

Considering a PhD program for next year? Want to work in Hawaii with incredible diversity of species with a new lab that is interested in a variety of mycological mysteries in Microbial Diversity, Ecology and Evolution or Community Ecology? Then may I recommend you take a look at two new labs in the Botany department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, those of Dr Nicole Hynson and Dr Anthony Amend.

Dr Amend is interested in graduate students who would like to start in Fall 2013. His lab studies microbial communities and microbe-host interactions with recent projects on symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi and corals and fungi.

Dr Hynson’s work focuses on community ecology and studies the ecological factors that shape communities of plants and fungi and she is also accepting students to start in the Fall 2013.

Fungal Job postings

Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist
The incumbent will initiate a new research program focused on comparative and functional genomics of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic and plant-pathogenic fungi. Research objectives are to utilize next generation sequencing technologies to conduct comparative and functional genomic analyses of Fusarium and other mycotoxigenic fungi in order to elucidate the genetic factors critical to mycotoxin production, plant pathogenesis, and other critical aspects of pathogen biology; test hypotheses concerning the origin, evolution, phylogenetic distribution, and functional significance of genetic/metabolic variation within these fungi; and contribute to the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostics and management of mycotoxigenic fungi. The incumbent will be required to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and provide supervision for support staff as assigned.

Please send the following announcement and link to your colleagues as appropriate.

The Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research located in Peoria, IL is recruiting for a permanent scientist, Research Computational Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist, GS-0401/0434/0440-12/13.

The Announcement opens, Monday, September 17, 2012, and will close on Monday, October 15, 2012. The link to the announcement is


Salary Range £28,200 – £40,720 per annum

Three year post

Applications are invited to join the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology located at the St Mary’s campus, Paddington. The department is based within a five star research institute equipped with the latest technologies and facilities. DIDE is arguably the largest grouping of infectious disease epidemiologists in the world with a very wide range of skills represented, from experimental studies on bacterial/fungal pathogens, through population genetics and infectious disease modelling to field work on emerging infectious disease. As such, the Department offers excellent research facilities and a friendly, intellectually stimulating, working environment.

Emerging fungal infections are attracting increasing scientific and policy interest as their impact on human and ecosystem health becomes more pronounced (see Nature 484 2012). This Research Associate post is funded by a 3-year MRC project grant, entitled ‘An evolutionary population genomics approach to determine the genetic basis of virulence in the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans‘, and seeks to understand the evolutionary basis underlying this pathogen’s emergence as a leading cause of human disease in Africa and South East Asia.

The post holder will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers that are using statistical genetic and functional genomic approaches to identify the patterns and processes that have led to contemporary distributions of genetic diversity for emerging pathogenic fungi, with a focus on Cryptococcus. The post-holder will have a key role in study design and will develop a state-of-the-art bioinformatics pipeline for assembling next-generation sequence data from a global panel of environmental and clinical Cryptococcus isolates. These data will be used for statistical genetic, phylodynamic and evolutionary analyses with the ultimate goal of defining the subset of genetic diversity that is associated with virulence and spatial-expansion of key lineages of Cryptococcus. Key responsibilities will be to develop cutting-edge approaches to managing large eukaryote population genomics datasets, and to liaise with our international collaborators in order to effectively share and curate genome-data.

The successful candidate will have a strong bioinformatic, evolutionary or statistical genetics background with a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant quantitative subject.

This post is a full time and fixed term until 31st July 2015.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Matthew Fisher (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please complete and upload an application form as directed.
Reference number: SM151-12
CLOSING DATE: 21 October 2012

Global Health/Infectious Disease
Georgetown University

The Department of Biology, Georgetown University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level commencing in August 2013.  We seek applicants whose research efforts are in the area of infectious disease, including those who are working on evolutionary aspects of infectious disease.  This position is expected to complement ongoing research and teaching efforts in global health at Georgetown University, including a graduate program in Global Infectious Disease and an undergraduate major in the Biology of Global Health.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course per semester, mentor undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program. Department information can be found at  Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a detailed description of previous research accomplishments and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three or more references.  Application materials should be submitted electronically in PDF format (preferred) to with Biology Application as subject.  We will begin review of applications on November 15, 2012.

*Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully
dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other
categories protected by law.*