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postdoc and PhD positions in Fungal evolution at Uppsala University

Two positions at Uppsala University in Hanna Johannesson’s lab at Uppsala University in Sweden are available. One is a PhD student position and one for a Postdoc working on experimental biology and using next generation sequencing techniques to address evolutionary questions.  Please see the ads linked for more information on applying for these positions.

Job: Junior Group Leader Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi

Job Advertisement Junior Group Leader – Ref. #01-13001

The Senckenberg Society has an international reputation in all fields of Natural History research. It runs six research institutes and two museums in Germany and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.

From 1st of April 2013 we are looking for a

Junior Research Group Leader in Functional Genetics and Genomics of Fungi in the framework of a government funded LOEWE excellence cluster in “Integrative Fungal Research (IPF)” in Frankfurt am Main.

We are looking for an individual whose research will be adding significantly to the research aims of the LOEWE excellence cluster “Integrative Fungal Research”. The cluster includes researchers in mycology from Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Philipps-University Marburg, University Kassel and the Senckenberg Society. The aim of the LOEWE excellence cluster will be to synergistically tie together the basic research areas of biodiversity research, molecular genetics, and genomics with translational research in biochemistry and biotechnology. Thus, the research cluster offers an ideal environment for scientific development and profiling.

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E14). The position is limited to three years, with the possibility of extension for two years in case of positive evaluation. Senckenberg advocates gender equality. Women and other underrepresented groups are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. The possibility of academic development (Habilitation, equivalent to assistant/associate professor) will be given.

Apart from the salary of the group leader, a competitive core funding for instrumentation, running costs and personnel will be provided.

Research expertise in the areas of comparative genomics and transcriptomics, annotation of metabolic pathways and regulatory networks, or systems biology of fungi or oomycetes are particularly welcome. Applicants should have an international track record and have demonstrated their ability to develop innovative ideas in their field of research. Previous experience with independent research is a plus but not mandatory. A record in third party funding acquisition is an advantage; willingness to acquire funding through research proposals is required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications including a cover letter, CV, statement of research achievements, future research proposal (only one page, each), certificates (PhD, MSc, BSc, or similar) and the names of three scientists who could provide references. Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file by E-Mail to Closing date for application is: January, 31th 2013

Enquiries about the LOEWE excellence cluster Integrative Fungal Research and regarding the position please contact directly Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (


Molecular Biologist: Fusarium USDA-ARS Peoria, IL

via Todd Ward

Research Molecular Biologist in Fusarium

The incumbent serves as a Research Molecular Biologist in the Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology (BFP) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois.  BFP scientists conduct research in genetics, microbiology, chemistry, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.  The incumbent will conduct research on the molecular biology and biochemistry of production and detoxification of Fusarium mycotoxins, and elucidate the role of mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites in plant-pathogen interactions.


Specific research objectives include: 1) identification and characterization of mycotoxin detoxification genes as a mechanism to reduce/eliminate the toxins in grain-based food and feed; 2) determination of the genetic bases and ecological significance of variation in types of trichothecene mycotoxins produced byFusarium; and 3) identification and characterization of plant and fungal genes that affect biosynthesis of trichothecenes and other mycotoxins produced by Fusarium.  A combination of molecular, biological, genomic, and phenotypic data generated by the incumbent, or made available through collaborative efforts, will be used to accomplish these objectives.

Applications can be made here at the USDA site

Postdoc: Colletotrichum genomics

via Jo Anne Crouch

Post-Doctoral Research Position, Colletotrichum genomics

We are seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to study transcriptome and genome evolution of five closely related species of Colletotrichum fungi impacting the health and productivity of grasses used for bioenergy, food, and turfgrass.  The incumbent will: (1) Develop and test hypotheses related to infection and cellulolytic degradation of host tissue by diverse Colletotrichum strains, (2) Take the lead on performing inoculations of grasses with these pathogens for RNA-Seq analysis from the host/pathogen interaction, and (3) Contribute to a larger collaborative Colletotrichum genome sequencing initiative.

Using genomic and transcriptomic (RNA-Seq) resources provided through a grant from the DOE/Joint Genome Institute (JGI), we seek to understand the molecular basis of host specialization, pathogenicity, cellulosic biomass degradation and other traits that characterize this diverse, yet closely related group of grass pathogens.  Fully assembled genomic datasets will soon be available for 20 Colletotrichum isolates and mapped transcriptomes for 14 of these isolates.  Data analysis will be facilitated through inclusion in the JGI MycoCosm Fungal Genome pipeline.

The incumbent will work under the joint direction of Dr. Bruce Clarke, Rutgers University, Dept. of Plant Biology & Pathology, and Dr. Jo Anne Crouch, USDA-ARS.  The position will be physically located at the Rutgers University’s Cook Campus in New Brunswick, NJ.


A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology or a closely related field is required.  Candidates should be proficient in working with large datasets, and must have strong analytical, statistical and writing skills.  Candidates with experience working with fungi and/or plant pathogenic microorganisms, or any of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: next-generation sequencing datasets; comparative genomics using Galaxy tools; experience analyzing RNA-Seq data; population and evolutionary genetics; phylogenetics.  Skills in bioinformatics (python, perl, R, etc) are desirable.

Terms of Appointment

Starting salary is $37,000 – $45,000 depending on experience, plus Rutgers University benefits.  Funds are guaranteed for one year, and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory research progress and availability of funds.

Review of applications will begin January 23, 2013, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Applications should be sent to:

Bruce Clarke ( and Jo Anne Crouch ( and must include: (1) a cover letter containing a brief description of research interests and career goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) PDFs of two publications, and (4) contact information for three references.

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

Junior Professorship for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi

Goethe-University Frankfurt, Department of Biosciences,

Institute of Molecular Biosciences invites applications for the following position: JUnior Professorship (W1) for Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Fungi 

We are seeking a scientist with research activities complementary to the activities in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research”. The newly established priority program brings together scientists from four hessian universities and a Leibnitz Institute, all working in different areas of mycology ranging from fungal biodiversity, molecular biology and genomics to applied aspects of fungal biotechnology and biochemistry.  Possible areas of research could be biochemistry and biotechnology of ribosomal peptides, alkaloids, unusual amino acids, or sugars in fungi, the production of biotechnologically relevant products in fungal model organisms (like Aspergillus, Penicillium, Yarrowia or Rhodotorula), or fungal cultivation technologies.  Candidates must have an excellent publication track record. The successful applicant is expected to engage in crossdisciplinary research activities, as well as to compete for research funding actively. Willingness to participate in the LOEWE priority program “Integrated Fungal Research” is expected.

The position comes with adequate administrative and teaching obligations within the Institute of Molecular Biosciences.  The junior professor will be hired for a period of three years.  An extension for another three years can be granted subject to a successful evaluation. The designated salary for the position is based on “W1” on the German university scale. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see:  Qualified scientists are invited to submit their applications accompanied by the usual information, such as CV, degrees and certificates, list of publications, details about teaching and international experience, information on grant applications and a concept for future research and teaching within three weeks of publication of this announcement. Please send applications preferentially by E-Mail in a single PDF file to the Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences,

Prof. Dr. Anna Starzinski-Powitz, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Maxvon- Laue-Straße 9, 60438 Frankfurt/M. Germany, E-Mail dekanat1[AT]

Details regarding the LOEWE priority program “Integrative Fungal Research” can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Helge B. Bode (h.bode[AT] or Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (thines[AT]

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.