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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 http://www.montana.edu/jobs/faculty/12245-2.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chairpersons, Drs. Mark Young or Matthew Fields, (myoung@montana.edu; matthew.fields@biofilm.montana.edu) 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.

http://jobs.ucmerced.edu/n/academic/position.jsf?positionId=3D4252
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

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Faculty Positions in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics

The Departments of Biology (http://biology.uoregon.edu) and Mathematics (http://math.uoregon.edu ) 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 https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/4035. 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

 

Position: http://www.cbs.umn.edu/facres/cluster-hiring-cbs/fungal-evolution/position-description
Cluster in Plant & Fungal Evolution: http://www.cbs.umn.edu/facres/cluster-hiring-cbs/fungal-evolution
Cluster hiring website: http://www.cbs.umn.edu/facres/cluster-hiring-cbs

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
DUTIES:
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 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/326528700


IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
POPULATION GENOMICS OF EMERGING INFECTIONS
DPT. INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY

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 (matthew.fisher@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFE774/research-associate/
Reference number: SM151-12
CLOSING DATE: 21 October 2012


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
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 http://biology.georgetown.edu/.  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 biology@georgetown.edu 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.

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: FUNGAL NETWORK ARCHITECTURES

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: FUNGAL NETWORK ARCHITECTURES

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 http://www.seas.harvard.edu/brenner/Home.html. Information about the Pringle laboratory can be found at http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/pringle/.

Informal inquiries can be directed to either Michael Brenner (brenner@seas.harvard.edu) or Anne Pringle (pringle@oeb.harvard.edu).

Formal applications should be made to the administration, by emailing Nikki Hughes (nhughes@fasmail.harvard.edu). 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: 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.