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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: http://oomyceteworld.net/.  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 (howard.judelson@ucr.edu), 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 (http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/dhibbett/). 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
Dhibbett@clarku.edu

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.

Background

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.

Objectives

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.

Prerequisites

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).

Contact

Application should be sent to Eva H. Stukenbrock (eva.stukenbrock@mpi-­marburg.mpg.de) 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 (http://www.tc.umn.edu/~peay0001) 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 kpeay@umn.edu 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
Email: peay0001@umn.edu
Web:  http://www.tc.umn.edu/~peay0001

Job: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PLANT PATHOLOGY

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The position will be available July 1, 2012, and carries a 50% research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station and a 50% teaching appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology currently has 16 ladder-rank faculty and three Cooperative Extension Specialists. This position is part of our college’s commitment to expand its emphasis in microbiology and invasive species research over the next decade. The research should focus on the invasion and impacts of microbial (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses) pathogen or symbiont species into agricultural or wildland ecosystems. Applicants studying microbes that regulate invasive plants will also be considered. Approaches could include genetics, genomics, population ecology/evolution, biochemical, bioinformatics, ecoinformatics and/or modeling. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of researchers studying microbe-host and microbe-environment interactions, have opportunities to collaborate with researchers in UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Center for Conservation Biology, the Center for Invasive Species Research, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, and have access to modern campus facilities in genomics, proteomics, microscopy, ecological sensing technologies and field stations and facilities. A competitive start-up package is available.

The successful candidate will advise both graduate and undergraduate students and contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching in Programs in Microbiology, Plant Pathology, and Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics.

A Ph.D. in a relevant field and a proven ability to conduct innovative research are required. Evaluation of applications will begin February 17, 2012, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should email curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, a complete list and selected reprints of publications, and three letters of reference.

Contact: James Borneman
EEOC:
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities – air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel. At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #4 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2011). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life. UCR is ranked 41st among top public universities (US News and World Report 2011) and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, with a commitment to workforce diversity. For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit the UCOP site:

Postdoctoral research fellowship in evolutionary genomics at Uppsala University, Sweden

Postdoctoral research fellowship in evolutionary genomics at Uppsala University, Sweden

A postdoctoral fellowhip is available at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University. The postdoc is in the research-group of Dr. Hanna Johannesson, and will focus on testing general evolutionary paradigms in the filamentous ascomycete model system Neurospora. The fellowhip is for one year, with a high likelihood of extension another year.

This postdoc project can be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should fit in to the main interest of the reseach group (http://www.ebc.uu.se/Research/IEG/evbiol/research/Johannesson/publications/)

Research areas include sex chromosome evolution, mating system evolution, local adaptation, molecular evolution and speciation.

The Program in Evolutionary Biology

(http://www.egs.uu.se/evbiol/index.html) is situated in the Evolutionary Biology Centre in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with English as working language. The Evolutionary Biology Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, with research programs including ecology, systematics, genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes with train from Stockholm.

Required qualifications for applicants are 1) a PhD in Biology,

Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, or related field, 2) experience in one or several of the following areas: molecular biology, bioinformatics, comparative genomics, population genetics, experimental evolution, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, mycology, and 3) demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English.

To apply, send your CV, including contact information for two references, and a cover letter stating your research interest to: Dr Hanna Johannesson, hanna.johannesson@ebc.uu.se.

Faculty Position in Microbiology: University of Georgia

The University of Georgia invites applications for a full time, tenure track Assistant Professor position in the areas of microbial physiology and/or microbial ecology.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized research program involving the role of microorganisms in complex environments, in biogeochemically important processes, and/or in biotechnological applications. Topics of interest include microbial diversity, energy-generating pathways,symbioses, bioprocessing and bioremediation, extremophiles, and the molecular basis of unusual lifestyles or physiology.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Ecology or a related discipline and at least two years of postdoctoral research experience. Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program and to instruct and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.  To apply, the following should be submitted at: https://www.franklin.uga.edu/jobs/ (1) a single PDF containing cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 1-2 page statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; (2) a single PDF containing reprints of three research papers; and (3) three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the references. For questions, please contact Nancy Perkins at micro@uga.edu or 706-542-2677.

The University of Georgia is located 70 miles northeast of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia.  Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the nation’s first state-chartered university. More information on Athens, Georgia can be found at: http://www.visitathensga.com/. To learn more about the Department of Microbiology and the University of Georgia, visit our website at www.uga.edu/mib.  Review of applications will begin January 15, 2012, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.  The start date for the position is August 13, 2012.  The Department of Microbiology of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Georgia arecommitted to increasing the diversity of faculty and students and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.  Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA institution.

Postdoc positions in Fungal Genomics and Genetics at Duke University

Two advertisements for postdoc positions in great labs at Duke University working on pathogen genetics or community genomics of EM Fungi

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN FUNGAL GENETICS
Starting in the fall, 2011, a postdoctoral position is available on an NIH-supported project focused on Cryptococcus neoformans. This opportunistic yeast is often inhaled from the environment and capable of causing deadly meningitis in immunocompromised patients. Approximately one million new cases occur annually among HIV/AIDS patients in sub-Saharan Africa. The proposal employs next-gen sequencing of multiple, selected strains, comparative genomics, population genetics, and microarrays to identify the genes and pathways that are responsible for cryptococcal disease. This project would be ideal for a postdoc who is experienced with methods and analyses of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics or is willing to learn this methodology. This project will involve traveling to Africa and requires capabilities to work independently and learn new techniques. Our laboratory is part of Duke University Mycology Research Unit, which is one of the leading centers of medical mycology in the US. (http://mgm.duke.edu/microbial/mycology/)

For inquires and information, contact:
Anastasia P. Litvintseva, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Tel: 919-684-9096
Email: litvi001@mc.duke.edu
Web: http://mgm.duke.edu/faculty/litvintseva/index.htm

Postdoctoral Position: Transcriptomics and Community Genomics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

Postdoctoral position in the Vilgalys Mycology Laboratory at Duke University to study functional, genetic, and community diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi. We are currently seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral position to study functional and genetic diversity in a keystone plant-microbe symbiosis (pines and ectomycorrhizal
fungi). In particular, we are interested in linkages between phylogenetic diversity, population structure, and functional diversity in mycorrhizal communities and also how these factors affect larger ecosystem processes. Ideal applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in any area of fungal and/or plant genetics, ecology, or bioinformatics
along with relevant publications and laboratory experience. Previous experience with metagenomics and next-generation sequencing is desirable but not necessary for the position. This position is part of a collaborative research grant (NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program) with faculty at University of Minnesota (Kabir Peay) and University of California at Berkeley (Tom Bruns & John Taylor). The postdoc chosen for this position will have opportunities to interact with investigators at all three institutions during project meetings and field work. Interested candidates should email (1) a cover letter explaining interest and relevant qualifications (e.g. technical or
analytical skills), and (2) a CV listing education, relevant publications, and (3) names of 3 references to Dr. Rytas Vilgalys, Biology Department, Duke University (please collate and send as a single pdf to fungi@duke.edu). The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. For more information on the Vilgalys Lab see: http://www.biology.duke.edu/fungi/mycolab/