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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/

Postdoc for Fungal genome data integration

There is an open position in my lab to support development of FungiDB, a database for fungal genome data integration.

Postdoctoral fellow supporting fungal genome database development

Position Description

A postdoc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jason Stajich to support the development of FungiDB, a database for fungal genomic and functional data.   Strong candidates will be proficient in the Perl programming language; modern biology in general and bioinformatics in particular; show a demonstrated ability to quickly pick up new biology and computer science concepts; be comfortable using relational databases; and possess core Unix skills to do these tasks efficiently.  Experience using Perl for genome sequence data processing a plus.

You’ll also have a relentless attention to detail, the ability to work independently on challenging problems with no direct easy solution.  You will use these skills to help organize, analyze, and display a vast amount of disparate biological data and interact with the fungal community. There will be opportunities for self-directed research utilizing this collection of genomics and comparative database and tools.

Application evaluation will begin Feb 1, 2011 until the position is filled. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and University of California Postdoctoral Union agreement.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field. Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics and high proficiency in Perl programming is required.  Demonstrated experience in web or bioinformatics software development is a plus. The ability to work with a small, distributed team is essential including exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

To Apply

Contact Jason Stajich jason.stajich@ucr.edu with a CV and the names of three references letter writers.

Information available on UC Riverside and the Stajich lab.

Information about UCR
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 #5 ranking among the nation’s for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2010). 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 43rd among top public universities (US News and World Report 2010).

UCR is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workforce diversity.

AA/EOE

 

3 faculty jobs in fungal biology at U Georgia

This came across EvolDir today.

The University of Georgia invites applications for three tenure-track positions in the biology of fungi and fungus-like organisms to join a highly interactive multi-departmental group of plant and microbial biologists.

1) The Department of Plant Biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences seeks applicants at the level of assistant professor, though candidates may also be considered at the level of early associate professor. We are especially interested in applicants studying the biology, genetics, cellular biology, functional genomics, phylogenomics or ecology of plant-associated fungi, including mycorrhizal fungi.

2) The Department of Microbiology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences seeks applicants at the level of assistant professor, though candidates may also be considered at the level of early associate professor. We are especially interested in applicants studying fungal diversity and ecology; fungal interactions with plants, animals or other microbes; fungal natural products and their impact on the environment, food or human health; manipulation of fungi for industrial and environmental applications, such as biofuel production and bioremediation; and other areas in basic and applied fungal biology.

3) The Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks applicants at the assistant or associate professor level. We are especially interested in applicants studying plant-fungal interactions to facilitate management of economically important plant diseases, understanding the ecological and genetic dynamics of host-pathogen resistance, and using contemporary approaches to elucidate the phylogeny of plant-pathogenic fungal species. Applicants at the assistant professor level should have a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral research experience.

Applicants at the associate professor level should also have a record of independent scientific productivity. Successful applicants will be expected to establish (assistant professor) or continue and expand (associate professor) 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.plantbio.uga.edu/positions/ :

(1) a single PDF containing a cover letter which includes a statement of the position(s) the candidate is applying for, a curriculum vitae, and 1-2 page statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; (2) a single PDF containing reprints of three research papers; (3) three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the references. For questions, please contact Stephanie Chirello at schirello@plantbio.uga.edu or 706-542-1820. Review of applications will begin February 7, 2011, and the search will remain open until the positions are filled. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, their many units and the University of Georgia are committed 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.

Jim Leebens-Mack
4505 Miller Plant Sciences
Department of Plant Biology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7271
Phone: 706-583-5573
Fax: 706-542-1805
email: jleebensmack@plantbio.uga.edu
url: http://www.plantbio.uga.edu/~jleebensmack/JLMmain.html

Faculty jobs at UBC-MSL

University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratory and Center for High-throughput Biology are advertising 6 faculty positions some of which could be great match for candidates with fungal biology interests.  There is more information about the jobs and applying available here.

[note: I am more than happy to post mycology related job adverts on this site, so please feel free to be in touch]