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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.*

End of Summer 2012, lots of fungal and microbial faculty jobs advertised

A few faculty jobs to post in case you hadn’t already seen these. Apparently working with Fungi can get you a job.

Via the MSA jobs board

UW Madison has an Assistant Professor of Mycology position advertised, with search closing September 15.

Cluster hires of 2 individuals in Fungal Evolution and an Assistant professor of Mycology at the University of Minnesota. It sounds like the cluster hire would really like someone with genomics and fungal biology so if you like reading this blog you might be a really good candidate though a whole range of research in fungi seems appropriate.

3 faculty positions in Molecular Microbology at Washington University in St Louis in the Molecular Microbiology department.

UC Berkeley’s IB department is recruiting for Ecology and Evolution of Infectious diseases applications due by Nov 1.

A faculty position in the Biofrontiers Institute at University of Colorado, Boulder is an interdisciplinary position where integrative approaches including computational biology and bioinformatics with deadline of November 1, 2012.  Also advertised are two positions in Evolutionary Biology at CU-Boulder in the EIBO department.




Pringle Laboratory and Brenner Group

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow to partner with us in research on the biology and physics of fungal networks. The fellowship is funded by the Human Frontiers in Science Program. Experiments aim to understand how fluid flows within indeterminate, modular organisms enable foraging. Fungi can easily reach several square meters in size. Despite lacking a central coordination center (a brain), individuals are able to reshape their morphology in response to local cues, including food sources. How are local signals integrated across a network, and coordinated to mount a global response? Applicants must be genuinely fascinated by basic research. Brenner is an applied mathematician and the Pringle laboratory focuses on the evolution and ecology of fungi. We are housed at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, a vibrant intellectual community near myriad cultural resources.  The fellow will work collaboratively with Professors Brenner and Pringle, and physicist and post-doctoral fellow Karen Alim, to grow fungi, manipulate networks using drugs and physical stimuli, and implement a range of image-processing and analysis tools. A collaboration with Mark Fricker (Plant Biology, Oxford University) will start this Fall. This position requires an independent, organized, and motivated individual with demonstrated skills and experience in experimental techniques involving slime molds and fungi. Biologists interested in quantitative approaches to biological problems are strongly encouraged to apply. Above all, we are looking for someone who is personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.

Information about the Brenner group can be found at Information about the Pringle laboratory can be found at

Informal inquiries can be directed to either Michael Brenner ( or Anne Pringle (

Formal applications should be made to the administration, by emailing Nikki Hughes ( Please send a letter describing your research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, non-smoking workplace.

Postdoc in Phytophthora cell biology and genetics

Positions are available at the University of California, Riverside (USA) to study Phytophthora infestans, the fungus-like oomycete that causes the late blight diseases of potato and tomato.  The projects involve a mixture of cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, proteomics, and bioinformatics and focus on:

1. Cell cycle regulators and Phytophthora sporulation.  We have identified cell cycle regulators that play important roles in spore formation and germination.  Mechanisms of their subcellular targeting and function will be studied through immunoelectron and confocal microscopy, and protein-protein interaction studies.

2. Phytophthora traits relevant to pathogenesis.  Goals include determining how plant nutrients are assimilated by P. infestans, and mechanisms of resistance to fungicides.  The work will involve a combination of molecular genetics, high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics, and cell biology.

3.  Transcriptional networks in Phytophthora growth and pathogenicity.  This project focuses on characterizing transcription factors that regulate the life and disease cycles, and will involve biochemical, genetic, and bioinformatic approaches.

Funding is available for up to three years, available immediately. We are looking for talented and motivated individuals that have an interest in oomycetes or fungi, microbial/plant development or physiology, or plant-pathogen interactions.  Those experienced with immunoelectron microscopy, confocal microscopy, or transcription factor purification are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional information about the lab is at:  Our park-like university campus in sunny southern California is located near three diverse environments: ocean, desert, and mountains.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Howard Judelson (, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside CA 92521 USA.  If you send an email attachment, please label it with your name.

Postdoc in Fungal Phylogenetics

Post-doctoral Position in Fungal Phylogenetics

A Post-Doctoral position in fungal phylogenetics is available in the Hibbett laboratory at Clark University ( The Post-doc will participate in a large collaborative endeavor supported by the NSF AVATOL Program that is aimed at synthesizing a comprehensive tree of life from published analyses, and developing novel tools for community-driven annotation of the tree. Specific responsibilities will include (1) assembly and integration of phylogenetic datasets and trees representing all groups of Fungi; (2) coordination with a multi-laboratory team including software developers and systematists to develop and test new methods for tree integration and annotation; (3) outreach to the fungal systematics community; (4) contribution to a distributed web-based undergraduate course on assembling the tree of life, and co-instruction of a linked undergraduate course at Clark University.

The ideal candidate will be a productive researcher with interests in fungal systematics and the construction and interpretation of large-scale phylogenetic trees, will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and will seek a career involving both research and education. Candidates lacking background in fungal systematics, but with strong qualifications in phylogenetics, and excellent potential as educators, may be considered.

It is anticipated that the position will be available beginning May 1, 2012. Up to three years of support is possible, depending on progress. Funding is contingent on final NSF approval.

To apply, e-mail a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and career goals, PDFs of major publications, and names and e-mail addresses for three references. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in science are encouraged.

Clark University is an EEO/AA Employer.

David S. Hibbett
Biology Department
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7332

Postdoc position in Fungal biodiversity at Max Planck-Marburg

Post doc position in the Max Planck Research Group in Fungal Biodiversity

A one-­?year (renewable depending on results) postdoctoral position is available in the field of molecular evolution and computational biology in the newly established Max Planck Research Group in Fungal Biodiversity headed by Dr. Eva H. Stukenbrock. Our team is part of the Max Planck Institute of Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany.


We study speciation and host specialization processes in fungal plant pathogens in an evolutionary and ecological context. A main goal of our research is to understand the underlying molecular mechanism of species divergence and adaptive processes in host-­?pathogen systems. We integrate functional and experimental approaches with high throughput sequence data and bioinformatics to study the functional and evolutionary biology of closely related pathogen species, which have evolved and specialized to different hosts and environments. Our model system is a group of closely related grass pathogens including the prominent wheat pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola. To contrast evolutionary processes in different ecosystems we have compared population genomic data from M. graminicola and closely related species infecting non-­cultivated hosts in natural grasslands. In the lab, we validate and characterize candidate genes emerging from our evolutionary predictions. For this we have developed genetic tools and functional assays to study the role of candidate genes in host specialization or speciation.


This post doctoral project focuses on the evolution of gene regulation, and its implication in host specialization and speciation. The selected post doc candidate will be in charge of analyzing a large transcriptome dataset including RNAseq data from different combinations of host and pathogen species. Research perspectives are open, and the post doc candidate will be largely involved in the design of all experiments and analyses, providing they relate to host specialization and speciation.


The post doctoral candidate will ideally:

  •  Have a PhD in evolutionary biology with expertise in bioinformatics and genomics.
  •  Be proficient in statistical computing, including experience with R and analysis of large data sets in a linux environment.
  •  Have basic programming / scripting skills (Bash, Perl, Python, or similar).


Application should be sent to Eva H. Stukenbrock (eva.stukenbrock@mpi-­ before May 1st. The position will however remain open until filled. The application should include a short CV with statement of research interests, together with a cover letter including names and contact information of two references.

Relevant papers

Stukenbrock EH et al. Genome Res. 2011 Dec;21(12):2157-­?66.
Stukenbrock EH et al. PLoS Genet. 2010 Dec 23;6(12):e1001189
Stukenbrock EH et al. Mol Biol Evol. 2007 Feb;24(2):398-­?411.

Postdoctoral position in tropical mycorrhizal diversity

The Peay Lab ( has a potential opening for a postdoctoral research scientist to work on an NSF funded project investigating the diversity and ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Dipterocarp rainforests in Malaysia. The project will build a molecular database of mycorrhizal fungi in Dipterocarp forests to facilitate fungal ecology research in southeast Asia.

Major duties of the position would include working with collaborators from the US and Malaysia to help coordinate field surveys and local taxonomic workshops, as well as implementation of molecular ecology studies of ectomycorrhizal & fungal diversity on plant roots and soils. There will also be opportunities to develop independent research questions working in this system. The position would involve substantial field time at the Pasoh & Lambir Hills National Parks.

The ideal candidate would
(1) be a Malaysian national or have experience working in SE Asia,
(2) have a demonstrated ability to work in tropical rainforest field conditions,
(3) have experience with molecular techniques for studying microbial diversity,
(4) have a background in fungal biology or taxonomy,
(5) have experience sampling ectomycorrhizal roots.

Interested candidates should email a SINGLE PDF to containing (1) a short (<1 page) statement of interest, (2) contact information for 3 potential references, and (3) a CV.  The position will begin in the summer of 2012.  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Initial hire is for 1 year with potential for 1 year extension based on satisfactory performance.

Kabir G. Peay, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Plant Pathology
University of Minnesota